I should at least blog or something.
I always have grand plans for after the kids go to bed. And after the last one has fallen asleep, "the day" hits me and I'm out of commission. So much for exercising, catching up on laundry, and meal planning. I think I'll just sit in front of the computer.
We went to an indoor playplace today called Kinder Land. It was about 30 minutes away, and we could only stay about an hour and a half because I had to be back for Emmy's nap. It was really fun to chat with another mom, but I was surprised at how behind I felt after being gone all morning. There's so much to do to keep a household running! I used to do outings like that all the time, but now I feel like life is more complicated. I have to spend more and more of my time on the basics: feeding, cleaning, etc.
Jansen came home from school in tears today that he hadn't gathered as many "fire beans" as his friend. Fire beans are just big red seeds. It was my friend's day for carpool, and he had been crying in the car most of the way home. How do I handle situations like this? How do I tell him that it's not very age appropriate to be crying about something like that? I know he is still young, but it all seemed so ridiculous to me. Another example of something he may cry about is finding out that Natalie had a sucker during the day while he was at school. I guess the underlying idea that he is having to learn lately is that life's not always fair.
Nate and I went on a date last weekend. Just dinner and frozen yogurt, but we loved being alone together. We're really trying to make date night happen more regularly. Sometimes it feels selfish...leaving the kids, spending money...but I have finally come to the realization that it is not! Date night is so highly encouraged by our church leaders that I now know it's a wonderful way to spend our time and money! No guilt necessary.
I'm on a reading kick, and every single day I look forward with great anticipation to the moment I can snuggle in bed with my book and a snack. I just finished the second Fablehaven and am now reading War Horse. A couple recent favorites are Half Broke Horses and Still Alice.
Probably enough rambling for one night!