Friday, August 31, 2012
Now the days are getting shorter and the nights turning cool. I do enjoy the transition to Autumn, but there is something about the back to school time that feels final. Like fun needs to be metered and the sunscreen put away. That must go back to when I was a kid, in nervous anticipation of the first day back to school.
There's still fun to be had and as we get back into the school-year routine, we won't let the shorter days tell us that we can't have fun just because our laid-back summer is over.
Posted by Megan Boyum at 2:28 PM
Thursday, August 30, 2012
He's four now.
When asked about the big event, he said it very simply, but very well... "I was three when I went to sleep last night. When I woke up this morning, I was four."
His imagination seems to be running at full tilt. I can't wait to see him in the mornings, to find out what kind of animal he transformed himself into in the night. As he makes his way up to see me in the mornings, I know by the barking or the mooing what kind of animal he's going to be for the day. He tends to stay in character for the majority of the day... especially at meal times.
He went to sleep at night and woke up the next day a whole year older.
I went to sleep that same night, wondering if I should tip-toe down the stairs to sit at his side, as the clock mercilessly ticked and tocked, to watch his sleeping face change to that of a four-year-old. I didn't, because the rational me knew it wouldn't. The emotional me wasn't so sure... I only wanted to watch this little boy sleep... suspending time just a bit by recalling the baby and toddler and child that he was... wondering about how much different and the same he is, all at once.
He went to sleep at night and woke up the next day as a four-year-old... who was a dinosaur. So on his special day, we were a dinosaur family... especially at meal times.
Posted by Megan Boyum at 1:40 PM
Monday, August 27, 2012
I'd like to say this letting go thing came naturally, that it was an easy thing to do once I set my mind to it... but that's not even close to the truth. In reality, lets just say lean towards a Type A mentality. I like to know what's going on and when. I like to know what to expect and be prepared for any outcome.
I didn't wake up one morning and realize that life isn't always neat and orderly. At all. Maybe there are parts of life that could be fashioned to fit within my rigid requirements, but certainly not where my little people are concerned. (Although we ALL love a good, consistent routine.)
These little people are teaching me that there is only so much I can do to change a situation. I feel like I have less control than ever. However, I can guide most situations to an outcome that we can all live with... eventually. Before, I would have considered that any easy route... just following along... but in reality following along is not always easy. It does however, feel more like working with the current of life than fighting against it.
This whole thing is a work in progress. Sometimes I'm unable to let go as much as I should... those are the days I go head to head with Benett. We're so much alike. That likeness leaves little room for compromise on some days... so we try to find common ground.
As it happens, the chickens live on that common ground. All of the little people have come to regard our flock as their own. And although we enjoy how much they love being free to come and go on our property, they are a traveling mess.
You see, they really love to follow us everywhere, leaving a mess of trampled flowers, scratched dirt and droppings in their wake. They've also adopted the back patio as their own. I'm convinced it's because they can see us and hear our voices. It comforts then. But makes us crazy... We tried shooing them away, but to no avail. So, we've given up for now... but we're also building a fence. When it's complete, we'll let the gals out to follow us around only occasionally... I'm sure it will be an outcome we can all live with... eventually.
Posted by Megan Boyum at 1:58 PM
Thursday, August 23, 2012
I'm not sure if it's a result of being so busy trying to squeeze in all of the fun stuff, or just because everyone is ready to get back into a school-year routine, but it seems like some fuses have become a bit short. (Mine included.) Gavin too seems to be easily frustrated with his brother. He needs a change of routine. I think the start of school will be a good thing for him.
It's funny to think about how we are reflected in our children. Different phases show different reflections... sometimes it might be a gesture or a phrase or even the way they look. And before we know it, all those things have changed and they're on to something else. It happens so quickly.
We have a few more things to pack into our summer... and then before we know it the days will have grown shorter and the nights cooler and we'll be looking at our summer in the rear view mirror.
Posted by Megan Boyum at 2:21 PM
Friday, August 17, 2012
Early on Friday mornings, Ellie slips from her bed and pads over to my room in time to catch me emerging from the bathroom. While I'm freshly showered and ready for my day, Ellie is still sleepy and happily complies with my request to snuggle. On Friday morning, we don't have anywhere to be. No commitment to rush off to, no obligation to fulfill. Our pace can be as relaxed as we'd like it to be.
Being at home has been filled with trade-offs. Some of those trades have been easier to make than others. I know that this life is a journey and I know the time that I've been blessed to be here more for my little people may not last forever... but of the things that I've come to enjoy and really appreciate, today I say that Friday mornings might be the single best thing.
Then, with a little tummy grumbling and a brother to wake up, we got up to start our day. It was time to leave our place and start our day in earnest... although I'm sure we'll meet back there next week.
Posted by Megan Boyum at 2:15 PM
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
I had these grand ideas that our summer routine would include a few hours each day spent tending the garden; the little people helping out as only little people can. My garden was going to look the best it ever has... I was already enjoying that beautiful place before the summer even began.
Sadly, that has not been the case. In my fantasy, I forgot how much work it is to keep everyone moving from milestone to milestone throughout the day. Our schedule is full of nothing particular, but full nonetheless.
I guess I'll have to come to terms with the fact that the gals are the only ones tending the garden this summer... and be glad that they haven't figured out how good tomatoes taste.
Posted by Megan Boyum at 12:53 PM
Monday, August 13, 2012
It's funny to think back to when Gavin came home from the hospital and then a few years later, Benett, the tiny diapers were so cute. The soft and tiny things were a symbol of a new life and a growing family, as much as they were a necessity. I recall it being fun pick up the swaddlers at the store. Now, the thought of them makes me shiver. Four years of straight diapers will do that to a person.
We do quite a bit of laundry around here. But when faced with a choice, I'm all for laundry.
Posted by Megan Boyum at 8:36 PM
Friday, August 10, 2012
I should enjoy it while it lasts. I know there will come a time when letting Mom take his picture won't rank very high on Benett's priority list. Gavin is slowly becoming more camera shy. He's got such a great smile and a silly personality, but I guess being almost nine means that smiling for the camera isn't always cool.
Since we don't have much on tap for the weekend, I think we'll try to get everyone in front of the camera. The willing and the not-so-willing alike.
Posted by Megan Boyum at 1:09 PM
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
site I've recently found that digs into those fantastic looking pictures and supposed great ideas.
Since the little people and I are looking for fun new things to try every day, Pinterest is a great source for inspiration. We've got a few boards that we refer to for photography ideas or crafty endeavors. Yesterday seemed like a perfect day to try some sidewalk chalk photos. All of the little people were good sports, but I was surprised at how eager Ellie was to participate. That little girl surprises me each and every day.
I think my favorite photo from the day was this one of Benett coaching Ellie on how to make a 'floating away with balloons' expression. He is such a big brother... always ready to lend a hand.
I'm not sure if we'll try this again... we didn't fill in our picture enough to make the chalk colors pop. I have also decided that photographing from a ladder isn't really my thing. I just do much better with my feet planted firmly on the ground. Literally and figuratively.
Posted by Megan Boyum at 1:43 PM
Monday, August 6, 2012
While we've been holed up inside, the gals have been venturing out from their coop, further and further each day. It's fun to see them bravely (in a tentative sort of way) exploring more of their home. We're enjoying the new members of our flock although I'm not sure the two 'old gals' would say the same. They have been spending their days keeping the young ones in line... I suppose I can relate.
Maybe the little people and I will brave the back yard ourselves this afternoon... find a little shade and play in the fresh air. I have no doubt the gals will find us and play alongside too.
Posted by Megan Boyum at 2:20 PM
Friday, August 3, 2012
I'm beginning to really enjoy the early morning hours, before the house is a buzz with activity. The quiet calm is my time. I don't get to sit and enjoy it every morning... but on days like today, when I can savor it, I realize how precious it is. I never thought of myself as a morning person... but maybe that is beginning to change.
Today Gavin has an outing, so it's just going to be Benett, Ellie and me. It's amazing to me how much the dynamic changes when the lineup is different. I predict that by the end of the day there will be a huge mess of toys on the living room floor. Benett and Ellie tend to play big when their big brother is gone. They're fun to watch... and considerably less fun to chase after at clean-up time. We'll have fun nonetheless.
I hear that my quiet time is nearing an end... Since Ellie loves to 'help' me type, I think it's best if I sign off for now. I hope you have some quiet time of your own to savor today.
Posted by Megan Boyum at 7:18 AM