First, my apologies for the lack of a post yesterday. Once again I wrote it and thought I posted it. I’m not quite sure what happened. Any way, on with the show…
It begins. What, you may ask, is “it”? Well, “it” represents a couple of different things.
First, this was really, in many ways, our first summer Saturday. So “it” is summer. I must say it was generally a nice one. (Muley kids notwithstanding.) It should be noted that we’re coming off of a pretty grueling week with various and sundry illnesses and special events, so we’re pretty tired. But everyone slept better last night.
We got up, got dressed, grabbed some breakfast…more on that in a moment…and went to swim lessons. Alissa went into the drink with Annie for the parent and child class, and I watched Harry with his preschool class. We learned that Annie is afraid of deep water, but likes playing along the shallow bench (a nice feature of the new Lynnwood Pool) and collecting duckies. Harry, as we expected, does much better in class the farther a parent is away from the proceedings. I did see him participating, so that’s a very good thing, and apparently, he almost went down the big tube slide yesterday at his preschool event. After lessons, the kids played in the water for a while and then on the new playground. Harry was very offended that somebody had littered at “his school” and proceeded to pick up garbage and throw it away. Now if he would show such conscientiousness with his toys…
Then we went home, had lunch and naps (for all of us). We rounded out the afternoon with a significant (if not big) project toward our simplifying efforts. We FINALLY got the Christmas boxes out of the dining room to the garage (I know. It’s June. I have no excuse.) We also moved our dismantled dining table out . This may seem like a small thing, but it’s a huge symbolic victory as we begin to adjust our lifestyle and repurpose our space.
***Just as an aside, Harry just came out and told Alissa his ear is hurting. She asked how it was hurting. His answer was “it feels like a Tyranosaurus is taking something out of my ear. “***
After that is was dinner and bed time.
So what else is “it”? Well, I’ve alluded to it a couple of times, but we’re making some lifestyle changes. First, comes food. Our goal is to go gluten-free and avoid fast and processed foods. I have to admit that going into this morning, we were not set up for success in this area, but we, particularly Alissa, buckled down and we didn’t give in. Breakfast was corn tortilla quesadillas. Lunch, after a stop at the store was peanut butter and jelly for the kids (they’re not going gluten-free just yet) and grilled ham and cheese quesadillas for Alissa and I . Some spinach leaves and grape rounded out lunch. They made a return appearance at dinner. (Grilled cheese for the kids and a fried rice dish made up of leftover pork chops. Given any number of factors, it would have been very easy to compromise somewhere along line, but we didn’t. I’ll call that a win.
Then we get to what we’re doing with our space. I mentioned our drop-leaf table last week. We’ve decided that we’re actually going to put bookshelves and a chair in the dining room. The table is going to stay in the living room in a down position, and setting it up is simply going to be part of meal preparation. Taking it down will be part of clean up. The piano is also going to be in the living room. The dining room is going to a space for the kids where they can do homework, arts and crafts, lego projects and other such things. I think it will be a fun and unique way for us to organize things. To that end, both dinner and lunch (and last night’s dinner) were in the living room.
So all in all, it was a pretty good start to “it”.