1. Today it’s supposed to break into the triple digits–Hello May! If you need me, I’ll just be trying to eat All the Cold Things for the next few months. I’m the tiniest bit sad to see the season for stews, thick hot soups, and steaming plates of dinner coming to a close. Not-so-sadly, it’s open season on watermelon, popsicles, ice cream, salad, and fresh, bright batches of produce!
2. Sorting out therapy priorities this summer is proving r-e-a-l-l-y difficult. There is no magic formula for deciding how much time to put into therapy and how much time to put into just being a kid. Both things are SO important, and the right balance for every child and family is so different. I wish I knew what our balance should be right now!
In other news, how CUTE are these self-portraits? They’re all Sophie, and each has an umbrella (of course) because of the clouds and rain. Also the puddles along the bottom for splashing. Kills me.
3. Trying new things. In a somewhat similar vein, we’re trying some new things this summer. Growing up is a great thing for all of us, as every year of capability and vocabulary bring more safety and freedom. We’re going to try a few things this summer that would NEVER have worked for us last year. I’m excited for a messy art class I’m trying with Milo and Sophie, lots of time at the pool, and keeping up with Sophie’s dance class. We’ll be working on swimming lessons, and I have hopes that there will be lots of time for splash pads, coloring, baking projects, and playing in the backyard.
4. These two are the best frenemies right now. They taunt each other ALL day long, which makes the antagonizer beyond gleeful and the victim flaming mad or bawling their eyes out. Super funsies. Or not. What IS super fun is that there are more “conversations” happening between them, more playing at the same activity at the same time, and more general interaction.
5. I feel like I’ve really felt All The Feelings this week–happy, sad, lonely, busy, stressed, calm, tired, excited, frustrated, you name it. Then sometimes, out of nowhere, I pull my racing thoughts back into focus, and my eyes see what’s in front of me. Usually it’s something like this–squishy cheeks, still-sleepy eyes, chubby fingers, tiny toes, and fluffy bedhead. I really need to get back into the habit of being more grateful and present. I’m happier when I am.
P.S. Thanks so much for your feedback on Wednesday’s Fun with Kids post! I’m excited to share a few more of these posts over the summer with books and things to do. How often is too often?