Monday, May 30, 2005
Sunday, May 15, 2005
I learned with Jackson that things go in phases. You learn to cope with one and then poof! you're on to the next thing. With the onset of nice weather we no longer have to bundle the kids up in heavy winter coats to take them in and out. Kate is in a big baby car seat vs. the carrier/car seat that got to be so heavy as she neared 20 lbs. Now that she's weaned I no longer have to get bottles ready to take for daycare, wash bottles, carry the breastpump to and from work, make time to pump, etc. It seems like it all went by so fast. By next Fall she'll be big enough to walk herself to the car and maybe even climb in. I'm looking forward to seeing her walking and running along the beach this summer. I've been looking forward to that since last vacation when she was a newborn.
There are other things that slide and I've learned to cope with that too. Having a glass of wine after work to help me cope with the stress of coming home to dogs and cats and kids that all wanted attention was relaxing for me but that led to the 2nd and 3rd glass and I lost "me" time in the evenings because I was pooped by the time the kids went to bed and more often than not, I'd follow. When I didn't follow I certainly didn't feel like doing more laundry, working, or doing a hobby. That's the sacrifice I made.
Another benefit of the nice weather is that gardening is there to be done. From walking around the property (aka the Estate, Ha!), to watering, to pulling weeds, it keeps me moving and off my duff. In years past I'd be out past sundown still puttering around and thinking that the neighbors must consider me to be the crazy garden lady. Once again, as in the past several years, I'm vowing to stay on top of things this year. The fact of the matter is that I really don't like being really hot. Last summer I was still recovering from having the surgery and could really not take the heat. Hopefully Kate will be walking soon and another phase will be reached and things will be easier once again.
So, the garden: The iris (aka blue flags) are brilliant this year; the ground cover with purple flowers has sprung, and the clematis seems to really have taken off. It's blooming already and I'm thinking there are almost a dozen magnificent purple blooms. All different shades of purple. As the iris are fading the peonies will be popping to add some pale and bright pink to the palette. I almost missed the lilacs on the side yard but stopped to admire and smell them a couple of times while they were blooming. They're all done now and there are buds on the pink climbing rose over there. I wish I had planted things differently over there as the maple tree shades the rose, and now the lilac is hemming it in, denying it even more light. I haven't been the best at planning these things, partially because I didn't have a good sense of how fast they would grow. If I remember correctly though, the lilac can be cut back each year. Ideally, I'd find a better spot for the rose but I'm afraid I'll kill it if I move it again.
So the kids are asleep and I'm off to do some more catching up with work.
Sunday, May 1, 2005
Spring has sprung in northern VA and Jeff has cut the grass a few times already. Just as when Jeff gets out the vacuum, Jackson is also vacuuming Jackson cuts grass when Jeff is mowing. Capturing them together at this time of year is awesome because the trees are blooming, the mulch is fresh and the grass is coming up as green as can be.
The dogs are in their element as well - moving around the yard to follow the sun so they're always basking...
I finally got the rosebushes and the butterfly bush pruned. Better late than never I hope. Several of my new rosebushes passed on over the winter and I'm a little disappointed but not a bit surprised. Now to start battling the black spot....I'm thinking that if I don't turn things around in the rose bed this year I may take them all out and plant something that will thrive against the house. We'll just have to see....
So Kate has had her first taste of gardening. Somehow, I think by crawling off the patio and into the grass, she got her knees wet and a little dirty. She was out for quite a while investigating the sandbox and whatever else she could see from the patio. It's just a gorgeous wondrous day. In a month or so, possibly a few weeks, she'll be walking and it'll be much easier to be out with her as she won't have to be held the whole time. We're ready with the new doll stroller and ride on toy for her as well as the sandbox in the back. She did really well just sitting on the bench of the little picnic table.....she's such a princess.....Why didn't I get a pic of that???
So Monday begins a very busy week for me that is not over until the following Tuesday. Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting. With the nicer weather it will be easier though to be nice to myself and take time for myself to enjoy the outdoors and all of my flowers and plants.
For Mother's Day I think that I would like a gardening themed kind of celebration so that I can go to a nursery and buy some annuals to fill all of my hanging baskets, maybe some new gardening gloves, maybe a nice relaxing bubble bath, andbring dinner in??? We're going out the night before with friends to a Japanese steak house, taking the kids with the thought that they will find the at the table food prep very entertaining and most of the kids involved are really into their food so it's hopefully a win-win kind of thing..