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These Days

I can't believe everyone is still asleep.  As soon as I start to type this, someone will wake up.  Yesterday began so early.  We were done with breakfast and circle and even painting by 9:00!  And even then, Roan did not take a nap.  He did rest on the couch with me for a bit while we listened to Sparkle Stories, so quiet time was pretty good.

On the iceThese days, especially in the last week, I feel I am getting a better grip on things again.  My personality tends toward perfectionism, so I am always pushing myself to do better.  Nonetheless, having three children has started to outpace me.  It's easy to add a baby to the mix--feed, sleep, change--but the later months get challenging.  And now we have a toddler who will, very consistently, walk into the road if you put her out on the front porch.  I can always be reassured that things will be different in the Summer when we are outside a lot more.

I've added more discipline to my days, since I have been the only one here for the better part of two weeks.  While I hope next week has less travel for Mike, it's still up to me to keep things going on an even keel.  Things are getting done and we are getting outside most every day.  I'm getting better at using quiet time to rest, read, putter and do some chores like laundry and supper preparations.  The evenings are becoming calmer again and Willow and Roan are settling into both creative play and contracting activities with increasing regularity.

I'll have to do a homeschool update soon to really work out the things that we have shifted around here.  First grade is on my mind a lot, though I feel we are in the right place here in kindergarten.  For now, I'm going to get dressed and take the sheets off and be ready to meet these little people whenever they wake up.

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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