Life has been moving so fast in our adult lives, but somehow we’ve managed to keep it leisurely and full oflittle pleasures for the kids…
It’s been a bit like summer here (no haters, please! ) and the girls beg constantly to go outside and play in the water. I’ll be cutting up fruit in the kitchen or doing the dishes and pinch myself when I look out the french doors and see these babies laughing and cackling so carefree with the little pool my mom brought over for them to play in. They think rash guards suffice for bathing suit bottoms, so clearly we have our work cut out in the modesty department. I answered the door for a respectable home insurance agent last week who had come to take pictures and Keller appeared naked as a jaybird behind me. I was already trying to explain to her why our front yard was torn up and how I really do have things under control around here. Then she mentioned she was also my neighbor and I wanted to crawl in a hole. Clearly, we move in with a bang.
We continue to be in awe of the trees and all the color blooming around us. We are in the middle of majorly overhauling and seeding our front and side yard, and as most projects go, it’s taking longer than we thought to get completed. I’m not sure how much of a garden I’ll get this year, but I have managed to pick up a few plants at Aldi for cheeeeap (I love that place!) Some azaleas, a bell pepper plant, oregano, and a new baby tree. I decided after the pink azaleas went into pots that I needed to spruce up the entire deck. Funny how that happens. I strung lights, laid an outdoor rug, began to set up our outdoor buffet table, and now I just need to find some funky chairs I can spray paint to go around the table we found at Ikea. I already feel happier that I can go out the back door, escape all the mud in the front, and see this pretty space. I hope to share more photos when I have it all done!
I’ve put Ems in charge of watering, since her memory is sharper than mine. I have to hold back and remind myself she is only five, but if she had it her way, she would be raising her brother and sister completely. I’m constantly telling her, “You’re not the mum. But thank you for trying to help.”
I will say I count my lucky stars because she singlehandedly does breakfast on most mornings and literally plans out the night before what we’ll be having. If that isn’t a help, I don’t know what is! I’m already looking for elementary culinary schools.
I’m still attempting to get organized over here and feeling a little out of sorts. It’s that awkward phase of moving where you’re trying to find a new routine, but it’s going painfully slow for a natural nester. God has taught me lessons in patience and perseverance through moving so much and that’s a hard road to go down for a perfectionist. Steven says I’m less of a prickly cactus just itching to be annoyed at something, and more of a strawberry with bumps worn down smooth after 9 moves. At least, that was what he said in my dream last night and I took it as a compliment.
Steven’s been so worried I’ll go crazy on the southern duds for Keller now that we’re back, but the boy honestly just wants to run around naked and it’s all I can do to get a pair of shorts on him. Gingham, at that. But they are shorts, babe. He feels like my cuddly little baby again with fresh white shirts and saltwater sandals and I wonder why I waited so long to dress him like a southern boy. Don’t laugh, but I want to start sewing some of the schooners’ clothes if I can ever get into a routine around here again.
Speaking of routine, it’s going to take us awhile to get there! We found out last week that my husband got a position we’ve been praying hard for in Atlanta, GA. It looks like we’ll be putting our SC house on the market after all. Our renovations should be complete this month and then the house will go on the market in May. (Translate: I have to keep the house really clean.) I’m excited to spend a few more months here close to my family and dear friends, but I’m also really really happy and proud of my husband. The plan is that we will move after the summer, or when the house sells, whichever comes first.
Oh Georgia, I’m looking forward to new adventures, living close to a big city, enrolling Ems in a hybrid school, Georgia peaches, living close to family, and being near the Florida beaches. I’ve got my sights set on Seaside or McBeach for our next family vacation.
Thanks for hanging in there with us through all our growing pains and my latest internet issues!!! See you tomorrow for The Everyday Project!