I can’t believe it’s Friday! What a week!
Our landscapers were here ALL week (they are almost done!) – so I stayed home quite a bit because I wanted to be here in case they had any questions. I was running back and forth between the landscapers and the kids – it was crazy!
It was also a little frustrating because the gardeners were here all day long – and by the time they left, it was dark most nights. So – we spent a lot of time inside the house and we couldn’t go outside. Now that the backyard is seeded and fertilized (as of today!) – we still can’t go outside to play because we need to wait for the grass to grow!
I am having a few trees planted – this one is a Japanese Maple. We’re also putting in an orange tree, and maybe a few more. The girls spent a lot of time this week helping me pick out trees – since, you know, they probably know as much about trees as I do! (Not saying a lot – haha!) Well, we researched together, and now we all know quite a bit about species of trees, Grow Zones, and all sorts of tree facts.
On Tuesday, Mr. M had the afternoon off work – so he took the girls to Mulligan’s for go-kart racing, mini-golf, arcade games, paddle boating, etc.! We gave the girls the choice whether to go to Disneyland, the beach, or Mulligan’s – and they chose Mulligan’s!
My mini Mini-Golfers!:
While they were at Mulligan’s, I stayed home and worked on organizing and decluttering the garage. It is such a mess! We have tons of the old owners’ stuff, plus a lot of our own stuff from moving. I am definitely a “toss it” kind of gal – and Mr. M is a “keep it!” kind of guy – so you can imagine how that goes!
So, long story short, I have to declutter by myself, otherwise nothing would ever leave our house. Ha!
I also have another giant toolshed packed with stuff (all belonging to the old owners). Obviously, I have a deadline because I am 6 1/2 months pregnant – and I want all this done before the baby comes! Also – I won’t be able to find any of our baby stuff if I don’t clear the garage out (I am pretty sure all the baby stuff and clothes are buried deep at the back of the garage).
So, here is my current project…the garage! I am half-tempted to call the Salvation Army and have them back their truck up and let them just load it all in:
Mr. M worked A LOT this week (I know, I always say that!) – so I was on my own with the kids pretty much 24/7. I was kind of going crazy because I couldn’t leave the house much and I didn’t have any sort of a break!
So because I had nothing else going on, I decided to go ahead and potty train Violet! She is still 2, and was sort of flirting with potty training…
And – now she is 100% potty trained – not even using a baby potty – she’s exclusively using the REAL potty, people – on her own! It is exciting!!!! Just in time for the baby to be born and start over with diapers. 🙂
Instead of showing you a potty training picture, I am posting a cute photo of the girls all dressed up with no place to go. Every day is a fancy occasion when you’re 5 and 2! Ha!
This was our third week of gymnastics!
Violet (age 2) is definitely a little gymnastics star – her class is all 4 1/2 year olds, and she is pretty amazing. But – you know – she is probably going to be 6 feet tall – so I don’t know how far this gymnastics career is going to go! Haha! She is 99% for height, and most of the women on both sides of the family are 5’10” or taller…um…so I don’t see any Olympic gymnastics in her future. But it’s fun for now!
Honestly, I have never seen a kid her age as strong and physical – it is amazing (to me)! She has no fear, and she is just 100% energy all the time. She also never sleeps – like EVER. (Which is how all of ours kids are about sleep – it’s so weird!)
Anyhoo – I don’t think there are any 6 foot tall gymnasts – so I don’t know…what sport do you do when you’re a crazy strong monkey with endless energy?
She jumped up here on her own and hung like this for about ten minutes while I spun her around and around (for example):
This week, Paprika (8) had A LOT of fun writing stories long-hand. I had been a little worried about her handwriting – but then three days ago, she started writing some stories “to be published” – so she wanted to make them really neat. The first story she wrote was a mystery – about 10 pages long – and in crazy good penmanship. I was like…well, okay! Guess I don’t need to worry so much about handwriting.
One thing I am learning in homeschooling (and life!) is that most of the things I worry about resolve themselves naturally in their own time. Often, all it takes to fix a problem is a little growth and maturity. It’s MY expectations that get me into trouble, and the children learn on their own – at their own pace – and on their own perfect timetable. There is no rush! (Obviously, there are exceptions to this. Most of the little things work themselves out over time is all I am saying)…
I can hardly remember back to Ginger’s massive anxiety attacks a year ago – or Paprika’s crazy sensory meltdowns when she was younger. I mean – I still DO remember them (it’s hard to forget!) – it’s just that those behaviors were largely grown out of with some time and patience. Now, of course, there are new things to worry about! Haha!
In other news, we have still been haunting the old school playgrounds on the weekends. They are huge, uncrowded, fenced, and very calm!
I am at that stage in pregnancy where I am starting to feel a lot less mobile. I like to take the girls places where they can RUN and I can walk slowly behind them and catch up at my own pace!
So, that is our week that was! Hopefully next time I’ll have some great backyard progress pics to share! 🙂