What a month we’ve had! It started off with my birthday, then we had a sad goodbye, spent wonderful time with family, survived cross-country flights, colds, a back injury, physical therapy (for said back injury)… We came home to some hot weather, welcomed less-hot weather, made false teeth… Learned of the hospitalizations of both of my mom’s parents… Went to a farmer’s market, but our car got hit (with no note left behind) in the parking lot… Had a blast discovering a splash park I had heard of but never been to because of its hefty entry price ($7/person). It turns out you can get in free after 5:30, and it is great! Add in a couple fun barbeques, our town’s fourth of July parade (enjoyed from the shade, which was nice for everyone except for the kids who missed all the candy. Next year I think we’ll STILL sit in the shade, but I’ll come prepared with a bag of candy to throw between us and the parade!)… In between everything we had fun in the sprinkler and enjoyed some great creative play – all in all a very memorable month.
Now let’s see how I did in terms of reaching my goals:
- Finish the SKIRT: It’s cut out, all thirty-plus pieces of it (no wonder I was intimidated!), but I haven’t started sewing. Sewing it up may or may not work, since I wasn’t remotely careful about measuring before cutting.
- Sew dresses for Emma and Lily: Also cut out, but not sewn.
- Keep our garden alive: So far so good, although a few leaves have succumbed to fungus. We enjoyed a lot of peas this month (even if most of those vines are dead now – is that normal for peas?), as well as five yellow zucchini, plus two more that were sent home with friends. We haven’t actually eaten that much zucchini – just picked it!
- Make dress-up clothes for Johnny: Done, albeit not with the glamour I sometimes envision but never create. I would still like to make something beyond our superhero capes, but Johnny has become quite adept at making his own disguises, and I did pick up some fluorescent yellow vests from IKEA. They drown him, being adult-sized, but they still work nicely as “Bob the Builder” outfits.
- Go on walks: We did this some, but could have done better.
- Play outside: As with walks, we did this, but could have done more.
- Visit a local farm: Not done. Hopefully next month.
- Visit a local farmer’s market: Done. The kids enjoyed painting pots and listening to a story, and we picked up some lovely honey, blueberries, and cheese. None of us were happy to see a dent in our car when we returned to the parking lot.
- Go through belongings and select some to donate: Done. I’d like to do this again next month.
And here are my goals for August:
- Celebrate Lily’s Birthday. Target Area: gratitude
- Celebrate Mike’s Birthday. Target Area: gratitude
- Visit a local farm. Target Area: education
- Go through belongings and find more to donate. Target Area: generosity and gratitude
- Keep our garden alive. Target Area: education and health
- Sew the skirt. Target Area: education
- Sew the girls’ dresses. Target Area: education and gratitude
- Get organized for TWO kids starting school (Johnny continuing his preschool program and Emma starting kindergarten) in September Target Area: peace
- Go to Story Land!!! Target Area: fun! That can be gratitude, right? =)
- Cut out and hopefully sew my summer dress, before summer is over! Target Area: education
What do you hope to achieve in August?