I've been feeling these last weeks rather keenly of late, due I think to the usual suspects: I need more time alone than I currently get; I'm homeschooling three lively extroverts; we're heading towards the end of the year; we follow a busy curriculum. I'm sure most of you know exactly what I mean, particularly those of you with more than a couple of kids. They seem to multiply their noises and needs exponentially, these groups of little people, and mine, while I love them dearly, are no exception. Not that I begrudge these factors, but round about this time of year they can be wearing, and I often find myself longing for the little things - more blog time, drinking my tea while it's still hot, not having to dash out the door to some activity or another at 6pm, or simply being able to stare blankly into space without the risk of having some little face poking into mine, asking for one of the following:
You know. The usual roundelay of the SAHP...
But today was a pretty good day. I enjoyed myself. The kids enjoyed themselves. There was a minimum of squabbling, a maximum of benevolent behaviour, hardly any trails of crumbs under the table after the 16 sweet potato muffins had been consumed (recipe here), and the weather - ah, such weather! - was charmingly sunny and warm. We spent some time outside in the sunshine, me weeding while the kids climbed trees and emptied the water barrel all over an ancient Lego village (it was a watery grave this time for poor Pompeii). Max and I had an inspiring conversation around something that confused him in his Word Roots book (discussing the word civi, what a civics teacher does, what rights and duties we have here in Canada vs. those we'd have had if we'd stayed in the US). Dominic worked steadily through his reading work without a single wilt and managed his Robert Louis Stevenson poem quite admirably. And FDPG flitted from history to spelling to reading to drawing to reciting her own poem without a minute's hesitation. It was a day when I wanted to burst out into song. And wear underwear like this: