inside // The living room is finished and the hallway and bathroom are the only spaces left unfinished. There is dog hair everywhere, even though I vacuumed the whole place yesterday afternoon. There are windows cranked open in every room, and I can hear gentle traffic sounds and song-birds through the screens. The dogs are napping at my feet and the babies are napping as well. The dishwasher needs emptying but I'm sitting in bed, enjoying the quiet before life gets moving again.
outside // Summer weather has arrived even though it's still technically spring for another three weeks. The yard is still waiting for grass, and the vegetable gardens are forlorn and filled with weeds as they wait patiently for plants. This morning I strapped the kids into the stroller by 8.30 and we went for a long walk - to the park, to Tim Horton's for a tea paid for with scrounged up change, and to my mother's house for an impromptu visit when we found her outdoors as we walked by. The heavens opened and rained down on us just as we went to leave, and today I said yes to playing in the rain. Today I watched my son giggle and run and beam as the rain beat down on his blonde head, and soaked through his shoes and pyjamas. Today I also said yes to a walk in their PJ's - because...why not?
hoping // That the sun stays out this afternoon so we can pay a visit as family to the in-laws. That my maternity leave gets figured out VERY quickly, because funds are very, very low. That the Farmer's Market does in fact open this Sunday so we will have a destination for our Sunday morning stroll.
wanting // A big bowl of chopped up watermelon from my fridge. To go out for tea and lunch with a friend [soon, soon!] To know how old this tree is...It's at least 4 feet wide, and absolutely majestic when heavy with leaves in the summer months.
eating // Salad with at least one meal a day. Too many English muffins with peanut butter. More fruit than veggies - but working on changing that habit.
drinking // Green tea and water, as always.
listening // To the road noises from outside, the white noise from Ivy's swing and the ocean sounds over the monitor from Mason's room. And catching up on podcasts on my walks with the kids .
reading // slowly but surely, The Womanly Art of Breast Feeding [la leche league international] and The Fire Starter Sessions [Danielle LaPorte]. I've weaned down my blog reader again as well, and gotten rid of the blogs I kept skipping past. Feels good to have a lighter list!
writing // One of my 15 in 2015 goals is to start and maintain a daily meditation practice. I've been thinking a lot about what meditation actually feels and looks like to me. After reading a great article about Tracking and Building Daily Habits, I've starting writing something every day. In my journal. A letter. A blog post. A 365 Story. To me, getting the words out of my mind and down on paper or on to a screen is a meditation of its own. The TV and podcasts get shut off, I make a cup of tea and get comfortable. And I write.
remembering // Little memories from when Mason was a newborn, and marveling at how very similar, yet incredibly different our children are already.