No, not "poor mom" and here's why: I keep hearing the joyful exclamations of parents about their children being back in school. I am joyful too; but because there is nowhere else I would rather be! Over the summer, I had a few misgivings about how things would feel in a house where the normal 4 or 5 children was suddenly reduced to 2 every morning. I even fleetingly thought they might be better off in school. Here are some of the things we are doing instead: (as well as yesterday's photos, all from my i-phone, of playing along the Mississippi. The first ones are of a walk we took after dropping off my son at high school Monday morning. Poor us.)
A wall of origami? The result of hours and hours of listening to audio books when Mama was busy or kids were sick...drawing and folding became passions this summer. When I began to run out of ideas and room to keep all of these paper treasures, I offered the bulletin board as a display area; duly noted and used.
Hanging out together and talking...too rare now that the oldest spend more time out of the house than in.
Taking advantage of the beautiful summertime weather.
Working on special skills: Cate at her brown belt test in kung-fu, with the whole family there to cheer her on. (Just a few days before she left for college.)
With the wonderful Mr. Morrow of Morrow's Academy of Shao-Lin Chuan Kung-fu
Cooking; I have more time for cooking! And cooking surrounded by munchkins drawing and chatting with me is about as lovely as it gets.
Lesson planning...this was a selection of my favorite books for a new homeschooling family. I wish them much happiness.
And knitting...no words needed for the initiated.