It's Valentine's day and absolutely the most beautiful morning of the year, warmth, sunshine, blue sky, white mountains.
Driving to school today Caitlin asked,"If it's Valentine's day why is Cupid not shooting arrows in the air?"
Sam replied, "He is. He's just invisible."
I dropped William and Sophie off at Grandma's, then Caitlin and Grant off at the preschool. Grant's class was already out at the playground, but on the classroom carpet were bags decorated with red hearts and each child's name, already filled with surprises, lined up in neat rows.
Valentine preparation has been the industry around here lately. Counting, collating candy and cards. Some spreading their goods out carelessly on the carpet, then screaming with horror to find William tearing in to their lollipops.
I went to the store to buy Valentine cookies, frosting, sprinkles for Olivia's class. Found some beautiful hyacinths to give away. I love the smell of hyacinths..like Easter.
Came home, walked in to the off-to-the- bus- clutter...it was extensive and all throughout the house. Determined to leave it and sit down to write. About what? Accepting the limitations of the day. Learning happiness that way. Because Saturday, while I spent the day cleaning I kind of had this idea that it would make Monday easier. But here I am again.
So I even left the bags of groceries on the floor. Looked down to see the enormous pork loin that was half price still lying on the carpet, slithering out of the bag like an anaconda. I have to find a zen focal point and let the rest go.
Keeping this blog is a way of reminding myself that this is about more than catching up. I've already arrived at the day.
And here were some things to celebrate.
Thursday, February 10, I was grateful that we were able to pull together Olivia's science fair project. Proud of her for wanting to do it and for keeping me on task.
Friday at noon, the preschool kids had open houses for me to attend. Caitlin is serious and detail oriented about her artwork.
I got to frost cookies with Grant.
Friday evening, on the pizza pick-up the kids and I stopped by Petco. I was planning to buy a new companion for the Dwarf Hamster.
"Not gonna happen," the Petco guy responded when I told him we were looking for a new cage mate.
Apparently, once they've tasted independence they can't be paired again.
But he did give us some advice about how to catch a Dwarf Hamster. Here it is. There's an apple, her favorite snack, there at the bottom.
Sophisticated as this may be, Julie the hamster is still at large.
Sunday warm and beautiful. I went to the park with the kids. It was great to see them playing with their neighborhood friends outside.