Two weeks ago, I had tons of energy and got caught up on lots of clean-out projects, from tackling the family office and various storage areas to re-caulking my shower (particularly proud I figured out how to do that one!). Unfortunately, my energy levels have been super low since then even as I still have one or two more projects I really want to finish before baby comes. Where's that nesting energy when you need it?
In other news, this summer has been wonderful. My kids have had wonderful experiences and opportunities (more on some of those later), we've had a good schedule of activities and chores that has run smoothly, and my plan to
never cook again teach my children competence in the kitchen is really paying off. Seriously, I've cooked maybe three meals all summer long. The others have been willingly and happily cooked by kids who are quite competent. Michael, especially, is quick to jump in and offer to cook when someone is not available to take their night. I love having big kids!
I've enjoyed having less of some chores on my plate, though I'm still plenty busy, much of it just managing all the running around and getting people where they need to be. I've found that with older kids, I have more and more flexibility in the summer -- there's almost always someone at home who can be left in charge while I run errands or take kids somewhere -- I just have less free time, as I'm managing so many different schedules and pitching in to help with the work. So this blog has fallen by the wayside for the most part. I do hope to do a big "here's what's been awesome about this summer so far" post before the baby comes. So stay tuned for summer news and baby news!