One thing I love about my mother is that she always knows from a simple telephone call when I need a few minutes alone. She is so good about taking the kids for a little while so I can have a breather and I so appreciate that. That is one pro of living next door to your mom: It’s no big deal for her to say, “Can I stop by and take the kids for a little while?”
While she had the kids for a couple of hours this afternoon, I did one of my favorite things: Washed off the screened-in porch. You may think that sounds crazy, but it is so therapeutic to me. Jason got the water hose out of winter storage for me and I went to it. I just love the sounds of the outdoors and the water dripping, and seeing the dirt being washed away…I don’t know why, exactly, but I love it. When I tell Jason, “I am going to wash off the porch now,” He takes the kids and leaves me to it!
For me, this is a definite sign that spring is coming. We use the porch every day during the spring, summer, and fall. We love to eat breakfast and dinner out there (most days it is too hot for lunch on the porch), and the kids spend a lot of time playing in their water table out there. I love to sit in one of the comfy wicker chairs and read or look on my Kindle.
I am so ready for a summer of long, hot days outside, playing in the water, grilling out with family, staying up late, and washing off the porch!
- Inspiring Playspace: Screened-In Porch Turned Preschool Room (apartmenttherapy.com)
- Signs of Spring (violetmed.wordpress.com)