Simultaneously, it also feels like it's been about a decade since I've been able to sit down for more than a minute or two, before Hazel is into something. I know someday this stage will feel like a blip on the radar, too. So there you have it, folks. Time is a weird thing, isn't it?
I made another Hanami romper for Hazel's birthday. I did everything the same way as I did here, right down to making it in double gauze again.
Dan inserted the back snaps for me. He always does. Inserting snaps is an enormous pain (in my opinion) and kind of freaks me out. I am supremely grateful for his willingness to help me out. High fives for Dan!
The girls and I made Hazel this puppy cake, using our favorite recipe. The idea came from this pin.
Also, we started homeschooling this week! This year we're doing things a bit differently and the older kids will be attending a homeschool enrichment program twice a week.
They're taking classes like robotics, theater, Spanish, art and art history, science with labs, social studies, writing and speech.
Last year our homeschooling year went great up until around February. I started to feel burned out, juggling three different curricula while still trying to also connect with my toddler and preschooler and manage my household. But I've heard that February is National Homeschool Burnout Month so I chalked it up to that. I rallied in March and April, but May nearly did me in.
In the past, when I've struggled with burn out, I've considered it a time management issue. I assumed I just need to be more disciplined, more efficient! No wasted time! Dan joked that I had six sigma-ed every routine we had. Which is not at all my nature.
Of course, time management strategies are important and establishing a family rhythm was immensely helpful to us. But, my days were over scheduled and most days I was working from the moment I woke up until the moment I went to sleep. I simply could not give more of myself than I had been giving and I actually needed to have less on my plate. I had to be honest with myself about my own limitations. I loved this article entitled I am Not an Airplane. I say it as : I am not a robot. I have a certain capacity from which I can give and it has its limits.
This enrichment program is exactly what we needed and is such a blessing! It allows us to continue homeschooling, which we love, but takes some of the pressure off of me. It gives the kids the opportunity to take classes they're interested in, alongside of other students. Some of those classes are difficult or impossible for me to teach, anyway. This was their first week attending and they totally loved it!
With this new schedule, all four of our older kids will be gone one day. This allows me to have a day with Hazel. Then I'm keeping Iris home with me on the second school day, so I can spend that day with my two littlest girls.
We had such a great day together, just the three of us.
We've had nearly a week of rain here, which we desperately needed. But it was so heavy that it knocked the flowers off of some of the crepe myrtle trees in our neighborhood.
The girls has the best time playing together in the blossoms. It brought them pure joy and delight, which brought me joy and delight.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said :: If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty and light the universe with their admonishing smile.
I love the way my children remind me to seek out and appreciate the beauty and wonder always before us.