LATELY : : MAY 2019

I went into May with no plan of any sort. I even tossed out any schooling notions I had written out. We still held lessons, but they were thought up on the day of, after breakfast and chores, and usually completed after the freedom of play.

One of the big highlights involves my sister! She invited us to Six Flags for Mother’s Day! It was still very cold out, but boy did those kiddos have fun together! They even braved the cold water and experienced their first flume ride of the year (or ever in the case of my girls) before heading home!

^ Flip-flops and a beanie ^

We still have coats, hats, and wool socks out, as it has only been hot for one week, and I just don’t trust that sweatshirts won’t be needed again.

The can’t-make-up-it’s- mind kind of weather is what we’re used to and it encouraged our spontaneous mindset and helped us get creative with our daily doin’s.

The girls had friends over (when their moms needed a sitter- win-win!). I’m still in awe of how well our girls play. I had zero imagination as a kid (I think my brothers mocked any original thought I had and I became a follower – which suits me). Their daddy, however, is as creative as they come. I’m desperately trying to guide the girls into listening and including behavior, so they grow up giving and getting the encouragement Zack was (and is!) always given (his family encourages me every single time I see them, too! – and my brothers are incredibly nice to me now, haha).

They truly are wonderful sisters to one another. I’m of course holding my breath for the day that changes. But, maybe it won’t?

Well, that thought got away from me. Let’s move on, yeah?

Cattails turned into fairy wands.

We took many many walks and trips to playgrounds.

My mothers Day gifts! Zack said Mae spend her sweet time reading every card until she found one with just the right words. Ahhh.  Rae, no doubt, picked me out the pink hedgehog planter – with plant. Girl knows I love me some fresh foliage. (Also, Miss Maybe, always close beside me)

Mae’s finds ^. She’s very observant.

Tornado season has begun with a vengeance for some towns near us.

For us, so far, we’ve been able to enjoy some lovely storms and the vibrant sunsets and clear skies that follow.

The first hot day of the year happened on Zack’s first day of summer break! What are the odds? (It’s usually still too chilly to swim when the pools open) Miss Maybe, it turns out, is not a fan of the heat. Not her thing. Soon enough, fair-skinned-Rae might be parked inside next to her as Mae begs her to go out and play.

Critters! The girls are in Heaven!

I could do without the hornets, wasps, and mosquitos, but…

Rae presents me with an Avengers bandaid every time a mosquito bite presents itself! Woot! I don’t have the heart to tell her that it isn’t really a bandaid situation. – and I went through a box in three days. Ha! Dern pests.

We helped a friend out and watched her lovely kids for an hour a day for the last few weeks of school. Rocking a baby for an hour a day is so wonderful. She is such a happy girl. Their son calls me, “My Jade,” and is totally smitten with the girls (Rae in particular).

A post about watching G & A for a day is back here.

We took a small day trip to the Daniel Boone home today, as it was “Homeschool Day!” AND! Zack was able to go along with us! There will be another post later about our time there, but I will say, it was fun!

Zack begins a month of teaching summer school next week and our anniversary is on Sunday, so we are taking the girls for a fun couple days of swimming and camping this weekend to celebrate before life rushes us forward towards busier days.

MEMORIAL WEEKEND

We spent the long weekend up with Zack’s family. The girls had just learned how to ride bikes and wanted to try riding on a smooth surface – ha. They did an incredible job! Mae never wanted to get off the bike and Rae, well, she enjoyed it but preferred playing Barbies with her cousin, Lauren, inside.

Mae and I fit in a few Mom-daughter rides around the neighborhood and even rode up to a Walgreens with her and Sadie. We stopped by that pond up there every time and watched/chased ducks and the girls skipped rocks.

Zack, Logan and I went out together to watch a movie one of the nights. He’s so great. He reminds me so much of Zack! We all know you can’t have too many Zacks.

The two of them were able to spend a lot of time with one another, driving around (Logan gets his permit soon!), playing video games, and whatever else they do.

We all made it our to Uncle Rich’s famous get together!

Despite feeling like a zombie at this point in the trip, I was such a fun time. Zack and I spent most of the afternoon hanging out with the kids. We took them to two of the playgrounds behind their house, as well as on a long walk, and to toss many a frisbee on the baseball field.

I got so much quality time with Sadie bug which was such a treat! I even got to hold Morty several times. He’s such a stud.

We also played Marbles in the driveway, made Frosted lemonades, took Maybe out for walks, discovered a bunny’s den, got to see baby raccoons, saw old friends at church, and managed to make a mini-date out of purchasing some floor for the girls’ new rooms (yay!).