I was sweeping last night and I was reminded of something quite amusing: When Sarah was about 7 years old, we were all impressed by what a capable sweeper she was…..and so quick, too! And then the day came, when we needed to pull the refrigerator out to access the outlet behind it, and found months worth of swept items under the fridge. What a hilarious find! And, quite disgusting as well! Blech.
This summer, I have found a way to avoid making dinner very frequently. J I am teasing. Sorta. But, I have been trying to free up some time by delegating our dinners…..especially since we needed to feed at least nine people every night. (why-oh-why does dinner have to come back around every.single.night?) So, a couple of mornings a week, I assign a pair of kids, or one, to be responsible for the dinner meal. They have come up with quite fabulous meals! They are such good cooks! They get it from their father, for sure. They even invent their own recipes.
I really appreciate that they don’t even complain when I ask. And last week, the 14yo boy saw my homemade pizza dough thawing and even offered to make our pizza for dinner. I did not even to ask for help that night, it was offered. I really appreciated that. The pizza was delicious.
And, if I can talk Marty into a night a week, at least, I get even more nights off. :) I always tell Marty to make enough for two nights….so the next night when it is my turn, the main dish is already prepared. I have so got this figured out. :) Shhhhhh…..don’t tell.
Being the youngest in the family by 4+ years means that sometimes you have to entertain yourself as you are growing up. Sometimes the older kids are too busy or not even present. Malachy learned at a very early age, to play games by himself. He plays Monopoly, cards, and so much more.
So, this morning when 9yo Malachy asked for something to do, I remembered how busy our day was going to be…and suggested he play RISK by himself. I knew it could take all day. He had not done this in a while and jumped at the opportunity, setting up his board game “just right.” I had to force him to break and have breakfast.
In the end, one of his siblings came over to check it out and they played for a few hours. And, nicely at that!
I love that when I walk through my property in summer it causes hundreds of grasshoppers to jump out of the way. I even saw it happen when the dogs were strolling across, too.
OH! We have a very large covey of quail in our front yard…just wee chicks! Adorable!!
It is soooooo beautiful where I live. When I hang my laundry on the clothesline, I can look west at beautiful Mt. Eddy and its range or I can look east at Mt. Shasta. What a blessing….that I DO NOT take for granted!!!
Our friend, who is a priest, will be here to stay the night as he relocates to his new parish. More blessings! We are having a nice barbeque tonight as Matthew's going-back-to-school dinner.