Our winter was short this year, shorter than any I remember. Here we are, not even April, but I am feeling like our time to move indoors is coming all too soon. We have already turned on the air conditioning several times. We sleep with minimal clothing on, a sheet bunched up at our feet, kids on both sides, and the fan blowing full blast.
We are trying to get as much outdoor time in before summer really arrives and we can no longer get out. We have been collecting new games and building a small library of learning resources. This year has been a fun one and an exhausting one. I have less time than ever but have been working on finding more joy in our days. It is so easy to succumb to the exhaustion and check the clock multiple times a day, waiting for dad’s call that the day is over.
With some conscious effort on my part we have been passing our days with regular outings, art projects, games, and lots of stories. Choosing joy, over the exhaustion or irritation that come so naturally, has been a very liberating feeling–one that I hope to hold on to for the rest of my days.
One thing no one tells you about being a parent is the constant feeling of unsureness. We all want the best for our kids, but there is no right way to do it. Like most parents of young children, we have spent the last (almost) four years questioning if we are really doing what is best. I can tell you right now, I have never felt so strongly that yes, we are definitely doing the right thing.