i’ve always felt admirably calm in crises. trained in first aid + cpr, i handled my own kid’s ER trips with urgency + an unruffled air, despite pooling blood or a backward arm. but how i fell apart then – both slowly depleting as i read read read plus the immediate surfeit of fear + dread – felt new. sorrowful. and its been difficult to creep back from its many edges.
Last week felt like the longest one in a while. George got promoted, so we started out with a small celebration. More fun than stressful, plus the house was cleaned early!
As spring continues, our focus seems to be shifting into physicality, any activity that requires body movement in some way. Definitely the trampoline is a daily outlet all year, but now it’s been a joy to get outside on bicycles or on foot, and no one seems to mind a lap around the ‘hood. Particularly in the rain!
i have read myself into a frenzy of “should” and “need to” and “why am i not,” and i’ve realized that it’s because i haven’t given myself any down time to process the input. a continuous diet of new fare does not result in an automatic new life; it results in discomfort, and a bit of mental crises, honestly.
First camping trip of the season! Our Wildling crew headed to Great Sand Dunes National Park for a group trip, and we had fun despite crazy winds + below-freezing temps.
The week of science experiments, if ever there was one. From DIY egg dye to rocket launching, we did them ALL.
We’ve had some personal growth this week as well – that usually feels awkward to me. Rosetta has a friend with a similar temperament, and that makes it hard for them to move on from disappointment when they play. They’re quiet, funny people, and disagreement shifts them into defensive mode.
We finally got our first 100 hours of outside time! Yeah, it’s April. But I am the only one depressed by this, and I am also the only one who’s got 300+ hours myself. Not that I am comparing… haha.
Apples to Apples was a highlight for the kids, even better than meals out, due to Grandpa’s misunderstanding and lack of reading glasses for the game. Wildlings got a painting with sand + rock tutorial from our resident artist.