Ruth Ayres hosts a weekly celebration on her blog. I appreciate this invitation to find positives at the end of the week.
1. The summer rec program started. I live in a tiny town without many interesting things for kids to do, but the summer rec program is really stellar. For just $5 per activity, kids can enroll in a variety of sports and art classes that meet 2-4 times per week for at least an hour and last for 4-7 weeks. Best. Deal. Ever. In the past, my son has done just about everything, but this year he decided to be selective: flag football, baseball, basketball, and bowling. I love the extra exercise he’s getting, the positive attention he’s getting from adults, and the three hours a day of free time I suddenly find myself with! I will even try not to complain about the interminable baseball games I will have to sit through every Thursday for the next seven weeks.
2. Inspired by a reread of Mercy Watson, I had a very Mercy Watson lunch on Thursday, and yes, hot buttered toast, even when it’s not quite toasty enough, would seem to have the potential to solve many of the world’s problems.
There were plenty of silly Frances moments:
And my favorite photo of the week, my beautiful kid and my favorite cat:
I have no idea why she’s putting her feet on his face or why he’s letting her. I like to joke that Frances is the amazing germ-free cat (her nickname is Perfect, after all), but I happen to know that she was downstairs in the cat box about two seconds before this photo was snapped.
4. We did some family art together. I always have these big ideas for things like Family Art Night (in capitals), but then we play cards or watch basketball instead. But this week it really happened. I don’t consider myself to be remotely artistic, but somewhere online I saw someone drawing some Sharpie loopy lines and coloring in the shapes that were created. And it turns out that this is a GREAT art project for the non-artistic.
Since I’m me, naturally I want to try to goalify Family Art Time, so now I’m thinking that I should create one art project each week over the summer. That’s a lot of Sharpie loopy lines.
5. I have been thinking for several weeks of trying to write something about parenting for a Tuesday Slice, but I kept talking myself out of it. I had many, many different reasons in my head for why I shouldn’t publish a parenting piece. And I still have all those reasons, and they’re good reasons. But finally this week, I was working on a piece that I really wanted to finish and publish. So I did. My mom texted me that the piece read like I nailed it the first time–seamless and flowing. To which I could only laugh hysterically. Because it’s so much work to write something that seems effortless. But also very satisfying.
Bonus: this beauty started blooming: