3 flat miles of creekside trail
5 tiny seedlings of mixed variety (Roma tomatoes, sweet peppers, basil, etc.)
6 classic children’s books on CD
2 dozen pieces of toddler boy clothing (YardSale brand preferred)
3 free market-fresh tomatoes
1 sweet conversation with a finally pregnant friend
6 cubic feet of potting soil
5 hideous orange buckets
4 bowls of ice cream on the porch
2 new pairs of kiddie shoes
6 clean-out-the-fridge quesadillas
80 photographs with a new camera
4 chapters of a Flat Stanley book
2 100-piece puzzles
600 papers to grade
- Awake late and run three fast miles with a delightful friend. Talk non-stop about school and summer and everything in-between.
- Collect seedlings from Master Gardeners, in-laws, Home Depot, and the market. While these are waiting, peruse the library, childless and slowly.
- At the yard sale, gather a mound of 4T and 5T clothes for less than the price of one item at the store.
- Spot the pudgy belly of a friend while scoping out the first of summer tomatoes. Throw caution to the wind and ask. Celebrate because the fourth time’s a charm for this blessed mama.
- Take the whole family to Home Depot to complete Project Bucket Garden. Move quickly to combat the grumpiness that comes with no lunch and no nap.
- Soak in the perfect day while eating chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and willing the tiny seedlings to grow.
- Catch another whim and take both kids to get summer shoes. Pray your kid will follow through with soccer camp while buying tiny cleats, shin guards, and socks.
- Eat dinner with no yelling. Whatsoever.
- Practice with the new camera while the little people fight the tree in the front yard, David & Goliath style.
- At bedtime, read a book that both mom and baby girl enjoy. Work a puzzle together to fight the I’m-not-tired complaints.
- Leave the papers in the car. Don’t worry about them until tomorrow.
- Serve it up with joy. In Joy. Enjoy.