I’ve purchased the Summer Crafts. Paper dolls, mini-birdhouses, needlepoint, a sewing machine (thank you, Michael’s 40% off coupon), a spa kit (thank you, Marshalls). I always over buy. I am Michael’s dream customer. I still have many wooden boats in the top of the closet. We painted fairy boats, but they came in a set of 24, so I now have 20 extras. In case you’re interested, you can have them. It’ll clear some space for the birdhouses.
This year, all 3 daughters of mine are going to have their own flower gardens. They’ll be in charge of planting, weeding, decorating, etc. In my head, this is a great way to get their hands a bit dirty. They’ll appreciate the amazing potential that is gardening and they’ll come away deeper, stronger, more beautiful. In practice, we’ll probably have 3 weed pits which I will alternately weed myself and yell at the kids for not weeding.
Weed issues are probably part of the reason that the foxes have moved out. Hal had some issues with the family not paying rent, so I encouraged them to move on by leaving diapers by their den entrance. Human smell, you know. It worked, but only after they left us a parting gift of a wing and heart on the front steps, which I buried with due ceremony because Hal couldn’t get his work clothes mussy. (Yes, that is deep and bitter sarcasm.) I shouldn’t complain. I’d rather bury a couple of bird parts than move the 11 tons (seriously) of gravel that Hal will be moving in a couple of weeks. Not only did I over extend in the craft department, but I came up with a great landscape design that involves me buying lots of pretty flowers. Unfortunately for him, it involves Hal moving rocks around. A lot of rocks. Did you know that rocks weigh more than flowers?
Oh, and to top it all off, we’ve begun the basement remodel, which kept me awake all last night worrying about whether or not a double sink will fit in the bathroom. How do you have 3 girls and not have a double sink? And are the ceilings too low for a loft bed? Can I convince the contractor that we need European-style closets instead of sliders? This is the reason Hal will be moving rocks this summer. It has nothing to do with pretty flower beds and everything to do with sharing the stress.