The other day Paige said to me "we have everything we need right here momma.."
She's totally right. We have a roomy house filled with treasures in every nook and cranny, beautiful toys that inspire hours of play inside out out..we have shelves of books on all sorts of subjects so that if I want to read about beekeeping, or gardening, or eating a Tradional diet I can just search my (totally unorganized) bookshelf...we have dogs to smooch, cats to cuddle, goats to chase, and a garden in the works. We have yummy things to eat and all the art supplies a kid could ask for and I love it. Now don't get me wrong, my house is a WRECK, especially since I've er, let it go more than usual. There's Easter grass everywhere, and a nature coloring book in the works spread out on the dining room table, and well you're bound to trip on a Lego at any moment but whatever. We are happy.
I got in this spring cleaning kick yesterday and decided to tackle a room a week.
REALLY tackle it. Inside and out, get rid of things we don't need and scrub until it shines. This week is the kitchen and below you will see some of my progress (and since I'm not ashamed of being totally messy, some of my non-progress...but it's only Tuesday!) I actually ended up finding a gift card to Barnes and Noble (got three new books today!) and Toys R Us I forgot about...and a few issues of Backwoods Home and Mother Earth News to add to my growing (huge) collection of things to read. See what neat things you find when you clean?
And Easter passed! Of course it did, and naturally the bunny stopped here :) He didn't fill the eggs with too many chocolates, but Paige and Wyatt did find little teeny wooden hedgehogs and toadstools and some beautiful magical stones..and in their baskets there were bunnies dressed in floral sundresses and playsilks with unicorns and they were all opened happily at 6am in bed while mommy sort of looked on while dozing in/out of sleep. The hunt took place outside but the errr -- bunny hid the eggs and the dogs snagged a few :/ so Paige asked him/her to please be more cautious next year.
We went to my mums too and that was a nice change. My Dad/brother/Grandma/Mary (brothers gf) were all there and the kids got a second egg hunt this time with much much more candy. And there were more baskets with more goodies and Paige got a Barbie and wow, I've never seen her glow so much. She literally turned a funny shade of crimson and ran around like a wild-woman saying "thank you thank you thank you" softly and so excited-like. I'm not exactly anti-Barbie but I do prefer my house to be filled with wonderful wooden things, and open ended toys and Barbies are just so...BARBIE-ish. But I have to learn to just relax...having a Barbie doesn't mean Paige isn't going to stop loving nature hunts, and horseback riding it just means she has a Barbie to play in the tub with. And it brought her joy. And life's short. And it's a treat -- but this momma aint' buying one.
Thanks to a nature Waldorf-themed swap we got some things for our nature table (I love felted goodies and so do the kids...and I was able to add them to so many of our Easter stories!)
Spring is finally here and yesterday I bought a few plants to get into the front of the house to spruce it up. Again we were left with nothing in the front and the result is uh, pretty barren. This year I'm inspired to grow herbs and food instead of having a manicured lawn so I did some work outside with the kids "helping" before the wind roared and the rain began. Also on the plan for the week is the big ole' barn spring clean which I'm sure Ben, Twig and Sprout will love. Today Paige is sick -- I thought it was alleriges since she had the runny nose/eyes going on, but than the fever came and to the couch with oils it is! So it's been quiet - Wyatt will happily play with his trains and some clay for an entire afternoon and it's been well..totally nice to catch up on this blog, and my work, and my reading.
This Friday we are ordering all our materials for our raised beds and really gettin' going. I have all these goals and I've been writing them down in my new journal - some of them I've shared, some may be new, some I've started working and some well...we shall see...here they are:
*to become plastic free. completely.
*to stop using paper towels and start usin' fabric scraps for clean ups
*using momma clothe for that time of the month [I have NO interest in stopping toliet paper though..]
*to can some (and eventually all) our jams, and other things we use
*to grow our own produce
*to purchase raw milk/cheese/dairy from a local coop...our grass fed organic meat from a butcher..and everything else we need from local health food shops (or in bulk from family run places online..)
* to add more animals to our homestead (a pig, duck, chickens, a turkey for Thanksgiving)
* to have the most lucious garden full of fairies and wildflowers for the kids to romp in
*to simplify and sell/donate/give away many things we don't use.
*to sew (or learn how)
*to create that stupid rhythm I seek so desperately.
And now a fun giveaway!
What are YOUR goals? Tell me in a comment and one random winner will get a copy of "Heaven on Earth" which is my ALL TIME favorite book about rythm and raising babes.