School's out, school's out, school's out.
Having a child and teaching full time made for an interesting semester with the majority of my free time spent lying horizontal on the couch, physically spent and exhausted.
Now that I will be nannying part-time for the next month and a half, with only one vacation looming at the end, I find myself in need of serious creative and intellectual activity. Or at least as much as one can reasonably expect while taking care of a little person.
First and foremost, I want to write more! I always enjoy spewing off the ramblings in my head, which in forces me to turn the gears of my mind in a more creative way. It's so tough to *force* oneself to write, but if I set a goal to post more frequently, I find that I naturally seek out stimulating conversations and turn on a more reflective switch to my personality in general.
Secondly, I want to gather the willpower to start at least a few artistic endeavors and paintings. Alas, this one is tougher with Leo in the picture because he demands to be entertained at this point in his career, and by the time I've set up any semblance of paints and brushes, the kid is wailing for some new toy or putting some treacherous object in his mouth. But I see my friends painting and drawing wonderful masterpieces, and I miss having a project that I'm proud of to come home to work on.
Thirdly, I want to read more books and take my child to the library. I am lucky to live within walking distance to a beautiful one, and I forget that modeling daily reading is so crucial for my children if I want them to become life long learners and people who read for pleasure. Garrett is so much better than I am recently at this, so setting up concrete family time for reading is something that will be happening in our household.
Fourthly, I want to discover and listen to new music. I am so bad about this. Most days, I come home and just throw on Netflix for white noise or sit in wonderful silence after a day with twenty-nine children. Please share your favorite moving, beautiful music with me!
Fifthly, I want to enjoy the outdoors with my family, I know that the summer here stinks, but lately we have been going on more family walks and adventures and we always enjoy them. When we're back in Michigan, I want to spend every waking moment out of doors.
“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” James King.