even though I won't be done teaching for the summer until next Thursday, I've been playing a game wherein (until I have to go to work in the afternoon) I tell myself it is already summer break. and guess what? it kind of works. there have been lots of smoothies, plenty of lingering in the garden in the mornings with a cup or two of tea, dinners on the deck and sun tea brewing on the railing. the days feel easy and relaxed and we spend at least as much time outside than in. now that we're halfway through the Little House books again, I checked out the DVDs of season one of Little House on the Prairie from the library and we've been enjoying watching them together almost daily. Claire is digging the loosened rules regarding screen time and aside from the fact that at least every third episode has nothing to do with the books, I am enjoying it quite a lot, too.
it has been a pleasure to be able to pick quite a bit from the garden these last couple weeks. loads of greens and garlic scapes, mostly. but there have also been strawberries, a little bit of broccoli, and now we're just getting into the peas. a fairly common meal for me lately has been sautéed broccoli rabe with an egg and a heap of Lisa's hot peppers. yum!
our lavender plants have finally seemed to find their footing and take off, and they make me so happy.
another fun thing: artist trading cards
we made these with all of the kids at art over the last few weeks, and they have very much enjoyed trading cards with friends. there's something a bit wonderful about creating little 2.5" x 3.5" works of art and then trading them with your buddies for their own little works of art. I always think maybe I'll skip it myself but then once I start it's hard to stop- it becomes almost meditative, the doodling and painting with no set end product in mind.