The boys are thriving and seeing them so happy certainly off sets any of the growing pains we adults are facing. They went from an apartment with little outdoor time to our big yard so outside time is a favorite. In fact, it is hard for me to sneak outside to putter without a certain fourteen month old lifting those deliciously pudgy arms for me to take him out with me.
I have gotten quite good at finding ways to contain him out there without him realizing it. It's amazing what comes back to you when you surround yourself with little people.
The other thing that has come back is our need for food and lots of it. Needless to say, my weekly trip to the grocery store is just not cutting it. I seem to be running for more bread, eggs and milk every other day. My discretionary food budget (aka art supply and plant money) has dwindled to nearly non-existent.
Being outside watching little ones has certainly motivated me to get some work done on the gardens. I have been buying a few annuals every week to freshen up the pots we have tucked into the perimeter of the yard. I finally managed to clean up the area in the back with my raised beds and found a few tomato plants that had reseeded themselves with fruit already on the vine.
Life is good here on Lemon Lane, not perfect but really good. It's amazing the difference a positive attitude makes in accepting life changes. Focusing on the privilege it is to help raise another generation instead of the loss of my freedom made all the difference. I don't know how long they'll be with us but that's not really important anymore because just about the time I set a time schedule, the whole thing could change again.
This lesson of acceptance has been a hard one for me but hopefully...it's one I'm finally getting.