This is what I did with my babies this morning while Nathan was directibg radio play rehearsals out of town:
Letters, numbers, colors, shapes, addition, and subtraction. That’s where we are in study time at home. Five almost knows half the articles of faith, and Toddler knows most all the prophets of this dispensation, and the Baby is finally starting to babble. Toddler has made it three weeks in panties with no accidents, and the Baby is starting to get curious about the potty – not thrilled with sitting on it before bath time just for practice, but definitely curious.
I sent them outside for a picnic lunch and for the sixes to play while the babies had their nap, and that’s when I got my shower and started tackling our house.
We had eight insane weeks of me doing a second master’s while still in my post-doc program, plus being away some nights for chaplaincy. Mostly I am gone while the kids are sleeping, so it is Nathan I miss, but the house may be what suffered most. Nathan is so helpful, and the sixes are old enough to put away their laundry and pick up after themselves – and even pretend to practice some things, like sweeping the floor. But today is the first day where all my work was done and notes finished and no homework and children bathed and happy and OUTDOORS. I could not be more thrilled, as happy as they are for a warm day, and the windows are thrown open for me to breathe the air as I seriously clean our home.
In the middle of it, though, was delivered all my books for the new semester at the Jewish school, which starts in two weeks, plus extra books a friend sent me: the Talmud, Jewish wisdom and literacy books, and kashrut law books:
Not only that, but for one of my new classes, I got my first Hebrew Bible. I have the Tanakh translated into English, and the Hebrew Bible on my phone, but this is my first hard copy of the Hebrew Bible in print. It is lovely, and I almost cried!
Nerd heaven, maybe, but it’s been a fun day for us.
As soon as the babies wake, I can send them out while I mop, and then we will be all done with chores and I can play outside with them while Nathan is at symphony rehearsal.
Maybe we could even go to the park, they say.
“Maybe!” I say, even though I know we will, just because that’s what moms say.