There's only so much a mama can do.
And for me all I could handle was feeding children, laying on the coach not losing my mind, and getting some school in, occasionally.
So now here we are, a month into this four kid thing. So I figure time to get back at it.
I even made a schedule of our week -with craft days and nature walks and trips out to do things.
We shall see how long it lasts.
My mom and dad left yesterday. We had such a great visit with them. Having someone bring you a cup of tea while you're nursing? There is nothing like that. Especially when it's your own mom.
Rather than sit around feeling despondent this morning, while children whine at me about iPad and TV, I figured let's start easy, let's start small! A nature walk! Out of our own front door! So I packed up the kids backpacks with nature journals and water bottles and we headed up the mountain. Well, volcano, actually.
And the baby slept in the stroller.
And the kids learned two new Hawaiian words - mauka, which means the mountain side and makai, which means ocean side. So when we walked the narrow road running along the side of the mountain above our neighborhood and I shouted "mauka" they'd run to the mountain side of the road. And yes, people use these words to give directions. We live in the makai side of our road etc. because you can pretty much always see the ocean from wherever you are.
And we talked about the farm we will have some day with fruit trees and a cat and a dog and Little Misses own bedroom and then Little Green requested if she could please have her own hot tub. Ha.
We explored the Hawaii you don't see in the tourist books. The Hawaii with cows and sleepy pastures, hot already in the morning sun, and tangles of bright flowers and and wild fruit trees and tall grasses and big beautiful trees - that are not palms.
I'm beginning to love this Hawaii. This real Hawaii.
And the baby woke up so I put him in the wrap. And little Green's legs hurt so I let her ride in the stroller.
And we came home hot and tired. But we did it. And the kids said we should do that every morning, they had such fun.
Creative, fun, out and about mama rises from the dust. She lives!
My ideal schedule, below.