My mother-in-law stayed with us over Easter for nine days. We got the house in pretty good shape for her visit. We had to do some deep cleaning, because, well, you just can't fake it for nine days. I also got all of my laundry done before she came. I knew if I didn't have it all done before she came she would work and work and work until she got me all caught up. My mother-in-law is amazing and is such a big help when she comes. Did I mention she is 81 years old?
Anyway, while she was here our house was immaculate. We did two loads of laundry every day. It was washed, folded and put away every. single. day. It didn't sit there in baskets waiting to be folded for days on end. She was that extra pair of hands that went around and kept everything tidy. The kitchen was picked up and cleaned every night before we went to bed. It was awesome. I have to admit our kitchen is not picked up every night before I go to bed. It is very important to us to sit down together as a family and share a meal. because of the activities of some of the kids (cough, ballet) most nights we don't eat dinner until 7:30-8. right when the little ones should be going to bed. I dread waking up to a dirty kitchen, but some nights we are just to wiped to deal with it.
Well, since she has left I see things slowly going back to normal and I'm frantically trying to not let it get back to normal. I am trying to figure out some new routines for myself and the "kid power" that I have around here. I also don't want to make myself crazy. I need to enter each new day with quiet time and a plan for myself (one of the gems I learned about in the Restore Workshop.) and for the kids. I just need to sit down and do it.
Things are really ramping up here on the farm. Things outside HAVE to get done. I am really appreciating the seasonality of farming and this is the busy season. I planted over 500 bean seeds yesterday. We finished the brooder situation for the layer chicks. They are being ordered today. We still need to get the meat bird tractors built before we order the meat birds. I wanted to have this done weeks ago but time has just not allowed it. I have Daisy back. She is my miniature Jersey from Florida that has been farm hopping. She has not been bred in years and the last four attempts to make that happen were unsuccessful. I have her back here with me. I'm hoping to fix her up and try to breed her again in the fall. If not well... anyway, on to happier subjects. We have fences that need to be mended, we have beef calves coming soon. And look at that barn? It's really sad. I threw a wreath up on one of the doors to pretty it up but it didn't really do much. And the list goes on but I love it. As busy as it is we collapse into bed at night. Terry works all day and comes home and works some more. We are taking advantage of the late sunsets here in Kentucky. The kids come in dirty and sun kissed. It's good and I'm grateful.