School is out. I'll admit I had a little trepidation about the change in schedule beforehand, but it has been so nice. We've spent the last couple of days sequestered together with no where to go and nothing formal to do. Its been so nice just being together after a busy year. I'm working on planning some summer activities and making a summer routine, as I'm learning that positive speaking on my part hinges partially on how smoothly things function around here. I'm also working on some awards I saw on this blog (71 Toes) to try positive (free) rewards for good behavior, both things I want them to work on and things they choose to work on (so I can encourage their goals, not just my goals for them). One of the things I love about these rewards is it encourages the kids to praise their siblings, too, as each week the family discusses the awards together.
Some highlights of the last two days: shelling fresh peas from our garden, the afternoon light shining through empty emerald-piled husks, reading a heap of stories just because we can, watching the National Spelling Bee with homemade popcorn, and snuggling up with my three year old in a tent in our backyard, watching my six year-old hold a blanket to her nose like when she was a baby, me wondering where the time has gone; the lights from the house glowing faintly through thin khaki tent fabric as we listened to frogs, a pasture sprinkler, quieting neighborhood sounds, and sleepy chat drift off in bleary yawns.