We’ve entered summer, apparently, here in Wisconsin…. never mind that just last week we seemed firmly on the outskirts of winter. Spring just never showed up this year.
It was 90 degrees yesterday. !!!! I heard on the news that it was actually a record high temperature for May 10.
I finally caved just before bed and turned the air conditioning on. I couldn’t help it! It was literally like 85 degrees in our house. Despite open windows and fans on, I had sweat beading down my neck just sitting still.
Given the sudden “summer” weather, I also decided to work in the sunroom this week. Soon the boys will be done with school, and this will be more difficult to do (distraction free). So I’ve been soaking up sitting in our most sunny room, with the patio door open, ALONE, listening to the birds. 🙂
I also definitely made sure to get a morning walk in yesterday. Those nice hot mornings are THE BEST and I really love to walk at that time of day.
Dinner was one of my favorite meals- pan fried tilapia, zucchini mix (with onion, tomato, little bit of jalapeno, corn, cilantro and cheese melted in), rice and salad.
I’ve now cooked both Monday and Tuesday nights so far this week, so definitely planning on a LEFTOVERS night tonight. I like to cook, but I always need a night or two “free” from that extra time constraint. Ivan is never home until too late to really help with cooking on weeknights.
When I have time though (without needing to run kids all over creation), I really actually love the process of puttering about in the kitchen, prepping dinner, listening to the evening news (or Jeopardy, depending on what time it is) on our little kitchen TV. I was thinking about this last night, just how enjoyable I find that. I don’t love trying to squish it hurriedly in if I don’t have enough time, though. Last night I had to drop Asher at swim dryland training at 4:30, but then carpools took over the rest of the night. So it was a good night for making a relaxed dinner. 🙂
Kids and Compromise
Just wanted to thank people for some nice, supportive comments about my little phone dilemma yesterday! I appreciated people offering some words of encouragement. 🙂
I also forgot to share yesterday, but I saw an article last week called Never Say Never: Why Your Teen Needs You to Compromise that made some excellent points!! I thought it did a great job of capturing the complex, confusing nature of conflicts with teens (and pre-teens). (The entire website Raising Teens Today is a fantastic resource for anything “teen”.)
A great quote: “Parents walk a fine line between discipline and grace. It’s the ultimate challenge to be both firm and fluid, strong and soft, yielding, yet rock solid.” – Kirsten Armstrong
I also like how the article explores the idea that teens “challenging” a rule or arguing a bit with parents is actually a good thing! It’s teaching them to approach and manage conflict appropriately and productively, in a safe environment. Which, as the article points out, is an extremely valuable life skill.
(The title also made me think of this “meme” that I’ve seen floating around. Not related to the article, but I still find it very funny! And true. LOL.)
Off to fit in another steamy walk! Gosh I love summer mornings. Enjoy your day!
I am grateful for, as stated above, nights when I can calmly cook dinner with the news (or Jeopardy!) on. A small thing, but something I really enjoy.