The Month of June
June was a drop-everything-and-recover kind of month. Ok, I didn't drop everything, but I definitely annoyed my inner taskmaster beyond her usual tolerance. To review, I made this year my year of the STORM, but by the time I got to June, I had had ENOUGH. (That was my word for last year, lol!) At this point, I'm letting my word live in limbo while I sort myself out. I may abandon it or trade it in for another word, because I've found one that I love. so much. it's going to be hard to wait for next year.
This year I've been losing a battle with fatigue, but not willing to give up yet, I bought an exercise bike. The plan was to start with a few minutes a day and build endurance from there by increasing a minute per day. I am up to 39 minutes. I'm still exhausted, but I'm not any more exhausted than I was, so I think the plan is working. The bike takes up a little more space than I thought, but it's also better quality than I expected. I give it 5 stars, easily.
The second benefit to the exercise bike is all the extra time I've had to stay put. Why? Because naturally I can't just sit there and be bored. I have to have some reading material. So I've started to regain my ability to read books again, (yeah it's hard as a distracted mom of three.) I never stopped loving books, I had just stopped being able to read for more than a few minutes without interruptions. My biking has taught my children some boundaries: that Mommy isn't accessible at every second, so third benefit! I give the bike all the gold stars!
Safe People by Cloud and Townsend (The library gave me a seriously outdated version which was disappointing, but I powered through.)
Veronica Mars: An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line [audiobook] This one I listened to with Josh every evening after the kids fell asleep. It's read by Kristen Bell, so a lot like watching one of the shows. We loved it!
What else? The kids, well really the whole family, have been enjoying this book I remember from my own childhood: The Monster at the End of This Book. Tell me, do you remember it? It makes for some great family bonding; lots of laughter shared.
Josh's parents and sister came for Father's Day weekend.
We visited two parks, an ice cream store, a steakhouse, and had a family game night all in a short space. The kids got their love tanks filled up with all the attention. I love seeing them extra happy.
As usual, it feels like there's always more to tell you, but if we were having coffee, this would be the part where I say, "Let's get together again soon!" Because that's how friends part, always with more to say, but reality calling incessantly. Before we go, because I always have one more thing to say or one more hug to give, I just want to point out one of my favorite things about June: Whole Mama. It has been such a balm for my weariness. It gives me lots and lots of hope, which is something we need an abundance of to survive.