Monday mornings are always a mixed bag for me. On one hand there is the clean canvas of a new week ahead in front of me just waiting to be painted (or penciled) in. On the other hand, it is just the beginning of that entire new week and I have three little people here who are depending on me to give them a lot of what they need mixed in with just the right amount of what they want too.
If there is one thing that I have learned over the last seven years of motherhood, it is that each day has a different feel. Some days are carefree and full of discovery and lingering. Other days are spontaneous and end in unplanned outings and adventures. While some are predictable, scheduled and are filled with duties being fulfilled and staying on task.
For me, the key is remaining open to what each day holds and not trying too hard to control what that particular feel may be. After all, that feel is determined by each of our particular moods, energy levels (or lack there of) and our needs for either routine or a break from the norm.
Each week ends up having a good mix of all of the above and it feels good to know that in the end, there is a balance.
This week as I look out at that canvas, I see things like playing at the park with our homeschool co-op, forging ahead with our school work, continuing to read Farmer Boy with Sophia and Nicolas, working with Elias on learning his colors (he's so close, yet so far away), making some of these magnets to use and hopefully give as gifts, staying up late reading this new book that I started, planning our trip to Plimoth Plantation on Friday and cleaning up several spots of toddler graffiti after an episode with some colored pencils this morning.
What does your week hold?