Today was not a normal Saturday. Nova has been sick so she missed both guitar practice and gymnastics. Instead of driving kids around all day, I really ended up with mostly a free day. I did drive Sawyer to piano and loved listening to him play “The Rose” from Beauty and the Beast. I also had to drive Marlin to and from ballet practice but the rest of the day was quiet.
I read, I ate cookies that Sawyer made, and I even spent an hour in the backyard raking leaves. The air was crisp and cool and it had just rained. It was good to get out of the house and move my body. The boys were in the kitchen kind of driving me crazy. They wanted to cook but needed help every couple of minutes. Mom, can I make a smoothie? Mom, where is the blender? Mom, what does a banana look like? It was good to get outside.
I was thinking a lot about Benji, the boy who really has impacted my life, and needed the time outside to work out thru sadness. I know his family is burying him today and I just can’t stop thinking about them. So powerful, the words of his mother. At one point, I laid in the back corner of the yard and just looked up through the trees for awhile. The ground was a bit damp, but leaf covered, so soft. I could have stayed there a lot longer if it weren’t for the mosquitos that started to attack. I love the smell of the wet earth.
Nova refuses medicine of any kind and instead prefers to lay in my bed and watch hours of Mako Mermaids. I spent a lot of money on essential oils and a diffuser today hoping that would work to clear her sinuses. My house smells like peppermint and eucalyptus.
I pick up Aaron from the airport tonight. I hope he is happy, motivated and inspired from his week away. We need to figure out how to get along better, both for the business and our family. After his San Diego trip, he is now a certified trainer for Academy of Surf Instructors and we need to lead over five training classes this year alone. I know we have lots of work to do and we need to get started on it. Time to bust out my whiteboard and my colorful markers. And, my listening ears. I am going to try to listen more than I talk.