This is a mouse-making, flower-planting, book-reading, trip preparing kind of week. I am getting ready for Addie's 10th birthday before our vacation to the beach, as we return the night before her Mother's Day birthday. It's hard to believe our girl is turning 10.
Most of the porch flowerpots have been planted. Front porches here are Serious Business, with nearly every house in our area having one. Ours is deep and very private, thanks to a tree planted right at the corner, which increases our porch time--we can hang out there in robes and nobody can see us. I ordered a new rug and a double-wide rocker that hasn't arrived yet and bought a few massive hanging baskets from Caiden's water polo team (Now that's a much more useful fundraiser than selling raffle tickets!) that should be delivered while I'm in Mexico. Memorial Day bunting for the railing is next on the list. I love getting the porch ready for summer. We spend most of our morning and evening hours out there once it's warm enough.
I have to finish stitching a tiny pair of green Wellies for Hazel Mouse, write notes for my mother who's keeping the kids all next week, return late-as-usual library books, and bake a coconut cake for Addie to keep frozen at my mother's while we're gone. Also on the list: take lots of walks down lilac-scented paths before the blossoms drop, get Caiden ready for his Seattle weekend at a water polo tournament, and make the hard decision of which books to take on my trip.