Our big news: we have a new family member!
Max, the poodle, joined us on Friday. I am not much of a pet person — which is why we’ve never had pets other than fish and my daughter’s hermit crab named Luna — but my husband had a number of dogs growing up. He’s been hoping to get a dog and has been lobbying for one for years. (Depending on how the “You might also like…” widget works for you with this blog you might see a post about The Great Pet Debate from 2016). I suspected his work schedule meant a lot of the care would have fallen to me. But since he’s still working 100 percent from home right now, this was a window of opportunity.
He and the 11-year-old are both officially in charge and they are pretty smitten. My Instagram account (@lvanderkam) may soon become all dog and toddler photos, so if you’re not already following me there, please do!
In other news: I am about to finish up six years of time tracking. I started in 2015 when kid #4 was a newborn. He’s now finishing up kindergarten. I have a record of how I have spent the entirety of kid #5’s life. I haven’t been doing a lot of numerical analysis of my logs after year 2 — it’s more been about having a half-hour-by-half-hour record of life. But I might decide to take some time this spring and do something with the logs. I’m not sure what. But something.
This weekend — and other weekends this spring — are testing a new muscle of weekend planning for me. We have three kids in baseball/softball and two in soccer. Theoretically all the game times/practice times for the entire season are all available, so I have written all these on my calendar but it turns out that…they move. So I’m learning there’s no point figuring out weekend logistics too far ahead of time as it’s likely at least one activity will shift to a different time or location.
And then there are the rain-outs. Sunday afternoon was going to be very busy, and then an overnight downpour meant the fields were closed. So we went from every minute spoken for to nothing. I’m trying to have a back-pocket rainy day activity ready for this possibility. We can always go to the new house and play in that yard. When the rain turned to a drizzle we did that yesterday. The kids took turns walking Max around what will be his new digs. I think he liked them!