Greeting the Day

by Stefani on 5-June-2009

I've taken to sneaking outside while they fuel up for the day. 

I get 20 minutes… the time it takes for them to watch one episode of Rough Science on my computer and devour a box of cereal, a loaf of bread and an entire bunch of bananas. 

Bed Heads

I ease the screen door shut behind me… quiet, so no one will know. 

I need this.

Good Day Sunshine

I walk slow circles around the yard checking on our new butterfly garden, poking around under leaves, listening in on bird conversations, watching the sun raise her sleepy head over our back fence. 

Cone HeadsSpider QueenNew DayButterfly Egg 

(do you see the teeny tiny little orange buttefly egg on the end of the curly cue?)

I take a long



 and then I am ready. I go back inside to kiss each of their rumpled heads and begin. 


Louise June 5, 2009 at 10:40 am

What a nice post. I need to remember to take this kind of time for outdoor meditation as I care for my little son. It always makes me feel so much better. Thanks for the reminder.

kathie June 5, 2009 at 10:46 am

always good to hear about the mama putting in some moments for herself. so important.

Kerry June 5, 2009 at 11:02 am

Lovely. Thank you!

heather jane June 5, 2009 at 11:07 am

Ahhhh. That felt good.

Deanna June 5, 2009 at 11:20 am

Sounds like a lovely time. V cool on the butterfly egg. I wouldn’t have seen it without the note!

And – do they really eat all that for one breakfast?? Was that exaggerating? Because at 1 and 4 mine already eat more than seems possible!

Sarah Jane June 5, 2009 at 11:34 am

While I love the little kiddos, I look forward to the day when I can leave them in the house for a bit along. I’m envious!

Hannah June 5, 2009 at 11:58 am

Somehow I need to get from my current breakfast routine, which is sort of the Mommy Diner, with me bustling about providing breakfast for three needy and semi-comatose kids, to something more like what you have!

Sherry (rovinggirlnotes) June 5, 2009 at 12:06 pm

beautiful and so true…every word! i am still looking for the crazy eggs and catepillars!!

jennifer June 5, 2009 at 12:39 pm

that is glorious! thanks for sharing.

messimom June 5, 2009 at 1:18 pm

*deep sigh*

beautiful, beautiful. I can so relate to the whole banana thing…4 kids, 1 bunch, pfthbth in five seconds at breakfast. And a whole box of cereal. Yup, yup.

My morning time is a cuppa on the swing out back, watching the sun, because my kids got the comatose thing from me. I am nothing without that first cup, I tell ya.

BOATBABY June 5, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Wow, the butterfly egg is amazing. I never seem to spot those little things, it’s always my son who catches them.

And Rough Science! My husband and loved that show before we gave up having a TV. Is it still on the air or did you get the DVD’ somewhere? I’d love to buy the DVD’s to have for later… homeschool… guilty pleasure… all mixed in to one.

Kristine June 5, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Thank you. That is just beautiful and just what I needed to hear. Your photos and words make a perfect connection to get me into your feeling. I take those 20 minutes, too, quietly closing the door so no one will hear me…


Stefani June 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm

That show is oddly addictive isn’t it? I kind of think it has something to do with the english accents. Everything sounds better with an english accent!
We don’t have TV either… well… we DO have TV, but it’s only hooked up to rabbit ears.
However, we have Netflix! We watch the Rough Science episodes through Netflix’s website!

Relyn June 5, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Rough science sounds like a show I’m going to have to check out. My little one is such a science baby.

darlene June 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm


kristin June 5, 2009 at 6:29 pm

oh, friend, this is so familiar! i’ve ordered a new camera, so maybe i’ll give myself a 20 minute camera time once it arrives.

: )

Katie June 5, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Excellent idea for all mamas! I need to remember to do things like this, instead of doing all the catch up stuff like cleaning & other boring stuff 🙂

itsystitch June 5, 2009 at 7:53 pm

some great images there! and wow, someone else who actually has a crew that can rival mine in the breakfast consumption department! Impressive.

Amber June 5, 2009 at 8:12 pm

So lovely. Thank you. 🙂

Making of a Montessori Mum June 5, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Im walking with you in that garden! Breathe then begin the day. Thank you for this post that speaks to my heart.

melissa June 6, 2009 at 3:20 pm

me too, stefani, me too. so I get up at 6ish to have some quiet time before the action begins. Lovely photos.

Mary Smith June 7, 2009 at 8:29 pm


Julie Alvarez June 8, 2009 at 2:22 pm

I’d like to have a garden where I can do that..!
Love your pictures.

Lorilee June 8, 2009 at 6:04 pm

this post is so beautiful and thoughtful and then I scroll down and see that last photo and you almost made me cry!!!! That is so sweet. So happy they are being played with. That is what they wanted.

Treemama June 8, 2009 at 6:09 pm

and that cute little heart shaped hole.

my time is in the evening after i put them to bed.

it’s my recoup from the day time. so calming.

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