Oh these long hours of daylight as we get closer to the summer solstice! I am falling into bed before at least three of my children these days, just as soon as the sun sets, feeling so satisfied but so tired from the day. Good tired - the kind of tired that leaves me marveling at just how much happens in a single day. We are doing our best to live them fully, soaking up this time of year and all it offers us.
Last night's dinner preparation brought a momentous 'first of the season' when the garden harvest contribution to dinner was just enough to warrant the basket. The basket that will now be used every day and soon overflow with the fullness coming in from the garden. I hung it on the hook right by the kitchen door where it will stay all season. And placing it on the kitchen table after coming in from the garden, pulling things out as I needed it while making dinner, felt like being with a friend I haven't seen in a while.
Adelaide and Harper spent some time in the kitchen yesterday making a cupcake concoction of their own invention. They're getting quite good at it, and this batch was amazingly edible. After they cleaned the kitchen up and while they waited for the cupcakes to bake, I watched them gather a handful of spoons and the mixing bowl. Without many words, there was soon a crowd of little hands gathered around the bowl, enjoying in silence the treat on the back porch as they listened to the frogs by the pond and the sheep in the pasture. When the bowl was empty, there was butterfly chasing and hide and seek - all before the cupcakes were even done.
So many moments in a day.