5.23.2011

Treasures in the Storm

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I had plans early this spring of making a little garden
in the backyard for us.

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Then our lives took off and we have been a little on survival mode ever since:

Dropping girls off, working, catching up on sleep, working, picking girls up, making half-assed dinners, drinking more soda than usual, trying to keep up on the laundry - and the bathrooms, and the dishes. And finally using whatever time we have left to enjoy one another and sleep.

Last week I worked my first few night-shifts at the hospital. It went well until I tried to get back to normal schedule - that was a little rough. Now that I'm recovered we are in for another week. :) Awesome. I'm loving work, but the constant juggle of having a job/mothering is hard.

So, I broke down the other day and bought some herbs, a heirloom tomato plant, a pepper plant, some squash seeds, and some flowers. I threw them all in our flower beds out front. I don't care what the neighbors think - I really want my homegrown goodies and I'd damned determined to have my cake and eat it too.

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The girls roamed around digging up worms and searching for snails and after last nights' torrential storm it was pretty easy for them to find their treasures.

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I thought to myself about saving this little moment with my favorite girls - loving their shrieks and giggles, teaching them about the earth, savoring my limited time with them. I'm going to keep it for those long nights at the hospital where I'm dressing surgical sites, assessing my patients, administering medications, and longing to sleep next to my husband.

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All in hopes to have a few more days to dig worms.

7 comments:

Rachelle said...

oh man, you sound so so busy!!!

i say throw whatever plants you want in the ground.

hope all is well in your new home!

Alisha said...

i wanna cry with empathy.

love you. rest when your dead. night shift can kiss my butt. remember, it is but a short time. you'll make it. love you.

Ashley K. said...

Hayley! I read your post and it made me think of all the feelings that I have dealt with for years! I just "retired" from my job after 13 years. It is hard being a working mom! I don't think you ever quite find balance, but you do find what works. Good luck, you can do it!

eric and monica said...

Give it up for working moms. I feel ya, Hayley! I wouldn't give up working, but it is definitely nonstop when you've got a family. Wishing you were still in AZ 'cause I'm headed there this weekend.

Jord said...

I feel for you! You can do it. Those girls love you. The moments count. Your plants will grow. You make magic dirt.

ALi said...

exactly why you are supermom!

nicwoo said...

It's a beautiful sentiment.
P.S. it is currently posh to grow veggies in your front yard. No worries ;).

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