deep cleaning + deep breaths

by eringoodman on March 12, 2010

in community, everything else

Snowdrops the kids collected yesterday morning with our mother’s helper.

There’s nothing like having other people live in your house to motivate you to really get things clean. We’re getting ready to head out for a family trip and, as is always the case at our little homestead, we need to have someone here load the woodstove and keep the critters fed while we’re gone.

Luckily for us our house-sitters are also our favorite babysitters and so while I was deep cleaning the bathroom and sorting through the miscellaneous laundry basket of stuff on the floor of our bedroom yesterday afternoon, the kids were happily playing exuberant and elaborate games involving zoo keepers and an injured baby octopus and daring helicopter rescues. 

{Oh how grateful I am for our “village” of mother’s helpers, babysitters, teachers, neighbors, family and friends who are willing to engage my children’s imaginations long after I’ve maxed out on make-believe.}

As for deep breaths, I will be taking many of them as we embark on our first family plane trip.

I am, as they say, not a great flyer.

This trip will be the third time I have traveled on an airplane as an adult — and as was the case with the previous two trips (one to Nova Scotia and the other to Puerto Rico) the end destination and the people we will be visiting are my motivation to step entirely out of my comfort zone and onto a giant flying metal bus.

I’ll be sharing some postcards from our travels here and will likely do a little micro-blogging on twitter (that’s a new term I learned at the Kidoinfo Parents Using Social Media event ;-).

Oh and as for our March One Small Change, we will be focusing on staying green on the go. I think we do a really good job being eco-conscious at home, but I’ve noticed in the past that we often let a lot of things — recycling, reusable bags, sustainably produced and minimally packaged foods etc.  — go when we are on vacation.

This trip I’d like to strike a better balance — using some conveniences necessary to maintain everyone’s sanity but also looking for every opportunity we can find to stay true to our eco-conscious values while on the road.

I’ll let you know how it goes…


Happy weekend friends.

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