Ever since Zoey turned 5 (which was a few weeks ago), it has really dawned on me that our free time together during the week will soon come to an end. She's going to be in kindergarten full time this fall, and while I'm sure she is going to love it and I will cope with her being gone just fine, I've been feeling this rush and urgency to make the most of our weekday mornings together. Sometimes I wonder if I'm overly possessive, but when I remember how they are going to be in school all day everyday for the next 10+ years, I feel better. ha!
One of my favorite things to do with the kids is to explore different parts of town. I've gotten much lazier though after having Izzy and Naynay being potty-trained (it's so much easier to be out and about when they are still in diapers, in my opinion!) but I've decided to be more active again as weather starts to warm up.
We came down to Pioneer Square this morning, which was new and interesting for us because we don't usually go out there. I love all the old brick walls in this area - so picture-friendly :) We paid a visit to Elm Coffee Roasters, a newly opened independent coffee shop I've heard about from a good friend. While we were there, someone stopped me and guessed we were Taiwanese! Not sure why but that always surprises me. You know, the slight distinctions between Taiwanese and Chinese...are usually much appreciated :) Ha!
I was talking to Gary last night about how difficult it is now to find time to read to the kids. In my vague memory, it was never really a problem before; we seemed to find ourselves lounging on the couch often and reading through stacks of books. But with me working now and Izzy being so little still, it's gotten a lot harder to drop everything to just read. Being quite ambitious this morning and counting on Izzy's morning nap, I intentionally brought some of our favorite books to read together over coffee and hot cocoa.
I know I am not the most patient or loving mom (there's always room for improvement), but I really love nothing more than spending my days with these little people of mine. So, so thankful for a morning like this, and here's to more this year!