Jack was up about four times last night (and naturally came and woke me each time), and Oliver got up for the day at his normal just-before-6 hour. He'd refused to nap yesterday and dozed off during his bath. Sitting up. Bubbles all around. Surely you jest, say you. Alas no. So, he was down for the count at 5:50pm. 12 good hours before 6am the next day- isn't that nuts?! Anyway, I'm not sure what was going on with Jack because usually that kid sleeps like a hibernating animal but in any case, when they were both happily at camp this morning, I was happily quiet and alone here at home. There were (and remain) loads of cherries in my fridge just hoping to be pitted, so I finished up the sour cherry ones a bit ago. Some are in the freezer, others are macerating in anticipation of tomorrow's making of Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Apricot-Sour Cherry with St. Germain jam. Sounds fab, yes? I'm soon off to deal with the sweet cherries but am taking a slight break because my cherry-pitter arm is a mite bit tired.
This morning also found me on a mad purge of Jack's room. That child is, perhaps, the youngest hoarder ever. Gum wrappers, rocks, reams of previously-completed coloring pages that map with his passions: cowboys, police, Canadian coast guard (why Canada? not sure), Angry Birds, superheroes, and so forth. I recycled the ones that didn't have any of his precious writing on them as his notes just slay me with their hilarious messages and dear, earnest print. His room is now free of broken toys, two-year-old Highlights, Lego instructions he doesn't need. Winter clothes are put away (slightly late; better than never), and I hung up these awesome chalkboard decals which have +, -, and = signs on them. He's super interested in "equations" right now, so I figured why not keep it fun and let him feel like he's writing on his walls while also learning. Aren't these cool? I just got them on sale from The Land of Nod- such a fun kids' store!