It happens every year....
(more busy than Christmas)
- TESTING. The end of the school year means end of level testing, finals and final projects, last minute book reports and everything in between. The computer was used nonstop the last few weeks as the girls made their final preparations for their AP tests, so things have been quiet here.
- PROGRAMS. Concerts, graduations, and recitals. From songs about the earth to tiny people in caps and gowns, May is filled with singing, dancing, and beautiful music. Solos are performed, trumpets are shined, and evenings are packed.
- SPORTS. In addition to our karate classes, which have proven to be an amazing gift for the family, the little guys are in the middle of baseball season. We always said only one sport, but somehow ended up with multiples if you count the equestrian events Gus deals with.
- WORK. Each of the big people have jobs. Juggling in different work schedules has been challenging, but the rewards and values learned from work are so important. I appreciate that most are diligent and dependable employees.
- WEDDING. The invitations have been sent, I'm sure we have forgotten people. If so please email me. I really tried, but in checking and double checking I forgot my sister (which I quickly fixed), but I'm sure we missed someone else. So please let me know. Also because people have been asking Whitney and Andrew are registered here. What a lovely service, so much more convenient than when John and I were engaged. Whitney wrote a lovely about her engagement and Andrew on her blog: you can read it here.
- YARD. The reception and ring ceremony will be held in our back yard, which is wonderful and I'm thrilled. However I suddenly look and the list of things I would eventually get to seems more pressing and important. Why do I do that? Oh well. The yard is getting done, thanks to many helping hands and willing pockets. While at the nursery the other day, I started telling the girls which plants to add to the cart, calling the plants by their botanical names. They both commented that they had forgotten that I knew quite a bit about gardening. I smiled and thought about the things that needed to be "let go" in order to focus on more important matters as the children were babies. Some day I will spend more time in the garden for I love the beauty the earth contains, but for now we will make a big push and then things will go back to "normal".
- EXERCISE. I am still at the gym five days a week working hard. I still try and watch my calories, but I haven't been nearly as diligent as I should. My weight has stayed at the 50 pound loss, up and down the same 10 pounds, however I continue to get smaller and smaller; stronger and stronger. I continue to do things I never thought my body would do and I love the new mobility it affords me. My guys still go with my twice a week and the girls are there most mornings. John is wonderful about holding things together here at home so that I can go. It's been a blessing in my life.
- GROWTH. Suddenly my children seem more grown up. They are still bullheaded and maddening, but somehow I turn my head and view miniature adults. The boys are physically growing at exponential rates it seems and the three babies... well I can't really call them babies any more, but they tolerate their crazy mother. They dynamic of our family has changed once again. There is never a time when life will not be in constant motion and change. Sometimes that change is hard for me, but right now for this little minute I sit back and relish in the growth I see in my children. They are exceptional human beings, not because they are effecting change for millions, but because they influencing a few and causing a ripple. I am so grateful to be there mother.
(PS. After sending a friend a text apologizing for forgetting to get something done she replied, 'It's MAY-hem! No pressure." Expresses my current thoughts perfectly. Thanks Catherine!)