Finally, a pause from the pins for a regular ol’ blog post.
I know I’ll look back at this semester and wonder how I survived. After all, I need to keep my blog regular for my regular peeps. 🙂
Drew — he’s taking 2 classes this semester, and finally really likes both of them. A jazz class and a marimba class. Seriously. Plus he’s helping to run the school’s musical (which will be great, you should go see!), and a thousand thank goodnesses, he found a good percussion helper who’s doing 99% of the work of winter percussion. Phewsh! I’m not sure when or if he could have fit that in himself. He is REALLY trying to help at home when he is home. We’ve had our dishwasher issues, and then a washing machine issue and he’s fixed both of them. He’s also recruiting new band kids for next year and just trying to stay afloat himself. I adore him. When I see him. 🙂
Conner is busy on a musical of his own (Beauty and the Beast, starts next week, and should be AMAZING). He is also doing the Gilbert Temple Youth celebration (meaning he has a pretty small part in Beauty and the Beast, but we’re glad he can participate and be gone one of the nights). I am hoping he will enjoy it. I am trying not to shove my own personal bias against church dance things onto him. Let’s just say it’s not a positive bias. I hope he has a great time, and either way he can say “remember when” at some point. Add to those two band and scouts and we’ve got one busy boy. Oh yeah, Drew’s also an assistant scout master, he does that in his spare time. He loves it. He and Conner love doing scouting together.
Spencer wrote an informational piece that should be rated T for teen in school last week. It was on the Choopa Kobra (sp?) and other Arizona Myths. Let’s just say that it was amazing, and also quite bloody. I guess some of the younger grades came to look at his work and Spencer told them they weren’t going to be discussing chapters 5 or 3 with them. Too funny. Spencer has a fair amount of spare time, in which he hides his DS from us and reads. He avoids piano practice, doesn’t like being wrong and likes to scream at Paige. Recently I put a toddler-proof doorknob on his door and he was very happy, until he realized that Paige could still open his door, but now he couldn’t. This little man turned 10 last week. He had a lego-filled birthday, Grandma and Grandpa will be here soon to finish off the festivities.
Paige is the darling of the ball. Somehow keeping me sane through this semester, while also pulling my mind out of my body at least daily. She’s in preschool 3 days a week and LOVES it. She loves telling me about her friends and which boy did something wrong. Her BFF is in it too and they hug each time they see each other. One of the hardest times each week is when we pick her up and P is in her carseat so they can’t hug. She is working on her cutting skills and is really starting to get addition. I need to get back into the zone of playing games with her. I know this time is ending. We did kindergarten orientation just the other day and my little baby will be gone soon. This is, in no way, a moment I dread, but I know I’ll miss our time together. How again do you bottle time? 🙂 This one takes about an hour to clean her room and spends most of it lying on her bed. I then threaten to take away Princess Celestia and she hurries back to work.
As for me, I’m just the bike that keeps this whole machine moving. I must admit that my free time has dramatically dropped, but some of that may be due to my new blog format. I’m getting more views and that is exciting. It’s what I have wanted for a long time, but I hope to review our family every now and then. Pulling Curls style. I’m still making bread and cookies. I’ve committed to The Firm workout 3 times a week, most often at 5:30 and I somehow wake up the earliest on Saturday mornings when I don’t workout. I’m still the primary president, the carnival is starting to creak to life and there are queries with what I’ll do with all my free time next year.
People. I’m going to nap. That’s what I’m going to do.
Life really is great. I’m firm in believing that if I smile in the mirror and think about all the amazing things in my life I can get through the day and I tend to really notice those blessings. It also helps if I have a lovely lipgloss on at the time.
Hoping you and yours are having just as good of a February! Here’s to a busy, happy life!