Tuesday, August 30, 2011

We Made it

We did it!  School started and we made it through the first week.  We are tired!  That first week back is a major adjustment - it is a long day at school and a lot of driving around for the mom.

This past week I picked about 40 tomatoes from my garden, as well as onions and squash.  Making salsa at home from my own garden makes me happy! 
Now we are immersed in homework, after school activities, and in general keeping our head above water.  Survival!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Here we go...

The backpacks are set out, kids are scrubbed clean and in bed awaiting the first day of school tomorrow.  I wish I had another month with them at home but I get the feeling they are sick of me!  :)
I think it's going to be a great school year for each of them and I'm happy about that.  I'm a little tired already thinking about the homework and driving.

Last night we watched a photo slideshow of all the things we have done from the last day of school in May until yesterday when we attended the neighborhood park party.  We have done A LOT of fun things.  Nothing spectacular, nothing far from home, just a lot of good old fashioned fun. Guess what?  They are totally happy with that - nothing fancy, just spending good time together and enjoying childhood.
Now it's early mornings and packing lunches again.  Ah, well.  Here we go again...

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I'll tell you ...

We are about to head off to the pool, tomorrow is the last day of summer school break.  I DO NOT want this to end.  It has been a fun summer.  Messy, muddy, tiring, hot, loud - yes.  But wonderful all the same.  And now its back to the school routine and the homework, packing lunches, football and soccer practice, piano, volunteering at the school, field trips, permission slips, driving in the car A LOT.  And people ask me 'really, you DON't want your kids back in school, what's wrong with you?"
I'll TELL you.  When everyone is in school I feel like I have to hold the world up on someone else's schedule.

When I am at home, its OUR Timing that matters.  And I like that.
Just like that globe says,
I'd rather be sailing...

Monday, August 15, 2011

I'm a little silly....

I know I'm silly about photos, yet I still can't stop myself from taking SOOO many.  I took 10GB worth of photos this past week on our trip to Newport Beach, CA.  I love it.  I am one of those silly ladies who loves to just sit at the computer and scroll through photos of people I love.  I don't think I will ever be sorry to have so many photos of my children and of the things we did.  They just make me happy!

Flying Lessons

Lesson 23:  Not having money is really difficult, stressful and not fun.

Lesson 24:  Not having any hope, happiness, or love in your life is much, much worse.  It is unbearable.  Given the choice between the two, I would go without money.  Trust me on this, I've done it.  I've been in places where I don't even believe in the possibility of my life ever being happy or fun or wonderful.  I've lived in that dark place for years.  Money - money is money and there are a lot of different ways to get by.  I know because I do it.  Hope, happiness, love -- those are not so easy to come by and when you have them you have to hang on for life.