Thursday, September 23, 2010

Side Effects of Too Many Birthdays

Well kids, it's finally happened.  I went to the library and got a few books last week.  I read The Hunger Games in two days - great book! - and then started another one of the books last night.  I read two pages when I realized that I knew what was going to happen.  I flipped ahead a page, and sure enough - I have read this book before and totally forgot about it.  I stil can't remember when I read it, or how it ends, but I've read it before.  And I forgot it.

Laugh lines and grey hairs I was expecting.  Forgetting whole books?  Never saw that one coming.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Back to School!

The kids are back in school, and they are slowly getting used to the schedule.  I'm even slower this year - the schedule is not a bad one, and I have our activities spread out so that we have free time days (very necessary for us).  Still, I'm finding myself making tons of lists and feeling like I'm getting nothing done.  Isn't that such the Mom Thing?  To undervalue the millions of little things we do every day that are not on the list, that go unnoticed, that are necessary to make our families survive?  The food, the laundry, the grocery shopping (we hardly ever run out of stuff!), the balancing of the checkbook (ok, thanks to our pc that doesn't take me long, but still), the picking up of dirty socks and the reminding of doing homework, the enforcement of shower time and bed time.  Wow, that was quite a rant.  It's been awhile since I've written a proper post!

We closed out our summer with a camping trip, which was great fun!  There are lots of pictures over on facebook, but I'm putting my favorite one here.  This is Sally and Sam at the lake (in the back is one of the jet skis our group rented to play with that day.)  We went to Shaver Lake with some soccer friends and it was a really relaxing time.

During the last week of summer, I took the kids to the beach, and another day I took them to the Natural History Museum with their Auntie Jen.  My parents were here for Labor Day weekend.  We swam and played cards and the girls went shopping.

I've got my hands full with a few things this year.  I'm still working with students through the Home Hospital program, but so far have not been assigned anyone.  All my kids from last year are back in school this year - very proud of the bunch.  I'm volunteering at school and at soccer, so that's new this year.  I get to work with the teachers and students on the Reading Program at school, which was my New Year's Resolution - to be involved in something that inspires me.  I think I'll try and teach some more people to knit this year too.  I took a small project (baby hat!) to school yesterday and knit while I waited to pick up the kids.  Before I knew it, I had a few moms watching me and asking questions.  Then a little girl came up to me and said, "Hey, you do yarn!  My mom used to do yarn!  Bye!"  Love that girl!

I'll close for now.  I put the Glee songs on the top of the playlist because that's what I'm looking forward to next week - Glee (Tuesday) and The Big Bang Theory (Thursday).  And I can't wait to see what they decide to do on The Office.  I have to say it - if Michael and Holly don't end up together, I'm going to be seriously bummed.