Beginning to figure it all out …

Today I got asked, by someone I had just met, what I did all day now that my kids were in school. They didn't ask in a snarky way, so I wasn't offended at all. What ended up "weird-ing" me out was not their question. It was my answer. I actually had to answer, "I don't know." Then I explained.

Today was the first day that I have had "nothing" do to since all my kids had either moved out or were in school all day. The first time in almost two decades. Last year was actually the first year it had happened, but I had taken a temporary part time job the day my kids started school and then got sick with meningitis a few weeks later. I then spent the next 6 months doing the bulk of my recovering. Once April came Sid moved home and George's graduation (and all that went with it) came shortly thereafter. Life was on full speed and our house was full of people again and it stayed that way until just last week. I loved it! But today, when they asked me that, it all hit me like a ton of bricks.

WHAT WILL I DO ALL DAY LONG?!?!

I guess time will tell.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you begin to figure it out!!!

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A fun day getting ready …

Today is our last day of summer break and we have been busy, busy, busy getting ready for the girls' BIG day back to school tomorrow. Even though I get a little sad about them returning to school, I have come to really enjoy this day. I like adding all the "finishing touches" to our new school year preparation. Seriously, I love this stuff!

Well, I hope you all have a fun day!!!

Summer’s end and a change of pace …

It's our last Sunday of summer break. Sid and George are at college. Libs and Reese return to school on Tuesday. This summer has been a DOOZEY. Emotional and exciting don't even come close to describing it. The summer of 2017 will go down as one of my all time favorites.

I never want summer to end but there is something about the routine that comes with the start of a new school year that grounds me. Summer months tend to feel (and be) more spontaneous and frivolous. But the Fall, winter and Spring months have a coziness to them. Our days are filled with the orderliness of schedules, sports and school, and by the end of August I'm usually ready for it. Fall and winter around this house are filled with magic and traditions that I have come to love. This year we even have some different things planned as well. I'm looking forward to both the familiar back-to-school regimen and the new life we will carve out for ourselves. Our family dynamics are not the same with two of my four children out of the house now. Life will undoubtedly be different, but I know it will be good for all of us.

So am I ready to say "goodbye" to these incredible days of summer? Yes. I believe I am. I will tuck their memories away in my heart. And I will be grateful for each and every moment that I got to spend with the people I love most in this world. God blessed me with another summer … and I truly can't be more thankful.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are ready for a change of pace!!!

A good egg …

About a year-ish (or two???) ago I had bought a carton of eggs from a warehouse style store. I had bought eggs from this store many times before but this particular egg carton weirded me out so much that I've not bought eggs from them since.

What was weird, you ask?

Almost every egg in that 18-count carton was a double yolked egg. Whoa. At first I thought, "Wow, neat!" But as the days passed and the eggs cracked my "neat" turned into "What the heck?!?" I wasn't sure what the stats were on naturally occurring double yolks but I knew that this carton was definitely not normal. So I googled. The information I found stated that a naturally occurring double yolked egg occurs 1 in 1000 eggs laid. SAY WHAT?!?! Yeah, it's RARE. Now I could have been naive and just thought I was lucky to have had all those double yolked eggs OR I could be paranoid. You guessed it, I went with paranoid.

Quite some time has passed since then and I haven't had one double yolked egg. Until today! Now I'm not sure if I've cooked 1000 eggs since the "freak of an egg carton" incident but with as much as we go through eggs around here I feel, safe to say, that we are at least darn close to that number. So I'm going to assume that my egg this morning was one of those naturally occurring double yolked eggs and go back to thinking, "NEAT!"

Well, I hope you all have a day where you find a good egg!!!

Go with the flow …

Winding down from the past eight days hasn't been easy. Coming home to a house that is down so many in numbers has just been weird. And of course now it's time to get ready for Libs' and Reese's first day of school next week AND their birthdays.

Life is ALWAYS busy. At least mine is. And I love it. I don't mean the busyness. I mean the "life" part. My life is never boring. It's full of change. It's full of happiness and pain. We have great times and we have struggles. It simply amazes me that it all keeps moving fluidly. And we just glide along with all of it mapping out a new course as each day passes.

I agree that times can be hard. I'm currently in one. I'm grieving the changes in our family. I miss my kids and what was. But I know I'll adapt and figure it all out. That is the beauty that comes with accepting life as it is and as it should be. It will come. This time might be difficult but my life is still incredible. I still laugh and enjoy every crazy mixed-up and turned around situation I find myself in. And I love and adore the people who I have chosen and who have chosen me share them with. We drift through this life together like a stream. My life takes many twists and turns. I don't always see what lies beneath the water. Heck, sometimes I don't want to. But it's all a part of this magnificent opportunity we have been given time and time again … to find joy in each new day. And as long as I have breath, no matter what I may be facing, I will seek it.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you go with the flow!!!

No pajamas allowed …

Despite getting home at an ungodly hour yesterday Libs attended a sleepover at a friends' house. She really wanted to go, so I let her. My only hesitation was that she also had to be at tennis by 7:45 this morning. Her friend lives across town from us so we knew that this would challenging. Since both of us live by the mantra that SLEEP IS FOR SISSIES we decided to give it our best shot at getting her to tennis without incident. Which we did. Libs had a fun time at the sleepover and I got her to tennis EARLY. In planning this all out Libs had only one request of me … and it cracked me the heck up.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you WEAR REAL CLOTHES!!!