Reluctantly back at it …

Reese and Libs went back to school today. BIG SIGH. They were definitely not happy about it. I have to admit that I wasn’t thrilled about it either. Being sick made for a very mellow last half of their winter break. Plans were changed. Trips didn’t happen and outings got postponed. I’d complain but to be honest, I love being with my kids no matter where we are and what’s going on. Sure, I could have done without the fever and cough but having all four kids home will always be my happiest of places. I think the rain we got this morning made returning to our normal school day schedule a little bit harder too. Rainy days should be filled with cuddling, hot chocolate and movie marathons. But this morning was filled with alarm clocks, lunchboxes and umbrellas. Ugh. Thankfully Sid and George don’t return back to their universities for a few more weeks so we still get lots of WHOLE family time despite Libs and Reese’s return to school. I’ll just keep reminding myself of that as I’m sloshing through town today running my errands.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you reluctantly get back at it!!!

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They went on without us …

We rang in the New Year last night in a way that we normally don’t. With a cough, fever and chills. Yuck! We usually go to the movies with family friends, then we all head over to a local restaurant for a late dinner and New Year’s Eve festivities. We have celebrated this way for years now and it has been a lot of fun. We went to college with these friends and our kids have grown up together. We have literally created a lifetime of memories with them. As our kids have gotten older our time together has changed. Sometimes the older kids just can’t make it. Whether they are off at college or at work things are missed … and that’s OK. Life does that sometimes. But what happened last night couldn’t have made me happier. Not the sick part! Despite their parents being sick and older siblings being gone the other kids still all got together. That’s right! They went to the movies and then went back to our friends’ home for s’mores and hung out until after midnight. Isn’t that incredible?!?! Even without their parents they still continued on with our little tradition. It made us sick parents super happy because THAT is what decades of friendship looks like.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you go on without them!!!

A lot of baggage …

Flying two kids home from college with all their STUFF is a lot to manage and can be quite stressful. They have finals to deal with and I’m excited to have them home and want their travels go smoothly. So it can be a big cluster of anxiety to say the least. But this morning after thinking about it and trying to convince myself that there is nothing to worry about, I made myself giggle (alone at the carwash).

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t have a lot of baggage!!!

Home for the holidays …

There is a term that is used around this time of year that I didn’t quite understand until I had older kids who left home. I thought I understood the words, but I didn’t. At least not on a mom level. Now it is a term I use as frequently as life allows. And they are words that fill my heart with a joy I have never known.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get to go HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!!

Like a tornado hit it …

Between Thanksgiving, two kids coming home from college (then leaving again), traveling and Christmas shopping our home looks like fallout from a natural disaster!

Well, I hope you all have a day where your house doesn’t look like a tornado hit it!!!

We did it anyway …

Early (no, REALLY EARLY) this morning I took Sid and George to the airport. After flight delays and airline changes, I was finally able to crawl back into bed around 8 am. Luckily we had a late night out up in Los Angeles seeing a movie and having dinner so everyone ended up sleeping in. When we all finally woke up I realized quickly that today wasn’t going to be productive. Laziness was going to be the mood for the day and I was fine with it. At one point this afternoon Libs wanted a sweet treat and I wanted a holiday coffee. Normally, if I’m home, I make the effort to make my own drinks. But the thought of making my own at that point sounded a lot like taking a high school chemistry class. Which incidentally, I never took, HA! Anyway, we opted for the best laziest solution we could come up with. Starbucks mobil ordering. I’m not sure why getting in real clothes, brushing my hair, driving 3 minutes and being seen is public was the better option. Because let’s face it, that took WAY more effort than just walking to the kitchen, turning on my Keurig, mixing up some spices and grabbing some cookies. This was clearly not the laziest way to fulfill our cravings. But for some reason, it felt that way.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you did it anyway!!!

Giddy with happiness …

Today marks the start of Reese’s Fall Break. Tomorrow marks Libs’. Sunday evening my son George flies home and then Wednesday evening my oldest daughter Sidney does. There is only one way to describe me right now.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are giddy with happiness!!!