Happy tears …

Today is one of those days where I’m overwhelmed with emotions. Libs is currently taking her AP European History test. This class has been ROUGH. And with the finishing of this test a close is brought to A LOT of our school year misery. Thank you JESUS! On top of that, I finished my last hilly long run today. Nothing but light “jogs” and walking until race day. YIPPIE! And if those two things aren’t enough goodness I have one more. George is coming home from college today! It has been a crazy freshman year for him that started with (but certainly not limited to) an evacuation because of the California wildfires. Yep, his school year was a DOOZY for him. Needless to say, with all this resolution today, I am feeling pretty darn thankful and very much relieved.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you cry happy tears!!!

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Get me off this ride …

Some school years are bumpier than others. This has certainly been one of those years. It’s had twists. It’s had turns. At times I think it flung us upside down and shook us all around! And I am DONE with it. I know that it’s not necessarily MY school year to be done with, but still. I’m the mom strapped in next to my kids until this educational and emotional roller coaster ends. Correction… FOUR roller coasters end. Ugh.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are let off the ride!!!

Just what I needed …

Last night we got to have dinner and a nice visit with my big kids. OK, not in person, but via FaceTime. Sid, George and Trevor, Sid’s boyfriend, met up with their dad last night who is working in Napa. They had dinner at one of our favorite places in Santa Rosa, Tex Wasabi’s. I was missing my big kids something awful yesterday and knowing that they were all getting together made it WORSE. I wanted Libs, Reese and I to be a part of it too. So much so that I seriously considered booking flights for the girls and I yesterday. Then Libs reminded me that she has a tennis match on Saturday and school in the morning. OH YEAH. Clearly missing my kids clouded my thinking, HA! Needless to say, we didn’t go. So I was feeling a bit down last night. But then they all started sending pictures (funny ones too) and FaceTimed us. I LOVED IT. I’ve said this before but it’s true. I’ve never appreciated technology more than I do now having kids in college. It really does help you stay connected. It makes the miles between us seem shorter. I’m not sure if it helps me miss them any less but things like FaceTime certainly have comforted me when all I want to do is spend some time with them. Last night was a great example of this. When we hung up I felt so much better. I still miss them terribly but for now, I’m satisfied.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get what you needed!!!

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!!!

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!!!