Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Catching up....

So I know that I have said this before but the primary reason for the blog is so that I can remember. I want to remember these crazy times and I want to be able to look back on the seasons of my life as a mother and be able to take myself back there to the days of the past - good or bad.

Therefore - I am going to type out what has happened in the past 6 months. Now I am not doing this to compare - you may very well have been busier than me - not the reason that I write.

I am not doing this to complain because I honestly have nothing to complain about. I am blessed and busy and live an active life.

I am writing these things down for three reasons:

A. So that I can remember why there is such a big gap in my blogging.
B. So that I can remember how insane the past 6 months have been
C. To celebrate it's conclusion and sort of a send off for blogging and my "normal" life moving forward.

Anyhoo - here goes.

December 23rd, 2012 -- we went to breakfast for my birthday and skiing with the kids which is awesome but anyone that has ever been skiing with three little kids knows the work and laundry involved with skiing with them every weekend.

December 24th, 2012 - packing, church, presents, more packing, wrapping, preparing
December 25th, -2012 - wake up, open gifts, load up, head to airport, snow storm in DALLAS. Yes - we were flying from Boston to Dallas and had to wait in the airport for 4 hours on Christmas Day because of a snow storm in Dallas. Totally messed up - I know.
Enjoy the next week in Texas with family.
January 1,2013 - fly back to Boston
January 2nd, 2013 - right back to school and subbing
January 14th, 2013 - drive to Maine for an awesome week of skiing at Sugarloaf just the 5 of us.
January 22nd - begin with a week of subbing and then a 12 week Masters practical. The long and short of the Masters is that I was working on my Masters in Elementary Education in my own classroom in Texas. I was to the point in the program when I needed to finish 12 weeks in my own classroom and then I would graduate. I had my third baby in 4 years that year and started my very happy 6 year stint in stay at home Mom land.

Then three children and a move across country later it was time for me to call up the University and say, "Hey - can I finish this degree?" They said sure and I had to go back and retake some classes. I had two choices - I could find a full time and job and finish the masters or I could complete a 12 week practical essentially student teaching - again. Soooo I did that. All three kids and I were in the same school and I am so happy that I did it. Working twelve weeks with three elementary schoolers for free was not exactly easy but once again - so proud to have finished it.

I finished that up on a Friday and on the Thursday before Mothers Day we got to keep our friends two year old until Monday night. For four days. An extra two year old. Yep - totally pulled that off. It was actually really fun and we love her dearly so I am not complaining - still just detailing the last six months. She was SO cute. Her parents built her crib in my basement and every morning she would wake and call for me...

"Hoooooolllly, I awake now. We food the dooooogggs. Hoooolllly, I awake now. we food the dooooooggggs."

Stinking cutest kid ever (except for when my own were two of course)

Anyway - I digress...

On the Monday that we gave the baby back we started demo on our kitchen. Yep - because that seemed like a good idea - to jump into a total kitchen remodel at that time. Awesome.

Two weeks past and it is time for soccer tryouts. My OTHER part time job is for a local soccer club and we had soccer tryouts - M,T,W for two weeks straight - in the rain - from 3:30-8:30 and then hours and hours and hours after and before on the computer getting offers out and answering questions. I was sleeping maybe four hours a night and then still all systems go during the day with the kids and regular life.

Oh yeah - the kitchen remodel ran over and was being completed during this time.

Yep - that was fun.

Then fifth grade graduation. End of the year stuff - Helped organize a teachers luncheon -  Teachers gifts - A BIG soccer tournament - and other end of the year fun stuff. Then packed and now we are enjoying a wonderful, relaxing - I am slowly unwiding from being wadded up so tight I could have exploded -  family vacation.

Thus the catch up on the Bowheads Blog.

That said - Hello my bloggy (and Facebook) friends! I have missed you and guess what????