Thursday, February 9, 2017


is anybody out there? just nod if you can hear me...

I have missed writing here. I really have. There is no time in my day anymore for blogging, or sewing for that matter. But that's been replaced by new adventures! Sorry, no photos to share. You can check my instagram for the rare pic over there ;)

I started working last fall, when Sawyer started school. I'm substituting for K-12, and I really enjoy it. I'm off when the kids are, and I usually beat them home from school. Every day is different, and I have met so many people. And let's be honest, I've been relearning some of what I've forgotten in the years since I graduated. But I knew going back to work would be challenging for running the household. The mom guilt over missing class parties. The morning scramble to get the kids on the bus so I can get to work. Ready to go to sleep by 8pm (but not getting to bed until 10 or later). Even finding clothes for work - no more yoga pants and tee shirts, which was basically my wardrobe. I'm hoping to do some shopping tomorrow to find some pants!

PTO has taken more of my time this school year. The leader of our PTO group also started back to work, so we're sharing responsibilities. This year we changed things up, adding three Buck Bingo nights to replace our Chili/Soup Supper. So far, it's been a success! We will probably raise about the same amount of money, but the response from the community has been wonderful and we've had a full house each night. It's nice to have a family event for all ages. We have one more to go, but if you are a PTO member and you're looking for an easy fundraiser, I'd recommend it!

This year the kids are even busier with sports, which I would have said wasn't possible. Right now, all three boys are wrestling. There's a little more than a month left in the season. They are doing well, and we're hoping that the older two will get to State again this year. Our daughter has spent the winter with pitching practice 2 times a week, and she's playing club volleyball too. This is her second year. She loves it. I'm helping the girls when they have to keep score during tournaments, and Troy is a coach for wrestling, so that keeps our weekends busy. The older boys are both playing tournament baseball, and their first practice is this weekend. Emma's playing on a tournament softball team this year too, so I know April, May and June will be crazy. Three competitive teams and one rec coach pitch team, there shouldn't be any conflicts, right? RIGHT?! Running club just started again, so once a week we meet after school to train for the Munchkin Marathon that Garmin hosts each spring. Pretty much I got a job to pay for all the gas we use running these kids around. :)

I have been trying to do either yoga or 30 day shred 3-4 days a week. There's an app I love called Down Dog, it's free (or pay for a membership for more options) and the kids like to do it with me. We took the kids roller skating last weekend, that was awesome. Trying to stay active and lose some weight. We also had mom's night at wrestling and got to learn a few moves with our boys. That was a fun night!

The kids are doing well in school too, all A's. Emma and Alex both won 1st place in a Daughters of the American Revolution contest - Emma for her poem and her poster, and Alex for his short story. Their projects were sent on to nationals, so we are waiting to hear how they did there. First place in both local and state - I was so proud of them both! Emma won her school spelling bee for the 3rd year in a row, and went to the county bee. She ended up 6th of 14. Next year I'm hoping to see all three older kids up on that stage - Alex almost made it this year and Zach wasn't too far behind him!

We had parent teacher conferences last week, and I know the teachers probably think I'm crazy, but I had to fight back tears! It started when Sawyer's teacher told me what a joy he was, and how kind and polite he is, especially with his classmates. She said every day when they line up for lunch, he tells her to "have a nice lunch!" (My favorite is when I'm making dinner and he comes in and singsongs "what's cookin, good lookin?!") He makes everyone smile and I love that. So then I go to Zach's conference, and his teacher says "He has the biggest heart and is so kind and always concerned if someone is having a bad day. Look, he made me a card because my daughter is sick this week." And I have to tell you - this was so much validation that we are actually doing something right. That we are raising our kids to be kind and gentle and caring, and maybe, someday, the world will be kinder and gentler and caring. And it was all I could do not to start crying. The kids and my husband made fun of me but I didn't even care :)

So, after writing all that, it makes sense that my last post was Aug 2016, doesn't it? I better run now. I'm working this afternoon and I should try to make a dent in the laundry around here. I know it's a cliche but as tired and wrung out as I am most days, I wouldn't trade it for anything. (But I wouldn't turn down a week vacay to a beach somewhere!) I took off for the kids' Valentine's Parties so maybe I will have some fun crafty stuff to share next week!


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