Saturday, May 17, 2014

Some Other Beginning's End

Random thoughts as life races by on this last leg of the school year before summer vacation begins:

  • I just found out that I have to work until the usual end of the school day (3:20) on the last day of school even though the students (i.e. my kiddos) get released two hours early. Thank goodness for BFFs who allow your kids to walk home with them after school and celebrate the start of summer break while you stay at school and help pack up the classrooms with all the teachers and other EAs.
  • The city pool opens (for just a few hours a day, after school, before opening full hours once school is out) in two weeks. This is incredibly hard to believe considering the fact that the nights/early mornings have been so cold here lately that the furnace has been on and during my run the other day I seriously wished I had gloves. 
  • I just re-read The Ten Year Nap, a novel by Meg Wolitzer. This is one of my all-time favorite books. You may remember I raved about it when I read it the first time. Unfortunately, if you are a longtime stay-at-home mom currently struggling with the period of life during which you're trying to figure out your identity as your kiddos get ever-farther along in elementary school and don't need you during the day, but still need you before school and after school and on school vacations and in the summer, and you left your career some nine or ten years ago and truly love having "raising children" as your career, but time seems to be running out.....well, it may be an emotional read. Not that that is a bad thing. I loved it even more the second time through. I probably need my own copy, come to think about it.
  • Trolli Sour Brite Gummy Eggs: crazily addictive candy. How did I even end up discovering this candy? I don't remember. But I quickly learned that it is impossible to stop eating it. Proceed at your own risk.
  • Still don't know if I'll have a job at my girls' school next year. Sort of suspect I might be offered the same job but at the other elementary school in town to which the special ed program is moving in the fall, but much as I love my current situation in term of co-workers, supervisor, and students, my whole purpose in taking this job was working at my daughters' school. I don't want to work across town at a school with different start times and end times than my children's school. Ah well. Time will tell, and if nothing is available right away I will wait and see what pops up during the next school year, as part-time EA jobs so often seem to do.
  • In 2-1/2 weeks, my firstborn turns ten. I've been a mom for a full decade now. How crazy is that? Enough said.
  • I've been baking up a storm lately. My dear friend Laura gave me a bunch of rhubarb, so I've made this one rhubarb muffin recipe that my children love three times already this month. There have also been brownies, cookies for Teacher Appreciation Week, and various other goodies under my cake stand dome on the kitchen counter, so beware if you enter my house: you may gain a few pounds but it will be worth it, I promise.
I am sparing you all sorts of other monologues, such as those about the precious Mother's Day gifts from my children, and the tae kwon do demo they did with their instructor for a community martial arts festival, and the upcoming school play in which Genevieve has the lead ("Little Late Riding Hood"), and....well...lots of stuff. You can thank me later.

Onward, friends and mamas. This time of year is super fun and excruciatingly painful for me all at the same time; it has been since my first was in her first year of preschool. It's crushing to see them finish yet another year of school; how dare they, get a year older and all that?! And at the same time, it's fantastic and fun. This crazy heart. This crazy life.

Good luck to all of us! 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Because you need to watch this again, moms:


Wishing you the happiest of happy Mother's Days. And an especially big Happy Mother's Day to my own mom, who once again just bought our family's summer pool pass for us. Thank you and love you, Mom!!

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Yellow Belts

Hmmmm.....WHAT have I been busy with that has kept me away from this screen for so long (and are you getting tired of every post starting out like that)?

Well, there was my girls' first ever Tae Kwon Do testing day up in the city:




 (They passed!)

And the awarding of their yellow belts at their next local Tae Kwon Do class:



SO proud of them. I won't go into all of it, but suffice it to say this entire endeavor took up a LOT of energy, planning, time, and effort. Worth every bit of it all, too. Tae Kwon Do has been a phenomenal experience for them this year and I signed them up for summer classes as well, despite the fact that the classes take place in the evening and will do nothing to help this at-home mama fill daylight hours.

Time is ticking away. Four more weeks of school after tomorrow, and every one packed with events and activities. Hold on tight.