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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It's a special kind of crazy....

The end of the school year snowballs out of control.
Always.

This year is different because it is not just the school year....

In the midst of:

Two different end of year concerts (back to back -- was I crazy?)
Preparing 60 kids for marching/playing in the Memorial Day Parades (yes, plural)
Graduation preparation (pomp and circumstance-- one more time with feeling)
And getting the community band ready for Memorial Day
And getting the community band ready for Grand March (graduation night, seniors dressed in beautiful white tuxes and white gowns)

I am losing EIGHT seniors.  I have never had a class like this before....  they were the ones that changed the whole dynamic of band in our schools. When they were fifth graders, I was beginning my 3rd year teaching.  Now they are leaving, and I am finishing my 10th.   I have had these 8 seniors for 8 years.


AND....

I am MOVING. Packing up my belonging and schlepping them to our new place...

So when I tell you that things are a special kind of crazy up in here....
you will now understand.

Three more nights in this house!


And.... all this stress and anxiety is taking a toll on me physically.
My back has been bothering me.  A lot.  Great timing, huh?  I have been blaming it on my mattress.  I think its the tension I have been trapping along my spine.

And my heart has been doing strange extra beat or skipping beat type things.

I don't think I am dying... I think that life is just a little bit too much for little old me to handle right now.


After my two school concerts last week, I deserved a chance to relax. To reflect.... to take a break before the crazy end of year madness.

Nope.  No relaxing for this Mama!  Pack, pack, pack....  Schlep, Schlep, Schlep...

(We are so grateful that we have been able to bring things over to the new place whenever we want to.
It is making the packing much easier.)

And now the end of a beautiful chapter in our lives is ending....  The last three years in this town, in this house, making lifelong friends is drawing to a close.

We are beyond excited about what lies ahead.

And in the meantime, you can often find me singing "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming."

See you when the dust settles . . .

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Our future home!

We brought our first load over to the house today, and we showed Soccer Boy. He was pretty excited!






Moving! in T - 18 Days!

We are MOVING!
We found a place that we loved, that we had to crunch the numbers (just a little bit) and commit to really, actually buckling down on our finances in order to make it work, and we met with the landlord yesterday, and we got it!!

It is a two bedroom house attached to a dentist office right in the heart of town!

The paint is new, the layout is great, and we fell in love with it when we walked into the kitchen-- and that isn't even the best part of the house!

The bedrooms have built in drawers -- so cool, and lots of closets.

The bathrooms are TINY -- we have been very spoiled by our bathrooms in our previous places, but it's okay.  Bathrooms are not a deal-breaker.  :)

So-- Saturday, May 28th is MOVING day!
And then on Monday, I will be with my band kiddos for the Memorial Day Parades.  But I won't have to go far!!

Things that are falling into place?

-- We can start moving things in now.   Basically-- every single day, I could load up the van/car and take stuff to the house.

-- Internet and electric are all set up, and we are getting a great deal on just internet!  Woo!  (Which reminds me..... need to call hubs and double check that)

-- My parents are sending us $$ to pay for the U-Haul truck!! Wow! We so weren't expecting it, but really, really appreciate it!

-- Our pastor is going to round up some guys from our church to help us on Moving Day!

-- My husband is taking the Friday before AND the Tuesday after Memorial Day off for packing/unpacking purposes.




SO yeah.
That's what's going on in MY 'hood.  

Peace out,  Yo.

 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Quiet moments

As I relax on the couch after getting home from church, Cuddle Bug is entertaining himself with his still new birthday toys. Soccer Boy is playing upstairs with tractors and trains, and not whining.

I don't ever not feel grateful for my boys and my beautiful life, but it was just really special today.
Such a community sense of support and gratitude of mothers from all walks of life, and of all shapes and sizes. Maybe a year of being a mother of two has made me more accepting of what I always referred to as a greeting card holiday. Maybe the increased connection that I feel with my own mother makes the holiday more meaningful this year.

I don't know. But what I do know is this. When you are trying really hard to raise your children in a way that gives them boundaries and expectations, it is sometimes a rough road. A pat on the back, a hug, and a carnation in church on sunday end up meaning more than you could imagine.

To the elders and deacons at churches everywhere: Thank you for making a point to appreciate the mothers out there!

To my boys: I love you with all of my heart, a big as the ocean and the sky.

To my mother: Thank you for having high standards and expectations, and for filling our lives with love. I love you so much. I have an excellent example to follow!

To mothers everywhere: Don't grow weary in doing good! Enjoy your day, and kiss your babies, even if they are taller than you now!

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