I have a IRL friend who took up blogging about five or six years ago. She mostly does it to record family stories and she writes in fits and spurts. Lately I've been getting her posts in my inbox and it reminds me of all the reasons I started blogging myself. Don't get me wrong: I enjoy blogging challenges, link-ups, and sponsored posts, but I definitely miss the good ole days when I used to just write boring stories about the cute things my kids were doing!
Cute stories about the kids get harder to write as the kids get older. Frances and Henry often request more privacy for themselves now and Benjamin is still pretty darn cute (they all are!) but he doesn't like having his picture taken. Life settles in. We've moved out of that baby/toddler stage and into the school-age/tween/teen stage.
Here's an update on what's happening with all of us lately:
Benjamin is playing soccer like gang-busters this season. We have a great team this year and I love coaching him. He doesn't like practices much, but he plays his heart out during the games. He actually cries when he gets taken out, as opposed to the days when he would cry if I suggested he go out on the field! He's loving first grade and reading like there's no tomorrow. We like his teacher this year and he's got good friends in his class. He's going as a Minecraft Creeper for Halloween; mainly because that's what Henry wanted to be and they have matching Creeper jackets.
Frances just turned 13! She still insists that she's six and that she doesn't want to grow up, though. She and I are sharing books now and that's a fun experience. She's usually got at least 3 with her at all times. I'm the mean mom that tells her kids to quit reading so much! They skip their chores and stay up late at night with their books. Frances just got a cell phone which is useful for when she's running late from violin or gets out early from dance. She's also been selected for a Young Women's Leadership Group at her school that meets once a week. Still she's managing to get her homework done and keep up with school. I really enjoy spending time with her and getting to know the young woman she is becoming.
I just started my 6th year here at JMU. I had my five year anniversary breakfast last week with some delicious food. I'm completing an advanced certificate course, so I get out of the office a few times a month for classes and training which is nice. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are the activity days for the kids and I do a lot of driving after work on those days. I've learned to keep a book in the car so I can read while I'm waiting. It a lot of driving, but I do appreciate some quiet time to myself in between pickups and dropoffs.