Friday, October 23, 2009

Life as we know it.....

Forgive me readers for I have sinned. It’s been three weeks since my last update.

What can I say? Life is leaving me in the dust.

Well, that and I’m old. Time seems to fly.

Especially when your clock decides to change the time every thirty seconds.

That one really blew me away. I couldn’t figure out why it was so dark outside when the clock read 9:15am.

But I digress…..

Daddy left us two weeks ago for a six week business trip to Asia. Yep, you read that right. Six weeks. But it’s nothing like our military who are deployed for months….

Speaking of which, my brother just returned two days ago from a six month deployment as the commander of the USS Arleigh Burke. We’re hoping my brother in law will return from Iraq in the next two months, so all will be right with our world.

Oh, oh, oh, and my sister took her boys to Europe for a month to tour and meet up with their dad (who is stationed in Iraq) and just returned home as well.

For those of us stuck stateside, life continued along its usual enthralling path. With a few diversions, of course.

Diversion 1: Abby

Abby had the great experience of Turning Five. Oh my. She talked about it for days, weeks, even months. The magic day finally arrived. The smile on her face said it all…

We celebrated at home with all six of us……although two of the six were via Skype. But we did our best! Our sweet baby had a wonderful day.

Diversion 2: Anna Grace

Anna Grace always leads us to questions…..Where did you get that? Why didn’t you eat lunch? Did you pull any sticks today? Did you lose any points? What do you mean you are making money? Who did you call? What did you do to your sister? You said what??

Yep, every day is always interesting.

But the look on her face is always so angelic.

Don’t let it fool you.

Diversion 3: Alex

Alex is our “be all you can be for the minimum amount of work” kind of kid. Don’t get me wrong. He has good grades but….he’s the kind of kid who will calculate the lowest grade he needs to get on something and still get an A in the class. He’s going to push me over the edge one day.

But he is giving his all to soccer….even if some of the other kids are not. He had a game the other day in 49 degree weather with a strong, steady wind. The girls and I were in attendance.

To answer your question, no it was not fun. Although the pictures may say otherwise.

When I downloaded the pictures and compared them to last season, it hit me that he has really grown up. Such changes….

Diversion 4: Katie

Katie has been struggling to find her place in this world. The best laid plans tend to go awry at times. We’ve hit that point. She is pursuing a change in schools for the spring semester. Living in the Big City isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. So, a change is in store. We are hoping for spring semester but are realistic that it may not happen due to housing shortages.

We’ve seen both she and Catlan several times since August. But when they arrive in the driveway, who do the girls go running to see? Katie? Nope. Catlan.

Toss in the flu, two broken cell phones, Celsius to Farehheit conversion (ugh…math), a huge texting bill (if we didn’t have unlimited texting…whew!), Nick Jr. and all that it entails, no sleep, lunch twice with friends and no kids (!!!), issues at school, Smurfs, college tours, first grade boyfriends, and so much more.

And life continues……

Let’s just hope I survive.


Tara said...

Wait... are Alex and Conner related? It seems they are with their strategic effort in school.

Mei Mei Journal said...

Happy birthday Abby! Wow, she looks so beautiful and mature! Lauren will be 5 in a few months. Anna Grace cracks me up. We always say with PAige around life can never be boring. I love reading about your big kids they remind me so much of my oldest two. I hope things work out for Katie this spring!

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

Happy Birthday Abby!!!

6 weeks without help??...shoot me! :)

Hang in there mom!!!


Margaret M said...

I am so with you and my blog is suffering too! I am doing well to hit the major highlights. Thinking of you and empathizing!!!!!

NeuroMama said...

Wow. That was a great and packed full of info update. But, I need to hear more about first grade boyfriends. Sounds adorable!


Laura L. said...

What a wonderful update! Great pictures and fun to hear about all of your kids.
I admire how you do it all- kids, job, and husband away too. I know it can't be easy, but you get it done and I admire you.
I give you a huge thumbs up. :)

Jboo said...

Great update, but whew -- I'm tired just reading it -- you must be exhausted! Your kiddos are so cute -- the bigs and the littles!


Livin' out loud said...

Kristin you crack me up! What a great update, I do believe you have covered all the bases, and everyone looks wonderful! Sorry to hear you are flying solo for a while, I know how tough that can be!!
Hugs to you all

The Johnson 5 said...

I'm a little late, but I LOVED this post. Real life isn't always wonderful but it's REAL! And doing it without back up, SUCKS!

6 weeks is better than 6 months but that's still a long time. I'm always praying for you all.

Your Alex sounds just like my Alex. The grades thing was right on for my son and he gives his all to his music.

I'm hoping that everything works out for Katie. Let me know next time in your my area, maybe we can do lunch!!