Monday, September 14, 2009

Out and about

I'd love to fashion a nice new fall face lift for my blog, but have absolutely no desire to sit in front of the computer for hours on end as is always the case when I get drawn into a project. I took a look at a few free pre-made backgrounds, but eh. They just didn't seem quite right. So, yeah. Guess I'll be sticking with the irritatingly springy template I've got now, much as it's begun to grate on my nerves. I am ready for fall!

Our days are developing again a pleasant, although more activity packed, rhythm now that school has started and it's quite a nice change from the directionless days we endured throughout the summer. Laziness does have it's fine points, but only in minute doses and for a very limited time. Months on end is just too much! Next year, for sure, I'll have to be more careful about keeping us active over the summer, even if we are officially on a break from schoolwork.

Seemingly overnight, we've become quite involved in various out of home activities and I'm just thrilled with how happily my children are responding to their new pursuits! Dylan and Caitlyn have actually been enrolled in a gymnastics class for homeschoolers for a few months now, and we plan to keep them there for a while! It meets for an hour once a week and is run by a husband and wife who are just wonderful. Meghan can hardly wait to turn four in December so she can join, too! Dylan and Caitlyn just love it there and look forward to it all week long!

After seeing an announcement in our church bulletin, we recently signed Caitlyn up for the American Heritage Girls program sponsored by our church. She LOVES it and there are so many sweet little girls involved with whom I just know she will make fast friends! And so many of the moms are women I've admired from our parish, so I, too, am so glad for the opportunity to make new friends! Caitlyn and I are really looking forward to a great year enjoying this special interest together!

I think I've mentioned before that my younger brother is such a talented musician. I've always dreamed of him teaching my children, and today that dream became a reality with Dylan's first private piano lesson! I can't believe I forgot to take my camera, but Dylan was just beaming. He was so happy, and so enjoyed his lesson! He came home and started practicing right away, and is already asking when he can have his next lesson. (Which should have been next Monday, his birthday, but I had just scheduled an OB Ultrasound earlier this morning for the same time! Oops! Looks like we'll have to work that out.) I am so proud of him, and how well he did today, and so proud of my brother for being such a great teacher!

Finally, Dylan and Caitlyn will begin their CCD lessons at our church this Wednesday afternoon. Dylan's been going for two years now and really likes it, and I think Caitlyn will really enjoy the classroom setting. I'm looking forward to having that hour each week to run some errands with my two littlest girls! :)

I'll be decreasing my hours at work beginning in October, and I'm really looking forward to having more weekends home with my growing little family! These days have just been so exhausting, but it is so worth it. I was afraid that today I would just be a mess and was actually near tears last night as I fretted on the phone to my mom. I had worked all night Saturday and didn't sleep for as long as I would have liked on Sunday, and then had to go back to work until 1 a.m. Of course, I didn't actually get home until a little after 2 this morning (I would have done better had it not been for that admission I got just before reporting off!) and my alarm was set for five. Darren actually took Dylan to work with him for a few hours this morning, though, and surprisingly, I couldn't even fall asleep again after they left! I got up and instead greeted my girls as they woke, then made chocolate pancakes and gave them all a nice warm bath together. I took Caitlyn with me to the appointment I had with my midwife this morning, and we were so happy to hear that strong heartbeat! We all ate lunch together when we got home, then Darren went back to work for a while and the rest of us worked on school. Dylan's piano lesson was late this afternoon, and, while the rest of my family is in the next room watching Monday night football, I'm still wide awake at nearly 9:30! I can't believe it! All that worrying for nothing! I thought there would be no way I'd be able to make it through today. I don't usually fare so well after so little sleep. ;)

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