I had the best Mother's Day in my memory. It was the best, because it was effortless. We went to church, Amie was baptized today (and she asked me to baptize her- wow) then went to a lunch to celebrate at the church (I was supposed to bring dessert & I just picked up cookies from the grocery store bakery- win!) and then we came home and I took a nap. Later, we had spaghetti for dinner (Sky prepared it) and I picked up bread sticks from Pat & Oscars. After, we all went to Barnes & Nobles and hung out. I called my grandmother around 5 to wish her a Happy Mother's Day and survey the collateral damages (see grandparents' posts/NPD/Alzheimer's/depression/disfunction/codependent...) She was weepy (another post?) and so I quickly promised her that I was coming out the next day to treat her to lunch for Mother's Day...which I wasn't planning on. I had driven down there on Friday, Wednesday and Saturday last week already. (the drive one way is over an hour)
I reported back to Sky and he asked me, "why did you promise that??" and I told him, "hey, when your grandmother is crying on the phone on Mother's day, you promise almost anything to get her to stop." to which, Sky replied, "fair enough".
After our Barnes & Nobles outing, I called my Step-mom, wished her a happy Mother's Day and chatted. It was a really uncomplicated day. winning!
The final exam for the college class I am taking- is this coming week. I can't believe the semester is practically over! I am already registered for a class during the Summer session. I wanted to take two classes and "get 'em done" but I don't know how things will be in grandparent-land, so yeah, just one class...
Sky and Amie are busy writing short stories for a story contest. I love seeing them throw themselves whole-hearted into a project. Piano recital is coming up for Amie. Unfortunately, we have -oh-so-many-tears from Amie over this. I promised her I'd let her quit after this recital and move on to voice lessons; but to please, soldier-on for this recital. We still have tears. And, I haven't cleared what I said with Sky yet. It was a moment of mom-weakness. I'll claim insanity. or, something. Or, I 'll just dress to get what I want, when I tell him. (it works).
Two weeks ago, I started getting up early again (after a really long bout with depression) and I'm now back to running and actually being, you know, productive, again. I took the opportunity to dive more seriously back into homeschooling- it's been sheer survival mode for a year and a half here. I dusted off the My Father's World curriculum on the shelf, opened the schedule and actually, you know, followed it. It was like magic, people....we schooled. So yeah, we can just not think real hard about the fact that it is May and I'm working on week 3 in a 36 week curriculum...um, we'll just see how it goes. I am enjoying our schooling again. Demi-Sky and Amie are still working through Veritas Press History online, they will finish up with that- and we will just see what we can accomplish with My Father's World this summer. It's really nice to be working regularly through something together again, and it is really helpful to give the kids assignment sheets each week to make sure they are moving through their work at a good pace.
There is a lot happening with the grandparent situation, update in a future post...
Here are the books I am reading right now:
- Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble: A Novel
- Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series)
- The Author Training Manual: Develop Marketable Ideas, Craft Books That Sell, Become the Author Publishers Want, and Self-Publish Effectively
and here is a funny Mother's Day short video to entertain you...
*Bring a jumper ( A mother's day video)
**jumper is a sweater in England and Australia :)