Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sands of time

It's amazing how fantastic I am at this blog thing (okay, not really). Judging by the number of posts I've done so far, I would say that there's a bit (okay, more than a bit) of room for improvement. Today marks the end of the school year for my three kiddos, and I hate how emotional I get when thinking about it. School is one of those change markers that lets me know all too clearly that my sweet babies are growing up and moving on to another adventure in their life! My baby boy graduated from Kindergarten last week, so he'll be in school all day next year (no more lunches together for the two of us (sniff)). I'll miss the cute happiness that envelops all that is Kindergarten...songs about school, weather, holidays, and those precious pieces of butcher paper that come home dripping with finger paint masterpieces. When my little boy sees me getting misty-eyed over him he'll tell me, "Mama, I'll still always be your Kindergarten boy." Oh, sweet boy, thank goodness! His two top missing teeth are also stark reminders that he is growing up! But oh, his toothless grin is so endearing! My middle child will be starting her last year of elementary school next year, and my oldest will be leaving intermediate school and heading off to a new middle school. Lots of changes. Lots of tears. So many reminders that childhood is such a short moment. I try to hold fast to it, but it seems to slip right through my fingers like sand. I think my emotion comes from my own elementary school days when I would cry as I said good-bye to my teachers and friends. I've always loved school. But I'll settle into a new routine for the summer and then begin mourning again as the end of August rolls around and it's time to send them back. Well, I'll bring my rambling to a close so I can finish my list of 1,000 fun things to do this summer. Don't even want to hear the "b" word (bored) uttered by anyone this vacation!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Here I Go......

I'm probably one of the last ones to buy a ticket on the blogger train, but here I am. I've been pretty anti-blog for the longest time. I could not figure out why people would want to put their thoughts out there for everyone to read, and I REALLY could not figure out why other people would want to read those thoughts. As 2011 turned into 2012, though,  I made a few new goals, one of which included connecting with people around me. I also wanted to do a better job at recording my life and the life of my family. Enter Project Life. I happened upon Project Life (a way to scrapbook in a simple, meaningful way) several months ago and I was hooked from the first second. One of my goals this year is Project 365, which is taking one photo a day that describes an aspect of your life. (Actually this year will be Project 366 with a leap day added!). I have had so much fun doing this! I'm only into it 4 weeks so far, and so far my pictures have included everything from your standard birthday photo to a picture of what I made for dinner that night. My kids are getting into it as well, and each day they say "What is your Photo of the Day (POTD) going to be today?" And they feel especially honored if the POTD has anything to do with them or their activities. My goal with this blog will be to keep track of some of our special family moments and share some fun things that add sparkle to our lives. Let the journey begin!