Catching Up

I have been a real blog slacker…like, whoa.

I have said before that sometimes it gets hard for me to think of things to write, and I guess that is the case now.

 

Changes have been happening in our little family.

Shawn took a new position in his company and his schedule, albeit different, seems like a better fit for all of us.  He is now home more days during the week and working every other weekend. It makes him happy because he is able to participate more in the kids’ lives and we are able to see each other more.  I must admit, so far so good on my end too.

 Tyler is growing up.  We took down his crib last weekend and replaced it with an awesome baseball bed that Shawn and his dad made.  It is truly a piece of art and Tyler is thrilled…if we could only get him to sleep in it, that would be amazing.

 

Megan and Tyler fell off the side of a cart at Hobby Lobby last weekend.  They are fine.  Just noting, this is the second time this has happened in the past month (they don’t learn their lessons!).  Now, Megan says her arm is “broken” and needs constant attention.  Shawn made her a fake cast and she thinks it is the best thing that has ever happened to her.  I must admit, when I was a little one I loved having band-aides and fake casts myself.

 Speaking of Megan, she has been learning nursery rhymes in pre-school.  This week she memorized “Hey diddle diddle the cat and the fiddle the cow jumped over the moon” and it performing it for the whole class.  Holy adorable.

 

Is there anyone else super excited about Thanksgiving????  It might be my favorite holiday.  I love how much sitting/laying around is involved.  I also love that my girlfriends meet the Wednesday before for dinner.  It has been a tradition for at least the last nine years, maybe more.  It is such a great way to start the holiday.  This year our full group will be there…from near and far.  I couldn’t be more happy.  We all need this.

 My father in law had to have a heart procedure done this morning.  His heart has been in afib for quite a while and he was not responding to medication.  So, this morning he had his heart shocked back into rhythm.  Thank God everything went according to textbook and he is doing great.  I don’t talk about him much but I just love Big John.

Finally, I feel like I am in a bit of a slump.  Since the time change I have been so exhausted.  There is just a lot going on in my life personally and professionally that is making sleep difficult and getting up even more of a challenge.  I am hoping the start of the “holiday season” will better my mood and put me in a more positive place.

 

Tennis Champ

Megan started tennis in the beginning of September. I have to admit, when she started, I was not super impressed. They didn’t do a lot of hitting, nor did they spend much time working the ball over the net. The one thing I LOVED about it was it was a group lesson but she and another girl were the only two in it, so it was more like a semi-private lesson.
Over the course of 8 weeks Megan improved by leaps and bounds. When she started she could barely balance the ball on the racket. Last week she was hitting cross-court shots and volleys. Her confidence was soaring and she and her coach could not have been prouder.
I was shocked when the coach took me aside and said Megan was ready for Level 1. Shocked and nervous. How would my little 4 year old do in a group of 8-10 year olds? Would she feel shy or isolated or afraid? I expected her to be a little tentative as she went on the court with a new group of kids.

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All my expectations were shatter when I watched my little baby girl take the court during her first level 1 practice. She was confident and fiery and fearless. Megan went on to that court like she owned it.

Was she the best out there? Not a chance. Did she make mistakes? Of course! But, she did those things with a maturity that reached far beyond her four years. She was polite and accommodating and uplifting to the “friends” around her. She was amazing.

I don’t know if Megan will play tennis for the rest of her life…I don’t even know if she will want to continue after this year. What I do know is that the past four months have taught my child what it takes to be a team player, how to work well with others, and that practice makes progress.

Not bad for a four year old…or a thirty-something mommy.

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