I'm baaaaaack. I know it has been a while since I posted, but we have had a wild start to the summer. Laura spent three weeks with us, I took a trip to New York, the kids are on the swim team, and Colin has started to play the guitar. This just hits the tip of the ice berg.
Lets start with Laura. As you may remember, Laura is my sister that was living in Cincinnati. They have since moved to Philadelphia, but while they were waiting for their new house to be ready, they stayed with my mom for a few weeks. It was crazy busy and so much fun. Our kids had a blast hanging out and doing just about any activity possible in Northeastern Ohio. There were sleepovers galore, but none that my kids participated in. It may seem crazy, but none of the kids wanted to get up and moving for swim practice that started at 7:00 AM. Yes, in the morning. Can't say as I blame them. A treehouse addition was built, but that will be a post all of its own.
I went to New York with Ann, Mary Beth and Lauren, and it was great. Not quite the trip I had planned in my mind, but we got to see Wicked and Memphis which were both amazing. We also took a bus tour and saw Tom Cruise and Luke Wilson shooting a movie. The Ground Zero memorial was very moving and well done. We proved that we were midwesterners by being confused by the elevator situation, and did you know Laguardia Airport is infested with mice? This will also require a post of its own.
The kids have been keeping me busy with their activities. Colin and Ryan are both on the swim team. As I have mentioned, Colin's practice starts at 7:00 in the morning. He resists every morning and one morning he said that he thought this was crazy and even Michael Phelps didn't get up that early. His practice ends at 8:45 and Ryan's starts at 9:00. I feel like I spend half my life at the pool, but they are learning a life skill that may save their lives.
I almost never talk about work. Three years ago I started a job that was supposed to be temporary, and it has finally come to an end. I will miss some dear friends I have made, and I will miss my paycheck, but not really miss the job itself. I have been working from home and it is really lonely. I feel like I am poised at the edge of something great and I am looking forward to what my future has in store. The timing was good because now I can give my kids a summer of my undivided attention. We have been having a summer I like did when I was young. We have a schedule of sorts, but we are not in a hurry to do anything, and it is very relaxing for all of us.
Now that things have slowed down a bit, I will try to get back to my regularly scheduled posting.