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I feel like such a slacker lately. There has been a lot going on around here and consequently I haven’t had much free time to sit and do one of the things that I enjoy — write here. So to attempt to fill in, here’s what’s been going on (in no particular order):
1. Creme is sick and we are trying to figure out what it is – in typical medical fashion it could be something bad or something worse. The worse is something that would affect all three (goats -I’m talking about here, folks – not human kids) and ultimately could be fatal. Poor little thing’s face is all swollen and the swelling seems to come and go.
2. Frost. We have had some and this week is going to be in the 30s all week. This weekend I spent picking more tomatoes and celery than I care to count and drying and freezing and washing – and covering what’s salvageable in the garden.
3. I am taking over the publication of the Wallingford Historical Society’s newsletter and I have to get my wits about me to figure out what I am doing. The former newsletter editor has been super helpful in pointing me in the right direction and I’ll be knocking on her door this week again I am sure, but there is a lot of work to do on my own and I have to fit it in.
4. We are doing some renovation work around the house and there has just been a stream of things that need to be done and (quite honestly) are more fun and exciting than some of the other work I have to do. Let’s see — draft a foreclosure complaint or get things sorted away in the mudroom? — (I bet you’d pick the same as me)
5. We’ve had some company, lots of kids and soccer and cross country practices, meets, games and general driving responsibilities. Things will be coming to a close soon in that department since those seasons will be wrapping up this month, only to begin the rock climbing, snowboarding and skiing teams…..Go (notice my enthusiasm) team!
This week there are two soccer games, two cross country meets, scouts,practices, a concert (for which I am sure that I have to bake something) PSATs and middle son is interviewing for a winter job on Saturday….
Whewwwwww……..and it’s only Monday.
What’s new? Nothing. Everything. Life has been busy – things have come in increments – soccer and cross country started, then school and now most recently – CCD. With each thing that starts comes more responsibility – for the kids, for the parents. More schedules, more rides, more accommodating everyone. Somehow, it all works out although there are moments and days when I might disagree with my old statement.
Navigating teenagers is difficult, no doubt about it. Sometimes you just need to hear something good, something inspirational.
Here’s a good quote for the day:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
No matter how old or young you are, it always helps to have someone to look up to. Not being particularly athletic myself in my school days, sports were not a big part of our girl, girl, boy family. I, being the oldest, didn’t particularly like sports since I wasn’t very good at it and it wasn’t something that my parents really promoted. Our boys, now all are playing school soccer this fall after having played recreation league indoor and spring soccer. My youngest and oldest also played on the rec leagues prior to the indoor winter session this year. Their teams were groups of boys from all over the area, and in spring, a co-ed team for the older two boys, comprised of the same make-up. Perhaps part of it was that we were new to the area and didn’t know a lot of these kids, who appeared to have been playing together in the rec league for years. It was apparent from viewing games, that all the other parents knew all the kids on the team.
This year, my oldest is playing JV soccer after having played in 8th grade last year at school. I am happy to see that he is happy about being a part of the team. The coach is wonderful about incorporating a “team” spirit into everything that they do. The boys all need to come and go to each away game on the bus, so these kids are spending a lot of quality time together, counting travel and practice. Last night was the JV team and the varsity team’s first games. The teams were leaving at 3:30 for a 5:30 JV game in Bennington followed by a 7:30 Varsity game. One of the downsides to living in the country I have determined is the fact that the various teams at this level (high school) are quite a way away since most of the high schools and middle schools in these parts are regionalized. The scrimmage last week was in Randolph and its pretty bad when you have to look up the town on the map because you have absolutely no idea where it is located. The drive from here to Bennington is about an hour. JV played first and then varsity. Of course the boys had to eat so a pit stop at a fast food restaurant after the game was mandatory. TJ’s team (JV) tied their game and the varsity team won 4-2 in an apparent last couple minutes victory. The end result of this was that I was picking up my 14 year old at 11 p.m. on a school night. We weren’t thrilled about the prospect of that but I do have to admit hearing him go on and on about this varsity player and that on the ride home with such admiration in his voice definitely made it apparent that he had a blast – the team spirit has infected my boy it makes me happy. Not having had that growing up myself, I am glad to see him “fit in”. The boys he is playing with have been touted on more than one occasion as “fine young men” and seem to live up to that reputation. Having someone to look up to is important, no matter the stage in life, and probably more so when you are only 14. Was it worth waiting in a parking lot at almost 11 last night for a bus to arrive from Bennington? Yes, I think so and I learned one important lesson last night – evidently winners eat at Taco Bell.
We were up and out early today after spending the night last night at Jackson Gore for a concert with some friends. The boys were all playing soccer today, it was a Jamboree. Each team (the two older boys are on the same team) played 4 games in their division. The top 2 teams in each division faced off against each other for the championship. We are very lucky since we have all champions. Both teams finished the season undefeated and 1st place in their divisions. Pretty cool to be the mom of all champions!
Everyone is really happy and well deserved – Job well done!
We trooped off to soccer practice tonight in Manchester. Tyler appeared to enjoy himself which is good. We were concerned that he might be out of sorts since he hasn’t played on a team since he was 5 or 6. TJ is much more comfortable playing this time around which is good. Tim didn’t play tonight but was happy to offer commentary and refereeing opinions. The boys have come a long way…..
We then hit Bob’s Diner down that way for what we hoped was a quick dinner. Evidently, the staff (all 3 of them) were a bit overwhelmed by the early onslaught of U.S. Open Snowboarders who took up half the diner. Dinner was slower than we anticipated but still a nice treat.
Tomorrow, is TJ’s oral surgery and I must admit that I am a bit nervous. I am sure that I am the only one, since he doesn’t seem the least bit affected by any of it (other than the fact that he cannot eat after midnight tonight). I guess that it part of being a mom -being the chief worrier for the family. Hopefully everything will go smoothly and my baby (who is presently taller than I) will be A-Okay and not in a lot of discomfort.