Just this morning I thought about how I hadn't blogged in a long time and then one of my last remaining readers told me that it was time to get bloggin', so here I am. As for what to say though I haven't got a clue. I have so many thoughts, but they are all a little too muddled to come out right. For one thing since most of my real life friends seem to be blogging far less frequently, I've taken to reading blogs written by actual writers like her and her. Since I am only a pretend writer my posts can't compete with theirs. Obviously I know this is not a competition, but still...
My most prominent thoughts right now revolve around how fast time is flying and therefore how much older the kids are getting everyday. We seem to be in a little bit of an in between stage currently and this is both good and bad. Good because they are old enough to take care of themselves and their responsibilities for the most part (well 2/3 of them are old enough), but they are still kids for a little while longer. They aren't taking the car or applying to college yet thankfully. The downside is that while they are making plans and lives for themselves outside of the family cocoon they are just as bad as I am about writing things down and far worse than I am about keeping track in their heads. This has lead to an excess of double booking recently. Madi cannot for example be home babysitting a one year old and participating in Living Stations of the Cross at church at the exact same time, not to mention her potential desire to have a friend or two sleep over that very night. Somehow I have to be the one to have this lightbulb moment at 6:30am. All of my years of multitasking seems to have rubbed off on the kids and most of the time it's not that pretty! I'm still trying to train myself to write down plans in my planner and the closest I've come so far is that I do now own a planner. Already we now have to attempt to be one of those families where everyone has a different ink color so we can display who needs to be where when. The funny thing is they all go to school in the same place...HOME and they all go to the same church (obviously) AND they are all involved in the same extracurricular activity...Theatre. The thing is though most of their schoolwork is individualized, they are all in different classes and activities at church that meet at different times, and while they are all in the same kids' class at theatre, Jonathan and Madi are in an additional class on Thursdays, and Jonathan is light man extroidinaire and is basically at the theatre any time the doors are open. I'm not sure how it happened but suddenly we went from being together almost 24 hours a day 7 days a week, to it being a rare treat. I'm not sure how families with separate agendas from a much earlier age function. I miss my kids!!
On Friday our family participated in Relay for Life. It was kind of a double event because we got a small contingent of our church's youth group to form a team as well as getting some of the theatre kids (including Madi) to perform. The preparations were a little stressful, but in the end it was a huge success. I'm pretty sure we'll do it again next year. It was extra fitting because it fell on the 3rd anniversary of Memere's death from cancer. We continued our celebrate Mem that day by going out to Red Lobster with Meme and Grampa Carlie, we were minus our overbooked 15 year old, but that's the way it goes sometimes. Incidently, my driven daughter walked 13 miles during Relay (a lot of them without shoes on). After that she joined another group of friends for some rousing games of musical chairs and red light green light. All this while most of the kids sat around our makeshift unallowed campfire and talked. This is the girl who supposedly has a sluggish thyroid! (We go for her 13 year old check up tomorrow where we will find out her latest bloodtest results, I am in no rush to start any treatment other than the natural Chinese tea we are currently doing because my gut tells me to treat the patient and the "patient" is not sick!)
Jake is all about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/ Willy Wonka right now. Because of this our front room is decorated with Hershey's Kisses...and can you believe I still haven't had as much as a smidge of chocolate in over a month?! No, I can't believe it either!
The kids are currently at theatre audtioning for Camp Rock as I write this. I really want them to get good parts. The boys have been singing their audition songs all day. Last show we had a little disappointment over parts because Madi actually got the part that Jake wanted (Chip). I was a proud mom though when Jake was really more concerned for Madi than he was for himself because he thought she should've gotten a bigger part. Madi wasn't even really upset though just confused. In the end it was a great show and when Hannah, one of Madi's BFFs, got sick on opening night and couldn't be Cogsworth and Jonathan the other Cogsworth had to stick with his first love "the lightboard" Madi had an opportunity to play that part with only a few hours notice. (It was the part she played 2 years ago.)
Someday, maybe even today, I'll catch up on pictures and other updates. Writing about auditions from the last show is showing me how little I seem to keep up with this thing these days. I guess what they say is true facebook may really have killed the blog.