Friday, May 30, 2014

7 quick takes about things that I might someday blog about

1. I've been blogging for almost 7 years and it's probably a stretch to say I have about 7 followers.  With Jonathan's homeschool high school graduation this past Sunday, I've been told by a couple people that I should share some of the wisdom that I have gained through this endeavor.  Mike in particular told me that I needed to write.  My response that I've been writing for a long time to an almost nonexistent audience didn't seem to deter him.  So ideally there will someday be a whole blog post about this seriously overwhelming event, and maybe even some words of wisdom. 

2. Jake's public school experience is coming to an end (at least for a while).  It has been a good year.  The culmination of his reading of the 15 sunshine state books is this afternoon when he gets to go bowling.  He's been waiting all year for this, the kid gets to go to Disney on a regular basis, but this reward of bowling during school hours for reading these books has been a huge dangling carrot for him all year.  Anyone who read at least 10 of the 15 books also had a special party on Wednesday where they got special lunch and played a trivia game, answering questions from the books.  Jake's team won, and of course he assured me, without his teammates he still would have won.
3. Jake will homeschool next year, but he will also tryout the public middle school band.  We will visit the band room and meet the director next week and Jake is signed up for bandcamp the first week after school gets out.  Maybe he'll follow in this guy's footsteps.
(the one in the sheet)
4. Speaking of that guy, could this girl be anymore beautiful?
5. A huge tent is currently being set up in our back yard for graduation celebration part dos.
6. Jonathan was awarded a scholarship from the women's guild at our church.  This is a big honor, and we couldn't be more grateful, but twice I've gotten phone calls from women about this and they are pretty confused.  One of them was certain Jonathan's essay was about wanting to be a railroad engineer (umm no!), and today someone called to find out how to send the money to Lake Sumter, it is looking like that is where he will continue next year before finishing his degree at UCF, but all his paperwork says UCF so there is some mixing of applications going on over there.  I'm fairly certain Jonathan is indeed the rightful recipient of this, and a generous parishioner has matched the amount for another deserving senior, but I will breathe easier when the money is officially in the correct account.
7. out of time...  Visit Jen for more qts and be sure to scroll down to see a pic of my dear friend Kirsten reading Jen's awesome book to her cows.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

One hot mess on a Saturday morning

I sometimes feel like I'm turning into one of those grandmotherly emptynesters who really has no place blogging.  This may be because, aside from people I actually know, pretty much all the blogs I read are written by young, Catholic moms with lots of cute little kids.  If I had it to do all over again, Mike and I would have made some different choices and we'd have had a housefull too.  Well we still have a housefull, but in a different way (there are currently three Chinese teenage girls sleeping upstairs).  Anyway, this isn't about that.  It's really (I think) going to be about how I really continue to have good intentions about blogging even though I'm really not living up to those intentions.  I'm thinking about becoming a regular on some of these popular (and not as popular) linkups that are out there in the little world that is the Catholic mom blogosphere.  I no longer have toddlers (except for the two that sometimes come here to hang out once every two weeks or so, I had them for seven hours on Tuesday and there are still some lingering reminders of their visit...but none of the mess that I'm going to show you can be attributed to them) or anything close to that young, but our house still often looks like I do.

These are just the messes that I can see from my current spot on the couch.  This and the fact that I am still losing sleep because of my offspring (Jonathan will be working at Disney until 1am tonight and then will have the hour ride home, I will have one eye on the clock and will be expecting him to pull in the driveway promptly at 2:07.) means even without toddlers, my life is still ONE HOT MESS.  So trying to get in the swing of things I am linking up with Blythe and friends to share some of my story.  Maybe some toddler moms will even stop by here and see what life is like for us "old ladies".  Without being one of those women who says enjoy every minute when your four kids are screaming in the grocery store, I can still illustrate that it does go way faster than you think, and suddenly you find yourself two weeks away from having a highschool homeschool graduate, with two kids that drive (and work outside the home {emphasis on outside the home}), and an 11 year old who will be taller than you before you know it.