Thursday, August 14, 2014

home again, home again, jiggity-jig.

Can we just have summer last a wee bit longer, please?  I am already beginning to see photos of other people's kids on their first day of school in my Facebook feed and, although those kids are too stinking cute, I'm not quite ready to see that stuff.  I feel like I just got into my summer groove.  It took me awhile this year, to really let summer sink in and allow myself to go with the flow.  I felt like I had to keep moving, keep traveling, keep doing home projects, keep entertaining the kids... keep doing anything to stay busy.  Now that we are back from one of the best vacations ever, I am finally chill.  I found my balance, my chi is stabilized.  But we are only 10 days from the first day of school, when we will be forced to wake up so so early, make lunches ahead of time, and study our brains out.  Will I be ready in ten days???  Will I find myself suddenly praying for school because I simply can't handle one more minute of summer?  Part of me hopes so, just so the transition doesn't hurt so bad.

Since vacation, I've been feeling so good, like really good. That's probably why people take vacations, with the goal of feeling good, but sometimes they seem to cause stress instead.  You know how that is - traveling with kids, negotiating daily plans with a group of unique individuals, spending money, making food, etc.  But I came home completely content and refreshed and just right.  This week, I've suddenly become really good at housecleaning without anger (this is like practically unheard of).  Cleaning toilets used to get me really riled up and agitated, but I've somehow made peace.  I didn't even curse once.  This happy week, I've been cheerfully scrubbing and cleaning and folding and rearranging.  If I could whistle, I'd do it! I've also become a happier driver, but probably mostly due to the fact that I'm not a minivan mom any longer (can I get a what-what).  I've been opening the sunroof of my new, hip vehicle and blasting my pop music as I drive along. Of course I'm old, so I turn down the volume whenever I reach a stoplight, but oh boy am I having fun!  After 15 years of minivans, I feel like I've been reborn. :)

In other news, I've also started looking for a kitten to adopt.  You know, to replace Elyssa.  Haha!  Elyssa cannot be replaced, of course.  I'm not even going to go into the sad, horrible story about my experience trying to adopt from Petco, but dang, there are some rude ladies working there and so we will be looking elsewhere.  The kids are being so patient, but I'd love to find one soon and check that off my list.  Promising kids a pet - how do I get myself into these situations?  Do you have a kitten you could give me?

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