Just checking in with Kelly, as per...
What's that? It's the first week of May? We started out the week by having Dom's first soccer practice, but his second soccer practice got cancelled Wednesday due to snow. You know, totally normal thing to have happen. Actually last year we didn't even start the soccer season until after Mother's Day because there were snowstorms, so it is normal!
However, having it snow continually for a whole day during the month of May made me want to day drink. I may have put a shot of something in my coffee, but it really didn't make much of a dent. Some things are too crappy to overcome with the recommended amount of alcohol you're allowed to consume when caring for 5 small children. (Read: NOT ENOUGH ALCOHOL!)
Yesterday I came upstairs from doing laundry to find Max naked and climbing a table. I just stood there with a face on, Gemma rushed over to me and said, "Don't worry Mommy. Try not to loose your hyper!"
Oh, child...I lost my "hyper" so long ago..
Nora is turning out to be a pretty feisty two year old. Not that that's much surprise considering her baby personality. But from the way she walks - stomping around the yard in her rubber boots, to how she talks to her siblings - "Wait MEE! Wait MEE!", she may be turning into my clone. It's something my husband's been saying for a while now, but as she get's bigger it's becoming harder to deny.
May always feels like a sentimental month to me. It's got Mother's Day, Gemma's birthday, and my birthday, it's like a trifecta of things that force nostalgia upon you. I can't fathom that this is my 8th Mother's Day, that my baby is already 8 YEARS OLD, and that I'm another decade older. It just seems absolutely ridiculous that time can fly by so quickly. I get all teary eyed thinking how big my kids are getting, and yet how inexperienced I can feel on a daily basis. And as much as I thought having "bigger" kids would make things easier, it still feels as if I'm drowning in babies, albeit heavier, louder, more demanding ones. I think I'm getting used to the fact that it's not easy and I'm almost accepting the idea that I don't want it to be easy. It's just awesome that it takes me years and years and years to learn this basic stuff, isn't it??
On this week's podcast episode we talked to Michele Chronister the editor of the book, Rosaries Aren't Just For Teething: Reflections on Mary by Mothers, which Haley and I both contributed a chapter. It was really interesting talking about the rosary from a mother's perspective. I find it's on of those things that's easy to gloss over, but once you start digging into a bit there's so much to talk about! That's sort of what happened when I had to come up with something to write about as well, it was a neat experience. Michele and Haley also talk about dealing with extreme nausea during pregnancy, and it's always encouraging to hear from other mom's who deal with difficulty during pregnancy. I don't suffer to that extent at all, but just hearing them is inspiring. Hope you get a chance to listen!
I should mention that I really screwed up the Rafflecopter giveaway for the book, for some reason I didn't check when the contest would end, so entries stopped being accepted on Wednesday. Which is ridiculous. This is why I should do more giveaways, so that I actually know how it works! Thanks to all who entered and you can buy the book in paperback now, and on Kindle as of Sunday. It's really worth the price just for the lovely reflections by Jenny, Cari, and Michele. But there's about ten more contributors who also knock your socks off.
Wishing you all a wonderful Mother's Day weekend! May your coffee be hot and the volume of your house...not too loud ;)
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