Happy Friday! I’m unreasonably glad that it’s Friday, maybe because it still feels like it should be Wednesday for some reason. I so often think about an adage that I once heard about parenting: “The days are long, but the years are short.” As my kids get older, that seems more and more true. There are days when it seems like bedtime will never come, but then I blink my eyes and it’s June and my oldest baby will be starting kindergarten in two short months!
I’ve been whining all week about the weather here, and I’ll whine a little bit more. I feel a little bad about that, but then it is my blog so if I can’t whine here, where can I? Here we are a full week into June, and we haven’t had a single day hit 90 degrees yet, there hasn’t been a dry stretch that lasted longer than 3 days in over a month, and I feel like I’ll never see the sun again. I am sooooooo ready for our nice, hot, sunny, dry summer!
This incredibly rainy spring also means that I haven’t had a chance to finish the garden that we started back in April! Since the ground has never been turned up before, we need to till it, and we need a week or so of dry weather for the ground to dry out before we can do that, so yeah. Garden remains extremely unfinished and it is extremely annoying. I’m planning to finish the fence this weekend so at least it looks like a garden rather than a bunch of posts sticking up out of the ground. Even if there is grass growing in that garden.
If we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you that we have started down the black hole that is youth sports. Well, sort of. J just turned 6 and starts kindergarten in August, which means he is officially old enough for all the sports.
Don’t worry, he’s not doing all the sports. But he is doing swim team and playing t-ball this summer and those two alone are causing scheduling issues. Primarily because all of his t-ball games are on Saturday mornings, as are his four swim meets. There’s one meet day where the t-ball game is late enough that we can probably do both. But otherwise he’ll have to miss one or the other. I can’t imagine having additional sports or other kids added into the mix. Once all three are old enough for sports, we’ll have to do some serious prioritizing.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I had a nice time catching up with my best friend from college, Lauren, when she came to visit last weekend. She graduated from law school last May and is now halfway through a clerkship at the Iowa Supreme Court. Next year she’ll move into private practice doing tax and estate planning (It always puzzles me that after a year at the Iowa Supreme Court, someone could still choose tax and estate planning over litigation, but I guess I’m biased). It has been a long time so some extended chatting time was waaaaay overdue.
If we were having coffee this morning, I would also tell you that I’m I’m very excited to have friends visiting the next two weekends. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen these friends and I’m really looking forward to catching up. In particular, I’m excited that my photographer extraordinaire friend Crystal will be down next weekend with her husband (who sounds like an afterthought the way I wrote this but really he’s one of Albert’s best friends from college).
I’m going to take a few days off work while they’re here and have a proper “staycation,” which I’m really looking forward to. All my kids will be in school one of the days they’re here, which means a blessedly kid-free day (until 3pm at least) to hang with adults. We’ll do new family photos, and Crystal and I are also planning to do my first-ever boudoir shoot. I had hoped to have had a chance to lean out a little more before I’m photographed in my skivvies, but a two-week jury trial with all the prep and recovery that accompanies it is NOT conducive to a big lean-out program. Oh well.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that my friend Maggie talked me into signing up for the Kansas City half marathon in October. It’s been 4 years since I ran a race longer than a 5K and I am not undertaking it without some serious training. That means more scheduling craziness over the summer, but I’m actually looking forward to having something to give me the discipline to get at it every day. I bought the Hanson’s Half Marathon Method, and I really like their approach. My 18-week program starts June 14!
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I still haven’t set a date for my kids’ birthday parties, and they turned 6 and 4 two and three weeks ago respectively! Party planning is obviously not my forte.
If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?