To say that life has been busy lately, feels dramatically understated. I’m definitely not complaining. It is the good kind of busy, that burns up your days but leaves good memories in it’s place.
The month of May has been a blur…. and to think that the year is almost halfway done – INSANE! I mean, tomorrow is the first of June, and I haven’t had the time to start on my New Year’s Goals yet. Maybe that is just me….
Here is a little glimpse of what the past couple of weeks have looked like, and what more is to come.
Last Tuesday, my sister and I headed to Fresno to see Pink in concert! The tickets were a Christmas gift from Jerritt, and the show was AMAZING! One of my favorite concerts ever, so far! We also stayed with my sweet friend (and phenomenal photographer) – which is always fun, and always makes me wish I had more time, to just hang out with my people. Anyhow, the start of the week was crazy, busy, and so very good! If you have not seen her show…. you need to! This is my favorite new song off her latest album:
I had taken the rest of the week off, because the concert, kids birthday, school events… and well, we were coming up on a holiday weekend, so it made perfect sense. Thursday – my little monsters turned 11 years old. Ugh…. where does the freaking time go? I swear, it wasn’t too long ago that we were snuggling little babies, or preparing for starting elementary school – now we are a week away from “promoting” to middle school.
In case you haven’t guessed, or haven’t read many of my posts, I fiercely love my children. I really do. They are why I am who I am. They were so very wanted before they were ever conceived. The medical struggle to become a mom made it all more precious. And I literally cherish every minute that I get to be their mom. I am not a super mom. They are not perfect kids. But good golly – we are lucky to have each other & all the people in our lives who love and support us.
Eleven years of crazy, stupid love.
People always say that I go above and beyond for my kids. I am not looking for praise, or recognition. I am not trying to make other moms look or feel bad. I am just trying to give my kids the best childhood, while teaching them to not be assholes. Being a twin mom is a bit of an additional challenge. Yep, I have 2 kids. Yep, they want different treats for their class on their birthday (I mean… it is their last elementary school birthday celebration – it’s not like I will be cooking treats for all the middle school classes next year! There, I said it, I’m not going to do it….) Yep, it was a lot of work. Yep, it was worth it to make their day as good as it could be. So I made breakfast kabaobs (doughnut holes and delicious fruit on a stick!), and 2 kinds of cookies to take to school.
It was a busy day too! I hustled to campus loaded up with treats for the two classes. It was Field Day at our school (another last for us), AND, the boys’ classes were headed to their future middle school for a feeder assembly! I didn’t see my boys until they got to school. A quick hug, an embarrassing picture session by the marquee out front – then hustle to class to hand out all the sugary treats before they loaded up on the buses!
I helped all day at the Field Day event, well, I mostly walked around and took pictures – but I enjoyed being there and spending time with the students, parents and staff that have made our school experience so far the BEST we could ask for. The 5th grade classes made it back and had fun out there too! It was by far the coldest Field Day and birthday we have had to date, but we made the most of it.
Then, we spent the evening of their birthday at the ball park. Nate’s team won the championship game for our division/league! Poor Kevin had to spend his birthday in the stands – but at least we were all together! We celebrated their birthday (and the WIN) with pizza and cupcakes after the game. Then home to open up gifts! Maybe not the way they wanted to spend their day, but we all did all that we could to make the most of it!
Friday and Saturday, I honestly didn’t do much. And that was AWESOME! We had a dear friend visit from Arizona. Jerritt was enjoying concerts in Monterey at CaliRoots, and the boys were with their dad. I had a quiet house, and no reason to stray too far from home. Sunday and Monday were also good – we finally had good weather and I started cleaning up the pool area to prepare for summer entertaining, while the boys tested the frigid water.
This final week of May has me back at work, except for yesterday…. I took the day to go on one of their final field trips of the year… because I am sucking up every last bit of their elementary experience that I can. We had a fun day out at Hollister Hills, learning about nature and just hanging out. It always makes me happy when I get to spend the day with these kids that I have watched grow – and when their awesome parents sign up to drive too! Such a good day!
This weekend is going to be beyond insane. I am tired already, just thinking about it. And the week after…. well, there is no rest for the wicked.
Saturday you will find me in San Jose for Kevin’s soccer tournament. Home to change, and then up to Sacramento for a Maroon5 concert – my second bucket list concert Christmas gift! Then home again after (3ish hour drive). Back up to San Jose for another soccer game (that starts at 8 am!), then all the way down to Salinas for Nate’s first TOC baseball game of the post-season. Work Monday, then off Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday for “promotion” stuff and a birthday party for my kids….. I will be living off caffeine and little sleep. I apologize now to my family if I fall asleep at the dinner table, but if we get dinner on the table still, I consider it a success!
Again, I am not complaining… life is so good. And I always remind myself that one day, before I know it – all the hustle and bustle will be a memory. We are already getting ready to start a new chapter in our lives…. one where mom’s help is less needed at school. One where my kids enjoy more time away with friend than they do at home hanging out with me. I am a little scared. I am a little relieved. I am determined to suck up every minute and every memory that I can.
Life can be hectic. That is not always a bad thing. Be present in all that goes on in your world. Take pictures. Share your story (when you can get a minute) – but live and love each and every day.
I’ll just be over here, trying to keep my shit together, raising my kids one mistake at a time….
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