So it’s been another almost six months since I last wrote on my blog. I’ve been thinking that I either have to start posting more consistently or just close it down. HOWEVER, it’s not like I’m a “professional blogger” who depends on it for a living; it’s purely for fun and to have a place to reflect on my life – so so what if I only write once in a while! Today is my birthday and I decided to give myself a little reflective writing time.
The most recent post was about our spring break, so I figured I would take some time to summarize and reflect on what’s been going on since then… Well, for starters, Izzy and I are very active in my MOMS Club, and in addition to attending/hosting play-dates regularly, I’m serving on the Eboard as the Secretary, and I spend quite a bit of my time organizing parties, planning fundraisers, maintaining member files, etc. I love the Club and it’s as good for me to have some adult interaction with other moms as it is for Izzy to play with other kids her age. While she loves her teenage brothers more than anything in the world, it’s good to practice having to share toys and use gentle hands sometimes.
Izzy also takes swimming lessons on Wednesday mornings, and we recently started our fourth “swimester” at our swim school, Bubbles to Butterfly, which is just awesome with great instructors, good student:instructor ratios, and fun toys and activities. I’m very happy that we started Izzy early, as she’s rocking and rolling in the pool doing back-floats, diving under water, and jumping into the water! It doesn’t hurt that the pool is really nice and warm, as I have to go into the water as well – and I like to pretend I’m at the spa every Wednesday morning!
What else? I’ve been volunteering at the Mystic Aquarium some. One of my good friends is the lead teacher at Sea School, the aquarium’s pre-school program, and she asked me a while back if I would be her music consultant, and bring my guitar and sing some songs with the kids once in a while – and I very excitedly said yes. As much as I’m enjoying stay-at-home-momming, I do miss teaching pre-schoolers and volunteering at Sea School totally gets me my fix! And it’s totally cool to be able to visit the beluga whales, penguins, and all other critters while we’re there!
Of course, Chuck and I have been knocking off some house projects. We purchased and installed new Andersen replacement windows in the house – and we are expecting them to be as much of an energy efficiency improvement as they are a cosmetic improvement! Chuck also just recently finished our living room cherry coffee table that’s been on my wishlist for a veeeeery long time. In addition to that, we decided to improve our patio area over the summer. We get some awesome HOT summers here, and I really wanted a swimming pool. The initial plan was to take over our Uncle Jim’s 30′ oval above ground pool, but then I stumbled onto this idea on instagram, that you can take a watering trough and just drill holes for a pump & filter, and turn it into a pool! Off to the farm supply store we went, and OMG how I love my pool! I literally still have bikini tan lines from being in the pool every single nice day last summer! And next year will be even better, as we added a deck that bridges between the patio & pool. With electricity, a better table, a pergola, and some twinkle lights, it will become our own little exclusive backyard resort!
Speaking of summer, it was rather hectic this year between shuttling my stepsons to and from summer camps & volunteering, vacations, and having a lot of lovely house guests visiting. But I very much prefer life being a little too busy over too slow, and we all had a great summer. The only drawback of it being so eventful was that I didn’t get to go to the gym as much as I like. Now that the boys are back in school and we have settled back into a routine, I’ve been trying to go twice a week. I only do group classes, I hate the machines, and my two favorites are Zumba on Tuesday nights and yoga on Sunday mornings. Sometimes if I can make it work, I will hit circuit training on Thursday nights. It’s AMAZING what exercise does to one’s physical and mental health!
Another highlight was my and Izzy’s trip to Sweden in September. With the exception of a rough return trip (missing flights, sick kid, having no stroller, ugh) we had a fantastic time! We got to see most of our extended family, and spend a lot of fun time playing with my nephew, Izzy’s cousin, Olle, who is only six months younger than Izzy. It is very, very difficult for me to have my family so far away, so the times we do get together are truly precious. We were lucky to have two amazing weeks “back home”! Thank goodness for FaceTime though – we video chat with everyone as often as we can, and it’s really nice to have such a fast, convenient – and free! – way to communicate Face to Face with your loved ones. Izzy loves giving kisses and hugs to her “momo” and “mofassss” on the iPad!
We came home from our Sweden trip to a beautiful Fall foliage Connecticut! It’s been a very lovely season this far with many refreshing hikes in the woods, countless cups of pumpkin spice Dunkin Donuts coffee, and nice and warm temps into November. One of the most fun Fall activities this year was Halloween! I was a theater major back in high school in Sweden, and I love to dress up and invite (read: force) my family to do so as well. Well, I think it’s starting to grow on them and this year we did a family Star Wars costume theme. Chuck got to fulfill a boyhood dream and be Han Solo. I was Princess Leia, of course. Will wasn’t overly excited but joined us anyway as Luke Skywalker. Izzy was the Grand Master of the Jedi – Yoda. Ben had the best costume of us all, and put in a lot of work, time, and creativity into making his impressive costume as a Y wing fighter pilot! We got to wish “May the force be with you” twice, once at the MOMS Club Halloween Party, and once at trick-or-treating down at the Olde Mistick Village. Oh what fun! We are already debating what our theme should be for next year…
Anyways, I should wrap up before this turns in to a book. All in all, I’ve had a pretty great six months since I last wrote on here, and I can’t quite fathom all the wonderful things I have in my life to be thankful for. I’m hoping to write here a little more often (even if only Chuck reads it sometimes, haha) – but if not, here’s hoping that the next six months are just as wonderful! I wish all of my friends and family the same! PEACE AND LOVE!