Holey, Moley, we are busy here. May can be crazy can't it? I keep telling myself in a few weeks things will quiet down, but I won't count on that, just in case. Soccer and crew and tennis and school are winding down-but of course it first has to wind UP before it winds down.
I won't have a nice Mother's Day post up this year, I'll be warning you now. I am too busy doing that mothering thing to even think about Mother's Day. It always catches me off guard anyways-I've written before I MUCH prefer this little holiday low-key. No breakfast in bed, or fancy things. I bought myself a new vacuum a few weeks ago and I'm telling Jeff and the kids they can roll with that for the gift. I'd rather just have an ordinary day anyways-that's the best gift of all in my book.
Here's Patrick out waiting for the "boys" to come home off the bus:
And Andrew helping Patrick climb a tree. He needed a ladder boost:
The three little ones had school off on Tuesday. We all did some yard work, the reward being, of course, Mr. Freeze. I wanted to shed some more light on our play area/sandbox so I asked Matt to climb the tree and cut a branch off for me. He was more than willing than to stand 20 feet off the ground with a saw.
Last weekend we had SEVEN soccer games, no kidding. (Rain dates caused that little fiasco.) Jeff had to handle five of those between two hours all alone because I was with Abbey at the one regatta I was able to attend this season. I caught Matt's game on Sunday. He is a good soccer player and it's fun to watch him.
Over the last 3 weeks I've caught up, here and there, on my scrapbooks. My motivation was to have Isaac's complete by his graduation party, mission accomplished, and I managed to get the other four caught up at the same time.
Stopped by the library, paid my large fine, and grabbed a few books quickly. I have NO idea if they'll be good or not...I've already rejected a few by the first chapters.
Abbey's regatta. Boy oh boy, crew is not for the faint of heart, or the faint of time, or the faint of travel, or the faint of opening your wallet. (I have said a few times, "Don't you just want to run cross country? Or how about tennis? That seems easy enough." No-she loves the boat and as much as it requires those big commitments above, I do think it's a pretty cool sport.)
This was the "easiest" regatta-a one day event (no hotel stay in another city), and was only about 90 minutes away...on what turned out to be a gorgeous day. We left at 5 a.m. and returned at about 7 p.m. and that is one long day.
Abbey is in the first boat-looks like they are winning, but the course bends a little so alas, that wasn't the case. I think crew is a little like ballet-it looks so peaceful and pretty, but it is super hard work to get the "peaceful and pretty". I am dying to get myself into one of those boats just to see what it is like. I guess they have a parent-try-it day in the summer, but I'll spare myself and Abbey the embarrassment and the risk of a sinking boat and hold off a year.
I have to laugh because she can barely reach that boat.
Here's a funny video Jeff took of Abbey learning to drive. She has her temps now, and by golly, she will have her license about 3 weeks after Isaac leaves for college. An extra driver is a God-send, even with the heart palpitations and endless worry it causes. She has an issue with using the windshield wipers to put the car in drive but I hear she is actually a great driver (I pass the driving lesson duties to Jeff that's why I don't know firsthand.)