But, speaking of lists, a few years ago, I gave myself permission to rip up lists. Not grocery lists-those make my life easier, but some times those to-do lists I write for myself. If I feel stressed by them, or exasperated, or get short and snappy because I feel like I never have a chance to get anything finished, I have been known to toss the whole list in the garbage, or hide it away, or just go through and cross out everything but just the bare minimum of what needs to be completed. Sometimes I can get quite unrealistic in my expectations, and other times those lists just get in the way of life.
I did a little spring clean up on my blog, and deleted my 2013 reading list which was selfish of me but it was bugging me also (see above!). I had only read two of those books so far, and lost interest in tackling the others and felt funny letting anyone assume I was trudging my way through when actually I've been reading whatever lands in my lap with no planning at all.
We have two new additions. Jack and Jay. Jay has been replaced by a new Jay, but the difference is only slight and quite unnoticeable.
Janey's BFF came over for a play date. Her name is Ruby. Which is just about the cutest name ever isn't it? She was born a week before Janey. She is #8 so Janey and Ruby can relate to being smothered with kisses and living in crazy houses that are never quiet. They're having a little conversation about it all in this photo-the perils of dodging balls, listening to teenage drama, and adapting to flexible sleep schedules.
Patrick gives himself homework to do every day.
Abbey tried out for lacrosse and made the JV team-she has never played before but wanted to make crew a fall sport and get a little break from year-round rowing-it was a big decision for her. It will be fun watching and I'm so proud of her willingness to embrace and try new things. Isaac has been home on spring break and eating me out of house and home-I've been to the grocery store three times this week. I have been dead set on the older two finding good jobs with lots of hours this summer and it's amazing to me that it's right around the corner and businesses are hiring already. The early bird gets the worm! (I'm sure all teenagers everywhere just love that saying.) Matt and Andrew and Patrick are starting the soccer season soon. Matt is also in the play at school. Right now I'm going to treasure those easy family dinners at home for a week or two till I am forced to feel like an air traffic controller navigating practice and game schedules.
Life is busy and full and sometimes I feel completely overwhelmed by it all and can feel weighed down with the responsibility of all these marvelous lives in my home-I have to be careful not to let worry get a hold of me and just enjoy it all as the days fly by.