So I realized today that I have neglected my little update blog! Not trying to make excuses, but I do still work full time and I have been spending more free time away from much of the internet (other than reading blogs and some news) to hang out with my housemates and further-flung family. Work is calming down for a minute and I have been writing a post in my head for a few weeks, so it’s time to proverbially put pen to paper:
April: Spring Break for the kids’ previous school year. The kids went to Myrtle Beach with my in-laws for most of the week, then the 3 of us visited my parents for a couple days. All in all it was a good time! The kids brought home some souvenirs and about 400 photos. Still haven’t had a chance to watch that DVD ….. I will, and will share, I promise.
May: Miss Hurricane turned 11 this year and, oh my, I can often glimpse the beautiful grownup she will become, yet still she is my little girl in the same breath. We have fully entered the tween years with her, and she is definitely becoming a wonderful human on the inside to match her beautiful outside. She just started middle school a week ago, so all my babies are out of elementary now!
(Sidebar: she was the only kid in her 5th grade who had perfect attendance since Kindergarten! She got an award for this, and I posted a picture on Instagram: my username there is also – amphitryte )
My own birthday falls around Memorial Day, and we three spent that weekend at my mom’s for a family birthday party! I’m 37 now :D Bro and his family came for the weekend, a friend and her kids stayed a while, as well as my cousin NW and his girlfriend. Bro and NW unintentionally showed up dressed as Mario and Luigi of Nintendo fame….. again, photos on IG! We had such a great time, some family came and went, and I only spit my drink out once (SO worth it. Caused by hilarity.).
June: mi primito se casó <3 <– My little cousin got married! Beautiful outdoor ceremony, and I got to visit a little with my sweet cousins from Chicago and northern Ohio! I hadn't seen many of them in almost a year. We already have plans to get together next summer at Mama's, and will be celebrating another graduate at the same time!
July: another month, a different part of the family reunites – this month was for my dad's siblings; for years we have gathered to celebrate Grandpa's birthday, but now continue the tradition to just get together. Bro & his family were there too, and I mostly chatted with his fiancee and my nieces. I did collect a bunch of cousins and their kids for a game of kickball; having worn hippie shoes, I played barefoot :D Still good fun, and we played until most of us adults – also smokers – couldn't breathe well anymore, lol.
August: Mister Twister turned SIXTEEN years old, y'all. I was not emotionally ready for this! However, he is not interested in driving or getting his license, so we were spared that expense. We did get him the gift he requested: a Wacom drawing tablet for his PC. He has been enjoying it and uses it almost daily! Im so grateful for that kid. He is also a wonderful human inside and out, and I am so proud of him. <3
Kids around here start school the second week of August, so much of our time so far has been gathering school supplies and wardrobes for these young'uns. Mister Twister is a junior, and as I mentioned Miss Hurricane is in middle school now, a sixth grader. She has gotten used to changing classes already and has made new friends, although she misses a lot of her elementary friends who are on different 'team schedules'. This is the year we will get her a phone (long bus ride + one vehicle family = she misses the bus, she needs the ability to contact me at work!), and soon I'm sure we will have her friends' numbers or email or Skype or some such. I remember being a girl of that age!
Both kids are taking Japanese again. Mister Twister is in Japanese 3, while Miss Hurricane is in Japanese 1 but with the solid foundation of all her elementary years of learning a day or two weekly. I hope they both gain and eventually retain relative fluency, even if only with each other. Maybe one of them will visit Japan one day? More than anything I hope they travel while they're young! Miss Hurricane has the usual 6th grade core classes besides that; Mister Twister is beginning with choir this year, and will have the opportunity to perform with (or in front of? I missed that part earlier…) the local university's nationally-known acapella group in about a month.
(Sidebar: I am going to discuss this with my husband first, but you may soon learn where we live via my mentioning the university by name. I'm not so sure I want the world at large to know so specifically where we are, but I know a large number of my readers are family or close friends, so on a grand scale I realize I'm not necessarily 'important' per se, but there is a small number of individuals who do not deserve to know more than the time zone in which we reside. This is largely the reason my posting is so sporadic, and also why it takes me f.o.r.e.v.e.r. to write anything!)
That pretty much catches everyone up on things around here. Except the big announcement:
Ardeo and I quit smoking on August 4 after *months* of talking about it and weeks of half-hearted attempts. I haven't even said anything on Facebook about it because I wanted to make sure it was going to stick this time, rather than 'hey, we quit!' closely followed by 'whoops, bought another pack' or something similar. So, as of today, we have been quit for 2 weeks and thus far are doing well. Full disclosure, we did move from tobacco cigarettes to e-cigs for each of us, but it is so far effective and I have already stepped down in nicotine from 18mg to 12mg. My doctor told me, "if you've already tried the gum, patches, prescriptions, cold turkey, and none of that worked? While I don't necessarily condone this, it *is* a good alternative because you are getting less toxins and no tar, so why not try? If it gets you fully quit, then it's success in the end." His doctor said something very similar, so after some research we went and got started with this. And hey, the kids are proud enough of us already, and their opinions matter to me more that anyone else's opinion! We have already broken even on e-cig spending vs. tobacco buying, so it can only get better, I think.
It is a school/work night, and almost my bedtime, so that will be all for this time! Thanks for stopping by :)