If you were to come over this week for a cup of coffee….
… I would tell you that we have less than a week before our trip to Hawaii. I am sooo excited. I need the break. So bad. What were we thinking… ? Who voluntarily decides to change every aspect of their lives within 12 months? Tip – Do not do it. It is exhausting. New jobs. New baby. New puppy. New house. I mean seriously… what. Were. We. Thinking?
… I would tell you that we got a storage unit.. A tiny one. I figured well we can just throw stuff we don’t use in there… that will take most of it. Wrong. It is full. And our house is still filled with stuff. Where does this stuff come from? I am not a person that hoards things. I get rid of EVERYTHING. So why do we have so much stuff? I consider throwing everything away and starting over on an hourly basis these days.
… I would tell you that my son is trouble. He is such a smooth talker. His teacher reached out to me about how sweet he is… because he tells her “I just love giving you hugs. I could hug you all day” and how that made her day. And all I could think … is that little stinker. He tells me that in the morning but he says ” I just love your kisses Mom… I could kiss you all the time” and I was like AWWW that’s so sweet. And apparently he liked that reaction so he used it … on another girl. This kid is going to be a monster. Hide your daughters. Seriously. Smooth talker at 6. Trouble.
… I would tell you that the other one is getting braver by the day. It is so fun watching him test his limits… and how the smallest things just light up his face. Socks. Socks are the best thing on this earth. If he could talk… he would declare his undying love for socks. The kid is obsessed. He always has to have a sock in his hand.
… I would tell you that I am getting excited… we will be in Hawaii in just a few DAYS! We booked a personal tour of the island… and I CANNOT WAIT. I have the boys about 80% packed and havent started on anything else … so this weekend that will be the plan. All of us can really use this break from reality for a bit…
… I would tell you that we are going to see our newest niece again this weekend. I love being an aunt. I have tried my best to make sure I attend as many events as I can for all my nieces… I would always make sure I came home from college for birthdays… soccer games… t-ball games… etc etc. Then after we got married and moved closer without kids of our own… we could attend EVERYTHING. But now while balancing our schedules now… I am not able to go to all of them like we once were.. So I try my hardest to get there as much as I can. My two oldest nieces have started club season. So it is not always local which brings up new obstacles… but we still do what we can and try and get there. I think it’s important to be there. To show up. I will be that aunt… that shows up. I think family is the MOST important thing in this life. So now… we will add to our madness and add on our 6th niece. :) And a new personal promise to myself… that I will show up for this little girl at any opportunity I can. I came from a great support system. I was so lucky. Not only did I have my parents… and my grandpa (who attended every single thing)… I had aunts and uncles who were always there. I sometimes credit that so much to my parents having me while young… and I often think of even though how them being young caused so many struggles for them … how lucky we were that it happened that way. Who else has memories of their 23 year old aunts and uncles cheering like raging lunatics at dance recitals… beauty pageants… softball tournaments. They were loud… and mortifying… and perfect. And every big life event I had… they were there in the background… showing up to support me. I want to be that presence for nieces as much as I can. I just want to show up.
… I would tell you Maddux’s last basketball game is tomorrow. He is devastated. He has never been upset about a sport ending. I will also tell you that he doesn’t really play all that much basketball while on the court. Sure he runs from basket to basket… or actually… he skips. He skips and runs and has a blast out there… never touching the basketball. The coach told him to steal the ball away at practice the other day. “Maddux take that ball” and he looked at her very seriously and said “Coach, that’s bad manners. You share and wait your turn” So I am not sure he understands the aggressive part of it. I wonder when that will kick in?
… I would also tell you… he is a con man. A well-mannered little con man. I have found out that he practices lines on me… Then uses them on his teacher later that week. He says stuff like… “Mom you are just so beautiful, I just want to hug you all day” And I’m all like AWWW you are the sweetest little kid in the world… because seriously how does that not make your Monday morning better? Then I get an email from his teacher on Thursday about how sweet he is because he uses that line and she wants me to know how sweet of a child I have. And I’m in disbelief… what a little con man.
… I would tell you that volleyball season has started for my husband. Which is hard for us. He is busy at nights and he doesn’t get to see the kids as much. But it’s a short season…. Only a few months. But he loves it. I mean… the other night I asked how practice went… and I got a 2 hour response going into detail about every single guy that came to open gym…. I don’t think he stopped to take a breath even. Sigh. And so it begins :)
… I would ask if you watched the Walking Dead last week? I thought Glenn was done. I almost turned it off. I can’t handle the show if he goes. I was freaking out. Almost in tears. I am ridiculously dramatic about my tv shows. I apparently need more friends in my life.
…. I would tell you I have started planning Hudson’s first birthday. I think I am going to push it back a few months? Is that horrible? We are moving and I just don’t think I will be ready then and I don’t want to rush it. I am debating… If we can get the house ready we will have it at home… but I was thinking of renting out Little Cubs Field and doing it there. We did a baseball themed shower so I plan on reusing some of that and then adding a few things here and there. First birthdays are a big deal. And he won’t know if he’s actually 14 months… right?Just tell me its not a big deal and I can do that… :)
And then it would be ready for me to start the day. Lots of packing this weekend. Packing for the move… packing for our vacation… and a whole lot of cleaning and trying to get the place put together for my cousin and her husband while they House/Dog sit for us while gone.
Until next week… Ill leave you with this photo of Charlie as a puppy. And even though she is still a puppy. Somehow in 4 short months she is bigger than Nala.