Thursday, October 1, 2009

Bits and Pieces

Now that it's October I feel like fall is officially here. September is always such a crazy month with kids back in school-it sort of feels like that should be the beginning of the year instead of January. It was a new beginning for our family this year with Joshua starting Kindergarten. He is attending a bilingual Spanish school where 30% of their studies are taught in Spanish. This is him before we left to take him on his very first day. It's the first time I've left him with someone where I don't know anything about them, other than their name, and it was a bit scary at first. Josh has already been teaching us some Spanish words and I can't believe how much he has learned in such a short time. Ever since he started school though he thinks everything is "awesome". He must say it at least 10 times a day. The only thing he doesn't like about school is how much it cuts into his time outside playing with his friends. It'll be interesting when he has to be there all day next year! Funny Josh statement of late "That mountain is bigger than my appetite". Where do they come up with this stuff?

First day on the school bus

I find with me being back to work 2 days a week I feel like I'm in constant motion. There is always something that needs my attention. And if I do choose to stop for a bit than things pile up twice as fast. I don't know if that's just typical of a mom with 2 very active children or if the ratio of cleaners to mess makers (1:4) in our house just means there will be more demands on my time for a looooooong time to come. I really don't like how it makes me feel. I feel like I'm just keeping up with the basics and the things I'd really like to be focusing on are falling by the wayside. For example, I can't remember the last time I took the kids to the park. My dad said the other day "Do you prioritize the things you have to do?" Ummm-yeah-basic kid needs come first followed immediately by household needs and husband needs are after that. My needs get addressed once everyone is in bed or occupied on the computer (ie.Joe). Soooo any tips from bloggerville on how you keep life in balance with work, family etc would be greatly appreciated!!
Here's Miss Cate (Age-14 1/2 mths)after her cousin's baby blessing this past Sunday. She seems to always have bruises or cuts on her face from running faster than her little feet can keep up and crashing into things. (hmmm maybe she gets that constant forward motion from me?) She is saying more and more words as the days go by and she loves to organize things into little groups (both my kids have severe Type A tendancies already) and stack blocks etc. It makes me miss the baby stage a bit but not enough to add another kidlet to the craziness yet. (sorry Launey) I just adore her.

Sorry for the bits and pieces but it's all I've got tonight. We have a little plaque on our mantel that says " We may not have it all together but together we have it all". That pretty much sums it up for this past month ;>


Lynn said...

Holy! The pics of your kids are adorable! Made me realize how fast they are growing up.

It was good to see you at the Women's broadcast. You looked great! I went to talk to you after my urgent need to speak to that sister you saw me heading toward.....but you were already gone. Sorry!

Anyway.....I totally hear you about trying to find the tine to keep up with it all. That has always been a mother's hardest trial in life.....making time for it all.....especially for herself. However, I have learned that if I remember to "fill my well with water" first, then I have the water to take care of everyone and everything else too.

Taking time out for the Women's broadcast (and chocolate lol)is a good example of filling up our wells again, eh?


Tiffany said...

Hey Erica,

Got your comment on my blog, wanted to respond...but not publically. Head to my 4monkeymom blog and send me an email, its the comment I have yours.


Alison said...

AHHH!!! A blog post!!! See all the free time you have when your best friend (and all her mind-numbing drama) go on holiday?? Haha :) The kids look adorable and you are amazing, whether your house gets picked up or not. And as always - you are a fabulous mom AND wife AND best friend :) Love you always...

Kent and Barb said...

Erica your little girl is getting so big. She looks so cute in her little dress. And your son is so darn handsome...his back to school pictures are too cute!

You sound like the rest of us Mom's...there is ALWAYS so much to do and most of it never gets done. Don't be too hard on are doing what matters =)taking care of your kids. But do take time for yourself or you will go insane...atleast that is what I have to do for me LOL