Life. When I look back on the last couple of months, I am in awe of all that has taken place within our little family. I know that I am no different from most people--everyone has busy lives. Many mothers are trying to balance family and exercise and work and cooking and cleaning. Finding that perfect combination of looking after myself, looking after my relationship with Jim and looking after our little ones is not easy. While I don't work 40 hours a week in an office, I head out many evenings to tutor, and then often on weekends to teach. I made this deal with myself--I would only do this if it makes me happier. Jim has been very upfront about that too--he does not want me to ever feel like I have to go out and tutor. I have to say that as tired as I am at the end of the day, I love sitting down with the high school kids and helping them try and make sense of a subject that many can't stand and see no point to learning (ahem, Edward). I like watching the wheels turn in their heads and see the pride in their faces when something that they've been confused about for weeks all of a sudden clicks. I enjoy teaching and tutoring and being able to stay home during the day to raise three special little people who light up my days with their smiles and their stories and their songs, and who are growing up much too quickly.
April has been quite the month for our family. Lilly turned five, and all of a sudden, seems to be a real little girl. She is reading more; she's writing stories and notes and lists and signs; she's riding her new bike, without training wheels; she's intrigued by numbers and what they mean and how to write them and how to add them; she stays after school for activities three days a week now, so she's one step closer to being one of the revered "lunch bunchers" next year. She has planted some herbs and is asking so many questions about taking care of a garden. She has learned all the words to the Frozen song, "Let it Go" and sings it all.the.time. It's not uncommon at bedtime to hear Jack yell downstairs, "Mum...Dad...Lilly's singing Frozen AGAIN..." She has decided (with Jim's help) that tennis is "her sport" and loves playing outside with her tennis racquet given any opportunity. She's so much fun to be around and I love seeing the little girl that she's growing up to be.
|Seeing her first movie in the theater--Rio 2, courtesy of Auntie Ellie|
Hannah, being a typical third child, popped two molars last week and I had no idea until she bit down on my finger while we were playing a game. There they were, two full fledged top molars! She's taking steps here and there but still prefers crawling as her primary mode of transportation. She couldn't be any sweeter. She had a tiny little haircut to get some of the hair out of her face, so we've taken to calling her Carol Brady, especially when she has these two little curls that flare out on either side of her face when she wakes up in the morning or after a bath.
Over the past few weeks, we found a house that we love, in a great neighborhood in Fairfield. It is a house where Lilly, Jack and Hannah can ride their bikes outside; it's across the street from a park with ducks; it's a couple of miles away from the beach; and it just feels right. We're in the final stages of signing contracts and doing all the official things you have to do when you buy a house, and are cautiously optimistic about our move in July. It's not a huge house, but it will be filled with lots of love and is a house where Jim and I can both see our family thriving in the years ahead.
|33rd birthday celebrations|
|A bedtime snuggle--the things that really matter in life.|
This month, I turned 33 and Jim and I celebrated 7 years of being married. Our wedding feels like it was yesterday and an eternity ago at the same time. As clearly as I can remember our newly married days, I can't imagine our life any differently from the way it is now. I love Jim more than I did the day I married him. I have three little people who have taught me how to be a Mum. I'm a pretty happy person these days. How many more things could we pack into April? I have to say that I'm ready for May; ready for the warmer weather; ready for school to wind down and tutoring to dwindle a bit; I'm ready to come up for air and relax and enjoy life for a little while. I've stopped having unreasonable expectations about how much and how often I want to write. I've started running regularly and I now miss it when I don't start off my days with fresh air while I watch the sun rise. I've been reading more and facebooking less. So, with that, I say goodbye to April (and hopefully the cold weather and rain as well). Let's see what May has in store for us.
|Birth-A-Versary Number 7--enjoying some Veuve Clicquot courtesy of Mum and Dad|