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Reflecting on choices…

There are just times in your life when you have to reflect on choices you have made throughout your life, and right now is one of those times for me… What if I’d never moved 3500 miles away from the home I’d always known… What if I’d taken up yoga earlier in life, would I be fitter and more in control… Why did I choose  the house I live in?   All of these questions run through my head and fill my thoughts, but I can’t change a single choice I have made in the past,  I just have to move forward with new choices in my life!

  The best thing in my life is my family, I’ve been lucky to have my Mum stay with me for the last 3 months, it’s been a busy few months with big Birthdays and small ones too, we’ve celebrated Mother’s Day together, watched endless soccer games together and celebrated huge milestones in my children’s life’s… We’ve also stared at the clock endlessly together feeling helpless 3500 miles away from my nephew having major surgery, we’ve sighed with relief together as we heard he was in recovery… We will also both cry together next Saturday as she leaves to go home… But I am so thankful we have had this time together, I love her so much! 
 May is always a busy month for us… Soccer season is fully operational, we are flying from one field to another, we have had two Birthdays to celebrate, one Anniversary and Mother’s Day all in a few days… This year though we had two extra reasons to celebrate, my two eldest children graduated from University with their degrees, to say we are proud is an understatement, unfortunately Dom chose not to walk, I was truly disappointed but I had to accept his wishes, but Lewis wore his gown, no cap allowed, the sun shone and tears flowed as we watched our second oldest child proudly receive his degree that he has worked so hard for… Is there any reward greater for a mother than watching her child work hard and achieve so much… I think not!  

 This month  saw my little girl turn to the ripe old age of 4… Really, how could that be, I only had her yesterday!  She really is a ray of sunshine in all our lives, she is an excellent dancer, she loves to sing and watch all kinds of kids u tube videos… She constantly chatters and asks questions about everything and anything, she is just so happy and beautiful.  To say I love her to the moon and back would be an understatement, there are no words to describe my love for this beautiful, funny, crazy little girl 🙂  

 

And now as this crazy hectic month draws to an end I look forward to a calmer summer, maybe, hopefully, possibly not as I embark on trying to get some estimates for contractors to do some work on our house… Life is full of change and I need to learn to embrace it and move on, be happy and smile often, I am one very lucky Person 🙂

 

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… And just like that, it was over!

As summer draws to a close I am reflecting over these past few months… We started out in a very unorganized way, we have had very little BBQ’s this year… Really not like us, we haven’t sat out all evening drinking a chatting, again very unlike us, and I personally have just felt tired and drained… Now I can’t even blame Tate for lack of sleep as he is such a good baby… I just really feel there is something lacking about this summer… And now it’s almost Fall!

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I think my lack of energy is because I need to find a direction and. stick to it, I feel like sometimes, I just wander aimlessly around, but these past few years have been tough for our family, due to a series of events, life just seems hard in every direction… So I’m trying to find some positive vibes in each and every day, because despite everything we are a close, loving family and that means everything in life… Well that and a glass of wine, of course!

The one thing I will remember this summer for, is our pool days with our very kind friends, this year there have been a lot of fun wet days spent in their pool, and for that I am truly grateful to them… Florence’s confidence in the water has improved so much, her love for swimming has increased so much over the summer months, each pool day has seen her grow into a happy diver, swimmer, racer and her smile each time she jumps into that water is magical!

This was Tate’s first summer pool experience, although he was dubious at first I think his confidence has grown too… We even got a couple of smiles from him as he kicked his little legs, splashing away!

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This is also the summer we discovered that Florrie loves sand, the Cake Boss shop, movies in the park and Twix Bites… Now we are all totally addicted! Mabel has become a very competent swimmer and Blu has actually left his Xbox and his room and sat with us for long periods of time… We even got him to chat a little… Now that is crazy!

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Summer also saw Mabel hanging out with her friends more, movie dates, swim dates and of course shopping trips to the Mall, this was also the summer that she became a teenager and went to her first concert, which she absolutely loved!

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We have been to the beach a total of three times this summer, and I have decided that beach days out of season are the best… The long drive sat in traffic, the high costs to park your car and then the charges to get onto a extremely busy beach in the height of summer are far outweighed by our after Labor Day beach trip… The drive was easy, parking was not only easy but very cheap, 4 hours on the beach plus one hour having ice cream equalled $5 prime position parking versus $15 for a dusty long walk parking place in the height of summer. The weather was fabulous yesterday 93f, the beach was free and much quieter than it was a few weeks ago… My thoughts are summer may be almost over but I can see a few Fall beach days in our future… Maybe!

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Well school has already started for my older children, universities/colleges are back, but tomorrow truly signifies the end of summer for me… Blu heads back to High School as a Sophomore and Mabel starts her final year in the Middle School as a newly fledged teenager, I’m starting this semester with a new project, homeschooling a three year old… But that’s a story for another day!

Good luck to everyone for this new school year and to all us parents with the love and support each of our children need!