Friday, June 29, 2012

:: heeelllooooo [updated with video] ::

I have the best intentions when it comes to blogging, but I am so bad about logging in and doing so.  Every day I think of things to blog about and when it comes down to it, I'm blank.

You know it's been awhile since you've blogged when you forget your login information.  :/  Took me a few tries, today, but I'm rarin' to go with a hot cup of coffee and still-slumbering children.

It's cold and cloudy today - the weather outside is a direct reflection of how I'm feeling today.  But it's ok...I have hope.  I have a friend who is battling cancer and several times every day, I find prayers escaping my lips for him.  I have a family member recently diagnosed with breast cancer...prayers escape.  We have another beloved family member experiencing loss and devastation in his marriage...prayers.  Last night I found myself pleading with God.  Why does it all have to be so hard?  I am not naive to think that these tragedies couldn't happen to me and in my close circle, but all of these folks are so lovely and so beautiful.  It's at these times when I seek the answers I so desperately need, that God gently remembers..."Hey, I got this."  It's just so hard to trust that He knows what He's doing when I see such pain.  The reality is, He has saved.  He has healed and restored before (case in point: Ryan's dad) and He can do it again.

So I'm struggling a bit with the parallel of being so sad and worried, to being happy and joyful.  We have so many amazing things going on around here.  The kids are growing and are so much fun, dance recitals, summer break, and an upcoming vacation.  Being present and in the moment is a concious choice for me these days...

Gia had her first dance recital last weekend.  Oh. My. Goodness.  This girl is a natural on stage, and just LOVES entertaining people.  There was no fear as she stood on that stage.  She froze at one point and just kept tapping her little toe as the rest of the dance went on.  She just tapped and stared.  Tapped and stared.  Then at one point, she pointed out and exclaimed, "My Mommy's out there!!!"  Everyone laughed and it was so cute.  I'll post video when I get it.  I do have video of the dress rehearsal, so I'll post that as soon as it's uploaded **Update: Video Below. Anyway, it was such fun to watch and I can't wait to put her back in dance for the fall (neither can she).  She is such a confident girl - I can guarantee no one will be walking all over her in her life!

Aidan wrapped up tee-ball.  Oh, what fun that was to watch.  The games were a little long for 5-6 year olds (2+ hours), but Aidan loved it and had a great time - especially batting.  He wasn't a huge fan of being in the outfield and spent most of the time chatting with whoever was standing nearby.  We'll definitely put him in again, but are hoping for a bit more organization on the coaching-end of things.  That's all I'll say about that...Go Tigers!  I signed Aidan up for Kindergarten the other day.  We didn't get the variance we were hoping for, so it's to the neighborhood school we go.  Which is fine, for now.  We'll see.  Aidan is already reading chapter books and doing basic math, so we'll have to keep a close eye to make sure he isn't bored.  He'll also be older since we kept him back a year.  I definitely am glad we did that.  His confidence and social skills are far beyond what they were last year.  And it won't hurt that he's gotten a little taller.  He's excited for Kindergarten and I'm a bit sad.  That's pretty much how it is...I can't come to grips with the fact that he's so big.

Liam is almost 2.5 and such a sweet little soul.  He loves repeating whatever his siblings say (much to their delight...yeah right) and still loves to "Go See" mommy and daddy.  He loves reading books and wrecking havoc in his room as soon as he's left alone.  He's enormously funny and giggly and, well, two.  We're working on potty training, but he'd rather not.  I'm determined to have it done.  He's already experienced - we just have to hone his skills.

I'm doing better on the health front.  Seems I have gotten better with my supplements, but I know there is still more I can do.  I'm still researching gluten, as I am suffering with some joint pain and fatigue.  My back has been more of an issue as of late, but I'm taking it easy and it seems to be improving.  I have started easing back into running as I have signed up for my FIRST RACE (ew) - a 5k in September.  I'm apprehensive, to say the least, as I HATE running.  Oh, I've tried to love it, but it's so hard.  I know I'll grow to love it as I start losing weight and feeling better, but until then...EW.

That's us in a nutshell these days.  I just love blogging.

aidan's presschool graduation

Gia's Recitalsmiles

Updated: Here's Gia!