When I was younger, I used to wish life would move faster. I longed to grow up, get a job, buy my own place, and go after my dreams.
My mom used to tell me that life would go by more quickly each year.
This year, I noticed.
Last week, I taught the girls to wash their own hair. This may sound ridiculous, but many of you know what a feat this is with 7-year-olds who have hair like my girls.
Before hair washing, I needed to cook dinner. So I gave the girlies a crash course in taking out twists and gently finger detangling hair pre-shower, and I told them to get to it. What a time saver - they can take down each other's hair now while I make dinner or do laundry or clean or maybe just read a book! I think this summer, we will do some more tutorials. ;)
We finally, nearly four years later, readopted the girls in the state of Texas. Wish I could post the family pic on here, but hubs says no.
By the way, what a complete money sucker that process was. In Maryland, the process was simple. Fill out a paper, get a court date, pay around $50 or $75, and show up at the court house. Here in Texas, apparently you need a lawyer. All we're doing is applying for a Texas birth certificate and a legal name change. Two thousand dollars??
Kai got his first cell phone.
Noah is pretty jealous.
I'd been telling him I was going to get him a flip phone that could do nothing but place emergency phones, so when he got this cheapy Tmobile phone from Walmart that does a few other things, he was maybe the happiest fifth grader on the planet.
We went camping for the first time as a family of six.
Plus three dogs.
We've tried to go several times. Usually, N gets really sick leading up to our trip and we have to cancel. This time, all systems were a go. And we had a crazy good time. We even went all radical and banned electronics from the trip--even in the car, and it was a four-hour drive.
Instead, we ate, napped, played road trip games, and read books. It was really eye-opening. I am usually all about letting the kids have electronics during long road trips so I can have some peace, but forcing myself to really connect with everyone reminded me how precious and fleeting this time is.
Of course, then today I was a Mama Bear yelling at everyone and going bananas and sending all munchkins to their rooms.
|Our sweet Abby turned ten years old.|
Reese and Rolo turned five months. They are crazy, wild, hilarious, exhausting, and goofy.
And, happily, I submitted my revised manuscript to my editor. I am terrified she is going to call me in a couple weeks and tell me I ruined it and the deal's off. But, assuming I am just being crazy like usual, Undercurrent is slotted to be published in January.