And for the first time in a month or so, a post that is not a contest or a RT reportback, LOL!
Book releases can do funny stuff to your life and suddenly, you look up and your house is a total disaster, you owe people like eleventy billion emails and phonecalls and life has continued on without you so you better move to catch up.
Speaking of life going on – Yesterday I attended what will be my very last kindergarten round-up. My baby girl is going to be in kindergarten in just a few months. Wow. It was good. She got to ride the bus around the neighborhood and practice getting on and off (though they only have one way bus service for the kindy kiddos – I’m thinking it’s much more just a fun thing than a real transportation option for them. The other two kids walked with me or I drove them once everyone had different schedules and I had to taxi everyone all over town.)
It felt like old hat at this point, which was sort of nice. In the beginning with one kid, it seems so frightening and you don’t know anything. But now, I’ve done it enough I know how it works and I just wanted to say to the principal, “they don’t care about this stuff. Explain the details about start and off times, about bus schedules for those kids on the bus, lunch for those kids in full day, how the full day lottery will work.” But these things are always this way, and that’s part of the wonderful too, IMO.
Next week, we do the middle school orientation for our oldest. That one will probably be one of those mom moments when suddenly out of nowhere the tears might prick the back of my eyes. When you look at them and realize nearly twelve years have passed since you brought them home from the hospital and now they’re a sometimes surly tween.
Middle kiddo, who is a great deal like Dennis the Menace, is doing well. He writes the sweetest notes to me and leaves them on my pillow. But then he says, “No, those aren’t from me. Those are from your secret admirer.” Which is awesome since they say, “Dear Momma” It’s the sweet that compensates for the “what the hell could you possibly be thinking to do that!” moments which he brings me many times a week. Kid’s gonna be one of those extreme sport people I think.
I’m working on Trinity (spin off from my Cascadia universe) and trying to catch up still from contests and being gone and kids being sick and my dude being gone for work – but it’s all beginning to get more orderly. And that’s a start.
Thanks to everyone who played along during my contests – lots of great answers and ideas.