Not really. I've been trapped in suburban life doing what I do best...shuttling kids around. Dreaming of an exotic vacation after this L-O-N-G winter in the south. I have switched from heat to air conditioning to heat in the last 4 days!
The above photos were taken last weekend. My dad turned 80 yrs old on Sunday!! It is hard to comprehend that he is this age. I was usually the kid with the oldest dad and the youngest mom in school. But my parents have been married 46 years so something is working. They have a 13 yr age difference if curious minds want to know. :-) We had a basketball tournament all day in Winston Salem last Saturday and then we drove on to Charlotte to stay with my parents. We got up, went to church with them and then we went to a French bistro for brunch to celebrate his birthday. Then back to their house for cake and ice cream and a little Masters golf on TV before we headed back to Raleigh. Whew! And it was the first time we boarded our sweet 7 month old puppy so we all missed her like crazy. I felt like a new mom and had to call them Sunday to see how she was doing.
My oldest made the middle school track team. Have I even mentioned this on the blog? A lot of his meets have been postponed due to weather so he has a meet on Monday (his 13th birthday!) and also on Tuesday. He is running the mile and the 800. He loves it! We ran another 5K a couple weekends ago and he placed 2nd in his age group! I knew he'd do well since he has been running regularly with the track team. I have been wearing out the greenway trails around here because I am running in the Tarheel 10 Miler next Saturday. Yikes!!! What was I thinking? I have run 10 miles exactly once in training, but think I'm ready. I plan to slow it way down from my normal pace and have fun with it (she says after she just learned the last mile is uphill). Wish me luck. Oh, and I plan to wear head to toe NC STATE clothes in this race that takes place at UNC... Everyone will know this girl is a WOLFPACKER every day, all the time, forever.
What else? I became an aunt again. My brother and his wife had boy # 2 in late February. Their sons are 22 months apart. I try to leave them alone. Kind of easy since they're in Sweden, but they (my sis-in-law) is struggling in these early months. We all remember those days and are glad they are over! We get to see them all when they'll be in the US for 6 weeks this summer. I cannot wait.
When I do finally collapse at night I have been indulging in The Real Housewives of NY. My next door neighbor was in NY at a charity dinner last week and met Kristin, the new housewife! She also met the lead singer of Train. Cool. I also watch Million Dollar Listing NY, Mad Men and I dvr My Five Wives. Do you watch this??? 5 wives? It's so weird. Could you imagine having 5 husbands? Um, no thanks. And why so many kids? With the rotation he's got going on you'd think the chances of getting pregnant are lessened, but let's not go there... I am a reality junkie. Let's not forget Southern Charm. Is it just me that realized that sweet, cute Cameron used to be on MTV's Real World?
Ok, this post makes up for my lack of posting I think.
Happy Easter! I actually saw a very cute, not freaky/scary Easter Bunny at the mall today. No school tomorrow. Is it wrong that we may go see Rio 2 on Good Friday?
I am Posh Spice. I should actually be living in TEXAS. Or I should be living in the city of Paris. If I went back to high school now, I would be a Drama Kid. The 80's song I most identify with is Every Breath You Take. I should have been a Designer. I am not addicted to makeup. I am a Thin Mint cookie.
It's been a long, busy day. All I can do is sit here with the Olympics playing in the background while I take facebook quizzes (without posting my results). But thought you may want my very important results... You feel like you know me so much better don't you?
From my house to yours! My mantle is a little sad though. I had to add that tiny popsicle stick frame with candy hearts glued to it that mini#2 made in 3 yr old preschool. We have been snowed it and going a little crazy. Our school make up days are on Saturdays so we just may be going every Saturday until the end of school at this rate! My hair appointment for today has been rescheduled and who knows if we can keep our dinner reservations tonight. Good thing I got all of the boys' Valentines treats/gifts early. They will be drinking bottled cherry limeades from World Market with sugar cookies and mini cupcakes. I spare no sugar on Valentine's Day! What are your plans?
I love this photo from summer '08. We were at NC State University's Meet the Pack Day. It was hot. Kids were 3 and 7. Awwww. This is an event for families to meet the football players and coaching staff. This is the day the kids met then freshman Russell Wilson who is Seattle Seahawks' QB. We proudly cheered him on during the Super Bowl last weekend! I remember how engaging, genuinely nice and polite he was that day. He posed for pics with the kids as well. I can't get my hands on those photos though! They're somewhere around this house. I pulled this photo from Facebook. I've always loved it, because there were a ton of people there that day, but we look like we're the only ones there! Like we snuck in for a photo. All the players sit at tables around the covered area of the stadium where it's a little cooler. I need to hunt down those autograph books, too, because Mike Glennon, (now Tampa Bay's QB) was sitting right beside Russell Wilson that day. He was just as polite and called me ma'am. I was 37 and slightly offended but remember thinking I hope my two sons grow up to be as well-mannered as these two quarterbacks. We're still a work in progress on that...
Into 2014. Here's proof of us celebrating at the (early) Acorn drop in downtown Raleigh!!
SO I have really been slacking on the blog haven't I? What have I been doing since Jan 1 you ask?
1- Attending basketball games on Saturdays. Mini#2's. Two leagues!
2- Attending indoor soccer games on Sundays. Mini#2's.
3- Picking up a budding actor from play practice most afternoons. Mini #1.
4- Getting braces. Not me! Been there, done that. Mini#1
5- Going to movies in prep for Oscar night. I've seen Dallas Buyer's Club, American Hustle and August: Osage County in the theaters. And we watched Blue Jasmine and Captain Phillips at home.
I've chipped away at a lot of them haven't I? Loved all but August. Kind of depressing. Not what I was expecting I guess.
6- Signing up for more running races. I have a 5k with mini#1 this weekend, an 8k in March and a 10 mile race (YIKES!) in April.
7- Training for these races along with taking my spin classes that I love (new bikes at the gym!) and Insanity classes that I don't love as much!
8- Walking, feeding, keeping up with and LOVING our puppy, Harper. She is pure joy to us and starts and ends each day with a smile.
9- Booking camps (running and soccer for the minis) and a beach vacation for June. The kids are out of year round school a total of 5 weeks (May 31- July 6 I think) for "summer" so we have to pack it in during those weeks.
10- Fill in the blanks with everything else that goes along with motherhood!
Hope your year is up and running the way you want it to...
P.S.- Having 4 snow days when we really needed about 2 and a half! Snow was great, but Saturday make up days; not-so-great. Luckily Saturdays are just 3.5 hours.