Looking Back, Looking Forward

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It’s that time of year when the school year is ending, and the kid’s birthdays are coming near. The time of year when I get all philosophical and introspective.

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I start looking at photos and reminiscing about the old days. The days that seem so fleeting, years that went by all too quick.

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Like all parents, I ask myself how did this happen? How is it possible that I now have a house full of teens? How is it possible that they all look so old?

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At the same time though I am looking forward. Looking to the future and all that it will bring. Kids in college, kids moving out of the home, more time for myself, maybe even a second career? And it is exciting to think about these things that will come and about all the memories we have yet to make.

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So I am allowing myself a few days of reflection which I often take at this time of year. A few days to be sad about time slipping by so fast and excited about time that has yet to come. I sit here and look forward while also looking back. It’s not a bad place to be.

Tea Time

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We have incorporated tea time into our homeschool routine since the twins were five and the boy one. It is not something we do consistently, but it is something we do enough for it to feel like part of our homeschool life. Lately though everyone has been so busy with their own academics that we have not had time to sit together and enjoy an afternoon break with good books and treats.

Luckily a few weeks ago the boy decided he wanted to start baking (thanks to The Great British Bake Off), and he made his first cake.

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We all decided that if we had cake, we might as well have tea. Actually some of us had tea, and some of us had coffee (that is a sure sign that they are growing up). Because it had been a while since we took the time to sit together with an afternoon treat, a warm drink, and some good books, some of us were very excited. Others were a little put out (another sign that they are growing up).

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The girl decided to share some haikus to everyone. Haiku is a passion of her’s right now. She loves to read it and write it, and she enjoys learning about some of the early haiku poets. She recited some from her favorite book, The Art of Haiku.

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The youngest boy read everyone some poems that he wrote while our dog Kingsley tried to eat the cake. He couldn’t understand why he was not invited to tea time.

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And by the end of it, after all the cake and tea, the oldest boy was even having a good time. He recited The Jabberwocky, an old favorite of his, and even smiled for the camera.

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One day I will probably look back on this time with joy and a little sadness. For one day soon they will be gone, living their own lives, doing their own thing, and I will wish them back. If only for a day, if only for a moment, I will want them around the table, laughing together, sharing poems together, and eating cake together, for it was a perfect moment in time.

Weekend Recap

We had a busy weekend the here at TADTown. My brother flew in to visit for a few days which is always fun. While he was here we ran in a race to benefit pancreatic cancer. You may remember that my uncle passed away this summer from pancreatic cancer, so we ran in his honor.

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Running with the girl, she soon left me and finished far ahead. 🙂

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After the race

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With my mom

It was also my mom’s birthday this weekend.

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It was wonderful to celebrate her brother and her together on the same day. And being November, the weekend provided me with an opportunity to reflect on what I am thankful for: my children, my health, and my family. Happy Birthday Mom!!

Wordless Wednesday

This is a picture of my mother with her sister and brother. Her brother, my uncle, passed away this summer. I am happy that I was able to drive with my mom across country to spend time with him before he passed. The kids and I will never forget the day we took my Grandma over to see him. She tucked him into bed and kissed him and comforted him as only a mom can do. It was heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time, and a moment that we will never forget.

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The Week in Photos

I thought I would post some pictures of our week. Spring is in the air, and the kids and I are enjoying it. We have been outside quite a bit and loving every minute of it.

 

Decca relaxing down at the beach.

Tru and I with Kingsley at the dog beach.

Kingsley getting ready to surf

Autry waiting with Kingsley at piano/voice lessons.

Tru leaving piano.

Two kids and one happy dog

Enjoying some time outside

 

Decca with his scooter. He LOVES his scooter.

 

 

With Grandma

Bird watching. This bird is living in the nature preserve by our house. It is beautiful.

Another view of the bird. I believe it is an egret.

 

 

Walking home from bird watching