The last few days have been busy... and tough... and fun... and annoying... and painful... and happy... and pretty much all of the above.
I'm under some pressure at the moment to accomplish a lot of things. A yard sale this Saturday which requires time to prep. Two birthday parties and a charity event this weekend. A washer that started smelling like raw sewage which meant waiting all day yesterday for a repairman. (We're getting a brand new washer thanks to our warranty because something malfunctioned!) Waiting all day meant the kids and I missed a fun "Ice Cream Social" at duPont Hospital which was arranged to thank people who have fundraised. Boooo. And a bad couple days for my Rheumatoid Arthritis which slowed me down when I needed to be moving fast. By the end of each day, writing definitely wasn't on my mind. Sleeping was. I am working on how to write telepathically while sleeping... but since I have really strange dreams, that might be a bad idea.
But - there has been happy in my days. There's always happy! Even when it really sucks... you can always find something happy to focus on.
Brian had such a great two weeks at Camp Fun. We walked out of his pre-school for the very last time yesterday excited! You'd think I would be one of the Moms crying - but I wasn't. I'm excited for Brian and what lies ahead for him in Kindergarten.
He has surprised us so much this year - and not surprised us at all. Ed and I were, of course, concerned about him this year with all the changes he was dealing with. But we don't call him our little "jedi warrior" for nothing. He is such a resilient child - and so, incredibly deep and introspective.
And Hope is changing day by day!
This week she has made me laugh so much because SHE has been laughing at EVERYTHING! Holding her walking down the stairs - apparently hilarious. Daddy looking at her? Funniest thing ever. Brian saying "Good morning, Hopi. I love you," throws her into hysterics. She fits right into our family. We like to laugh a lot!!
As the two of them were sitting for one of my little "for the heck of it" photo shoots - Brian was talking to Hope.
"I love you, Hope. I love you, Hopi. Gavin loves you, too," he said to her.
Then he looked out the window into the wind and said,
"I love you, Gavin. I miss you so much. I'm loving Hope for you - don't worry!"
I can't even take it sometimes - this boy has such a loving soul.
We are so lucky. Despite it all - we really are lucky.
This morning I was at our local pharmacy picking up a prescription and chatting with our pharmacist, who we have a great relationship with. (Can you tell we get attached to just about everyone in our community?!) I was telling him about our upcoming trip to Vegas for the big Elvis vow renewal - and asked him (jokingly) to please start praying NOW for all the people surrounding us on the plane. I don't expect Hope to cry that much - but you never know. He said that he was on a flight once where the family gave little gift bags with ear plugs and candy and "we're sorry in advance" notes to the people around them. I LOVE this idea - it's hilarious! So help me out - what kinds of little things should I put in the bags? What would you like in your bag? I don't want to spend a fortune so don't suggest iPods or diamonds. Ha!
Back to pricing my yard sale crap! I mean... treasures.