It seems like sometimes life takes over and as I look back it's been 6 months... gone.
My kids have grown up right before my eyes and yet when they walk in the door from school I'm shocked at how tall they are, that they are wearing makeup (well, all but the boy and there was that time when he was about 4 and his sisters dressed him up... but nothing recently) and two of the three have a much bigger show size than I do. This year we've dealt with aggressive bullies (I'm both shocked and disgusted at what a 12 year old will say to another 12 year old... this year I had to explain what a 'blow job' was which is something I did not expect to have to do for a few more years), heartbreaks, massive growth spurts and jeans that look 4 inches too short and parents who have no job and yet are able to buy their kid every new clothing item and electronic item as soon as it's released (our tax dollars at it's finest).
It's not all been bad, in between the yelling of "stupid monkey head poopy butt" I've caught my kids giving hugs to each other when they've had a bad day, they still have 'slumber parties' in their rooms at lease once a month, our oldest daughter turns her old t-shirts into a cool new creation and lets her younger sister wear them(sometimes), 2 out of three are on the honor roll and have been since 1st grade, our oldest daughter has a job where she works 19 hours a week and she love her job (!!), our middle daughter volunteered at the vet clinic all summer while our son volunteered at the library. As much as they fight and show passion... I know it's because they love each other so much. I do prefer they hug each other rather than smack on another but I'll take what I can get!
Did I mention they are in age from 12.5 up to 17.5?
God help me the next year when I 'officially' have three teenagers in my house with two driving.
My photography business has taken off faster than I have expected and I'm having growing pains... I thought chocolate and bottles of Coca-Cola would be the fix but in large doses it only gives me stomach aches to go along with my growing pains. I've not figured out a true system for anything except that no system is full proof... just when I think I have it all down pat I'm thrown a monkey wrench and my system fails.
What I have figured out is called 'Selective neglect' and it works like a charm. Um, the weenie dog just peed on the floor, the school just called and my daughter is sick with a fever, oldest daughter text saying she needs her junior trip money NOW, Steve forgot his debit card and is at work 50 miles away and the internet is down. Well, the dog poop gets cleaned up first then off to the High School with a check then the middle school to pick up the middle one. Steve... he's a big boy and has an ATM card he can use if all else fails. The internet... well that stupid thing works when it wants to... I have no say over it and I swear to God if I call Sudden Link one more stinkin' time to report it not working and I get told to go to their web site to report the outage I'm going to crack! Really? Go to the web site to report my outage?
As I sit here typing (with my bottle of coke... yes, I buy the old fashioned glass bottles still) getting ready to grab some left over Halloween candy (I knew I bought the good stuff for a reason) I am in a good place in my life thanks to my friends, family and God. Some day's I wonder 'why me' but most I feel so lucky I say 'thanks for it being me'.