Today in SC Kansas, it feels like falls.
The boys have started school. I have a junior and a freshman in my house. Tristen had the normal freshman jitters, but after the first day of not being able to find his classes and almost walking in to the girls bathrooms, he claims its "just school" now. I don't really enjoy sending my boys to school. It nothing to do with a school issue. I just like having them around. ;) This year I get to sleep in bit longer. For the first time ever both my boys are in the same school in the same town we live in. Now, the time Tristen was getting out bed, was the time he was getting on the bus in previous years.
This season also found us with another first. For the first time since Jacob was a 4th grader..I have no one playing football. My feelings change a lot on this. As tired and worn out as I'm feeling these days, I'm mostly thankful, mixed with just a bit of sadness.
Tristen sent off his German Chocolate Cake Friday morning to the state fair, and was THRILLED to see it earned him a blue ribbon!
Our family recently went to Kansas City and took in a Royals game. Tristen and Danny are huge fans. Jacob and I..well, we enjoyed the experience. ;) Out of the 4 of us, 3 of us are not city people, and couldn't wait to be back at home to our sleepy little town. It WAS fun!
My garden has really produced this year!! I have many jars of canned jalapenos, banana peppers, and okra. My freezer is full of pretty tomatoes that I'll turn into salsa when things slow down a bit.
I'm sure every family goes through this, but Dan and I are on a mission to de-stress our family as much as possible right now. This has resulted in a step down on a board, downsizing on a couple of things, asking for help, and the admittance of "if it doesn't get done right now, the world will not end," and not feeling guilty about saying NO when asked to do something I don't have time for or just don't want to do. (I'm getting better at this one.) My boys didn't complete their record books for 4-H this year. Guess what.. I'm almost positive they will still grow up and be productive members of society.
Back in January I started a running program and then had to stop for health reasons. I have recently found one that I LOVE, and have really taken off with it. I'm slow. Painfully of slow. But I love it. Recently I started having some knee issues, and decided I probably needed new shoes. So, my very loving, tired of hearing her complain, husband drug my butt to GoRun to be fitted. I wasn't sure what to to expect, but the very sweet girl looked at my shoes, and how they were wearing, watched me walk away from her, and then back, and then made me run on a treadmill while a high speed camera recorded my feet.
I'm not sure why it bothered me so much. But I was MORTIFIED! and HORRIFIED. Its really no wonder my knees had been hurting. Or that my ankles just haven't snapped right off.
I over pronate. When I run, I turn my foot out, land on the side of my foot, roll it in, and then step and repeat. Danny loved it, and made sounds like we were passing a really gruesome accident on the high way. After trying on a stack of shoes, I put on the ones that were MADE FOR ME. They have taken away every ache and pain I had. Like walking on clouds. I highly recommend getting fitted! I just wish I would have done it sooner!!
And this past weekend, we partied hard as this little cutie turned one year old.
I'm constantly amazed at how fast life can change in a year, both good and bad.