If you could get inside my brain right now [I'm thinking "Magic School Bus" style] you would be amazed at the amount of "stuff" I want to/need to write about. You would be pummeled by bits and pieces of thoughts and worries, concerns and praised. You would attacked by fodder of stories I want to get written, of pictures I am thinking about posting, and of cute anecdotes about raising my baby girl the past four months [anecdote: any students of mine reading this and remembering how I taught you to remember what an anecdote is?].
So for now, since I'm pretty sure Mrs. Frizzle and "The Magic School Bus" have long retired, here is what I'll give you:
FIVE trips: Since May my little family of three has spent a significant amount of time in the car. I have learned why my mom said she may as well have painted a smiley face on her rear end when Kali and I were little because that is what is always in the window for everyone to see. :) Blythe has done awesome. Brent has done awesome. And I like to think that even I have done awesome.
Trip one was to Columbia to accompany Brent on a business trip for a week. One week in a hotel with a two month old. Aye yie yie. However, it was fun and we celebrated our FOUR year anniversary while there.
Trip two was to Iowa to marry off one of my college roomies. It's always fun to go back and reminisce with people…and to see Deb in a dress. ;).
Trip three was THE trip in which we went to Nashville and Kentucky. We laughed and cried [sometimes at the same time] with wonderful people whom we wish we could have stuck in our pockets when we left. We also married off Justin and Heather [Brent and Justin were interns at Southeast together], and they were beautifully happy.
And then trip four this past weekend back to OC to marry off another set of college friends. My mom traveled with us this time and she and Aunt Linda babysat Blythe so Brent and I had a wonderful baby-free evening with some of my very favorite people. A midnight tour of NWC campus was definitely a highlight. And now we we are back home and I have a million pictures I want to share but may never get around to, so this blurb may be all you get.
Brent took another trip in the midst of these without us with 43 high school students from our church. He went to south Missouri for "adventure camp." He canoed, rock climbed, cliff jumped into a river….and shared a nasty 24 hour flu bug with about 15 others while on the trip. Ugh. Blythe and I were happy…and hand sanitizing like crazy…when he returned.
FOUR months: Blythe is four months old. Shocking. Yet at the same time, Brent and I feel like she has been with us for a long time. Time is a funny thing. You may have noticed I never took/posted her 3 month pictures :( …. I was busy DRIVING somewhere. Four month pictures will come soon. She is a beautiful daughter who is growing into a fun little personality. She loves to giggle and snort, and has also started to let us know, quite loudly, when she is not happy [luckily this is not very often]. She rolled over last week, has her four month appointment tomorrow, and has so many fans we can't even keep track of them. Brent is thinking maybe in another 16/17 years she will be in the olympics. We don't dream big at all in our household.
22 years: In a few weeks schools everywhere will be starting up and it will be the first time in 22 years that I will not be going back. There is a post a-brewing on this one.
THREE girls: Kali, Caroline, and Ellie visited us for a week. They all have my heart and I miss them so much. Caroline decided to drop "Aunt Kelsey" while she was here and now simply refers to me as "Kels." "Come on, KELS!" "Look at this, KELS!" Ellie decided to start walking and grow up way too fast. Kali decided to move back home and live close to me forever….oh wait, that was just a dream :(. Love you ladies.
THREE seasons: Softball season number three as assistant coach starts for me next week. I'm excited I still get to coach and interact with the girls, especially since I won't be in the classroom this year. We have a truly good group and I know it will be fun. Blythe will be traveling a lot again as the season starts up, and soon enough she'll be our bat girl! :)
I'm sorry you've had to look at MALL MADNESS for a month now :). Hoping to get back to blogging soon. At the moment, Blythe is finishing her nap so I am going to do some dishes and laundry and then have a cup of coffee and finish "Little Women." [Can you believe I've never read that book?!]
Hope you all are having great summers.