Saturday, August 31, 2019

Crazy School Year

This school year is crazy.  (But it's really nice to have the craziness be about the kids' schedules, and not about my health and appointments!)

Jamie and I keep a shared, color-coded calendar (Google Sheets); we have an "all" section at the top, a section for meals, and a section for each person in the family.  If something is an appointment/time-sensitive, it's in bold.  This year, with Gisèle involved in cheer and Production Theatre, and Miles in taekwondo, every day has something on it, and everything is in bold.

G has cheer until 5:00 after school Mondays and Wednesdays, and cheers at games at least once a week.  She also has theatre rehearsals Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays until 6:00.  (Yes, there are some conflicts there.)  M has TKD from 4:10 until 5:00 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  They each have a sports bag full of gear taking up space in their room, and we are doing a lot of laundry.  Oh, and school - all pre-AP classes for G, and GT for M.  I'm spending my days doing school drop-offs, running errands or going to my own appointments, then doing school pick-ups and activity chauffeuring.

We are guarding our weekends as best we can.  Any evening time we have as a family - dinner together! - and weekend time we can spend together is precious.  But it is so worth it to see these two thriving, doing what they love!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Gisèle, Age 12

1. What is your favorite color?  "Well, I like purples, I like blues, and I like dark greens."

2. What is your favorite toy?  "Toy?  Like, toy - not electronic or something?  I don't know, I don't really do toys..."

3. What is your favorite fruit?  "I'd say mango, still.  Though I really like good strawberries, as well."

4. What is your favorite tv show?  "Ooh, that's hard.  What do I watch?  MC Squared.  I don't know."

5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  "A chicken salad sandwich."

6. What is your favorite outfit?  "I'd say my Inspiration Stage shirt with overalls."

7. What is your favorite game?  "One Night Ultimate Werewolf, or Mafia."

8. What is your favorite snack?  "Dad's homemade granola bars."

9. What is your favorite animal?  "Elephants."

10. What is your favorite song?  "Can I say anything Broadway?"

11. What is your favorite book?  "A Tangle of Knots."

12. Who is your best friend?  "I'd say Melanie Garcia."

13. What is your favorite breakfast?  "Quiche."

14. What is your favorite thing to do outside?  "Ride my bike."

15. What is your favorite drink?  "I guess water."

16. What is your favorite holiday?  "Christmas."

17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  "Um... I don't know.  I don't really bring anything to bed."

18. What is your favorite thing to eat for dessert?  "Ooh... I think that strawberry cake."

19. What is your favorite dinner?  "Mussels and fries."

20. What do you want to be when you grow up?  "I think you already know the answer to that.  Broadway actress."

Happy 12th birthday, Gisèle! You are incredible.  You grow more amazing with every year, and I adore you!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Our Summer

Last summer was consumed by breast cancer treatment, so we're making up for that this summer.

We were finally able to have our family reunion this year, after postponing it last year due to my treatment.  My parents and their kids, with spouses and children, all gathered in a large house at Lake Texoma for a week to catch up.  We played a lot of cornhole and a lot of board games, drank some beer and cider, and ate a lot of good foods.  We had 12 adults and 12 kids in the house and had a fantastic time!  We'll do it again in a couple years, maybe in the New Braunfels area this time.

The kids have had a busy summer.  Gisele has been in a couple of theatre camps; she was the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz, and then in the ensemble for Camp Rock.  She and Miles also both went to Camp Overflow with Crossbridge (our church), and to Camp Kesem, which is an incredible (free!) sleepaway camp for kids with parents who have been through cancer treatment.  And then last week, she had Cheer Camp, since she'll be a cheerleader at the Junior High this year.

While the kids were away at Camp Kesem, Jamie and I took the opportunity to take a trip of our own!  We went to Las Vegas for the first time and had a blast.  It had been a long time since we'd had a vacation without kids, and it was nice getting to spend some one-on-one time.  We didn't see any shows; we walked around visiting a bunch of casinos, playing some video poker and eating a lot of good food.  We've decided we'll try to save enough Southwest miles to take a trip together each year while the kids are at Camp Kesem. 

Now we have about 3 weeks until school starts, and school supplies are already purchased, so we have a little time to relax!

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