OH…. “My Summer” where have you gone?

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As I am sitting here on our, much anticipated from the day it ends one summer ’til the day it begins again the next year, family trip to the beach in South Carolina; I can’t believe where this summer has gone.   See, Spring and Summer are my two favorite seasons.  Spring for the bright colors of the new life in the blooms of the flowering trees and many annuals and perennials, and Summer for the days I treasure having my kids home while having less stressed days without a schedule.  While pondering this summer; I look back and realize just how fast the time has passed.

I always look back and ponder on what I had hoped in my mind would take place during the summer and what actually did.   Although the two usually never coincide and that makes me sad while making me realize just how I need to be more deliberate in what I want to happen or my chances are going to pass me by. Our summer has been busy but the time is still too short for what all I had hoped it would be.

Although I dreamed of having a pedicure each month of the season; I only had my first last week, thus the photo above.  Our time together is never long or often enough, but a visit with my best friend, Dana,  was much anticipated and happily enjoyed.  My kids and I went on our yearly Independence Day week vacation with my Mom here at the beach, but it was different because Meghan and Zach had to leave early. Zach took part in two different computer camps and Carson took part in a two week wilderness camp the first two weeks of summer break.  We usually all travel to the beach for our end of the year vacation together as a family, but this year Meghan will be joining us later after she finishes her summer semester in Cosmetology.  Although we did get in some of what I hoped to, we still may miss out on several things that I had in mind.  Going to Cherokee, NC and Pigeon Forge, TN was something I really wanted to do.  I’m hoping maybe and early Fall trip will be in our future.  Each summer I have thoughts of taking my kids to an amusement park of some type and so far we haven’t gotten there.  We have a beautiful state park at a local lake in our area that we have never visited and I hoped to get that first in, once or twice this summer.  Although I haven’t been to my Mom’s pool once; my kids have been a couple of times. I usually read at least two books and so far I haven’t finished more than 30 pages in one book!!

Yes, I know, the old saying goes that I still have “tomorrow”, “next week”, or “next summer” but you know… do I really?  We never really know.  I am realizing through experiences these past few years that… I need to savor every day and make it all it can be.  I need to be more deliberate! I need to do more of what I dream to do and not what I feel I should be doing only to realize it really wasn’t the “important” stuff.

So, now I am looking toward our next two seasons, which are my least favorite for many reasons.  I still have a few short weeks to live and enjoy this season and I plan to make each day count!  Who knows,  I may still get in some of those things I had hoped to. Through my thinking this evening I realize it is time to get going and just make it happen.  As I am learning more and more every day… life is full of change but that change doesn’t have to keep us from what we enjoy and love.  I have wanted for months to get back to my blog on a more regular basis, and I am making that happen NOW!!  I am going to start doing more and more of what is in my heart to accomplish.

I hope that you will come along with me as I make my time more deliberate and start living as I dream to!!  It’s up to me… I am going to MAKE IT HAPPEN!!

 

Pedicure Photo Details:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nail Color is Secrets by China Glaze and my shoes are from Avon and a favorite this summer.  I have received many compliments on both.

 

Too Cute Tuesday

How in the world did we go from this Cutie Patootie that used to get on the dishwasher door when I was loading it, to

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this bigger handsome young boy who is now playing T-Ball?  Time sure flies.  This big boy is my baby and I can’t believe he is 5 and will be starting Kindergarten in the Fall!  Where oh Where does the time go??!!

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What do I do?

Well Today, Day 6, Monday of the Every day in May Link-Up, I am supposed to answer the question:  “If you couldn’t answer with your job, how would you answer the question, ‘what do you do’?” Well since I don’t have a JOB I will share what I DO!!  I am a Stay at Home Mom.  Quite contrary to what a lot of people think… I do A LOT of THINGS while I am at home.  Some days you can’t tell what I did, but I definitely don’t sit around and eat Bon Bon’s watching Soap Operas!  (Although I sure wish the ones I kept up with were still on for background noise!)  I will share what a typical day at the King household consists of!

5:45 – 8:00

I get up to take my shower.

I try to get my clothes on and hair dried to a certain degree of presentable.

Tim gets up and get Z up for his shower.

I try to check my email and the weather.

I get C and G up and we head downstairs for breakfast.

I start packing lunches while refilling drinks, cereal bowls, or any other request my three little guys have.

Make sure C is getting his hair and teeth brushed.  Have Z help me get G dressed.

Have all lunches and bags ready to go for going to school.  (We are in a carpool and every other week I have to take Z to school.)

Z is picked up or we have to head out to take him first before heading to the elementary school with C and another boy from our neighborhood.  G goes with us as well.

If Z is picked up we do not leave for the elementary school until this time.  The boys have to go to the gym until 7:50 so they prefer not to get to school before that.

Come home around 8:00

On, M, W, Th I get G finished getting ready.  He brushes his teeth and hair and we gather his book bag.

We head to Wee School for 8:30 drop off.

Every day I try to do my kitchen clean up, make beds, vacuum,  start laundry, empty dishwasher, etc. , the things that need to be done to keep the house manageable.   I will usually use the  days G is at Wee School to do things I can do easier without a child in tow, such as going to the Dr., going shopping for clothes, gifts, groceries, household items, etc., running other errands, or I will come home to do things I need quiet time to complete such as making phone calls, paying bills, computer work, etc.

I pick G up at 12:30.  We come home and I continue with whatever I need to finish up before our afternoon starts.

On Monday and Friday after getting Z and C off to their schools, G and I come home and work on all of those normal daily jobs and then other things that are on my To-Do list to tackle or G and I do some playing or having fun time doing things.  

Every day, G and I head out at 2:45 to start afternoon pick up.  We go and get C first and then Z.  Then we head home.  I get snacks for the boys and let them take some time to decompress from school.

4:00 C starts homework and I go through his planner or Take Home Tuesday while in the same room to help if he has homework questions.

5:00 We start our evening.  Each day is different but our usual activities consist of us having supper,  the boys play, we go to activities they are involved in, and usually head upstairs for bath time no later than 8:00.  Then the boys play until about 8:30 and we get them in bed.  Z goes to bed by 9:30.  Then Tim and I have some time to talk and he is asleep by 10:00 and I try to get to sleep by midnight.

Left Top to Bottom Right:  These are a few pictures from my day today.  I vacuumed, G played his 3DS, I packed lunch and got some extra bags of snacks bagged up for the rest of the week, cleaned up our new kitchen table from breakfast.  (C picked out these flowers for me on Saturday when going to the store with his Dad. I love them!)

What I DOSo that is What I Do on a typical day/week!!  Of course,  things happen that cause my days to get changed around and then I have to play catch up on the things I don’t get done.  I do not ever feel totally caught up on any chore. There is always something to do in a house of 5 (while M is at college) or 6.  I am learning that I need time for myself and need to get that in my schedule as well.  I am trying to get the bigger projects taken care of so I can feel more comfortable taking that time.  I know I am a better Wife and Mom when I have time to decompress!

 

My Life in 250 word or Less (Definitely NOT Less)

My best friend’s daughter, who is an AWESOME blogger, joined a link-up, Blog every day in May.  I read her post yesterday and the May 1 post topic was to tell about your life in 250 words or less.  I agree with T,  250 words or less sure keeps our thoughts on what we consider the most important highlights of our life.  I wanted to join in, although behind already by two days, so I thought I would give it a try for the first day anyway.  I am not sure how well I will keep up with each and every post for the month, or that I even want to, as you know life has kept my blogging quite sporadic lately. I just thought I would give this the best try I can, without any promises.   Anyway,  here is a new post and a link-up.  Thanks T for sharing this on your blog.

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Day 1, Wednesday: The story of your life in 250 words or less (or one paragraph… no one will be counting your words… probably.)                                                                      

Wow this was a huge undertaking for someone that has lived, probably, more than half of her life. Here it goes… My Life (So Far) As I Know It (250 words or less)  I can assure you it is NOT less!!

 

I was born November 30, 1970 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to a single mother from Pittsburgh, PA.  A little over a year later she got married. Soon after, her husband made one of the best decisions ever made for my life, and adopted me. I gained three siblings and a Dad all in one day. Some of my best memories were the years after while living in FL.  In 1980 a job transfer for my Dad moved us to a small town in NC where I’ve lived since.  I attended Elementary, MS, HS and some community college. During HS my first job was at a convenience store my parents owned and then on to the company my Dad started.  I had an over three year relationship in high school that I ended when I was 20.  In May 1991 I met a, perfect,  great-looking, dark-haired, blue-eyed, hard- working, motorcycle racing, guy.  He had also just ended a long relationship and  wasn’t  looking for anything serious.  Two months later were engaged and May 1992 we were married. So much for not wanting anything serious!  My husband started working at my Dad’s company soon after and is now VP/General Manager. We started our family in 1994 and now have a daughter and three sons who are 18, 14, 8, and 5.  I became a SAHM in 2001.  My family is my life and this blog is about my love for it!

Catching Up

I’m sorry I haven’t been on here lately.  I am trying to get a regular posting schedule worked out.   As you know I have four children and two weeks ago my daily schedule got thrown off due to some happenings in our household, therefore working the blog had to take a backseat.  Thankfully that is behind us and I can get back to my blogging.  I am currently working on planning out my blogging schedule and the great posts I look forward to sharing.   I hope you will stay with me, during these times of family busyness that I may have from time to time,  and not give up on visiting.  After all, my blog is about my love for my family and it wouldn’t be much proof of that if I didn’t put them first.   I promise I will always be back here to get you up to date on my life as I know it.  Thanks for visiting!!

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This Girl…. and My Feelings….

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This is my daughter, Meghan.   You will be reading a lot about her as well as my three sons Zachary, Carson, and Grayson.   My children are my world!!  I have heard people say that before,  but I never truly knew what it meant until I was in the position to relate.  Meghan is my oldest and my only girl.  She is now in college. She was accepted to Appalachian State University for the Spring semester this year.  We got her all moved into her dorm in  January during the time we were also planning the funeral for my maternal Grandmother, “Minga”.   Meghan had Spring break last week. She went to the beach for a few days and then was home the rest of the time.  Even though we had a very tense time on the day she left for the beach, I was so excited to have her home. The transition of her moving to college has been a hard one.  I never realized how different and lonely I would feel.  As Mother’s and Daughter’s naturally do, we have our moments.  Even through those moments we are as close as we can be.  I feel whole when she is here.  Something is missing when she is not.  Thankfully,  My Mom, through example,  taught me what it is to not only be a Mom but the transition of moving into that best friend part of our relationship .   Having Meghan home this past week made me realize that we are definitely now moving more and more into that time in our relationship.  We spent time talking about things I would have never talked to her about  only six months ago. I felt like more of a helper to her than a teacher.   We have had the normal  adjustments, arguments, crying spells, silent moments, etc. that go along with this time in our lives.  I can tell that Meghan is trying to figure out what it means for her to not only be independent but to also be my daughter.  I am equally learning what it means for her to be not only my daughter but her own wonderful person.  When Meghan left this morning I think it hit me more than it did the first day I left her in her dorm,  that she is in the phase of growing into the women she is supposed to be.  She is going through the normal growing pains of  independence, relationship changes, new friendships, realizations through trial of her morals and values, and…… as we all know this list goes on and on.  I am so very proud of the women she is becoming.  She is not only beautiful to look at,  but also to be around.  Even though,  I miss her terribly, think about her constantly, have crying spells of not even knowing what I am feeling,  and worry more than I should;  I know she is going to make her Dad and I proud.  This Girl…. is My Girl… and I am more proud of her and love  her more than she will ever know.  I look forward to seeing what her future is going to be and how our  relationship will evolve through all of the stages it takes her to get there.