Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Slow Updates

There hasn’t been much to blog about lately, but I’ve been deleting blogs if they haven’t been updated, so I guess I should update mine…

Let’s see.  Of course the big news is that I am now parenting a teen and a toddler.  I have not had a whole lot of teenager trouble yet.  Every day, we find Penny more and more fun and enjoyable.  She has blossomed in our home and her personality is shining through more and more.

I turned 35 yesterday.  I felt like I should sit down and think about what I’d like to accomplish this coming year, but nothing comes to mind.  Either I have no goals or I have no life or I have no vision.  I’m not sure.  Most of my focus these days is on getting through the day I am living. 

Leah is in a very challenging phase.  She wants to be the total center of attention, she is teething (molar number 3 popped through the other day), and she does not yet know how to entertain herself for so much as 2 minutes.  All the structure and order I had pre-elbow is out the window.  We had a nice routine going.  Now, however, chaos reigns.  I’m too tired to fight it.  As soon as we get Penny off to school in 2 weeks, I’ll be back in charge and I will hopefully get back into some sort of routine.  Next Monday there is an open house at a place called Toddlin’ Time here in Old Town, and I am going with my neighbor.  We are both planning to enroll our kids in the once weekly classes, providing it looks like something they will enjoy.  I think Leah will enjoy having an hour of exercise and music and fun time with Mom, and it will get her used to being around other kids in a structured environment.  This time next year, I plan to have her preparing for part time day care/pre-school type of a thing, two days per week.  Everyone will take her once she is 2 1/2, and I think it’s important that she go and socialize and learn, especially in the absence of siblings.  She is pretty easy going, but she is still fairly young, so maybe she’ll be a little more Leah-centric and mean about it in a few months.  I hope not.  All she is right now is fun and funny.  Or at least, that’s my opinion of her as her mother!

I haven’t done much reading lately.  I need to read Molokai and soon, but I can’t really get into it.  It’s already too heart wrenching and I’m only to the part where Rachel’s sores are developing.  The idea of a little girl being ripped from her family is killing me, as is the slow build up of the story.

So that’s about it.  I’ll update more later as I think of things to talk about! :-)  I want to keep it interesting!

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