One would think that with my absence, my first post back would be deep and profound, expanding on all the greater points of life... if that's what you're looking for best skip on to your next blog, I've got nothing. So, here for your reading pleasure (or really so I don't pass up the "2 weeks with no post" mark and lose all of my stalkers/followers) are my random thoughts and updates:
Spring break was fun. We left Dan home in Eugene to work towards graduating and the kids and I went to Klamath. I then left Emme & Calvin with Nana & Papa while Leona, Jonny and I went with my parents to Reno were we spent three days lounging around and watching my littlest brother play baseball. We had a great time and Jonny was a great traveller, hardly complained at all. Leona had a good time too and especially enjoyed all the flashing lights in the casino. I think she probably could've won us some money had I let her gamble, but, alas there simply wasn't the time. While we were there my dad went running a couple of times and it was hard not to be jealous... I love to run in new places.
After the break, we had a little bit of trouble getting back into our somewhat regular routines, but I think we're getting there now. Emme's schedule is about to get pretty busy as next week she will start back up with all of her extracurricular activities. She has joined the Gardening Club at school and is still doing art and will be starting back up with soccer as well. Once her soccer matches begin in late April she will only have 2 days a week off. There are two possible outcomes to the intense schedule: 1. By the time summer comes she will be so burned out that the days without tons of structure will be welcomed or 2. With summer and its fairly lax schedule she will be incredibly bored. I'm hoping for option 1.
The other three kids are doing well. Jonathan is growing quickly and is such a content baby, I can't complain. He even likes to sleep most of the night... now if I could just get the other 3 to do the same! Although, I forgot how dangerous it is to change little boys diapers. After being peed on way too many times (as if once, wasn't enough), I've got it down to a fine art with two key words: Fast and Focused.
Leona, on the other hand, has learned the art of throwing tantrums and is perfecting it to the best of her ability. It isn't something I've had to deal with before, so I'm in new territory. I'm hoping she grows tired of it quickly, the rest of us have.
Calvin is Calvin. He's happy and obnoxious and sweet and mean and loving all at the same time. He's learning quickly and loves to practice reading and writing... I think he'll have it down by the end of the summer. (I'd love to take the credit, but it's mostly him and Emme... she's a pretty demanding teacher.) Hopefully he won't be too bored in kindergarten this fall.
As for running, I'm anxious to get started. I've lost 35 pounds since Jonny was born and don't think I'll be losing any more until I can get out there and be more active. I still have about 10 to go to reach pre-pregnancy weight (that's right, I gained a lot) and it's just sitting there (of course the Cadbury Mini Eggs probably aren't helping). Even more than my weight loss desires, though, I have need to improve my mental stability. In all honesty, running keeps me sane. Now I have 4 kids and my need to get out and run has increased substantially. I'm trying to be patient but I am definitely getting anxious. I know it will be soon and then I'll have to be patient with getting back in shape, but at least I'll be running (even if it looks more like a brisk walking).
Since I haven't been running, I've been reading about all my bloggy friends that do and living vicariously through them. They have so many cool giveaways and I've been inspired to enter them all (inspired by my desire to win stuff). If you'd like a chance too, check out my new sidebar, complete with current giveaways.
Wow, that was a long post... I really should blog more frequently...