In January Heather and I went for a winter run in the Nature Park, my favorite place to run. She was nice to play the psychiatrist as I deliberated over our upcoming move. We were still able to get out of the purchase of our new home and I was thinking of every possible reason we should do so. One big stress was where the kids would finish school for the year and knowing that staying at their schools would mean lots of driving. I know I cried during the conversation and wouldn't be surprised if the thought of trying to get Grant a nap in between all the back and forth was enough for the tears to swell. That sounds silly but I like my babies to have what they need. I agonized over everything and couldn't imagine how it would all work.
Well, we did it. As you can see, Grant is doing just fine. He even enjoyed his first popsicle. He got all the sleep he ever needed and besides the extra gas money we spent, everything went smooth as we drove back and forth every day. It gave us all down time before and after school, we were able to watch as the clover bloomed (wish I had a picture of that-Beautiful!!), we enjoyed the horses and chickens on the drive, and I only had one stoplight to deal with every day. Thanks to good friends I was able to limit the drive to only a few times every day and I was often forced (thankfully) to spend a little extra time visiting.
I'm a master stresser and the worries over Grant's nap have been replaced with worries of Rick's job. His contract job ends next week and he will be unemployed. I'm trying and mostly succeeding to keep calm and realize that things will be just fine. I stressed about so many unnecessary things with the move and everything was fine. I'm certain when this job issue is resolved I'll look back and realize that what seems so impossible is really very doable. And if not, I'll deal with it at the time.
Here is all the goodness that was going on in between my driving to and from the school.
Steph came for a glorious visit and this is the only picture I have to prove it. We were way to busy just living life to be taking pictures. Can't wait for the next visit.
Both the girls were beautiful dancers.
Em and I went on a fun field trip to a farm.
Holly and I went on a preschool field trip to the nature park.
Connor crossed the plains (around his school) in a reenactment of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Grandpa visited every week. We miss him now that he is working Graveyard shift and our schedules don't match up as well!
We survived the coldest camping trip ever. When we pulled up in a blizzard I almost turned around and drove the three hours back home. I'm glad we stayed. I spent the majority of the time keeping warm by the fire and was grateful for the wonderful company who joined me.
Abbie and Connor both competed in Battle of the Books tournaments as the top teams for the school (forgot to bring my camera to Connor's battle).
All three kids were in the school talent show. I don't have pictures of them doing their talents but in between each child Holly, Grant and I had an hour to explore. It ended up being one of those times that it was fun not having the option to go home in between. We found some adorable baby ducklings.
And Grant got to play with the big kids at the school. He didn't love it quite as much as they did. They couldn't get enough of him!
The day ended with the most adorable fashion show put on by a good friend.
Now that summer is here we are waking up when we want, spending the day reading and playing, resisting the urge to drive to our old stomping grounds every day, and anxiously waiting to see how wonderful the next few months will be. I'll keep you posted!