Thursday, June 4, 2015

Let's Reintroduce Ourselves...

It's time to play some serious catch up!  Oh my, has it really been a year since I last updated my blog???  Apparently so.  So here is a really quick review of our last year.

We took a cruise.  A wonderful, magical Disney cruise.  I would do it all over again every week if we could afford it.  Vacations as a momma of three are rarely totally relaxing.  There is always a meal to prepare, or a mess to clean up.  However, on the cruise I didn't have to lift a finger.  We spent 5 wonderful days sailing the seas, dodging a tropical storm, watching Broadway style plays, eating gourmet food, eating ice cream at all times of the day and night, watching a firework show, singing and dancing, and reconnecting as a family.  It was wonderful and sadly too short lived.  We cannot wait to go back!

Over last summer I took 5 college courses.  Stressful would be an understatement, but I did it in the hopes of getting my teaching degree faster.  I came out of it with all A's and B's.  Also, since I am talking about college... I am into my 5 semester back at school.  Holding on to a 3.8 GPA and I am one semester away from starting the teaching program.  Woohoo!  It's getting closer!

The kids have all grown in leaps and bounds.  Jon Kent is now 10, Zoey 9, and Nathan is 7.  Zoey is currently taller than Jon Kent, which she makes sure to remind him of frequently.  He is slowly gaining on her though.

Jon Kent has really blossomed over the last year.  Losing more of his baby boyish looks and starting to look more like a big kid.  He finished the school year with all A's and is really developing as a basketball player.  He is going to an Auburn (War Eagle!) basketball camp this summer.

Zoey is finding her "thing".  Over the last year or so she has been trying to find her extra curricular activity.  We have tried dance (negative), cheerleading (maybe), gymnastics (maybe, but less and less interest), and softball (score!).  Zoey has really fallen in love with softball, which makes this softball mom happy.  She made All-Stars this season and is really enjoying it.  Zoey also auditioned for an art program and was selected to go to a program for a month this summer for visual arts.  She is so excited.

Nathan is enjoying doing anything his brother does.  Although he is my social, wild child.  He played flag football last fall and basketball in the winter.  He did well in both.  He did very well in first grade this year.  He is reading on a high 2nd grade level, and already learning his time tables.  He is one smart little boy.  I cannot believe he will be in second grade this fall.

Kent and I celebrated 13 years of marriage this past spring.  We have lived so much life in those 13 years and I can honestly say I am so thankful to have him by my side through it all.  Over the last year or so we have had to twist and change to fit in my college classes and the regular day to day activities of our family.  It's been a hard adjustment at times, but it has really brought us closer.  We have had to talk more, share more, give more, and change.  Kent has really been a great helper and encouraging through it all.  I cannot not say enough good things about that man of mine.  Just that he is perfect for me.

Since the beginning of this year I have really set out to get the old Emily back.  Since my momma passed away 5 years ago I have felt lost on so many levels.  My world was rocked and honestly I dealt with it the best I could, but it shook me to my core.  My thoughts were always that I would use her death to change how I lived.  Her life was short, so I wanted to do more living while I had the chance.  My going back to school was a result of that.  I got out of my comfort zone, stretched myself, and tried new things.  Since the beginning of this year my confidence has risen and I have started pushing myself to not be afraid to be proud (not prideful) of my accomplishments.  I know my momma would have been my biggest cheerleader.  I have started running again and getting my exercise routines back.  I have lost about 25 pounds and I am so thankful for this newness of life that I have found through my grief.

Well, I believe that brings up all back up-to-date.  Mostly.  I seriously hope to keep this up.  I started this blog in hopes that one day my kids could come back and read about their lives, my thoughts, and just see through my eyes.  This was always for them.  Time to get back to that.

Until next time...

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