Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

A tulip, planted by my husband last fall.

Last year on Mother's Day I wrote a post about my Mom which you can read here.  Although I won't be with my mom or grandma tomorrow, I will be thinking of them all day.

As I was thinking about Mother's Day today, while scrubbing dirt out of soccer socks, I felt blessed and that my heart is full. I am thankful for each of my children and the opportunity to be their mother. Many days I don't feel I am worthy of the responsibility. Frequently I wonder if I am guiding them in the right direction. I am not sure that they will get a full ride scholarship to a Division I school or even make a varsity team or place well academically. But then I have to remind myself, that it starts with being a good sport and with earning and improving grades as time goes on. It involves turning over the reins to them and watching what they do with their skills and talent. This mothering career is not easy or for the faint of heart!

I must admit that when I yearned for children, I had no idea that having kids would be such a full on effort. I think most of us know it will be work, but we are naive about the amount of constant, on~going work.
My family on vacation in SoCal last month.

So as I celebrate Mother's Day tomorrow, I am going to relax and just enjoy being with my kids and sweet husband. I am going to take it all in and be present for whatever comes our way. And I am naively wishing that the kids won't fight and that vases won't get broken. And if they do, that I will remember that it is a vase that can be fixed with a bit of super glue.

Wishing you a wonderful Mother's Day!

Cathy M.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Sleeping Beauty

As I have mentioned in other posts, my kids were recently in their first real stage production (non~school). It was Sleeping Beauty and it was a very funny version of the Disney classic. It was an incredible amount of work, but they really loved it and are eager to try their hand at future performances.

They learned so much including stage terms, costumes, make~up, timing, how to waltz, everything that goes into a production from casting to set design. They also endured the long spans of time between being on & off stage. They sang beautifully and put all of those music lessons into wonderful performances (5, not including dress rehearsals).  They made lots of new friends and so did I!

I learned how to use my new camera without the flash by changing the iso!! Wahoo!

Foster on left and Ana on right
Another view of Foster
Quick shot of the entire cast

My sweet Ana
Marissa in the middle, she loves being stage
All 3 kids together after a performance 

The kids would like to be in another musical. It was a great experience for all three of them, as well as my husband and I!

A quick update on my mom's battle with cancer: she is more than half way done with chemo and her PET scan is showing no signs of cancer! She is kicking cancer! Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers...they are working.

Coffee update: most days I am staying under 2 cups, but I occasionally will have a 3rd cup to battle our dreary spring weather. 

You may have noticed that I haven't been blogging a lot lately. I am still working out and still working hard on eating healthy foods. Also, we had a wonderful family vacation a few weeks ago. I haven't had much time to blog, but I hope to be back in the blogging groove soon!

It is hard to believe that April is gone and we are winding down the school year. I hope to get some closet organizing done this week with our cool, rainy weather.

I will be back soon.