I am home with four kids - two girls, two boys - ages 14, 6, 5 and 3 (and when I started this blog, just a little over two years ago, I had an infant, a 2yr old, 3yr old and 12yr old - feels like a lifetime ago, but it wasn't ;-). Until about four or five years ago, I worked in marketing. I have been and done many things - dancer, magazine "multi-tasker", advertising copywriter, gymnastics coach, resort town waitress, grad student, etc. Now my areas of expertise are different and diverse. I am savvy, efficient, patient and earthy (like it or not). I am a better cook, an Ok herb gardener, an impressive artist to my kids, an active and prolific photographer, a childrens' clothing stylist (in my head), a manager of all things "household" and a news enthusiast (from politics to celebrity). I am more cynical though less of a worrier / hypochondriac than I used to be. I am increasingly proud of what I do with kids, family and home, but I do still present myself as a "freelance writer".
Enzo gave me a lovely little clay pendant necklace yesterday - accompanied by a card "with letters in it" :-). Both boys and I indulged in a couple of self-portraits on the deck (and, of course, we got out the handprints that Milo had already given me). We love our self-portraits.
Went to the school fund-raising dinner last night and had a great time. Talked a lot to other 8th grade parents also experiencing the last bus ride, the last full day, the last lunch in the cafeteria, the last day in the art room (and the art teacher was a new teacher when this class was in kindergarten so she is getting weepy too) - sniff. Olivia and her beloved St. Bede.
Got our photos back from Libby. They look amazing. I, of course, never look good in photos, but... I am glad that everyone else turned out FANTASTIC! So happy. This really does erase the fact that cute photos we had taken last year were lost by the photographer before we got prints - the fact that I never have time to print and group the photos I take, etc.
We have decided not to do the Race for the Cure because our little ones are too much to manage these days, but... will make a donation and... will encourage you now... to go - register or cheer people on, and... while you're at it, check out this list of other things to do 'round town this weekend.
Today? Well... swim class went well - Enzo put his face in the water, a good thing. Lilliana is splashing around in the puddles in the backyard right now, "helping" Daddy plant (having recovered from her first REAL scraped knee yesterday - she came running down the sidewalk in her Kate Mack ballerina tutu bathing suit, crying :-(. We have a lacrosse game away today (and we are driving Olivia and friends). Milo told me he's going to be my "super special helper" again today ... Editing / ghost-writing project going really well now - we've really hit our stride (designer and I) - the end product is going to be great!
Indulging in one piece of crusty bread with fresh mozzarella and homemade marinara today. Happy to report that I am staying on workout schedule and .... the whole family has joined a new gym - Urban Active Fitness at Bakery Square - childcare, classes (I miss my Pilates), shopping area - happy, happy, joy, joy ....