Thursday, May 24, 2012
A New Chapter Begins...
Today marks the beginning of summer for Jay and Max. Work never ends here for Tony and I (thank goodness), but we hope to show the boys a great summer. Time is going fast and I know we won't have this time forever...

I won't bore you with all my mama talk. I will mention that my boys have officially moved on to be a 6th grader and a 9th grader, as of yesterday. That means no more elementary schoolers here...we now have a middle schooler and a high schooler. UGH, how did this happen?

So, this all got me to thinking about the passage of time. I get extremely weepy when I think about this. The slide show starts and the sappy music gets going. Here come the tears. Not tears of sadness as much as tears of hope and excitement for adventures to come (maybe a little sadness, but more happiness). Life is changing constantly and sometimes I feel like we don't take the opportunity to really look for the adventure in these changes. I'm kind of a big picture girl and that gets me into trouble. I'm learning that looking at each day and enjoying the ride it sets me on, makes life (and tasks) easier to get through. I think long term goals are good, but it's really the short term goals that get you there. I have a few things I'm in the middle of working on and I hope to have myself organized and through these adventures so I can enjoy the next adventure (that was me putting a positive spin on some reorganization tasks and some not so fun work tasks).

Well, today I slept in. I have three guys that want to go to the gym with me in a little bit! I am excited to have my workout buddies back! I have a recipe I'm working on developing, I need to get the oil changed in the car (I know the excitement is killing you all), the boys need shorts (they won't stop growing!) and I hope to get some lentil burgers made for some quick summer time grilling!

How do you look at change? Life isn't always how I thought it would be, but I've come to understand that is ok. It used to bother me, but now I am looking for the adventure in the change. Trust me, I know not all things are great adventures, but negativity gets me nowhere fast. I'm not completely there, but I'm working on it!

Happy Thursday!  


posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 8:29 AM  
  • At May 24, 2012 at 8:38 AM, Anonymous Anna @ On Anna's Plate said…

    I stored away a lot of Lila's newborn onesies that are now too small for her a few days ago, and got a little teary-eyed...I can't imagine how I'll be when she goes to high school!!! Change is hard!

  • At May 24, 2012 at 9:20 AM, Blogger Lisa said…

    Time passing, milestones, growing children....they are all points of awareness regarding how life progresses and change happens. I often get weepy too--sometimes it does feel sad, but I try to keep it reflective instead. My mom and I always say, "Transitions are bumpy." The noticeable ones, like school milestones, can feel sad---life is changing! It doesn't mean the things to come are not good, just different.

    It seems perfectly healthy to me to reflect on it and feel emotional---I mean, if you don't, what will happen? Will life just pass without us noticing the milestones....and then we wake up at age 80? This weepy stuff sounds better :-)

  • At May 24, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    My life is no where near I thought it would be when I imagined it 5-10 years ago. But that's ok. My path now comes with ups and downs, but it all happens for a reason, yes? Besides, just because it's different, doesn't make it any less wonderful and joyous.

    Enjoy the beginning of summer with the boys! I assume, it too, will fly by!

  • At May 24, 2012 at 11:16 AM, OpenID said…

    Yay summer! I believe that everything happens for a reason, so change is just the natural progression of that. one day at a time:)
    thanks for sharing!

  • At May 24, 2012 at 2:54 PM, Anonymous Kristina said…

    oh, Mama! I imagine it is bittersweet to watch your kids grow - so exciting, while wanting to slow it down! congrats to both of them on their milestones, and to you for being such an awesome Mama.

    the changes I have had recently are a roller coaster for sure - buying a new house is an amazing thing. caring for Dad in this important battle, and having to face facts that he is aging has been difficult and incredibly emotional. there are good things to all of it, though, Dad and I have spent some great time together, and it's just another perspective of what is important.

    XXO ENJOY every minute of summertime with all your boys!

  • At May 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM, Anonymous Sana said…

    :) Enjoy the summer with your boys!

  • At May 24, 2012 at 10:01 PM, Blogger Deidre said…

    I do not handle change well...AT ALL.

    I've been thinking about milestones and time passing a lot recently myself.

  • At May 25, 2012 at 2:48 AM, Anonymous Kristin @ STUFT Mama said…

    Oh I am not good at change. I can't believe how old the boys are. Holy moly Sarena. You are going to have the best summer. :)
    I couldn't comment on your other post from my phone, but there was so much I wanted to say.
    Love your hair. LOVE.
    I totally get the bowl thing.
    I need to try that flatbread.
    So glad you had such a great time with your grandmother.
    I think it's good to unattached for awhile. Refreshing, yes? I should do it myself for awhile.

    Hugs. Embrace change ( easier said than done). :)

  • At May 26, 2012 at 7:19 AM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    oh how I miss having a summer. work here all the time too!

    I hear ya on time, I am trying to get better at enjoying each day, be more present.

  • At June 5, 2012 at 4:57 PM, Anonymous Biz said…

    My daughter just moved out, so I am an empty nester at age 44! While most parents would be sad, I am so happy for her life to start - she transferred schools and got a great scholarship - I raised her to be independent, so I have no worries about her at all.

    I still miss kissing her face in the morning though!

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