Motherhood, Transitions & The Art of Being Busy

They are all really one in the same. One AND the same?

How does the saying go?

In the last week (give or take a week) I have experienced some pretty big schtuff.

I did not sign with a record label.

I did not land a contract as a television talk show host.

Nor did I win my EGOT, Nobel Peace Prize, nor did I join the local Chamber of Commerce. But one of the kids did serve a suspension from school. A magnifying glass and a smoking leaf was involved. More on that later…

My YOUNGEST went from being a half-day kindergartener…


to being a FIRST GRADER!!!

First Grader

She is most excited to be a 1st grader because she will be able to eat lunch at school!

My OLDEST went from elementary 5th gradeness… to MIDDLE SCHOOL PEOPLE. HE’S GOING TO MIDDLE SCHOOL IN THE FALL!!!

graduation cake

on to middle school

Oh, the boy. He’s ready…

My MIDDLEST passed to 4th grade.  She was worried she might not. Which is ridiculous. She is the least likely to NOT succeed around this house. But I remember those days… tearing into my report card at the end of every year too – worried… What if I didn’t pass afterall?

she passed!!!

The look of passing from 3rd to 4th!

But, my MIDDLEST – she caused me the least amount of emotional grief this past week, though I did help her at market day. Face painting.

market day(The paper with the face painting ideas – done by Stacey! She’s my smart friend.)

I helped Olivia paint the face of what I was sure was the face of EVERY CHILD IN THAT SCHOOL. Particularly any kid that wanted a spider web or lightening bolt… I was DA MAN MOM.

Other things…

I redeemed my Mother’s Day gift…

my mother's day giftI used it to get my hair did:

I got my hair did

In other happenings… I wore colored, textured tights and boots. In June. Because it’s COLD HERE PEOPLE.

colored textured tights

I put car lashes on my car.

car lashes

I did forward rolls at choreography practice for the kids camp I am helping with. I seriously bruised that part of your neck/back that you don’t think you have until you ROLL ON IT. I showed my 9 year old and asked her if it was bruised. She stepped back and with concern answered, “I think it’s swollen, mom.”

I do not have a picture of my neck/back, but I do have a picture of that one time I tried to teach myself how to break-dance… Ewwww.

Aaaanywho. It’s been a full couple of weeks.

Plus I am prepping for my Ignite Keynote for Evo (of course I will be talking about sparkly things)… And I have been a window cleaning MACHINE.

I have a question… when life is running at max-capacity… and there is barely time to cook dinner… Do you start ridiculous projects like cleaning out the pantry or cleaning windows and screens or cleaning closets?

Recently, as life has become more and more, umm, FILLED, I have found myself walking in circles for all the doing that need to be done. And instead of doing the things that NEED to be done… I pull the window screens out, or I re-arrange my canned food. Or towels.

Is it just me? I am becoming a crazy cat lady who has no cats?

And one more heart-string-jerker. This is the last time FOR MY WHOLE LIFE that I dropped off my kids at the same school. Heaven help me… I love these 3 SO much.

all 3 kids

{hold me}


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9 Responses to “Motherhood, Transitions & The Art of Being Busy”

  1. Marisa says:

    Where, oh, where can I get car lashes?? Those are so rad!

  2. Chelle says:

    Totally busting up at your daughter’s “I think it’s swollen” comment! That’s something I swear I’ve heard my daughter tell me before. Congratulations to all your little graduates. Our kids are about the same age range as my oldest will be moving up to middle school this year as well. Such a HUGE leap….and I didn’t actually realize it till about 2 weeks before this past school year ended. BIG Reality check…at least regarding my age and how time is just flying by. Enjoy being crazy…eventually you won’t be and it will seem eerily too quiet! 🙂

  3. I know that 3rd to 4th grade look! I feel you on the crazy cat lady – big projects seem more fun, anything to avoid the laundry!

  4. Michelle W says:

    I may not be the best judge of “not crazy cat lady with no cats” (says the crazy cat lady with no cats), but I totally do the same thing!!! I just organized the toothpaste.
    Congrats to all your kids! I totally want to hear more about the burning leaf. maybe over our next playdate?
    *mwah*! LOVE those lashes!

  5. Tammy says:

    I have a 5th grader graduating on Friday to 6th grade (Middle school…yikes). We can go through that together my friend. My kids will be at different schools until Emily is a senior and Brad is a freshman…which sounds like an eternity away.

    …and yep, I like to get sidetracked by those odd to-do’s that need to be done but never do them.

  6. Car lashes!!!!!! You are one of a kind fo’ sho’.

    And, I don’t have all three kids in school, but I am a sappy one like you. Virtual Hugs Mama!

  7. BrassyDel says:

    I do the “every other project except the important one” thing.

    And I LOVE the hair. OH MY GOD. SHUT UP, JENNY. I LOVE THE HAIR. I want a pink stripe too, but I realized I would have to fork out cash for a profesional to do it right. I hadn’t even thought of doing the dark and light AND the pink. I guess those are called highlights. Or lowlights. Or… I think I’ll just stop now. If it doesn’t come in a box for less than $10 I don’t know what the word is.

    The car lashes? Not so crazy for. Probably because I’m not cool enough.

    They did give me a giggle though.

  8. trish says:

    love the bruises…it is proof that you do what you do for the love of dance.

  9. Libby says:

    If I wasn’t sure my car is a boy or a lesbian I would totally lash it up.

    Good for your kids!

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