Monthly Archives: September 2012

The days keep passing

It truly is as if time sped up and the days are just flying past.
Suddenly we are within inches of October and I have barely even registered that September was here . . .

Our days have been packed with activities: violin, swimming, cub scouts, ballet, choir, piano and fencing. There have been long, lazy walks home from school each day, stopping to visit with dogs in backyards or climb trees along the way. There have been many sleepovers, much riding of scooters and plenty of sword play on the front walk. Last Saturday we enjoyed a lovely afternoon of pottery painting with girlfriends.

Life is busy, but good.

Raymond and I had a rare night out with friends, which was lovely, and the chance to meet Neil Gaiman made it all the better.

Lola Gray is doing an amazing job with her music lessons, and is gaining confidence with both the violin and the piano but she is still pining for a guitar of her own. She pulled out Raymond’s to play with the other day, but it’s just a little too big for her.

And our sweet puppy, Pepper, turned one year old! We had a birthday party for him and invited his girlfriend, Bailey. I had really hoped to get a photo of the pups in their party hats, but the dogs were much more interested in wrestling so this was the best I could do.

The ever so subtle promise of autumn has crept up on us this week, and even allowed us to turn off the air conditioner once or twice in favor of open windows and fresh breezes. I can not wait until we are able to keep the windows open all day every day! Meanwhile, we are making plans for Picnic in the Park, the school fall carnival, and Halloween costumes.

Struggling through September . . .

I have to be honest. I took the end of summer hard this year. After so much amazing summer travel, it was a little depressing to just be home – with laundry to do and dishes to wash and all the humdrum everyday-ness of it all. And if I’m being really honest, I’ll tell you that nothing lately has really seemed to go smoothly, none of it has been easy. We have totally over scheduled, and even though we swore we would never be that family, I find that our week is a blur of lessons and activities and everything is happening in a rush. And the homework! Ugh. There are simply not enough hours in the day.

But slowly, slowly we are settling into a routine again.

Lola Gray has finally started swim lessons, something she has asked to do for years but I never got my act together in time. Twice a week now we head to the local aquatic center for lessons, and each time I am blown away by her determination. She wants this and is determined that after a year of lessons she will be good enough to join the swim team. She’s my little fish, but she is having to work very hard at this – and she is very hard on herself when she struggles. My heart aches for her each time she gets frustrated, but I keep telling myself she is going to overcome these little obstacles and will be so much stronger for them in the long run.

Lo has also started taking piano lessons at school on Saturday mornings. Raymond is going with her, and learning along side her. I love that they will have this Daddy-daughter time together, and I love that now there is even more music in the house.

Fletcher, meanwhile, will not put the violin down. Every time he walks through the living room, he picks it up and fiddles for a while. I actually find myself telling him to put. it. down multiple times a day, which I never thought would happen! I feel like we are walking a fine line, trying to encourage him to practice and improve but not pushing too hard. I want this to be his choice, his passion leading the way. So far, so good. Orchestra has started again, and while he was less than thrilled about the early Saturday mornings, I really think he is happy to be back at  it.

So, summer is really over and it’s time for me to accept it. October is right around the corner, and with it will come cooler weather. By then, hopefully, we will all be in the full swing of Fall, ready for pumpkin patches and apple butter, evening picnics in the park and trick-or-treating with friends.