A long time…

Wow! It sure has been a long time since I have had the time or the heart to sit down and write. Things always seem so busy in our lives. It always seems like there are things to do and by the time I have any time to sit and write, I am so tired that it tends to just sit in my head instead.

This has been a really good summer for Nathan and our family. He successfully went to day camp every day this summer and had a lot of fun. The summer program went so far as to hire an additional staff member to help with Nathan during the day. It was a very pro-active approach for them to do that without us requesting it and very much appreciated by us. It really set him up for success to have another adult on hand to be one on one with him if the need arose. Thankfully, he participated and had fun! He went on several field trips throughout the summer and it was nice to hear of his good days.

Madison enjoyed her summer very much. She got to spend some time with friends, going to the pool, having sleepovers and all the other things that 11-year-old girls like to do. She is now in 6th grade and it is her last year of elementary school which makes me a little bit sad to think of how quickly she has grown up. I am not going to lie, the idea of middle school scares me a little. Not for her but for us:) She is very excited for her upcoming Outdoor Education trip that the 6th grade class will be taking to Estes Park in the Rocky Mountain National Park. She will be gone for 3 days. She has never been away from us that long, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out. She is an amazing girl, a great student, friend and an amazing daughter.

Nathan is now in 4th grade! Seriously, cannot believe that my baby is that big! He is excited this year for school, more so than he has been in the past, which is a big step for him. Learning does not come easily for him, so if we can get him excited in anyway, we will take it. Last year wore me down emotionally. I was tired and just plain done. But not this year. This year is all about the possibilities. With Nathan they truly are endless. I know that he is such an amazing little boy who yearns to learn and grow and this is the year that I can see all of that coming to fruition. This year I vow to be positive and see the good in all things. While we will might have a bad day here and there, there is always a way to “turn it around” as we say in our house. I am excited to see what this year brings for him.

Driving home today from the doctor the following song came on the radio. Nathan listened so carefully to the words and got very quiet. When we pulled into the driveway, he said “Mommy, do you have that song on your phone?” I told him that I did not. He asked if I would download it for him because he had a surprise. So, I downloaded the song and he made me sit on the couch and listen to it and said “Mommy, this song made me think of you.” Now, I know that this is not really a son to Mom song, but the intention is so sweet and there are parts that fit him and me perfectly. So I am sharing his song for me with you.

Jay and I have purposely saved our vacation this year so that we could do something BIG! And BIG is what we are doing. We are taking the kids to Disney World for 4 days and then spending a day in Ft. Lauderdale, then heading out on a 8 day Eastern Caribbean cruise. It will be nice, as Jay’s sister lives in Orlando and we will get to see her family and enjoy the park with them! The kids are thrilled and ready for a “real” vacation. I think we have earned the right to go relax a little. I know I will be sitting pool side with a Pina Colada in hand and enjoying the sun!

We hope you are all well and will share some pictures with you once we return from our trip.
Stacey

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