Raising three teens is not a simple task. Don't get me wrong, I totally love every minute of it...well, except the part about how messy their rooms are. But you may have noticed a post or two appear here over the past few months, only to have it disappear again. Seems, I have a few extra editors in the house. I totally want to respect their privacy but sometimes, what I think is okay to share, is not what they think is okay to share. But I've had some comments from folks who were regular readers saying they miss this little window into our adventures.
So I'm going to try again (wish me luck!)
This summer was filled with fun and challenges. We spent lots of time relaxing and playing but we also spent (mostly me) lots of time travelling to and from NC because Mimi had back surgery. She is recovering well now, but it was quite the rocky road for a bit, and I know she's glad to be on the other side of that!
Back to school, meant all three kiddos went to HIGH SCHOOL. What??? How can that be? Didn't I just have these babies? Never the less, they all were happy to see their friends and have a regular social structure again. Oh, and the classes are going okay too. Two out of three have straight A's and the other only has a few B's. Honestly, I wish I could have said the same for myself at that age!
Kelly is still riding at the barn and enjoying her work there once a week. I think she could live at that place and be just fine! She is also now 16, and we had a huge party to prove it! She invited about 20 of her closest friends over for a campfire/swim/cookout party. It was so much fun, and it was good to see how funny and silly a bunch of really cool teenagers can be. It's even better to know that she has recovered fully from her surgery last year and is back to all her regular activities.
The boys started cross country and were at the school at 6am every day this summer to train. (Not my favorite taxi duty!) But all the hard work paid off and they have had a wonderful season running with the team and enjoying the friends they have made. They have even competed in a few community 10K and 5K races.
Bill is still flying a 767 at Delta and is almost always on call. At any moment he could leave for Europe, or Orlando or New York. It's not been too bad, and he has been able to stay mostly stateside, which is easier on the time zone body clock. He has been running with the boys and proudly displays the photo of Danny and him crossing the finish at the Peachtree Road Race.
Meanwhile, my little business Butterfly Threads Quilting is keeping me super busy. I've had a dozen quilts either published in magazines, books, or calendars. Some are still in process, so there is much packing and shipping of boxes back and forth. I've been very pleased with my steady trickle of business at my ETSY store and my calendar is booking quickly with teaching and workshops! I have teaching contracts lined up for January through June and am so excited to be sharing my love of quilting with so many eager quilters! It is truly rewarding, even if it is exhausting.
Luna continues to entertain us on a daily basis. She is so sweet and sassy and entirely too rude to the dogs. They still think she might play with them, and are sadly disappointed by indignant hisses each time they try. It's really kind of pitiful. But they get lots of love and belly rubs from the humans in the house, so they have a really good life in spite of the feline rejection.
For now, we are just maintaining the daily crazy that is our schedule, and still managing to sit down to dinner together every night to hear all about who's done what. It may be a bit crazy, but I wouldn't trade these days for anything! Living with three teens is far better than I ever could have imagined, and I know that these days will be gone all too soon.
I will try to give you more regular updates (and hope that my editors will not delete them!)
Please know that we are doing well and would love to hear from you in the comments or by email.