My boy is turning six this weekend! Today we are having a few family members over to celebrate with cake. I used Pinterest to help me find a cake design I could make. I chose five or six different cake ideas, and had my boy pick the one he wanted, and this morning it only took about half an hour to assemble his pirate ship cake.
Not spectacular, but at least it didn’t explode. I have one winter-born child, and two summer birthdays and the winter girl gets short-changed nearly every year. It is just so much easier to have a party in the summer. This year we won’t be having a big party for my boy – six is a big milestone, but it will be good for him to have a quieter celebration. He’s started thinking big parties are the norm, but I know he’ll enjoy today.
Since I took a break from teaching classes, things have been a lot more laid back around here. I’m loving it! Yesterday the kids and I filled in delivering newspapers for friends who are out of town. We haven’t helped them out this way for at least a year, and it was a disaster. Their current route is in a fairly steadily trafficked area, and my country kids have no clue as to when it is and isn’t safe to cross the street. My nine-year-old was the worst – she was so conscious of oncoming traffic that she wouldn’t cross if she could see a car coming two blocks away. And then when it got to her, it would stop and allow her to pass! And then the kids would all decide to cross, while the car waited, one at a time; dashing out; hesitating, then finally crossing, while I’m beating my head on the steering wheel. And their hesitation in navigation did not extend to their volume. Each with a fat, flyer-filled paper in hand, they’d head to their respective houses, and invariably one would end up hollering at top volume to another (usually on the opposite side of the street), “STOP! WE ALREADY DID THAT HOUSE!” or “THE MAILBOX! PUT IT IN THE MAILBOX! NO, NOT THAT WAY!” And yet despite all that vocality, my girls were still too self-conscious to approach a house if there were people on the porch. It was ninety minutes of torture, I tell you. But we got it done, and they each will earn about eight dollars, and we had a good discussion about what crosswalks are and when it is safe to cross the street. I think they’ll get it by the time they head to university. (Realizing that I opened this paragraph with the words “laid back” and then gave a description of a rather tense afternoon!)
After the triathlon I took two days off exercise but am back on the go again. I went biking with the bike club again yesterday. I’m realizing that I have spent a lot more time enjoying the outdoors since I started pursuing athletic ventures, and that I love. Today my legs are so tired, but I need to get my energy back because I have soccer tonight. I play on a co-ed team that includes my dad, brother, sister-in-law and one of my best friends, and the way the league is set up, we need two girls on the field at all times. Since one of our three female players is away, I’ll be on the field for the full 90 minutes. I usually play defense, and I like to think that while I’m not a good player, I’m a smart player and am usually in the right place at (almost) the right time. I love watching my brother and sister-in-law play. They both play for two soccer teams (they drive nearly 1 1/2 hours to come play on our team) and they are so good, they make it look easy.
Have a wonderful weekend!