It’s been awhile….

It’s been awhile. I hope I have been missed. A lot has happened in our ever-changing, always-moving, never-stopping family. But I missed writing. I have missed expression. Although to be honest the last year I probably haven’t had the best things to express, but I am trying not to hang in the past and move on to the future. My favorite quote has always been, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain” and I am living, breathing proof that this is true.

For anyone wondering, all of my kids have survived another school year and an entire summer. And they survived in one piece. Whoo-hoo score one for me!! And my boys are growing into some awesome little men.

The Mouth is officially 16 and is a junior in HS now. He is one of the smartest kids I know and is in the top 2% of his class. His goal is to go to VMI or the Naval Academy and he is well on his way. Now if could only control the I am 16 and I know everything attitude.

MT is officially a freshman. I am so proud of how far he has come, there aren’t enough words (however there will probably be a blog at some point in the future). He has joined Air Force JROTC at his school and is still a part of the EIP program through George Mason University. And he is still thinks he is always right (although he rarely is).

T-Man is 11 and starting middle school. This is the first year he will be in school without a bigger or older brother in the same school. He won’t admit it but he is a little nervous. Although it only took a matter of seconds for the social butterfly to bloom and take off.

WrestleMania is still an adorable little maniac who is super excited about starting 4th grade. He has amazing plans for himself and has set some pretty high goals. He may look like his daddy, but he acts just like his momma.

And then there is The Bean. This has been a year of changes for him. The Bean has always been really small, incredibly smart but so very tiny. It got a little scary when his stats started to drop into the “failure to thrive” category and after a few months of a lot of stress and testing The Bean has been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. So much has changed in our house as we have learned to adapt. But we are on the right path. There will be a lot more on this in the future I am sure.

The Hubster and I survived another year of marriage. We are trying to date more and fight less. It’s a work in process but my hope is we are creating a beautiful masterpiece. Or a beautiful disaster, either way it’s all ours.

And me, well I survived a tough year of depression and self-doubt. I spent a lot of time beating myself up for things I can not control and blaming myself for other’s actions. I have learned to only be responsible for myself. I have also learned who and what a real friend is and I have learned to value and treasure those who didn’t give up on me, even when I wanted to give up on myself.

Well, it’s time I bring this to a close and I promise not to disappear again!!

~K~