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School Bell’s a Ringin!!!

1185774_10201283310778156_1521847280_nA friend of mine posted this picture on my facebook page.  It is pretty accurate to how T and I felt yesterday.  I LOVE when summer ends and school starts back up.  We get back into our routines, the kids play less video games, they don’t get as sick of each other, the house stays neater, they aren’t constantly eating, I have several hours a day to get things done, and the list goes on…I just love it!

That said, I do miss the time we have in the summer to go to fun places and spend quality time together.  We always take one summer vacation with the kids.  Last year it was a cruise to Mexico, this year it was a trip to Lake Tahoe, next year we already have an Alaskan cruise booked.  I also like the last minute fun times, like a trip to the beach or an over night trip to Universal Studios.  Those are the times the kids will remember.   Let’s face it, before we know it, they will all be graduating high school and starting their lives.

This school year will be a busy one.  Kami got her dance schedule and she will have eight dance classes a week!  Charlie is gonna try taking an all boys tap class.  Jenna and TJ will do horseback riding.  Claire is gonna try soccer.  Jenna will most likely have several doctor appointments to hopefully rule out different medical issues that could be connected to her 22Q.  I am continuing to study to get my real estate license and will be starting a new career.  Yes, busy times are ahead!

As of right now, I look forward to waving goodbye to the kids each morning, watching them ride their bikes down the street to school, and then sipping my coffee, studying, writing, and having some peace and quiet until that school bell rings at the end of the day.

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Rest, Relaxation, and an Answer!

Kids In SacramentoWe just got back from Tahoe and had a fabulous time!  We braved it and drove with all 5 kids and grandma too.  We stopped in Sacramento and met up with T’s parents and had a nice dinner at a little pizza place downtown.  Tahoe was beautiful and the weather was perfect.  We spent our days hiking, hanging out at the beach (lake beach that is), kayaking, and eating a lot of good food.  It was great to spend time with the family.  The trip ended with a dance performance choreographed by Kami and Kaitlin.

While we were there, T and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary.  We got away from the kids, went gambling at the casino (only lost $3.00) and had a wonderful dinner at a very romantic restaurant.

Now for an update on Jenna and her diagnosis.  We have an answer.  She has a chromosomal disorder called 22q deletion, aka DiGeorge Syndrome.  It explains a lot and is why she has learning disabilities, as well as other physical issues (low muscle tone, joint pain, etc).  We are very lucky that she has not had the heart issues that many have, or the low calcium levels.  However with this new diagnosis, we will be seeing many specialists just to confirm all is good with her health.  I’m still in the process of researching it all, but again, we have an answer and that is huge!

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Last Minute

Oh the joys of the mornings…five kids…five moods…last minute homework…last minute bite to eat…last minute tooth brushing…last minute homework signatures…last minute clothes changes…last minute snack grabbing…I’m amazed they all make it out the door on time.

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