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back to school

Today was the first day of school here. I cannot believe that I have a junior, a freshman and an 8th grader this year. It’s so strange for the kids to be so grown up.

Junior
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Freshman
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8th grader
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tire swing

This tire swing hangs at the house where I grew up.  I cannot tell you how many memories I have of jumping off the fence onto the swing and flying through the air with the sky showing a little through the branches and leaves of this big oak tree.

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When I was back in my hometown this past weekend, we stayed at my grandparents’ house with Granny, Aunt M. and Uncle D.  Granny’s house is next door to the house where I grew up, the house my dad and grandpa built, the house we moved into when I was in 2nd grade.

Saturday afternoon, we walked over to see the old tire swing and told the kids some stories about how much fun their aunts and I had on it as kids.

Living in central Oklahoma where the land is mostly flat, I forget how mountainous it is and big the trees get in SE Oklahoma.  It’s always a bit of a shock to see huge pine trees reaching so far toward the heavens and how big around the trunks of the oak trees are.

lightning

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A few nights ago, we had a thunderstorm on the way when I noticed lightning in the distance.

Have you heard that saying about how lightning never strikes in the same place twice? Well, I know that’s not true. One of my friends from high school had her phone line struck multiple times during our high school years. I don’t know exactly how many times it happened, but it was at least twice.

Each time I hear someone say that lightning never strikes the same place twice, I think about that and sometimes I tell them the story of how the lightning struck her phone.

lillies

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I have tons of these beautiful lillies blooming in my flower beds right now.

Songs from The Lion King

are still in my head most of the time these days.  I thoroughly enjoyed working at the shows.  Volunteering has many rewards and they far outweigh little annoyances like driving through traffic from graduations and downtown events.  The cast and crew of most shows are really great people if I ever run into them.  The actors who were outside for the holds would visit if they had a few minutes and saw us hanging around to look at their costumes/make-up and hear them sing.  They seemed to like showing us how the costumes were made, how light they are – and telling us about their hometown, career, etc. 

I will miss The Lion King.  It was a great experience and a completely wonderful show.  My kids loved it, too, and haven’t quit listening to the soundtrack.  I will share the story of taking them to the show when I get the photo uploaded.

School is out,

the days are getting longer and warmer, summer is almost here!

My oldest daughter will be starting drivers ed. next week.  It seems so strange to say that.  I cannot believe she’s old enough for that.

Youngest daughter is getting ready for three weeks of diabetes camp.  She absolutely loves going to camp and is so excited.

Son is planning to be with ex-husband for a lot of the summer.  He’s looking forward to working out and playing basketball with his dad, preparing for high school (9th grade) basketball next year.

In July, the kids will attend church camp for a week, the same camp I went to as a kid.  The kids love going to camp there and I always enjoy seeing so many familiar faces again.  When I take the kids down there, we also will get to see relatives that we dont’ see often enough.  I’m excited about having some time with them.

content

I’ve noticed that I go through times of wanting to post photos and stories all the time and times of really not caring if I post or not. I’m not sure what it relates to. It could be weather, mood, stress at work, level of school activities with the kids… I haven’t put a finger on it.

Right now, loads of stories are jumbled up in my head, fun things that the kids have done and said are overflowing, photos have been taken and not shared. I don’t feel the need to share them with the world, though. I am content having them here, close to home, shared with my children and family.

I’ve been writing more on paper and less online these days. It probably has a lot to with the fact that I refuse to buy the kids their own computers and that we share a computer that is in our living room. By the time the kids are off the computer and in bed, it’s late and I don’t feel like looking at a screen.

* The kids don’t agree with my stand on this and say that I’m old-fashioned, too over-protective and that most of their friends have their own computers and televisions.  It’s something I decided when they were very young, though, and I still believe that it’s the right thing for our family, so I’m sticking with it.