Sunday Reflections – 16 April 2017

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Happy Sunday! Yes, we are all alive and healthy! It has been quite a month, and we are all enjoying the brief respite before we get into the last weeks of school.

Did anyone watch April the giraffe give birth yesterday morning? I somehow clicked on it at just the right time and was able to watch it all. It was definitely graphic but beautiful, and I was cheering as baby giraffe took its first wobbly steps.

Competition season is going well. We have our final regional competition next weekend. Holly’s dances have all placed in the top ten for overall dances in her age group. The rest of the team is racking up the hardware just as much. It is a small miracle because the team has been so sick for most of the competitions. They have had two weekends off in a row now (except for Holly who had an Irish competition last weekend), so it is everyone’s hope that they come back healthy and strong and even more ready to dance!

Connor had an amazing trip to Washington, D.C. two weeks ago. It was a work-study trip for AP Government, and it made me wish I was in that class. He met with and interviewed Wisconsin’s two senators, the Speaker of the House (our representative), and one other Wisconsin representative. In addition, he had to schedule and interview other government employees about a topic of his choosing. In addition, they got tours of the Capitol Building and sat in on several sessions. They toured the National Archives, the Holocaust Museum, had a night tour of all of the monuments, saw a show at Ford’s Theatre, and so much more. He came back and slept for almost the entire day, so I know the kids were busy. What an opportunity though!

Jim and I keep plugging away at life. Work has settled a bit for me, and I am struggling to adjust to the lack of immediate deadlines. Jim’s work problems are also easing, which makes evenings a bit less stressful. Holly is done with the school musical and moving into track season. Meanwhile, Connor has one more forensics meet, track season, and has AP exams in two weeks.

The good news is that we did book a family vacation for the first time in a very long time. One full week on the beach in July has me counting down. It’s been a long year, with the most hectic time yet to come, so that week to relax and unwind is desperately needed.

Today, we are enjoying the weather, which seems to have finally made up its mind to stay spring-like. Connor is putting together his graduation announcements; I want to get them out to family as we have no family who live nearby and will need time to plan if they want to come for his party. The hammock is out, cleaned, and drying in the sun. The windows are open. The house is clean, and we switched to the warm weather duvet cover on the bed yesterday. Jim is washing the cars. Tonight it is grilled burgers and fresh strawberries with ice cream for dinner. Spring weather doesn’t get much better than this.

Here are past posts from the last week in case you missed them the first time:

I hope you all have a wonderful day and even better week to come. I’ll be offline again for the next two weekends, so I will see you back here in May!

8 Responses to Sunday Reflections – 16 April 2017
  1. susan
    April 16, 2017 | 5:04 PM

    Going to D.C. is so great for kids & students. So much to see and learn. What an experience for Connor. Terrific about your summer vacation too, wahoo.

    • Michelle
      April 17, 2017 | 8:45 AM

      Connor has been there at least three other times, two of those have been educational trips from school. He loves going there, so we always encourage him if possible.

  2. Amanda
    April 17, 2017 | 7:10 AM

    Hello! 🙂 Glad there’s been a bit of a break for you all, especially if your most-hectic-time is about to come. Good luck with all that, and definitely see you in May. Though of course I’ll be reading and commenting on all the rest in the meantime! Also: Sometime this summer if at all possible, you and I need to finally meet in person!!

    • Michelle
      April 17, 2017 | 3:57 PM

      Absolutely! Things should settle down in July. Yes, July. Sad.

  3. Brandie
    April 17, 2017 | 11:38 AM

    Your day yesterday sounds blissful. It was a perfect spring day – perfect for grilling, too. We spent most of the day outside. And I loved sleeping with the windows open last night.

    I’m glad competitions are going well! And that is so awesome about Connor’s trip – such a great opportunity!

    Yay for booking that vacation!! I’d be counting down the days too…

    I hope you have a great week, Michelle!

    • Michelle
      April 17, 2017 | 4:03 PM

      Thanks, Brandie! I can only hope this weather stays this beautiful for another few weeks so that I can enjoy it!

  4. Steph
    April 17, 2017 | 1:35 PM

    Wow! That DC trip sounds amazing. 🙂

    • Michelle
      April 17, 2017 | 4:06 PM

      I know! Like I said, it made me wish I was a student and taking that class!

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