Thursday, September 6, 2012

I only posted twice in August?

Go figure. Also? I'm ridiculously behind on other people's blogs, too. Also? Emails. Also? Dishes and general house keep-uppery.

Why? Well there are several reasons.

1. We started out the month with 4 straight days of house guests (8 of them). In that time, we went to Hershey Park, Hershey Park's water park, and the Renaissance Faire (Thing 2 is a BIG fan of the shire). We were all worn out after that.

2. That was followed immediately with 4 straight days of birthday parties. As a note, we had about 21 different birthday celebrations in and around the month of August. Yes, many of those included parties. No, I'm not kidding.

3. We had more house guests (4 this time) for yet another 3 days. It was filled with lots of eating and laughing and was generally wonderful and went way too fast.

4. Lots of little things - watching meteor showers, being sick, supporting our friends who are local musicians, yet another visit to Hershey Park with local friends, coordinating some fun birthday surprises, lunch out with friends, property taxes, lots of cleaning and cooking, getting together with friends, visits with extended "family" (Mark's brother Scott's wife Lindsay's brother and his family moved to the area and even though we're not related, we like to think of the kids as cousins - well, their grandparents visited and wanted to see us. It was a short, but really fun and nice visit), summer ice cream party at the tae kwon do studio, car repairs, swimming at the pool, lots of Minecraft, lots of word games and park visits with friends, beach trip planning, business stuff, and more.

5. We were lucky enough to wrap up the month with a lovely blue moon "letting go" celebration, hosted by our friend at her house/farm - it was such an interesting and eclectic group of people. We all wrote down things in our lives (burdens, doubts, trauma, fears, people, events, etc.) that we would like to release and burned our papers in a backyard fire -- letting go of the energy associated with them and making room for new, positive experiences. SUCH a neat visual and ritual. And we all felt better afterward.

6. Extreme weather. This summer has been, well, extreme meteorologically-speaking. It has either been really hot, really dry, or really stormy. Of course it's always been one or more of those things anytime we've decided to host something at our house, hoping to keep people and fun outdoors. :/

7. Being a mom is more than a full-time job. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I love it. You work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; you get no vacations, no sick days and certainly no personal days; overtime is mandatory; and you do not receive a paycheck. Sounds crazy. Thing is? Best. Job. Ever. But yeah, I have never felt busier in my life.

I saw a great comment someplace that talked about how being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) is a grueling and exhausting job. The commenter went on to say that of course she's grateful for it, loves it, and wouldn't want to do anything else. But, she said, that doesn't mean she can't say it's exhausting. "If I were to hear Heart surgeons and Rocket scientists say their jobs were exhausting, I wouldn't think they're complaining or dislike their jobs. Neither should anyone read a SAHM's expression of it being tough work as complaining. It is what it is. I just think it shows people's ignorance when they assume that if you're a SAHM, you're not "working." Bah! You work from sun up to bedtime without breaks and without pay and then come talk to me." Great point!

Well, that's it for now. I'll do a random thoughts post soon and hopefully get caught up on reading the blogs I follow soon, too. Also? I hope to do some regular blog posts with pictures and things soon.


Jagged Rocks said...

That is a lot of birthday's and parties! It sounds like you had a very busy month.

Jimmy said...

SAHM--I'm not one obviously, but I think it is tiring, especially for someone like you, that is trying to do it right. I guess with any job there are those who just occupy space and those that give it their all. Your kids are proof that you take parenting seriously, and I admire that.

Dr. Mark said...

I knew August was busy but sometimes I need to see it all spelled out to understand why we've been so exhausted. It's been fun but absolutely insane!

I can attest to the fact that Stacy is in a constant state of fatigue from all that she does to give our children a great life. If I was looking for an easier job I would not swap with her, but I am jealous of all the time she gets with our great kids. I'm fortunate that I work from home most of the time so I can be around more than if I had a "typical" job.

Dave Johnson said...

I am proud to say that we contributed to the August Insanity. YAY!! It was good to see you guys, but I kind of wish you weren't so generous and wonderful to all your other friends so they would start to hate you and then you could see us more.

Is that bad?

Emily said...

I barely posted through the entire summer myself. Welcome back! <3

Emily Foley said...

That's a lot of house guests! Good thing you have such a big house.

I like the Blue Moon idea. I could use with a few "letting go" rituals myself.

Being a mom. Yes. Yes.

Boquinha said...

Ha! And here I sit catching up in a very busy October. Maybe it's just about every month. We lead a good, full life. We're grateful.

Jimmy, THANK you for that comment. What a kind thing to say. I do take it seriously. It is a constant thing, but I'm so truly grateful for it! I enjoy it.

Emily, the Blue Moon thing was awesome. I think a regular "letting go" ritual could be a good idea. :P

Boquinha said...

Ah! Emily! I know a few different Emilys and didn't realize which one you are at first! So good to hear from you!!