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A New Year

So commences a new year. I somehow can’t believe how long this blog has been alive. Though I suppose I am not the best poster (child) for bloggers, but I vow to give it a better try this year. Today marks the third day of a horrific tragedy in Haiti. Record breaking earthquake has completely destroyed the capital and surrounding. So many disbelieving photos coming through the airways. Really has put things much more in prospective for our family. The kids have seen some of the images… lots and lots of discussions going on with each moment of the last couple of days. We have done our part and the kids seem somewhat better about being able to help children in Haiti who need it, but I also feel (and I do as well) that it just does not replace the fact that their parents are missing and/or dead. It’s just horrifically tragic there’s not much more that can be said. Hard to digest. Can’t even fathom what it might be to be living this.

My thoughts go deep into these tragedies. I ponder the ‘why’ to many of these massive life-changing events. Just a few days ago there was a full hour special on TV regarding the massive Tsunami that hit in the East. It’s daunting to see those details as well and hear from the victims and their stories. Many of them still so raw even five years later. Is this the earth’s voice to us? Is this the higher power? Is this natural fate? Why do certain people experience these things in their lives while others escape? What did they now know/see/do before this and what has changed for them now? There are just so many unanswered, and yet here it happens again.

Hmmmmmm.

Reflecting on our month so far, it’s been quite peaceful. And for this, I am feel quite lucky. The schedule will pick up soon. The classes will kick into full gear and our weeks will fly by so fast. New Year’s Day we trekked out to Wauconda to have a brunch with family. SBJ needed to work this day, so it was just me and the kiddos on this trek. I find these things challenging with out him around. But it was nice. Great G’ma was in town just a couple days, so this was to welcome her and the new year. P and J made it out there as well, and htat was nice to at least get to see them one more time before they headed back to CA. That weekend usually marks the day that we take down the xmas decorations. I always find this a catch22 day. It’s so great to get all that stuff out of the way. After 5-ish weeks of having the tree up and decorations in the window, it’s refreshing to get our view back. But on the complete flip-side if feels like “oh crap… it’s winter”. The start of winter is always so easy with the holiday stir, and then when it’s gone I feel harshly reminded that it’s winter… and… there’s still a good 3 more months of it to go. Yuck.

Ah, well, part of the reason to book the schedule though. Without the business I could very easily hibernate the whole winter. Their busy schedules gets me out of the house ; ) It’s good for all of us.

There was a fantastic EHE meeting that week. It was the small-group discussion which is always a nice way to get to know people a little more. This was after a day of sledding with friends. I think I was insane for giving into this notion. It was no more than 20… in fact windshield was probably well below. The wind wiped my face. It was painful and I had to recover from wind burn for the next 2-3 days. At least it went away! I was a little worried there for a minute.

We visited with Great G’ma again that week, our first open gym day, sledding, playdates and D’s sports classes started up. She is taking karate and gymnastics back-to-back on Saturdays at Robert Crown. She’s had her first round and just loved it. We then had a special date afterwards. Took her out for lunch and enjoyed her for a few hours to myself. Later that evening I was fortunate enough to have a special date with K as well. We went to see a fabulous show, As You Like It, that was put on by the local homeschool theater group, Thin Ice. It was fabulous and a great time with K. After that we grabbed a donut as DD and chatted for a bit before returning home. I love those opportunities to get one of them one-on-one. It’s special and I know they love it as well. It’s hard to be with everyone 24/7 and not get that time to spotlight. So that was a really special day for each of us.

I ventured to the NUG parents meeting that week and just so glad I did. It’s always been a group of really great women/families that I would love to get to know more. I need to make more effort to do so. It was such a great evening out and great conversation. Its experiences like this that make me realize how much I’m lacking in my needs in this journey and need to do something to adjust that, if even a bit.

Oh! I nearly forgot. That was our first day of our Trivia Mania class and Girls Club. Both were a huge hit, as well as the lunch afterwards. I feel it got off to a really great start, just a few nip and tucks here and there. Namely the lunch afterwards where complete chaos broke out. But the parents involved in the group are so incredibly supportive and lots of fantastic ideas thrown out about how we can change all of that. Looking forward to the next class!

G’pa treated us to a morning of bowling at this cool new place near his house. What an amazing deal for a mom/child bowling morning. Amazing $5 for per child, parent free, unlimited bowling and a buffet of fruit for the kids as well. It was a really nice time with him and Great G’ma as well. That was our last visit with her as she is heading back to FL this Monday. Looking forward to planning a trip down there to visit her … hopefully soon.

Today was our second open gym day and K is really having hard time with this class. It’s nice that it’s a free open space for them to create games and enjoy buring off some cabin fever and pent up energy. However, this too, can lead to some issues that’s harder for some to cope with. Hopefully with time and a supportive community this can change. Otherwise I can see him getting quite sick of it and dropping out as he has with other things in the past. Not to say that I can blame him much though. It’s not easy to feel like the only person wanting to play peacefully and respectfully with others, and then feeling like your friends are choosing sides (and not your own). Challenging in deed. And when I am trying relentless to help him keep his cool…. I could not blame him if he couldn’t one of these times.

Tomorrow is fun times with new friends. Feel blessed to have met them and have them in our lives. The evolving friendship is lovely and everyone here really appreciates everyone in their home. Very cool family and really enjoy spending time with them.

The weekend brings D’s sports classes again, and then Sunday brings meetings for me. I so look forward to the Parents’ Social, but it surrounded by work meetings. This makes me a bit tense. Hopefully I can help K get himself squared away for Trivia before then or Sunday could be really hectic!

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