May 2009 has been A Very Busy Month here in the Dillow household so far. Strangely enough, so was May 2008. And gosh, May 2007 was certainly well-documented here as The Month That Nearly Did Us In. May 2006? Getting ready to move from Colorado to California while selling a house in a real estate market teetering on the brink of collapse. And while undocumented on this blog, May 2002 was a bit of a blur what with preparing sub plans through the end of the school year for when I was gone welcoming the now seven-year-old... or May 1995 when I finished student teaching, graduated from college, said goodbye to Oxford, finalized wedding plans, and got ready to move from Ohio to Montana. I can't be sure, but I'm willing to bet that month wasn't really the peak of calm for me either.
I'm suddenly a little bit nervous about May 2010. And a little sheepish that I didn't notice this pattern until tonight.
My friend Susan recently pointed out that while reading her recently unearthed old journals, she noticed that she reacted to stress way back when in the exact same way she does today. Details changed, but the nature of the reaction remained the same. By genetics, by habit, whatever. Apparently the same holds true for how much one puts on one's plate throughout the year. Perhaps next year I'll make sure I squeeze in a few quality naps the last week of April in preparation.
The nice thing about May is that a lot of the time, the things going on are fun things. For example, like this month:
• concert at the Kennedy Center + weekend visit from Marie and Lily
• Bridget's breakfast birthday party/Mother's Day breakfast
• book club going away party
• visit from Grandma and Grandpa (which included Social Studies and Science Night, a visit to the Museum of American History, Eastern Market, and Bangkok 54; traipsing around Arlington National Cemetery in search of a relative buried in Section 1, a second viewing of the pilot of No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, taking Maddie to see Earth as an early birthday present, a visit to the National Portrait Gallery and the Museum of American Art, a trip to Politics and Prose to hear Amy Krouse Rosenthal, dinner in Del Ray—plus a trip for Matt and Grandpa to the Air & Space annex at Dulles)
• birthday-eve brownies and ice cream for 19 sweet first-graders (at school)
• birthday luncheon party for three sweet first-graders (at home)
• NBA playoffs (OK, so sometimes this fits into the not-as-fun category. I am proud to be a witness, but if I witness much more heartbreak like tonight, I don't know what I'll do. I remain hopeful, though, just like all good Cleveland fans! Game 5 is Thursday.)
• behind-the-scenes work on a big new thing coming soon
• normal activities like gymnastics for all three girls, farmers' market and library visits, playgroup
Plus the things that weren't quite as fun (though not terrible):
• audiology appointments at Walter Reed AMC, well-baby checkups, pharmacy visits, renting another house sight unseen from 1500+ miles away using only the computer, faith, and adrenaline from eating the change fees caused by cancelling our plane tickets to Cheyenne to avoid having to buy a house for an assignment of TBD length
If you were thinking this doesn't leave much room for laundry, grocery shopping, and doing anything of substance to prepare for the move, you'd be right. If you were thinking that I better get a picture posted on this blog soon, you'd also be right. But with almost 1000 pictures to choose from, I'm not sure where to begin. I think I'm leaning toward the close-my-eyes-and-point-at-the-screen method tomorrow : )
But look who does have her act together—Bee! She's been practicing a minimum of 15 minutes every day to master this skill, and I'm not even exaggerating. She is determined to learn to jump. Here is proof of progress.
Perhaps it's time I posted something new, especially since I am tired of seeing that Stamp Out Hunger logo because all it reminds me of is how our (substitute?) mail carrier very carefully set the two packages we received in the mail that day ON TOP of all the food donation bags on our front steps. Hmph. The girls and I delivered it all to a food bank in Arlington instead. All's well that ends well.
It's been a busy few weeks around here—I am sitting on approximately 350 photos to prove it. For tonight, though, just one will have to do. Tomorrow is a new day, and perhaps I'll have my act together by then : )
Tomorrow is the Stamp Out Hunger food drive—I love causes that require you only to share what you already have on hand because there is just no excuse not to participate : )
All you need to do? Set out some non-perishable, non-glass items in bags by your mailbox tomorrow morning and your mail carrier will make sure everything you donate is delivered to your local food bank. That's it! You'd be surprised how great the need is at local food banks right now. Every little bit helps, so spend a few minutes collecting some things from your pantry right now!
These look a lot like last year's cupcakes, which incidentally, I just realized I never posted about. I didn't share the treats for Maddie's 6th birthday or Gracie's 4th birthday yet either. I need to get on that before their next birthdays roll around.
Anyway, when everyone gathered around the table to sing happy birthday to Bee she got uncharacteristically quiet and looked down, still as a statue, as if she was thinking perhaps if she didn't move everyone would quit looking at her. It was very sweet and a little sad, too. Poor little Bee! As Matt put it, she is so sweet, it hurts. Truer words were never spoken.
There is a long, boring story about how I watched helplessly as five tickets to the 2009 White House Easter Egg Roll slipped through my hands, but this photo of Bridget searching for eggs in Grandma's and Grandpa's backyard more than makes up for it.
It's the last day of Celebrate Simple Week. I wasn't looking forward to this week at all, but I sure have treasured reading so many of my former Simple colleagues memories about the magazine—it's been overwhelming, to say the least. Today is the big giveaway day—be sure to visit*
I found this little fortune last night when I was digging through some folders of Simple Scrapbooks ephemera. I think it was handed out at CHA one year, or Memory Trends—I can't remember which. It seems like a good way to end this celebration. And the continuing on part? It's true in so many ways. Like, for example, if you were to happen to turn on your computer on June 1—you might be surprised to see a little good news on the scrapbooking front. I'm just saying.
*I am not giving these away, so make sure you go visit Angie, Cathy, and Wendy to enter! And remember, it's earlier where they live than it is here, so don't get frustrated if they haven't posted the contest yet. Ha.