Anyway, things here are moving along. Summer has been completely uneventful and rather boring to be honest, but I am getting to spend some wonderful time with Connor. I know most people probably think I'm completely nuts for being bored over the summer, but I'm just not the type of person who can sit around and do housewifey things...I'm just not. I need to be doing something, making something, going somewhere, etc, or I wind up on the couch watching tv, and more than likely eating something I shouldn't. But, here is a brief recap of things so far.
School is obviously out for the summer and I miss my seniors like crazy. This was the first year that we graduated a significant number of kids out of the theatre department, and they are the ones who have been the life-force of the department for the last three years. We have FANTASTIC kids left, but we are taking a huge hit losing this group. Plus, I loved them all, they were each incredibly special in very individual ways, and when put together, WOW! I know they will go on to wonderful things, and have no doubts about their bright futures!
I have started running. I am bound and determined to become a decent runner, even if it kills me. I am attempting the Couch to 5K program, and was doing well until my old knee injuries from dance started to flare up. I went to the doctor last week and he wants me to do 4-6 weeks of physical therapy to work on muscle stability around my patella, but said I can run as long as I am on a flat surface and stop if it starts to hurt. My friend Jana and I take our boys, who are 9 days apart in age, with us when we can and it is nice not to have to run alone, and to have someone to hold me accountable and not let me be lazy.
Connor is growing like a weed! He is 9 months now, 29" tall and 20.08 lbs. He has mastered the art of crawling, kneeling, and standing, and is working hard on sounds. It has been really great watching him develop, and I can't believe the way he has changed just in the last month. Chris and I were talking today about how learning to crawl (he army scootched for a long time first) seems to have just opened the door for him to do all sort of new and exciting things. He loves to make t sounds, tongue clicks and smack kisses. He has two teeth, and his favorite food is very clearly sweet potatoes, and I am really enjoying making his baby food as often as I can. He has also started nibbling on table foods over the past week, though we have been sharing our ice cream with him for a long time...we can thank his Auntie Megan for that since she gave him gelato when she came to visit last year at Thanksgiving... Connor also LOVES water, and loves to "swim". He has no fear and will happily dunk his head into the water, come up, spit the water out, and dunk his head back in. He will do this repeatedly for quite a while, and splashes like there is no tomorrow. He would spend all day every day in the pool if he could. He is also becoming very social and stares at other children if they are around, as if he is completely fascinated by them. Being his mom is the greatest gift I could ever imagine.
Dogs are doing well, albeit they have decided they don't like Connor so much now that he is mobile. They tend to keep their distance as much as possible, which frustrated Connor because he really wants to play with them. Hopefully they will take more of a liking to him as he gets older. For now we just keep an eye on everything, and give the girls some one-on-one love when Connor is down for naps and bedtime. I think the dogs enjoy summer the most since they are put away much less...
Chris is working as usual, though he has changed his schedule to work 7:30-4:30 so that we have more time in the evening to spend as a family. This has worked out quite well, and I think he enjoys it. He is about to put in quite a bit of travel time to Austin, as he is working on the system install for the new W Hotel down there. He is a fantastic dad, and I love watching him and Connor interact with each other.
I'm taking a cake decorating class, which I enjoy, and it gives me an excuse to bake things! But, I am spending a lot of my summer time trying to get my travel agency off the ground. It has been a bit trying, as I have had it for over two years now but don't have the time to commit to it to really make something of it. I am focusing on Disney (what else!), the cruise industry and all-inclusive resorts. Disney is my favorite, and the one I know the most about, but I really do enjoy all of it. I am trying to take as many webinars this summer as I can, but they keep getting cancelled which has been frustrating. Luckily I can find my way around anyway, but it would be nice to have it a little more together! Anyway, if you are looking for travel email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can help you out!
No vacations on the list for this summer, which has me very bummed out...hopefully we can do something fantastic next year, but we are really trying to watch our finances right now. We just switched to the envelope system, so I will report on how that is going at a later date.
I'm out of things to say! TTFN!!!!!