I can't believe I haven't posted since before school started!! Where does the time go? Well, I guess I know the answer to that, I've been extremely busy!
First up, *I* started school! I took the first semester of Anatomy and Physiology and I got an A. It took a LOT of work. It was a little more stressful than I thought it would be, but worth every minute studying when I got my final grade. :) Add to that shuffling around 5 kids to the places they need to be, cleaning, laundry, my flower business, and working part time as a medical assistant, and I think you can begin to understand why I haven't updated very frequently. I also started running and that has helped to keep me a bit sane. Life is a bit stressful, very busy, but a lot of fun mixed in. :)
Second up, Goose started middle school and honestly its been a huge adjustment for all of us. Waking up earlier and keeping track of 6 different classes/homework/papers has been rough. After a mid semester crisis, the teachers stepped in and have been giving him better support and we've made some changes at home to encourage him as well... Here's hoping the rest of the year goes a bit smoother. He is still an amazing reader and very smart. He LOVES his baby sister and is a huge help with her. Twister wants to be just like him and Goose is good about trying to include him when he can.
Sweetie is in fourth and doing really well. She is a good student and doesn't need a lot of monitoring to get her work done (and done well at that!) She is a great helper with her siblings and really just fun to be around. She was thrilled to have a girl close to her age move into the house next door this past summer. They have had a lot of fun together, and jump on the trampoline and play outside frequently.
Tank is in first grade and also a big help and fun to be around. She has so much spunk in her! I love to go plays or other events with her because she is so animated about how much she loves it. :) She is getting pretty good at reading and is doing great in school.
Twister started preschool this year and is really at a super fun age. When I was talking to him just the other day he said..." Mom, did you know when it gets dark outside, that I can see lots of Christmas lights??! Its kind of like magic." He is very charming and very cute. Anyone else think that spells trouble? :)
Cinderelly is another charming, and cute little one. She is talking up a storm and thinks everyone ought to be able to understand her. She smiles and waves at everyone, but is wary of anyone wanting to pick her up... she is much too independent for that. I recently caught her practicing faces in the mirror. Let me tell you, she doesn't NEED any practice! LOL!
Benson . . . I could write a novel about him. He is wonderful and amazing and my best friend. In addition, he has really been struggling with a variety of health issues for a year and a half now, and every test seems to come back mostly "normal". We are in the middle of some more testing, so we will see what that shows. It seems like each specialist is able to find something worth treating, but no one has answers as to what is causing the symptoms and how they are related. Despite the frustrations of pain, fatigue and other issues, he is working hard and pressing on. He is very valued at his work and seems to get more responsibilities as they realize how much he is capable of.
So, there is a quick recap of our last few months. We haven't completely fallen off the grid, just took a small break. :) Here's hoping to a 2012 full of more fun, more busy-ness and maybe a few answers.