New beginnings

The one beginning that has the most emotional impact on me is my oldest son is starting Kindergarten this week! It is the beginning of his 13 year long adventure ending in a high school diploma. It is the beginning of my adjusting to him not being home during the week with me for the first time since he was born. It will be a first for the little one too; this will be the first time he is with out his brother every day for several hours at a time. He will also be getting to know a new baby-sitter with out his big brother there all day with him. Not that they get along well enough to look out for each other, but the familiar face in an unfamiliar environment would, I think, be some comfort.

We finally have arrived at the point where we have begun the process of building our house. We’ve started getting numbers together for the bank, getting all the planning and zoning stuff straightened out and contacting all the subcontractors, etc. We are contracting it out ourselves so I think anyone that is looking to invest during the next 6 months, Excedrin or Advil might be a good one to go with… πŸ˜‰Β  I will update with pics of the progress, but I may be MIA here and there for a while.

Finally, I have come to the conclusion that I need to de-stress β€” I think of this now as all these major stress causing things are getting ready to happen. There are another thousand other things going on that I won’t go into as well. It took good ol’ TMJ getting aggravated to the point of a locked jaw (from teeth grinding at night) for me to realize, even though I don’t feel stressed out, my body is telling me to slow down and change some things. Today was day one of exercising, eating better, reading more, making time to create music again and just focus on some outlets for whatever subconscious stress may be there.

And of course having more fun with my kids, they are growing so fast. It seems like they were just born and now our oldest baby is going to school. sigh.

This weekend we went to Bernheim Aboretum and Research Forest. Here are some pictures from our adventure:

A really amazing sculpture, Snake Hollow by Patrick Dougherty. The boys enjoyed exploring the many tunnels, windows and doors that weaved in and out and lead them to a different ending with every turn!
















If I whine and give him the sad puppy eyes I won’t have to walk!














Here we are again, attempting to get a family picture.Β  Attempt with the mini tripod… I like how my oldest son and husband look completely annoyed and youngest is looking for an opportunity to run, while I point at the camera at just the right moment (lost count) trying to get the kids to look in the general direction of the camera.

Again a well intending stranger approaches and says “I’m an Amateur Photographer, would you like me to take your picture?” My first thought was, yeah everyone with a camera thinks they are an amateur photographer, myself included. But what the hey, it couldn’t get any worse could it? At least I wouldn’t get shots with me pointing at the camera and an aggravated husband at my forcing the unhappy children to keep posing until I get it right.




Here goes…

I guess he knew what he was doing after all! πŸ™‚




Finally here is the big guy on his big day.


7 thoughts on “New beginnings

  1. Mae East 2012-08-01 / 6:51 PM

    It definately sounds like you need to de-stress and take some time to absorb the changes. All your pictures are great, but I love the last one of your oldest son, such a precious smile. I would miss him too, but think about how happy you’ll be to see him each afternoon. You have a lot of changes coming, I hope you enjoy all the good moments.

    • vanevolence 2012-08-01 / 7:13 PM

      Thank you! I cried, a lot, but not in front of him. I just picked him up from school. It was crazy all the parents waiting for the doors to open like rushing into a store on Black Friday! lol. I was so excited to see him happy to see me.

  2. delightfullyteal 2012-08-02 / 2:27 PM

    I love the sign for the first day of school! I can’t wait to do things like that when I have kids. And it looks like a fun family outing with fabulous pictures! πŸ™‚

    • vanevolence 2012-08-02 / 3:06 PM

      Thank you! I actually got the idea from my mom who found it on Pinterest (which is also my secret addiction).

      • delightfullyteal 2012-08-02 / 5:18 PM

        I am completely addicted to pinterest! Yours came out great!

  3. awesomesauciness 2012-10-22 / 12:47 PM

    A bulldozer driver and Batman? The bad guys won’t stand a chance! Plus, he’s adorable so if those don’t work he can kill ’em with cuteness. πŸ™‚

    • vanevolence 2012-10-22 / 1:05 PM

      I know, he is going to be one heck of a super hero! Thanks!

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