A week into school and Labor Day weekend just around the corner; it’s that time of year when we start to say that Fall is upon us. We slept with our windows open last night and it’s probably the best sleep I’ve had in several weeks. Even Tony didn’t wake up, as he usually does, prior to his alarm. The chill in the air today had the kids getting on the bus with pants and sweaters too. It’s a “brrrrrr….” kinda day today. And it makes me think of Fall family sessions. I’m starting to book in September, so if you’re thinking about a session, it’s never too early to book – especially if you’re needing a Saturday.
This past week just seemed to go so fast. I thought my days went fast when it was Jozlyn and I and the other two were in school, but now it feels like noon gets here in no time and before I know it, kids are getting off the bus. I am definitely getting more done, but I seem to make my lists longer now and it feels like I have so much left undone at the same time.
Since the kids have been in school, I have gone from not being involved with much outside of my kids and business to being on community committees, volunteering myself to the church, and really just putting myself out there more in the community, in general. It’s felt good to feel like I now have the ability to devote more time to my area communities. I’ve always shy’ed away because I have had a child in tow for so long. It is nice now, to know, that should my help be needed somewhere, while the kids are in school, I can give more of my time to others.
In other news, this past Saturday was mine and Tony’s 11th wedding anniversary. The elevator was closed due to the weather, so he got the day off, and it was also the 5th Annual Courage Against Cancer Walk. Despite the weather, I think it was a good turn-out. The ones who ran/walked, probably woke up not really “feeling it” or really wanting to walk/run, but I think we all who did participate (I ran the 5k) would agree that those who are fighting can’t quit or those who are fighting and who have lost, simply can’t run or even walk that far. And above all, Joyce Scherr, survivor for whom this event was originally started, wasn’t sitting indoors with her feet up. She has walked the 13 miles, rain or shine every year for the past 5 years. It’s really a wonderful event, with great fellowship of community, a great meal, and for a wonderful cause. I’m proud to be a sponsor for it as well.
My gal-pal, Lori, was my 5K running buddy. Our mutual friend, running rockstar, Susan, ran the half-marathon. Maybe one day I will….I think I would need a year of training before I would attempt that! So, kudos to her, and Andy Nolz, who I believe, also ran it. And, of course, to all those who walked it. Thirteen miles is no walk in the park!
Tony and I did celebrate going out for supper in Mound City, which is always delicious, followed by evening mass. We get a little crazy when we celebrate, I know. lol! At this point in marriage, it’s really the quiet, and ability to hold adult conversation that you really learn to appreciate, regardless of an anniversary or not. So, although it felt like any other day, we did manage to carve out some time for us and conversation. But we don’t just do that on anniversaries, but on a weekly basis. Kids ears are always listening, it seems. And the best thing we ever did for our marriage was having a set bedtime for the kids since the day they were born. It’s the one piece of advice I would give new parents too. Create a routine and stick to it. Routine has given us time – time to decompress after a long day, time to communicate, time to discuss important matters/issues the kids need not hear, and just time to enjoy each others’ company. I really think, in this day in age where 1 out of 2 marriages end in divorce, that anything you can do to make time for communication, is key in longevity in marriage and your own sanity. It’s definitely helped us in our marriage and to be better parents.
And, while I’m blogging today – I want to say Happy 2nd Anniversary to Paul & Terisa! Two years ago today I got to photograph a very important day in each of their lives. I’ve also gotten to photograph their new addition, Nora. I love that I have been able to photograph these very important moments in their life. Cheers to two years and to many, many more (and maybe many more little fingers & toes too)!
Well, I hope all the kids getting ready to start school after Labor Day enjoy their final week summer, although it may not feel like it outside. And I hope all those reading have a blessed week. Until next time…..
……….laugh with the ones you’re with…for laughter is the best kind of medicine.