A Bit of Spring/Summer Catch Up

Apparently, now that I have children in school, I am back to having spring fever. From early April through to the end of school it’s all I can do to just make it through and keep it together. I read Jen Hatmaker’s post about being the worst end-of-school-year mom ever at the beginning of Peanut’s last week of school and just about died laughing because that’s pretty much where I was. Seriously, if you haven’t read it yet you really should. I’ll wait for you here. I was nodding through my tears of laughter at almost everything. For the most part I gave up on baggie books at the beginning of May. Peanut wore shoes with holes in the toes for the last month and a half because it was so close to summer I couldn’t bring myself to buy new ones. We won’t even mention my kids’ hair and clothing. At least they were wearing clothing. And they were usually mostly clean. Yeah.

The day after Peanut finished school I sang in a concert. It was part of the Temple Square concerts in the park. Four other ladies and I sang a few songs each, then we all sang a piece together at the end. It was all musical theatre music and was really fun. Since it was outdoors and more casual my kids were able to come. It’s the first time they’ve ever seen me really perform and I’m glad ODD brought them. A bunch of family and friends came too and it was fun to see familiar faces in the audience. ODD managed to get a couple of my songs on video while keeping a squirmy Baby Cashew on his lap. It isn’t great quality (taken with a point and shoot) but you get the general idea.

I turned 31 in May. I had a pretty chill day. The kids and I hung out, ODD brought home some take-out, and we opened gifts. The following weekend we got a sitter and went to the new Star Trek film which was great. One of the gifts ODD gave me was tuition to a calligraphy class from Melissa Esplin. I’ve been wanting to go to one of her workshops for a couple of years but just haven’t been able to work it out when they come up. A while ago she set up an online workshop so for the last few weeks I’ve been doing that. Back in 2001 while I was a nanny in Mass I picked up a stylus and some nibs and ink at The House of the Seven Gables in Salem. I’ve played with them over the years and even done some traditional gothic calligraphy but I’ve wanted to learn copperplate, which is what Melissa teaches, and it has been so much fun! Now I’m always looking for reasons to pull out my pen and ink, even if it’s just to practice.

Calligraphy

Instagram has kind of killed my blog. I keep mulling over the idea of just closing up shop. It’s been seven and a half years and I’ve had a great run. I just can’t bring myself to do it, though. So much of my life is recorded here and I’m not ready to let it all go yet. So I’m keeping this little blog of mine going. Feel free to check in once in a while (or just grab my feed) for anything new.

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