Thursday, September 30, 2010

September Family Photo: The Dunes

It's the last day of September. That means it's time for our Monthly Family Photo. This one was actually taken IN September. And not on the last day either. That's progress, baby.

You can't tell from the picture, but we're behind our house on the sand dunes. The same dunes where the ballerinas went sledding during that big winter storm back in January.

September flew by! Once school started we hit the ground running and haven't stopped. Overall, September was a good month.

LB earned a sticker for good behavior every day this month. Except today. September 30th. The last day of the month. Come on, girl! Really? You couldn't hold it together just ONE more day? You couldn't go ONE month without screwing up? There may be many more noon nips in my future if this keeps up.

I started exercising again this month. A friend asked me all last year to try out her gym. With LB only in school until 11:10am last year, I could never make it work. I finally tried it this month. It's hard core. I'm still alive though. I officially joined today. I'll share more about that later.

And finally, after 10 years, I now have more than three hours of "time-off" from the ballerinas during the days. TEN YEARS!

Now that both ballerinas are in school full-time, I thought I'd be able to take some classes. Explore some new interests. Start figuring out what I'm going to be when I grow up. What have I discovered? The classes and things I want to do are all offered at night. When I can't go. All this waiting and anticipating and I'm coming up empty-handed. What a let down. 

What am I supposed to do now? Cook? Clean? I'm not really qualified to do those things. I'd need to take some classes. But I'm sure those classes are only offered at night too. When I can't go. What a relief let down.


Liz said...

i definitely think i'm waaaaay more busy now that the girls are both in preschool, plus gymnastics and now speech 2 mornings a week for maddie! there's no time for learning. :)

Kimberly {Yep, they are all mine} said...

GORGEOUS!!! As always :)))

{Amy} said...'s so true though, huh? that's a great picture of all of you!

Cindy said...

Great photo!!
I STILL want to do this family picture a month thing. What a great memory for your family. Most of our family photos are during the holidays when we have other people here to take them...sad!
I will try this month...I promise!

Bummer about the classes...but awesome about the gym!
I have a treadmill in the basement that has been very lonely these days...!:(

Enjoy the day said...

Love the picture. You have dunes behind your house?! Damn, now I know we should have worked out an Outer Banks stopover.

Dani said...

Great picture.

I want 3 hours. Enjoy them for all of us. Relish them with all your heart an soul.

Kayla Sue said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! You have a gorgeous family, I love the photo by the dunes!! {And I love that you refer to the kids as ballerinas:) }

Lisa and Laura said...

What a family! Beautiful! And that sucks about the classes...just figures, right? But enjoy the time for yourself. You've earned it!

Miss Sew & So said...

GORGEOUS you really live backing onto sand dunes....heavenly!

my highschool in sydney backed onto sand dunes and we did life saving and surfing for school sports- very cool!

i remember when all three of mine went to school full time last's alot of years coming....i bought myself a soled round silver bracelet to mark the occassion...and i wear it everyday...they feel near to me and it gives me a sense of pride that i got them one else knows what it represents...but i guess you have to be a mother to realise that....

so just take a and paint...i did and now i have a sewing buisness from's a perfect with the kiddos and all their after school activities...have a think about it....

and enjoy a little *down* time for a's been 10 years hon!

melissa xx

Bridget said...

Love the pic of the entire family!

Jen said...

Cutie Cute Cute!
Until I read Gabe's post I didn't even realize you took a pic every month!
Seems I should have known that!
Wow! You have it together girl!!!