Friday, June 06, 2014

Milestones All Around!

So, while lying and staring at the ceiling trying to sleep, I realized I hadn't blogged in way too long and that there have been several milestones, well a couple at any rate, since I last wrote.

I've now been at my new job six weeks.  The time really is flying.  I really enjoy my coworkers and the job.  Apparently, according to some team mates, I've been kicking butt and doing really well.  It's funny to say or think this, but I hope I'm not doing too well.  Meaning, I don't want to come out of the gates at top speed, only to falter in a few months when the long haul catches up with me.  (That, and I don't want to "show up" anyone and make them think I'm "too good" for this job.  Because, I'm not!  I just have 12+ years experience supporting customers and software and just because this job is simpler in many ways to my last one, doesn't mean it doesn't have its own challenges or is any less than the one I had.)

But, that's just a minor milestone really.  Boo's hit a couple just this week!
First off, on Sunday the 1st Boo turned 6.  Yes, you read that right, 6 years old.  I really can't believe it in some ways.  Time really has been flying right along.

We had a wonderfully full weekend that only spent part of it celebrating his birthday.  We drove out to York on Saturday morning to go to Avery's high school graduation party.  (Yeah, I can't believe that one either... I mean, I changed the boy's diapers and snuggled him into submission at nap time yesterday, right?  No?  Oh...)  Then Saturday evening we went and watched Billy in his middle school musical.  He was an Oompa Loompa in their production of Willy Wonka.  They did a great job!
Sunday, of course, was all about Boo!  He actually slept in! He opened his presents when he woke up and then we went to the diner for breakfast.  After breakfast we got to Skype with Aunt Michelle!!  (OK, so that wasn't all Boo related, but we connect when we can with our world traveler.  This is the first time Boo has had a chance to talk to her in about a year I think...)  Then we had the obligatory Dragon pictures and the final prep for the party.  We had his party at the playground again this year.  Only one of his friends he invited from Kindergarten came, but three of his buddies from daycare were there.  And Zoe-bear and Billy were there too of course.  Overall it was a great Lego themed party.  There was one incident though. :-(  When the kids were coming back to the picnic tables for cake etc from the playground poor Dom slipped and hit his face and split his gum.  /sigh  If it had been any of the other kids.... But, all turned out OK and he was just fine in the long run.  After the party it was time to go home, relax and get ready for the coming week.

(As an aside here, the new schedule has been very tough on a Boo-boy.  He isn't liking it one bit.  We were both very spoiled by our year at home together.  And even when I was working before, I was home by 5:30 and able to pick him up at daycare and we had just about an hour or so together to wind down before Daddy got home.  Now, depending on the day of the week either Steph or Rachel are picking him up from daycare since I don't get home until almost 6:30 and our time is now all hurry, hurry to get dinner, try and get a little time together and off to bed.  We're working on it, but all the changes going on are making Boo be a lot more cranky and a lot more prone to throwing the "fits" he'd throw as a two-year-old than responding as a six-year-old.  He's finally started to find the words to tell me what's wrong, but there isn't a ton I can do about some of it.  Which breaks my heart.  And tries my patience...)

The other big milestone this week?  Boo "graduated" kindergarten.  He has been so excited about this year-end program for weeks now!  He's been singing bits and pieces of the songs and just being goofy.  I laughed so hard through most of it.  He was up there with the other kids on stage being all excited and enthusiastic and doing his thing and it was great!  If this had been just a few short months ago (even as recently as December) he either wouldn't have participated at all or only half participated just a little but mostly sat and done his own thing.  What a change a few months can make!  He's too stinking cute, which is probably a good thing with his general attitude lately.  He still has school until the 18th, but it's all downhill from here.  (Although, to add to the above stresses on a boy-o, he's already begun to say he's scared of 1st grade and adding that to the list of current stress in his life adding to the cranky and making him prone to act out instead of use words...)

It was both funny and heartwarming to see Rachel's reactions to the kindergarten graduation and stepping back in the elementary school.  She graduates on the 11th from high school and I think this, even more than her fire school graduation a week ago, really made it hit home she's graduating.

There have been a few other odds and ends the past few weeks.  I got a new phone today because my old one was a little cracked and I was due anyhow.  Gak and I took Boo to Knoebel's on memorial day, just the three of us and it was wonderful.  Rachel graduated fire school and got a new job...  Oh, and how could I forget!?  My cousin Ben and his wife Jenny just had son number 3 on Tuesday!! So, on the 10th Boo and I are heading down to Baltimore to meet the new little guy and attend his Bris!

Things just keep humming along.  Now, if only I could get back to sleep.  wake up time will be here before I know it!

Peace to all and may the good things outweigh the stress of change.