Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Family Life Update

When I started this blog, one of its purposes was to just document life in general.  And, I realize that it’s been a while since I’ve done a random post about what’s happening in the life of the LilyQ’s (crazy to think that I might have some followers who are interested in these ramblings ... humbling).

Let’s start with “the boys” … I’m still floored that 2.5 years ago we had to start saying “the kids” or “the family” … I was so accustomed to saying “the boys” … okay, I’m officially rambling.
Jack is just finishing up his last couple of weeks at the elementary school.  Man, even typing that makes my eyes well.  Next year he’ll be at the middle school as a 5th grader.  It’s been a fun school year - Jack continues to be social and has a good mix of buddies (he still hangs out with the girls as well).  Jack has a lot of potential, but let’s just say he doesn’t fully apply himself (I’m okay admitting that here, he is well aware of this!). 

Soccer is just wrapping up with a couple of weeks left and little league has just begun.  We really do enjoy watching the boys (there we go again) participate in team sports.  But, I must admit that being at the ballpark is one of our favorites.  Actual games will start in a little over a week, we’re excited to see how the boys (and, again) have improved.  And, Jack will likely be one of the starting pitchers which, admittedly, makes this mama quite proud. 
Samuel is just finishing up 1st grade.  It will be quite a change for him next year as well as he's spent the past three years at the same school as Jack.  Both boys have been blessed this year with amazing teachers.  Looking back on the year I'd have to say that it has been amazing to watch Samuel become such a proficient reader and story-teller (admittedly, this has his pluses and minuses!).

Samuel is also wrapping up the soccer season and has begun coach-pitch baseball.  While Samuel enjoys playing sports, it is usually just as entertaining to watch him being social and quite silly on the sidelines with his friends.  We haven't quite figured out if this is an age thing or if this is just how Samuel rolls. 

Continuing with the line-up, our sweet little Owen would be four next week.  This is the first time that his birthday will fall on a work day, midweek.  Up to this point, it's been on the weekend or on the Memorial Day holiday.  We traditionally have done a picnic lunch at the cemetery.  I need to find peace in knowing that we may need to alter tradition slightly ... I need to find peace in knowing that this is okay.  
And, on to the little miss who altered our "the boys" approach.  Miss Lydia is a joy.  It's not all sunshine, she does challenge us, but she is so much fun.  We see so much of the boys in her at this age.  She is just starting to talk more in multiple word sentences.  Honestly, I was a little worried and thought that she may have some sort of hearing impairment (when she was born it took a few tries for one of her ears to test "normal") as her speech seemed delayed to me.  But, perhaps she's just been taking it all in ... and, as I've said before, it is probably hard for the girl to get a few words in with all of the other chatter in the house.  Now, she just needs to work on her colors, not everything is blue!

Completing the line-up, we continue to pray China Girl home.  No new updates at this point.

I was traveling for work last week (here's a clue as to where I was).  

Such an exciting place to be with the Queen's upcoming Diamond Jubilee and the impending Summer Olympics.  While it's always hard to be away from the family, there is an amazing team at our regional offices here.  It was a great trip, I felt so welcomed!

And, of course, it helps to be away when you have such a capable hubby at home.  I don't say it often enough, but I am truly blessed ...

And that, my friends, is a little glimpse into recent happenings with the LilyQ's.


Kim said...

Ha, ha- everything to Chloe is purple and pink;) She never calls pink "purple" or purple "pink" she gets those right consistently- she just also randomly calls every other color purple or pink;)

The day of Owen's birthday altering tradition and being emotional makes complete and total sense. Knowing things in our head and feeling "okay" in our heart are so different. Will be praying for overwhelming peace for you! Will be praying that you'll be able to get through the work day. We have a couple little ones in heaven about his age, we never got to meet them or hold them, but perhaps they are all singing at Jesus' feet together!

Anonymous said...

We'll be praying for quiet peace tomorrow as you celebrate Owen's perfect life in heaven and as you mark another year closer to seeing him again.

The Nygaards

Annie said...

Sorry, that should say today, not tomorrow