Let's just go with an update of everyone living under my roof. We are all running every which way so here we go starting with the baby:
Rocko: Rocko is, well, being Rocko. He is enjoying summer because he likes to sunbathe by the windows. His allergy shots are now spread out to every 7 days which is good for all involved. He does have Twitter though so if you want a good laugh, you can follow him @babydogrocko. He turns 3 on August 28th! I better get planning his birthday treat....
Will: Will has spent the summer pretty much just hanging out. He went to baseball camp at USI which is my alma mater and had a great time learning from the "big boys". He and I have spent a lot of time playing "HORSE" at the pool this summer and I think we are about even on wins vs. losses. He does make me get on my knees though so I'm the same height as him in the pool. HA! All I can really say about him is that 8 year old boys say the darndest things and he just makes me laugh all the time just by being himself. Football should be starting soon for him. Or maybe soccer. Or maybe both! Time will tell!
Sheridan: Sheridan started 7th grade today! I can't believe that. She has become boy crazy this summer which is hysterical to me. She is also currently obsessed with the band One Direction and has a shrine to them in her room. Almost an entire wall is covered in One Direction posters that she has spent hours making. Some people don't like their kids putting that crap on their walls but honestly? She gets to use her creativity and she loves it so it's whatever as far as I'm concerned. She made cheerleader for this year so this summer has been a lot of conditioning and a week of cheer camp. She hates the conditioning so hopefully once they actually get to start cheering at games she will be happier about this decision. :)
(Sheridan and I at Panama City Beach in July!)
Tabi: Tabi has been trying to enjoy her summer before starting college. We've all been getting used to having a "kid" in our house who is no longer in high school but is yet still living in our house. A lot of discussions about rules, money, etc. but I think we have it all figured out now after a lot of tears, arguments, and eye rolls. Teenage girls are tough, period. HA She is still working at Subway being a "sandwich artist" and will start college in a week and a half at Ivy Tech. She is excited about school which makes me excited! I can't wait to see what she is going to do with her life - she is talented enough to do anything she wants! I will personally be happy for all the high school drama to be over. Though really? Is it EVER really over? Hm.
(Tabi at her graduation party with our nephew Brayden!)
Tommy: Tommy has just been trying to keep all of us in line :) Tough job but someone has to do it. We are starting our backyard overhaul this week so he has been keeping pretty busy figuring out plans for that project. He is also almost to the point of having his wood shop put together enough to start building furniture again and I can't wait for that!!! I have so many things I NEED him to build for me. :)
(Tommy and I in Panama City Beach celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary!)
Me: I've been running around like a chicken with my head off this summer. Running the kids all over the place, getting Tabi ready for college, visiting with family, helping my best friend move, etc. etc. The list goes on but it is all great things and I'm blessed to have all of the people in my life that I do. Recovery is going very well. I had 15 months of sobriety on August 2nd and I'm still going strong. I am now sponsoring two women that are a bright spot in my life and help keep me out of my own head which is definitely a necessity on a lot of days. I've had some days where I would have considered myself being in a slump which I am told is pretty normal at this point in sobriety for some people. As a whole though I enjoy everything about it
As for projects for me, I have a lot of them going on right now. I kind of go in spurts...no projects for awhile and then all of the sudden I want to do 3 or 4 at a time. Which is where I am now. Currently I'm working on a gallery wall for our basement stairway. If you came in right now you would think I had lost my mind and was decorating with sheets of paper. No, not the case. I did that so I know where to hang the frames once I get them all painted. Yes, painted. I had a ton of frames packed away that were brass or ugly colors so I'm painting them all black so I don't have to go spend a fortune on new frames.
I'm also in the process of finishing our corn hole boards. I started them years ago. And I mean probably 4 or 5 years ago. One thing about being in active addiction/alcoholism? You start a lot of projects but never finish them. Well this is one of them. Tommy made the boards and I started to paint them. But got about 1/4 of the way through and didn't touch them again. They are going to be University of Kentucky themed for hubby so I'm drawing the Wildcat on them and painting him. Super fun project for me and I can't wait to finish it FINALLY years after starting it!
I keep mentioning my best friend (probably because she is so fabulous, right E?) but I have to mention her again. She has awakened something in me...my artistic side! So I used to paint and I loved it. I painted a few things for friends including murals on walls and canvases to match bathroom/bedroom decor. This is kind of another hobby that went by the wayside with my drinking and it's coming back in full force. Erin is a first grade teacher and she wants a funky painted chair for her classroom and she asked if I could do it. Um yes, I would LOVE to! I love painting furniture and I had forgotten how passionate I am about painting. I would LOVE to be able to eventually sell some custom pieces but we'll see. I really want to focus on upcycling pieces that I find at yard sales, consignment shops, etc. so I'm currently on the hunt for a chair for Erin's classroom. I came across a child's rocker today for cheap and bought it so someone with a little kid in my life is going to be the recipient of that at some point soon. :) So I will see where this goes for me. It's a fun thing for me to do and if it leads to something great and if not it will help me use my creative side and make some cool things for relatives and friends.
Whew! Okay, I think that is all I have right now. We are busy bees but I'm going to try to keep up with this more especially now that I'm getting some house projects and whatnot going. I like to post those! They are fun for me to look back on. For now though, have a great rest of your week!!