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We’re living the surreal life as we transition from life with little kids to life with teens and gulp and adult. It’s almost surreal that Jake’s in college, Goalielocks is looking at high schools and the Mayor just completed his first quarter of middle school. In many way, Jake’s graduation from high school still feels quite surreal. Obviously, I’m not old enough to have a college freshmen and no kids left in elementary. While my boys are getting older, the hubby and I haven’t aged a bit. Its truly a thing of wonder.
As I drive to work each morning, passing by the elementary school my kids attended for nine years without having to drop off a kid feels both odd and strangely liberating. Life’s transitions, are tough, rewarding and ever evolving. Last spring in my Zumba class I was commiserating over my son’s forthcoming graduation and adulthood with my class. When one of my Zumba girls so poignantly reminded me that graduation is one of life’s many transitions into new and exciting stages. Wow, I hadn’t thought about it like that before. It was eye opening and a bit liberating. Although admittedly adult or not, Jake will always be my sweet, little, blue-eyed boy.
We’ve settled into a new routing of sorts, with Jake at class 4 out of 5 days per week. He already registered himself for the next semester. Jake also paid for his first semester himself (proud mama moment.) While Jake finds his way at college, the Mayor is hitting his stride in Middle School. I was so worried about him starting middle school, but those worries were for naught. He’s absolutely loving his culinary academy and so are we. Particularly, I love when I come home from Zumba to dinner courtesy of the Mayor. Honestly, he’s a phenomenal cook. The Mayor always saves me sauteed onions and sets protein aside (if I’m watching my carbs) me.
Goalielocks, meanwhile, is raising a veritable zoo in our house, but hey it’s better than video games. He continues to confound his teachers by neglecting homework and acing all his tests. Subsequently, I’m sure you can guess the source of my high blood pressure and angst. With high school coming next year, we’re really working hard to get his home work and study habits in line. For all you parents with strong willed children, I know you understand what were up against.
One thing I do miss from last year, is the opportunity to run with Jake. His work and school schedule have made it almost impossible for us to train together. I can’t tell you how much running with him improved my time and cardio capacity! I’m hoping as his semester and my Zumba class wind down for winter break that we’ll be able to get back into the habit of running together. Otherwise, it will be an ugly run for me at the Purple Stride event on November 19th!
Tonight’s song of choice: Keane “Everybody’s Changing”