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Life lately has been good. It's been crazy and boring, fun and quiet, filled to the brim and comfortably empty. It has its ups and downs for sure, but life around here lately has mostly been busy and good. More and more, with fall coming and the school year starting (and Olivia possibly starting preschool) I feel like our lives are in for a big change soon. Or not. It's hard to say, but I definitely feel change in the air. I think our days staying at home and playing in the basement all day are numbered. And that's just fine with me.
As much as I've loved the groove we've been in for the past while, I'm ready for change too. I'm gonna try my best to welcome it and not fight it. It's hard to look at the start of another school year and not think, "Finally, we'll get back into our normal routine," because it seems like that will naturally happen. But "normal" never stays the same for long when you have a little kid who is constantly changing.
Last night I called one of my best friends who teaches kindergarten and picked her brain for more ideas about what to do with this learning-hungry child of mine. Thank goodness for Emily and her patience and enthusiasm for sitting on the phone with me and trying to explain how to teach addition and subtraction and other basic stuff. It's amazing how easy and straight-forward teaching is NOT. Okay, well, it is, but it definitely takes some thinking through ahead of time for some things and I am so grateful to Emily for letting me pick her brain so often. :) If she wasn't so busy actually teaching kindergarten, I'd make her blog about it and then I'd do everything she said to do. Someday.
I told Bryan last night that sometimes I feel like teaching Olivia is kind of like playing a video game; all I have to do is present something and it's like suddenly that capability in her is unlocked and we're ready to move on to the next level. She's learning so much so fast that I sometimes have a hard time keeping up. Our preschool routine definitely helps me stay afloat, but, still. Her pace and enthusiasm for learning and doing little activities together is so far beyond mine. But now that we're moving forward there's no stopping and no going back. I'm in for a ride with this kid. Heaven help me keep up with her.
In other news, my good friend Brittany I have been running 3 times a week and I am so proud of us. Neither of us are the super fitness-y types, but we've gone 3 times a week (about 3 miles a day) for the past few weeks and I have to admit, I am totally loving it. I'm even secretly starting to love having to wake up super early to go running. I have so much more time on the days we go running because I get so much of an earlier start. It's kind of awesome.
I've also made a commitment to myself that, as soon as I run 100 miles, I am going to go buy myself some new running clothes. I'm kind of notorious for buying stuff for a hobby that I give up on a week or two later. And since running has definitely been one of those hobbies I've given up on in the past, I decided I'm not going to spend any money on new running clothes until I've proven that they'll be put to good use. Anyway, when we started running I printed out one of the 1-100 charts and every day when we get back from running I mark off the miles we ran on the chart. So far I'm a over a quarter of the way there. That's more than a marathon, folks! (Uhh... not that I'm in any kind of shape to run a marathon though... just sayin'.) I think this is probably the most I've ever run (and the most consistently I've ever run) in my entire life. There's a 5K coming up on Labor Day that my friend and I are going to run and I'm pretty excited about it. Which is saying something.
Anyway, nothing much to report all in all, but I just wanted to check in since it's been a little while since I just wrote a long, rambly post about our lives. "Real" posts with tutorials and recipes and preschool activities and other stuff are good, but sometimes it's good to just chill out and check in. I hope you're all doing well and taking full advantage of these last few weeks of summer. Because change is definitely coming. I can feel it.