My friend Sara writes for a blog called The Quad City Moms Blog. She recently referenced me in a post, dubbing me a “supermom.” I love the compliment but feel like each of us has their own way of living and managing all of our lives. I try not compare myself to other moms, for all the reasons she wrote in her post (it was a good one, by the way). She also referred those readers to this blog, and I panicked a tiny bit. I have not written in this for a long time – what if those readers actually read my blog? Goodbye Supermom 😦 I figured I should pick up the slack and actually contribute to my blog.
I last wrote in February, and as you can imagine, plenty of things have happened since that post. The girls are all doing well in school and their own activities. Their lives keep me busy, which is both good and bad. Andy is as busy as ever with his work. We were talking about something the other night, and I swore that it was when he was gone TDY. Then we remembered that in the last 2 months, he has been TDY or out late at work so many times that it would be impossible to pinpoint what we were talking about. For us, this is so normal that it is comical. My work is good. I’m feeling very comfortable in my job and love the people I work with. It is great to be working, and even greater when I feel confident in my work and in knowing that my children are all taken care of while I’m there. They are all within a 2 minute walk from me, which is awesome!
There are a few bigger events that I can summarize here:
– My mom and my brother Noah visited for 10 days in March. It had been over a year since I had seen my mom and almost 2 years since I had seen Noah. He is 15, so a lot had changed! He is handsome, curious, polite, and so much fun. I felt like I could still see the little boy who begged me to bake with him in there, but there was also a near adult who could work out with me and challenge my ideas and thoughts. While they were here, we took them to Venice and to the stops around here (Pordenone market, the base, etc.). We also went to Genova and to Monaco. The plan was to also go to Cinqueterre, but the weather was not great everyday. We went to the aquarium in Genova and toured the extremely busy port city. We spent a day in Monaco, which was amazing. Such a tiny country! But it was fabulous – beautiful, beyond wealthy, clean, and easy to enjoy just walking around. Enjoy our pics from the trip!
– My friend Alycia and I took a girls trip to Milan. My life sounds glamorous – Milan! Monaco! – but I love taking advantage of the time here and the proximity to great things. Anyways, Milan was great! Great shopping, cool sights, and no children. I forgot how easy and relaxing it is to be somewhere without little people asking for juice or demanding toys. 🙂 We walked everywhere, drank way too much espresso and cappuccino, and window shopped. Here are a few pics from that trip as well!
– Easter came and went here in Italy. We had a kids party at our commander’s house. I love their entire family. They are so unfailingly kind and generous, and they are wonderful people. We had a great time, and it was fun to finally get all the kids together! Besides that, we had a very quiet Easter. We colored eggs with my mom and brother while they were here, and the girls had their baskets on Easter morning. Despite the quiet, it was a good holiday. It is nice to have a quiet day to spend together, since we do not have many days like that anymore. We did miss everyone back in the states though!
– Not so major, but I have been writing again. I won’t be sharing it anytime soon, but it is something. I feel like a consistent dabbler in many things. I love trying new crafts, recipes, and projects. I currently have 4 scrapbooks that are in progress, a quilt that I have been working on for years, and a blog that I randomly write in. There are a few things that are always constant in my hobbies though: cooking and writing in a notebook. The cooking has been consistent, but the writing is finally coming back. When I really want to write, it is always in a notebook first. It feels down to earth and more intimate, and it is easier to access on the whim. Again, not a major development, but it is something.
So I think I have caught up on life so far. We are still waiting to hear about what is going to happen to the Carpenter family in the next year, as to where we will be or when we will be going there. That is definitely making life more interesting. For now, we continue to travel and to enjoy our time here in Italy and with the people we love here.
And now, undeserved of here title and doubting it entirely, Supermom must rest…
***To catch up with some other awesome moms, check out Sara and other moms at http://www.quadcitymomsblog.com. Sara and another high school friend of mine Kaitlyn have started another blog; it just launched this week! Check them out at http://iowacitymomsblog.com. ***