…mid-sentence, so I can introduce you to my lack of formality right from the beginning.
Right now my life revolves mostly around my husband and our five kids. My husband (“Sheepdog”) is an attorney and a cyclist (road and mountain). The kids (“Kid A,” “Kid B,” “Kid C,” “Kid D” and “Kid E”) – three girls followed by two boys – go from high school all the way down to pre-school, so we are dealing with a huge array of life experiences. I want to write about them because (1) I like to write; (2) they provide endless funny, scary, sad, exasperating stories that are sure to entertain; and (3) having something to do is probably better for me than watching DVR’d reality shows all day.
Many people tell me that I am good at managing a large family. Organization comes very naturally to me. Honestly, I love what I do most of the time. There are always periods of adjustment (the start of a new sports season or new school year) and times of desperation (when everyone is sick or when I try to do too much of anything), but I have an incredibly supportive husband and generally really great kids so we usually make it all work. The balance comes from having a good system with a fair distribution of responsibilities, but also a wicked sense of humor because you know what they say about the best-laid plans.
I really like the idea of reminding people that nobody is perfect and nobody has the ideal life, no matter how awesome it may seem from their Facebook page. I hope that I am able to write as openly and candidly about the times that I screw up as I am about the things that make me proud. I am actually convinced that it will make for better reading when I focus on the former. Fortunately I like to make fun of myself and I have ample opportunities to make a mess of things.
I am a little obsessive-compulsive, although that has surprisingly subsided slightly with age (Sheepdog may argue with this point). I make my bed every day. I love a good schedule. I like potty humor. I love zoos. I do not love animals. I love sleep and the beach. I may get a little orgasmic if I can sleep on the beach. I can be judgmental. I do not like working out, but I do it because I dislike being out of shape more. I like being a stay-at-home mom because I can wear sweatpants to work, but I feel bad that I do not take more time to do my hair or put on makeup every day. I can be ornery. I am not very politically correct. I like to be good at things.
I have been blessed with good health and good luck and a good family. I realize that the world can be a very scary place if you don’t have those things. I believe that positive thinking and consistent hard work can make a big difference. I believe in the power of shared experiences and how hearing about somebody else going through something similar can make you feel less alone. I hope that you will read along as I go through and tell you about my life experiences and that you might laugh and cry and scream. Both with and at me.
Welcome to my world!
Oh, and wish me luck for tomorrow…