Catching up

I have been at a loss for words lately, nothing bad, just a bit unsettled.  Usually for me words come first – then I bring in the pictures.  Things have been moving along quickly since school has started.  This is always a difficult adjustment for me. The schedules, practices, games and homework can be overwhelming but the kids take it all in stride and adjust without problems.  Once cold weather settles in, I settle in.  I never realized how much the seasons affect me until now.  I look forward to the cool, crisp air – it energizes me.  I tend to get restless and I feel that in me now. Today I am taking a step back from things and looking inward.

I cannot fit into words these past few weeks.  I can show you what I have seen though, glimpses into our days.  Everyday life as it unfolds around us. A trip to Kings Island, days at the river, the end of training wheels. The return of soccer for the oldest and youngest. A middle child taking a step back from the norm of soccer and spreading her wings to gymnastics, a decision I am so glad we allowed to be hers and hers alone.

Isabella trying to convince me that roller coasters are fun.

Isabella trying to convince me that roller coasters are fun.

These two hang with me in kiddy land while Ben and Isabella ride the big coasters.

These two hang with me in kiddy land while Ben and Isabella ride the big coasters.

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Spending time at the river and the surrounding bike trails.

Spending time at the river and the surrounding bike trails.

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I will have more to post.  A lot of pictures from the Renaissance Festival, some soccer highlights and we will be celebrating the youngest birthday very soon.