Thursday, November 13, 2008

Getting Back To "Normal"

It's been a bit since my last post, but I have whole-heartedly been trying to get our little brood's lives back to "normal".  

Since my last post Little Miss B has been spayed - trying to keep her quiet and calm is proving to be a tremendous feat.  And only 7 more days to go before the sutures come out (Lucky Me). We are still waiting on her second set of x-rays to make some decisions regarding whether or not she will have surgery on her leg.  

Mr P has graduated from his cane, now he only walks with an exaggerated limp (Just like Little Miss B) and is trying to get back into the swing of full-time working.  His days are getting longer and dinner is getting later.  

Eldest cherub is getting ready for his 14th birthday party - this coming weekend - a guys only (16 guys to be exact) football and movie fest, leaving his little female friends planning and conniving a way to "crash".  Oh what fun it will be. (Yes, that is a note of sarcasm)

Littlest cherub is busy with a social life that rivals Paris Hilton's.  I have become a chauffeur and short order cook on a daily basis to get her fed and where she needs to be on time.  

And both cherubs seem to be bringing home enough homework, that it seems to be that they are in some sort of doctoral program to become high placed, top-secret, government engineers of some sort.  I am NOT doing well in sixth and eighth grades!

Suffice to say, "Normal" does not seem to be coming any time soon.  Which got me thinking.  How can I possibly get my brood back to our scheduled, organized, quiet life?  How can we get back to "Normal"?  Then I remembered something a wise woman (Dear Mother, of course) said to me 14 years ago.  It was just after eldest cherub was born and I was tired and frazzled and queried, "When do things get back to normal?"  Dear Mother's response was, with a small giggle, I might add, "Oh honey, you need to find a new normal."

So, as of today, I have resolved to find our new normal.  If our new normal is keeping the pace of a race car driver (feeling like one at least - going around and around in circles with the feelings of accomplishing very little) then so be it.  At least everyone is happy.  

So, with the days getting shorter, the weather getting crappier and the onset of the coming holidays, decorating and gift buying, the making of the Holiday Card list (then actually sending the cards), long distance shipping, home and food preparation, Parent/Teacher Conferences (how convenient that they occur smack dab in the middle of the holiday season), clothes shopping for and then attending Holiday Concerts (yes, both cherubs are in the chorus - it is mandatory), the random birthday and holiday parties, packing for the post Christmas ski trip (do you know how much you need to pack for a week of skiing?), and let's not forget - going to work, cleaning the house, doing the laundry, etc. etc. etc. . . . . . . . .  it will be "Normal", oh so "Normal".  Bring it on!

So, in the words of Mr. P, "It's All Good."  

We will be having a very "Normal" Holiday Season.