Monday, June 22, 2009

So Much to Talk About, So Little to Say

Normally, I'm up and blogging before the rest of the household awakens, but it's summer. The girls are all home, so there's no need to make an early breakfast before school or prepare sack lunches or run around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to get my older daughters out of bed, force clean socks onto their feet, and comb through their hair before pushing them out the door. Now that they're on summer vacay, they'd sleep in until 10:00 if I let them. Even my twin toddlers are snoozing until almost 9:00. Nine o'clock! IN THE MORNING!

When blogging is the only reason for getting up at o'dark thirty, blogging loses. Sleep wins. 

Unfortunately, my kids resent any time I spend on the computer during daylight hours. They get downright snippy if I sit for even a second to check e-mail. Forget about trying to post something on Ye Olde Blogg.

While I haven't been able to write at all, I have been taking tons of pictures! Sadly for you, they're all of flowers. And soccer. Oh, my goodness, the soccer. Nobody prepared me for the price of competitive soccer. And I'm not even talking about the astronomical fees. I'm talking about the sacrifice of time—the three practices a week and the one, two, sometimes three games a week. My eldest daughter couldn't have been a couch potato—oh, no, she had to go and inherit her dad's athleticism and love for sports.

Had I rolled my fat butt out of bed at a decent hour last week or not been driving my 11-year-old all over town for soccer practice and games, I'm sure I would have blogged some great posts with fabulous photography. 

I would have written a spectacular piece in honor of Father's Day, instead of forgetting to get cards for my husband, father, and stepdad. Oh, and my father-in-law. I forgot him, too.

I would have posted a photographic essay about summer solstice with great pics of Alaskan scenery at midnight, but we did not take our annual trip to Fairbanks for the longest day of the year. I got nothin' for you.

Had I been thinking, I would have made a cute little video clip of the twins playing "office" with the old-fashioned phone we keep in a drawer for when the electricity goes out. Reading glasses perched on the ends of their noses! Pencils clutched in their pudgy little fingers! Nonsensical chattering! You had to be there.

There also would have been an amazing Before and After story about our flooring. You think you don't care about the magic that a professional cleaner worked on the extremely gross carpet covering our stairs, but my creative post would have made you care.

Okay. So I don't have pictures to go with any of those imaginary posts, those posts that would have been the very best I've ever written, those posts that would have attracted a literary agent to my blog in wonder and amazement. But I do have this photo:

Count your blessings. It could have been a picture of my stained carpet.

Dinner last night: big salad with sliced almonds, dried cranberries, and chunks of grilled chicken


Michele said...

Great post! Wow, your daughter looks fearsome on the field!

It's good to hear that you're actually out there living and enjoying your summer, instead of holed up here, avoiding my kids, hunched over my laptop in a darkened living room (like me).

Well, not really.

We've had so many cool rainy days lately that today's warmth and sunshine are gloriously welcome. I have some homeschool business to wrap up, but instead I'm out weeding the garden and filling up the kiddie pool.

I would have enjoyed a picture of the twins playing office, though.

Helene said...

Yup, that's why I'm trying my best to steer clear of soccer, though I know I won't win. My husband grew up playing soccer so I know he'll insist on the kids playing it too. He's already talking about signing them up in the fall through the Soccer Youth Association (whether they want to or not).

I wish my kids would sleep until 9:00 am. My little ones are awake at 6:30 every single morning. UGH! It just makes for an extremely long, tiring day with 4 energetic kids!!

I definitely would have appreciated a whole post dedicated to your carpet being cleaned. Ours is disgusting....we're actually in the process of painting and then we're gonna strip all the carpet out and put in pergo (wonder how long it'll be until the kids find some way to destroy that too?)

glitzen said...

Ah yes, soccer. We made a family decision last summer to not do any more summer sports, and I have to say, I'm happy! Of course we still have dogs and horse events, as well as 4-H and more. Do we miss soccer? We do, but I don't miss the time spent in the rain at games. You are making an important sacrifice though, when you have a daughter with a passion for it. That sure is a great picture! :)