Grant finished up spring soccer today. He's been growing exponentially on the field these days. Best at mid-field, he scored one goal this season and is one of the best at passing. He was one of 2 boys named Grant wearing number 7 on the team. I love watching him play. The boys are all getting very good...and the parents are all getting a little worse.
Daylan, Grant, and Christopher (not the twin Christopher)
And it's official - Mom needs a new camera, or at least a new lens!
Team photos. We were blessed with a great coach this season!
So now I have all my coolest friends come work for me. I LOVE having a business that can pay these women (and 3 more not pictured here). Things have been harder than ever but also better than ever! Not a lot of people have living rooms full of paper and printers and girls laughing. You may not believe me when I say my living room is small and my orders are through the roof but it's true! Gals at the table, the floor, the desks; walking across the room is like treading through a minefield. But we do really good work and I am so proud of us! It's a time in my life that I will never forget. God has grown my business to fill this place wall to wall and maybe it will grow more and maybe this will be the biggest it will ever be. I like not knowing for now - and I like our plans to move into a much larger house when we make the move back to Reno.
The kids are noticing - for Mother's Day this year Grant made me the coolest semi-working printer out of legos. I love him.
This year I met a soccer mom on Grant's fall team and she turned out to
be the best running partner ever, disguised as a stranger! If I was ever
on the fence about a run (and I often was this year) she would show up
at my place ready to go and talk and listen. She is the only way I made
it to my Spring Half Marathon this year. We ran a newer race, the
Volcano Valley Half south of Portland. I was hoping to start with an 11
minute mile but not with Amy "Hastings", oh no! We started at 9:15 and
held pretty steady the whole way. I was thinking about letting her go
ahead for a after a few miles but, just like the training season, she pulled me
just enough that I hung in there with her. That fast start gave me a
chance to pass some girls in the end and come in 3rd place for my age
group. That's a first for me and Amy got her PR time. I am so thankful
for her friendship and will miss her dearly when we move!
Since we did not guess that I came in third after the race, Amy later found out and texted me immediately in a million caps and emojis. We went in to my favorite running store (Portland Running Co - managers of the race) and got my ribbon from my favorite staff there. This is the lovely Kate who has supported my training of the Shepherd's Door girls and helped me with shoes and given me so many cheers throughout my running days here in Portland. Another wonderful soul that was once a stranger. It's one of the main reasons I love to run - the strong women I meet along the way and the lessons I take away from them.
These days Dad is pretty busy with Residency. It's the final push and we're really ready for it to be over. With him away all weekend I took Grant for a haircut and didn't communicate so well, I guess, because it just got shaved. But then I totally redeemed myself by replacing the Honda tail light with Grant. I'm practically a tail light professional now.
At the dinner table last night we were laughing at Calli's made up words. She's very read and getting older but two are hanging on. Should'av'een and Exac-gugly. Those words and the Final Countdown by Europe are our favorite things right now. Calli could have said - hey stop making fun of me - but she really never listens to us at all. As we turned the conversation to her for a moment she piped up strongly, out of nowhere, but appropriate to the conversation, "I like myself."
Calli turned six years old today and we celebrated BIG with a full blown girl party at Pump it Up. She started planning this party over 2 months ago. Her friends are very important to her and she doesn't usually get to see any of them outside of school so this was the day she had been waiting for!
As we pulled into the parking lot I asked Calli, "Are you excited?"
She said, "There's water in my eyes!"
And when she saw her name on the door she just lost it. She jumped over the seat to give me a hug and she cried, "this is the best birthday ever, thank you!" Thankfully that was the end to the happy tears and the rest of the night was smiles and giggles. I'm so glad we pulled it off and I hope she remembers it forever.
Making birthday sugar cookies the night before.
I am blessed to see you grow, to give you hugs, and soak in your laughter. You sing in the shower, you dance on the bed, you spread life everywhere you go. Stay beautiful, stay strong, stay wild forever. I love you Calista - Mom