It's the time of year when summer activities wind down, school begins and plans are put in place for the next few months. It's still very hot here in North Texas, with temps often nearing the century mark. The kids are still swimming in our pool when they can and will probably continue into late September or even early October. School started last week, with new routines for everyone. Booker, now a fifth grader, walks to our house after school and may begin riding his bike. Lena takes an early school bus to Kimberlin Academy for Academic Excellence and Noah gets dropped off at our house around 7:15, still in his PJs, to have breakfast, get dressed in his Primrose uniform and have a little playtime before he is delivered to school at 8:15.
On Saturday, Hannah is treating me to a quick trip to Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah. Neither of us have been there before and we look forward to enjoying cooler temperatures, sightseeing and mountain air. A highlight of our trip will be seeing the cast of Nashville in one their farewell tour concerts. Then its back home early Monday so that she can spend some time with the kids before the work week begins.
Lena has resumed Tae Kwon Do sessions after school and is starting a hip hop dance class on Saturday. Booker is taking a tap class at Dallas Ballet and will be playing Little League Baseball. Noah is playing "Blastball", an introduction to baseball for four-year-olds. Andy and I begin the 10-week Rowlett Citizens Police Academy on Thursday. Life is busy for all of us.
Before we know it, it will be time for Hannah and Reagan's annual Friendsgiving gathering, which brings together about 80 friends, neighbors and work colleagues for a pre-holiday celebration. Then the holidays are upon us, with a special surprise in the offing I can't talk about yet!
As one of my favorite songs goes, we're living A Life That's Good.
I'm Chris Barabasz, retired from a 35-year career managing communications for health care development (that's fundraising for you civilians). I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and freelance writer. My husband Andy and I moved from Delaware to Texas to be closer to our daughters and three adorable grandchildren.