Where has the time gone? I feel like I say that all the time...I look at my kids and just a minute ago they were babies and now the baby is five and getting ready to graduate from preschool and start Kindergarten! How in the world did that happen?
Except for the girl becoming a Bat Mitzvah in November (and a teenager, let's not forget for a moment that we have a teen in our midst!), life around the Lipson house has been pretty normal...which is to say super busy! I laughingly call myself the "Muber" as I feel like I am in my car more than anywhere else. I'm sure this is a trend that is not going to change as the boys find more activities to involve themselves in and the girl just adds more and more to her schedule.
Quick update on the kiddos: As mentioned above, the girl is very much a teen. I can literally hear her eyes rolling in her head. She is moody and snarky and short tempered and lovely and sweet and funny, all in the space of about an hour. That being said, we are super proud of her. She is working hard in school (where this kid gets her motivation is beyond me...she is a much better 7th grade student than I remember being!) and her grades are amazing. She puts a lot of pressure on herself to do well, so I worry a little bit, but I think she can handle it. The boy is finishing up 2nd grade with a bang. He is reading a lot (at least, when I can get him away from a screen), loves Pokémon (sometimes I'm not sure what language he is speaking to me!), and is looking forward to the next session of his running club. This kid is fast! He is built like a long distance runner...we are thinking cross country may be in the works for him! The baby, or I guess I should call him the littler boy, is a force of nature. We marvel all the time at how he was such a mellow baby...no one would EVER call him mellow now! Like I said before, he is getting ready to graduate from preschool and is definitely ready to move on to Kindergarten. He is interested in music and has expressed a desire to learn piano, guitar, and drums. We think he may also have a career as a professional wrestler!
On the subject of preschool...phew, this is going to be a tough graduation. I know I keep saying I am ready, but it is still going to be emotional! We have been a preschool family at our Temple for 12 years...12!!! It is going to be so strange not being there everyday! But I am so thankful that each of my children was given the opportunity to learn at such an amazing school. As I tell nervous new parents at the start of each school year, this preschool turns out great human beings. I'm sure I will have lots more to say on this subject as graduation looms, so stay tuned!
Last but not least, an update on Sparkles and Spitballs. I have been working hard the last several months on growing the business side of things (obviously to the detriment of the blog!) I am still selling on Etsy but am also working on the ecommerce page on this site. I have done several small boutiques (thanks to those of you who have come to see me!) and am now branching out to larger boutiques and craft fairs (more announcements coming very soon!) My product line has changed and grown and been refined and improved. I am learning all about how to run a business (which is very, very different from running a classroom!) and how to balance my time between my business and my family, which is much harder than I thought it would be. I am constantly being forced outside my comfort zone, which is a very, very good thing. In the next few days, weeks, and months there will be lots of changes and additions to this site, so again, stay tuned! The picture at the top of this post is in my new line of wood signs and home décor...and is one of my personal mottos these days...it sure helps on days when there are other choices to be made!
This post is longer than I had planned, but I guess catching up on eight months will do that to a blog!
Please know that I am thankful to all of you for being here with me on this journey and I just can't wait to see where the next chapter goes!
Love and sparkles to you all,