First, the christening picture was a huge hit. My sister-in-law had tears in her eyes. She told me where they were going to put it in the baby's room. It went over very well.
The quilt for the first communion gift was a big hit, too. When my niece opened it, she immediately wrapped herself up in it. She has been sleeping with it ever since. My mom said that everyone at the party ooh-ed and ahh-ed over it. So I am happy about that.
I threw a great brunch after the christening. I made coffee cake, muffins, and hash brown casserole. I served it on my good china with linen napkins. I put the juice in glass pitchers. I did a buffet with a set table. I didn't want people eating on their laps. I really think I did a bang up job. And everyone was appreciative.
Now that I am done patting myself on the back...
Last Thursday was my son's orchestra concert. It was wonderful. My brother-in-law received his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech the same night, so my husband was at that with our kindergarten child, and I went to the orchestra concert with our little people. I sat in the back right next to the exit thinking we wouldn't last very long. We lasted the entire hour. My two year old sat on the edge of her seat directing along with the director for the entire concert. (She had to sit on the edge, or the seat would fold up on her.) She really paid attention. And she recognized a couple of the songs from hearing her brother practice. The baby was mesmerized for the first half. He started to get loud after intermission, so I just fed him. It really was a wonderful evening. I wish I could buy a cd of it for my husband to hear. Another little girl was carried out of the concert kicking and screaming, and I wanted to stand up and say, "Alex, it isn't us. We are behaving back here!"
I have noticed in the past week that my kids are really growing up. The baby is now sitting on his own. He is also getting up on all fours and rocking as if he is ready to crawl. My two year old is really starting to show very appropriate behavior in many different settings. She was great at the christening, too. My six year old has become extremely coordinated. His attention span is getting much longer. He can read just about anything, which has its good and bad points. His math skills are improving by leaps and bounds. My twelve year old, well, he is all preteen now. I am having to give him more independence. He can discuss things on an adult level. (And I think he is beginning to notice girls. Maybe.)
Soccer season is over after next weekend. We are hosting the U6 team party at our house. It should be great fun. We really do have a great group of kids and parents.
I have started getting calls for interviews for teaching positions for next year. I am excited and a little sad. I feel like an era in my life is over. But, I know it will be a good thing.