For the past few nights, we've had obligations after school -- from rehearsals to Ellie's new basketball team, we've been busy. As much I love being busy doing the things I love, I notice that now that I have a home I love, I want to be there more often. Gene and I spent the weekend working on the house, and little by little, we are getting it looking really nice.
We were those stereotypical suburban homeowners at Lowe's on Saturday, buying mini-blinds and mums.
But once the school week started again, so did the hectic schedule. (Although, if I am honest, I was also busy with musical auditions this weekend!) On Monday night, I stayed up until 1:30 AM to get caught up on essay grading. (And if I am still being honest, I have 56 blog posts to grade, too.)
I love that the kids and I have hobbies and classes that we are involved in. Ellie is so excited about basketball
Liam loves soccer, and Aidan and Ellie are both doing fun things at the theatre. I am going to be in a short musical in the black box space named after my friend Jason in October.
All of these activities are worthwhile and gratifying.
I love Yankee Candle nights. You know, those nights when you are just home and settled, having dinner and simply being together. The house came with two candle holders mounted to the wall, and I placed jar candles in them and in other locations around the house. When we are going to be home for the night, I light candles, and the house smells amazing -- lemon zest in the basement; hazelnut coffee in the kitchen; ocean walk in the bedroom; warm cinnamon in the bathroom. And while I try to be a bargain hunter for just about everything else, I do splurge on Yankee Candles (and by "splurge," I mean buy them on final clearance) because generic candles don't smell nearly as good.
It truly is remarkable what a difference having a happy home can make. The kids love this house, and they love being here. We have made so many happy memories here already, and I am excited to see what the future holds for us all. Hopefully, we have many more Yankee Candle nights ahead of us.