May News, updates, and epic links…Time for a Coffee Date.
Ok, so this Coffee Date may call for a venti, extra-hot whatever-you-drink. I’ve got one super-packed post, and I’m short on time, so let’s caffeinate well, and dive in!
I hope you had a great Mother’s Day weekend and that you’re keeping sane, because there’s no way around it — May is always cray-Z. It’s end-of-year-everything, right?… Final exams, graduations, weddings, summer-planning, and the kids are all plain nuts. It’s ok. We’re in this together so let’s just: hold. on. tight.
Well, it’s been a packed spring for us, and I don’t see things slowing down anytime soon. There are some big things coming up that make me feel all at once like busting some dance moves, and throwing up. ha. We’ll get to those things in a minute, but first let’s catch up on some big stuff that’s happened around here lately…
1. LUKE! WON! STATES!
This kid is the Hawaii State Surf Champ, and we are so proud of him!
Luke’s had an incredible season, and I just have to stop to say THANK YOU for all of the kind notes after my recent “surf update post“. Readers reminded me that many of you have cheered Luke on since he was just a little guy, and people feel like they’ve been a part of his whole journey. Seriously. This makes me happy cry! I hope you can stick with us as he goes to US Champs in a few weeks, and if he accomplishes his goal of being a pro surfer one day, you can say you’ve been on Team Luke from the beginning!
Side note for Waikiki-loving friends…During Luke’s State Championships, we were blessed with a truly perfect room at the Ilikai Waikiki…It was so spacious and the view was amazing. Having our own kitchen made it feel so homey too. (not that I cooked, but still! :)) If you’re planning a trip and want to be at the west (Ala Moana Mall-) end of Waikiki, this hotel should definitely be on your list!
2. Josiah is home from college for the summer.
And we are all sooooo happy.
When friends ask how it’s been having him back, my response is: “He’s settled right back in to being Josiah.” Which means he is still kind and helpful, fun and flexible, a great conversationalist, interesting and interested in what we’re all doing…I love having this kid around! (Side note: This “kid” will be 20 in a very short time! WHAT!?)
3. Luke’s been away LIVING HIS BEST LIFE in the PNW
Luke and his best buddy Shiloh just spent a week in the Pacific Northwest with my parents. It’s been Luke’s dream for years to bring Shiloh with him to experience all of his favorite things.
And I just hope I’ll be half the grandparents these two are when it’s my turn. They are such a gift.
4. Meanwhile… I had a great Mother’s Day with the other Three.
Thanks to Dave and the boys (and a few years of patience and training to get where we are) I was blessed with a super special Mother’s Day.
I’m getting SHOULDER SURGERY TOMORROW!
What!? Yep, you might recall my carrying on about my frozen shoulder in my last coffee date post. Remember, I was so happy and hopeful for a hot minute (about 2 weeks) because I had gotten a manipulation that I was hoping would fix me. But…sadly, the pain returned, and my shoulder tightened up again, and got worse and worse… it became clear something more was wrong. So, FINALLY, the doctor ordered an MRI. And as I suspected, the images showed a bunch of issues that need to be fixed: a torn labrum, a frayed biceps tendon (needing to be reattached to the bone) and at least 3 bone spurs. So, clearly that frozen shoulder issue was actually a result of underlying problems. And…it also makes sense that the physical therapy and stretches I forced myself to do alldayeveryday hurt like a mommasita; I was essentially scraping my tendon over bone spurs. Hello, and ouch.
I’m not gonna lie– this process has been frustrating in many ways. But I’m keeping perspective. It’s just my shoulder, and it’s all repairable. I should be better very soon, and the doctor says I should be able to write, pain-free soon too. Prayers for a successful surgery are appreciated! (Also Netflix suggestions since I’m not typically very good at lying low…)
In much happier news…
Oh how I love this kid! Thankfully, he’s planning to take a gap year so we get to enjoy all of the happy of the celebration and none of the sad parts of preparing to say goodbye. Win. Win.
And indeed…Summer is very much in the air around here.
OK…Is your coffee wiped out yet? Well, hang in there just a minute because I have TWO announcements to make and then some epic links to share below.
So, go grab a refill, I’ll wait here...
Ok, ready for this? If you haven’t signed up to be on the list for the upcoming BOY MOM BOOK LAUNCH TEAM, I want to invite you to put your name there now.
BECAUSE…I have some super duper fun book updates which I’ll be emailing to that whole group very soon, and I’d hate for you to miss the news…Here’s a link to sign up: BOOK LAUNCH INTEREST GROUP.
ALSO: In just a few weeks, the BOY MOM PODCAST with Monica Swanson and friends will be making its debut. It only took me approximately 86,429 tries to record the first couple episodes, so I think we’re off to a flying start…(where’s that laugh/cry emoji when I need it?)
Seriously, this is entirely new territory for me, and it’s made me a little crazy, but here’s to learning and being stretched (always!) and in the end…I really do think I’m gonna LOVE podcasting! I hope you’ll enjoy it too.
NOW FOR SOME EPIC LINKS:
Leaving you now with some links to articles and recipes which ought to keep you busy for awhile. Depending on how my shoulder recovery goes, I hope to be back pretty soon. And, of course, you’ll always find me on Instagram and Facebook for updates on the shoulder, and allofthethings.
Middle School Misfortunes: Then and Now. (This is written by a teacher, comparing the life of a student in 2008 to 2018. I actually cried reading this.)
Younger Siblings are funnier than their older siblings, My (younger) boys loved this.
18 Books Every Teen should Read by the time they are 18. A few I hadn’t heard of on this list.
How to Launch your kid Well: 7 things to do to be ready for a Successful Launch when the time comes. (My post from last fall which has been shared a lot recently. )
Impact Teenagers by Speaking Life. YES to this!!
Exercise Makes you Happier than Money, Yale and Oxford Study Says. Love this one. (who needs that 2nd job?)
8 Easy Homemade Granola Bar Recipes. (Because we’re all pretty much sick of the boxed kind.)
Everyday Mediterranean Salad . (Mmm. I could eat this every day.)
The very Best Peanut Sauce. (Pinch of Yum is actually doing an entire week of amazing sauces this week, but this one is my latest obsession!)
Coffee Creme Brûlée with Chocolate Drizzle. (I actually drooled while scrolling through this post.)
In light of Mother’s Day, and in case a few of you (besides me) relate, I wanted to leave you with this… 🙂
Your turn to talk!! Leave me a comment and tell me what’s new: Life updates, summer plans, (Netflix suggestions) recipes your loving….I READ EVERY COMMENT!! 🙂 And I am so grateful for all of you!
Until next time…