It’s been busy in the Coleman house. Very, very busy.
The kiddos are great. Sullivan is exploring the world – and our house! No corner is left undiscovered and no shelf is safe. He’s a raptor testing the fence. The first sign of a non-baby-proofed area and he’s all over it! He’s trying to convey his emotions and not having a very easy time. We hear A LOT of screeching from Sully. When he’s frustrated, he often stares straight into our eyes and gives us little pinches on our arms. We’re trying very hard to break that habit. (The time-out corner is well-used in our living room.) That said, he’s using his sign-language more and having a great time leading us around by our fingers, instead of just demanding that we come by yelling!
Scarlett is just a precocious wonder. The type of stuff that they’re learning in school and that fact that she can reason just as well as an adult just amazes me. I was giving her a quiz the other day about every-day things and I asked her, “What do they call soccer in England.” Thoughtfully she answered (in her best British accent), “soc-cah.” I pretty much lost it! Scarlett is also testing the fences. We’ve caught her telling little white lies and therefore, she has been spending a little time being grounded. While I really don’t think that kind of stuff is a huge deal, I really want her to feel like she should be honest with us at all times. I feel like we’re doing well when she randomly tells me, “Mommy, I want to tell you the truth…” and then launches into how she really doesn’t like that juice, even though she drank it not to hurt my feelings. JIn addition to the other activities that divide her time, she got to participate in a twirling clinic, ride the Zamboni at a Stars game, and go to a Husker game!
Ben has been busy starting a Lincoln chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, which is a club of-sort for Irish men. He’s belonged to the Sarpy County Division for a couple of years now and wanted to find something closer to home. Nothing existed, so he’s starting the very first! They’ll have their first meeting in a week or two, so he’s been very preoccupied with the planning stages.
I wish I could say that I was just holding us all together and riding the wave while all this is going on, but alas, I’ve been just as busy. Work has had me a bit stressed, but pretty happy. I recently took on a liaison role between Admissions and Recruitment. What that really means is that I’ve been doing my own job, plus part of another one. It’s been very rewarding, as I’m seeing some of the projects that I’ve been involved in from the ground-up come to fruition. Stressful, though, because Recruitment is down a player and we’re all stepping up our games. With that added responsibility, I’ve seem to become more visible in the office. All the years of volunteering for EVERYTHING have paid off. When someone needs help on a project, I’m one of the go-to people. While that is stressful in its own right, it feels good too. I’ve also recently gotten my notary public certificate, which comes in handy in our office.
Lastly, Scarlett’s mom has become a Girl Scout Troop Leader! I didn’t really want to do it, at first. After some other friends came on, I’ve warmed up to the idea. It takes a ton of training and a lot of planning, but we’ll have our first Brownies meeting in two weeks! No more collapsing on the couch when the kids go to bed, that’s when the GS planning begins!
All of this, and I’m wondering whether I can scratch my back-to-school itch, too. I don’t think I can handle it with everyone else, but the desire is there.