This week has been so nutty, I haven't taken a single photo. Not one! It truly has been a race of a week - starting with a busy Monday and just getting crazier.
The second week of school: Hanna finally seems to settling in. She's found a great little group of girls to eat lunch with and is making friends in her classes. It helps that she's more or less with the same group all day during classes and I'm starting to hear the same names over and over. She absolutely loves her language arts teacher, and is reading The Outsiders - a book Tom and I both read in middle school and still enjoy. She also brought home the first virus of the year, a sniffly/achey/low-fever sort of thing that's making her miserable. Dance, youth group and a concert filled the rest of her week.
I'm pretty sure the highlight of Caleb's week is Little Athletes for Christ at church on Tuesday afternoons. Right now, it's a 6 week session on soccer along with a devotional and healthy snack and he absolutely loves it. It's a non-league, non-competitive sort of thing - purely for the joy of sport and activity (and I love that). We've also been working hard on handwriting and spelling, and he really enjoys school. He's making friends in his class and comes home every single day smelling like he's worked and played hard.
The highlight of Tom's week was a concert at The Room, our concert facility in the Youth Room at church. I have to admit - I skipped the show (those bands aren't exactly my cup of tea), but Caleb went for part and Hanna stayed for the whole thing (and a trip to Denny's afterward with the bands). He's getting his reading started for a new semester that starts this Tuesday. I will admit that one of the things I'm really enjoying about having sent the kids back to school this year is our Friday mornings together. Even when it's as mundane as grocery shopping, it's nice to have that time with just the two of us.
I started the week feeling as badly as I did last week, and decided to take some drastic measures. I've been completely gluten-free since I woke up last Monday and am feeling significantly better. I've got another post in the works that's more specific about why I made that decision and what it means for me, but I truly can't believe how much better I already feel after just five full days. By Wednesday, the fogginess had lifted and by Thursday most of the leg pain, swelling and cramping was so much less. I picked up Gluten-Free Girl at the library yesterday and have been devouring it (and thinking I'll need my own copy simply for the recipes). Rather than focusing on what I can't eat, I'm choosing to focus on what I can...and realizing that so much of what I can eat tastes so much better! My plan right now is to remain gluten-free for at least a month and if the difference continues to be signification, I'll ask my doctor to run some tests. I also returned to my T-Tapp Basic Workout DVD on Monday, realizing that I had to get some sort of movement going again.
I really do feel as if I've spent the majority of this past week in the car. Tuesday alone, I drove to church and back four separate times. Wednesday, I took Caleb to church to hang out with Tom, came back to pick up Hanna for a doctor's appointment about 45 minutes away and then ran her back to church for Middle School youth group. Truly, it's been a long week and I'm thankful for the changed I made on Monday. I don't think I'd have been able to accomplish everything I needed to without the dietary changes and daily T-Tapping.
I leave Wednesday for California for my brother's wedding, and Tom's going to have a busy week of being Dad on his own. I'll be gone for 12 days total, Tom and the kids for 5. And already, as I look at October, I'm realizing that we're all going to have to be focused and healthy to stay on top of things.