South America, the fight for independence, and a refusal to age… it’s not a news headline – it’s our April Update!
Ella and I just got back from nearly a month travelling – Florida, Puerto Rico, Mexico and a cruise thrown in for good measure!
I was really excited to go back to PR after our last trip to San Juan, but a lot of the island is still recovering from the hurricane. We were able to still eat some amazing Puerto Rican food and have some unique experiences – like kayaking and swimming in a bioluminescent bay – but many of the things on our PR bucket list will have to wait for another trip.
I got old…er.
Reason #2354 why my daughter is my favorite person: she has faithfully answered any inquiry into how old I am with a firm “29.”
This year is definitely a year of growth for me. I am working really hard on being better organized and working “smarter” so that I can feel more confident setting limits on my work hours, which I think in turn will give me more time to indulge in things that make me feel good: reading, being creative, working out, spending time with friends, etc.
Any other workaholics out there? I’ve been pretty good at setting limits with not working during family time (from the time Ella gets home until she goes to bed) but I’m right back at it after I tuck her in, and I need to get better about that.
Ella is seven and all of the glorious highs and moody lows that come with that. I remember a friend saying her son was going through “the terrible sevens” and thinking that it was hilarious…
It’s not a joke, friends.
However, for all of the slightly attitude-y attempts at independence, there are shining moments. Her creativity and imagination continue to amaze me – she is writing short stories and coming up with magical explanations for the mysteries of the world (like the Bermuda Triangle).
I’m also really proud of her generous heart: she’s been working really hard nearly every weekend this year (that we’ve been home) to save up money for some upcoming trips, and when she hit her goal, the first thing she did was suggest we donate some of her money to charity. She decided to adopt a family of pandas from WWF and sponsor a child through Compassion Canada for a year.
PS – how cute is that picture of her all dressed up for Jazzercise with her class?! She was less impressed when she arrived and found out no one else had dressed for the occasion…
Our next trip will be a European adventure: Paris, Holland, Brussels, and the UK! We will be meeting up with family members Ella has never met, eating our body weight in food, and just taking it all in.
If you have any must-do’s or must-eat’s that we should know about, please let me know!