Thursday, May 10, 2012

It's May?

Don't get me wrong.

I'm thrilled that my calendar finally says May.  THRILLED.  Not that the weather cooperated much until today, but still.  May means June is around the corner, and June means summer, and summer means warmth and sunshine and fun.


Because right now I am so tired of the school routine.  These last few weeks just take it out of me.  Dragging the kids out of bed is becoming more and more difficult--mostly because it is still light until nearly 10 pm now (yes, I know) and who wants to go to bed while the sun is still shining?  Not my children, that's who.  So the morning grumpiness is pretty epic lately.

Even Bria, who has diligently gotten up around 6:00 every morning to practice her violin for an hour has become progressively harder to drag out of bed...and sometimes I'm not sure she even makes it down before 6:45.

Since April, I've been heading to the gym at 6:00 every morning to meet a friend (because we all know that the buddy system is pretty much the only way to go to the gym consistently)(unless you're super self-motivated)(and I am not), so I call Bria on her cell phone as I am backing out of the driveway.  She usually answers with a "hmpldgaholmph" and I wish her a chipper good morning and tell her to come on down and practice.

And she does. Eventually. I think.

And I get home from the gym to make lunches and take the dog out and supervise teeth brushing and hair brushing and make sure everyone looks like they have a mother and walk everyone to the bus stop and I just can't wait until I don't have to do all that anymore.

But am I ready to have all the girls home all day?  Good question.  At least we can sleep in.

The other thing about May is that there is just so much STUFF happening.  We just got back from the elementary school arts night.  Last night was a girl scout final party and the night before that was Bria's middle school choir concert.  There's more stuff next week, and probably every week until the last day of school.

Just holding on for the ride until June 8.


Okay, so I'm sneaking this in here, because so many of you ask for videos of me singing.  So, here is one.  This was last weekend at our OPERAtion Imagination! workshop.  You get to hear me explain to the kids and their families what the piece (Trio from Die Fledermaus) is about, and then we sing.  Joel took this video on his it's, you know, phone quality.  Enjoy (or not).
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Wow, Lara, that was amazing. You are magnificent!

  2. Boy do I feel you about school being nearly over. I can hardly wait. :)

    You look so classy with your wrap! And dang girl! You have incredible range. Your voice is fantastic! (And that song was fun, too!)

  3. Amazing! So glad to hear you!

    And as a teacher AND a mom of teenage, heavy-sleeping boys, I am double ready for summer.

  4. a) I love you
    b) I would die if my school got out as late as yours.
    Well, maybe not die but it'd bug me.
    a. lot.
    But really, what doesn't bug me? :)

  5. I wrote basically this same post today. Except I didn't sing. You're amazing.

  6. Yes you are AMAZING! I loved it! Try to enjoy the last few weeks of school!

  7. It has been too long since I've actually heard your voice. I was glad for the speaking part. That is the voice I hear as I read your posts :) As ever, your singing voice is completely amazing! <3

  8. You go to the gym at 6:00 AM! Wow, good for you. I'm always still in bed for another hour or so past that.

  9. You have an AMAZING voice and I too loved it when school let out for the summer because I hated the school routine!

  10. You are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

    I think the month of May is just as busy as the month of December. I will be glad when May is on its way to June :)

  11. Just got back from vacation and nearly marked everything as read, but I'm glad I didn't cuz I would've missed your singing!! It sounds lovely. I'm so happy you put it on there. Thanks for sharing!!

  12. thanks for posting this video! you are truly amazing!

  13. I have not read blogs in well over a month and resisted the urge to just mark all of them "read" on my reader. But, I am so glad I didn't because it is so delightful to get a sneak peek into your life and see my Brother and my beautiful nieces and you! I loved all of your photos on your photo blog too. I can't wait until we get to see you guys this summer! Love you.