Day 8: How do you envision your life in five years?

It better be in the same house, first off. I’m over the packing and moving and unpacking business, so unless there’s some really incredible offer to get us out of it, we’re not going anywhere. Hopefully it would be an incredible offer and not a horrible circumstance.

Seth will be 10 years old, which makes my heart stutter a little bit. I can see us going around to whatever activity or activities he’s settled into that make him feel good – art, music, gymnastics, martial arts … I’m not sure that I really see him as a sports player. It’s not that I don’t think he can, it’s more that I don’t think he’d really be interested in team sports. He’s a lot like me in the independent thing (aka “lone wolf”), so maybe I’m projecting. We’ll watch and see! I see him getting more into school-related things like science and math.

Nora will be 8. I’m sure her inner diva will be in full force. I’m hoping that she’s in dance or gymnastics and loving it, and I hope she’s enjoying school too. It will be very interesting to see what she gravitates to or enjoys … I could see her getting into art classes and dance in a big way. I’ve wondered if she’ll end up in gymnastics and cheerleading. I know, I know, but let’s be real. We’re in Texas, she’ll be tiny, and she has no fear about stunts.

And Jude. My tiny baby boy will be starting kindergarten, and I don’t know how I’ll handle that! We haven’t decided yet if he’s our last baby, but if he is then I expect to be a full-on mess. That means the chapter of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers will officially close in five years, and I’ll be sad! I know every age and stage has its fun, but I love the baby and little kid stage so much. (Except for the temper tantrums. And potty training.)

As for Will and me … We’ll have been married almost 12 years. Hopefully we met our tenth anniversary goal of running a half marathon in Hawaii or some other exotic location! I hope his business has reached the point that he can have a few employees. One of his goals is to be able to offer apprenticeship or employment to people who need help getting back on their feet, and I really hope we get his business to that stage. I’ll likely still be at my current work place, probably doing something very similar to what I’m doing now. I’m hoping that by that time I’ve added quilting to my crafty catalogue… And that we’re able to travel more freely on our kids’ summer vacations! Actually, that’s probably what we should do in five years: one last hurrah before Jude starts school! Disney World, anyone?