the beginning

Sam is 13 today! For the next 18 years, we are going to have a house full of teenagers. Crazy. (No, he hasn’t started wearing funny hats — just joking around with someone else’s dieciocho costume.)

Sam is going to be a gentle orientation into this stage. He isn’t rude or surly yet, and isn’t interested in socializing much. He’d love to have a cell phone, not because he wants to text anyone, but so he’d have google and wikipedia at the ready for all of his important questions. It has never occurred to him to want a facebook page, and he recently opened an email account because it was required for a class. Now that he’s in 7th grade, I see him being more and more responsible, and I think we almost have him convinced that teenagers shower every day.

As for me, the astounding thing about my current stage is the length and depth of my day. It starts at 6 AM, with big kids out the door at seven, and sometimes doesn’t end until close to midnight with after school activities and more-demanding middle school homework. I miss the days when all of my kids were in bed by 8:00. As for the depth, maybe a better term would be volume. The laundry, the grocery shopping, the dishes — it’s just all so much now. I ran into someone at the store the other day (someone with two kids), and she was very impressed by my week’s worth of groceries, mounded high in my cart. I know I have a lot of kids, but it’s also the size of the kids that’s making a difference — Sam’s jeans are almost as big as mine, so the washer fills up a lot faster now.

We are in the thick of it. And I realized not long ago that this will be a short phase — in six or seven years, Sam will likely (hopefully!) move out of our house, beginning the slow exodous of our children into adulthood. Until then, we’re going to enjoy his cuteness and cleverness. And possibly teach him how to do laundry.


5 thoughts on “the beginning

  1. Lindsey

    Happy birthday Sam! I guess this is what I have to look forward to in a few more years. More laundry and a higher grocery bill!!!

  2. anne

    ok you know i’m pregnant because i just started crying while reading about/picturing the exodus of all of our children. that’s so sad!

    p.s. i am dying about that little program of mary’s. what amazing, unique experiences for your children.

    p.p.s. i love your blog redesign

    p.p.p.s thanks for saying i have impeccable taste. that is really nice of you.

    p.p.p.p.s just wanted to write a p.p.p.p.s. because it seemed so ridiculous

  3. Julietta

    This made me laugh! I have noticed significant increase in Liam’s appetite. I feel like I can hardly keep up. You often see articles on healthy snacks for kids but what about teens?!

  4. Jill

    Happy Birthday Sam! Boy this pic makes you look definitely older. Liz I am loving the posts. I feel like I am getting a great glimpse at your life in Chili! Amazing!

  5. Teri Haux

    Liz your family is so adorable! My daughter turned 13 on Oct 5, so I know exactly what you’re talking about. The internet is awesome to get to connect with young-old friends. (I’m 27 and holding, so you can’t be older than that.) I hope you love Chile. We’ve traveled a bit as well, but Hawaii for a year was the furthest we’ve been (except my husband who is in Iraq right now).


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