New Weekend: New Adventure 

On our way to the East Coast with a co-workers whale from her office. She’s never been to Jersey, so I decided to bring her whale. It’s the same thing – really!! 

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Joys in the little things

This has been a great few days in California. And productive…ugh. Talking about work, I know. But it has been good all around. 

Landing Sunday was by far a good choice. Who wants to spend a few hours in a truck after being on a five hour flight? Not me!

While performing the highway study I was sent out to do, the driver pointed out some local tidbits. You know things that don’t show up on tourist sites. Things like: a Tiki- themed drive-in movie. Or animals made from metal scraps. 


Or a gas station from 1915 and the parking lot from Back to the Future where Marty sped off into the past. Pretty cool places if you speak with the locals. 

Perhaps one of my favorite finds was a blast from my past: Jersey’s Mike’s Subs! 

Who would have thought I had to go to the West Coast to get lunch from one of my favorite places to eat on the East Coast? Yes, this picture made my husband jealous. We already planned to go there while visiting next week. But I was able to get a preview!! 

Can’t wait to see what today brings!

Study…Buddy??

I have been studying for a mega four-hour long test. I was well equipped with snacks, light saber bubbles, and NERF guns to help relieve stress, anxieties, and the munchies. Thanks to a couple co-workers.

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After a few hours of studying – and I may or may not have pulled out some hair – I casually looked over and there laid the newest member of the family – Bristow. Sound asleep. Figures. I’m stressing and the cat that is to help calm our nerves is sound asleep.

20160528_123154      Some study buddy he turned out to be!

…test has been taken – but I have to wait 90 days for the results! Now THAT is stressful!!

Coaster Loop of Life

Darn thoseeyesclosed blinking eyes! The family was shrinking as everyone was moving out and now it’s growing again.

The oldest is married and in her new home, while working full time at the hospital and juggling two step daughters.

The second is out in Utah for college and driving us crazy with the “should I stay or should I go?” mentality. Why? Just why?!

The youngest – thankfully! – is only in 8th grade and has a rosy view of the world. He sings and smiles and looks to the positive. But then I am sure all that will change within the next year as he settles into his freshman year and starts his high school career.

The parental units have retired and are 95% moved into their side of the house. Sure, they have to travel back to Jersey for appointments and finishing up minor details here and there. But they will be returning before the winter months are upon us…At least that’s what they say. I sure hope so because I have a 50th Anniversary party that is in the planning stages and they are required to be there – since it is for them.

No one said life would be easy. No one said life would be fair. Do you know what No One Else failed to mention? That at some point you will be pulling out your hair because rollercoaster-loop-11989493between the kids and the parents, sometimes this roller coaster of life throws a loop and then lets you hang upside down. Just for a moment…or two…perhaps they forgot to turn the coaster back on…but wait – there’s someone now…oh never mind, they turned away…

 

That’s what life feels like at times. But we all know in the end, it’s worth it. Right?

So where does that leave me? I have added two additional titles to my name: mother-in-law and grandma. I can live with that. Being a grandma is interesting enough. Wait until my daughter has one of her own – then it’ll hit a different way. Simply because it means I really am old enough to be someone’s grandma.

Life is good all around. Thankfully, the coaster was started again and we are about to crest the next hill. hillview

 

 

Wait…what?

College? Already? Are you sure you have the right child? He isn’t 18 yet…is he? Baseball    This sweet little boy will be leaving for his new home in just under two weeks. Love Laughter Life  He was only 10 last week, I’m sure of it. Playing with his younger brother at the park or trying to get Dad with waterfight the Super Soaker! Who told him he could grow up?

I don’t remember giving him permission.

And yet he grew. He is taller. He is smarter. He is older! 

1038 Shock has slowly turned to acceptance…but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

I’m still not sure where the time went or when he grew up, but I am proud of the young man he is becoming. He is smart and knows what he wants. He set his expectations high and has a plan to make his dreams a reality. Salt Lake City is not around the corner, but it’s a beautiful city to visit and this tall green-eyed boy is worth every mile driven on the road to get there. He will do great at Neumont University. He will do great PERIOD.

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March Madness

No, I am not referring to college basketball. More like the crazy snow storm that blasted it’s way from the South through the Mid-West to the shoreline of the East Coast. 

My siblings and I swap morning messages with our mom every day – usually it’s a few words of kindness.

This morning, however, instead of words, we shared our morning views…

 

From DFW Texas to the New Jersey shore…



And Southern Indiana….don’t think it skipped any of the family. 



But the scenary is pretty!