Darn those 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 between 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.
College? Already? Are you sure you have the right child? He isn’t 18 yet…is he? This sweet little boy will be leaving for his new home in just under two weeks. 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 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!
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.
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!
Thankfully, January is OVER!
Working 50+ hours a week is not fun. I work in the corporate world in which claims have to be filed according to statutes. These statutes have no flexibility. So when the year started, there were 300+ claims to be checked and not enough hours in the day. There were three of us working 10 hours a day, with the sixth day being 5-8 hours. Talk about TIRED! BUT goals were met and happiness was spread throughout the land.
During the chaos from work, a nasty little virus named “bronchitis” came for a visit. Unfortunately, it definitely out stayed it’s welcome. Having spent almost the entire month in the house, the bug was finally stomped and the family was set free.
Just when I thought the month could slip away into the abyss without further issues, I receive a phone call from my husband. He decided he wanted a different perspective…with the truck. Thankfully, both of them were fine and the truck runs great.
Thankfully, we can now focus on February…and make January a distant memory.
Waking up Monday morning to get the precious children ready for school only to look out the window and see this:
School went from being a two-hour delay to canceling as road conditions worsened throughout the morning. The life of a school student. Needless to say, the boys were quite happy to go back to bed.
I enjoy all four seasons and am usually ready for winter by the time the first snow settles on everything. But this time, though the snow is pretty and peaceful, I can do without the bitter winds which accompanied the snow. And then proceeded to hang around even after the snow melted.
Welcome Winter! Please make yourself at home. Lay your white blanket anywhere you wish. Ice belongs in the kitchen freezer and those mind-numbing winds can stay in the Artic.
We’ve had a busy summer.
Settling in a new house, watching
plant life bloom, finding kittens and their parents, not to mention day trips here and there.
Here are some highlights from our adventures.
I can’t believe summer is coming to an end. School starts the first week of August. Time to make some more memories.