New Year New Beginnings?

Posted On January 3, 2011

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The new year is under way and it should be a time of new beginnings, but so far it seems the same.  Maybe a little different woke up on Saturday with the lovely stomach virus that lasted through to Sunday afternoon.  Then this morning was greeted at 5am by Elizabeth throwing up.  She caught the virus from me, but her’s did not last as long she will be going back to school tomorrow.  Then after school I found out that Austin has his first girlfriend.  So maybe there are some new beginnings.  As I think about it things do feel the same because that is just life as a mom.  There are some differences, but some things stay the same.  Wishing everyone out there a Blessed New Year!!!

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Merry Christmas!

Posted On December 25, 2010

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Merry Christmas to everyone out there.  It was a good day in our house.  The kids seemed pleased with the few gifts they received. Plus it helps that we have a white Christmas; something they have not seen in over five years.  We are learning that it is not quantity over quality, but quality over quantity.  The really great part of Christmas is that we spent time together.  They each got one main thing they wanted and a few smaller things.  No one seemed to mind since they are both getting older and the presents cost more.  Now we have decided which movie we are going to see and about what time, so it is time to be a little lazy and clean up the breakfast dishes.  Dad is on his way back home so Peggy can spend Christmas with her kids if they bother to show up since it snowed.  Thank goodness that is not my problem to deal with.  As I stated when I started this blog Merry Christmas everyone and enjoy the day however you decide to spend it!

Snow Day

Posted On December 12, 2010

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We have officially had our first snow day in Bowling Green.  Of course to kids are happy to be out of school tomorrow and to get the chance to play in the snow, but it is a little hard to go to work.  I believe it will be slow going to get to work in the morning.  The good part of a snow day is watching the snow fall all day.  The snow that has not been walked on or driven on is my favorite to look at.  I have even had a softness when it comes to the dogs; they have both been in the house most of the day and will probably sleep in the house tonight.  It is too cold for them to be outside.  I hope the snow stays for a couple of days, but I need it to go away before the end of the week I have Christmas shopping to do on Friday.  I am sure there will be more coming on that at the need of the week.

The passing of Elizabeth Edwards

Posted On December 8, 2010

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I personally did not know Elizabeth Edwards but her story is one that touched so many people me included.  To watch her fight the ultimate fight over the past few years has reminded me of all the brave people who have fought it before especially my mom and my grandfather.  I was only 16 when my grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1986, so I was somewhat self- absorbed in the other aspects of my life.  It is not that I did not love my grandfather and miss him terribly, but as with most 16 year olds there always seemed to be other things that I felt were important.  I remember the day we found out that he had cancer and how I cried.  I also remember how my dad called my brother and I into my room as we were getting ready for school to tell us that he had passed away.  I had always spent time with my grandparents because they lived only a few blocks from our house and we could easily ride our bikes there and they were always glad to see us.  The one thing I remember most about my grandfather is that he enjoyed being outside and working with his hands.  Unfortunately, the last summer he was too sick to do much outside and it made me sad to see how fast he went down hill.  Love you Grandpa!!!

Then just five short years later my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.  This is when I saw the great courage she had.   I had always known that she was a strong person, but I had never seen anyone fight as hard as she did.  She not only fought for herself but she threw her efforts into helping to raise money for the American Cancer Society through the Relay for Life and the Sue G. Komen Foundation.  Watching her fight also inspired those around her.  She continued this battle for almost 9 years before the horrible disease took her away from us.  I know that she is no longer in pain and is happy where she is, but that still does not stop me from missing her everyday.  Love you Mom!!!

As I watch Elizabeth Edwards family and friends on TV this week, I pray for them and know how they are feeling.  They will never forget her, never stop missing her, but it will get easier as time goes by.  I hope that her fight has inspired others around the country and world as my mom inspired people in our little part of the world.

Extended Family

Posted On December 6, 2010

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I love my extended family:  aunts, uncles, cousins, and cousin-in-laws, but there are times they annoy me beyond belief.  My mom’s remaining family had their annual Christmas get together this past weekend and as usual there was not a dull moment.  We arrived before most of the other families, so I got the witness most of the scene.  I have one aunt who seems to want to complain about everything and she started early complaining about the fact that we were doing a full meal and it was just too hard to get it all together.  This continued through most of the preparations and on into the clean up.  On to my cousin who did not seem to like the gift she got in the “Dirty Santa” gift exchange, because every time someone else got up to get a gift she was always offering her’s.  Now my 2 uncles who do not talk much to anyone, they just sit on the couch and watch TV and may talk to each other.  Finally, there are those who don’t show up.  There are some who just live too far away to come in, but the ones who live in the same town or very close can’t seem to make it because there is something else going on really irritates me.  What should I expect since one of those could not even make it to the funeral home when my mother passed away and another would not come home from Spring Break when our grandfather passed away.

Now on to the good things.  There were some new faces in the mix this year and it was such a great thing.  On cousin has a girlfriend who has children about the same age as mine so they now have someone to play with.  Another cousin adopted a little boy from Korea in the past year and he was so much fun to watch.  At first he did not know how to act with all of us, but he came around very quickly.  I forgot to mention that there were about 30 of us there.  If everyone ever gets together again there will be about 50 of us, but I don’t think that will happen again since my grandparents are no longer living.  As I said in the beginning I love my extended family and they would not be family if there was not some annoyance going on.

Day Off?

Posted On December 2, 2010

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Why is it that when I younger I could do what I wanted on my day off?  Now when I have a day off it seems like I have so much to do that I don’t really enjoy it.  Today I have a few minutes to write this but most of the it is laundry, straightening the house, and getting dinner ready.  To make things even more interesting the kids are going in two different directions tonight.  It is never dull around here!

Black Friday

Posted On November 26, 2010

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Black Friday has come and gone without any shopping done here.  I am usually out there with all the other shoppers, but this year we chose to stay an extra day at my dad’s and I did not see the need to shop and then have to lug it all back home.  I have to get started with the holiday shopping, but I am not in the mood just yet.  It would be so much easier if I was not always worrying about the money and If I knew what I needed to buy.  It is time I get focused and make my list.  I am hoping to find the “perfect” gift for my kids, but it is hard since they have not given me many ideas for what they want.  Christmas will be here before I know it and the shopping will be done and hopefully the kids will be happy with what they receive.

Thanksgiving

Posted On November 25, 2010

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This time of year people are asking, “What are you thankful for?”  That should be an easy answer for most:  my family, my good health, that we live in a country where we can state our opinions without being thrown in jail, etc.  I am thankful for all of those things, but I am also thankful for the great friends I have in my life.  For the most part my family has scattered over the years.  The only people I see on a regular basis are my dad and one of my aunts.  My brother and I rarely talk, it seems I have become a disappointment to him.  My dad does wonderful things for my kids and they are blessed beyond belief to have him in their lives and they know how great it is.  My friends have become my second family.  There are five families that do things with and for each other, we have affectionately named ourselves “The Tribe.”  I do not know how I could survive living away from my family without the support of these people.  They are all wonderful in their own special way, and even though we tease with each other and sometimes annoy each other; I firmly believe that we would stand by each other no matter what.  So as this Thanksgiving draws to a close remember that sometimes friends are as good as family:)!

Birthdays

Posted On November 21, 2010

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Why is it that birthdays just are not as much fun as they were when we were kids?  It seems like everyone wants to know what I got for my birthday, but why can’t we just be happy with the little things?  I just enjoy being left alone most of the time, or getting to do something I don’t do that often.  Today my big birthday wish was to see the new Harry Potter movie, so that is what Elizabeth and I did this afternoon while Phil and Austin went grocery shopping.  That was the nicest thing they have done in awhile; it might have been better if they could have gotten the leaves cleaned up, cleaned on the house a little, or done the dishes, but it was better than nothing.  I am just grateful for good health and to enjoy the time with Elizabeth.

Family Day

Posted On November 20, 2010

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It  was such a beautiful day today so unlike this time of year.  The family decided it would be a great day to be together.  We headed to the library which is great that the kids love to read as much as I  do.  Our next stop was to drive through McDonald’s for lunch and head to the park to enjoy the great weather.  Elizabeth loved playing on the playground and I think Austin even had a good time pushing his sister and being pushed on the tire swing by his mom.  Phil  and I would have loved to just sit and read, but Elizabeth was always needing something: a push, to be held up, her shirt tied so it would not slide as she was hanging upside down, or a drink.  I did not mind helping her at least she was playing and having a great time.  Once we got home it was time that Elizabeth wanted to be a “big girl” and try riding Austin’s bike.  It is still a little to big for her, but she is still growing.  All-in-all it was a great way to spend of beautiful day!!!

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