Category: Holidays


Feelin’ Good

So the last week or so has been incredibly rough for so many reasons.  I am not typically very easy to get along with during the holidays as it is, but I make an honest effort every year for the sake of my children.  Let’s just say that this year has done nothing but set me back to my incredibly Grinchy ways.  Oh well.  There is always next year, right?  Right!

Moving on!

I think I mentioned before that I think New Year’s resolutions are lame.  I aim to work year-round to improve and educate myself, so doing it once a year just seems cheesy and… perfunctory?  With that being said, it seems as though the end of the year is making itself a force to be reckoned with, at least for me.  It seems to be beating me over the night screaming, “Respect my authorit-AH!”  So timing be damned, here I am completely re-assessing and re-vamping what I thought would be my 1 year and 5 year plans.  Between not getting the scholarship I was qualified for, issues arising that I thought I’d never have to deal with, and other nonsense, my current plans simply will not get me where I want to go.  In light of this realization, I find myself once again thinking carefully about where I want to be in a year, in 5 years, and how best to get there.  *sigh*  Tis tedious business, at times.

Here I go again!

Happy Thanksgiving, indeed

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  I realize I am posting a little late in the day, but yours truly was cookin' most of the day, and stuffin' my face the rest of the time!  I actually did very well.  I did not over eat, tempting though it was.  I figure there was no sense in throwing away a few weeks of hard work – portion control is a bitch, but it has me back under 150, so I will stick to it.  🙂

Anyway, I have to do the obligatory, "What are you thankful for?" post, right?  Right.  I have the usual things to be thankful for of course: my health, family and friends, yadda yadda yadda…  But what I am most thankful for this year is the ability to look around and find plenty of things to be thankful for while temporarily suspending all desire to point out the things I do not have.  I'm not going to lie and say I don't notice that we still haven't replaced our roof, or that it's a breeze to be a single car family, or even that it's not a pain in the ass trying to re-vamp the budget yet again because our utility rates increased.  Of course I notice those things, and they make me uncomfortable, and sometimes, unhappy.  But you I find that while it is important to note those things so that I can work on them, or accept them, or whatever needs to be done, it's even more important not to dwell on them.  How can anyone ever be happy if they occupy themselves with all the things they don't have?  It's so much easier and so much nicer to absorb all that you DO have and appreciate it for what it is.  I spent most of the day just taking in my kids and my husband.  That was pretty damn cool.  I got lots of love from T-Rex, saw some serious maturity in Mega Man, and so much more…

I have several friends upon whom I wish I could bestow this "thing" I have discovered.  They seem hell-bent on focusing only on what falls short of their wishes and desires, and what they don't have that they are missing out on so many neat things in their lives.  I imagine it brings a lot of undue frustration…  I mean, I stress more than enough, but there comes a point when you just have to let it go…  And I think that if you don't appreciate what you have, you're missing out even more.  If you can't see what is before you for what it's worth, what is the point in having it?  What good is the love of a child if you don't cherish it?  What good is an hour or two with a friend if you're texting someone else the entire time?  What good is a hot, home cooked meal if you gobble it down so fast you don't taste it, and skimp on conversation with the family sitting at the table with you? 

It's been a long time coming, but I think I finally got it.  I am thankful for it all…  even what I don't have.  🙂

Merry Christmas!

Grinchmas 

Whatever you and yours celebrate, may it be merry!

**Pictures of the boys with their gifts can be seen here and here.

*Day 16: Today I am grateful for my children.  Their laughter is totally healing and every day I am around them, I am better for.  My kids rock!

Cookies!!!

I am excited about our family's cookie exchange today, but not looking forward to the almost 3 hour drive.  I hope traffic is light and the highways are accident-free!

*Day 11: I am grateful that gas prices are back under $2.00.  I'd be even more grateful if they stayed that way for like…  eternity.

Gobble Gobble!!!

  I hope everyone is stuffing themselves silly amongst friends and family they cherish.  Happy Thanksgiving!!

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I am grateful for…

A healthy, loving, supportive family;

The ability to create another life;

Being able to depend on certain people no matter what our current "status" may be;

My fulfillment and the skills I have learned as a doula;

Falling gas prices;

The ability to keep my children warm, in a leak-free, well heated and cooled home in a safe neighborhood;

The ability to maintain two reliable forms of transportation;

Being able to keep food on the table, even though it's an every-day battle;

The chance to create new memories with friends and family that will generate things to be thankful for in the future.

Happy 4th Birthday!!!

     At 9:50 PM, you came into the world, and made us cry because you were so perfect and beautiful.  You looked so small and vulnerable…  You didn't cry right away, but you didn't need to.  We knew you were just fine…  

     Now 4 years later, you're growing into a fine little man.  You're articulate, kind, willing to help others, quietly curious, and every day you're here is another day that all of us grow richer.  Happy Birthday Mega Man!  We love you!

     See this birthday pictures here

New pictures and a video!

There are new pictures up in the new Fall 2008 album.  :-)  The video below was shot on November 29th.  The boys were contributing to the Halloween festivities by pulling the guts out after DH scraped the pumpkins.  I carved them when they were all done.  The family that designs pumpkins together, stays together, right?  Right!

Halloween?

    Are you dressing up this year?  I need costume ideas!!

Happy Birthday!

24 years ago today, my other best friend came into the world.  Happy Birthday, babe!

Stripper

24 years ago today, my other best friend came into the world.  Happy Birthday, babe!

Stripper