Well, my little man turned 3 yesterday! Wow, where has the time gone? He had a GREAT day filled with super fun gifts sent by family, cupcakes with sprinkles that he helped me make, a birthday lunch at McDonald's (his fav), and a trip to the beach at sunset to see the sea turtles helped to water from their nest. He has such a fun, sweet, energetic, encouraging, and funny spirit about him. He is a gift to the rest of his more serious, intense, type A, and reserved family members (I'll let you figure out who's what:)). I'm continually thankful for him, and just can't believe my "baby" is truly no longer a baby!
So, this the hubby's new "car"! He's been on the search for a car for quite some time, as many of you know. At first it was going to be a sedan, then he decided to go sporty with a Mustang, and finally he landed on the idea of a used Jeep. He says it's his mid-life crisis kicking in early....I say "whatever"!
Anyway, for him, usually the shopping and researching is the most fun. But, I think maybe he's just as thrilled with the purchase this time:) I hate the researching, looking, and shopping to be honest....so I'm glad it's over! But, I will say....this "car" is FUN! We've enjoyed tooling around town this weekend in it. The kids L-O-V-E it. They both canNOT stop telling their daddy how cool it is, and they call it the "monster truck" Jeep! Too funny! Today we had the top down and went for a ride....perfect!
We had a great trip overall. The kids loved the stay in the hotel, although didn't sleep much. And, they just LOVE being with family. We took walks, played in Gran's basement, went on a hayride, picked pumpkins, played at the park, and ate lots of yummy food:)
There were hard bits for Dad and I too.....returning to the house where Mom grew up, to where their relationship first started, and to just look around and notice the obvious...she was missing. I think it was hard on the rest of the family too....we serve as reminders of her to them....because I look like her maybe, but also because we were a package deal (especially she and Dad). But, we made the most of it and recognize that the next time it will probably be a little easier.
Now we're back and getting settled back in, and are especially excited to have our Hubby/Daddy HOME!!!! We hope to enjoy a great family weekend to end off our Fall Break!
Little Miss Lilly was the star of the show yesterday. She is my cousin's 3 month old daughter, and yesterday she was baptized. Precious child! It was a nice ceremony, and an AMAZING dinner (authentic Italian). My prayer for you Lil, is that you would know that you are loved by your parents and the Lord....that you would come to a faith in Christ at a young age, and walk with Him all the days of your life.
So, we've officially made it through to Fall Break in our first experience with school! It's been great, too. This is a picture of E from the first day in her "uniform". She loves going, learning, and being with friends.
For the break, we are taking a trip to be with my Mom's side of the family, leaving after school tomorrow. We'll celebrate C's bday while there, get to meet my cousin's brand new little girl, Lilly, and see her baptized. Should prove to be an adventure and a really fun time. I am also looking forward to coming home, too, as my hubby will FINALLY be back indefinitely. It's crazy to think that he's not been here since school started for E!!! I mean he did come home for a weekend, but you know. Anyway, off we go to enjoy cheese steaks, soft pretzels, subs, and water ice. Yes, all food. I guess I'd better take my workout clothes with me, eh? Ha!
So, Wednesdays mornings are when I have "special time" with my little Batman. I'm fortunate enough to have a friend here to carpool with a friend, and when she's not available my Dad (Poppy) has offered to take E to school. That allows me one morning to stay in my p.j.s, have an extra cup-o-joe, and play whatever my little Batman wants to. Today, we are building a train track to drive cars on. So, off I go to indulge in one of my simple pleasures....one-on-one time with my little guy. I know this won't be something that he desires forever...playing with Mom. He already wipes my kisses off...stinker! So, I'm going to be the best darn car driver that I can be....maybe he'll be impressed enough to ask me to do it again next Wednesday:)
I'm just relating to that precious honey bear when he sang, "I'm just a little black rain cloud...." because this is week 6 (I think) without my husband. He's been away with work. I'm also pretty sure that I'm a bit pre-hormonal, and sick. And then there is my Mom's birthday.....she would have been just 62 this coming Sunday. She passed away in May from Cancer. All that to say, I feel like there is a bit of a cloud over my head these days. I'm ready to return to team parenting, less hormones, better health, and well....there isn't much to be done about grief for now.
My sis and I were just saying...it seems a bit harder now to be without Mom than it did even at first. Maybe its that you can no longer escape the reality of the situation?
Anyway, it's weird knowing that I'm not feeling like my "normal" self. "Normal" meaning, pre-May. I feel like a more dull, or less shiny version of me. I'm sure this too shall pass, but in the meantime it's hard to explain to others. I'm just thankful for friends and family who keep telling me this is "typical", and give me the grace to walk through this season.
E (my 4 year old daughter) asked me today if G.G. (my mom) was still my Mother. I don't know why, but that opened the floodgates....Yes, she is still my Mother...the woman who brought me into this world. My Mommy...the woman who tenderly cared for my needs and helped lay the foundations of my life, just as I am attempting to do with my two kiddos. My Mom...an example of a woman who loved the Lord, her husband, children, family, and friends....a dear friend of mine. And, I miss her a whole heaping lot today.
I'm just thankful that God's mercies are new each morning....tomorrow is a new day. And while I'm sure I won't miss her any less, I'm hopeful the floodgate door might stay pulled shut:)
And then in a week I'll no longer have hormones that are all whack-a-do, be over this cold, and have my husband back. Watch out world!!!!!!!
As we embarked with picnic in hand, E informed me that this was the first time that we've ever taken them hiking! The truth of that statement became clear to me quite quickly as they started saying, "Why is it taking so longto get to our picnic?" They totally missed that the means was just as important as the end....I too sometimes miss that in life.
At any rate, we ended up stopping for our dinner at the edge of the beach due to high tide. On our return hike C and E raced, and then E and I did various "exercises". It was a nice outing, and it ended with Shake's for dessert back home before baths and bedtime:)
So, I've officially decided to begin blogging! Ahhh! First I put it off and then I actually tried but wasn't bright enough to figure it out:) This time I made it! Ha! So, here are my two precious kiddos before church one morning. E (4) always has to accessorize with jewelry and lip gloss. You can't see them, but this day she also decided to wear her dress-up shoes as well....that was interesting! As for C (almost 3) he just was excited to be wearing a shirt that looked like his Poppy's!
I have the great privilege of living life alongside my sweet husband, discipling two precious and super fun kiddos, and trying to leave some kind of legacy and imprint for Christ in all I do. I am perfect at NONE of the above, and love every minute of it!