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Still celebrating.

“Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.”  ~Chili Davis

I had a birthday this weekend. I am now officially one year away from my mid-forties! Which just seems so crazy to me, since mentally I’m still pretty much about 18…or less, perhaps! (Do the math folks—that makes me 44. Or as I like to call it, The Year of the Double Fours.)

I shared my birthday with my family on my actual birthday day. It was lovely. An early supper at a seafood place near the beach. Walking on the beach with family. Taking crazy pics. And artsy fartsy pics. And ridiculous pics. Feasting on some Ben & Jerry’s. Then home to watch a movie. It was the perfect afternoon and evening.

My favorite moment of the day?



Look at the sand. Totally sweet, right? Can I get a collective “Awwww”??

And then there was, well, this:


And this sweetness right here:


The fun continued the following evening with a few of my crazier girlfriends. Let’s just say, there were enchiladas, margaritas and a full box of Depends undergarments—essential to any gathering where women of a certain age, or, women who have had children in their womb to destroy, er, shift their bladders, will be laughing their fool heads off for 5 hours. If you are one of said women, you will totally understand. Um, sorry, no pics.

I was blessed by so many cards, calls, texts, Facebook and Twitter posts and just feel so incredibly loved. It’s a nice feeling. And it’s humbling too.

Bring it on, Double Fours! I am ready!


Filed under Family, Gratitude

Monday Blues?


A word that strikes fear into the hearts of many. I won’t lie—it is true for me as well from time to time. Perhaps you are familiar with the dread that starts to creep in on Sunday evenings?

I am trying to take a different spin on Mondays and instead of looking at it from the Mamas and The Papas viewpoint (Monday, Monday…can’t trust that day…), I am trying to view Mondays from a “Yay, it’s a new week, fresh start” perspective.


I do so enjoy the freedom of the weekends and hanging out with the fam, but I also enjoy the schedule and routine that the weekdays bring as well.

I had a great time this past weekend dress shopping with my Emma for a gown to wear to the Military Ball. She has been invited by a friend to be his date and she is excited to get all dressed up. I must say, she looked way too grown in some of the dresses she tried on! OY! This mama is not ready for all this grown up business!

I guess I better get used to it.

And yet, she was so silly as we were out shopping having such a blast on Saturday and then we spent most of yesterday afternoon watching an Anne of Green Gables movie marathon on the Inspiration channel. It seems as though she is at that weird place I remember being as a 13 and 14 year old girl—the in-betweens. In between childhood and womanhood. It can be very confusing, as I recall. Wanting to be grown up and still feeling a connection with your childlike self and needing your mama. I hope she never loses needing her mama part or the silly part. I do love it so.

At the same time, I admire the woman she is becoming. One of her teachers told me in an email this past fall that Emma “is a fine student and exhibits a high level of self-respect for a teenager. You should be proud.” He is right. And I could not be more proud of her.

I hope you all are having a wonderful Monday and taking it for what it is…a new day that is filled with blessings and is, like Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables) says, “always fresh, with no mistakes in it.”


Filed under Emma, Family, Parenting

30 Days of Thankfulness-Days 12 & 13

So, I am behind a day…but for good reason!

  • I am so thankful for lifelong friends who are willing to drive a ways to see you for the weekend!!

We have had such fun this weekend and I am so thankful that my sweet friend, Kristi, was willing to make a road trip to SC to see me!  She and her daughter, Sarah, of my most famous post ever, came down for a girls’ weekend.  There was a lot of shopping, laughing, Wii playing, and eating.

It is so good to just sit back and relax with people who you don’t have to clean house for. Who you have known forever and who you have such a comfort level with. Who you just pick up with wherever you left off the last time you talked. Do y’all know what I am saying?

Kristi is my BFF since 10th grade.  I am pretty sure our friendship was solidified in Spanish class at NPHS. Muchas gracias, Sra. Acevez! We developed one of those stay up talking all night long spill your guts deep convos kind of friendships. We shared our deepest secrets and were inseparable for several years.  Even when I moved away the summer before our senior year, we still managed to remain close.  We spoke on the phone every Sunday, we wrote letters, and then my Dad flew her up to where we lived to surprise me once. Sadly, there was no Skype, texting or email back in the day! But no matter! She was my maid of honor at my wedding, and I was her matron of honor.  We have children who are basically stair steps and who are all friends. It is a blessing to have such friendship.

Kristi is a hard working kindergarten teacher. She loves her job and she is good at it. She works hard at her church. She works hard for her family at home. She does not whine, complain or make excuses about anything. She is a real go-getter tell it like it is kinda girl. And I like that.  I often wish I was more like her.

We don’t get to talk as often as we’d like and we definitely don’t get to visit as often as we’d like, but when we do, it is always good. She laughs at the ridiculous things I say and do and she would definitely tell me if I had any glick between my teeth.  She is a true friend.

“The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.”  ~Elisabeth Foley

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