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Friday, April 30, 2010

Tomorrow I will have two 14 year olds!

May 1, 1996 -- that was when my baby was born. It was my third c-section and the only one that was scheduled. :)  We didn't know if it was a boy or girl, so when they pulled him out George took one look at him and knew.  He finally had a boy!  He arrived calm as day, with the cutest little mole on his face.  Each one that arrives brings you more love than you ever think you'll have room for.  Esabelle and Selena loved him from the start.  I love my three children so much.  They bring such joy and heartache.  

Tomorrow, we have Hunter's annual birthday bash planned.  Fifty or so kids are coming over to crash my door.  There is a chance of thunderstorms -- please Lord let us be in the "miss zone".  Since the kids have been little we've always done pinatas at their parties.  George being from Mexico, knows how to do 'em up right.  None of this hanging on a tree branch, and dividing all the candy up evenly.   We've witnessed pinatas in Mexico where they were out for blood!  Belle got her glasses stomped and broken once, and came up looking like a dust bunny!  We're not quite that vicious, but George hangs them up high and we blindfold everyone.  The kids love it, even with them all being 14.  

Selena was born June 9, 1995, so every year for one month and 9 days her and Hunter are the same age.  It kind of burns her, but it's all good. Having kids so close together is really like having twins.  Selena used to sit on Hunter's head every chance she got.  We've got so many pictures that just make us roll on the floor laughing.  He's always crying and she's always grinning.  Gotta run, much to do.  Three pinatas are filled to the brim, two Ho-Ho cakes are waiting to be made, and floors are waiting to be mopped.  The backyard is ready to be filled with a herd of vivacious kids.  I love being a mom.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Semi-Wordless Wednesday




We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.  ~Stacia Tauscher

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Opportunity

Moments have quick feet and and are fleeting.  Grabbing them might require quick reflexes and no hesitation.  I've been known to be hesitant, but I do have quick reflexes.  When I played volleyball in high school, I remember my coach showing the others my wrist snap.  When you spike or serve the ball, you need to have a good snap to make that ball go low.  I seem to have been blessed with a good snap.  Even now, if I drop something I'm sometimes able to catch it in mid-air.  Ya baby -- still haven't lost it. 

This week two different opportunities came my way.  The first one made me stop and ponder.  There were heated discussions here at home about taking it.  George is a go-getter and knows a good chance when he sees one.  I, on the other hand, need time to process my emotions and everything this opportunity might entail.  After some good thought, we're passing this moment up.  It's just not for us.  The second one came last evening.  Really, it's not even something I have to think about much -- if all the details work out I'm all over it.  It's my passion.  It's interesting, and something I thought of just now, that God would bring two separate opportunities to me in the same week -- both were things I love.  Both were things I'm passionate about.  Only one of them, though, is the direction God has been sending me in.  It's a direction that I've been dragging my feet in.  It's also one, I feel alive when I'm doing.  I know I can only feel peace when I'm going where God wants -- so here I go.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Semi-Wordless Wednesday

I'm inspired every time I walk by this piece of art, painted by my friend Tina.  It reminds me to take chances. I need reminded of that today.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Stuck

Last summer I found the best seller "Eat Pray Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert at  a Goodwill store in Columbus for a mere .99 cents!  I was super excited because I had heard alot of hype and good things about it.  I started another book first, then my sister Rhonda discovered that I had Eat Pray Love.  She nabbed it and I didn't see it for another six months.  When I finally got it back I was so ready to read it.  I settled in and readied myself for an awesome read.  The first part went down easy, then I got stuck.  Now mind you, I can read just about anything.  I love deep books, but I just couldn't digest this one.  She lay on the floor in her bathroom crying out to God and wondering why she just didn't want to be with her husband anymore. I have sympathy. I'm compassionate.  Normally I'm all about drama, and strife.  For some reason I just couldn't go on!  I finished her trek through Italy, but when she got to India and the Ashram I put the book down and just couldn't pick it up anymore.  Right in the middle of her trying to meditate and wondering why a million other things were entering her mind and causing her NOT to meditate, I shut down.  I picked up another book called, "Vanishing Acts"  by Jodi Picoult, and started hungrily reading about this little girl that had been kidnapped as a four year old.  Much easier to digest, right?   Someday, I will finish Eat Pray Love -- maybe when I'm feeling a little more angst in my life.  For now, and for the first time ever -- I haven't been able to finish a book.  I'm immersed in Vanishing Acts -- hopefully Eat Pray Love will go down easier later -- probably after I've seen it's movie coming out starring Julia Roberts.  They always say, though, that the book is better than the movie -- we'll see about that.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Things I've been procrastinating about

I'm probably the world's biggest procrastinator.  I have such good intentions, every day, of getting this nice little tidy list done.  My house stays clean, the laundry is done, and yet this list just doesn't get done.  Hmm, maybe seeing it in writing for the world to see will kick me in the butt.

1) Open an Etsy site.  I have so many neat things I've made and/or WANT to make.  I even took the pictures and uploaded them to the computer.  Do you think my Etsy site is up and running yet?  No.

2) Start writing George's life story in book form.  This one has beat me over the head for years.  His story is so fascinating and heart-pounding that it would make the best read ever.  As I look ahead at each chapter, I'm afraid I won't give it justice -- and he deserves more than that.  Then again, he tells me, "Babe, by the time you write the book and make millions, we'll be old and won't be able to enjoy the money and trips around the world."  That would be some motivation.

3) My garage sale book is another thing I want to write.  Oh, the tips and tricks of the lowly garage sale!  It's a gold mine if you do it correctly.  I've envisioned this book in my head for years now -- but written yet?  Nah, it's still tucked safely away in the crevices of my mind. 

4) After 14 years, I still haven't lost that doggone "baby" fat from my last baby.  Do you think I should stop blaming Hunter?  He will only be getting his driving permit next year....  It really is time to get serious and get healthy.

After looking at this list, I must say it's the top four.  Wow, if I only have four things I've been procrastinating about I can't be doing that bad.  I love my husband, take care of my kids, make sure the weeds don't take over the garden, and cook semi-delicious food.  I love my world, and even if I don't get everything done, it's ok.  There's always tomorrow. ;)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Spring Break Baby!

Finally bringing my blog up to date.  For the last ten days I have been dreadfully sick.  Whatever virus it was it took me down and George too.  We were flat down with chills and heavy fever.  I am left with it's remnants in the form of a cough that just won't leave me alone.  The luscious sun is outside just shining away right now and I am ever so glad that it's decided to come out.  The kids are on spring break this week and right now they are playing old songs and dancing around the house.  I love spring break. 

Later today I'm taking Selena and we're rounding up some Easter groceries.  Then we're heading over to watch Hunter run the mile, the 800, and the 1600m relay at the Claymont Invitational.  Looking forward to soaking up some sun on the bleachers.  My face is paler than a snowflake!  Need my tan back to look a little more human. I'll blog next week on something a little more substantial.  Just needed to give my fellow bloggers a heads up as to my condition.  I smell my banana cake cooling on the cupboard -- think I'll go sneak a hot piece. :)