May 22, 2012 · 1:20 pm
This one always kills me. It is halfway through Tuesday and I realize that I have not posted my most sacred post of the week. I have been blogging for four years now (crazy, right?) and Tuesdays have always been the days I stop and smell the roses, the coffee, or maybe even the not so clean sponge that I can smell from the garage as I walk in the house. It is the day I have vowed to myself to always take stock and find something that touches me. A little break in the crazy week that makes me present.
And here I am, at 1PM on Tuesday and I realize I forgot to do this last night.
So today’s post is about time. And how we get caught up in how important we are. How our to-do list is sometimes magnified to the point of absurdity. When you break your own rule for taking a moment, it is not the end of the world for anyone else but yourself.
Better late than never; here is my list of things that made me grateful this week. The things that made me feel like me:
1. My very first peony of the season. When I left the house that morning it was a bud, when I came home it was in full bloom. And it was the only one in the gar den.
2. Planting for my mom. This was a bittersweet task because as much as she loved me doing it she wished she could do it herself. She told me she remembered doing it for her mom and I told her I was screwed because Jana did not like to garden.
3. Puppy on the beach. You can never beat this one, even after she chewed THREE pair of prescription sunglasses in one week.
4. Son home for 36 hours. Hopefully when he returns from his little post-finals excursion we will get a little more of him. A lot more would be asking the impossible.
5. Full house Sunday dinner with dear friends and all 4 of our kids… a true rarity and a gift indeed.
With the holiday weekend marking the unofficial start of summer, I vow to try to chill when I can.
And just BE.
August 14, 2011 · 10:58 pm
No, not me! I would never be that self-serving. I am talking about MY mom.
This weekend we celebrated a very special birthday with my mother. Through some miracle and lots of corralling of 3 generations of cats, we were able to get the entire family together. Even Danny made it – fresh off the camp bus.
A huge thank you and hugs forever to the Chef love of my life, Don, for making this meal over the top amazing. Big plug for Valentino’s on the Green (might I highly recommend EVERYTHING on the menu)
As my mom put it so eloquently in her little speech after dins, having everyone all together in one place made turning this rather strange number worth it.
Here’s to my mom, the bravest woman I know. Wishing you the best birthday ever. May you always feel the love that surrounded you tonight, and know that we are all blessed to have you in our lives.
Now, if all you readers would be so kind as to come out of the woodwork, please wish mom a happy birthday.
June 30, 2011 · 7:25 pm
At a recent trip to Target we stood behind a family who seems to have found the solution to cooking family meals… don’t!
This mom and grandma, with toddler in tow, had stocked up on what looked like a months worth of Smart Ones meals. What you see on the bottom of that cart only represents half of what she was buying.
Anyone out there a big fan of Smart Ones? Do you think this is a good way to feed the fam? Or perhaps she cooks real food for them but is just trying to keep her points down and fit into that bathing suit this summer.
Damn, I hope her micro doesn’t go on the fritz!
November 15, 2010 · 8:50 pm
It is a bittersweet fact that as your kids grow, the time you spend as a family shrinks. If you have done your job well, their lives are full. If you are lucky, yours are as well.
We are four people with very full lives. Not one of us is the type to be idle or feel lonely. We have a great extended family, many friends and rich lives. We work hard and play hard.
Blah. Blah. Blah. Ok, so that is all academic. And though it is true on some level, after 21 years of being a family unit, you crave that time when you can be together. And you learn to appreciate the moments for what they are… fleeting and precious.
This weekend we visited our kids at college. If you don’t follow this blog regularly, my kids are away at school together as a freshman and a senior.
They love it. I love it more.
Parent’s weekend = fly. drive. eat. reverse. repeat.
But for twenty precious minutes, just the four of us sat on the couch in my daughter’s apartment and were simply US.
In all caps.
Nothing special was said. (oh except when my son told us about his human sexuality class and said he now knows more about the vagina than he ever cared to know – now that is something you rarely hear from a 18-year-old boy) There were no real heavy parenting moments. We just WERE. (again in caps)
And to me, there is nothing better on this earth than a little time with just us four…
even if it was only for twenty.
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November 9, 2010 · 10:44 pm
A daughter is still new to the menstruation game. She is young and can really do without it. Honestly, she does not see the point. Her mom tries to shed some light on the subject.
Mom: Honey, as a girl matures, things happen to her body. She gets her period, she starts to grow breasts, and her body changes. Right before your period every month you can tend to be a little moody.
Daughter: I know, but why?
Mom: Well, this is all the beginning of changing a girl’s body into a woman’s body. And then as a woman gets older, like mommy, she goes through something called menopause. Her body changes again and she stops getting her period. And again she can tend to be a little moody.
Daughter: Oh no mom! Does that mean you are going to lose your boobs?!
Mom: (Laughing) Um, no not exactly. But they sure don’t look like they used to.
April 24, 2009 · 11:44 pm
I know I have already blogged about this once this week, but this is monumental.
Today is the 20th birthday of the fabulous Miss Jana. All you lurkers out there, the pressure is on to throw a comment in to wish my not so little girl a very happy birthday. Keep in mind she is in the home stretch of the semester and life is not all that much fun so she could really use a shout out from all of you.
In celebration of her birthday I will share my top ten most favorite things about Jana (in no particular order)
1. her hair (Dr. Jimmy is with me on this one)
2. her smile (thanks to the orthodontist who gave her the straightest teeth in the zip code)
3. her ability to suck it up in tough situations.
4. the fact that she will always be the one to tell me when it is time to get my hair colored (this could be one of the things I miss the most with her gone)
5. her kind heart
6. the way she taught me that it really doesn’t matter if a teenager’s room is a mess.
7. the way she treats her brother
8. her love for music (her dad made sure of that)
9. the way she hates to shop (where could that come from)
10. the fact that my behavior rarely embarrasses her
For the second time this week, but on the actual date you popped out, happy birthday Janny girl!
Now come on, let’s see some comments here…
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