Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Actually, it wasn't bad. I'm used to not getting more than 5 hours a sleep a day with my crazy shift so it wasn't a big deal. I got everything ready to go and we were on the road with my 3 kids and our niece to keep my daughter happy, all by 9AM.
The beach was gorgeous! Nice breeze, not too hot and not too crowded. There were even a few big dark clouds that brought some shade which I loved! We had a little drizzle but that didn't stop anyone. We left the beach for a little bit to have Mack & Manco pizza since you can't go to the Jersey shore and not have it. Then we went back on the beach for a little while. I took a bunch of pictures, read my book and just relaxed. After a bit of a stressful week, it was just what the doctor ordered. I'm such a good doctor to myself!
Here's my oldest son catching a wave on his boogieboard!
We hit the boardwalk at night so the kids could go on the rides. We bought tickets at half price back on Easter weekend. Good heavens that boardwalk was crowded. And the strollers. More coaches, strollers and wagons than I remember there being when my kids were in them. Seeing all the kids on those little rides that just go around and around reminded me so much of when my kids were younger. Made me realize those were some of the best days! Not that I don't love and enjoy my kids now, but the looks of excitement on their faces when we would go on the boardwalk and rides were priceless. You don't get to see those looks anymore. They get excited and happy, but it's not the same, it's not that "look". I miss it.
Oh how I miss it.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Columbine by Dave Cullen
Normally, I'm horrible with change. New beginnings scare me and endings terrify me. I'm starting to realize that this really is a problem for me so I have to work through some changes, get a grip on things and make myself relax and work it out. I'd even go so far as to say I have anxiety about change. I think it's getting worse as I get older. Or maybe it's not so much as I get older, but as my kids get older. They are the ones changing, going through most of the changes and I'm the one having the anxiety about it. All part of motherhood I guess. So I figure if I get a grip, grab it by the horns and hold on for dear life, I might just be okay with some change here and there. Maybe.
Instead of focusing on the changes, I'm going to focus and put my energy into other things. Control what I can, while I can. Maybe even sit back and enjoy a few things. Wish me luck with that!
So to help kick off my big change with change, I think I'm going to give myself some time this weekend. I really want to get out and play with my new camera some. I really want to curl up on the deck on my favorite lounger and read while sipping a big glass of sweet tea (thanks for the idea Cyndy) with my tiki lights going. I want to play a few rounds of Apples to Apples & Uno Attack with the kids. I want to stay up late and talk! I want to take a little time and just enjoy the start of summer.
And while I'm doing that, I'll just keep saying over and over
Oh God, give me the Serenity to accept the things that cannot be changed, the Courage to change the things that can and the Wisdom to know the difference.
Maybe that'll do the trick!
Monday, June 15, 2009
I thought this looked like fun and something a little different! Plus I really liked the picture! I borrowed this from http://peekingbetweenthepages.blogspot.com/, one of the blogs I love to read!
Books finished last week:
Before the Storm by Diane Chamberlain
Bone by Bone by Carol O'Connell
Judas Child by Carol O'Connell
Books to Finish this Week:
Judas Child by Carol O'Connell
Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley
How about you? Why not join in with what you've read, are reading or planning to finish this week or share with me in a comment.
"Fifteen year old Andy Lockwood is special. Others notice the way he blurts out anything that comes into his mind, how he cannot foresee consequences, that he's more child than teenager. But his mother sees a boy with a heart as open and wide as the ocean. Laurel Lockwood lost her son once through neglect. She's spent the rest of her life determined to make up for her mistakes, and she's succeeded in becoming a committed, protective parent - maybe even overprotective. Still, she loosens her grip just enough to let Andy attend a local church social - a decision that terrifies her when the church is consumed by fire. But Andy survives and remarkably, saves other children from the flames. Laurel watches as Andy basks in the role of unlikely hero and the world finally sees her Andy, the sweet boy she knows as well as her own heart. But when the suspicion of arson is cast upon Andy, Laurel must ask herself how well she really knows her son...and how far she'll go to keep her promise to protect him forever."
As with all of Chamberlain's books, there's always a few twist and turns in the plot that throw you for a loop. Each chapter ends with a sentence that really makes you want to read just one more and makes it hard to put down!
I'll be adding lost of pics to the blog once I get it all figured out! You've been warned!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I have to be honest and admit, I like, no I love being involved with my kids schools and activities. I like being known at the schools. I like being comfortable with the faculty and staff. But all this high school stuff is new and it's just like being a freshman again.
I think we had a really good meeting and a lot of my ideas were met with nodding heads and smiles. I think some of the ladies were thinking the same things, just hoping someday someone would come along and make the necessary changes.
Tonight when I got to work, I got an email from Fr. J who is the priest that sits in with our organization. He's wonderful and I really like him. Here's the beginning of his email to me
"GREAT JOB tonight! You have a natural gift! It will be a pleasure working with you!I loved the way you brought up our conversation about meeting changes,etc. I don't know if you could see, but many of the moms were smiling and nodding in agreement. I think our changes will meet with much approval."
That felt good! Makes you feel like the work that you are doing is really worth it and is going to make a difference! And I do believe it's going to be a good year!!
I've started what looks like is going to be another good one, Before The Storm by Diane Chamberlain. I like Chamberlain's books and have recommended them before. She always seems to grab you in those first few pages and before you know it, you're hooked!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Well, not really.
This morning my husband got up at the ungodly hour of 5:30AM to leave for Vermont. He was going to get a machine that he bought for his shop. We're hoping this works well and takes off for him. It could really jump start his business again and hopefully open some new doors. Everything I own is crossed!!
So after I got up with him for a little bit and said goodbye, I went back to bed around 7AM. I woke up at 9:30 and decided to get moving. Greg had a bday pool party to go to so I dropped him off and Jerry, Victoria and I headed to the mall. I had GCs to burn and I was determined to have fun spending them. I wasn't in the door of B&N for 2 seconds when Jerry pointed it out to me. I knew I had to have it. I must be the only one who doesn't buy books at B&N. I like getting my books from the library. We all know I have an library fetish. So what do you buy if you won't buy books? You buy an Elevated Lighted Lapdesk to read on. Yep, that's what you do. And this lapdesk is the perfect size for my notebook computer. Oh sweet, I'm in love! I grabbed that baby on the way out of the mall.
We met my friend Lisa and her 2 daughters J & K. J and Victoria go to school together and are very good friends so they were off and being all girly in the mall. Jerry went off on his own for a little bit. Lisa, Kelly and I went shopping. We stopped in New York & Company and that's when my world lit up! They had some purple pocketbooks. Now we all know purple pocketbooks are my other obsession! I'm looking around and find two pocketbooks. Normally, I would have to chose but when they are having a 60% off sale, you just don't have to do that! So I get the 2 and on the way out, K finds another purple one! Now, do I? Should I? Hey, I have birthday money. I'm going for it! I also notice a few wallets, little change purses and this really cool dark purple cell phone case. Yeah, the case was 60% off too. Goodbye birthday money......hello happy birthday girl!!
We had a really nice lunch at the food court with the kids. We hit Claire's where I found this really cute cell phone holder that I wanted for my desk and of course Victoria found some lip gloss. Then we took our other gift card to B&BW and had some fun in there. I got some Cucumber Melon shower gel and lotion. Victoria got some Warm Vanilla spray and lotion. I can't wait to get my shower soon! I even manged to find 3 bras at Sears. It was a really good shopping day!
We went to 4:30 mass and even more good things happened. I was saying to Jerry that 2 of the boys that work at the rectory are leaving for college, he should ask Father if he's hiring. He thinks about it and I say, you should go catch him before he leaves to do his running around. He goes back and asks Father and he says, Jerry I just saw you sitting out there and thought, I should call Jerry and ask him if he wants a job. LOL!!! Pays to go to mass and be friends with your pastor. The boys that work there usually just have to answer the phones and greet anyone coming to the rectory for a meeting. They can do their homework, watch tv and bring their laptops if they have one. This is the perfect job for him. It's a couple days a week from 3-7PM. Doesn't interfere with much and the hours are perfect.
Greg had a hockey game after mass. It was a playoff game but they lost. Greg had a goal so he was happy. The coach had some really nice things to say about him after the game. Proud mommy moment!
Now I'm home doing some wash and playing on line. I think I'll curl up with my book and relax some before hogging the whole bed to myself!
Friday, June 5, 2009
Yeah, I'll be fine in a few days!
The book is Bone by Bone by Carol O'Connell. She has another stand alone called Judas Child that I've ordered from the library. It looks really good too! She also has a mystery series that I've never heard of or read but I'm adding it to my ever growing list!
I just love when I find a book that I just can't wait to get back to reading. I want to hurry and find out things but I don't want it to end, that's how much I'm enjoying it.
I'm just very grateful for the relationship that we have together. I'm so happy that he came to me over the last week and talked to me. I'm glad he trusted me and I'm glad I got to be there for him. Made me feel good as a mom! That's something I'll never take for granted!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Way back in September, my oldest started his Freshman year of high school. Wow, what a year it's been!
We've had a lot of firsts at his High School. We've shared a lot of firsts and he's experienced A LOT of firsts!
It seems like just yesterday he was sitting in the car telling me that he didn't like it there, didn't want to do this anymore. It was hard and it was an adjustment. He went from being one of the top dogs to being just one in a room full of top dogs. But by the second half of the year, he was ranked #19 out of 344. Not bad for a kid who swore he just couldn't do it!
We had our first Mother Son Dance this year! I'm very lucky that I have a son that will go to these events with me without having to beg and bribe. Believe me, I've heard stories of what some moms had to go through to "get" their sons to do this with them. I'm lucky!
And he's had a lot of firsts too. His first article for the newspaper, his first high school dance, his first girlfriend and even his first kiss. Don't know if he'll admit it, but he's had a really good first year!
Looking back, it's bitter sweet. I'm so happy to have experienced things with him. I'm lucky to have been able to watch him experience other things. And with each experience, he gets one more step closer to growing up, moving on, leaping into manhood. And as much as that is an honor to watch and experience, it's heartbreaking to see. I love the teen he's becoming but I so terribly miss the little boy who thought wearing a Rubbermaid bowl on his head was cool!
I'm happy for him, but sad for me. Motherhood is one tough job and it's murder on the heart!
Lord help me when he's a senior!