A Few Words of Gratitude

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I think it is the kinder, gentler version of Christmas. Celebrating your family, friends, and blessings in life without the hype, stress, and overall chaos that has become a part of the Holiday Season.

Today I intend to hug, kiss, and snuggle these two who I am most thankful for. My husband, my best friend, my partner, my teammate. You are my rock, grounding me when I fly too high (or off the handle), lifting me up and cheering me on when I struggle with being confident in myself. My beautiful, amazing boy. You touch my heart and light up my world. You truly are my sun and stars. I love you both and I am so full of gratitude that I am able to share this life with yours.

Summer Fun

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We’ve been busy enjoying ourselves so far this summer. Lots of days at the pool, taking walks and rides in the wagon, ice cream runs, swim lessons, and some lazing around the house.

My parents and nephew also came out to visit and watch Joseph for us so I could join Shawn in Las Vegas for a few days after he finished meeting with some work vendors. We had a fantastic time. We went to see the LOVE, which was amazing! We also has some great meals, did a little gambling and spent one afternoon at the pool. Just what the doctor ordered.

Hope everyone else has been enjoying the summer so far!

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First Family Vacation

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We’re just back from Hilton Head, SC where we spent our first family vacation. It was a wonderful week of sun, sand, swimming, and lazing about. It was so much fun to be able to introduce Joseph to the ocean. He was fearless and crawled right into the surf. He laughed and splashed at the waters edge and didn’t even try to eat the sand! He also loved the swimming pool at our condo and never wanted to get out. Lots of playing on the shallow steps and “swimming” about. Shawn’s mom came with us and she was most helpful with entertaining Joe on the long car ride and “babysitting” after he went to sleep so Shawn and I could walk over to the Salty Dog and so we could sip on a Dark’n Stormy and listen to a little music. I’m already dreaming of our return.

Stalled

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Stalled. That is exactly how I am feeling right now. At least, creatively. I sit here at my work table staring out the window and listening to the rain patter against the pane, wasting precious nap-time freedom. I cannot get excited about any of the projects I currently have going, nor am I interested in starting something new. Everything is “Meh” to me. Soon, too soon, I will hear the rustle of stuffed animals and the babble that will turn into shouts of “Mom” over the monitor and I’ll be summoned back to the world of diapers and board books, cheerios and sippy cups, puzzle pieces and sticky fingers. Why am I wasting this precious time? Oh creative Muse, please push me forward and get me out of Neutral while I still have this moment to call my own.

Birthday Boy

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Happy 6th Birthday, Walter. My sweet boy, I can’t believe that’s its been so long. You were such a tiny pup when we brought you home. Now I see gray on that snout of yours. Ever serious and sweet, you’ve been a constant companion. I’m so proud of how you’ve accepted your “little brother” and love him so. You’re beyond patient with his bulldozer ways, although I’m sure his food-sharing had made things more bearable. I love you, my fuzzy guy. Happy birthday, boy.

Water Slides & Hockey Sticks

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Happy 11th birthday to my amazing nephew Luke! He’ll be living an eleven year old’s dream by celebrating it while attending a squirts hockey tourney and spending it at a indoor water park.

I’m excited to say that I’ll be joining him for his birthday extravaganza. Shawn has been brave awesome enough to watch Joseph this weekend so I could join him and my sister. Lets hope for a birthday win!

Whiskey & Home Again

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We had a great time in Madison over the weekend. Even though it was bitterly cold, we enjoyed visiting with friends, hitting some of our favorite restaurants and bars, and snooping around driving past our old house. We also stopped at my beloved Brennan’s and dropped $40 on some amazing cheeses to bring home. (I would have brought home some Spotted Cow but we didn’t have enough room in our luggage.)

I have to say that I found myself missing living there a bit more than I thought I would. Don’t get me wrong, I love Columbus and I’m glad to be back, but Madison is such a lovely city and it will always hold a special place in my heart. I know that we’ll be back to visit again. Hopefully, next time it will be above freezing!

Tragedy in Sandy Hook

Yesterday and unspeakable act occurred in the small town of Sandy Hook, CT. A gunman entered an elementary school, killing 20 children and 6 adults before turning the gun on himself. I watched the news unfold with tears running down my cheeks, looking at Joseph play with his toys on the floor in front of me. I cannot imagine the agony and grief these families must now face.

Although I do not yet have a child in school, I do have a mother that is a principal of a grade school, as well as, a sister, cousin, aunt and several friends that are in the education field. I know that they all strive to not only teach, but to care for their students health, well-being, and safety.

It terrifies me to think that this is something that they might one day have to face. God please protect them and well as their students.

This kind of senseless tragedy, especially so close to the holidays, can often make you lose hope and trouble our thoughts of the future. A friend of mine shared this quote and it truly gave me something to grasp onto so I wouldn’t lose sight of all the good that is still in the world. I hope that it might also bring others some comfort at this time.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” – Mr. Rogers