Life Happens

I’ve been MIA for a few weeks now, and for good reason. Life happened. We got busy. I did some things for myself. I depended on family in times of need. Let me start at the beginning.

My car (that is so close to being paid off I can taste it) has decided to throw a temper tantrum. It kept running hot and I couldn’t figure out why. My dad met me on the side of the road and found nothing. A few days later it happened again. I made it to my brother’s place of work for him to look at it, and he spotted a leak. The tank for my coolant was cracked. Lucky for me, he works at a shop and could fix it in no time. Now it’s the tires…

Then we had Rae’s schedule to keep. A follow up with her pediatrician for her meds was scheduled right in the middle of this awful flu epidemic. We sat in a waiting room full of masks for what seemed like forever. After all of the flu patients were rushed through, we were finally seen. Her dosage was upped to 10 mg again, but everything else was perfect. Weight gain, progress, shared info were all what they needed to be.

After the pediatrician, we raced to her chiropractic appointment. She cracked and popped like it was her first adjustment. Poor kid wasn’t happy about it. But got the clear to come back in a month.

A few meltdowns this week, and she was back to normal Rae by Friday.

On top of the craziness, the weather hasn’t been on my side either. Rain, rain, rain…could be worse.

Friday at around lunch time I got a call asking if I could meet my sister-in-law at the ER. Her youngest fell at school and broke her wrist. Poor thing was so pitiful! I worked a smile and a few giggles out of her before going to pick Rae up from school.

The week ended with a rainy girl’s night and Rae spending time with her grandparents.

All in all, I have no complaints. Yes I was frustrated when things didn’t go right, but there was also so much positive to see. I have family to help me. I have friends to spend time with. We have all that we need and wake up every morning to another beautiful day. I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t take the small positives for granted. They count, too. Sometimes those small positives are all you need to make it to the next day. Enjoy the ups and downs life throws at you. They are all worth it!

For Your Entertainment

I know I usually focus a good bit on Rae’s ADHD and the struggles we face, but this time I want to share some of our funny moments with you. So, sit back and enjoy snippets of our humorous life! 🙂

1) Every parent has that one go-to phrase they use in frustrating moments. Rae has finally picked up on mine…She was coloring in the car a few days ago and I hit a bump causing her to go out of the lines. She slams her hand down on the paper and growls out, “God bless America!” Hey, it could be worse.

2) We had communion during Sunday service this past week. Rae has always had questions about baptism and stories she’s heard, but this peaked a whole new interest in her this time around. She would quietly ask about the bread, and I’d whisper that she could listen to the pastor or I’d explain after church. Then came the juice. She listened, but apparently when he mentioned “the blood of Jesus”, she thought we had blood in our cups. She tries to quietly tell me not to drink the “blood”. After I partake in the juice, she gets a worried look and tells me to never drink blood again. It was very hard to explain the semblance when she was determined that she heard the pastor correctly.

3) New babies in our family always brings up fun questions. Rae inspected my stomach one day looking for where she was “extracted” from. Apparently she caught a glimpse of her aunt’s c-section scar, and that’s the point of extraction. (I had a natural delivery…tiptoed around that conversation.)

4) Has anybody else’s kid pretended to have another name? Rae’s alias is Coral. She has signed her name as Coral on artwork, told me I called her the wrong name (in public!), and even had people believing that her first name was Coral. I just throw my hands up at that one now and leave it alone.

Share some of your funny moments! A good laugh never hurts the heart.

Happy New Year!!

For me, 2017 was a year full of ups and downs. We lost some pretty special people, my nephew was sick for the first few months of his life, health problems for my parents were diagnosed…on to the ups! One of my best friends got married, my baby brother and his fiancée brought their baby boy home, and Rae got amazing teachers for her year of K5. I also started a new job, made some new friends, and started some new ventures. Key word in that sentence is “started”…life happens and we lose track of things we feel may be less important. So for 2018, I have decided to make a list of goals instead of resolutions. I also have a support system to help me stick with them. And daily reminders set on my phone…😁 Let me share them with you:

1) Write a new blog post once a week.

I haven’t exactly stuck with this. And I used the excuse of being busy. Not any more!

2) Drink more water!!

I hate the taste of plain water. I don’t like the powder flavors either. I have found a solution! I squeezed some oranges and froze the juice in an ice tray. One cube is enough for my 16oz tumbler. Now, 8 glasses per day sounds like a lot to me. I prefer looking at it as only a half gallon a day. I still get my coffee first (so I don’t bite any heads off), and then water after. Nothing else to drink until that half gallon is consumed! Wish me luck…

3) Exercise daily.

This seems to be the norm for everyone. Pinterest has tons of calendars and 30 day challenges with a variety of exercises to choose from. My January challenge is called “Jump Off the Jiggle”. Fun enough for Rae to join me and not a load of exercises to start off with.

I am sticking with 3 for now. Another goal for the year is to finish that writing project I started. This one is more time consuming, so now definite time frame is set for it. I will be looking for people to help me polish off some rough edges on that also. Just some reading and editing.

Hope y’all had an amazing holiday season and may you be blessed all year long!

Labor Day Weekend

As many of you know, Labor Day weekend left a break in our hearts two years ago. Rae lost her dad in an atv accident. (Helmets, caution, pay attention to your surroundings…atvs are not toys!) I have done my best to focus on the good this weekend. Let me share with you.

Saturday was an incredibly lazy day for us. PJs all day, with a little cleaning mixed in there. Rae had an accidental run-in with a bag of trash that I had set aside to take off that afternoon. She kicked it when she walked by and got a pretty nasty cut on her toe. This sparked a freak-out from her after seeing all the blood. Once she calmed down and I cleaned it up, I freaked (quietly on the inside) thinking she might need stitches. Rae proved to be stronger and calmer than me at this point. I immediately called my dad and my parents came right over to help. No stitches were needed, but it still looked bad. Saturday’s good: my kid is a champ and I can always count on my parents to come when I call. ❤️ That night Rae and I enjoyed a movie together, her choice.

Sunday was church and family day. We enjoyed an amazing sermon at our church, followed by lunch with our family. Too much food was eaten…we don’t always have time to catch up during the week, so lunch together was nice. After lunch we went to a friend’s house to make crayons. We took crayon pieces, arranged them in silicone molds, and baked them for a few minutes. Rae was very proud of her ship crayon. 😊 For supper that night, I learned to make strawberry crepes. Again, too much food was eaten. Rae went to sleep with no problem, and I enjoyed a comedy movie and quiet time.

Today we are just taking it easy and enjoying each other’s company. Later on we are going to a friend’s to socialize and possibly swim. 

I hope each of you have taken time to sit back and count your blessings. We take things and people for granted far too often, and then just like that they could be gone. Focus on the good, don’t dwell on the negative. There’s so much good in every single day.