Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Life is Good.

I have a hard time writing about my emotions on my blog.  It's easy peasy to write about something good that has happened, or something I did that I'm proud of and I'd like to share it with you.  But when things aren't perfect, I guess I go a little more quiet than normal.

Because who wants to come and read a blog about me being sad or stressed, right?  I want to keep this a light, fun place.  I love making people smile.  I love hearing from someone that I've made them smile.

I read something the other day on one of the too many social media sites that I'm 100% addicted to that said something like - Try to go 24 hours without complaining, and just see what happens. So I did. And it was honestly eye-opening. Of course I failed. But I will say that I significantly cut down on my complaining for that day, and I'm trying hard to carry it through to every day. Lord knows I do my share of complaining (who doesn't need a good vent every now and then, right?), but I really, really don't want to complain here.

I'm not even really sure where I'm going with this, just that sometimes we are dealt with challenges that make it easy to overlook the good stuff you have in your life, and to be thankful for it. I'm so lucky to have friends and family that remind me of this when I most need it.

So yes, my list of stress causing issues is ever growing and rotating, but so is my list of blessings.

Mom is feeling good today.  They have decided to space her chemo treatments from every 4 weeks to every 6 weeks to allow her body more time to produce healthy cells in between treatments.  This is a VERY welcome change in her treatment plan.  The doc said last week that she is responding to treatment the best possible way she could be.  Hopefully with this change, she will need fewer blood transfusions between treatments.

We are 2.5 weeks into the school year, and I think we are starting to get used to schedules again.  There are still things to be added, but we'll squeeze them in.  (Hockey hasn't even started yet!  Ha!)

Last night I prepped and froze 17 quarts of apples from the In-Law's backyard.  Full freezers make me happy.  I have 55 pounds of tomatoes that will be delivered to me next Wednesday that will be turning into canned spaghetti sauce and salsa.  We will be well prepped for the apocalypse.

So although I have a ton on my plate right now, there is more good than bad.  Someone reminded me this morning when I was up to my eyeballs in crud, and in the middle of a major complaining session, that God only deals you what you can handle.  Yes.  I totally needed that reminder.

Life is good.



Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Wedding! Chris and Kristin

I used to babysit this beautiful bride when she was just a wee one, and when she got old enough, she babysat my kiddos.  Now she's all grown up, and we had the pleasure of seeing her tie the knot with her beau this weekend!

It may have rained, and changed the plan for the outdoor wedding, but it was still beautiful, and I thank you for inviting us to be a part of this day with you!  I wish you many, many happy years together!!



Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Football Season is Here.

Which means there is something new to blog about!

Last night was our first scrimmage, which was really run more as a practice since we just pretty much scrimmaged ourselves.

I will admit that football isn't my favorite sport to watch.  But when your kid is playing it, it gets a whole lot more interesting.  

Andy took last year off, but decided he'd like to give it another try this year,

So there have been practices after school almost every day so far.  He is exhausted when he gets home, and all of his stinky gear stays at the school in the locker room.  Win/Win!!

Coach is awesome.  "You four stooges here in the back row better be paying attention!"

Strategizing... and then they put Andy in for Quarterback for the rest of the day!


I sure wish these football players would realize that my pictures would turn out much better in this drizzly darkish weather if they would just hold still.

If I were going to be a quarterback, I'd much prefer the play where I would stand back a bit and the other guy would throw it to me.

See?  They only stand still for a minute, and then it's just a flurry of motion, very disrespectful to the photographer who hasn't mastered her camera settings yet.

You will have to trust me that my kid is somewhere in the middle of this mess, and that he threw that football up into the air.

Still for a moment...

Still for a moment...

And then everything moves everywhere.

Ahh, well, we still have 6 games left, so hopefully I'll get a little better at this as the season progresses?  We can only hope.  Ha!