I CHOOSE ME

We have been in Texas for almost 3 months now. Things are coming along in all aspects of our lives and we are adapting well to our new adventure. Yet, I find it difficult to connect with the people around me. Everyone is kind, for the most part. It’s me. It’s all me. Not that I am not kind…I think I am. I am just overly picky when it comes to people I want to share my life with. Share my secrets and children with. Invite into my home. Therefore, I am holding myself back from having a connection with anyone.

At this particular moment in my life, I don’t mind though. I feel like I can afford to be picky. I have worked very hard to be a positive person. One that doesn’t talk trash about others or see the bad in a situation that would make someone else cringe. I have been working on creating a life style for my family, not just a life. A life style that consists of optimism, kind words, honesty and togetherness no matter what the situation in front of us is. For these reasons, I feel that I have the obligation to choose wisely who I let into our lives.

Socializing is one thing. Befriending is another.

I have never been one to just let someone into my life right away. It always took months of talking and little get togethers or socializing before I would actually befriend them. This isn’t new to me. The way I want to live is relatively new to me. Optimistic no matter what. Speaking kindly no matter what, even though someone might not be as kind to you. It goes a lot further than thinking everything is terrible or will be terrible. That just because someone didn’t speak nicely to you, you don’t speak nicely to them.

So in this new adventure I am choosing to ride the ride of optimism. Knowing I will have that special connection at some point but that it is not necessary right now.

Keep your heads up my friends and keep looking toward the positive in all things!

Happy Thursday

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My First Time Having Free Time

Today is going to be my first day alone. Our house guests are gone. Travis is leaving for work in just a few and the kids will be off to school in a bit. I have some things I want to get done while I have the time but they aren’t going to take all school year so I will definitely need to figure something out! I can only clean, do yard work and work out so much! I will start looking up real estate courses and figure out which one is the best for me. I haven’t taken any school courses since 2003….I don’t even know if I’m ready for it but I’m going to dive in head first!

I will have time to focus on my writing. Something that at this moment, I just take a quick 20 minutes to get done.

This yard is lacking some appeal and some much-needed love. The pine needles have built up from who knows how long and the only color you can see here is green. That’s not a bad thing but at our other house I had the most beautiful flowers! Not only will I have the time now to fix that but I am healed enough to start working at it!

We still have some stuff to finish up with in the house. Pictures to be hung, rooms to be painted and refurbished a bit and things to still be put away. I get to finally finish some things up and begin projects I have wanted to start since moving in.

I have wanted to work out and couldn’t because of surgery. Not only am I healed enough but I will have copious amounts of time to do whatever working out I want….if I want!

Maybe I will just read books. Hang by the pool and work on my tan. Feed the deer. Try to write a book. Take a nap in the sun. Just take a nap! Walk through a store that I want to go through by myself and not even purchase anything! The possibilities are seriously endless!

Even though it is the first time I have had any time to myself without kids or Travis, I think I will be able to fill it well!

Happy Wednesday My Friends

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First Times, House Guests and Lots of Love!

Our week of visitors is coming to an end today. We had our first house guests since we moved.  Travis’ work buddy from California came. (One of the few work buddies I like) He was here for Travis’ birthday and then again to meet Travis’ mom. The kids warm up to him quickly and probably drive him crazy but I think he secretly likes it. It was nice to have someone familiar to visit us.

Travis’ mom is heading home today. 5 days of a visit just isn’t enough when you are used to seeing someone at least once a week. The kids have loved having their Mema here to scratch their backs, give back rubs and love on. We took her around, only a little and showed her the beauty of our new neighborhood. Making meals, drinking wine and just enjoying each others company. She got to be here for the kids first day of school and Travis’ first time being here for that as well. He’s always at work for the first day. This was a big first day too as they started a new school not knowing anyone. I am so glad that they both could be here for it. Today was the kids first time riding the bus too! So many firsts are happening!

We worked hard at talking Mema into moving out here. We even got a showing for a house down our street but I don’t think that will happen. I know for sure though that she will be visiting A LOT! I don’t know who will miss her more. Us or Jack! Delylahs dog was all about Mema all week and we all became chopped liver! We know who he favors!

 Today is not full of good byes but see you laters. It won’t be long before we see each other again and can share more “firsts” together.

Happy Tuesday My Friends

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FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!

First day of school!

Getting up at 5 am to wake up a pubescent boy who is just going to be grumpy….sucks! Then there is my fun, loving, ok with whatever child who wakes up with a plan and excited for her first day at a new school! Excited to make new friends and have an awesome day!

The fact that they start school an hour apart sucks even more! We took Levi to school and dropped him off. He was nervous and grumpy as all hell. Let’s hope he turns that around and has an awesome day. As we left him I asked myself if I told him how he was getting home. I’m still unsure if I did or not. Hopefully he doesn’t jump on a bus!

We are home now waiting for Delylahs turn to head to school. She was very upset we didn’t just take her at 7am. Her school starts after 8 and there was just no way we were dropping her off that early. Cartoons and more snacking before she gets to head out.

I stumbled upon this picture of Levi’s first day of first grade 5 years ago! Now it’s Delylahs turn and he is off to middle school! I can’t believe how my beasties have grown!

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1st day of school

This is the first time in 11 years that I have no kids throughout the day! I am probably going to spend it cleaning in peace and maybe doing a little bit of a work out…maybe. We have Travis’ mom here for a couple more days so I have some entertaining to do. After our early morning wake up though we are all tired and ready for a nap. This school schedule will make for an interesting year!

Happy Monday My Friends

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