This sweet mama is 60 today! This is certainly a day worth celebrating. One thing I will never do is take her life for granted. I will celebrate it and what better time to do it than today. Join with me in a big celebration of this amazing lady’s life, God’s miracles and grace all around. She is my miracle mama and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t thank God for her life. She is truly a blessing to all of us. Happy birthday, mama! I’m so glad you are here bringing us your sweetness and that beautiful smile each and every day.
It was the first weekend in October and it is officially fall, I guess. Living in south Florida gives fall a whole new meaning. Let’s just say that this was the first weekend where the heat wasn’t scorching, the temps stayed in the mid 80’s and there was a great breeze. This meant that we could actually stay outside without sweating. It was amazing! I was outside every chance I could get. Here are a few pics from the weekend.
- An after game pic with Nana and Papa. Look how long his legs are!
- Taco lunch with my college girl.
- Friday night lights.
- After game huddle.
- Everglades sunset at the football game. Sunset was beautiful, getting eaten alive by bugs was not so nice.
- Sunrise and coffee.
- Family cookout.
- Coffee in a hammock swing may be the best way to start the day.
- The super moon brought clean waves.
- Sunny days and sun rays.
The hubs turned 41 on the 27th. In true Steve fashion, to celebrate, the decision was made to lay low, hang around the house with family and friends and cook his most favorite meals. I am a busy body, always wanting to be on the go but I have to admit that the chill birthday weekend he planned was perfect. I had the best time and went into the new week nice and relaxed. Here are some of the pics from our weekend.
- Special homemade wings and some football watching.
- Good convo with he in-laws.
- LOVE this! A true belly laugh. This pic makes me smile every time I look at it.
- CRABS! Cooked my famous seafood boil.
- “Watching” football.
- Selfie with my favorite lady.
- Crochet experiment gone wrong.
- The blood moon before the eclipse.
- Friday night lights. Trey’s team won 32-20!
- SHE CAME HOME TO VISIT! I miss her face so badly! (having grown kids is harder than I expected)
- The successful crochet sock for mom’s arm.
- Backyard butterfly. I call these the bumble bee butterflies.
- Seafood boil beginnings.
- Landscaping in a dress. Why not?
Our college girl was one of 100 chosen for the direct admit nursing program at her college. The college has a tradition of doing a white coat ceremony at the beginning of the nursing program to signify their commitment to nursing and an initiation into the program. We absolutely could not be any more proud of our girl and the future that lies ahead for her. Congrats, Dee! We love you!
Our tribe of four is now officially down to three. My daughter moved out of our house for the first time a couple of weeks ago to venture into her college career. The only way to describe this major life event is bittersweet. On the one hand, I am exceedingly excited for her as the opportunity ahead is an amazing one that she will, no doubt, run with and make great things happen. She was one of only 100 students accepted into the direct admit nursing program as a freshman. This makes me one happy and proud mama. On the other hand, I am sad and lost. After moving her into the dorm, the first steps back into our home with her bedroom empty was difficult to say the least. The emotions I experienced were far harder than I had mentally prepared myself for. Not only is this special girl my daughter, she is my best friend. There was an aching emptiness inside that I wasn’t quite prepared for. It has been two weeks and most days I’m ok. There are hard days where I find myself upset and in tears. I’ve been told by other mothers that have paved this path that it does get easier as time passes.
Overall, our college girl is doing great, adjusting to college life with classes underway. Life change can be difficult but usually those difficult ones are the most rewarding. Off to new adventures.
In two days we will be moving this sweet little girl into her dorm room. It is crazy how fast time has flown. I found myself in a recent conversation with someone who didn’t understand why I was “struggling” with my age and my daughter moving out. As I was explaining myself, the reality hit me straight in the face. Does that ever happen to you? (it seems to happen to me a lot) Anyway, it isn’t that I am necessarily upset about turning 40 (ok, sometimes maybe a little); it’s not so much about the number. It’s really all about how I got here. My husband and I got married, had babies, did college and got real jobs almost all simultaneously. Life moved fast. In the midst of all this activity, time flew. I found myself “waking up” at 39 thinking, “hang on. stop. what just happened?” It’s like someone snapped their fingers and I went from being 25 to peering over the edge into 40. It’s not so much about the number 40 or my daughter moving out as it is about simply not believing that I am here in this place at this time. It’s almost like I’ve watched a movie of my life and the last 15 years were summed up in 2 hours. It’s surreal I guess. I sit here with the realization of turning 40 and my baby girl moving out of my house for the first time to start her college life and think, “wow!” This is so surreal.
On the flip side, I am beyond excited for her and proud of her. I know she is going to do amazing things at college, make the best of friends and have the time of her life. So, of course, to celebrate and reminisce, I had to pull out a few old pics from when she was little. I’m so proud of you, Dee! You make me one proud mama!
America’s birthday is certainly a reason to pull the family together and celebrate but for us, even more important than that is my dad’s birthday. Well, technically his birthday falls on July 5th, but we celebrated on the 4th to enjoy the fireworks as well. We celebrated by having a pool party and grilling out for lunch and dinner; ribs, chicken, fish and duck. Of course, as always with our family, there was a ridiculous amount of food with dad cooking every last bit. He is the grill master.
I haven’t mentioned my mom’s progress here in a while, but man, is she doing well. She hit the 6 month mark and something just clicked; her short term memory is much better, she’s more alert, more aware and is just simply more like Brenda (mom and nana). So, at the celebration, she did really well the entire day. She even got in a swimsuit and dipped a little in the pool, which was a first since the car accident. At the end of the evening there were fireworks going off all around the house, so we went out back by the pool to watch. I stood there arm in arm between my sweet mother and my amazing daughter; three generations looking up at the sky watching the magical fireworks all around. It couldn’t have ended any better.
Happy 59 to my dad! You are the superhero of this crazy story. I’m so grateful and blessed to have such an amazing father and so very glad that you had a good day. You deserve this times a million. I love you to the moon and back!
She did it! Our girl graduated high school! It seems like just yesterday I was dropping off this shy, sweet and timid little girl to kindergarten class. Where did the time go? It seems as if I blinked and then she was walking across the stage getting her high school diploma. I’ve put together this “blink” of time in an image slide show above which depicts her life from birth though high school graduation. Warning, it is a whopping 14 minutes long!
What a major life milestone this is. She has worked so hard to get here. I am proud beyond words. The next phase of her life is rapidly approaching (college) and I cannot wait to see what her future holds. There is no doubt in my mind she’ll do great. Big things are most certainly in store for her life. I am just insanely blessed to have been a part of it.
Now off to Costa Rica! Stay tuned for many tropical pics!
It was the night before graduation, which called for a full family dinner at a tiki restaurant right on the intercostal. The dinner was delicious. Our graduate had a blast. The company was perfect and best of all my mom handled her first big dinner out very well. There was even a water initiation of the graduate when we got back to my mom and dads house; a.k.a. Jake threw Dee in the pool fully clothed! Now that was fun!
Here are a few of my favorite shots from Danica’s senior photo session. I had so many favorites which made it extremely difficult to narrow them down, but here they are. This girl amazes me. Seriously, she pulls off these amazingly beautiful photos without make-up. That’s our Danica. She never wears make-up. She is truly a natural beauty. In three days she will walk across the stage, grab a diploma, move the tassel from one side to the other and become a high school graduate.
A huge thank you goes out to Eli Goins with GoPix Photography for these unbelievable pics. I will cherish them forever.