The hubby & I took the kids to the twin cities for a mini-vacation this past weekend. We stayed downtown on Thursday night, walking from the hotel to “The Newsroom”, ate outside and the kids got to “watch” the people on the street. Interesting, as we had (what I am guessing was) a homeless man sit on the bench and watch us eat… we later figured out – that he was watching the TV that was inside above our table.
The girl loves the city, the buildings, the people, the variety of stores, the excitement of it all. The boy – he likes bits and pieces…”it’s okay to visit, but I’m not gonna live there.”
Took the kids to the science museum on Friday, thinking that it would only take an hour or two… nope, we spent 4 to 5 hours there. There was something for everyone, I think the kids liked looking at cells under a microscope the best.
On Friday night we met up with some friends and their kids and hung out at the Mall of America. Who knew two teen-age girls could have so much fun at the mall? Apparently, the other mom. Thankfully at this stage in the parenting game – my kids aren’t into the whole let me shop until I am dead… (I don’t see the boy ever acting that way – the girl… I’m not so sure)
Saturday, spent the entire day at the mall – the kids rode on rides, and went to the Aquarium. If you have the chance – spend the extra $7 and do the behind the scenes tour – awesome and we had the best tour guide – Laura! I don’t know who had more fun the hubby or the kids!
Today – was pack up and come home. Stopping at my hometown hospital to visit my Grandma – she had a hip replacement and is taking longer to recovery then expected. I am hoping that she is able to come home soon – I think she will recover faster at home.
It always seems like the last hour of the drive is the longest… but it’s good to be home. Now to get laundry done, and ready for the work week!
New job is going well – I have officially been there a month, and I think I have a good handle on things!
June 21, 2007 – seems like yesterday, and I’m not his parent.
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I could take this time to write a post about time moving too fast, or the kids growing too fast.
But you all know that.
If you have kids you know that one minute you are bringing them home from the hospital and the next he is taller than me, and will be going into 7th grade in the fall. Or the girl, who one minute is all about pink – everything has to be pink, to the next- it’s a discussion as to what is acceptable clothing… and she is 9. buying a swimsuit this year was interesting to say the least.
I could take the time to say how interesting it is that since I have left the former position and went to a new company, the comments that I am hearing, when I am in public. Or how bold people are – saying that the job doesn’t really take as much time as I was putting in…and that they are applying, because they want the state benefits. If I’m in a good mood, I tell them, that there are no benefits. If I’m not, then I wish them luck with application process and smile, because it’s not my problem, and if they are dumb enough to say that to my face, then they can deal with it.
I am happy with the new position. I’m not used to just leaving at the end of my day – and not worrying about what needs to be accomplished the next. I’m not missing having to check my phone for email updates, or text messages from my board. I’m not missing that at all.
But no matter what – the sun will set, the sun will rise and life continues to go on. Amazing, how when you are in the middle of something, you can’t remember to see the sunsets, or the sunrises…or enjoy any part of the day. But now that life is a little slower, some of these sunsets are pretty amazing, and I’m sleeping better. I’m sleeping so much better, who knew?
Only sometimes things change.
I got a different job. It doesn’t pay as much as the one I had, but being home knowing what time my day will end, and knowing that when the day is done, I’m done… it’s worth it. We can make things work, we always do.
For us, me being home, is very important. I just couldn’t keep up with it all…now maybe I can.
The kids are done with school for the year, they are enjoying summer break and it’s all good.
The hubby still has his job – which is a very good thing, we never know from year to year if budget cuts will take his job or if he will keep it.
Along time ago in a magical far away kingdom, there was a princess who had met her prince charming.
blah, blah, blah…and they lived happily ever after….or something like that.
and in other news – one of my favorite uncle’s has taken a turn for the worse and they are calling in the family … I can’t believe it…he was dx with lung cancer only a few months ago… it’s gone to fast.
Lifted weights today at the gym – did squats and Oh my – legs are sore.
Did Nu-Step for 15 minutes.
and ate a very healthy breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack.
Supper on the other hand was protein – as in a steak.
If I get out of bed in the morning and make it down the stairs to the car I will be thrilled.
But life is good.
A friend sent this to me and I wanted to pass it on…
A well-known speaker started off his seminar holding up a $20.00 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this.” He proceeded to crumple up …the $20 dollar bill. He then asked, “Who still wants it…?” Still the hands ……were……… up in the air. “Well,” he replied, “What if I do this?” And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now, who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air. “My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value. Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who DO LOVE you. The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we know, but by WHO WE ARE. You are special-Don’t EVER forget it.” If you do not pass this on, you may never know the lives it touches, the hurting hearts it speaks to, or the hope that it may bring. Count your blessings, not your problems…Happy New Year – 2012
I am important.
You are important.
Don’t forget it.