Thursday, August 28, 2014

Field Trip

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On the second day of school, my sister decided to check her daughter out of school to take her with some of her other kids to the Children's Museum of Natural Curiosity.
It was the last day for the August $2 Tuesdays...
and she asked if I wanted to check Aaron out of school and bring him along.
Let me think about that... ummm...

...that's a big fat YEP!!!

So, we checked our kids out nearly 3 hours early on the second day of school and we went to this fun place. The kids had a blast!

Aaron's floating head.

 Aaron, Henry, Stella

Lisa and most of her kids with their other Grandma.

Aaron and Me.
Thanks for the invite, Lisa.
Let us know when the next 'field trip' is!
It was fun!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

12 years ago...

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12 years ago, today, Aaron and I got married.
It was a beautiful day.
We spent 5 anniversaries together before he passed away.
I have now 'celebrated' 7 wedding anniversaries alone, that seems surreal.

My Mom gave me an anniversary card today and this photo was the front of the card.
It is was one of my favorite photos of Aaron and me, so it was a welcome sight.
Happy Anniversary, Aaron. We love you.

Now, did I say that I have spent 7 anniversaries alone?
I guess that is not entirely true... with this kid around, I can never be truly alone.
What a blessing he is in my life. He is sweet and thoughtful and brings me such joy.
At least I get to have one of my Aarons here with me. :)

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Well, I Oughta Be...

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Well, I Oughta Be Ashamed Of Myself...

I cannot believe how long it has been since I have written, but I can explain!!!

So, way back when, when I was still consistently posting to my blog, I was getting a posting ready from a vacation we went on and my computer crashed. My brother helped recovery what he could, but some of the photos I had been editing down to post got lost... and those hours I had spent on editing down those hundreds of photos seemed daunting to start all over again. So... I didn't...

But I felt like I couldn't go on with posting until I had those done because of course it has to be in order, right? Well, eventually I started posting again and figured I would go back and do that posting later... but then I had entered a bad habit of not posting to my blog, so I would go in spurts. I would post a bunch, then nothing, then I would post a bunch, then nothing... then longer nothing, until it has been 6 months since I have written anything.

So... I feel terrible (mostly because this was my journal and now I have months and months that I have nothing written down), but also because there are people who care about us who are wondering what became of us. So, I want to thank those of you who have asked about my blog recently because you got me to write on here. Thank you!

So here are a few updates that I can remember at this late hour...
I wish I could say that a lot has changed since the last time I wrote. I wish I could say that the reason for my long absence was because I met THE guy and we were engaged to be married. :) But... NOPE! I am still doing the sporadic first dates that very rarely turn into a second date. I just never seem to go out with someone who I feel that amazing connection with, someone who I look forward to seeing again. It just rarely happens... and it is getting really old.

Let's see... one thing that I can mention is that I bought a really expensive camera last year in the hopes that I would finally have the courage to start taking photos professionally instead of just a hobby. I have still been mostly photographing as a hobby, but I have taken some photos recently where I actually got paid... YAY! I drafted my sister into the mix and she has been going on photo shoots with me as my second pair of eyes / a second creative director. :) It has made it so much easier for me to get out there and feel more confident. So, we have been building a portfolio that I can eventually post online somewhere to maybe get some customers? See? Doesn't that sound oh so confident? Hahaha. Seriously though, as I learn the ins and outs of this new camera, it gets me more excited that this hobby is finally (slowly) becoming a little bit of an income.

Aaron Jr is eight and a half and he is wonderful. I still marvel at the blessing he is in my life.

Remember all of the vacations we used to go on because we felt footloose and fancy free? Well, those have come to a screeching halt. :( Aaron Jr and I have not been any further than an hour away in almost two years. I am starting to feel claustrophobic and I am hoping to take him somewhere... soon. We will see if I can swing something. I really need a place to go relax where there are no demands on my time or energy, except to have fun and hang out with Aaron Jr.

I just started a new commitment to working out and eating less junk. This is a tough one for me. I am a candy-holic and working out is so hard for me unless I can work out socially. :) But I have felt like my metabolism has died off and I feel compelled to try to kick start it again by being active more consistently. Here's hoping.

Life is strange, isn't it? I feel like no time has passed, and yet, I blinked and years have passed by without my hopes and dreams becoming a reality yet. I am still waiting on the Lord and I will keep waiting as long as it takes... but I sure hope He helps my path and my future husband's path cross sooner than later. We are so ready for that next chapter... beyond ready.

Thank you again for caring... you all know who you are...

See y'all soon...

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Interesting Realization

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On Sunday evening, I realized what day it was.
It was January 26th and once I realized that, I started doing some figuring.

I turned 8 years old on March 1st
the car accident (read about it HERE) that I was in when I was 8 happened on April 26th.
One month and 26 days after my 8th birthday.

Aaron Jr turned 8 years old on December 1st
this past Sunday was January 26th.
One month and 26 days after his 8th birthday.

So, I realized on Sunday that Aaron was the exact age (to the day) that I was on the day of that car accident. Obviously, my photo was taken after my hospital stay and after I had been in a cast for a while, and Aaron's photo was taken this week, but I had to post these photos and mention this realization.

I had forgotten how young we all really were when the accident happened.
Looking at Aaron at the same age helps me realize how young I was that day.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Reading Goal - Exceeded

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I just went to parent / teacher conference today and figured this news went
along with his reading posting. I don't mean to brag, but I guess I actually do. :)
Why not? Right?
Aaron is in 2nd grade and he is reading at a 4th grade level.
I am proud of him.

I have heard so many times about how kids lose a lot of their reading skill over the summer because they don't read as much as they do during the school year, so this past summer, I set a goal with Aaron that if he read 100 books before school began again, he would get a reward.

So, we spent A LOT of time at the library picking out books that Aaron would enjoy.

 Well, Aaron reached the goal...
and even better than that...

... he EXCEEDED the goal !!!

He read 125 books this past summer - 2013.

So, needless to say, he got a reward that he was super excited about.
I bought a tablet for a very good deal for the two of us to share...
he gets to download and play games on it and he loves it.

I am SO proud of my Aaron.
SO proud.

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