Family

Cheyenne’s Journey

Yesterday Cheyenne began her journey with the Air Force!  She did very well on her ASVAB.  There are many good job opportunities for her with that score.  Since she has two years of college she will be going in as an E3.  No issues with her medical.  There were 37 there to enlist and only six were sworn in due to issues they have to take care of first.  Been there, done that!  Her shipout date has not been set but is tentative for November 7th.  She was sent home to get with her recruiter on career counciling.  We could not be prouder of these two kids of ours.  They have come a long way after a very rough start in life.

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Family, Hiking

Forgot Sunday!

It was a whirlwind weekend!  Although we spent Friday – Sunday morning in a very relaxing lodge owned by hubby’s work.  We went hiking Saturday at Ha-Ha Tonka State park.  It was a beautiful day for that and gave us some much needed exercise! 🙂

Sunday we arrived home at noon.  Quickly began preparing for Jeremy’s Farewell party.  We grilled 24 brats, 18 hamburgers, 10 pounds of chicken leg quarters, 5 pounds of pork steaks, and a package of hotdogs, 2 – 3 pound containers of potato salad, and 3 large cans of baked beans.  For dessert we had watermelon, 48 mini cupcakes and 2 dozen cookies.  There were 50 people who showed up to wish Jeremy and Cheyenne well in their military ventures!

I don’t have pictures of the party yet but I do have some other things to share! 🙂

 

 

Family, Stuff

Hello!

Wow, I did not realize I hadn’t been around for a while.  The days are just flying by and there is so much going on around my home!  I’ve been trying to keep up with all my friends and comment whenever I have a few minutes.  I really miss my knitting friends… knitting in general.  I haven’t had time since May to knit and I hope that changes for me really soon or my Christmas shopping list is going to have to grow.  I’ve started a few things and hope to finish them in time.

 

Since my last post:

  • We’ve made a couple of trips to the lake.
  • We celebrated hubby’s 49th birthday.
  • Packed our son’s room and working on getting him ready to go.
  • Prepared for our new patio to be poured (hopefully today).
  • Regular house chores.
  • Worked out, most days.
  • Planning a going away party for August 27th for two (please see below)

Our middle daughter called us last week and told us she has enlisted in the Air Force.  She is still in the application process but her’s won’t be as difficult as her brothers since she doesn’t have ADHD history to contend with.  She is currently in college and just not sure what she wants to do with her life.  She is looking at intelligence as her field.

 

Grandma continues to be a challenge but I thank Barbara for “encouraging” me even if she didn’t realize she was doing it with her post, It’s Not For Nothing.  She is looking really frail, her conversation is off the wall some times, and she is losing her will to go on.  I get it; who want’s to be here when most of her family is with the Lord!?   Her three sons very rarely come to see her.  The one that lives in our town, my d.a.d…. hasn’t been to see her since Memorial Day weekend because they don’t see eye to eye politically.  Really?  She’s 93 she’s entitled to believe whatever she wants.  She doesn’t even vote so I don’t understand what he thinks he has to worry about.  The other two boys rarely if ever call.  It’s so annoying!

 

Ok so now that I have ranted and go that off my chest… I’m off to do more living… 🙂  Hope to be back soon! Hugs my friends!

Family, Sunday Salon

Sunday Salon – Sister Time

Scene:

It’s early and it is already steamy outside.  The sun is shining very brightly.

 Today’s Plan:

Our three families are going on a float trip!  It will only take about five hours but we need to find a nice wet place to stay cool.  The kids need to get out of the house.  Then we will come home, clean up, and go out for MEXICAN (thanks for the idea Barbara!) for our sons 19th birthday!

 Drinking
Coffee with hazelnut creamer
Listening to:
I can hear a few stiring downstairs but other than that it’s pretty quiet.
 Reading:

Reading has been slow this summer.  Good thing I got a good jump on my yearly goal!

1)Solitude

2)The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

 Pondering:
 All the things I need to do when summer is gone.  There is a ton of cleaning out and reorganizing that I need to do.  We don’t need to keep a big stocked pantry downstairs anymore.  We will be cooking very lightly for just the three of us.  I’m ready for this next chapter in our lives.
Hope you all have a beautiful Sunday.  I am off to get the family ready for a day at the river!
Family, Stuff

Update and Apology

OH my, I first have to apologize for not being here the past few weeks.  This has been a very busy whirl wind summer.  I miss posting even a few times a week!  I miss keeping up with all my wonderful friends here.  I know this is just a season and I will be back to blogging more regular by summers end.

I wanted to let you all know that we the PROUD parents of a United States Army Soldier!!!!  Our son will ship out on Tuesday September 5th.  We are working on getting his room cleaned up, his short list of things he will be able to take, and he is doing Future soldier training every week!  Around the middle or end of August we will be throwing him a going away party.  Labor Day weekend won’t be a good time for that due to everyone’s already made plans.

  • We have been doing some family things.  My sisters will both be here the end of next week to stay for about 4 days.  There is much I have to do to get my house ready to receive 7 guests!
  • We celebrated our 27th Anniversary – Short trip away…
  • Our house is getting a new roof and siding.  And picking all that out on a budget and working with Lowe’s to get it done has been unnerving to say the least.  Not that Lowe’s is bad but that the price of building materials is outrageous!
  • Grandma has not been “herself” lately.  Taking here medication wrong (now I have to give it to her twice a day instead of letting her take it out of the pill boxes that I fill), walking off and leaving her cain, reporting to me phone conversations that never happen, and acting kind of angry most of the time.
  • Hubby and I try to take the boat every other weekend to the lake.  He has to have a release from the stress of his job.  Finding someone to come in and check on grandma isn’t always easy either.  Thank goodness our son is still home this summer.

I guess that’s really it.  Doesn’t look like much but then I also work 40 hours a week.  That job is very busy, busier than it has been in many years.  So until things slow down some I will be out-of-pocket for several more weeks.  😦

Family, Sunday Salon

Sunday Salon – Graduation

Scene:

It’s  beautiful sunny Sunday morning!  A slight breeze is moving the tops of the trees.

 Today’s Plan:

Graduation was last night then the overnight Project Graduation Party that hubby and I volunteer to help with.  We are pretty tired today however we still have things on our to do list; some grocery shopping, lawn mowing, and a couple loads of laundry.

 Drinking
water…
Listening to:
Dryer running, television upstairs, Son starting to move about, Hubby is out in his shop.
 Reading:

1) The Gifts of Imperfection

2) The Beginner’s Goodbye

3)Wild at Heart

4) Still Alice

 Pondering:
 The recruiter told me on Friday that he had sent all the documentation up to MEPS on Friday morning requesting them to review and respond.  He hopes we will hear something this week.  I’m not sure what they will ask for now that the papers they were wanting are no longer available due to retention limit requirements.   Our son needs something to do.  If he isn’t Army bound he needs to get a job.
We had a great visit with family that traveled in for graduation.  Here are a few pictures I would like to share with you!
Our three kids
Our Graduate on the left
Not the best cake we’ve ever had done! Who uses black icing?!
Superintendent congratulating graduates
Hubby being school board president presented our son with his diploma!
Dad, Graduate, and Mom
Family

Our baby

I know, I hate it when I hear mothers describe their last child at home as “Our Baby”.  Really!  That is something we should not do as it never stops.  My mother still calls me her baby girl!  I’m 48 years old!

So, our youngest has six five weeks until graduation. I have been looking forward to this day for 12 years!  I know I must be the worst kind of mother!  But the public school system is something I am so ready to be done with  and let’s just face it, I’m tired!  That and Jeremy had ADHD which required a lot of my time to stay on top of his grades and be his “cheerleader”.

 Jeremy is trying to get into the Army.  He has a history of ADHD but has been off his medication for two years.  When he went off his meds his GPA actually improved.  He’s done very well.  He ran cross country and track these last two years and had strength training as well. During this time he has taken the dreaded ASVAB many times with varying results.

He has a wonderful recruiter who is working very hard to satisfy the MEPS doctors so that they will allow him to continue with his application.  We have been working on this since February 27th.  Seems like a very long time ago. Not knowing what his future is going to be right now makes it seem even longer!

We have announcements for graduation almost ready to send.  We are holding them because we hope to put in them his acceptance into the Army.  The party is planned, the caterer has been secured and we wait.

I am the most impatient person on the planet.  I call or contact the recruiter every week or couple of days. (depending on my level of anxiety)  But wait and send up prayers for him we will!

Family

Seasons of change…

As the title of my blog says it’s inevitable that change will come.  Last week we had some major change here at our home and it is taking me some time to process and work through.  Change is very difficult for me.  Harder really than I thought it would be.

Our middle daughter moved out.  It wasn’t a “good” move as it could have been if she would have talked to us and let us help her.  But apparently both our girls don’t really want or need our help right now.  They are “hell bent” on making it on their own no matter what.  I guess I should admire that but the way that they lashed out at us and made us feel like the worst parents on the planet has left me feeling very insecure with myself as a person and lack the confidence to blog, keep our home, be a mother to our son, or lead in general.

We have not heard from either girl in a week.  The middle daughter had her phone number changed and we do not have it.  The only thing we do know for sure is where she is currently sleeping and working.  I think that is probably the hardest part; not knowing.  Is she keeping up with her studies; is she going to finish school?

So for now, I will try to blog when I can.  I will try to visit you often.  I am staying really busy around the house so that I don’t think too much about them.  That’s the way I have always been when there is stress of this nature.  Clean…clean…clean! 🙂

Please keep us in your prayers.  I know that it will work out if we just let them go to do their thing.  It’s hard enough having one prodigal child but two is heart breaking to say the least.  We are focusing on helping our son be successful in his military aspirations.  We plan on taking him to Mexico at Christmas time.  Not only to show him that he matters but to let the girls have time to find out what it is like to not have family at a very special time of year.  I know that may sound mean but we aren’t going to just be here to buy them gifts for the holidays and then be thrown to the wayside again.

Thank you all for listening to my rant and I hope you will stick around during my sporadic posting!!
God Bless!