LOTS AND LOTS TO DO …

I got up extra early this morning because I was determined to get my Spring calendar in order. The holidays bring a few weeks of busyness for us, but Spring always seems to bring MONTHS of it. And this morning’s completed calendar confirmed it yet again.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you have LOTS AND LOTS TO DO!!!

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Do what you have to do …

I used to love going to the dentist. Yep. I was one of THOSE people.

But not now.

The day I got my second round of meningitis I spent the morning at the dentist so I will FOREVER connect the two. God love my dentist and the entire office for how good they have been to me. They have done everything they can to get me back to that dentist loving patient again. I can’t appreciate them more. I truly believe that dental health is beyond valuable. So as scared as I’ve been, I’ve kept going. It hasn’t been easy. Trust. Me. The first few times I went back, I will admit, I cried! Yes, my fear was THAT bad.

Today I had another appointment scheduled. I was a ball of nerves on the drive over and sitting in the waiting room my stomach ached! I didn’t want to go. I wanted to cancel my appointment but I showed up anyway … because fear will not stop me from doing what is best for my health.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you do what you have to do!!!

Territorial …

We have a family room that is more like an EVERYTHING room. Reclining couches. A television. TOYS. Weights and workout equipment. A piano. Bookshelves. A desk and computer. It’s a space outside of bedrooms that I’ve always kept for the kids to JUST BE and DO things in. It’s out in the open and keeps everyone returning to the same place multiple times of day. This space was thought out even before we had children. I wanted our home to feel like kids lived here and that their STUFF was welcome. I think it’s been pretty successful too. But it’s funny. Now that two of my kids are off in college you would think our EVERYTHING room would feel even bigger to the two that remain.

NOPE.

I have to say that there is nothing quite like witnessing an 8 year old and a 15 year old negotiate space … in a place where there is PLENTY of room for both of them. Oy!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you aren’t territorial!!!

Just what I needed …

Last night we got to have dinner and a nice visit with my big kids. OK, not in person, but via FaceTime. Sid, George and Trevor, Sid’s boyfriend, met up with their dad last night who is working in Napa. They had dinner at one of our favorite places in Santa Rosa, Tex Wasabi’s. I was missing my big kids something awful yesterday and knowing that they were all getting together made it WORSE. I wanted Libs, Reese and I to be a part of it too. So much so that I seriously considered booking flights for the girls and I yesterday. Then Libs reminded me that she has a tennis match on Saturday and school in the morning. OH YEAH. Clearly missing my kids clouded my thinking, HA! Needless to say, we didn’t go. So I was feeling a bit down last night. But then they all started sending pictures (funny ones too) and FaceTimed us. I LOVED IT. I’ve said this before but it’s true. I’ve never appreciated technology more than I do now having kids in college. It really does help you stay connected. It makes the miles between us seem shorter. I’m not sure if it helps me miss them any less but things like FaceTime certainly have comforted me when all I want to do is spend some time with them. Last night was a great example of this. When we hung up I felt so much better. I still miss them terribly but for now, I’m satisfied.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get what you needed!!!

Blankets, why didn’t I think of that …

OK, I apologize for all this weather talk, but we RARELY have any winter weather to speak about here in Southern California. So I’m rolling with it. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I don’t think there are many of us here who are used to temps like we are having right now. I know that I’m sure not! Of course, we have people here who ski and enjoy winter sports. And yes, we have folks who live here who are from colder regions. But for the most part, I think functioning in our normal routine, in this type of cold, is quite a challenge for a lot of us. Many of us were definitely not ready for it. I know I wasn’t! For instance, I personally don’t have nearly enough clothes for these temps, HA! And I don’t think I’m alone. Our California winter jackets just aren’t cutting it. I say this because today I saw people who were dressed warmly running errands and walking with their kids who were also covered up in blankets. BLANKETS?!?! Immediately upon seeing them I thought that I have found my tribe of fellow cold people! And I was utterly in awe of their brilliance. BLANKETS! Warm cozy blankets! YEEEEES. And how freaking practical!?!? Why go out and purchase an expensive coat that you may only wear eight times in a decade when you can just cover up in a blanket. Seriously, sheer BRILLIANCE!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you wonder why didn’t I think of that?!?!!!