Stay humble, work hard and relax harder …

Yesterday was my son’s first full day at home in 2 months. I am so HAPPY he is back! He has been very busy at school, so keeping in touch this semester has seemed different. Not difficult and not distant, just different. George has created a nice life for himself at school with friends, clubs, sports and church. And he’s a good student. It’s really all a mom could ever ask for. I honestly couldn’t be happy for him. The thing that blows my mind though, is that he handles almost everything on his own now. Shopping, scheduling, meetings, appointments, etc. It has been such relief to see him take these responsibilities over easily and master being an adult. We have always had a great relationship so thankfully he balances all of that out, still asking for advice and assistance when he really feels he needs it. As a mom, I needed him to get to THIS place in his life NOW. Why? WeIl, if it all works out George will be studying abroad the entire next school year. This is also something he’s handled all on his own. Which has shown me so much about my son. He is driven. He is responsible. He knows what he wants and he is capable of making it all happen. And somehow he maintains an air of humility that is rare to see these days.

Yesterday, we had fun. George loves to cook so we shopped at his favorite butcher’s market to get food for his week home. We planned out our week ahead. And we also started researching and shopping for some of the bigger items he may need for his year abroad. It’s all very exciting! I am so thankful that he includes me in all of that when he can and I am grateful that there are pieces of it that I can still help him with. And it really helps me have a better understanding of what his year away will be like. A familiarity of sorts. I think he knows that including me in what he can somehow makes it all a little easier for me knowing he will be so far away for so long.

If I had to describe my son in one word (it’s really impossible to do that) I would choose KIND. He knows that I will never let my fears hold any of my children back from chasing their dreams. So he does his best to ease my nerves when he can. Even if he has no time in his day, he will find the time to reach out to me if he thinks I’m worried. I appreciate his compassion. And I appreciate him so much.

Yesterday I surprised George by sending him off for his first day spa visit. This was DEFINITELY not something he would have ever planned for himself. Not. At. All. But I sure think he deserved it.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you stay humble, work hard and relax harder!!!

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Feeling Lucky …

Today was a great day. I always get into the kitchen on St. Patrick’s Day, experimenting with new recipes. It is one of my absolute favorite things to do! But on top of that, my son George came home today for Spring Break. I was so excited to see him after two months, I could BURST! It was one of those days where I caught myself smiling a few times, knowing that life is good and that I’m pretty darn happy. This day and all it included left me feeling exactly how you should feel on St. Patrick’s Day.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel LUCKY!!!

Squeegee me …

I’ve been baking and cleaning all day today. Wearing my glasses. This is important to know because glasses are generally a good thing. After all, they do give you sight! But when you’re cleaning and cooking and using hot water and a hot oven it can get a little foggy. Actually, a lot foggy.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t have to be squeegeed!!!

Changing your mind …

I am loving this gloomy Saturday! I normally don’t like anything but summer weather after the New Year but I am growing to appreciate these winter-like days. Days like this motivate me to both get in the kitchen and to get outside and do longer runs. Some of my most favorite things to do! After all these years, I’m finally learning to love colder weather. OK … maybe I’m going a little overboard on using the word “love”, because I don’t see myself feeling this way after a week of rain. HA!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you change your mind!!!

You do you …

This is the first Saturday that we don’t have anything scheduled, AND WE ARE HOME. I honestly don’t remember our last Saturday home when we had nothing on our calendar. It’s such an incredible feeling! I plan on using this free time wisely too. I am going to enjoy the heck out of myself by getting into my kitchen and doing some cooking, baking and creating. I know that doesn’t sound like a ton of fun to most people and that’s OK. We don’t all have to like or do the same things. And GOD FORBID, don’t ever put yourself in a position where you think you have FAKE it. The REAL you will thank you for it! Honestly, I think one of the most IMPORTANT life lessons we can EVER learn is to do what we love even if no one else understands.

Well, I hope you all have a day where YOU DO YOU!!!

I missed the point …

This evening I went to a Chinese hotpot restaurant where cook your own food. It was super fresh and very yummy. But I realized something about half way through dinner. When I go out to eat the last thing I want to do is COOK. I guess for dessert and after dinner drinks I can bake a cake and make my own wine, HA!

Well, I hope you all had a day where you missed the point!!!

Making our life easier …

With Sid and George off to college in just a few short weeks, I’ve had a lot to think about. Some of it makes me sad. Some of it makes me happy. Some of it makes me wonder about how the dynamics of our house will change minus two adults. Libs and I have even been trying to imagine meals and how those will look with them gone. On top of our busy Fall school schedule ahead this should be interesting. We have had busy schedules before but cooking for so few people will just be weird. So weird that we are looking into changing things up. A lot! This afternoon Libs and I were researching healthy meal delivery programs that manage all the portions and ingredients for you. All you do is cook them when they arrive to your home. I look at it like a personal challenge to keep healthy meals flowing in this house despite our hectic schedules, HA! Needless to say this sounds like a HUGE help in that department. This service also seems like it would be a time saver and not just at meal time but also in shopping time too. I am all over THAT!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you make your life easier!!!