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!!!


Close enough …

Sid FaceTimed us this evening. Often when she FaceTimes us we talk for a long time. There always comes a point in our conversation where I stop staring at her like a goofball and start to move around the house doing things while the others talk to her. I comment here and there but really I just enjoy hearing her be a part of our world. Tonight as I was getting Reese ready for bed, I heard the house erupt in laughter. It was Sid, G3 and Libs talking about something and it immediately brought a smilie to my face. No it’s not like truly having her here with us, but it sure does make me pretty darn happy.

Well, I hope you all have a day where it was close enough!!!

No substitution for the real deal …

I got some FaceTime with Sid today. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for this technology. But it always leaves me feeling a little bit empty.

I miss Sidney so much. Some days I am just heartbroken. FaceTime does help on some level. I love hearing her voice, seeing her face and laughing with her. But, over a year later, I still miss being in her presence. I miss her clatter and the energy she brings into a room. I miss sitting next to her and not saying a word. I miss touching her hair. I miss walking next to her and grabbing her hand to hold. I miss being WITH her.

So yes, technology is a great thing for which I am abundantly thankful … but it will never replace the humanness of just being together.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you find that there is no substitution for the real deal!!!

A lovely Sunday …

Today we celebrated a belated Mother’s Day and birthday for my wonderful stepmom. During our little party Sid FaceTimed us … and it was everything I love. The ease of our conversations and our time together (be it electronically or in person) is what makes my heart happiest. I am so very thankful for my family. Goodness, I love them!

Well, I hope you all had a lovely Sunday!!!

I enjoyed the heck out of it …

We had a busy fun day today! I did some last minute prep around the house for our Thanksgiving Day extravaganza. Then I headed out with Libs and Ree for some shopping at the mall. We came home, made dinner and baked cookies. A LOT  of cookies! Later we delivered cookie boxes to our neighbors and then FaceTimed Sidney at school. The weather started changing as the day wore on too. It officially FEELS like the holidays to me. And I love it! It is such a wonderful warm feeling. The energy it resonates is fantastic. And today was pretty darn close to perfect.

Well, I hope you all had a day that you enjoyed the heck out of!!!