Chillin' at CRT on Xpu Ha Beach

Chillin' at CRT on Xpu Ha Beach
How I'd spend every day if I weren't redecorating, cooking, sewing and blogging!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Empty Nest

We knew this day was coming.  



After a year of college, a year of beauty school, passing the state exam and getting her first full time job, we knew it was just a matter of time before the baby girl flew out of the nest.  And that day has arrived.



I left the house this morning for work with my baby girl sleeping soundly upstairs, but tomorrow she won’t be there.  I headed off to work feeling like maybe I should have taken the day off and had breakfast with her and helped her move. But moving, especially moving your youngest child out of the house, does not sound like a fun way to spend the day.

She has been anxious, stressed and nervous the past week or two.  The initial excitement and chatter of how much fun she and her roommate would have in their own apartment has been replaced by reality. Her mind is filled with thoughts of how expensive it is to live on your own and the immense responsibility it is to, well, be responsible for yourself.



I’ve been handling this pretty well and I have actually been a little reassured that she doesn’t think it will all just be fun, although it will certainly be an adventure, as life always is. And she is just moving across town so we are still here, if she needs us, as she always will. And she will realize this more and more as time goes by.  

But I will miss having her here, telling me my hair looks nice, or my outfit is cute or giving me a hug.  I might even miss her items scattered about the downstairs a tiny little bit because after all, those are signs she is home safe once again. And who will I consult with about whether my shoes match my clothes? I just don’t think the tabby boys care about whether shoes match. But I will survive.



Our oldest and our youngest were born 12 years apart, we’ve had kids in our house for 33 years and 6 months. That’s a long time to be living with your children. I should be more than ready for this day. She’s almost 21 and it is time for her to spread her wings and fly.  

I’m happy, but emotional. 
I'm thankful, this is the correct order of life.  
If she can do this, so can I. 


Good luck my darling daughter, Mom will always be here when you need a hug, a hand to hold, advice at 2 a.m., a shoulder to cry on, or a friend to do lunch with.....my treat.




Much Love and Laughter,

Laura


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

California Adventure - Pacific Coast Highway

On my 'bucket list' has been an item that I finally got to check off this summer as part of our vacation in California.  We drove down the PCH (Highway 1) in a convertible.  Although I will confess that we kept the top up a lot of the time because as it turns out, it is cool along the Pacific Coast of California in July. Also, it's pretty windy in the backseat of a convertible and my daughter didn't enjoy the "breeze" back there for long.




The scenery along the coast line from Monterey to Cambria is so breathtaking I will just let it speak for me.  Because no words can really do it justice. And although I say I checked it off my list I need to go back and drive slower and stop more often. We were told it is sunny on the coast in winter, so maybe we'll go back a different time of year.  My plan to sit and watch the sunset over the ocean didn't happen this time around.

Point Lobos








Big Sur



Carmel-By-The Sea





Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park







Near San Simeon, the clouds were lifting above Hearst Castle.  
We didn't visit this trip but it made a nice picture.



And then we arrived at Moonstone Beach near Cambria.  I will post those on a different day because I really want to show you a lot of gorgeousness and I really want to go back there!

Much love and laughter,

Laura


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Very Special Delivery

Last week held an unexpected event in our family.  Our third granddaughter arrived a little more than 4 weeks early.  Needless to say this was not a normal week around our house! We were expecting her in October.



I got to hold her when she was one day old.  SuperDave waited a whole week until she was home from the hospital.


Don't you love baby feet?


I spent 5 out of 8 nights at my son's house with this little sweetie while Mom and Dad took care of the new bundle of joy.  Why is watching a toddler so tiring?  You just feed them, change them, play with them, bathe them, repeat, repeat, repeat but it takes all your energy and attention!



She's as silly as her Dad.  She would look at me between her legs and say her favorite word, "HI!"


We had some very special LaLa time together. And I came home with many memories and lots of pictures.



Mom, Dad, and baby are fine now.  Sadly, I'm back to my regular 40 hour/week job and it's not near as fun as playing with a grand girl.  Also, I'm an hour away - longer depending on Dallas traffic - which is always awful. So I can't just drop in after work and get baby snuggles.  They say with age comes wisdom, and I have the wisdom to know that grand babies grow up way too fast, so I cherish every moment with each one of them.

Much love and laughter,

Laura


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