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Monday, July 30, 2012

End of Summer

My summer is finally over, tomorrow my sweet Angel comes home after being away from me for 53 long days!!!!  I am so excited.  I have spent the past 3 days getting ready for her arrival, wanting everything to be perfect.  Saturday, I had a garage sale to get rid of stuff I didn’t want or need any longer, you know out with the old and in with the new.  This was an event all in itself.  I had planned it for weeks, cleaning out closets, drawers, getting everything together, pricing it, and then finally putting it all together.  The garage sale itself was exhausting!  We had to put everything in the garage get it together and ready to be put out the next day.  On Saturday I was up at 5:00 am knowing people would be showing up soon.  I was right.  It lasted until 1:00 pm and could have lasted longer, but I thought if I stayed out in that heat any longer I would melt!  I did pretty well as far as garage sales go.  Thank goodness I had some amazing help.  It is funny because the stuff that I thought would sell didn’t and the stuff I thought wouldn’t did.  Two trips to the Goodwill and I was ready to get my house back in order.  No sense in holding on to stuff you don't want anymore, it takes up storage and is a pain to move.  

Yesterday, I completely redid Angel’s room wanting it to be perfect for her as soon as she walks into it.  I am very happy with the result.  I went to the grocery store and got her favorite foods and made sure I was stocked with anything she might need.  I feel like a child and tomorrow is Christmas Day.  I wonder how much she has grown, how long her hair is, how much she will weigh, what all is she saying, and mostly did she miss me as much as I missed her?  Has she wondered where I have been all this time or if I had forgotten about her?  Does she know that my heart has been empty since she has been gone?  That I have prayed for her everyday all day?  Does she know that I tried numerous times to come and see her?  As much as I am overjoyed about her homecoming, I am a bit nervous at the same time.  I know she will have changed, and I wonder if she will still want to be with me?  Have outside influences caused her to turn against me?  I guess I can’t worry about that.  All I can do is count down the hours, the minutes until she is back in my arms.  I made it through another summer, one more year until I have to do it all over again.  Hopefully, next year will be different.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Skechers Go Walk

Anyone that knows me knows I love to travel and my love of shoes. To pass the time and take my mind off Angel’s absence this summer I was able to do some traveling and shoe buying. One thing that I have learned in my travels is the importance of good shoes, especially if you are going to be doing a lot of walking. This year in preparation of my trips I sought out some new shoes. In the past I have tried many types of shoes, Primo, Keen, Teva, Merrell, Naturalizer to name a few. The pair of Teva’s I have I even share with my friend Santiago. They are like the Traveling Pants for us, having been to 4 continents! Those shoes were great when hiking up trails in Columbia and cave tubing in Belize, but I needed some comfortable shoes that I could wear into museums, cathedrals, and national monuments. I am happy to announce that I have found them! Skechers Go Walk are just about the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned! They weigh approximately 6 ounces, so they are extremely light and the fabric is flexible which allows your foot to move freely in them and not be constricted. The other good thing is that the styles are cute and can be paired with a dress, shorts, jeans, and even workout wear.

Check them out at Skechers Go Walk

4 more days until Angel comes home! This summer has been agonizing on me with her being gone so long, not being able to hold her or give her kisses. You better believe when she does come home I am not going to let her out of my sight, constantly covering her in love and kisses. This summer has been tough but there has been some good that has come out of it :)!  I am excited to see what the rest of the year brings. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

You know you’re a Mom when...

There is something different about moms versus non-moms; something about the way moms carry themselves, most of the time slightly hunched with an over exhausted scowl on their face.  The way they look at other people’s children disapprovingly when they see them running around screaming in public, glancing sympathetically at the other mother, having been her shoes before.  There is also the way that moms have a sparkle in their eyes for babies.  Everybody loves babies, right?  I have a friend named Samantha that whenever we are out you can definitely tell which one of us has a child which one of us does not.  Whenever we're together and see a baby I immediately go over and coo, talk to the baby in my high pitch voice (which for me is hard because my voice is so deep most of the time I sound like a dude), I ask the mother questions about her baby, and pray I get an opportunity to show off my own baby.  Samantha on the other hand steps away from the child like it has cooties (maybe it does).   Sometimes she doesn’t even notice them and if she does she regards them with a fake smile.  I remember doing this exact same thing before I had a child.  I never wanted to pick a baby up out of fear that they might spit up on my clothing or get too close to a child afraid their sticky fingers were going to find their way on me, and of course I was terrified a child would sneeze on me and give me germs.  Not only that I would have to witness the snot flowing out of their nose and watch as they either wiped it with the back of their hand or tried to lick it. Either way I found it disgusting (and still do, no one likes to look as snot).  Now that I am a mother I am more empathetic to children, babies, and mothers.  In Jeff Foxworthy style of You Might Be a Redneck, here are a few scenarios of You know you’re a Mom when…..

You know you’re a Mom when your baby projectile poops all over you, your clothes, and it shoots so far it actually ends up on the wall, and you don’t gag or freak out about it when you clean it up you’re just glad they finally got the poop out.

You know you’re a Mom when you’re drinking water and your child wants some, so you let them have some and as they drink you see chunks of whatever they were eating as well as a plume of brown backwash enter into your cup, but instead of pouring it out and getting fresh water you drink it anyway, knowing as soon as you get fresh the same thing will happen all over again.  

You know you’re a Mom when your child sneezes in the grocery store and you quickly realize you have nothing to wipe their nose with so you act quickly by using your brand new yellow and white striped shirt to remove the snot before it gets all over their hands and or they eat it.  Then you hurry to finish your shopping so you can get home before the snot dries and your shirt is in a permanent bunch held together by mucus. 

You know you’re a Mom when your lunch or dinner consists of left over sandwich crust and apple sauce with crumbs in it, and you don’t even bother to sit down, you just eat it right there off the high chair.

You know you’re a Mom when you have the ability to step right over a child who has flung themselves on the floor screaming because they didn’t get a fruit snack before dinner.
Finally, you know you’re a Mom when you scoop a turd out of a diaper in the park with an icee cup lid. See post Turd in the Park

If you have any, You know you’re a Mom when stories please share!

Also, if you haven't watched this video Raising an Olympian watch it and see if it gives you goosebumps and maybe even a tear to your eyes.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

18 Days and Counting

It has been 36 days since I last saw my Angel, and I have 18 more to go.  My weekend visit to see her this weekend was cancelled.  I miss her terribly.  So far the summer has been good with the exception of her absence.  I have done everything that I planned on doing with the exception of one, which I am working on ;).  I am on the downward slope and it won’t be long before she is home creating havoc.  Until then I am enjoying sleeping in, working out, and being with friends.  As soon as she returns all of that will cease, but I won’t mind a bit.