I’ve Come to Realize…..

 

 

I’ve come to realize….first of all I must admit that I’ve stolen this from someone else’s blog. At least the "I’ve come to realize" part. Reading what she wrote almost a year ago has made me consider a few things myself. And as I am daily getting closer to the dreaded 5-0 I think I’ve lived enough to "realize" some pretty important things. Not that I think anyone really cares what I’ve come to realize, but I care and I’m actually the only one that matters. So here’s my list.

 

1. I’ve come to realize that really, no one elses’ opinion matters except my own. I may ask you what you think about something, anything from my outfit to my hair color to who you are planning on voting for and maybe I’ll even ask you why you feel the way you do. But, in the long run, the only person I need to impress is myself. And if I"m happy, that’s all that matters.

2.I’ve come to realize that you can’t can’t count on ANYTHING turning out the way you’ve planned/hoped/wished. It just isn’t going to happen.

3.I’ve come to realize that once your children reach a certain age, you just can’t play the "Mom card" any longer. It just doesn’t work…of course, guilt still works.

4. I’ve come to realize that my grandchildren are my life these days. If I go more than two or three days without seeing them, I’m lonely. If, as happens more often than not, I don’t see them for a week or better, I feel empty.

5. I’ve come to realize I will ALWAYS be the oldest child with all the responsibilities that entails. Why this is so when all my siblings are adults also is beyond me, I just know that this is how it is and I’ve basically accepted it. I don’t like it, but I’ve accepted it.

6.I’ve come to realize that a real marriage is based on trust and without it, you shouldn’t stay married.

7. I’ve come to realize that I trust my husband, totally and completely to not just love me, but to care for me (even when I’m being grumpy and just want to be left alone), to trust me, and to always come home…to me.

8. I’ve come to realize that you can’t change anyone. You can show them different ways to do things, but they are the ones that have to want to change.

9.I’ve come to realize that if I have the money for something I really want, I should get it and not worry about the other things. They will ALWAYS take care of themselves, the "want" list can only be taken care by me.

10. I’ve come to realize that I am a very strong and independant woman. I don’t need anyone’s approval (not that I don’t appreciate it from time to time), I don’t need to make anyone happy except myself, and I am perfectly capable of taking care of myself.

Craig Stephen and the snake!

Craig Stephen and I were walking Saturday afternoon and as he was crunching the leaves that have already fallen, he saw the SNAKE! And nothing would do but that he pick it up and bring it home. He had to show it off to everyone, Dadda, Uncle Bradley, the neighbors! He was going to keep it in his wagon to show his mommy, but changed his mind (Sheree said, "THANK GOODNESS!").
 
He is such a lovely joy to have in all of our lives! Even though his favorite word right now is "why?" and we hear it maybe 100 times a day. I never get tired of him asking questions because that just shows how smart he is! And his imagination is also growing leaps and bounds lately. He’s beginning to tell stories, real ones with a beginning, a middle and an ending. He talks about his baby brother (all he does is pee, poop and throw up, and sometimes he cries). He’s almost too big for hugs and kisses, at least that is what he tells us half the time. He has no fear, but is full of curiosity.
 
This weekend was also our town’s Fall Fest. OMG! He LOVED the rides! He’d ride the little kids ride and then he’d go and ride the rides for the bigger kids and he loved them all! There was only one ride he didn’t ride-it went upside down. We used to call it the BULLET, but this company called it the LOOP. He really wanted to ride, but he would of had to ride with me! He stood there and watched it going upside down and everything and he wanted me to buy my tickets to ride with him. So on our way to the ticket booth I was asking him if he wasn’t maybe afraid and he stopped walking (he was in front of me), turned around and said, "I’m not afraid! Are YOU afraid?" Little smarty pants! Luckily, I got him occupied with something else and I never got put to the test about just how nervous I really was about riding a ride I hadn’t been on in probably 20 years!!!
 
Anyway, here are some videos of him and Oliver from the fest and Craig Stephen and his snake!!!

Pappaw’s helpers

 
 
 
 
What is it about little boys and lawn mowers? These 2 little ones have loved riding since they’ve heard Curtis start it up! And of course he takes them and they just think it is AWESOME!!!!! Here are some pics of the 3 of them from today. Enjoy, Amy