Friday, April 01, 2016

Right Now: March Edition

I vowed after struggling to complete my annual  family photo album this past year , that I would try to be more diligent about blogging.   It seem like one way to do that is to try my hand at these "right now" recap type posts.   So here  it goes, my first attempt at what some bloggers create with ease...
RIGHT NOW....
  •  I am Feeling  energized..   Spring Break,  served up with an extra helping of 2 snow days will have that affect on you.    That brought our total for this school year up to 5 days....an unprecedented amount that has a couple of us pondering if we'll have to make up those days?   for now, I'll not worry about it.
  •  I am watching....My Big Fat Greek Wedding with my coffee club ladies.   A huge Thank you to Shelley B who rounded us all up for a ladies night out....on (gasp) a SCHOOL NIGHT?!   It was lots of fun to reconnect with characters from the first movie, and see ourselves in the dilemmas facing Toula as she enters the era of parenting the older teen while being the dutiful  daughter.   The struggles are real, and actually pretty funny if you stop and think about it...
Thanks Shelley B for getting us all together...
 Has it really been 14 years since the First Big Fat Greek Wedding? 
 A funny move made funnier when enjoyed with some of your besties....

  • I am struggling with the reality that I'm old enough, for the babysitter to have had her first baby?!  
     Little E. and Mama C...both such sweethearts
Thanks for coming by to visit us on your quickie trip home from PA

  • Listening to...My practical side and saying I need to stick with this gig for a little bit longer.  This past month I've felt myself questioning more and more why I'm working full time.   The emotional toll it takes on my body is hard to describe, but the things I deal with on a daily basis really gets to you after awhile.   Suffice to say, with each passing year, I am finding that there is a growing mental health crisis in today's teenagers.   Not only have I listened to that practical side and realize that full time brings a certain amount of stability to our family budget and long range retirement plans, but I am also listening to these great kids, and I listen to my heart.  
       Yes, I'm tired and weary, but I am making a difference in these kids lives and so I shall continue to soldier on....   
 Anyone from work reading this?  Yep, you are stuck with me!

  • Celebrating...  
From the big things....to the little things

We had so many reasons to celebrate at this year's Annual Easter Lunch
After a year of some health struggles,
 Gma and Gpa R were able to rejoin us this year...
And Thing Two made a special appearance...
and really seemed to enjoy being part of the fun!
We enjoyed the standard guests....


 And the standard photo ops...
Served  the traditional Treats...
And added in some new and special guests this year...


And in the end....we simply celebrated..

 the gifts of friendship that grows over time...
and ends up being just like family!
Wishing E. a safe and exciting trek to Base Camp of Mt. Everest!

How's that for a recap?  Not bad...this format might just work...stay tuned

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Hello 2016!

Wow!    I am shocked that I still remember how to log into my blog...as it has been close to 4 months since this poor neglected blog has seen any action.

I have spent the past 2-3 weekends working on a family year in review style photo album and really struggled to remember what we did and when.  Oh sure, the big stuff was easy but it was the little details that   I used to be able to look back on this blog and have a memory trigger of what I was thinking at the time that it happened.   Hard to do that when you haven't blogged in months, and what you have blogged isn't very relevant to the task at hand.

 It is tempting to ditch the blogging all together.   But the truth is, I do enjoy looking back and seeing how our lives have changed.    This blog neglect is just one more piece of how a family changes over time.    Back when I started blogging, the Things were little, changing so very fast, coming up with some pretty funny stuff that I just had to write down in the moment.  I was a stay at home mom and blogging was a creative and social outlet for me.   These days, blogging seems to take a back seat to other faster ways of sharing life's little morsels.   Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, texting...all is where the action seems to be.   And as for being a stay at home mom, well, that ship has sailed as well.

So Happy New Year....we have had a pretty good start to the year.
 Little Things returned to the House of Chang..
With the California Changs 
Coming by for a quick visit...
The cousins picked up right where they left off last Spring..
with the older Things doing their best to corrupt their younger counterparts...
As for me, it had been a little longer since I saw my nephews..
 And of course, I had to go for the "Before and After" edition of when
I last saw the nephews back in '08.
*Thanks to Hubby and his brother for humoring me and providing photographic and technical skills

we have had a few celebrations so far...
Most recently was a birthday lunch with Auntie T. At White Fence Farm...
Ladies who Lunch...the senior edition.
And before that was a crazy ladies night out...
Where we toasted, and roasted our good friend MB...
Thanks K. for adding such a fiesta feel to the evening!

And stuck somewhere in between this mischief and mayhem
 was a more serious celebration...
As we celebrated Thing 2 selection to our District's Honors Orchestra.   
He does clean up pretty good, doesn't he?   
And WOW....can he and his peers put on quite the performance!   


So, Hello 2016....I hope to give you more of my time and attention...for blogging is indeed a bit like exercise....once you get started it isn't so bad, and you feel better!  

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Gratitude Challenge 1: Home

Now that the pumpkins have been carved and before the Christmas cookies are baked, I like to take time out of November and reflect on gratitude.

Oh sure, each year, I start out strong, and before I know it, I have fallen behind, playing catch up.   Last year, I tried using a template and I found that really helped me stay on task and look beyond the usual gratitudes.   So, again, will challenge myself and a few friends to practice 30 days of gratitude.

If nothing else, at least the blog will get a little more TLC and I can infuse some of the thoughts that have been roaming around in my head these past few months.

*Photo courtesy of Hubby 
HOME...
Soon after we were married,  Hubby and I were given the opportunity to move out here to Colorado.   At the time, it was not home for either of us, and in fact we knew little about the state other than "there are mountains and we could ski, oh and John Denver wrote some great songs about the state".  

Location between our two families and affordability were other determining factors in our moving out here.    

The natives may never accept us....but 19 years later, we do indeed consider Colorado home.  True,  we never ski and affordability is not the first word that comes to mind when you mention metro area's cost of living.   Rocky Mountain High is now easier to achieve than back when John Denver penned his famous song.    

 I am most grateful we found such a family friendly, beautiful place to raise our family.   It isn't perfect but it is indeed a great place to call HOME.