Monday, June 24, 2013

Vacay 2013- Friends and Family unite.

Last week we gathered our family and a few friends and headed to Myrtle Beach for vacation.  It seemed like forever and we were feeling long overdue since we went a little later in the year than our Spring Break trips over the last several years.  

It was an old times sake vacation, if you will, heading back to Myrtle Beach, SC after a 3 year run at our favorite Johns Pass and St. Pete Beach, FL hangout-- again gathering up our peeps in one place at one time. 

A party of 18 when we were all in the same spot piled up and down the beach or taking up the side of a pool for some relaxation, football, Frisbee, wave riding, skim boarding and warm Double Stuff Oreos in the sunshine.  We added some newbies to the trip, Maddie our friend and babysitter came along to help with the boys, Shayne's friend Buddy and Kristen's boyfriend Joe came with too.   And sweet Olivia added life to the party- she wasn't yet born the last time our core group of peeps vacationed together.

For us and the Nance's, we knew in our hearts it would probably the last vacation all together with our own kids flying the coop and starting lives of their own.

We reminisced on some good 'ole memories- revisiting our favorite restaurants like River City CafĂ©Ultimate California Pizza and Sara J's.   And we created some new ones, like the importance of Lifeguards when your 8 year old goes missing for a few minutes and that it is possible for 18 people to wait 3 and 1/2 hours on dinner and live to tell about it.  Can I just confess, I'm not so much a fan anymore of bathing suit pictures, just sayin'.

South Carolina may never be the same.

Buddy and Shayne getting started on the first of many dig projects of the week.

Shayne riding the waves with Elijah
A little bologna, a little sand, a little shade.

Rex getting kisses from Isaiah

Buddy, Maddie, Shayne, Elijah & Phillip

Elijah & Isaiah

Empty-nested love birds, Lane & Cheryl.
Missing Lane & Cheryl we're down to 16.
Photo taken at our new favorite restaurant, Thorny's
The weather wasn't perfect but not horrible.  We were able to enjoy the ocean and pool every day and it seemed right when it rained Saturday morning as we loaded up and headed home.

And while we were getting sand covered toes, getting Elijah over his sun-poisoning and giving salty kisses, life was happening at home. 

Our newest great-niece, Norah Grace was born on June 20th.  Her mommy, knowing I love baby piggies took this picture for me.  You can see more pictures of sweet Norah over at the Naffs.

And lastly, heavy on our hearts while we were away was knowing that Rex's mom was being moved from assisted living at Emeritus to a nursing home.  We're all a mixed up bag of emotions on that one.

So now we are just trying to get back in the swing of our normal routine, buahahaha.

Happy Monday y'all, it is Monday, right?

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Missing me.

I knew he was a bit off when I dropped him off at daycare this morning.  He's been telling me about a couple of kids that are "mean to him".  The ones that won't let you play with them unless you bring the toy from home they want to "borrow" or the one that has to be the boss.

When we walked in, he whispered in my ear... "I don't like him mommy, he's mean"

I gave him the pep talk we moms who work outside the home give our kids when we leave them in the care of other people when we really just want to grab them up and head back home.

I appreciate time away from my kids to regroup, but most of the time I hate that they are spending their days with somebody else.  I wish I could just be mommy every day, not a working mommy.

I feel guilty. 

I assured him it would be okay, got another hug and headed for the door.  He didn't take his eyes off of me this morning so I kept looking back at him.  He blew me a kiss and sat down with his DS next to the one he didn't like.

He waved, I blew a kiss and we both headed into the day.

We spent our night celebrating Allie's birthday at Keith and Jill's.  He came and got on my lap a couple of times- but spent most the night playing with baby Delaney.

We got home and he put on his pajamas for bed, and I heard those feet coming down the stairs.  There he stood, tears in his eyes when he confessed...

"mommy, you know when you left me today and I looked at you- I cried when you left because I miss you so much. I don't get to snuggle with you much and I'm sad, can we snuggle, and where is Shayne I miss him so much too."  

Be still my heart- he used his words.  Powerful words. .

I certainly never refuse an offer to snuggle.  We stood on the stairs for several minutes, just hugging.  Then I followed him to his room.  I asked him if he was worried- "yes" he answered.

He's going through what a lot of kids go through- he's scared I'm going to get hurt, or killed.  So I hold him and ask him to remember who keeps us safe.  I'm a few inches from his face, and I can feel his breath when he whispers "God does"

He wraps his little arms around me and tells me he loves me.  I tell him I love him too.

And I watch him sleep a while, missing the baby that is hiding inside the 7 year old body of my sweet Isaiah.  And I cherish the gift of him.

Happy Thursday y'all! 

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