Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Early Spring in Spokane

Yes, it's true. It is the last day of February. Now I realize that technically, according to the calendar, it's still winter. I understand that spring really does not come til March 21st. However, since we often start getting winter weather around Halloween, isn't it only fair that by the first of March, we are seeing signs of spring?! Winter, according to the calendar, is only supposed to be three months long. So can you understand when it burns my cookies when it does this on February 28th?!?!
At least there is hope......yep, that's a robin. Hopefully he knows something we don't......

Friday, February 23, 2007

Movin' On

We are headed to Seattle this weekend for Alex to do a music audition at SPU for scholarship. We aren't even for sure that he will go there, but just in case, we need him to get every $$ he can. Whitney and Travis are going with us. Whit misses her friends from SPU and she loves going back to campus. It was a great experience for her. It would be nice if Alex ended up there, too, but we're waiting to see where the Lord thinks he should go. I'm not stressing....he will end up somewhere (even if it's at home going to community college!)

Alex and Brittney broke up this week. Not sure if it's for good. I had a good talk with Alex about it and he's just not ready to be completely committed right now. Her expectations of their relationship were different than his. He didn't want to spend every minute of every day with her and not have time for his friends and other things he likes to do. We've never really experienced a break up in our family before, so it's kind of sad. I like Brit a lot and will miss spending time with her. But maybe there will be another one coming around soon. Prom is just around the corner and I think he wants to have a date! It will make going away to college a little easier and I'm sure he'll be scouting campus for some cute babes!

More cold, more snow, more fog, more rain.....I hope spring shows up soon!!!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Time Flies...and Life is Short

I have so much fun reading my niece Rachel's blog (she's so dedicated!) and seeing all the pics. I am bad about remembering to take photos, but I will try to get better. I do love keeping up with family and friends, so I guess I'd better do my part!

This is an interesting transition year. We got to adjust to Whitney moving back home and then the whole marriage thing. It's been so much fun and I love seeing them married. They are so darn happy! We try to give them lots of space without abandoning them, but we still love spending time with them and hearing about all their activities and plans. I feel so fortunate that they live so close and know I will love that when the grandbabies come (do I keep mentioning that I can't wait for grandkids?!)

Now Alex is THIS close to leaving the nest. I somehow feel a little more ready for him to go than I did when Whit left. I will still probably cry when I drop him off at the school he ends up going to, but maybe I won't bawl all the way back to North Bend like I did when we left Whit at SPU the first time (Yes, that is a true confession - I was a mess!) Now when my 6'3" baby boy crushes me in a big hug, I can't help to think back to the teeny little thing he was when he came home with us. Time flies!

Now that my kids are about raised, my goal is to spend more quality time with the important people in my life. I want to get over to see my Mom and Dad WAY more often and spend time with my wonderful sisters and my dear friend, Mishell. I know I have neglected them in the years when keeping track of my kids was priority, but more and more I know that life is short and I need to make the most of every day. It's so easy to fall into a rut and not take the time to say what needs to be said.

Also makes me realize that because life is so short, I don't need to fret about keeping up relationships that don't mean anything. I don't mean you don't have to work at relationships, but if you have to work so hard and there is no joy, what's the point? If someone makes it clear that what's important to me isn't important to them, then I don't consider that friendship. I don't mean they have to agree with everything or take part in everything I do, but if they are not interested, why share it with them? I have a hard enough time spending quality time with the important people in my life. I guess bottom line is short and I don't want to waste a minute on conditional or superficial relationships. That is my wisdom for the week.

Now that I have been profound (or not) I guess I'll go to the gym and work on my bikini body for Maui (ha!) After all, that is not superficial, right?