Peace & Love!!
 
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This sweet little thing is the reason I have trouble getting anything done these days!  She sees me with my computer and promptly hops up and worms her way in between it and me.

Even though I've reverted back to the days of not being able to go to the bathroom alone (she follows me everywhere), I wouldn't trade her for the world!


 
 
As promised, here are some pictures of the latest addition to our family.  I spent most of the day at the hospital again today just holding the little love!  He is a little snuggler and was very alert.

 I also had lunch with my three other grandchildren, my other daughter and son-in-law and Hunter's daddy.  

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Isn't he adorable???  I guess technically, all babies are ;)  And all grandmothers think their grandchild is.

I could have sat and gazed at him for hours.  There is something so special about holding your grandchild.  It's a feeling you can't explain - it has to be experienced.    I remember how sweet my parents were with my kids (I also remember thinking "who are these people" - because they were never that sweet with their own kids).  

But now I get it.    When my 6 year old grandson comes over to kiss me on the cheek or my 18 month old granddaughter sees me, squeals and runs into my arms.  Today when I told her I loved her I SWEAR she said it back.  

There's a special bond between grandparents and grandchildren.  I am thankful every day that God has given me the gifts of these children.  They are precious.
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So there were some funny things that happened during Hunters birth.  

First his father had been celebrating New Year's eve when my daughter went into labor.  He (literally) passed out at the hospital when they got to the delivery room and woke up with a pretty good hangover.  When it came time for her to push, he tried to stand by her to watch but couldn't stomach it.  She told him to go sit down - no one would judge him.  I promptly said "Oh I will" to which the dr cracked up and told Amanda that her mother was a funny lady!   I'm not sure she completely agrees!

After she gave birth to him, the dr looked at her and said "at least your mother wasn't pushing with you like she did with your sister".  Obviously, they had the same dr.  And I did push simultaneously with Danielle.   I couldn't stop myself - even after it was pointed out to me.  My stomach muscles were sore for days.

It has been a blessing to witness the birth of all four of my grandchildren.  I am thankful that my daughters and I have such a close relationship and that their significant others are tolerant of it (and me - it can't be easy having me for a mother-in-law).

I hope you all had a great New Years!

Peace and love!
 
 
Hunter Robert has made his appearance weighting in at 8 lbs 3 ozs and measuring 22 inches long.  He is positively adorable and absolutely perfect!! 

I will post some pictures very soon.  This Nana is pooped - gonna have some tea & maybe take a nap.

Peace & love!!
 
 
It is 2:28AM and I am with my daughter at the hospital awaiting the birth of my grandson!!!  She is 4cm dilated!  The dr says Hunter should make his appearance by later this morning (it's her third baby - contractions are strong and close together).

I will keep you posted!!!!



UPDATE:

Still waiting.  Her contractions slowed down and became irregular after her epidural so we're waiting for her dr to get here to decide how to proceed - thinking he'll give her pitocin.  Gosh I hope I get to meet my grandson soon!!

 
 
Here it is!  It turned out beautiful and my daughter loves it!  There are six chairs - 3 of one kind and 3 of another - we painted them all black and they look great together.  The important part is that now her entire family can sit together for meals.  Their old table only had 3 chairs.  

I have to say that it was a nice feeling being able to provide a seemingly big ticket item like that for one of my kids without breaking my budget.  

The other nice thing is how much she appreciates it.  There was a time in her life when she didn't really care about stuff and didn't take very good care of her things.  As an adult, she seems to have a better appreciation for simple things - like a table and chairs - and will cherish it.

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Of course I'm now thinking about what to make for them for NEXT Christmas!  I may tackle a few quilts throughout the year.  We'll see.

The very first thing I'm doing in 2016 however is making a list of resolutions.  I know, I know................BUT I plan to keep it simple and hopefully by charting my progress (and maybe a few of you doing it with me), I'll be able to KEEP the resolutions.

What resolutions will you be making this year?


 
 
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Here it is - FINALLY!!!  I think it looks pretty darn good.  Now I'm waiting for the chair I ordered to arrive and this present is ready!  Yayyyy!

In front of the destk the round looking black thing is the bottom of my other daughters table.  We forgot to take a before picture but its a round (very, very solid) table from the mid-70's.  I'll try to find a picture of a similar table and post that with the "after" of the one we've redone.  

I so very much enjoy making each of the kids something.  I still have things that my grandmothers made me years ago and I cherish them.  I want my kids and grandkids to have these things to remind them of my love.  

For my two grandaughters, Nataleigh and Ryleigh, I've made stuffed bunnies. I didn't make anything for my 6 year old grandson.  I need to put some thought into that.

Hope you're having a blessed day.

Peace and love!!!

 
 
Well, it took him a day and a half but he's over it.  My GAWD..............I love him to pieces - I really do but for pete's sake.  I'm attempting to move on from it.

So onward.  I still have some Christmas shopping/crafting/baking to do, as well as a final paper for my nutrition class.  I am remaining positive that it will all get done!  

One of our projects was redoing a desk for my daughter.  Here is the before:
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We aren't quite done with it yet.  I'll post the after pictures tomorrow.  I think she's going to love it!

Not one to be excluded, our little Daphne got in the picture as well.  She is just such a peanut.  King Charles Cavalier's are such great companion dogs.  She is the most gentle, playful, quiet puppy I've ever had. Hopefully, she'll let me get stuff done this weekend.

On the agenda is:

~ finish the desk - I need to go purchase drawer pulls
~ finish my oldest daughers table and chairs (we forgot to take a before picture but I'll post an after one)
~ find one or two more gifts for my boyfriend
~ find one more gift for my son-in-law
~ wrap gifts
~ finish my paper
~ bake the following:  Italian Cream Cake; Chocolate Sour Cream Bunt cake; Cranberry Pound Cake  - All very, very yummy.  Let me know if you'd like the recipes!  I'm happy to share!


Have a great weekend everyone!!  Sprinkle some holiday cheer everywhere you go!


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My ex and I have been apart for a little over four years now, divorced for a little less than one year.  I began seeing my current boyfriend a few months after splitting up with my husband.  My boyfriend and I have lived together with my boys for a year now.  It has NOT been an easy transition for any of us.  My relationship with my ex is roller coasterish at best. My boyfriends relationship with his ex is, well, I have no idea - he doesn't really discuss it and I've never met her.

Last night, for the second (yes second) time while on the phone with my ex (who, FYI was yelling at me), I accidentally called him "honey" in front of my boyfriend...........................Yeah................no way to take it back, no way to cover it up, said it as plain as day and now my boyfriend is PISSED.

The first time I did it was a year or so ago.  I was simulaneously talking to my ex and my boyfriend, got absolutely confused and called the ex honey when I meant to call my boyfriend honey.  Last night, I directly called my ex honey. Sigh.....  Did I mention my boyfriend is pissed??
So, what to do, what to do???  My boyfriend feels I must still have some connection to my ex still because I called him honey. That is completely beyond the truth.  We do have a connection because of our children and that will never change but I'm over the marriage - I have been for a long time.

I tried to explain that I call EVERYONE honey - I even called my boss honey one time.  It's just what I do.

With all of that said, lets revisit that I have not met my boyfriends ex (who he is still technically married to).  I've met the mother of his oldest son, I've met both of his sons, all of his family but not her.  He goes to see his 17 year old son and spends time (a couple of hours) each week with him at HER house.  I don't say a word.  Nada.  

I apologized and have no clue what else I can do.  

At the age I am at, cohabitating with another human is so difficult, particularly after you've lived alone for a few years.  

So, I will go home tonight and see if he's speaking to me yet.

  Wish me luck my soul sisters.  I'll keep you posted.............
 
 
Todays LOL:

My 6 year old grandson recently spent some time at my house with my 12 and 16 year olds listening to music - maybe not the best idea in retrospect. So he says to his mother, "At Nana's we listened to a song about big fat butts. What does he mean when he says you know what to do with that big fat butt? What does she do with it mom?". 

My daughter said she almost passed out.

I, however, laughed so hard I couldn't breathe and am still giggling about it.  

To fully understand why I find humor in it, you should know that my daughter was THE BIGGEST instigator of bad behavior in her younger siblings.  So this incident is actually her own fault - at least thats my theory.

I have to say that there is no greater pleasure than watching your children parent their children.  Not only have I dealt with the inevitable "I'll never do or say _______ to my child" statement but because there is a gap in age between the first two kids and the second two, I've had to deal with the older girls trying to parent the younger boys WITH me - which, to me, at times has been more frustrating than co-parenting with my ex.

So now, my reward for making it (almost) through all of that is I get to watch as my daughters parent their kids.  I am blessed (and amused almost daily)!!!!

Karma at its best!

Have a joyful day!

 
 
60 degrees mid December - I'll take it!  I spent most of my day in the garage sanding a desk I'm redoing as a gift for my daughter.  Nothing quite like procrastinating until 12 days before Christmas!  And to be honest, I've done minimal shopping so far (I'll be wrapping stuff on Christmas eve - again).

I am the queen of procrastination.  I don't know why - I even have trouble getting to work on time most days.  I have yet to figure out exactly why I do it or how, for the love of God, to STOP.  Sometimes, I think I enjoy the adrenaline rush I get from having to beat a deadline.  It's a sickness. 

I do know that when I don't procrastinate, it feels good.  I enjoy the satisfaction of getting things done on time without going into panic mode.  One would think that would be enough to keep me on track.  Not so much.  

I don't discriminate on what I procrastinate about either.  It could be doing my laundry, going to work, getting actual work done or even taking my contacts out before I pass out at night.   I'm all over the board with it.

I've tried making lists and asking others to motivate me (i.e.: boot me in the butt), yet I keep doing it.  Sigh.


Here's a great article about procrastination.  I do seem to fit the rebellion catagory..................hmmmmm.


http://success.oregonstate.edu/six-reasons-people-procrastinate

 

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