School’s out!! I am SO ready for summer!! Although, we already have somewhat of a busy summer planned – but lots of fun things included, too.
Last Thursday, the day before school got out, MiMi and I picked up my mom from the NW Arkansas airport. She stayed with us for a week. I just took her back to the airport this morning (*yawn* – 7:05 a.m. flight!).
The last 6 days, we have spent time taking walks, showing my mom our new hometown, and catching up with each other in details one can’t share over the telephone.
Now that I am – ahem – “older”, I think I really do appreciate my mom so much more than I ever did. First of all, I am thankful to have her; I know many friends who have already lost their mothers and miss them terribly. I don’t take this time for granted.
And I am seeing more and more where so many of my ideas and mannerisms come from! While we are very different in some things (which is normal), there are a lot of ideas and memories and personality traits we have in common, too. She’s known me all my life, after all!
We had a picnic at our favorite park … the weather this past week has been in the 80’s. After such a long winter and seemingly short spring, we sure are glad to see the sunshine!
We took Drew to Missouri to spend some time with his “old friends” and took the opportunity to go to the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, MO. ^
Annie-Belle ended up with a horrid sinus infection and finally had to go to the doctor when all my home remedies weren’t offering her any relief (and we feared strep throat, which thankfully she doesn’t have!). She had to bow out of some of our shopping trips and park excursions, but MiMi didn’t mind having her Oma all to herself.
I love my new hometown – it is a city of 70,000+ but when one goes to the “town square”, it feels like small town America.
For the most part, I am very content here, just taking care of my kids. Their activities and doing things with our whole family is really what we need and enjoy right now … but this past week, I realized – after spending time with my mom and talking on the phone with an old friend, sharing what God is doing for each other’s families – that I really do need GIRL TIME sometimes – with ADULT girls!
My mom and I went to some of our local Goodwills and thrift stores and Target – and it was fun to try on clothes or suggest things for each other. My mom spoiled me by buying me nail polish and earrings and by doing my hair (just hi-lights which I haven’t had in FOREVER!!).
I love that I am the mom of 2 girls. Hopefully, prayerfully, over the years, we will remain close – and still enjoy each other’s company – in 40 years!