Tuesday, August 14, 2007

At the Stampede, Cody's last night with us and with facial hair!

      Potpourri - A really LONG blog!! As in a mixture of all things unrelated...that's today's blog!
     I found this quotation I really like: You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back. ~William D. Tammeus
     I totally get it, as would all of us parents out there!! It really makes me think of my KIDDOS!
     Ironically, I am without all of them this week (Cody left for boot camp on Sunday evening, Jordie went to church camp on Sunday afternoon, and my step-daughter is with her mom this week). Yesterday was REALLY weird. I am not used to ever being kid-less.
     At first it sort of bothered me, but then I decided (positive attitude) to enjoy some ME time!
     I went to Wenatchee and took care of some business and then went...SHOPPING! Yeah, baby!
     Last night I made Rick's favorite: MY chicken noodle soup. Since it was his first day back to work and I had no kids, I decided to spoil him instead!
     I have the best recipe that my best friend gave me for Christmas once way back when. It's soooo yummy and healthy!!
     Last night after dinner Rick worked with me to ride our horse Jack Sparrow. I was REALLY nervous in the beginning, but then I LOVED it!
     After that our friend came over, and we all sat and pointed out constellations and just enjoyed the night sky! It was very relaxing!
     Today I have a hair appointment, and I keep teasing Rick that I am going to chop it all off...LOL. I am not, but it drives him nuts that I even threaten it!
     I really miss Cody. I am writing him a letter a day, and we are going to steal my friend Kathy's idea and put all of his letters in a binder for a keepsake.
     I am humbled by the love we have received in this community. I have had so many people come up to me in the past few days and hug and tell me how much they love and care for us and will keep us all in the prayers.
     I feel so fortunate to live somewhere that people circle the wagons and take care of others.
     In this book I read recently (life changing!!!) Eat, Pray, and Love by Elizabeth Mitchell, there is a section about how each city/town has a word that best describes it and how when you live in a place where its word matches yours, then you are HOME.
     This has had me thinking about all of the places I have ever lived (remember, I went to 13 schools from K-12!!), and what the word would be for each of those places.
     I have always felt a gypsy spirit in my heart, and I am a gemini (for those that believe in horoscope), so I am by nature a wanderer.
     I really tried to think what our little valley's word would be...I have come up with all sorts of possibilities, but I think I have it narrowed down to two words: Recreation and family.
     And, definitely both fit me, especially family. That word is SPOT on! What do you think our area's word could be?
     I have also decided that I am going to work really hard at working out for the next three months, as Cody will be, too!! It's sort of a tribute of how proud I am of him!
     Then when we all go to his graduation in November in San Diego, I will make him proud, too!
     OK, something totally random, are you watching the Fat March show? It was on last night, and it is motivating. It's ABC's weight loss competition to mirror NBC's Biggest Loser!
     I love the idea! Over 570 miles of walking with extra challenges along the way. Just think...you could start your own "walking club" and log in the same miles and see the same results!!!
     Check out the link, and you can even watch the full episodes if you missed the first two! http://abc.go.com/primetime/fatmarch/index .
     Well, I am going to go for a walk! Catch ya later!!


William said...

Thanks for watching!!!


tRiShA said...

This is very cool...I checked it out, and it is one of the contestants on the show :)