Healthy body, healthy spirit, healthy mothering. This is the journey I have set out on with my two amazing children.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Race to TX and back

Everybody knows that Labor Day Weekend is usually 3 days long right?

Wrong.  For some reason, this surprises me EVERY year.  The kids get three days off of school.  I actually get a three day weekend (normally I work every Saturday).  I get a three day weekend from my school.  So, I decided that I really needed to take the kids down to Amarillo to visit their father's family.

For my family that is reading this and yelling at their computer screen, something along the lines of "EFF THAT!  You already raise those kids if they want to see YOUR kids..."  Feel free to feel that way, Lord knows I do every now and then, but please respect my decision to do what I thought was right and keep your comments to yourself and out of my comment section.  Thank you!

So, I did some online googling and rented a car (the most expensive part of our trip).  We packed up a couple days ahead of time.  I have decided I can no longer do the rushing around, packing the day before.  It drives me nuts.  We had the car loaded, our food/snacks/cds waiting by the door and managed to get to sleep by 11 pm.  We got up about 3 am Saturday morning and were listening to Willie Nelson singing "On the Road Again" by 4:15.  We stopped once for breakfast in Lamar, CO (fast food) otherwise we were in that car unless I needed to fill up or the kids needed to pee.  I am not going to go on about the horrible construction (we drove thru eastern CO/OK into TX, just know that it was awful!

We were at their Tía Crystal's place around 11 am (CO time) although I did have to have her husband meet us in town and follow him to their house.  I got lost.  They visited her & their cousins for about 45 minutes and then we were off again to Amarillo.  (Another hour & 15 minutes in the car).  The kids' great-grandparents invited us to stay with them so I saved some serious money by not getting a hotel room.

The kids spent Saturday night with their Memaw, Papaw & Uncle (Daddy's mom & stepdad); Sunday was afternoon with Grandpa & Grandma (Daddy's father & stepmom), Tía & cousins, back to great-grandmas that night and we headed home Monday morning around 10 ish.

Once again, we didn't make it out to the cemetery to visit their Daddy but this time it was because the kids didn't want to go.  Neva is having a very difficult time understanding why her Daddy is dead and other kids get to at least see their Dads (she is a bit pissed at God for this one---join the club) and Kelen makes a couple comments a week about POS drug addicts & alcoholics and he is in a very angry place towards his Dad.  Let me tell you, taking those kids down there with their already hurting hearts was not the easiest thing in the world for this Momma but it did give us another chance to talk about what they are feeling and I think that is the most important thing I can do for them.  As much as I would like to pretend Texas doesn't even exist (for my own selfish reasons) I try to do what is best for my little monsters.  Teaching them to stay connected to their feelings (good and bad), stay connected with their Dad's family (good and bad) and teaching them to stay true to themselves is my job, right?

Kelen and Uncle AJ playing on the computer.

Cousins snacking after a water fight.

Watching a movie with great-granny & great-grandpa.

Labor Day Weekend traffic home.  ugh

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Prize Giveaway

I know I said my next post would be about our last minute trip to TX but I had to put this one out there first.  What can I say?  I am so easily distract...Hey!  Look over there!  A chicken!

Wait.  What was I saying?  Oh yeah.  Don't you just love to win prizes?  Well, I do.  So go check out Mrs. Accountability's 3-year-blogoversary giveaway.  One easy way to enter is to blog about her giveaway.  See why I just had to sneak this post in?  I know you want to hear all about my super-fast weekend in Amarillo but I really want to win a prize.

And, anybody who can inspire me to stay on task with my budgeting is ok by me.  Her blog is filled with some serious financial inspiration.

So, head on over and look around.  And while you are there, enter the contest too.  Well, maybe not.  Cuz then you might win and I won't.  ;)

Monday, September 13, 2010

What we did the last 2 weeks of summer vacation

First, that sounds like the beginning to an elementary school essay.  Sorry about that.  What I have discovered is that the kids and I did a whole lot of nothing this summer thanks to my wonky ankle.  Read about that here.

We did however head for Michigan to meet up with my sissy.  Oh, and to celebrate Grandma's 75th birthday, but mainly, it was so that I could see MonkyMama.

We had a blast!  And by we, I actually mean the kids and I.  The kids got to roam approximately 10 acres (oftentimes unescorted), swim in a pond, hunt for frogs, drive Papa's golf cart, swim in Lake Michigan, and in general, act like kids.  I got to visit my sister and my favorite Tía (did you know my name is not actually Tia, but that is what all my nieces/nephews and the occasional sister call me?  It means aunt in spanish), visit with my Grandma (who is rapidly becoming a grumpy old lady), and spend some time with my Dad (who has been a grumpy old man for some time now).

Enjoy some pictures of our adventures.

That's a whole lotta Mexican ladies.

That's sissy & my Dad.

The cousins water battle.

Papa's tricked out golf cart.

Kiwi playing in his pool.

The girls were being mermaids.

My little girl is beautiful.

This guy actually pulled a bag of sandwiches out of my beach bag.

Yes I swam too.

My son racing into the waves.

They wore themselves out!

Next post will be about our spur of the moment trip to Texas for Labor Day Weekend.