Saturday, November 28, 2009

Staying Young

I have to agree with everyone - having kids keeps you young. I would have never thought I would agree to go shopping at midnight only to get up again the following morning to be out shopping again by 4:30 a.m.

The only explanation I have for this is my daughter. I drove her to work on Thanksgiving night at 11:30 p.m. This way I could retrieve her the following morning at 9:00 a.m. to shop. One car to find a parking space for on the day after Thanksgiving is enough.

Since I was already at the mall at 11:45 p.m. and it opened in 15 minutes, I gave in to the temptation of going in the mall. It amazes me the people who were out. I shopped for only 45 minutes, just two purchases. Three hours of sleep later I returned to shopping.

The best part of the day - spending time with my daughter! Oh, can't forget the nap later in the day - that was so great!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Proud Mama

The past couple of days have been wonderful! Watching our son, now a man, graduate from Basic Training was such a joy. Children make us smile, cry and laugh in life. There are times they make us proud, frustrate us, and disappoint us - but through it all we love them just the same.

Our son has made us so proud! He has known for several years he wanted to join a branch of the armed forces. Last fall he enlisted in the Army National Guard. Today he graduated from Basic Training. It was one of my proudest moments!

The past 10 weeks have been mentally and physically challenging, strenuous, and harder than ever imagined. Oh, I guess they weren't a walk in the park for him either. In our "connected" world, we were so disconnected. Not anymore, Uncle Sam allowed him his cell phone yesterday.

As he leaves for his AIT at Fort Sam Houston, he will once again be connected. That makes the distance between us and him much easier to tolerate.

We wish him well as he begins the next chapter in his National Guard experience.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Not much longer

In about 36 more hours I will should be spending some long awaited time with our son. He has completed Basic Training. We are attending his graduation at Fort Benning Georgia. He called tonight and we could hear the excitement in his voice. I think he has really missed his family, probably wouldn't admit it to just anyone - but he has.

We couldn't be more proud of both of our children. We love them both!