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Good bye

Posted on: 03/20/2010

There comes a time in everyone’s lives when they come to a crossroads. You have to choose whether to go straight and to keep things the way they are, or turn and change things around.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my blogging for the past 5 years. I want to thank everyone whom has allowed me a glimpse into their busy lives. I cannot tell you how much you have taught me and encouraged me. While reading your blogs, I have laughed, cried and cheered.

Thank you for taking the time during your day to read my blog. It has meant the world to me.

I have decided that I am going to take a turn and change things. I am not sure which direction I will be going. I do know that I will do what is best for myself and my family. Before I go, just one last thought.

“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”

Irish Blessings quote


I thought of You Today.
I thought of you today….when someone gave you “that look” because your child had behaved in a way they thought disobedient.
I thought of you today…when you realized your circle of friends had grown smaller because yet another person had misunderstood your child.
I thought of you today…when your child responded too strongly, and another child was hurt.
I thought of you today…when this child talked and talked and talked so constantly that your brain  became numb.
I thought of you today…when your anger level went too high and you said something you wish now that you hadn’t.
I thought of you today when you saw someone else completely miss the delight in your child, because your child presented it in a manner that was unfamiliar to them.
I thought of you today when you apologized to your child and he wrapped his arms around you in a gracious embrace that you know conveyed total and utter forgiveness.
I thought of you today…because I know you and I are sharing some of the same journeys.

I received this in an e-mail this morning. I Love it.

Rat Race

Posted on: 02/18/2010

Man, I could use a Piña Colada
Little bit of sun on my skin
A hammock, a book
Never gonna look back
Once my feet hit the sand
I’ve had it up to here with this rat race
Need a smile on my face

I wanna go where I can lighten up the load
Drive a little while on the wrong side of the road
Get this laying low off to a flying start
Play my guitar in the Caribbean sun
Hang with the locals at the Quiet Mon
Where you can be a tourist, a beach bum, or a star
And be as you are

Gettin’ stuck sure would be easy
In this palm tree paradise
Ambition fades with every wave
For the finer things in life
Maybe I’ll just hang around here
Go home later next year

I wanna stay down here and lighten up the load
Drive a little while on the wrong side of the road
Get this laying low off to a flying start
Play my guitar in the Caribbean sun
Hang with the locals at the Quiet Mon
Where you can be a tourist, a beach bum, or a star
And be as you are

I wanna play my guitar in the Caribbean sun
Hang with the locals at the Quiet Mon
Where you can be a tourist, a beach bum, or a star
And be as you are
Be as you are

~Kenny Chesney

We have taken it easy this week and followed the kids’ lead. The kids enjoyed playing with magnets the other day. Tracker’s favorite thing was using the magnets to move his mini monster trucks. Squirrel enjoyed building paper clip structures and Dragon just loved everything.  The kids’ eyes just lit up when I brought them out. It showed me that I will need to get over my science fear and jump right in.  Tomorrow brings just another step into science, chemistry class. It is all the children have talked about since Tuesday. They are just a little excited. The other new favorite is roller skating. The children are asking for skates. They don’t want roller blades, just skates. It has been a lot of fun watching them skate. I think that skates would be a great surprise gift for the children. They are still not very confident while on skates.

Next week, we will start swim lessons back up. We are thinking of joining the new YMCA here. We are discussing the pros and cons now. My biggest con right now is working out in an all glass workout room. I am very shy about working out in front of other people, oh and they are all sooo fit. Not me. LOL.

I am going to work hard this weekend on plans for the week. I need to get somethings together and try and get order to my house. I am a little relieved because my family works a little bit better on the run, plus I cannot wait to start working out on that bike again.

I’m Here

Posted on: 01/28/2010

I am here. We are just battling some colds in my neck of the woods. I will be back as soon as we are better.

I am going to copy a post that I had written January 13, 2009. ..

I have been trying for a little bit to create a post about our day. I can’t do it. Instead I want to take you down memory lane.

Growing up I was one of 13 grandkids. Twice a summer we would all get together for a family pool party at my grandmother’s house. My mom and dad would go get 2 bushels of blue crabs fresh off the boats. They would pick up shrimp and corn on the cob too. All the kids would play in the pool while the grown ups cooked our meal.  My dad and his brother would be ‘manning’ the grill. They would cook the corn, hot dogs, and whatever else we had. We would then all sit down at huge tables to eat our meals. We always had fun. There were games of all kinds. We would play football, soccer or baseball up on the fields next to my dad’s childhood home. We would play games in the pool as well.

Bam’s house was the one that we gathered at for the holidays. I can picture the men on the couches while watching the football games on Thanksgiving. I can see the kids all playing with the knick knacks that Bam collected as she traveled all over the world. I can see the tree in the sun room. I can picture all the food in the dining room. I can picture my grandmother so clearly and so full of life.

When I had to do a 6th grade project on a country in Africa, Bam helped me. She had just gotten back from a trip to Egypt. She gave me all of her artifacts that she collected. I got an A that day.

Many of you that read my blog know that I love the islands. I love the sand, the water and the sun. I feel like I am at home when my feet are in the sand. All of my worries go away at the smell and sight of the ocean. It is as if my worries get washed away with the tide. The reason that I am at home at the beach, Bam. She taught me to love the islands. She showed me that there was peace in the sand. Bam & I have been to few different beaches. We have been to Jamaica where we climbed a waterfall, the Bahamas where she lived part time, and we have been to the Eastern Shore of Md. The music that I love the most reminds me of the water. They are Beach Songs.

Last May, she was taken to the hospital because she fell. They didn’t know if she would make it to my cousin’s wedding on June. She made it. She had another goal, make it until I came for a visit in August. She made that goal too. She was well enough to make a trip to her house in the Bahamas over the holidays.

Unfortunately, Bam died this morning. I am so glad that I got the chance to see her in August. I am thankful that my kids have a great memory of eating sushi with their great-grandmother. I am thankful that she got to see them one more time. Mostly, I am just grateful that she was my grandmother.

I will miss you forever Bama. I’ll see you at the beach. Photobucket

photo courtesy of Virtual Tourist

Keep On Smiling

©  Alexandra Skiathitis
If at times you feel you want to cry.
And life seems such a trial.
Above the clouds there’s a bright blue sky
So make your tears a smile.

As you travel on life’s way
With its many ups and downs
Remember it’s quite true to say
One smile is worth a dozen frowns.

Among the worlds expensive things
A smile is very cheap
And when you give a smile away,
You get one back to keep.

Happiness comes at times to all
But sadness comes unbidden
And sometimes a few tears must fall
Among the laughter hidden.

So when friends have sadness on their face
And troubles round them piled
The world will seem a better place
And all because you smiled.

The end
Keep On Smiling by Alexandra Skiathitis @FamilyFriendPoems

Source: Keep On Smiling, Life Lesson Poems

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