Fill in the Blank Friday – 04/20

1.  Today is a great day because I just got some GREAT news…can tell yet though! 😉

2.   Tomorrow I will be attending a wedding with my man. Gotta let him see me wearing something other than my SAHM “uniform”. LOL!

3.  My favorite time of day is   just after my kids bedtime   because   I get to reflect upon the day, watch my kids sleeping, and listen to the quiet.

4. Sometimes you just have to    smile, nod, and THINK all the things you want to say. 😉

5. A song that I just can’t get enough of lately is   hmmm…not sure. No “earworms” lately, thankfully.

6. My favorite accessory is   a necklace, specifically a locket my mom gave me for my birthday, after my kids were born. It has two hearts on it, and my kids’ names and birthdate engraved on the back. My man even got pictures of my kids to include in the locket for my birthday last year, so now the locket is “complete”…finally!

7.  My favorite thing about this week was finding “the” dress to wear at a wedding my man and I are going to tomorrow.

 

30 Days About Me: Day 18 – Wedding Talk

Day 18- Wedding Talk

(share stories, photos, both, anything having to do with your wedding, the one you had or the one you dream of)

We had a small wedding – only 50 in attendance – at my parents’ farm. Family only for the ceremony, followed by afternoon tea with friends and family.  The last guest left at 5pm, which was great for me because I was really sick, and was in bed within minutes.

At one point during the afternoon, my mom told me we had to cut the cake quickly because everyone was leaving.  Then one of the guests went running through the house, excitedly saying “come on! We’re going to the barn!”.  I chuckled, shook my head and thought to myself “such a bunch of city slickers”. 😉

Everyone got along so well in the informal setting that no one noticed when my new husband, my dad and I left.  We went to the local nursing home where my grandmother lived to have photos taken.  She was far along in Alzheimer’s by then, but was very excited to see us all dressed up.

Some guests dressed up; others were casual.  There wasn’t any pomp and circumstance.  Tons of food and lots of merriment.  It was a very good day!

The irony of this posting is that it’s actually on my wedding anniversary…yup, made it to 8 years.  The fact that we’ve been separated for almost 2 years, brings it to 8 years because we aren’t legally divorced…yet. 😉

 

30 Days About Me: Day 10 – Photos Over Time

Day 10- A Photo Taken Over 10 Years Ago of You & A Current One

Photo of a girlfriend of mine and I at her 10 year highschool reunion.  She and (then) her boyfriend went to school with my boyfriend at the time, so we all went together.  She’s having her 20th highschool reunion – where does the time go?

 

 

 

 

 

This pic was taken 4 years ago I think (ironically, by my man, long before he became my man):

 

 

 

 

 

This one was taken over the summer of my man and I, at a girlfriend of mine’s wedding:

 

 

 

 

 

I’m told that I haven’t changed much, but I’ll let you be the judge. Interestingly, when I was in my marriage, people didn’t see the age difference between my ex-husband and I (14 years)…question is, is that an insult to me or a compliment to him? 😉  Since getting out of my marriage, people have been guessing my age as 6 or 7 years younger than I actually am.  Go figure.

 

30 Days About Me: Day 7 – Photo Happiness

Day 7- A Photo That Makes You Happy

So many to choose from…my kids are really cute, if I may say… 😉  Here are some that always put a smile on my face.

My kids’ first picture…8 week “blobs” of pure amazing!

 

 

 

 

My kids only hours old in the hospital.

 

 

 

 

Sibling love when the kids were 3 years old, and our first Snow Day of that winter

 

 

 

 

 

The kids and I at their graduation from Senior Kindergarten.

 

 

 

 

 

Great day at Marineland this summer, watching the whales underwater (hence the blue)

 

 

 

 

 

 

One last photo that doesn’t include my kids…my hunny and I at a wedding this past summer.

 

 

 

 

 

Now that I’ve spent hours pouring through photos, I’m all warm and fuzzy with the memories.  Would love to see your favourite photos!  Post them on your blog and link them back here in the Comments section.

 

The Weird and Wonderful World Wide Web

Wanted to share the weird/interesting/disgusting things people type into their search engines and somehow find my blog. 

The most popular search is “Wedding Ring Cartoon”, plus some other variations on that theme.  I would imagine it’s taking people to my blog entitled 42 Years and Counting….

I think the search term “best freckle friend” is just plain cute.  Everyone should all have our own “best freckle friend”, alas us natural redheads are few and far between.  I realize that all hair-colours and ethnicities have freckles but we are the originals. 😉

One that confuses me is “cake birthday children twin man/woman 2 years”.  Umm, are the children twins and the man and woman are 2 years old?  Are the twins 2 years old?  Are the man and woman twins?  So many configurations of this search term that I hope whomever typed it in found what they were looking for.

“Marriage communication cartoons” – don’t look at me for advice about marriage communication.  My ex and I were definitely from different planets when it came to communication, actually probably different solar systems!

“6yo put back diaper” – yay! I wonder why someone was searching this term though. I know it’s a huge thing in my home when my son puts back his diapers after he’s thrown all the unused ones on the floor. Yay for the Tidy Up Song!

Two searches that are disturbing: “son mom hot” and “6 year old girl sex with mom”.  Umm…eww, with a HUGE helping of GROSS on the side.

So, to finish this up on a more positive note, I am pleased that my blog has also been found searching “no wedding rings” (tee hee…) and, more importantly, “words of wisdom inspirational quotes”.  That makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

42 Years and Counting…

Today is my parents’ 42nd wedding anniversary. As each year goes by, I’m amazed at the length of their marriage and there’s definitely no end in sight. If that’s not “enough”, my parents have also been working together in their own business for 32 years!

My dad is a very passionate and opinionated man – which has caused some conflict between us over the years but we are either best of friends, or at each other’s throats…that’s just the way it is. I’m NOT admitting that we are very similar, not at all. 😉 He has been a proud Rotarian forever and to me, exemplifies Rotary’s guidelines: “It is the truth? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better fellowship?”

My mom is an absolute saint and everyone loves her as soon as they meet her. She’s a beautiful (inside and out) Brit, who is passionate about gardening and Golden Retrievers. Until recently, she and another local woman in town ran the Dog Therapy program in town, training dogs (and their owners!) to go into retirement homes to visit the residents.

My family has a history of long marriages. It wasn’t until my paternal grandparents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary that I found out it was actually my grandfather’s SECOND marriage. They had professional photos taken in their garden for their 50th anniversary and the photos captured them perfectly…they were in eachother’s arms. My grandmother was perfectly groomed and accessorized, looking at the camera with a calm smile, while my grandfather was looking at her with admiration and his hair was all wind-blown and very “crazy scientist-like” (which, he actually was!).

My maternal grandmother passed away early in life. I was always amazed that my maternal grandfather still referred to her as “my wife” whenever he spoke of her…which wasn’t often, but still…

My biological grandfather was married forever as well (not sure the actual length but I’m sure it was over 50 years too) and he spoke very fondly of his wife who passed away a few years before he did.

When my own marriage ended early 2010, I wasn’t in the frame of mind to pay much attention to my parents’ wedding anniversary last year (not even sure if I congratulated them…oops). This year however, it has caused me some reflection. Although I’m still legally married, my marriage ended after 6.5 years. How on earth have my parents made it for 42 years??!!! I actually asked my mom that last year what has made their marriage work, and her answer was “communication and respect”. Seems simple, and yet those two things weren’t in my marriage…on either party’s side (among other things, but that’s for another day). I’m still in the frame of mind of not knowing if marriage is something I will ever enter into again, but with the end of my marriage, I have developed a sense of awe and wonder about how other couples make their marriage work for so long.