More things I need to post about, 1

- My Cousin Oreese Reesie’s birthday party. It was SO great. I got to talk, really talk, with family. And we talked about so much interesting stuff, including outer space! One of the highlights for me was my other cousin Leslie’s (Reesie’s older sister) youngest son overhearing the talk about Ceres and joining in the conversation!! Another of the highlights was getting to go head to head in debate with Reesie, and actually being awake enough and not distracted by kids to have enough brain power to keep up with him! Twice! As in, on two different topics. The venue was beautiful, thanks to Tamara, Reesie’s wife, and everything went over so well. The next morning I felt so great, the feeling of happiness and joy from that evening carried me for quite a while. Thanks to all!

- This past Memorial Day weekend. It was really bad to start. See the post about Aurora’s tongue. But, Saturday evening was good. On Friday I started feeling sad that we weren’t going Up North camping this year for Mem Day. No one else was going, and I wasn’t going to drive all that way to try and manage my two girls and opening up the cottage all by myself! But, that might have been the wrong decision. I need Up North to recenter myself, my brain. To rejuvenate me and calm me. I know that being with my family is a big part of that. Camping Up North at the family lot, doing some of the traditional things, is also part of that. And without family, I didn’t think I was interested. But I was wrong. I really wanted to go. But it wasn’t feasible by this point, Friday. I had plans already for the weekend, and I did not have enough money to go. So, I decided on Friday, we would go camping out in the backyard, and borrow the neighbors’ fire pit so we could sing around a fire and make S’mores! It would have to be Saturday night, because Sunday was supposed to rain and storm. (Hence my push to have the camp out despite Aurora’s accident.) Then on Monday we had plans to go to the beach with Dad, Colette, and Joy. Saturday evening paid off, we all had fun! And waking up from camping with my girls was great too. Sunday was nice, with thanks to Courtney for coming over to hang out and helping me care for the hedges / bushes in my yard! That helped calm my mind. Then Monday at the state park in the Irish Hills was just what I needed to solidify the weekend. Being out in nature, with family, just relaxing and playing… it was the perfect end to the weekend. We got home and everything looked different, like we’d been away for a long weekend! I was so great to be able to recreate the Up North feelings and just get away and get an _actual_ vacation! Even it if was just an hour and a half on Saturday and four hours on Monday. So good. Especially after such a horrible start to the weekend.

- Mother’s Day. Which I can’t really remember now. It was the day after Reesie’s birthday party. And I remember we did not go to a Mother’s Day buffet like I always do every year. Because I couldn’t afford it this year with the other plans happening in the weeks all around it. I was sad about that, but in the end I had a happy Mother’s Day. I just wish I could remember why…. I remember I had wanted to post about it though! Maybe I already did?

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