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HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY!

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“HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY!”
Today is not just another day and if you were still here we would be on the phone. I can hear you now as I run through the conversation in my head. It’s like you never left. I’ll just tell you how things are going…

Daddy…you would be so proud of grandson #5! He did real well in track this season and made it to Regionals! He broke another personal record the other night and as he was speeding toward the finish line his head tilted back ever so slightly …a smile crossed my face and I remembered “Chariots of Fire”.

Daddy…you should see this little weed! Your #1 great-grandson is so special and smart. The other night he was watching grandad drink out of his Yeti cup….the cup went up and back onto the table. He wanted that cup! Then he realized there was one sitting next to him…

imageHe immediately fell in love with the coolness of the metal sides and the smooth lid.  “Of course I had to wash the lid before I could finish my drink!”  Oh the squeaks and squeals he made as he knawed that cup.  You would have loved it!

Daddy…I thought of you today and thought I should call you…but then I remembered you weren’t there.  You know how we are doing and laughing along with us.  There are no more tears and pain for you and I am glad.  We will be alright and we are taking care of mama too!

I love you…and miss you…“HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY!”

“May your cup runneth over with joy, laughter and really fabulous coffee!”

 

Peach State

 

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2015…What A Year!

IMG_2147I know it has been a while since my last post but, I really have a good excuse!

“2015…What A Year!”

Here are the stats:

Deaths2 I lost my grandmother and my dad!  Not to mention the loss of two other dear VIP friends. 

Marriages…1 My 22 year old son got married in January and they had …

(Wait for it)

Births…1 We have a precious grandson!  He was born a month early and is doing fine!  What a delight he is!

So much has happened this past year with my little family life has been a bit of a blur!

My youngest decided to try Cross Country this school year.  May I speak as a Proud Parent…he broke a record, was Rookie of the year and made Varsity!  Track season is next!

I have missed our time together and can’t wait to start writing again.  Of course I will have my cheerful cup of coffee (aka…6 shots of espresso) next to me.

“May your cup runneth over with joy, laughter and coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Sounds Like A Plan!

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But…you know what would make it an even better day…you could do the same thing. Wouldn’t that be fun?

“Sounds Like A Plan!” or maybe NOT!

I am house hunting today and I can’t imagine my day with an un medicated son! Great…now I need a new plan!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

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DRINK UP!

Peach State

Peach State says: Needed…Before I Explode!

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Okay, so maybe I do not need a trip to the beach…. “That would be nice!”
I just need to figure out what, in the world, I am doing wrong! How can I be this big of a failure! Hot-Cold, Yes-No, Snow-Rain…I do know the difference!. “Let me explain!”
Why is it that when the weather radar shows rain and there is a definite presence of rain falling from the sky that it is not raining. “Confused?” [Short Version] The wiser-than-I-could-ever-hope-to-be-13-year-old was told several times that it would be raining later in the morning and yet chose to wait until the droplets began to fall to begin a chore. With a grand “how dumb are you look” he starred at me and said…”It’s not raining!” I could care less if he plays in the rain but do not stand there and give me that ” go suck an egg look” which resembles the previous “how dumb are you look”.

Soaked and with clothes weighed down he comes in and announces that he is finally done. He marched upstairs and took a 40 minute shower. I look out the back window and “nope…not done!”

I have no clue how to deal with a combative and disrespecting genius.
“After all…my other sons have told me asked for my help and guidance and complimented my abilities!”
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This mystery will never be solved…
“Maybe I would better off counting how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop!”

With so many human emotions bouncing back and forth in my heart and life it is a good thing I can still smile! ( as I hold a cup of coffee!)

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: One Day More!!!

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We will be placing the Blue Infantry Cord on our son in the “Turning Blue Ceremony” on Thursday. The following day will be his graduation.

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He has received his orders and let’s just say…”This mom is a bit nervous!”
I could tell you where he is going but then I would have to ______ you!

He is on the phone as we speak. He is excited to see us on Thursday but not as excited as we are! After graduation we will be bringing our son home for a few days…before he leaves for his new post! There will be many memories made over the next two weeks! I will be focused on family ( as I have been for the past several weeks…apologies!)

Well back to the phone call…my hubby is hogging the conversation!
One Day More…and then I see my Baby Boy 21 year old man!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Oh Happy Day!

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Today we, my hubby, 2 sons and I, traveled to the military base where my now 21 year old is stationed. He has 2-12 hour passes this weekend!!!
Oh Happy Day!

We left the homestead at Zero-Dark-Thirty…sorry it was 4:43 am and it was still dark! We drove the endless expanse of rain soaked roads in the wee hours and as the sun began to rise, behind the clouds, we reached the main security gate. Following the signs to the meeting place we joined a group of people who shared the same desire…

After a short briefing we were released and walked out of the double doors onto the covered deck leading to the parking lot…There they were!

The formation of soldiers in parade rest was a beautiful and heart pounding moment. Anxious family members moved to better catch a glimpse of their elusive soldier. The final order was yelled over the whispering of family members and the soldiers moved…We moved down the steps and scanned the uniformed group and there, coming directly to us, was our son…
( sorry I just got a bit choked up just thinking about it!)
He went directly to my hubby and gave him a hug and led us to the parking lot. Once there he turned and caught my overly proud and motherly gaze and said “I Love You!” We hopped in the truck and our day began! The stories were many and filled with sound effects galore! “I have missed these sound effects!”

Tomorrow we will return to the base and pick him up again. 12 more hours with him…ending tomorrow at 8pm. Needless to say we have already planned our return trip in May for graduation.

I apologize for not being focused on writing…I have been a bit preoccupied on seeing him and packing…and Easter! I am tired but very happy!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Dear Mom and Dad!

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The letters have finally started arriving in our mailbox! Letters from our 20 year old son in BASIC Training!

Dear Mom and Dad!

Nothing is more dear than reading a letter from your son saying he misses your cooking unless, of course, if the letter says:

“I miss you both and Love you very much…Thank You!”

Yes…there were tears in my eyes! Thankfully the tone of the letters have taken a turn for the better…yet he still complains about the food, lack of sleep and his boots. With the stories from his daddy and and accounts from a former Ranger he was more prepared than most recruits.

I found a Facebook site for the company he is in and they have posted updates and…(wait for it…) pictures! We have been fortunate to find 5 with our son in them and he is looking well! I am so proud of him and can’t wait to hear from him. “Hopefully this week will be the week!” As for the updates well they contained some fantastic news…he will have two back to back 12 hour passes Easter weekend so I guess you know where we will be! The hotel room is booked and my hubby has already gotten the day off…and I am counting the days! I will post about that visit…you can count on that!

I spend the better part of my mornings writing him of the daily activities and events all while trying to keep the tone positive! I have even kept him up-to-date about my “Precious Princess”. He has asked about her in every letter and misses her so much. “After all they did grow up together!”

His last letter gave us an insight into his writing style. A little here and a little there…the first part of the page was his typical letter then the next paragraph started by letting us know they had a mail call and he got our first letter. He admitted to shedding a few tears as he read the letter…our strong baby boy!

I will be heading out to mail our recent letter in just a few minutes. Please take a moment and remember the men and women serving in the military and those in training.

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: It’s Time For Some Normal!

20140222-072101.jpgWhat a delight the past two weeks have been. We have had snow, ice and Tornado Watches and Thunderstorms…oh and let’s not forget the Earthquake! Yep! You heard me right! And yes…we felt it shake, rattle and roll!

School has been out for Winter Break this week even though the kids were out of school four of the five days the week before due to inclement weather. I am so ready for a bit of normal!

It’s Time For Some Normal!

This has been a two week period filled with many firsts…
*More than a dusting of snow,
*Hubby home on days other than normal days off…weather related,
*Only one child in the home,
*Only one child still living…(insert chuckle) “Of course he is…”
*The youngest is beginning to follow in footsteps of older brothers by sitting in “Dad’s” office at night and talking about the day before heading off to bed!…(this is huge!)
and drum roll…..
*Letters from my son in BASIC Training!

The good news is that besides finding some normal in NEW routine I now have an address I can send letters back to my Army son! (Doing the dance of Joy!) Routines have been frozen with icy conditions for two Practices at church this month. (Okay…one of the practices was the 29th of January but that is close enough!) Ask anyone…when a set in stone routine is cancelled it can throw everything into a tail-spin!

Speaking of “Normal”…I apologize for not touching base with you this past week! I have found myself quite busy away from home and during the down time I was busy doing some neglected household chores…except for yesterday. I was dealing with a migraine and…looking a pictures online of my son’s company during BASIC trying to find one with him. “We think we found one..”

I will be getting Facebook Funnies posted later so have no fear. (Note to those who contribute…It’s Not Too Late…Post away!)

Time to give “Precious Princess” her medicine…I wrap the pills in sliced deli meats and hope my fingers remain intact!
(Note to self…buy more sliced Turkey!)

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Wow…What A Week!

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Wow…What A Week!

It has been a week since I dropped off my 20 year old at the recruiter’s station. He was taken to the hotel with the other future soldiers Monday night and then bright and early, in true military time, swept off to the last beginning of a lifetime of hurry up and wait.

Meanwhile, back at the old homestead, we started our day just like every other day…except for the fact that once our youngest left for school we booked out the door and headed for the military base just south of Atlanta. ( about an hour away!) It was quite brisk and there was a chance for flurries.
According to the weather personalities around the area we were only in a Winter Weather Advisory…with no accumulation!!!!! We arrived at the base and die to the fact that my hubby had his gun with him we had to report to the security office. We drove over and began to fill out the paperwork. We were then informed that if the base closed to due inclement weather the gun would be locked away and we would not be able to get it back before leaving the base…or we could leave it in the car and park it out in front of the security building! My hubby opted for the leave it in the car. We Walked Across The Base…in the cold!

LONG STORY SHORT:

My 20 year was sworn in for the final time and we said goodbye!
We headed back toward home and encountered the white-wintry-mix. I was thrill my hubby was driving. The roads were in decline…rapidly!

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By the time we got to one of the main highways the snow and ice was causing a slip-sliding mess. The upside…we made it home before midnight, the downside was the fact of 11 1/2 hours spent in a traffic jam! All the while we were stuck in traffic the kids were released from school, then the buses were cancelled with kids left at the school… You get the picture! A friend of a friend picked up our youngest and dropped him off down the street at his friends. How lucky were we to have that happen? VERY!

With Georgia being closed the Army shippers were stuck as well…Good news! They did make it to their individual bases…a couple of days later!

I took off for Nashville early Friday for a Vacation Bible School conference. Two days of classes, walking and stairs. We drove back Saturday and my chair felt so wonderful.

Life is finally…somewhat normal!

Wow…What A Week!
I have missed you all!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

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Peach State

Peach State says: Another Day Out of School!

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The teachers win…Another Day Out of School!
The tumbling temperatures swooped in…Finally! The percentage of snow accumulation decreased as the evening progressed until the threat was less than visible. By less than visible I mean the flurries I have previously called “Georgia spit” So, with all of this wintry weather tumbling into my area of the state, I will just plan on staying home and doing what I normally would do! “Well maybe!” I do have my oversized cozy socks on and the radio is on and…two books craving for some attention! Stephen King or Brian Kilmeade…oh the decisions I have to make! “What’s a girl to do?”

“Make more espresso of course!”

As I paused to brew my multiple shots of espresso I also found time to wash the dishes after cleaning out the fridge.
Wash dish…push buttons…repeat! I love pushing buttons as long as espresso shots are the result!

“OOO…The “Georgia Spit” is sticking!”

A better description of “Georgia Spit” would be a garden gnome, with a minor case of dandruff, standing up on the roof scratching his head! “Does that help you understand the amount of snow in the flurries?” (Insert a side-splitting chuckle)

My youngest has gotten up and eaten his breakfast! He is laughing at his hand-held game as his head bobs up in down, like a dog on the dashboard, to the song on the radio! He was asked to take the garbage out, before the garbage truck came by, and assisted in cleaning out the fridge located in the garage. He seemed excited at the possibility of snow…then he announced: “Oh, but you have never seen snow…have you?” Goody, goody! He has been up less than five minutes and already his snobbish brilliance has surfaced! “It is going to be a long day!” It would be different if he were witty but he does not have a witty bone in his body. In the midst of his snobbish brilliance the other evening he told me I had no idea how much pizza cost in 1984. I asked him how he knew…his reply “Are you that stupid that you don’t know when you were alive?” I shook my head and chuckled. “I was alive and your oldest brother was born in 1989!…and it is not respectful to call your parent stupid!” He just shook his head and said “Whatever!” I smiled and said “Goodnight!” Needless to say when hubby got home 15 minutes later he took a few moments and had a math lesson. “He must be a “Math Savant” due to his exceptional abilities in math at school and lack of understandings for the basics.

Okay…well enough of the dreary! Things to do and people to see…in my books!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State