Dear President Obama

While I think it is wonderful that you are helping with the unemployment by continually extending it during this recession, please STOP.

My darling husband has not had a steady contract since October of 2007.  The unemployment really helped in 2008.  But you just keep giving it to him.  And he is NOT motivated to look for a job because we have free money coming in. 

I propose that instead of giving him free money, you help him find a job.  This couch sitting is really starting to get annoying.

Thanks bunches.

Me.

Gonna Be Quiet

So, we leave early tomorrow morning for two weeks in Colorado.  I’ll have my lap top but not sure about internet access while we’re out there, so it’s going to be quiet around here for a while.

I’ll be taking lots of pictures and missing you all like crazy.

See you on 6/3!

And Happy Birthday Braelyn!!!!

Love and kisses…the G’s.

Crazy

Life is absolutely crazy at the moment.  We are trying to get everything together for our trip on Wednesday, and in the middle we had to balance a wedding, a graduation and two of our grandchildren’s birthdays!

I have two days left of work (today and tomorrow).  We’re going to pack what we can tonight, because tomorrow we have to take the furbabies up to their grandmother’s.  Luckily I’m about wrapped up at work, and for the next couple of days I’m just catching a few easy tasks that are in my queue and writing some procedures.  Nothing mind-boggling. 

Home is a different story.  I still haven’t figured out what to pack and what we still need.  Our plane leaves at 7:30 Wednesday morning, and I still need to get a bunch of stuff together.  I did a load of laundry last night, and I’m going to do another very small one tonight to make sure we have enough “unmentionables.”

We have to remember to pack a gagillion maps, and I still have to print out all of our travel itineraries.  Tomorrow, at the butt crack of dawn, I need to sign on to Southwest and check-in.

EEEK!

FYI – there are TONS of pictures on the flickr account (see link to the right) of the babies’ birthday party and of my niece’s graduation from Washington College.  Check ’em out!

All Grown Up

I’m going to Dover this weekend to see my youngest niece Sarah graduate from Washington College with her BS in Business Administration.  She’s engaged to be married in October to a nice young man.  She’s all grown up, and I am very very proud of her.

On Friday, my second oldest niece, Joanna, will also be graduating from Towson University with her degree in Art Education.  She’s going to be a teacher.  She’s always been such a talented artist, even when she was nothing but a bitty little girl with rosey cheeks dressed in pink Osk Kosh B’Gosh Overalls (Osies, as she used to call them) with little piggy tails.  Joanna has turned into such a well rounded, fantastic young woman, and my heart bursts with pride knowing that these two beautiful, smart, talented women are all grown up, and entering the adult world with confidence and style.  Jo’s momma would have been so proud of her – to see her come so far, and gain such wonderful independence.

My sisters’ babies are all grown up.  Lauren is now a social worker.  Jo and Sarah are graduating.  Mitch has been living on his own in Flordia for quite a few years now.  No more babies.  My heart swells with pride, and also breaks a little for the babies I can no longer pick up and cuddle in my arms. 

I remember the day each of them were born.  Lauren was such a solomn little baby girl, but beautiful, and being a mom really made my sister glow.  Jo came along, then Sarah then Mitch…1..2..3…  I have watched them all grow up, endure some hardships no child should have to, and come out on the other side as great people. 

Not only am I honored to be their Aunt, I’m terribly proud to be able to call them my friends.

Love you guys.  Very very much.

On the other side of the spectrum, my two youngest grandbabies both have birthdays coming up this week – Miss Madison will be three on Sunday (so quick!  When did that happen??) and Miss Braelyn is turning one on the 19th.  These little girls (and thier sisters and cousins) are the light of my life, and I’m so enjoying watching them grow.  Happy birthday girls!  Grammie B loves you to death!  Sorry I won’t get to see you this weekend!

Just Look At My Gorgeous Grandaughters!

Braelyn, 11 months old More

Happy Mother’s Day

Had a nice quiet Mother’s Day.  We went up to my mother’s today and had lunch with her and my sister and niece came up.  It was very relaxing.

I wished my lovely girls a Happy Mother’s Day.  Kelly, Kelsi and Maddie gave me a scrap book to put together for Kelsi and Maddie, like I did for their cousin.  I can hardly wait to get some great pictures together of my girls to build their book.  It was my first real Mother’s Day gift – the girls were still getting used to the whole “step-mom” thing last year, but I was pleasantly suprised to receive my gift.  Jess said she has a gift for me as well and will send it home with her Dad next weekend.

We’re getting ready to get into all out full on throttle in the next week and a half.  I’ll be very busy at work this week trying to get everything done, and then next weekend, we’ll be all over the place.  I’m heading to Dover for my niece Sarah’s graduation, and Bob will be at a wedding on Saturday and then at Braelyn’s birthday party next Sunday.  I can’t believe my baby girl is turning one!  And my little Maddie will be three next Sunday.  I just can’t believe how fast my grandbabies are growing.

Then we have to pack, get the dog and cat’s stuff together, and get our tails in gear so we can get on the plane by 7:30 on the 20th.  Lots going on.

Been a long day, and now I’m up for some relaxing!

I’m Being Bypassed

Don’t forget to visit me at my WLS blog – I’m Being Bypassed.

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