Life's What You Make It!

This blog is designed to keep you up-to-date on our familiy's adventures!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

JFK Spring Dance Show--May 2012

“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”
Steve Maraboli


I don't get tired of watching my girls dance. When I look back, some of the pictures do start to look the same. But when I'm there, in the moment, watching them kick, leap and turn with a smile on their face, it is as beautiful a thing to watch as their very first dance recital. It doesn't have to be dancing. I enjoy watching Taya play her clarinet at a band concert, sing at her choir concert, get her serve over the net at a volleyball game. I enjoy watching Chloe learn a new piano song, run down the field during soccer and read aloud a really hard book to me. It is about giving my girls opportunities. Giving them a chance to try new things. Giving them my time and attention and letting them know that I am proud of them. Giving them a sense of sportsmanship--go out there and have fun and it doesn't matter if you win or lose. Giving them a chance to discover their passion. Helping them become "rounded individuals". And, when they win first place at a dance competition, nail their serve, memorize their piano song and kick the ball down the field, I am proud because I had some part in making them the wonderful individuals that they are and will continue to develop into.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Mother's Day 2012

I had a lovely Mother's Day brunch with my girls at Granite City! They made me wonderful homemade gifts and some beautiful cards!

I miss celebrating Mother's Day with my mom! I wish so badly that she could be here to see what beautiful young ladies Taya & Chloe have grown into. I think she would be proud of them.

I'm back!

I haven't blogged in quite a while for reasons that I will get into more later and for reasons that most of you know. To say the least, it was a stressful summer. I spent most days frustrated and anxious waiting for phone calls and lab results and running to this appointment and that appointment. Corey spent each day getting sicker and feeling increasingly tired. He hid it well, even from me, but I could tell he was suffering. It took everything he had in him to just make it to work some days. We weren't able to plan anything because we never knew what was going to happen with Corey or when we were going to get a surgery date. We had to cancel our plans to go to the Dells. We had to sell back concert tickets we had purchased. I feel bad because the girls were robbed of a lot of fun over the summer. But, I know it couldn't be helped. As much as I don't like it, there are some things in life you have to deal with first instead of traveling, hanging out & having fun.

So....I have a lot to catch up on. Do I go back from where I left off or just start from here? Many of the things I want to blog about happened months ago. Does anyone still care? Maybe not! But, I have always only ever done this blog for myself. I use to as a kind of diary to look back on and see what we've been up to and what has happened in our lives. So, that being said, I want to remember what happened this summer. Back to the beginning....