Friday, January 1, 2016

My poor neglected blog, and 2016 Goals

My poor little blog has been sorely neglected the past few months.  I have not forgotten about my blog.  Life had just become so busy I did not have a lot of down time.  Thank you all for the kind emails I have received checking on me.  I really do have wonderful readers.  A few of you have asked me what I have been up to.  Well I am settling into my job with the ambulance.  I have also received a few requests to do a series of posts about the life of a new EMT.  So those will be coming soon.  I pray everyone had wonderful holidays. 

Our Thanksgiving was very nice.  We went to my sisters and had a delicious dinner.  It seems like the time from Thanksgiving until New Years goes by so fast.  It becomes all a blur no matter how much you attempt to slow it down.

Christmas was very nice.  We spent most of the day at home just the 5 of us.  Had our traditional Overnight Caramel French Toast.

We then had a nice time with my siblings and parents.  We have removed all the Christmas decorations and they are once again put away.  The house feels so empty. 

Now onto the New Year! I do not typically make resolutions.  I instead set goals for myself.  This year I have 2 major ones.

My first one is to continue my weight loss journey.  In 2015 I lost 50 pounds.  I do have to admit I have slacked off a great deal since October.  But that is all behind me.  I am going to be starting up the 21 Day Fix again.  I found a nice journal online that I was able to adapt to fit the fix.

This journal I will be able to keep track of everything I eat and drink.  There is also a spot for my progress measurements and photographs.  I did have to highlight the columns so I could keep track of my containers from the 21 Day Fix.

I am looking forward to getting rid of the junk from my body.  I still feel really good but somewhat sluggish when I do not fuel my body properly. 

My second major goal of the year is to use my camera more.  I have not used it much at all since I started my EMT training.  Now that is behind me I can focus on relaxing things.  Things that will help me distress.  Taking pictures is one of those activities.

It started to snow today so I grabbed my camera and started practicing some macro photography.  I have a long way to go.  But each shot is one step closer to being comfortable with what I am doing.

Here is one of my first shots.....
The snowflake was not even in focus.  So I continued on.

Next shot....
No single snowflake in focus.  But I do still like this shot.

Getting better...

My favorite one from today...
This shot was taken in front of a window.  Notice the reflection of the snowflake?  I find snowflakes absolutely stunning!  No two are at all alike. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Ten Years!

This year has been a year of milestones for our family.  Our eldest daughter turned 21, our middle daughter turned 18 and our son turned 16.  NOW my husband and I are celebrating 10 years of marriage.  It has been quite a journey to this point. 

It was a beautiful autumn day.  The leaves on the trees were very vibrant.  The temperature was around 70 degrees (much like it will be here today!).  We were blessed to be able to be married at the Genesee Country Village and Museum.  As many of you know we absolutely love it there so becoming husband and wife here was a natural fit.

We have had quite a bumpy road.  We have walked together through happy times and difficult times.  We experienced death of loved ones and the birth of nieces and nephews. 

At times it feels like we have been married a lot longer than 10 years.  Other times it feels like we are still newlyweds. 

The kids were just little ones on this day 10 years ago.  I am amazed everyday at how my husband stepped into the roll of father to these kids.  He loves them like they are his own.  Never once has he made them feel like they were not. 

Not only did we become husband and wife on this day, we also became a family. 

We were in financial trouble on the day we were married.  Our bank account was empty but our hands were full.  Never once have we left each other hanging in times of trials.  Matt is my rock.  He holds me up even when I do not know I need it.  He is always there for me and the kids. 

2005 was a very difficult year for my family.  My sister was walking through a very serious medical problem that had her fighting for her life at times.  We were so happy when she was able to attend our wedding. 

In the past 10 years we have lost very dear loved ones.  I miss them each and everyday.  My grandfather, my great-grandmother, and Matt's brother.  I am happy they were able to be a part of our day.

The kids were so excited for our wedding.  They were all so happy to be apart of this day.  Andrew was worried the whole day that we would be leaving and never coming back.  He was attached to us the whole day. 

I just love this church.  It was a perfect fit for us.  Even to this day we go in and sit to reminisce of that day.  When we go on the Yuletide tour at the museum it is one of the stops we look forward to .  The church is all aglow in candlelight.

My Grandpa and Grandma McClure.  I miss my grandfather each and everyday.

Grandpa and Grandma Godown with my great-grandmother

My parents


The minister forgot to advise Matt to kiss his bride....but that didn't stop us. 

My family. Minus a few nieces and nephews.

The bridal party.

Matt and his brothers.  I love this picture.  His brother Dave on the right end passed away a few years ago.  What I wouldn't give for one of his jokes. 

Happy Anniversary to my husband!!  I love you more today than I did yesterday, but not as much as tomorrow.

Monday, October 12, 2015

To my son on his16th Birthday!

Well where do I begin?  I cannot believe my "baby" is turning 16 today.  Wasn't it just yesterday I was sitting there holding a bundle of joy in the hospital.  It seems like just yesterday you were so proud of yourself for learning how to ride a bicycle without training wheels.  Now soon you will be learning how to drive a car. 

16 years ago today
They placed you in my arms
I became a mother again for the third time

You learned to walk, to read
Each day brought something new
No more my little boy
You hurt, I cried, you grew
Sometimes you didn't need me
didn't want to hold my hand
Your independence made you proud
But me a little sad

I blinked my eyes, I turned around
your almost grown I see
Why did it go so fast?
A few more moments please

In your struggle to spread your wings
 We sometimes don't get along
But I'm always on your side
I'll always be your mom

You can't stop time, can't hold it back
Can't stop the ocean's tide
The good person that you are
Fills my heart with pride

In my eyes there is no one like you
 I can not wait to see what you'll become
My pride and joy, I love you
Happy birthday to my son!