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Summer Time!

My posts has have been too far and few between. I have good intentions of getting an update out there, but just doesn’t happen. We’ll, let me get you up to speed!

Most of you know my son Cameron started the Fire Academy in January. He graduated last month and did quite well. So much classroom time, P.T. time and out in the field training went into making him the fireman he is today.

Academy Graduation

He has so much more to learn and grow from. He will continue as a reserve for the Lakeside Fire Dept. He’s taking some pre-classes this fall and will begin Paramedic School in January. Lots of steps in this journey, but it will all pay off.  He also has a new girlfriend who just graduated from Cal State San Marcos with a Nursing Degree.  We really like her family and they make a cute couple!


Olivia attended her Formal this year with a Disney friend and had a great time. We took pictures at the Hotel Del and on the beach. They turned out beautiful!

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School will be out for her in the next two weeks. She’s been busy with church small group, big group, and her Jr. High Friday Night group she helps lead. On Saturdays, she still makes it to her Figure Skating classes all the while juggling school and an occasional Disney trip. Oh, did I say occasional? More like “all the time!” LOL

Rich is still hamming it up! We painted his Ham Shack and have begun to pick out flooring, etc. I think that room will suit him well. Recently he attended a practice with the San Diego Firefighters Emerald Pipes and Drums group. Within a week, they’ve asked him to join and play the drums. Hearing the bagpipes when he’s practicing is very heart wrenching at times. But he’s picked it up so easily and the guys are impressed. Guess I get to see my husband in a skirt after all! Tee hee! 😉

As for me, I’m winding down the school year. This year has gone incredibly (and that’s an understatement) FAST!!! I still don’t know how I do all I do in the time I’m there each week. I even got to sub some classes this year and loved it. I’m not sure what my plans are for July (the only month I get off), but whatever it is, I hope it includes, water, sun, beach, and disney!

Just a quick update for now! Gonna start writing more often to chart my life’s events. It’s fun to go back and see what I was doing the year before! 😀

Until Next time….

Things I’ve learned… (while having a broken ankle)

*never take for granite taking a shower or going to the bathroom by yourself! (Oh Lordy, no time for modesty here!)

*walking is overated (NOT!!!!!)

*to lean/depend on others when you need before you are forced to.

*take time to smell the roses (literally)  Read your bible more and pray more!  Amazing things can happen! Ask me!

*don’t wait to tell friends just how much they mean to you.  (I’ve happened to learn just truly ARE my friends now and who I thought were!) *sigh*

*people are TOO busy!  PERIOD!  I know I was!  I won’t fall into that trap again!

*pick your battles!  When you have teenagers that are being brats, and you can’t get up to discipline, learn to pick your battles.  For the most part, we all really have good kids!  Give them more credit!

*it is VERY hard to pump gas with crutches!  LOL

*you can actually LOSE weight when you can’t get to the kitchen! HA HA HA!

*there is no easy way to get up stairs when you break an ankle!

*that if you don’t remind the family to water your plants, they die!  Geeze!!!!!  Do I have to remember everything?

*that you can’t get into the driver side of the car when you break your RIGHT ankle!  I had to use the passenger side and slide over!  What a sight!  LOL

*while I was layed up, the last thing I wanted to do was read a book  (go figure!)  LOL

*eating in bed gets boring!  TRUST ME!  I missed eating with my family downstairs!

*it’s easy to get depressed laying in bed 24/7.

* that I could really be a Reality Show Junkie without even trying!

*that if you don’t use it, you lose it!  I swear I think all my creativity went OUT the window! Oh and this doesn’t just mean muscle which I did lose too!  LOL

*that when you think your kids are selfish, they really aren’t when a family member is in desperate need.  My kids have had such a serving heart through this entire ordeal.  I am so blessed.

*that you can’t control what others do and how they act.  Only YOU can measure success by the way you react!

*that I am so impatient!!!!!!!!!  golly!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It’s pathetic!

*that caller ID is an essential part of my recovery!  HA HA HA!

*that I miss shopping!  What a good way to put yourself on a budget!  LOL

*my marriage is way stronger than I give it credit for!  :0)

*I missed doing things with my kids!  You learn to improvise and play cards in bed with the family!

*wouldn’t have known what to do without my laptop!  Sure helped me stay connected to some great friends and re-connect with others!  PTL!

There are many more things I’ve learned throught this entire ordeal, but I just wanted to jot down what essentially came to mind.  Yes, I found humor in it all.  At the time, I didn’t realize how crippled not only I was, but that my life was as well.  Two months ago I wouldn’t have said I am glad this happened, but I am a believer that all happens for a reason and if there’s even ONE good thing I’ve learned out of this tragedy then that’s enough and God had a reason.

I am approaching my second week of walking (very, very slow) and LOVING IT!  The freedom it carrys is definitely something I think we all take for granite!   Even by walking slow, I am learning to slow down in the game of life.  It’s refreshing, it’s a sensible approach.  I think and have learned in general that people are too busy and my tolerance for people that act too busy is very low!  We need to realize what’s truly important in our lives and focus on that.  For me, I got a rude awakening!   Thankfully I am a work in progress and God isn’t done with me yet!!!!!!!!!!

Have a wonderful Mother’s day!  I am NOT going to REST tomorrow!  I’m going to DO SOMETHING!  WOO HOO!

Love you all!


Many lessons learned…

Ok, how many times do you think you have someone figured out and then they say or do something or NOT do something and you realize that maybe you don’t know that person as well as you thought?  I don’t get it and maybe, just maybe that’s not how it’s suppose to be.  But I’m the kind of person that what you see, is what you get!  I don’t try to be someone I’m not.  With me, you pretty much KNOW who I am.   If I’m your friend, I’m a good friend.  I’m loyal and always there for you!  But when someone I feel acts out of character, I just don’t know how to respond to it.

I can’t tell you just how many things God is showing me during this time of being laid up. This is just one of them.  It’s amazing what He’s teaching me.  God’s been dealing with me on all levels of my spiritual walk.  There’s not a whole lot you can do while you have your foot up in the air, so it’s been very humbling to say the least.  I’ve even realized just who really are my friends and those that I THOUGHT were my friends who really aren’t after all.

I’m learning my strengths and weaknesses!  This is not easy!  Yes, keep showing me Lord my strengths, but please don’t show me my vulnerabilities and weaknesses!  😛  Continue reading ‘Many lessons learned…’