Friday, July 8, 2005

A Few Pictures & A Lot Of Rambling

The only explanation I have for not updating before now is, I'm just plain lazy.

True, I haven't the time these days either. Stephen really, really (really!) takes up a lot of my time. But mostly, I'm lazy. I am constantly thinking of things inside my head that I want to journal about, but those thoughts never make it out of my mind. I always get sidetracked when Stephen needs to go to the bathroom, needs a snack, or wants me to play with him. If it isn't that, I'm having to cook, clean, etc. Not to mention, my mama has needed me more these days to do little things for her.  It never ends, really.  Last Friday was the last day of summer school for Stephen and we've gotten a little off schedule. Sleeping in sometimes as late as 8:00 or so in the morning! That's late for Stephen and me. We've been staying up later than usual. Stephen, 11:00 and later, myself, after midnight. I stay up and pick up the trail of junk in the house, load the dishwasher, finish laundry. You know, all of the same things the rest of you all do, wherever you are. :-) It's exhausting to even say all of that. Makes me wonder, how I did all of this when I was working? Do I want to do all of this and work again? Did my income really make that big a difference? Nope. Not really. I'll play it by ear this Fall. I may or may not go back to work. DH has been needing my help with his business. I've never seen him so busy and someone has to do all of the ::sigh:: paperwork. Someone needs to take a small business course. I've managed salons, but the construction business is another ball game. Totally. I'd appreciate any good vibes and prayers you could send our way, for DH is about to take a leap into having his own fabrication shop. This totally scares the heck out of me. I just don't feel ready for this, but if not now, when? We're not getting any younger. But the security of working for someone else is something I will miss. I hate not knowing what's to come. Even though job security is not even close to what it once was. The reason he decided to become self employed in the first place was because he was laid of twice within 4 months, over two years ago. The benefits are not as good as they used to be, nor is the salary. Still, there are so many uncertainties with this new adventure. I'm not a risk taker. But I have to admit that I do like the fact that he is able to go to most of Stephen's Dr's appointments with me. Stephen is quite the handful. Even more, he loves to go on field trips with Stephen. Stephen is benefiting from all of this. At least, short term. I hope, long term too.   All in all, I will say, summer has been good so far. When Stephen's dad gets back from work today, we are taking an overnight road trip. The kid LOVES hotels. Since we can't plan a vacation just yet, little trips like this will do just fine. We still have to go to the beach at some point this summer and my parents want us to go with them to North Carolina in August. A lot to look forward to. Many memories to make. Many, many pictures to take. 

Now as I sign off on this overdue update, I will ask one more prayer request of you all. As  you know, unless you've been under a rock, Hurricane Dennis is headed in our direction. Same trail as Hurricane Ivan. ::sigh:: My mama has already called and begged me not to take this little road trip. But we've already promised Stephen and really talked it up to him. He doesn't deal well with broken promises. Who does? Besides, it's a little north east of here. Between Birmingham and Atlanta to be exact. So - it may not even be as bad as it is here. We're closer to the Gulf here. I think it's a 3 1/2 hour drive from our driveway to Pensacola Beach.  With all of that being said, I better go and pack Stephen's change of clothes and medication. Ooooh, I just had a terrible thought ... We didn't make reservations to go to that, small town. Umm, any chance everyone from the coast has moved up this way and have all of the Holiday Inns filled up? Hmmm... I hope not. I'd hate to hear mama say, "I told you so!"  - - Again. ;-)  

 It could be ages till I update again. I hope you all have a happy and safe summer. I will still visit my favorite journals often.  


fancykat28 said...

Girl, I am already preparing for this hurricane.  I'm down here in Millbrook, AL.  Just 10 miles North of Montgomery.  I don't want just any hotel.........I want one with a back up generator!  Have a safe trip!  I loved the pics of Stephen.  He's growing with leaps and bounds.  Such a good looking boy!

my78novata said...

wow you have been busy. Keep safe in the hurricane. I love the pics

babyshark28 said...

ahhhh, I love the pictures!  you know me, I love pictures.
I love to see your happy faces...errrr, well except the one with
stephen being rather upset because you had to leave the party, lol!

Love the shot of him staring up at the sky, gazing at fireworks.  and I think your firework picture was really good, I have one just like it. :D

you take care as you go driving to florida, enjoy the beach. I will be thinking and praying for safety on the road and throughout.
catch you later. :D

freeepeace said...

Great pictures Mia.  I love the screamin'Stephen one. ;)  Still, he's as beautiful as ever.  Gorgeous little creature.

My brother has his own construction biz.  And his wife is the partner/office manager.  I'll see what I can find out for you.  In the meantime, go to the library and get books on running your own business.  There's gotta be "Home Office Management for Dummies" somewhere.

Please be safe in your travels.  Perhaps make a phone call to check local hotels in that area before you head out.

Love to you and Stephen from me-n-Hunny! xo

wfhbear said...

Mia, Thank you for the great look into your life through words and pictures. I doubt it is this good on a daily basis (none are) but, I think you can be proud of your world. It is a fine, healthy, loving place to be. My best regards to you all. Bill.

dbaumgartner said...

It's so good to hear from you.  You are missed.  But sometimes we must take care of life.  I love your pics and Stephen looks good.

My prayers are with you as Dennis approachs.  I pray for you and yours to remain safe and secure throughout the storm

hope5555 said...

Thanks for the update. It sure sounds like you have been busy!  I hope the hurricane doesn't cause you any damage.  Enjoy your summer.