Thursday, December 17, 2009

Kansas to Home

Kansas to Home...
After 5 weeks at home, I have had the joy of spending this week in Kansas, and Missouri. It is difficult to track which State you are actually in as the river winds in no particular direction and it is hard to keep track of which side you are on. Nice people, chilly weather, and fried pickles have made for a good week...13 more days to "success"...
United has been good to me, and deposited 9000 miles in my "account" for moving me from First to Business Class...where you can put your feet up, and sip champagne...perhaps I should be "downgraded" more often! I now have over 100,000 miles banked, and am searching for the best location to spend them on...
This is a picture of Giovanni that Laur took and sent yesterday. He has nothing to do with Kansas, though I have missed him in a way I did not know this week. How did we all survive with out the point, shoot and send of photos...which are worth a thousand words. This is such a nice way to stay connected...something that as I sit in airports and watch the World go by I truly appreciate...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Lazy, Rainy Sunday Morning

A Lazy, Rainy Sunday Morning

Someone once wrote to me that rainy mornings are best spent in bed...and I agree...though 2 pugs and a cat do not equal other mornings I have had in the past few months...they are my reality this rainy morning...

Today is my Son's 27th Birthday. He has had a full weekend of celebration, and when I spoke to him earlier, he was enjoying brunch out and looking forward to napping most of the afternoon. Some memories for me are like yesterday, and others I have completely lost within 2 minutes. I clearly remember my pregnancy and Matts' birth...holding him, marveling at his perfection at 2 am feedings and enjoying every minute he contributed to making my house a home.

This is a picture of a watercolor I did of him 3 years ago. It is based on how I feel his personality and his love for soccer...it takes in to account his shoulder which was injured in an automobile accident...and his ever lovely orange hair.

Happy Birthday Matt...I love you with all my heart....




Friday, December 11, 2009

Times...They Are a Changing...

Times...They Are a Changing...
The only constant in my life the past two years has been change, and this Season is no exception. This past year has been one of the most magical and valuable of my adult life...so many things seen...touched...felt...and truly experienced. The one thing I was unsuccessful in was finding that deep...undying connectedness to another human that I have dreamed of...perhaps that is the reality of the World...so I am putting the Universe on notice...I am weaning myself off this fantasy...and I will see where I go from here...I feel lighter already!
This is a picture of the cover of my latest "book"...Views of Santa Fe. Two fabulous trips to Santa Fe within one year, both with very different focus', both lovely and enjoyable. I am proud to say I now have 4 books...and 2 more in the making.
2010 will undoubtably hold new adventures, and I am hoping they will continue to be "book" worthly...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Children, The Gift Continues To Give...

Children, The Gift That Continues To Give...

This has been a gift week...I am able to sleep in a bit, and work in my bathrobe for as many hours as I please...very nice. When I awoke this morning my Blackberry report a missed call at 5:25 am...not the call I was hoping for...but one from my perfect son...who knows his Mother is never up at 5:25 am unless dictated by travel. I rang him back thinking he had miss-dialed...only to be told he had been in the Emergency Room for several hours, and had broken his foot...oh...and he needed to call me right back.

Famous last words, 2 text messages and 5 hours later, he rings back...damn that adult soccer game. A short version of the game Laur broke her foot ran thru my mind...as I carried all 70 lbs of her off the Field, her foot hanging at an angle I cannot describe...while she shrieked " I want to stay in the game "... lovely memories.

This is a picture he sent me tonight. He had fore warned me during our visit at Thanksgiving...and his explanation was pretty much in alignment with the picture. As a Mother you wonder why this is necessary...and then move on to the next super adventure...love you Matt, and may your foot heal quickly!


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Never In A Million Years...

Never In A Million Years...

Did I think that one very small, new to the Earth person could have such an effect on me. Not that I was not forewarned...I was...numerous times. I am not really a baby person...aside from my own children...though Giovanni has taken my finger that was reworked during Matthews' delivery and wrapped it around him.

This picture was taken when he was 3 days old...today is his one week Birthday. In the short time he has been here, he has reminded me that Family is the heart of life...and he has made me hopeful that I can accomplish the building of a "new Family"...that incorporates all... Lofty goals...decisions to be made and executed...work to be done... All in all...just another "day in the life"...and I am thankful for that...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Giovanni Alexander

Giovanni Alexander

Well, push came to shove, and Giovanni made his entrance December 1, 2009 at 7:18 in the morning. This followed a Sunday evening admission to the hospital, hours of pitocin, IV's, contractions (contraptions as coined by his Father), huffing, puffing, very little sleep, and an array of other delightful moments...

Laur is the strongest person I know, and she took on this task with her usual zest. The hours of waiting were rewarded with my seeing his head before he entered the World...watching him be guided out, and placed on her belly. To say he is beautiful is an understatement...I did not factor in the emotionalism of watching my child have a child...and there were tears.

This is a picture I took with my iPhone seconds after he was born. Such a special moment...and a reminder of the hope and joy that all of our futures hold...I am looking forward to the new dimension Gio will bring to my life...and a tad bit anxious that I have been putting off personal decisions until he was here safe and sound...which he is...so now I must retrieve my broom, and continue to sweep up my "mess"...which I equate to be similar to labor...painful...though beautiful and life changing when complete...