Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Chapter Two Begins

I guess I am referring to this as "Chapter Two" as it seems like we (our family) has moved from one phase of our life to another.

The photo shown here is from this last weekend at The Wonder Place where Ira and I played with Grandma. Ira is at the "vet clinic" with his little stethascope doing a checkup on a cocker spaniel. Too cute!

Change - wow - and to think I used to fight it kicking and screaming...:) We are for sure going through changes. The biggest and most "felt" is Haley has moved to El Dorado and is going to school there. She is living this year with her father and his family and going to a Community College. Her plans right now are to transfer next year to a 4 year school in Magnolia and live on campus. She started classes yesterday and begins her FIRST job next week as a hostess at a local restaurant. I won't go into the details but this was not an easy transition for anyone but I know there will be a lesson in this for all of us.

Second - September 12th will be my last day at Room to Read. It is time to do something different starting with spending a lot of 1:1 time with Ira. I'm not sure what I will be doing a year from now - that used to would have been freaking me out; it's kinda fun now.

Third - I'm sporting a big, black boot on my left foot. Yes, the ever-so-graceful Angie did a fantastic turn of the ankle taking out the trash in the rain and spent the evening in the ER. Fun stuff - especially since we are leaving for Florida on September 1!! I'm still trying to figure out a way to parasail.....We are taking Grandma and Grandpa and staying a week in a beautiful condo (the same place we go every year) in Navarre (an island off of Pensacola). Larry is generously letting us use his suburban to go in so we'll all have room to stretch out and Ira will have a drop down screen to let him watch a little Barney when things start getting tense with him in the car seat. :)

We also have a new member of the family on his way. Jessica and JP's little baby boy is expected in October sometime. We are hosting a shower for Jessica on the 18th of September that should be fun. It's funny though - Jeremy has been saying for about 7 months or so we need to start planning on getting another little boy. Last night we watched this show called "Nanny 911" and after it was over, Jeremy took that back...he said "perhaps we have enough". I laughed so hard!!!

I think he will get to periodically have another little boy around some. Our neighbor's husband, a pilot in the Air Force, deployed yesterday for a YEAR!!! So, I imagine one of their little boys will be here from time to time.

I'm planning my trip to South Africa for the Heifer South Africa Annual General Meeting in November (the week and weekend before Thanksgiving). I can't wait to go back. I wish it was not such a long flight so Ira could go.

Ira is doing fantastic. He is 14.5 months old and full of it!!! If he had his way, he would have someone pulling him around the neighborhood in his wagon all day long....:) He is beginning to eat a little food with texture (not a lot, but a little). One day at a time.......

He is such a joy - and keeps us on our toes!!

Hopefully I will start writing again. I must keep up with all these milestones so when I get around to doing his baby book, I have something to go back to for dates! ha!!!

Love to all,