Monday, August 23, 2010

sometimes something just makes you plain happy!

I just received a text from my sister, very plainly stated "It's a girl",  my heart jumped with excitement, first off.. we are family of predominately boys. I have seven bothers and one sister.  My oldest brother Paul has 4 boys and 1 girl, Danny has 6 boys and 2 girls, Bill has 5 boys and 2 girls, John has 3 boys and 3 girls, I have 3 boys, my sister has 4 boys (now one girl on the way!) Joey has 4 girls and 2 boys (he deserved it), stephen also has 2 girls and 2 boys, and my youngest brother David has 1 girl and 2 boys. That is 46 grandchildren  and counting, for my parents. All those boys and only 13 girls in the mix. My mother always swore you would get one after 4 boys, I really was not up for playing this lottery game, but I am happy that it worked out for my sister, who has only been pregnant three times (one set of twins).  Yeah, now I can buy all the baby girl stuff I want and totally spoil my soon to be niece! Congratulations Tanjah!!

First day of school

First day of school for the boys, and my first day of brainstorming and getting back to the basics of what I love, ART, drawing, photography. Ahhh, can't wait to see what the day will bring.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

removing wallpaper

We moved in to our new home at the end of June. I have been removing wallpaper for almost a month now, not all at once because it only comes off in about one inch sections, one in. by one in. sections which makes for a very tedious task.  In between the removal process, we have been to Houston three times, the beach for a week, the lake twice, tubing on the river a few times, trampoline shopping, painted a couple of rooms, and my husband and I have managed to go out on a couple of dates. Whew.  I'm a bit tired, but I think that just may be my body trying to adjust to the Texas heat. The Texas heat and living closer to my family.  It's really hard to try and wrap my mind around the fact that I am back in Texas after 17 years away, only visiting for weddings (thankfully no funerals) and the occasional birth of one of my many nieces /nephews.  I have always been a peripheral family member, hearing only the select things that my family chooses to share with me, it's weird how you hear about really catastrophic happenings several months after they happen, "Oh, you didn't know that so and so was in intensive care three months ago after driving up an exit ramp? They are fine, but how did you not hear that?" Things like that happen on a regular basis in my family, out of sight, is really out of mind! Anyhow, now that I am close by, I am in the thick of it, I have seven sister in laws and seven brothers and one sister and her husband.  The amount of nieces and nephews is almost unbelievable in this day and age, I lost count at 43 (my youngest is the 43rd grand baby).  I am now witnessing firsthand my fathers Parkinson's disease. There is so much I am seeing and am a bit overwhelmed to write about it all at one time, so in the next few weeks, i will try to begin a slow explanation of certain "happenings" within my life and family.