Throwback Thursday – Happy Boy

TT_7-7-Happy BoyHi and Happy Thursday! Hope you are having a great day.  Here is a photo of Ian at almost 3 years old.  He was standing on the lifeguard stand and watching the sun set into the ocean.  He was extremely happy and having a great time at Mission Beach in California.

This is one of my all-time favorite pictures of him.  I love the total glee and happiness that he is expressing.  I love how much he seems to be loving life.  And I love this smile and this boy.  This photo was lightened so his facial expression was visible.

He has always been a happy child and fun to be around.  He has moments of being grouchy or difficult when he is overly tired, hungry, doesn’t want to do something or is sick.  But for the most part, he is content, has plenty to do, and lives in the moment.  He has taught me to do that.  He has also taught me to make the most of each day,

While looking at this photo, I wondered when was the last time that I was this happy?  When did I throw away all of my worries and cares and just be gleeful?  I have laughed recently with family members and friends. I have cracked up at a funny memory or cartoon with Ian or a favorite comedy with Kirk.  But I also have cried over family and friends who are sick, the loss of a loved one, and the terrible things on the news.

I have always loved watching the news and reading newspapers since that has been a life-long passion and vocation for me.  However, more and more it has been hard to tune in without becoming emotional during the broadcast or angry.  I continue to be amazed at what people do to one another.  And, trying to explain that to Ian can be a challenge.

This summer we have been making time for fun and to be in the moment. We have had  time for swimming, watching funny movies, lazy days, ice cream treats, games, library books, walks, and many other fun things.  So far it has been great and a real treasure.  As bad things happen, we talk about them and pray about them as well.

Today I am thankful for:

  • My hubby who I am sharing this life journey with
  • Our son who I love beyond measure
  • Amazing friendships
  • My wonderful family
  • Prayer support from our church, family, and friends
  • Ian’s friends
  • Lego builds
  • Play time
  • Air-conditioning
  • Playing games
  • Books and the ability to read
  • Creativity and making up stories
  • No alarm clocks in the morning

I wonder if I can live in the moment as much as possible with Ian, Kirk, and our family and friends.  I am doing my best to do just that.

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August 10 – In My Hand

POD_8-10_In.My.HandHi and Happy Monday.  Today’s Photo A Day Challenge is “In My Hand.”  That’s me in the middle.  I was holding hands at the beach with my mother on the left and my grandmother on the right.

This photo makes me smile since there are so many amazing memories of this beach and being with them throughout my life.  I don’t remember this particular day since I was so young, but I love having this photo.  It is a real treasure.

I am blessed to have quite a few precious photos from my childhood.  I cherish each and every one of them and am so happy for all of those who have come before me in my family.  I have learned so much and hope to carry on the traditions.

Several generations of my family have held hands during prayer time.  We do this before meals and other special occasions.  We normally stand in a circle and join hands.  It is wonderful and full of such love.

There are many things I like to have in my hand.  These include:

  • Holding hands with loved ones during a prayer
  • Holding hands with Ian as we cross the street on the way to school
  • Holding hands with my parents before our meals together
  • Holding hands on a date with my hubby
  • Kirk and I holding Ian’s hands as we walk and then pick him up and swing him
  • The feel of sand at the beach
  • A fish taco and beer — what a yummy meal
  • An ice cream cone on a hot day
  • A pencil before writing a note
  • A pen for my word finds
  • A book that I am enjoying
  • A newspaper that I read to find out the latest community news
  • A large glass of iced water to quench my thirst
  • A hymnal to sing glorious songs at church
  • A camera to capture a special moment
  • A hot cup of tea or coffee on a cold morning
  • A Lego creation by Ian that he wants to show me
  • A magazine for time to relax
  • Chopsticks for a yummy meal
  • Food of various kinds to prepare a special meal
  • Dice that are thrown during a Monopoly Game
  • Cards for Go Fish
  • Dirt in the yard for planting flowers
  • The steering wheel of our car on a Sunday drive
  • My Bible and other study material
  • A crayon to color with Ian
  • A gift of jewelry from my family
  • A photo album of priceless photos

There are many more items than this that I enjoy having “In My Hand.”  What do you like to hold in your hand?

Happy Birthday Dear Cindy!

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Today is my sister Cindy’s birthday!  She is awesome and so much fun.  I only wish I could be with her today.

She was my first friend and remains one to this day.  She is an amazing teacher, mother, wife, and all-around cool person.  I am honored to have her in my life.

This summer we will have some time together at the beach.  I cannot wait!  We will be with our families and look forward to lots of fun.

May you be blessed and have a wonderful special day!  Love you sis.  Hope you enjoy these pictures!  They are some of my favorite old photos of us.

(They are all I Still Wonder – Patti Cates images.)The drells at Mission Beach

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Happy Birthday To You Mom!

1596SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAGEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAToday is my mother’s birthday!  Happy Birthday to you dear Mom!  Hope you have a wonderful day!

I thought an assortment of photos would be nice.  One is of me with Mom and Ian.  We took that on Mother’s Day of 2013. Another  is of the two of us at a yummy Mexican Restaurant in California.  The last one is when I was very young.  It was taken at my grandparents’ house, I think.  I love our hairdo, clothing, and smiles.   We have been smiling and posing ever since!

Tonight we are having my mom and dad over for dinner, cake and ice cream, and then all of us will go to a Cub Scout meeting when Ian will get his first patch.  The fact that they will be there is awesome!  I love that she is sharing her birthday with Ian and his accomplishments!  Should be a fun evening!

My mother loves to be with her children and now her grandchildren!  She loves spending time with all of us and making amazing memories.  She has taught me so much over the years of the importance of family and spending quality time together.

For many years, Mom worked as a teacher.  She was fantastic, did an amazing job of teaching, and loved those kids.  And, they loved her.  Last year, she helped in Ian’s class and that was also great.  She is now retired but still loves teaching and helping children learn to read.

Mom is one of the best singers I know.  I always love hearing her sing Bali Hai from “South Pacific” as well as O Holy Night during the Christmas season.  She is now the choir director at church after having done that years ago.

She also loves to read, sew, make jewelry, travel to the beach house, and is our family genealogist.  When I was a teenager, we worked on a family book.  This was the era before computers.  So we traveled to many libraries and looked up in many card catalogs with actual cards.  Now, she is doing an update and finding a lot of things online.

Mom, until I became a mother, I didn’t appreciate all that you have done for me.  I cannot thank you enough for always being there for me throughout my life.  You have taught me love, the blessings of family, the love of music, family history, reading, and so much more.

Here are a few quotes about mothers:

  • “Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love.” ~ Mildred B. Vermont
  • “The phrase “working mother” is redundant.” ~ Jane Sellman
  • “The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” ~ Rajneesh
  • “Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you’re the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside.” ~ Rachel Wolchin

I love you very much Mom!  I wish you a very special day!  Looking forward to seeing you tonight!

Throwback Thursday – Beach House and Big Hair

Throwback_Thursday_2-27-2014Hi and Happy Thursday!  How are you doing on this next to last day of month?  Can you believe it — a few days away from March?  This year is flying by.

Today I decided to post a fun picture from the late 1980s (87 or 88) for Throwback Thursday.  It is of myself and my mother at the beach house we love so much.  Don’t you just love our big hair?  That was such a part of the 1980s and 1990s.

This house looks quite different now and has shutters, but it is still a favorite gathering place for our family’s multiple generations.  I think this photo was taken before our family friend made a special table with benches for the porch.  It turned the porch into our dining room and often has been the favorite “room” in the house.  Look one direction, you have a view of the ocean.  Look the other, the bay across a street.

This was taken when I was in my 20s and still super skinny.  To be that size again would be amazing. I just didn’t realize how good I had it at that age.  I could eat nearly anything that I wanted to, stayed pretty active, and I didn’t seem to gain any weight.  It was easier at that age.  One difference was I was in college, living in a dorm with no elevator, and had no car.  So I walked miles and miles each day.  I am working on the walking again and hope to do more and more each week.

In the 1980s and other years since, I have tried long and medium length hair.  Short hair has always been better for me but it has been fun to try different lengths.  I may have even had a perm in this style.  I just can’t remember.  Mom has had a variety of short styles — sometimes with more hair than others.  This particular time was more hair.

I also think that both of us have bigger hair because of the ocean breeze.  That always makes a difference for both of us.  At this particular beach with your windows open, you don’t need air conditioning since the breeze is constant.  I love the feeling of that breeze and the smell of the ocean in the air. Actually I love all things about the beach and being near the beach.  I love the sound and feel of the ocean, the sand in my toes, the relaxed way that I always feel, and the fun that we always have.

The down side is because of all of the salt, it is very hard on metal.   A few years ago, my dad changed the lock on the porch gate.  It was rusty and corroded and looked like it had been in the elements for years, yet it had been changed the previous year.  It was amazing how quickly that changed.  That salt is also hard on buildings and cars at the beach.  Rust quickly appears on many things that are outside.

This is just one of many photos from that summer and that era.  I will have to share others.  And, I’d love to hear about your big hair and beach adventures.

I wonder when the next time will be that I am at this beach house with my mother?  It may be a while since money is more limited these days.  There still is plenty of fun to be had.  And on the plus side, we had 5 years in a row that we went.  So, I certainly don’t feel deprived.  Hope you have a great day!