This blog is a collection of stories on the ordinary days of today and a documentary of the days of the past. Thank-you for reading and allowing me to share. Enjoy your ordinary days and hopefully the bits and pieces of mine will resonate with the moments in your lives that bring you happiness.
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July 24, 2013: Kingman Pool with Grandma
Wagner grandkids at the Kingman pool
Guest blogger is my mom. Love her descriptive portrayal of life history...
July 21, 2008: Kylynn, Josh, Brooke, Ben, Grant &
Garrett visit Kingman's old downtown pool. I drove them to & from the
pool in installments....our car seats 5 and it was interesting...Even though it
is only a 3 mile trip to the pool, I was worried sick something would happen
to the kids at the pool or at our house while I transported. Garrett, the
youngest, was 8; & Kylynn, the oldest, was a few weeks shy of 14.
Kylynn went with me on the 1st trip (so she could watch the little ones at
the pool while I went back for the 2nd batch); Josh watched those left behind
at the house. Later, on the trip back to the house, I followed the
same procedure but in reverse. For what little time Grant & Garrett
spent in the water, it was in the shallow end and they pretty much hugged the
side of the pool. Safety first for those two little guys. Not so
for the older ones. As a matter of fact, I do believe I heard more than
one whistle warning from the lifeguard. As you see in the pictures,
interest in the pool had waned for Kingman kids; the pool was pretty empty. On
each trip back to the house we stopped at the downtown convenience store,
Circle K, for snacks. Wow, were they hungry!
A picture is worth a thousand words. But let's start with six...
"And they lived happily ever after..."
I bought this little sign more than seven years ago. It caught my eye at Target while shopping for milk and kitty litter on a weekday school night. The boys were in varying grades in school and I was single-handedly running my daily household.
Recently divorced, I was also dating a man from Denver. Garrett. Our relationship felt like forever, but the 550 miles between our homes was a stark reminder that our long-distance relationship was more like a fairytale than reality. We were reminded of this frequently by the people who knew us best.
"Guard your heart. Long distance relationships rarely work out."
"You are both good people, so be realistic in where this is going."
But the funny thing about love is that no matter how practical-minded or mature your mindset, your heart guides you to places that are scary to others, but quite comfortable for you…
I vividly remember being asked as a child to describe what I hoped to have accomplished by age fifty. This thought was inconceivable to my young mind.
"Fifty? That's ancient!" or something close to that was my roadblock to answering this question. So I answered with the stereotypical; married with children and grandchildren, living in a comfy home and....knitting by the fire??
But here I am almost to this milestone. The big one. So what are my thoughts now with my more mature forty-nine-year-old mind?
"I made it!!!!! YES!"
Yep, I'm thrilled. I can truly say that I have never dreaded a birthday or wished to be young again. Every wrinkle is earned and with every new ache, a reminder to enjoy the good health I have today. Reversal is not an option.
A wise person once told me that getting older was much better than the alternative. I have always held this thought close to heart. Every day really is a blessing.
This birthday will be celebrated taking in the bea…
Sorry about the cover picture. It's the best I had from our Top 10 day in Flagstaff. And in all honesty, I had to Google "Snapchat Filters" to figure out how to create this picture. Then...wahlah... I am a deer or a dog??
Garrett and I are in Flagstaff, checking it out. I am feeling like a senior in high school, touring schools and narrowing down final decisions. We are going through the same decision process. Kind of. No school, though. Basically trying to figure out commonality in where to live post-kids.
What we have found is this is an easier decision for Garrett. He has a master spreadsheet that lists comparison of cities in the US listed by major categories of importance to us...days of sunshine, inches of snow, recreation, cost of living, median home cost, etc...
Easy, peasy for Garrett. We can narrow down by a spreadsheet.
Sandy...not so much.
Our breakfast conversation was a nice point of clarity as we visited our city #2, Flagstaff, on the spreadsheet.