I kept waiting to get my pictures loaded but that is taking me too long! I'll fill in pics later (or not)...ha ha!
The family reunion was wonderful! I saw family that I had not seen in 30 years. I was also missing those who were not there ~ my cousin Lee who died of AIDS in 1993, my uncle Neto who died the year after that (although all of the kids look JUST like him!) and my godparents who are still with us but had to stay home because of health issues. We all just picked up where we left off and it felt so good to be around my own.
The next week was vacation at home and celebrating the girls' birthdays.
Ava turned 5 on June 30 and her day included our favorite water park in the morning, a trip to Toys R Us to pick out a gift (she did really great with this and took her time on picking out the perfect thing ~ I think we will do this every year) and dinner at Magic Time Machine with Mama and friends.
Zoe turned 3 on July 3. We planned to go to the Dallas World Aquarium but the line was around the building. I did not want to stand in that line and then be crowded inside :(
So we went to lunch at Spaghetti Warehouse, then to Chuck E Cheese and Toys R Us for her gift selection. Mama spent the day with us for all of that. Later on we went to Cici's Pizza for dinner and then to Baskin Robbins for free birthday cones :)
I really enjoyed my time with the girls and was sad for my week to end.
We spent the 4th with Bridget's family (she wasn't there) and had a nice time being around family again. I was hesitant to go on my own with the girls but there was no need for it. I was welcomed as I have always been welcomed and loved.
Back at work this week and back to the routines. I have finally started a project! The girls' arts & crafts table. I am trying decoupage - I really like how it is turning out. I will definitely post pics of that when done. I am trying not to stress about all that I still need to do around here. I have time. But I would also like to get the house in order before Ava starts school next month (next month??? !!!). She is like me and I know she will need routine and structure to be ready for the new challenge!
I met my friend Jacki for a night out last night - we went bowling! Christene had to bow out because she wasn't feeling well, I am convinced she was intimidated by my super fabulous bowling skills! LOL It was a fun evening and I always enjoy Jacki - she makes me laugh and I really needed it.
This morning I went to my Al-Anon meeting - I have been absent for much too long. I didn't realize how much I needed to be back until I started to speak and ended up crying. I am still dealing with a lot of hurt and pain and anger with the breakup ~ keeping busy just puts a bandaid on it. But I am getting there and every day is a little better.
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