Tuesday, June 28, 2016

          So I guess if this blog is to be a success I need to keep posting in it LOL  It is challenging to do over the weekend since I am working.  Hence all posts will be done during the week when I am trying to be the best mommy I can.  I love being a mom.  I was blessed to begin in that role 21 years ago.  My son is amazing, he has been my rock since the day he was born.  No matter what life threw at me, he was there inspiring me and keeping me going.  Now he is becoming a man, and I cannot wait to see what he does.  I just wish I saw more of him, but between him working full time, and going to college to study law, I hardly get time with him.  So most of my mommy time is spent with my daughter.  She is my best friend.  She turns 7 years old next month.  She is gorgeous on the inside and out.  She loves laughing and keeps me on my toes LOL  She is also my excuse to enjoy doing kid-centric things.
          I love being a kid at heart.  I love all things Disney.  I am also a Southern girl.  I was born in Malvern, Arkansas which is about an hour's drive from Little Rock, Arkansas.  I lived there with my mom and my younger brother until I was about eleven years old.  After that I lived in Reno, Nevada until I was 21.. Yeah I wasn't that much into the whole gambling thing or snow sports, so I moved back to Arkansas.  After being back about a year I ended up sick and in Baptist Hospital for a week.  The nurses took such amazing care of me that I decided I wanted to be just like them and make a difference in people's lives.  So off to nursing school I went.  I graduated with my BSN from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  I was an oncology nurse for the first five years of my career.  Cancer patients and their families are absolutely incredible.
          So along come Y2K and I get the itch to travel again.  So my son and I moved to Tucson, Arizona.  Beautiful city with lots to do.  My son and I lived there about six years.  The cost of living was low so I only had to work weekends as an agency nurse.  The rest of the time was spent being a mommy to my son, doing all sorts of boy stuff.  It was fun.  Eventually though we had to move back to Reno.  There I did float pool nursing at Renown Hospital.  In Reno I had family, and my son was growing up, but something was missing.
          I wanted a baby girl to play with.  Too many issues dealing with custody and my son, so I wanted a little girl all my own. No worries about having to share her ever.  I went to a specialist and with docs help and the California Cryo Bank I was able to conceive my daughter who was born in 2009.  I was forty years old and a new mommy again LOL  Now life was full of princesses, the color pink, and darling lil outfits.  She makes me smile every day.  I cannot imagine life without her.
          OK so now I have my son and my daughter.  Travel  bug strikes again so we moved.  We lived in Hot Springs, Arkansas for a year.  We had hoped to reconnect with family, but that didn't happen.  Too many years had passed, we didn't fit in with the relatives, so we decided to move to Florida.  We chose Jacksonville, because of an article I read that said it was good for people living on retirement income,  That is important to my mom who moves where we move.  Her and my daughter are completely inseparable.  So now we live in the Sunshine State.
          That explains the picture at the top.  So far we are enjoying living in Florida, and do not imagine living anywhere else.  I mean I am within driving distance to Disney World LOL  a drive I have taken many times now.  We love summertime, even though it get incredibly hot and humid.  The summers are long and the winters are mild and short.  Florida is HUGE, over 65 thousand square miles to explore, yet no matter where you are, you are never more than sixty miles from the beach.  It is ironic, I love looking at the ocean, I live by the beach, and yet you will never catch me in the ocean LOL I have an irrational fear of sharks,  I will get my toes wet collecting seashells, but that is about it. No going in the water for me.  Oceans have sharks, and all other water has gators, even the birds are deadly LOL
Yeah I didn't take that picture, I found it in my Facebook feed.  It cracked me up.
          So that is a bit about me.  Single mom, nurse on weekends, weekdays spent playing with my daughter.  Yesterday was Make It Monday.  Project was making this stuffed felt kitty.  It has spilled over to today, which is Travel Tuesday.  Not sure where we are going to go today.  Once kitty is done I will post pics of our efforts LOL  Tomorrow is Wacky/Water Wednesday, then Thinking Thursday (we go to library), followed by Fun Friday.  I try to plan activities to go along with those themes.  I am hoping that anybody who read this posts enjoyed finding out a bit about me and will hopefully follow along.  My plan is to blog about Florida life, the food we enjoy, the projects we do, the activities we share, and the trips we take.  So until next time I am off to sew the kitty together and plan our trip today. Wonder where we will go...

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