Friday, June 15, 2012

In My Reach

Just near my husband's work is place where old cars are restored to their former glory.  I get to see them come together over time as I drop him off each day.  It's fun.  Most recently, a mustang was brought in.  And not just any mustang.  This one is a convertible.  And they are doing it right.  They are painting it red.

I have been wanting this car since I was in high school I think.  I just sat and stared at it for a while.  Then I took a picture, because as you know it will last longer!  Ryan asked me why I took the picture.  I told him because I really wanted that car, and then I said it, "but I can't have it."  Wait a second.  Who says I can't???  I can have any car I want thank you very much!  And I want that one!  I can hear it rumbling as I drive off.  Oh!  Can you feel the power?  Oh yeah!  Just look at it.  It was then that I corrected my mistake.  "Well, I can have it, it's just not practical for our family right now.   But I will have it someday."   Somehow that felt better than saying it was simply a no.  As I stated on Monday's Post, let them reach for the stars.  Well how can I show them that if I don't?

Do you reach for the stars?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

How They've Grown...

I was thinking last night how my kids have grown.  It occurred to me as I dropped my girls off for camp.  And my son spent the entire day at his friend's house.  My house was so very quiet.  It was weird.  Even the cat was quiet.  It's a bittersweet kind of thing to watch them grow.  Having Emily go off to camp is a real sign of maturity.  She was so very excited.  Me?  A bundle of nerves.  What if she gets one of her nasty nose bleeds?  What if she gets lost, because as Kristin says, "Emily doesn't stop to smell the roses, she replants them."  What if ....and the list goes on.  Ryan spending a whole day with friends.  You know the old fashion way, "Can I go see if B can play?"  And off he goes.  I love that.  But it's sad too.

It's hard to let our kids grow, but we do.  We let them, we cry with them, we laugh with them and share with them.  So while it is sad in a way, the journey is sweet.  I still have a long way to go!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

It's Just Random

Today the girls are going to Girls camp.  It is Emily's first year.  She is excited.  I am freaking out.  I did this the first time Kristin went too.  She had a blast.  Emily will too.

These two made a very hard and grown up decision.  They decided, that for now it would be best to be friends.  Now he can focus on his mission(in my church a young man serves a mission for two years.) He is going soon.  And Kristin won't have to worry about keeping any promises.  And the cool thing, they really are friends and honestly it is almost as if nothing will have changed.  Right now they are sad (of course) and their hearts need to mend but I know they made a good choice.  I am pleased with both of them. 

I am an idiot.  Want  to know why? 
I was walking (climbing really) through my sons room to open his window.  I tripped and landed on his train table.  It looks worse now. 

What's going on with you?

Monday, June 11, 2012

What Do You Want To Be....?

When you were little you went through many phases of what you wanted to be when you grew up.  For a while I wanted to be a doctor.  Mainly because I had an awesome one.  He was funny, kind, and good at his job.  I wanted to be like him.  But it didn't take long for me figure out I could not be a doctor.  I do not sickness.  I hate germs.  Yep, I'm a germ-a-phobe.  You can't be a very good doctor if you can't handle that. 

I also wanted to be a teacher.  I had some cool ones.  And when you are a kid, having an awesome teacher has an impact.  But I realized, I am not especially good with kids.  So that was probably not a good choice for me either.  Funny, now I am in Primary! Ha!

So why am I bringing this up?  Well, on Saturday there was a pool party at our Bishop's house.  I was talking to a recent high school graduate, who just so happens to be a friend of Kristin's also.  She is heading to college in September.  Hard to believe that my child is old enough to have college age friends!!  I digress.  I asked this young woman what her major was.  She told me, and then added what her minor was.  She went on to say that she was much interested in her minor.  It was dream of hers.  But her mother said it was too risky, and why would she want to do that.  She even mentioned taking a double major with business.  Again her mother questioned her.  I overstepped the boundaries and said, "So you would be able to run a business."  Her response, "Exactly!" 

I was flabberghasted that her mom wouldn't say, "Shoot for the stars! Build your dreams!"  Have a back up plan, yes.  But build those dreams.  Make them yours.  I am letting my kids build on theirs.  Drama and acting is probably one of the toughest fields to get into.  And I make no bones about that, but I also tell her to go for it.  However, she has to study it.  I will support her the best way I can!  Emily wants to be an artist.  And you can bet I will be there every step of the way.  Ryan, is young, and still discovering himself.  I see an athlete in him.  He can do any sport he desires.  Only time will tell.  Whatever he wants I will support him.

What say you?  Do you support their dreams?
*I want to clarify that I don't think this mother wasn't so much not supporting her child, as she was looking out for her best interest*