Today marks 2 weeks that Curtis has been in Arkansas. For a lot of the time, we have been in the mountains. Although it was a sad occasion, it kept me distracted from Curtis being gone. The mountains are so beautiful this time of year (but fall is even better!). Ande had to wear his Easter outfit a bit early this year, so it was a little big on him. He still looked so darn cute though, that my sister helped me with an impromptu photo shoot.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
...I've definitely got it. I am getting so excited about warm weather coming. In trying to beautify our apartment and get ready for the season, I have suddenly become obsessed with flowers. Maybe it got started with Curtis' monthly promise. Here is evidence of my lovely March bouquet:
I also went a little crazy buying silk flowers, which are now all over the apartment. I just can't get over how well flowers can brighten up a room!
How do you feel about decorating with flowers? If you love them as much as I do, check out these websites that I found:
I'm thinking about swapping my cheap Dollar Store flowers for these. Aren't they adorable? You can find these and a lot of other equally eye-catching colors and arrangements at ffflowers on Etsy.
Are you a craftaholic like me, looking for another project? Check out Craftaholics Anonymous, a great crafty blog I found this morning. There is a lovely tutorial for this Spring time flower wreath, which I L.O.V.E!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Today was the first full day without Curtis. I already miss him. I missed him the second Ande and I walked back inside the apartment after dropping him off at the airport. I was thinking man, this is going to be 6 LONGGGGG weeks if I am already feeling like this!
Although, it wasn't long before my mind got a bit distracted. About 2 hours after Curtis left, my mom and I packed up the car and Ande, and headed off to Etowah, NC. My Grandpa is sick. He is really sick. I don't think "sick" is even the right word for it. Right now I am sitting in the hotel room in silence while Ande sleeps. Most of the family is over at the Hospital, which is where we spent most of our day. It has been a really rough couple of days for my Grandpa, Grandma, and their 4 kids. My Grandpa hates being in the hospital. The nurses keep telling us that he has too many visitors and that he will never get well if we keep going in to talk to him. I think the nurses are CRAZY. They especially wouldn't let any children under 13 go in, so we went around, opened up his window from outside and stuck Ande and my cousin Hailey through so he could see them. You'd think that being able to see your family would make you perk up a little bit, not the other way around.
I only got to go in and see Grandpa a couple times, and it was hard to see him like that. I wish everyone could know the person that he is. He was about 17 when he begged his parents to let him inlist during World War 2. He was in the Navy at Pearl Harbor. He always tells us such great stories about the war and his experiences there. Earlier this week, he had an adverse reaction to some medication which made him a little loopy. He suddenly got very aggressive as he hit, kicked, punched, and scratched some of the nurses and my Aunt Vicki. He kept talking about the Japanese, so a nurse said, "Clyde, do you know where you are?" He replied, "I'm in Okonawa, Where are you!?" He may have been a little out of it from the medicine, but that is the fiesty Clyde Galloway that we all love. And he loves all of us just as much. He would do anything for his family.
Right now, in this quiet hotel room, I am feeling so many different emotions..worry, sadness, love... But most of all, I feel such an overwhelming appreciation for family. This may sound cliche, but families are forever. I am so happy that my Grandpa has so many family members here supporting him and surrounding him with love. I am so happy for my brother and sister-in-law to be welcoming their little son into their family. And, I am so grateful for my amazing husband and sweet sweet sweet baby boy.
Families are great.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Just wanted to let anyone who cares know, I'll be posting some fun new stuff in my Etsy shop tomorrow (Monday, March 8th). I've got a couple new baby crochet animal beanie's, some new baby wraps which are oh-so-comfortable, and a fun accessory for Easter! Make sure you check it out!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Look at that face! I can't wait for Ande to really start talking because I think he is going to be hilarious. He is such a joker like his dad. Lately, (mostly while we are driving), he will bust out laughing in the back seat for no apparent reason. I think he is just trying to get my attention and make me laugh. I love it! Yesterday, I went to put my boots on and there just happened to be a little plastic ball in each boot, along with my chapstick. If only I knew what went through that little head of his! Have you ever thought about what the world is really like for little kids? Everything must be so big and fascinating. I'll never know the adventures that Ande has while I am snoozing on the couch at 7 in the morning.
(Thank you cousin Brittany for the pictures from our "Granny lunch" last week!)
Monday, March 1, 2010
A lot of you have probably already heard but a week from today, Curtis will be leaving Ande and I for 6 weeks!
I know, that is a long time.
There is a big trial going on with some of the lawyers where Curtis works. The trial is in Arkansas and they needed a trusty courier to help them out. Curtis is very trusty.
It is going to an interesting experience for our little family.
Luckily, I'll be in good company with little Ande. He's pretty much my best friend besides Curtis, possibly my only friend.
So, to keep myself busy over the next few weeks, I have acquired a new hobby/obsession. I taught myself how to crochet and I really love it. I tried to learn how to knit a few years ago and it took me 6 months to knit about 10 inches of a scarf. I gave that up...but somehow crochet works for me. Curtis and Ande are probably already sick of me crocheting every waking minute. I dream about crochet. Anyways, here is my BFF modeling my newest creation:
I know I'm not the first to experience "single mom-hood" so if anybody has an advice on how to keep from feeling lonely or just afraid a scary monster is going to come in our apartment at night, I'd really appreciate it!
(I added these crochet hats, along with a bunny hat to my Etsy shop. I want to make more animals, any you'd like to see?)