Wednesday, April 30, 2008

"All I got is 4 minutes ..."

Crap, I suck at this, no? I don't know what my problem is.

If you had asked me 15 years ago, when Adam was going on 13 and Emilie was almost 11, what I thought my life might be like in 2008 ... I'd have pretty much guaranteed you that I'd have "more time". Certainly being a Mom in 2008 with a (nearly) empty nest would mean some down time, when compared with the carpooling, laundry, errand-running, and general Mom Duty associated with my life back in 1993.

Would I have been anywhere near correct? Er, no.

Problem is, I can't really put my finger on what's filling my days. All I know is, the day is half-gone before I know it. And there's always something else I need to be doing.

Currently, the Project Of The Week is "The Big Move". Above, I mentioned this nearly empty nest of mine ... in nine days, Emilie will be moving to the beach in NC. Which will make my nest officially empty. And you know me, I'm not too happy about that. Although, I do realize it's what needs to happen. She's MORE than ready to fly away, and everything is working out so perfectly for this move, that it's obvious it's the right thing. Her true love has taken a marvelous engineering job there, and she was hired by a bank after her first interview. Her new job is literally a 2-minute drive from their new apartment. I'm so happy and excited for them both.

But damn, my house is going to be so quiet. (Glass half empty.)

But that's why there are grandchildren, right? (Glass almost full!)

Now I'll have more time to hug this little droolbug!

Monday, April 07, 2008

"So much more than I deserve ..."

She's five months old today!

Every time we get to see her, I'm always struck by how it just keeps getting better. She's interacting more and more; and now she watches us with such interest, you might even start to think we had something interesting to say. I have so much love for this little girl, it hurts my heart sometimes!

I know every grandmother since the beginning of time has said it, but you're just going to have to trust me on this one: She's the BEST baby. No, really. She's good.

And she's getting better every day.

Here are some pictures from Saturday evening ... not especially good ones, but they are the latest we have ---

She slept in my lap for awhile after I gave her a bottle:

Here she is, practicing her new trick of "standing up", using Papa for balance:

And finally, putting the "Nom nom nom" moves on her Daddy's head:


I'm off to get my aging eyes examined. All the better to see you with, my dearies!