Casual Fridays 5/8/15

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It’s Friday! Time for the latest installment of Casual Fridays, my weekly chat post – no structure, no rules, no prompts, anything goes.  And please also check out Casual Fridays over at Helen’s blog, Good Woman.

Let’s get random…

Ah, what a week. I took Monday and Tuesday off of work to rest my back. My trips to the chiropractor have been successful and I am feeling much better. I still have some residual pain (very minor) and stiffness with certain movements but I am nearly back to baseline. And I’m 41, so there was some pain and stiffness at baseline.

On Wednesday, I accompanied my six year-old, Caitlin (she seems to have dropped “Cate”), on her first grade field trip. We went to the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis. The kids loved it, there were lots of really old trains and a showroom of vintage cars. There was a lot of walking and it was pretty warm, so the parents had a hard time keeping up with the kiddos. Nothing quite compares to the exuberance of an elementary schooler on a field trip. Caitlin was so excited about the trip and about the fact that I was coming along. I treasure these times with her. Afterwards, we had about an hour drive home. She requested country music (a sort of odd request coming from her) so I streamed some on Milk Music and about twenty minutes later she fell asleep.

It has been quite warm here in eastern Missouri – mid to upper 80’s all week with lots of sun. Of course, people start complaining. I have never understood this. We haven’t even gotten our suffocating humidity yet. And it wasn’t that long ago that we were complaining about cold and snow and ice. This is actually the NICE weather before the crazy summer heat and humidity kick in.

The STL Cardinals are on fire right now with the best record in MLB. If you know anything about St. Louis, you know how much we love our Cards. We are a happy city right now.

A short (maybe) plug… I don’t listen to country music all the time but my new favorite artist is James David Carter. He was on season 7 of The Voice (team Blake). He has an amazing voice and he has been working hard for years to build a country music career. Search him on youtube and you will find tons of videos – mostly of covers but also a few original songs. He is releasing a full-length album on May 26. It is independent so he does not have a major label doing promo for him. Please give him a listen and if you like what you hear, support him by buying his album May 26 on itunes or amazon.

And lastly, I want to wish a wonderful Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there. Whether your kids are still baking, little or fully grown adults, being a mom is hard work but one of the most rewarding things we can do on this earth. So spend some time with your favorite mom this weekend and tell her how much she means to you. My mom and I had some rough times when I was younger, but I can truly say now that she is my best friend. I am blessed to have her in my life.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Casual Fridays 3/13/15

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It’s that time again! This is Casual Fridays, my weekly chat post – no structure, no rules, no prompts, anything goes.  And check out my friend at Good Woman who is also joining in!

I have kind of lost my writing mojo lately.  I’ve been very busy with the kids and such and just haven’t had as much time to connect with my laptop or writing journals.  As a result, my structured writing has been limited.  I feel like a piece of me is missing.  I have made sure not to miss my weekly Friday post, though, as it at least keeps me connected to my blog once a week.

Spring has sprung! We have had glorious weather this week.  Lots of sun and warm temperatures.  It has elevated my mood greatly.  And thanks to the time change,  it was still light when I got home from work this evening.  Driving with my sunroof open, feeling the sun on my skin, music blaring – ah, it just makes me happy.  After a long day at work it really is an elixir for my soul.

At the moment, I am listening to my James David Carter you tube channel.  This beautiful man’s angelic voice is serenading me through my ear buds.  Yeah, I’m in my happy place.

I absolutely love to sing.  Loudly.  Alone.  In my car.  I have a terrible voice.  Seriously, the worst.  My favorite song to sing loudly in the car right now is “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran.  My daughter, Caitlin Cate, rolls her eyes and shakes her head every time I sing it.  She acts all put out and tells me not to sing.  So I sing louder.  This is our little ritual and I love it.

Cate is also obsessed with babies.  She desperately wants me to have another baby.  She’s six so she doesn’t understand that it just isn’t going to happen.  It’s a shame, though, because she would be a rockstar of a big sister.  One of her favorite things to do is ask me questions about what she was like as a baby.  I can’t tell you how much I cherish these talks with her.  I get to reminisce and her little eyes just light up as she listens to the stories.

My older daughter, Kiera, just turned 11.  Despite the whole tween thing, this is a great age.  She is such a sweet and kind-hearted girl.  And an old soul, so conscientious and responsible.  She is learning so much and developing her own interests and opinions.  We had an event this week and I just couldn’t stop looking at her, my heart so full of pride.  Often as a parent, I have felt blind, trying to feel my way around in the dark.  I have questioned myself, agonized over decisions.  It is so much pressure raising a little person to be a good adult.  But lately, she has really made me feel like I am doing something right.  I know this is probably the calm before the storm – the teen years are coming – but I am embracing this time because it is pretty darn good.

The St. Louis Rams traded Sam Bradford this week.  As far as I’m concerned, Los Angeles can have them back.  Good riddance.  Sayonara.  In other news,  baseball season is getting closer.  STL is buzzing with excitement.  The boys of summer will be back soon.

Have a great weekend and week, everyone!