Friday, July 29, 2011

Everybody is Somebody, Nobody is a nobody...

The other day I was driving to work, rocking out to 80's music (as I am prone to do...) and Jesse's Girl(Rick Springfield) came one. I thought Damn..I wonder if I've ever been a 'Jesse's Girl' to anyone. Honestly don't we secretly hope we have been, just for confidence boosting sake?!?

 Then I thought about it a little more and dang how lucky am I?!? I have a fabulous hubby who loves me, a son who is cuter than snot (Never really understood that phrase, because snot isn't that cute...) and a life I love in Hawaii that ain't half bad! So...moral of the story, I am a Jesse's girl. In fact.. I'm a Scott's girl..and that is by far the bestest thing that ever happened to me.

Also, along these lines..a quote from Win a date with Tad Hamilton. "Everyone is a Tad Hamilton to someone, Rosalie is a Tad Hamilton to you, and you're a Tad Hamilton to me". So my peeps...everyone is someone and nobody is a nobody.. Find your Tad Hamilton and you too can be a Jesse's Girl!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The 80's...they really knew how to roll...

As quoted from the character Olive (Emma Stone) in the film Easy A, "Once..Just once, I want my life to be like an 80's movie.."  Don't we all? Well okay, maybe not all of us...but I for one am included in this wish! 80's chick flicks have a most fabulous  way of making everything seem flawlessly conquers all, good guy always gets the girl, and so on and so forth... Besides why escape from reality with a film if its not going to make you feel perfectly and absolutely happy?  Well, maybe that is just my opinion, but for my theatrical enjoyment I say Bring On the Cheese! And I choose to live life like an 80's movie!

Who's to say you can't create your own fairy tale ending where all's well that ends well. Attitude is everything darlin'..and from here on out I 'ain't' letting my attitude get me sirree bob! Life is good, I'm a gonna live it Footloose and Fancy free! :D

Inflight Entertainment

Remember those dreams where you are walking somewhere and everyone is either giving you funny looks or laughing..and all you can think is what?! WHAT?! Then you look down and realize you're naked, or something as equally as embarrassing.

Well getting on the airplane with an infant is kind of like that. Only people aren't laughing they are glaring and you won't get the opportunity to wake up..just time to pray your baby doesn't cry.

Well, lets just say Ren's first exposure to flying wasn't as smooth sailing as it could have been. On the plus side he was only loud enough to keep Momma and Pops up all flight, so all in all crisis averted. But Lord forgive me for any glares I may have produced when flying with a fussy baby and send good Karma to all the parents stricken with my evil may think I'm being a bit dramatic here. But really! We feel awful that our child is fussy and annoying you, but there is only so much one can do.

On the plus side, although the reason for flying home wasn't a joyous occasion, the best was made of it. It was great to catch up with old friends and family, and a good opportunity for everyone to meet lil mister Ren. Here are some pictures from the week.
Meeting Auntie Chelsea and Balin

Ren seems to like what Uncle David is drinking...

Auntie Monica, Chelsea, and Dani

Uncle Aaron! Yay for getting to see him before  moving to DC.

Ren and Auntie Anna

Meeting Great Grandma Sloan

Maggie doesn't seem to like Ren

Flying home! 

Meeting (blood)Uncle Matthew!
We surprised him by not telling him we
were coming! :D

Quality Poppy time! After swimming

Auntie Diana

Ren loves his Uncle Jon! 

Uncle Stephen!

Nana Time!
Love this picture of my momma :)

Meeting Uncle JB and playing with Auntie  Silver. 

Playing with Gramps Goodier
Learning to stand..such a strong lil tike!

Bubba the Pug :)

Meeting Great Grandma Brooks

Thanks Mr. Pilot for getting us home safe! 

Meeting Great Grandma Goodier

Maggie decided Ren was alright..
giving goodbye kisses

Friday, July 22, 2011

Time Travelers

When time stops, and the world keeps spinning who is there to stand by your side and catch you when you begin to fall? Who will be there to be a leaning post, a Kleenex, or a comforting embrace? I call those supporters in  life my time travelers. Why? Let me elaborate...

You know that feeling when you get terrible news, that numb feeling where the world feels like a blur and time  has seemed to stop? Then suddenly someone is there with a shoulder and a tissue and they bring you back..that is time travel. Traveling through the mind-numbing blur to reset your clock and bring you back. 

It's true, time travelers change throughout your life..there's your family, close friends that stay with you your whole life, maybe even co-workers...I remember my time travelers still very clearly upon receiving, and the days following receiving the news that my Grandpa had passed all those years ago. And yet some days it still feels like it could have been yesterday. 

We moved to Hawaii almost 2 years ago now. Making new friends, and creating a new family. Two days ago we received a call that Grandpa Ben had passed unexpectedly. Now, being a hospice nurse may make me more familiar with the ol' grim reaper, but it doesn't make him my friend. Hearing this news, hundreds of miles away from home was rough. However, I found that I had a time traveler in each and every one of my co-workers. Who knew I was so blessed.  I feel extremely  lucky to work with such great people. Thank you to all my co-workers out there, and to Hospice Hawaii! You have been pivotal in allowing me to travel home to be with family. Thanks for being my time travelers... 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Let me tell you a secret...

"Let me tell you a secret. About a Momma's love, a secret that my Momma said was just between us. See now Mommies don't just love their children every now and's a love without ending, Amen." 

This was a song that my Momma and Daddy would sing to  me while rocking me to sleep before bed time. I never really thought about the words then, I just got excited about picking the family member that would come next. (You see you could switch out Momma for any and all..and I mean ALL relatives.. ;D )

However, tonight when I sang it to Ren while rocking him before bedtime it just hit me, like a ton of bricks. It's something you can't begin to describe, something you just have to experience. The feeling of your heart  filling up to the brim with love for one tiny being, when you thought it was already overflowing...One little human taking SO much from you but still managing to give you the world in return.

Ren has taught me so much about the world, and helped me to discover who I want to be in it. He's reminded me how to care for myself in order to care for others. I believe he truly did give me the world when I brought him into this one.

Now I know what my parents felt singing and rocking me to sleep all those years ago. Life is magical, and I have Ren to thank for the reminder. If only that childhood wonder wasn't buried by "adulthood" woes...

Life Goal #(who knows..lost count :) ) - Be more child-like. Don't worry, right now...everything is PERFECT. For I am loved, with a love without ending..Amen.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Life's Language

Yesterday I went to a seminar titled "The Language of Aging" presented by the wonderful Gary Powell...but from what I brought out of it a more apt title would have been "The Language of Life". The main lessons of the seminar were to become aware of how we are communicating with elders and helping us to change those conversations into a more interactive experience.

By speaking with them instead of to them, by involving them instead of directing, by coaching instead of controlling we can begin to communicate more effectively. This approach also allows us to dive deeper into our reality and the realities of those around us, making for a more fulfilling dialogue and experience. Powell stated that the language of aging is a slower language, its not about doing. Its a language of reflection.

By utilizing reflective communication skills in all life's interactions I can be more present, talking in the now as opposed to talking now and being in the future. Benefiting my relationships regardless of age; from the youngest babe to the oldest elder.

 For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill? Seek him always with 
hours to live. For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness. And in the sweetness of 
friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the 
heart finds its morning and is refreshed." - Kahlil Gibran

Thursday, July 7, 2011

"Only Kindness Matters"

These are the hands that hold me. The hands that encourage me and give me the courage to use my hands, heart, and mind every day of my life. 

"Hands" by Jewel is a song that I have always liked for its lyrics and message. I hadn't heard it for a very long time and came across the music video for it.
It definitely hits home hearing it again, this time as a Momma.

Becoming a Momma has definitely had me thinking about who I am, what I stand for, and what I want to be. This song helped me to remember that I want out of life and who I want to be/become...

I want to be someone to count on. A loving heart that people come to for advice, support, and laughter. The biggest thing I want to do in life is make a difference...and each day I'm going to find a way to make a difference for matter how small, only kindness matters.