Life after the big 3-0!

Ok, I’ve been 30 for two months and some days and so much has changed. Not so much because I have crossed over to the other side. More because life happens fast, and I am rarely ever ready. For example, I only work two days a week now. My husband and I made the decision to reduce my hours for several reasons, but mainly to help the cash flow at work. Also, my kids haven’t been around since school let out the first week of June. Neither of these happened because I turned thirty, but because I am thirty I like these new changes!!! Ok, so I didn’t have to live another year longer to enjoy my abundance of free time. But my mental state has helped me to revel in it.

That brings up the things that have changed since that dreaded day back in May. I do feel older thus I am trying to work out more constantly. I was doing good for a while, but some friends from out of state came to visit and I am just now starting to get back into the swing of my new routine. Now that I am thirty I am also more aware of my actions and how they relate to my future and other people’s feelings. I want the next 30 years to be one of joyous memories not only for me but for those around me. I really am trying to change my bitchy attitude, one aggravating moment at a time. Goosefraba, damn it!

All in all, turning 30 has been a pleasant experience. With my new found free time I am keeping the house cleaner, working out and dieting, staying on top of our finances better, and finally learning how to use my camera and Photoshop Elements. Here are a few photos I have been jacking with recently:



I know, I have a long way to go. But one day at a time is all anyone can ever manage.

I’ve also continued my reflection on my life so far and what I want from it going forward. I realized, just the other day, that I still feel like I am searching for something. I have no idea what it is or why I would still be looking for something. I mean I have all that I have ever wanted (minus a bazillion dollars in the bank), yet I do not fill fulfilled. I am living the American dream ¬†so what gives? Am I destined to search forever? Is that just how life is? Are we all going through life like this? Surely not. I mean I see people all the time who seem satisfied and content. Perhaps this feeling of longing is a private issue so no one shares that info with others, thus me missing the fact that they are like me? So many questions, so few answers. Maybe I should have been a philosopher. They ask questions like this all the time and have very few answers themselves. ūüėČ


And Spring Break Begins


My family and I decided to take a quick trip to San Antonio for the first weekend of the boy’s Spring Break. Usually our trips are hit and miss. Meaning some of us enjoy the trip and some of us hate it. This is the first time in history that everyone loved the vacation. The only complaint was the drive. But it was a much shorter drive than our trips to Arkansas so I didn’t really understand that what the problem was. I guess we will have to find a portal and just transport ourselves to our vacation destination. I wonder if they have those on eBay?

I wish.

Saturday was our first full day in town and we actually spent most of it outside of San Antonio and the Serengeti Resort. They were having a Wine and Wildlife Festival. The day started off a bit rough. First Tyler forgot to reload his pump with insulin so we had to turn around and go back to the hotel when we were about halfway to the resort. Then when we got¬†to the resort¬†it was drizzling just enough to make us want to head home. Even this guy wasn’t thrilled with the moisture.


The lemurs were content to stay indoors through the inclement weather.


We planned to just stay there long enough to go through our food/drink and event tickets, but about two hours into the trip the sun decided to come out and play. By this time our boys had taken up residence in the “casino”. Boy did they clean house. At one point Gage was up to several hundred chips. Here is a picture of some of their winnings.


The ladies loved playing Black Jack with the boys. One dealer stopped me to say how well-behaved¬†and personable they were. She even told me, “good job”. Wow! How come the boys¬†don’t act like that at home? I really shouldn’t complain because they are minding their manners when it matters most. Good job guys, Mom is super proud.

Ok, enough gloating….

We were only in San Antonio for a total of three days and nights, so we did as much as we could. San Antonio has tons to offer. It is a city rich in history, great food, and friendly people. We visited the Tower of Americas in Hemisphere¬†park, which was¬†built in 1968 for the World’s Fair. We also visited¬†Market Square for some shopping, the Alamo, Mirror Maze and Lazer¬†Challenge¬†at Alamo Plaza, walked all over the River Walk, and even squeezed in a Ghost and Legends¬†tour Sunday evening. I do believe the tour was one of the high points of our trip. Randy is a great story-teller.

I am really pleased that everyone had such a good time on our mini-vacation. It was nice to spend time together with no school or work worries. The kids next stop for their Spring Break is Mimaw’s house. I must admit¬†I am looking forward to a few kid-free days.