My next 30 years…

So my Dirty-30 birthday is fast approaching. Yeah, I am totally thrilled…. let me just tell you.

After spending a fantastic week on the beach for my bestie’s 30th I started to do a little life-reflecting. I started asking myself questions like, am I where I wanted to be at this point in life? As always the answer is, I dunno. I have asked myself where am I headed, and I dunno that either! Of course the usual stuff comes to mind, like I want my kids to grow up and be functional adults. I want my husband’s business to succeed. I am sure I will be dedicated to those two tasks for the next several years. However, I have no direction outside of that. You see, these I dunno answers aren’t new to me. That is because I really had no plans past getting to the age of 21. And even though I ask myself every year if I am where I wanted to be, I still give no thought as to what the future has in store for me. In fact I try not to make any plans past the coming weekend. I sound like I really have it together, don’t I?

I want to change this little fact about myself, starting now! In order to do this I feel that I should first make sure I have come to terms with my past and have a clear vision of where I have been.

So, to make sure I have a good grasp on my past I list what I see as milestones in my frist 29 years. I will start at the age of 18 since that is when life really starts to come at you fast. Plus learning to walk, talk and all that jazz is pretty standard.

  • Graduated High School – wasn’t sure that would actually happen at one point.
  • Graduated College – the first in my family to do so.
  • Moved out on my own – at the age of 20 and I haven’t had to move back in so far!!!
  • Turned 21 – I really didn’t drink but a handful of times before I become of age. Promise.
  • Purchased first motorcycle at age 24.
  • 7/7/08 – Tyler Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
  • Married at age 25
  • Purchased first house at age 26.
  • Helped Husband start his first business at age 27.
  • Promoted to Manager at my day job at age 27.
  • Quit day job to work with Huband less-than-full time at age 29.
  • Took my first international trip at age 29.

Not too shabby, considering! Ok, so now I know that I have been sucesful this past decade by accomplishing goals I set as a child. Being the first in my family to graduate college was a goal of mine since middle school. Obviously in my formative years I was capable of making decision for my future. Why can’t I do that now? Why were buying a house and starting a business not part of a plan? Well, now that I think about it, those might have been “on a whim” ideas but they did require plotting and planning. We saved for about six months to buy our house. Starting a business never happens over night. My husband did act on his idea almost immediately, we did have to plan certain things out. We had to rearrange quite a bit to make that happen and are still doing so two years later.

See I knew this list idea would help me! I know now that I do actually plan things out. So maybe my problem is that I just don’t have a life plan. But since I am in the listing mood, how about I still start my “Next 30 Years” list. I don’t want to call it a bucket list because that makes me feel like I am giving in to the fact that we all die at some point. I am still too young to worry about death, even though I know it is inevitable. Next 30 Years sound less grim. So here goes nothing.

My Next 30 Years – TO DO

  • Visit all note-worthy dance halls and honkey tonks in Texas. Maybe even a few less note-worthy joints too.
  • Go to see at least one concert on the last leg of George Strait’s final tour.
  • Visit Australia
  • Take my boys to see:
    • The Grand Canyon
    • Snow in Montana
    • The Ocean
  • Watch my boys grown into men – and hopefully graduate high school and maybe college (and Mom always has hope)
  • Go parasailing
  • Watch the sun set and see the green flash at sunset
  • Visit something related to Pricness Diana
  • MEET GEORGE STRAIT – there goes that hope again 😉
  • Have my youngest son give me away at my wedding
  • See a real cure for Diabetes

I think this is a good start! How about you, do you have a “bucket list”?

And Spring Break Begins

Alamo

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.

Camal

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

Leemer

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.

Chips

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.

January Vacations are Bad for You

So it was a little chilly this morning, as it has been for the last week or so. I really don’t like the cold, at all….nope. Actually I can honestly say I hate it. This year’s winter has really been messing with my head, even more so than normal. I know I live in Texas so I must always have a jacket handy while I wear tank tops and flip flops 24/7. However, this unusual warm winter, coupled with my vacation to Turks in January, has me begging for Spring to show up. I really think the vacation has more to do with my eagerness for spring than anything else.

My best friend, her co-best friend, her immediate family, myself and a few other of her family members took off to Turks & Caicos in the middle of January for her 30th birthday. It was a trip and a half for many, many reason. When we left Houston it was in the 40’s. I think. It was 4 in the morning so my brain was not quite functioning at it’s normal level. I think I have a picture of that dreadful clock…..

Ok, so at some point I was in the car at 3:30 am. I really need to plan my flights better, geez.

So we get our sleepy behinds on the plane and head to Georgia to pick up the co-best friend, then head to Turks. I do my best to catch a little sleep on this flight because I know I have a long-fun-filled 8 days ahead of me. I sleep a little here and there, get a drink as we get closer, try to nap one more time but I can see land so that is a no-go. I catch this awesome picture of our plane flying over Chaulk Sound right before we land.

And when we got to our rental house this is what greeted us from the backdoor…..

We spent our days doing things like this…..

And this…..

And this……

That poor statue got molested…but I’ll keep those photos off the web!
We also spent our time looking at things like this…
And this…
Don’t worry. No animals were harmed during this vacation!
Yes, I am completely convinced now that it is the January vacation that has me begging for Spring. I do have a tan to maintain, hello!
Here’s to you Jess, Glad You Born!