So, if you have read my blog lately, I have mentioned that I have a granddaughter on the way. I am excited to announce that she is here! She was born on March 19th at 10:30 am. She is 19 inches long and weighed 6 pounds and 14.6 oz. She is a little bitty thing with a very long name.
I introduce to you, Persephone Kiahlynn Hawkes. Or for short, we will call her Sephy. She came a little earlier than we expected, but we are very grateful that she is here.
The pictures below are from the hospital. Grandpa Aarron swears that she is going to cry every time he holds her, but so far, that has not been the case.
This little girl has already got me wrapped around her fingers. I look forward to sharing with you as she grows.
Oh my gosh! I got to see my son this last weekend. Now mind you I haven't seen this kid since he was about 9 yrs. old. He's the one on the bottom. This picture was taken one of the last times I got to see him. This was a great weekend.
We had such a great time this weekend with him. My husband pulled out the quad for the kids to ride and they had a blast with it.
T.J. is 15 now. He has grown into a handsome young man.
After riding the quad all day, the kids came inside to build the gingerbread house we got. This is something we used to do this every Yule because the kids loved it so much.
T.j. wouldn't let me get a decent picture without his tongue hanging out..lol.
This was the finished project. They did a great job on it. Much better than when they were younger. Here's a video I got of them working on the Gingerbread House.
Later, we went looking at the houses that were decorated for Christmas. Mind you I live in a very small town. However, we did find this one that I thought was absolutely adorable.
Kira picked up one of our hens, Red, and we found that she likes to have the side of her face and under her neck rubbed just like a dog. I got a video of this too. It was amazing!
How was your weekend? Do you have plans for next weekend? I'd love to hear what you're up to.
This has been a great week for the most part. Of course any time spent with family should be great, but when you add in a child you haven't seen in about 5 years...it gets even better.
The young man in this picture is my youngest son who I haven't seen since he was about 6 years old.The picture below was taken one of the last times I got to see him. He is the one on the bottom of the pile.
Big difference, right? I was so excited about seeing him again. I won't go into the particulars of why I haven't been able to see him, but let's just say that over this last 5 years my heart has been hurting but Wednesday made up for a lot of that. We got most of my brothers and sisters together (because none of us had seen him in a long time) and of course the kids too and all had dinner at my sister's house. Talk about a dream come true!
The picture above is most of my nieces and nephews. There are however 4 missing: Christopher and Tim (my older boys), my older sister's daughter Breann, and my brother's daughter Kaitlin, but the rest of them are all there. Well I take that back, there are more than 4 missing, but anyway these are most them that live in town.
This was an awesome day! My husband of almost 3 years had even met this step-child so this was a big day.
Well so far it's been a few weeks since my daughter left home. I guess so far she is doing really well. She seems to be enjoying her newfound freedom. She has a job. She got her first tattoo that she was so excited about.
She said it's not quite finished yet as she wants to put "Never give up" across the bottom of the tattoo. She already has a few other tattoos in mind that she wants to get. I pray that everything continues to go well for her and that she grows up enough to continue living on her own. She has even been blessed with having a friend she went to school with living close by.
I have to say I am glad she is doing well, but I miss her being at home. Sometimes I wish that things wouldn't work out for her just so she would be back home, but then I remind myself that she is an adult and needs to figure out what she is going to do with her life. So, I wish her well and hope that she figures it all out. I only want the best for my kids, I guess I just sometimes wish the best for them was living at home....LOL. However, Aarron and I are enjoying our newfound freedom as well.
So, this is my oldest son Christopher. Late last year he enlisted in the army. He has made it through boot camp and his schooling. A few weeks ago he was sent to his duty station in Washington at Fort Lewis. I can't tell you how proud I am of this boy.
This was taken at his graduation from class to his job. He works in the supply department as an automated logistics specialist. I have to say that I was pretty worried about him before he went in. He was aimless, had no plans for the future. He was working at McDonald's. The change in him just over the last months is astounding. He wants to make a career out of the military now. He knows what he wants to do with his life!
Can imagine my relief when he was finally able to tell me what he was going to do with his life? I felt that I didn't have to worry about him any more. It was such a relief. At the time, I didn't realize that this change meant I would worry about him more..lol. Especially with having anxiety already, this seems to have made matters worse for a time. I am still so very proud of him for standing up for what he believes in no matter what everyone else thought of his decision. It takes a man to do that.
Long story short, my boy is now a man, a soldier. I never would have expected this from him, but I am so glad he made the decision. While I still worry about him, I feel confident that he will be able to handle anything that comes his way. I just hope that he doesn't have to go to war anytime soon. I'm not sure how I will handle that.
I am so glad to have had the opportunity to watch this boy grow into a man. I don't know if he knows it, but I am one proud mamma.
I can't believe you are 19 today. It still seems like yesterday that you were in preschool or going to work with me at the pet store. The time has sure flown by. I know that I wasn't there a lot when you were growing up because I had to work, but believe me I did the best I could.
I will tell you kid, many days I wanted to pull my hair out when you were younger because of the way you would behave (and sometimes even now still), but I wouldn't change anything. You are growing into a young lady and I am both excited about this and sad about this too.
I am excited because you are growing and will be spreading your wings soon. I am sad because you are growing and will be spreading your wings soon. Does that not make sense? lol....kiddo I will tell you a lot will not make sense to you as you continue to get older.
I wanted to post some pictures from when you were younger but at the same time I didn't want to embarrass you either. Because as you know mom's are very good at that. But I do want you to see what you have become: a beautiful young woman.
You have gone through some crazy hair dos and probably what some would say are don'ts.
lol But we have to learn and grow somehow. And oh, how you have grown. Through dance class
and our trip to Oklahoma. I know you thought that was a miserable time, but look at the memories of our time there and yes, while we all missed home we did make some great memories.
You are becoming a woman and it will be hard to figure out, but as I have always told you, if you put your mind to it, you can do anything! I still believe this today. You are strong willed (which isn't always a good thing), kind-hearted, and just a good person (most of the time ;) ). I know that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything you want to.
So for Christmas my daughter got a ghost tour here in Tucson. The company is local and does these tours all the time. Tucson Ghost Tour takes you on a walking tour of downtown Tucson providing historical facts and paranormal activity in the area. This was so much fun. I think I may have even caught a couple things in my pictures. You decide for yourself. Let me know what you think.
Happy Birthday kiddo! I cannot believe you are 14 now. I still remember the day you were born so clearly. Your dad was so proud to have a boy! I miss you so much every day. I hope that one day very soon I will get to see you again. I have to say that you appear to be growing into a wonderful young man. I know that I have so much in your life, but just know that I think about you every day and I can't wait until I can see you again.
Growing up you were such a daredevil, it seemed that nothing scared you. Although you have scared me a few times. More than a few actually. You seem to live life to it's fullest. I love this about you and it scares me to death as well.
What can I say that will make these next few years a little easier? Probably not much. Just remember that your dad is there for to talk to as you continue your journey to being a man. I am here too just not as close as I would like to be. I hope to change that soon though. I would love to get you out here and see what kind of trouble you could cause. I'm sure grandpa would love it too.
Just remember kiddo, on this, your special day, that I am here thinking about you and hoping that this is your best birthday yet. I love you and I always will.