The Year is now 2017

So, where to begin. Lets see, the last time I updated my Blog it had been over a year since my dad had passed. Life as I knew it then, was at a slow but steady pace. It is now 2017, and I have no idea where 2016 went, and again I find myself looking back at what I have accomplished, prevailed, struggled through and so on. It will be two years in March since my dad has passed away, and I think about him everyday, even if it is for a the briefest of moments. Ok, so let me take you through 2016 up to this point, quick fast and in a hurry.

My oldest, graduated high school, and was accepted to Johnson and Wales Culinary Arts in Charlotte, where she and her boyfriend are living now.

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I’m very proud of her and the young woman she has become.For her graduation and 18th birthday gift, I took her to Ireland for 10 days. It was an amazing trip and something I will never forget.

My youngest turned 16 and now is driving and is holding down a part-time job and school with no problems. I took her to see Justin Bieber  in June and she loved it, and I must say he did put on a great show. She is growing up way to fast and will be graduating next year. So now I have to plan for her graduation and birthday gift as well. We all planned on getting our trifecta this year but Julia and Deiondre missed the Spartan Super, this year to complete it. Me and Michelle drove to Florida, and completed my 2nd Trifecta and her very first. I am so proud of all them,last years races were brutal needless to say. I’m looking  forward to this year and many more races to come.

I completed another Stranded/Urban Struggle, with Outside The Box Fitness. This was a huge accomplishment for me. We rucked throughout Wilmington, for 18 hours straight, with weighted rucksack and all for a great cause. We ended the day at the local food bank and donated canned food,  and socks. It was a struggle but I completed it, and look forward to doing it again this year.

I became an aunt again for the 9th time (I think) hard to keep track these days.. Life has a funny way of working out and I must say I have no regrets and I’m not perfect by no means. This past year has been amazing, and disappointing all at the same time. People come and go in life and you can never really plan, or prepare yourself for it. It all happens for a reason, good or bad, happy or sad. With that being said, I will say that love is very tricky and completely out of your control. I was in a relationship with someone who I can truly say I loved. He was there when I needed him, and vice versa. But I needed more than what he could provide. He will always have a place in my heart, that’s just how I am. Like I said before I have no regrets, life has a way of working out and giving you some unexpected joys.

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I am now in a relationship that I have been longing for quite some time. It’s been a long time since I’ve had this kind of connection with anyone. We argue, we pick on each other, I get jealous (a lot, “not perfect”), he wants to include me in his life and I him, and he tells me every single day that he loves me. We never go a day without talking, hugging one another, laughing, texting good mornings, I love you, have a great day, I miss you, and all other little things that mean so much to me.

He came into my life at the right moment and very unexpectedly. I never even seen it coming and at first it kinda scared me. I’m very happy with how 2016 has turned out and I hope that this year will be full of great new adventures. My kids are doing great, family is holding on tight, and staying strong. I plan on getting back into shape, getting stronger, and competing in more races with my whole family.

My goal is to keep up with this blog, and post at least once every month. So take care, and until next time, here are a few more pics of the past year, to include Hurricane Matthew and much more.

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Life Changing Moments Part II

Again, it’s been awhile since an update. Work and kids have me busy as usual. Adding to the life changing moments once again, without them life would be nothing I would imagine. I have overcome many obstacles throughout my adult life and it has come to my attention that no one is perfect, ? go figure. This leads me to say that mistakes are made everyday and if you don’t learn from them then what is life all about anyway? Some are minor and some are mistakes that you will live with the rest of your life. Some effect just you and some effect others. No details will be given but mine has been the latter. I am in the process of getting through it, and looking to the future with somewhat of a positive attitude. It’s been a very rough week and I have many more ahead of me.  My family is my rock as always, and my friends are amazing. It’s gong to be a roller coaster of a ride once again, and even though this is something totally new to me, I can overcome it somehow. God will show me the way, He always does. No matter how hard it has been or how hard it is going to get, He will always be by my side.  I will keep praying, keep asking for forgiveness and move on. Whatever happens, happens, I have no control over it now.  God Bless everyone and their families. Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 6.28.29 AM

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The Arts.

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I decided to take the girls to the NC Museum of Art last Wednesday. The weather was horrible all the way up to Raleigh, and the mood was just not made for traveling. Although the weather was not cooperating, we finally arrived and the rain had stopped just in time for us to walk in the Museum. It was fabulous, I must admit I have missed the arts in general. Julia was excited and loved it. She came away with some great ideas for painting, and photography projects that me and her will be working on in the near future. She has a great eye and hope that I can help her broaden her choices and teach her what I know. She is already a great painter for her age I think.

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My Christmas Gift. 2012

As for Michelle, she enjoyed it as well but was not that impressed. She is more into the Musical Arts than anything else, and of course she is 12 so can’t blame her for not wanting to walk around and look at naked statues, and paintings of people hasn’t even heard of, yet.

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All in all it was a great afternoon, and I will plan for another weekend or holiday getaway real soon. I think we are going to DC soon for a few days. I really have to get me a camera for that trip. Well, got to get back to my womanly duties, ie: cleaning, packing, cleaning, then maybe some down time tonight.

Here are a few photos of the trip. Even though they were taken with my phone, I think they came out pretty good.

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She Loves Trees.


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The Day After.


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It is the day after the End of the World, and we are all still here. Here on this cold but yet beautiful Saturday, December 22, 2012. I am sitting at home thinking once again on how fast this year has gone by. Today is a new beginning for many, because of all the hype leading up to the End of the World. So what will we do now, what will we do differently, anything? I think not. Just as we try to make New Years resolutions, which never come to affluence anyway, we set our minds to try. I guess trying is better than doing nothing at all. So with that being said, today and on New Years day I will TRY to do things differently. I will try to workout 3 days a week, I will try to be patient with my kids, I will try to hug my kids more and tell them I love them every chance I get, I will try to call my family more, I will try to go to church every Sunday instead of sleeping in (occasionally), and most of all I will try to keep trying. On this first day of a New World, I will try to stay positive and reinforce myself that GOD IS in control and will provide for me and all always.

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I will try to not take each day for granted, because each day is precious. With the haunting images of the past week of precious lives lost, I will be more aware of the everyday nuances, of the little things that go unnoticed.  This is my hope, I will try on my good days and my bad. My kids are my life and it’s because of them I even try at all. Of course I have my ambitions and goals to reach, but without them I honestly have nothing. My heart goes out to Newtown CT. I can’t even imagine what they are going through and I hope that time will ease their pain but I know that it will never go away.

On a good note, I went to Church Street Pub last night and met up with some friends. As the night was winding down, there was apparently a wedding about to happen in the courtyard. So I took my trusty phone out to check out the ceremony. It was excruciatingly cold but the bride looked beautiful. Unfortunately my phone can only do so much in the dark so my photos did not turn out so well. But I did get one good one when the bride and groom came back into the pub for some warmth, good food, and defiantly good beer. I have no idea who they are but they were kind enough to let me take a picture of them. I wish them the best of luck, and a big congratulations.

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It was a fun night as always. I love my town, the friends that I have and my life. Yes sometimes it’s hard and yes sometimes I feel alone, but I’m thankful to be here. It’s not everyday that someone can say that everything is as it should be right now, and right at this very moment. I’m wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here is to another year down and many, many more to come…….. 🙂

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This is what it’s all about!

Family Time

Well, my mom and my grandmother came to visit for a while last week. It was great to see them both, and we had so much fun. We went to the beach, Fort Macon, Hammocks Beach State Park, and of course  Church Street Pub. I hope that I can try to squeeze in a visit with all my family at least once a year. My job keeps me pretty busy and my time is limited but there is always hope. The weekend is pretty much over and Monday is coming fast. I find myself working for the weekends now, hoping for a quick turn around to Friday. The girls have their Young Marine Encampment this coming weekend so I’m thinking about going camping before it gets cold, most likely Flanners Beach. It’s pet friendly and close to where the girls will be just in case something happens and I have to be there to get them.  Had a great time at the Pub last night. Celebrated a birthday and listened to some great music. Alway fun at the Pub…

I’m trying to get back into shooting again. I need to buy myself a digital SLR though, had to sell mine awhile back. I have been shooting film and sending it off to get developed, which I could do myself if I had the equipment. I have no space much less the money or time to put into making a darkroom, so I have to send it off for right now. So for the time being, film is what I’m shooting. I always get excited when I get the negatives back though, it’s like getting a birthday present and not knowing what you are going to get. Well I better get to cleaing this house of mine before this evening rolls in. I’m taking girls to see Scearce & Ketner tonight at the Pavillion in Swansboro. This is the last outdoor concert of the season, should be fun.

 

Relay for LIFE!

This weekend was the Relay for life, which the girls took part in with the Young Marines. They had a lot of fun and was able to spend the night and walk for a great cause. It has been a pretty good, laid back weekend. The weather has cooperated so far,  but today it’s a dreary day outside. I go back to the daily grind tomorrow and anticipate the  next couple of months to be long and hectic. But, I hope to see some days off  in between and look forward to spending that time with family, old friends, new friends, and many more who make this life of mine a long-lasting memory. Life is what you make of it, and if you spend it working all the time you will definitely miss out on the best it has to offer. I thank God each and every day he grants me, and to do what I can for my family, and to grab each and every moment that is possible.  I’m not saying that life isn’t a struggle, it most definitely is. With that being said, don’t take it for granted, tell everyone that you care about how you feel, how much you appreciate them being in your life. Without these special people you could not be who you are today. The many people who have touched my life in the past and even now have made me who I am today. I strive each day to do better, love more, thank more, and complain less. God is Good…….. He will provide, it may take a while to realize it but he will never give up on us.

God Bless….

In Loving Memory!!

Johnathan Ross “Danger” Rogers

RIP

(February 10, 1984 – March 1, 2012)

 On March 1, 2012, we lost a good friend. Family and friends met in Wilmington to say goodbye to a life that was cut too short. He is remembered by many, and his life has touched all who had known him. He was a good friend, and a great person to be around. His huge ambitions and a carefree attitude gave way to what made who he was. I can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that he is really gone. Life is so short and precious. We need to sit back and look at who we have and hold on to them for as long as we can. Take everyday you have and tell everyone that you ever cared about that you cherish them being in your life. To loose someone so soon raises so many questions, but we will never have the right answers. All I can do now is remember the good times and hope that we all can get through this tragedy and realize that we all play a role in the life of others.

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
― Robert Frost