Life Changing Moments

Well, it has been awhile since I have updated my blog. There has been so much that has happened since the last time I posted. Let’s just say that the drama never stops and life must go on. I have learned that no matter what road you are on and how good you think you are doing there is always something that is going to get in your way and slow you down. Life is so unpredictable and when you least expect it, it throws you a curve ball and it just so happens that I got smacked right in the face.    Screen Shot 2013-09-21 at 6.04.27 PM

   DSC_2898So with that being said let me just take you through the past couple of months. So I left off with the Color Run in Roanoke, June 22. As you know that was an awesome event and me and the girls will be going to Raleigh on the 28th of this month to do it again.

So the summer is here and the kids have so much planned it’s not even funny. June flew by and it was July already. Both Julia and Michelle are gearing up for their summer trips through the Young Marine Program. Michelle leaves on July 7, and will not be back until July 13, which is when Julia leaves for her two-week East coast history excursion called GAHA (Great American History Adventure).

Both girls are very excited and can’t wait to get on the plane and head out on their own.

The day before Michelle leaves for her trip all hell breaks loose with her dad and I. Needless to say it has been a roller coaster of a ride since then. Without going into great detail, our lives have changed and even know it’s the 20th century I cannot wrap my head around the latest events.

So again, I’m trying to pick up the pieces and get Michelle’s head on straight so she can leave for her trip for a week and not have to think about the latest drama in her life. I get her packed up and she sets off July 7th, at 0600 in the morning for Aviation Mach II camp in Huntsville AL.

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Michelle get’s into Huntsville and for a solid week I don’t hear anything from her. Of course she was having a blast and I was so happy she wasn’t home. The drama never seemed to stop and my anger just kept growing and growing. Julia was standoffish and would not even attempt to see it from my point of view, which I know is hard for a teenager to do.  With that being said a lot went on that week that was just not necessary. When you have kids, that is your priority that is your job to be there for them and to take care of them. Being a parent is a full-time job, and I have had to take a back seat to my life to take care of them, enough said.

On the 13th of July, I go and pick up Michelle from the airport. She is late getting in and we didn’t get home until 7pm so she was really out of it when she got home. Julia leaves on the 14th at 0600 in the morning for her two weeks of fun. I was jealous needless to say, she was able to go to so many places that I would never get to see at least until I retire or further down the road. And of course I didn’t hear from her for two weeks and that was really hard as well.

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So while Julia was gone, I spent as much time as I could with Michelle and trying to get her to cope with the recent situation. At times she was fine, but for the most part she was and still is very questionable about it all. A week went by and Julia was traveling the East Coast and Michelle was gearing up for yet another mini trip with the Young Marines on the 25th of July.

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Michelle left again for DC and I was left to figure out how to get to Arkansas. So I decided to leave the day Michelle came back, which was the day after I picked up Julia. So needless to say they both came back home and turned around and got back on the road for an 18 hour drive to see family. It was a heck of a drive but it was so worth seeing my family.  We were there for about 4 days, celebrating my b-day as well as my moms was great.

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August is here and Julia is starting her drivers ed course, wow how time flies. In two years she will be graduating high school. I’m not prepared for that at all, so I’m trying not to think about it. School is around the corner and summer is winding down. Work is going ok, training is in full swing and I’m enjoying it as much as I can. School started on August 27, and I planned one more big trip before the school year sets in and we are confined to the house all year. So it is official, we will be Charlotte bound for some whitewater rafting, zip lining, and roller coaster fun.

Labor Day is here finally, we take off for Charlotte and get into town and settled into our hotel. The next morning we head out to the U.S. National Whitewater Center for the day. Needless to say it was the best and worst day for all three of us. I can honestly say that I was excited and yet terrified all at the same time. It was an unforgettable experience and yes, I hope to do it again.

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The next day we went to Carrowinds and spent all day riding roller coasters, and just having a great time.

The weekend was over as quick as it started, and we were again on our way home.

September is here and it is almost October all ready. It has been a crazy past couple of months. Very emotional and trying at times and still are. I’m glad school has started so the girls can get back into a routine, as well as soccer and school functions and so forth.

Well that’s it, quite an adventure we have had. We still are struggling with some issues and hopefully we all can get through this and be stronger later down the road. We fight, we argue, we laugh we cry, that’s what we do. Family takes care of each other when things seem to fall apart. In the end, life is unpredictable, and full of choices that you will hate to make but have to in order to move on.

Friends come and friends go, I hop that each day I have, I can accept the fact that I don’t have any control of what I can’t change. I just hope that I can learn from my mistakes, love harder, better, and pray that I can be strong for my girls everyday.

Well it’s off to Raleigh this weekend.. It’s Color Run Time.. 🙂

Till next time…….   GOD BLESS

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Long Time.

It’s 8:30 P.M on the first Sunday in November, 2012. I realized that it has been quite a long time since I have updated my blog. I have been really busy with work and my kids, and buying a new home. It has been a very long journey and I’m proud to say that I have finally reached that point that I can get a home and call it my own. Hopefully I can move in right before Christmas. The girls are excited just as much as I am, me especially, they finally get their own rooms..YES!!!

This year has gone by so quickly, I have no idea where it went. I truly hope this time next year I will be able to spend the Holidays with someone special, always looking, and hoping. In the mean time it’s me and the girls and of course my work. Speaking of my work, I’m blessed with great co-workers and a job. It is so hard out there these days and I thank God each and every day for the opportunity to go in and work with such great people. The day is winding down, and I’m pretty tired. I have been packing throughout the day and actually laughing at all the stuff I have found along the way. Most of the things I found brought back such good memories, and of course had me asking a few questions as to why they didn’t last. Obviously you can ask why, but you may not get the answer you are looking for, so just take each day as it comes and make the best of it. Maybe one day it will work out and I can sit back when I’m 90 and give a big thanks to the Lord above on the path he set me on. Until then, I still give thanks and hope that one day I can share all of this with the one who will be with when I do hit 90. 🙂

Loss………

This year has been the worst year I can ever remember. My family has been hit yet with another catastrophe. I received a phone call around 1am Sunday morning with the horrible news. My home that i grew up in, my parents home of 24 years burnt to the ground. It was a total loss, nothing was salvageable. apparently it was an electrical fire. This house was old to begin with and I am surprised that it lasted this long. I still can’t grasp the fact that everything is gone, inside and out. I thank the Lord everyday though that my parents are ok and even positive about it. Us kids are falling apart though.. This is the front porch of the house.

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I keep looking at these pictures and just trying to catch myself from falling apart. It is so unreal that it is gone. I try to pinpoint what I can see and where the furniture was and everything else.

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Back of House/Metal Roof is all that is left.

I have so many memories of this house. Here are just a few.


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My family is ok and trying to stay strong.