Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Look Who's 60

YES, ME!!!


I so appreciated the birthday messages that were posted on FB. Sure felt the love.

A few weeks ago when we were in Utah, we were visiting with a couple of friends and one of them said, "Look at me, I'm going to be 64. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?" I understood exactly what he was saying. Throughout the years, I have had in my mind what 60 would be like AND THIS ISN'T IT. I guess I'm just grateful, it isn't like what I thought it was going to be.

Do I have the energy I had when I was 30 or 40? DEFINITELY NOT. I just can't go, go, go like I could before. But I sure am grateful I can still GO.

It's been a great 60 years. So many memories--some good, some not so good. I feel like I've written a lot about my growing up years, so I won't bore you, but I have to write a few memories. I'LL DO MY BEST NOT TO BORE YOU TOO MUCH.

I loved school. I was so incredibly happy when I was old enough to go to school. My sisters and i played school all the time. Before word searches, we used to take the newspaper and cut out articles and one of our assignments when we played school was to "circle all the vowel's in the article" ; )

Sports: My dad had 6 daughters and no sons. I guess I was the son he never had. He was a sports enthusiast. Boxing was a big thing when I was little--just ask your dads/granddads. I'm sure many of them watched Friday night boxing ; ) He loved the San Francisco Giants--which is why the Giants winning the World Series was such a highlight for me this past year.

Summertime:We didn't take many family vacations, but I do remember running through the sprinklers, sleeping in the backyard and sitting in the weeping willow trees. Goodness, life was much simpler back then.

Mealtime: I don't remember my parents eating at the table with us. The 6 of us girls ate together in the kitchen and my parents ate at TV trays in the living room. We had a covered cake plate that came in very handy. When there was a particular vegetable that we didn't like one of us would hide everyone's vegetables under the lid, until my mom came to check to see if we'd eaten our dinner ; ) Then whoever had dishes that night would throw the veggies away.

Eating Out: We didn't go out for dinner very often, but I do remember the first time. We went to an Italian restaurant, and when they brought us our ice cream for dessert we had the biggest laugh--it was the tiniest dish of ice cream we'd ever seen.

But, after my dad died, I remember walking with my mom to a store that would serve a hot dog and drink for a dime. It was such a treat.

Changes: After my parents died and my sisters and I went to live with Helen and Les, life changed. I still loved school. We all ate at the same table--no hiding our vegetables anymore ; ) I can't (and never will) compare the two households. Each were different. My sisters and I knew we were so blessed to have been able to stay together.

Obviously, there have been lots of other changes. I became a mom when I was 19 years old. (And be grateful I wasn't wearing that skirt when I was holding Kyle because I had him when I was 40 and the legs just didn't look as good ; ) I have to say after being here in Texas and watching Macy--I know why women don't have babies at 60 ; ) Have to say I had the same feeling when I watched Daph after Georgia was born. These girls are AMAZING.

I was going to start by telling you how much I love being a mom and grandma,but let me start by telling you how much I LOVE BEING A WIFE. I love this guywe really need to take a picture of the two of us. Maybe when we come out for baby Lauren's blessing we'll ask Macy to take a picture of us. He is my rock. I depend on him so much. We have so much fun together. I love being able to visit my children, but I love it so much more when he's with me. It's just not the same when he's not here.

Now I can say it: I love being a mom and a grandma. Do I worry? Sure--I only want what is best for my children and my grandchildren. It is so fun to watch them grow and become great people. I love them all. Just to assure you I know as well as anyone ME, MY HUSBAND, AND NONE OF OUR CHILDREN ARE PERFECT.

Now let me post a few more pictures.

Obviously, if you read my blog you know Allan and I have been able to do a little travelling here and there ; ) As I sat on the plane coming here on Monday I was visiting with a woman and talking about places we have visited and things I have seen. I told the woman one of the places I'd highly recommend is Sydney, Australia.

Of course, having my birthday fall on a Monday meant I got to receive an e-mail from my little Elder. This picture made me laugh, but I have to tell you I can't wait to see the pictures of the cowboy boots he bought ; )

I loved being able to talk to these guys on my birthday.

And, of course, it was wonderful to have these guys there the morning of my birthday. It was fun--our flights departed like 3 minutes apart--well, actually, mine was an hour late, but who knew--I SLEPT THE WHOLE TIME WE WERE OUT ON THE TARMAC. (See, sometimes being old isn't such a bad thing ; )

This guy knew that one of my favorite movies is The Last of the Mohicans so he got me an edited version for my birthday--such a sweetie.

And, of course, when I got to TX, I was greeted at the airport by Neal and G-Man. (It was so cute because G-Man was holding a little birthday sign. Macy's folks were at the airport because they were heading home, so I even got to give them a hug when I arrived ; ) While I've been here in Texas since my birthday, I have to tell you there is some sickness in the house so it's been so busy and I have not even gotten out my camera. I KNOW THAT IS SHOCKING. (Well, I did take a pic yesterday, but not of the kids.)

When I got to their house, I found a sweet note from these guys. Sure wish I'd been able to see them.

And because I haven't been able to post any pictures of my little grandson G-Man, I'm going to steal this one Amanda's husband took of him. Isn't he a cutie???

I've turned the comments off because my birthday has passed ; )

SIDENOTE: I will get out and read posts--it's just been a tad crazy. I don't know how you young moms get everything done.