Food, Fun, Family, Friends & Fur
Not necessarily in that order. But where I will continue and regularly talk about all that goes on in the life of Mr Mom, my humorous stories about my husband, family and travels to the serious topics of my work and passions to the getting old part of my life, and what that means for an old queen like myself.
Travel sometime is like sex. There is a lot of anticipation, build up before. Then there is the long awaited ride so to speak, then there is the calm, the cigarette moment where you all bask in where you went and how you enjoyed it.
Then all life comes back to normal when you realize that the cigarettes are bad for you and cost you a lot of money. You are exhausted from your activity and at our age takes us days to recuperate.
That is where we are right now after our holidays, feeling rode hard and put away wet. Life has to return to the crazy hectic pace that we are used to. Kids, commitments, and marriage and work….uggggghhhh
The wonderful thing about now rather a couple years ago is that all the kids are in school again…. A break mentally and physically from the constant on with kids.
So what to do while smoking the cigarette………
October 1st marks Foster Parent appreciation Month and I am so honored to still be a foster parent as we approach our last adoption.
I am equally excited not to be apart of the provincial association, for this reason; it is great to enjoy the time and appreciate what we have. The association continues on and changes are inevitable, but foster parents continue to do amazing jobs in challenging times.
The recent AGM in Nelson, brought together as always a group of foster parents, wanting to make change, move forward and network. Although away with work and play combined, I missed the people and the opportunity to talk to people that “get it”, that understand what it is we do.
There is a bigger need than ever for our children in the community, as addictions continue to tear our families apart. Stress in families continues to play into what our teens are dealing with and how they are trying to cope, not just being a teen, but all the things that go with that. Add to that the stress parents may have around jobs and money, never mind if they have addictions as well.
Sometimes I think it would be so easy to throw in the towel and run and hide. Then I think of my kids and all they have endured and the challenges they have over come, the ones they are still working on and of course the ones we may never know about that they are dealing with on their own.
So as we move through foster parent appreciation month, and into Adoption Month (November) think about not only those foster parents, but those kids that have so much going on and that are in care.
Think maybe about what you can do, what role can you play in helping with our kids in BC. The simplest things can make a difference, the simplest of words can often change a life. Make it happen…
Our Morning started are 3:30 AM Seriously !!!!! Who Books this shit!!! Oh yeah the love of my life… are you kidding me, not showing much love here. Not to mention there is a five hour layover, ok great people watching time, but really??? I might sleep through the people watching.
Having to drop the rental, and then head to the airport so early, makes me think its going to be a very long day… turns out to be longer than one originally thought/
So we get to airport plenty of time ahhhh … Board the plane on time 6 AM all looking good. Start to taxing out to the runway…and we are off…nope mechanical issues…….ok so back to gate. Deplane… ok then. The wait begins, 7:00 oh brother not looking good.
Good morning ladies and gentleman it looks like we need to fly in a computer part and we wont be leaving Memphis for a few hours oh my…..someone shoot me please!
I hate life without a plan B, so off to the airline counter, can we get on a different flight? To somewhere? Anywhere? Yep its now 8:00 AM they can get us onto another flight to Minneapolis, well not so bad!!
Then from there, Winnipeg, then home to Vancouver arriving at the same time as we would have anyways…. Perfect a little milk runish but all is good.
What someone did not tell us is that our luggage would not make the flight, it infact would be having a solo holiday in LA, then Seattle and finally home.
Travel is apart of the memories , and half the fun. Racing for a flight, walking 100 miles to get across the airport for a connecting flight. Realizing you forgot to pack your pants all of them. These are the things we tried to instill in our son, when anxiety and panic set in. Sure we as adults get upset, and frustrated that things aren’t going well and maybe we take it out on each other, but it is what will eventually be laughed at and appreciated as part of the experience.
Sometimes those trips, where we mix business with pleasure are harder cause you are torn, not sometimes doing either well.
This was a great trip where business and pleasure played together well.. next trip….. I think Florida Jessica’s 21st Birthday (supposed to be Vegas trip) and our Granddaughter’s graduation present… so excited.