Monday, March 30, 2015

adventure time

i took leyton on an adventure on saturday.  he wasn't thrilled about it at first.  i picked him at around 11 & told him we were going on an adventure & he rolled his little almost-8-year-old eyes at me & sighed heavily.  
"can't we just go to gramma's?"  
*whine* "ugh, i just wanna go to gramma's."  *pause*  "what kind of adventure?"  
"well, first we have to do some errands - the bank & coffee & another stop, and then, surprise!"
"all of that sounds boring."
"well, you have your iPad, if you're bored you can just play on that."
*huffs* "fine."

now, happily, through that whole conversation he wasn't really throwing attitude, he was just doing the "all i want to do is play my games" thing, which i totally get & it didn't upset me that he was acting like that, because again, he wasn't being disrespectful or anything.  i just felt the need to point that out because if you don't know him, that conversation sounds super bratty & the brat-o-meter was only about 1/2 mast.  LOL 

we went to the bank & starbucks (he got a cake pop & was happy w/ that!) & then i needed to stop at ulta for some lotion & spritzy stuff.  we pull into the lot & leyton, who had been quietly munching on his cakepop to this point as we circled the parking lot, said, "ugh!  i hate old navy!"  (how can you hate old navy?  that store is awesome!)  i told him we weren't going to old navy & he perked up.  he wasn't thrilled w/ the ulta thing, but then i remembered i had a treat for him in my purse, so i pulled out a small bit of bribery.  : )  

it worked, but was really unnecessary.  this is probably true of most kids, but once leyton gets out of the funk/tude & lets himself HAVE FUN, he does have fun.  in fact, i grabbed the things i needed quickly & HE is the one who was smelling all the soaps & lotions & stuff & making me smell them, too.  *grin*  i was amused!  

then it was off to the adventure portion of our adventure!  i told him he'd have a little time to play on the iPad as we traveled.  it's not TOO far away - like 15 minutes from my house, really, but it's on the interstate and it is ... 

the I-80 Truckstop, which happens to be the WORLD'S LARGEST TRUCKSTOP, according to the sign.  : )  when we pulled off the exit, leyton exclaimed excitedly, "oh!  this place!  i remember this place!"  it was definitely a good place for an adventure!  : )  

we explored & ate lunch & bought girl scout cookies & bought a tube of army men & had a very fun couple of hours!!  : )  

and then we went to gramma's & ate popcorn & played w/ the army men & when gramma came home, leyton proudly pointed out that we didn't turn the TV on at all!  (*laugh*  which amused me because i'm so used to NOT having the TV on, i don't even think of it unless i'm over there specifically TO watch something - like football.  how long til football season is back??!!)

i think for our next adventure, we'll go to the bass pro shop that has a bowling alley... *grin*  


Thursday, March 19, 2015

is it spring yet?

i feel like it's been winter forever!  and while that's great for the North Wind, i'm ready for a little East Wind to bring in the Spring!  : )  

it's been an odd few months for me.  happy & sad.  Grammy passed away march 7th.  we had her funeral on the 15th.  kathy & jenni & mark came up from florida for the service.  it was GREAT to see them, but just wishing we could do another family thing where EVERYONE could come & for not-a-funeral.  : )  grammy was 100, tho, and she lived a good and varied life!  100 was her goal, and she hadn't been doing well the past year & a half, and mom & the aunts had been taking care of her (with help from visiting nurses & other bits of family).  so, she is now w/ the Lord, pain-free & happy, and the stress is off mom & the aunts, so hopefully, MAYBE they can get back to being sisters...

we moved into a new building at work last week.  it's the building i worked in 12 years ago.  i LOVE the location, the plethora of restaurants, the proximity to the Pavilion & the river... and i'm there w/ a MUCH better group of ppl, praise Jesus!  also... i get to see mr c EVERY DAY now!  *swoooon*  and today before i left, i stood at a window over a view i looked at every day so many years ago, and remembered how miserable i was at that time, and how HAPPY i am now and how BLESSED, and i said a prayer right there, thanking the Lord for bringing me through that time & blessing me w/ this one.  

and, as the weather gets nicer, this location has a LOT of places to walk.  i'm so excited to get walking more... to WANT to walk more.  

: )  

i'm really hoping & praying that my plans for a trip to colorado in the next couple months work out.  i just have this desire to go to denver & surrounding areas.  it's a straight shot on I-80, about 14 hours, i believe.  i have the itch, the urge to travel, and there's so much going on w/ family (cousin in nashville just bought a house!) that i start thinking, maybe i should go there again (i LOVE nashville) but i've never BEEN to colorado & i need to go.  i want to go.  idk why i said need, other than sometimes i truly do feel that way.  i feel like i NEED to go to colorado the specific week i'm going.  it's just so weird.  but not unpleasant.  it's how i felt about nashville when the author signing was there.  it's how i felt about atlanta when sherri was there.  it's how i felt about indy when rochelle was there (altho that one was a TOTAL surprise that i actually got to go!)(thanks, mom!).  but there's not an author event in CO at the time i want to go, so ... must be something else.  i'm excited to see what it is!  : )