It’s the little things

As I was pumping gas the other day I had a thought as I caught a whiff of diesel fuel. I haven’t bought diesel in over a year since we bought an SUV. It made me think of all the things that have changed in my life in the last 5 years.

We’ve lived in our home for nearly 5 years. The yard is not perfect. Neither is my flower beds. I wish daily for a garage. I cringe when they call for hailstorms because I don’t want the vehicles to get trashed. Eventually we will get there.

Shaun’s 4th birthday is in a couple of weeks. I look back on his photos and see how much he has changed. From a 9 pound baby to his rambunctious, drive-his-momma-nuts self that he is now. Seems like yesterday we were going to our last few doctors appointments and preparing for his arrival.

I have a gray jacket I wear a lot of the time. It’s from the last time I got to enter the BBR Finals in Oklahoma City. On days where I don’t feel like myself I can look at the back of it and remind myself that yes, I once was a barrel racer and will be again sometime soon. I still have the horses and even though I don’t get to ride as much as I would like, I will again.

All these little things remind me of how life has changed. Don’t ask me how I like life now, because there are days where I don’t know the answer. Things change, people change, and life never stays the same. But as long as you wake up in the morning and start a new day, it’s better than the alternative!


A year ago today

It’s hard to believe it has already been a year since my son was born. It was long, hard and messy so I will spare you the details, but it sure has been a ride.

Shaun arriving home, May 12, 2011.

We celebrated his birthday on Cinco de Mayo with family and friends, and I have to say he knew it was a special day and one just for him. I made him a smash cake, and had cupcakes, fruit, ice cream and other goodies for the party goers.

We had the party at my work place simply because our house wouldn’t hold everyone. Here’s a couple of pics from the birthday party.

Shaun smiling at his dad as everyone sang Happy Birthday.

Not quite sure what to think of the frosting.

After a while he dove face first into his cake.