I am finally living a full and happy life! Well.....at least I did this week! This entire past week kicked ass! It wasn't moments each day that added up to greatness......it was all the days! That silly little job at the grade school has made a BIG difference in my life. I LOVE IT. All those kids are just really enjoyable and funny and they like me! One little girl told me that we could be twins! It was the excitement in her voice that made my heart melt melt when she said it. We were talking about birthdays one morning and the teacher asked me when mine was so I told the class it was in May. This little girl stood up and said, "Hey! My birthday is in May, too!" She was SO happy to have her birthday in the same month as me. She got up, ran straight over to me, stood right in front of me and looked up into my face and said, "Miss Shari!!!! We could be twins!! Your birthday is in May....my birthday is in May! You have blue eyes.....I have blue eyes! You have blonde hair....I have blonde hair!" Then she just smiled so big and I smiled back as guided her back to her seat, She sat down and was so proud to be like me. It was funny and I loved that moment because well, my eyes are green and my hair is now half black and grey due to missing my last color appointment and never rescheduling. I would compare that moment to about 50 Facebook "Likes"......You know when you post a good status and all your friends "like' it and it makes you feel good for being so clever....or wait. was that just me? I thought several times last week that I would enjoy being a teacher for a first grade class......maybe kindergarten ....or maybe second grade. I love that age of kid. I had the privilege of spending a day with one of my favorite people who was the substitute teacher. She was Ian's first grade teacher so I have known her for what? 25 years.....she's long retired....but she still has it when working with those kids and I loved watching her. They were mesmerized and so was I. I'm learning a lot every day and having a great time. It's just a happy place. Both the boys had ball games. On Tuesday I watched Max play soccer. I sat with some parents that I hadn't talked to in awhile. They were the smart ones sitting in the shade. It was 100 degrees. It was nice sitting with some new people and gabbing about new things. It made the loss funner. On Thursday, Sam had his first football game. It was in a town an hour and a half away. I asked some fellow parents if I could ride with them. I don't think I have ever done that before but you know what? It was a fun road trip. We talked so much it didn't seem like we were in the car very long at all. Sam's team was amazing. They won 30-8. I was so proud of the teamwork! They just looked solid. You know? Most of those boys have been playing since 2nd grade and that game was the first game where it seemed like all those years just came together. It was so touching that I nearly cried. I did. I was busting with joy for them. This week they play a tough team. I will be out of town and will miss it. I'm a little disturbed about it. It almost makes me want to skip the festival we are going and stay home to watch them. I may just do that...but probably not. I'm not sure! That idea just occurred to me that it could be an option. Huh. I'll have to ponder it. I am looking forward to getting out of town. Aaron and I are going to a music festival in Oklahoma with Reggie and Emily and James. It's 4 days of camping and music and I hear they have Kayaks. It should be fun. We bought the tickets months ago and it is sold out. I'm sure no-one else wants to skip the first night to watch an 8th grade football game. Shoot. So this past week, we, also, went out for Drew's birthday. He's 14 now! His birthday dinner/night out was fun. I enjoy Aaron's family. They are fun to be around and I enjoy FUN! I learned that eating a chocolate brownie Sunday at 9 pm is probably not the best thing to do. It made my stomach feel crappy the whole next day. Being a 50 year old woman, I probably shouldn't eat those anymore anyway. I am about to make an overhaul on my diet....just tone it down a bit. After we get back from Oklahoma....I have a plan. I'm gonna make some changes that I have been planning for months. No lie. The satisfaction I feel from my life lately makes me feel strong and powerful. I know I can do anything I ser my mind on doing. Oh!! Probably the funnest thing that happened for me was yesterday......the whole day. The weather is beautiful. I've been wanting to clean Lola.....Someone emailed me and asked if I would like to sell her. I said NO but invited them to come have a look if they desired. They said they would love to look inside. I fretted about what a messy state she was in so yesterday, I got up and went outside and cleaned the camper. I turned on the radio and listened to the K-State game. I piddled around out there for hours and just had a great time.....then I cleaned my car which was a total disaster too. It took most of the day. After that, I came inside and tidied up and then Aaron and I went to town to meet Reggie and Emily for dinner and some trip planning. Reggie had invited a girl we went to school with and it was awesome talking with her! We all ended up at a bar with a band that was playing. I loved it because it was around 8 pm and it was packed.....not with young kids but with OLD people......older than me.....like we were the youngest people there. I would say we were at least 10 years younger than everyone there. These people were dancing their asses off and laughing and having the time of their lives. It was amazing to watch. Aaron said, "we should bring your mom here." and really we should. In all my nights out watching music....these people were having the most fun I have ever seen. It was amazing. At about 9:30, the music stopped and everyone just vanished....probably went home, crawled in bed and are now sitting in church feeling satisfied and fulfilled in their life. I love it. I am feeling satisfied and fulfilled in my life today. Not bored. Not searching for answers. Not looking elsewhere for validation. Just here......feeling happy and smiling. It's a great day!
Peace and Love to you!