HI THERE! Apparently, I’ve been on an extended vacation from my blog since April! I didn’t realize it had been five months until yesterday when I was searching the site for a recipe!
I’m going to try to bring you up to speed and then go into a little more detail about the fun stuff we’ve encountered over the last five months!
April and May were basically a blur. I spent a lot of time planning for our Disney trip and try to lose the last bit of weight I wanted to lose before leaving on vacation (this was a fail by 9 lbs. by the way, but more on that later). The girls made it through another year of school and the youngest graduated to the high school! Incomprehensible to me, but true all the same.
In early June, we all drove home to Maryland to visit family and friends and to drop the kids off at their dad’s in Virginia, which we did casually and quickly from the back of a limousine! Originally, my plan had been to drink some wine, ride through D.C. and take copious amounts of photographs during the ride, but plans have a way of going awry and none of that even came close to happening.
We wound up riding to Virginia to drop the girls off after having lunch with my best friend and her family (the same BF that I went to Tennessee to be with in the last post). To allow for more girl time and catching up, we invited her and her daughter to ride with us, which they happily did. It was nice to hang out – always is, but all the plans that I’d made were then null and void.
Also during our trip we stopped by the church where I used to work as a nursery school teaching assistant. We showed up unannounced and that’s always fun, I love surprising people! It was so good to see my former boss and co-workers. I really miss some of them. Even though I only worked there a couple years and my boss was only my boss for a year of those two, she became a friend, a confidant and a huge influence on me. She became someone that I admire and greatly respect.
Before we left the church, I was standing outside my car talking to a friend/ex-co-worker of mine when a man and two women exited the building. I took a double take and immediately recognized the man. I said to my friend, “I know that guy! He’s on one of my favorite TV shows!” To make sure I wasn’t losing my mind cuz I was really excited about seeing him, I facebooked him and asked if it was indeed him. Lo and behold it was! And then, I was even more excited that he answered me! And just to let you all know, I’m not easily star struck – at all. The only other person I was even partially excited about seeing was a woman from the T.V. show “Starting Over”, Andy Paige and I saw her in a casino in Atlantic City, NJ! I never approach them, but I sure do recognize them! Here’s my excited – albeit short – exchange!
Now, if you know anything about me, you know I just LOVE Hoarders! And one of the reasons is Matt Paxton! Just watch THIS and you’ll see why! I didn’t realize this but apart from “Hoarders”, he also works with people in downsizing and estate planning, which is a fantastic service, especially for the elderly. I wish I had known about this before my mother decided to give – slash – throw away half of the things she ever owned. If you’re interested in reading more, here’s a link – Legacy Navigator. I only found this info because I’m nosey like that…
July was my birthday month and also finally, our summer vacation! The one that I overplanned and had HUGE expectations for! I’ll post more about our vacation in a new post! Thanks for reading and sticking around, I should be around more myself now! Hope everyone has a great Monday!