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Keep Calm and Carry On

How many of us have something in our house that says that? I have it in the hall, I also have it by my sink.

A reminder that I find myself needing lately. I hate not knowing what’s around the corner, and I feel like we are living day to day right now. It’s stressful, this whole idea of shaking things up. One second I get excited, the next second I want to curl in a ball in the corner.

Yesterday was hard. I felt like I couldn’t pull it together, and the dreary cold rainy weather didn’t help. Bedtime couldn’t come soon enough. Ever have those days. I was in bed with a book when I heard my husband come home and eat dinner at 9pm.

I have been feeling the pull of my camera again. To learn how to use it (I haven’t read the owners manual on my new one yet). I want to learn photoshop. I want to be able to do more than download pictures and load them on my computer. I want to play. I want to print off all the years of pictures when I stopped scrapbooking and scrapbook them. I want my kids to see their lives, and appreciate them now- not look back in 20 years and only then realize how fun it was.

I also have been keeping my eye on the big oil spill. Our annual Cousin Camp trip is coming up down on the Gulf. And while it is never a stress-free trip, simply getting us all there is always hard- looking back we always have such great memories.

I stumbled on the 2007 trip recently.

This picture of Blake at dusk makes my heart sing.  Seriously.  He is in his element.  He is the happiest when he is on this trip.  The warm waters of Port A, the surfing, his cousins…

Last year he got strep and was kicked off the plane as we left to go down.  Andy stayed behind with him and joined us later.  His depressions over missing part of that trip lasted all year.  I am not kidding.

These three boys love to hang, Max is only 3 months older than Blake

And Emma (below) is 6 months older than Austin.

Emma is the oldest Grandkid.  There are 9 all together.

I love this picture from the Tx state aquarium.  You can make out a few of the kids

Blake’s Flip on the left (that he left in the Detroit airport on the way home) Someone holding Alex or Cole, it’s hard to tell, Grace, Joey, Max, Austin

Austin, the first night we were there- when it is always hard to get them to come in

We always tie-dye shirts

And Glow sticks

And fishing, here is Grace and Uncle Jim

Looking at these pictures makes me feel better.

:)

Penny - What great memories these kids will have with their cousins. How wonderful. {{{Hugs}}} about your feelings of not knowing what is happening. I know I have had times of uncertainty and it’s hard. “This too Shall Pass”

Gretchen - keep calm and carry on is my mantra right now. I lost my husband almost 2 months ago, and that saying keeps things in perspective. Thank goodness for my kiddo, or there would be no motivation to get out of bed. the beach pictures are wonderful, and are always soothing!! glad you have a trip coming soon, it will be good for you!!

cathy - when do you want to learn your camera?

Tawni - Not knowing what’s around the corner or what’s ahead is so hard -I can honestly say that I know how you feel right now.

Seeing the pictures of the heach makes my heart ache…I hope your trip comes soon. It sounds like you all need it.

Tawni - Not knowing what’s around the corner or what’s ahead is so hard -I can honestly say that I know how you feel right now.

Seeing the pictures of the beach makes my heart ache…I hope your trip comes soon. It sounds like you all need it.

Ginky - Max and Blake look so much alike. Can’t wait to see a picture of them together this year to see how much they have grown.

Teri - We just got back from 5 days in Port A. We too had to pull kids from the water. Heck, we had to pull ourselves from the water. Have you guys done the USS Lexington?