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Nov 28, 2011
Mayan and I did a little, very little, holiday shopping yesterday. Target and Barnes and Noble. I wasn’t shopping, I was company for Mayan. We shared some laughs and bought nothing.
As we entered Barnes and Noble a choir of carolers started singing. They were gathered in the middle of the store, dressed in traditional costumes such as this:
It was pretty. I should have stopped to take a picture, but Mayan was trying to be focused on the task at hand, so I just listened as we shopped. We were both startled by a woman in the next aisle complaining loudly that the caroling was inappropriate “it wasn’t even December yet!” and more. Seriously?? How Scrooge-y! Who cares? It was pleasant. How exactly does having an attitude help you? Does it make you happy?
I doubt it.
Maybe she wasn’t Christian? I don’t know. For Pete’s sake, I’m not Christian, but I wasn’t offended…I was happy to hear and see them. They made me smile. It seemed to us that this woman was the type of person that looks for things to be angry about. I just want to shake her and ask “why??” I didn’t say anything, I didn’t even see who was complaining, but her negative attitude bothered me for the rest of the day.
I’m feeling grumpy just thinking about her. Which leaves me in the position of complaining about the complainer. *sigh* A reminder, I guess, that negativity sticks. Even to those who encounter it in passing. So, can I end this mini-rant on a positive note?? I can’t really turn than moment into a positive, but:
Oh my! Thanksgiving!!
Mayan and I invited her (ex) step-mom to join us. The other kids (Rocket and Sissy) were spending the day with their dad’s family and M (step-mom) was going to spend the day alone. I’ve been there, it isn’t fun. The three of us ate our traditional (which isn’t so traditional, but it is delicious!) Thanksgiving dinner, shared some wine and had a few laughs. It was awesome. We had a great time! We feel blessed that M decided to join us. I feel blessed by the close relationship that Mayan and M have. It makes me happy. I would love it if the three of them (the kids and step-mom) could join us next year. I love to see all three kids together!
Nov 17, 2011
Mayan and her brother at his Super Bowl game last Sunday. His team won, they were undefeated for the season. I just love it when they get to see each other. It doesn’t happen often enough!
Jul 25, 2011
We’ve been busy, but there isn’t much to share. When Mayan moved out, my source for material disappeared!
Mayan feels like she doesn’t have any time, between her internship, her job and her last classes at school. In reality, she has been squeezing in a lot of summer fun. I have proof (the blonde is her roommate and one of her best friends, CW, their Facebook conversations are awesome. I should post some of them too!):
Party at the pool:
Going to a Rockies Game:
Clowning around on the 4th of July:
And my favorite one. It still makes me laugh!
They’ve done much more! They’ve been to more than one concert, they’ve spent the weekend partying in Denver, Mayan and Sarah have been keeping up with the boy’s baseball league among other things.
I wish that I was young again!
May 27, 2011
I’ve still been slowly scanning those old slides, even with a cool scanner, it is still a chore, but I am really enjoying some of the pictures that I’m finding!
This is a picture of my parents. My dad was a Marine stationed in Japan and mom joined him, leaving me and my brother in the care of their parents. Separately. I was with his parents, my brother was with her’s. This wasn’t for the weekend, mom moved there…we were too young to remember being abandoned!
In other news. Mayan has officially moved out and I am in the process of turning her room into a guest room. *sad face* She hasn’t been here as often as she was while she was in school. Even though she’s still in town, I miss her, but I’m also trying to learn to enjoy the quiet. I struggle with the letting go…which I assume all of you already knew!
May 16, 2011
Mayan’s brother, sister, (ex) step-mom, grandma and Lexie (Skye) all came up last Saturday to celebrate her graduation. It was nice to see them and spend time with them! We don’t get to do that nearly enough.
We took some pictures, but it was dusk, so most of the ones I took were blurry. I am hoping that Mayan’s non-mom’s pictures came out better. She promised that she would pass them along.
*drums fingers on the desk* …waiting…
It feels like both just yesterday and forever ago that she was this little girl:
So sweet and happy at her kindergarten graduation. With squeezable cheeks!
Here are a couple from Saturday:
Maybe she hasn’t lost those squeezable cheeks after all!
Apr 26, 2011
Okay, so I’ve said it before, and I hope you don’t hold it against me, but I’m not Christian. Despite this, Mayan and I usually have a little special dinner for Easter, just the two of us. This year Mayan’s little sister Sissy decided that she wanted to spend the day with us.
Things have been rough with the girl’s father recently. I’ve mentioned Mayan’s frustrations in the past, but his selfish behavior has exploded all over everyone he knows in recent weeks. I can’t go into details, but it isn’t good. Sissy needed a little vacation from all of that and we were more than happy to have her.
We met Mayan’s (ex)step-mom at the (approximate) half-way point between our homes and picked up Sissy Saturday afternoon. Their little brother, Rocket, was there too…12 years old and officially taller than Mayan. She is 5’7″, same as me. It is a little disconcerting. Where is the crazy little boy we knew so well??
Mayan took Sissy to the movies with a sorority sister and then they spent the night at the sorority house. I am sure that Sissy loved it! Then they came home and I made an Easter breakfast for them. It was a good day.
I bought Sissy a pre-made cinnamon roll, because Mayan and I are still avoiding wheat. We all indulged in sausages, bacon and eggs though! Yum.
I had offered our home as a refuge for the kids and I am very happy that Sissy felt comfortable taking a break with us. Rocket said that he wanted to come too, but he had sports obligations…hopefully soon! We miss him too!
Mar 24, 2011
1. Just one today. I was cleaning out my craft room this afternoon hoping to make it useful for stained glass work again soon when I found a notebook that I’d forgotten. After the accident, the students at Mayan’s high school signed banners and wrote supportive notes in this notebook. I have the banner folded up on a shelf and the notebook was with it.
I don’t remember ever reading through the notes, I suppose it was just too difficult at the time.
Despite the fact that the notes were sweet, beautiful and loving, reading through the messages was hard.
Through tears, lots of tears, I am grateful for these kids. They did make a difference.
Mar 23, 2011
Mayan’s Facebook status read:
At the Scottsdale Arts Festival wine tasting with my grandma — at Scottsdale Center For the Arts.
My first thought was “um, what?!”, and then I remembered that Mayan is indeed 21. In fact she isn’t that far from being 22. I guess I’m in denial!!
They had fun. I wish that I had been there!
Mar 22, 2011
Mayan’s last official Spring Break and she decided that she wanted to visit my parents who were spending some time in Arizona.
Since we used to live there, she has an attachment to the Phoenix area and spending time with my parents is something that she always loves to do! She was able to visit and spend time with the little girl who used to live across the street and her best friend forever, Katie as well as her Big Brothers Big Sisters sister Jen.
My mom sent me a couple pictures that I wanted to share:
Dad and Mayan
Mom and Mayan
Mayan with her "big sister" Jen
I might have another picture or two to share in the next few days.
The last time she was in Arizona was four years ago when I took her, along with Sunny and Mel, to Phoenix for Spring Break their senior year of high school. We had such a good time. I am forever grateful that we were able to spend that time together.
Feb 26, 2011
Things have been quiet around here. Which is good!
Mayan (Starr) is starting to make plans for graduation. I, on the other hand, remain convinced that she just started college and graduation should be at least two years from now!
I started getting farm fresh eggs as part of my ongoing efforts to clean up my diet. They are delivered to my front door and I like that because I am still lazy. Though they can be a little dirtier than store bought eggs! This photo, however, is not the norm.
Mayan and Lexie (Skye) are gearing up for a fundraising concert as a part of the non-profit that they started in Sunny’s name and memory. It is going to be a lot of fun…as well as quite loud! They are hoping to get a lot of the college students to come out and fill the venue. Two local-ish bands have agreed to play for them. The concert will feature Nautical Mile and T-Shirts 4 Tomorrow. Mayan is both really nervous and very excited about the event. Proceeds this year will be going to Vh1′s Save the Music.
The cats remain sweet and regularly in trouble!