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Monday, August 8, 2016

TO THE KINDER PARENTS.....

As I sit here on my 53rd birthday....
what (cough cough) 
as my brod in law would say,
my 30th anniversary of my 23rd birthday,
that sounds better, thanks Nonc Jay!
So I see on Facebook all the back to school pictures
I think of all the first time parents of Kindergarteners,
us having our own Bean starting on Wednesday....
Brought me back to a time back in the day....
When my own baby boy began Kinder.....
yep, I had gypsy who was 10 months
and I held her in my arms as he bravely kissed us
goodbye and climbed on the big yellow school bus 
for the very first time. My thoughts...
"OMG! He can't even see out the window, he is 
too small"
As I watched his little hand wave in the window that
showed only the top of his head.
As I turned so he could not see my tears,
my mind went to all the other things that had kept me
up at night....
"Who will show him where the bathroom is?"
"How will he know how to walk in a straight line
when for the last 5 years he has only held his 
Dad and I's and walked on our side?"
"Will he give trouble not to nap since he has
not napped since he was 4"
"How will he find his classroom?"
"What if he does not like the food?"
OH how our minds worry about our little ones
when they leave for the first time.
I am here to tell all you first time parents....
THEY WILL DO BETTER THAN YOU.
When I began school nursing and saw the process
teachers, paras and everyone go through to teach
the little ones the rules would have relieved all
those anxieties I remembered over 20 years before.
yet, even with all that being said,
you will worry, you will probably tear up...
you will think of them all day and wait
so anxiously for that same big yellow bus to bring them
home...
and you will be full of questions and the answer you will get?
I don't know or a shrug of the shoulders...
Happy first day to all you little ones,
and especially my favorite one, our Bean!
PS It DIDN'T GO AWAY IN THE 5 YEARS
BEFORE GYPSY BABY STARTED KINDER.....
SOOOOO beware... it will happen each time!

Friday, July 22, 2016

ITS A MISSION.....

It's fun now, that the two older grand girls 
can come and play together, but I still do enjoy
one on one time with each of them.
Yesterday I had Tuts and Bean.
Tuts cried for her Mommy and Bean
cried to sleep at Mummies....
They both got their wish...lol
So once we brought Tuts home and Bean and I
were waiting for Aunt Nan C we heard music....
ICE CREAM TRUCK MUSIC!!!
So I hurriedly ran inside for my wallet,
Bean didn't have her shoes on, cement was hot,
we missed the truck,
but to no avail, we saw the way it turned and
I decided...
WE are going to catch that truck,
my thoughts were, Beans feet will burn so I will
let her run in the grass while I walk quickly
around the block to catch the darn ice cream truck.
I said to the Bean,
" Give me your hand... we going to catch that truck"
And her memory must have gone back to Wednesdays
after school when she would come to the cottage
and we would walk the neighborhood for adventures....
As I hurriedly grabbed her hand,
wallet in hand,
"Give me your hand, we going to catch that truck,
her words...
"MUMSIE WHENEVER YOU SAY THAT,
I KNOW WE ABOUT TO GO ON A MISSION"
Ohhhh Be Still, My heart...
Memories with the grand girls, its what i live for!


Friday, July 15, 2016

My Godson becomes a Husband.

Today, this evening, in the beautiful state of Virginia,
my godson, Ricky, will become a husband,
to a wonderful woman he found while doing his Navy
life on Virginia Beach.
I am sad that I am not there yet I will be thinking
of them today and will be celebrating with them in a few
months when they come here to Louisiana.
 Above, gypsy baby and Rick at Lady of the Sea Easter
egg hunt. 
I always was afraid I just didn't do enough with him,
as I take this Nannie thing seriously.
Yet, If you ask him, he will brag about his Nannie.
He make me proud when I hear Nannie from him.
Having found the woman for him, One that will follow him
wherever his Navy career takes him and it is something
he has wanted for a long time, wanting to begin a life
with a wife at his side, hoping for children to call him DAd.

 ( he and his Mom and step Dad a few years ago)
His life along with his Mom's has not always been easy.
Before his step dad, Bryan came into the picture,
his Mom sometimes had three jobs so he could 
have all those extra things he needed,
biddy basketball weekends, Dixie youth baseball,
all stars he usually made, the shoes that he wanted
but really were costly for his Mom.
He never wanted for what he needed,
I tried to help when I could,
having him spend many days with me in the gyms 
because his Mom had to leave for work,
but she always made time for the games,
I don't think she missed many,
she has always been his biggest fan,
so proud of her baby boy no matter what he achieved.
Like all of us, he has not always made the smartest
decisions but has always learned from them.
His career in the Navy has found him finding
his place in the world, now with Sarah near him
he will soar. 
I love you Rick, will think of you all day
as you begin your life as a couple, no longer
just you to concern yourself with.
As I wrote to you in your love letter,
Words of wisdom for marriage bliss:

 1) NEVER FORGET THE LOVE YOU BOTH FEEL FOR EACH 
OTHER RIGHT NOW, IT WILL CARRY YOU TWO THROUGH
LOTS OF ROUGH SPOTS, AND THERE WILL BE
ROUGH SPOTS)
2) GIVING 50/50 IS NOT ENOUGH EACH MUST GIVE
100% FOR A HAPPY AND SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE.
3) WHEN YOU ARE WRONG, ADMIT IT,
WHEN YOU ARE RIGHT, SHUT UP! 
LOL
Love you my dear godson, I am so very proud of 
the man you have become.

Friday, July 8, 2016

History of my NO WHINING signs...

Way back when I was just an aunt Lil,
before being a Mumsie, I would tell my great nieces
and great nephews that there is no whining
at Aunt Lil's house. When I was a school nurse, 
I would tell the students, tell me what is wrong but
do not whine, use your words and I can help you.
So of course, when Bean came along,
I would say the same thing. While they lived with
us and the other grandparents while their home was
being built, the Bean was a tad dramatic....
sometimes whining for no reason any of us knew.
At that time, I had a sign in my house that said
"BECAUSE NICE MATTERS"
Because Bean was little and she could not read,
When she would begin whining I would point
to that sign and tell her,
"There is no whining at Mummies' house"
She totally believed in the sign.
She would rarely whine and when she did all I had 
to do was point to that red sign.
Then I moved to the cottage and the sign came along.
She would whine, I would point to sign and it 
would stop. If she whined at her house I would tease
her and tell her, I will make a sign for your house
and she would scream, "NONONONONONO"
Then a few months ago, shy of her 5th birthday,
she began to really want to read, every book I read
her I had to point to the words, she sounded out and
OH this MUmsie was oh so proud....
Until she began to call my bluff.
She came into the cottage and I saw her standing 
below the red sign and I see her mind turning,
I see her lil lips move
"Beee Cu......"
"MUMSIE, THAT SIGN DOES NOT SAY NO WHINING,
YOU LIED"
Uhhhhh  yeah, about that.....
i explain,
"Well you see, It says Because nice matters and in 
a way it means the same thing"
"No it does not" she exclaims.
And the very next day,
a new sign is made.....


I own one and now sell them for any of you who may need 
the same type of sign!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

THE BEST JOB I EVER HAD....

Most days I am in contact with my daughter in law, Kd,
at least once and I visit/babysit for her so I see how hard
she and BB work to raise three little girls that are
all close in age. Although, I would not want to go back
to that time period when my own babies were  young,
there are days I miss it, like a lot.
Because I was a darn good nurse, but I believe the best thing
I ever did was raising my children.
Looking back, I realize just how fast it passed
and how hard it was, but that it was the best job I
ever had, the most rewarding.
This morning while surfing Facebook and internet,
it is filled with drama and death right in our
own backyard, Baton Rouge,
and it has me wanting to, once again, to put
on my 'rose colored glasses'
Oh the world the struggles of todays world.
So with all of that jibberish,
let me share a funny story I keep thinking about
and laughing to myself as I recall a moment in time....
MY BABIES WERE OLD WHEN THEY STOPPED
SLEEPING IN MY BEDROOM.
BECAUSE THEIR DAD WORKED OFFSHORE AND
WORKED A LOT, THERE WERE MANY TIMES
IT WAS JUST I AND THE TWO YOUNGNESS'.
ONE NIGHT, I KNOW ROD WAS 7 BECAUSE
HE HAD HIS FIRST BROKEN COLLARBONE
FROM PLAYING FOOTBALL IN THE YARD.
HE, GYPSY BABY AND I WERE LAYING IN
MY WATERBED TALKING BUT AFTER SOME
TIME I WAS TIRED AND READY FOR SLEEP.
EACH TIME I WOULD TELL THEM 
QUIET, BB WOULD THINK OF SOMETHING HE
JUST HAD TO SAY. FINALLY I HAD ENOUGH
AND I MAKE THE VERY STERN REMARK,
"IF ONE OF YOU TALK AGAIN TONIGHT YOU ARE
BOTH GOING IN YOUR OWN BED"
OH GYPSY BABY WAS NOT TALKING AGAIN 
BECAUSE THE ONE THING SHE HATED WAS
SLEEPING ALONE. SO SHE QUIETED RIGHT AWAY.
YET, BABY BOY, HE HAD ONE MORE THING HE JUST 
HAD TO SHARE,
HE SITS UP, "MOM, ONE MORE THING...."
AND GYPSY HAD ENOUGH,
SHE POPPED HER LITTLE THREE YEAR OLD HEAD
UP, LOOKED HIM STRAIGHT IN THE EYES
WITH A FINGER SHAKING IN HIS FACE,
"RODDIE, IF YOU TALK ONE MORE TIME,
I AM GOING TO BREAK YOUR OTHER COLLARBONE!"
HAHAHA Can you see how she was even back then.
A fond memory I will remember forever.
Write down the little things your children do,
one day you will be glad you did.