Its not an uncommon feeling for me to doubt myself and the decisions I make. This is definitely one of those times. I know I am not artistic but I was hoping for a little creativity when it came to doing the rocks. Only after painting almost all the rocks we had chosen did I realize that painting them all white was a great way to really leave my options open. I glued googly eyes on some and used sparkly red and blue stars on others. I was hoping inspiration would strike and that I would make something really creative but frustration and 3 kids took over. I am happy that this one is done! Now I will type up some little notes to attach (because my handwriting is not that great) and tomorrow I will leave them around town while toting my three darlings. We will hit the gazebo and a couple of playgrounds and I will be getting both a workout and an exercise in patience. I will also be picking up some kind of bribery (M&Ms and Mini Oreos are kid favorites) to get the kids moving.
We had my husband's brother and Aunt come into town yesterday and I loved it! Even though I have not been feeling well the last couple of weeks, I just really enjoy being around family. Tim's Aunt Jennifer is an amazing woman who is smart and funny and seemed to love us right away. I found it very easy to talk with her and, even though she hasn't been around Tim, his brothers and dad in 20 years, she still knows them so well and I felt like I had an instant ally. It reinforced how amazing people are and how establishing a connection with people is so important. Sitting on the porch yesterday and catching up and hearing stories of the Carrs as boys and watching our kids play was just wonderful. I felt so lucky to have had that time with Jennifer and John and definitely want to make a habit out of visiting with loved ones. In this day and age it is so easy to "connect" with people on Facebook and texting and e-mail and never really get that face to face contact that humans need. I was reading an article recently that said that people aren't using handwriting much and that writing exercises a different part of our brain than typing. I feel that's the same with our relationships. If the only contact you have is electronic, you aren't getting the same benefits as you would from a phone call or visit. If we could all make an effort to call or set up a dinner the next time we think of a loved one, then I think we might find ourselves a little happier and a little more connected!