Sunday, January 29, 2012

That Enchanting, Magnetic, Unusual, Wonderful Feeling

OK...so I set two of my good friends up on a blind date.  They have been chatting with each other for a week and set the dinner date for last night.  Up until 5 minutes before the date they had been texting me ALL THE TIME about each other and how excited and nervous they are.  They seem to get along perfectly (online).  So once we got into the hours of the date...no texts.  They were freakin' killing me!!!!  I would think if neither of them has stepped away from the table to head to the bathroom to text me everything was going well but damn....tell me something!!!

So they FINALLY decide to text me and once they started, they just kept going (and still are).  Both are so smitten with each other and are so excited for a second date.  My "male" friend is one of my best friends.  I actually dated him briefly when we met on match.com. This is the type of man you want in your life.  Sometimes I think he knows me better than I know myself.  He has been divorced for a long time and has raised his boys pretty much on his own.  He has had some extremely rough times in his life (times which I wouldn't wish upon my worst enemy) and he continues to hold his head high.  I try to get together with at least once a month so I can continue to build our wonderful friendship that has blossomed.

My "female" friend I met through David.  She was actually the maid-of-honor when he married his ex-wife.  I met her at Trish's funeral and we instantly became friends.  She is recently separated from a man that always made her feel second best.  She is ready to find the one that makes her feel special.  Honestly, I don't think she has ever felt beautiful.  She's turned out to be a great friend of mine and I know when we hang it's going to be a night full of smiles and laughs.

I wasn't concerned with having them meet because I knew that even if the connection wasn't there, they would both come out of it with a new friend.  But it was there.  They both had such incredible things to say about each other.  She says, "He is everything I expected and more."  He says, "She is freaking AMAZING"  I am in love with their feelings.  If you have never experienced the amazing first date feelings then you are truly missing out on something wonderful.  For me, it has only happened once in my life.  Talking for weeks before actually meeting and feeling like you have a connection with them already.  Then driving to the location for that first date and feeling anxious and excited and the heart is racing, but not feeling nervous.  Then you see the person and WOW you are instantly attracted to them.  Then you move onto the conversation and it's just all there.  Looking into each others eyes and thinking that you could stare into those eyes for the rest of your life.  It's a remarkable feeling...it's enchanting, magnetic, unusual and wonderful all rolled up into one.

These are memories that I hold so deep in my heart.  I hope my two friends can look back on last night and think the same exact thing.


~Jen

Friday, January 27, 2012

Girls Night Out!

UPDATE: We just had to purchase a new GPS system just to find our way to the strip club! Lol

This one should capture your attention!  LOL  I'm heading out tonight with one of my favorite girls and we are hitting the strip club!  LOL  The last time we went, I spent the entire night watching her expressions (well ALMOST the entire night).  It was a cross between being intrigued, shocked and disgusted all at the same time!!!!  LOL  This should be a blast!  I love my girls!!!!!!! I love my life!!!!

Pictures to follow ;)  Kidding

Here are the ONLY pics I can post from that night. LOL






~Jen

Monday, January 23, 2012

Missing

If you follow my blog you may notice that a post is missing this morning. I deleted it. I made a lot of assumptions in that post that after thinking about it, didn't feel right to me.

~Jen

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The 3 Ducks

Between the 2 of us, David and I have 3 kids.  This is going to be a hard post to get my point across in because I'm going to try and describe just how different each of them really are.  Not even close in personalities.

The oldest is Haley.  She is 11 1/2.  Gorgeous, thick, dark brown hair with brown eyes.  She is average in height and weight for her age.  She is an extremely well behaved girl.  Definitely no mistaking that she is her fathers daughter.  She is the mature one of the three.  She is much more mature for her age.  She is extremely responsible.  She usually does her chores without being asked twice and she is great with saving her money for things she wants to purchase. Some may not know this, but Haley's mother passed away about a year and a half ago.  Much too young.  Haley has endured the loss of her mother, like no other little girl.  Sad, but not depressed.  Cried, but was not hysterical.  She never lost focus that she would be ok and that she had to continue living.  She is definitely a daddy's girl.  In school she gets all A's and B's and was upset that she didn't make the honor roll the first marking period.  Parent/Teacher meetings for her are average...she's friendly and a good student.  She's not a fan of reading but let me tell you what she is into...sports.

Haley is the natural talent of all the 3.  Her big sport is softball.  She has made the all-star team every season and will be trying out for a team called Sunday Select on Monday.  This is the best of the best and is a traveling team.  She is good at basketball, gymnastics and field hockey.  She just has that natural talent...she must get that from her mother :)

Haley is our tomboy.  She HATES the color pink and refuses to wear it (right down to pink earrings).  She HATES dresses and skirts.  She purchases boys sneakers and almost always wears her hair in a ponytail.  Haley would like to be a Phillies ballgirl or a teacher when she grows up.





Brayton is our boy.  He is 11.  Dirty blonde hair and the most beautiful blue eyes.  He is my mini-me.  He is extremely thin and extremely short for his age.  He is always the smallest in his class.  He is in 5th grade but if you saw him, you would probably think more like 3rd grade.  I worry about him when he heads into middle school next year. 

Brayton is our smartie!  We have been told since he was in kindergarten that he is gifted.  He has a photographic memory.  He has been tested twice for the gifted program in Elementary School but didn't make it either time because of his lack of leadership qualities.  He is a definite follower and not a leader.  Bossy sometimes...but not a leader.  He has zero athletic ability.  He played soccer one season and watching him on the field was like dying a slow death.  It was painful.  He does play the violin and also plays in the chamber orchestra.

Brayton is a natural genius.  He does his homework in record time, he never asks questions in class, he never studies and all his tests come back with 100% and above.  He has always gotten straight A's.  He loves, loves, loves to read.  I have never seen a kid read so much.  The kindle or a book are always close by.  He loves to draw and is incredible at it.  He always writes stories or comics.  His imagination is like none I have ever seen before. Parent/Teacher conferences are always the same for him...he's a teachers dream student.  Brayton once said he would like to work at Subway when he grows up.  LOL.  We are banking on him to be our retirement.





Jillian!  HA!  Jillian is our 8 year old blonde haired, blue eyed whippersnapper.  She is small for her age in height and weight, but not like Brayton.  She is almost as tall as him.  As most of you know, Jillian is a brain cancer survivor.  She is our fighter, our miracle, our tough cookie.  She struggles in school.  She holds steady with mostly C's but it's a struggle to keep her there.  She wears hearing aids and is in speech therapy.  I often wonder what she would be like if she wasn't given so much chemo and radiation.  Would she be smarter than she is today?  Would she be better at sports?  All questions I will never have answered.

Jillian is the girlie, girl.  She loves having her hair done up, her nails painted, she would wear heals if I let her.  She has THE WORST fashion sense EVER!  lol.  I make sure I pick out her clothes in the morning because if I didn't, they would probably think she was blind also!  She is obsessed with wearing skinny jeans (this I know she gets from me).  She gives me attitude in the morning if I don't put her in them.  She loves purses, jewelry, headbands, shoes, earrings, blah, blah, blah...  Because of her brain surgery she does have coordination issues.  She tries very, very hard and has improved over the years.  She plays softball and does pretty darn good if you ask me :)

This is a girl that falls at least 3 times a day (trips or slips on something).  Stands up everytime and says "I'm OK."  She says the craziest things I have ever heard.  Just out of the blue, she will blurt something random out that makes no sense.  She really is funny.  Jillian will be the one that will sneak out of the house as a teenager.  NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!  This is totally her!!!!  She's going to be boy crazy also.  I can see it!!!!  She has an iPod and is attached to it.  She loves to text.

Jillian's parent/teacher conferences have been the same also...she is a funny girl and is doing great considering what she has been through but we need to make sure she doesn't fall behind.  When she grows up she would like to be a mom.




We have an athlete, a genius and well...Jillian, the smartass!  Each so different but they seem to get along great.  Rarely do we have to separate them.  I love each and every one of them and just can't even imagine my life without any of them in it.

Thank you, God for bringing these 3 children into my life.  Each is teaching me something new everyday.






~Jen

Thursday, January 19, 2012

R.I.P. Mittens

You lived a short life Mittens, the lizard. I can't say I will miss ya though. One lizard down...one to go.

~Jen

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Utley

I always get requests to post pictures of our English Bulldog, Utley.  So...here are some.  I don't have any handy from when he was a puppy, but I will get them up because they are just so stinkin' cute!






































~Jen