Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A little overwhelmed, but hangin' on...

I haven't blogged much lately, been working longer hours and the days just seem shorter.  October is always a busy month for me, as my youngest daughter's birthday is this month, and we usually have both a big Halloween party that I spend weeks getting ready for and her birthday party, which has been a sleepover up until this year.

This year things are a little different and I'm trying not to let it get me down.  If you've read my blog before, you know my oldest daughter is away at college now, things are much more quiet around the house, and I am really seeing how much I counted on her to help, with driving my youngest around and helping me with errands.  I really miss her too.  She used to come "hang out" with me in my bed before I went to sleep at night or we'd watch our favorite shows together.  I think we're pretty close, and I miss the day to day interaction I had with her.  The good part is, the girls aren't fighting for my time, or my bed space.  I always insisted there was room for both, but it usually wound up that one of them would bail to their own room or the living room.  I can't wait until Thanksgiving when my daughter will be home for the weekend and the three of us can hang out in my room, or in front of the fire, even if it's just for a couple hours.

My "little" one, who turns 14 next week, wants a boy/girl party this year, I'm not sure how I feel about this, but I've agreed to it, so I guess we'll see how it goes...

My Halloween decorations are still boxed, sitting against the wall in my dining room, it's usually a full weekend project to get them all up, I'm finding myself a little less than motivated to get started.  I guess it's the thought that this year, the house may not be full of kids in costumes like it has for so many years prior.  The kids are growing up, and life is changing, it can be a little overwhelming, but I'm determined not to let it get the best of me.

My budget is tighter than it's ever been, so it will be a challenge this holiday season to keep up all the traditions we are used to.  I'm looking for new ways to decorate that use items I can craft for little or no money, or ways to repurpose things I already have.

Memories of Halloween's past - My girls in two of my favorite handmade costumes.

I'm going to keep my chin up and look for the positive in this ever-changing life.  Please share your thoughts on ways your life may have changed recently and how you've adapted.

Happy Thoughts,


  1. Wow...I enjoyed reading that your little girl will have both a birthday and Holloween party. I wish I could bring my daughter to them both, as my daughter would love it.

    But my life changed when my son left and went to California. He is now in college, and I miss him dearly. He was here in Florida for Christmas 2008. Seems like yesterday, but as you know, time moves too fast.

    I wish your daughter a very happy birthday, and I hope her and her friends enjoy her Holloween bash.

    I look forward to future entries.

  2. Hi Lisa,
    Great post and I really enjoyed the post about friends - you've inspired me to let my friends know that I value them.

    I too, am in a huge transition time right now - taking time for my elderly lady neighbor, and my neighbor about to have twins makes me feel good so I'm doin that to cope with my own blues. Then I stop in at my favorite thrift shops and the dollar store. That always works.

    I'm following you so you have a new friend - talk to you soon and take care -



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