Here we all are in 2010 just before Trevor went into the Navy. Left to right – Steve, Trevor, Tucker, Lucy, Me and Kristie.
How would I describe myself? The first thing that comes to mind is that I am a mother. My daughter, Kristie, is 23 years old and has just graduated from college with a degree in Nutritional Science and Dietetics. My son, Trevor, is 21 and in the Navy. He is stationed in Virginia Beach, VA and has two more years to go before his four years in the Navy are up. He got married to Kylie, a hometown girl, just last year so now I have three great kids.
Kristie and I on her Graduation Day – May 5, 2012! She graduated from Michigan State University.
Kristie and Steve on Graduation Day!
Trevor and his best buddy, Tucker.
Trevor and Kylie (now married) at Mooville in Nashville, Michigan.
Kristie and Trevor at Mooville. I love having grown kids that still let me take them to the petting zoo!
Kristie and Trevor back in 2003 up at Lumberman’s Monument by Oscoda, Michigan. AWWWW!!! Look how cute they are! That seems like just yesterday. The backgrounds in the pictures look fake, but they are not. It really is that beautiful there!
The second thing that comes to mind when describing myself is that I am a wife. My husband Steve and I have been married for 25 years which I am very proud of. We are not perfect people or perfect parents, but we give it a good go and have done pretty well so far – even if I do say so myself. Two years ago we built our dream home out in the country. It’s pretty much still bare bones right now, but it’s still my dream home and will only get better over the years as we finish it bit by bit. There’s really no rush and finishing it together bit by bit is the fun part. Most of the time:)
Steve and I in Colorado.
Just the beginnings of the house in August 2009.
Here is our house in February 2010 when it was starting to look finished. On the outside, at least.
Here is a shot from the back.
What else describes me? Well, let’s see…. I love dogs! I love all dogs, but I especially love my two. Lucy is 8 years old and is a Cockapoo. Tucker is 5 years old and is a Pugapoo. They will probably show up quite a bit in my blogs because we are pretty much joined at the hips. They are both spoiled rotten and it is all my fault. Oh well!
Tucker, the Pugapoo.
Lucy, the Cockapoo.
Well, I think I’m just about done describing myself. The rest of the things I can think of are pretty generic. I love reading, cooking, camping, painting (pictures – not walls!), hunting though antique and thrift stores and watching movies. There are a ton of other things though that I think I might like if I tried them. Up until now, I have been so busy being a Mom, wife or employee that I haven’t really spent a lot of time doing other things. That is all about to change.
I recently lost my full time job because the company I worked for went out of business. I had mixed feelings when it happened. The first emotion was fear. What are we going to do without that paycheck? Where am I going to find another job at my age? Etc. Etc. The other emotion was giddiness! Although I really love and miss the people I worked with, I really really hated my job and was so relieved that I didn’t have to do it anymore. After many many discussions about what to do next, my husband and I decided that maybe losing my job was a blessing in disguise. We decided that me being unemployed will give us much more time to do the things we want to do. We obviously won’t have as much money as we did and will have to restructure the way we live, but we figure it will be a good trade off. The time we gain will be more valuable in terms of quality of life and will offset the struggle with the lower income. We hope. Obviously, I will be gaining more quality time than Steve will, so for that I would just like to express my extreme gratitude and undying love! Honestly, we will have to work out some kinks in the whole shifting of the household dynamics thing, but we will work it out as we go. The hope is that we’ll both be gaining something from this change in lifestyle. It will be an adventure.
Anyway, my plan is to fill my days exploring new things. I want to spend time doing things and creating things that will make this house a home. And now because of our lower budget, I will have to be thrifty in my endeavors. That’s OK because fortunately, my philosophy of life has always been that simple is better.
Simple is Better would have been a good name for my Blog, but I just checked and it was taken. I couldn’t believe how many of the names that I thought of were already taken. I ended up with Whimsy Gal (word play on whimsical) which I guess kind of matches up with what I want to do with this Blog. I guess you can say that I will be choosing topics and projects at my whimsy! I will be living my life on a whim! Sounds good to me. I’m looking forward to seeing where that will take me. I’m going to focus on things that spark my interest and along the way maybe develop some passions (or at least one or two) so that next time I sit down to describe myself, I will have more to talk about.
So here I go! Off to find myself! Better late than never:)
Well, my unemployed days filled with little adventures didn’t last as long as I’d hoped! Oh well, at least I had a whole year which is a lot more than a lot of people get. 🙂 I went back to work in April (2013). The good news is that I like my new job a million times more than my last one! I don’t dread going to work everyday, so that is a real gift.
Anyway, going back to work full time has really cut into my blogging! I don’t end up doing as many interesting things and I don’t have as much time to write, but I’m still going to try to keep this going because it is fun. My posts will just be fewer and farther between. It’s just going to take me longer to find myself now! 🙂