I think it's been tough, harder than I can really say, to adjust to a new life. Even if we hadn't moved, I think I would still feel most of this, post most of these pictures.
Here goes --
I miss when my kids were happy just to go to the park for a couple of hours.
I miss having hand-me-down furniture that I had to fix once in awhile, and cheap Ikea lamps. And spending time with hubby before he left for his shift.
When my brothers and sisters were all getting married and there was a wedding every couple of years. This was at Craig and Becky's December wedding, waiting for the reception.
I miss picking up this angel from his crib, all warm and sweaty after a 3-hour nap.
When the kids played together, and with their little cousins (this is at Becky and Craig's, thanks Becky, haha)!
I miss when Dylan and I actually did something to celebrate our anniversary and weren't lame and much too busy. This is up at Whistler in August of 1921 or something.
I miss our cat having ridiculous amounts of beautiful sweet kittens, and watching them play on the deck. Outside kittens.
And our stick-dumb, loving-us-to-pieces dog, Cinder. Town is no life for a dog.
Fort building. Takes me back to my own childhood when forts were a major part of the fun we had. I can still pound in a nail like nothing.
I miss living close to the cousins. A brat-pack like this on the tear after a birthday party, fuelled by chips and sunshine. These are a few of my sister Carla and sister Laura's boys, plus Tonto.
A few blissful summer moments in the hammock. Also having a place to put a hammock. Also my Starbucks mug, which somehow was lost/stolen/given away the summer we moved.
First day of school pictures with kids actually smiling!! Yay, school can be fun.
Seeing my son looking like this when I look up from my desk. "Can I just play a bit longer, mom?"
Flowers!! Just a step or two out the front door.
And as you all know, my love affair with trees. I've really got to plant a few on this barren lot.
You know how the last picture looks enhanced? Maybe a touch of a filter? I kid you not, it's totally natural. Taken on my iPhone. There's the color green, folks, drink that in.
Quad trips!! Complete with mosquitos galore!!
Alright, so I don't miss this, at all. None of us do! Unless you were jumping in it or throwing it or tossing the cat in it (Dylan!!!), these huge dumps of snow weren't much fun at all.
It was great having that old red Chevy. I can't count the times we've needed a truck in the last 10 months. Plus it made cool sounds, rumbling and roaring down the driveway.
Well folks, I think that about does it for today. I'm trying hard to make memories here in Three Hills. Lately it seems I'm either working, or driving, or sitting in emerg with a sick kid, which isn't terribly fun. Things should get easier as the school year winds down and we all have more freedom.
Thanks for taking a short stroll down this mostly recent memory lane with me. Other people's pictures are pretty boring, I know, so if you made it this far, wow!!
I know looking back can be foolish sometimes and the memories seem brighter and more awesome than they actually were. It's just a thing I had to do today.