TheLifeandTimesofaMom

Life and Times of a Mommy(:

Let’s Play Catch!

Catch up, that is… Sorry I missed my day yesterday! I was sick. I have no clue what happened. One minute I was sitting at my desk, joking around with one of the guys, and the next I’m speeding home as fast as I can trying not to pull over to get sick. It was crazy guys.. I was going to do a post but my oh so lovely computer wasn’t cooperating last night… I’m about to just throw the stupid thing out the window and call it good! But anyways. We are going to do two days today. So let’s get started, shall we?

Day Cinq (that’s five for those who don’t speak French!)

Yesterday’s day is something that you hope to do in your life. Since we’ve already covered school, and in case you guys didn’t know I would love to go back, we will go over something else. When I was younger, we went to a rodeo in Texas. Or I think it was a rodeo. Anyway, I told my dad that I was going to win the National Finals Rodeo in barrel racing in that arena. To this day, that is still something that I would like to accomplish!

Now, if you guys haven’t seen anyone barrel race before here is the first thing you should know: it’s on horse back. (Me? Talking about horses and my love for them? Crazy, I know.) There are three barrels set up in a triangle formation. You can either go to the left or right first. But, either way, you are timed. If you knock over a barrel, it adds a five second penalty. (Tip for beginners: DO NOT LEAN TOWARDS THE BARRELS YOU WILL FALL OFF. I personally never fell off but it was a close one.) The winning time, I think, is either 16 point something or 17 seconds flat. Doesn’t that sound fun?! No? Alrighty, it’s just me. Kay.

This is the pattern. they are obviously labeled wrong. The right start is on the left and the left start is on the right. If that makes sense...

This is the pattern. they are obviously labeled wrong. The right start is on the left and the left start is on the right. If that makes sense…

But  seriously guys, if you ever get the chance to run barrels or go watch someone run barrels, I highly suggest you go. It’s fun and you get an adrenaline rush just from watching! (I was looking up pictures to show you guys what the pattern looks like and ohmigosh!! It has me itching to be on a horse!! I’m about to go insane… Like literally. Pulling my hair out, running and scream down the street, buck naked. Well…maybe not that crazy…)

This, ladies and gents, is why you do not lean!!

This, ladies and gents, is why you do not lean!!

Day Six

Okay guys, we are going to get serious here for a minute. Today’s day is something that you never have to do. This one is going to be pretty serious. I hope I never have to bury a child.

Have you guys seen the movie Steel Magnolias? I don’t want to spoil the movie, but there is no way to not. Gah.. Okay. A mom has to bury her daughter. I’m not going to tell you who, (because, honestly, I don’t remember) or why, (again, I don’t remember) or when, just that she that she has to bury her daughter.  And let me tell you guys, I  cried. My. Freaking. Eyes. Out. At that movie. So, if you haven’t seen it, be prepared.

There are some lovely ladies in this movie!! You guys should really watch it if you haven't!!

There are some lovely ladies in this movie!! You guys should really watch it if you haven’t!!

That movie made me really think about something tragic like that. And now that I have kids, it really makes you think. And it scars the bajeesus out of me. You aren’t supposed to bury your children, they are supposed to bury you!

And since i was so mean and made you guys all sad and stuff here is a cute puppy giving you a high five!!

And since i was so mean and made you guys all sad and stuff here is a cute puppy giving you a high five!!

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Day 3

Day Three.

Today is our first rough day guys. Today’s truth is something you have to forgive yourself for. This one is a rough one. I try not to regret anything or have to forgive myself anything because everything has made me the person I am today. Everything has strengthened me to be the mom, wife, sister, daughter, sister- and daughter I am today.

This is Old Main. It's the oldest building on campus. It still has classes in it but not many. This is also the most famous building on campus.

This is Old Main. It’s the oldest building on campus. It still has classes in it but not many. This is also the most famous building on campus.

The only thing I need to forgive myself for is not finishing school. I was going to the University of Arkansas right after high school. I was a pre-vet major with a minor in equine (horse) science. I would have gone to school in state for four years. I would then have to go out of state for another four years to finish my degree. The starting annual salary for a veterinary, not specialized, is $30,000. As a single mom, that was the best thing I could ask for. But, second semester of school, I lost my enthusiasm. I didn’t get to be a normal college student. I had a baby to take care of, meaning I couldn’t go out every night, I couldn’t go party with my friends, I couldn’t do anything that I wanted to do. So, I just didn’t get up for class. I got up and took my baby to take care and then went back home and went back to bed. If I had gone to class like I was supposed to, I would be doing finals in my junior year. I would be graduating next May from my first four years of school.

I need to forgive myself for giving up. I need to smack myself in the face and say get over it. I need to put on my big girl panties and just get over it. I can’t change the past now, all I can do is work to better my future. The best laid plans can be ruined. That’s just a fact of life. I have had plans to go back to school to get different degrees and to just get my basics out of the way. But to go to school you have to have money. To have money, you have to have a job. Being a stay at home mom doesn’t get you any money. So, it’s just a matter of figuring out another alternative.

 

So guys, have you gone to school for anything? How did it go?

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