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Chicky’s Magical Birthday

Today, Chicky turns the big 22.

It’s her magic birthday because today is January 22nd.

I’ve always heard that when your number birthday matches the day of your birth month, it’s MAGIC.

Time will tell for my girl.

All I know is that from the moment I found out I was pregnant with her, my life was magically transformed.

Preparations were made for the day she would arrive…

The tiny, one-bedroom apartment made things a bit cozy.  I didn’t mind.  She was my first, and I wanted her close to me.

Life was good in the delivery room…after I got my epidural…

Those are what we called corded phones…back in the day.

After a lot of hours of labor…a bit of pain…a couple of unexpected observers (EMT trainees…totally embarrassing at the time but I was too young to know that I could politely refuse)…Chicky was born.

Please note that yes, I am posting my face, but I do not fear because that is the look of LABOR.  I totally look different now.

Also note Chicky’s adoring look of love as she gazes upon my face for the first time.

She knew which side her bread was buttered…or where the moo moo juice was coming from, if you get my drift.

😀

Chicky was weighed and measured and scored a perfect ten on the Apgar test.  She was a beauty from the get-go…

We took her home where we did a lot of this…

And this…

Those long nights left us sleep-deprived, let me tell you, and we caught our Zzzz’s whenever and where ever we could.

Ahhh…the magic of sleepiness, eh?

Chicky did a lot of sleeping on her own too…

Boy, did she love that swing.  It wasn’t fancy because we didn’t have money for the plug-in kind.  We had to carefully and slowly wind that sucker up when it stopped rocking so as to leave her sound asleep without startling her.

She slept a lot during her first trip to the beach.  What a good baby.

We had fun dressing her up for Easter.  She doesn’t look thrilled, does she.  We were, though, as new parents should be!

She was quite the character from the get-go.  Look at that mischievous grin…

Bath time was always fun.  She loved water from the beginning.

Truth be told, she was probably peeing in the water as I was taking that picture.  That’s her potty look.

I do hope she’s managed to outgrow that little habit…

heehee

Chicky was always getting into stuff.  Can you see her looking around for the next thing to put her hands on?  Hmmm…now that I think about it, she may be eying my big behind with the express desire for me to move it.

Trying to select a sampling of pictures to represent my precious girl’s early life was, quite honestly, too big a task for this tired teacher.

It was fun, though, as I relieved each of those moments…precious in their own way.

I became Chicky’s mom at the tender age of 21 (nearly 22), and I can’t really remember my life before becoming a mother.

That’s the magic of motherhood and why I celebrate Chicky’s birthday.

And for you, Chicky, a special message…

I pray that this is your best year yet…that is becomes that magical year we’ve talked about.

You’ve graduated from college and gotten yourself a real job.  You’re on track for a fabulous career.

You have wonderful friends and a life that is centered on the Lord.

You have a family who loves you more than you will ever know or understand…people who will never leave your side.

I pray that you enjoy this time of your life…a transitional time when you discover who you are as an adult.

I pray that you find your soul mate…someone who loves Christ and wants to serve Him in the same way that you do.

I pray that your knee heals better than new and that you continue to pursue your dreams…dreams you harbor deep in your heart and as you’re counting sheep each night.

I love you so much, through thick and thin.

As I used to sing to you before you went to bed…

I love you forever,
I’ll like you for always.
As long as I’m living,
My baby you’ll be.

You are precious…a gift that I treasure every day.

Love,

Mama ♥

Bowling My Way Through the Hodgepodge

It’s hard to believe that we’re on the other side of January, eh?  I can’t say I’m unhappy about that with the coldddd weather we’ve had of late.  Brrr…Florida shouldn’t get down into the 20’s!!  I love Joyce’s questions today.  Play along and link back up with her!

1.  It was decided on Sunday the Denver Broncos will meet the Seattle Seahawks in this year’s  Superbowl. So when was the last time you bowled? Not where you thought this question was going is it?  Do you like to bowl? Are you any good?

I do, actually, enjoy bowling, although I cannot remember, exactly, when I last bowled. I know it’s been a few years.  As with any sport, I pretty much stink.  Coordination, unless knitting needles and yarn are involved, just doesn’t seem to be my thing.  Still, I do like to have fun trying!

2.  Should sports stars be role models?

I don’t know if they should be role models, but they most definitely are because of the glorified status that the public has bestowed upon them thanks to outrageous salaries.

Now, I’m all about celebrating a person’s talents, don’t get me wrong, having reared a spectacular athlete (my Chicky).  And yes, she’s a role model simply because she’s on a field of play, with everyone watching her.

Thus it is, athletes naturally become role models the moment they step into an arena of any sort.  Let’s pray that they are good examples…unlike “certain” people…or rather a “person” who wasn’t a good role model last weekend.

*ahem*

3.  January is National Oatmeal month…are you a fan? How do you like your oats?

I love the old fashioned oatmeal where it has to cook for ten minutes.  I like to put brown sugar on it.  Yum!

4.  What is one book on your reading list for 2014?

Just one, Joyce?  Really?  I am a high school reading teacher!!  I have LOTS of books on my to-read list.  With that said, Neal Shusterman’s fourth book in the Unwind series comes out this summer.  Its title is Undivided, and I can hardly wait!

Hollow City, the sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Griggs, also comes out soon.  The first was a quirky book but strangely addicting.  A movie is being made of it.

I’ve got a lot of other young adult books that I want to read in keeping up with my students.  I’m currently reading the I am Number 4 series.

5.  What would you like your future self to say to your present self?

You were more of an effective teacher than you realized.  I am constantly doubting myself…holding myself up in comparison to other teachers.  I’d like to think that my future self would tell my present self that the worrying was for naught.

6.  When scrolling through the TV guide, what is one movie title that makes you want to stop, grab the popcorn, and watch for a while?

The first movie that came to mind was Gladiator.  What a moving story with an ending that makes me cry Every.  Time.  I.  Watch.

7.  What are two style trends you hope never come back into fashion?

I would be happy never to see high-waist pants and parachute pants come back into fashion.  Blech.

8.  My Random Thought

Yesterday, I attended a breakfast sponsored by the group that will be hosting our annual reading conference.  I was pleasantly surprised when I won a door prize…two brand new books for my classroom!!  I can’t wait to read the one on the left.  The book jacket painted a suspenseful story!!

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