Sunday, May 31, 2015

It's a Boy!

For those of you who are not Facebook friends of mine.....the 5 of you who just happen to read my blog because you have exceptionally good taste in reading material, our daughter and son-in-law had a beautiful baby boy!  Life is good!

Logan Archer was born on May 19, 2015 at 9:03 a.m. and weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz. and was 20 3/4 inches long.  Of course, he is beautiful!
Only days old here.....
12 days old and wide awake!

As far as babies go, he is a good one!  In my humble expert opinion.  It is such a treat to have a baby here in town.  I usually fly in for a week or more after a grand baby is born and help out a little and the next time I see the baby he (because so far they have all been a "he") is three months old, and they change a lot in those months!  I will be able to see Logan grow day by day, or at least week by week.

 With every baby born into our family I am reminded of my own experiences.  Things are the same as they were and yet so different.  That first baby is one of life's biggest adjustments, your life is never the same!  It is infinitely better and even though there may be times you think it is isn't!  Even junior high school and  high school.  I listen to moms now and think how nice it would have been to have the Internet when my kids were babies.  It would have been great to read what other mothers were experiencing.  It would have been nice to know I was not alone in the world with a crying baby and it would have been a great place to steal ideas.  Mothers today have such a vast wealth of information at their finger tips.  Man, I would have been such a great Mom with all of that information and just think of the audience I could have had for my blog where I shared all of my child raising expertise.  The world could have been a very different place.  Yea....right.

In other may have heard.... it rained in Houston and most of Texas this month....and forgot to stop.  Usually you can assume that all of my complaining about the weather is just a personal issue, not this time.  This time it was real.  We set a record for the rainiest month EVER in Texas.  Over 16 inches of rain fell in Sugar Land this month.  I'm not making this stuff up.  My weather obsession has gone from frustration to amazement.  We can tell little Logan that he was born in the rainiest month EVER in Texas.  That is something you put in the baby book.

A few years ago I noted the drought we were experiencing with some pictures of a "lake" I occasionally walk past.  I decided to check it out today to see the difference.  The pictures speak for themselves.  Yes, it has rained a lot and the drought is officially over.

The "lake" today, things are definitely lush, wet and green.
The same lake in May 2011

The same "lake" in September 2011
The sidewalk to......nowhere.  Underneath all that water is a tunnel to the other side....
Interesting month to say the least!  Hope you are dry wherever you are.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Waiting for Sunshine

Do you suffer from spring fever?  I've been trying to put my finger on what's been up with me for the last few weeks.  I've just been in a funk.  I thought it might be all the rain and humidity or the fact that I am in between big events and therefore in limbo twiddling my thumbs.  I'm not good in limbo or at the limbo for that matter.  I like spring or at least I thought I liked spring until we apparently moved to the tropical rain forest formerly known as Houston.  Everything is usually so pretty and green.  The flowers are all blooming.  The days are longer which gives us more outside time.  There is often a chance to sit outside on the patio and enjoy dinner or drinks or just read a book in the spring before it gets too hot.  Ideally, spring is all sunshine, warm breezes, flowers and fun.  So far...not so much.  Except for the flower part.  Ok, and lots of warm breezes.  Unfortunately, those breezes include 90-100% humidity, and are anything but refreshing!  At least my complexion is being moisturized.  So maybe I have one less wrinkle to go with my frizzy hair!

The lovely flowers all over Houston, covered with raindrops....
as Houston has been much of the spring.
Having lovely flowers all around not to mention the moisturized skin should be enough to keep my mood bright, right?  Wrong!   My English class  is out for the summer which is good and bad.  Good, because it was the end of the year and all of us were losing steam and ready for a break but bad because I now find myself with too much free time.  I would love to have too much free time.  Be careful what you wish for.  You may just find yourself stuck inside your now clean house with all of your laundry done, looking out at the rain and trying not to eat everything in sight.

Spring fever or spring funk is real.  I looked it up on the Internet.  Something about the long dark winter months using up our body's reserves of serotonin, the happiness hormone or nature's Prozac.  Plus serotonin requires sunlight to reproduce, that explains the lack of happiness lately... no sunlight!  The longer days of spring require a rise in hormone levels and this apparently puts a strain on our body and makes us tired.  I'm sure that is the problem, right?  Or is it just the rain, humidity, clouds and all that free time with no chance of playing golf?  Whatever it is, it has put me in a funk.  There are only so many hours I can spend in my house.

I was afraid I was just exaggerating the rain totals so I put on my weather nerd hat and checked the statistics.  Total rainfall in April was 9.7 inches in Sugar Land, normal is 3.3 inches. This made me even more depressed than I already was!  So far in May we have had over 5 inches.  That's it.....I'm moving to California!  Soon we will all have webbed feet to go with our wrinkle free skin.

What's an outdoor girl to do?  I've caught up on all the shows on my DVR, read, gone to more than my usual number of classes at the gym and done my share of economic stimulation at the mall. I've also sewn a crib skirt and valence for the nursery for "the reason all of us will be over the moon next week"!  We probably won't even notice the weather.  That's right!  By this time next week we will have a new grand baby!  If that doesn't change my funky mood nothing will!  I'll keep you posted on the ray of sunshine arriving next week!

Ready and waiting for our ray of sunshine!
I feel better already.  Think I'll go for a the rain.

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