Friday, July 2, 2010

Feelin' Better Friday Fragments

Mommy's Idea

I woke up this morning with a headache and stuffed up sinuses. I immediately realized what the problem was. I haven't participated in Friday Fragments in a while. All of the random thoughts must be backed up in my brain. No wonder I am not feeling 100% today! Please join me in thanking Mrs. 4444 for encouraging us to take all of those little bits and pieces of thoughts and assembling them into one post. Join in the fun and you will feel better too!

This has been an eventful week in our household. On Tuesday, my boy-o returned home from a trip to Germany, Switzerland and Austria. He and ten other classmates and five brave adults were gone for 8 days. He had a great time. We got a few facebook messages from him while he was gone which was a nice surprise.

On Thursday, boy-o celebrated his sixteenth birthday. Where has the time gone? Birthdays are not nearly as much fun as they used to be, however. I loved the days of birthday parties and the gifts that made him so excited (Red Sox tickets or a Gameboy). All he wanted was money this year and the birthday party went by the wayside a couple of years ago. Part of me would love to go back to the when he was younger. However, my cousin summed it up when she said that she misses her kids when they were younger but she wouldn't go back because there were some young adults that she would miss way too much. I feel the same way.

As of 4:30 pm, I am officially on vacation for a week. For the first time in several years, we are doing a staycation. We already had a nice cruise vacation so this time we are staying close by and doing some day trips. Even though we lived in Maine (AKA Vacationland), most of our day trips are planned for out of state. How ironic is that? Revised - my boss just told us that we are closing early today. The vacation begins at 3:00 pm!

My son got a package in the mail yesterday from a friend of his. They had a disagreement a short while ago and she wanted to apologize. She went out and bought a children's book called "Do you want to be my friend?" and made a few minor modifications. For example, she amended the back of the book where it said from ages 3 to 6 so it read from 3 to 16 and she circled the name of another book by the same author called "The Secret Birthday Message". Finally, she wrote a message on a blank page to ask forgiveness. She got his mailing address somehow and make sure that it would arrive on his birhtday. What a classy young lady and what a cool way to apologize.

That is is for today, folks. Happy Independence Day to my American readers! May sure you go check out Mrs. 4444 and the rest of the folks clearing out brain clutter today.


  1. Loved this post! It really made me think and I agree with so much of it. I miss my kids being younger and the birthday parties. All mine want is money too! Adorable story about the apology kids book...very creative girl. Thanks for stopping by my place as well! I appreciate that! Happy 4th to you and your family!

  2. I would love to have a week off at home. It always seems like we only take time off to go out of town.

    I can't believe my son is going to be five. I don't know what will happen when he hits 16! :)

    Have a great weekend!

  3. What a wonderful way to say your sorry! That young lady's parents have certainly done something right.

    Have a great weekend!

  4. My goodness I enjoyed this post! So glad you visited my blog today so I could find you! I WILL be back! My son, 20, has traveled internationally quite a bit (mission trips) and it's always a delightful surprise when we hear from him while he's abroad!

    That young lady sounds like a keeper! At least as a friend! Was he as touched as we all are?

  5. Oh how very sweet of that young lady! A very clever apology as well.
    Sounds like a wonderful trip! I'd love to take one, I've seen Austria but not Germany and Switzerland.
    Staycations are great! We used all hubby's leave for Christmas and when his Papa died, so we're taking advantage of long weekends to explore more of Texas while Uncle Sam has us here.

  6. I'm having four days off in a row...but I came home from work today early, because I am feeling quite under the weather. Dang!!!
    Stomach stuff and chills. Don't know what this is, I am also feeling really dehydrated. Okay...TMI
    That young lady sure does have class. It says a lot for your son and his choice of friends!
    Have a wonderful week off. (make sure you get some rest in there somewhere too!)

  7. So glad you're back to blogging!! Hooray for vacations! Mine starts 7:30am Monday!!!!! Were staying for my 2.5weeks off and doing day trips around here except for next weekend when I'm heading out of state to see family!! Love to stay home!!!!! Don't forget to tell us all about your day trips!

  8. You're funny. I hope the congestion is gone now :)

    Glad your son got back safely. I love the apology book; she sounds like a friend worth forgiving :)


  9. Have a fun vacation...enjoy every minute.
    Pray for good weather.