Monday, May 7, 2012

Dad, Motherhood & everything else in between...

Hello dear friends! I know it's been a short while since I've last posted, and even though it has only been a few weeks - it feels like much longer! I guess because so many things are going on at the moment... Those of you who have been following my blog know that my father fell ill last fall, and things have been "different" since then. It's hard to imagine my dad in the current state that he is in, because I've always remembered him to be such a strong and resilient individual...



And lately I've been having these "dreams" about my dad, and truthfully, I'm a little frightened by them... Are these dreams "signs" of something "in particular" about to happen?!?! Maybe that's a little far fetched or melodramatic...but I can't help but think that way! Thinking about my dad growing up, ALWAYS brings a smile to my face. I can only hope that I can be as good as a role model to my children, as he was to me. Even as I write this, I tear up just thinking about the possible thought of losing him. So I'm going to move on to more cheerful thoughts. :) {the pic above is of my dad & I taken in 1980}!



So on another note, the other day, my boys were craving a banana split. After doing a little research, I came across this local Pharmacy Soda Shoppe that had some stellar ratings for their ice cream, shakes & malts. I can't tell you how much fun it was to sit in a quaint little shop like that in the middle of the city! It was like walking into a "time warp" of sorts! lol On the outside, you probably would drive right past it, but the minute you walk in, it feels like small town set in the "1950's" with a pharmacy on one side, and on soda shoppe on the other side! Anyway, my kids really enjoyed sharing this sweet treat on a very warm spring day. :)



As for me, well I probably could have done without all the sugar, but I caved in and had a coffee shake...YUM! :) Doesn't that look soooo good?!?! Let me tell you, it sure was! :) As I sat there watching my kids, I started thinking about how time is just going by so quickly! Just 6 years ago, my eldest was still in grade school. Here is a picture I found of us taken on Mother's Day 2006.



My eldest has always had the waviest hair, ever! He takes after both my dad and I in that department! :) Then as I started sifting through some more photos, I found one of my youngest child taken when he was just 4 days old! It's hard to imagine them being that small...I sometimes wish I could travel back in time to hold him when he was that little! Where did the time go?!?!



Nowadays, I have to catch my breath at times trying to keep up with both my teenager and preschooler! These guys sure keep me on my toes - but I do LOVE them very much! :) And even though they are 11 years apart, I'm lucky that these two dote on each other!



I suppose as another Mother's Day fast approaches, I often reflect on motherhood throughout the years. I can only hope that I'm doing a great job at it! :) Because any mom can tell you that being a parent is one of the toughest, yet most rewarding jobs out there! Speaking of Mother's Day, what do you all have planned next weekend? As for me, well next weekend we will be getting our NEW WINDOWS installed! Woohoo! More on that later! My hubby, kiddos and I have also been working on our yard trying to make our front and backyard decent! :) I'll be posting more about that too, so stay tuned. Until next time, I hope you all enjoy your day! And thank you for continuing to drop by my page to leave me your thoughts and comments, I always appreciate your visits!




Hugs,
Jessie




Linking up with Beverly's "Mother's Day" Pink Saturday @How Sweet the Sound

29 comments:

It's me said...

Hi darling...so sad your father is ill...too bad .....i hope everything will be allright with him......what a beautiful heartwarming post today...i enjoy it...take care of yourself.......love from me.....xxx..

d e l i g h t said...

Thoughtful and touching post. I am sorry about your father and hope the best for him. Glad you have something special to look forward to for Mother's Day and that the windows are perfect. Have a great day!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh Jessie,

I am sorry you are experiencing this. I love my Pop 12 years ago and it still seems like yesterday.

I hope your Dad pulls through. I will pray for him.

Your pictures are sweet and your family is beautiful.

Hang in there. May your dreams be peaceful going forward.

Blessings to you all.

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

It is so sad to see our parents decline in health. I'm sorry you have to see this happen to your dad.
Your boys are handsome! How fun to take them to such a yummy vintage ice cream shop.
Happy Mother's day to you!

~Shanon

Rachel Pallas said...

Your sons are precious! They grow up so fast! So sorry about your dad, im sure it must be tough. :(
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend my friend! xo Rachel

ps..congrats on new windows!! yay!!

June said...

Hi Jessie! I am so sorry to hear about your dad. It is so hard to see them when the aren't well and I pray your dad get betters and you can enjoy more time with him.
I loved seeing the pictures of your beautiful boys!!!! I loved the photo of you and your sweet infant resting.
So cute!
Boise has a wonderful soda fountain shoppe that I remember from growing up there and my mom taking us there. Now my daughter takes her own children there. I went with her one of the times I was visiting and I just love the atmosphere there. It has all of the old stools and wood counters as when I was a child.
have a wonderful week.
hugs from here...

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Thinking of your Dad--my Dad is also aging quickly (though he is not ill) and it is hard to watch. Those treats look unbelieveable! They almost look to pretty to eat!

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Oh Jessie,
I completely know how you are feeling about your Dad! I have dreams of my Dad a lot since he had his stroke and I my heart aches that he is thousands of miles away on a different continent! I found some photos of my Dad and I yesterday and it made me miss how it use to be!
On another note, your boys are so handsome!! They do grow so fast, don't they!
Hope you have a wonderful week my friend and call or e-mail me anytime you want to talk!!
Sincerely,
Melinda

POSY and CO. said...

Sending loads of love and best wishes to you and your Dad. I can so relate to where you are in your life. I, too, balance aging parents with the youthful energy of my teen. It overwhelms me at times. I just keep going and cherish each and every day with those I love. Hugs, Lisa

Tricia said...

Oh Jessie, I'm sorry to hear your dad still isn't doing well. Hopefully, his health will improve. What cute photos of your kids. I'll bet they loved your outing to the ice cream shop...yummy! Hope you have a good week :)

Lynn said...

Hi Jessie, I am so sorry about your dear dad, my dad had a bad stroke in Feb of this year so I know how you feel. You have an awesome family, such cute boys! May God Bless You and keep you close to his heart. Hugs, Lynn

xinex said...

Great family photos, Jessie! Sorry about your dad, I hope he gets better. Will say a prayer for him....Christine

Special 'K' said...

Hoping you Dad is feeling better real soon. How wonderful for these beautiful family moments. Thanks for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

I am sorry to hear that your father is not doing well. It is so very difficult when you see a decline in health with someone you love so much.These are not easy times. I send you a big hug today!

Your son's are handsome and loving.
Looking at those sweet faces will help during the tough times. (They have already brightened my day!)

A drugstore soda fountain is one of my favorite childhood memories. I could actually smell our old fountain as I read your post.

Happy Mother's Day, sweet Jessie!
~Lynne
w/L.

Pamela Bates of Mercantile Muse said...

J, i'm sure it's quite difficult with your dad ill. i do wish him the best. keep praying and keep focusing on the positive things. so glad you went to get ice cream with your guys. just love that shot of the two of them together. have a wonderful mother's day.

Ashley said...

Hello dear Jessie!! First off, thank you for leaving such a kind comment, I always enjoy visiting you here in the blogging world, you are too kind =) Second, I continue to pray for your dad! I wish you a lovely Mothers day full of warm wishes and peaceful memories with many new ones to come! Xo ~Ashley

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I am so sorry your father is ill. He sounds like a wonderful dad and I'm sure he appreciates you being there for him.
You are so right, time just seems to fly. Your sons are precious. I hope you enjoy a wonderful Mother's Day. XO

LV said...

When I lived in East Teas,we had a drug store hat had one of these old fashioned ice cream counters. We loved it and went every Saturday. Trust you father gets stronger real soon. You both take care.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful tribute. I am now your follower.

My PINK, enjoy your weekend and happy mother's day!

Tami Kenner said...

Hi Jessie..prayers for your dad.
The boys are beautiful and the ice cream shop had to be amazing!
Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Mother's Day..xo Tami

bohemiannie! art said...

All the best to you and your beautiful family. Peace.

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

I am sorry to hear about your Dad..I really love this post...your boys are so cute(don;t tell them I used the word cute)Keeping you in my thoughts,x0 Chrissy

The Old Dairy said...

What a wonderful post...Don't worry about the weird dreams just your mind working overtime....Take each day as it comes...Your sons are mighty handsome, I hope you had a wonderful Mothers Day
Blessings
Mandy

Katherines Corner said...

Lovely post, Prayers for your Father. I see you have been gone awhile again. Sending hugs!

Karen said...

I hope all is well with your dad. I am excited for you about your windows too. Hope to see pictures of them soon. God bless x

Tricia said...

Just wanted to say hi, Jessie. Hope you're doing well :)

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Katherines Corner said...

Beautiful post, sending hugs and prayers your way. Hoping your Father will be better soon. xo

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