I had a great Saturday!…
I had a great day yesterday. I went shopping. Normally, I don’t like shopping. I really don’t. I have become much happier since internet shopping became available. I can get things I need without having to go out and shop! (I’m still waiting for the commissary and HEB to do online ordering and delivery of my groceries!) But yesterday, I went and I loved it!
My dear friend, Em and I went out of town and did some shopping. I had some birthday shopping to do for The Queen of Hearts and Em had something to return. I begged asked Em if she’d like to come down with me to make the whole shopping experience less painful and it was not only less painful, it was fun!
After having several days of cooler weather, it got pretty hot yesterday, so that part wasn’t fun (it is an “outdoor” mall) but the rest was great. I ended up getting some Christmas gifts as well as a birthday gift. Em and I had lunch at La Madeleine (what a yummy place!) and made a quick stop at Toys R Us back in our own town before we headed home.
It was so great to get out and spend those hours with Em. It was fun to get away from home (that mall is about 45 minutes away) get some shopping done, and enjoy kid-free time with a dear friend.
Not only was I able to get the birthday gift that I needed for The Queen of Hearts, I also purchased small Christmas gifts for all 3 girls and a larger gift for TheBoy. When I came home, I ordered another gift for The Queen of Hearts’ birthday from amazon (yay for procrastination! the price went down since I first looked at it!). I am feeling somewhat prepared right now, even though I’ve barely made a dent in the Christmas shopping and it’s already October! (well, practically!) More importantly, I am feeling refreshed after the time well spent with a very dear friend and, of course, the time away from home (even I appreciate that once in a while!)
Thank you, Em!!!!!
I got word that SoldierBoy was picked up for promotion (both by numbers and on the “by name” list) and will be promoted to SGT, effective 1 October. His pinning/ceremony will be on his birthday and Chief will be able to attend! How great is that?!
SoldierBoy is also seeing someone. He really, really likes her. He sent a picture and she is quite lovely to look at and he assures me that she is as nice as she is beautiful! (I’d love to share the picture with you, but I don’t feel it is my place to do that.)
It is interesting to me that with the last girl that he was seeing, even without meeting her, I had an uncomfortable feeling about her as soon as I heard of her. I initially brushed it off as “mommy anxiety” ~ you know that “no one is good enough for my son” thing… I knew that was silly and I set aside that nagging discomfort. Or I tried to, anyway. The mommy radar kept sending me negative feelings about that one, though. Those “bad vibes” never went away and in the end, sadly, I was right. She turned out to be quite a piece of work.
Not so, this time. When I first heard of her, I had a slight brush of mild anxiety. He’d broken up with the other girl not too terribly long ago and there was still a bit of that “no one is good enough for my son” thing… but to my surprise, it lasted all of 5 minutes! Suddenly, I felt very at peace about this one. After a few weeks, I still do. I hear in SoldierBoy’s voice and detect in his writing a peace and a joy that I’ve never heard before. I sense that she is everything he thinks she is. I have been praying for his future spouse for forever, but I’ve been praying a lot more over the last year or so. I wonder if those feelings (negative about the one, positive about this one) have anything to do with that. God knows I am anxious about my kids getting married, i.e. marrying good people, marrying Catholics (let’s face it, if you are on common ground in faith, everything else is that much easier) marrying some one nice, kind, loving, someone who is from a large family who will give me lots of grandkids 😀 and all the rest.
He has met her family and that seems to have been a great experience all around. Well, as he said, he “sort of” met her family… she comes from
“…a big, Mexican family, meaning that she has about 2,390,457,234,523,458,234,095 relatives … but I have met her parents and sisters [she has no brothers.]”
I love that! I love that she comes from a big family. He comes from a fairly large family… well, at least our immediate family, so they have that in common! (I wonder if she’s Catholic?)
He called her “the real deal” and said he wants Chief to meet her when he comes out! Wowsa!
Now I am not jumping the gun here. I am not suggesting that I can hear wedding bells, but you know… maybe I will soon. The very best part of it all is that he has met a very, very nice girl. After that last one, he needed to know that there are nice girls out there.