Kids and balance

With Taya heading into grade 12 time seems to be moving faster than it ever has before.  At a time where I wish it would just slow down.  Between Taya working as a lifeguard, hanging out with her friends, and driving to her BF’s house we hardly see her.  I really notice how little I see her when I go through the photos and she isn’t in them.  It makes me sad but happy at the same time that Matt and I have raised such a great kid who I believe is ready to take on the world.  I hope she knows that even though she is in far less photos then we would like that every time that shutter snaps close we are no doubt thinking about her!  Soon Taya will be learning how to live a balanced life without so much nagging from her parents……I think she is excited to figure it all out.  School, friends, family,and work.  It will be interesting to see how her priorities will change as she continues to grow.

I consider myself lucky to have met the love of my life so early in my life, had Taya while I was young and still get to have Tristan almost 5 years after Taya was born.  The time between the kids is so perfect for us.  Its neat to have him bringing up the rear.

On the weekend I went out sailing with my Dad, Matt and Tristan.  It was perfect weather even though the weather man was calling for crap.  The wind filled our sails nicely and the waves were gentle.  This was the first time that Tristan showed interest in learning to sail.  He took the tiller in his hand, found the wind and sailed us back to the marina with a huge smile on his face.  I always thought that it was such a gift that my Dad knew how to sail and that he was willing to show me and share his knowledge.  I hope that I can do the same for my kids and that they will want to learn.  I’m not sure that I would have ever tried sailing if my dad had never introduced me to it and if my mom had when so willing to give up every weekend to go sailing every summer for as long as I can remember.

What all of this boils down…Taya with her juggling work, friends, BF, and Family, Tristan with family, friends and sports, my parents with an apartment building, kids, grand kids, and friends, Matt and I with work, kids, parents, family and friends its all about balancing sometimes the scales tip too much one way but your family is always there to help get you back on track again.

I love my life!

Leslie
xo

My Dad and Tristan sailing the Chubby Bean

My Dad and Tristan sailing the Chubby Bean

 

 

One for the books!

What a perfect day!
For real it was just an amazing day.  The only thing that could have made it even better was if Taya had been with us.  Taya went to Wonderland with her friends today.  Its a little weird when your kid doesn’t need you to take them to an amusement park any more…either cause they can drive themselves or their friends can do the driving.

So our Taya Bean missed out sleeping on the boat last night and waking up to this annoying kid acting like a total nut sack on the dock at 6:30am.  We actually thought it was kinda funny and ended up falling back to sleep.  Got up did some running around and filled our cooler with goodies for the day!

Tristan got two runs in wakeboarding at Boarder Pass before the Chubby Bean set sail.  The lake was almost flat which is rare for Lake Erie, a nice mellow breeze that was perfect for our first time out.  Usually we get a little stressed the first few time out but not today!  My Dad and his friend couldn’t resist the call of the lake either.  They were on a 34+ C and C and even with very little wind the flew by us.  We ate our lunch and when we decided to head back to the dock the wind decided to die.  We took it as a sign to go jump in the lake.  Tristan, Matt and I cooled off and tried to push the boat since the wind refused to cooperate with us.  Haha if anyone noticed what we were doing I’m sure they had a good laugh.

Pulled into the dock a little to fast but Matt saved the bow from hitting the dock.  Docking is an art form I am still trying to master!  Once landed Tristan went back to Boarder Pass for another run.  A run that kicked some ass.  His confidence is growing every day!  After his run we ate dinner, did some “Mad Libs” (remember those?) and chilled.

Such a perfect day!
Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Leslie
xo

Aboard The Chubby Bean

Aboard The Chubby Bean

 

Woot Woo! I did on my own!!!!

Bojour my lil Luv Bugs!
Tonight I am so excited to tell you guys about something that makes me smile from ear to ear!

As I had told ya about 2 weeks ago, we puy our sail boat in the water.  Normally I don’t like to go out on the boat without doing a practice run with my Dad first, but I couldn’t take sitting on the dock for another day.  So I just said fuck it!!!!  Before I knew it I had let the lines off and was heading out into the lake all on my own.  It is much safer to have more then one person on the boat however I thought women have sailed across the world on their own so I could totally do this!

I didn’t even sail….I just motered out and threw the anchor out.  Let me tell you that there is nothing more cleansing then sitting on the boat with a good book a glass of cold lemonade, and the silence.  It was awesome.  I took a quick dip in the lake but didn’t stay in very long, its still a little chilly.  After I dried off I sent Matt a text to let him at working letting him know where I was just in case I ran into any problems.  20 min had past and Matt sent a text expressing his shock that I had gone out alone, then his next text was to warn me that there were tornado warnings.  After the last text I looked at the sky and it looked ok, I checked the VHS radio for the weather and didn’t hear any warnings but in the end decided it was best to head in.

I made back to the dock to find my mom waiting to catch my lines which totally made my first time ever docking the boat much easier!

I felt like the king of the world when I landed the boat into the dock!

Yaaaa Me!!
Leslie
xo

 

I wasn't totally alone! I had Dexter to keep me company!

I wasn’t totally alone!
I had Dexter to keep me company!

So My Husband Is Kinda AWESOME

Ahhhhh!
For real I have the most awesome husband in the world.
Not sure if you remember me mentioning that we have a sailboat…..a sailboat that Matt doesn’t exactly love.  Matt being the super awesome guy that he is knows how much I love that boat, decided to take care of one of they most annoying jobs to get the boat ready for the water.  He painted the bottom of the hull.  I came home from work to have lunch with him and this is what I came home to.

Most awesomeness Husband!

Matt is my perfect match.  He’s my best friend, my coach, my cheerleader, my own personal comedian, my GPS, the finder of my cell phone that seems to have legs of its own, my pillow at night, and he is the father of my 2 amazing kids.  Without boring you any further he is my everything.  Not every relationship is perfect.  We have had our fair share of ups and downs, but through it all we always had trust, love, passion and strength to get us through.  If you have those 4 ingredients in your relationship then you are no doubt in a pretty great relationship with a pretty awesome partner!

Have a good night everyone, and smile you survived yet another Monday!

 

Leslie
xo