Near the end of June, we traveled to NYC to drop RJ off at his grandparents, but the main purpose of the trip was to attend my brother-in-law’s graduation from the New York City Police Academy. When I met him, he was 12 years old. Now, 12 years later, he has found his way to realizing his dream of becoming a police officer. I, also, love that he was able to go through this life changing experience with his best friend. As I told him, I’m happy he has someone so close who will understand the complexities of what he’s doing.
Though one of Hubby’s sisters is also a NYC officer and joined the force 12 years ago, I was not able to attend her graduation. So, the ceremony was a new experience for me. I will say it was really nice. The ceremony was held in a theater within Madison Square Garden. It began with two of the most moving videos I’ve ever seen. I mean I was almost ready to sign up for the next academy class. Ok not really, but they were extremely well done. The NYPD band performed covers before the ceremony. The bagpipe band performed during the ceremony and Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner O’Neill spoke. Also, because New York City is the melting pot, or salad bowl that it is, his class was extremely diverse, which was awesome! Shockingly, I did not cry, considering the fact that nearly ugly cried a few weeks earlier when my mother-in-law sent a picture of him in his uniform. I’m so happy we were able to share that day with him and our prayer is that he stays safe, does his part to keep the city safe and foster good relationships with the community he protects.
They were just pre-teens when I met the 3 of them!
Of course, there was a party!
Can you tell I’m a very proud big sister?!
I’ve been toying with the idea of blogging, for real, again for about a year. I have missed it and I’m at point in my life where I could use this outlet. I thought about changing the name and focus, but for now I’m good. I’m just going to jump back in and see where it leads. I did, however, do some sprucing up. ‘Cause, in all honesty, it was desperately needed. This space is where I’ve documented our lives for 9 years. I still want to do that, but also add a little more of the our city to the mix because it’s awesome! I’m excited and feel like I’m inspired to welcome you to my life…again.
I’ve always wanted to create a photo wall, but it became one more thing that I never seemed to get around to doing. This past Black Friday I braved the crowds and headed to Target. I found some cute picture frames on sale and snatched them up. Then… they sat in our guest bedroom for two months. This year I want to knock some of the projects on my running list of projects. So, when the mood hit me Saturday to complete the photo wall, I went all in.
We only have one 4×6 photo from our wedding up in our house and one 4×6 photo from our maternity shoot! RJ did a professional shoot for his 2nd birthday and those along with the rest of our maternity photos and the discs of wedding, RJ’s school pictures and the family shoot we did last fall are in a cabinet. Beautiful memories and a good chunk or change sitting in a dark cabinet. *I know, it’s a shame, don’t judge too harshly.*
So, I uploaded a several wedding and family pictures to a local shop to be printed and hit up Michael’s for a few more frames. *Once I saw the photos I was hiding in the cabinet, I realized I needed more frames.* When I had all the pieces I needed, I went to Pinterest for ideas and methods and got started.
First, I had to decide the layout for the pictures. I did so by placing the frames on the floor.
It’s almost April and this is the first post I’ve written all year! It’s not that I’m void of things I want to write about, it’s just that I’m void of motivation to actually type out those things. Real talk, for the last year or so I’ve only been renewing my hosting service in 3 month intervals and I usually don’t re-up until the day Bluehost says they’re going to shut it down! I’m just never sure if I want to keep it. Today was a re-up day and I extended the service for 6 months this time! Progress, right? This blog has been a digital recorder for my life. Before I started typing this post, I went through the few posts I made last year and was like, “Oh yeah, I remember that.” Maybe I’ll post more this year… However, we’re knocking on the 4th month of the year and this is my first post…..so….
As for what the guys and I have been up to last few months:
RJ is playing Coach Pitch A this season. It’s going well his team has won 2 of their 3 games. During the first game, a kid tagged him out at 3rd base and boy cried his eyes out! However, his next at bat he got a hit and his teammate batted him in to score a run. He was SO excited! He called me to the dugout and told me, “Mommy, I fan fast that time and they couldn’t catch me!!”
He really likes playing catcher even though he can barely walk in the gear.
I’ve signed RJ up for his first summer camp. He and I will attend a summer reading program. He will get a a jump start on reading before they really get into it in 4k and I’ll learn how to help him without tearing my hair out!
I attend my high school reunion last weekend. I didn’t decided to go until I woke up that morning, but I’m glad I did. Out of a class of about 60, I grew in the country in a very small school, 12 of us showed up, but we laughed so hard and had such a great time it didn’t matter.
We’re planning some mini vacations and trying to make a final decision on what we’re doing to RJ’s 5th birthday in November. I originally wanted to take him to Disney, then I thought Disney cruise, then I thought about a nice Caribbean trip. RJ is in an “afraid of bad guys, villains & witches” phase. So, I’m leery of spending lots of cash on Disney for him to turn around and have the breakdown he had a Legoland for his birthday. When we ask him, he goes back and forth between Chuck E Cheese and Grandma & Grandpa’s house (NYC). Listening to him would definitely save us A LOT of $$$.