...to let y'all know I'm still alive. My poor mom called me the other day just to make sure I was okay, because she hadn't heard from me for a few days and had noticed I hadn't blogged since last Monday - which of course makes me feel like a heel of a kid.
So anyway, I'm happy to report, I am alive and well, and the same can be said of the fiance and all five chilluns, largely. We're (knock on wood) so far doing okay at this blended family thing, of course the minor turf struggles for the boys and the minor stuff struggles for the girls, everybody's trying to figure out what's what and what goes where and it's working. Kids are all doing well in school, and enjoying it too - and while they're all there, Scott and I are finding some time to get away on the bike and so forth. We're getting a family portrait taken this week, so I'm excited for that. And the little things are making it even better - like Sunday morning when both sleepy-eyed boys were snuggled in bed between us, Hayley sitting on the bed beside me and Steph sprawled across our feet (Maddie was comatose still at that point) - it was just awesome and I couldn't imagine a more peaceful morning.
I'm even happier to report that I had a birthday that didn't suck this year. After the last several, I was beginning to lose faith; there was a stretch of 'em where I was lonely, and then one where I knew my marriage was ending, and then a confused and lost one, and now finally a good one again. It was wonderful to have Scott and the kids here to share this one with me, to feel like part of a complete family again, and it was gravy to have his Dad here in town and be able to take part in some gatherings of a whole new extended family that I felt very accepted and welcomed by. And it also didn't hurt that part of my birthday haul was a sparkly diamond solitaire necklace to go along with the rock on my hand. It's official, I pack more bling than I'm worth. I guess that means he loves me.
It annoys the crap out of me that the whole Bigfoot deal was just another hoax. One of these days I'd like to see something that proves my cynical ass wrong. Yeah, I'll keep holding my breath.
Anyhow, people, stay tuned... I may actually have something important to say one of these days. Keep holding your breath too. ;-)