“Family-Like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions,
Yet our roots remain as one.”
I would like to introduce into this big, beautiful, crazy, wonderful world my second great-nephew, Carson Remington Mitchell. He weighs only 4 pounds, 3 ounces. All the tubes are to help him breathe, but otherwise he is doing well, as is his mother. This is my oldest nephew’s son. I can’t believe I’m old enough now to be a great/grand-aunt. It seems like only last year all my kids and my nieces and nephews were little ones. I know I’m not that old but I just can’t believe how time has flown. Carson is our second preemie in the family, my son Sean being the first. How well I remember those tubes and the days it took him to grow stronger. And now, my son is almost 6 feet tall and still growing. He’ll be 18 in October and graduating high school in a little over a year. I swear, there are some days I feel so old, and then days like today when I look in the mirror and wonder how old I look to others because I don’t look all that old to myself. The joys of life!
I’m sorry for the radio silence on the blog for the last couple of days. I had meant to get something posted yesterday but I had to put everything on hold due to a health issue that popped up and I just decided to take it easy for the rest of the day. I basically overdid some exercising yesterday, then I got busy and forgot to eat lunch. This little fact normally isn’t a big deal. I can skip a meal without any problems usually. Yesterday, though, was too much stress on my body with too little food and I ended up having a pretty severe low blood sugar attack. I hate those. I don’t have them often, thank goodness, but I do make sure to keep the right kinds of food on hand to get me through one. So, I spent the night in bed watching After Earth (that was such a great movie) and The Family (not so sure about this one-I think I was starting to drowse off during it so I may have to watch it again) and I rested and woke up at 3am and wondered why the heck I was awake, especially since I had been having such a great dream! Darn it!
I’m back to normal today, although I did take the day off. Actually, I spent the day cleaning and trying to get caught up with laundry because my niece and her best friend are coming down from Denton, Texas for the weekend. They are going to the University of North Texas there. I think my niece has changed her major to ecology now. She was going to be a drama teacher but now, I have no idea what she plans on doing. But that’s the beauty of college. You can find yourself and figure out what you want to do with your life.
I love my family. I love being an aunt, I love being a mom, and I love being around my nieces and nephews and my kids. It brings me such great happiness. I don’t know what I’d do without all of them. I may not be able to be around my nieces and nephews all the time but I love it when I get to see them. I love when they text or call and ask if they can come stay with me. We drop everything here and spend as much time as we can with them. We’re the type of family who believe in quality time, not quantity. I treasure that time and I hope it’s something I’m passing on to all of them. I want them to be able to look back at this time in their lives and say, “Remember when we were at Aunt Jesi’s that time?” And I love that my niece, Emerald (she was named after my birthstone), loves to bring her best friend, Emelyne, with her when she comes. After being the only female in a house of males, I love having girl time! And I’m happy that they enjoy coming to my house. That’s what aunts are for, right?