Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mom Get Away

I packed my bag and ran away!

Well, Big Buckaroo kind of orchestrated it. We have a fabulous couple that lived on the mountain where we used to live who took us in and treated us like their own children. Our kids even call them Nana and Pa. Big Buckaroo said I needed a day off and he wanted some one-on-one time with the boys. So, I loaded up, headed to the mountain so that Nana and I could go shopping.

This is the last sight I saw as I was pulling out of our garage. The boys were cheering me on, I am not sure if they were cheering that they were going to go inside and wrestle with daddy or cheering that I would buy some nice presents for them.

I was not in any rush to get to the mountain and had all afternoon to stop in towns along the way. I got hungry and stopped for sushi, not something you get everyday in my part of the world. I was loving me some sushi rolls! I then headed in the direction of the mountain.

Nana and Pa were going to be at church all evening so I called up my dear, old friends from where I worked pre-Little Buckaroo so we could get together at my favorite Mexican restaurant off the mountain. Mary, Lana, and I were the Communications/Public Relations department for an international development not-for-profit organization. We were always up to something crazy and had many fun trips together. We had a wonderful time catching up with each others lives and it makes me miss our old mountain park and my friends there even more.

I then went back to Nana's and spent the night so that I would be well-rested for our marathon shopping trip. After a quick breakfast we headed to a large town to shop.

Here we are at the bottom of the mountain, not sure why I took this except that while on the mountain I did not appreciate the beauty of the area like I should have.

First stop.....

O.K., you know I could not go to a town and not check out the Goodwill. I only scored one thing, but you will not believe what I got....the Goodwill fairy was watching over me that day.

Look at how cute this purse is, and this is MY monogram!!!!!!! How often does that happen? It was a good sign that the day was going to be productive.

This is my old hutch before Hobby Lobby stop.....

and after. I scored some great handles that this old hutch has needed for about 3 years now. I know, I know, it just has not been a priority with moving to this park, birthing a baby, trying to sleep when possible, homeschooling a kid. I know, excuses, excuses, buy some handles already.

The Buckaroos called to check in and wanted to talk to Nana. Um, did they know I was gone? They did humor me and talked to me for a brief minute before asking for their Nana.
I found the greatest cowboy pajama's for the boys for Christmas Eve (one of our traditions) and many other wonderful gifts. But, most of all, I was able to spend some time with a lady that has always loved me unconditionally, shares her wisdom of wife and motherhood, and been there no matter what. I am so blessed to have her in my life.
Stop today and think about all the wonderful people God has put in your lives for whatever purpose or time that he has/had them there. Make sure they know how much you love and appreciate them, life is short.
The Park Wife


Flying Squirrel Fan said...

Made me miss the mountain and everyone too! Yeah I didnt appreciate that drive enough either! Miss ya!

Valarie Lea said...

Oh the goodwill fairy was looking after you!!!!

I need a shopping getaway like that. :)

Lisa said...

Oh that is just too neat. Your hubby letting you out of your cell, I mean house for the weekend. What I would like to know was the house when you returned home??? Very happy for you and your wonderful time.

OKGardners said...

What a nice post. You are truly blessed with nice friends from the "Mountain Days" it seems. That is nice.

We are planning to drive to Memphis for Christmas week, so we will pass by "The Mountain" on our trip.

Have fun as you plan more and more for your Christmas fun with your 3 men. BTW, I love your new purse!

Love, Betty in Oklahoma

Memaw's memories said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time. I know you missed the buckaroos, but it's always to have some girl time.

And that goodwill find. How lucky are you?