Sunday, July 20, 2008

Kids, Puppies, Hotdogs, and Birthday Presents

Yesterday we celebrated two birthdays. My granddaughter, Karly, turned three on July 1. My grandson, Kyler, turns two tomorrow. With birthdays in the same month, I fear they will suffer the same fate as my two children, who with August birthdays a week apart, always shared the spotlight. Funny how my daughter has chosen to do the same thing.

It was a great day, even with its oddities.

The birthday party, a cookout, was held at their grandfather's house, my ex's. I'd not been there in in years, of course. And my parents were also invited. They made the three hour trek down from Ohio to take in the festivities. Several of the ex's family were present, who I'd also not seen in years. It was a little weird and strange but in the end, it was a good day. There were tons of kids everywhere, playing in the pool and jumping ball house thing, and running with dogs and puppies. Everyone got along, which was great--including the adults. :)

I did experience a rather eerie sense of deja vu while driving to the party. I'd traveled those country roads hundreds of times the 17 years the ex and I were married. Interesting that as I drove, I instinctively slowed down for that bump still in the road, a pothole in the curve, and somehow remembered every subtle bump and slant along the way. I guess some things that have repetitively worked themselves into your habits, die hard.

But great fun was to be had by all and as my parents left for their long drive back home, they both exclaimed, "It was a good day."

Here are a few random pics from my day. All of my grandchildren plus one of my dad and son. The puppy is Katie and belongs to the grandkids.




7 comments:

Tracy Preston - Romance Writer said...

Oh Maddie... You had every right in the world to call them beautiful kids. They're gorgeous!! Looks like you had a great time. Kudos to you... :o)

Hugs Doll,
Tracy P.

Maddie James said...

Thanks, Tracy! Well, you get certain rights when you are a grandma. LOL How are you doing, sweetie? Busy writing away, I'm sure. When is the release? Do you have a date yet?

maddie

Renee DeMarcus said...

Hi Maddie!

Wow, they are so cute! How nice that you get along with your ex, a feat few can manage. And I love the previous blog about your hospital trip (and i do mean trip!)
Renee

Renee DeMarcus said...

Oops, I forgot to say hi to Tracy. Hi Tracy!

I read an excerpt from your book on your website. It sounds so delicious! I love pirate stories. I actually tried my best to get my husband to wear a pirate costume to a Halloween party this year. He would not cooperate, stubborn man. We went as an eighties couple, which turned out to be surprisingly fun. But I am still working on the pirate theme thing for next year. :)

I can't wait to read your book!
Renee

Maddie James said...

Renee...ah yes...that was quite a trip. I asked my friend if when driving me home, was I awake or asleep and she said, "well, your eyes were closed so I guess you were asleep." Funny though, I had this picture of myself in my head, eyes open with a flat stare, like some junkie in a 70's drug flick..."

maddie

Tracy Preston - Romance Writer said...

Maddie --

Actually, I did just get my release date a few days ago. It's set to come out in e-book in November. I'm just relieved to finally know when it's coming out!! And yes, I am writing away. My biggest problem is that I have soooo many ideas for new books that I'm having a devil of a time concentrating on just one. Woe-is-me...lol. ;)

Renee --

It's a pleasure! And thanks so much for the good review of my excerpt. I must admit I am more than a little nervous about the release. It is my first after all. It's daunting to think about throwing your heart and soul out there to have people judge it for you! But hopefully the reviews will be more on the positive side. And as for the pirate thing, keep at him. In my experience, they usually give in sooner or later...haha.

Maddie James said...

Yay Tracy! I can't wait to get your book. Lots of good things happening in November! ( I have two releases, too!)

maddie