Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Long Day, Random Thoughts About Family Life

Today was a long day. After working all day I picked up Riley, ran home to get him changed and fed, and then rushed off to baseball. John met us at the game after he got off of work. Khegan is with his mom on Wednesday nights so she brought him to the game.

Khegan's family on his mom's side are very involved in the boys lives - just like my family and John's family. Not only does his mom come to the games, but so does her fiance, her daughter, her parents, and tonight her sister and her aunt also graced us with their presence. On top of that whole crew, Riley's grandma and his aunt (from his dad's side) came to watch him play along with three of his cousins! Needless to say, we had quite the crew! One big, modern family as I like to say.

The boys both played a great game. Riley hit a triple! I was bursting with pride as he rounded the bases. If he wouldn't have hesitated at every base, it would have been a home run! Khegan scored two runs and made some great plays in the field.

After the game, Riley played at the park with his cousins for a little while. John headed home to start dinner and have it ready before Riley and I got home. It was 9:30 pm when we sat down to dinner. LONG day. John and I caught up on how our days went. We congratulated Riley for his great hit and receiving the game ball.

As I cleaned up the dinner dishes and tucked Riley into bed, I thought about how truly blessed I am to have such a wonderful family. I have a husband that adores me and works hard every day to take care of us all. I have two wonderful children. I have managed to develop a positive relationship with Khegan's mom and her family. I still am able to have a good relationship with Riley's dad's side of the family. I have three great sister in laws and a great mother in law that all live our hometown. I have two stepsisters that I have bonded with over the years. I am finally at a good place in my relationship with my stepdad. I talk to my own two sisters and my mom pretty much on a daily basis. My family doesn't fit a perfect family mold. We are a step family. We are an extended family. We are a blended family. But we are all family. And it works for us.

At the end of a long day I feel exhausted. I feel worn town. I feel frazzled. I dread getting up and doing it all over again the next day. But, I stay positive because, when all is said and done, I am truly blessed. My family is happy, healthy, and safe. And that's what life is all about.

My Family


Busy Working Mama said...

Great pictures! I try to take a few minutes each day to think about how wonderful my life is and the little annoyances or problems are nothing in the grand scheme of things. Have a great day!

Overthinking Mama said...

i think its great that you are open to be able to have a good relationship with your husbands ex and family. Sadly too many times people are too consumed in themselves that they can look past their own insecurites and make blended families work...
I have been blessed that my mom and dad after their divorse have always kept somewhat of a friendship and that my dad and stepdad even tho really dislike each other have been able to cordial around each other...
i think i have learned a lot of my open ways from my mom because of this... (i am good friends with my daughters father's ex and get their daughter from time to time-me and the father are split)
You have a beautiful family...
You are truly bless... and its good that you see that!
God Bless

Funky Mama Bird said...

We're a blended family as well. It's really great that you have a good relationship with Khegan's mom; I wish we had the same over here!

New Breed Mama said...

Busy Working Mama - Thanks! I am not so diligent when it comes to take pictures, but I do take quite a bit!

OTM - Thanks - I am glad we have developed such a good relationship too, it makes it easier on Khegan. Though I may get frustrated at times, I'm the adult and I have control of my decisions - he is just an innocent child who has no control over the choices she makes.

Funky Mama Bird - I highly recommend the book, No One's The Bitch - if you go to my archives there is a review of the book posted on my blog. Even if you are the only one making an effort, the children (and your hubs) will respect you for it!

Thanks for reading everyone!

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