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One Happy Mama!

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   12 Comments | Posted in family · joey · kids · mama · siblings

My son, Joey, lives in Florida.  He is 7-9 hours away, depending on who is behind the wheel (7 for him, 9 for us old baggers). Close enough for a long weekend visit, too far for a day trip.  The consequence is that we enjoy his company only a handful of times a year, and only for a few days at a time.

This weekend was one of those handfuls. I’ll call it a bouquet of offspring instead, because another benefit of Joey’s visits is family time.  Having all three of my offspring in the same place at the same time doesn’t happen very often these days, so when it does I’m one happy mama.  I’ve been grinning all weekend!

Last evening, after a wonderful day spent boating, tubing and swimming at the lake, we ate dinner at our favorite family restaurant.  We have been dining there as a unit for almost two decades. If the place ever closes down I’ll need therapy and psychotropic drugs to cope with the loss. The above photo was taken last night as we left the restaurant.

Joey headed back to Florida this morning, and I performed the mommy ritual of fighting back tears while waving goodbye and trying not to make him feel guilty for growing up and flying away. Why should I be unhappy, after all, when he has successfully accomplished that for which his dad and I prepared him?

I’ve been sitting here thinking about the weekend and how blessed we were to have our kids together, laughing and teasing and having fun; how blessed we are just to have our kids.

Gotta tell you, buttercup, I’m one happy mama!

Til next time –

12 Responses to "One Happy Mama!"

  1. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    June 13, 2010 at 10:26 pm  

    So, the whole time I'm thinking, "Where is this restaurant???" I mean,a brick wall? What kind of clue is that??? :-)Everytime all my young'uns get together we have to discuss (in detail) a Zombie Armegeddon. Ah, good times, good times. (Glad y'all had such a good time. What a lovely bunch!)

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 13, 2010 at 11:10 pm  

    Ha ha! Thanks. Restaurant is Monterray on Old Norcross Rd. in Lawrenceville. Great margaritas!! Zombie Armegeddon…huh. This doesn't surprise me. Betcha don't stop laughing, though!

  3. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    June 14, 2010 at 12:16 pm  

    Hi Lisa. What, what beautiful kids you have! I am glad that you had such a fun time with your family this weekend. What a blessing children are, and how fun it is when they grow up and are our friends too. Have a wonderful week!

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm  

    Thanks Kathy!

  5. Comment by Lynn
    June 14, 2010 at 9:29 pm  

    Ahh Lisa I'm so happy for you. That time happens to me around Christmas time when my son comes home from California and we're all together. At least your son isn't as far away. You have some beautiful children there–lovely family!

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 14, 2010 at 10:06 pm  

    We are lucky that he is only a day's drive. My parents, when they were alive, lived in AZ. Such a long distance made it tough to see each other on any kind of regular basis. I bet you count the days until Christmas!

  7. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    June 15, 2010 at 7:49 am  

    Beautiful children, family fun, good food, Florida a few hours away…no wonder you are so happy. I love it when the house is filled with all of our kids and grandkids, usually on holidays.

  8. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm  

    Hi Linda – I guess I kind of expect the family stuff around the holidays, so when I get it at an "off" time of year it is especially nice…like receiving flowers for no reason or having a friend drop by. 🙂

  9. Comment by BECKY
    June 18, 2010 at 8:10 am  

    Hi Lisa! I'm sorry I haven't been commenting much lately, but I'm going to try and catch up a little today! What a beautiful family you have, and I just know your kids are also beautiful on the inside….because you are their mama!! 🙂

  10. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 18, 2010 at 10:40 am  

    Aw, thanks, Becky. I have been out of the blog loop myself this week and hope to be back on track by Monday. It has been a busy, busy week!

  11. Comment by Carrie
    June 21, 2010 at 8:13 am  

    AWWW What a great photo! So glad you guys had a wonderful time. My favorite part about having my children together is that I can really loose my cell phone and relax …Thanks for helping me with bisquick that weekend:-)

  12. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm  

    No problem! I love Bis — she is a sweet pooch.

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