As soon as we came back from New Zealand I headed over to Texas for some family time. Landing back on home turf after being away for almost a year, there were many things I miss, but it is the people in my life that I have missed the most. My Dad picked me up from the airport, and off I went on my adventure at home spending the first few days with my Nanny, Pawpaw and Dad.
My first day back in the states I spent with my Pawpaw. I did not start the day taking pictures because I never thought I would make a blog post about just hanging out at home. I write my blog to encourage people to travel, let people see what we are up to, a place to put my pictures, encourage people to make memories, or to make people ponder a topic. I didn't think a day with my 80 year old Pawpaw really fit any of those topics. Oh was I wrong. My Pawpaw is one person in my life that has always told me to never be afraid of others, and he taught me to stick up for myself no matter what, and so many more life lessons. We may have never shared a conversation over a cup of coffee, but we have had many over a can of Dr. Pepper. Thinking back through the years, he and I have spent several hours out in the wood shop building stuff I dreamed up or fixing furniture he had found on his walks.
My first morning back in the states the alarm clock sounded after a not so sleepy night with the jet lag, but up and at em I went. To the kitchen to be greeted by my Nanny whom was getting ready for work, and of course a Dr.Pepper to start off my day. Before I knew it, Pawpaw and I had already laid sod, pulled a tree down with the truck, cut the tree up, and worked on fixing a hole on the house, it wasn't even lunch yet. Not too bad for my first day back. At times through the day he obliged me by allowing me to capture this day in picture, that so many times in the past I wish I had done. I don't think he thought I was going to write a post about him, but little did he know. Only resting for our Dr. Pepper breaks and the occasional vanilla Oreo, we wound up the day with both of us tuckered out in hopes of a much needed hard rest. After a quick shower to wash off the grime from the hard days work, we got cleaned up before Nanny got home, and just like always I told her about the adventures Pawpaw and I had during the day. Then off to dinner we went before turning in for the night to prepare for the next full day. They have both been examples of hard work, dedication, and other important lessons that they have passed down to me even when I was not listening or looking. Who in your life has ever left you with such life lessons that you never knew they were teaching you?
I started thinking about half way though the day "you know days like this are all about making memories." Everyday moments are what memories are about. I have so many memories out in my Pawpaw's shop building things, following him around, and hours just talking and arguing. Little did I know he was really teaching me life lessons, work hard, earn money, stand firm with your beliefs, but take time to listen and make memories doing everyday things.
Getting to travel and explore new things is exciting but everyday moments are what really matters. If you do not remember to stop and enjoy everyday moments you will let life pass you by. So thanks for indulging me and reading a post just about everyday life. How many times do you stop and pinch yourself while asking, "Is this really my life?" Regardless if you get to explore new worlds or stay at home, it is the everyday moments that make your life count. Are you making the most out of your everyday moments?