I know it's been a long time since I last wrote. The Yllescas girls have been really busy the last few weeks of summer! I had a blast at my Mary Kay Seminar in Dallas. It was great to be surrounded by positive, upbeat women-especially during our anniversary. When I got back to Nebraska, Julia was busy getting ready for the fair. Thanks to her grandmas' sewing, gardening, and craftiness, she was able to enter a dress, pinata, tomatoes, and a few other things. Since she is in the younger age group, they did not get judged on their projects. Instead, they all received participation ribbons. Next year Julia will be moved up to the older kids category in which they will get judged. I had to laugh because when she found that out, she said "Ohhhhh...I'm so nervous!" Julia's first day of second grade was already last week! She was so excited to go. When I picked her up, I asked her how it was. "Well, it wasn't my best first day ever." I guess she had a headache all day and then wiped out on the playground and scraped her leg all up. Poor thing. But the next day was much better and she informed me that she thinks 2nd grade will be much more fun than 1st grade! :) Julia has also started dance classes up again. Eva has started talking a lot now. I've even noticed her singing the ABC song! Of course she doesn't sing the alphabets but she has the tune down. :) I'm still working on getting my house sold in Texas. That is such a big stress for me especially since I am here in Nebraska and can't keep my eye on it. But, I have great friends in TX who are helping me out tremendously with this. I'm also looking into trading in Rob's truck and my vehicle for an SUV. I need something that will pull the boat but is more practical for me to drive. It's going to be really hard to get rid of Rob's truck because that was his "baby" but I know he would understand. It's just too hard for me to drive around a F250 King Ranch diesel truck!!! So, as usual, we continue to be busy. As life continues to move forward, my thoughts and memories of Rob stay constant. I think of him often throughout the day and don't even realize it until I think back on the day. He will always be in our hearts. There's not a day goes by that I don't miss him terribly. I find myself getting really sad/frustrated/angry when the small things happen. For instance, my vehicle wouldn't start and I couldn't figure out why. I know nothing about cars. But Rob would have figured it out in a heartbeat. When something in the house breaks, Rob would have known what to do. Yes, I'm blessed to have my brothers and dad near, but it's not the same. It's a very helpless and overwhelming feeling. I'm getting better with asking for help because I know I just can't do everything on my own. But, I'm getting better at doing things I used to hate to do like making phone calls to companies, going through mail, house maintenance, etc. I'm used to doing things on my own since Rob had deployed so much. But, I also LOVED giving back those duties when he returned. So, I'm learning to let the little things go and prioritize in order to keep my sanity! :) Things are getting better but every once in awhile that frustration will creep back in. That's when I take a deep breath, say a prayer, and, if needed, ask for help. I know I've said this alot, but I truly don't know what I would do without the support and help of my awesome family and friends!!!!!
The pictures are of me in front of the Mary Kay Corporate Office and sitting at Mary Kay Ash's actual desk (wearing her glasses) and of Julia's first day of 2nd grade.