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November 2011 archive

Wise Words Wednesday: Living for Today (part 2)

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and we’ll be more content when they are.

After that, we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, when we are able to go on a nice vacation or when we retire.

The truth is there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have and treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with … and remember that time waits for no one.

So, stop waiting ..
Until your car or home is paid off.
Until you get a new car or home.
Until your kids leave the house.
Until you go back to school.
Until you finish school.
Until you lose 10 lbs.
Until you gain 10 lbs.
Until you get married.
Until you get a divorce.
Until you have kids.
Until you retire.
Until summer.
Until spring.
Until winter.
Until fall.
Until you die.

There is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination. So work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no one’s watching.

~ Author Unknown

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A couple weeks ago I posted this about how I’ve been struggling to just live in the moment and not dwell on the past or worry so much about the future. And then I saw the above chunk of text circulating around Facebook via friends’ status updates. Love it! Don’t you?

Since my original post I’ve actually been very conscientious of my thoughts/feelings and have really been working on just living in the moment and soaking up each and every second that God is giving me to bond with my children and love on my hubby. Seriously, just being aware of how precious and short life is makes all the difference.

Word Vomit

I think I will make this a regular feature on my blog… word vomit. I just feel like my life is crazy right now and so are my thoughts. I’ve been struggling with piecing together meaningful blog posts ever since little man arrived, so word vomit it is. Here’s what’s going on in my head today:

{If you haven’t already noticed, I heart bullet points.}

  • In T-3 days I will be 28. That means in 2 years I will be 30. And ya know what? I feel like I’m not a day over 23.
  • Landon goes to bed around 9pm. He wakes up at 2am and he wakes up at 5am and then again around 8am. Not too shabby, eh? But ya know what kills me? The 5 o’clock waking. Why can’t he just sleep until 6? Five is too late in the morning for me to fall back into a deep sleep and too early for me to wanna wake up. Painful I say.
  • With Christmas quickly approaching I have been spending a lot of time perusing Etsy. Oh how I heart Etsy. I have been inspired by the personalized hand stamped jewelry and I’m thinking I wanna incorporate hand stamping into my jewelry making endeavors. This prospect excites me!
  • The smell of BBQ pork in the slow cooker is driving me crazy right now – I want some!
  • Now that food’s on my mind… I’m gonna have hubby make me this for my b-day dinner. Gotta love that Pioneer Woman. Drool.
  • Guess what? I just updated the About & My Dream List pages of my site. I’m feeling like my dream list is kinda pathetic. I totally need to expand on it… and actually get some things crossed off! Pressure!
  • Landon turns 6 weeks old on Friday – 6 WEEKS! That means I’m half way through my maternity leave and the thought of going back to work makes my heart ache. I can’t bear the thought of leaving him for 9 hours/day. Ok, moving on now before the waterworks start…
  • Christmas is a coming and the decorations are coming out! We’ve got stockings up and a wreath on the door. This weekend we will get our tree and get lights up outside the house. Oh joy! (photos coming soon)
  • I have watched Toy Story probably 5 times in the last few days. I just introduced Leila to it because we’re taking her to Toy Story 3 on ice on Saturday. And now she is obsessed.
  • Went to Costco today and bought Jesus Calling. I highly recommend it for a little daily inspiration… or a great Xmas gift!
  • Speaking of our trip to Costco… do you think it’s weird that we ate cheese pizza at 10:30am? How could we resist that cheesy goodness?
  • Just watched the movie Bridesmaids last night (and finished today – movie watching is tough with 2 little kiddos) and it was friggin HILARIOUS! Highlight of my week so far.
  • Have I lost you yet? Hope my blog isn’t getting too boring. Maybe we’ll have some more action around here (or in my head) soon.
And lastly, I will leave you with some random photo vomit:

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Recovering from Turkey Day

Happy Sunday! Well, I think the turkey tryptophan is finally wearing off around here and we are settling back in to every day life. But I must say that this year’s Thanksgiving was quite fabulous! We had the pleasure of spending the holiday with Andy’s family since all 4 of his siblings and their children were in town at the same time (it has been a while since the whole clan was all together). AND, this was the first time that all NINE of the cousins were under one roof!

Grandpa B. with the newest family additions, Ashleigh and Landon…
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Leila getting her hair braided by cousin Kayton…
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Needless to say, it was sheer craziness! The kids had the BEST time running around (literally running around everywhere) and us adults enjoyed chowing down on some serious grub. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm… I could go for some more turkey and stuffing right now! I guess that’s the problem when you don’t host your own Thanksgiving dinner – no leftovers to enjoy!

Check out this sexy leg…
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And my sexy hubby enjoying it… HA!
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Hubby & his daddy in turkey comas…
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And my own little turkey I could go munch on right now…
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Now we are back in reality. We returned home to a fridge that isn’t working. And I did NOT have fun cleaning out all of the messy, defrosted food from the freezer. But, I won’t bore you with that. Otherwise, I’ve just been managing the 2 kiddos by my lonesome this weekend and trying to stay sane. But again, I won’t bore you with that either. I guess I probably already did, though. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you all had a fantabulous Thanksgiving!

100 Things I’m Thankful For

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HAPPY TURKEY DAY! On this day of thanks I would like to reflect on 100 things I’m thankful for (in no particular order).

  1. Andy
  2. Leila
  3. Landon
  4. My dog, Billy
  5. The rest of my family & friends
  6. God
  7. The roof over my head
  8. A reliable car
  9. A good head on my shoulders
  10. Hot coffee 1st thing in the morning
  11. Chocolate
  12. Financial security
  13. My eyesight
  14. Turkey & mashed potatoes
  15. Ugg boots
  16. My health
  17. Health insurance
  18. My fancy camera
  19. My macbook pro
  20. My blog
  21. Hot showers
  22. The internet
  23. Pizza
  24. Two arms, two legs, two eyes
  25. Sleep sheep
  26. Pinterest
  27. Facebook
  28. Email
  29. My iPhone
  30. My super comfy bed
  31. Past travels and future travels to come
  32. My education
  33. My awesome job & even more awesome co-workers
  34. Good daycare for my kiddos
  35. Flowers
  36. A warm fire
  37. Living close to all our family
  38. Hot soup
  39. New socks
  40. Our chaise lounge
  41. Cable TV
  42. DVR
  43. Hot cocoa
  44. Starbucks
  45. The four seasons (not the hotel)
  46. Andy’s hugs & kisses
  47. My kiddo’s hugs & kisses
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  49. Soft blankies
  50. Light
  51. Maternity leave
  52. Daydreaming
  53. Freedom
  54. Being an American
  55. Our soldiers
  56. Ibuprofen
  57. Infant gas drops
  58. Birth control
  59. A hubby who loves to cook
  60. Girls’ nights
  61. Date nights
  62. Snuggles with my babies
  63. Bare Minerals makeup
  64. Chapstick
  65. My glide rocker
  66. My engagement & wedding rings
  67. My beastly milk supply
  68. Landon’s vibrating chair
  69. Ergo baby carrier
  70. Play-dough
  71. Gossip magazines
  72. Gummy worms
  73. Hawaii
  74. My blow dryer
  75. My straightener
  76. Deodorant
  77. Clothing
  78. Celebrating holidays with family
  79. Cloth diapers
  80. Easy labor & deliveries of my babies
  81. Easy pregnancies
  82. The news
  83. Sunshine
  84. Salt & Pepper
  85. Books
  86. Binkies
  87. The ocean
  88. Having family to visit in California
  89. Fresh flowers
  90. Mascara
  91. Growing up in a small town
  92. Jesus
  93. My faith
  94. My beautiful neighborhood
  95. Baby smiles
  96. Laughter
  97. My creativity
  98. Supportive friends & family
  99. Surviving 27+ years and still going strong…
  100. LOVE
And the list could keep going on and on and on! There is so much to be thankful for in this one short, sweet life we are given, so GIVE THANKS!
Hope you are all having a most wonderful (and delicious) Thanksgiving, surrounded by your dearest family and friends!

Wise Words Wednesday: Balance

“Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.” – Robert Fulgham

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The other day I received an email from eCollegeFinder, an established online education resource representing over 120 accredited online institutions, informing me that I had been selected as a nominee for their Top Parenting Blogs Award. (Exciting for me!!!) They asked me a few questions, including what inspirational words or advice I can provide to student parents out there.

The first thought that crossed my mind was, “Advice from me? What do I know? I’ve only been a parent for a little over 2 years… and I’m still figuring out how to balance my own life!”

But, then I thought about it for a little whileย (yes, the above pic is supposed to be me deep in thought, but I ended up looking more gangsta than anything – HA HA!) and realized that I have actually learned a lot about balancing life in my 2+ years of parenting and maybe someone can benefit from my opinions. So, here’s what I have to say to parents out there who are struggling to balance school/work life with family life…

  1. PRIORITIZE YOUR TIME… & put your family/loved ones first. In my opinion, nothing should come before your family, especially your children. Life is too dang short. Does this mean that you shouldn’t work or spend time away from your children? No. It just means that if you have an hour in the evening before the kiddos hit the hay, take that time to bond with them and then go ahead and stay up an hour later getting your stuff done.
  2. MAKE EVERY SECOND COUNT. As a working mom who has lots of experience spending more time each week away from my daughter than actually with her, I’ve totally adopted the motto, “it’s not about quantity, it’s about quality.” I would rather spend 2 hours each evening deep in some serious mommy-daughter bonding time than several hours each day where I’m hardly paying attention to her. So, if ya only have a small amount of time with your family each day, don’t feel guilty. Just make the most of the time you do have. And realize that all the hard work you do at school or at work is going to benefit them as well.
  3. TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF. This is probably the hardest thing to do, but it is crucial to your sanity as well as your family’s. With work and/or school work and meals to cook and laundry to do and children to care for, it is SO easy to put yourself last. Over time this will wear you down and in turn affect your family. Taking even just 10-20 minutes a day for yourself will make a difference. Take a quick bubble bath once everyone is asleep. Flip through a sleazy gossip magazine while the kids are playing. Stay up an hour later than usual and watch a favorite TV show. Or go to bed an hour earlier to catch up on beauty rest. And, if you can swing it try to plan one special thing for yourself each month. Get a massage. Go on a hike with your significant other or a friend. Play a round of golf. Make time to do what makes you happy, whatever that may be. In turn, your happiness will transcend onto your family.
Oh man, I could go on and on. It sounds so easy, right? Well, even I still struggle on a daily basis with these 3 things (okay, maybe not so much right now since I’m on maternity leave and get to be home all day). Above all, just take it a day at a time and don’t take life too seriously.ย 
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