Sunday, September 22, 2019

Happy 7 Years to Us

Happy Anniversary to Us!

Today is our 7 year wedding anniversary. At the end of December it will be 9 years we have been together. I love this man more he will ever know. And I look extremely excited to spend the rest of my life with him. 

I found someone who makes me laugh every single day.
I found someone who makes me feel beautiful, even on my bad days. 
I found someone who loves me more than words can express. 
I found a man who understands my moods. 
I found a man who accepts all part so of me. 
I found a man who walks with me through every part of my life.

I can't imagine my life without him in it. 

Here is to another year down my love! AND a whole lifetime to go!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

My Top Distractions

Here are my top distractions and how I deal with them:

The first distraction is definitely my cell phone. Playing my game, looking on Facebook, Instagram, etc. It is definitely my biggest distraction. I deal with the distraction, but putting the phone down when I am around company. I do use it as a way to cope with the stresses of my day. But, I do try to put it down more. 

The second distraction is the TV. I like to watch my shows/movies... it also helps relieve the stresses from the day. I usually do stop watching it around 8 or so. I try to read/write/get ready for the next day before I relax in bed. 

Those are the ones that take up most of my time. I have learned to stop doing them to do the things that I need to get done. Like working out, cooking dinner, etc. I do enjoy the distractions, but sometimes you need to walk away so you can get the things done that you need to do on the day to day basis. 










Monday, September 16, 2019

Wedding Fun

Our cousin got married on Saturday and it was such a beautiful wedding. I had a really good friend come and do my hair and makeup and the kids hair and we headed out to have a fun family wedding. I will let the pictures speak for themselves...



Thursday, September 12, 2019

Journaling... soothes the soul!

I met my husband many many years ago and a little while after I stopped journaling like I used to. I have continued to write in my kiddo's journal of her life as she grows up, but I just stopped writing in my personal journal. 

Lately, I have had a little bit of anxiety. I have no idea why, but it just creeps in from time to time. I have decided to start writing in my journal again, in hopes that it will help with the little bit of anxiety that I have been having. 

I cleaned the corner of my bedroom about a month ago. It is the corner right by my side of the bed and I had a big book shelf and 2 plastic drawers. I got rid of the book shelf and put the plastic drawers in my closet after organizing that. The area is now cleaned and just bare. I have always wanted a reading nook area for me to be able to read and write in my journal. I always dreamed of when I had a house, what that area would look like. 

I have decided that why wait until I get a house to get that area put together. So, I ordered myself a chair for that area. It will be here next week sometime. I am so excited. Not only is it a chair that has an ottoman, it also has 7 massage features as well. WOO HOO!

I have a new night stand where I can keep my books and notebooks to write in, so it makes it all nice for that area. 

Here is to creating your best life now instead of waiting... 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Lions are Fierce...

I am more of a fan of tigers myself, but when I saw this Painting with a Twist event coming up I totally wanted to do it. I signed my best friend and I up, and we finally painted our lions yesterday.

I am absolutely in love with it. Yes, if you look close it is not perfect by all means... but it is my lion and I love how he looks!

If you have the opportunity to go to a Painting event with a friend or your significant other for date night, DO IT... you will not be disappointed.

Here are a few pictures from our time painting...
The beginning...
 The middle...
 Our finished product...
I love him!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Middle School begins...

Well... my kiddo began her first day of Middle School yesterday.
Here is her first day picture.
 And our annual first day picture with the 2 of us. 
 This is the sign I made for her. 
She had a great day.
She likes all of her teachers.
She found all her classes okay and her only complaint was that her FEET hurt from all the walking she had to do from class to class.

Throughout the evening, she said she was excited about her 2nd day of school. I LOVE hearing that. 

Here is to the kiddo growing into a beautiful young lady.
Here is to another year of school that has begun and I pray that she has an EXCELLENT 6th grade year.

Shaped Me

There are multiple things in my life that has shaped me into the person I am today. I think the first series of events that happened that shaped me into who I am today is the suicide of my cousins. It was such a hard time in my life, but moving away and finding my life outside of my small home town of Louisiana was what I needed for me. 

My divorce also was another event that shaped me. I was able to raise my kiddo with being a single mother and it was the hardest time in my life, but I was able to get through it with the help of my best friends.

During all those events, I grew stronger and became the woman I am today. I learned about myself and realized what I wanted in life and learned what I needed to make my life better. 


I am finally in a place in my life where I am extremely happy. Everything in my life is great and I am continually working on myself to get me where I need to be on the inside as well...


What shaped you?

Monday, September 2, 2019

19 years down...


Yesterday, marked my 19 year anniversary working for my boss.
I absolutely love my job.
I love our customers.
I love being able to help them on a day to day basis.

In 1999, I moved here from Louisiana. I worked for a friend at his business to get things organized and help out for a bit. I basically worked myself out of the job. In 2000, I got a job at Farmers Insurance at the district office. I say I worked myself out of the job there as well, but I honestly believe that the woman who was in a higher up position didn't care for me. So, they moved me to an agent's office for me to work there. And I am so thankful they did!

September 1, 2000 I started working for Myron, his ex-wife and her parents. I really enjoyed it and here we are... 19 years down and it is just Myron and I. Some days are great, some days are hectic, but every day I really just enjoy my job here.

Here is to many more years!!!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

First Day of High School

Well... today is the first day of high school for the oldest kid. She is in a different district than the youngest so they don't start at the same time. She was not a very happy camper that she has to start earlier than other districts, but we can't change the district can we...

She is going to do amazing and I can't wait to hear how her first day goes.

Have a wonderful day kiddo! We love you...

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Open House/Back to School Night

The kiddo decided she did not want to meet me at her back to school night.
(She has been with her dad since this past weekend.) 

This year's back to school night was not the normal yearly thing... 
The tradition of doing that with her was not there. 

As I got her schedule and read what classes she had, I didn't have my kiddo there to talk to her about her classes and see how she felt about them. I didn't get to see her expression when she saw what period PE would be. 

As I found one of her new teachers (they were not in their rooms, they were wondering around so finding her teachers was not an easy task), I did not have my kiddo there to introduce to her. She asked me what she was like and what she could expect from her. I showed her a picture off my phone and told her what she was like and what I thought she could expect from her. I absolutely loved this teacher. I probably would have searched for the other 5 if she would have been with me. Without her, it just wasn't the same.

As I met the new principal and introduced myself, she was not with me. I expressed my excitement for the excitement the principal had during the slide show at the beginning of the evening, but my kiddo was not there to see that excitement. 

As I waited in line to pay for her gym shirts, I did not have her with me to talk about the experience and watch her talk to 2 girls who were behind us, who had the same teacher she did last year. 

As I went to find her locker, I did not have her with me to see what she liked about where it was. Or didn't get to see her try to unlock it. 

As I walked the halls, I couldn't show her where all her classes would be. We couldn't walk together to each one and get a feel for how her first day at Middle School would go.

I know some people's traditions are not the same as mine. As I walked around the school without my 6th grader, my heart broke a little each step I took. My kiddo is growing up. What is important to me, is not important to her. And I understand... She won't be my little girl forever. However, she will always be my little girl in my heart. Tonight as I left the school without my kiddo, I realized that our life would never be the same as it was in elementary school and my kiddo would never understand my sadness of her not being there tonight! I love my kiddo more than words could ever say. I am so proud of the young lady she is growing into. I pray that her first year at Middle School will be AMAZING and each year will continue to be better than the last. I pray that she flourishes and does her best and realizes that she can do ANYTHING she sets her mind to! I am thankful God choose me to be her momma. 

 
The top picture is her new principal. Can I just say how excited I am that her school colors are PURPLE AND GOLD... And of course her principal was wearing matching colors. She was pretty cool. And bottom picture is AMAZING. It was hanging on a window in the school library. And how true is it. You can't succeed without a little or a lot of failure... but that success is worth every second of failure. 

Monday, August 26, 2019

Achieving My Current Goals

My biggest goal right now is to achieve my weight loss goal. I have a little over 113 lbs to go to reach my goal weight. I am doing it the slow and steady route and it is working great for me.

I am down 36.2 lbs and 26 1/4 inches. I know 113 lbs is a lot to go before I reach my goal weight, but it is a lot less than when I started. I can't wait until I am under the 100 lbs goal mark. 

Each day it gets easier and I get stronger. I will achieve my goal by continuing to work my butt off... literally ha... I am walking a mile a day and bouncing on my mini trampoline throughout the day. I am always tired and I know it will get easier because as I lose the weight I will be able to do more and it won't hurt nearly as much as it does now. 

But I can't stop. I won't stop. My goals won't reach themselves. I have to put in the work and I am doing it and will continue to journey on!

If you are interested in reading about my journey, check out my weight loss blog. 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Auburn Summer Camps

Once the youngest gets out of school, she usually comes and hangs out with me at work. My boss has always been super flexible with her being with me. That being said, her dad and I try to let her have a little fun and every year so far since being in school we have put her in 2 camps a year.

This year she had the option of doing a YMCA camp and the gymnastics camp again or try out Auburn Parks and Rec camps and see what they are all about. She decided to try out Auburn Parks and Rec camps. We sat down and she chose the 3 she wanted to do. I was kind of disappointed she did not choose the Jedi training camp, but oh well.

Because they have a few different options she chose one full day camp and 2 half day camps. We went through all the different options. They have so many different options this year. It's kind of neat, really. 

The first half day camp she did was Fear Factor: New Foods. It was a camp where they cooked new foods that they usually wouldn't try on a normal basis. She really enjoyed it. She did not care for some of the foods, but she had fun. And she did try new things. Her new favorite thing is brussel sprouts. 

The second half day camp she did was As Seen on TV: Food. It was a camp where they made things they have seen on TV. Day 1 was ratatouille and some soup. She didn't care for the ratatouille, but she really enjoyed the soup. Day 2 was Krabby Patties. One day they discovered what the gray stuff from Beauty and the Beast tasted like. She seemed to enjoy that one as well. 

The last camp she did was Cooking Reality. They cooked up recipes for Chopped, Great British Bake Off, Cupcake Wars and Master Chef Jr. This camp also had afternoon field trips to a chocolate factory, the movies, MOPOP & Seattle Center, Lake Meridian and Flying Circus. 

She said that she will probably do these camps next year, but she might try something other than cooking. I really like the system they have set up. You have to wear a color bracelet for them to know what camp you are in and you are supervised the whole time. I also have to sign her out each day and I have to drop her off. She can't sign herself in without me. It's just really well put together. 

Way to go Auburn Park and Rec for putting together a really well summer camp program for our kids. 


Monday, August 19, 2019

20 years down...


My best friend and her husband celebrated their 20 year wedding anniversary on Sunday. All the sisters and I decided to throw them a surprise party with all their family and friends. It was such a great surprise. I wrote a speech to read to them before the cake. Here is what I wrote:

20 years today…
Jenn, how have you managed to not kill Tom in the past 20 years of being married?
The first time I met Tom, he managed to shove himself in the dryer at my house during our New Year's Eve party. I can't remember, but I can almost guarantee Jenn's eye brows raised up back then too!

All kidding aside:
I met these 2 amazing people 13 1/2 years ago. I met them at a time in my life where I needed some real honest good friends. And boy did I hit the jackpot. And of course, Jenn and I hit it off really well. Which meant, Tom had to put up with me too. Sorry not sorry buddy!

6 months later they were both in my first wedding.
A year later Jenn walked with me through my pregnancy with Cadence. Not only did she walk with me through it all, but she was my person who was there when she was born.

A year after my daughter was born, they were both right there with me when I went through one of the hardest most trying times of my life. My divorce. I can't even imagine my life without these 2 amazing people during that time. We basically lived at their house when I was off work until we went to sleep at night. If it wasn't for them, I am pretty confident that I would no longer be living in Washington state. Honestly, I can't even begin to explain to them what they both meant to me during that time of my life.

Here we are… 13 1/2 years later…
They have now been with me through my 2nd marriage.
After 9 1/2 years, I am surprised that Jenn has not killed my husband as well… I had to tell Jenn and Abe when they first met that what happens between them was between them. I was not going to get in the middle. EVER! And boy have there been some really hilarious moments between Jenn and Abe.

We have been through it all together…
The hard times, the awesome times, the ridiculous times, the hilarious times. We have been through all the kid stuff, pregnancy stuff, birthdays, holidays, the broken bones, the stitches, the sassy kids, the tears, the exhaustion, the happy times, the sad times, the frustrating times, times when we both wanted to kill our husbands…

Jenn knows me better than anyone does… and I am pretty sure Tom knows more about me than he ever wanted to know. (Again, sorry not sorry buddy.) Bonus… Not only did I gain 2 amazing friends who quickly became my family, but I gained a whole entire family. I gained 4 sisters and all the crazies that came with them! Husbands/wives/kids and more.

They have completely changed my life! And all for the better. And I wouldn't change my life if I could. They have both been such a huge inspiration to me as we have grown older. Their love continues to grow every single day.

Love isn't perfect. It isn't always a fairy tale and it doesn't always come easy. Love is overcoming obstacles, facing challenges, fighting to be together, holding on and never letting go. Love is work, but most of all, love is realizing that every hour, every minute, every second of it is worth it because you did it together.

Here is to the past 20 years and to the next 20 years. May your lives continue to grow and may you remember to cherish each other every day! I love ya'll!




Thursday, August 15, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 365

Now that this is finally over, did you enjoy the challenge...

It took a while, but I finally made it. Now onto better things to post about!
Thanks for sticking with me for the past year. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 364

This or That?

Italian or Mexican? Mexican is ALWAYS my first option. But I like them both!

Soda or Tea? Diet Dr. Pepper - not a fan of tea! Yes, I know... I am from the south, how can I not like tea right? I just never have. 


Homemade soup or soup from a can? Homemade 

Turkey or Chicken? Chicken


Chicken or Steak? Steak


Hamburger Helper or Tuna Helper? Hamburger helper

Raw or cooked veggies? Depends on the type.
Onions - cooked

Celery - both
Cauliflower - raw
Asparagus - cooked
Broccoli - cooked

Hot dogs or hamburgers? Hamburgers

Popcorn or nachos? Nachos

Yogurt or oatmeal? If I have to choose one it would be yogurt. I am not a fan of either. 

Sno cones or ice cream cones? Sno cones any day of the week... but we don't have them up here is Washington... So... if I am in Louisiana - sno cones. If I am in Washington, ice cream cones. 

Crispy or grilled chicken? Grilled

Pumpkin or apple pie? Apple

Favorite Fair or Carnival Food? Fair - Funnel Cake every time.

Broccoli or Chicken Alfredo? Chicken

M & M's or Hershey chocolate? Hershey

Hamburgers or cheeseburgers? Cheese all the way

Chocolate or Vanilla? Strawberry... 


Pizza or spaghetti? Pizza... now if it's my mom's cooking, spaghetti is my choice. 

Body wash or bar soap? Bar

Android or Iphone? Android

Rain or Snow? Rain - I don't get nervous driving in that. 

Cookies or brownies? Does cookie dough count? Once they are cooked, I could pass on them!

Scrunchies or hair ties? SCRUNCHIES 

Advil or Tylenol? Motrin

VHS or DVD? VUDU digital

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 363

Would you rather?

Eat broccoli or carrots? Neither honestly... but if I have to choose broccoli. 

Watch TV or listen to music? Both - I can't choose just one. But I probably listen to music most. I listen to music all day at work and then a little at home. 

Be a giant rodent or a tiny elephant? Elephant. They are cute when they are little. 

Own a lizard or a snake? Lizard. 


Be an apple or a banana? Both of them ends badly for me... so maybe a banana since it isn't crunchy hahahaha. 

Be hairy all over or completely bald? Hairy... I can shave/wax. 


Be invisible or be able to read minds? Invisible. Minds are an evil thing. I can't even imagine being in everyone's minds. Their words are harsh as is... 


Make headlines for saving somebody's life or winning a Nobel Prize? Saving a life would be pretty cool. 

Be the most popular or the smartest person you know? Smartest. 

Go without TV or fast food for the rest of your life? Fast food. 

Always be cold or always be hot? Cold. You can cover up!

Eliminate hunger and disease or be able to bring lasting world peace? Even if there was world peace, it would get bad again. I would eliminate hunger and disease. 


See the future or see the past? Past

Wrestle a lion or fight a shark? Shark, I guess. 

Do laundry for one week or wash the car for one month? Laundry.

Live under water and swim with the fish or be able to travel through space and touch the stars? I will always choose space. I love it. 

Have magical powers to save the world or be the strongest person in the world? Save the world. 

Have a dinosaur or a blue whale for a pet? Dinosaur

Have a real Transformers car or have a space shuttle in your backyard? Transformers


Have 500 tarantula's crawling in your house or 1,000 crickets jumping around your room? 1,000 crickets. I can get ear plugs and shut the door. 

Like to live in Disney World or Sea World? DISNEY WORLD IS MAGICAL.

Be forced to tell your parents the truth or lie to your best friend? I won't do either. Sorry. 

Attend Hogwarts or live in Narnia? Hogwarts

Have many acquaintances and no friends or have only one or two close friends? Close friends are always important. 

Live without your computer for the rest of your life or your TV? Computer

Win a million dollars in a lottery or never have to pay for anything ever again? Never have to pay for anything ever again. It would be more than a million dollars. 

Visit the world 100 years into the past or 100 years into the future? Past would be pretty neat to see how it was back then. 

Have 3 wishes in 10 years or 1 wish today? 3 wishes in 10 years. 


Monday, August 12, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 362

Have you ever:

Gone to Europe? No

Rode on a motorcycle? No

Lived in another state? Yes. Louisiana and Washington. 

Met a celebrity? No

Been to Disney World? Yes

Done a For Sale by Owner House? No

Planted a vegetable garden? No

Been a car salesman? No

Ridden in a limo? Yes

Sent a man flowers? No

Owned a waterbed? No

Planned a wedding? Yes. 

Driven a riding lawn mower? Yes.

Participated in a marathon? No, one day maybe. 

Been to a chiropractor? Yes. It was not fun. 

Made a trip to the dump? Yes, quite often. 

Gone mountain climbing? No

Been a member of a sorority? No

Participated in a beauty contest? No

Had a dog compete in a dog show? No

Been somewhere while an earthquake occurred? Yes. At work in 2001. 

Been somewhere while a tornado took place? At my cousin's house in a trailer. Scariest thing ever. 

Been somewhere while a hurricane occurred? At my cousin's house, yes. We evacuated. 

Been on a college sports team? Nope

Played an instrument? Piano yes. 

Been stranded in the rain? No

Won a trophy? If so for what? Back in the day when I played sports. For Basketball. 

Been in jail? Never

Put something in the oven and forgot about it? Once. 

Got into a car to go somewhere and forgot where you were going? Never

Locked your keys in your car? Once. 

Dialed a phone number and forgot who you called? No

Driven away from someone while a member of your party was still outside the car? Ummmm... like jokingly yes. 

Fallen up the stairs? Nope. 

Been ready to bathe and found out you had no hot water? Once, when the water heater went out. 

Called a family member by another name? No

Remembered an appointment after it was too late? No

Locked yourself out of your house? Yes. The only time I did that we were on our way to the airport to go to Mexico. EEK! With our passports in the house with my purse and keys. 

Seen a ghost? No

Sunday, August 11, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 361

IF you could talk to any one person right now, dead or alive, who would it be?

My grandmother on my dad's side. She passed away when I was 4 and I never got a chance to really get to know her and have those conversations that I would remember forever. I miss her dearly!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 360

If you could invite any 4 people to dinner, who would you choose?

Alive:
Mom

Dad
Derrick 

Michael

Passed away:
Marla
Trena
Pop
Grandma

Friday, August 9, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 359

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

Doing the dishes after dinner. It is so ridiculous. Ha. It is there every single day.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 358

If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose?

29

This age was after my kiddo was born, but my body didn't seem to hate me just yet. This was a good age. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 356

Describe a normal routine of your day?

A normal day routine for me... hmmm. 

I usually wake up around 7 or so. I get ready for work and head to work. I get there close to 8. My work hours are 8-4. I usually work all day and then after work I get home and walk on the treadmill first thing. I walk a mile and then I get off and do my last few exercises I need to do and then I start making dinner. 

We eat, relax after and head to bed anywhere from 9:30 - 10. 

Monday, August 5, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 355

Are you spontaneous or do you always need to have a plan?

I would like to say that I am spontaneous, but I am totally not. I am a planner 100%. My husband hates that part about me, but I need a plan. I am trying to ease up on that a bit... 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 354

Do you tend to take on leadership roles in social situations?

When needed, yes. I will definitely take on the leadership roles in a social situation. I would rather be behind the scenes and take care of what is really needed. I guess I just hate speaking in front of people, so that is what limits me doing this all the time!

Friday, August 2, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 352

What do you do to relax at the end of a stressful day?

I like to listen to music and after cooking dinner I like to go take a hot long bath with candles lit and music playing. It is my perfect relaxation to any kind of day! 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 351

Who do you text the most with each week?

It is a toss up between my friends Jenn and Amanda. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 350

Have you ever met anyone you met online?

Why yes, yes I have. My ex husband I met online. 

I have plans on meeting a few other buddies I met online, but life hasn't been to the point where I have been able to do that. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Monday, July 29, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 348

What is your favorite Christmas song?

O Holy Night sang by Celine Dion or Martina McBride is my favorite!

2nd Favorite - Once Upon a Christmas by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.