Thursday, October 22, 2020

Improvement...

What's improved about your life from this time last year?

We bought a house. We now have our own place to call our own. 
The girls each have their own room. We have a big yard. We LOVE our new home. 

We were very upset when we were being evicted from our duplex so they could remodel the unit, but you know what. God provided. He provided a new home for us to call our own and make new memories in. 

And we are in love!

Monday, October 19, 2020

Hurricane Delta

My heart is just so heavy for Louisiana. It's so hard knowing what everyone is going through back in my home town.

Hurricane Laura hit the Louisiana coast in the direct path of my home town a little over 6 weeks ago. Last week Hurricane Delta hit just 13 miles east of where Laura hit. So, it didn't make a direct hit, but still close enough to cause more damage to all those houses that already had damage from Laura.

Hurricane Delta was the 4th named storm of 2020 to hit Louisiana, as well as a record-breaking tenth storm to hit the US. 

A lot of the people evacuated and still hadn't returned home after Laura hit. 
About 5,600 people were still living in hotels 6 weeks after Laura because their homes were so destroyed by Laura. 
About 6,000 homes still had tarps on them from Laura. 

Yes, Delta was a weaker storm, but because of all the destruction from Laura, it caused even more damage to many homes. 

Please pray for the south. There is so much damage and destruction and it is taking a lot longer to get things repaired with COVID. I just hurt for my home town. The people are tired. They are exhausted and they are devastated. 

However, they are strong and they will get through it all!

Praying for my home state and my family and friends. 2020 has been a really hard year for everyone!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Best advice given...


When I was going through the first stages of getting a divorce with my ex-husband, I emailed my dad to fill him in on all the things going on. Actually saying the words out loud stung and I just couldn't do it yet, so I emailed him. 

I wish I had kept the email because it was such a great email, but the best advice I have ever received was from him during this time in my life. He said something similar to the above quote. He said, that our divorce does not define us... what defines us is how we pick ourselves back up after the divorce. I lived those words from that day forward. I think in my life it has really helped me grow as a person. I love my dad so much and these words will say in my mind for the rest of my life!

Thanks dad for always being there for me... for always being willing to help in the hard times and the great times. You are my rock and I love you more than you can even imagine!

 

Monday, October 12, 2020

K-POP

The kiddo is a huge fan of K-POP. She has been a fan for over the past year. It is cute. She loves them. 

Lately, I have been having her with me when I go to work because of COVID. I told her when she is with me she can select the music we listen to. Most of the time it is K-Pop. She either listens to the group BTS or Stray Kids. Lately it has been more Stray Kids. 

Today she asked me if I was humming along to one of the songs. I was. It's catchy, I just don't know the words to most of the songs. She says... that's awesome. And the smile on her face made my day great. It's the little things in life that make my heart happy. This is one of them. Letting her listen to her K-Pop and having a great time with her is priceless. I won't get this time back. So, I am going to enjoy ever second I can. And if that means, dancing along and singing/sometimes humming, so be it. 

Stray Kids are above and BTS is below...

Thursday, October 8, 2020

My Childhood

I am from Sulphur, LA.When I was a child our area code was 318. 
If you had a pool you were KING of the block, otherwise you played in a sprinkler to stay cool or you waited for a big storm and played in the flooded area in your neighborhood. Eating ice cream was a treat on a hot day. You took your school clothes off as soon as you got home and put on your play clothes. We had to do our homework before being allowed outside to play.
We went to school everyday. Our phone hung on the wall in the kitchen and had a long cord, there was no private conversation or cell phones! We played Mother May I, Hopscotch, Cops and Robbers, 1,2,3 Not It, Red Light Green Light, Red Rover, Hide & Seek, Truth or Dare, Tag, Baseball, Kick Ball, Dodge Ball, and rode bikes. Girls could spend hours playing Barbies or house. Boys played football in the street, basket ball in the school yard and jumped their bikes with scrap wood ramps. There was no bottled water; we drank from the tap or the water hose (warm). Staying in the house was a punishment and the only thing we knew about "bored"--- "You better find something to do before I find it for you!"
We ate dinner at the table and We ate what mom made for dinner or we ate nothing at all. Eating out at a restaurant was a huge deal that only happened for very special occasions. Fast food was a bologna/ham or pb&j sandwich to take outside in the yard .
We watched cartoons on Saturday mornings, and rode our bikes for hours and ran around in the streets until dark.We weren't AFRAID OF ANYTHING.
School was mandatory and teachers were people who you could TRUST and respect. We watched our MOUTHS around our elders because ALL of our Aunts, Uncles, Grandpas and Grandmas AND our Parents best friends were also our PARENTS (they COULD & WOULD WHOOP Y'ALL!,) and you didn't want them telling your PARENTS if you misbehaved.
These were the good ole days. Kids today will never know how it feels to be a real kid. I loved my childhood...!!! Good Times!



Monday, October 5, 2020

Made you a better person...

What is a life experience (good or bad) that has made you a better person? 

I know this sounds horrible to say, but my divorce is what I would say. 

If it wasn't for my divorce, I would never have gotten to where I am now in my life. I have a great husband and a bonus daughter. 

I also have a cute little kiddo that means the world to me and you know what's funny about that? She is my ex-husband and his wife's little girl. We hang out as much we can and we all have a great time together. My husband and my ex get along great. I get along great with my ex's wife. It is all great times together. 

Because of our divorce, we found the best life we can have with our perfect mates. 
And I am so thankful for all of us!



Thursday, October 1, 2020

Boundaries


When did you last push the boundaries of your comfort zone? 


I think the last thing I did that pushed my boundaries is my weight loss. I have had to push myself in ways I never thought I could to get to my goals in weight loss. I have so far to go and I am not even close to being where I want to be, but I have to crush those boundaries each and every day to get closer to where I want to be. 


Monday, September 28, 2020

Somebody Stop Me... I'm SMOKIN!

 Well... I got a new toy!
It is a Cricut. I had one before, but it was an older model and it did not work with the online program. So, I got a newer model and I absolutely LOVE it.

I am having so much fun making things. The biggest thing I am making right now is face masks. I am not selling them for profit. I have no interest to make money off my friends and family. I am just asking that they pay for the supplies I use and the postage if I have to ship them. It is so much fun creating these for people. 

I just ordered some vinyl to be able to make car decals and I am so so so excited for those sheets. I have so much to learn with my new toy, but I think I am doing pretty great so far. 


Check out a few masks I made for myself.


I made this mask to use for the Suicide Walk my friend and I do every year. It is to remember my cousins who I lost to suicide. It turned out so good! I love it. 


And then a few for fun... The Saints one to support my team and the Jack Skellington one to wear when it gets closer to October. I mean... so fun!


Thursday, September 24, 2020

Hurricane Laura


Because 2020 is not stressful enough, let's throw in a few hurricane's to make it a little more stressful. 


Hurricane Laura hit Southwest Louisiana on August 27th as a category 4. She hit my home town of Sulphur, Louisiana head on. She came in with wind gusts of 137 miles per hour. She was the strongest hurricane to hit the gulf coast in over 164 years. It was also the 10th strongest US hurricane to make landfall. 

There were 27th deaths in the state of LA and over 8.7 billion dollars in damages.

My brothers just got power on in the last week. One aunt got it back 2 weeks ago, and the other family members are still waiting. Even though the power is back on, there is no internet. 

I have seen pictures and just can't believe all the damage that was done down there. If you want to see what a hurricane 4 was like, watch this video here. It shows what it was like to be in the hurricane throughout the whole night and then shows the damage that was around the city. 

And not even 2 weeks later and Hurricane Sally is about to hit the Eastern side of Louisiana. Feels a lot like 2005 just in reverse. Can the gulf coast please just get a break after this one? We need to get all the roofs on the homes fixed up before a big storm comes through again...



Monday, September 21, 2020

Happy 8th Anniversary


I decided to take today and tomorrow off work. My husband and I are celebrating our 8 year anniversary tomorrow and I had some extra days to take off this year, so I wanted a few days off. We aren't doing anything too exciting because of COVID. 

This man, God knew... was what my life needed.
With this man, I found my soulmate.
I found the place where my heart will forever lie. 

I found the man that loves me unconditionally and supports every thing I do. 
I found a man, who brought a bonus daughter into my life and with that came so much extra added laughter. My girls have such a great bond and I love hearing their laughter...

Every day I thank God for bringing this man into my life.
Happy 8th anniversary my love!
Thank you for all you have given me in our life together. I look forward to our future together. 


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Out there making memories...

I took a week off work this summer. We didn't have any plans really, I just needed some time off. My parents were suppose to come up this summer, but thanks to COVID that did not happen. Leaving me with extra vacation days...

The first day of my vacation I decided to get the girls up early and take a road trip. We left and headed to Ruby Beach. That was our first stop. We of course made a stop at Dutch Bro's for them to get a delicious beverage. 

We made it to Ruby Beach. And boy was I super thankful that we decided to go to this beach. It was absolutely AMAZING. There was so much beauty there, it was breath taking. We stayed there for a few hours before we headed to Forks. 






We finally got to Forks and went around looking at all the Twilight places. The girls seemed like they had a fun time. They even got them a Forks sweatshirt. 


On the way home, we stopped at Crescent Lake. This was Isa's favorite place of the trip. It is so beautiful and the water is so awesome.


We got home a little before 6 pm. What a wonderful day we had. I let the girls play music the entire trip and they LOVED that. All and all, it was a great road trip with my girls!

Monday, September 14, 2020

2020 - First Day of School

The oldest started school September 3, 2020. A week past when she originally starts school. This year her school is doing virtual learning. She will be doing 3 classes each quarter and they will be doing their learning from the morning to about 12:30. And then the afternoon will be for her to do homework, or anything else she needs to do for school. 

She is now in 10th grade. 

The youngest started school on September 9, 2020. Since COVID started her dad and stepmom have been working from home. So, the kiddo has been going to their house every other week. It helps her with sitting at my work every day.

Well... her first day of school was on a week that she went to her dad's house. I have NEVER missed her first day of school, so I decided to take the day off and spend the day at her dad's house with her. I also watched her little sister as well, while the adults worked. It was a great day. She was so surprised and her face was priceless. It was a great day being with her and spending that first day with her. 

She is now a 7th grader. Where is the time going..........................................




Thursday, September 10, 2020

Karma

If Karma was coming back to you, would it help or hurt you? 

Help I believe. I haven't really done anything bad to anyone to make Karma come back and hurt me. 

I have tried to live my life the best I can and make sure that I treat everyone how I wish they would treat me. I try to be kind. I try to be loving. And hope that I get those returned to me. 

Monday, September 7, 2020

Bravest Thing

What is the bravest thing you have ever done?

I think that the bravest thing I have done so far in my life is gotten a divorce and stayed in Washington State raising my kiddo as a single parent. 


It took a lot of patience and determination to make sure I could make it all work and make sure my baby girl was taken care of. 

Thursday, September 3, 2020

10 Commandments for Work

What are your 10 commandments for your job?

In honor of my 20 years in the insurance industry, I figured I would share some of my wisdom. Here are 10 things that are important to me and that I follow each and every day.


  1. Always be courteous. 
  2. No matter how upset the customer is, always listen to their concern. They are upset for a reason. 
  3. Do your best every day. 
  4. Give 100%.
  5. Make sure to check your work. You might be experienced and have been doing this for 20 years, but you still can make mistakes. 
  6. Remember to smile. A smile can go a long way.
  7. Don't forget where you came from. Use your manners and always be respectful. 
  8. Do your best to be kind. Kindness is something that should never be forgotten. 
  9. Never let anyone walk all over you. 
  10. Be happy. Life is too short to not be happy!

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Terrifying Situation

What was the most terrifying situation you have ever been in? 

The most terrifying situation I have ever been through is when my dad was running in the Boston Marathon. It was the year they had the terrorist attacks. My dad's tracker dude stopped running on the map online and I got a horrible feeling in my stomach. 

And then my brother texted asking me if I heard from my parents and then told me to turn on the news. My heart dropped in my chest. And then all the texts and messages came through... 

That was by far the worst hour of my life. Wondering where my dad was, wondering if he was okay, wondering if my mom was okay... So many questions going through my mind. 

Monday, August 24, 2020

Favorite Dish

What is your favorite dish to cook for your friends?

I think my favorite is my white chicken chili crockpot recipe. I put it in the crockpot and it cooks for 8-10 hours and we are good. And it is so good. I just cook up some corn bread and then dinner is done!

Quick and Easy

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Next Vacation

My next big vacation, I would love it to be in Louisiana. My parents and I usually rotate what years we travel. We went last year so they were suppose to come this year... however... COVID happened and that is not happening this year. My mom is considered high risk, so I completely get it.

We will probably not see them until 2021, but I would love to go see them.

Because that is not realistic this year... I would like to take a few day trips with the girls. Our first day trip will be to do the Twilight Tour in Forks, WA. We can do that, while social distancing. I made the list of our route already...

We will get up around 6 am and head out with food in tow. We will stop at the places below in order:
- Ruby Beach - I have never been here and it is so close to La Push so we will hit this up first in the morning to be able to get out and enjoy our time at a new place.
- Forks - we will hit up all the locations for the Twilight Tour.
- La Push - if this is open. If not, we will skip this time around. We plan to go down the road and rent a cabin with the girls.
- Sol Duc Falls - we will see about this as well. It is so beautiful, but we will play this one by how the girls are feeling...
- Lake Crescent
- Port Angeles
- Hit up anywhere else we can find to have fun...

We are watching the Twilight movies now to prepare for our girls trip and I can not wait. We are doing this in less than a week and we can't wait... Woo hoo!

Monday, August 10, 2020

Happy Birthday Mackenzie....

Today I decided to take the day off and hang out with my friend Amanda and her 2 year old Mackenzie. She turns 2 today. My youngest kiddo and I went to McDonald's for breakfast and headed over to hang out all day long.

What a fun day we had. We enjoyed time together. Relaxing and just having a day off is great!

Thursday, August 6, 2020

What are your go-to Apps?

The ones that I use the most are:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Fitbit
  • Runtastic Pro
  • Victory
  • Skyward
  • Snapchat
  • Gmail
  • And then all my streaming apps :) 

Monday, August 3, 2020

What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen in nature?

Definitely my trip to La Push, Washington.

On this trip everything was just so breath taking. The drive was just so beautiful. You are driving through the Olympic National Park. And then you stop at little places like, Port Angeles that just has amazing vies. On the way there, we also stopped at Sol Duc Falls and we hiked through the park to get to the falls. It was so amazing.

Once we got to La Push, we stayed in a cabin on first beach. And if that wasn't incredible itself, we took time to hike through the forest to get to Second Beach. The hike wasn't so bad. Once we got there, we had to take the man made stairs all the way to the beach. Hiking those stairs on the way back was pretty rough. But it was WELL worth it. We also went to Rialto Beach while we were down there.

The whole trip was AMAZING. I want to take our girls to do this exact trip one day soon. I want them to be able to see the amazing beauty of nature. So breath taking!

Thursday, July 30, 2020

5 years

Tomorrow marks 5 years that I have been a MOPS volunteer. I have been involved with MOPS for a total of 9 years. And let me tell you, I absolutely LOVE it. MOPS has been such a huge part of my life and I will probably never not be a part of it.

After I got divorced and I met Abe, he introduced me to a new church. I loved it, so we became members and I quickly found out about MOPS. I joined and it was such a great experience for me. I got to meet some new people and the kiddo went to child care while I spent 2 hours enjoying adult momma time. It was great. I joined the leadership team shortly after joining and the following year I became coordinator. After I was done coordinating, I became a MOPS ministry coach. After that I became a community coach. I coached my groups and a few other coaches. After that I became a Special Projects Volunteer. I basically do all the things for our Facebook group and I create our event registration pages and Facebook event pages. I help in any way I can. I love it. I also help moderate the MOPS Coordinators group. I usually will approve posts and I am in charge of approving ladies to enter the group. It keeps me busy, but I love it.

I can't believe that 5 years on the volunteer team has gone by so quickly! In honor of my 5 years, I am going to the link to donate to MOPS. If you feel led, consider donating to MOPS. Your donation could be distributed a number of different ways. You could choose to use your donation for general, which would be used where most needed to support groups and moms. You could choose to donate to the International side, which would support the expansion of MOPS outside the US. Or you could choose to donate to the scholarship side, which would make MOPS accessible for groups and moms who can't afford participation fees. What a wonderful gift your donation would make. If you feel led to donate, please click here.

If you are interested in joining MOPS, please comment below. It is a great resource for mom's with kids from birth to kindergarten. In our MOPS, every other week we either had craft or a speaker. It was such an amazing thing as a mom to experience. And I love my MOPS friends. I have made some wonderful friendships from my time with MOPS. I can help you find a group near you.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Morning or Night

Are you a morning or a night person? Why?

I AM NEITHER! HA...

It is very rare these days if I can stay up past 11. I am constantly on the go and now that I work out most days, by 9 I am ready to get my things done to go to bed. I usually go to bed between 9:30 and 10:30.

I get up most days between 6 and 8. On the weekends I would love to sleep in more, but in our new house we have a skylight that lets the light in. We will get a shade for it at some point, but for now, I get up and start my day.

I am not a napper either, so that really sucks!

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Who is your best friend from your home town?

I am the 2nd kid from the right in this picture and my best friend Heather is the 3rd kid from the right. We have been friends since we were 2. Man... this year makes 38 years of us being a part of each others lives. I can not be more thankful for this person. She has been through thick and thin with me... from age 2 to age 40. I can not imagine a life without her in it.

Monday, July 20, 2020

If you were given $10,000, what would you spend it on?

I think the first thing I would do is spend a lot of it on a new wardrobe for ALL of us. Myself, my husband and both the kids. We are all changing and we all need things, but money comes and goes and we just can't go get a lot of stuff for all of us all the time.

And then after that, I would probably spend whatever is left over and spend a little on a vacation for our little family and then the rest would go into savings.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Things you wish you learned when you were in high school...

that would help you more in the future...

I think the biggest would be handing my finances. The knowledge of starting a savings for your retirement, making sure to start a normal savings for emergencies... using a check register...

Also, cooking. I never watched my momma cook. She is an excellent cook, but I was never interested in watching her cook, so I learned the hard way. On my own. Ha!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Color Street Fun

I have found something that I absolutely LOVE. I have always had short nails. I figured I would always have them since my past history with trying to grow my nails out was never a good one. My nails were always so thin they would break all the time. 

Well, I found something that works for me and my nails are (for the first time in my life) growing and are growing strong. I no longer have brittle weak nails. I have strong thriving nails and I love it. 

Almost 3 weeks ago my friend Shauna told me that she started selling Color Street Nail Strips. I have tried Jamberry nail stickers before and wasn't a huge fan. I figure since she was a friend starting out in her nail business, I would support her and order. I bought 3 sets of stickers and I got one free. 

The following week the Patriotic nails came out and I got those as well. I bought 3 and got 1 free. This was before I even tried my first strip! I got the first ones I had bought and did my own nails. I did my first set while on a zoom call that lasted an hour. I spent the hour cleaning up my cuticles and applying my first set. No heat required. Since my nails were short, I was able to cut my strips in half. So, no only did I do my first manicure set with them, I have a 2nd set waiting for future use. 

I loved them. My nails looked so good. No smudges, no chips, no peeling... it was amazing. I think my first nail chipped around day 7, but I broke a part of my nail off, so I think that is why it chipped. I changed the out on day 8. Not because they looked bad, but because I got my Patriotic ones and wanted Stars and Stripes for the 4th of July. And then 8 days later I wanted to try a new set, so I changed it up. It is so new, it's fun to have new nail color on. I will get to the point where I wait longer... But, for now... I am having a blast. 

Because I love them so much, I have decided to have a nail party. It is all done on Facebook. If you are my friend on FB, let me know and I can add you to the group. If not and would like to check these awesome strips out, click here. My party is going from July 17 through July 25th. They even have buy 3 get 1 free. Except for the french manicure. That is buy 1, get 1 free. 

I am so amazed by how well they work. One day I will sign up to sell them and be able to benefit from that, but for now... I will use my friend. 

Let me know if you have any questions... 

Monday, July 13, 2020

What is your biggest dream?

My biggest dream is to get to my goal weight.

I have been working very hard at this over the past year and a half and I will continue to work on this until I reach my goal weight. I just can not wait to be at my goal weight and my body feel so much better.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

What is the oldest thing you own?

The oldest thing that I own is my baby book and school book my momma kept for me. I love going through those and looking back on the memories of when I was a baby and in school.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

If you could eliminate anything from your daily routine...

What would it be?

I think the one thing I would eliminate if I could, would be to get rid of doing clothes. It isn't necessarily the washing and drying of clothes, but it is the folding and putting away that gets me...