Thursday, January 23, 2020

2020 Goals

I have big goals and big plans for this year! I know that with determination and motivation I will be able to reach all my goals. Even if I have to adjust my plans to get there, I will. This is a year of transformation and I can not wait. 

We have quite a few financial goals and I know we will reach them 100%.

My weight loss goals are the same, just my plan of attach is a bit different. I lost so 36 inches last year and 30 lbs. I love those results. Because on top of that, I didn't go to the urgent care for anything in 2019 and that was HUGE! The year before I was in the urgent care 3-4 times that year. Things are going great! This year 2020, I plan to lose more weight. If the inches fall off as well great, but my focus is more weight falling off. I have big plans and different fasting goals. I got this and I am looking forward to Christmas next year when I can see all the hard work I/We put in for this new year! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year and enjoys life to the fullest. Life goes by so fast and you never know what life will bring you. Cherish every moment! Love with your whole heart and laugh every day. It is good for the soul!

Monday, January 20, 2020

9 years...

I met my husband 9 years ago on December 28th.
The rest of it is history... we started dating, got married and are living life to the fullest... we love our little family and can't imagine life without each other!

Happy 9 years of knowing you babe!
We went to Tutta Bella for our anniversary of when we met... 

 

 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Louisiana Trip

I have posted about my dad's retirement party, the cousin reunion we had, and my dad's Christmas present... This is a post about the rest of the time we had in Louisiana. 

We flew home on Wednesday December 18th. Our flight was delayed 2 hours. My poor dad sat in Houston for 2 extra hours after driving 3. What a long day for him as well. We got to my mom and dad's house at 9:30 at night and we enjoyed her delicious spaghetti she had ready for us. 

Thursday the 19th was spent just relaxing and wrapping whatever presents I had to wrap. 

 

Friday the 20th was spent getting things done for my dad's retirement party. I went to pick up his Christmas present, went to see a high school friend, went to make his Retirement board and then went home to hang out with my parent's. 


Saturday the 21st was the retirement party. After the party we went to spend the night with my brother Derrick and sis Heather. 

Sunday the 22nd we went to church with Derrick and Heather and then went to the cousin reunion. We brought my parents out to dinner. 


Monday the 23rd we went to see my godparents. My Aunt Margaret wanted me to go through her tin's she collected over the years and get what I wanted. I got quite a bit of them. I love them all. We enjoyed the warmer weather and then at 8 pm we went to see the new Star Wars with my brother Michael. 


 

Tuesday the 24th, we hung out and went to church with my parent's. Once we got back we enjoyed dinner and then my little family opened gifts. 


Wednesday the 25th, we had our family Christmas. I packed up 4 boxes to ship home and then we got our bags packed as well. And we enjoyed the evening relaxing before we started our travel day the next day. 

 
Thursday the 26th was our travel day back home. We got to the airport and through security so fast. We ended up having to wait a while before our flight. We had lunch and hung out... our flight was suppose to be 4 hours and 50 minutes, but we got home within 4 hours. So thankful for that. 

We had such a wonderful time back home with my family. It was not nearly enough time!

Monday, January 13, 2020

My Dad's Christmas Present

My PawPaw (my dad's dad) passed away February 22, 2019. He always talked about being ready to go to Heaven to be with my MawMaw who passed away when I was a little kid. His time finally came and the youngest and I were able to go down there for the funeral, which meant the world to me. 

After he passed away I started thinking about what I wanted to get my dad for Christmas. I have a friend who draws/paints pictures and she did one shortly after my PawPaw passed away and it looked AMAZING. I started to talk to her about how she does her work and told her my idea. She said she could do it and I spent the next few month's sending her money to pay for it. 

I flew home and Friday morning we went to her house to pick it up. And I loved every inch of it. It looked so amazing. I knew that my dad would love it. My idea was a picture of the two of them together again in Heaven. She made my vision come true! 

The pictures below are my dad opening it. 




Thursday, January 9, 2020

Christmas with my family...

We had such a fun time down in Louisiana for Christmas. We did our family Christmas exchange on Christmas Eve and then Christmas day we did our Christmas with the whole family. So many people, so many laughs... so many memories made! I love my family so much!

 This is my family and these 3 people are my whole world. 
 My stars... All of my mom and dad's grandkids.
 These 2 men have been making me laugh since I was a baby! Love them so much!
My wonderful parents and brothers. I don't know where I would be without these humans in my life. I am so blessed!

Monday, January 6, 2020

Cousin Reunion

I fly home to Louisiana every other year. It is just so expensive to do it yearly. I wish we could though... So, we go every other year. 

When we go home, I try to do a dinner with my cousin's. Not all of them can make it and we have such a great time together. We were all close growing up and it is just great to get together and see how we are all doing in person instead of checking on Facebook. 

This trip we planned a cousin reunion. It was for all the first cousin's, their kids (2nd cousins) and for their kids (3rd cousins). And again... what a wonderful time was had by all. We missed the ones that could not be there, but we were so thankful for the ones that did show up... What a wonderful day we had.

I am so thankful for my family and even though I do not talk to all of my cousin's on a day to day basis, I love reading about their lives and seeing pictures on Facebook. It makes my heart happy!



This picture is of all the first cousin's. We grew up all so close. I love these human's so much!!!











This picture is of all the first cousin's and the spouses. What a beautiful looking group we are!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Happy Retirement (soon) Dad


My dad is retiring in April of 2020. Since we will not be going home for a visit, we decided to have a small retirement party for him when we were home for Christmas. (I know, he didn't want one... but I have never been really good at listening.)

We had family there and some of his work buddies there. It was a wonderful day. Here is the speech that I wrote and read during the party! 

In everyone's life, perhaps, there is a person who somehow impacts you so strongly that your character is molded because of that person. In my case, that person has always been my dad.

You have always been my inspiration and my hero. I have learned so much from you over the years. I know right… you didn't think I was paying attention, did you? Thank you for being such a wonderful role model in my life.

You taught me to work hard. Now, I didn't always listen to you when I was younger and the high school years were rough, but seeing you work hard all your life has definitely taught me how to do the same in my life. I might struggle from time to time, but I always work hard and give it my all. And I learned that from you!

You taught me to always be willing to help others out if I can. I seriously can't remember of a time in my life where you weren't there for me when I needed you. I think this is definitely where I get my desire to volunteer and my willingness to help anyone I can. No matter where life takes me, I know for certain that you will always be here for me.

You taught me to be firm, but loving with my kids and always be there for them.
My divorce was one of the hardest times in my life and your email meant more to me than you will ever know. I might be off a few words, but the part of the email that changed the path I was going down was: What defines both of you at a time like this is how you move forward from this moment on. You can either let it tear you down, or you can grow from it and become a better person. I have lived that quote every single day of my life since then! So thankful for you always being here for me, despite all the grief I put you and mom through growing up. I do remember once, I was telling you a story about Cadence and how she was just being super difficult during her younger years… And I will never forget your response… Michelle, I only have one thing to say about that… Karma is a bitch. Well… if she is anything like I was as a teenager, I could use all the prayers you have!

You taught me how to be strong. During super tough times, you always made sure your wife and kids were okay. It has taken years, but I think I finally know how to be strong no matter what comes my way. I mean, the force has always been strong with you dad and I totally followed in your footsteps… Because the force is also strong with me!

You have taught me the meaning of being a loving spouse. I have seen you be an affectionate husband all these years and face all the obstacles that came in your life with patience. And I am so thankful that God brought you and my mom together all those years ago. And look at you now… you have 3 amazing kids and 12 grandkids… Okay… so I might have gotten all the looks in the family and I definitely thank you both for that one.

You all know me too well… I can go on forever, but I won't. You're welcome…
Dad, a dream come true is what your retirement really is. You have worked so very hard to get to this point in your life. You have won the admiration and respect of your family and your colleagues. Be proud of yourself dad, because I am definitely super proud of you! You are one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I couldn't imagine life with a different dad. I hope you get to do everything that you ever truly wanted to do, as you step into this exciting time in your life. And I look forward to your many texts that will come my way once you retire. Because they are truly epic aka…legendary! Happy Retirement dad!

 My dad's secretary sent me these pictures and I just had to make this poster. 
 This is the candy board that I made my dad. So funny! And after the party was over I let my nieces and nephews clean the board out one at a time. It was great!
 My dad's family! We are so proud of this man. 
He knew this barbecue we had planned was more than a regular one when his sister and brother showed up. They live an hour away.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Louisiana Fun

In 2 days, my family and I will be sitting at my parent's house in Louisiana. We decided this year to go home for Christmas and well... Christmas came so fast.

I will stick to my normal posting after the New Year... I will have plenty of things to post about our trip... so stay tuned. I will also break it up into multiple posts so it doesn't seem so long. But this momma, needs a break from all things...

I hope everyone one of you has a blessed and Merry Christmas and an even better New Year. 2020 is going to be a big year for myself and I can not wait! 

Oh... and I am sure I will share about Baby Yoda often. I am loving the new Star Wars show called the Mandalorian on Disney Plus. Loving it! I can not get enough of BABY YODA!


Thursday, December 12, 2019

Favorite Christmas Tradition

My favorite Christmas tradition that I started the first Christmas after I got a divorce is... 

Each Christmas, either before or after Christmas, the kiddo and I will go and get a new ornament for our tree. My idea is one day we can get rid of all the balls and just use our special ornaments that we have collected over the years. 

Once I got married and my husband and the oldest joined our family, they were added to this tradition as well... so now, every year we get at least 4 new ornaments, if not more. 

We are going to Louisiana this year for Christmas, so our new ornaments have been bought already. We won't have time to look before or after, so this works. 


Our new 2019 ornaments are:
- Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas
- 2019 with Jack's face in the 0 from the Nightmare Before Christmas
- A coffee mug with the Friends Logo on it
- A set of 4 Game of Thrones ornaments. Each one has the crest from each house. 
- An ornament that says Believe
- An ornament that says I so love us

Those are our new ones. I got a few extra's this year because they were on sale. 

Monday, December 9, 2019

Christmas Party Fun

My husband and I had a wonderful time at his work Christmas party. He was even able to go with me this time. The last party, he had to work and ended up getting there late. But, this year, we enjoyed the whole evening together. 

They had a wonderful food buffet with prime rib and pork. They had a dessert table. They had casino night where you won fake money and go to trade them in for tickets to try to win prizes. We didn't win this year... however the year before we won 3 gifts, so I wasn't expecting to win this year. 

I love my husband and how hard he works for our family. And I love his company. He has some great co-workers and bosses and let's just say they love my banana bread. To the point that they even told me that he might still have his job because they don't want to lose the banana bread. BAHAHAHAHAHA... 


Just a few pictures from our evening... PS... my best friend now works at the same company as well, so we got to hang out as well... (Her husband is the one who got my husband the job, so even if she didn't work there she would still be there... )


 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Favorite Christmas Songs

My favorite song of all time is... 

O Holy Night

I love when Celine Dion sings it, but any version is good. 

And my 2nd favorite song is...

Once Upon a Christmas, but Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.
I LOVE IT!

Monday, November 25, 2019

First Thanksgiving...

This will be the first Thanksgiving that will be had without my PawPaw being here. He passed away in February and boy will he be missed. 

I am so excited for my trip to Louisiana for Christmas, but this is something I am not excited about. Going home for a visit without being able to go visit with him. Thinking about it brings me to tears. But, I am so thankful I will get to have some time with my family and be able to get through it together!

Praying for all the families out there who has lost loved ones and have to go through the holiday's without them. (Definitely praying for our oldest... she lost her grandfather on her mom's side on the 12th of November and this will be such a hard holiday for them as well.)

Thursday, November 21, 2019

15 things..

15 things no one knows about you:


  1. I have not only 1 scar from the birth of my daughter, but I have 2 scars. I have one where the normal c-section scar is, but I also have one on my back where they put the epidural in. Apparently I had a really bad reaction to the tape they used and I have a scar that is about 2 inches long. It is really weird. 
  2. I can say Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in Latin. 
  3. I have worked at my job for the past 19 years... next September will be 20 years. Job hunting gives me major anxiety. Even the possibility of change gives me major anxiety. I am thankful I found a job when I was 20 that allowed me to learn and grow. 
  4. Creme Brulee is my favorite dessert. 
  5. My daughter came 3 weeks early weighing 8 lbs and 15 oz. 
  6. I can whistle quite well. 
  7. I can also twirl my tongue over. 
  8. Going to the dentist even for a cleaning, gives me major anxiety. I am so thankful I just found a new place that I love. It is helping, but I get sick to my stomach every time I make an appointment and a few days before my appointment. 
  9. I no longer have my gallbladder. 
  10. I wear men's Nike's instead of women's. The men's are naturally more wider than women's and fit me better. 
  11. One of my favorite little human's is a little girl named Justice. She belongs to my ex-husband and his wife. 
  12. I am an organizational freak. I have to have things organized the way I want them or it really stresses me out. 
  13. I can not stand cabinet doors being open. One of my biggest Pet Peeves. 
  14. I can read piano music and play a song as long as there are letters on the keys and it is not too difficult. My first love... never continued, but still play. My favorite is Christmas music. 
  15. I have 4 tattoos. I am content with what I have. My daughter would like to get a matching one with me down the road, but we shall see if she still wants to when she is older. If she does, I will definitely get a fifth tattoo for her. 

Monday, November 18, 2019

The best dessert EVER....

You know, I use to be a cheesecake girl. All kinds of cheesecakes, but my favorite was always vanilla bean from the Cheesecake Factory. 

HOWEVER... that was then. 
Now, my favorite dessert of all time is Creme Brulee... I first had it in Long Beach, WA when we went for Abe's birthday weekend many years back. And after that, my goal was to find a place that had it and try it. I haven't found one that is just as good to date, but some have come really close. 

Costco has these desserts in a box of 6. They are not bad at all. We just had them this past weekend for my friend's birthday dinner and they are just delightful. One day I will venture out and make my own, but I have not tried that yet. 


The Feast Buffet in Renton also has them... And I love going because HELLO... I pay for all you can eat and can have my fill on shrimp and lobster claws and creme brulee... it is a win for me. It's not good for me, but I enjoy it. Last time we went, I might have eaten 4 small things of Creme Brulee... and it was AMAZING!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

This past year

What are some of the top things you have learned over the past year?

I think the top thing would be that I can definitely do anything I set my mind to. I have been slow on the weight loss this year... slow and steady wins the race right? I have had to train my mind to remember my end goal every single time I have a set back. I have learned that I am not young anymore and my body takes time to heal, so I have to take it slower than when I was younger. It's hard because I don't want to. I want to reach my weight loss goal and not have to go slow, but going slow will help the skin stretch back the way it should.

I got this, it is just taking longer than I had hoped. 

Monday, November 11, 2019

How do you show yourself love?

What a hard and complicated question?

You might be thinking, did she really just say complicated?

The answer to that is yes. I have always been a giver. Of all things. I give my love, time, help to anyone and everyone that needs it. I like helping other people out so much and it is a part of who I am. In doing so, I often show myself love/care last. It is something that I have always done and something I will do forever. I come last. Every single day. 

However, over the past 11 months of fasting and working on myself, I have realized that I do need to put myself first from time to time. I need to love myself no matter how much I weigh and how much I struggle. I am beautiful and I am loved by others and I need to focus on loving myself the way others love me. 

It is such a hard thing, but I am working on that every single day... 

Some ways I show myself love is... 
Reminding myself that I am beautiful. 
Taking time to focus on me and becoming a better human. We can always improve in that area. 
And reminding myself that no matter what I am wonderful...

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Next 30 days

What are your goals for the next 30 days?

For the next 30 days my goals are:

- Continue on my weight loss journey...
- Save as much money as we can...
- Buy as many gifts as we can for Christmas so it helps with the end of next month.
- Enjoy my family!!!

Monday, November 4, 2019

A day in the life of YOU....

Some days I feel like I have nothing going on, but when I sit and think about what I have done throughout the day I get exhausted. Life didn't use to be so busy, or at least I don't think it did... again if I think back, it really has always been busy. 

I use to sleep in until the very last minute before I would get up and get ready and brush my teeth and hair and get out the door. Over the last few weeks, I have decided to start waking up earlier. I started with getting up 15 minutes earlier and then I started with 30 minutes... I now get up at 6 every morning and I have to be out of the door by 7:20. I get up and then lay in bed waking up. I will get up sometime after 6 and then will make my bed and do anything that needs to be done, like load the dishwasher, vacuum the floors, etc. I try to get a few things done each day to make sure that the evenings are a little easier on me. 

I leave the house at 7:20 each morning. I watch my kiddo walk to school and then I head to work. I only live 3.6 miles from work, so the drive is very short. I like it that way though. I commuted to work every day for many many years. I can't do that anymore. My anxiety can't handle it every single day.

I get to work and begin working at 8. Before starting to work, I will check my emails, social media, etc. Work goes from 8-4. At 1:50 I leave to pick up the kiddo and before she gets into the car, I usually do some exercising before we head back to my work to finish out the day. 


After work, I get home and will walk a mile on the treadmill. If I have done any part of the mile before now, I will just finish up what needs to be done for my mile and then might incorporate some other exercises to finish up my workout. After working out, I will usually start making dinner. I fast daily, so by 5 I am ready to eat. Some days, we eat around 6. Just depends on what I am making and what we have going on.

I will clean up after dinner and will usually take a shower/bath and then relax the rest of the night. Towards the end of my evening awake, I try to do 20-30 minutes of reading and read my devotional before I head to bed at 8:30 or 9. I know I know... so early. But I make sure I get over 5,000 steps in a day and I am always moving during the day. By 8 my body is so tired and ready to rest up for the next day's work!


This is just one of my day's... :) 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween

We went to the kiddo's aunts house for Halloween. We had dinner and after diner we went to Trick or Treating in their neighborhood. We did it last year as well and the neighborhood is really great. Such nice people. 

Here is my kiddo's little sister on her dad's side. She is so cute. 

 The kiddo as Winnie the Pooh and Justice as a leopard cat. 
 Happy Halloween from my kiddo and I
 Snap Chat Filters are AMAZING!

Monday, October 28, 2019

My favorite texts...

My favorite texts come from my dad... hands down!

About 8 times out of 10 he says something that just really makes me laugh out loud. The older that man gets, the more hilarious he gets with his words. 

He is amazing and I am so blessed to be his daughter!

Thursday, October 24, 2019

24 things that make me smile

1. My husband
2. Cadence
3. Isa
4. Baby Justice
5. Baby MacKenzie
6. The Ocean
7. Mount Rainier
8. My friends
9. My flowers in my front yard
10. Listening to the girls giggle from their room
11. My brother Derrick
12. My brother Michael
13. My sis Heather
14. My sis Michelle
15. My dad when he texts me - more like laughs...
16. Seeing anyone do a good deed for others
17. My paycheck... until I pay bills
18. Seeing my family and friends being happy in life
19. The rain
20. The sunsets
21. Did I say the ocean??? The sound of the waves makes me smile...
22. Going home to visit my family
23. My boss
24. My life... 

Monday, October 21, 2019

Out of the Darkness Suicide Walk 2019

I started doing this walk last year with my good friend Amanda after she lost her brother to suicide in 2018. This was our 2nd year doing it and we will do it every single year that we can. This year, I asked my kiddo's if they wanted to do it with us and without hesitation they said yes. I was a little worried that they would be too cold or it would be too long of a walk for them. They were ROCKSTARS. I seriously mean that. They were there to support us and to love us and it was amazing. They told us at the end that they had so much fun and hope they can do it next year. I told them they can do it every single year with us!

Together we are Team MJT. We would love anyone to join us every year. The more the better... We were able to raise just over $1,000 this year for suicide prevention. Next year it will be more. This will be our family fundraiser that we will do every year. 

Next year however, we will be making us sweatshirts and/or button's. So many ideas we have running through our heads. 

I walk in memory of my cousins Marla Faye and Trena. Marla Faye died from suicide when I was 13. I found out really quickly how suicide can affect one family. And then 6 short years later my 16 year old cousin Trena died from suicide. Her death completely changed me. I really can not explain it... I just know it changed the course of my life from that day forward. 

So, we walk remember them, to support other families who have gone through the same thing and we walk to honor them! It isn't a long walk, but man there are hills... And my body HATES hills... but in walking yesterday I told the oldest kiddo that I am okay with the pain, because my pain is not nearly what their pain was when they died. 

Their pain ended when they died... but their families pain began when they died. 
You are never alone. Reach out to your family/friends and last resort the suicide hotline is always open. The suicide hotline number is 800-273-8255. You can also chat with someone online if you go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat. Please know that there are people out there that will and want to help you!


 
I took a picture of the cross streets of where we parked. It just so happened we parked on John Street. John is the name of my friends brother. 
                                       








Thursday, October 17, 2019

My blog name..

My blog name is www.peanutsmommyblog.com. I came up with that name because when my kiddo was smaller her dad would call her peanut. So, when I was trying to find a blog that fit who I was, it just worked. I wanted peanutsmommy, but that was taken. It looks like it isn't anymore, so I might try to update it. But I am peanuts mommy. I always will be, no matter how old she gets. 


Monday, October 14, 2019

My Childhood Home

My childhood home was amazing. I mean, we only had 1 bathroom for the 5 of us, but the memories we made were incredible. The house had wooden walls in the majority of the house. My bedroom and my brothers bedroom had normal walls and they were each painted different. We had one small bathroom and a bath tub. I didn't know what life was like with a shower until I moved out on my own. HA!

We had a nice size back yard and the best part, my best friend lived right behind my house. We climbed the fence a lot and when we got older, we walked on both sides of my house to get to her house and vice versa. We had huge pine trees all over our yard. Yep, I remember them because we were constantly helping my dad fill trash bags of the needles. That was not so fun, but we lived! 


We had a basketball hoop in our driveway and we definitely put that thing through a lot. I remember playing with my brothers and my dad often. Our neighborhood was a good one. We had a lot of friends and we were always outside. I can't remember a time in my life when we would rather stay inside verses being out with our friends. It was a wonderful childhood memory and I loved that house.

It was later destroyed by a hurricane when a tree fell through the middle of it. My parent's no longer lived there, but it was still sad to see it destroyed...

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Homecoming 2019

This girl had her first homecoming this past weekend.
Her instagram post said that she had more fun than she thought she would have. 

I  met her about 4 months after she turned 6. Now she is 14 and I couldn't imagine life without this beautiful soul in my life. She might drive me crazy from time to time, but I sure do love her!