Monday, December 31, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 138

Everything good that has happened this last week?

Christmas was a great time.
We had a family lunch at our house with our friends and family and the girls opened all their gifts and just had a great time. Lots of love and laughter in our home. 

We had a great year!

Ready to begin the new year more focused than ever!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 137

Something you would change about the world if you could?

All the hate in the world. 

Saturday, December 29, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 136

What is your focus for this week?

To get my goals for January together and get motivated to get them done!
Big goals for 2019. 

Friday, December 28, 2018

Thursday, December 27, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 134

How are you different now compared to this time last year?

I don't think I am that different. I have definitely aged more. I am more tired and my body aches more. But other than that, I don't think I am any different!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 133

Qualities you look for in a husband?

Trust worthy
Handsome is always nice

Monday, December 24, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 131

A habit that you want to pick up?

A healthy eating habit with sticking to it. 
I don't eat super bad, just the habit of eating breakfast and lunch and making sure I stick to lower calorie stuff!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 130

The best compliment you have ever received?

Work compliments never get old. A few of my favorites:

- I am really going to miss working with you. You have been an absolute pleasure to know and top notch at what you do. 

- Thank you sooooooo much!! It is great to know in this crazy small business world, that I got you!!!

- Oooohhhh... u r MAGIC!!!

- Thanks! And in case we haven't told you lately... we really appreciate all that you do for us!

- We are in AZ, and we will be home in a couple of weeks. It feels good having you there, looking out for us. Thank you very much!

- Thank you so much Michele. Truly. There are no words to express how grateful I am to you for everything you have done and put up with. You have really had our backs through out this whole process and that has been very comforting with everything going haywire. 

- Thank you Michelle. It is wonderful to have someone like you to help with all these little "prickies" that seem to come up from time to time... You are great!

Saturday, December 22, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 129

Something you have never told your parents?

I don't know honestly. I have never lied to them if they asked me something directly.

Friday, December 21, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 128

What is something bothering you this very second?

Nothing really. Just getting ready for Christmas and preparing myself mentally to not have the kids this year. The years we do not have them are always harder, but ready for them to be home and opening gifts surrounded by laughter!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 127

The last time you laughed so hard your stomach hurt?

It is usually once a week with the people I hang out with. We are definitely never short of a good laugh. When I am having a rough week, I will call the ones that make me laugh and it does a body good!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 126

A teacher or professor you learned most from?

Mrs. Perkins my high school Latin teacher.
She always made sure we did our work, but she made it fun. She made sure we always were interacting with each other and making sure we knew what was going on before moving on.

She was pretty great!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 125

Someone you are especially thankful for this past year?

All of my family and friends. 
Life would be pretty boring without all of them!

Monday, December 17, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 124

Something sweet you were told that made you cry?

I don't cry often. Usually when it is bad news or hard times I cry, but not because of something sweet. 

Comments like you are the best mom ever, or best step mom ever or best day ever... those comments are my favorite and warm my heart!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 123

What is a list of your all-time favorite holiday songs?

O Holy Night
Once Upon a Christmas
Silent Night
Jingle Bells
Jingle Bell Rock

Saturday, December 15, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 122

What is your favorite quotes?

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."

Friday, December 14, 2018

Thursday, December 13, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 120

A time you learned from a mistake?

Never let anyone borrow money that you have worked hard to save. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 119

What is your definition of success?

Being happy with what you are doing in life.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 118

What will be the same or different in your life one year from today?

I am hoping to be healthier in our lives in a year from today. I am hoping to be down at least 60 lbs in a year. 

Monday, December 10, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 117

Three predictions for the coming year?

- We will be able to pay off all our debt to be able to buy a house. 
- We will be able to move into our new house. 
- I will be able to get my weight down under 250 lbs. GOALS...

Sunday, December 9, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 116

A list of things you can do to help others?

- Always be nice. Being nice is one of the best things you can do for someone. 
- Be honest and always be willing to listen.
- Cook meals for them if they are in need. 

- Offer to help in any way. 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 115

Favorite Christmas candy?
Hot cocoa kisses and candy cane kisses. 

Favorite Christmas goodie to make?
My mom's Chinese Chews and Ritz peanut butter crackers covered in chocolate. They are a favorite for everyone who has tried them!

Favorite Christmas song?
Once Upon a Christmas by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

Favorite Christmas Movie?
Miracle on 34th Street the remake ~

Favorite Ornament?
All of them. When it was just Cadence and I, I started getting us a new ornament every year. We each got to pick out our favorite one and it was our new ornament for that year. Now that Abe and Isa are a part of our family we get 4 new ornaments a year. It has been my favorite tradition. I love decorating our tree and the girls trying to remember which ones they picked out. 

Friday, December 7, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 114

What is a quality you most admire about your co-worker?

I don't have a co-worker, other than my boss. 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 113

A secret you want to let go of?

I don't hold onto secrets. It doesn't do anyone any good. I have none. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 112

Name a person who is no longer in your life?

There are a list of them that caused extra drama during my divorce. A divorce is hard enough without people trying to embarrass me and my family. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 111

What is your favorite Christmas memory?

My favorite Christmas memory is growing up with my brothers. My mom did Christmas great. We always had traditions we did and it was a blast growing up. 

Now, I get to make my own memories with my kiddos. One of my favorites now is every Christmas we each pick out a new ornament for our tree. One day we will be able to replace all the balls we have with just our special ornaments. I just got a new one in July when mom and dad were here. I got a ferry ornament and it will remind me when we took the ferry over to Vashon Island and ventured out. 

MEMORIES... they are the best!

Monday, December 3, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 110

A skill you want to acquire and why?

The skill to be an awesome cook. I mean, Abe says I am pretty great at times, but I mean, I want it to be easy for me. I wish I had the skill to cook a meal without needing a recipe.

When I say that, I mean these delicious ones from Hello Fresh type of meals. I can cook steak/chicken and sides.  But the really good ones is what I mean. 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 109

What is your biggest goal for 2019?

Paying off our bills so we can get our credit score where it needs to be to be able to buy our house. We can do it!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 108

How a book has affected you?

The only thing I can think of is reading a motivational book and realizing I am pretty awesome at this thing called life in my own way.

Friday, November 30, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 107

Your greatest challenge and how you overcame it?

Weight loss has definitely been my greatest challenge. I am still working on it and man it is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. 

I have not overcome it yet, but I will one day!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 106

A family member who means the most to you?

All of them mean the world to me in different ways. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 105

Could you be taking better care of yourself?

I am working on it. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 104

Three fears you want to overcome this year?

My fear of not being able to buy a house. 
My fear of my body always having issues. 
My fear of never being able to lose all this extra weight that I don't need. 

Monday, November 26, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 103

What is your Christmas wish?

Nothing. I just want my family to be happy. We don't have the kids this year for Christmas so it is usually a more lonelier Christmas for Abe and I, but we try to make the best out of it. We just can't wait for the following weekend when we will have the kids and can enjoy our Christmas holiday with them! 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 102

Three things that you would grab from your home during an emergency?

Other than my kids...
My purse
My safe
C's school box

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 100

The most unfair thing that has ever happened to you?

I think in all reality I would say my dad's mom passing away when I was 4. Before I really got a chance to know her. 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 99

If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for?

- All our student loans and credit card debt to be gone. 
- That my kids would thrive this year in school and leave elementary/middle school better than they were when they started. 
- That I can stay focused on the weight loss. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 98

A time you helped someone?

The last time I helped someone that made me feel good was when my friend Amanda had her first child. I made some freezer meals for her to put in the freezer and cook whenever they wanted something easy to make. It makes me feel good when I am able to help in that way. It isn't a big thing on my end, but to someone else it might be a huge difference!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 97

A lesson you have learned from a friend.

Life is hard. You have to do your best and live the best life you can for you and no one else!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 94

A time you were most disappointed by someone?

I am disappointed in people all the time. People are so harsh and can be so mean. The worst part about it is, they really have no idea the effect their words and actions have on people. It makes me super sad. 

Friday, November 16, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 93

A time you surprised yourself?

When I was able to support myself after my divorce. Man, divorce is hard enough with all the emotions. I was super proud and surprised that I was able to navigate my life after the divorce with finances and with my kiddo. I did rather well. 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 92

The most difficult decision you have ever had to make?

To move to Washington State. 
Most difficult, but best thing I ever did for myself.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 91

Things you take for granted every day?

I don't think I take anything for granted. I try to live my life being thankful for every day and all the things we have and are able to have. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 90

Something you have always wanted to do?

Finish up my stars tattoo. I have to add some initials for my nieces and nephews and have them add on with more stars since I have more than what I have. 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 88

Describe your perfect weekend?

My perfect weekend is a weekend where we have NO plans. We are able to just sit and relax and listen to our kids laugh/giggle together. 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 87

How are you the same or different from your child self?

I am stronger. 
I am smarter. 
I am more relaxed. 
I am more confident. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 86

Things that make you happy?

- My husband.
- My kiddos.
- My family.
- My friends.
- New babies to snuggle.
- Seeing everyone happy. 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 85

A moment or experience that changed your life:

I would say meeting Justin and then deciding to move my life to Washington state. That changed my life. I think for the better. I have been in Washington state for 19 years and I have to say that I have not always loved every minute of it and it has been hard at times, but I am so thankful I made this choice back in 1999. 

I love love love living up here. The weather is great. Winters are a little drizzly, but it is awesome weather. I love the rain, I love the snow (as long as I don't have to drive in it), I love the summers, I love the springs and falls. It is just an all around beautiful place to live. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 84

A day that you would like to forget?

I don't think there is one day that I would like to forget. Maybe the day I was raped would be one of the top day's. But, every thing that has happened in my life has made me into the person I am today. You take away any one of the things that some people would like to forget and you take away a part of me that made me, me.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 83

One memory you will never forget?

This one will probably be the day my cousin Trena and Marla Faye passed away. Both to suicide. What a horrible thing to have to go through not only once, but a second time in your family! 

Suicide is no joke. It is a serious illness. If you or anyone you know are depressed and have had suicide thoughts, please call the suicide help line at 800-273-8255.

Monday, November 5, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 82

Did you expect your life to be the way it is today?

I definitely did not see my life going in this direction no. I never thought I would be living in another state completely happy with life, but I am. Yes, I miss my family very much down south, but my life here is quite amazing and for that I hope my family understands. 

I was not meant to live the small town life. I was meant to flourish and that is what I am doing here in Washington state. I love every part of my life. And I am extremely thankful for everything that has brought me to this point in my life!

The journey has definitely not always been an easy one, but right now... today... I am extremely content with life and very happy!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 81

What is the most important thing that you have learned?

You can not make EVERYONE happy, so stop trying. 
I have always done my best to make everyone happy around me. Growing up I have definitely learned that no matter what you do and what you say, you are never able to make everyone happy. There will be those certain few that think what you are doing in life is wrong and not the way it should be done. 

You can only make yourself happy! Get rid of the negativity in your life and life your life for you and no one else. They aren't living your life for you... so why try to make them happy?

Saturday, November 3, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 80

Are you close with your siblings?


We are close in different ways. My brother closest to me in age has always been my buddy. We can see each other and nothing ever changes. We can talk about old times and new times and just have a great time together. 

My older brother came here earlier this year and that was a wonderful experience. We had a wonderful few days bonding and doing fun things together and just spending time together. I will forever be thankful for that time with him. We didn't always get along... there were hard times, but we are at a great place in our lives. 

I am very thankful for my brothers. I don't know where I would be if they weren't a part of my life!

Friday, November 2, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 79

Who is the most important person in your life?

My family.
My husband.
My kiddos.

They are the most important people in my life. After them there are many family and friends that are in that list! I have a great life with some really great people in it. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 78

What is the most meaningful item you own?

My most meaningful item I own would be my hope chest. 
My godparents brought it back from Saudi Arabia for me when I was younger and it has been with me ever since. It was one of the things I was able to bring with me from Louisiana and I am so thankful. I love it. It is so beautiful and hand carved and it makes me think of them every day!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 77

If you could take back one moment, what would it be?

I would say, not one! 
I have had to endure all that I have been through to get to this point in my life!
Taking back that one moment, might change the course of my life!
No, thank you!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 76

If you could apologize for one thing to your parents, what would it be?

The only thing I would apologize for is hurting them when I moved so far away. I know that they never expected me to move so far away and I know that they miss me so much every day! I just hope they can see how happy I am and know that this was my path in life and it was the best path!

Monday, October 29, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 75

What would you do if you were the last person on earth?

I have no idea, honestly. I am a talker. I talk all the time and to not have anyone to talk to, I would probably just ramble all day to myself, to God, to whatever will listen!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 74

The most fun you have ever had?

This year 2018... this is the most fun year I have ever had. The kids are at that great age where they actually get along great and they are always laughing and talking and just having a wonderful time. I feel extremely blessed to be a part of their lives!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 73

The worst date you have ever gone on?

I don't think I have gone on a worst date. All of the ones I have had have been pretty great.

Friday, October 26, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 72

What is the most scared you have ever felt?

One day I was working and realized my alarm did not go off to remind me to go pick my kiddo up from school. When I realized what time it was and that she would be waiting for me at home in 10 minutes I panicked. It takes me anywhere between 10-15 minutes to get home. She doesn't take her cell phone to school with her. I left work and drove as fast as I could. No way to get a hold of me or anyone else. She would just be waiting by the front door for me to get home. I called my neighbor and he was not home, but he said he would be home within 10 minutes. The drive home seemed like it took FOREVER!

I got home and my heart dropped when I realized that she was NOT by my front door. I started crying and freaking out. Where is she? Why is she not here? Her bus already dropped the kids off...

I walked over to my neighbors house because I was just not sure what else to do. I was so close to calling the cops. When I rounded the corner by his garage and saw her sitting on my neighbor's couch the tears continued to fall.

My neighbor was not home but his friend was visiting and he was home. She didn't know him, so he asked if he could call Moses and talk to her while I got there. So, my amazing neighbor talked to her and helped her calm down while I made my way home. He is one of the best neighbors anyone could ever have! And this day, he definitely helped both of us!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 71

What is the angriest you have ever felt?

I think this time in my life was during my divorce. The emotions you go through during a time like this is unreal and I was not expecting the flood of emotions. One day I would be just fine and the next day it would be a hot mess. Thankfully that time in my life is over.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 70

Your ultimate goal in life?

To be happy with my family! 
And of course to be in a house of our own!
One day we will be able to have the house... 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 69

How can you improve as a partner or friend?

Work on my hormones. Man, the older I get the worse they seem to get. 
Work on not getting agitated with everything as much. Its a struggle!

Monday, October 22, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 68

Write a goodbye letter to someone who doesn't deserve to be in your life.

Right now, there is NO ONE in my life that doesn't deserve to be here. So, this is not something I can do right now. 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 67

The moment you are most ashamed of?

I think this would be a private moment that I don't want to share over my blog. 

Sorry everyone!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 66

What is the best feeling in the world?

Love. Love is the best feeling in the world. There is no other feeling like it. 

Friday, October 19, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 65

How would you define yourself to a stranger?


Thursday, October 18, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 64

What would you change if you could redo college?


Man, it would have been so much easier. Instead, I waited until I was 25 to start and then in the middle of it got married, had a baby and it was just a lot harder to get through. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 63

Something you have never told anyone before?

My life has always been shared with others. I don't tell everyone every part of my life, but for the most part, if you are close with me you know my good and bad times. 

I guess the thing that hardly anyone knows is that when I was 19 I was raped. It was after Justin came into town to visit and it was one of the most horrible experiences of my life. It took me a long time to overcome that. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 62

What is your worst quality?

My worst quality is definitely my nail biting. Been a habit since I was younger. I do my best not to do it. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 61

What would you do if you could stop the world for 24 hours?

I have no idea. Maybe read more... I never seem to have enough time to read these days. How is that even possible? Oh I know... I have a full time job, kids and a hubby, meals to prep and other stuff to handle. I am exhausted!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 60

What are you feeling at this moment?

I am feeling great. The weather is cooler... it is fall... getting closer to November when I can start buying the kiddo's their Christmas gifts... Halloween is just around the corner and life is just really going great. 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 59

Write a thank you letter to anyone that you think deserves it.

My best friend Jenn would be the one I would thank. Ya'll really just have no idea how much this woman has done throughout our friendship. She has walked every single path with me for the last 12 years. I can't even imagine life without her. And trust me... she knows how much she means to me. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 58

Who would you want to be stuck in an elevator with?

My husband. He is pretty resourceful and can fix just about anything. I am sure he would be able to get us out... and if not... he is my husband. I kind of love being around him!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 57

When was your last fight?

I don't even know how to answer this. 
Like fist fight - I have never been in one of those. 
Argument fight - I think Abe and I have had maybe 2 really big argument fights in the last 8 years of our life together! Not too bad, I must say. 

However, that does not mean that we don't bug each other sometimes. Because that definitely happens... but not like a real big fight!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 56

What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?

The someone would definitely be my best friend Jenn. And I am going to say being there for me during my hardest days. We quickly became great friends when my ex-husband introduced us and we haven't stopped being friends since. She was there for me through my marriage and divorce with my ex, she was there for my daughter's birth (she would have been in the room too, but only 1 allowed in the OR for the c-section), she was there for my marriage to my current husband and all the hard times and great times in between. I love that woman with all that I have!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 55

Would you want to be famous?

Not at all! 
Fame gets to people and I wouldn't want my life to change for that!

Monday, October 8, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 54

Who was the last person you cried in front of and why?

My husband. Because I was very overwhelmed with life and different things. 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 53

What are your values?

I have never really thought about my values. I just live my life for me and no one else. I love with my whole heart and as long as you are honest with me and don't lie to me, we are good. I always try to be honest and I am a very trust worthy person. 

Life is too short to be unhappy or to have to deal with a lot of drama... so I don't. 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 52

What is the best piece of advice you have ever gotten?

When I was going through my separation with my ex husband and I had to tell my parents, I finally emailed my dad because he wasn't home when I told my mom.

He emailed me and gave me a lot of good pieces of advice, but my favorite was something along the lines of:

This divorce does not define you. What defines you and Justin during a hard time like this is how you move on from it and learn.

I love my dad and he helped me more than he will ever know!

Friday, October 5, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 51

What would you tell your high school self?

When you are older and living your own life, all this high school stuff will be behind you. Don't hold onto the bad times. Cherish the good times and remember you have a whole life ahead of you. Do your best and study hard. It will help when you get to college! 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 48

What would you want your last dying words to be?

I would hope that when I am dying, everyone knows how much I love them and will miss them. So, words won't be needed! But I would stay I love you again to my kids and husband!

Monday, October 1, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 47

Who was your first love?

My first true love that was in person was my ex husband Justin. 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 46

What do you admire most about your friends?

I admire that they are ALL different in their own way.
I love each and every one of them for that reason!

I admire how they live their lives for themselves and no one else. I admire how they are unique in their own way. 

I have some amazing friends. And boy am I extremely blessed!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 45

What would you do if you only had one month to live?

I would spend every second I had with my family and friends. I would take a trip that I have always wanted to take and I would make sure everyone knew how much they meant to me.

I mean, I kind of do all the above minus the trips now... it would just be more noticeable!

Friday, September 28, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 44

What would you do if there were no laws in this world?

I don't think that would change one thing that I would do. I am not a rule breaker, so I would live my life the exact same way! 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 43

Write about a week that you can recall that was your favorite week of all time:

I am going to say the birth of my kiddo. What an amazing experience! I am so blessed... I had an emergency c-section, but she was one of the highlights of my life! And the week was great because my mom was in town. She stayed for 5 weeks. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 42

What Superhero power would you choose?


By far flying wins out over everything else.

I would love to be able to get up early and fly to my mom's house and visit with her while she drinks her coffee in the morning and then fly home to get ready for work and to start my day. That would be the perfect life!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 41

Your favorite gift of all time... 

I have 2 different gifts that are my favorite. 

My wedding ring is my number 1 favorite gift of all time. It is so beautiful and my husband worked hard to provide it for me. 

My car would also be another favorite. I have never had a new car in my life and having a new car makes me so proud of what my husband and I have accomplished in our life time together. I can't wait to see what our future holds!

Monday, September 24, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 40

If you had to give up one of your five senses, which one would it be?



I can't imagine giving up sight or sound at all. So, those 2 are out. I can't imagine touching people or things. I am a hugger. I need my arms and hands to do that.

It would have to be between Taste and Smell.

And I am going to say smell. I have lived a long time with allergy symptoms and not being able to smell. I want to be able to taste the delicious things they have in this world.  

Sunday, September 23, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 39

What is your definition of happiness?

My definition of happiness is being able to smile no matter what is going on in your life. Smiling is the best thing you can do... Happiness defined is also my family.... my husband, and my kiddos - they bring me so much happiness!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 38

Who you love most in the world?

Other than my kiddo and my parents, it would be my husband. This question is fitting on today since it is our 6 year anniversary today. He loves me unconditionally and I love him the same. Life is really great right now!

Friday, September 21, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 37

Your first kiss?

A neighborhood boy. We were playing hide and seek and we just got it out of the way. 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 36

What would you say to your childhood crush?

Not a word. I am sure he didn't even bat an eye at me growing up. I am thankful for the way my life has turned out. So, I would not say anything to him!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 35

If you could change your life, would you?

I am going to go with no.
I mean there are parts of my life, I wish I could redo just because of the outcome, but then again I don't wish I could redo it... I learned from every part of my life. Even the bad times, hard times, depressing times, embarrassing times... They all shaped me into the person I am today and if I didn't have those moments, I don't think I would be ME... And I am not perfect, but I love ME!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 34

Have you ever done any drugs other than what a doctor has prescribed?

Nope, I sure haven't. I have never really wanted to try them growing up and now that I can honestly say I have never done them, I want to keep that up. I want to be able to tell my daughter I did not crack under the peer pressures of high school. I made a choose to stay drug free and I am proud of myself.

Monday, September 17, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 33

Your day only in a single word or short phrase:

Tired, exhausting Monday Morning...

Sunday, September 16, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 32

What is stressing you out most right now?

I guess if I am honest it is my husband and I trying to get our credit cleaned up and our score raised a bit more to be able to qualify for a home loan. I know we have a year of work to do, but the process seems to be so long and dragging on. And trust me, I know that we have put ourselves where we are today. It is just a bit stressful trying to work it all out and get it to where it needs to be. 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 31

What is your biggest fears?

My biggest fears is something happening to my kiddos. I know I am a mom and that fear is normal... but it is my biggest fear! I know they are both protected and loved and will flourish in their life... I love watching them grow!

Friday, September 14, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 30

Who do you look up to?

I look up to my daddy. He is a very hard working man. He always has been and I believe he always will be. He is always on the go. I hope that I make him proud every day!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 29

Name someone who you did wrong and what did you do:

I am not someone who does wrong often. I guess the only thing I could say is maybe to my ex-husband for the way I acted at times during our 10 years together. I am sure there were times he was not happy with the way I was acting and vice versa. I never mean to do anything wrong intentionally to anyone.

We have overcome our past and have moved forward with our future raising our kiddo. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 28

My most embarrassing moment would be the same as the last 2 posts... The night I blacked out and then the moment I had to tell my dad my car was almost totaled. Not very good moment's in my life and definitely embarrassing the day after!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 27

What is the worst experience you have ever had?

Well, this sure goes with the craziest experience... The worst experience would be my last big drinking night out before I moved back in with my parents. We had some drinks at my cousin's house and by the time we were getting ready to leave to go to Beaumont to go to a club, I was completely out of it and my cousin didn't let me leave. My car however, was taken by my friend without my permission.

I woke up the next morning not knowing where my car was. Turns out, the friend that took it got in an accident in it and he was in jail. He was okay, just in jail. My car however, was not okay! Super sad day!

Definitely a life lesson learned that day!

Monday, September 10, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 26

What is the craziest night you have ever had?

The craziest night I have ever had is probably one of the nights where I was drinking. I guess the one I will share is the one night where I completely blacked out. I was 18 and I was living on my own with a buddy at the time. We went out and partied hard. I don't remember the rest of the night. There are pictures that proves I was out of it. But, not one of my best moments! 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 25

Do you remember your last dream? What was it about?

I actually believe it or not, do not remember my dreams much. So, I have nothing to share today! Sorry guys!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 24

What would make your life complete?

I think having our own house and watching our girls grow up into beautiful women and have kids of their own would make my life feel complete!

Friday, September 7, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 23

Your life story in one paragraph and GO:

One paragraph, really? Okay, so here it is. I was born in 1980 in a small town in Southwest Louisiana. Great up with 2 older brothers and a best friend that live behind my house. In 1999, I moved to Tacoma, Washington. Moved in with my boyfriend Justin. In 2006, we got married. In 2008, we had our first kiddo. In 2009, we got divorced. In 2010, I started dating Abe. In 2012, we got married and I gained a step-daughter. And I have been living my happily ever after, ever since. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 22

My dream job if money wasn't an issue:

I think this would be a teacher for maybe 2nd or 3rd graders. I have always wanted to be a teacher, but the length to get there and the path I choose to wait for college made it harder for me to succeed. So, I choose a career path that I would be able to succeed at.

It works for me, but my dream has always been to be a teacher!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 21

My dream date:

This will always be with my husband Abe. He makes me incredibly happy. It doesn't matter what we do together, we have a blast. So, my dream date is anywhere my husband is...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 20

What are you most grateful for?

I am most grateful for being a strong independent woman. I made a big choice to move to Washington state when I was 19 and I do miss my family down south, but it was the best decision of my life. I made that choice. I chose the path I would walk down. I have cherished every awesome experience this journey has taken me down. 

The journey has not always been easy. Some days were the hardest I have ever been through, but I was able to stand up on my 2 feet again and continue to walk down my path! 

After my divorce I was not sure I could do it myself, but then I decided I owed it to myself to make sure I could support the kiddo and myself on my own. And I did. I flourished and grew during the experience. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 19

What do you love most about your husband?

I love that my husband has a heart of gold. His willingness to help EVERYONE within his ability is awesome. He loves with his whole heart. He loves me unconditionally. He is a hard worker for our family and I appreciate and love him with my whole heart. I am very thankful God brought this mighty man into my life!

I look forward to my future with him!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 18

What are your short and long term goals?

Short Term Goals:
- Pay off debt to get our credit score where it needs to be to buy a house. 
- Start watching our eating and exercising more. 
- Put down my phone more and really be engaged in the life I have. 
- Finish reading my bible. I am so close!

Long Term Goals:
- Buy a house. 
- Continue to raise our kids the best way we know how. 
- Enjoy life together with my husband and kiddos. 
- Reach my goal weight!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 17

What are your best qualities?

I think my best quality is how honest and trustworthy I am with everyone I am around. I love people and I want to help anyone I can. I think those 2 qualities are some of my best... along with being kind and nice to everyone.

Just remember, you don't know what anyone is going through on any given day. Always be nice and kind!

Friday, August 31, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 16

What do you want to improve about yourself?

I want to lose weight and enjoy life more. My body aches all the time and it would DEFINITELY help my bulging disc in my neck. But it is so hard. So so hard.

But I won't give up. I know I am only hurting myself. I got this!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 15

First thing you would do if you won the lottery?

The first thing I would do if it was right now is buy a house and pay cash. We have to get our credit up a bit in order to buy a house and man it is not as easy as I had hoped it would be.

But, once we buy our first house it will be all worth it! 

So, that is what I would do. Pay cash for my house so we didn't have to wait for our credit to improve... 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 14

Where would you go if you could be anywhere in the world right now?

I would love to be back at the Flamingo Hotel in Cancun with my husband. All inclusive. All the food/drinks/beach time you want... Definitely some where that I would love to go back again and hope the 2nd trip is way better than the first!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 13

Are you happy right now? If not, why not?

I try to live my life being happy. Life is too short to be unhappy. It is hard sometimes, but I try to wake up each and every day with a positive attitude. Sometimes it is hard because I am so tired. But, I make the most out of my days.

So, today. I am happy!

Monday, August 27, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 12

What do you love most about your best friend?

I have a few best friends and each of them are different in their own way. But all of them are very trust worthy and are there when I need them. They love me just the way I am and they understand just who I am. We might not always talk every day, but when we do its like nothing has changed. 

Sunday, August 26, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 11

Where would you like to be in 20 years?

In 20 years I will be 2 years from 60 years old. By this time in our life, I hope that my kids are thriving living their lives with their husbands and hopefully we have a few grand kids running around. I hope that we are able to travel a little bit and enjoy the end of our 50's.

Wow... just thinking about the next 20 years is just wow. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 10

Favorite Celebrity

I don't just have 1. Here is a list of my favorites:

- Vin Diesel
- Paul Walker
- Ryan Reynolds
- Sandra Bullock
- Robert Redford
- Jason Statham
- Julia Roberts

Friday, August 24, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 9

Favorite Childhood Memory

I grew up with some great kids. I lived in one house on my street. In the house across the street was Jennifer and then the house behind me had my friend Heather living there. We were always together. Jennifer ended up moving away and we didn't stay as close, but Heather and I stayed best friends all our lives. 

Of course, life changes and we had times where we didn't talk as much... but we are still as close as ever. She is the only one that has walked beside me growing up with the hard things I had to go through. We were there for each other no matter what. It is still the same to this day, just different because I live so far away. 

She married my brother though... so now she is not only my friend but my sister! 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 8

A letter to yourself 5 years from now:

Dear me age 43:

How is your 40's treating you?
Well, I hope you stop taking life so serious. It is okay to be responsible and take care of the adult stuff you need to, but life is also suppose to be fun and definitely lived! I hope you are enjoying your kids... now ages 18 and 15. Where did the time go? Spend every minute you can with them... because they will soon be off living their own life. Hopefully making time for their parents, but it won't be the same. They will have their own friends. Their own jobs. Their own school schedules. They will be trying to figure out this thing called life. 

You are doing an amazing job as a wife and a mother. You are too hard on yourself. As long as everyone is happy and fed and loved, they are doing just fine! Make sure you smile even on the bad days. Remember to laugh with your husband every chance you get. Life is hard. Enjoy every day together. Life is too short. It could change in a second. Love with everything you have. Give whatever you can. Cherish every second that God gives you! 

I hope you remember you are beautiful. Again, you are too hard on yourself. You might not be the weight you want to be or you might not have the hair that you want or this or that... but YOU are beautiful. Inside and out. And you should tell yourself that every day. Your husband thinks you are and so does God... so why do you think otherwise?

Here is to 5 more years of great memories. Cherish all of them big and small.

Your 38 year old self... 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 7

Newest toy bought for yourself:

I think this is a toy for both my husband and I, but we got me a set of golf clubs this week. I am not a big golfer, but he wants me to go with him and I didn't say no. I use to golf a long time ago when my grandparent's were alive. They had a club membership and I remember going with them often. I wouldn't golf all the time... I drove the cart, but it was fun memories. 

I am excited to go with my husband and make our own memories together!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 6

What is your most proudest accomplishment?

I have 2. My first is the birth of my daughter. A birth of a child is the proudest happiest day ever. But, the second runner up would be graduating college. I did it. I accomplished something not everyone has. And I did it on my own. With the help of my ex husband. 


What about you?

Monday, August 20, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 5

My biggest regret... 

Man this is a hard one. I think my only regret I can think about is not going to college when I was younger. It would have been a lot easier and better financially if I went right after high school.

But I was young and wanted something more for my life... so I traveled on my own path and I will never regret that!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 4

The time in your life you cried the most:
Again, there isn't just one time I can think about. The ones that stick out the most are... 

~ My cousin Marla Faye's suicide. 
~ My cousin Trena's suicide. 
~ My divorce. 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 3

The happiest you have ever been:

Right now is the happiest I have ever been. I have a wonderful husband who treats me so well. We have 2 great kids and boy do they get along great. They have their days, but for the most part they are always laughing and giggling. It is so awesome right now. We have great jobs and wonderful family and friends. Life is just really good right now!!!

Friday, August 17, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 2

What is your best memory so far this year?

Well I don't just have one, so I will list them all!

1st - My brother Michael's trip here in April. What a wonderful 3 days we had doing fun things and just really bonding. I will forever remember this trip!

2nd - My parents trip here in July. My dad usually comes every other year and this year was his year. I had so much fun just visiting with them and doing some fun things. 

3rd - My husband completing his first triathlon. 

4th - Our family vacation to the ocean.

5th - The birth of our friends daughter. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 1

I have decided to do a blog challenge for 365 days. Each day I will post and share the question that the challenge asks me. I haven't read through the questions yet, so some days might be a short post and some days it might be longer! I found 150 of the questions on, but the rest of them I have had in a word document to answer down the road.

I hope you enjoy the ride with me.

Day 1: Favorite Part of Today

Well, my favorite part of today hasn't happened yet, but I will share what it will be. Today I will get to love on my baby J. You might be thinking awe, she has a baby at home. NOPE! Not me... however, my ex husband and his wife are coming down to pick up my youngest for their weekend with her. And when they come down, they are bringing their 1 year old with them and she is my little buddy. I absolutely adore this baby girl.

And yes, my husband and I both get along great with our exes now that we are not together anymore. We all hang out together and do things every now and then together. It makes for fun get together's and the kids are always smiling. Can't beat that!

So, being able to hang out with Baby J for a few hours tonight, is going to be my favorite part about today!

What is your favorite part about today?

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Our normal, others crazy

To some people, you may see this picture and think... man this is a great group of smiling happy people. To some people, you may see this picture and think we are absolutely crazy and don't understand how we do it.

What you don't see in this picture is the heartache we have all been through to get to this point in our life. You don't see the tears that have been shed. You don't see the times in our life where we weren't sure what our future would hold. 

See, what you may not know is we are all intertwined together. At one point in our life - we were married to different people. We were married to our kid's other parent. Our marriage had happy days and sad days. We laughed and cried and shared wonderful memories. We went through hard times as well as good times. And then we went through a divorce, which not only affected us as adults, but it affected our kids as well!

The picture above is all of us making it work. We hang out for dinners, birthday's, pick up days, etc. We enjoy spending time together and the kids absolutely love that we all hang out as well. Creating a normal and healthy environment for the kids came first, and the awkward eventually went away. We do it for the kids, but in doing it for the kids, we have become close as a group. We might not always see eye to eye, but we are in a spot where we can work it out together and move on. We might drive each other crazy, but that is just life in general. I am very thankful for the relationships we have and look forward to raising our kids together. Our so called crazy family!

Pictured above from left to right:
Sara (the oldest's mom and my husband's ex-wife), the oldest, the youngest, my husband, ME holding Baby J whom I absolutely adore (she is the youngest's sister and the kiddo of her dad and step-mom), Justin (the youngest's dad and my ex-husband) and Erica (the youngest's step-mom and my ex-husband's wife).

I want to thank each and every one of us!

So, here we are killing it... this co-parenting thing that is. (Not each other!)

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Super Proud Wife

My husband has talked about doing a triathlon for as long as we have been together. It was always just talk and he would say this or that and it was just dreams back then... 
I decided to buy him a TT bike as they call it. One that is used for doing a triathlon. I bought him the bike for his birthday and when I gave it to him, my only comment was that I didn't want to see this bike sit in our garage and not get used for a triathlon. Nothing like setting a fire under him, right?
July 14th, 2018 my husband participated in his first sprint triathlon. It was such a cool experience because my dad was in town visiting and he came with me. Our awesome friends Ty, Chanel and Triton met us there. IT was so awesome for him to have other people besides me there to support one of his dreams. 
In the picture above it is him and his friend he met there. This guy helped him so much with what works best and how to do things that help during the transition. The swim was done and next came the transition to begin the bike part... 
Once he was off, we all got in our cars and we headed to the bike transition spot. This was the worst part because the bike ride was 13 or so miles and it was a little bit of a wait. I was so excited for him that I could hardly contain my excitement... 
Let me tell you... this little kid here was so excited to see Mr. Abe. He kept saying when is he going to be here, where is Mr. Abe. It was the cutest thing ever. 
This was after he crossed the finish line. What a proud wife I am. I am so proud of him for never giving up on his dream. HE has even bigger dreams which is participate in an IRON MAN... One day I know I will watch him achieve this huge dream/goal. And I will be right there by his side cheering him on. I love him dearly! WAY TO GO BABY!

Friday, July 27, 2018

I miss being young...

Ha. Such a wide range that one sentence can take this post...

Monday we headed to urgent care due to my shoulder/arm hurting so bad. I was told over a month ago that I had a pulled bicep and had carpel tunnel. I honestly just thought it was more of a pulled muscle.  As I am talking to the urgent care doctor, he asked all the right questions of what I was feeling and where. He moved my arm and let me tell you, I tried so hard to hold back the tears that were fighting to burst out. He left and came back and said that he is pretty sure I have something called Subacromial bursitis. He said the only real way to test his theory is to inject a needle into my bursa in my shoulder and inject lidocaine into the bursa. Once that is done, after a few minutes if he can move my shoulder without pain, that is the answer.

He started prepping stuff and boy that needle was big. My husband said it wasn't too big, but in my eyes thinking about it entering my shoulder, started to freak me out. My hubby held my hand and so did my 10 year old daughter. He sprayed my skin with some numbing stuff and then he poked me. I honestly didn't feel it at all. I mean I felt a little pressure, but nothing like I had imagined.

And we chatted for a few minutes while we waited for it to kick in. I asked about what the treatment plan is if it is subacromial bursitis. He was very informative with his answers. I was very fond of him and super sad he was an urgent care doctor only. I would have quickly moved my records to his office. I have never met a doctor as thorough as he was. And boy did I like it.

A few minutes passed and he moved my shoulder and I passed with flying colors. No tears formed, I was in shock. But, that being said... I had subacromial bursitis. And boy was it painful! I was prescribed a muscle relaxer to take at night only. And then a very strong anti inflammatory pill to take twice a day. And then he said to take it easy and rest as much as I can.

I took the following day off to sleep. And it was needed. I slept until around 12:30 and then just rested the rest of the day. The rest of the week has had its good and bad times. Bad times are mostly at night. I can see how that happens. I use my arm all day even though I am resting it as much as I can, I am still using it. So, night times have been rough, but last time was the first time since Sunday that I actually was able to lay in bed without having to sleep in the recliner for the first 3 hours before moving into bed.

Good news is, he doesn't think I have carpel tunnel at all. He thinks all this is from the bursa being inflammed. We shall see. I am praying he is correct!