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!