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.

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 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 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!

Monday, October 7, 2019

My Passion

MOPS will forever be my passion. February 2020 will make 9 years that I have been involved with MOPS in some way or another. When I first started I just joined the meeting to have something to do for me as a mother and with my kiddo. MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers and it is a place you can go when your kid is a kindergartner or younger. A little while later I joined the leadership team and became a table leader... the following year, I became the co-coordinator of the group. I did that for a year before I had to step down for medical reasons.

Just because I stepped down, doesn't mean my journey with MOPS ended. The area volunteer for our state Rebecca, interviewed me to become a coach with MOPS. Shortly after that interview, I interviewed with an amazing woman who worked at MOPS International. And shortly after that, I became a coach. 

My journey as a MOPS Volunteer has been incredible. The friendships I have made because of volunteering have been even more incredible. I started as a coach and then became a community coach. I stepped away from that and became a volunteer called Ministry Support. Basically I do a lot of social media things and I create our events when we host them. Being a Ministry Support is my passion. I love it. In addition to just being a Ministry Support for Washington State, I am a moderator for the MOPS coordinators group on Facebook. There are just over 3,000 ladies in the group. All of them are coordinators for their group. I monitor the group with 2 amazing and wonderful MOPS Staff members. I verify ladies at the end of each year and approve ladies and posts on the group. Next week I will begin to start interacting more with the ladies, but teaching them things they might not know.

This journey has been my passion and always will. I tell EVERYONE I know about MOPS. It helped me out at a time where I felt lost as a mother. It showed me that there is so much more to motherhood. I am so thankful for MOPS and everyone I have met along the way. I hope to continue to Volunteer forever. It is truly a blessing.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

4 Ways to Win your Heart

The older I get the easier this is to answer... 

4 things that will definitely WIN my heart:

1. Creme Brulee - I finally found a place up here that does them pretty close to my favorite place in Long Beach, WA. They are just delightful!

2. Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory

3. Godiva Chocolate - Super sad they are no longer in the Tukwila Mall. Bellevue is so far to go just for chocolate. 

4. Sushi

Monday, September 30, 2019

What Life Events Shaped Me?

I have never felt confident in my own body. 
I have never really looked at myself in a mirror and truly just loved what I saw.
I am definitely working on this part of myself so the future me can just love me!

I think the 4 events that shaped me into the woman I am today are:
- My cousin Marla Faye's suicide in 1993. 
- My cousin Trena's suicide in 1999. 
- Being raped... 
- Getting divorced

Man, the suicides happened within 6 years of each other and boy the emotions you go through when someone you love dies from suicide is insane. You never truly get over that. You just know it happened and you do your best to move on with your life without them in it. After Marla killed herself, I never in my life thought we would go through it a second time. But we did... and we still cry and think of them every single day!

Being raped happened. It was something I could never take back in my life, even though I wish I could. It was awful and one of the worst things that has ever happened to me. And it took years and years to finally get to a place where I could sleep without waking up scared. It took years and years to finally accept it happened and was able to finally move on without it holding me back anymore. Without it causing me anymore hurt or pain. I grew stronger each and every day and promised myself it would NEVER happen again. 

The divorce was hard. It was raw and so real.  I went through every single emotion you can think of during my divorce. There were so many tears and so many nights where I wasn't sure where my life was going. All I knew is that I had a baby girl who was depending on me and I was not going to let her down. The divorce was the best thing that ever happened to me. People think I am being mean to my ex when I say that, but I am not. We were definitely better friends, than being married. We are still friends and we are raising our daughter the best we can. I absolutely adore his wife and their kiddo baby J.

Life happens for a reason. Some of those reasons I do not understand and might never understand, but all of these 4 events in my life shaped me into the woman I am today. 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

What's on my favorite playlist?

My favorite playlist includes:

- Perfect by Ed Sheeran
- Piece by Piece by Kelly Clarkson
- The Sound of Silence by Disturbed
- Broken and Beautiful - Kelly Clarkson
- Have it All - Jason Mraz
- Simple Man - Shinedown
- Lightning Crashes - Live
- Zombie - Bad Wolves
- Landing in London - 3 Doors Down
- Forever Young - Blake Shelton
- Forever Country - A lot of Country Artists
- Humble and Kind - Tim McGraw
- Angel - Sarah McLachlan
- Last Kiss - Pearl Jam
- Whiskey in the Jar - Metallica
- Lost in Your Eyes - Debbie Gibson
- Hazard - Richard Marx
- Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx
- The Champion - Carrie Underwood featuring Ludacris
- Roads Untraveled - Linkin Park
- A Thousand Years Part 2 - Christina Perri
- Toy Soliders - Martika
- My Little Girl - Tim McGraw

I also have a country playlist that I listen to more, but it was a lot of the older country songs and singers. 

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Happy 7 Years to Us

Happy Anniversary to Us!

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 19, 2019

My Top Distractions

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 16, 2019

Wedding Fun

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

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Journaling... soothes the soul!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 9, 2019

Lions are Fierce...

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Middle School begins...

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

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

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

Shaped Me

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

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

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

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

What shaped you?

Monday, September 2, 2019

19 years down...

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

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

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

Here is to many more years!!!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

First Day of High School

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Open House/Back to School Night

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 26, 2019

Achieving My Current Goals

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Auburn Summer Camps

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, August 19, 2019

20 years down...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 15, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 365

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

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 364

This or That?

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

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

Homemade soup or soup from a can? Homemade 

Turkey or Chicken? Chicken

Chicken or Steak? Steak

Hamburger Helper or Tuna Helper? Hamburger helper

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

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

Hot dogs or hamburgers? Hamburgers

Popcorn or nachos? Nachos

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

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

Crispy or grilled chicken? Grilled

Pumpkin or apple pie? Apple

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

Broccoli or Chicken Alfredo? Chicken

M & M's or Hershey chocolate? Hershey

Hamburgers or cheeseburgers? Cheese all the way

Chocolate or Vanilla? Strawberry... 

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

Body wash or bar soap? Bar

Android or Iphone? Android

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

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

Scrunchies or hair ties? SCRUNCHIES 

Advil or Tylenol? Motrin

VHS or DVD? VUDU digital