Monday, September 28, 2020

Somebody Stop Me... I'm SMOKIN!

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

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

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

Check out a few masks I made for myself.

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

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

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Hurricane Laura

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 21, 2020

Happy 8th Anniversary

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Out there making memories...

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 14, 2020

2020 - First Day of School

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

She is now in 10th grade. 

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

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

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

Thursday, September 10, 2020


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

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

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

Monday, September 7, 2020

Bravest Thing

What is the bravest thing you have ever done?

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

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

Thursday, September 3, 2020

10 Commandments for Work

What are your 10 commandments for your job?

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

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