Tuesday, January 29, 2013


I miss my blog. I'm trying to create a better schedule so I can blog more. Can I say, "more" when I haven't been blogging in . . . lets just say FOREVER?  
It's late and I'm going to bed but I think I can pull off something! Anything will be a start.

A good post needs a title - check

It needs a story:

A missionary asked my age today and then was surprised to discover I was not as old as his parents . . . who are in their 50's. Not a bad age unless you're ten years younger. Right?? He actually asked how old "we" are referring to Sir Thomas and myself. I'm sure his manners are above asking a lady her age. 
A couple is TOTALLY different. It's not like I don't announce my age to everyone. Please send gifts, I'll be 42 in May!

I want to go back to last week when a lady in Beaumont asked if I was on TV, told me I was beautiful, thought I looked like "that lady that's in ALL the movies" and then mentioned I should be on TV. I need a self-esteem boost so I'll be in Beaumont searching for her tomorrow. ;) haha

Actually, I'm really not bothered by his comment. It was funny and gave me something quick to blog today!

Last, a good post needs a picture:

Wow! I feel successful. I can sleep well now that I finally blogged something.

Friday, November 2, 2012

{November 2}

My list of things I'm grateful for is long enough to go to the moon and back . . . a million times. I know I'm not that fabulous but I still can't believe I get to be me. The gratitude list is truly never ending. My list is in no particular order but don't you have those moments when you think, "Wow! I'm loving this!"?

From the bottom of my heart, I'm grateful I don't get disowned when I have crazy ideas AND decide to bring them to life. 
I often have to ask myself, "WHAT were you thinking??"

Need an example?

I know! I can't believe I'm even showing you this. 
I was thinking I wanted to paint my elegant-cave-of-a-dining-room yesterday and today.

The SAME "today" I wanted to host a wedding for my oh-so-darling-friends. I know! Bad idea.

Would it help if I mentioned that the wedding would be in the cabana and the dining room would stay in the house? I didn't think so. What was I thinking?? At least today I decided to paint the dining room yesterday and TOMORROW. So, the wedding was still lovely today!
{Just don't mind my dining table being in the entry way, the ladder being in the dining room, and me not having a brain. I did stay up late last night getting the final base coat on so it looked slightly better.}

Yesterday I mentioned how grateful I am for friends and today that gratitude REALLY grew. The best of friends helped me pull the wedding off and it was so fun!

I'm also thankful for my wonderful children that not only love me but go to great lengths to do so.
I was blessed with help the last time we painted the dining room.
Unfortuantely, I wasn't very good at describing what I wanted hence the very-dark-elegant-cave effect. Now, I'm wondering if it was really that bad.
{When a paint job doesn't turn out quite like you envision, that's what you do--name it something nice.}

I am thankful that Landon always makes it fun! {That or he was in SO much trouble he was forced to stand in the corner AND write his name. Yikes!}

What would I do without India? That girl is willing to test colors out with me AND make wedding food at the same time.
Oh, I'm hoping this has a very lovely end! At least the kids deserve it.

Guess we all know what I'll be working on tomorrow! ;) I'm already thankful that there is a tomorrow for me. Thankful, thankful, thankful.

{November 1}

November is here! 

I'm so thankful. I love this month. I love next month. I think I was just made for the holidays.

Technically, it's not really "November 1" since it's after midnight but I decided to cheat just a little so I could still get a blog post in. You know me & goals--my goal was to blog "today" even if it got too late. So, I've had a full day but I still have so much for which to be grateful. . . 

Today, it has to be friends. They're kind of important. 

I've been missing my blog and I've been SO touched that recently some really wonderful people that I TOTALLY admire have asked me about it. 
They've actually missed my blog! 
     (Insert jumping up and down, huge smile that made my cheeks hurt, and squealing with delight.) 
That made me feel a little special inside.  A ginormous THANK YOU to these dear friends and anyone else that stumbles upon my little piece of Blogdom. Another ginormous THANK YOU to my friends just for being my friends.

Now, I'm ready to begin celebrating the holidays and filling my blog with all the amazing things that bless my life.

AND because EVERY blog post has to have pictures:

{Who are those people?? They are crazy! It was seriously cold beyond description and I see smiles on their faces. They're weird.
No, that's not me smiling with a bright red Rudolph nose.}

{Bear . . . not so crazy or weird. I think he just has crazy, weird owners.}

Friday, May 11, 2012

{meet my lifeguards}

Woohoo!  Keaton and Landon are now registered Lifeguards with the American Red Cross.
They've been taking classes all week and passed their exams tonight! I'm slightly happy.

I'm glad they're willing to pose for the camera!

I think I'm a little more excited than they are but they did come home feeling pretty good. 
There's just something great about accomplishing a goal and these boys know what I mean.

Their whistles are LOUD. Trust me.
OR feel free to stop by for a demonstration.
The funny thing . . . it's music to my ears after all their hard work.

Keaton decided to graduate from homeschool early and start college this semester.
He's in the middle of his college finals this week as well so I'm extra excited that he managed to do it all.
I love my boys!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

{100 days and counting}

February 1st was 100 days ago.  A lot of things can happen in 100 days.  
We've had some happy times and very sad moments but I made a goal 100 days ago and today I'm celebrating success.

Have you ever set a 100 day goal?  It's a really great thing.  
I recommend finding a little inspiration and giving it a try.

Among other things, in the last 100 days we . . .

 . . . celebrated Keaton's 18th birthday on February 25th.

He has the best friends and they came over to save him from all his homework and host a little impromptu party.

Birthday's aren't fun without some laughs. Sir Thomas caught a pigeon for our birthday boy. . .
 . . . doesn't every 18 year old want a pigeon?  {The bird was not injured and was quickly released.}

March 20th brought India's 13th birthday!

She received some special attention!

 It was the year of many, many wishes!  All our guys wanted to light the candles . . .

. . . and blow them out . . .
. . . again . . .
 . . . and again . . .
. . . and again!  I didn't think the poor girl would ever get to make her wish.
I think they made enough wishes to last the rest of their lives!

March also brought such sadness. My mother-in-law, sweet Laura, had a massive stroke and she couldn't get well. We lost her and our hearts were so sad.  They are still sad.  The blessing was seeing Thomas' wonderful siblings all together.

Sweet Laura was "the salt of the earth" - everyone says so. She was the best example of charity and never-ending love.  She also had a lively, colorful personality that we'll never forget.

We also continued to miss Nolan who is off at school.  {Personally, I think he needs to send me some pictures.}  He left December 31st and I haven't seen him all year!  We're looking forward to July.

During the last 100 days we also had a little fun . . .

I think it's been a wonderful 100 days.

January had been a blur for me.  I spent every spare moment during the entire month making online scrapbooks. :/  I had previously purchased "credits" with an online company and they were about to expire! Loose my money?  I thought not so I accepted my consequences, worked like a mad woman, and have some great scrapbooks to enjoy.  I also learned a valuable lesson: never invest money in good intentions. 

February 1st was a new day and felt like the first of the year!  I was ready for something new.  I have made 100 day goals in the past and they have worked for me so I decided to try it again.  

I started exercising and don't plan to stop! I started my exercise program with Chalene Johnson's "Chalean Extreme" because weight lifting is so important to prevent osteoporosis. Weights were a must three days a week and I mixed up the other three days to make it interesting. It isn't about looking perfect - because I definitely DON'T but more about keeping a commitment to myself.

I have two amazing friends that are such examples to me.  I didn't ask permission to mention them on my blog but their names start with Cherie and Noma.  On May 23rd of this month they will celebrate 30 years of exercise - walking - together through all those years.  They are incredible women and I think the discipline required to exercise together for 30 years is the same discipline that has molded them into the amazing examples they are in every aspect of their lives.

Cherie told me she read an article 30 years ago that inspired her.  She's never forgotten one statement that inspired her to start walking, "You can take the time now or loose the time later."

I've been inspired and that's my plan!  I'll continue to exercise 6 days a week because I've proven that I can make it a priority through anything.  I really want the time later.  
Anyone interested in becoming a 30-year exercise partner?? :)

The next step is learning to eat healthy.  100 days and counting.

Need more ideas to get started??  You can do ANYTHING you want to do.  Skies the limit.
Nolan set a goal when he was 10 years old to read the Book of Mormon for 100 days.  It was a tough goal for a little guy but he did it.  One day at a time.  It's been 12 years since he set that goal and he's still going strong.  He's a huge inspiration to me as are each of my children.  They've all set goals and worked so hard to accomplish them and I'm just trying to keep up.  

Please let me know what goals you set!  I need all the inspiration I can get.