Thursday, January 9, 2014

One Little Word...Brave

It's nine days into the new year and I've already decided to change my word.  Fearless is just something I will never be no matter how much I would like it or how many years I make it my word.  Fear is something I experience everyday.  It's not going away no matter how hard I try to ignore it.  So, I'm changing it up a bit.  My word for this year is.....
I will try more at working through my fears.  I will be brave!  I will make my own decisions.  I will live with my decisions.  I will act on what I believe to be of value and worthy of my time and effort.  I will be an advocate for my children.  I will try new things.  I will not be manipulated by people or an institution.  It's going to be a good year with my brave attitude!
When I was a teenager I would react to fear or anxiety by falling asleep.  I miss those days!  Now I wake at 3:00 am with my heart and mind racing!  I need to be brave just so I can get some sleep, sheesh.

Today my fear is centered around Cameron and Ethan.  We signed them up for Snow Blitz.  They will be picked up after school by bus and taken to the ski resort for skiing lessons.  I'm worried about the bus ride through the snow.  I am anxious that Cameron will have a hard time and react with his temper.  I fear Ethan will not find friends.  I am afraid they will lose their ski passes that I told them to leave in their zipper pockets and to never remove.  I fear they will hit a tree.  So many worries.  Big Breath.

I have been playing this song for my boys in the morning before school.  I love it when
they come home singing it at the top of their lungs!


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Something Happened Last Year

At the tail end of 2014 something happened to me.  I turned 40.  That's right, the big 4 0.  It just seems so, I don't know, middle aged.  How is one supposed to feel when they reach such a milestone?  Proud?  Anxious?  Mournful?  Accomplished? I've been trying all those emotions and none of them seem to fit.

My sister-in-law Diana offered to take me to breakfast for my birthday.  I love going out for breakfast!  I told John when I got home I wanted to crawl into bed with my book and read the day away.  When she was driving me home she pulled over in front of a spa and told me to get out.  What?!  She gave me a card from my man that said I was getting a day at the spa.  No way!  I've never been to a spa!

They pampered me.  They pampered me well! 
It began with an hour hot stone massage followed by a
scalp massage
plant peel facial
lunch with roses from John and my kids
herbal conditioning treatment for my hair
hair cut and style

So luxurious!  It was simply divine.  I felt so spoiled.  I felt like I was ready to take on 40!  John said he wished he had taken my picture afterwards because I looked so happy.  Probably because I was!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Engagement Party

We had an engagement party for our daughter.  Christian made this banner to announce their wedding date.  The pictures are from when he proposed with a photographer sneakily taking photos of the event.

Here is Madison and her fiance.

Just kidding!  That is my brother who also plays the part of creepy uncle very well. 
But Madison still loves him.

Here's the happy couple, Madison and Christian.

Madison's aunt made this adorable engagement chain for them.  She took pictures form Madison and Christian's instagram and made each picture into a chain.  One for each day until they are married.  I wish I had a close up photo of it because it is so cute! 
Madison loves it so much that she won't rip it apart.
Me and my baby before she gets married and leaves me forever.
The party was a success! 
There were a lot of people there who made Madison and Christian feel loved.

This is the final photo.  Me and my brothers taking a picture of taking a picture of taking a picture of a picture.  What?  It's important to remember these events through photos.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Fearless. Word of 2014.

Well, look at me, already working on one of my resolutions.  I want to blog more.  I've missed it.  Here's to a 2014 full of my random words.

For 2013 my word for the year was purpose.  It served me well.  This year I have chosen the word:


Why?  Because I'm a coward.  It's true.  From the time I was small it takes me great effort to accomplish small things because I'm afraid.  Scared of talking to strangers, making phone calls, confronting people, deep water and taking selfies.  The list goes on and on.  So, I hope to make this year better by being fearless.  And here is a selfie for you.  Look at me, working on two resolutions in one blog post!

What's your word? 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

My Style

First the things I don't like.  These are things I don't like but I know a lot of people like them.  So more power to you, and I'm happy for you in your cute clothes!

Bows and Ruffles.  Ugh.  I remember my mom trying to put me into bows and ruffles and I hated it.  I also disliked pink.  Poor mom, I was her only daughter with five brothers and I would scoff at any time of flouncy frills.   For instance, I hate the bow on the Ruffled Hem Pullover at Anthropology..  Take that bow off, change the color, and I love it!

Personally I don't think jumpsuits flatter anyone.  And going to the bathroom wearing one of these is just not worth the effort. 

I fear wild prints.  Especially if I'm sewing because the placement of wild prints are very difficult.  There's nothing like sewing an outfit and realize their are two bright oranges covering your lady bits in a very obvious manner.

Low rider jeans.  It's just a risky game people play.  Plumbers butt or butt cleavage looks bad on every body type.  And I don't like super high skirts that one little leg crossed two high will show all that you have. 

So what do I like?  I like leggings done right.  Where the shirt is long enough.  Alissa does it so well.  She always looks great.

Scarves and cowls.  Lucky for me I get to share scarves with my daughter.

I like boots.  I like them with pants and with jeans.  I love fall when I can break out my boots! Boots WITH a scarf, yes I'm happy!

Maxi skirts because they are so comfy and look pretty!  Plus they're a cinch to sew!

If you spend time on my fashion pinterest board you can tell I'm a simple and sporty dresser.  Now if I had the money to beef up my wardrobe, that would be sweet!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday Link Up

Madison and her pirate

I want to have dinner with this good looking man.

I can't even recognize these leftovers.

20 photos of kindness in action.

I should have dressed up my pug for Halloween.

I think Utah and Toronto have our winters in common.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Spider Halloween Cookies

Tomorrow's Halloween!  Are you ready?  We've got our costumes ready and my boys are so excited.  I can't even imagine what the Halloween sugar high mixed with the excitement will do to them!  So why not feed them sugar cookies just to make life interesting?!

A couple of weeks ago I saw some adorable cookies on Pinterest.  I recreated them for a family party.  Unfortunately, when I failed to pin the cookie.  I tried to find them with no luck.  So, if you know who originally know who made these cookies I would love to give credit to the adorable design!

How to roll cookie dough so you have even cookies.
Christmas cookies made from gingerbread dough.

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