Monday, January 23, 2017


With this new year has brought much sickness to my family. Liam has had both Bronchitis and pink eye in the last week. and tonight as I was getting into the bathtub, I heard Duane yell and pound on the bathroom door and Liam was crying. I grab a towel and rush out to see what the problem was. Liam was standing in a pile of hot dogs and sunny d that he had just vomited. UGH! He has been running around singing and playing since so hoping it was a one time deal but this GI stuff is going around big time.

I HATE winter!

I see myself on a beach in warm weather soaking up sun...unfortunately...that is all in my head. (for now)

As promised, my 2017 goals (and also my first scrapbooking layout of the year). I found this super awesome kit from Sweet Shoppe by Two Tiny Turtles. If you are a scrapbooker, check it out here. If you are tossing around the idea of digi scrapbooking, give me a shout....I will be more than happy to show you where to start! It's a wonderful way to document memories.

Liam sat with me and read this entire post. He now wants me to install Blogger onto his tablet. I often wonder what he will become. He is so smart and can do anything he wants to do. As nervous as I am about him starting pre-school in the fall, I am also very excited to have him screened and see where he ranks. His entire life people have said "he's so smart". I wanna know just how smart. I know he should not be able to read at age 4. (he's been reading since he first turned 3). 

Time will tell. Til then? I'm just going to enjoy him being little because that is all that really matters anyway. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year. New Me.

I have been gearing up for this for quite some time. I have not dieted or even felt like it since the passing of my Mom in October of 2014. In that period of time, I gained 20 pounds, all from stress. I have always always always been a stress eater.

Learning to live without the only person who has been there for me since the first time I opened my eyes has been awful. I didn't care how fat I was. I didn't care what I was eating. I didn't care if I spent my time off on the couch. As 2016 came to an end (and it was a dooozy) I knew there were several things that I wanted to be different in 2017. (2017 Goals....coming soon).

 I have several things on this list but somewhere towards the top is not so much losing weight but living healthier altogether. I owe it to my family. I lost my entire family before I turned 40. (possibly why my Mom's loss hit me so hard) My husband and I decided to have a child late in life and more than anything I want to see him grow up, get married and have children of his own. I want to be able to go shopping in the same store with my daughter and find clothes that will actually fit ME.

At age 41, I have been on numerous diets. Some of them worked, I have actually lost 20-30 pounds...then I get comfortable and it all comes back.


  • Water. God knows I hate water and this was always one of those things that I was lax on. (it can't be that important I told myself.....IT IS!)
  • Protein. I never really paid a lot of attention to nutrients but as a nurse I know they are super important. Protein fuels the body. 
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables. I don't buy veggies often because Duane doesn't eat them. (I love them!
  • Cardio. This may be the hardest thing for me. When I come home from work, I am dead dog tired and it's so easy to go to the couch! I have a treadmill...USE IT! I get bored with the same thing and I have found numerous videos on You Tube that I can cast to my TV. (Pretty excited about these)
  • Sleep. Get 8 hours a night. If I am tired, I'm not gonna wanna workout!
  • much as I can. This is so hard for me because the older I get, the less energy I have.
  • Find a weight loss buddy and BE ACCOUNTABLE!
  • Small goals (i.e. I want to lose 20 pounds by March 1) 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Christmas is coming! every year comes and comes fast! I know its coming and every year, I say next year I am going to be more financially prepared! Every year comes...and here I am again, counting my pennies to make sure I get everyone what they want.

Every year for as long as I can remember, has a tragedy wrapped around the holiday season. Of course, the holidays are always hard on me as my family, the ones I love most in this world have all passed within a couple months from Christmas. My sister passed the week before Christmas. I will never forget that for the rest of my life. It was the worst Christmas I have ever had. That was the first hit my family had taken. Or at least the one that affected me the most.

A year after my sister, we lost my Dad. His health was bad and in many ways it was a blessing as he was a different person after he had the stroke. He was completely dependent on my mother and while she missed having him near, she was relieved at the same time.

In 2014, I lost my Mom. Something I will continue to live with for the rest of my life. I hate that she isn't here to watch Liam grow. It makes me angry and question my faith greatly. I have always had a great love for the holidays (I got that from her). This is why all of my children have the same love. Christmas music is hard for me to listen to, even the upbeat ones. It's so funny (or not really) how a song can take you back to a certain time in your life. Holidays from many years ago. I remember vividly and hope that they always stay fresh in my mind even though they are painful, it is all I have left.

My family was able to get together for the Thanksgiving holiday. This is the first time I prepared a meal on my own for so many people. (How did Mom do this for so many years??) I fretted over it all week, and although I didn't have the fancy table cloth and old farmer salt and pepper shakers that Mom always used. Or even the Thanksgiving napkins, It was a success (and maybe I will work on my presentation more next year...this year it was DON'T BURN ANYTHING AND GET IT ALL DONE AT THE SAME TIME)

This year, we added yet another member to our family (not legally) My older kids seem so happy and I am anxious to see what the future brings for them!

One of the things I remember as a child at Christmas time was that Mom would get an advent calendar every year and I would get so excited to open or change them every single day. I wanted to create that same thing for Liam as he is sooooo very excited about Christmas this year! I decided to try my hand at making my own calendar and Liam and I sat down together to come up with some ideas on what we would do for the month of December! I think it turned out great. Next year I will revamp and be marketing these in my store as well!!!

Liam is so proud of this (as am I) and I think we will have a lot of fun with it!!! I love Christmas, all of it!!! The red and the green, silver and gold, the tree, the corny Christmas movies and music. The time with family, the gifts, the tree, the lights, making new traditions/memories every year.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

FINALLY the weekend!!!!

This week seemed to be never ending. Our babysitter's little boy has been sick so I have had to swap days for evening and Duane has been working early mornings all week. Which means I get to bed at midnight and up at 7! BLAH!

Oh well I can sleep when I'm dead right?

Oh how I love Fall! I love everything about it. Everything. The cooler weather, the changing leaves, pumpkin EVERYTHING. But with the first signs of fall, I have to teach myself to say goodbye to our flip flops. My schedule is crazy and its just so easy to throw our flops on and go! (Especially with a toddler!)

My favorite part of October??? Halloween!! (of course) Quite possibly my favorite holiday but it's a toss up because I do love Christmas. Mama always made Christmas special. I had such an amazing family growing up. So very blessed. Tomorrow marks the 2 year mark that I lost Mom. This week has especially been hard. Facebook has a "Time Hop" which I typically love but not this week. I have tried to just avoid it. It is my personal weakness and always will be. 2 years? Really? I remember every single day of that last week, and the days that followed. Nobody ever plans on losing their parents. I mean, they know it will happen one day but there is nothing to prepare your soul for losing someone you have known your entire life.

All of my friends and family were so good to me and I will never ever forget that but that is the only good thing I have to say about that period in my life. I miss her every single day.

Fly high Mama!


This is the first year that Liam has actually been old enough to understand my excitement of the holidays and want to participate too! He has decided to be a Ninja Turtle (Michaelangelo). Daddy is just excited he is not Doc McStuffin or Peppa Pig. My baby boy likes girl stuff...and that is fine with me!

This week we finally painted our pumpkins. Liam's appeared a little caved in on one side but he was just happy that he got to paint! I am on this Jack Skellington kick so of course that is the direction I went. Liam? Well we had aimed at doing polka dots....but it turned into SO MUCH MORE!

Meet Frank! Liam loves him!