Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Taking it all for granted

Do you ever have one of those days that seems to be going along just fine and then something happens that blindsides you and makes you put things into perspective?

Today was one of those days. I got some upsetting news that doesn't directly affect me, but does affect someone I know  that was once a big part of my life.  I will not go into details, but just say that it shook me and affected me very deeply. It is something that I can not get out of my mind.

It made me realize how much I take things in my life for granted..... not just the little things but the big things too. Sometimes I have to just stop and remind myself that I am lucky just to be alive and living in a country that has so many opportunities, liberties and freedoms.

I guess it is easy to take for granted the everyday things such as a dishwasher, having clean clothes and a car to drive. To some people (many, in fact) these things would be a luxury and is something that is far out of their reach.

I was struck as I was letting the water in the kitchen sink run for far too long that all over the world people are in need of something as basic as clean water. Something that I have at my disposal at any given time and here I am letting it literally slip through my fingers and run down the drain. I quickly shut it off in that instant and reminded myself to be thankful.

You see in the hustle and bustle of everyday life it is easy to forget to say thanks for all the little and big things that we have. It is so easy to get caught up in the "have nots" instead of the "haves". I am ashamed that it sometimes takes something tragic in  life to remind me that I am so lucky. I have everything I could ever need and so much more.

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What I Wore

I don't have too many exciting outfits to post..... in fact, I think they are all just a little bit blah! I am in kind of a fashion rut lately. If the sun would ever come out then maybe I would infuse some more color into my wardrobe. :)

Shirt: INC Via Macy's clearance rack!  
Boots: Payless shoe source...they are so old but so comfy!
Jeans: Wet Seal  
Crappy photo quality: brought to you courtesy of my phone!

Sweatshirt: Thrifted  
Boots: Madden girl via Macy's  
Bag: Coach via the outlet

Sweater: Ross purchase
Boots: My trusty Madden Girls... I just love em!
Jeans: Angels via Kohl's
Handsome little guy: He is all mine :)

I do own a little bit of color!

Jeans: Big Star via Nordstrom Rack
Heels: Payless
Shirt: given to me from my mom
Sweater: Nordstrom rack

pleated poppy

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New ways to follow Me

Never in a million years did I think when I started blogging that people were actually going to read what I wrote, much less comment or care. I have been blown away with how much support and encouragement I have received from you guys! I have "met" so many amazing people and can't believe that my little ole' blog has reached 200 followers. Now, the numbers don't mean everything to me...the relationships formed do. However, I am not going to lie. When I see my numbers creep up it makes me feel good and somehow validates what I am doing here. :)

With that said, I am sure we have all heard that GFC is going away. There are lots of new ways to follow me though,so we can keep in touch! I have added the new linky followers tool. I am in the process of trying to make a facebook page but am having some "issues". If someone has some advice on how to do so I will take it! So, feel free to follow along and let me know that you have done so, so I can follow you too.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Our Weekend Recap

Despite the fact hubby was out of town again, we managed to have a fun filled weekend.

Friday we had a playdate with my friend Laura who blogs over here. She brought over some home made puff paint she had made out of cool whip and food coloring! Such a great idea.... plus it tasted good too! :)

Kendra had fun!

Saturday morning Target was hosting a Dr.Suess story time to celebrate his birthday. We had so much fun. They handed out great goodie bags for the kids and read an assortment of stories. Jaxson even got to pick out a new book! Thankfully my mother in law came along because Kendra hit the ground running and was ALL over the store!

Don't you just love my Lorax mustache? They gave these away too and of course the kids refused to wear them!

Saturday afternoon my brother and his girlfriend came up to visit and we had so much fun catching up and just hanging out at home. Jaxson had fun playing soccer and being rambunctious. We finished off the night with pizza and mac and cheese. I know......dinner of champions!

Kendra got caught by the paparazzi! 
She is such a little diva. :)

Sunday morning my mom and I went to a matinee showing ( only $6.00) of Gone with Amanda Seyfried. I really liked it but then again I love suspenseful thrillers. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting but still really good. By the time I got home Brandon was home and we spent the afternoon being lazy. I even tried a new recipe.

All in all it was a great weekend!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Shh! Can you keep a secret?

Today I am linking up with Lena at Mom2MemphisandRuby and sharing a dirty little secret. The last Saturday of the month you can link up and share some of your secrets!

Okay, so here is mine (one of mine)! I like to think of myself as pretty organized and that I keep a fairly clean house. However, that does not extend to my closets and drawers. I am in the process of trying to slowly go room by room in my house and restore order to the chaos that has become.

Yep, those are all scarves and hats!
Up until last weekend my room was a disaster!

I spend so much time keeping the rest of my house clean that I completely neglect my room. In my defense the last picture was taken when I was completely purging my closet of all it's contents. I reorganized HALF of it and am still working on the other half. I did, however, haul away three boxes and two bags of stuff to get rid of!

Stay tuned for some after pictures.... just don't hold your breath. It may be awhile!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Another peek into my home.........

A few months ago (gosh time flies!) I gave you a peek into my house (well the rooms that were clean at the time)   ;) If you missed that here it is.

Finally I am getting a chance to post some pictures of the kids' rooms. I took these photos quite awhile ago and just kept forgetting to post them.

Not the best photo, but here is a view looking into Kendra's room.

The letter's were a gift from my sister in law and I love them! Her dresser was an old one that we refurbished and put new knobs on. We used to have a changing pad on top.
This picture doesn't do it justice! This was an old bronze chandelier that my husband repainted and hung pink and clear crystals from it. He made it for his "little princess". :)

Glider and shelves... which look a little sparse. I made the zebra fleece blankie for her.

Her bow board which a friend of mine made! I wish she would actually wear some of these!

A View into Jaxson's room. His bed is NEVER made... they spend too much time jumping on it. :)
Some of his way too many toys! I got those car mats at garage sales for $2.00!!
His messy unorganized book shelf!
Sign above his closet!

Well, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed the tour. Now, if you were to be here in "real life" their rooms would definitely not look like that!

Next time I will show you our room!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Things That Are Making Me Smile

1.) Watching the bond between my kiddos and seeing it strengthen everyday. When Jaxson thinks that no one is looking I see him do sweet little things for Kendra. At playgroup a few weeks ago he helped her into the toy car and was pushing her around all while telling her he loved her. It brought tears to my eyes.

Taking care of sissy when she has been hasn't been feeling well.
2.) That my orchid that I had written off as being dead has not only re-bloomed , but is flourishing now!

3.) The fact that even though it may not look like it, that my house is slowly, little by little, getting organized. I have been on a re organizing mission lately. I have a whole other post lined up for that. :)

4.) I found a new series of novels that I am loving right now. There is something about finding an author with reoccurring characters that you can form a connection with. I get excited when the book is over because I know I have a new one to read. Plus, it is so much easier with my kindle to just download and have it right there(it is also easier to overspend on books, however, because I buy so many!).

5.) My new washing machine! The spending money part on it doesn't make me smile.... but we have been without one for over two weeks and it is tough! I took that for granted and never will again. Hello clean laundry!

6.) The Walking Dead is back on! Although this show is not everyone's cup of tea, I love it!

7.) Kendra finishing my sentences! I was singing a song the other day when she chimed in and finished the line perfectly! It was so cute. We kept doing it over and over so I could hear her little voice. She is talking more and more everyday and amazes me with what comes out of her mouth.

8.) Noticing the distinct differences between my childrens' personalities and preferences, even at this young age.  For example, if you give them the same meal she will go straight for the meat and then to the bread. She always saves her fruits and veggies for last. Jaxson, however will eat the veggies, then the fruit and then we have to fight to get him to eat the main dish. She generally will finish what he has left behind.

9.) We have implemented our bugdet and seem to be adjusting. We are starting to see some debts go down and our savings go up. Yeah for progress!

10.) My friend asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding and I am so excited and honored to be a part of her special day!


Friday, February 17, 2012

What If?

Do you ever have those moments or even those days where you wonder what if?

While cleaning out my closet yesterday I came across a book of poetry/journal from my middle school and high school days. Wow! Let me just say I really poured out every emotion in that thing, and boy, did I think I was in LOVE way too many times!

With that said, though, it got me wondering What If?
What if that boy I had been pining over noticed me? What if that ex-boyfriend who I was so sure was the one I was gonna marry had not broken up with me?

What if I had kept that same group of (toxic) friends that hurt me? What if I had stayed at college when I had gone?

There are a lot of what ifs in life. In fact, I could waste a lot of time thinking about these things. However, I don't regret any thing in my life..... everything happens for a reason. I truly believe that.  I don't dwell on things from the past and wish for something else. I am exactly where I need to be. If any of those things had happened the way I wished they had, then I wouldn't be where I am today. Maybe my life didn't turn out how I had "planned" but that is the beauty of it...... it turned out exactly how it was supposed to!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

It's OK

  •  That I ate two chocolate cupcakes on Valentine's Day(I scraped off the frosting, does that count?) AND a doughnut!
  •  That I secretly love to have the whole bed when hubby is gone  
  • I forgot to send my voter's ballot in on time... OOPS!
  • I only made it through 20 minutes of Zumba before I thought I would die
  • My entire closet is pretty much on my bedroom floor and has been for days! I started the pulling everything out phase of re organizing it and haven't gotten any further.
  • I have a pile of diapers by the front door because it is too cold to walk out to the garbage can.
  •   That I sometimes wish I had part of my daughter's wardrobe! She is stylish. :)
  •  My breakfast as of late, has only consisted of an apple.
  •  We didn't get to spend Valentine's Day together. I know hubby is working hard and kicking butt!

Its Ok Thursdays

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What I Wore (the best of)

Hope everyone had a Valentine's filled with love. I spent my day with my family; nothing better.

I made heart shaped pancakes and pink milk for the kiddos for breakfast. I also threw on part of a chocolate donut (hey, it was Valentine's Day!) Someone's little hands swiped the plate away and went straight for the chocolate! She is definitely her mother's daughter. :)

Now, I wish I could say I was just too busy to photograph all my glamorous outfits this past week. The reality was just that I spent a lot of time in yoga pants or sweatpants. So, I have put together some of my favorite outfits from the What I Wore Wednesday posts.

Boot: Funky Monkey via Macy's, Vest: Ross, Shirt: Old Navy , Jeans: Macy's

Sweater: Old Navy, Dress: Target clearance! Leggings: Forever21, Boots: Funky Monkey via Macy's
Jeans: Macy's, Shirt: NY & Company, Jacket: NY & Company, Hat: Coach Outlet
Jeans: Vanity, Floral top: Old Navy, Cami: American Eagle, Sweater: Nordstrom Rack
I realize, looking back at these outfits that I need to infuse more color into my wardrobe! I tend to gravitate toward blacks and grays.

pleated poppy


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Spontaneous Aquarium Trip

Yesterday morning we woke up and decided that a trip to the aquarium sounded fun! Jaxson hadn't been since he was a baby and Kendra had never been. Since we knew Brandon would be working on Valentine's Day we figured it was the perfect way to celebrate with the kids.

The aquarium is about an hours drive away so the kids were a bit fidgety. We met up with my brother, who lives in Seattle.

Kendra touched the starfish.... but Jax wouldn't. 
They have all these great touch tide pools! My favorite part.

Neither would look at the camera... too much to look at!
Pointing at all the fish
They both squeezed into the Octopus!
My little diver. He fell off the stool that was boosting him up not long after this. Oops. He was okay, though.
Getting Uncle Ryan
Jaxson was so excited to find Nemo!
If you look closely you can see the otter pup. She was so cute!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope you get to spend some time with the ones you love!

Sunday, February 12, 2012


While perusing through the way too many photos I have stored on my phone, I came across some Christmas pictures I realized I never shared. It doesn't surprise me because let's face it, I slack in that department. I may take a lot of photos, I just don't DO a lot with them! My children's baby books are full of empty pages too.

Here is what awaited the kids on Christmas morning! Santa may have gone a LITTLE overboard this year. :)
Lights of Christmas at a nearby Christian camp. This place is beautiful. they decorate with over a million lights. It is breathtaking! 

I love the mountain made from lights!
My veggie tree! I had fun with this!
My favorite snowmen