Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Would You Rather -- Volume 2 (My answers are highlighted in blue)

1. Be transported permanently 500 years into the future or 500 years into the past

2. Never be able to use a touch screen or never be able to use a keyboard & a mouse

3. Be able to control fire or water

4. Have everything you eat be too salty or not salty enough no matter how much salt you add

5. Have hands that kept growing as you got older or feet that kept growing as you got older

6. Have unlimited sushi for life or unlimited tacos for life

7. Be unable to use search engines or unable to use social media

8. Give up bathing for a month or give up the internet for a month

9. Donate your body to science or donate your organs to people who need them

10. Go back to age 5 with everything you know now or know now everything your future self will learn

11. Relive the same day for 365 days or lose a year of your life

12. Would you rather have a golden voice or a silver tongue

13. Would you rather be able to control animals (but not humans) with your mind or control electronics with your mind

14. Suddenly become elected senator or suddenly become a CEO of a major company

15. Sell all of your possessions or sell one of your organs

16. Lose all of your memories from birth to now or lose your ability to make new long term memories

17. Be infamous in history books or be forgotten after your death

18. Never have to work again or never have to sleep again

19.  Would you rather be beautiful/handsome & stupid or ugly and intelligent

20. Get one free round trip international plane ticket every year or be able to fly domestic anytime for free

21. Be balding but fit or overweight with a full head of hair

22. Be free from junk mail or free from email spam for the rest of your life

23. Be fluent in all languages & never be able to travel or be able to travel anywhere for a year but never be able to learn a word of a different language

24. Have an unlimited international first class ticket or never have to pay for food at restaurants

25. See what was behind every closed door or be able to guess the combination of every safe on the first try

Monday, December 5, 2016

Goodbye November - Hello December

Goodbye --

-Tournament free weekends
-Beautiful foliage and mild temperatures
-Getting away with just a hoodie and shoes
-Money (Christmas 'aint cheap)
-Blog schedule I actually tried putting in place (sigh)

Hello --

-Crazy basketball schedules
-Possibly a new job
-Holidays and all the wonderful, fun, family filled, happy moments that they include
-Bitter Cold
-Endless shovelling of sidewalks and brushing off cold cars

Friday, November 25, 2016

Would You Rather...........Volume 1 (My answers are highlighted in blue)

1. Always be 10 minutes late or always be 20 minutes early

2. Lose all of your money & valuables or all of the pictures you have ever taken

3. Be able to see 10 minutes into your own future or 10 minutes into the future of anyone but yourself

4. Be famous when you are alive & forgotten when you die or unknown when you are alive but famous after you die

5. Go to jail for 4 years for something you didn't do or get away with something horrible you did but always live in fear of being caught

6. Accidentally be responsible for the death of a child or accidentally responsible for the deaths of three adults

7. Your shirts be always two sizes too big or one size too small

8. Live in the wilderness far from civilization or live on the streets of a city as a homeless person

9. The general public think you are a horrible person but your family be very proud of you or your family think you are a horrible person but the general public be very proud of you

10. Live your entire life in a virtual reality where all your wishes are granted or in the real world

11. Be alone for the rest of your life or always surrounded by annoying people

12. Never use social media sites/apps again or never watch another movie or TV show

13. Have an easy job working for someone else or work for yourself but work incredibly hard

14. Be the first person to explore a planet or be the inventor of a drug that cures a deadly disease

15. Have a horrible short term memory or a horrible long term memory

16. Be completely invisible for one day or be able to fly for one day

17. Be locked in a room that is constantly dark for a week or a room that is constantly bright for a week

18. Be poor but help people or become incredibly rich by hurting people

19. Live without the internet or live without AC & heating

20. Have a horrible job but be able to retire comfortably in 10 years or have your dream job but have to work until the day you die

21. Find your true love or a suitcase with 5 million dollars inside (spoiler....I already found him)

22. Be able to teleport anywhere or be able to read minds

23. Die in 20 years with no regrets or die in 50 years with many regrets

24. Be feared by all or loved by all

25. Know when you are going to die or how you are going to die (You can't change the time or method of your death)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Election 2016 -- The Morning After

So, it is the morning after the election.  I've thought long and hard about what I wanted to write here. I've written, and rewritten, half a dozen different things, and I hope that what I have to say strikes a chord with you, regardless of which candidate you supported, or which side of the proverbial fence you find yourself standing on.  I am not an American.  But that does not mean that I don't understand how the results of last nights election are going to have not only an impact on America, but a global impact, and that is why I feel that I, too, have a voice in this.

If you followed the election like I did, and saw every debate, every tweet, every ad campaign, all the endless crazy bullshit -- you may feel a sense of satisfaction, or you may feel an overwhelming sense of anxiety and fear.  I have felt many of these things over the last 18 months. I want you to put aside all those things for a minute and focus on what I am about to say.

We're all going to be okay.

We really will.  Because no matter who won or who you voted for (or watched from the sidelines like many of my Canadian friends and family), you will still have the opportunity to fight each day for what you want to see happen in this world.  You can still fight for justice, and love, kindness, and acceptance or equality....whatever you feel is lacking.  You will not fight alone.  You can still make a difference.  In some cases, you can make a bigger difference than the President ever will.  You will be needed every day to promote joy and love and grace.....even if you're tired.  You will be better for it. So will the country, and the world as a whole.

We're all going to be okay.  Even if President Trump ends up being a flaming bag of turd, we will be okay.  We still have our families.  We still have love.  We still have people fighting for what they believe in.  We will have a better understanding of who we are as a people, and how we need to get better.  We will have a better understanding of our capacity for love and for fear.  We will have parties who know that their secrets are never really secret, and that they need to be better.  That benefits all of us.  We have seen disgusting behaviors exposed on both sides, and will be able to teach our children what is, and isn't, okay.  We have seen how easy it is to spread lies.  We have proof for our children that anybody.....and I mean, anybody, can become President (or any great leader for that matter).  We will have hard conversations around the family table where we will change hearts and minds, or have our changed.  We will do it softly or we will do it loudly because, while I myself am not American, I believe that it is the right of ALL people to sometimes be stupid, and sometimes be noble and selfless, and sometimes be a little of both.  We will have a reason to fight harder for what we believe in, and a reason to choose a GOOD fight -- one that makes a difference in positive ways for all of us.  Because that is what America is all about.  That is what humanity is all about.

Even during the darkest times in history, you can look back and see glimmers of brightness shining through, of the light winning over, of unlikely heroes being made -- of the people becoming sharper and stronger, and more clearly defined by who they are and what they stand for because they had no other choice but to choose.  And that, my friends, in necessary.    It is hard.  It is terrible.  It is scary.   It is beautiful.  It is all of those things at once, but magnified a thousand times.  And that is us.  And no matter what has happened with this election, we will be okay.  We will still be us.  We will still be imperfect and flawed, and good and bad, and scared and brave, and we will have so many more opportunities to become better than we are; to maybe even be better than okay.  To maybe, one day, be great.

But until that time comes, we are all going to be okay.

I promise.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

FitFabFun Fall Box Review

So, this is something I've decided to do quarterly here on my blog.  I subscribe to an AWESOME website called, of course, FITFABFUN.  I pay a yearly subscription, and 4 times a year (every season), I get an awesome box full of goodies.  So, I've decided for any of you who are interested, that I would post what fun little treats I get each quarter, and maybe inspire some of you to treat yourselves.

So, upon getting my box for this season, I was thrilled to see that this one was a bit interactive.  I love coloring (yes, I'm a grown up), and so this was a fun little treat.  The exterior and interior of the box was full of fun little pictures that you could color.

The box comes with an awesome Exclusive Offers card.  It's a awesome way to save on future purchases of the fun things you find in the box.  There is also a mini magazine that comes with each box, highlighting the items you receive each season.

So, here are the awesome items that I received this season:

1.  ModCloth Loch and Key Blanket Scarf – Value $34.99

This gigantic (55x55'') scarf is perfect for fall.  You can wear it multiple ways, and it will definitely keep you stylish and warm on those chilly days.  The fabric is awesome (acrylic, so not itchy), and calling it a "blanket" scarf it fitting.  It's massive, but lightweight, so it's not too bulky or heavy.

2.  FabFitFun Colouring Book & Coloured Pencils - Value $14

Coloring books for adults have really taken off.  Research has shown that coloring reduces stress and anxiety, and a great break from endless hours in front of the computer screen.  This fun little book comes with a set of colored pencils.

3.  Fun To-Go Coffee (Tea) Mug -- Value $19

This adorable mug holds 16 ounces of your favorite warm beverage, and is a cute and classy touch to any morning pick-me-up.  I love the gloss black, and gold detail.  (Hand wash only)

4.  Mullein & Sparrow Mini French Lavender Body Oil -- Value $18

This body oil is formulated with the healing and meditative scents of lavender.  You can use it as a daily moisturizer, or put a few drops in your evening bath.  It's really light, and smells wonderful.

5.  The BrowGal Clear Resistant Eyebrow Gel -- Value $20

This gel works with powders and pencils to seal and protect your eyebrows with great staying power. It comes in a clear gel, so it should work with any brow color.

6.  Pure Cosmetics Nude Collection Eye Shadow Pallet -- Value $50

This great pallet features 12 different shades of eye shadow that compliments the ever popular nude makeup trend.  It includes a great selection of both glitter and matte colors.

7.  Spongelle Bulgarian Body Wash Infused Buffer -- Value $16

This sponge is awesome.  It's infused with body wash, and the sponge is a bit more durable than your typical pouf, so cleans and exfoliates in one.  It should last up to 14 washes, but once the wash is gone, you can just add your own body wash and continue to use it.  A great deal.

8.  Toesox Toeless Fitness Socks -- Value $17

These socks are great for any shoeless fitness activity: yoga, pilates, dance.  I wasn't sure how it would feel having space for each individual toe, but they are actually really comfy.  They are fantastic and have non-slippy, grippy dots to keep you from sliding all over the floor.

9.  Skin Laundry Restoring Night Serum -- Value $50

This serum is designed to "help improve the overall appearance of skin brightness, smoothness, tone, texture, and elasticity".  It is really lightweight, goes on smooth, and has no lasting scent to it, which is really nice.  

10.  Sponsored Products -- Secret Clear Gel and Cottonelle Flushable Wipes.

So there you have it.  All these great products have a value of about $240 and I got them all for $49.95.  Signing up for their yearly subscription is a great idea, and every box I get seems better than the last.  I don't know how they do it.......but I'm so glad that they do.  I can't wait to see what they come up with for the winter box.

*NOTE: This review is my own personal opinion.  I do not speak for FitFabFun, nor am I in any way compensated by the company for this review.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

On turning 40

Yesterday I turned 40, and to be honest it doesn't seem real at all.  Forty has always seemed so far away, so grown old!  Yet here I am saying goodbye to my thirties, and while it feels big, I have decided to embrace it and welcome my midlife with open arms.

The big difference between 30 and 40 is the feeling of contentment and being settled.  I'm no longer planning when or if we should have another baby.  I'm no longer stressing over whether I should check out a new career path.  I am settled into my life, my marriage, parenting....and it feels good. it's not that I don't still have dreams about the future; I guess it's just that the urgency is different now.  I feel more comfortable in my own skin now than when I was 30.  Never mind the few grey hairs, or the smile lines that are forming around my eyes.  I know myself better, and I am more aware of and more able to focus on the things that are important to me.  I feel that so much of my 30s were the "planning" years, the adjusting to being a parent years, the becoming a better and more productive wife years -- the figuring out my identity years.

Sometimes I feel like the days are just slipping away unnoticed.  I try to grab hold of all those "little moments", but, at times, the chaos of every day life just pulls them away.  Time can be such a funny thing - it lulls you into feeling like it's moving so slowly, that it will always be there.  And then suddenly it's gone.  I have no idea what the future will hold, but the last 30 years have been so full of growth and SO many lessons learned.  I'm not going to let it get me down.  I'm going to use this as a starting point for the rest of my life. Bring on the 40s.

Here's a few things I have learned for sure:

-  Age is just a number...I still feel 25
-  Having growing children will keep you young (tired, but young)
-  Pursuing your passion every day is good for the soul
-  A good nights sleep and lots of water are better for you than botox
-  Life is too short (and to precious) for drama
-  Toxic people have no place in your life
-  Family is everything
-  It is okay to not fit in
-  Confidence comes from being yourself
-  I am WAY stronger than I ever knew
-  There is nothing wrong with boundaries
-  Comparing yourself to others is a waste of time
-  It is okay to ask for things you need
-  My parents were right about almost everything
-  I know what I want and I won't settle for anything less

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Thoughts on Max

Do you ever sometimes just look at your kids and wonder where the Hell the time went.  I do this often.  Maybe it's because I'm soon approaching 40.  Maybe it's because in another year, even my youngest son will probably be an inch taller than me.  I'm not sure, but I've already got one child with a foot out of the nest, and I'm realizing that my middle boy is, in all reality, not far behind.

To my Max;

If your life was a road trip, I would find myself wondering why on earth we ever even thought about once going over the speed limit, why we passed other cars in our race to our destination, why we didn't take a few more pit stops along the way.

Some days it's hard to believe that you are 16.  You wear it well.  This is both a compliment, and not. You are moody and emotional, complicated and complex.  You challenge me in ways I never thought possible.  You have opinions and insight about the world, politics, humanity.  There are things in your life that I don't know, which I like to think is a relatively new phenomenon.

You are also witty and sweet, ethereally handsome, and still boyish is all the right ways, even as your shoulders have broadened, and your feet have outpaced mine in size and stride for a couple of years now.

These teenage years are like a highway under construction - the trip takes on a new element of challenge, even from an experienced driver like me, who traveled down a similar freeway with your older brother.  Your highway has been a different road, with detours, and barricades, and near constant confusion.  I am learning to appreciate the traffic and the opportunity it has given me to remember that this journey won't be forever.....and that is both the best and worst thing.

One day we will roll up to our destination in the true meaning of the word awe.  The adult version of your will dwarf the wonder of the Grand Canyon.  You are a gift that I have given the world, and I am so confident in my offering.  I will revel in the success of our arrival, and I will mourn the end of our journey at the same time.  I will lament those cheesy road side pitstops that I chose to skip, and the boring hours will take on a rosy glow that only nostalgia can bring.

I hope I've planned enough and not too much.  I hope I've made the hours pass with ease.  I hope you know that I knew the way, even when it seems like I didn't.  Because you and your brothers -- you are my way.

Thanks for accompanying me so closely on this leg of our trip through life, and for being one of the best guides I could get.

I like you, I love you, I will always protect you, and I will be here for you no matter what.

Love, Mom.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Make Up Tips

Can someone please explain to my why every makeup company in the world is still producing blue eye shadow?  Blue eye shadow has ALWAYS been tacky.  It was never popular.  It was typically only used by prostitutes or Halloween costumes (most of which are prostitute costumes).

I wanted to make a type of flow chart or meme.....but that sounded like a lot of work.  So, instead I decided to go with a simple list of people who can actually pull off this bold look, at any time.

People who can pull off blue eye shadow are as follows:

-Tammy Faye Baker (or really, just anyone named Tammy for that matter)
-Tim Currey in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"
-Betty Boop
- The clown from Stephen King's "It"
-Everyone's grandmother
-Paula Deen
-Barbie dolls
-Dolly Parton
-Mimi from "The Drew Carey Show"
-People who work at or frequent Shoppers Drug Mart
-The cast of "Steel Magnolias"

If you do not find your name on this very short list, then you should NOT be wearing blue eye shadow.  I hope this has helped.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Parents who Teach Their Children to Steal are Douchebags

Yesterday, I  received an email from a friend, telling me that her 6 year old son's scooter had been stolen while they were at the park.  She was very upset, because the park had been very busy.  She had just taken her eyes off the scooter for a second, and it was gone.

She started looking for the culprit, but couldn't see anyone she would peg as the "usual suspect" type. There weren't any middle or high school kids who would have taken it to show off to their friends or just to be jerks.  It was all young kids who were being supervised by (seemingly mature and law abiding) adults.  Little did she know there was a thief with her at the park.

What sort of parent/guardian/authority figure steals something with their child as an accomplice?  Who does this?  Does mom just tell little Mikey that she is "borrowing" the scooter? ("I'll call his mom in  few days and she if she wants it back").  Does she tell him she "paid" the other mom for the scooter? ("There was a garage sale at the park today.  Lucky us!  It was only $5).  Or does she tell the truth?  (Dad says we can't afford a scooter right now.  But that boy brought a scooter and a bike.  He doesn't need both.  Let's take the scooter....hop on and ride it like you own it).  WTH?!?

My friends email went on to say that after the terrible experience at the park, she headed to Walmart. When she got out of her car, she stepped on a dirty diaper that someone had just left on the ground.

WTH is wrong with people?

Why stop there?  Forget the diaper; why not just teach your child to poop in the parking lot next time and avoid the hassle and expense of diapers all together, you douchebag?

I think what horrifies me the most, is my belief that both of these acts were likely committed by women.

There apparently weren't any dads at the park, so it was a women who stole the scooter.  And, how many dads do you know that change diapers in the middle of the day at Walmart?  (I know that's stereotypical of me, but I'm going to have to go with the odds on this one).

I expect asinine, gross, rude, lazy, disgusting behavior like this from know, the gender that can fart on demand and scratch themselves in public.  Let's face it, men have always cornered the market on being war-mongers, polluters, rapists, and pillagers of this world, and now these women are muscling in on their territory.  Wonderful.

All I can say is I hope someone breaks their arm on that stolen scooter.  Nothing like hours in an ER and a first day of school pictures in a cast to put the $50 they saved stealing a little boys scooter in perspective.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

My Mother-In-Law's Holiday Slush

Growing up in my husband's family, this drink was a staple at Christmas time.  I don't think you need to limit it to just fact, I think it would make a delicious summer BBQ drink as well.  I don't want to lose the tiny, faded piece of paper that she has written it on, so I'm going to post it here for posterity.


Blend the following together:

- 3/4 cup of sugar
- 12 oz can of frozen orange juice
- 12 oz can of frozen lemonade
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 carton of frozen strawberries (I don't know what she considers a carton)

Add a 48 ounce can of unsweetened pineapple juice and 4 cups of water (I personally would use 4 cups of Sprite or 7-Up instead).

Now my mother-in-law would also add a bottle of Vodka or Gin Fizz to this slush.....but I'll leave that up to you.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Celebrity Idiots and the Morons who Love Them

The Kardashians – Years ago, I thought they were mildly entertaining but after seeing young girls aspire to be like the Kartrashian women, that’s some scary stuff. These people have fans?
The Duggars – They spawned Josh Duggar and I'm pretty sure they are in a cult. Need I say more?
Chris Brown – This freaking guy. Holy crap. What an abusive, angry asshole.
The Palin Family – I don’t even know where to start with this mess of a family. And seriously?! Bristol Palin was paid thousand of dollars to speak and promote abstinence and got knocked up by two baby daddy’s. Please don’t misunderstand. Normally, that wouldn’t make me so judgmental but also, men and women that have different moms and dads for their children don’t get paid the big bucks for preaching abstinence.
Kanye West – Oy. He’s a delusional, raging lunatic. Fits right in with the Kartrashian family but damn, I feel bad for his poor kids.
Dani Mathers– I only first knew she existed yesterday and if you’re not familiar with her, she’s a Playboy playmate that took a photo of a naked woman in the shower at the gym. She posted the photo and made some smug ass comment about the woman’s body. This asshole committed an appalling act of an invasion of privacy. I go to the gym, and I can’t even imagine someone doing that to me or thinking it was okay to pull something like that.
Mike Huckabee – Hmmm. Let me count the ways. He’s an asshole, plain and simple. He also supported Josh Duggar. Douche.
Donald Trump – I could go on and on and on and on about this particular moron. It enrages me that he spreads so much hate… and other assholes support his idiocy. He’s a misogynistic, racist, hateful piece of crap and it’s terrifying that so many people are supporting him.
Did I leave anyone out?  Let me know.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wednesday Weekly Gratitude Post #4

This is a bit of a tough one.  The prompt this week was to write about "a family member".  So, I've already written a bit about hubby, and covered a lot of others in my post about family, but to single out a single family member was proving to be a little hard.

After much thoughtful deliberation, I finally decided on my grandfather.  Granny has gotten a few posts on here over the years, so I figured, gramps was the next best thing.

My grandpa, Max McEvitt Court, was born on August 5, 1928 in Raymond, Alberta, Canada.  Except for a year spent in B.C., my grandpa lived his entire life in that town.  He was one of 21 children.  He married my grandma, Jeanette Robinson shortly after his 20th birthday.

They went on to have 6 children together, and also adopted my uncle, Randy, bringing the total to 5 sons and 2 daughters.

There is a lot of things I know about my grandfather, but I want to specifically write this post about what he meant to me.

My grandpa was my first real "father figure".  I adored him my entire life.  Without a doubt, he is the single most influential person in my life. He taught me many things from how to weed a garden and shuck peas, he gave me my love of crossword and jigsaw puzzles, he had an amazing mind for numbers,  and he showed me what it truly means to have a deep and abiding love of the Lord.  His faith always amazed me.  

He taught me about some refined cuisine such as syrup and sugar on bread (hey, don't knock it until you try it).  He taught me some great old songs, like "Ol' Shep" , "Ten Knots in the Devil's Tail" and loved it when I sang "Danny Boy" for him.  He instilled in me a love of learning, patience, and what family truly means. He was a warm, loving, firm, and straightforward man.  He was a man who was still riding his bike and pitching in softball well into his 60s.  He was a hero.....he was my hero.

Near the end of his life, my grandfather slowly started to fade away.  He was no longer the man I remembered, and often times he didn't remember me, or anyone else for that matter.  But I went and visited him the summer before he passed away, and before I left to return home, knowing that it was likely the last time I would see him, I kissed him on the cheek and told him I loved him.  He grabbed me by the hand, and patted it softly.  His last words to me were, "You're a good girl sweetheart.  I'm proud of you".

It doesn't get much better than that.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A Tired Mom's Goodbye to the End of the School Year

I'm tired.

So very tired.

I'm tired of this school year.

I want it over.

I'm tired of attempting to wake boys from their deep sleeps with that frantic fury of mobilizing their weary body's out the door.

I'm tired of checking the forecast and reminding them that it is not a shorts day, and yes, they do need to take a jacket.

I'm tired of making breakfast and fixing lunches, all before I have sufficiently caffeinated myself.

I'm tired of fighting with them to go to bed because they have school tomorrow.

I'm tired of the Friday highs and the Sunday sighs.

I'm tired of getting emails from the school, updates from the school, and reminders from the school.

I'm tired of take home papers to read and sign.

I"m tired of schools trying to cram a ton of end of the year activities into already overcrowded schedules.

I'm tired of saying, "Did you get your homework done".

I'm tired of papers, notebooks, shoes, and gym bags being strewn all over my house.

I'm tired of looking for sharpened pencils, highlighters, and lost books.

I'm tired of coming up with lunch ideas

I'm tired of feeling like I'm failing at lunch ideas.....and dinner ideas.

I'm tired of processed food, fast food, and rushing in general.

BUT -- the ONE thing I'm NOT tired of --

Being grateful for my kids' school and teachers, who work hard every day to give my kids the education they deserve.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Things I Want Thursday

OK, lets get started with my weekly wishlist.

#1.  Side Slit Tank --  with the weather getting warmer, I have a feeling  that I'll be wanting a few shirts like this in my rotation.....and this particular one comes in several colors.

#2.  Cable Knit Drape Front Cardigan -- It is so cute and just looks cozy for those cooler evenings.  (I actually really like this in the Mulburry Color)

#3.  Striped Capri Pants -- fun for working out or hanging out.

#4.  Sleeveless pleat top -- pretty enough for work, and nice enough to wear out on a hot day

5.  Nike Zoom Pegasus running shoes.  I need new shoes for running, and these look super comfortable.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wednesday Weekly Gratitude Post #3

So, this weeks post is all about about family.  I've decided specifically to post about my mom's family.  My mother was the youngest child of 6 +1 adopted nephew.  It was all started back in 1948 by this amazing couple right here.

Growing up in this family was nothing short of amazing.  I was the 6th oldest of 38+ immediate cousins.  There was never a shortage of friends and someone to play with.  We would get together every Christmas and 4th of July, and it was always so much fun.

In 1999, we lost granny.  She embodied the spirit of the family matriarch and was the glue that held us all together.  You can read more about my feelings on losing her here.  The family hasn't ever been quite the same since that day.  But I'm grateful for the wonderful childhood I got to have thanks, in no small part, to this big, loud, crazy, wonderful family.

I'm also grateful for my own family of origin.  Having parents who tried their best to teach us to be strong, moral, and wonderful people.  I will forever be grateful to God for blessing me with my wonderful family.

And finally, the family that my wonderful husband and I have created.  These fantastic men are my entire world, and I have embraced being the only queen in our little castle.  I love them all beyond measure, and am filled with overflowing gratitude for them every single day.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Six Words: Reflection

Mirrors show what some don't see

Or what some don't want to

Your reflection looking back at you

It can be hard to accept

But embrace yourself in the mirror

The person staring back at you

Be proud of what you see

Be proud of who you are

Meet My Kids: McCheese, Salty, and Pepper

Mine would be:

McCheeseburger - extra pickles please - Morrell

I really just want some Salt & Vinegar Chips Morrell

For the love of all that's holy, get me a Dr. Pepper Morrell

*What would yours be?

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Things I Want Thursday

It's time for our weekly "Things I want" post.  Here are a few of the new items on my wishlist:

1.  Woman's Drapey Tee -- I am always on the look out for longer shirts to cover my belly and bum.  This one is simple and cute, and I LOVE the color.

2.  Evel Leather Sandal -- I'm not a flip flop kind of girl, but I love me some sandals.

3.  Sleeveless pleat front blouse --  I love everything about this simple, but adorable top.

4.  Naked Palette by Urban Decay --  My makeup colors are definitely more earth tone, and I really like the blends you can make with this color palate.

5.  Fun tee for working out  --  I really am trying to get back into fitness mode.

That's the tops of my wishlist for the week.  I'd love to see what you all have on your lists.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Wednesday Weekly Gratitude Post #2

This weeks prompt was to post about our spouse/significant other.

12 Reasons Why I Love My Husband

1.  My husband is truly my best friend.  We tell each other everything, and we quite literally never get tired of each other's company.

2.  I enjoy spending time with him.  Being together is important to us.  Even if we are both on our own computers doing our own things, at least we are still in the same room, occupying each other's space.  And we will continuously talk to each other, dipsite doing our own thing.

3.  We have a lot of the same interests.  Whether its TV shows, games, travelling.....we like a lot of  the same things, and we like doing those things together.  I'm not an opposites attract kind of girl.  I believe that common interests are very important.  (The fact that he's not into sports as much as I am, is something I can overlook.  LOL)

4.  We are on the same page about finances.  For the most part I leave this up to him, but he's careful to not squander or overextend us, and when I want or need anything, I am secure in knowing I can have it.  Considering the #1 cause of divorce is financial issues, I'm glad we don't have that black cloud hanging over us.

5.  We don't need to constantly be "entertained" to enjoy time together.  Quality time doesn't have to be filled with expensive nights out every weekend.  Sometimes the funnest times we have are just cuddled up in bed watching our favorite shows or movies.

6.  He makes me laugh daily.  I enjoy is offbeat sense of humor.

7.  We don't try to "one up" each other.  I am proud of his accomplishments and encourage him in his pursuits.  And he does the same for me.  No one is a bigger supporter of me and the things that I do than my husband.  It's not a competition between us.  You should be your spouses biggest fan, not a rival. 

8.  He loves me when  I don't love myself.  I can often get down on myself when it comes to my looks and my weight.  But he is always quick to let me know how beautiful he thinks I am.  It makes me feel better knowing that someone loves me just the way I am.  

9.  He's disciplined and hard working.  I'll admit that sometimes his workaholic attitude drives me a little batty, but in the end it speaks to his strong character and his belief in himself.

10.  He is wise and rational.  I often defer to his decision making, because where I am emotional he is calm.  I appreciate his ability to balance things out and make well thought decision.

11.  He's a great father to his 4 sons, and is always working hard to show them what it means to be a good man.

12.  We are excited about our future together.  I always feel bad for people who say things like "I can't retire....I'd drive my wife crazy" or "I wish my husbands job would make him travel more so I could have time for myself".  After 20 years together, we still aren't sick of each other and are always ready to see what roller coaster the future holds for us.  

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Things I Want Thursday

This is another fun little thing I'm going to try for the next little while.  My wishlist for "things" is typically frivelous, but still....stuff I want.

1.  Batman Zip up Hoodie -- because, come on.  Who doesn't love Batman?  He's my favourite hero.  He doesn't even have super powers.....just a lot of cool gadgets that make him a totally kick ass superhero.

2.  Super cute maxi dress - because I love me some maxi dresses

3. Polaroid Mobile Printer -- prints images directly from your smart phone.  Maybe now, I may actually get some pictures printed, instead of lost in the cyberworld.
4.  This super cute blouse - because I can always use more fancy work clothes

5.  All this super cool workout gear -- maybe this will help me get motivated to get my sweat on.

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