Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hello, Goodbye

As we approach the final hours of 2010, I can't help but reflect on this past year. So many memories. Some good, some bad. I've been through a lot this year. Again, mostly good, but some not so good. I have made mistakes, but I've also learned from them. I am not going to get into a lot of specifics, because I recently did that in a different blog post, but I can honestly say that I think 2010 was one of the best years ever for me. I have learned that I have a great family and friends who love me for me. My marriage is stronger than ever and I love my husband more today than I did at the beginning of the year. I started my own business this year and it's been incredible. My children have grown and I'm so happy and proud to be their mama. I have said goodbye to several loved ones. With each passing year, it seems to be more frequent, but it never gets easier. I have not suffered the way several of my friends have. I can't even begin to imagine the pain they have endured. I know that 2010 has not been as kind to others as it has been to me.

To my family and friends, and to everyone else reading this, I wish you nothing but peace and love for the year 2011. Make it the best ever!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

30 Days of Thanks

If you are a friend of mine on Facebook, you may have noticed that I am doing a little project for the month of November. It's called '30 Days of Thanks'. It is really easy to do. For each day in the month of November (30 days) change your status or post a picture of something you are thankful for. At first I thought it would be easy to come up with something every day, but after a few days, I started to struggle with thinking of something. Don't get me wrong, I am very thankful for many many things, but posting things like 'my kids' just seems too generic. Chances are, if you have a child, you are very thankful for them. I am thankful for a lot of things in my life. I guess the real problem I'm having is deciding WHY I am thankful for something.

If you're up to it, I really suggest doing this project. It's really interesting to see what your loved ones are thankful for and you may even be surprised about what you learn about yourself.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Three Months

It's been a good three months since my last blog post. A lot has happened since then! As a family we've had some really great times, but personally, I've been on this roller coaster. To get you caught up, here are some of the high points, as well as some of the low points.....

I had my best month ever with Pure Romance in August!

As a family we tried to spend a lot of time together before school started. We did a lot of 'day' trips (think the beach, museums, etc), and even were able to go to my husband's grandparent's house for Labor Day weekend. They live right on Lake Huron and it's my idea of Heaven on Earth.

My daughter started preschool. We're about two months in and she is absolutely loving it!

We got a dog! She's a 1o month old Husky mix. The kids just adore her and she's great with them too.

I had what my doctor is calling a 'chemical pregnancy/miscarriage'. It's not something I really want to talk about.

In mid-October, my husband and I celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary and tenth anniversary of being a couple. I love that man more and more each day!


We had a really great time with all of our Halloween activities!




October was a very bittersweet month for me this year. In all honesty though, I'm glad to see it go! November has been great so far, even if we are only two in.

My son is now 18 months old and he had his first haircut on Monday. Just a little trim of the bangs, but I think he looks oh so handsome!


Z has her very first field trip later this week. Of course she's excited for that, but I think she's really just excited to be riding the school bus. We drive her to and from school, so it will be a huge thing for her to ride the bus with all of her new friends.

It's been cold here and that means that winter is on its way. It also means Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming soon! I'm very happy for this. My favorite time of year. I have some PR parties lined up too and that will help with gifts.

Now that we are in a routine with Z's school, I hope to start blogging more. It seems as though I do great for a while and then completely disappear. Hopefully I can find the time to write more as I do really like it and think it's a great way to get my feelings out. If you're reading this, I want to give you a huge thanks! :)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Effin' Emotions

Don't you always just feel so much better after a good cry?

It seems like I will let everything sit in me and stir and then something, usually so small and insignificant, will set me off. I hate feeling like this. For a while now I've had all these emotions and then finally something happened (at this point I can't even pin point what it was) but I became a wreck. I had myself a good cry and now I'm better.

I really hate being a woman sometimes.

Friday, July 23, 2010

MIA

I am really horrible about logging into Blogger. I'm even more horrible at blogging. Sometimes I wonder why I even have a blog if I'm not going to devote time to it. However, I love being able to write whatever I want to and not really give a damn what people think of what I have to say. I love being able to vent. Sure I can vent on Facebook too, but we know how that has worked out in the past. ;)

Things have been so, I don't want to say boring because that makes it sound, well, boring, but I guess that's the only word that's coming to mind lately. We have been spending a lot of time indoors as it's been so hot and humid. I don't necessarily mind the heat, but it's the humidity that kills me. Add that to no swimming pool or A/C, I was melting. My baby brother rescued us though and now we have A/C! When we haven't been trying to stay cool indoors, we've been spending a lot of time with our wonderful friends and family. My daughter is having an absolute blast meeting all kinds of new friends. I've been spending a lot of time with family that I haven't seen in years. I know that as summer winds down, I won't see them as much and that kind of makes me sad. I've had a blast hanging out with them again. Reminds me of my childhood.

I've been staying busy with my Pure Romance business too. The summer is a slow time, but I'm hoping to kick it up a notch come fall. We have National Training in a couple weeks and I'm pretty bummed I am not going. However, we have our county's Relay For Life that weekend, and that is something we look forward to every year.

I need to cut this short now. I hear my kids in their beds. When one wakes up, the other wakes up. We have a lot to do this evening (more of that spending lots of time with our friends and family!) If you're reading this, I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, July 9, 2010

I Love My Little Girl!

Last night the two of us. had plans to go see the Wizard of Oz play with my stepmom and little sister. Z dressed up as Dorothy and she was just so excited. We had front row seats. The play started, and she wasn't really getting into it. She just sat there with this look that she was unimpressed. A few scenes later, I looked back at her and she's barely sitting on her seat, her eyes are wide and her jaw is nearly on the floor. She was having an absolute blast! All of the people there were complimenting her on her dress and saying how cute she is. One of the people in charge even took a picture of her. She thinks she's pretty hot stuff. Even the characters in the play would catch a glimpse of her and smile. She was so well behaved. About 5 minutes after intermission started it began to rain. A lot. We got completely soaked. I felt so bad because right after intermission began I gave her money to get us some popcorn. She was so cute asking the woman for 2 popcorns and handing her the money. Well, it rained so hard that the bags got wet and made such a mess. After a while they said we could hang out in one of the buildings they use to store props. A few minutes later they called the show. I was so bummed. We can go back tonight or tomorrow to watch, but I have plans both nights. I'm talking with my stepmom about arranging a time for them to take Z back to the show. As Z and I were walking back to our van, she asked, "Mama, can I come back here in my Dorothy dress and sing on the stage?" I just love her!!

The Wizard of Oz is one of my absolute favorite movies of all time, and I'm so thrilled that my daughter loves it at much. I can't even begin to tell you how heartwarming it was to hear her say that. I love that my kids love the amazing story as much as I do.

Here's a photo of Z as Dorothy:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

07/08/2008

Was the last day that I saw my grandma alive. It was the last time I hugged her. A few days later she went into the hospital for physical therapy. She passed away while she was there. I miss her so much.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fruit Salsa

I've had some people ask for the recipe for the fruit salsa, so here it is. It's fairly easy to make, and it's super yummy to eat!

Ingredients:
1 cup strawberries, diced
1 banana, diced
1 cup grapes, diced
1 apple, cored and diced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Combine fruits in medium mixing bowl.
2. Stir in sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
3. Refrigerate until serving.

The cinnamon chips are really easy too. I just take some tortilla shells and cut them into 8 pieces. Arrange them on a baking sheet. I brush each piece with a little melted butter and then sprinkle a mixture of sugar and cinnamon on top. I don't measure how much I use. Once they are all sprinkled, I bake them at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Yum Yum

My daughter is four years old and like most four year olds, she wants to help out in the kitchen. Yesterday we made "Happy Birthday America" cake, and today she wanted to make fruit salsa with cinnamon chips.

The cake was absolutely adorable. It was just a regular cake mix frosted with Cool Whip, blueberries and strawberries. It wasn't fancy, but I love that she did it. She's becoming quite the little helper in the kitchen. Here's the cake. I don't think it's that bad!


We made the fruit salsa today. It's SO delicious! The cinnamon chips are so good with it too! Again, it's not much to look at, but the taste is so great you don't care.



Hope your holiday weekend was filled with loads of fun and good food too!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

100 Great Things About America

It's time for a breather, America. Fire up the grill, ice down the drinks, and pop open that patio umbrella. Health care, the oil spill, Afghanistan, China, Elena Kagan and financial reform will all be waiting on Tuesday, July 6th. We promise. What won't be, though, is the chance to lean back and remember why we care enough about our country to spar over these things and in the end, remain united.

"Freedom," Albert Camus pointed out, "is nothing else but a chance to be better." For 234 years, America has strived, fought, invented, pushed, pulled and dragged itself towards the better. Fortune was keen to enumerate our progress.

There's no claim to ranking or exclusivity here, so leave the nitpicking aside for another day, though feel free to add to our list in the comments section. Without further ado, and in almost no particular order, we present the Fortune 100 Great Things About America.

1. The Internet
Oh yes, invented in the USA -- maybe Al Gore helped.

2. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights

3. Baseball
America's pastime…steroids or not

4. Mount Rushmore
Home of the original "your face here" gimmick

5. Food in New Orleans
If you can remember it the next morning

6. Rock and roll
Find a Beatles or Stones song uninfluenced by American music. Just try.

7. Hawaii
Mauna Kea, Kaua'i…you gotta see it to believe it.



8. iPod, iPad, and everything Apple

9. Barbecue
Carolina, Mississippi, K.C., Memphis…it's all good.

10. Ford Mustang
Who needs a German car? We'll take the classic.

11. Wikipedia
This article that mentions a popular fact site is a stub. You can help us by expanding it.

12. Buffalo
Because this is a real sentence: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. Don't believe us? Check on #11.

13. Slam dunks
Thanks to Doctor J

14. Broadway
If the Lion King ever closes, Cats will come back.

15. Bluebirds
Listen to mine sing

16. Google
Because no one stands up to China better

17. Mark Twain
The original American bad-ass



18. The national anthem

19. Iced drinks
When will the rest of the world figure this out?

20. Beaches
Cape Cod, Kiawah, Zuma -- ours are better.

21. Madison Square Garden
A little threadbare but still the biggest stage in America's biggest city

22. Delivery pizza

23. The Grateful Dead
Long may the followers of Uncle John's Band live on.

24. YouTube
We keep clicking on home videos even after Charlie bit our finger -- again!


25. The Super Bowl
The parties, the ads -- oh and a sports game, too

26. Fishing
China rules the commercial catch, but more people fish for fun here than anywhere else.

27. Monopoly
A game we sometimes play in real life, too.

28. The Big Apple Circus
Where joy and, occasionally, fear comes in clown twelve-packs by tiny car

29. M&M's
Imitators don't stand a chance

30. Facebook
Friend us? Just kidding… but seriously. Please friend us.

31. Thanksgiving
Loosen your belt and watch the parade

32. Pickup trucks
Our nation's first outlet for unfunny bumper stickers

33. The Simpsons
May Bart and Lisa never make it to high school.

34. Oprah Winfrey
But after 2011, no more free cars for the audience

35. Frisbees
Not just for dogs

36. Mad Men
Jon Hamm + Christina Hendricks = cooler than the actual '60s

37. New York/Boston sports rivalry
For our safety, we decline to comment.

38. MRI machine
Perfect for after that Yanks-Sox game

39. Patagonia
The first to make polyester clothes out of old plastic bottles

40. Archie Comics
Betty or Veronica: 68 years and the debate rages on

41. The Golden Gate Bridge
Dirty Harry meets Full House. Uh oh.


42. Jazz
Even before Ken Burns discovered it

43. Fantasy football

44. S'mores

45. Trader Joe's
If cheap wine were apples, we present the modern Johnny Appleseed. Amen.

46. The 4th of July

47. Harley Davidson
The motorcycle company that has survived both the Great Depression and the Hybrid Obsession

48. March Madness
So crazy it spills into April

49. Scrabble
As Facebook proved, it's Scrabulous

50. Kegs
Even useful when empty, as moorings

51. Slip 'N Slide
Simple. Genius.

52. Ice cream
Ben and Jerry's, Breyers, soft serve… ours freezes the competition

53. Yellowstone National Park

54. Oreos
This choice bribed by the secret dairy farmers' cartel

55. Edward R. Murrow
A journalist who was cool? Sigh.

56. Restaurant week
The one week a year when snooty waiters have to play nice

57. Washington D.C. monuments at night
Lincoln looks good

58. Bugs Bunny
Every parent's dream: he's nice to doctors and he eats his veggies

59. Etch A Sketch
Don't shake away our faith in this one

60. Coca-cola
Hmmm… what does the "coca" stand for again?

61. Flip flops
Not the John Kerry kind, though both can be found on Nantucket

62. Vegas weddings

63. Napa wine
If anyone orders Merlot, we're leaving


64. Willie Nelson
Trigger

65. eBay
The only place where you can buy a single cornflake

66. Blueberries
Our favorite fruit that can't check email

67. The Rockettes
E-leg-trifying!

68. Charles Barkley
Hosting Saturday Night Live and pitching for T-Mobile, Sir Charles is now larger than life

69. Blue jeans
Levi Strauss invented the modern version only to see them become boringly ubiquitous

70. County fairs
We recommend you eat your corndog after swinging that sledgehammer at the High Striker game

71. The Oscars
A celebration of everything good and awful about Hollywood

72. Veterans
Thank you

73. Steakhouses
Thankfully, not rare

74. The Tiffany box
The only package more powerful than its contents

75. Sports mascots
The San Diego Chicken vs. the Phillie Phanatic

76. The Great Lakes

77. Salt water taffy
Delicious even though they contain neither salt nor water

78. Roller coasters
Possibly the only 30-second activity worth a three-hour wait

79. HBO
Even if we're unsold on the vampire craze

80. The Everglades
Where else would you go to get drunk and wrestle an alligator?

81. Bonnie and Clyde
Do you and your honey bunny rob banks? No? Then sit down.

82. Chewing gum
But please, remember that it's a silent activity

83. The light bulb
And we just keep inventing better ones!

84. Religious freedom
From Pilgrims to scientologists

85. Bagels
If you've never tried one, come to New York and make your first one an H&H

86. Judd Apatow films

87. The Billboard 100
Measuring our music since 1958

88. Chipotle
And the guacamole really is worth the extra $2.25

89. Dalmatians on fire trucks
Black and white and red all over

90. Disney movies
Not yours, Nicholas Cage. The old school, animated ones

91. New Year's Eve
Every country has one, but they all watch Times Square

92. Elvis Presley
A hound-dog and the King

93. Cowboys

94. Turducken
A true American delicacy: a chicken in a duck in a turkey

95. Netflix
The only movie rental survivor

96. Spring Break
We plead the Fifth

97. Escalators
First used commercially in Yonkers, NY in 1899—who knew?

98. Stand-up comedy
Unless you are singled out

99. Redwood trees
The oldest is 2,200 years old

100. Bendy straws
Invented by a Cleveland entrepreneur—and perhaps Ohio's most significant contribution, though we tip our hats to the Wright Brothers and its 8 U.S. Presidents

101. Charlie Brown
Sorry, Charlie, maybe next time you'll crack the top 100




Happy Birthday America!



Thursday, July 1, 2010

Inner Struggle

You know that feeling when your brain wants something and your heart wants something different? Yeah, that feeling sucks. I don't know what to follow. I know one thing though, I don't want any regrets.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Busy Busy

I have been meaning to blog this week, but it seems like we've been busy.

My daughter in enrolled in our town's 3 week summer recreational program. Today is the last day. She has had so much fun and it's so heartwarming to see her out there making all of these new friends and having a blast with them. She's been gone a lot these last couple weeks and I miss her a lot. However, I have a lot of family who are involved with the program as well so I know she's in good hands.

Earlier this week I got some pretty devastating news. I'm not going to say what happened, but I'm still heartbroken. For as long as I live I'll never understand why such horrible things happen to such great people. I've really been thinking about this news all week. I've been pretty emotional over it. I'm just a bystander in everything so I can't even imagine how the others are taking it.

We are going to be pretty busy this summer, but I promise I'll try to start blogging more. My life is pretty boring though, so I don't really have much to blog about. I'm thinking that's actually a good thing though. :)

Saturday, June 19, 2010

So Pathetic

I find it so pathetic how something as little as a photograph can trigger a tidal wave of emotions.
Take this evening for example. My baby brother and his fiance just recently bought their first home. All of the family was there for their housewarming party. Someone had mentioned how they recently found a bunch of pictures from my daughter's first birthday party some years ago. She had to run back home for something and grabbed the pictures. She had mentioned that there was a picture in there that I may or may not have wanted to see. Of course I said I wanted to see it. I started looking through the pictures and I started to cry. First of all, it was just so crazy to see how much my little girl has grown through the years. I don't really remember her being so little. I look at her now and she's just such a big girl. Finally I get to THE picture. I started bawling. It was a picture of my grandmother who passed away nearly two years ago. I miss her so much every day. It's actually really strange timing because I've been thinking a lot about her and even having a couple dreams about her lately. I really do miss her. I was really happy to see the picture and see her so happy, but at the same time, it makes me really sad because she's no longer here. I will treasure this picture forever though. ♥♥♥

Monday, June 14, 2010

I'm Back!

I know I haven't been the best blogger lately. It's nice and warm and the kids keep me busy. Also, I've been keeping busy with my business which is always good. We are doing pretty good though. Kids had a touch of what they thought was pink eye, but they are on antibiotic eye drops and things are clearing up nicely. My baby brother (who turns 21 today!) just bought a house last week, and it's been exciting. We are trying to plan lots of fun and exciting things to do this summer. I can't wait to do some of it. Of course if I get offered some parties we might have to change our plans.

Leaf, I promise to at least attempt to blog more frequently! In the meantime, you know where to find me. From what I hear, I'm all over FB! ;)

The Coolest Babies Ever!

I have made some pretty amazing friends from Babycenter. Even though I've had a ton of problems and drama from the 'ladies' on the boy's birth board, I am proud to call so many of the rest some of my best friends. Here's a little video montage of the first year in the lives of our babes!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!!

Today is my baby's 4th birthday. I cannot believe how fast the years have flown by. Here is a short video I made from pictures from the past year. Enjoy!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Wonderful Weekend

This past weekend our family had the opportunity to go to Chicago. We originally made plans to go to Illinois to meet some of my best friends from Babycenter. My husband is such am amazing guy to take time off work and drive us down there.

We didn't have much time (or much money!) but we figured we could find something. We made a quick drive around Navy Pier but ultimately ended up at Lincoln Park Zoo. I had heard some wonderful things about the zoo, but you can never tell how great something is until you experience it for yourself.

We spent about three hours at the zoo and we didn't even see all of the animals. I would recommend the zoo to anyone who is in Chicago and looking for something cheap to do.

The zoo itself is free. You just walk right in. It felt so weird! You do pay for parking. It goes by how long you are there. Up to a half hour is free. A half hour to three hours is $17. I believe it goes up to $24. So it's not that bad, especially considering that the zoo is FREE! I believe you can bring your own sack lunches in to the zoo, so you don't even have to buy the food. We didn't plan this out, so we ended up buying lunch. It cost more than it would at say, McDonalds, but you have to remember that the zoo is free. And really, twenty some dollars for lunch for a family of four isn't bad. All in all, we spent less than $50. Not much more than we would have for all of us to go to the movie theater, and with the zoo, we actually got an experience. You know what I mean? It wasn't just sitting in the dark for nearly 2 hours.

We had a great day in Chicago. We got to check out Navy Pier too. Pretty neat. I'd recommend going there, but only if your kids are older than mine. I can't wait to go back to these places when we don't have to bring the stroller and diaper bag!

Here are some pictures! The last one is a photo of the sunset on our way home. It's not the best picture but it was beautiful nonetheless.