Thursday, June 28, 2012

{happy, happy, happy}

Photo: She is fascinated by the fact that you put things in the trunk  http://instagr.am/p/MWDjEjxMFG/

see the huge smile on this sweet girl's face?
she is happy, happy, happy!

of all the things she loves to do, talking seems to be her favorite.

she wakes up babbling and goes to bed babbling. she mostly babbles, but she can say 3 words: hi, baby, and happy. i know they are the most random words for a baby's first words, but she's no normal baby--she does things her own things on her own time.

all day long, i hear a sweet little voice saying "happy, happy, happy!"

whether she's stuffing her board books into the trunk of her little pink car, or carrying her picnic basket around, i hear her sweet little voice saying, "happy, happy, happy!"


Photo: Modeling the dress grandma bought her http://instagr.am/p/MWkaeuRMIJ/

whether she truly understands what "happy" means it doesn't matter, all she knows it that she's happy!

she's happy when she's walking down the hall; she's happy when she's playing outside; she's happy when i'm chasing her around the house because she stole my cell phone--the point is, that no matter she's doing, she's happy.

all her happiness got me thinking.

when was the last time i walked around saying "happy, happy, happy" ?

it wasn't when i was tired from staying up all night doing homework; it wasn't when i busy cleaning the house; and it definately wasn't when i was folding laundry (I hate folding laundry). but the whole time, i was doing all these meanial tasks, i could hear a sweet little voice saying "happy, happy, happy."

instead of complaining how tired i was from doing homework, i should be "happy, happy, happy" that i have the flexibility to go back to school.

instead of complaining about cleaning the house, i should be "happy, happy, happy" i have a house to clean.

instead of complaining about all the laundry i have to fold, i should be "happy, happy, happy" that i have laundry to fold.

kids have a great way of teaching you to be thankful for the little things...they're funny like that. 

so, what are you "happy, happy, happy" about?

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

those carefree days


Photo: Sprinkler time http://instagr.am/p/MCRMH3xMP9/


when i was little, about eight or nine years old, i couldn't wait to grow up. I would dream about the day when i would be all grown up with a family and home of my own. and now that it's here, sometimes i wish for those carefree days when i was a kid and i didn't have a care in world.

i was free.

care free.

i miss those days.

sometimes i wish i could  go back to those carefree days when my only worry was if could run through the sprinkler the fastest.

it's funny when you think of the things that worried you as child and what perplexed you to no end. and now as an adult, those things that seemed so big as a child are now so minuscule.

and so when i am having a rough day or bad case of the mondays i like to sit back and watch my little boy enjoy his carefree days...it always brings a smile to my face and  helps make those rough days melt away. 



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Saturday, June 16, 2012

{coffee date: living in the moment}

Photo: Happy girl http://instagr.am/p/Ly_UWARMBT/




If we had coffee today I would tell you…

I drove a lot today—way too much driving for a Friday. As I drove around, her and there, I listened to this song over and over again thinking I might get sick of it, but alas I fell in love with it.

Here take a listen and let me know what you think.

Doesn’t that song just make you want to forget everything, grab your husband, kids, head off to the beach and just soak up every minute with them???

Just in case you missed it here are the lyrics.


Living In The Moment

If this life is one act
Why do we lay all these traps
We put them right in our path
When we just wanna be free

I will not waste my days
Making up all kinds of ways
To worry about some things
That will not happen to me

So I just let go of what I know I don't know
And I know I'll only do this by
Living in the moment
Living our life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
With peace in my heart
Peace in my soul
Wherever I'm going, I'm already home
Living in the moment

I'm letting myself off the hook for things I've done
I let my past go past
And now I'm having more fun
I'm letting go of the thoughts
That do not make me strong
And I believe this way can be the same for everyone
[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/j/jason_mraz/living_in_the_moment.html ]
And if I fall asleep
I know you'll be the one who'll always remind me
To live in the moment
To live my life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
I got peace in my heart
Got peace in my soul
Wherever I'm going, I'm already home

I can't walk through life facing backwards
I have tried
I tried more than once to just make sure
And I was denied the future I'd been searching for
But I spun around and searched no more
By living in the moment
Living my life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
I got peace in my heart
Got peace in my soul
Wherever I'm going, I'm already home



To be honest, I used to make fun of people who would spout diatribes of living in the moment and now I find myself one of them. I am not quite sure when my perception changed, but I believe it happened sometime around my 29th birthday. I was fearing the end of my twenties and I was feeling that I had not accomplished enough during my twenties and so I made of list of 30 things I wanted to do before I turned 30…remember 30 before 30 list? I had grand plans for that list and you know what, while I was in the midst of working on it, I was put on bed rest and so my poor little list was never completed. And for awhile I beat myself up about it. But then I remember the reason I was put on bed rest—I was having baby—ironically one of the things on my list. And just remembering that fact brought me back to reality were I belonged.

Now I’m not saying to forget making plans and to forgo planning for your future…no, not all. Believe me, I still plan things…if I’m anything, I’m a big believer in planning; however what I’m saying here is to not let your reality or everyday life be based on your plans. After all you know what they say about best laid plans?

I just want to encourage you to embrace every day and to just live. Soak up the sun. Forget the dishes for awhile and go outside and play with your kids—the dishes will still be there when you’re done playing, I promise.

When my little Princess was born, I just wanted to sit and soak up her wonderfulness. And the more I sat there and drank her in the more the more I realized how big my little Einstein had gotten and it made me a little sad. You don’t know how much I wish I could keep them little for just a wee bit longer. But alas, that is not possible. And like I said yesterday, time seems to fly by at double the speed at which it did before.

 I encourage you to embrace the moment, because you don’t know when and if it will come around again. So, stop and just live in the momen--see where it takes you. 


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Friday, June 15, 2012

{thankful thursday: what my aunt taught me about the little things}

Photo: Sick with a fever, but she's still smiling and singing  http://instagr.am/p/L1GxyqRMFs/


It's been awhile since I wrote one of these {Thankful Thursday}...I have been spending a lot time pondering as of late...pondering about the little things...it's the little things that make everyday life special.
The recent loss of my aunt has affected me in more ways than I could ever imagine. It has also taught me many things too.
 At her memorial service many went up to share about how she had touched them in one way or another. The thing I found so unique and special was the fact that they were able to see past her personal demons and see who she truly was. They didn’t judge her by her imperfections, instead, they judged her by who she truly was on the inside and praised her for it. They looked beyond her imperfections and saw her heart and loved her for it. They didn’t give up on her because of her struggles, instead, they came alongside her and tried to help her. And like many of us she stumbled and fell, but they were right there to help her get up again, with a helping hand and no judgment upon their lips. This got me thinking…how many times have I judged others because of their struggles or imperfections? I walked on by with eyes of judgment instead of stopping and offering a helping hand. I thought myself better them; but in reality we are all equal in God’s eyes. We all have our faults and imperfections, some visible and some invisible.  And it is because of these faults and imperfections that we need Jesus to come in and make us whole again—because apart from Him we are nothing.
My aunt loved and she had a lot of love to give. My aunt gave, even when she did not have much to give. She always knew what you needed—I swear she had this weird, keen sense about things—sometimes before you even realized it yourself.  
{Side note: This last Christmas, as I was in the midst of applying my makeup for our big family dinner, I realized I had run out of blush. I made a mental note to buy some more after the holidays. That night, as I was opening up my Christmas presents, I came across a little box, it was from my aunt. I opened it up and low and behold it was blush. I laughed to myself. Only she would have given me something so random, yet something I so desperately needed}  
 My aunt never failed to see the beauty and simplicity in the little things. She embraced everything in full force.
Life gets crazy. Life gets chaotic. Life can just be so overwhelming sometimes. Life seems to just fly by so fast that I forget to stop and smell the roses.
 Ever since my little Princess was born the days seem to fly by at twice the speed. It seems like I'm always behind in something--whether it be the cleaning the house or homework or unpacking--there is always something. There is always something or someone begging for my attention and left undone. And sometimes, maybe more times than I would like to admit, I fret about all the little things.

 But lately I have come to realize that that's life and some things are never going to change. And instead of focusing on everything that needs to be done I need to focus on the little things that can be done and the little things that make life just a wee bit easier.

and so here is a little of list of all the little things that I'm thankful for...

*a thermometer that is simple to use and that works.
*baby Motrin that helps keep the fevers down.
*overnight diapers that ensure my baby girl wakes up dry every morning
*gilmore girls dvd's that i can watch while doing homework so that I get in the zone.
*the end of the school year...Einstein last day of school was yesterday.
*friends who I have known less than a year, but have become friends for a lifetime.
*refrigerators that work and keep food cold.
*rosebud salve that keeps my lips moist during these warm spring days.
*my community, they are a wealth of information.
*summertime fruits such as watermelon and apricots.
*the long days filled with daylight.
*frozen strawberry lemonade on a warm day.
*a front yard with grass so my little girl can sit and play with her ball.
*the ability to be to attend college, late at night, from the comforts of my own home.
*a spunky nine-year old son who makes me laughs.
*a screen door which allows the breeze to flow through my entire home.
*black-out curtains that block the sun so that allow my kids sleep in later.

What about you? What little things are you thankful for?

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

{tuesday's 5 favorites: things that make everyday life pretty}


There are so many things that I love and that make my crazy, chaotic life just a wee bit easier and i thought it best to share the wealth with you, my dear friends.

These week's favorites are things that make my everday life pretty.


Rosebud Perfume Co. Smith's Rosebud Salve
via drugstore.com

I love, love, love rosebud salve!!! I can't say enough wonderful things about it. It soothes chapped lips and makes them shiny and pretty all at the same time. It's also perfect for your nose...you know when the sides of your nose dry out from blowing your nose too much when you sick...well, slather some of this wonderful goodness and by the end of the day your nose is back to it's ol' self.

CoverGirl Natureluxe Mousse Mascara, Very Black 500
via drugstore.com
this is my new favorite mascara! i was never a big fan of mascara, even during my make-up counter days. in fact, i used to think mascara was pointless...i know, i know, you can stop gasping now. but over the last couple of years i have become to value and appreciate mascara. not to long ago i stumbled across natureluxe and i've been hooked ever since. i like that it's light and airy, yet does it's job...most of all, it's easy to take off.


Redken Ringlet 07 Curl Perfector, Medium Control
via drugstore.com
this is an oldie but goodie. I have been using this stuff for years; it's the best. i have a natural wave that is part funky and part unpredictable. this stuff is the only thing i've been able to find that brings it altogether and makes it pretty too!

Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment
via drugstore.com
this stuff does wonders for baby's skin. if my little princess has dry patch of skin or when she scratches up her legs from playing outside, i rub a little bit of this on her before bed and the next morning all is well.



Dove Body Wash, Sensitive SKin
via drugstore.com
aren't dove products just the best! this is one of my personal faves. it leaves your skins so silky that if you forget or don't have time to put lotion you don't have to worry because this stuff leaves your legs feeling smooth and silky.

what are your favorites?

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Monday, June 4, 2012

{ I have decided...}



i have decided that....

*my kids are the cutest..especially when they are together (see above)
*sometimes life is too short and so you gotta get off your but and start living
*you need to tell the one's you love how important they are to you before it's too late
*it's ok if it takes you long time to unpack because it's better to find that perfect spot for that thing than just shoving it anywhere.
*sometimes i just need to slow down and enjoy the little things
*paper straws are fun to drink from
*if the party doesn't go as planned it's ok....really, it is ok.
*i need to take more pictures
*i better get ready for summer because it's coming whether i like or not
*i like to wear red lipstick
*it's ok to stand up for yourself if someone else isn't going to like what you're going to say
*i could watch "gilmore girls" over and over again and never get tired of it
*i drink strawberry lemonade forever
*anything coffee flavored is simply amazing
*i can't wait for einstein to get out of school so i don't have to wake up early anymore
*it's ok to have lofty dreams even if everyone else thinks your crazy
*i hate hang nails, they hurt
*a massage can make a bad day turn good
*fridgerators with the freezer on the bottom are awesome
*baby belly laughs are music to my ears
*it's ok if i don't blog everyday...i don't have to feel guilty about it
*i need to start sewing again
*my kids and I are going to have a blast this summer


what have you decided?



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Friday, June 1, 2012

{coffee date: mourning}



if we were having coffee today i would pour you some coffee and then sit in silence for a just a moment.

I would start off by saying how much I have missed you, and blogging oh so much. I would then go on to tell you how much this move has taken out of me. I never expected that moving one block over would be so hard. I never expected that moving with a baby would be so difficult. I would then tell you how nice it is to be living one level once again and that I don't miss stairs one bit. I would also tell you that i am in love with my kitchen--it's nothing fancy perse--but more than one person can comfortable fit in it now. in fact, our little family can comfortably hang out in it while i make dinner and there is still room to spare.

i would tell you that I expected to be completely unpacked and painting by this time. but life happens and i'm ok with it. i would tell you that each and everyday i fall in love with this little house of mine and every day, i pinch myself, because i can't believe i live here.

and then i would tell you about this last week. it was a tough one.

I would tell you this week has been very hard--bittersweet to be exact. it has been a week full of mourning. mourning the loss of dear aunt of mine and mourning the fact that my dear baby will be one year old on saturday.

my aunt passed away last week--quite unexpectedly. and the loss of her has hit me hard, very hard. there is so much that i wanted to tell her, so much left unsaid that can now never be said. my aunt meant so much to me and i hope she knows that. there were things I never got to tell her, that i wish i could i tell her now...so maybe i will tell you instead. my fondest and most important memory of her is day that my grandfather passed away. she stayed with me that whole day. she held me hand. she made me laugh, when i wanted to cry. she reminded me that life goes on and that my grandpa would want me to push forward and succeed. and when we were all gathered together around my grandpa and he took his last breathe, she turned me around me and to behold the most beautiful sunset i have ever seen. she whispered in my ear, "Look at that beauitul sunset. Your grandpa waited for the sunset. Have you ever seen such a beautiful sunset? It's almost as if God is telling you He is going to take care of your grandpa and that everything is going to ok." I can still her whisper. 

i never got to tell her that for my admission into snhu  i had to write an essay in order to be accepted into the writing department. and for my essay i wrote about how she was with me that day my grandpa died. i never got to tell her that it was because of her and my essay that i was accepted into the writing department at snhu and i am now persuing my dream of completing my degree and becoming a writer. 

but most of all i would tell her thank you. thank you for being my aunt and most of all, thank you for always making me laugh even when I didn't want too.

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