Friday, December 27, 2013

{Winter, California style}

The weather here has been a bit crazy to say the least. ... but that's southern California for you. The entire week it's been in the 80's.And at first I was upset that we were having a warm Christmas but it's actually been very nice . Sometimes you have to look past the ordinary to see the beauty.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

{hello monday::goodbye germs}

hello to a new week and hello to fewer germs....last Monday I started off with week with the worst stomach flu ever, which then turned into a horrible cold, courtesy of my little princess. To make matters worse, as the week progressed so did the germs. By Friday all of us had a cold, including my little baby boy. It has been a rough couple of days to say the least. And the last few nights, my dear baby boy has decided that he does not want to go to sleep until  after 4am. So, it's been difficult trying to rid myself of this cold.
Hello to getting some sleep. I am hoping and praying that I can get some sleep this week. I'm exhausted.
Hello to gearing up for Christmas. This week is filled with Christmas parties, plays and shopping. I have to get two weeks worth of stuff done all this week...pray for me. 
Hello to God's abounding love and mercy which is new every morning. I have always struggled with being loved. I do not feel I am worthy of someone's love and affection, let alone the Creator of the Universe. However, these has few months God has been showing me how much He loves little me ol' me despite my mistakes and struggles.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

{finding the beauty in chaos}

life has been crazy and full of chaos to say the least. we are still trying to get into the groove of being a family of five. and just when I think we've got it down, everything breaks down into chaos.
Now if you know me, you would know that I do not do well in chaos. in fact, if chaos was walking down the street I would turn and run the other way. Well these past few months I've been forced to face chaos head on. And I must admit, I ran or tried too at least. There have been fountains of tears, throwing up my hands and asking God "Why?"
I was letting the chaos and busyness of everyday life overtake and overwhelm me. I was losing my focus. I was focusing on everything that was falling apart around me instead of focus on the little victories that were popping up here and there. One particular day, I was knee deep in the trenches of defeat. I was racing around trying to get dressed while bouncing around a cranky. I threw on some clothes--a simple t-shirt and jeans, but a definite step up from the yoga pant streak I had been on the previous four days. My hair was a mess. I had my glasses on. I had dark rings around my eyes from being to too tired to wash the make up off my face the night before. I walked into my daughter's room to get her dressed when she looked up at me and told said "You look pretty, Mommy. I like your pants." I kneeled down, and enveloped my little girl in my arms. I felt my eyes flood with tears as I looked into her sweet little face. She saw what I couldn't see. All I saw was the mountains of laundry, the sink full of dirty dishes and worn out , tired reflection in the mirror. She saw my beauty in the midst of all the chaos.
She opened my eyes to the bits of beauty around me...she taught me how to find the beauty in all the chaos that may surround me.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

{life lately...}

life lately has been filled with crying, tantrum throwing, forgetting, snacking, laughing, sleeplessness, diapers, hugs and kisses.
life has been crazy, but it's my life and I love it.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

{show a little love to a new friend}

I would like you to meet my new friend Danette. She is a sweet girl with a big heart full of a whole lot of love. I adore her and her blog and I admire her mission to spread love to everyone.
Please give a warm welcome to Danette!
blog // twitter // facebook
Please tell us a little bit about yourself...

Hello.  My name is Danette and I blog at All My Love for All My Days.  All My Love for All My Days is a blog about sharing love and loving the journey because, really, isn't that what life is about anyway?
What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?
I love Thanksgiving so much because for a couple of days the world slows down and I can enjoy time with my family.
Please send a little love Danette's way and visit her blog!

Monday, November 11, 2013

{hello monday::hello to plans and possibilities}

hello Monday and hello to a new week full of plans and possibilities.
I have a lot planned for this week with means lots and lots of coffee.
hello to making new memories with this girl. I am trying to rework our daily routine to include more adventures and fun times for this girl...she's at such a fun age and I just want to soak up this time together.
hello to more family fun time with these three. we are adjusting to being a family of 5 now...we finding news ways to all fun together.
hello to reading and writing again. it's time to get back to writing again. I haven't written since I graduated {except for writing here, of course}. If I want to go to grad school next year and attempt to make a living at writing then I get back to it. And to be a good writer I need to be a good reader; so I thought this book would be the perfect book to jump back into the game with.
hello to enjoying the simple, impromptu family times. having this baby has taught me and showed me so much one of which is to soak up the impromptu and simple times of life.
what are saying "hello" to this week?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

{blogember::favorite recipe}

 Today's blogember prompt is:
Share a favorite recipe
You might recognize this picture if you follow me on Instagram. Well, my favorite recipe as of late is for my famous best-ever and super easy coffee shake.
It's easy-peasy and super-scrumptious.
for the best coffee shake ever you need:
*1 1/2 cups of milk (i use 1%)
*1 tablespoon for instant coffee
*vanilla ice cream (I use lowfat ice cream to keep it healthy)
* coffee latte & cream bars from trader joes
pour the milk and instant coffee in the blender. give it quick blend, for about 10 seconds, just to get the instant coffee to start dissolving. next add one coffee latte & cream bar plus several scoops of vanilla ice cream and blend. pour in cup and enjoy!
what's one of your favorite recipes?

{blogember:: 5 favorite blogs}

today's (actually yesterday's, I have finally have a few minutes at the computer until the baby wakes) prompt for Blogember:
5 favorite blogs
I have to admit I have many favorites for various reasons. I'm not sure if I could pick just 5 favorites so here are 5 of my favorite daily reads.
Lara Casey
I love Lara. She is open and honest. She is not afraid to admit her shortcomings--she is real.
Hello from the Natos
Jamie is real. I admire her openness and honesty about life and all the crazy that ensues.
Take the Cannoli 
I love Natalie's momma heart. She reminds me to enjoy the simple things in life and to cherish every moment with my kids.
Ma Nouvelle Mode
I love Natalia's hair tutorials. While I have yet to try one--I can barely pee, let alone do my hair. She makes doing your hair seem easy and glamorous all at once. I am determined to try one of her hair tutorials soon, maybe even this week.
Sarah Markley
Sarah is real.{are you getting a sense of the type of bloggers I like to read} Sometimes when I read her words I feel as if she read my's crazy.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

{blogember: favorite inspiring quote}

In an attempt to get back to blogging after baby I have decided to join a happy girl's 
I miss blogging (and you, of course) so much and I thought this would be a great way to ease back into blogging without any pressure to come up with amazing posts. 
I am a couple days behind and I did not want to miss out yesterdays prompt so I thought I would post it today. 
One of my most favorite inspiring quotes is:
via Pinterest
I remember when I first heard this quote and I wrote about that here. It has been over two years since I first heard this quote and it has never left me. It has inspired me to never give up and helped me push through those long, agonizing nights of homework.
Sometimes life just happens and your dreams are pushed aside due to no fault of your own and it's ok. Don't give up and remember it's never too late.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

{life lately}


life lately has been full of crazy, dirty diapers, runny noses, lots of laundry, chaos, snuggles, cranky toddler and cranky mommy, lots of sleeplessness, and lots of love.


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