Friday, November 27, 2009

Hello Christmas Time!


First... Thanksgiving, How was yours? Mine was delightful. Things went good with my not-so-kid-friendly grandparents, surprisingly... and we managed to have a nice, easy going time at their house, then we went to Mom and Dad R's for some more food and family. Of course, they are always kid-friendly. Sheila had made mountains of food, so much so that I am sitting here having turkey, green beans and deviled eggs for breakfast ;) I don't mind though, I look forward to left overs after Thanksgiving. I bought new tupperware specifically for the occassion. :) At any rate I was surrounded by love and the only thing that would have made it better was seeing my Nana and my Mom and Dad and Sister (Jake went to Granny's with us). I just love my family so much! And I enjoy holidays with them.

Now, to gloat a little, I made the Front Page of Explore (on flickr) which is pretty much the biggest honor I can think of right now for my photos. So yay, needless to say my head is pretty swollen right now ;)
O thank you thank you thank you!!!
Also... Rooster's Mohawk is back... and he is looking tough ;)

Okay, Christmas Time, that's what this blog is about... I am so excited to get the tree up, I assume we'll do it the first week of December since we are going to be busy plus I need to get a spot picked out for it. We have plans to make ornaments and get oh so crafty for christmas this year, and I still need to do ALL my shopping. I'm just glad John got a job so that I can go shopping, no matter where it is. Hopefully next check I can start to buy... so, till Friday I am stuck... maybe I will pick up a handful of stocking stuffer type gifts at the Dollar Tree this week. How does time got gone like this.

Anyway, I'm going to be pretty absent from Myspace in the coming weeks but I'll pop in a little... so be safe and have a merry and bright Christmas Season!

xox

Monday, November 23, 2009

{Thank You Edie Buddy}


"Thank You Edie Buddy!"


Rooster had a GREAT Birthday weekend, and he just keeps saying "Thank You Everybody!"

I want to thank everyone too, for the kindness and well wishes and present you sent. It made his day so special.

He's been playing non stop with his new toys and wearing a new outfit everyday. He feels pretty "Sexy" he says ;).

And a big thank you to Jess, for the adorable cake, Rooster knew right away that you made it and he totally loved it. He couldn't keep himself from eating the toes of that adorable pawprint before he blew out his candles.
You know I love your cakes and everyone enjoys seeing what you'll surprise us with next :) So YAY for you!

I hope you all had a great weekend too.
xox

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I am so thankful...


I am so thankful...
Last Days of Autumn :: Grass is still Green
The time of year has come around again, to join together as family and friends, to set aside our worries and struggles and embrace all that we have in life, and tell everyone around us that we know how lucky we really are and we know how many blessings we have.
I've always thought it was both beautiful to bring all of our thankfulness to one day and celebrate it, and also sad that we can't be more aware every day.
But in the spirit of the Holiday... here is my list.

I am thankful for...
-nature. I am no hippie or tree hugger but I love to be outside with my kids. I love collecting leaves and rocks and sticks, watching the clouds, playing in creeks and ponds. All of it.
-memories. of childhood, of highschool, or friends and family. All my memories, bittersweet, sad or beautiful. I'm just thankful that I have them, that I can remember.
-creme horns. my guilty pleasure, they are so bad for my waistline, but kind of good for the soul ;) a nice pick me up.
-myspace and facebook. why, internet connections make keeping in touch with friends and family so easy. I love hearing that Amber is on her last day of clinical, Christians baby is sleeping in the car seat, Krista is planning a trip to vegas and Mandy is okay even though she got in a wreck that totalled her new car ... I like knowing that everyone is okay.
-photography. my grown up and personal indulgence, that is safe and family friendly... it replaced angsty poetry and hours of reading. It works for my life and feels good.
-my right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. for all it's faults this country was founded on beautiful concepts and inspiring ideals... and as long as I still believe in it, it still is.
-getting older. for 2 reasons, 1) because I am still alive and 2) I am starting to care less about acceptance and more about self awareness
-my family. I have the best one in the whole world. that's a fact. And the only one that suits me. I have 3 awesome kids, a hard working husband, A Mommy and Daddy that love and support me and a Mom and Dad in Law that love and support me as well. I am not a child of divorce and my kids won't be either. There is safety in our little huddle and I love that.
-my friends. That means you Jess. If ever there was a perfect friend, it's you. How long have we known eachother, and how well... and even though we have seperate lives I can count on you. I love you. Plus, you make awesome cakes ;)
-dr. alonso. she was right there saving Layla when we needed her most.
-cheap energy drinks. They have gotten me through weeks with little to no sleep.
-clean drinking water. not everyone has it, it's a luxury and something I think of daily.
-sweat pants. my house-wear of choice, nothing as comfy and soft as an old holey pair of sweatpants.
-diet dr pepper, it tastes just like the real thing! genius!
-and most of all God... I know there are people on my friends list who if they read this blog, get to here and say "uugg" but, whatever, it's my list. He doesn't have to be on your list, but he's on mine and I owe him thanks for everything... I feel lucky to have Him on my side... and safer knowing He's there. Life isn't easy but He keeps me posotive and pushing forward... and without God, I'd have nothing on my list.

Happy Thanksgiving... and I love you all. xox

Monday, November 16, 2009

put a smile on your face (make the world a better place)


...corny song, great message...



today is one of those days were despite all the things outside my control and all the things I have to worry about, I'm just like "Whatever" and I am so happy to be alive with these 3 great kids and wonderful man by my side.

Geeze, I have a ton of housework to get done, I need to put some clothes on Rooster, since he literally just ran by me, naked as a jay-bird.

I'll probably be missing from Myspace for a while, between cleaning, the party and John starting 3rd shif next week. I'd like to get together with Jake and Rianna next week too, photos and Hopefully I'll be painting mass amounts of wooden, flat circles for our family-wide ornament project ;)

Hope you all have a SUPER week, and try to keep smiling
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

:: the way i am ::


:: Heaven help me for the way I am. Save me from these evil deeds, Before I get them done ::

so they aren't my words, they are from a song I used to love and know by heart... fiona apple is a superb songwriter,

Anyway,

The thing is today I have been taking a look at myself, I think so many mean thoughts. I have these visions of punching people in the face and sometimes, yes, those visions even make me giggle. How horrible. I know I shouldn't be this way, I have always known better. Yet here I am, 25 and still so ugly in my thoughts.
It's just that some people are so stupid and iggnorant to the way life really is, and what really matters. They're inconsiderate to others and feel persecuted when they aren't handed the world... and then flattered everytime they enter a room. Some people are either too dumb to realize that words can hurt or they like to hurt people. Either way, it's like. C'mon... open your eyes.
I don't even know what I am getting at...

It's just that my Lydia really loves people, she loves everyone and when they are mean or rude she says "That's Okay, I still love them... I don't have to play with them but they are still good". It's true, it's so wise. It's the kind of mindset we should all have. to say "Hey, you're a jerk but I love you... and I am glad you're in my life" And I know I should be running around with visions of hugs in my head, not pounding someone's face in.

Everyone is someones son or daughter, everyone is loved deeply by someone, and no one is adored by everyone. That should be enough. So... the next time I think a mean thought about someone, I am going to replace it with Lydia's Words. Even if it's hard.