Monday, August 10, 2015

Here

Joining Five Minute Friday over at Heading Home

We write for five minutes, whatever is on your heart, no editing, no planning just writing on a one word prompt, this week's prompt is Here

HERE we go!!!!

After a wonderful weekend spent in Great Falls with my husband's family I have decided that the past couple of years have been a rollar coaster of ups and downs. I want to live more in the here and now.

So I am typing and thinking and thinking and typing and have decided that I need to say to live a better life and know that when I am gone from this earth I have no regrets. A friend posted this, this morning and it hit a nerve and made me think.


Words to live by for sure, here and now I am back to believing this. I am surrounding myself with people who encourage me, uplift me, and remind me that none of us are perfect and that living life and being happy is our choice and cannot be dictated by anyone else. Here and now is perfect and the past is the past.

To my family and friends I encourage you in your today's adventures, and thank you for encouraging me in mine.

Love you!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Being Me

Today was a rough one, rumors were spread and hurtful things were said about me. You didn't think I could hear you but I could, I have creepy good hearing. Shame on you, and bravo for me because I was the better person until now. Please to all that heard those things remember if something is said about someone and they aren't there, they are whispered, or you are asked not to repeat it, or is probably not true and all it does is show the person(s) saying those things true colors. Give it time they will whisper about you too or maybe they already have. 

I am me I care about everyone sometimes too much because I get hurt easily. I am honest sometimes to a fault, ask my mom sometimes my mouth gets me in trouble. I have an amazing family my mom and dad are  the best they don't get better than that and my sister although a pain in the butt sometimes had my back no matter what even if she thinks I am wrong she would stand behind me because family comes first. My husband is by my side and he isn't going anywhere we are in this together and thankfully he doesn't do drama which is why people are mean to me when he isn't around. And my girls are mine they are a great mix of hubby and I they are independent thinkers, so compassionate, and yet they let things roll right off their backs because at the end of the day they know if someone has a problem with them it is that person's problem not their problem. 

I can learn a lot from my girls but so could those who were talking about me today. Really what bothers me the most is that some people I truly care about believed those things and that those things changed their opinion of me. Ouch, I am not perfect however my lips have remained sealed and I will continue to be the bigger person. Just know I heard and it hurt so I guess you accomplished what you wanted cheers to you.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Plan

Joining Five Minute Friday over at Heading Home

We write for five minutes, whatever is on your heart, no editing, no planning just writing

Ready

Set

GO!!!

I always had a plan, finish high school and go to college, my degree of choice Elementary Education. I have wanted to be a teacher as most of you have read on here since I was in 3rd grade. I had a plan it is true, however I didn't follow through with my plan, I paused, then stopped, and am now starting back up. It will be good I know it will, however my plans always seem to be changing and sometimes I get overwhelmed and just sad at how my plans changed and how things could have been so different if I would have stuck with my plan.  You see if I would have gone to college with all my friends I would probably have broken up with that boyfriend long before I did, I would probably have the degree I long so deeply for.  Then again I probably wouldn't have met the man I love calling my husband, I definitely wouldn't have the two girls that we were blessed with, and I wouldn't have had all the adventures we have had this far in life.  Looking back sometimes even the most well intentioned plans change direction or just plain get broken and that is OK. I pray everyone looks back with no regrets, because although I had a plan, my plan was changed by life and I wouldn't change my life for anything in the world. Still living with no regrets.

Stop!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Open

Five Minute Friday, where we write for 5 minutes, no correcting, changing, just writing

Word Prompt: OPEN

Ready, Steady, Type

I am not sure where this is going to lead, the word open can mean so many things, but it keeps pulling towards being more open. Open about how I feel, what I want in life, stress, love, friendships, family.  Being more open about me and what I stand for and what I believe in.  I hope that I am raising daughters that are open, open to talking to me and their dad about what they want out of life, and how they feel about anything and everything.  We don't hide much from them you know besides what they are getting for their birthday, who is Santa Claus (although they are pretty much on to this one), and we try to not show them all of our stress (they are 12 they don't need that they are supposed to be kids).  But they know that I believe everyone makes mistakes and you don't have to let those mistakes define you, yes even the worst of the worst people can come back and may not be able to undo the harm or bad things they have done but they can strive to do better. My girls are open with me sometimes quietly sharing it with me through our journaling, or sometimes loudly telling me they are mad at the other one and screaming and throwing a fit, but they are open. I wish everyone was that way. Whether you like something or don't like it, your opinion matters and everyone should feel safe being open and sharing.

Done!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

When

Linking up for the first time in a long time to Five Minute Friday, you can link up to over at Heading Home

Prompt for today: When

When life hands you lemons make lemonade.

When everything seems to be againist you, it is probably just your perception.

Oh the quotes that go on and on, and come into my mind when thinking of this word.  Mostly when I take a long break from my blog I miss sharing, writing, creating, and thinking out loud. 

My blog is my place to write what I want, to share special times in our family, a place I can go back to and remember great times, sad times, and just blah times.  This is my journal of sorts.  I won't air dirty laundry about my husband, but I have been known to call someone out who is acting like we are in high school and has forgotten that I am not the kind to sit back and be treated badly.  So if don't like something I write on here that is just fine with me, and feel free to share in the comments I won't delete them, however I won't address them either.  This is me, all of me and the people who really matter in my life are there for me no matter what, whether they approve or disapprove they stand beside me and those are the people I write this blog for. 

So to my family and friends when the time comes that you don't agree with me please don't stand by quietly I love your feedback good or bad, because I love all of you and accept you for who you are.

When life pushes you down stand back up brush yourself off and get back on the road.

2014 Recap

The below post was written on the last day of 2014, however in the mix of life I forgot to publish it. I hope you enjoy.

Wow what a year.  I can't say this year has been good but I can't say it has been bad.  Maybe a little of both?

This year I have learned a lot about myself.  It has been a year of ups and downs for me personally and trying to figure out what I want out of life and the relationships I have with those people in my life.  I have had to start over with some relationships that I have had for years, as those relationships needed to go in a different direction, a healthier direction. I am happy to say that those relationships are on the mend, maybe not in the way I had intended but all things happen for a reason and in the way they are supposed to. Thank you to everyone who stuck by me and believed in me. I appreciate you even more than I did, and am so very thankful for each and every one of you.

My husband is my biggest supporter, he is the one I can count on to tell me the truth whether I want to hear it or not, he doesn't sugar coat much and sometimes he speaks before he thinks.  However all of those things are what makes me love him even more, I know no matter what he has my back and he would do anything for me. I say it every year but every year I fall more in love with him.

My girls have always believed in me, I get the honor of being their mom and that is the greatest blessing. As they get older I find myself in awe of the people they are becoming.  The young ladies, that would rather hang out with boys because there is less drama, the caring hearts that don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, and the strong and independent kids that make me so proud.

My parents, they are well simply amazing!! My mom has my back every minute of every day, and my dad is the greatest.  I have always had a good relationship with my parents but I can say as I get older that relationship gets stronger, as I become an equal, a grownup.


To all the rest of my family, whether by marriage or blood, I love you all. Even though we have had our differences, I am going to make 2015 the year of being the better person.
To all the relationships that have ended, thank you for being a part of my journey, you were in my life to teach me a lesson, to grow me as a person, and for that I am thankful. 



Friday, December 12, 2014

Kindness Elves Recap Days 6-12

Oh and the fun continues...

I am really starting to love the month of December again, and watching the looks on my girls faces, yes they are 12 and no they don't believe in Santa anymore, but they still believe in the magic and that is what really matters.  I want them to always believe in something that they can't see, it keeps the soul happy.

Day 6
Oh the fun that came, the first weekend we had a change of plans
but that is the way of the world and we went with it.
Thankfully the girls thought it was fun.

Day 7
We ended up spending Day 6 at the Festival of the Trees, and
hanging out at home, which was great! So Sunday we went and got
a tree as a family and had some friends join us, it was a great day!
 

Day 8
 Most of you know my girls are a little rugged and they love
love football, so today was a treat day. A small surprise and they loved it.
 

Day 9
 I would like everyone to know sending cards to soldiers is not as easy as one
would think it should be.  We wrote in some cards that we got at the dollar store,
sweet message of Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Thank you! And a friend
is delivering them to vets out at the fort for us. Thank Goodness.

Day 10
Giving money to the Red Kettles is much easier, and the girls love doing it. 
Wal-mart and Van's were our stops, even a little helps those in need.

Day 11
Toys for Tots is a great program and the girls love giving toys.
Thankfully there is a box at Pacific so we are dropping ours in there and visiting family.

Day 12
We love decorating gingerbread things this time of year, and this just happens to fall
the night before the girls get a sleepover at Uncle Wes' house where
they are decorating a gingerbread house. All Aboard!!

I hope you are all discovering a little extra magic this time of year and
celebrating the spirit that is Christmas!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Kindness Elves Recap Days 1-5

Sorry for being so MIA lately, but I promise I am making a comeback on this little blog.  There will be more about my missing presence and some of the things I have been wanting to share with family and friends in a post next week. This post however is focused on our Kindness Elves.

So I got this idea from a fellow Instagramer, Imagination Tree, and I couldn't be more excited about it. I have always seen Elf on the Shelf and I love his antics however I don't love that I have to threaten my kids to be good, instead I am hoping to give them ideas for being good, sharing love, and showing kindness.

Day 1
This was the introduction of the Kindness Elves,
I was so excited about bringing these little guys out 
And of course the girls were thrilled, Introducing Winter, formally Griz, and Shorty!!

Day 2
Now the whole point in the elves was so that the girls were showing kindness to others
but were having fun while they were doing it.
This day brought two birdseed bells so we could share some kindness 
with our feathered friends.  My girls get a love of birds from my mom and
their great-grandma's, so much fun hanging these outside.
 

Day 3
Oh, if you know my girls at all you know their love of animals, furry creatures big and small
bring smiles to their faces.  So Day 3, brought out a cat bed that K had actually bought for our cat, but he refuses to use.  She has been wanting to take it to the humane society for months, the elves bundled it up with some other goodies and off we went.  We spent and hour at the shelter, petting and playing with the older cats. If you are looking please consider adopting they are wonderful animals. The girls also got to hold a couple of the kittens and love on some of the office dogs. A great time was had and the girls already want to go back again.

Day 4
This day was about the girls, letting them know that their kindness had not gone unnoticed.
They love my mom's peppermint gum, she buys it special just for them really and 
so when this Candy Cane gum was right up their alley. They were very excited and funny
they took it to school and shared some with their friends. So Proud.

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Day 5
A treat for the mailman, yes it is a guy, and
some cards for a friends daughter who could use some extra cheer.
 

Another recap next week and some more posts,
because I have missed my little blog
and writing about our life!
Merry Christmas

Friday, November 14, 2014

6th Grade Bball

K decided to do 6th grade basketball this year. It was a fun experience she loves bball, she might not be tall but that girl has more determination, passion, and heart than most players twice her size. They do a tryout week, and then get placed on teams with a variety of play levels.  She had played with about half the girls on her team before and watching them learn over the season has been so fun.

They finished their season with a win and stats of 4-3. Not too bad, way to go girls!!

Also want to thank all our family that came to her games, she loves having fans!!

Brook
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Lesson Learned

Lesson learned, Monday this week I made enchiladas they were just about done in the oven when I remembered we needed milk. I asked L to take them out when the timer went off. Less than 10 minutes later I pull into the driveway and K comes running out saying the pan blew up. Confused and worried I go into the house to find what looks like the remnants of dinner all over the stove top and glass shrapnel all over the kitchen. The worst part was finding L in hysterics crying thinking she was going to get in trouble because she was supposed to be watching dinner. After I calm her down and check to make sure she truly is ok. We did a cleanup and had tortellini and French bread instead.  Lesson learned even though my daughter's both know the basics of kitchen safety we are all l more aware of putting things that come out of the oven on a hot pad on the counter and not on the stove top.  This could have been much worse as L was sitting with her back to the stove when the glass casserole dish literally blew up. What happened was I had browned burger on the stove top for enchiladas I was so busy trying to get dinner ready I failed to turn off the burner. L pulled the enchiladas out of the oven and placed them directly on the burner. The glass heated and blew. I cried that night thinking about the injuries that could have happened. I am always so careful in the kitchen but my lack to detail could have seriously injured my kids. 
Thank God we are all ok. 

Brook
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