November 30, 2010

Blog Challenge - Day 29 - My Aspirations

I'm making a list, here it is:

I aspire...
  • to be a good wife
  • to be a good mother
  • to learn more about photography
  • to be more creative
  • to heal
  • to continue to save money and use coupons
  • to become debt free and no longer use credit cards

Blog Challenge - Day 28 - Something I Miss

That's easy.  Since moving to Washington a little over four years ago, we created an enormous distance between most of our family and friends.  Some are in Colorado, some are in Louisiana and Mississippi.  They're far, far away.  And while I love the life we've built up here, all of the people we left behind are missed. 

I miss the easiness and comfort of those friendships, the people that have known me for so long.  I wish my family were closer because of my kids.  I don't like the fact my daughters aren't able to be close with my best friend's daughter.  I miss shopping trips with my mom and sister.  I miss nights out with old friends. 

Life up here is bittersweet.  While I miss all the things I mentioned above, I wouldn't change my life.  Ryan and Jack were born here.  We've made some awesome friends up here and our roots grow deeper into this place day by day.  This place has become our home and we're happy here.  Moving away was one of the hardest things we ever did, but it was worth it.   

But to my family and friends, please know you are missed and loved.       

November 28, 2010

Blog Challenge - Day 27 - My Favorite Place

My favorite place is my home.  It's my comfort zone.  My favorite people are there.  All my favorite things.  It's a place where I can relax when I need to and let out my frustrations when needed as well.  If the day permits, I can hang out in my pajamas with my kids all day long.  It's the place where my family sits down together and share our meals together.  It's not without chaos, but it's welcome, for the most part. 

My home is full of happy memories.  It's a place I care about.  On a rainy day, I get to listen to the rain on my roof.  At night, I curl up on the couch with my favorite blanket while my children sleep and catch up on a television show.  It's where we blow up our air mattress, get blankets and pillows, and have a movie night with the kids.  It's where I like to make my family big breakfasts in the morning, from scratch.  It's where Jonas and the girls make cookies.     

My home is full of children learning, giggling sisters sharing secrets, petty arguments, tattle-tailing, hide-and-go-seeking and iPod dance parties.  It's full of baby's laughter, cries, coos, and baby smiles.  It's full of Guitar Hero songs, silly jokes and bedtime stories.  My old lady cat and my crazy Penny dog.  It's my home.  It's my favorite place. 

Monday Minute

My Christmas tree is up and my holiday decorations are out!  I am nearly done shopping for the kids and have started shopping for my husband.  Hard to believe it is getting that close to Christmas!!  I love seeing my five stockings on the mantel this year, it makes me smile.  The Thanksgiving break was a few days longer due to snow, I can't believe it's already Monday.  I'm not ready to jump back into my routine just yet.  Oh well, might as well start my week with Monday Minute with Cristi!

(1) What's your favorite fast food establishment?

I love Subway and Taco Bell.  And Wendy's Spicy Chicken Sandwich.  I don't eat fast food often, but sometimes it becomes necessary.  And Subway doesn't count, because it healthy and delicious.

 (2) What's your favorite sport to watch on TV?  

I'm not a big sport fanatic, but I do like to watch football on occasion.  Geaux Saints!!!  And dear Broncos, you make me sad. 

(3) Do you like mushrooms and onions?

Yes and Yes.  I've always liked onions.  Mushrooms are more of a recent thing; I never liked them as a kid, but I love them now.  And so do the girls.  In fact, I had stuffed mushrooms at The Cheesecake Factory today and they were very good.  
(4) If you had to get a tattoo tomorrow, what would you get done?

I've been wanting a new tattoo, but I'm still nursing.  I have four already and would like a couple more.  My husband is probably shaking his head as he reads this. 

I have a 'h' and a 'r' on my back for Hayley and Ryan.  So I would add a 'j' for Jack to it.  The girls' letters are red with lady bug spots.  Jack's is going to be blue with white stars. 

(5) What are your thoughts on the female proposing marriage to the male?

I honestly don't know.  I'm a little traditional with that.  Jonas proposed to me.  BUT -- if that's what a girl wants to do, more power to her.  It's not something I would have done, nope. 

November 27, 2010

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Wish Granted

When I was a kid, I loved Disney animated movies.  In fact, I still do.  I was thrilled when Hayley started to share my love for these movies and Ryan soon loved them as well.  We have a huge collection of these movies on DVD and always jump to buy a new one when it's released.  My favorites are Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin and Lilo and Stitch.  Last year, when The Princess and the Frog was released I think I was more excited the my girls.  It was the first hand-drawn animated movie Disney has done in nearly 10 years.  The story was centered in New Orleans, a place very near and dear to my heart.

When it was released on DVD I bought it right away and we watched it when Hayley got home from school.  We also caught the sneak peaks and they showed one for a new movie for the Fall of 2010.  There was a particular one; all they showed was a hidden tower.  This is all there was:    

I knew it had to be a Rapunzel movie.  I was excited.  Rapunzel has always been my favorite fairy tale.  I just wanted to know when I could see it.  I searched the Internet and found a few clues.  It was coming out in the Fall, there was little else to be found at that time.

When I was a kid, I always hoped that Disney would make a Rapunzel movie.  It needed to be done.  It was a wonderful story.  Why not?  I wanted it to be made.  I always hoped that when we went to see a new Disney movie in the theatre that there would be a trailer for an upcoming Rapunzel movie.  It never happened though.  I grew up and forgot about this childhood wish of mine.  However, that day watching that still shot of the tower in the valley, for the mere seconds it was shown, without a title or any other hint, I knew.  My childhood wish was renewed, there would be a Disney Rapunzel movie.  I just had to wait.

My wait was finally over yesterday.  The girls and I had been anticipating the release of Tangled for sometime.  We watched the previews and counted down the days until we had planned to make our trip to the theatre.  I know I was more excited than the girls, this was the Disney movie I had always wanted.  The girls were totally excited too.  I already bought a Rapunzel doll, for the girls.

And it was awesome.  Tangled was wonderful.  The characters were fun.  I cried, a couple times.  The animation was great and the story was told well, keeping all the important Rapunzel elements in tact.  We went as a family to see it and we all loved it.  I even think Baby Jack was impressed.  I LOVED it.  And I will be buying it on DVD the day it is released.  I may go see it again.  It was everything I wished for in a Rapunzel movie as a kid and more.  Even though I had to wait until I was an adult for my favorite fairy tale to be made into a Disney movie, it was worth it.  I got to share my wish and it being granted with my fairy-tale-loving-girls.  And my boys too.


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November 26, 2010

Blog Challenge - Day 26 - My Fears

My biggest fear is something happening to my children or my husband.  I don't know what I would do.  I don't know how I would function.  I have so many dreams for our family and I want hope to see all of those happen.  They're my life, my heart, my reason for so many things.

Another thing I fear only happens when it snows.  Funny, since I grew up in the mountains of Colorado.  I hate driving in the snow, I don't like sliding around in it.  I have a fear of getting in a horrible car accident or driving off the side of the mountain.  I don't know why, it's irrational.   

I don't have to deal with that so much here, but here, it's a little different.  When it snows here, it's wet and sometimes it rains after it snows.  It freezes.  The roads turn into huge sheets of ice.  It doesn't snow often here, so there aren't the resources for clean-up like there would snow is a regular thing.  And since snow isn't regular here, most people don't drive well in it.  So, while I have confidence in my ability to drive in the snow, my confidence in the drivers here, wavers.  I've seen it with my own eyes, these people panic here.  They slam on their brakes.  It's safer to stay home.

I also have a fear of being sick, this is more of a recent fear.  I was sick throughout most of my pregnancy with Jack.  I was depressed and I was constantly worried about him.  I always felt so tired.  There was nothing I could do.  I had no control.  I was not myself.  I felt that I had failed my girls because I really just did what I needed to get through the day.  A lot of pressure was put on Jonas, he took on so much during that time.  He was my hero. 

Bringing a new baby into the family is supposed to be joyous.  It was, please don't get me wrong.  But I was plagued with fear and it built with each doctor appointment as we neared my due date.  That worry and anxiety put a strain on so many things.  Things weren't easy, I always tried to put on a happy face.  The day Jack was born was joyous, because he was okay.  We were finally sure that we was okay.  And now, I'm thankful for that, but I also am learning to cope with what I went through at that time.  And heal.

That's where my fear of being sick developed.  Sick is a broad term to use.  I fear becoming so ill that I wouldn't be able to be the best mother and wife possible.  Sick enough to not be there for my family.  I fear that because I know.  It scares me.  I pray though and I have faith.  And now, I'm done because I don't know how else to end this post.



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Blog Challenge - Day 25 - A First

This is a day late, but yesterday was Thanksgiving and I was hanging with my family.  And then, after all the kids were asleep in bed, the XBox was calling my name.  Fable III was on and before I knew it, it was midnight.  I was tired, but not too tired for a quick midnight Black Friday deal online.  And then I went to bed, finally.

I had a hard time trying to figure out what "first" to write about.  In honor of Thanksgiving, I picked my first solo Thanksgiving.  It was right before Jonas and I had gotten married.  My parents were out of town and so were Jonas'.  It was just going to be us.  And another friend we had invited over since his parents were also out of town.

Turkeys were huge and intimidating to me, so I bought a chicken.  I also made bread, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and pie.  Everything went really well, my chicken turned out well and so did the rest of the meal.  I missed my family a lot, it was my first major holiday without them.  It was weird.  Even with that, I was with Jonas and that was enough.  We had a lot of fun.  We spent the evening watching TV and playing video games.

I learned then I wouldn't be able to spend all the holidays with my parents, it became a reality that day.  It was a first for me.  Even though I missed them, I spent that holiday with my soon-to-be-husband, at the time, and a good friend.  We had a great time.  I was thankful for that.  I was still with people I cared about and that was what mattered.  Now, my family lives far from me, my husband and our children.  This time of year is hard at times, because I wish they were closer.  I wish they were able to spend the holidays with my children.

That first solo Thanksgiving was hard, a little dose of reality.  I was growing up and leading my own life.  And it was okay.  I still had Jonas with me and we had a great day.  I learned then that you have to be thankful for what you have and not dwell on what you don't. 


Five Question Friday

It's the day after Thanksgiving and all the crazy people are out shopping.  They're sleep deprived, probably had too much coffee and they're on a mission.  I've avoided them most of the day.  I did a little shopping and it's wasn't too crazy.  Thankfully.  Now time for 5QF!  Head on over to My Little Life to link up!

1. What is your favorite part of a Thanksgiving meal?

I love pie, so dessert is my favorite.  I also love sweet potatoes and I make a yummy sweet potato bake, so I look forward to that too.

2. Are you a host or a guest for Thanksgiving this year?

This year, I was a host.  It was just our family this year and everything turned out really well.  It was a nice fun day, nothing to rushed.  We had a great time. 

We were supposed to have another Thanksgiving tomorrow, but our poor host is sick and had to cancel.  Too bad, she makes some awesome pies and her husband grills up a mean turkey.  But, I really just hope she feels better soon. 

3. When you think of one Thanksgiving tradition, what comes to mind?

Pumpkin pie, homemade whipped cream.  Everyone saying what they're thankful for before we begin our meal.

4. You have two pieces of pie in front of you and you HAVE to eat you choose pumpkin or pecan?

Since no one in my house is a pecan pie, I never make it.  I love pecan pie too.  So, I would definitely go for the pecan pie. 

5. Are you a Black Friday Shopper?

I tried that last year, it didn't go well.  So, no.  I don't do the 3am sales, I won't.  I don't mind going in the afternoon for the sales because all the crazy people are usually done by then.  I might try again one day...

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November 24, 2010

Blog Challenge - Day 24 - Something That Makes Me Cry

I'm emotional.  I'm sensitive.  I've been known to let the tears fall.  That can best be demonstrated by a sappy movie.  I can't help it, I just cry.  One movie that always makes me cry is The Little Mermaid.  Yes, you heard it here.  Every time my girls want to watch it and we get to end where Ariel says; "I love you Daddy," to King Triton, I cry. 

Earlier this year, back when I was still pregnant with Jack, I was resting on the couch watching  a movie.  I had set my DVR to record P.S. I Love You and I had been looking forward to watching it all day.  Big mistake.  I cried through nearly the entire movie.  I don't know if it was my hormones or what.  I cried.  Hysterically.  Jonas thought it was funny and he also thought that there was something wrong with me.  I've been afraid to watch it ever since.

If it's a sappy movie that I've seen, it probably made me cry.  Even if it was just a sappy moment in the movie, I probably cried.  I bring tissue if there's even the remote possibility of tears falling.  I cried during the third Lord of the Rings film.  I've cried at every movie based on a book by Nicolas Sparks.  I cried like a baby last week when we watched Toy Story 3.  I cried at Despicable Me.  I will probably cry at the last Harry Potter film.

Television shows makes me cry too.  Previews to next week's episode get me choked up sometimes.  I'm a sap.  Proud of it.  I cry.  Movies, TV shows and even some commercials have caused the shedding of tears.  So, there you have it, something that makes me cry.             

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November 23, 2010

Snow and Snow Days!

I've mentioned this before, but last year it only snowed once.  And I wouldn't call that snow, it was a dusting.  Either way, it made Hayley happy, that day.  It was her wish.  For the rest of the winter she asked again and again when it would snow again.  I always told her that I didn't know.  It never happened.  Soon, winter turned to Spring and she no longer asked for any snow.  Summer came and Hayley just wanted to go to the beach.

It will soon be Winter again.  Hayley has seen the mountains to the East blanketed with snow and has begun whispering of her snow wishes.  Surprisingly, she didn't have to wait very long.  The weather man has been talking about a snowy winter this year, blame La Nina.  Already, the weather man has forecast snow, before Thanksgiving.  Skiers and snowboarders are drooling with the thoughts of heavy snow pack in the mountains.

There was a little snow tease over the weekend, but the flakes began to fall heavily yesterday.  Hayley was thrilled.  She still had to go to school and it was nearly dark when she finally got home, but she still played in the snow.  Ryan and Jonas joined her too, but it was cold.  I brought Jack out to take a couple pictures since it was his first snow, but he wasn't happy about it.  I had cocoa waiting when they came back inside.  Hayley was already discussing her plans to play in the snow the next day, if she didn't have school.

Lucky girl got her wish granted again with a snow day.  Hayley and Ryan have played outside a couple times today.  It's not good snow for snowman building, but they've still had a lot of fun playing in it.  And drinking their required hot cocoa with marshmallows upon their return into the house.  There's talk of more snow coming tomorrow and Thanksgiving.  And tomorrow is another snow day for the kids here.  Maybe the new snow will be better for a snowman.  For me, I need to go to the store or I am going to run out of hot cocoa and marshmallows.       

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Blog Challenge - Day 23 - Something that Makes Me Feel Better

There are lots of things that make me feel better.  I decided to make a list.

  • My kids always seem to do the trick.  I can be having a horrible day and one of them will do something that makes me smile and forget my troubles.  Some days they're my super heroes and that's their best super power. 
  • My husband, he knows when I'm having a bad day and always tries to make the rest of my day better.  He'll clean the kitchen for me after dinner, bring me home some chocolates or flowers or just let me vent.  He's awesome.
  • When I'm sick, I crave Chinese food.  I don't know why.  I don't know if it has some amazing healing powers.  I just don't know.  What I do know is that when I get to have Chinese food for dinner when I'm sick, I always feel a little better. 
  • Hot tea with lemon and honey, it's awesome.  Does the trick when I have a cold.  After I have my Chinese food, of course.
  • Cleaning my house.  When I'm frustrated, I have this urge to clean to my house.  I become obsessed and when I'm done, I feel better.  And I have a clean house.
  • Making lists.  When I am a little overwhelmed and have a lot to get done, I make a list.  I feel more and more accomplished when I get to scratch another thing off the list.  It organizes my thoughts and makes my day go a little more smoothly.  
Those are some of things that make me feel better.  What makes you feel better?

November 22, 2010

Christmas Card 2010

A few weeks back I posted a blog about Shutterfly and their new Christmas cards.  Christmas cards are one of my favorite things to do during the holidays.  My best friend, Emily, came to visit a couple months ago and took our family portraits.  Emily is a wedding photographer in Colorado and she does amazing work.  She did an awesome job and I was excited to share our new pictures on our Christmas card. 

I am a big fan of Shutterfly and it was a no-brainer on where to go to design this year's cards.  I shared my love of Shutterfly and received 50 Free Christmas Cards for my post!  I just wanted to share what I made:

Aren't they awesome?!  This card was immediately one of my favorites when I was browsing the site.  I love that I was able to use more than one picture for my card.  I personalized the inside of the card with more pictures and a personal message as well.  It was fun and easy.  In no time, I had this beautiful card that I am thrilled to be sending out this year. 

Shutterfly is always running awesome sales and promotions.  Saving money is important to me, especially around the holidays.  Thanks to Shutterfly, I was able to not only design beautiful cards, I also saved money.  So hooray, for awesome beautiful Christmas cards!  And thank you Emily for my beautiful pictures.  I can't to send my cards out this year!  Happy Holidays!            

Blog Challenge - Day 22 - Something that Upsets Me

That's simple.  The thought of something happening to Jonas or the kids.  I don't know what I would do without them.  They are my entire world and the thought of not having any of them in my life is truly upsetting.  As a mother, the thought of anything devastating occurring to my family nearly brings me to tears.  I don't even like to think about the possibility.

That's my knee-jerk response to the topic.  It's the first thing that comes to mind.  There are other things that upset me though.  I'm kind of a control freak, I admit it.  When things happen that I have no control over, I become unnerved.  It doesn't last long.  I just need to freak out for a little while and then I usually get over it.  I just have to remind myself that there's nothing I can do about it.

I also find clowns a little upsetting.  They're scary.       

November 21, 2010

Monday Minute

I'm really looking forward to this week, I get to have two Thanksgivings.  That reminds me that I probably need to take my turkey out of the freezer for Thursday.  I've found it's incredibly difficult to find a small turkey.  For Thanksgiving, I just needed a turkey big enough for Jonas, myself and the girls.  I finally found one around 10-11 pounds, but those don't qualify for the 26 cents sales.  Lame!!  Oh well, I'm looking forward to cooking a big meal for my family on Thursday.  And for our second dinner with friends over the weekend.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Now it's time for Monday Minute with Cristy!

(1) What's your all time favorite book?

I really don't know if I have an all time favorite book.  One of my favorites is The Great Gatsby.  I really love anything that Fitzgerald wrote.  I love the Harry Potter series.  Another favorite would be Stiff by Mary Roach.  It's really fascinating, I highly recommend it!

(2) What are your pets' names?

We have a mini-dachshund and her name is Penny.  Then there is our calico cat that Jonas and I got when we first moved in together, her name is Pearl.  And finally, Bernie the Betta fish.  I'm not sure if Bernie is going to live much longer, he's not looking too great these days.  Or swimming around too much.  He keeps hanging on though.  UPDATE: We found Bernie on the bottom on his bowl this morning.  :(  The girls just want a new fish though.

(3) What kind of undies do you prefer (thong, briefs, boxer briefs...choose depending on your sex)?

Cotton hipsters.

(4) If you could go back in life, what would you now chose to do for a living?

I wouldn't change anything because I am happy being able to stay at home with my kids.  I guess I might go and take some photography courses in college.  I want to have a career in the future, once my kids are in school full time, but I still am not sure what career I want to pursue. 

(5) Do you hit snooze in the morning?

The alarm clock is on Jonas' side of the bed and he usually does.  Even if the alarm is for me, he hits it a couple times for me.  If I have an alarm on my phone, I usually hit it once or twice.  I just can't get up right away.  I even check my email in bed, it helps wake me up some. 

Blog Challenge - Day 21 - Another Moment

The forecast today calls for possible snow showers.  Hayley has been giddy all morning with the possibility.  Last year it only snowed once and it was only a dusting.  Hayley was always hoping for snow, but it never happened.  She was a bit disappointed, but still held out hope for snow.  This year, there's already talk of snow and soon.  It's already blanketed the mountains.  She's been wishing the last few days for snow.  Snow for a snowman, snow to play-in; she is just hoping for a lot of snow.

I love the snow.  I'm not a fan of driving in it, but I love snow.  It's so pretty.  I love waking up in the morning to the whiteness of it and when it clings to the branches of the trees.  Seeing it blanketed in my yard, still untouched, it's simply beautiful.  Though, I was hoping it would hold off for a little while, I have a photo shoot in the afternoon.  It's hard to take pictures when it's super cold outside, although it's beautiful too.

Earlier this morning I was in the kitchen doing some dishes when I looked up out the window and saw the snow flakes.  It was snowing.  I had mixed feelings about it.  I thought about how much my hand were probably going to hurt while taking pictures later on, but then I remembered how excited the girls were going to be when they would see the flakes falling.  I informed Jonas and he ran upstairs to get the girls.

Hayley knew and asked right away if it was snowing.  They headed to the back door and began to burst with excitement.  Plans of snowball fighting and snowman building began to get discussed.  Jonas and I told them not to get ahead of themselves, it had to accumulate first.  Even with that being said, they got their boots on and ran outside to catch snowflakes.  It was so cute.

That moment was so awesome to share with the girls.  Even if it wasn't what I wanted, it didn't matter because of the giggles and smiles that came from my girls.  Their hopes and plans for the snow that had not yet collected was more than enough to put a smile on my face.  So my hands may ache a little when I am out shooting pictures later on today, but I too, hope for a lot more snow for my girls to play in later.       

November 20, 2010

Blog Challenge - Day 20 - This Month

November is always a busy month for us.  It's the beginning of the holiday season, Jonas and I celebrate our birthdays, my mom's birthday also falls during November, Thanksgiving, etc... Besides all of that craziness I also have my other duties: volunteering at Hayley's school, school for Hayley, projects at Hayley's school, preschool with Ryan, Baby Jack, my house, my husband and this very blog.  I wouldn't characterize all of those as duties, but you get the picture.  I've been finding myself constantly busy with something these days.  Jonas asks me if I ever just sit down and not do anything.  The thought of that bothers me a bit, there's always something that needs to be done.  I probably should take him up on his advice though, maybe...

I won't go into detail, much of this is already blogged about. 

November Highlights:
  • My parent's were in town visiting.
  • Took my Mom out for dinner for her birthday.
  • My surprise party that Jonas threw for my birthday.
  • My birthday and Jonas' birthday.
  • I surprised Jonas with a Kindle for his birthday.
  • I liked his so much I bought one for myself with my birthday money.
  • Jonas bought me a new phone for my birthday.
  • I bought Jonas a DQ ice cream cake for his birthday.  (If you know him, this a big deal!)
  • Baby Jack is now 5 months old.
  • Bought supplies for Thanksgiving Dinner!
  • Started a 30 Day Blog Challenge.
  • Got a significant amount of Christmas shopping done.
  • I lost one of my diamond earrings, only to have my fantastic stylist find it at her salon.  Thanks Kelsie!
  • Another parent and myself took on the class auction project and it's going to ROCK!
  • Fable III became my new addiction.
  • I went to Trophy Cupcake on my birthday.
So, there's my month, so far.  I still have:
  • A photo shoot, tomorrow!
  • Thanksgiving at my house.
  • Thanksgiving II next weekend with friends.
  • Christmas shopping for the kids to finish, I'm nearly done!
  • Christmas cards to order and get started on.
  • Christmas decorating, I'm actually giddy about this one. 
  • 10 more days on my blog challenge
Ah November, so busy, but fun.  This month will be over and done with soon enough.  The girls will begin their countdown to Christmas, which reminds me, I need to order their Advent calenders.  Oy...

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November 19, 2010

Blog Challenge - Day 19 - A Regret

I do not like regrets. I do not like to carry things around. I try my best to let things go and move on with life. I believe there are reasons for why things happen. It shapes a person. Even with all of that being, I do have a few regrets.

The one that sticks out in my mind the most is my almost college degree. When I left college, I was only a few classes short of my degree. Something I could have easily finished in a semester. Most of those classes were not even senior level. My senior paper was finished my junior year. I am only a few credits shy of having my B.A. in History. Funny though, I really have no plans on using that degree if I ever do finish it. I don't want to teach. I would like to work with archives, but that involves even more school. Uh...

My last year in college was rough, in many ways. Jonas and I had a big financial upset. We had to move in with his parents. That move, made my trek to college take more than an hour each way. Our world had come crashing down around us and our new reality was harsh. Soon, we found out we were expecting out first child and knew things had to change. And we did, Jonas started his career with a great company and we were able to get our own place.

However, things were still difficult. Handling all of that and college became incredibly difficult; I had to drop my classes. I was able to finish some, but there were some that remained incomplete. I hoped to complete them on my own time, but I never found the time. And later those imcompletes turned to failed. That was a bigger blow to me, I never failed anything. Soon though, my life changed that August when my Hayley was born. I had new priorities. Even when I was in college I knew that I wanted to stay home with my children when they were young.

That's my regret, but I do not dwell on it nearly as much I did before. I look back on that time in my life and look at what I have now. And I am okay. Those F's still haunt me. And I'm annoyed that I'm so close to actually having my degree. BUT, I wouldn't change a thing. I know I can always go back when I'm ready and finish my degree. I know I will be ready soon, but right now, I'm happy where I am.

Five Question Friday

It's Friday and we might get snow this weekend!!  Last year we only had snow once, if you could call it that.  It was more of a dusting that melted off later that day.  Hayley is very excited about this weather prediction, she was upset at last year's lack of snow fall.  I guess we will see what these clouds will bring.  For now, on to 5QF.  Head on over to My Little Life to link up.

1. What Christmas song do you loathe?

I used to really get annoyed with Christmas music when I was a teenager because I spent a couple summers working at a Christmas themed amusement park.  Yes, I was an elf and Cinderella too.  By the time Christmas rolled around, the music had gotten old and lost it's charm.  Now, it's really not such an issue.  I am not a big fan of Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer though.   

2. Do you and your significant other cuddle at night or sleep on opposite sides of the bed?

We start off cuddling, but then it gets too hot and we sleep on our own sides of the bed.  We've never been big on cuddling through the night.  Jonas also thinks he needs 3-5 pillows at the time and those just annoy me.  They're always in the way. 

3. Have you ever had surgery?

Yes, when I was 16 I had my gallbladder removed.  Fun, fun.  And I've had three c-sections as well.  During my third c-section I had my tubes tied.  I've had all my wisdom teeth out too.

4. When do you typically have your holiday shopping done?

I usually have all my shopping for my kids done by the end of November.  I may still need to go and pick-up some stocking stuffers, but for the most part, I'm done.  As for Jonas, I usually finish shopping for him by mid-December.  I refuse to do any last minute shopping, the sooner it's done, the better.  This year, I am almost done shopping for my kids and it feels good to be so close! 

5. If money were not an issue (and you HAD to pick something), what would your ultimate luxury item be?

A Mercedes, fully loaded. 

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November 18, 2010

Blog Challenge - Day 18 - My Favorite Birthday

It's so appropriate that today's subject is "my favorite birthday" since today, is in fact, my birthday.  And it was a pretty darn good one at that.  So, I have two favorite birthdays to share in this post. 

First One:

Jonas has been doing a really good job of making me feel special this week, the surprise party, new dress, hair, pampering, etc.  It's been great.  Tonight was pretty awesome too.  After Hayley got out of school we stopped at the mall to pick up a gift my mom had waiting for me, thanks mom!  And then, I spent my birthday money from my mother-in-law and bought myself a Kindle.  It's white, it's so pretty.  I actually bought one for Jonas' birthday, which is tomorrow, and decided that I also wanted one of my own.  Then we stopped for a quick dinner at Panda Express.  I had the hardest time deciding on what to eat.  At first it was Chipotle's and then I saw the Panda Express next door.  It was fate, it was delish.  And the girl's ate without arguement, asked for seconds.   

And the best part, we drove into Seattle for a Trophy Cupcake.  I had the chocolate peanut butter.  Mmmm...  And a hot chocolate, they make their own marshmallows.  I was with my family and we had such a nice evening together.  It was peaceful, the girls were so kind to each other and sweet to me.  Baby Jack was content.  Jonas was awesome and let me do whatever I wanted.  It's been a really special birthday for me.  I love my family for making it so great.

Second One:

As for the other favorite birthday, it was five years ago.  Jonas and I always celebrated out birthdays together since his is the day after mine.  Before kids, we always made a big weekend of it.  Hayley was a baby then and my parents agreed to keep her over night for us.  Jonas and I booked a room at a super swanky hotel for the night in Colorado Springs.  We had dinner together, saw the latest Harry Potter film at the IMAX and then went to hang out with friends for the rest of the night.  Our friends took us out for drinks, it was so much fun.  After our outing, there was champagne and strawberries in our room waiting for us.  So romantic.  And the next morning we went to a little French Cafe and had awesome crepes for breakfast.  Hayley was a little peeved at us for abandoning her, but it was worth it.       

Those would have to be my favorite birthdays.  The second was the last time Jonas and I were able to get away for more than a few hours without kids.  It was an awesome weekend for us, but we still missed our baby girl waiting for us at home.  And tonight was also a favorite because I spent it with my family.  Now, here's to a new happy year!  And to begin my countdown to turning thirty!



Today, is the first day, of the last year, of being a twenty-something. I'm not scared about it or fear that this time next year I will be thirty. In fact, I welcome thirty. Although, I don't think I will be singing the same tune ten years from now, Hayley will be sixteen and driving. And dating. Ryan will be thirteen. A teenager. If she's as sassy then as she is now, I'm in trouble. That scares me. A lot. (Laugh with me and say a prayer too.)

However, today I look around and things are good. I have three wonderful kids. I have an awesome husband that has worked incredibly hard making this a great birthday for me. It's been a fun week so far. I don't really know what I imagined my life would be at this age, but I couldn't think of anything better. I wouldn't trade anything for the way it is right now.

We celebrated my birthday last weekend. Saturday started with breakfast, Jonas made awesome crepes. It was his first time making crepes and he did wonderfully. I had no idea what was in store of the rest of the day. I just thought we were going out. Jonas bought me a new dress, gave me cash to get my hair and nails done. I got ready that afternoon. I thought we were just dropping the girls off with our friends for dinner, but it was actually a surprise party. The party was fun, friends attended and we had some cake. I was surprised. I don't think I had the reaction Jonas was hoping for, but I was surprised. And happy. It was great. The girls loved it too. I really loved seeing how excited the girls were about it. After the party, Jonas took me to one of favorite Seattle restaurants, 13 Coins, for dessert. It was just us and Baby Jack, our friend watched the girls. I love their Creme Brulee.

All day, I seriously had absolutely no idea what he was up to, it was all him. That scared me, I usually plan everything. So letting him take the reigns and have no control, was hard for me. For all his effort and his first time planning, he did great. I had a wonderful time and felt very loved. I encourage him to do it again. Thank you Jonas, I love you.

And now, it's my actual birthday. We're still celebrating, there's trip to Godiva planned for later on and hopefully a cupcake too.  I'm also getting a new phone, I just have two more days until I can officially upgrade. This has been a great birthday, one of the best. Thank you to my wonderful husband and kids for making me feel so loved. And thanks to my family and friends for all the birthday wishes. I love you all.

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