Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas is goin' to the dog's!

Can you believe it's the last day of November?!
My kid's already want it to be December 24th and I have
to remind them that we still need to do all of our christmas shopping
and they need to buy their presents for eachother. Lot's to do still!!
I want to enjoy this holiday season. Not rush through it. It goes by fast enough as it is.

So, I had Christmas music playing and this silly Christmas song
with Dog's barking "Jingle bells" started playing.
Baylee came in to the kitchen fascinated by the unfamiliar dog's
 musical talent. Her reaction to the song was so cute.
{You will need to scroll down and stop my Christmas music from playing}

Monday, November 28, 2011


Ok, so yeah I have a few thing's I would like
Santa to bring little 'ol me too.

Have you heard of Nirve bicycles out of Huntington Beach?
They are the most stylish beach bikes, ever. Yes, ever.
I want one of these beach bikes with a cute basket.
Then, ride the bike trails from Santa Monica to Venice.
Beach breeze blowing through my hair, sun on my skin....
 ringing the little bell on my bike....ding! ding!ding! ding!
Yep, that is what I want.

When you get a chance...check 'em out.

Until next time....
"Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

Thursday, November 24, 2011

What are YOU thankful for??

I am extremely thankful for so many things!
I am so lucky to have a wonderful,loving and supportive family and friends.
I am so thankful for my 5 children. They teach me so much everyday.
And although I dont enjoy times of struggle or stress
I am thankful for those times because they make me thankful for the awesome times.
Which far outweigh the not so great.

Right now, I am thankful for future possibilities.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


{You'll need to stop my music below to hear this message}

                                                                        Until next time......
                                                           Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.
                                                  Take the time today to give thanks for your blessings!

Friday, November 18, 2011

I love my best friend

I just got back from seeing the newest "Twilight" movie.....
'Breaking Dawn'
with my bestest friend.
I love that I get to be mom and friend to my daughter.
We love hanging together. Talking. Just doing stuff.
 And she knows just when I need a hug!
I'm looking forward to spending one on one time together this {holiday} week.
 I know most kid's don't typically want to spend time with their parents...
I love that Lunden does. I was the same way with my mom.
Thanks for spending the day with me Lunden.
And for explaining some of the
movie to me! :)

I love you!!!

Until next time...
“No measure of time with you will be long enough. But we’ll start with forever.”

Monday, November 14, 2011

Random November snapshots

Well, it's mid November....
Where has this month gone?

There is never a dull moment here at our home so
 I just thought I would post some photos
of our goings on the past couple of weeks.

This is the last full week of school before the kid's are out for....
I can't believe the holiday's are upon us.
Christmas music & Christmas lists for Santa
are already in full mode here.
Thing's will get busy and I have so much going on
but I will try and be good about posting.
Don't forget to leave comments below.
I love knowing you visit!

{Miss Emersyn May}


{Now, thats a happy/content face from my baby girl}

{Smiley faces}

{my girls- coloring}

{Fun with my phone..Lunden coloring}
[No school today!}

{ Lunden and her man #55}

{My Hello Kitty girls}

{Playing- Victoria Gardens}

{Tree is already up @ Victoria Gardens}

{Whee! Victoria Gardens}

{Logan wanted this hat so bad}

Until next time....

My thought for the day:
"You should lower your expectations of other people
 and raise them for yourself"

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Homecoming 2011

Yup, it's me again.....
I've got so much on my plate right now so bare with me if
I don't update as much as I would like right now.

I just had to post the photos of Lunden's dress for Homecoming
as well as photos of that night.
So much fun!
Ok, so here we go....

These few photos are actually from Halloween night.
My sister and nephews came up and we took some
just-for-the-heck-of-it photos.
Lunden wore her homecoming dress this night for a little while
 but she didn't want to post these
photos until after homecoming.
Yes, the dress was top secret!

{Lunden and her cousin Hunter|

{Silly cousins}


Ok, so these next couple of photos are
of Lunden getting dolled up.
 I took Lunden to our salon to
get "rock star" nails done. All sparkly & glittery.
While she was getting her nails done the girl doing her nails
was talking to the make-up artist for the salon and asked
if she had time to do Lunden's make-up for homecoming.
Free! Complimentary! So sweet!

It was a lot of fun watching Lunden get all glam!
She literally looked like a model. Actually, she looked like a mermaid
with her long blonde hair and the blue's that the artist used on her eyes.


The homecoming theme:

Lunden looked stunning and although I am a wee bit biased...
Lunden and Steve were the cutest couple in the bunch.
Lunden's dress was multi-colored blues. Simply stunning.
Perfect for the homecoming theme.She knew exactly what dressed she wanted
and went on the hunt for it. Found it online and...
 Grandma was more than thrilled to buy it for her "Twinkle"

This was Lunden's first homecoming dance
 And unlike Prom last year, she actually recieved
a wrist corsage from Steve. Way to go Steve! You done good.

I thought I would add a few photos of the kid's before the dance.
It was so much fun getting Lunden ready for this special moment.

Enjoy the photos!

{Steve & Lunden}

Lunden and I giggled because I had to help pin the flower to
Steves shirt. Just as I did on her date for prom last year.
Those suckers are hard to pin on!

{My Lunden. Stop growing up!}

{Freezing outside}

{Lido, Steve and Ellis}

{The girl's}

Until next time....

Be the reason behind someone's smile!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

It's funny how something can spark up nostalgia

Well, HELLO November!

 Hi, it's me again!

Ok, bare with me.....
I am taking this blog back a few years.
Let's say...23 years to be exact.

Nostalgia kicked in today with this photo in Venice, Italy.....

{Mitch, Randy, me, Christy-my sister & Robin} 

First, I have to mention that I lived in Vicenza, Italy
with my family from 1986-88.
 My father was military so we were stationed at Caserma Ederle, Italy.
An amazing experience.
No move is easy, especially being a teenager with friends and boyfriends BUT
this move probably proved to provide me with the most abundant group of amazing people.
 Life long friends that I continue to keep in touch with to this day.

I've tried teaching my children that although moving can be hard and change isn't always fun...
there are reasons our paths take us different places.
 There are lessons to learn and people to meet, help and learn from on this journey called, life.
Sometimes, we are even put in other's paths so they can help us as well.

Ok, so back to the photo...
My wonderfully dear friend Randy AKA" El Hano"( Also in this photo)
 had this photo up in one of his facebook albums.
I have quite a few photos from this particular adventure in Venice, Italy
 but not this one. I was so excited to see it!

Just a little side note/story:
Randy... was my first true boyfriend in High School.
Although, he wasn't in High School. He was in the military.
 Just two years older than me and he was the cute M.P. 
who checked both military and civilians through gates on post.
He would flirt with me and stop our car every time we came on post just so he could say "hi".
I think we even made him plates of cookies and hand delivered them to his gate.
 For a year we flirted and he finally asked me out in a small grocery store on post.
 I said "yes".
I would get sweet cards and love letters from him while he worked his station during the middle of the night. Sometimes, the letter was on lined paper. Other times it was just on scrap paper but each letter was wonderfully sweet and loving and romantic. I still have those! I have more memories of being in his silly beat up car. We drove everywhere. If you read his BLOG he describes his car and the passenger seat that was a death trap. It was.
And of course we shared this amazing day trip to Venice.

My family and I left Italy in May of '88 and he did not come bid farewell to me. That hurt a little. Obviously, we did lose touch. It would have been so nice to have had internet, cell phones way back when.  Over the years I wondered about Randy. Later, he told me he tried locating me and even sent numerous letters to addresses he thought I was at. Never got them. It's funny how things don't turn out sometimes. It has been wonderful to catch up with him and talk about old times.
{Robin, Christy and Me}

I have been nostalgic lately.
I think most of it stems from watching my daughter go through all of these wonderful and exciting adventures of her own and remembering all of the good times I had at her age as well.

I am so blessed to have met and known these wonderful people I call friends. We meet for a reason.
Sometimes, we aren't sure why we meet the people we do in our lives.
 Sometimes, its to learn a lesson. Sometimes its to teach us a lesson. Sometimes, its to fall in love. Sometimes, its to create friendships that will never end.
I do believe we are pre-destined to meet everyone we come in contact with along lifes journey.
I am greatful to my dad/the military for moving us so much.
 For if we hadn't, I wouldn't have had such amazing experiences and friendships and yes...
 even love come into and out of my life.
Not just while living in Italy but my many other moves and people that I have met in my life 
Continue to meet to this very day!  

I hope you don't mind but I wanted to share a few more photos of my past.
Hope you enjoy them

I was a cheerleader for Vicenza American High school in Italy. I was always very shy and this really helped me snap out of my shy mode.
 Some of the best times.
I am the one on the far right

El Paso, Texas
I have been thinking of my own high school experiences lately
as I have enjoyed watching my daughter Lunden experience her homecoming game,first real boyfriend and upcoming homecoming dance. These are moments that you never forget.
 And more than likely will be people she will always have in her life from this moment on.

So, I am the one in the far right of this photo (above).
 I was Senior homecoming Princess. Can I just say that this experience was a blast!
 Sitting on the back of a convertable during the homecoming game waving to everyone, walking with my dad as I am introduced onto the field at the homecoming game.
 Just very special moments to me.
Ok, more about El Paso below.......

 El  Paso, Texas
Senior Prom 1988
(Pardon the dress. I don't know what I was thinking.)

After leaving Italy we moved to El Paso, Texas for my senior year.
I really had to dig deep to find thing's to be greatful for when we moved there.
1. My family was together
2. We were healthy
3. I had made two friends that year:
Shannon and Santos

Was and still is my best friend.We don't get to see one another often but we talk often.
 She and I had some amazing fun. UTEP games/football players, 
sleep-overs, trips to the mall.Swiss cake rolls. haha
 Girl stuff.
 She is an amazing friend to this day and I love her, my sorella, with all of my heart.

We met on the bus. A silly school bus.
I didn't have my drivers license yet.
 In Italy you can't drive until you are 18 so I was taking the bus until I took drivers Ed classes,etc.
It's so amazing to me how thing's work out and if we both hadn't had to ride the bus....
would we have met?

 I don't remember if he asked me to sit with him or I had to because there wasn't room elsewhere.
All I know is Santos and I sat together on the bus, together from then on.
We talked about our day, life and shared similar interests.
  He rode the bus to my bus stop which was on the military post where our housing was.
  He would walk me home and while we walked,
 we talked more and more.
 I didn't realize it but he worked at the teen center as a DJ just down the road from our house.
 The teen center is where we got to know eachother more.
 I watched him D.J, he would get a slow song going and then come slow dance with me,
 we just loved hanging out together. 
Well, we were watching the Super bowl game (1989) as he sat in an over sized leather chair he asked, 
" I bet you won't come over here and kiss me"....
Well, I did, and the rest is history.

We spent senior year in love. The most love I had ever been in.
We were joined at the hip. If we weren't at his house he was at mine.
I went with him to different D.J. gigs. We went to a Bon Jovi concert.We went to the mountains with his family. He taught me how to make taquitos. YUM!
After graduation my family was transfered to San Antonio, Texas. My heart was so sad. I didn't want to leave this amazing relationship. It broke my heart. I had to say goodbye.

I gave my heart away that year. I don't think I ever really got it back.

. Just one more special memory of someone I know I was meant to meet and have in my life.
We were  high school sweethearts and probably the one man
 I thought I would be with after high school.
 Life took us different directions all those years ago.
 It would be 21 years before we spoke again.
When we finally spoke it was as if the years had never parted us.

It's funny how thing's work out and.....
It's funny how sometimes they don't.
 I am proud of his accomplishments and what he does to serve his community.

Summer 1988
El Paso, Texas
Me and my summer posse. We did everything together. The pool, dinner out, water parks,etc.
Can you believe I haven't found them on facebook yet? Where are you guys??!

Well, I must say-
It's funny how a photo and watching my daughter go through similar experiences
could spark up nostalgia so greatly in me.

Thanks for taking this journey with me today.

Until next time....
Bloom where you are planted AND don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
If you don't, you could miss out on some pretty amazing people and experiences!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011



We had a fun Halloween day/night.
I took the girl's out to lunch at El Tio Pepe's
( I LOVE my Mondays with both of my girl's all to myself!!!)
We finished up some Halloween shopping
and actually enjoyed a relaxing day at home listening to both
Halloween and Christmas music on Pandora. 
I know, Christmas music. Crazy,right? 
Anyways, enjoy the photos. 
I LOVE taking pictures!! 

{Miss Emersyn Mae in her daytime Halloween outfit}

{Princess Belle-the Christmas gown}

{Carsen AKA Harry Potter}

{Logan AKA Vampire}
Lunden and I had a blast applying his make-up!

{Ready to go Trick-or-Treating!}

Lunden dressed up as a vampire but..her vampire teeth wouldnt stick
so I don't think we actually got a photo of her in her "costume".I do have some adorable
photos of her with her cousin but she's in her homecoming dress and I can't share those
photos until after next weekend.
Hint:Her dress is amazing!

{My nephew Hunter}

{Carsen and Logan}

{Carsen and Canyon}

I hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween as well
and that the kid's all got tons of candy!
Happy sugar rush to all!

Until next time...
Be good to one another.