Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Truer words were never spoken

I'm always looking for quotes.
I love quotes.
 I love to be enlightened &inspired.
I wanted to share something I came across the other day.
 If you will take the time to read these,
 I promise you'll come away with an enlightened perspective.
The subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis.
They're written by Andy Rooney,
 "A man with the gift of saying so much with so few words".



 I've learned.... The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

 I've learned ....that when you're in love, it shows.

I've learned....That just one person saying to me, "You've made my day!" makes my day.

I've learned....That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I've learned....That being kind is more important that being right.

I've learned....That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I've learned....That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.

I've learned....That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I've learned....That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I've learned....That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I've learned....That life is like a roll of toilet paper.The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I've learned....That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.

I've learned....That money doesn't buy class.

I've learned....That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I've learned....That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I've learned....That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I've learned....That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I've learned....That love,not time, heals all wounds.

I've learned....That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I've learned....That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I've learned....That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I've learned....That life is tough, but I'm tougher.

I've learned....That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

I've learned....That when you harbor bitterness,happiness will dock elsewhere.

I've learned....That one should keep his words both soft and tender because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I've learned....That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I've learned....That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

I've learned....That the less time I have to work with, the more thing's get done.

Until next time...

"I've learned....That life is tough, but I'm tougher"

Friday, January 20, 2012


Hey y'all!
Spring has sprung!

Anyone else have blossoms in January?
We do here in Southern California!


{Today, at Victoria Gardens}

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


My little "Carolina girl" is 4 today!

She basically had two day's to party!
Yesterday, her morning started off with TWO special deliveries!
Grampa sent her a big balloon bouquet and teddy bear and Daddy sent her roses and a teddy bear.
So special!
Later that evening we went down to John's Incredible Pizza
in Montclair for her family party.
Her birthday theme this year was Strawberry Shortcake.
There was pizza and cake and ice cream and goodie bag's galore!
All of her favorite people were there--
Mommy, Lunden, G-maw, Aunt Christy, Hunter & Canyon,
 Carsen and Logan and Steve ( Lunden's Boyfriend).
We did miss having G-paw, Brennen and Daddy there!

Today, on her REAL birthday mommy took her down to Ontario mills mall
to get a Build-a-Bear and some outfits to dress it up in.Then, we had lunch together at
the Cheesecake Factory @ Victoria Gardens.They even brought out a piece of our
Chocolate mousse cheesecake, candle-lit while singing to my sweet Emmy.
After lunch we walked around Victoria Gardens and Emersn even got a few new outfits of her own. Some mighty cute stuff!

I LOVE making my kid's birthday's special.
You make my heart sing,Emmy!
I love celebrating YOU.
Today and everyday! 

Happy Birthday!!


Sunday, January 15, 2012


Wow, it's the middle of the month!
Usually, this month goes by really slow but it is truckin' along
this year.

So, we took a drive yesterday. We have been wanting a beach day for awhile
so the kid's and I drove down to San Diego. One of my favorite cities!
We spent our time walking the beach on Coronado and over at
Sea Port Village. So fun!
I will just let the photos speak for themselves.
Have a wonderful week!

It was just an amazing day!
And I know we will be back there SOON!

Until next time...
"I'm not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship"

Friday, January 13, 2012

A house is not a home until it has a dog.

Hey y'all!
So, I'm in the market for puppies--
HUSKY puppies.
Lunden and I were in Hollister over the holiday and
a girl in her 20's had one in her arms.
 It couldn't have been more than a couple months old.
After that, Lunden and I were hooked.

Whoever said  you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies!!!

I've been on the lookout. I like checking out the animal shelter's first.
Saving a life and keeping cost's low is always best but
These little fluff balls aren't easy to find and they aren't cheap!

Either way, we will have TWO and they will fit into our family perfectly.

{ We want one in this color}

{..and this color}

Now, admit said, "Aw" when you saw these little faces!
Yeah, Lunden and I do it all the time.

Until next time...
" The is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face."

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Word of the year

Have you chosen your Word of the Year?

Apparently, a Word of the Year is the new New Years resolution.
Basically, you choose one word that has the potential to inspire you
and create intention in your life, all year long.
I actually went back and forth on two different words.
the other being communication.
 Perhaps, I will blog about that word in an upcoming post.

However, the word I chose for 2012 is Serendipity.
It's meaning:
A fortunate accident

I've always loved the word. It's such a happy sounding word, right?
But it's such a contradiction.

The first time I heard this word I was a young child living in Utah.
We often visited an ice cream parlor in Salt Lake City called, Serendipity.
So, I have always correlated the word Serendipity to a yummy treat...
Mint Chocolate chip ice cream ( my favorite) never really knowing the
true definition of the word.

I watched the movie, 'Serendipity'.
Which is now my 2nd favorite movie,ever.
and is the inspiration for my Word of the Year.
( I will share my #1 movie later)

My life has been full of serendipitous moments thus far. 
Windfalls that were not anticipated but turned into something profound in my life.
I am finding that the less I worry about controlling the situations in my life,
allowing things to be what they will be and fall in to place on their own, the better.

Life's a mess. It's chaos personified.
And somehow through all the chaos and looking for that something you want...
you end up finding something else.
 Realizing that what you've found is more suited to your needs
than what you thought you were looking for.

I don't know where life is going to take me.
 I've made plans and I've had them ripped apart right in my face.
 I have learned that no one is safe in lifes trials. Some have more than others but no one is free or safe from the choices others make which in turn effect your own life.

So, I choose to let life take me where it will ultimately take me.
 Determined to do the right thing for me and my children. 
Showing love & kindness & gratitude along the way
 with all the passion I can muster!
That is who I am. And I will continue to be.
 Life will not make me hard or cold as I have seen it do to so many.

 I welcome more "fortunate accidents" along this journey called life.
True love, education and a place to nest.
 It's that "spice" in the Spice of life!

Until next time...
Smiling doesn't always mean you are happy. Sometimes,it means you are strong

(Oh...and my #1 favorite movie..EVER.. is called 'Fools Rush In')




Saturday, January 7, 2012

Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present*+*+*

It's day 7 of the New year.
Is it time yet to think of a resolution?
I will have to get back to ya on that one.
I'm trying to take in TODAY and not worry so much about tomorrow
Maybe that is the ultimate resolution?

Whether or not it is clear what my resolution(s) will be...
there is no doubt that the universe is unfolding
as it should, right now. Today. In the present.
If  the dreams my heart wishes for come true...
then I am all the more lucky.

Right now, today, I long to be near the ocean. 
The beach.Toes in the sand.
It's solice and peacefulness. Sun on my skin. Ocean breeze blowing in my face.
A beach bike and bike path curving along the sand.
A picknic. The waves crashing on the coastline.
Sun and water meeting at sunset.

{ I took this photo @ Coronado Island-San Diego. My favorite escape}

Until next time....

“Think about all the things that are right in your life, right now.
Let that gracious feeling wash over you like a waterfall."

Sunday, January 1, 2012

365 days ahead

 Happy New Year!
I absolutely welcome the new year with open arms!
I am greatful for yet another year of life, continued health 
and an abundance of opportunities.

New Years is all about- getting another chance.
to live; to believe; to give; to receive; to fall in love; to share a smile; to walk an inch; to run a mile; to dive into sunsets; to forgive; to forget; to love where you’re going; to embrace where you’ve been; to take a deep breath, close your eyes . . . and begin.

May the new year be filled with love, adventure, and dreams come true.




Cheers to a new year and another chance
 to get it right*+*+