Friday, June 6, 2014

Summer Wishes.....

Summer is just a few days away.  The kids are counting down the number of days.  Five if you want to know.  In those five days, we have three field trips, four half days and a few parties.  Learning is over, now is the time for enjoying the last few days with friends.
 
Summer to me would be late mornings, sunshine and evenings with friends.  Too bad, my life no longer includes a summer break.  Too bad no one asked me, as a society, I think we should all shut down for ten weeks and just have fun.
 
In an effort to enjoy the months ahead, we have created a list of what we want our summer to look like....
 
 
- Sitting outside each night to laugh and enjoy
- Weekly family dinners around the pool and grill
- Evening hikes
- Weekly trips to the beach for early morning donuts or late night pizza
- Two camping trips
- Bi weekly adventures to try a new restaurant, brewery or activity
- Saying yes more than no
- Spur of moment weekend getaway
- Mexico!
- Make your own nights... Pizza, Burgers, Sandwiches
- Experiments
- Turning our electronics off and enjoying what is in front of us
 
Summer to me is looking back and saying.... remember that summer we ......
 
 
 
 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Forty Four Years

A few weeks ago I turned 45.  An age that for some reason seems so old.  I sailed through 30, 40, but now I just feel like 50 is about to kick me in the ass.  Now that is old! 

My forty fourth year

I experienced......
1.  New York City with my Mom, Sister in Law, Spawn for Spawns 13th birthday.
2.  Camping in the mountains
3.  Yankee Stadium
5.  Mumford and Sons with my two best friends.
6.  Two day road trip up and down the coast of California solely to visit different breweries
7.  Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity
9.  Fourth of July at an exclusive event
10. Utter despair of a child that has lost a pet
11. Love that never ends in childhood friends
12. Legoland, Legoland hotel and how laughing can hurt
13. The 9-11 Memorial
 
 
I ran......
14. In Central Park
15. 490 Miles
16. Completed San Diego's Triple Crown - Carlsbad, La Jolla and Americas Finest City Half Marathons
17. America's Finest City Half Marathon with Spawn, her first
21. ROC Race with Amy, Spawn and G
22.  Rock n Roll Half Marathon
 
 
I learned......
23. That weekends are meant to be spent unplanned and full of laugh and love
24. That I am a dog person
25. How to walk away from toxic friendships
26. To make a mean stir fry
27. How to play Disc Golf
28. A lot about myself, what I want and want I don't want
29. More about beer than I thought I would ever want to know
30. How to love myself
31. To say No
32. Days at the beach are better than days anywhere else
33. How to tell a joke, a bad one, but I can tell it
34. That my kids are pretty cool
35. That a handwritten note makes someones day
36. That my tummy and milk do not like each other

 
I am better because.....
37. I realized what is important
38. I owned my behaviour
39. I found my way back to church
40. I opened my heart
41. and had it broken
42. Simplified my life
43. Kept a Gratitude Journal for a year
44. I am surrounded by people that love me unconditionally
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

15 things you probably never knew or thought about....

1. At least five people in this world love you so much they would die for you.
2. At least fifteen people in this world love you in some way.
3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you.
4. A smile from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you.
5. Every night, someone thinks about you before they go to sleep.
6. You mean the world to someone.
7. If not for you, someone may not be living.
8. You are special and unique.
9. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you.
10. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it.
11. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look: you most likely turned your back on the world.
12. When you think you have no chance of getting what you want, you probably won't get it, but if you believe in yourself, probably, sooner or later, you will get it.
13. Always remember the compliments you received. Forget the rude remarks.
14. Always tell someone how you feel about them; you will feel much better when they know.
15. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are great.
 
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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Thursday Truths

This article was so right on, Dear Women, Please Just Stop......   Take the two minutes to read it.  It is worth it.  Let me be the first to admit, that I have fallen victim to this more than once.  The bashing, the back stabbing, the talking smack.  Why?  Why do we do this instead of building each other up.  It is crazy.  I doubt men are as hateful and vengeful as us women are and it is just plain embarrassing.   This year, why not try to love more and hate less.  Isn't that easier?  Or is it that we do not love ourselves so we break down those around us to make ourselves look better.  Pathetic.
 
 I am obsessed with grilled cheese.  Mainly because I have had to cut dairy out of my diet once again and it is killing me.  Finding this blog has not helped either.  But this article, made me laugh, because it is oh so true!
 
#coffeewithben..... I LOVE this... one day I am going to join in.  One day, when I have the balls to 1) drink 100% Paleo approved coffee or 2) not give a shit!
 
The last week or maybe two, I have really been struggling with relationship, personal, crazy issues.  This article hit it right on and really brought my issues home.  I always liked to think that I am strong, but after ready this, I realize I am very, very weak.

Dating online really sucks.  And when you meet someone, it is like you won the lottery!  Especially if they are not bat shit crazy!  For all you brave enough to hit the online dating world,  this is will give you a laugh.

Never being a huge fan of Woody Allen, but I find this letter very heart warming and sad at the same time.  Celebrities that are held to different standards than us normal people. 

WOW... just WOW.... as a mom, that wholeheartedly believes we are setting our kids up for a reality check as they get older with the "Everyones a Winner" mentality society all of a sudden has, this article shows the power of losing and what a great example.
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Quiet Chaos



Sitting in a quiet house, an unusual occurrence for me.  Kids are gone, animals are sleeping, it's dark outside.   This house is almost too much to bear.

Times like this I cannot decide if I am at peace or lonely.  One thing you learn about divorce, separation whatever you would like to call it, is how to find solace in the time you are by yourself.  To go from a house full of kids non stop, a spouse, to living by yourself, with your kids gone half the time.   Can be lonely, very lonely.  To the point of depressing.  You get caught up in your thoughts, your brain takes over, you dwell, your imagination gets crazy. 

Lately, my mind has been racing.  So many changes, events, going on in my life.  Trying hard to find balance between my life, my children and a new man.  Trying not to over think, over react and over power something that has the potential to be great.  

And the kids walk in and my thoughts are gone, chaos ensues and my heart is full again.

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