Monday, April 28, 2008

Oh yes its ladies night...

We had a Mom's Night In at my house this past weekend, it was a fabulous, well deserved break from the husbands and kids!

There were 7 of us that all met at my house and we ate yummy food and drank some adult beverages and didn't have to worry about kids and what they might be getting into. It was great food, great drinks and even better conversation.

Something that none of us do nearly often enough...here are some fun pics from that night!


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Ahhh...thats better!

So my house is finally clean again! Everything is back in its proper place and I am not embarrassed for anyone to come over unexpectedly!

Here are the afters the I promised!


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Thursday, April 24, 2008

A Clean House

I don't know why, but every time I feel like things are way out of control in my life, if I look around my house, my house is a complete WRECK! Why do the two always seem to go together? I have the best of intentions when it comes to my house and keeping to my routine of scheduled cleaning to help me not get overwhelmed, yet here I sit...again....with a house that is a total sty.

I am doing my best to get it all under control again and to be at that place again of knowing that if someone stops by unexpectedly I am not completely embarrassed by the state of my house.

So, in breaking it down into manageable chunks, which in my opinion is always the easiest way to actually accomplish that which I set out to do, here is my plan of attack:

Take Out The Trash!

This means anything that is garbage, not just the actual trash! Anything that we have been holding onto in the hopes of either fixing it, donating it, whatever. Its gone. History. 86'd. So far today we have taken out 6 bags of trash not including that TV that the picture just rolled...yeah.

Put It Away, Where It Goes!

This part is more difficult. Living in an apartment that has absolutely zero storage means that we have rubbermaid tubs of our stuff that should be in an attic or storage closet, in an actual closet in the office/toy room. It also means that of course there is no where near enough room in said closet to house all of our crap. So, it all spills out into the other closets. There are tubs in the master closet, Hannah's closet and the two hall closets (linen and coat). This is after having a yard sale and donating what didn't sell. That was 4 large tubs of 'treasure'. So, now that everything is back where it goes, its on to the next step!

Chores!

Ah chores...most of the time I don't mind doing my chores. However, when the house is as atrocious as it is right now, I would rather run away and join the circus than do my chores. Even though I know, once they are done, I will feel so much better, not only physically that I got up off my butt and did it, but I will feel better emotionally and mentally and spiritually, that my house is not cluttered and messy, its all where it should be and all is well with the world again. So...instead I am sitting here blogging about what I should be doing. Alright, wish me luck!

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The next blog I post will have all new pics with all the laundry done and put away, all the dishes cleaned and all the floors swept, mopped and vacuumed! Off to rescue my house!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The LG Rumor

We got new cell phones a couple of months ago after being with Nextel for 4 years. After researching all the different cell phone companies and plans and new phones we switched over from Nextel to Sprint. I know, big change! Yeah, since they are the same company now, we didn't have to pay deposits or anything and they had the phones we wanted.

So we both ended up getting the LG Rumor

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I love my new phone! I have never loved a piece of electronic equipment the way I love this phone! It has a slider with a full keypad...that makes texting SO much easier! A built in camera/video recorder and an MP3 player! I had completely forgotten that it had the MP3 until tonight!! What rock have I been living under?! So my adoring husband loaded me up with some Sir MixAlot, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg....along with some Kenny Chesney and Leanne Rhimes smilies !

So if you see my driving along jammin out you will know why! I am boppin along to my new tunes!

Photography Challenge

So I have just started a photography challenge on my mommies site and I can't wait to see how this goes! I have been so stressed lately and just busy with life that I haven't used my camera for anything other than snapshots in a while and I miss it. I thought the photography challenge would be a great way to see what other people have to offer as far as advice and opinions and to just get back into my photography. Really excited about this! I will post my pic as soon as I take it! The first theme is 'spring', what says spring has arrived to you?

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Yummy Cookie Recipe!

I was browsing some of my favorite blogs and came across this recipe for M&M cookies and thought I would give it a try, the results were fantastic! Yummy!

M ‘n’ M Cookies
2 sticks butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
2 cups m n ms
3/4 cup roughly chopped pecans

Oven to 350. Cream butter and sugars. Add egg, vanilla and mix. Add flour, salt and soda and stir to blend. Mix in M ‘n’ Ms and pecans. Place in spoonfuls on tray and bake 10-13 minutes.
Recipe from Talk of Tomatoes Blog

Enjoy!

Faith

I have been a Christian for more than half of my life. I have gone to church for most of that time as well. For the past 8 years or so, I have not regularly attended any church. Does this make me a bad Christian? Does it make me a bad person? Bad wife? Bad mother? I don't think so and I will tell you why...

I believe in God, I believe in the Bible. I believe that Jesus died for me (and for you!). I pray, I read the Bible. I am teaching my daughter to pray and teaching about God. I have FAITH and I BELIEVE. I just do not feel the need to go to church.

This morning I was up early, Hannah was still sleeping. I had laundry in the wash and in the dryer. I was just enjoying some quiet time. I decided to see what news or other interesting shows might be on. Well there wasn't much let me tell you! But I did see Joel Osteen on so I put it on and opened a blank word document so I could take some notes if anything struck me. His message was on 'A Resurrected Life'. Basically living life with the mentality that life is too short to play a victim.

A few things that he said struck a chord with me and I will share with you what and why...

  • You Are Not Defined By Your Past; You Are Prepared By Your Past
This spoke to me particularly because I think we all have things in our past that we are not proud of. I know I do. I think that everything I have gone through (whether because of my own choices, or things out of my control) are things that were used to prepare me for my future. I think I have been judged by people for choices I made and things I did, but its not anyones place to judge me first off, secondly, I wouldn't trade my past. It has made me who I am today and I LIKE me! Do I want my daughter to make the same choices I made? No, but I do want her to know that even if she makes poor decisions, that she will not be defined by that past, but that it will help prepare her for what is in her future, no matter what that future might be.

  • It Didn't Happen TO You; It Happened FOR You
I think this one takes a bit to understand and even more to actually accept. It plays into getting rid of the 'victim mentality'. When you are a victim, everything that happens, bad or good, happens TO you. When you live life with the mentality that everything is a learning and growing experience, it happens FOR you! I am working on this one, its still hard, but I think its important.

I hope this helps some of you understand where I am coming from. I know we are all at different points in our faith and our relationships, but I think that no matter how long we have been friends or even if you don't know me at all, I wanted to share where I am in my life, maybe it will help you, maybe it won't and that is okay too.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Meeting New Friends

You know, I used to be a really social person! Up until the last 2 years. Now, I get really nervous and have a ton of anxiety about meeting new people. Fortunately this hasn't rubbed off on Hannah!

We try to take Hannah out to the pool every day. She loves to swim and just loves being outside, and its good fun for us as well. Usually its only Sean that takes her out just because if there are people out there already, I tend to stay inside. But last night, I decided to go out with them and there were 2 older (as in older than me, but not older as in OLD) women. They were very nice and we all chatted in the hot tub and it was nice. As we were leaving Hannah says, 'mama, you made some new friends! Wasn't that fun'!

I really could learn from Hannah and her openness and willingness to meet new friends!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Photoshoot Day!

I try to have special photoshoot days with Hannah every month or so. I will do her hair all up and put some makeup on her and pick out a special outfit. She loves to glam it up! So today was that day!

Today was kinda cowgirl up day! She had a cute button down shirt on with blue jeans and pink cowgirl boots! Here are few of my very favorite shots!





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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Recharging The Batteries...Part 2

So, after giving this a couple of days to think about, I have discovered what I need to do to recharge my batteries!

There are a few things that have really helped me lately. I will now share my wisdom with you!

  • Get outside! I have been just getting outside and getting away from all electronic devices such as computers and cell phones and even home phones! The only thing I take with me is my camera. I go to the pool with Hannah and Sean and record us teaching her to swim, and take self pics of the three of us for the scrapbook. I go outside and sit in the grass under a tree while a beautiful breeze is blowing and just watch Hannah run around and kick the soccer ball.
  • Taking photos! Just photos of everyday life. Whatever we are doing, taking pics and video. Hannah will not be small forever and I want to remember all these moments. I want to share them with everyone and so there are a few new YouTube video's of her up now.
  • Blogging! I have discovered that for me, blogging is like free therapy! I have always wanted to write, but never thought I could or would be good at it, but you know what? I don't care if I am not good at it, or if what I write makes absolutely no sense to anyone, for me, its good to let it out! I feel so much better after blogging that its just a release for me to let my feelings and emotions out and be healthy.
So, these are the things I have learned in the last few days. I am going to keep searching and learning more about myself and what makes ME happy! I am learning as I go and to me, that is what is important. That I continue to learn and grow and become a better version of myself and can be a better wife and mom and friend and daughter....

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Recharge the batteries...

So it has been a majorly stressful two weeks here and I am in desperate need of a recharge. The batteries are running on fumes at this point.

I am having a really hard time trying to disconnect though from the 'job' and just be a mom and a wife and most importantly, ME! I would love to go shop or get a pedicure or have a drink with a friend, but I just can't right now. So it will have to wait, but what do I do in the mean time to recharge?

I have no idea. I am still trying to figure it out. I laid in bed for 2 hours this afternoon by myself watching reality tv and that didn't help, just made me feel more tired. So, I am going to have dinner with my family and sit on the couch and watch a movie and eat chocolate chip cookies! Sounds like a pretty good night to me!

Leave me some comments on how YOU recharge your batteries!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

My Daughter The Diva

I don't know where she gets it from...ok so maybe I do, but still! My daughter is such a diva, a performer, a total DRAMA QUEEN! I love her, and she makes life interesting but I just don't know where she comes up with some of this stuff!

Tonight, we were cleaning in the office and she was playing in her dress up clothes and wanted me to take some pictures (video's actually) of her singing and dancing. So I got out the video camera and she just went to town. I turned on some music and she got out her microphone and was just singing away.

Then I decided to have her talk to some friends and we would post that video for them. She said, before she would even start talking to the camera, that she needed an audience! What?! So I told her that daddy and I would be her audience. She said ok and started talking to Dave, the puppy! She refused to even say hi to our friends, but she was all about talking to the puppy.

She cracks me up and keeps me laughing...thats for sure!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Serenity Prayer

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My father in law called the other night, just to catch up on the weeks happenings like always. So I answer the phone and he says to me, in that way that only he does, ' darlin, whats the matter'? So I filled him in a bit about why I have been so stressed out over the last few days with all the drama going on with my sites. Then he said to me, you know there is this prayer I want you say it with me....God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.<--Reinhold Niebuhr

And you know what, I will be darned if I didn't immediately feel a huge weight lift off me. I have felt much better ever since.

So, now I am starting to feel that stress again and I think its a perfect time to say that prayer again...and again if I need it!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Boundaries? Whats That?

Boundaries....Whats That??

So if you know me at all, you know that I have trouble setting boundaries. Yep. Its true. Not because I can't say no, but because I truly believe I can handle anything and am indeed SuperWoman. I know. Crazy.

I lead a pretty busy life. I am wife, a mom of a 3 year old, I am Site Admin for a national Non Profit organization. I am also a Network Admin in that same organization which basically means I am an advisor for 4 other sites. I spend a lot of time online taking care of my sites and taking care of other people.

Recently I have been having a lot of issues with setting boundaries and taking time for myself and my family. I have this nasty problem of putting everyone else's problems above my own.

Well that is changing. I am going to start setting times for being online for 'business' and personal use. No more spending all my time worrying about everyone else's problems. No more taking time away from my family for the problems that will still be there when I get back on for business. I need to be healthy and sane for myself and my family as well as to do the job I have been hired to do.

So, here is to setting boundaries and being healthy and happy! Wish me luck!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

100 Things About Me

So a friend of mine has challenged me to make a list of 100 (or more) things about me. I imagine I will probably have a hard time coming up with 100 things just about me, so lets see...here we go!

1. I am a firstborn

2. I have one brother

3. I don't know anyone who goes by my same nickname

4. I share my birthday month with my mom, my daughter, my aunt, my cousin and my niece

5. I got married on Leap Day to honor my husbands grandparents

6. I have never worn braces

7. I have 2 tattoo's and want many more

8. I have 4 piercings (cartilage in both ears, nose and tongue)

9. I used to chart my fertility signs while trying to get pregnant with baby # 2

10. I am no longer trying to have more babies

11. I love all kinds of music, but my favorite is country

12. I enjoy watching Hannah Montana probably more than my daughter

13. I wish I was thin

14. I hardly ever wear makeup anymore

15. I have tons of high heels that I love but don't wear because I think I look ridiculous at my size wearing this gorgeous shoes

16. I am insecure

17. I love hockey

18. I wish I owned a house

19. I wish I had 2 brand new cars

20. I wish we could afford to travel...a lot

21. I have thought about going back to work

22. I love my PhoenixMommies

23. I hate bugs

24. I love shopping..any kind of shopping

25. I don't mind doing laundry, but I hate putting it all away

26. I am anal about the dishes...I hate it when Sean tries to help with them

27. I hate to dust...

28. I love to read

29. My hair is naturally curly

30. I love being on the internet

31. I love photography

32. I love to cook

33. I enjoy writing

34. I was 22 when I got my drivers license

35. I love me some Pepsi

36. My favorite place I have vacationed is St Lucia

37. I have lived in 5 states

38. I was home schooled

39. I still bite my nails occasionally

40. I collect pens

41. I love to scrapbook but haven't had the time to do it in almost 1 year

42. I want a make over

43. My best friend is a convicted felon

44. I have never been arrested

45. I have gotten quite a few speeding tickets, but none since I have been married

46. I still love having birthday parties

47. I am totally loving my 30's

48. I cannot play any instruments and I am ok with that

49. I am a Christian but I don't believe that I have to go to church to be a good Christian or good person

50. I really do have health issues that prevent me from being able to drop weight and in fact cause me to gain more weight even when I am dieting and exercising

51. I am looking into getting Gastric Bypass surgery

52. I detest Max and Ruby

53. I need a pedicure in the worst way

54. I love the smell of Sean's deodorant

55. I love the feel of fresh clean sheets

56. I do not shave my legs or pits every day

57. I brush my teeth 2ce a day

58. I don't ever floss...it freaks me out

59. I need more dental work but can't afford it

60. My hands are so dry they are cracking

61. I am addicted to 'reality tv'

62. I wish I could sew better

63. I love my family

64. I love jewelry

65. I haven't been to a mall in months

66. I love Paula Deen

67. I am nervous around new people

68. I don't like having my pictures taken

69. I miss old friends

70. I want to open an ebay store but I don't have time

71. I love my new cell phone (LG Rumour)

72. I love looking at other peoples photographs

73. I am loyal to a fault

74. I am outspoken and opinionated

75. I hate popcorn

76. I love chocolate

77. I miss my grandpa

78. I cannot play sports to save my life

79. I am a self taught photographer/photoshopper

80. I love playing on the Wii

81. I hate playing board games

82. I have never played Bunco

83. I filed bankruptcy 5 years ago

84. I used to work for a bar

85. I helped build Sugar Daddy's in Scottsdale

86. I do not like Rachel Ray's talk show

87. I love going to comedy shows at the Tempe Improv

88. I love teppan yaki

89. I have no desire to to try to impress anyone anymore

90. I love story time at the library with Hannah

91. I am jealous of Barbie's make up in Island Princess

92. I love getting my hair done but don't have it done nearly often enough

93. I think I want to move out of state on some days but then I chicken out

94. I want plastic surgery

95. I wish my husband had a better paying job

96. I have a lot of friends, but only a few really close friends by choice

97. I wish I had a better relationship with my little brother

98. I don't want Hillary or Obama as our President

99. I voted for Mitt Romney

100. I love mexican food

101. I wish I could save more money when I grocery shop

Man, that was really harder than I thought it would be!