Thursday, December 11, 2014

Catching Up

Just realized I never posted our Halloween pictures.

Having fun at our church Fall Festival.




Fun rides




Grammy came too


The Headless Horseman (Cooper) and a Phantom (Hudson)



After Trick-or-Treating, Hudson wanted to rush home and pass out candy.


Ugh......way too much!


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They opened a Moviehouse & Eatery near our house.....we decided to give it a try.


Individual leather reclining seats, food, and a movie?  We are officially spoiled.

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One day, Cooper and I had to leave the house to get Hudson from tutoring.  I told him to get some shoes on and he grabbed his house shoes.  In the car, he said "I hear that old men, who are not married or anything, wear these."  Hahahaha......so funny!


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My sister had Hudson over one Friday night to spend the night so it was just Cooper at home with us. He LOVED being the center of attention.  After dinner, we climbed into our bed and watched Planet of the Apes.  He asked if Hudson could stay gone another night.  :)  Little stinker!

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The weekend before Thanksgiving, Shawn and I headed to Colorado for several days.  Here we are eating lunch one day.....I am so jealous of these views.


Driving to Estes


We ate lunch at Mama Rose's and shopped at all the cute shops on the strip.  Such fun!



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This little guy lost a tooth today.  He's pretty excited.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday Favorites

1.  Switch Witch

I've been doing the "switch witch" tradition since the boys were little.  And it's still a favorite around here.  The idea is to get all the excess candy out of your house after Halloween.  As you know, I'm pretty picky about sugar and we never have candy laying around our house.  However, I do allow my boys to be boys during Halloween.  They trick or treat and come home with way too much candy and that night, we sit around the table and pig out on candy.  I let them eat way too much for a few days and get their fix.....then  I allow them to pick 5-6 of their favorite pieces and then the rest goes into a big bag.  We place that bag on the porch for the Switch Witch.....who comes by and takes the candy and replaces it with something fun for the boys.  I have it easy....having 2 boys that like the same things right now.  This is not meant to break the bank.  Nothing to stress over but you want to provide something that helps them not miss the candy.  In the past, they have gotten Star Wars Clone Wars season DVD's (something they can use for a long time )  A few weeks ago I overheard them talking about this movie and I knew it was something they would both like.

So this morning, the Switch Witch took our candy (thank you Lord) and left us this movie.  Perfect for a movie night with my boys!


2.  Kismet Bag

A couple of months ago, my friend had a NoonDay party.  If you are not familiar with the story then I recommend that you check them out.  I love knowing that my purchase supports people in other countries that need a job.  It's a great ministry.  Anyways, I bought this bag and I love it!


3.  Handprint/footprint pottery

Even though decorating for the fall is hard for me.....one of my favorite things to set out are these custom pottery pieces with my boys footprints on them. I have a couple for Halloween, a big one for Thanksgiving and a few for the Christmas/winter season.  I handle them with such care because they can't be replaced.  My boys are growing up so fast! :(


4.  Vanilla Cookie Spread

If you've ever been to Trader Joe's then I'm sure you have tried their famous Cookie Butter spread.   Oh my.  It's been a LONG time since I've had it but the other day while in Kroger I saw this spread.  While it does contain real sugar and all that.....at least it is free of the high fructose corn syrup and all those yucky artificial ingredients.  My favorite way to eat this is by the spoon by dipping pretzel sticks so that you get the mix of sweet and salty.  Go get this.....but you have definitely been warned.


5.  Mary & Martha mug

So, I'm thinking I may have already posted about this but I'm too lazy to go back and check.  Either way, this mug is precious and deserves its moment in the spotlight.  Sometimes I need these gentle reminders.

My friend Abbey can hook you up with some really great scripture/faith pieces for your home and kitchen.


6.  Fall bouquets.

Sweet boy brought this home the other night.  I love the warm colors and the woven basket.  A nice change from your typical roses or tulips.


Happy Friday!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy Anniversary- 2 Years

Two years ago today, sweet boy and I said "I do."

Sort of crazy to think about all we have done in just 2 short years.


Beyond thankful.

On Saturday, my mom offered to come keep the boys at our house so that we could get away for the night.  We had a simple little staycation (because we are going away in a few weeks) that was much needed.

We saw a movie.....

We ate dinner on the patio....enjoyed the cool air, this very talented guy playing music.....sipping on wine and catching up.



Yummy food!


We stayed at this hotel.....which is surrounded by lots of shopping, a movie theater, and several restaurants.  Once we got here, we didn't leave the area.


I enjoyed a nice hot bath with no interruptions (or knocks on the door from 2 little boys asking a question)


Enjoyed some coffee and a bagel in bed for breakfast.....


Then off to a couple's massage.



Today I am reflecting on my life....the blessings I have experienced the last 2 years with Shawn.  Today I am thankful.


Monday, October 20, 2014

I survived

Sorry for my absence.  I had several people message me to check in since this time of year is extra difficult.  Thank you for that.

If you've been reading this blog then you know that October 5 was the 3 year anniversary.  So weird because it seems like yesterday and forever  all in one.  I decided to not make a big deal over this date.  Some may frown upon that......I don't know, I'm not sure there is one right way to "celebrate" that event.  I messaged a couple of girls that I "know" on Facebook that are also widows and both said that they didn't do much either. For me, it's a day I just want to stay in bed.  I guess because all the others days I am forced to get up, be a mom, be a wife, work at preschool and I make myself live life even though he's not here.  The anniversary seems like a good time to do what is finally best for ME in all of this.  That weekend, sweet boy took the boys to the movies and had fun with them and he allowed me to just be.  Sometimes that is really what I need.  I need a break from being emotionally responsible for someone else.

Getting our fall decorations out was hard again for me this year.  I know you probably can relate in some way to this......we all have those moments when a certain smell or a song will take you back to some past event.  I got my fall decorations out and up the weekend before he died and I spent a couple of months staring at it during those whirlwind days when my brain was desperately trying to process my new reality.  The sight of pumpkins and leaves and anything fall takes me back to that place.  Ugh, it's hard.  Those first few months were brutal.

The boys and I still have our days.  Some are way better than others.  I've found myself if a funk off and on for a few weeks and I'm sure it will continue into the holidays.  My new normal.

Since then, we have been busy with school.  Sixth grade is sort of kicking our butts right now.  Not sure who is ready for summer more- Hudson or me?  I am so over this homework.

My mom came and stayed with us and we took the boys to see the Alexander movie- which was super cute and funny!



Yesterday, sweet boy and I went to the Cowboy game with some friends.  Shawn's birthday was in August so for his birthday I told him to pick a game and I would buy the tickets.  It was a great game (we won!) and a great time to catch up with friends.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Oils for Bites

On Thursday, my son came home from school and told me that he got bit on the playground. (he swore it was a tick)  It was a tiny red dot so I put purification on it and didn't think about it again.  On Friday, while getting ready for school he complained again.  I went to apply oils and noticed that is was a little bigger and still red.  I used purification and lavender and took him to school.

Friday was early release for my kids.  When my son got into the car at noon, his bite was really red and swollen.  The nurse had drawn a circle around the area so that I could tell if the infection was spreading.  

The area continued to swell, get red and warm to the touch.  And it started traveling outside the line.  (He has a history of allergic reactions to ant bites)

According to my Reference Guide book: basil, sage and thyme all have anti toxic and anti venomous properties.  So I set my kitchen timer and began rubbing oils on the area every 15 minutes (alternating them) and also putting cinnamon bark on the bottom of his feet.  I did this into the evening.

We woke up this morning and the area is normal size with only a small red pinpoint spot. (no "after" pictures right now...he's 11 and already annoyed with all this extra attention)

So thankful for my oils!!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Not Over It

Sometimes I come here to write and nothing comes.  The words are not there.  I figure that most people probably feel I should be over this by now.  But I'm not.  I feel like a broken record at times.  How many different ways can you say "this sucks?"

I get messages from people every now and then and they thank me for still writing.  They tell me that my words help them and that they too are not "over it."  What they don't realize is that this helps me more than they know because sometimes I feel very alone in this journey.  I feel misunderstood at times.  Not intentionally but the reality is: people who haven't experienced this loss just don't understand.

I remember the first session or two of counseling that I went to after Jason died (it was about 6 weeks after his death) the counselor told me that at some point, I will be able to talk about Jason with only fond memories. I will smile when I reflect on his life and there will be no tears.  I'm still waiting for that.  Don't get me wrong....I talk about him often without crying.  But there are still lots of tears and lots of longing to see him still.  Most of that happens during my alone time.

Over the last almost 3 years I have learned to put a smile on.  I can say with confidence that time has not healed my heart....it has only allowed me time to improve my "I've got it all together" act.  It can be exhausting.

I want to encourage you today if you have experienced a loss.....whether it be a parent, a child, a spouse, or a friend....don't let others tell you when you should be over it.  I'm convinced this is a lifelong journey of creating balance in my life.....allowing my heart to grieve Jason while I embrace the moment that I am in.  I still don't have it perfected.  I'm trying.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sept Promo

Are you taking steps to keep your family healthy during this fall season when the flu and sickness seem to really strike hard?  I am offering a promotion from now until Sept 21 for anyone that purchases the Young Living Premium Starter kit.  These oils have kept us out of the doctor office and off medication (for allergies, acid reflux, gastritis and more)


As always, I will mail you the Reference Guide book. It's a must have!  I will send you a Ningxia Nitro to try and I will put a $15 product credit on your account to be used towards a future purchase.  

Just a reminder of some of the things these oils can be used for.

You get the 11 oils plus the home diffuser.

I will add you to my private Facebook group where you will learn about the oils and have an opportunity to ask questions.  It's a wonderful resource.

To order:
Go to: http://www.youngliving.com/en_US Click "member sign-up" in the top right corner Choose "wholesale member" (because customer makes you pay retail) Use my number 1497619 for both the enroller and sponsor ID Fill in your personal information Create your username, password and pin (please write these down and keep in a safe place) Pick your starter kit- you will choose the first option- the premium starter kit with diffuser ($150) On the optional Essential Rewards kit....choose no thank you (unless you want one) Enter payment info Before clicking submit, you have the option to add other products if needed (message me if you have specific issues and I can recommend oils if they are not part of the kit) You are finished!!