Thursday, February 22, 2018

words to avoid...

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I truly strive to live in the present these day. Fretting over the past is wasting the precious time we have...I have learned that over the past few years, dear friends. Omit this phrase from your vocabulary and work to make each and every day a good one. That is what is important; enjoying what each new day will bring.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

happy birthday... this sweet, sweet boy who changed our lives the moment he arrived. My heart is full because of you as you bring me true joy each and every day. Happy Birthday, dear Graham. I can't believe you are already three. Wishing you a year of laughter and fun and smiles!

Friday, February 16, 2018


Tonight, we are off to a concert to see our new, favorite, country band: Midland. When I booked the tickets, I don't think that I even knew who they were opening for...Little Big Town. My work friends were laughing at me as I told them I did not think Brian and I would be out late as we will probably head home shortly after the opening act. We'll see! Oh, and because we bought aisle tickets intentionally so I could sit in front of Brian. It just seemed right; comfortable, roomy due to the aisle. So this Friday is about getting through our day, heading to Ram Restaurant and Brewery for a bite to eat and then enjoying an evening of some good, ole country music.  
Friday = Fun

Thursday, February 15, 2018

and it's our second birthday of 2018...

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Happy Birthday to our Chris! Wishing you a day of smiles and hugs and happiness and a year filled with good health and love...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

happy valentine's day...

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....wishing you hearts and flowers and chocolate and more!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


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...4:25 a.m. is working for me. When I rise at that time, not wake up, but get out of bed, I can make my morning apple cider, lemon and cayenne pepper drink, get my water ready for the day,  brew coffee or get my tea-a-seeping and my bed can be put back together. (There is nothing like a pretty bed!) This means I'm at the gym a bit before 4:50 which is a good time. What else is currently happening? Yesterday, I started back on my morning shakes which I have wanted to do for awhile. Also, as my motto this month is "Eat Vegetables", I made a pot of homemade, vegetable filled soup on Sunday for my lunches which makes mornings calmer. Ummmm, I'm also currently planning a small March goal; "Go Process Free" which I have wanted to do for awhile. I like setting small, little month goals in the winter; it makes the time go by. Anyway, that is what currently is happening in my neck of the woods; well, there is more but that is all I'm currently sharing. Happy Tuesday, all!

Monday, February 12, 2018

hope week begins today in our schools....

...share to all that there is always hope. This is an important message, friends!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

what a weekend...

This weekend was about...
  • starting a day early so I was able to get so much done on Friday. I cleaned and organized our closet and ran errands so everything was finished before Saturday.
  • enjoying many conversations and pictures with our kids.
  • cooking and doing school work so I am ready for the week.
  • trying out a new brewery with my guy; Noon Whistle.
  • meeting our favorite Elmhurst family at More which was fun and not at all what we were expecting.
  • planning for another long, three day weekend! Can't wait for the 16th to arrive...

Friday, February 9, 2018

and it's a snow day...

Home today as it's a snow day and here are my plans. I'm soon to start my cleaning and I want to organize my closet. Then, I will catch up on some work so I'm ready for next week. A pot of soup will be made early afternoon as I went grocery shopping after school yesterday in anticipation of a day off. Not going far on this three day weekend which is a gift. Snow days are good for the soul.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

good luck...

Wishing my Oregon Guy much luck tonight at a dinner interview. This one has been through a lot over the past year and soon, he is about to begin a new career.
You'll do great, dear Nick, just be your true, honest, sincere self.  We are both pulling for you!!!

on it's way...

A work friend shared that this is his favorite "all time" book so I'm happy to say it, and one more, is on its way. Looking forward to some weekend reading!
Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

just an fyi on this tuesday evening.... T.V. on Riding Lane! Time to open some wine I guess!

Monday, February 5, 2018

what a weekend...

Loved each and every moment of this cold, cold weekend. There was a ton of cooking done on Riding Lane over three days. I made Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta on Friday, Chicken Lazone on Saturday and Slow Cooker Chickpea Sweet Potato Stew on Sunday for my team's lunch today. Brian made Reem's hot dogs and chicken wings and Traeger's 3-2-1 Ribs for the football game. My guy ran errands for hours and we went to The Salt Cave and ordered birthday gifts and read and watched great golf and football and just really enjoyed being in our cozy home. Nothing better in February!

look who is ten months old...

How can our Ava already be ten months old? Time is just flying by. Let me just say that this little one is one of the happiest babies I have ever been around! It seems like there is always a smile on her precious face and those eyes; they are just gorgeous.
Happy Ten Month Birthday, Ava Jane!

Friday, February 2, 2018

groundhog day...

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Happy Groundhog Day! As we are bound to have six more weeks of winter, I must say it has been an easy winter to endure thus far. Looking forward to a quite weekend of cooking and reading and enjoying our fireplace and each other. Oh, and some Sunday football, too!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

happy february 1...

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...looking forward to pink hearts and chocolate and more!!!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


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I cannot believe that tomorrow is February 1st. January seemed to quietly fly by with few major occurences. This is a busy month for us: two birthdays, Valentines Day, our anniversary and a concert. I'm looking forward to all of the celebrating and love that is sure to be felt over the upcoming 28 days!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

and we have our first birthday of the year...

Today is our sweet Jenny's birthday! Wishing you a year of joy and love and happiness! Happy Birthday, dear Jen. We are so lucky to have you in our family!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

starting off the week...

...with a smile as I think of these two. Graham is already trying to bond with Ava and not quite understanding why she cannot respond to him. Precious to watch as are Jenny and Sarah enjoying each other and their children together.

Friday, January 26, 2018

sledding into the weekend...

Could this sweet angel be more precious? Our Ava Jane...

Thursday, January 25, 2018

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Yesterday, I was reading about mindfulness. It just makes sense...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

another change...

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As my resolution is to workout five days a week, yesterday I decided that is going to include yoga. Why? My muscles need to stretch, my body needs to stretch, my breathing needs to deepen, my heart needs to open and I need to experience more inner peace so I want engage in more intentional mindfulness. Change is a good thing!

my big reveal...

Welcome to the Sunflower Palace Treehouse
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I have booked, and hold on to your hat, a 28 day stay in Bend. As I will be retiring and life has had its challenges lately, I wanted to get away and do something I have never done before. Sunflower Palace is just what I need and I cannot be more excited to go there alone in June. (Can you believe I have never gone on a trip alone in my life? In fact, the only trip without my husband only happened one time about 32 years ago...seriously!)                      That being said,  I'll be there "solo" for half of my stay and during that time, I intend to enjoy all that this beautiful part of the country offers. I'm not renting a car as all places I want to go to are two miles or less away from Sunflower Palace and I will also be with my Oregon guy. What am I planning on doing ...enjoy the quiet, read, craft, journal, do yoga, walk, cook and connect with Nick and nature and Bend. This is going to be special for me; truly special.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

revised resolution...

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I've been doing pretty well with my New Year's Resolution but decided that it is fair game to make a revision before the end of January.   I changed something, deleted something and extended something. Seems balanced; right. Now, as for my "Word of the Year", no change and more news that supports it is coming soon...peace!
Word of the Year
~work daily for inner/outer PEACE!
Morning Wake-Up Time: 4:25
Workout:  5 Days a Week
Apple Cider Vinegar - Cayenne - Honey -
Lemon Water and  60oz Plus of Lemon Water Weekly: 70,000 Steps

nick's findings on the oregon trail...

Monday, January 22, 2018

happy monday...

What a quiet weekend!!!
Although I was sad that I did not see my kids; my husband and I really had a lovely weekend. After our Saturday morning chores, I read and napped and it was just wonderful. I managed to get 10 plus hours of sleep before my Sunday mani/pedi which was followed by cooking and more reading and relaxing.
January weekends are the best!