Sunday, May 28, 2017

happy birthday to me...



I'm have been looking forward to my special day all week. I am spending the day with my husband and then we are heading to Elmhurst to celebrate with my children and their significant others and my two grandbabies. I am so lucky to have had such a happy life all of these years!!!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

what a year so far...


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I wanted to reflect on what I did this year to care for my mind, body and soul so here it is. I...
  • joined a gym.
  • worked with a trainer to learn how to weight and strength train for three plus months.
  • sent out gifts to people who would never expect a gift from me so they would know I was thinking of them.
  • let things go. I consciously made myself not dwell on negativity  or on "what ifs"or on people who are negative.
  • relaxed and ionized in a salt cave.
  • made myself "not judge" me.
  • put infusers in all of the rooms we live in so we are surrounded by calm energy.
  • started Shakeology again.
  • decluttered often so our space was opened and peaceful.
  • put live, green plants all around our home so we were surrounded by life.
  • spent as much time as possible with my family.
  • spent more time with new friends.
  • worked on not taking things personally.
  • cooked and read and crocheted and took a few more pictures with my Nikon.
Feeling somewhat accomplished as the "half year" is not her quite yet!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


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I just came home from my facial and I wondered, "Why don't I do this more often?" Tranquility Spa is beautiful and relaxing and the staff is so professional. This treat was so appreciated by me!


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

my birthday week...


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I'm doing something special for me each day this week. (Well, back up, I started to do things for me when the first of the year came. I decided this was going to be my year and that I would do things to make me feel good inside and out each and every month. I mean come on, how often do you turn 60? Only once, I might say.)
This past Sunday, Brian and I went to lunch at our favorite golf course and then headed to the salt cave for an hour of rest. Yesterday, we went to Cooper's Hawk for an appetizer and glass of wine and tonight, I'm making Lemon Basil Orzo with Chicken. I have wanted to make this dish for awhile as it is light and fresh and seems perfect to serve on a spring day for dinner. Wednesday, I booked a facial at Tranquility, Thursday I'm getting my hair done and Friday is for a mani-pedi. Saturday, after my usual morning, I'm relaxing and then we're going to head out to dinner together. When Sunday arrives, it is time to celebrate my special, special birthday with my husband and family and grandbabies. I'm a bit sad that my Oregon guy won't be with me, well more than a bit sad but it is okay. It is going to be a wonderful day and this quote more than sums up my latest quest!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

ready for the week...


It certainly can't be more challenging than climbing down this canyon! Nick was flyfishing here with DJ and his wife last week and apparently, it was a difficult hike both ways. You think? It looks more than difficult to me; it looks impossible and I also might ask, "Why?"
Enjoy our last full week of May!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

and i made a change...

I just got home from a chaotic day at work and decided to make a change. I like the look although I wanted something more flowery. Boo, that did not happen, but I'm going to keep looking. For now, this change is good, especially on this cold, rainy, dreary day!

what a week...



It has been a week; especially at work where student energy is elevated to the "max" so these flowers have helped as I was able to start each day with a smile (Thank you, Matt!) Looking forward to freshening up the house to destress on Saturday morning; touching up my deck if the rain holds off and then spending time with our Graham who is sleeping over.  Wishing the weather was a bit warmer but none the less, I'm ready for my weekend to begin.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

my loves...


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They are doing well as becoming a mommy and daddy is not an easy task!



...sometimes you have to start your day wearing your new bike helmet and eating breakfast on the deck before you head to school.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

and i'm done for now...


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Today was my last day with my trainer at the gym. Boo! I was a bit sad as having a trainer keeps you committed; it gives you that push you need on those days that you are not in the mood to work out which is very nice. That being said, I must say I have learned a lot and I am in better shape. I am stronger and more flexible. I can go to the gym now and put together some weight and strength training routines to give myself a good, 30 minute workout which was my goal. Doing something for the first time in your life at my age is not easy, but it worked out well. I guess their right when they say, "It's never too late!"

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

a nick update...




I don't think I have ever seen Nick look so good. He looks healthy and happy and his skin is just glowing. I seriously was taken back when my guy sent me this picture of him fly fishing. This is what you want in life! To see one of your children living their dream and omg,  look at where he lives!

Monday, May 15, 2017

it's monday...


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..and I have 15 more days of school until it's summer break. I can do this and this thought just makes me happy on this monday morning!!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

happy mother's day weekend...

Happy Weekend:

I don't think there is anything more special than being a mother and being a mom to three amazing people has truly been one of the highlights of my life.

Being a mom has allowed me to have had the honor and privilege of loving and caring for innocent humans and then watching them grow into confident, motivated, successful adults. Each one of my children are not afraid of hard work, commit to what they believe in and are both honest and truthful. They have all followed different paths to achieve happiness and although some of those roads have been risky to travel on, not one of them were afraid to take the risk.

Being a mom has allowed me to establish a relationship with my partner that is loving and strong and forever. There is no one more important to me than my husband and I attribute this to our children. He is my lover and confidant and best friend. He is my everything.

Being a mom has also allowed me to be a grandma which is the most amazing thing I think I have ever experienced. To watch your children become a mom or dad is something special and then, to be able to love their nuggets with all your heart gives one a feeling that is indescribable. My heart has never felt so full as it does a when I am snuggling Graham and Ava. I am truly lucky.

Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there. Because of you, life goes on! Celebrate you and the ones that have made you a mom on your special day.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

on the road again...


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Yeah, I was on the road at 5:05 this morning running and boy, did it feel good. It has been so rainy here lately that I have not been able to change my exercise routine, but I think it's going to happen soon. I'm wanting to strength train on Monday and Wednesday and run on Tuesday and Thursday and by the way, my workout with my trainer yesterday resulted in very sore arm and thigh muscles. That, my friend, is a good thing, but it still surprises me how I continue to feel muscles I have never felt before.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

smiles say it all...

I was thinking the other day about how long I have been with this man. Hold on to your hat! It's been 42 years this past New Year's Day and that, my friends, is another story. Forty two years is a long time and what is even more amazing is that I think we get closer each and every day. You would think you would just enjoy each other after all those year but for us, I truly think our love has grown stronger. Sometimes, I can feel how much I love my husband in my heart. You know how you can feel your heart kinda ache, yep, that has happened to me before. I know, too, another reason that we are so devoted to each other is because we have an amazing family. Our children are loving and good and caring people as are their spouses which is more than wonderful and then, we have two beautiful nuggets! Life is funny. You never know what road you will take or where it will lead you but for us, it lead us to a good place. I truly am lucky and not a day goes by that I don't appreciate all that I have.

Monday, May 8, 2017

fist pump...

Ava celebrating one month and Cinco de Mayo!


It's the start of another week; happy Monday! My weekend was quite nice; productive and full. I was home alone Saturday so I cleaned both levels of the house and then was off to run all of the errands that Brian usually does. Sarah and Graham came over for a lamb chop dinner which was delicious and then on Sunday, we were off to celebrate my mom for Mother's Day. Our late afternoon was spent watching golf, finishing 13 Reasons Why, reading and sipping some delicious red wine on the couch. Feeling rested and ready to seize the week!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

along the side of the road...


Nick just happened to run into these buffalo last week. Not something we see along the side of the road in the Midwest!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

this sunday...


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The Red Wolves will be playing Cal for the National Title on Sunday! Sending the boys best wishes and a traditional "howl"....

Monday, May 1, 2017

may is here...


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I am so happy it is finally May; I love this month. The weather is going to get nicer meaning more sunshine and warmer days. We celebrate Mother's Day and Memorial Day and I celebrate me. I'm looking forward to all that May will bring!

Friday, April 28, 2017

running into the weekend...



Happy Friday!!!
Has this been a long week or what? I think for me it is due to another marathon Tuesday where I started work at 7:15 a.m. and left work at 7:45 p.m. due to a night presentation. Yikes, those are long days.
Well, as Friday is here, I'm looking forward to a pedicure after work, cleaning, flower buying, meal planning, finishing a baby blanket, lunch at the Ronan's on Sunday and snuggles with Ava!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ran out of gas...


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When the end of my day came around today, I just ran out of gas. It was time to "Leave the Building", so I packed up, got in my car, drove home, put in a load of laundry, changed, exfoliated, poured a glass of wine, looked at some of my next year plans and literally did nothing else. It's okay to feel like that now and again at 3:30 in the afternoon, just glad it doesn't happen too often!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

this is a busy week....


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I can't believe that it is only Tuesday evening. Our weekend was jam-packed, full which I loved and then, I had to hit the road running when Sunday ended.  A meeting after work on Monday happened and today, my day started at 7:15 and ended at 7:45. Productive....YES!  Working out is happening every day this week, my hair is getting done on Thursday and Friday, I have no breaks. I start the day with an 8 a.m. meeting and have another and another and it is just CRAZY! Maybe it is a good thing that the weather is not going to be nice when Saturday and Sunday arrive. Doing little might be a good thing!