Tuesday, April 28, 2015

11 Things {A recap of March}

March feels like a million years ago --- it was busy, yet it wasn't, so here are 11 things about March, that I want to remember!
1.  I love coffee – it’s one of the best parts of my morning!  On this particular Saturday morning, I wanted to throw the covers over my head and just forget about everything!  But I didn't, I had another cup of coffee instead, because when the going feels tough – the tough have another cup of coffee!!

2.  Purim celebration at church – such a fun night – honoring Esther and how she saved her people.
3.  On a Sunday afternoon, I had a clean house, laundry done, pork verde in the crock pot and then made chocolate chip cookies – it was a good day!
4.  St. Patty's Day treats and these two silly people!  Love them both – Jesse is a long-time family friend, kinda like a little brother to me, who we love to give a hard time to and vice versa, but mostly we love him!
5.  Sydney working on her science project – blood splatter and how it helps solve crimes!  She loved it.  She used fake blood of course, made with corn syrup and food coloring!
6.  Day trip to Solvang with my dear friend Deb.  We just needed a day of not doing the same thing.  We had no specific plan when I picked her up at 9am.  I said we can go north or south and we looked at each other and both said "north."  Ha!  So much fun – such a great day!  So thankful for our friendship!  God is so good!
7.  Oh, these two – they make my heart smile!  Fancy Friday at school!  A group decided instead of casual Friday, they should have Fancy Friday!  So fancy!
8.  SAT prep and test time for my 11th grader!  Can I just say – what the heck??  The registration process was a bit much in my opinion.  I think its absolutely crazy the hoops parents and kids have to go jump through these days to go to/get into college; an education you are paying for crying out loud!  Shouldn’t it be the other way around??
9.  Too bad this photo doesn't have audio – Travis was helping his cousin type up a resume.  It was so sweet and funny - funny how many times they said "dude."
10.  I found this on tumblr and have been trying to remember it before I speak – its crazy how many things I say that really aren't necessary – I think I pretty much am kind (mostly) and say things that are true – but necessary now that's a whole different story!
11.  Spring break was the last week of March/first week of April – I worked and the kids slept in, went to the beach with friends, worked a little bit, stayed up late watching movies and pretty much had a great week!
I spent time applying my OLW (one little word) "SEE" to things I was doing or things I have done.  Trying to see, what is necessary, right and true, trying to see what I need for my soul, trying to see how I can change things!  Seeing what things I should continue to do and seeing what things, I need to stop doing.  Life is moving fast these days and I am seeing I need to slow down a bit and savor the time with my teenagers.  I don't feel like they will automatically go away and never come back once they start college, but life moves along and changes can be tough on a momma's heart.  So I am being careful with this whole time right now.  And I am so very thankful for so very much!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Progress and More

Apparently I lack the discipline and/or follow through with keeping this blog updated!  Ugh!  I post often on Instragram, but let's face it, often times more needs to be said and shared then you can on IG.

Writing more and posting it on my blog was something I hoped I would do more of in 2015 - so far, not so good!  And well, it is what is.  March and April have felt like the longest months.  Quite honestly, they were hard for me!  I have felt alone, felt like being alone and really wanting a change in my life with certain circumstances, like financial and job.

Another thing I "hoped" I would do in 2015, is keep up with my bible reading course.  And thanks to the Bible Gateway app - I can listen to scriptures on my LONG drive to work, so I am keeping up with that.

I also have just recently started walking.  I call it Must Move/Must Eat Better!  I am taking it one day at a time with the goal of being able to walk 3 miles in about 45 minutes.  So far, I can walk 2 miles in about 41/42 minutes. 

I am also making better choices with my food - nothing new or earth shattering about eating better.  More fruit, more veggies, way less bread/carbs and more protein and whole grains.  So far, I am doing good with this.  I am not going too crazy, just adding better foods in and taking out the not so good ones.  Adult on-set diabetes runs in my family and I really don't want to run the risk of getting that, so I am really trying to limit my sugar consumption! 

And after one week, I am feeling better, even if mentally only, then that's a good thing.  The hardest part of anything is just starting and once I started and posted a few pictures on Instragram, I now feel accountable, so that is a good thing!  More movement and better food choices, one day at time!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Life Lately {kinda of}

Its March - its super sunny and warm here in So. Cal and I am loving it!  It makes me a bit restless - I want to get out and be adventurous, much unlike how I was in January and February!  I sort of went into hibernation mode and hunkered down most evenings and weekends!

So in the vain of Insta Friday and Life Lately, here is what January 2015 looked like:

lunch date and shopping with these 2 - my favorite

I finally painted and papered this corner shelf!  It was bought YEARS ago unfinished - and I finally painted it!  I papered the back of the shelves with wrapping paper from Paper Source!  And added knobs from Anthropologie!  I absolutely love it!!
Spent a glorious weekend in Dana Point with my sister and 2 of my best friends for my birthday: laughing, talking, eating, happy houring, laughing and eating and laughing some more - so good for my soul!
I took my actual birthday off work - I never work on my actual b-day! I got a pedi, did some shopping, went to happy hour with a couple girlfriends and had dinner with my kids!  Perfect day!

Sydney made me a canvas and the cutest card!  My girl is very crafty!!
And as for February, well it was pretty low key:
I recovered this lap shade with heavy duty (fibery) wrapping paper from Paper Source - its looks good on my new nightstand!
I instagrammed this - keeping it real and sending a smile!

Sunday after church day at the beach with great friends and Sydney.  Followed by dinner at a local pizza place - so yummy! 
And lastly, reminders on my white board!

Which brings me to my one little word – See!  OH boy have I been seeing so much lately!  I am seeing the next steps for me in my personal life – I am seeing my need to really trust and let go of fear.  I am seeing how much He loves and wants to bless me – I am seeing that I just need to breathe and let Him.  I am seeing miracles - the little everyday ones and the really big ones! 


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I Thought of You Today

I took a walk at lunch today and I thought of you.  I felt the warm sun on my face and I thought of you and smiled.  I took a little bit longer walking back and I thought of you some more.
I thought about how very much you have changed my life and your father's and your brother's too.  I thought about all the other lives you have touched and how you have changed them.  I marveled at how you bless people with such an ease that you aren't even aware of.  I thought about your shyness and how you prefer not being the center of attention.  I thought about the day you were born and how delighted I was when they told me "it’s a girl."  My labor with you was so very easy, you came out with barely a push – already blessing me beyond comprehension.  I smiled and shook my head at that because I realized the many times I have needed to push you and encourage you to grow and stretch yourself; how I have pushed you to find the Lord and to find your calling and gift.  I wonder if I've pushed too hard and if you've only needed a "little" push.  You have always been determined and sure of what you wanted and liked.  I thought about how you have taught me to trust God deeper and to let things be imperfect.  I thought about your love for babies and your strong fashion sense that started at age 3!  I thought about how we butted heads over outfits and brushing your hair.  I thought about the times I yelled too much and wasn’t patient.  I fully remember all the times you were (and still are) quick to forgive me and extend grace.  I thought about how creative and generous you are, how selective you are with those you let "in" to your heart.  I thought about how you have navigated the dynamics of friendship in high school and how often you take the high road.  I thought of all the fun little things we do and how very much I like you, what a good friend you are to me at the same time as being a wonderful daughter.  I thought about how very deeply I love you, forever and ever no matter what.  I thought, I hope Sydney knows what a wonderful gift from God she is!

Monday, February 2, 2015

11 Things {New Year's at the Cabin 2014}

For the 3rd year in a row the kids and I have spent a few days in the mountains along with my sister's family and our dear friends the Luzzi's.  The Luzzi's have a wonderful cabin in Green Valley Lake (between Arrowhead and Big Bear) and graciously invite us each year to spend some time relaxing, eating, playing, napping, watching moves and ringing in the New Year with them!  Here are 11 things from our time there in 2014:

1.  The Cabin

2.  About an hour or so after we arrived – my car looked like this:

3.  Relaxing and staying warm, was done well:

4. The snow was beautiful and it was COLD!

5.  Hanging out in the garage, playing pool and what not!

6.  Sunset at the rocks – on New Year's day – beautiful

7.  At the rocks with these two – my favorite!

8.  My dear dear friend – love her like a sister

9.  These two –Travis and Nolan – sweet adorable good kids!

10.  Beautiful, sunsets are just magical

11.  We packed up and headed home – grateful for the memories made!

Monday, January 12, 2015

That Kind of Weekend

This past weekend was delightful and the kind that makes you want another weekend when the alarm goes off Monday morning!!  Aside from grocery shopping and dropping Travis and Sydney off here and there, I had nowhere I had to be and nothing specific I had to do or get done!  I had a few items on a do list I wanted to get done, but I didn't put pressure myself to get them done.  Friday evening while both kids were out with friends, I tackled a project I have been trying to do since I moved into my little house – sort through and organize various files and loose photos that I had in boxes and files. And I made a good dent on this Friday night!

Saturday was rainy and cool!  After errands and a few chores around the house and being the mom-taxi, I made some hot chocolate, wrapped a blanket around me and watched some TV. The rain was consistent almost all day, so needed here in southern California.  I savored this downtime!
I felt so content and happy and at peace in my house – I just absolutely love it!  Later in the evening I finished up my sorting project – I now have a neat and organized desk, all the loose photos are now organized in photo boxes and I even organized all my scrapbook stuff and files, so that hopefully I can begin scrapbooking again!
And then Sunday I awoke to more clouds and rain!  It was hard getting up, I wanted to stay tucked under my warm blankets!  But the coffee was calling me as was church!  Later in the day, Sydney and I went to a baby shower then I took a nap, made a yummy dinner and hung out with the best kids I could ask for!
So its no wonder that when the alarm went off this morning all I wanted was another weekend!

Friday, January 9, 2015

11 Things {December 2014}

1.  Decorating my house was so fun this year – I really thought I would want ALL new stuff (didn't want memories from the old stuff) but as I unpacked things and sorted through what I have, I was happy with a lot of the stuff.
2.  We made a lot of these little cookies! Sydney was so happy – best $2.50 I had spent in a long time!
3. posted a couple throw back photos of past Christmases on IG (@justiffanyday) 

4.  Had a lovely work luncheon at Bouchon in Beverly Hills
5.  Attended THE cutest ballet recital as several of my friends have 3 year olds!
6.  Went to a the Magical Christmas Caroling Truck party – so much fun!!
7.  Had cocktails, lunch and gifts with my wonderful sister to celebrate the Season!
8.  A little Christmas wish on IG – "May His perfect peace and love bring you eminence Joy!" 
9.  Spent Christmas day and the day after at my sister's house; warm, cozy, lazy days.  With yummy food! #blessed

10.  Did some post Christmas shopping: 
11.  Picked up this lovely platter at Anthropolgie, thanks to my mom's generous gift card!!  My mom also, along with the gift card gave me several wonderful items from Anthro!!

It was a GOOD month!  We spent a few days in the mountains for New Year's but that deserves its own 11 things post!