April 24, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!

This birthday I have felt extremely overwhelmed with the love and support of so many loved ones. My gratitude is in abundance. 
The past few days have left me feeling stronger and happier than I have felt in a long time. This day was shared with family and friends who I continue to be in awe of their unconditional love for me.
 I have once again over-indulge in all my favorite foods and I am left with no guilt! 
There are many things that have changed this past year, some for the good and some that are still hard to deal with. But for the most part I feel and wonder how my life became to be so blessed, most days I feel undeserving of all that I am given. I am only the person I am because of the love and strength I receive from my family, friends, and God. 
What else more do you really need in this life more than that?

My day began with Mason's 1st soccer game of the season. Right after his game I had plans to attend the temple with Chenelle. 
Mailee had her 1st soccer game an hour after I headed out. 
Steve took lots of pictures and I can't wait to see the next one.

There were many things that made my birthday extra special, but going through the temple with Chenelle Hansen was one of my favorites! Chenelle was called to serve a mission for 
I am so proud of her! 
She will be serving a spanish speaking mission in Chicago, IL.
The Hansen girls and I go way back. They were my first Young Women girls at church. We hold a special bond for many reasons. I felt honored and blessed that I was able to be there for this amazing day of hers and I will remember it forever!!

For my birthday dinner, we went to Outback(my second favorite to The Cheesecake Factory...I just refuse to wait 2hours when I'm starving!) It was delicious as usual!

What's not to love about great food 
the people you love the most!!

Hanna hadn't visited us in a year, so it was nice to have her with us on my birthday!

Mason was cracking us up as usual! Every time he took a sip of his extra bubbly soda he said it made his nose tingle really bad and his eyes water. So of course I took a picture...lol!

My kids truly are my PRIDE and JOY! 
I love their kisses, smiles, hugs, laughs, giggles,humor, and their never ending unconditional love for me!

Lord, let this feast of my birth be a reminder to me of all the gifts and blessings I have received from You this day and all the days of my life. On my day of celebration, I thank you for my life and all of my blessings and ask for another year filled with Your presence in my life that I may continue to grow in your love.
Gracious God, I thank You for enabling me to celebrate another birthday. You have been so good to me all these years and I thank You for all the blessings I have received, but especially for life itself. 

I do not know what lies ahead for me this next year. Yet I know that You are holding my future in Your hands. Let my ways be pleasing to you. As You have promised, be with me, Lord. I need Your strength and grace so that I can live for Your light. Enable me to draw closer to You that I may walk in your peace and be the creative and loving person that you intend for me to be. I ask this and all things in the sure and certain knowledge of your love for me and for all my friends and family. Amen. 


April 19, 2012

Late Easter Post

And all she has wanted to do for two weeks now is just dye her Easter eggs!
Why can't I find an hour to just dye the eggs with her?!?!
Poor girl!
(these pics are from last Easter)

It seems that lately an hour any where is hard to find. 
Things have been really hard. Emotionally, physically, mentally,  spiritually, financially...you name it...it's been hard!
I'm not usually a big complainer on this blog or in life.
I really try to focus on the good, the positive, the happiness that does truly surround me in blessings everyday!
But sometimes, sometimes life's just hard!
I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and defeated, I think that some days life just gets to us all. And it's sad that I feel like a huge whiner and bellyacher when in reality I'm just confessing that life's not perfect all the time and as a human being I just need to vent!!

Right now I just need a huge break...like this guy bellow(AKA:my husband...who is also overwhelmed and defeated). Ok it was Easter Sunday and he does deserve the break while I slaved away in the kitchen cooking Easter dinner.
Not only do I need a break, but I would LOVE some much needed alone time, date time, anytime with this guy so we could reconnect after a VERY LONG semester of school! 
I do happen to be missing him immensely!

Luckily we did get invited to a Saturday Easter hunt with a family friend who we love so very much. Thank-you! 

And Easter dinner wasn't even planned until Saturday night. First of all we had been too busy the week leading up to Easter to even plan anything. SO a last minute throw-together meal was put into action.

After dinner I watched this stranger throw a few balls...

 With this handsome guy!

I took a few pictures of this beautiful girl...

While putting up my feet on a beautiful sunny afternoon for a few minutes before cleaning up dinner.

And of course we had these girls to entertain us on such a lovely day!

April 6, 2012

Best Buddies

If our days were only as simple as the days as a child.
It seems like it was just yesterday that I sat I made mud pies with my best friend.
As I watched out the window...
tears poured down my cheeks. Tears of happiness while watching two best buddies make memories, laughing and talking without a care in the world.
But also tears of sadness, feeling that deep part of really missing something that was genuine, deep, and true. Missing a friendship that I am afraid has somehow slipped away into fond memories.
Times have changed so quickly, years pass by into the distant past.
And although things may have changed...
I just have to hope and pray
that someday things will be okay.

There are some friendships that we remember forever. 
These are the friendships that were formed when we were children. The quality of sharing is not the same as in adult friendships. However, in a certain way the friendship has a deeper quality. It probably lacked that drama and intensity that is shared in adult friendships. At the same time there is a certain carefree quality that exists between two young children at play. They don't ask themselves complicated questions like whether they have enough in common. It is enough that they are two kids and that there is  fun and playing to be done!

A Wish For You

May God grant you always
A sunbeam to warm you
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel so
Nothing can harm you,
Laughter to cheer you,
Faithful friends near you,
And whenever you pray,
Heaven to hear you.

April 4, 2012

Happy Spring

Here are a few things that are making me extremely happy this spring!
One of the tops on my list of happiness is...
~I have exactly TWO weeks of school left this semester!
~The kids will be out of school for spring break starting Friday!
~This warmer weather is making my heart smile!
~Steve gets to start working again now that the semester is over(in two weeks) which will help financial stress tremendously!
~Sleeping with widows open and fresh air through the house during the days!
~Planting Flowers and Gardens!
~General Conference! I loved all the talks, but these two were my favorites!
Here  OR Here
What wonderful messages for living your best life!

Another cool thing we have going on is the "Holiday Frog". We started this with one of our neighbors at Christmas. What you do is decorate the frog according to the holiday or season and then add a little treat in the bucket. We had fun dressing him up for spring and can't wait to see what he comes back to us as! 

And I was going to wait until Easter to show these guys off...
But I just couldn't resist, their so dang CUTE!!
Meet our new chicks Caramel and Brownie! 

Spring brings on one of my favorite sports...Baseball! 
Can't wait to watch some games!

I've been playing a little bit with Photoshop!
(in-between homework, work-work, housework, family time, and all the in-betweens)

And lastly...
My life is consumed with taking care of the "golden goose"! What I mean by this is I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have put A LOT of time into this new company Fantabulash and it happens to be something I am really enjoying! We have a long road ahead of us...but I know it will be worth it!
I'm just having a hard time playing the waiting game for this Golden Goose to lay it's golden eggs! But it will come....I know in the near future we will see the golden eggs!!

I am also glad that Gina doesn't read my blog...or she might kill me for showing off this beautiful picture of her!
We did a photo shoot of her bald(Gina says going bald is like you having a photo shoot in your underwear) for advertisement and all the pictures turned out amazing! I'm proud of her for stepping out of her comfort zone! 
It has been a pleasure working with one of my best friends!

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