Thursday, January 31, 2008
Well, Rudy's campaigning didn't turn out like I had hoped. Months ago, maybe even a year ago I had supported Rudy for President. I have received a ton of emails and quite a few letters from him and his people since. Yesterday, I received another email. He told me to support John Mc Cain. We will see, I am not too sure.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
I LOVE this place. I had heard about it for a few years and finally got the chance to go in the Fall. I went for lunch with a few friends. It was fabulous, I loved it. I had clementine clove tea! I was invited a month later for a birthday tea. I went for "tea". It was scones, fruit, fun sandwiches, and deserts. Everyone had their own pot of tea. I had Mulberry Tea. I have been to another "tea" and another lunch since then. They have the best chicken salad. I don't even really normally like chicken salad.
I love tea. I have since I was a little girl. I have mentioned before that my mom always made sure there was Earl Grey tea in my Christmas stocking! I drink tea every morning, and make a cup nearly every night. I have a cup Apple Blossom Green Tea next to me right now.
A fire in the fireplace, a cup of tea in my hand, my girls are playing a few feet away...Life is good.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Defining moments I guess. I can think of two events that totally changed me. They aren't the typical ones most would guess. Marriage, Children, etc.
If it wasn't for my trip as a summer missionary to upstate New York, I don't think I would be the person I am today. That summer changed me, I felt alone and abandoned. I came back to Missouri and reevaluated me beliefs. I challenged my old self and old beliefs and was never the same. I owned my thoughts and feelings and really learned what I believed and how God fit in my life. It is hard, it was painful and I was completely changes. I met new people and was open to new experiences. One of these people was Josh.
The second was my mom's illness and death. When my mom died, it was nothing like I expected it to be. I felt oddly alone. It is a constant in one's life, your Mother. There is no life before having a mother. It isn't like friends and spouses. There is no beginning of the relationship. It just is. I called my mom a lot, especially after having children. She was the go to person. I had to learn to adapt my life without that go to person. It was a dark journey for me. I was sad beyond words, and I still don't have the answers to why this happened. I doubt I will. It isn't fair, it makes no sense, and it is sad, but there is a light at the end of this journey as well. I wish this never happened, but it did and I must go on.
This all to say, I am who I am. I am content with who I am. I have a peace most of the time. I really believe life is a journey and I really am trying to really live and live without fear of the unknown or fear of failure (my big one).
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I will admit, this is relative to my location. I grew up in Missouri. It snowed every winter, I had to wear a coat everyday in the winter. I still wanted to play outside, even in the cold.
I now live in Alabama, I guess long enough to get used to mild weather. It is COLD this week. I don't like COLD :) Walking to the bus stop in the COLD...BRRR. I have become a baby about cold weather. They claim it may sleet today. This is a big deal here. Growing up, we would have gone to church and went on our normal life. I am thinking it is cold, I want to build a fire and stay in. I don't want to be out in the cold rain, perhaps sleet. It in the thirties. BRR...too cold for me.
Monday, January 14, 2008
I guess I do enjoy it after the fact. I just don't get too motivated to start. I was in a really good pattern of exercising in the Fall. Cold weather hit, and I wasn't as motivated to walk outside. I have an elliptical machine I use some, and I am on and off (mostly off) with pilates. I did do pilates today.
I really like walking outside, but it is hard to do that year round. I like to be outside and have ever changing surroundings. I get bored on the elliptical machine. We'll see, maybe I will develop a love of exercise :)
Saturday, January 12, 2008
See this cute JCrew swimsuit? I got a great deal at Rugged Warehouse today. I bought a bikini bottom there last summer on end of summer clearance for $.50. It is a dark pink with light pink lining. I thought it would be ok with my brown top. Today I went by there and saw a rack of swimsuits. I looked through them and saw some JCrew tops. I wondered if the pink was the same, hey $2.99! I bought the top shown here and bought it home. It not only matches, but is is exactly the same. The same color and lining color. What a steal. I paid $3.49 for both pieces of a JCrew swimsuit!
If you don't have Rugged Warehouse, it is sort of like TJ Max or Marshals. It is not fancy, there is no money spent on store decor. It is just racks and rounders of clothes and shoes. They have great deals. I have gotten $100 boots for $19.99 and $80 shirts of $9.99. Lucky brand tees for $1 and other crazy deals. When they first opened they had a lot of Victoria's Secret stuff for $5 or $1. It is very hit or miss, but lately is has been great!
I love my new swimsuit, to bad it is January. Maybe someday I will get a hot tub and be able to use it all year long. I was just telling Josh how much I would love a hot tub!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
That is the rumor at least. School posted that they were to dismiss early, so the chaos of preschool dismissing early followed. I called all my parents, and I was surprisingly calm. Last year they did this one day, and I panicked. I worried that Delaney would get home and I wouldn't be there yet. I have settled into being an elementary parent and have calmed down, at least a bit!
We are home and safe, hopefully we will remain that way the rest of the night. I hope it is like last year's scare. We were passed over and we went out dinner!
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
I get great joy from putting things in the recycling bin! I love putting it beside the curb on Monday mornings. Why? I used to save all my stuff and take it all to Athens Recycling Center (about 10-15 miles away). A few months ago, my neighborhood finally was including in the city pick up! O happy day! I was so excited, and the excitement hasn't faded! I love that big blue bin! I saw the mayor since then and told him how happy I was to have recycling!
Sunday, January 6, 2008
This is my goal for the new year! I have so much good stuff-- that I don't use. I am going to use the makeup, shower gels, lotions, and other potions I own!
I am going to use the stationary, drink the tea, and enjoy the things that I already own. None of these things are doing any good sitting around! I am going to try really hard to not buy any more of these things until I have used up my stash.
Happy New Year! Tomorrow I go back to work! Back to reality!
Saturday, January 5, 2008
I guess I am feeling reflective today...it could be that my kids were asleep early tonight. I have more time on my hands. I always have loved these pictures. I stuck them in the cotton field near our house, I am glad I did it when I did. Most of those cotton fields have become subdivisions in the past few years.
I love cotton fields. I guess it is because I didn't grow up near cotton fields, so it was new to me. I would watch the cotton sprout, bloom, and later see the cotton harvested. I would go to work and talk about it. They thought I was crazy. Now after eight years in Alabama, I still love the cotton fields. I am sad they are disappearing around my house (although it is probably better for our heath with all the stuff they spray, but I don't like to dwell on that).
I guess it is part of my love of Alabama. When we made the choice to move to Alabama, I didn't hear a lot of great comments about the state. I love Alabama, the cotton fields, the Gulf Coast, and the many great friends I have here. I find myself full of pride when I hear Sweet Home Alabama and Stars Fell on Alabama (love that one). I love having two little Alabama girls!
New Year's Eve is also Claire's birthday. She is now 5! We had her birthday party today. We had 8 girls running around here.
Claire had a great birthday at the beach. She celebrated at Lu Lu's Noon Year's Year Party. It is a lot of fun! She had ice cream with a birthday candle in it there at Lu Lu's!
This picture was taken Easter of 2004. I guess Claire is about 16 months old. She cracks me up. I have always thought she was very charming.