Sunday, November 20, 2011
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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Saturday, February 12, 2011
She is having a giveaway right now for a beautiful dress for a special little girl in your life from the Shabby Apple. If you go and like their Facebook page you can get an entry. There are are a total of 15 ways to get entries.
Head over to Treasures for Tots and take a look at all the cute stuff she has!
Friday, February 11, 2011
At the moment I am at a crossroads in my life. I have come to the crossroad of early adulthood and middle age. I feel as though I have just grown up in the last two years. I have technically been called a grown up for eighteen years now, but I have not acted like a grown up. I have gone to college, been married, gone to graduate school, had two careers and working on the third, two kids, owned two houses, three or four cars, and now about two acres of land. However, I have never really grown up. I can act like a grown up for a little while, but I have a hard time sustaining it. I am stuck in all my muck and mire.
Sometimes the mud gets so thick that I am just wading through it. I am not actually living. I am only existing. I have gotten caught somewhere in my conflicts of my past. Our past is supposed to shape our lives and our future, but I am pretty sure it is not supposed to consume it. However, that is just what has been happening to me. I have been allowing my past to happen to me over and over and over again. I relive each portion of my childhood over and over and over again. Mistakes I have made in my adult life are repeated, and I get caught in this spiral of unhealthy choices, emotions, behaviors, and actions.
I believe that my perspective is allowing me to take a good look at myself. Surprisingly, I don't know if I like what I see.
Monday, February 7, 2011
This is what I have most recently read. I have a problem with anger. This is not really a shock to those closest to me. It is part of my bipolar issues. My mania come out in anger. I have been working so hard on controlling it and learning new strategies to help. Medication does a lot but I still have anger issues. I have read ALOT of books on anger management. I have taken a little here and there, but this one is by far the best. If you have problems with anger or know someone who does... GET THIS BOOK. It says something about Zen in the title. Please don't pass it by because you are not Buddhist. I am not Buddhist, and this book did not make me become one. It is just good sound advice about anger and managing it.
Enjoy, its a great read!
Friday, February 4, 2011
Tip Junkie had some of my favorites for games and she had an agenda for those of you who like to plan ahead. It really helped me stay organized
Make and Takes also had some good ideas.
I will tell you the ones I used for our party:
- I made the light saber pretzels.
- I put my own spin on the cupcake light sabers.
- We walked on lava.
- We destroyed the Death Star with our water balloons.
- We went on a relay race for Clones and Droids.
- We had a Jedi Training Course (obstacle course)
- We played pin the light saber on Yoda.
- We had an asteroid hunt through the house.
Here are some of the pics of the day:
We had a blue and red side of the table with Star Wars fruit snacks we found at the Dollar General and the pretzel light sabers. These were so easy to make. I got red and blue melts at Hobby Lobby and dipped the pretzels in halfway. Didn't they turn out cute?
Kids getting ready to throw their balloons to destroy the Death Star.
This was by far the most fun of the day. The kids loved throwing the balloons to make the Death Star disappear. We ran out of balloons if you do this I suggest lots and lots of balloons.
This is what it looked like when we were done. I had also just sent the kids on the Clone and Droid relay race to find the dark blue and light blue cards that said clone and droid on them.
Emily walking on lava. This was pretty easy. We had an extra red tablecloth and some rocks. The kids had to walk on the rocks or fall into the lava.
Here is Ben opening some of his presents.
We did eat the cupcakes but I am not sure where the pictures of the birthday boy blowing out the candles went. At the end of the party the kids went on an Asteroid hunt around the house. This was small pieces of aluminum foil with pieces of candy in them. They got to keep the ones they found and put in their treat bags. The favors were pretty boring this year just store bought stuff. I had good intentions........BUT....I let it go.
I can't believe that you are seven years old today. I remember the minute you took your first breath. I remember taking you home from the hospital, and just like today the weather was snowy. You have brought me such joy since the day you entered the world. I am so proud of all the things you have done and I look forward to all the things you will do. But most of all I am proud of who you are becoming. You seem to grow taller and wiser with every passing day. You are a good friend, a good brother, and a good son.
This past year has held a lot of changes for all of us, especially you. You have weathered the storm of changes with such grace that it amazes me. You have started two new schools and you have thrived in both places making friends. You are so smart and kind. I hope you never lose the kindness you have for other people.
My wish for you on your birthday is that you would always look for the good in everyone and everything. I wish for you to find happiness in life where ever you are and whatever you are doing. Always remember that we love you and you always have a safe place to fall.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I suggest if you don't have a job you absolutely enjoy doing...find one.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
He is having a Star Wars party this year. As with all his parties lately I am doing the station thing. I am making Light Saber pencil holders for favors and we are having galactic pizza and yoda sodas! I will post as I get stuff together and definitely a post after the party.
Monday, January 24, 2011
It is a beautiful winter day here in Southeaster Oklahoma. The sun is shining and it is crisp. There was some frost on my windshield but not much more than that. It is supposed to warm up to the fifties today so we should be in great shape weather wise!
Started the job chart today. I explained it all to the kids and they woke up this morning ready to do their jobs. I like it. I also like that my son can use his iTouch to record his chores. I also put it in their hands, they do it and earn stuff or don't do it. I am not nagging. Did you hear me? NOT NAGGING. (we'll see) :)
Everyone have a terrific day!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Okay so here is one of my new changes...I am actually going to post again! YEAH ME!!
I was reading my long list of blog posts that I need to catch up on. As I was reading I came across this AWESOME online chore chart. I have kids and they have chores. We have tried the traditional hang on the wall chore charts with reward systems and have used several different "tokens". This is a whole SYSTEM...the chores, the chart, the reward system, and the kids can even be set up to receive their rewards from Amazon.com.
I love this....check it out!
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I find change a very unsettling thing to deal with. And unsettling is putting it quite lightly. Change actually puts my whole life into a tailspin. I can't handle it. However, in the midst of it I think I am handling it just fine. I think I have everything under control. Then to my surprise after I have been through it I look back or I talk to a loved one close to me and find out that the grace I thought I was exhibiting under pressure was just an illusion.
This year has brought so many changes to our life. I am sure this is true for everyone. It always seems like when I am looking at my life and the changes that have occurred they seem much bigger and harder than anyone else's. This is a very selfish and self-centered way of looking at things I realize. I am not really sure how to fix my selfish point of view, consequently I will tell you the changes that have occurred from my filter.
- Changed jobs
- Lost a job
- Went into a hospital
- Moved again
- Blended a family
- Changed careers
- Began recovery
These were just the changes in my life. Some I have not listed because yes, some are way too personal right now to explain here. With all these changes I have reflected on how to continue this blog. I am still trying to figure it out, but I do realize that I want to continue it because it gives me such an outlet. But how to continue. Our family is SO very different now.
So...friends change is coming...I hope you will hold on and go through it with me.