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Deep Breaths...

In through my nose, out through my nose. Repeat.

There are times in my life (as I am sure in your's) I find this necessary. I remind myself that spewing hot molten lava would not help, even if it would relieve the pressure momentarily.

So I continue taking deep breaths.


peace

Spring is Near...

Two little crocus have poked their heads out into the sun today. Crocus make me happy. I always think of my Mom when they appear. She loves to watch for the first blooms of spring. With the sun so bright, I could resist taking my new macro lens out for a few snaps. I've uploaded a couple more shots to Flickr.

This one's for you Mom. Love you!


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Out of the mouth of babes...

"Damn it, damn it, damn it."

The words that came flowing out of Brea's sweet little mouth Saturday when she dropped a couple of checkers on the floor at the coffee shop. One of those moments where you have to stop and take a deep breath before moving on and dealing with the situation. First we had to stifle our urge to BUST OUT LAUGHING! Then we had to figure out how to explain to her that those words were not appropriate language without making it a big deal.

It reminded us of the time we were traveling and pulled off the interstate to drive through a fast food establishment for some lunch when Lexi was around 2. She was apparently really hungry because after we ordered and drove around the corner of the restaurant we could see we were third in line for the window. Out of the back seat came..."Well shit!" It was a REALLY good thing we were in the front seat so that she couldn't see us silently laughing while again trying to figure out how to address the…

Spring Break, the Cliff Notes...

So here's the deal. I had great intentions of updating our Spring Break adventures daily on the blog. Obviously that didn't happen. Various reasons...limited internet access during the house remodel, limited computer use due to the fact it's in mom and Rod's bedroom and they are early to bedders, limited energy due to being a single parent all week. Various reasons. So he's the digest version.

We had a great trip. Picking up after my last post...

Tuesday was the Grandparents Hall day. Everyone was there for a short chat. Of course we had to get our annual (or as close as we can get) 5 generation photo. Look at those pretty ladies!


For some reason the whole lot of us were tired and cranky on Tuesday night. So we all went to our corners and vegged a bit after "taco Tuesday" night. I did laundry as we only packed 3 days worth of clothes (plus what we wore when we left) so without doing laundry we would have either wore our PJs all day on Wednesday OR …

Spring Break, Days 2 & 3...

Day 2

Our drive on day 2 was a breeze. Western Nebraska had a little wintery weather, but by the time we got on the road all was clear and we had a very uneventful drive. Some highlights from the day:

The super cheery high school kid at Lasso Espresso who made my triple shot latte. I wanted to pack him us and bring him along our trip. How many high school kids are that excited to be at work on Sunday morning at 10:00!?!?The fist sight of home as we neared the Wildcat hills. Even with the fog and cold, the sight made my heart skip a beat.Arriving at home and watching the girls fall right into step next to Grandma and Papa.Crawling into one big bed next to my girlies under a ton of quilts snug for a great night of sleep.Day 3Happy St. Patrick's Day! It was dry wall day at Grandma's. Grandma and Papa are getting a new bigger living room and we're here just in time to watch it take shape. The girls had a blast watching "the boys" hang the dry wall. A few highli…

Spring Break, Day 1...

As I was running around packing this morning, stressed because we were already "behind schedule", I had to stop and remind myself that we're now on VACATION TIME. Which means I am the only one setting a time schedule AND I am the only one who will care if we don't adhere to that schedule....so CHILL OUT! After all, it's not just the destination of a vacation that makes it fun...it's the whole adventure. So I set the intention to relax and just enjoy the journey.

A few things I enjoyed about today's adventures:

I decided to try something new this trip. Instead of being at the mercy of whatever was available when we were hungry, I packed our lunch so we could eat healthier AND whenever the urge hit us. This one's a keeper. We had a nice relaxed lunch at the Nebraska Crossing Outlet Mall. (We didn't stop to shop, I just knew there would be a nice indoor area with clean bathrooms where we could stretch our legs a little and enjoy our meal.) To our …

Pigtails...

Lexi wanted pigtails for school the other day. So of course, in her attempt to do everything big sis does, Brea insisted on piggies too. The process went rather smooth for our first attempt.


I'm always amazed at how much simple piggies change a face.


Of course, no photo shoot would be complete without Brea's signature "cheese!" pose.


The piggies only lasted about 15 minutes...at which time she came to me, pony holders in hand, to let me know she was "all done" and that she had "took out" her piggies. Little steps...

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New Pants...

I bought new pants yesterday. 2 pairs of jeans. 1 pair of chocolate brown, light weight cargos. All size 14..."long" length in the jeans. I'm working on breaking in a pair today.

This may seem like an odd thing to write about. But rest assured, it's a bigger deal than one would think.

I HATE shopping for pants...especially jeans. Scott almost refuses to go jeans shopping with me...and honestly, I don't blame him! Apparently the models they use for making pants are shaped differently than I...or something like that. (Not to mention I refuse to spend as much on one pair of pants as I would normally pay for a week's worth of groceries for our family of 4! Then there's the whole fear that I'll buy these new smaller pants, only to put back on weight at which point I will not be able to fit into them anymore! A whole different issue for a different post...or not.) But currently as I continue to change my health habits, I keep slowly shrinking and I just ne…

Birthday Surprises...

It's often the little things sprinkled throughout the day that make a Birthday great. Yesterday was no exception.
Coffee with Monica and a pedicure gift certificate. So sweet...so thoughtful. A HUGE Rice Crispy treat from Jackie after yoga (with chocolate and sprinkles). Phone calls, e-mails and Facebook messages from friends & family...old and new, near and far.And then there were the little things with which my family surprised me throughout the day.

Like the card Lexi made for me at school.



A special gift Scott brought home after work. The card about made me cry...not to mention the fact he said he picked out this particular gift because it reminded him of this trip...one of my VERY favorite mini vacations!


Cake and ice cream, complete with candles, and the cutest birthday song ever.



Thanks to all, it was a very special day indeed!


peace

33...

It's my Birthday today. Birthdays are weird. On one hand, I hate when people make a big deal out of the fact it's my birthday. On the other hand, I enjoy that people notice. Not one to like being in the spotlight, it's also nice to have my existence celebrated. After all, we should always celebrate life!

So what's in store for MY day? Not much out of the ordinary. I had class this morning followed by coffee with Monica and Max. That's always fun! Then home for Brea's nap before it's time to pick Lexi up at school. I did manage to take a shower. I know that doesn't sound very exciting, but I find it difficult some days between my random teaching schedule and the presence of a toddler and a puppy in the house to find 10 minutes to sneak in a shower! During Brea's nap is the best bet, but then I have to worry about what Tilde is chewing on that she's not suppose to OR where I'll find tinkle (or both). I'm happy to report, no mish…

Made with Love...

When I was a little girl, too young to remember, a friend of my mom's, Sandy, made me a sock doll. Just a plain ol' white sock, lovingly turned into a dolly with yellow yarn hair and a blue plaid dress. She was soft and snuggly and one of a kind. When we moved to Iowa my mom packed my dolly up in a box with some other keepsake things and brought it to me. Me, being the stupid person I am, put the box in the basement of the old farm house we lived in at the time. Priceless memories carelessly stashed in a damp old basement.

Four years ago when we bought out house and moved, I found the box had been visited by mice and most of the stuff was growing a healthy crop of mildew...including my dolly. I didn't even try to save stuff, I just trashed it all. Sad, but adamant about the fact I was NOT going to pack-rat, into the trash barrel my dolly went without even a second thought.

Now, 4 years later, for some odd reason I can't stop thinking about that dolly. I could hav…

I have created a monster...

"No, doh to hop!"

Roughly translated...

"Why are we turning into the driveway? I want to go to the coffee shop!"

Brea LOVES the coffee shop. I don't know why...she's only been going there her WHOLE life! We often stop for coffee and "nummies" after class or run down to have a visit with friends on my mornings off. Scones, muffins, and bagels are all favorites. As are chats with Jeff the owner, Nick who runs the deli in the back, Amy our friend and neighbor who often sets up her office at a table, among others. There's a few small toys/games and a collection of books. Every little girl's dream. Our visits these past few weeks have been off being as I've been sick and felt far from being social. Poor Brea....she just wants to "doh to hop!"

Soon monkey, soon.


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A Day in the Life Photo Project...

I learned about www.sh1ft.org in the photography book I've been reading. It's a photo project website and for Leap Day they "organized" a Day in the Life project. The goal: 1 photo an hour to document how you spent 2/29/08. My first photo project. It was fun. I found it was interesting to HAVE to take a photo every hour even if I didn't necessarily see anything photo worthy. You can see my day's collection on my Flickr.

Missin' my girl...

Lexi left this morning to go on an overnight trip with a friend. They should be swimmin' away at the water park as I write this. I miss her. For a while it just felt like a weekday, like she's at school. Now that it would be time for her to come home and I realize she's not, I'm sad. It's going to be weird not having her around this evening...and tomorrow morning for Sunday morning breakfast.


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