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Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dance Closet Clean Out....

So Morgan has decided to clean out some of her dace recital costumes she doesn't need anymore. If anyone would be interested in buying any of the costumes or you have a friend who would be interested in buying any of the costumes, I can text/email photos of costumes. I am not trying to make any money back on them so much as just trying to move them along so they are CHEAP! ha! :)
She has a Pink Ladies Grease jacket and even a Thriller Prom Queen zombie dress....lots of cute stuff. I would say they run basically adult small or junior large. Have a good rest of the weekend.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

February Fun


Dan & I celebrated 18 years of marriage this past weekend. He had one night off so we took off to Desert Hot Springs and laid in the sun, went out to dinner and then topped it off with a couple's massage and a soak in the hot springs. Just what we needed to catch up and regroup. I love what Greg Laurie always says about marriage,"Instead of saying they lived happily ever after people should say they lived happily EVEN after." I think that sums up our marriage. We have had some terrible lows and some extremely amazing highs but it's the middle of the road everyday living that just keeps getting better and we are determined to live even after life throws at us what it will and smile and laugh all along the way!!

Two days after our anniversary we helped our oldest celebrate her 14th birthday!! To say she is a joy would be an understatement. I sat down to write in her birthday card and felt like there were not words in the English language to describe my love for her. She loves passionately, learns with passion, seeks the Lord's will and is a peace maker with passion. She laughs freely and still runs and dances down the store isles like nobody is watching.

I was watching her with her friend at lunch and thought,"Man are we lucky!" She makes me want to be a better person and because she is a teenager often reminds how that can be done ha! Happy 14th my sweet. It's all I can do to hang on and wrap every.single. memory into my mind and heart as you grow into a lovely women of God. A daughter of the king. I want to remember it all and take for granted nothing. Be blessed this year sweetie!

MORGAN IS 14!!!!! YAHOO!!!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Raising Ryanne.....

So if you know me at all you know I am always telling stories about raising our daughter Ryanne. The stuff that comes out of her mouth is just hilarious. Don't get me wrong when she isn't a laugh a minute she is very much the handful. But seeing as she has the heart of a giant, is almost in Jr, high and yet is still pocket size or as my husband likes to say, "fun size." I guess it's all just part of the adventure. So yesterday just me and Ryanne were in the car running a quick errand and I'm just singing along to the radio minding my own business when this conversation starts up;

Ryanne: "Mom, I just want you to know I'm not going to stress about you dying."

Me: "Oh you're not? Why is that?"

Ryanne: "Well let's face it, I know where you're going and that's heaven. I know I'm going to heaven too so I will see you there.

Me: "That's true."

Ryanne: "I mean, I'm not gonna lay around being all depressed after you die. I'll probably be sad for a day but then I'll land back on my feet and go on."

Me: "Good for you.....I think?"

I just started rolling with laughter. I mean what 10 year old says this?
I'm not sure if I posted this in the past but she also said,"Mom, please stop telling the silly stories that happen to me on your blog; how will I ever get a husband if he reads these?"

Our oldest said,"Really Ryanne, if some guy is reading moms blog NOW, he isn't your future husband." Ha!

Raising Ryanne is a lot of things but boring is NOT one of them!! Have a good day and I hope this made you smile.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Things I've been Up To.....






Trying to figure out why when at IKEA our youngest became best friends with a Broccoli stuffed animal. What, stuffed vegetable..whatever. Crazy kid. She then informed me she would have a hard time eating her broccoli tomorrow night because now she felt bad ha! 

Watching my oldest grow into a lovely, funny, outgoing, sweet spirited young women. Sniff...sniff, she is going into high school next year and I see the next four years going my in a blip.
Morgan with her friend Sophie in Palm Springs having some hot chocolate and treats!
Going with Ryanne to watch her friend Montana in a play; The Wizard Of Oz....the kids all did great and we love going to support her friend in all of her plays.
Wondering how I'm going to get all the sheets and blankets back in my linen closet after the girls made a "sister fort" in Ryanne's room one night.
Dan & I and my mom decided to fulfill Morgan's wishes for a bedroom make over for her birthday. We started hitting up IKEA for the bed, carpet and new chandelier and after a few trips to HomeDepot we have a new and improved Teenager room. Morgan wanted it to be two shades of purple with gray and black accents. It turned out beautiful and I love hanging out in there with her. She has also hung black and white pictures of big cities like Paris and New York.



Lastly, I have been drinking this new vitamin/supplement drink every morning for two months now that Dan's cousin found and am convinced it's top notch. I was terrible at remembering to take vitamins or different supplements throughout the day and it was getting expensive. This is easy because it's one little scoop with 6oz. of water each morning. I am feeling healthy, pain free and sleeping better. No swelling on a regular basis from my RA and I have avoided the sickness going around other than a few sniffles here and there. I started Dan and Ryanne on it as well. If you want to read up on it, click on the link below. To complicated for me to explain all what's in it. Ha!
Hope everyone is having a great week and an amazing January!!

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy 2015!!

I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas!


We have had such a great Christmas break. Lots of down time. Family time. Just being together and doing things together.



We even got to go to San Diego and spend some time with all the nieces and nephews...


I think Macy is a little worn out from all the festivities....notice she is sleeping on her new Christmas present ha!


Morgan just donated 10" of her hair to locks of love. This is the second time in 3 1/2 years she has decided to do this. She wants to grow it out again and keep doing it.


We even had a little blessing in the form of an early season snow storm. Only got about an inch or so but it was still fun. Have an amazing week!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Merry Christmas!!


I am finally taking a minute to sit and post a few pictures and updates on what we've been up to lately. (I'm supposed to tell you my children named our tree Timothy) Anyways, I have been crazy bust trying to keep our girls motivated in school as they see Christmas break coming right around the corner. Also, I am normally done Christmas shopping well before December but because we were gone so much in October and November I am finding that I am still picking up odds and ends for people.


We have a handful of traditions we like to do with the girls every Christmas season and dinner and a carriage ride at the Mission Inn is one of them.


It is beautiful and it NEVER gets old; not even for our teenager. ;)

This year we decided to treat our moms...


Morgan wanted to make caramel apples for her competitive dance team so I was super excited because I had never made them before...

We went to Oak Glen and bought their container of caramel (highly recommended) and we set off to make some yummy all though REALLY MESSY treats! We double dipped them in chocolate as well. It took all afternoon but was a labor of love for sure!

In the end we had 17 happy little wrapped up apples...

And the girls loved them!
Yesterday I took Ryanne to run some errands and thinking the Target shopping center would be somewhat quiet on a Monday morning (uh no!) it was packed. Like I should have just parked at home and walked to Redlands because it would have been faster kind of crowded. Anyways, I looked around at all the people, traffic and long lines and my list of errands and decided I was going to have to chose patience and joy. I was going to have to chose not to drag my 10 year old around with my hair on fire and chose to be kind when others weren't. Crazy thing is; every time I pulled into a different parking lot a parking spot near the front opened up. My daughter probably thought I was crazy because I kept saying,"Thank you Jesus!" Ha! I decided to be grateful I had a safe car to drive into those spots, money in my wallet to buy my kids food and an able body to even be out and about. Then I heard this lady honk at this car in front of her and the guy leaned out his window and yelled,"SHUT UP!" It was then that I was most grateful for joy, for Gods mercy and for the real reason for Christmas. Then I got up this morning and my devotional was titled "How joyful are you this Christmas?" The author went on to say that Christians should be radiators of joy. Having a joy in Christ that is real and deep and lasting. Love it! I hope to post again in the next week but if not I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!!
 

Merry Christmas