Monday, February 25, 2013

A Pretty Great Weekend!

We had a weekend filled with:  getting ready for a baby shower and in-laws staying for the weekend,
a sweet friend that helped me get my house ready for the weekend, my dear husband who went on many errands for said weekend and vacuumed and did pretty much anything I asked, My daughter-in-law-who-could-be-a-successful-party-planner redecorated for the baby shower "with cuteness",  my almost 37 week pregnant daughter beautifully and mightily growing little baby boy, my mother-in-law helping keep dishes and dogs at bay, lots of snow and some beautiful clear blue skies, family dinner, church for most everyone, family dinner again  and enough of little Miss Sunshine to make us laugh and laugh!
Thank you everyone that helped make the weekend so great!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Day with Grandma

The other day I watched little Miss Sunshine.
Those little dogs LOVE her.
She had a little fall
and had a tiny little scrape on her hand
and found a bandaid
but had to take it off
and "Do it myself".

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

It's a beatiful world...

 We took a quick one-night-two-day road trip.
I don't ever want to be so-busy-so-wrapped-up-in-what's-happening that I don't see what is
It really can be a beautiful world!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Thing About Valentines Day...

My oldest is going to a friends house to watch movies
and have fun with a bunch of girls that don't have valentines
themselves and commiserate with each other.
So much pressure and stress about Valentine's Day.

I don't know if it's just that I'm getting older
but Valentine's Day means something
 different to me now than ever before.
I care more about the days in between each Valentine's Day.
I am the first to admit love can be challenging 
(certain things can bug and annoy me
and I know I am not always a picnic of roses---
life can be difficult, hard
and seemingly impossible to navigate)
but it can be beautiful, sweet and wonderful too.
It's in the everyday
that means so much to me.
It's the way he tries to make us all laugh
after a difficult moment
that touches me.
Or the way he works hard by
going into work early in the morning
and working long hours
to provide for us
that really matter.
It's the way he will pick up
a rotisserie chicken, french bread and a Cesar salad in a bag
from the store again, and again,
without complaining.
It's the way he will fold clothes with me or for me.
It's the way he looks at me
as if we haven't been married
for 27 years
and he hasn't seen me in the worst possible light
(and I mean that in so many ways).
It's the way he whispers "I'm sorry" in my ear.
It's not really about bringing me flowers 
or what ever else I thought I needed
(although, it's nice when he does bring me those things)
but it's by the way he shows me 
each and every single day 
 that he loves me more now than he ever did before.
I feel a complicated mix of contentment,
happiness, gratitude, humility, love,
and the determination to be better.
This is what I want for Valentine's Day.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Happy Chinese New Year!

Ordered a few fun items from Oriental Trading Company.

 I was inspired by the ever talented
She always knows how to throw a party
and she has a special spot for
Chinese New Year.
 I decided we'd celebrate this year too!
Just for fun.
I cheated a little
and bought some chinese food the night before,
used frozen vegetable egg rolls
(baked in the oven),
and made my version of fried rice.
Why not have more reasons to celebrate!
So, we did!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Welcome Home!

It's mostly great to be back.
Except we miss the warmth and the sunshine.
Heck, we even miss the warmth and the rain!

Here are a few things I just recently found:
Love that Andrea Zuill and her cartoons.
This reminded me of this!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Maui, The Magic Isle.

Maui is one of our most favorite places. Although, it's great just to be alone together. Somewhere.
We are so very grateful that we were able to go together and have our family taken care of while we were gone.
What a special gift!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Road to Hana. I recomend Bonine, Ginger Ale and Frequent Stops and you will LOVE it!

This is right when we left our hotel. Had to capture it!

The Three Bears!

And who doesn't need a little more Bob Marley in their life!

Yes. I played in the ocean!

That was a great day!
 Yes. We have been back for a few days.
We are recuperating but basking in the best parts of Hawaii.
More to come in the next two days!