Wednesday, January 27, 2010

*wordless wednesday*

Flowers I receieved from a friend who shared a birthday with my mom.

Monday, January 25, 2010


To celebrate birthdays is without a doubt a wonderful thing, but what do you do when the person is not there to celebrate with....well we figured out just the thing.

My birthday was of course today, and yesterday was my mom's. She would have been 66, and she spent 65 years loving, caring, serving, helping, giving, teaching, mothering and do so many other things. I think the biggest thing I miss is her daily advice, even when I didn't want to hear it! (That's usually when I needed it the most!!) On her special day we celebrated by enjoying a reciepe of hers, her favorite dessert (angel food cake) and lastly with BUBBLE WRAP!!

All in all it was a good day. To add to the beauty of the day I receieved a bouquet of tulips from a friend who shared a birthday with my mom. She had sent some to her last year, and my mom was very moved. This gesture also was very meaningful to me. I know that my birthday will never be quite the same, but I will always remember that I got to share this time of year with her and that is extremely SPECIAL.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What is up

I have been continuing my workout this week and it is going well, okay it's only Tuesday, but at least I have a positive attitude right???

I haven't seen too much result, but need to be more strict on what I am eating and writing it down. I think that will hold me accountable more for what I am putting in! I am really enjoying it and feel more energy which makes me feel good.

Emmah got to paint her own toe nails yesterday, which was interesting I still need to add some pics of that one. I think she more painted her toes than the nails.

We are fastly approaching some very important dates. One in particular is my and my mom's birthdays......although it will never be the same I am hoping to make it a good day filled with good memories. We are having some good friends over for lunch and then plan to release balloons with birthday wishes for my mom. I feel like it will be a good way to remember all the funny stories and special things that she did. I also hope to make this a tradition, maybe adding others, but that might be a little ambitious!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Year New You

As most people do I decided that this year I was going to start off right and really work hard to be healthier. That means eating bettter and less, and exercising regularly. I have always had struggles with my weight, and now with all the events of the past year I am really coming to realize that my health will play a MAJOR roll in my future. (I know that some of you are saying...took you long enough!)

I have joined a gym and am thinking that I may start a new blog just for my adventures in weight loss. I have good motivation, but staying focused has always been my struggle, this time I plan to take the weight off and keep it off not only for me, but for my kids.

On another note, this last week or so since returning from vacation have proved to be very difficult. I think Toby put it best when he said that instead of dealing with one thing at a time I am now dealing with 3 all at once. Christmas this year came and went....not too much thought. Not too much thought about how this is one of my mom's favorite holidays and some of my most wonderful memories with her. Not too much thought about how this was the last holiday we spent with her and that I wished we had taken more pictures of her, even though she hated them. I pushed it all aside and just went about the days....well now the thoughts come rushing back. I add onto that the fact that her birthday is coming fast, which I should mention is the day before mine. And lastly, it has almost been a year since she left us....I miss her more and more each day and know that in time this pain will lessen, but those wounds will always be there.

I have made some promises to myself that I will celebrate the good times we had with her and remember all the great stories she shared. I want the kids to have wonderful memories of Memah and know what a GREAT lady she was and how much she loved them both.

A Mother Like You

In my home there is a photo,
of a face more precious than gold.
And to those who love and lost you,
your memory will never grow old.
Today i look at your photo,
at your face so loving and true.
No wonder my heart is breaking mom,
losing a mother like you.
But each day you walk beside me,
and when my life is through.
I pray that God will take my hand,
and lead me straight to you.

Monday, January 4, 2010

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What a Moment

I apologize for the lack of posts, but most of you readers are family and you know where we have been!

Since our last post we have made many special memories....fondue with the Fowlers (only minor injuries!) and our biggest was Disney World.

We surprised the kids and took them, they had no idea and surprisingly Emmah didn't catch any of the signs until the big arch over the road and it was all singing and smiles "We're going to Disney (repeat!) We did it in the best possible way with an AWESOME tour guide, who gave us a tour, and a fast pass out of the kindness of his heart. (He is a friend of Uncle Kyle, Thanks Kyle!)

The kids had so much fun I know it will be a day they never forget nor will I. The look on Emmah and Jake's face when they saw the castle and characters was priceless and seriously brought a tear to my eyes. It was quite a day. I am hoping in the next day or so to post some pics as well as a video of Emmah and Jake explaining the day. For now let me leave you with this, it was one of the BEST days EVER!!