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To the mean girls….. thank you
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To the mean girls….. thank you
January 12, 2018 at 4:34 pm 0
To the mean girls who feel like they need to constantly harass and make hurtful comments to my daughter..... thank you! Thank you for teaching her that life is not easy, people are not always nice but that doesn't stop you. Thank you for teaching her to be the better person, even when it would be so easy to hurt that person back or put them down too. Thank you for showing her how strong she really is. Thank you for teaching her the true concept of letting things roll off your back. Thank you for teaching her to surround herself by the people who make her happy and not the ones who make you sad. Thank you for teaching her that she is not the words that people may say about her but she is anyone she wants to be. Thank you for teaching her how to control her temper. Thank you for teaching her that she doesn't need everybody to like her to be happy and vibrant. and most of all THANK YOU for teaching her she is strong enough to stand on her own feet and no matter what you say she will succeed. I hope in all your mean words, horrible actions that you too can find something to be thankful for.
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Favorites of 2017….
January 1, 2018 at 8:00 am 0
What were your favorite books, movies, shows of 2017?? A look back to some of my favorite books in 2017: Wonder by R.J. Palacio - loved this easy read, the movie was good but the ending of the book was so much better. The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand - I love this author and anything she writes will always be at the top of my list :) What made Maddy run by Kate Fagan - An inside look to the youth today, social media and how fragile they really are. I know there are many more books i read but these are the 3 that stand out to me now. A look back to some of my favorite movies in 2017: Hidden Figures - I am not even sure if this came out in 2017 but that is when I saw it. I loved this movie. Leap - Yes, i know this is a disney movie, but i loved it so much! I guess with having two girls that dance I was an automatic shoe-in to like this movie! Gifted - I loved this movie. It was just such a warm hearted movie. Favorite Netflix series: 13 Reasons Why - Hands down - Loved this one. Girl Boss - I stumbled across this one, easy to watch and fun. Orange is the New Black - i would be silly if I didn't say I liked it! Favorite TV shows in 2017: This is hard i have so many that i love: Grey's Anatomy - I am still in love with this show. I just can't stop watching it. Chicago PD, Fire, Med - I am new to these three but love them all! Speechless - what's not to love. They make me laugh. The Goldbergs - watching this just reminds me of my childhood so much and literally every shirt (Besides the Philly stuff) I think my husband wore and it just makes me laugh #Britches This is Us - great new series! Younger - I can't get enough of this one. Fun and hilarious! General Hospital - yes i still watch this. I just can't resist ever! Favorite You Tube channel series:
    Guidance - loved it! Tagged - Creepy but i couldn't stop watching! Favorite Music of 2017 - Old Dominion, Sam Hunt, Macklemore, Taylor Swift, Thomas Rhett and so much more...I love music :)
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Deep thoughts……..
December 31, 2017 at 9:15 pm 1
When I look at this picture I love the rawness of it, the innocence of it, but it makes me think...... What is going through her mind right now? Is she happy and in a state of peace? Is she basking in the newness of her freshly painted room, and new accessories. Is she worried about something, is she lonely, is she sad? Is she admiring the snow. Does she have seasonal depression like her mom? Or is she just content? Does she love life and all it has to offer? What can i do for her to make these teenage years better? Being a mom is hard and being a teenage girl is even harder. Her emotions are raw and volatile. She has struggles that i see and know about even though she puts up a good front. She is unique and beautiful. She is Laura.
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Robbed by the boy scouts
October 2, 2017 at 12:53 pm 0
I think I was robbed by the Boy Scouts this weekend. Not literally, well maybe literally. I love supporting all the kids. My daughter is a Girl Scout and I am always hoping that people will support her and buy those delicious Thin mints! But let's be honest, the price is half way decent for a box of cookies. Yes, some you don't get much for $4 but that is no different then a bag of chips that is all air. Well, this weekend we were leaving church and all of Addison's friends from her class were out there in their Boy Scout uniforms selling popcorn. Normally my husband buys the microwave ones from a friend at work but they had bags of popcorn too. So Addi looks at me and says "mom can we buy something". Of course, let's grab a bag of this White Cheddar popcorn. I go up to pay for the bag, hand the dad a $20 and he says it's $15. What the @$##@% !!!!! FIFTEEN DOLLARS for this bag of popcorn. Of course, I just bought the bag and left. But really I get mad when I pay $3.89 for my favorite Boom Chick a Pop but this is outrageous. What badge did that kid just earn.... how to swindle a mom.
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What the hell happened to gym class???
December 2, 2016 at 10:23 am 0
My oldest daughter started High School this year. Yes, devastating to say the least. As Bryan and I went to Back to school night and listened to all the teachers give their little 10 minute chat about their expectations of the kids we only walked away from one class that we were kind of laughing and thinking lord help Emma. That class was gym. So a little bit about Emma, she is an awesome kid. God really gave me a good one there. She has a heart of gold, always willing to help, crafty, creative, loves to cook and take pictures. So based on that list the one thing we are missing is athletic. Now I am not saying she is a hot mess because she is not BUT she will never say "oh mom going to go outside and play soccer". Now even though the teacher was listing all these things they were doing in class and how they would have to try all positions, etc I still heard as long as they get dressed and participate they will be fine. So to me Emma could handle that. She would never not get dressed or not participate so I really thought she will be fine. My biggest concern were the skills test. Let's face it, she got my gene and is not a runner. I was athletic but I never have and never will be a runner. I played field hockey for years, tennis, go to the gym but running not my thing. So we gave her some little advice and told her as long as you try you will be fine. Well let me tell you I was beyond floored every time I would see her gym teacher post her daily grade and she would get an 80. At first I thought well maybe she isn't participating because she doesn't really know anybody at school. But no she said she was trying. Then the teacher would comment skills or fitness. Honestly WTF... skills... you have to be kidding me. So you are going to fault my kid because she doesn't have flag football skills???? WTF is all I could say. I hate that we live in a society in which there is so much pressure to be some sort of star athlete. And when somebody is not a star athlete or participates in an athletic sport they are just not trying and are lazy. The one thing I can say is this. I could care less if Emma is an athlete. She is an exemplorary person. She is a role model to many. She has done more community service in her lifetime then most adults have done. God made us all different for a reason. So no I do not care that her teacher feels that she doesn't have skills. I do care that she tries and she puts her best effort in it. I wouldn't defend her if she wasn't trying. BUT most of all I do care that she is being faulted for her athleticism (or lack thereof) and it will impact her overall grade point average. To me that is just plain B.S. I will conclude by saying this. Emma ended up with a 94 for the semester which we were all very happy with. It appears she had a real knack for Kan Jam!!!
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Enjoying my alternative work arrangements…..
August 23, 2016 at 9:47 pm 0
Not often do I reap the benefits of working from home like people think I should. As discussed in earlier blogs many people misconceive work from home as stay home and do anything... Very different. Quite often I feel like I don't get to really enjoy the true benefits of an alternative work arrangement. Yes, I do get to wear my pajamas and I do use my lunch hour to pick up my kids from school but I often just sit at my desk all day (and night) and don't switch up my location besides a day in the office here and there. Most days I am so busy and the desire to have my laptop plugged into my big screens are almost a must. There are only a few weeks each quarter that I can truly try to take advantage of the flexibility and change up the scenery. To be honest, on most of those weeks I would rather still be at my desk. Today is a rare day that I said "Yes, let's go" to the kids. My older daughter has a passion for photography. She loves to take pictures and is always trying to capture that great shot. Lucky for her, my 2nd daughter will pose in a split second. So today they came flying down the stairs and I could see a plan in mind. They wanted to go to the park where they take tennis lessons and have a photo shoot. It is a gorgeous day out, not too hot, not humid and an hour at the park sounds nice. So after lots of primping and getting ready we headed out. I found a nice bench by their destination, opened the laptop and refreshingly worked and got some fresh air. It is amazing how your attitude and thoughts on work change when you can enjoy all of gods creations around you! Here are some pictures that Emma took today.... IMG_3309 IMG_3316 IMG_3368 IMG_3456
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Back to school deals???
August 10, 2016 at 12:19 am 0
What are your favorite back to school deals so far?? I have been avoiding the back to school rush of shopping but the reality is .... I better get myself motivated! I have picked up a few things that were great deals and no I am not talking about pencils or index cards. I mean all the OTHER stuff that you end up needing. So far this is what I found: Skip Hop "Animal Zoo" Thermos was 10.80 on Amazon. So if your kids like to bring something warm to school in their lunch box and they aren't picky what animal is on the insulated jar than this is a great deal. I ordered the Owl and my kids will happily bring their mac and cheese to school! https://www.amazon.com/Skip-Hop-Zoo-Insulated-Food/dp/B00LMV9H5U/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1470802048&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=skip+hop+animal+zoo+thermos My other deal was a Zulily find - I got the larger Clean Canteen insulated bottles for about $10. That is a great deal. If you ever look at the really nice bottles that don't sweat, these are them and typically they are close to $30. So this was a great deal and my kids will happily have cold water all day. Vera Bradley Bookbags - If you have older girls than you know the need for Vera Bradley. Last week they had the birthday sale with 25% off your purchase. Of course one of the girls picked a pattern on sale so I got a double bonus on that one, and the other one picked a new pattern. Overall, great deals! Right now they have some good deals as well on sale items. So check it out. There are still some really cute patterns. What good deals have you found?? I would love to hear all about it!
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Family Dinner…..or not – hold your judgement
April 28, 2016 at 10:56 pm 0
It is funny how one Facebook post can send you in a tizzy. Typically I just ignore things that I don't agree with. I am totally open to everyone having their own opinions and ideas, but did you ever read something and it just made you crazy. It ignited a fire and you just couldn't stop thinking about. In reality, it isn't throwing you over the edge or anything but boy did it annoy you. And then you wonder if your annoyed because you feel guilty or if your annoyed because of the judgement that someone is placing on you because you fall out of the norm? A friend of mine, who often is very judgmental of people but I don't think she means it the way it comes across, recently shared this picture & saying and made the comment that every family should be doing this. dinner So I know you are looking at this and thinking that many families believe this. And don't get me wrong the concept of it sounds really nice and looking at the saying I just giggled initially. Of course I posted a little comment that said something like "I wish this could happen but during the week it is very rare". And that comment is true. My husband commutes over an hour each day and works in the finance field. If he makes it home by 7:30 it's a good day. I have 3 active daughters that have busy schedules. It is rare during the week that we all get to sit and eat at the same time. It is more like shifts during the week. I do try to get the girls to eat together on the nights that they can but some nights it just doesn't happen. Bryan and I also eat in shifts depending on who we are shuttling where. And I know, eeeek, I sometimes don't even eat dinner. Yup, maybe a yogurt on the go and a handful of crackers. It works! We do try to all eat together on Sunday which is nice but I don't walk away from our Sunday dinner and think OMG I am missing so much of my family because we don't eat dinner together every night. It wasn't the picture or what it said or the lack of my family doing it, It was the comments that followed the post that just made me crazy. And days later if I thought about it or thought about writing this post it would fire me up more! I know this sounds funny. There were quite a few people that had the same reaction I did. But then there was the person who made the post that basically judged all these people saying " I would love to but we have the kids sports" or "my husband works the 3rd shift and can't eat with us". The replies from the poster and a few other people saying that you should leave your job in order to get home every night and do this. Or that you should make sure everyone is home and that there is really no excuse not too. She went on saying I work full time and my kids have activities but I make them a priority. I think that is what threw me over the edge. It isn't that we don't make our kids a priority. It is a priority that we work and put a roof over their head and food on the table. Not all jobs, especially in the finance field, can you just get up and leave at 5 pm. It just doesn't happen, it's the reality. It doesn't mean that my husband doesn't love us or isn't making us a priority, it means he is doing his job to provide for us. When we can't all sit and eat dinner because one daughter has play practice and the other leaves right when that one gets home to make it to her dance practice it doesn't mean anything more than we are a busy, active family! It doesn't mean that we are not making our family a priority. In the perfect world we all get home at 5:30 make a big balanced meal and then have activities later but I don't know many families that can do that unless their kids are toddlers. Our schedule is crazy and when I say crazy I mean it. It takes a big, block, color coded schedule to keep me organized. Oh and let's not forget that in between all of this I work a full time job that is very demanding. The only saving grace is that I get to do it out of my home office. In order to keep up with all the schedules I sacrifice my time and end up working until 2 -3 in the morning so I can make it work. Just another way of making my family a priority. I think what was missed in this picture and all the judging comments is this...make time to spend with your family as a whole family. In 1970, that was done at the dinner table. In 2016, well that is done in different places, different times and different ways. For our family it might be different week to week. The times I connect best with the girls is when we are in the car. When I pick them up from school we have about a 25 minute ride home. We do a round robin and everyone discusses their day, how things are going, drama, etc. Normally every Saturday we go to church and then go to dinner as a family. It doesn't always happen, as one kid might have a party or something else to do but when we can we do it. My husband and I take time to spend with each of the kids differently. During the summer, every weekend they can he takes one of the girls to the car races. They both love it and then I take the other two girls and we do our thing. I recently was reading another blog (Money Saving Mom) and she wrote about this pressure on dinner time and how it was just so unrealistic in her family. I think that made me calm down a little and really think about it. Here is someone who homeschools and is not caught up in the crazy society all the time and even she felt that dinner time didn't work for her family. Instead they decided that breakfast would be their connection time as a family. What I know is this. My family and kids are my priority ALWAYS. There are times that maybe other things get in the way but at the end of the day, we are a family, we talk, we laugh and we cry together. We are solid through and through. So judge me all you want because I don't have dinner every night at 6 pm on the table where we all sit down together because you know what I am okay with that.
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The Struggle is Real……..
March 5, 2016 at 11:06 pm 0
BoomChickAPop I have to say I am addicted! I just love this overpriced, low calorie cheddar popcorn. It is my go to all the time. Anyone with me here???
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When did I become an extroverted introvert???
February 15, 2016 at 11:47 am 0
introvertextrovert If you ask most people they will say I am a very extroverted person. I even took a test recently and clear as day tested as an extrovert. How come I feel like an introvert lately??? Is working from home converting me. I used to love going out, loved working in the office, talking on the phone. Now I am completely content staying in and not talking to anyone. It could be because my life is so crazy on most given days that when I do finally get a break I don't want to leave me house. What I find surprising is that I work from home and you would think the complete opposite. I remember when I worked in an office, I used to long to be home and just couldn't wait to get off of work, head home and put my PJ's on. That completely made sense. But now working from home, sitting in my office, hours on end you would think I would be running for the door any time I could. Instead the thought of going out at night, having to put something more than yoga pants or a pair of jeans on feels like such work! OMG could I be converting to an introvert?? Is it working from home? Is it because I am 40? Is it because I am in a friend funk?
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