Thursday, March 29, 2012

Daily Motivation

I just saw this video on the lovely Naomi's blog and I had to share.

I think I need to start my days out like this.....

That's it.
I'm starting tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

For them.

If you knew me growing up you know that I've never liked getting my picture taken.
I'd much rather be behind the camera than in front of it.
Well, over the last few years I've done several projects for my family that have required me to search the archives for pictures of my mother.
Every time I found a picture of my mother with me as a child, I got so excited.
Of course, this was before the digital era and she was usually the one taking the pictures so there aren't many, but the few I found I've treasured.

This has changed my thinking a little bit.
I may not like being in front of the camera but when my children grow up and look through the pictures from their childhood I want them to see me there with them.
I want our pictures to remind them of the love I have for them.

I recently discovered an awesome lady with a similar mindset.
Every Wednesday she hosts Embrace the Camera and posts pictures of herself with her family, 
then she encourages others to get in front of the camera and link up to her blog.
She's great.

I can't get over how adorable Jimmy is in the above pic.

On an unrelated note...
See the fun earrings I'm wearing in these pics?
I recently won a giveaway and was sent these beauties from this shop.
They have so many cute things in their store.

And if you're a smaller-lighter-earring-wear-er, 
They have a beautiful smaller version too.

So pretty.

Happy weekend!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

My Sweetie Had a Birthday!

My man turned 27 earlier this month.
Holy cow, I love that man.
I'm going to share some pictures of him throughout the years.
I recently posted wedding pics in a post about our anniversary, so head there if you want more lovey pics.
Here you will see cuteness... 

Because I can't help it.

Isn't he the cutest?

I had a secret crush on him then.

My crush wasn't so secret anymore.


He's a Mamma's boy.

First time Papa.

Baby's first camping trip.

Second time Papa.
Without him, I would have fallen apart through this part of our journey.  He is so strong.

They love him.

I love you more than you know.
I am so glad that we have each other.
We've faced some tough stuff together and you have held me together when I felt like I wasn't strong enough.
You are always there for me, even when I'm a punk. :)
You are a wonderful father and our boys are lucky to have you.
Thank you for your strong hugs, for holding my hand, and for always making me laugh.

Happy birthday sweetie!!!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

5 Years!

5 years.

Wow, it's been a crazy 5 years.

We've grown so much and learned even more.

We're quirky and so alike (more so than either of us like to admit sometimes).

We still hold hands and say "I love you" just as much as we did in the beginning.
 (And we plan to be able to say that again in another 5 years... and another... and another.....)

I love him.

Mason is behind me looking at the pictures in this post.
He got an excited look on his face and said, "Hey, that's when you and daddy got married!!"
Then his eyebrows wrinkled and (with a really sad look on his face) he said, "Why did you leave me and Jimmy at home?  You can't leave us home when you go get married..."

linked up with Embrace the Camera.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Awesome Amy Guest Post!

Hi lovelies! I was (and still am!) super excited when Miss Lizzie asked me to do a guest post, she is one of the most amazing people I know, and while I've known her for years, she's absolutely one of my most favorite people (EVER) to blog stalk.
Let's cut to the chase.....
 I am Amy and I write the blog Amy is Thinking..... which is basically about how I test nuclear reactors for the government. Not. It's as simple as it sounds, my blog is a documentation of all my thoughts, from the sweet and sincere to the utterly insane.
It's about the funnies, insecurities, and everything else in life that I find interesting.
So, here's a few things about me, so you can decide if you'd like to come on over and follow my crazy train..... 
1. I'm not a natural redhead. The only way for me to overcome my jealousy of natural redheads was to pretend that I am one, so here I am.... pretending, and wildly happy over it.
2. I'm overly crafty and while I can't weild a hammer with the best of them
(I hit the wall more often than the actual nail....)
I make up for it with the crafts I do.
I always have at least 4 projects going on at once, but I've been SLACKING in the updating department. So stay tuned! There are a lot of fun ideas and projects coming your way!
3. And finally I love my friends (sweet Lizzie included!) and my family... I mean, who doesn't love their friends and family? The only difference is, I document it on my blog in ways that are often amusing and potentially embarassing.  Which I'm sure they all LOVE.
Aaaaand, that's me in a nutshell! I'm excited to meet all you lovelies, so head on over and say hello!
~ Amy

Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Lovely Danica

Hi all! My name is Danica and I keep tabs over at my own itty bitty blog called "The Rugg's." Real creative, right? I'm honored to be posting here today on Liz's blog because I think she is utterly wonderful and an incredible roll model. But who are we kidding, you already know that.


I had a few different ideas of what to post about today, but when I sat down tonight to type this out, it didn't exactly go as planned. Simply because today has whole heartedly been one of those "don't poke the beast" days. I'll be the first to admit it, I'm in a pity-party, grouchy mood. Yuck. But as I was (finally) rocking my (also grouchy) sweet little girl to sleep I realized I had just wasted an entire day on being grumpy and shutting out those around me. And personally, I don't like that feeling. I tried to remind myself of some of the goals I made at the beginning of this year and decided from that moment on to choose happiness. It's amazing the kind of inspiration that comes to you when you open yourself up to choosing things like love and happiness in your life.


So this brings me to something wonderful that my sister and I came up with in high school. I don't remember where we got the idea, or who told us to do it, but we started what we call our "Happiness Is" journals. Its a way to quickly and easily write down the things in your day-to-day life that make you happy. There are some obvious ones in there like "getting married to my best friend" or "new born babies," but my favorite ones are those that are easily overlooked if you don't take the time to notice. Here are a few of mine:

Blue raspberry blow pops
A good yoga class
The Ellen Show
Smelling his cologne on your shirt the next day
Office supplies
Sour Patch fruits
Shampooing/conditioning short hair for the first time (Have you tried that??)
Catching fireflies
30 Rock quotes
the smell/color of onions and green peppers in a frying pan
side dishes at BBQ's
Apple juice & ice on an airplane
Kitty pictures
Saving the chicken pot pie crust till last

Do you get the idea? It's so easy but it makes a huge difference on your outlook and how you choose to look at things. Not to mention it's a great reminder on those grumpy days to find the little things that make you happy (even when your kid refuses to sleep). Try it out! See what you think, and let me know how it goes.

Thanks Liz for letting me hang out here for the day!