I’m Just Saying…

RJ has a little over 2 months left in preschool! I can’t believe this chapter is coming to an end.  His K4 graduation date has been set. A few hours after the ceremony we will take to the friendly skies and surprise him with a trip to NYC to see family and get in some vacation time.  I found a great deal on flights for the 3 of us, so we’re passing on making the usual 12 hour drive.  It worked out perfectly as he has been asking for quite some time when he’s going to fly on a plane.

In December, we switched from the a gym that offered the spin classes I loved to the YMCA.  I didn’t want to leave our gym, but with RJ getting older, we would be utilizing the Y more for camps and after-school care. Plus, the Y is A LOT closer to our home.  I was really hesitant, but switch has been a good decision, overall.  One of the aspects I love is Parents Night Out. Every month, the Y offers 4 hours of childcare on a Friday night at no extra cost to us! *I believe there was an extra fee at our old gym. We took advantage of this for the first time this past Friday. RJ made some new friends and we had a great time.  I’ve already signed him up for this month’s PNO!

I’m officially over winter and ready for spring. I cleaned out my containers last weekend and they are ready for new flowers and herbs. *I need to swap out that doormat too

prepping containers for spring planting

My tulips, my fave flower, are coming up in the front of the house, but the thing about tulips is once they bloom…it’s over.  So, purchased new bulbs to plant in front that will bloom through the summer when the tulips will be just a memory.  I, also, plan to spruce up our grill with some spray paint.  I really want new patio furniture,but that may be a lofty goal… we’ll see.

grill in need of spay painting and sprucing up


Still working on my pantry closet overhaul.  During a recent trip to Costco I found a good deal on a set of OXO storage containers.  So happy I never caved and bought them from Target or Bed Bath & Beyond.

I entered the lottery for the White House Easter Egg Roll. We were didn’t get tickets:(

Since we didn’t win a lottery spot and my dreams of seeing Michelle and Barack were dashed, I made our reservation for Easter Brunch at one of our fave spots. Last year I waited too late and they were booked. We ended up at a perfectly fine place for brunch, but I’m happy we’ll be back at our standard place this year.

Hubby’s birthday is Wednesday. RJ has convinced himself that we’re buying Daddy Giants’ football pads. *5 year olds are weird*.  Anyway, that is NOT the case. We’ll take him to dinner somewhere and I see a new electric razor in his future.

What’s going on in your neck of the woods?






Conversation Difficulties

I finished reading Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes. I’m not a self-helpy, life lessons book kind of girl. However, this book kept showing up across my social media feeds. Let me just say the book All. The. Things. One of the chapters that stood out the most for me was Chapter 11, “Yes to No, Yes to Difficult Conversations”.

Many times, over the years, when I needed to have a difficult conversation with someone I avoided it like the plague.  I’d agonize over it in my head or vent about the situation to a friend.  In other words I drive myself and anyone who will listen, crazy! The conversation would never happen and the relationship would just dissolve into thin air as if they never existed. Unresolved feelings still unresolved.


A few days after finishing the book, I had to have a difficult conversation with someone close to me. I knew the situation needed to be addressed, but I didn’t want to hurt the person and honestly, I didn’t want to be hurt either. In the meantime, I was in a pissy mood with any and everyone because as I avoided the issue, it festered inside me and pissed me off even more.  The cycle of crazy!

Finally, I put on my big girl pants, said “Yes” to the difficult conversation, went to the person and started talking.  Once I opened my mouth, my thoughts just poured out of me. I was getting the feedback and discussion I needed from the person I needed it from.  When it was over, we both felt lighter. We were honest and open and it was great. Several days of stress, anxiety and resentment that had been building in me vanished in the span of 30 minutes.

I’m certain every difficult conversation won’t have a happy ending, but I have to be prepared to deal with whatever the outcomes may be and move on.


Do you avoid the difficult conversations? Has having a difficult conversation cost you a relationship?

Project Photo Wall

I’ve always wanted to create a photo wall, but it became one more thing that I never seemed to get around to doing.  This past Black Friday I braved the crowds and headed to Target.  I found some cute picture frames on sale and snatched them up.  Then… they sat in our guest bedroom for two months.   This year I want to knock some of the projects on my running list of projects. So, when the mood hit me Saturday to complete the photo wall, I went all in.

We only have one 4×6 photo from our wedding up in our house and one 4×6 photo from our maternity shoot! RJ did a professional shoot for his 2nd birthday and those along with the rest of our maternity photos and the discs of wedding, RJ’s school pictures and the family shoot we did last fall are in a cabinet.  Beautiful memories and a good chunk or change sitting in a dark cabinet. *I know, it’s a shame, don’t judge too harshly.*

So, I uploaded a several wedding and family pictures to a local shop to be printed and hit up Michael’s for a few more frames. *Once I saw the photos I was hiding in the cabinet, I realized I needed more frames.*  When I had all the pieces I needed, I went to Pinterest for ideas and methods and got started.


IMG_1366First, I had to decide the layout for the pictures. I did so by placing the frames on the floor.


Then, I traced the shape of each frame on the back of Dollar Tree wrapping paper. I’m challenged when it comes to cutting in a straight line:( So, I was pleasantly surprised to find grid lines on back of the paper:)


On the cutout, I wrote the size of the frame, a picture description and whether it was vertical or horizontal. This helped me visualize as I placed the cutouts on the wall. *You may not need to write on the cutouts. Where I had the layout displayed and wall that I was hanging the photos wasn’t next to each other, so this helped me.*


Then, I taped the cutouts on the wall where the photos would be hung. This helped because I decided  to make some layout adjustments once I could see the pieces on the wall.


I’m extremely happy with the outcome and there is plenty of space to add photos! *RJ took school pictures last week.* I’m also thinking of adding some decorative “M”s to wall.

Now, that I’ve checked this project off the list, it’s on to the next… finishing the pantry closet organization.


What home DIY projects are you working on? Do you have or have you been considering a photo wall in your home? 

Happy New Year!

After our Disney trip in November, the last month and a half of last year was a blur. *One day I’ll actually write a post about our trip* For the most part, our holiday season was quiet and I was more than ok with that.


Munching on Santa’s cookies on Christmas Eve.


I enjoyed my 2 weeks off for Christmas. Hubby was off the week of Christmas, so we sent RJ to school a couple of days that week and just hung out together. The week of New Year’s Hubby went back to work for a few days and I sent RJ to school so I could relax in and enjoy the quiet.


Christmas morning!

Christmas morning!

Before, I was back at work. As I type this, our tree is still lit and fully decorated and the stockings are still hanging with care. My plan was to take everything down last weekend, but… Not to worry, RJ has informed me that we’re “taking down Christmas” this weekend!

Well, we’re now a week into 2016.   I have few organization and decorating projects I want to accomplish this year.  We’ve been in this house for 8 years and I feel like I’m just hitting my stride with decorating.  Are we ever really finish decorating our homes?  Next week, Hubby and I will celebrate our 9th wedding anniversary. For the first time in 4 years we’re planned a trip without RJ!  We haven’t gone away overnight as a couple without our child in FOUR YEARS! Date nights are great, but I’m really looking forward to this trip. His godparents agreed to keep him for a couple of nights while we head to a cozy B&B in the NC mountains. They have a 6 year old daughter and she and RJ get along well.

Speaking of RJ 2016 is going to be a big year for him.  He just has a few months left at the preschool he’s been attending since he was 8 months old.  He will attend summer camp at the YMCA for this summer for the first time. Then, he will start kindergarten in August.  He was accepted into the  partial language immersion elementary school! *Here is a post from when we toured the school in 2014* We’re all excited that he will be learning Spanish.  The fact that many of his preschool homies will be attending the school too, is icing on the cake.

It’s such a big transition year. He’s fine, but I’m getting nervous.  I didn’t shed a tear when I left him on his first day of daycare.  I don’t think I’ll be able to say the same come August.


How was your first week of 2016? Do you have major plans/goals for this new year?

36 Years

Today is my birthday and I took the day off to enjoy some “me time”. ‘Cause why the hell not?!


Me at about 10 or 11

As my 35th year progressed, the vision for what I wanted for my family came more into focus. I became more determined to stick it out an accomplish the goals I set in my head and more willing to accept the fact that those goals won’t be obtained overnight. Patience maybe a virtue but it’s not one I tend to possess. However, I was tired of complaining about the same things knowing good and well I had the power to change them. Once I got focused, I could see things start to work out according to my plan. For a while, it was a little scary and I kept waiting to be derailed because there was no way it could be that easy, right?! What’s funny is issues did arise, problems with land my parents own in my hometown, my car being totaled and having to have a car payment again, stress about a lump/cyst in one of my breast, but they worked themselves out. My brothers and I set up a plan for land, Hubby & I found a used car for a great price with low mileage & payment & a mammogram and ultrasound determined my breasts were healthy. Everything seems to be signaling that we’re on the right path. In my mid-thirties, I’m realizing that not every test is a setback. Take my car for instance. I didn’t want a car payment, but truth is my previous car was getting older and needed work. Now we have a much newer car covered under a warranty.

I’m excited about this 36th year and the new things I will discover about myself and  what it has in store for my family.

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