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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

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I'm just saying

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!

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Day to Day

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.

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If we took a holiday

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.

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I feel good

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.