i nuzzle my sister's kids, she looks after mine. we laugh about...everything. we complain about our hubby's (sorry, jeff;) love you) we support each other's causes and our husbands make fun of us and blame our craziness on our crazy family. we make pretend mad faces at them and then look at each other, laugh till our kids come running over with confused faces and...totally agree with them! it's true. our family is...pazzo and we wouldn't have it another way.
today, i feel good. good about being here. i received two phone calls today...both of which contained the muffled talking and tears of a friend in need of someone to listen and offer up a simple, "it's going to be okay" and "i love you."
these simple words means so much but offering up a simple, "let's meet up next week and get the kids together. we can catch up. it'll be fun! i'll make dinner," is even better!
a few more things that make me crazy happy:
visiting a friend's house on the lake. when you pull up to what i refer to as paradise- you are greeted with the lake and all it's beauty, the smell of pine needles and a hammock that is always up for grabs when we are there! it's divine and taking a day to enjoy it with some of our best friends is such a gift. we all laughed till we hurt, my friend jenn and i cried then laughed and then did it all over again. our kids play like they are siblings and it was a fabulous way to spend a day away from home.
thanks, jenn and tony! we love you.
a trip to the bacarella's always means an early morning jaunt to the Fruit Farm. jenn and i get up early and try to get our early enough to have first pick of the baked goods.
when you walk through the doors, you are instantly intoxicated by the smells of dough, glaze, and coffee. the trinkets and vintage toys are a HUGE...BONUS! they beg to be photographed.
*jeff turned 40 last week! please note: homemade candles on cake made with colored pipe cleaners by peyton.
fire hazard, yes. made with love and determination, yes. it was perfect.
we celebrated with a homemade dinner of fondue made by linnie, my mother-in-law who makes you feel like a king for the day when it's your birthday. she is amazing and we love her to pieces.
jeff, we love you too! happy birthday! so excited for the coming year! xoxo
marley's bday! happy birthday, sweet girl. we love you.
*watching my sweet little muffins interact with friends they haven't seen in a year.
those two kids...i just can't love them more. they amaze me more and more. between lessons on being nice to one another and teaching how to make their own bed (with pride)...
i kiss them up and i have realized that they have picked it up and do it on their own now. they stop at any random moment of the day and plant one on me. those kids...yum.
on another note: i am so sick of my struggle with trying to lost that last five or twenty;) i love myself and my body but i want to be healthier and feel really great, not just good. it's summer after all. so, i am vowing to be more aware of what i am putting into my body. i vow to myself, to eat more whole foods and make healthier decisions...every single day, even on the weekends!
i am a HUGE advocate of women loving what they have and not letting anything stop them from doing what they want to do, but if there is something that you have been wanting to change or do and you keep starting and then stopping, start-stop...never following through (then, you and i have a lot in common;) then let's inspire one another to do something about it.
for me: #1. i have been wanting to really eat much better. heart healthy foods for myself and my family!
and #2. complete all of my photo albums starting with 2004. i want one album for each year. simple enough!
the hardest part is setting the time aside because i know once that i begin...i won't want to stop. i can see it now...
rainy day, cup of joe, and hundreds of photos to study. i can't wait!
so, these are my things. what are yours?
my theme for these projects: simplicity!
i'll try to post food ideas and recipes as well.
have fun with it. i am so excited to rock. it. out.
***wish i could each and every one of you a gift card to your fave etsy store, but i can give one to...
Nicky C.K: this summer we're enjoying popsicles that drip down our chins, dinners out on the porch, sprinklers and being surrounded by friends and family. can't get much better than that!
congrats nicky, random.org chose your number! contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with contact info, please.
happy weekend & thank you soooo very much for the sweet words about my grandma and your own memories of yours. they meant so much and i was amazed by support.