It was the perfect overcast day for me to practice my photography. It just happened to be A's birthday, so even better! I would actually have an up- to- date photo documenting it. I called up my sweet friend and invited her to join us out at Tule Springs park. I was SO sad once we arrived and saw all the tents and supplies still ALL over the park from a previous event they held out there. I had already envisioned all the photos I wanted to take, and ALL that junk + the take down crew were in my way! Seriously! As we ventured further into the park and around the pond, I found some new visions. I thought to myself, Eureka! lol Don't worry, that was short lived. Neither of my children were in the mood for pictures. They wanted to just "hang" with their friends. Oh well, at least I had good company to hang with too. I did get a few shots. I LOVE this one. Even though you can't see their adorable faces, I caught "their" moment. I'm pretty sure they are secretly IN LOVE.
I decided to catch up on my blog reading today. I'm so glad I did because I was able to read this message from Kristin Armstrong's Blog (she received this enlightenment from a yoga instructor after a 20 mile run preparing for "The Boston") -
"It's time to start listening to your heart. Most of the time we listen to our heads. That's where all the noise and chatter reside. The heart speaks in a quiet whisper, yet it says the things we most need to hear. It's time to start getting quiet, and practice listening for the still, small voice of the heart. What is your heart saying to you?"
My heart tells me I can run, its always my head that messes me up. I needed this today. Ever since the Pancreatic Cancer 5k run for my mom I have been on a running hiatus. I'm sure its where I'm at in this whole dang grieving process. It totally stinks to have to grieve when she is still here, especially when you find yourself conquering some of those levels of grief, just to realize when she is gone you will be going through them all again. Running has been the best medicine for me, hence why I need to get back at it! So here I come open roads, or treadmill! lol Turning off my head and just listening to the HEART today, along with praying that mom will be ok at chemo today. Chemo weeks are such a love/hate thing with me.
We started off with a 5k fun run/walk. Ethan came with me and did SO great. I must say, I ended up walking more than running. :( Last year at this time I was running 7 miles. I wish I had NEVER stopped. Looks like I'm back to square one. After the run the Mechams took Ethan with them to Mt. Charleston. We (Marc and I) finally decided it would be fun to join them. I'm so glad we did. I LOVE the mountains! We had a great day, EVEN though we weren't in St. George, which is our usual tradition. Thank you military people, and loved ones that have passed on. I'm SO grateful to live in this FREE country, and SO grateful for ALL that have sacrificed SO much for it and me.
He works in the field (backyard) every morning. He rides his tractor (sit and ride fire truck) and plows the fields. He likes shoveling the manure (picking up dog poop) and talking a little dirty (butt, toots, and poop). He LOVES this. Too bad great-grandpa Wally isn't here to play cowboys with him. I'm sure Aidan would have thought he was stronger than superman! :) Thank you Papa Eric for the NEW hat, and keeping the cowboy spirit alive! :)
Last night I hung out with some of my crafty friends, and NOW I feel SO inspired! I'm ready to start sewing and cooking again! My sweet friend Missy won 2nd prize at drawing that Quiltique was having. It was a huge basket filled with sewing supplies. Awesome. It was fun going through it with her. AND then this morning I found out I won my VERY first blog giveaway! I won the Red Blossom necklace! Missy and I are feeling pretty lucky, and we just might hit the Kentucky Derby this year! LOL Don't worry, we will sew our own outfits and hats. :)
is basically everything I want to be. Well, at least creatively! I do not know her personally, but I would imagine she is practically perfect in every way. I need to learn how to post links in my personal posts. So, that with one click you could learn ALL there is to know about this amazing textile designer. Nevermind, I think I did it! :) lol http://amybutler.com/
One day I will keep this BLOG up to date! Anyhoo, here is how WE spent my birthday and Anniversary this past November! It started off with a little Neiman Marcus bag from my brother and SIL. Bobby Brown cosmetics! Needles to say, she is awesome! :) Then Marc and I dropped off our dudes to the Grandparents and away we went! It was WONDERFUL! AND, now we know we can leave the dudes behind from time to time. Sidenote: we thought it was hilarious that we chose Disneyland, well, mostly I chose Dland. Marc would have rather gone to Hawaii, but I'm not bathing suit ready! lol When we checked into the Dland Hotel, and they realized it was our anniversary they felt so bad they no longer had King size beds! LOL They kept explaining to us that this is more of a "family hotel" and therefore the don't have as many. We didn't care nor ask, BUT it was hilarious how bad they felt and their explanation! LOL We have been married for 14 years!!! 2 beds is a treat! hahahaha
We were also able to take in a hockey game! That was my first NHL game! It was AWESOME! :)
AIDAN! He is my favorite STINKER! He is quite true to himself. On Halloween we were able to get him to wear his skunk hat for about 15 minutes. He is quite funny to watch. He is SO little, but he struts when he walks. He means business. He went with 9 year old children trick or treating, and besides the height factor, you would have no idea he wasn't 9! :)
Yes, I made these bad boys! LOL Red velvet cupcakes. I SO wanted to look for severed legs and arms to garnish them with , but alas, I remembered these were for little tater tots. Probably too gruesome. So, as you can see I went with candy corn kisses. :)
were amazing! A HUGE personal thanks to Sista Meeks. She is awesome!
There was a cupcake walk, a haunted nursery room, and another fun game room. We had about 30 different chili's to try along with some pretty tasty cornbread, Yummy. After all this, it was time to move outside and start Trunk or Treating. Fun, fun, fun!
I can NOT believe the workout I get from this class! Mommy and me is rough! LOL My poor friend Nicole is 7 months pregnant, and I'm sure her unborn child is NOT a fan of mommy and me gymnastics! His big sister has loads of energy. It is SO funny to watch myself and the other parents be completely exhausted, and sweaty after this class. :)
Whenever we go see Grandma Lucy, life is good. :) This was just another spur of the moment trip (about a month ago) to check in on Grandma. She is looking good for 79! I love Aidan's stoned face in this photo! After our visit we headed over to The Pizza Factory! So yummy! This is where we took these fun photos on the "Life is Good" fire engine. :)