Thankfulness: Day 25 & 26!

Day 25: Long, ab-hurting from laughing too much talks! 

Day 26: Quiet moments with my kiddos where we cuddle up on the couch with a blanket and get all cozy while it is snowing outside! 

Thankfulness: Day 16-24!

Well, life happened. I got sick. Both cars went into the shop. A high school friend- one of my brother's best bud's sister went to heaven. I have been meditating a lot on the idea of death, Heaven, how to live my life on this earth, and what legacy I hope to leave behind. This death really hit me as it was one of the first funerals I have been to where I really knew the family pretty well- at least in high school. I was so saddened by it and it really has me thinking about how I want to live the rest of my days especially since we don't know how many days we have on this earth. So, with saying that, I am 100% without a doubt, thankful and grateful for my life. God created me for a purpose. I need to stand up to His calling for me and live out my life for Him. I need to live my days to the fullest. I need to live my life without regret. I need to learn from my mistakes. I need to cherish and love my friends and family. I need to make time for those I care about. I need to tell people that I care about them. I need to make the most of moments. I need to find joy in all circumstances, even the crappy ones. I need to live my life the best I can so that I can leave a legacy for my children and others. It is heart-breaking that it takes such a tragedy like a unexpected death to wake me up. I am grateful for eye-opening moments in my life to wake me up. I have been in a quite a funk lately and I am ready to wake up and start living my life again by experiencing and cherishing all the delightful moments in my days. Do you need to wake up too?

p.s. I know I won't be able to live everyday how I want to, but I sure as heck want to try! :)

And, prayers to Lindsay's family and close friends for comfort and peace in their coming days of grief. One of the hardest parts of the funeral was hearing Lindsay's dad say that he doesn't know if he will ever get rid of the huge crater in his heart. OH MY!

Thankfulness: Day 13,14,15!

Day 13: I am thankful for worship and music. I feel the closest to God during worship and I love prasing His name through song even though I can't sing worth a darn. 

Day 14: I am thankful for my quality time with Ben on his days off work and the family time we have. The kids love when daddy's home and I think/hope we are creating a picture (for their future families) of what family life means to us. 

Day 15: I am thankful for the cute little sibling bond of our two littles. They are so fun together (even despite their few sibling rivalries) Love them! 

Thankfulness: Day 10, 11, &12!

Day 10: Our apartment!

  • It takes a lot of work to move, organize, and clean. And, I once heard that "cleaning a house with kids in the house is like brushing your teeth while eating oreos". So true and too funny. I try not to spend too much time cleaning but lately a lot of my time has gone to just that. I am grateful for our apartment even though it is hard to look at piles while playing with the kids- I need to remember that my kids mean more to me than how our place looks.I am glad we found this little place for now. 

Day 11: Lemongrass Spa Parties!!

  • I had a Lemongrass party and am thankful for friends and others that take time out of their busy schedules to host a party for me and introduce me to their friends and family.

Day 12: Yummy and delicious fruit!!

  • I am currently going on a chocolate fast. And, for those of you that know me, I love chocolate. Since I am not eating chocolate, I still feel like I need something on the sweet side... thank you naturally sweet fruit! 

Thankfulness: Day 8 & 9!

These past few days I have been pondering my life and what I love. One thing I love is that we have been able to decorate our home on a budget and that over years it has molded into our style with things that make my heart happy. :) (I still wish to do more someday, but I know that I am content right now.) I am thankful for the house apartment we live in and the useful and beautiful things we own. I look forward to the future and what it may hold and where we may go, but for now I am thankful for our little home!

Thankfulness: Day 6 & 7!

I'm thankful for friends- new and old! Friendships I have had since high school: Laura, Rena, Tina, Kristin, Aubrie, and Veronique. Friendships I made in college: Erin, Chelsea, and Corey. Friends I have met through church: Lydia, Jessica, and Rachel. And for the neighbors I met today and hung out with for 3 hours. Our daughters are 10 days a part. 

I'm thankful to watch Alivia and Nolan develop friendships as well.  I know Alivia is thankful for her friends too. She is always talking about her friends Aida and Lucy, and I know her new friend Kya, who she met today, will be on that list now. 

That is all, for now! 

Thankfulness: Day 5!

I am thankful for the chance to start with Lemongrass Spa. This journey has started off so differently than when I started with 31, and for that I could not be happier. Things are lining up and although I am often still way out of my comfort zone, it is much easier to reach out to people then when I was a consultant with 31. I love the LG community and company. My upline and the people at home office are so kind and way helpful. My goal was to reach the the Jump Start goal for the 1st month and I did, so excited and thankful. I am in my 2nd month- November is my 1st full month- and I my goal is to hit my 2nd Jump Start reward. I signed up because I absolutely love the product and am passionate about natural and organic skin care and what ingredients go on your skin. I love that I can offer these products to other people and teach them that there are better, more natural products that is stocked in the mainstream stores.
(Source: Lemongrass Consultant K.O.)

Thankfulness: Day 4!

I'm thankful that we now know what causes Nolan's skin issues. Poor little guy has had too many skin issues and we can contribute them to his many allergies. It can be a bummer to have to work around all of his allergies when cooking and baking but it's sooooo nice to know about them now. I'm super thankful that he is not suffering as he did when when were clueless about all of his allergies. I'm thankful to have a good and knowledgeable allergist/doctor on our side that can help us with Nolan's skin and allergies!!  

Thankfulness: Day 3!

I'm super thankful for my extended family, both my side and Ben's side. It is wonderful to live close to the majority of our family members (for the time being). I love spending time, as do the kiddos, with our family members. We see local family weekly or bi-weekly! And, we see non-CO family every year to couple of years. Our family is super generous, loving, kind, and fun. I have loved being so close to our family during our first years of marriage nag the kids first years of life. 
Mom: I'm am thankful for your caring and helping heart. You truly wear your heart on your sleeve and know how to treat others with kindness and love. I'm thankful that we got to do some garage selling together this summer. I love how much you love the kiddos. 
Dad: I'm thankful for your sense of humor and dedication/hard work to live the life you want to live. I'm thankful for your visits where we have so much fun we can laugh until we cry! I love how much you adore the kiddos. 
Chris: You are an awesome brother. I'm thankful that you can make me laugh every time I see you. Even during my trials I have endured, it is you that knows exactly what to say to make me smile. I love how you are the cool uncle Chris. 
Aunt Terry: I'm thankful for your strength. You are such an encouragement in so many ways. I look up to you and the way you have faced your trial with such courage. I'm thankful for you sharing your wisdom with me from motherhood to natural living. I owe much of my natural living path to you. 
Visone family: I'm thankful for the fun that we have when we can visit you. 
Dawn: I'm thankful for your caring heart. It's been amazing to watch you drop so many things to take care of our family. You're definitely setting a wonderful example for so many. I love that you remember the small things and wish the kids happy birthday on their birthdays. 
Grandma and Grandpa (PA): I'm thankful that we have been able to visit you (Grandma) in PA and that you have met our kids. It's wonderful to know that they have met my wonderful grandma. I love that you two are setting a example of a long marriage. 
Grandma (F): I know we don't talk a lot, but I'm thankful for when we do. With Chris in Florida, I hope for a visit soon! 
Uncle Mike: I'm thankful that you came to my wedding and we have some pictures of all of us together. I hope we can visit soon.

Billie: I'm thankful for your honesty and willingness to speak truth to Ben and me. I love that you want the family to share experiences as a family. 
Jo: I'm thankful for your generous heart and kindness. You have been there for us in so many ways. I love that you love to have family gatherings. 
GG: I'm thankful that you still want to take care of your family and for your tidbits of knowledge. You always speak up when you think something is not right. 
Rebecca: I'm thankful for our friendship! You are truly the sister I never had growing up. I'm thankful for our conversation and advice, fun ikea trips, and many Kangaroo Coffee stops.
Malpass Family: I love that all our kids are growing up together and am thankful for how much my kids love you guys. 
Cindy: I'm thankful that we get to chat on the phone every once and a while and for you reaching out to me this summer during my hard time! 
Fleming Family: I'm thankful for your visits. We love that we get to see you and spend time with you.
Amy and Allan: I'm thankful that you made time to mentor us when we were engaged (I don't know if I have ever put that to words) We learned a lot! I'm thankful that you continue to share your wisdom as a (more) experienced couple and parents.  
Spiers Family: I'm thankful that we can enjoy family occasions with you all. 

Here are a few pictures (that I had on my phone that I didn't lose) of my mom and brother (before he moved to Flordia) Wish I had more recent ones of other family members too. 

Lost Pictures!!

So remember that goal about blogging more? Yeah, I remember it too. I got a little discouraged when I lost over 1000 pictures last month and didn't know where to re-start with not having pictures to include in my posts. I love pictures and it made me super sad to lose those. Oh, technology. I do love technology when it works, but when something goes wrong, horribly wrong, technology can blow. I have learned a lesson though- backing up pictures is important. I'm so happy that I did do some on and off blogging and managed to save some pictures that way. Anyways, here's to a new picture/blog start!!

Thankfulness: Day 2!

Today, is a little overlap from yesterday! But, I want to emphasize my complete and utter thankfulness for my two littles. They make my heart happy. I can't imagine my life without them now, even though they can make life harder-- dealing with potty issues, little attitudes, dietary changes, less sleep, meltdowns, fighting and all the things that come with 2 under 3-- they make my life better! Ben and I are truly blessed by these two gifts. Alivia is a, loving, sweet, social-outgoing, kind, sensitive, active, beautiful little gal. Nolan is coming into his personality more and more and is a serious (when he doesn't know someone or is in a new surrounding), down to earth, active, sweet, funny-funny (when he knows someone or is in a familiar surrounding), joking kind of dude- total boy! I enjoy watching them interact together, they are becoming quite the friends. I love teaching them new things and witnessing them learn. I am thankful that I get to stay home with them for their big achievements and their everyday moments!

Thankfulness: Day 1!

Well hello November! I plan (perfect November goal) to blog about something for which I am thankful for each day this month.

Today, I'm going to be completely cliche- I am beyond thankful and blessed beyond words for my little family!! Ben, you are the love of my life and I'm so happy to spend my days with you. Thanks for asking me to be your wife many a days ago, we are 6 years in, with (God willing) many more to come. I'm thankful that you choose to support our family and allow me to stay home and be with our beautiful children. I love your sense of humor and how you, like no one else, can make me smile. I love spending quality time with you and completely enjoy when spending our days together when you are off. I love our date nights that we have and also love watching you interact with our kiddos. You are a fabulous, loving, and wonderful father! I married one handsome man. I am so thankful! Alivia and Nolan- you are such a joy. I truly love being your mom and watching you grow. You two make me smile daily. I can't believe how big you're getting and how much learning goes on in your heads at this age. I'm so thankful that I can stay home with you guys during these young years and play, teach, and enjoy you two!