Life marching on…whether we want it to or not.

I cried on the way home from work. The stress and pressure of keeping things afloat at the office is getting to me. Everyone says it will get easier. I just don't know when. Life doesn't stop for death. Whatever happened to a mourning period? My little Parker taught me to make dinner. She's 5.... Continue Reading →

i am thinking…

Things I love: My family, my friends, my dog Things I wish I had: Inner-peace, a bigger kitchen, more time, more patience My favorite place(s) on earth: Home, the ice rink, any bookstore Things that gross me out: Sitting across from someone who is eating with their mouth open. It's not see-food, people! Things I... Continue Reading →

my husband has the job i want

The landscaping season has winded down. Now is the time that my hard-working hubby becomes a stay-at-home-husband. Lucky man. He has the job I want. He gets to pick up our oldest daughter after school so she no longer has to attend after school care. He gets to stay up late and sleep in. He... Continue Reading →

do you live what you believe?

On most days that answer is probably pretty easy. It's not everyday that we are presented with a moral dilemma that shakes our belief system to the core. Oh, we voice our opinions on major issues--drug dealers, drunk driving, and rapist. You know where you stand when it comes to those issues, but what would... Continue Reading →

3 reasons i {heart} my husband

3 reasons I ♥ my husband right now. He says, "No, Honey. The meat is dried out because it was a bad cut of meat, not because you over-cooked it in the crock-pot." He refuses to go to a strip club because of his moral beliefs when he is invited to a bachelor party. He... Continue Reading →

disrespecting 9/11

With the anniversary of  September 11th fast approaching, many people are taking this time to reflect. Reflect on the events that unfolded that day. Do you remember where you were? Reflecting and remembering the innocent victims who lost their lives. Reflecting on how we felt, in our hearts and our guts, as we watched our... Continue Reading →

an als kind of birthday

Ron McCormick turns 62 years old today. It's a birthday to celebrate. He should eat lots of sugar-loaded cake. He should open presents from loved ones. He should kick up his heels, dance a little, maybe on a table. But he can't because he was diagnosed with a fatal disease called ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis... Continue Reading →

kicking the habit

We all have habits that we should kick. Habits like smoking; it's bad for our lungs. Drinking less soda and drink more water. Eating less junk food and eat more fruits and vegetables. We know we should change those habits. But what about less  obvious habits like biting our nails, cursing less, or shopping to deal... Continue Reading →

caught in a lie

Alex caught me in a lie. This was after I had been lecturing her about lying all week long. Worse yet, she did something sneaky to find out I had lied. She wanted over-priced ice cream from the ice cream truck rolling down the block. I didn't want to pay four times the price for... Continue Reading →

easy ways to save energy this summer

It's summertime. Time for swimsuits, popsicles and rolling blackouts. Wait. What? Here in Colorado, Xcel is the king of energy supply. And that means that the king gets to make the rules when it comes to who gets energy and when. The king also sets the rate prices and there is nothing you can do about it.... Continue Reading →

country memories

A few years ago we took Alex back to my hometown...Gravois Mills, MO. Smack-dab in the middle of Ozark country. Lake of the Ozarks to be exact. I had lived in the "big city" almost as long as I lived in the country but the city is really where I felt I always belonged. And... Continue Reading →

haunting nightmares

I heard the voices calling me into the dark. I was scared. Scared out of my mind. My heart was racing but they were calling me to come closer. I had to listen to what they were saying even though I don't know exactly what they were saying. All the voices were speaking at once. Calling... Continue Reading →

freedom: 4th of july

{Repost from July 2009. It still stands true to me today.} In case you haven’t realized it yet, the 4th of July is today. It’s one of my favorite holidays. There is no pressure of finding the perfect present, no searching every store to find the perfect Hannah Montana wig for that rock star costume, and no spending 4 hours in... Continue Reading →

thanks for being a…parent. what?

I took 4 kids, ages 8 to 3 (3 girls, 1 boy), bowling today. All by myself. The question, "Are you crazy?" went through my mind. More than once. But I did it anyway. And I survived. The kids survived. Brunswick Bowling Alley survived. But here's the crazy thing: I got thanked for doing what every... Continue Reading →

i used to think i was lucky

I have a friend whose daughter, starting at the age of about 3 (she is now 6) would let out this blood-curtailing-ear-drum-breaking scream. For no apparent reason. Just 'cause. I was thankful I only spent a few hours at a time with her rather than live with her. But still, it would drive me insane... Continue Reading →

vacation time

Heading out to the Great Sand Dunes tomorrow for a few days of camping. I am not sure why people feel the need to camp when a Comfort Suites is perfectly nice. It's more than nice; there is a pool, a hot breakfast in the morning that you don't have to cook and a nice... Continue Reading →

summer pleasure

Nothing could be better on a hot summer evening...ice cream and a swing! These are for Mom who is finally using the internet again and getting lessons from her granddaughter, Shelby. Way to go Mom...love ya!

who are you going to listen to?

According to them...I should be model-thin, have zero body fat, starve myself to achieve unrealistic body standards, and happiness will be mine if I just lose 30, 50, or 80 pounds. According to Him...I am beautiful, unique & perfect whether I wear as size 20 or size 2, I was created by a master artist... Continue Reading →

grilled pizza

I got this idea from another blog {I wish I could give credit, but my feeble mind won't allow it}. Anyway... Grilled Pizza jar of pizza sauce pre-packaged pizza dough (I used the Target brand) mozzarella cheese, shredded choice of toppings (we only used pepperoni) grill oil spray (like Pam spray but for your BBQ grill)... Continue Reading →

today

itching to...sleep til noon for just one day necessary extravagance...getting my hair colored fashion obsession...open-toed shoes dream job...travel photographer currently craving...showtime's series the tudors and chocolate, of course signature scent...japanese cherry blossom body lotion what i am reading now...the twilight series {hate to admit that} & still reading the bible {interesting combo} on my nightstand...my journal, bible, ipod shuffle & earbuds... Continue Reading →

what have i done wrong…

Last Friday Parker's daycare had a "spring recital" (translation: an unorganized debacle of 20 or so 3 years olds trying to sing a selection of Disney songs). Anyway, Parker is in the back row awaiting her turn to be moved to the front row to sing with her group. And she's not waiting very patiently...but... Continue Reading →

simple pleasure

It has been raining just about every afternoon the past week which is awesome for me! I always say, "...it doesn't rain nearly enough in Colorado," (that is the Missouri-girl talking). I taught Alex at an early age the simple pleasure of playing in rain puddles after a spring storm. Now, together we have taught... Continue Reading →

spring in colorado

  We went in search of snow on April...we had to go all the way to Loveland Pass to find it! Above is the layout I did of our treak. Yesterday it snowed. May 12th. It snowed. About 3 inches. Crazy Colorado weather.

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