Monday, December 16, 2013

Wait.. WHAT?

I'm pretty sure a minute ago she was learning how to speak.  Now?  My darling SweetPea is a chef preparing breakfast for the entire household.  Okay.. maybe with a little help.. JUST a little.

It goes by too dang quick..


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

One Of Those Mornings..

You know those days that actually start out amazing?  First, we were bathed in a orangey-pink sunrise..

 
Then I got an email from Little Buddy's teacher letting me know he scored 96% on a multiplication test he took yesterday.  He has worked his behiney off, struggled huge and we're just so dang proud of him.
 
All this AND I had time to make a pot of coffee at the store this morning.
 
Life is good today.  And I'm very grateful for that..


Monday, November 11, 2013

They Said..

Those kids are damaged goods.

There are other ways of starting a family.

You'll never bond with them like a "real" child.

The bio family might take them back.
 
You'll regret it.
 
They'll never love you back.
 
You can't handle it.



They.Were.Wrong.

November is National Adoption Month.  For more information, please visit our friends at the Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption ..

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Guess What Month It Is? MikeMikeMikeMike..

Well.. it works for Hump Day so why not?

IT'S NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Just say YES

Monday, October 7, 2013

Fall Missed The Memo...

And Winter is all jumping the gun...
 


The good news is we're back in the upper 50s and drying out.  Should be nice for a few days, anyway.

All that being said, if I catch even a hint of Christmas d├ęcor while shopping (I'm talking to YOU, Walmart!) I will completely go ballistic.

So.Not.Ready.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

And JUST As We Ease Into Fall...

Here comes winter! 
 
GAH!
 

The good news is after the white stuff falls tomorrow we'll be back in the 60's by the weekend.  

Or so they say...

Monday, September 16, 2013

Praying For CO



Literally a week before the rains came, I sold my home in CO.  It is one of the many towns that has been devastated by flood.  If you have ever visited you know it's chock full of beauty and wonderful people.  My friends and family are there, my most precious memories are there.  Please help if you can.

FROM 9NEWS.COM website:

KU0SA - Here are some ways you can help out the victims of the Colorado flooding:
Help Colorado Now:
Find out how to help those affected by floods in Colorado, including ways to donate, what to donate and locations of donation centers, through Help Colorado Now: http://helpcoloradonow.com.

Text to Give:
The mGive Foundation has a campaign active to fundraise for flood response throughout the state. Donors can text FLOOD to 80108 to give $10 to the mGive Disaster Relief Fund. Donations will be collected by the mGive Foundation and directed to organizations providing services to the affected areas and listed on the http://helpcoloradonow.com website.

American Red Cross:
To help people affected by disasters like these floods, as well as countless other crises, people can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.

People can donate by visiting http://www.redcross.org/or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Colorado Farm Bureau:

The Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation has activated a Disaster Fund where 100% of donations will go to Colorado farmers and ranchers affected by the floods. You can donate here: http://on9news.tv/14QTfG9

Checks can be sent to Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation. Please note Disaster Fund-Colorado Floods in the memo line.
Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation
Attn: Disaster Fund
9177 E. Mineral Circle
Centennial, CO 80112

Bonfils:
Bonfils is accepting blood donations. For information visit: http://bit.ly/1aIrTox

The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army has a Text to Give Campaign. To give, visit http://www.imsalvationarmy.org/ or call 1-800-725-2769 and designate "Colorado Floods."

You may also text GIVEHOPEIM to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army. Donations by mail may be designated "Colorado Floods" and sent to: The Salvation Army P.O. Box 60006 Prescott,AZ 86304

211:
211 has prepared a Relief and Recovery Guide to connect Colorado residents affected by the Larimer County Floods with disaster assistance and information. http://on9news.tv/1859koK.

Foothills United Way: 
The funds raised through the Foothills United Way Flood Relief Fund will be used toward health and human services for those affected by the flooding in Boulder and Broomfield counties. Visit: http://www.unitedwayfoothills.org/floodrelief

King Soopers:
All King Soopers stores are collecting cash donations for the America Red Cross Flood Disaster Relief at their registers.



(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Kiss Me.. I'm Irish AND...

GERMAN! 

Bavarian to be exact.  Another DNA breakthrough a la Auntie M has nailed down a highly possible 3rd cousin (the maternal side).

This explains A LOT...  AHEM
 
For the record I actually was at the Hofbrauhaus a *few* years ago.  Thank goodness there were no smartphones handy back then.
 
Ahem again.

Friday, September 6, 2013

And One Door Closes..

 
Over Labor Day weekend we packed up the kids and hauled to Colorado to pick up one.last.load.  Our once busy home is now a shell of her former self, bare and awaiting new people.  The walls will always hold the sounds of our laughter and tears, arguments and make ups.  It hums with memories of wonderful holiday parties and fantastic bbqs.

Today she became someone else's Home Sweet Home.  Bittersweet but perfectly timed.  Yet another goodbye but not as hard as all the others.  Maybe I'm getting tough in my old age.

As if.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Small Town Perks...

So a couple months ago a lady came into my store asking if I knew who owned the black Tahoe parked on the street.  Of course, it's mine.  She went on to say she had hit it and we both went outside for a gander...

I didn't hear a thing.. she could have gone on her merry way.. but she didn't.  She sought me out and gave me a copy of her insurance card instead.

When does THAT ever happen?

I did a drive-by at the body shop where ole Black is bunking for a while.  She's getting all gussied up... and not on my dime.


Happy Me.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Yeah, What Tony Said..

School started last Wednesday.. I thought things would settle down a bit.  There I go thinking again.  My first Sunday off in 9 weeks and Sweet Pea was sick.  She made sure to sneeze directly on my face at least twice and guess who is feeling like complete crud now?

That would be me.

I'm supposed to be training on the pos system being built specifically for my store (it's amazing but there's sooo much to it).. and have it all figured out by this Thursday, end of month is closing in and I have loads of paperwork that needs to be sent in, gotta help my customers AND get down to the old house this coming weekend.  I'm beat and feel like poop.

Other that that everything ELSE is

Sunday, August 18, 2013

That Light At The End Of The Tunnel...

Since the end of June, my little store has been open 7 days a week.  It's hard to believe summer has come and gone.. Little Buddy starts school in just a  few days.  We knew there would be sacrifices, I had to give this place 100% and have done so since I got the keys in May.

We're rolling back to Fall Hours.. still open Monday thru Saturday, but closing on Sundays.  It's a relief to get to spend more time with the family and maybe (JUST MAYBE) make some headway on the house we moved into all those months ago.  Of course, I'll still be giving it my all and then some at my shop, but I'll also get some time to reel it in for a bit...


And just breathe...

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I'm A Sculptor.. Who Knew?


Two years ago right now ----> THIS <---- is what we were dealing with.  From the fog of those days we've pushed forward, carving out our new normals.  A hell of a task.  We all did the best we could with the hand we were dealt and I've learned many lessons since.  The fragility of life astounds me.  In a single moment, your entire world can change forever and all you can do is hold on for dear life and try to remember to breathe.

And dammit, we did.

These past couple of years have been a test of strength, will, faith, love and friendship.  The best of the best rose to the top while the scoundrels were weeded out.  It still amazes me how cold hearted some can be.

Thank God they're gone.

For someone who abhors change (*points to self*), this has been an insane last six months.  We moved twice, acclimated to a new state, I started a business in an industry .. well let's say I'm learning as I go and working 7 days a week.  I'm exhausted and when I run out of juice, it ain't pretty.  My man is a patient saint, believe you me.

I see things differently, it's interesting how trauma can mold and shape your very being.  I honestly try not take the good stuff for granted and make an effort to appreciate the blessings ..

Especially the two that gave me a reason to get up and carve.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

When It's Slow..

When the paperwork is all caught up, the store is all clean and things have slowed down.. I may or may not stream Longmire during the workday... Shhh.. don't tell the boss.



(Ferg for Sheriff)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Slackin'? Um, No..

So what's the deal with me being so off the bloggy radar this past month plus?  Well, remember when I posted on scoring the keys to my shop back in May?  That's where I have been...

Day & Night.

What I failed to mention was the space was formerly a tattoo parlor.  The walls were black, it had red trim and the windows to the storefront display area were dark purple.

One word:  KILZ.

 BEFORE:


AFTER:


We had our soft opening last week (it went great) and are planning the BIG Grand Opening next month.  I still have product and displays due in.. we're not quite there yet but the doors are OPEN.. 7 days a week!

Bottom Line:  I'm not slacking.. swears!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Kiss Me...

I REALLY AM IRISH!

My search angel, Auntie M, has been digging into my DNA as well as birth records for forever now, scouring the online universe and boy, did we have a breakthrough..

I just got word today that in all probabilities, my grandmother and great grandmother hail from Limerick, Ireland!!!!



Pucker Up, Baby!!!!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Breather..

Wildflowers GALORE..
We took a break from life yesterday evening and headed up to the canyon..


15 minutes out of town and some fresh air sure make a difference...
The surreal beauty was the icing on the cake!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

OH.. And Did I Mention...

In the midst of the mind numbing chaos of moving 2 homes (one of which is out of state) into one, I secured a location for my new business and got the keys last week...


Sleep?  I don't need no stinkin' sleep...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Perfect Moment Monday

Okay, I'm a day late.. but it FEELS like Monday, right??

It's that time of year again.. one of my favorites... LILAC SEASON!  
(YAY!)


Better yet, my baby girl took time to stop and appreciate their beauty and fragrance..
(just like her Mommy..)


And she may have picked a few along the way..
(just like her Mommy)


Perfectly Perfect.



Hosted by Lori at LavenderLuz.com, Perfect Moment Monday is about noticing a perfect moment 
rather than creating one. 
Perfect moments can be momentous or ordinary 
or somewhere in between.
On the last Monday of each month we engage in mindfulness 
about something that is right with our world. 
Everyone is welcome to join.

Monday, May 20, 2013

OHMYLANTA.. We're BEAT...

We did the 5 hour drive to our old home in CO on Thursday night, did some power packing Friday and this is what our Saturday morning looked like...

.. For the next 9 Hours..


We hustled home Sunday and this was our Monday...

The movers are gone and I'm doing a bit of this..

But it won't last long since it's not hooked up..

DRAT!


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Limbo No Mo' ...

Well, we're getting closer to "normal".. whatever THAT is..

So we were looking at closing on our new house here in a few weeks.  That would've run us into the opening of my new business (*fingers crossed* that launch date is still up in the air) but we were bound and determined to make it work.  Suddenly, like manna from Heaven, we got word last Friday:  We might be able close THAT afternoon (2 weeks EARLY).  No lie, my friends.. you read it right (when does that ever happen?!).  At 3pm that very afternoon we were sitting in an office at the title company, signing and BOOM.. we've got keys.

SQUEEEE!

Our amazing friends swooped in and over the weekend we had a ton of the big stuff moved from G's house to our new home.  My furniture will arrive from CO in a few weeks.  Holy mother of all spins.. but dang it, it's a good one and there are no complaints...

After helping us out in such a huge way our friends THEN treated us to BBQ here on Sunday, our official first night.  How blessed are we?  Naturally, s'mores followed ...


... the boys christened the hot tub that evening... 

And what's left is a whole lotta this.


I couldn't be happier.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

April Showers Brings...

A crap load of snow..

Pictured:  My Snowberman


The table on the left is where we enjoyed a lovely BBQ last weekend.  
Behind Max?  The fire pit we sat around afterwards..

We do need the moisture so it's all good.
(Translation:  No not really, I wish I was in flip flops)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Limbo Laughs

In the craziness that comes with being between homes, living out of a suitcase, trying to start a business and find a new sense of normal, I'm thrilled to report there is still a constant:  The kids' goofy sense of humor.  Some people find Mary burned in a tortilla or see shapes of horses in the clouds above..  my son finds things like hearts in a bag of chips.  Of course, once discovered, he professes his undying love for me..


Just before he takes a big bite out of it and laughs like a maniac.

Yeah, they were meant to be mine.  

Monday, April 29, 2013

Perfect Moment Monday

A Sunday snooze and Perfectly content.




Hosted by Lori at LavenderLuz.com, Perfect Moment Monday is about noticing a perfect moment rather than creating one. Perfect moments can be momentous or ordinary or somewhere in between.

On the last Monday of each month we engage in mindfulness about something that is right with our world. Everyone is welcome to join.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Another Goodbye.. Almost...

I've gotta admit, last week was rough and it feels like nothing is going our way.  1 step forward, 3 back.  Talk about discouraging and completely frustrating.  All we can do is put our heads down, plug forward and put it in God's hands.

When we got home from church yesterday, my eldest doggy Max wasn't doing well.  He could hardly stand, was wobbly when he walked and just plain out of it.  He perked up after a few hours and now back to his old self but it was quite a scare and we're sure the writing is on the wall.  He probably had a mini stroke or seizure.  When I adopted him in 1999 he was between 6 months to a year old so my old guy is pushing 15.  Maxie has had a good, long life but I'm really not ready to say goodbye to my darling old gentleman.

Not by a long shot.

Time has a funny way of clicking by nearly unnoticed.  This was taken in 2001 and seems like yesterday.  Here, Auntie Brenda is meeting Dakota (L - rest in peace, sweet husky) and Maxie (R).  It was the first and only time Max met someone then lifted his leg on them.  Consider yourself special, Bren.. I'm sure you kept that sock as a memento.

This shot taken yesterday in the backyard doing my old man's two favorite things.. soaking up the sunshine and hanging with his mommy.  Damn I love that dog.

SO, of all the crap that has been thrown our way here recently, I'm very grateful to have a little more time with my sweet angel boy.  
It could've been an even worse day .. thank God it wasn't.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Snow Day..

So we had some white stuff a few days back.. 
(there's a Passat & Tahoe in there somewhere, swears)


The kids had a snow day and made the most of it... 
(yes, that's a slide and yes, they did play on it)


And the next day, it was back to school on a gorgeous day..
(that's facing the car line.. on the OTHER side of the mid street snow pile)


Have I mentioned yet how much I LOOOVE our wood burning stove?

Friday, April 5, 2013

Happy Adoption Day...


TO US!!!


I can't believe it has already been a year.. feels like 10 years ago and yesterday all wrapped in one.  You both have grown so much since you first came in 2010 and I am so very proud of you both.  How blessed am I God chose you for me?  

No words..

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Hobo Wanderers...

After hauling a load to our new town and spending a week there, the kids and I are back in CO for a few days.  My home here is now on the market so the cupboards are bare and only some of the furniture remains.  The satellite has been disconnected but WiFi remains (of course!) so at least there's that.  Paper plates, Red Solo cups and plasticware are what we dine with.  So awesome.  I tend to lean toward the hoarder side so having little to none to work with is very strange and frustrating.  

If all goes as planned ('cause that's how it always works out, right?  Smile/Nod) the home we have under contract in our new town closes at the end of May.  That means we've only got another month and a half living out of suitcases..  "Only" with an eyeroll.

The good news is I can launder our entire current wardrobe in a mere 2 loads.

A HUGE High5 to BigG for handling all this so well.  Between his demanding job, coordinating our move from here, all the hoop-jumping that goes with the house under contract there, dealing with his own household that is now bursting at the seams with kids and dogs and Drama Mama yours truly trying to start up a business and oh yeah, plan a wedding of some sort, the poor man is spinning beyond words.  Does he lose his cool and get all jiggy?  No (that's me) .. he just presses on with the patience of a Saint.  He seriously earned his angel wings taking on this family.

And then some..

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Last Saturday Looked Like This..

Cold, snowy and chock full of boxes...


Sunday was pretty much like this ...


Then we hit the road for a little bit of that...


And finally a whole lotta this... Glorious THIS..


And now we breathe...

Okay, no not really but it sure sounds good, right?  

Monday, March 18, 2013

Packing Hell & Panic Attacks...

My BFF & SIL for life (y'all know Auntie MooMoo) came by yesterday and helped kick some major packing ass hiney.  Of course, Little Buddy wanted in on the action and she was happy to oblige.  The entire day they both took great pleasure watching me have mini heart attacks over their antics.

Naughty!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Shark!!

Jenga Shark...


Don't let the cuteness fool ya.. the kids got game and whupped his Mama.  

Thursday, March 14, 2013

I Ain't The Gamblin' Type .. But ...

For once in my life I am taking a leap of faith (a risk if you may) thinking outside the box and putting trust in my own abilities.  The rest is in God's hands and BigG is fully supportive.  Thank goodness.  For all y'all that are keeping tabs, in addition to packing like a madwoman and trying to get my house on the market in the next two weeks, relocating to a new state, getting the kids acclimated and house hunting on that end.. I'm also in the process of starting a new business.

It's Official:  I am that special kinda crazy..  


Stay Tuned!