Thursday, September 30, 2010

PROCRASTINATION [Why am I so good at it?}

This is part of an on-going series LBDDiaries and I are doing on keeping our Inner Aloha/Peaceful Life. To see Tuesday's Aloha- Cleaning out Clutter-Yard Sale post go here.


Procrastination are we born doing it or is it something we learn along the way?  Some people do something the minute it needs to be done and others put it off until the last second.


I'm somewhere in the middle but lean towards the last minute..  WHY?  WHY? WHY??


I come up with my own reasons.......
  1. There isn't enough time in the day
  2. I NEED to sit and take a beak for a minute
  3. See reason #1 and #2
But there are others who have just as much to do as I do and seem to find time to be organized and NOT procrastinate.  Getting organized has been a lifelong goal of mine and so why not add STOP PROCRASTINATING to the list?


Sure I do the things that HAVE to be done.  But other things, that are important to me, I sometimes drop the ball on.  Like I have great intentions....but then awful follow thru.


For instance:
  1. I buy birthday cards and forget to mail them
  2. I buy birthday gifts and forget to give them out
  3. I have errands to run in town and then I forget to bring the items on my list.
  4. I buy the jars, etc. to do my canning and then I drop the ball on getting the fresh fruit/vegis.
  5. I buy stuff for a party and don't end up having time to properly plan for it and execute the party.
I'm sure I could go on and on.....


Then you have my daughter.  7th grade and she organizes me.  She does a book report when it is assigned and will have it sitting there for a month waiting for the due date.  She makes lists for me, she plans parties for me, she is my little helper.


Where did she get this from?  NO CLUE....  But I admire it in her.


Another thing I don't understand about procrastinating is that when I do something WITHOUT procrastinating it feels so good.  When I remember things and take my list to town with me and get things crossed off and done it feels great! 


I know I do need to say "no" and take a little off of my plate but owning our own business and being responsible for the office part of it, having 3 children living at home, one whom we are planning college for and one child who bought a home about 10 minutes away from us (which we are redoing a roof on, etc. helping him) AND he is engaged to be married this next year......it's a bit hard to have much of a life.  I MISS MY FRIENDS.  I miss some free time...  But my #1 duty is being a wife, mommy and our office work has to be next in line.......so we have somewhere to live as a wife and mommy and food to feed our family (dang work thing).....And my friends and family are on that list......I just wish I had more time to spend with them.


When I decide I'm just DOING IT.... It's good at first and then I pay for it later.  I get behind in the office (which stresses me), my housework gets behind (which is an ongoing problem. Can I hear an Amen? PLEASE...tell me I'm not alone)....And then those roll over into the time the kids and Hunk is home in the afternoon and it takes time away from them....


There has to be a happy medium and I'm in search for it...  And while on my search and on my journey of thinning out the JUNK and CLUTTER from my life and getting myself organized, I'm going to work on NOT procrastinating.


I love my life.  I don't take one single breath for granted, just need to get back to some basics and be a better "manager" of my time.


Living my Aloha........Just had to sell the grass skirt.......it was cluttering up the place. (smile)


OH OH OH..... AND I'm canning my Salsa today...... Check it off the list baby........Ahhhhhhhh.....I'll let you know how good that feels when I'm done!

Ciao Bellas~
~Momma~

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

YARD SALE- CLEAN OUT THE CLUTTER {while getting a sunburn and earning .25 cents}

This is part of an on-going series LBDDiaries and I are doing on keeping our Inner Aloha/Peaceful Life. To see Thursday's post go here.Kindness! Kindness! Kindness! I’m practicing my KINDNESS!


I wanted to change it up just a bit today and talk about "clutter" in our lives.

Is it hoarding?  Is it collecting?  Is it all the money we spent on "stuff" that we feel we can't get rid of it?

I had a yard sale this weekend.  Talk about working hard for little pay.  I never worked so hard for .25 cents!  A brand new jacket I asked .50 cents for it and without skipping a beat he says TWENTY-FIVE.  I said she openeth her mouth with wisdom and on her tongue is the law of kindness "Nooooooooo, .50 cents"  He bought it.  But oh my gosh!  Seriously.  I think if it had been $1 he would have shouted out FIFTY CENTS.. 

By the time the sun had burnt me up on the 2nd day and I knew I was going to have to pack all the crap stuff up that we didn't sell the Yard Sale sign now had "Sale" crossed out and "FREE" written over it. 

Bottom line Sunday was over 100 degrees outside and not many people were shopping.  Plus many people think a Saturday-Sunday yard sale will be picked over junk "left overs" on Sunday.  The truth was our Sunday yard sale was FULL of new stuff.  Hunk and my dad went to our barn and got another huge trailer load of "stuff" to go through on Saturday night.  In fact I had "better" items on Sunday than I did on Saturday.

We bagged up all the clothes and bedding (about 15 boxes and bags worth) and donated them to a woman/child shelter in town.  All the books we donated to the local library.  The rest Hunk loaded up in the trailer to go either trash or Amvets or Salvation Army.

So in the end after a day of  sun burning, irritation, yard sale grime meeting new people, seeing the excitement on little kids faces when I tell them something is .10 cents, .25 cents or FREE I made about $160.00 and I have a barn that has allot more room in it.  That is a great feeling.

I'm not "done" getting the clutter out.  I have lots more things I want to really go through and finish getting rid of (Just to set the record straight, I will not be getting rid of it via a yard sale, I will be GIVING it all away).

When our lives are cluttered, when our homes are cluttered, when we can't find things or don't have room to properly store things or allow everything to have a place it can call home (besides the kitchen counter top) then it's time to do some thinning out.

I strongly believe when we live with clutter our mind is cluttered.  At least in my case.  I think that is why getting rid of the extra stuff feels so freeing to me.

I do have to admit while I sat there on Saturday and Sunday and unloaded boxes getting totally side tracked when I opened boxes of old photos  and I layed it all out on tables and tarps the filled a good portion of the yard I felt a tinge of guilt and remorse.  Why?  WASTE.  So much WASTE.  So many items with tags still on them.  So many un-used expensive items. 

I found myself thinking "If I could have all the money back from these purchases my bank account would be looking pretty good right now!"

I won't dwell on it though.  It was an eye opener and I will use that "eye opener" every time I think I need something new.  Am I 100% sure I will use the heck out of it?  Do I have a place to store it?  Will I still want to use it next year and the year after?  How gut wrenching is it going to be to sell it for TWENTY FIVE CENTS??  Am I THAT sure I NEED it.

Clear the clutter!  It is so freeing!

Momma.....stepping off her box.

Ciao Bellas~

Monday, September 27, 2010

Meet Me on Monday's......

Meet me on Monday's via Miss Java!  Go on over and join the fun!






Questions:

1. How many TV’s do you have in your home?

Thanks to http://www.artie.com/ for the animation.

We have 5 TV's in our home.  One in our bedroom, one in the living room, one in our sons room, one in our daughters room and one at the bar. 

2. What is on your bedside table (nightstand)?



Let see.  My hormone medication, My bible, my lamp, my alarm clock (that I never set cuz Hunk sets his), an ink pen, whatever book I may be reading at the time.

3. How many pair of shoes do you own?


Hmmmmmm  Not a ton actually.  I just had a yard sale!  So cleaning out the clutter.  If I had to guess I would say maybe 10 to 15 pairs.

4. Can you change a flat tire?
Do I have a SPARE TIRE?  yes around my waist..... Oh wait, that wasn't the question....

If I had to change a flat tire..... I believe I could, yes. 

5. Do you prefer sweet treats or salty treats?

Have you seen my backside?  Let's just say......I prefer TREATS.....  In fact I prefer sweet and salty treats....  Like sweet and salty chex mix.... Yummmmmmmm, Yummmmmmm Yummmmmm

That's the low down on me this week.  How about you?

Ciao Bellas~

Momma

Thursday, September 23, 2010

KINDNESS {DON'T MISTAKE BEING KIND FOR BEING WEAK}

This is part of an on-going series LBDDiaries and I are doing on keeping our Inner Aloha/Peaceful Life. To see Tuesday's post go here.Kindness! Kindness! Kindness! I’m practicing my KINDNESS!






Beth made 8 “points” about Kindness. Today I want to share the first point.




1. Kindness is NOT weakness.


Being kind doesn’t mean we have to be “weak”. It doesn’t mean because we are CHOOSING to be kind that we are now a doormat. We just need to keep a kindness about us as we stand firm in whatever it may be that we need to stand up about.


In other words we can be aware of wickedness whether it be in someone’s actions or in their words to us but we can make a choice to be kind.


This is not to say that occasionally someone won't try to “steam roll you” because they feel you are “kind” and they think they can get away with it. Those people will always be out there BUT how you respond is to them up to you.

You can say “Don’t confuse my kindness with weakness” and then repeat your answer. Now, you don’t have to do this with your hands on your hips and your finger waggin’ in their face. (When you feel the need to do this just repeat to yourself “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness)


This brings me to “confession time”. Ughhhhhh You know I have to spill it and keep it real here on my Soapbox.


So here it is:


Yesterday morning......I was cranky.  YES, it happens from time to time. I had not had enough sleep, I have a lot of work to get done and the girls have minimum days each day this week because of teacher conferences. Hunk thought he was being his normal silly self. OKAY he WAS being his normally silly self (I just apparently wasn't in the mood) and he was teasing about a raccoon that had gotten into the garbage, saying “Good thing we don’t have a dog to get into the trash”. (Many of you know we lost our sweet Nestlie (chocolate lab) which broke all of our hearts….and I’m not ready to have another dog just yet.)  I must admit I’m enjoying not having things torn up and dug up….. now Nestlie was too old to do this but I am well aware that a puppy will……(I’m sure I’ll give in soon)……. So anywho…….Hunk made this comment. He was teasing……. Did I mention I was tired? So I guess the look on my face and my walking to the living room gave away that a bit of irritation was brewing in me. imagine it? in me? what next, ocean front property in Arizona? He told me he was only kidding not to get upset. I said “I’m not” (HA…..whatever)…… Then he says that I’m upset that he said to not get upset…… and again, if you know Hunk you know he is trying to poke fun and he wasn’t upset with me (not yet anyway…… I knew I needed to get out of my funk before he did get upset)….. So I walked into the kitchen and started getting my cup of coffee (more caffeine that is what I needed, then I’d be good. LOL) So, as I’m waiting for my coffee to finish brewing I am repeating OVER AND OVER “She opens her mouth with wisdom and on her tongue is the law of kindness”. SERIOUSLY over and over and over…. I THOUGHT (key word) I was only saying it in my head but apparently..ummmmm NO….. my mouth was moving because from the kitchen table Hunks says “Steph, who are you talking to?” It was a deer in the headlights moment… I said “ummmmm myself” He looked at me like he now realized I really did need to go back to bed, I was losing it. He said “Whatcha saying to yourself?” and chuckled. I said “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness” He said “I told you I was kidding” I said “I know that I’m not mad” He said “If you know that and you are not mad then why do you feel the need to keep repeating that to yourself”? “hmmmmmmmm, good question. “Ok, so I am tired and I knew I was about to overreact “ and we both started laughing…..


It worked! Even on a cranky butt!



Sometimes we need to be reminded to be kind to the kind and other times to be kind to the wicked, ungrateful poops that cross your path. Don’t get sucked into their (or your) negative ways and responses. Rise above it. If not, it will stick with you……LONG after the conversation is over. Be proud of yourself…..


Be aware of the wickedness but make a choice TO BE KIND. Often times kindness toward someone who is being ..ehemmm…..a jerk to you can soften them. I try to keep in mind that when someone is reacting (or OVER reacting) in a “less than kind” way about something, there usually is something else behind it. Something else that has happened in their day, something else on their mind that has them on edge and they were at a breaking point. Now, I know this isn’t always the case, some people are just negative, grumpy poops…..but we don’t have to join them.


KINDNESS- It’s not weakness……It’s much easier to snap back at someone….. No, being kind isn’t being weak, in fact it’s the opposite. It can take a lot of strength and self control to react in “kindness” when someone is being rude to us.


So don’t let people “walk all over you”…. Stand up for yourself. BUT do it with integrity. Do it with class. Be the person you can look in the mirror and be proud of at the end of the day. Be the person your spouse can be proud to have at their side.


Let’s strive to do this together. Let's "kill em with kindness"


A kind hearted woman gains respect.

I'm all about wantin' some r-e-s-p-e-c-t.. (sorry you can't hear my accent or tone, haven't figure out how to type that yet).


Ciao Bellas~


~Momma~

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

SPEAKER: BETH MOORE {ON HER TOUNGUE IS THE LAW OF KINDNESS}

This is part of an on-going series LBDDiaries and I are doing on keeping our Inner Aloha/Peaceful Life. 

Is this what you look like when you openeth your mouth?



"She opens her mouth with wisdom and on her tongue is the law of kindness." Proverbs 31:26

This was what the topic was based on when listening to Beth Moore on Saturday.  She gave a couple reasons why she felt like this would be a good topic for all of us women.

  • A.  Because we live in a mean world.
She made it clear that she meant mean not hard.  Pointing out if we haven't come across mean people in the last two weeks that we just plain aren't getting out enough.  Hand gestures are given while driving, people cutting in line.  It's everywhere..
Another reason.
  • B.  Because "She openeth her mouth"
This we know.  But this also made me laugh.  I felt like a spot light was shining on me in the crowd when she said this.  She might as well have said I'm speaking on this topic "Because STEPHANIE  openeth her mouth"

This doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that us women will open our mouths.  Maybe some of us just need to work on not putting our foot in it as often. 

I definitely got the gift of gab.  I love to visit with friends, I love to laugh and I love to talk.  Not that there is anything wrong with this.  Oddly enough when there are a lot of people around, even people I know well, I tend to feel a bit shy, but one on one in line at the store with a total stranger and I can tell you what color panties they are wearing by the time I leave the store.

Ok, maybe not the color but at least where they go to buy them. You get the idea.... I openeth my mouth....a lot.

Beth went on to talk about how men use approx. 7,000 words a day while women use approx. 20,000 words a day.  I don't know if these numbers are correct but it wouldn't shock me if they were.  Sometimes while Hunk and I are talking I am also carrying on a conversation in my head that usually is along the lines of "He's just sitting there looking at me, I wish he would open up more, it's like I'm doing most of the talking...Ok, it's not like I'm doing most of the talking..I AM doing most of the talking....SHUT YOUR MOUTH STEPHANIE so he can open up and do some talking"  Seriously, sometimes I hardly come up for air.  I'm so excited about something it's like I'm talking in warp speed.

Again this isn't always a bad thing but if we are doing a lot of talking and it isn't kindness rolling off of our tongue it's definitely not a good thing.

Beth then began to talk about how Jesus was raised from the grave.  She asked, WHO did Jesus show himself to first?  The answer:  THE WOMEN.....  Why?  Because he wanted to get the word out!

She had many one liners and really was a hoot.

She spoke about how us women (mothers, aunts, sisters) are all teachers.  We are teachers by examples.  This is so true.  How many times have you heard "Children learn what they live?" 

Do I really want my child to live "A chatty Cathy doll for a mom?"  Pull the string over and over and sometimes it's like I'm talking to just to make noise.  They have stopped listening after the 3rd time of me telling them WHY I'm telling them what I'm telling them.

Shoot..I talk to myself when nobody is home!  I talk to myself when people ARE home.  Not like I'm a nut job but when I'm working on something I have a habit of talking OUT LOUD to myself about my next step.  If I counted how many times I say "Okay" to myself during the day I may have used up my 20,000 words on that word alone.

She also spoke about being careful with our words. That we have a responsibility with our voice.  There are things we can say or may have already said to our children that they won't forget.  Ten years from now they will be writing in to the Dr. Phil show about us.

But I do agree that we have a responsibility with our voice not only with our children but when we are making our voice published.  Not as in an Author of a best seller but as in text messages, emails and blogs.  Things that can be forwarded and seen by so many people. 

My goal is to publish things that lift people up.  Publish things that help others.  Publish things that cause other to stop and think.  If I write a post that can touch just one person and make a positive difference in their lives I will have a smile so wide the white from my teeth would shine brighter than the moon.

I am taking to heart what I learned this weekend.  What is great is whether you are a Christian or not wouldn't the world be a better place if everyone "Opened their mouths with wisdom and on their tongues was the law of kindness?"

I decided I'm going to do at least one act of kindness each day this week and see how much better I feel.

Saturday after leaving "Living Proof Live" I went to Costco and bought groceries.  I bought extra for my son and I also purchased him a microwave and took it over to his home.

Sunday I let my daughter go shopping with a couple friends and I gave her money to buy a new dress for the upcoming dance and for a pair of boots she has been wanting.

Today my act of kindness started out being a gift (TV stand) for my son (his roommate just moved out and he is in need of some items) but on my way home someone rear-ended me and it only left a small dent in my bumper (their headlight was completely busted out) they didn't appear to be very financially set from what I could tell and were very nice.  I told them not to worry about it, that it was a small dent and I would take care of it.

Every act doesn't have to be an expense to the checking account and in fact I think some of the best gifts don't cost anything. 

Just try to think of something each day, try to think of a kind word you can say to someone.  You never know how much your kindness will touch them.

Be sure to let me know what act you chose to do today.

Together we can make a difference.

Ciao Bellas~
~Momma~

Monday, September 20, 2010

BETH MOORE {LIVING PROOF}- What an awsome speaker!


Saturday I went to the "Beth Moore Living Proof Live (Simulcast)"  Wow!  It was so wonderful.  I had heard she was a good speaker and I just loved her!

She spoke on "Kindness."  She gave some really good points.  It was perfect timing for me.  Part of what I have been working on already with my Aloha posts.  This is definitely part of being able to live  my Aloha.  I can't wait to share with you!

My Aloha posts are every Tuesday and Thursday's together with Nan over at Lbddiaries .  This week I will be posting about what I learned from Beth Moore. 

If you are a woman and you "open your mouth".  You will want to hear what Beth had to say.

Ciao Bellas~
~Momma~

Thursday, September 16, 2010

LOVING MY LIFE AGAIN {ALOHA HAS RETURNED}

My Aloha is back!

What a difference a day can make!  I still am sad about our loss, of course, the loss of all of us family members and all his friends.  He left two children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren behind, who all miss him very much.  Emotions run high and it's easy to let yourself get sucked in and feel sorry for yourself.  No more.

My Aloha has returned.  Today, in fact, has been one of those days when you feel like everything is going GREAT!  Not that all the difficult things in my life aren't still there BUT we all have them to deal with and I choose to NOT focus on them. 

I am making a conscious effort to see the glass as half full instead of half empty.

  1.  I got a ton of stuff done for our home office today.  Woop! Woop! 
  2. I took my son to take his drivers license test AND HE PASSED... stay off the roadways...kidding! 
  3. I got some food back in my pantry and fridge..the rugrat's are kissing my feet and saying "thank you for not starving us Momma.  I love you so much Momma.  You are the best Momma anyone could ask for."
  4. I bought chicken dinner at the store and didn't have to cook!
  5. I made it back in time from the DMV to pick my girls up from volleyball practice.

It's funny how much a difference looking at the glass as half full instead of half empty can make.  If I was looking at it half empty I would have said.

  1. I didn't get everything done in the office today that I needed to do and now I have to do some work tonight.
  2. I had to drive my son BACK to the dmv today for his test because I accidentally took him yesterday and his appointment was today.  What a waste of time and gas.  I had it on my calendar but was too frustrated and didn't read it correctly. ughhh
  3. I got groceries and got all the way home, through two locked gates only to have my children come to me and say "MOMMA, we have NO MILK!"
  4. They were out of drumsticks so I had to have another thigh for our chicken dinner and the girls really like drumsticks.
  5. I had to rush back from the DMV to pick up the girls from Volleyball practice.  Rush here, rush there, that is all it seems I do.

HA!  Funny thing is as I was first typing this post I was thinking what a FANTASTIC day I had.  How everything went perfectly.  How I love it when I have those days..  And then when I tried to look at it from a negative point of view.....I realized EVERYTHING DID NOT GO PERFECT... MY ATTITUDE made me feel that way.

I'm choosing the cup to be half full of wine .  When you feel the negativity creeping in stop in your tracks and ask yourself "What could I say positive about this situation OR what could I do to turn this around?"

You will be so glad you did.

Love you more than cheese.

Thanks for being there to fill my glass back up for me.

*cheers*

~Momma~

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"The Loss" and "The Will" {Both can seem heartbreaking}

"In loving memory of our Grandad- We love you!"


It's so sad how things can turn when someone passes away.  Especially if that someone has money and things they have left behind for "loved ones".  I told Hunk I think we should be sure to spend all of our money so our children don't have anything to fight over.

In the midst of mourning the loss of a loved one you have to tread lightly to not offend the ones left behind.

My feelings have been and always will be that the person who worked for every nickle they have has the right to do with it as they please.  We may not agree with their decision.  We may not like their decision but I feel we should respect the fact that THEY made the money, THEY saved the money and THEY have the right to leave it to who THEY feel it should go to.  Just as we have the right to earn money, save money and leave it to who we see fit.

Obviously there are exceptions if someone was not of "sound mind" when the will was made.

I know this is a morbid subject but it is one that is heavily on my mind the last few days.

I cried last night for the loss of Hunk's grandfather.  I cried because yesterday was also the 15 year anniversary of Hunk's fathers death.  And I cried because I miss Hunks grandmother who passed a few years back.  I miss them all so much.  I cried happy tears because they are now all together again and I cried sad tears because of them no longer being here with us.

I cried because of the honor I felt for the things left to us and then I cried because of decisions that are being made out of guilt instead of out of what was intended.  And I prayed for peace and for guidance for my Hunk as he goes through this very difficult time. 

I just want to give it all back and have Grandad here for another day.  It breaks my heart that that isn't an option we have.

I love you Grandad and I thank you for everything you have ever done for us and taught us.  You were an angel here on earth and you are missed and loved more than we could ever express.

Thank you my efriends.... for letting me spill the beans.......straight from my heart.

~Momma~

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

WINNER(S) OF THE "FIREPROOF YOUR MARRIAGE" GIVEAWAY




Sorry it took me longer to get this posted.  Hunk's grandfather passed away and we have been a bit out of sorts here.

I know I was supposed to give away one movie and one book but I just felt like I should change that to TWO movie's and TWO books. 

The winning comments are below:

Congratulations:

midRae said...
And I think I just started following you on facebook. Let's hope I got that one right. :)?
September 3, 2010 2:17 PM
 
And
 
Kimberly said...
I took over bedtime routine duties the last few nights with kiddo so that my dh could get a little more sleep than usual. (That is usually their time together because he's gone during the day.) He works so stinking hard so that I can stay at home and homeschool our beautiful little girl.

September 4, 2010 9:33 AM
 
Please send me an email with your mailing address and I will get them shipped out to you!
 
Hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday.
 
((((Love and Hugs))))
 
Ciao Bellas~
~Momma~

Monday, September 13, 2010

MEET ME ON MONDAY

 
Meet me on Monday via Miss Java!  Love her, you will too, go take a peek.





I have a funeral today for my hubby's Grandfather so I'm in a bit of a rush but I didn't want to miss out on meeting some new friends this Monday Morning.  I'm sure today will be filled with laughter and many many tears.  Friends, new and old, after a long day like today will be is just what the Dr. orders.

So here are a few things about me!  (sorry no photos)

Questions:








1. What is your favorite pasta dish?

Fettucini Alfredo (hands down.....probably has the most calories too, and this is probably why it is my favorite)


2. What is the last thing you do before going to bed? 

I usually watch TV and then I think about each of my children/ family and friends and pray that God watch over them while we sleep.


3. How many nights a week do you go out to eat?

Lately it's been a bit more because of taking my son to wrestling practice "in town" but normally because we live so far away from everything, eating out isn't much of an option.  Although I guess it's not TOO far away to some restaurants, it's just not real convenient.  So as I ramble on, the answer is we don't eat out very often.



4. Are you an avid book reader?

I LOVE reading books.  Mostly by Karen Kingsburry OR I read many books on parenting, marriage, finances, etc.  I love love love to learn new things via reading!



5. Would you rather have x-ray vision or bionic hearing?

Can I have both?  Hmmmmmm.  I guess I would have to say bionic hearing.  Then when the whispering is going on I would know what those dear sweet angelic  children of mine are plotting against me planning to ask me.

Have a great day! 

I look forward to meeting you all when I return from my "Farewell to Granddad" day.  He will be greatly missed.

Ciao Bellas~
~Momma~

Friday, September 10, 2010

FOLLOW FRIDAY 40 AND OVER {COME ON OVER AND SIT AWHILE}

 
Don't forget tomorrow is the last day to enter my giveaway- Fireproof those marriages (smile)
 

Thanks to Java over at Never Growing old for this fun Follow Friday idea! And my friend Nan over at LBDDiaries won the blog hop!  I'm so excited for her! 

This is such a great idea and such a wonderful way to get to find other blogging friends!  We all want followers, we all hope that what we put our blood (from so much typing), sweat (it's hot in the room) and tears (sometimes of joy, sometimes of sorrow) into will make someone smile, laugh, think and sometimes even cry.

There are so many wonderful people out there in this blog-land of ours and I for one feel sooooooooo very blessed to have met many of them.

We all come from different backgrounds with different experiences and yet most bloggers all have one thing in common.  We LOVE to communicate and we LOVE people.

Thank you sooooo much for visiting my blog today and I really  hope to see you back and for the chance to get to know you.

Be sure to leave a comment so I can come visit you too! (I just LOVE to travel)...

Ciao Bellas~
~Momma~

Thursday, September 9, 2010

ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN TO HAVE GATHERINGS AT YOUR HOME {Parenting Advise}


Our youngest son had his monthly "Pow Wow" this weekend.  He has a few friends who come over and they camp out in our Meadow. 

Because it was hot outside, because Hunk LOVES doing it and because teenage boys are stinky and must be dipped in water.... Hunk took them all out knee boarding, wake boarding and his all time favorite.......THE TUBE.... 

Which FYI is no longer usable after the boys AND Hunk were done with it.

Once they were finished using up all their energy and destroying things they were STARVED...  Then they come to Momma.

And Momma said EASY PEASY PLEASE....  BBQ hot dogs, chips and watermelon.

BAM.  Dinner is served.


Which most of them stood in our little kitchen and ate......and made another.....and ate...........and made another......and ate..

Why did I buy paper plates again?


Ahhhhh.... That's why......someone actually used a plate......

Then the boys went outside where we had an outdoor movie set up...  Only they brought out the video games to play on the outdoor screen instead.

P.S.  Those are ROOT beer bottles NOT beer...  Momma don't roll like that


It was really funny.......

Maybe not so much to him......  But the hot sauce (Rooster sauce) on his hot dog was funny to all the other boys.  Including Hunk.  Maybe even ESPECIALLY to Hunk.

And actually it really was funny to him too.

AFTER his mouth calmed down.

And even before his mouth cooled off... He loves pulling pranks and he was a great sport about having one pulled on him.

I stopped snapping photos at this point and they took off to the Meadow to begin their camp out. 

I of course didn't get much sleep because (thank you Mr. Cell Phone) I couldn't sleep until I knew they were done going on their "hike" around the property and were "at camp" for the night.

Boys....

Oh, and while they were gone on thier hike my oldest (7th grade) daughter and Hunk headed up to their "campsite" and put their tent up on top of their camper.. 

They usually sneak up and scare them, but since the boys were gone, they had to do SOMETHING.


Morning came quickly.....


I woke up and started making this...........


And this.......

teenage boys are hungry after Pow Wow's

or before them

or during them

or
anytime

and
all times


 I heard them come down and went to see what they were doing....

ummmmmmm.....OK



Ah.  They are seeing if the projector works on my sons stomach.

It's a Rugrat Screen

sorry....silly things crack me up

Hello there teenage friend......

His reply.... "I smell bacon...... you so love us don't you?"

To which I responded "Yes, I do, now keep your paws off until it's ready or I will have to hurt you......after I have more coffee."


Did I mention all these Rugrats are on the wrestling team?  So they could pretty much make me look like a pretzel (all be it a very plump one) if they felt like it...... 

Instead....

They mind.

They love me.

They are good boys.

But I still needed more of this.....


To have the energy to finish more of this......

After going to bed at 2:30 am


Think they are hungry? (and tired)

Breakfast is ready boys...  Come and eat...

Then clean up your mess, pack your crap and go home....

Kidding!

In fact most of the boys stayed until after dinner...

Did I mind?

Nope......We want our home to be "the hang out" place for the kids.

We can keep track of them and their friends without them realizing we are watching

AND

they think we are cool and fun parents
(we so have them fooled)

It's a WIN WIN SITUATION.

I'm all about that

and

I'm all about cheese
(sorry, I'm in a mood)

Moral of the post.... Encourage your kids to have their friends come over.  Try to make a fun environment that will encourage them to WANT to come over. 

This allows you to get to know their friends, see how they behave, influence them in the proper ways to behave and we have really been blessed by many of the children who come and go through our home.

I have a list of kids that I'm honored enough to have call me "Momma"

I wouldn't have it any other way.

Ciao Bellas~
~Momma~

P.S.  Another easy peasy dinner to make for a group is "crockpot chili verdi" or for breakfast if you don't want to do bacon and pancakes do "breakfast burritos"  Whatever you do make it easy on yourself.  Teenagers will eat anything.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

COWBOYS AT THE WATERPARK {LEAVE YOUR BOOTS AT THE DOOR, OR NOT}

When you marry a cowboy, you are bound to have a son who has cowboy ways about him....
Yes, because I am a spazo-momma, even this little mechanical bull freaked me out.  I wanted to jump up and tell my son to get off of that thing RIGHT NOW.....

I couldn't.  Because I wasn't there when he was doing it.  But I did see the photo via text and I immediately (as fast as my fingers could type) demanded he get off of the bull.  To which my future daughter in law trying to talk me off of the ledge  replied with "Don't worry, it's not real".  And thank you CAPTAIN OBVIOUS because I thought it was a bull with no legs. (sorry future daughter in law I still love you)



And since he is a cowboy and some days he is a surfer then he also sometimes hangs out with "cowboy friends"  And when you hang out with cowboy friends you often go fun places together.  And when that fun place happens to be at the water park.....  Well, you are bound to have one of them do this......


My son's friend who apparently doesn't own a pair of flip flops.

Funny thing is that I've heard stories from Hunk about his Daddy (who was also a cowboy) going to the beach on a family vacation in his shorts and cowboy boots.  They also lived in the country so often times he got the mail in his underwear and boots, BUT I WON'T SHARE THAT LITTLE FAMILY SECRET. That would be rude.


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Ciao Bellas~
~Momma~

Sunday, September 5, 2010

NIGHTMARES CAN SEEM SO REAL {A BEAR ATTACKED MY DAUGHTER}



I was minding my own business and sleeping like this.

Then I was dreaming about a fun picnic with lots of family, friends and my rugrats playing with their friends.

The food was great and the company was almost as good  even better.


Then all of a sudden this entered my dream.

Why? I was having so much fun!

Everyone freaked out, and started running and screaming.




And then it did this to my oldest daughter. 

And it seemed so real.




And I tried to do this.... but no noise would come out of my mouth.  I tried over and over to scream and tried to run to her and it was tossing her around and I couldn't run.

It was awful.

And then a scream came out and it woke me up. 

There was no going back to sleep.  I had to go check on my daughter.  I knew it was a dream but I had to check.  I'm a spaz like that....


And she looked like this.

She was sleeping like a baby.

Ok, she isn't that small anymore.

OK, she isn't a baby anymore.

But wasn't she an adorable baby?



Now she looks like this.

But I pretend she is a baby sometimes.

It makes me feel good.  And I needed to feel good.

So I decided to pretend.



Since my BABY was sleeping, I grabbed my cup of coffee and headed to the front patio to calm my nerves.



And I'm blessed enough to have this view.

And then
Hunk joined me on the patio with his cup of coffee.

and then....

Peace was restored in the land of Momma.

The end.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

WAKE UP FEELING GREAT? {LIVING A BLESSED LIFE}

I will admit that some days I wake up and I feel like this.

Those are the days when you think about all the STUFF you need to do and you wonder how in the world you will get it all done.

Lucky for me........

My rugrats get up early every day and milk the cows, gather the eggs and pick vegetables from the garden before they go off to school.  They come home from school and complete their afternoon chores, start dinner, complete all (A+) homework and bring their Momma a glass of whine and a hunk of cheese.

OKAY...... Not even close.....I do know what it feels like to have my butt tossed up in the air because of all the stuff I'm trying to get accomplished all at the same time  more to do than I have time to do it in.  And nobody getting off their rear to help  I know it can make me feel just like the above photo.

But other days...... other days I feel like this photo.

I've shared this photo before and many of you  remember that this was from my "sister trip" to Vail, Co.  I felt just like this picture looks that day. (Yes, I did blow out a flip flop and almost pee myself when I crashed landed)

What I love is when I wake up feeling like this picture. 

Today was one of those days.

How about you?  Did you wake up feeling blessed or did you feel like putting the pillow back over your head giving the kids large quantities of NyQuil and going back to sleep?

~Ciao Bellas~

Friday, September 3, 2010

FIREPROOF YOUR MARRIAGE {THE LOVE DARE} Giveaway

This is part of an on-going series LBDDiaries and I are doing on keeping our Inner Aloha/Peaceful Life. See my previous post at Organize with a Calendar {for the CEO of your houshold} or Helpful Homework Advise {Stop the Homework Hassle} for some more great tips!






Well, my LOVE DARE journey has been going GREAT!  Hunk doesn't even know I'm doing it.  I do believe he "suspects" though.  I couldn't find my book the other day and when I was looking for it he said "Oh, so you have you been doing that?"  and I said "I just wanted to read in it.".

I bought him a card out of the blue a couple weeks ago that was just telling him how much I love him and how great of a hubby his is.  I do things like this from time to time but admittedly not often enough which is why I think when he saw I was looking for my Love Dare book he made that comment.....  Irregardless I'm thrilled to say IT IS WORKING...I can feel us becoming even closer than we were.  And it's making me feel good inside at the same time.......it's not ALL about him... SMILE

Day 2 is titled "Love is Kind"  It said something that just grabbed me.

KINDNESS IS LOVE IN ACTION.  Wow...  Is that true or what? 

If you remember(click to see my previous post) Day 1 was about Patience.

Day two goes on to say "If patience is how love reacts in order to minimize a negative circumstance, kindness is how love acts to maximize a positive circumstance.  Patience avoids a problem; kindness creates a blessing."

This is true not only in marriage but in all relationships.  We like to surround ourselves with KIND people.  Kind people make you feel good.

Just working on being kind and patient can make immediate changes in your relationship.

This book builds on itself. Meaning when you move on to day two you don't forget day one's lesson.  Each day they give you a "Challenge" for the day.  In day two the challenge  is to again not saying anything negative to your spouse today and do at least one unexpected gesture as an act of kindness.

That can be anything.  From making breakfast, to packing lunch, to writing a letter or giving a gift card.  There are soooooooooooo many things that can be done as an act of kindness.  It doesn't have to be a huge expensive thing.....  Some of the best gifts in life are free.  Just think of something that would mean allot to them.  Often times we tend to do things for our spouses that WE would want done for us, try to think of something that would mean most to them.

Another thing I've learned is if your spouse doesn't react the way you think they should to your act of kindness don't let this discourage you.  We all express things differently.  And if we are doing an act of kindness for the SOLE PURPOSE of getting "love" or "something" in return, then we are doing it for the wrong reasons.  That will come.

What I love most about this movie/book is that it can strengthen good healthy marriages as well as relationships that are struggling.  AND even if only one person is doing "The Love Dare" it can make changes.

Because marriage is so important to me.  Because I really believe this can change relationships (ones with your spouse/partner and the one you have with yourself).  Because I care about YOU and YOUR RELATIONSHIPS. 

 I want to do a giveaway.


I will give away both the Movie "Fireproof " and the book "The Love Dare"

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with one act of kindness you have done or plan to do for your spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend?

If you follow my blog you get one extra entry.
If you follow me on Facebook you get one extra entry.
If you follow me on twitter you get one extra entry.
If you Post about this on your blog with a link back to my blog you get 3 extra entries.
If you have or put a link of my blog on the side bar of your blog/site you get 5 extra entries.

(Post a separate comment for each entry and be sure to leave the link to your site and an email address where I can contact you if you are the winner)

Contest ends on Saturday September 11th at midnight Pacific Standard Time


Ciao Bellas~

***** Please note...This giveaway is not sponsored by anyone except for ME. (smile)*******