Friday, July 9, 2010


for father's day i ordered a canvas from canvas people for derek and it came out GREAT! it was so easy too...all i had to do was upload the pic from my computer to their site...that's it! canvas people contacted me this week with a special offer for my readers!!!


you can upgrade to a larger canvas (and still save $55!) or include special effects at a small price...i chose to stick to the FREE offer though!

makes a great gift...for anyone!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The best things in life aren't things...they are friends!

"Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose." ~Tennessee Williams

I consider myself truly blessed to have such amazing friends in my life. They accept me for who I am, understand my strengths and weaknesses, and give me courage and support to become a better person. Many times, I've heard it said, "You are the average of the 5 people you choose to spend your time with." Therefore, I try and choose wisely :) I want to be around people who have positive energy and smile a lot, rather than those who complain and throw a pity party for one all the time!

Sometimes you meet someone along the way, who you just think, "this person is exactly the type of person I want to be!"...and you then know, that is someone you should spend a lot of time with! I am very fortunate to have had this happen more than once in my adult years...specifically since becoming a mommy. Most recently, an awesome mommy friend entered my life. Our boys have been in preschool for 3 years together, but it was not until recently that we started spending more time together. As the boys became better friends, so did we! She then invited me to join her early one Saturday morning for a run...and the rest, as they say, is history! Since that day, we've shared MANY early morning runs, completed several races together, and along the way a great friendship formed!

I enjoy her company so much...she is ALWAYS positive, has a SMILE on her face and NEVER complains!!! She stands up for what she believes in and is ALWAYS willing to lend a helping hand to ANYONE in need (even if she doesn't know them!!!) the pool last weekend, she noticed a woman getting quite sunburned...she made her way over to the woman, told her she was getting red and offered the woman some sunblock! She is the kind of friend who I know will tell me if I have food stuck in my teeth or toilet paper stuck to my shoe...and a GREAT friend!!!

On her birthday, I wanted to do something special for her, so while I knew she was at Costco, I went to her house and decorated her front porch with balloons...I didn't let her know until the next day that it was me who had done it! She seemed genuinely excited and it absolutely made my day to know I helped make her day a little more special!
Yesterday, I received this card from her...and in turn she has once again (probably without even realizing it!) made my day brighter with her kind words.


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

the boys of summer...

i can't believe how much i've neglected this blog...and i'm blaming it completely on FACEBOOK! now that everyone (well, not you mom!) is on FB, it seems they're all updated regularly...say every hour...on the doings of our lives, that i don't feel quite the need to blog as often. however...i'm back...because i've promised myself (and you, my loyal readers!) that i will keep at it!

since my last post, our summer has continued to be FUN FUN FUN...despite the raging heat we've experienced!!! all i know, is that i'm glad i'm not a child spending the summer at EKC right now, where there is NO A/C!!! although...come to think of it, i might trade the cool breeze of the A/C for one day on a boat on cheat lake, with the cool breeze of camp air blowing around! but, alas, back to reality....

in early june, we joined a group of friends at butler's orchard for strawberry picking. there ended up being 17 kids (under the age of 5)! jacob was a bit hesitant at first, but within minutes, was walking up and down the rows carrying our basket, for me to fill. andrew enjoyed it for about 30 minutes, until he decided it would be more fun to set up 4 baskets as bases and talk his buddies into playing imaginary baseball! that was around the time we all decided it was time to weigh the goods, pay and get outta there! our adventure was far from over though...we decided to have lunh at panera bread. mind you, it was "lunch hour" on a weekday and if you know anything about panera, it tends to be a hub for business people. need i remind you, while we'd lost a few people along the way, to other dining options, we were walking into panera as a group of 14 KIDS and 6 MOMS!!! we lucked out and actually found three tables to push together, accommodating all of us! it ended up being a GREAT day spent with GREAT people!

of course, we've been hitting the pool quite a bit too...especially these last couple weeks...with temps hitting 100 degrees! jacob seems to enjoy the water much more now and has started jumping in! andrew started swim lessons this week. as much as he loves the pool, there is something about lessons that he is against! i realized tonight, amidst the battle to get him to participate, that it might be that when he is in lessons, he has to give up a sense of control (which we know is hard for him)...someone else is telling him what to do and when to do it. don't think he's a big fan of that....hmmmm, sounds like someone i know! regardless, he is loving the pool, which to me is MAJOR progress from last year! i have a couple videos, but they aren't loading on the blog...will try again later!

happy hot days to all!

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