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I watch my girls.

I watch how different they are from one another.

Alexandra: the perfectionist. Parker Faith: the free spirit.

I watch what they say to one another. Sometimes saying such hurtful things it makes my heart ache.

I watch how Alex is growing into a beautiful young lady. A lady that is learning to break out of her “shy” label. I call her reserved, not shy.

I watch how Parker will strike up a conversation with just about anyone, about anything.

I watch Alex being cautious on the ice and in life. I watch Parker be the dare devil. She has told me she wants to run off to join the circus. She will give me show tickets when she comes to town though. Lucky me.

I watch Alex how she is sure about things she wants, or doesn’t want. She usually doesn’t think things over too much, unless she is worried about what I will think about her decision.

Parker, on the other hand, has begged me to get her ears pierced for a year and a half. Once it was go-time she changed her mind, like that was her decision all along. To her, most things are good in theory, not in practice. It’s kind of like joining the circus.

I watch Alex who wants to know what we are doing next, even before we have finished the event we are doing right now.

I watch Parker enjoy the moment. She is truly gifted in this area.

I watch and learn. I love that they are different, most days.

I will catch myself just watching them. Watching them experience life. Watching them laugh. Watching them talk. Watching them play.

Some would call it staring. I prefer to call it watching.


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Me…in this moment

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Mother, wife, graphic designer, friend, photographer, chef, nurse, travel coordinator, volunteer, blogger, daughter, stay-at-home mom, scrapbooker, maid, stain remover, Christian, therapist, font lover, ice skater, cookie baker, listener, book lover, explorer, creator, faithful, dog trainer, big sister, craft director, organizing specialist, dishwasher, taxi driver, ruler of the broom, house painter, observer…

Favorite part of the day…when the house is quiet and everyone is settled down for the night. It’s a time to unwind from the hectic day. The girls don’t have to be asleep; they can be in their room for “quiet time” or watching a movie together.

Loving…staying at home and not having to commute to work. This is much less stressful!

Longing for…more time with my husband.

Inspired by…photography, creative blogs and Pinterest. My blog is called:

Dreaming of…vacation, mini-vacations and road trips…anywhere! I just want to explore.

Needing…time with my husband, support, nurturing and love.

When I was 16-years-old…I thought I was going to move to NYC and become a famous fashion designer.

Guilty pleasure… Real Housewives of Orange County reality show, and Project Runway fashion reality show (love Heidi, Michael and Nina).

The lessons I keep learning…let it go and just breathe.

You can never have too many…open-toed shoes, or colorful nail polish, or travel magazines.


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Before I left printing (just a short month ago) I would talk to many people during the day. From helping a customer at the counter pick out business cards, or on the phone letting them know when their job will be ready. But, primarily, I would communicate via e-mail. I mean, e-mail, a lot. It’s so much easier to send a quick e-mail to a client rather than pick up the phone and possibly have to leave a message.

Now, I tend to talk to very few people during the day. Parker is home with me so the conversation is more like instructions. “Parker, please pick up your room,” or “Parker, get down from there!” And, with her responding with, “Why do I always have to clean my room?!”, or “But I like it up here.”

Oh, then there is the conversations I have with the dog, Thor. “Bah!” means “stop doing that.” I don’t think he’s listening…

I still e-mail a lot during the day but it’s usually to people I haven’t even met. It could be business revolving around the Skate Club or answering e-mails that come in from my blog.

One thing I do everyday is text. Again, it’s easier to ask a simple question or send a quick comment rather than pick up the phone. My friend, Katrina (a.k.a. text buddy) and I will text several times a day. I also text my sister and mom. My sis and I have had whole conversations via text. Hubby would argue, in this case, it would be easier to pick up the phone. I argue that texting keeps me young and hip, not an old geezer who uses (gasp) a phone for talking.

Alex has learned to use my cell phone. We don’t even own a land line anymore, so it’s important for her to know how to unlock my phone and dial 911 if necessary. But, what she really loves is texting her friend (my text buddy’s daughter) all the time…on my phone! I created a monster.

What does that say about our society that we have so little verbal contact with people? For someone like me who never liked talking on the phone, it’s glorious. I would say it’s one of the greatest inventions, right behind the polio vaccine and the flush toilet.

I do love dinner time. That is when we all sit down at the table as a family and talk about our day. Who in Alex’s group is being a drama queen today, and what homework is due. We talk about skating and other things. That is one place where cell phones are ignored and we just talk.


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watches, movado

I am not good to watches. I am kind of notorious for losing them.

I have had many expensive watches, of which I have lost over the years.

I lost a diamond watch  in Las Vegas Glenn gave me. It had a bad clasp. I lost another expensive watch (Glenn also gave me) on an airplane to Missouri. And there is a third watch that I misplaced­ — who knows where it is today. This is why I told Glenn to only buy me cheap watches.

But, on my last day at the print shop, my boss, Scott gave me this watch. It’s a Movado. In the watch world…it’s a pretty cool watch.

I love this watch because it’s simple, elegant and beautiful…totally my taste.

Every time I wear this watch I am reminded of my friend & co-worker, Scott’s late wife, Kari. I remember the 14 years working beside her everyday and sharing our lives. We laughed, and sometimes until we cried.

This watch makes me happy and sad at the same time. It’s a constant reminder of the good and the worst day of my life.

I will always cherish this watch for what it represents – I was blessed to have had Kari and Scott as, not only great bosses to work with, but also as friends.

And, yeah, from what I understand, it’s expensive. I hope I don’t lose it!


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forget resolutions…instead focus on ONE LITTLE WORD

I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. All too often we make a resolution of kicking our caffeine habit…losing weight…eating less junk food…or whatever. We do alright at first. Maybe even last a few months but by March we fall back into our old habits again. I like the idea instead of picking one little word for the year and allowing that to be my focus.

Resolutions are too vague. I’ve read that one-third of us who make a “resolution” for the new year dump it within 2 weeks and 50% of the rest say “forget about it” within 2 months. Besides, you can start a diet any day of the week, or any time of the year. For 3 years now I have chosen “one word” rather than make a resolution.

The idea behind the one little word concept is to give yourself something to focus on throughout the year…”A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.”

This concept is totally from Ali Edwards. I have found this works much better for me than resolutions.

In 2009 my one word was “be”, as in “just be in the moment.” I struggled with being in the moment at first. It had to be a conscious decision and I still remind myself of it today. It’s not a trait that comes naturally to me.

In 2010 my one word was “faith”. I think I did pretty well with that this year. I renewed my faith and continued reading the Bible. I still have many more Books to read but “it’s the journey, not the destination” or “it’s a long road, but the reward is great.” However you want to look at it, I will still be working on faith throughout my life.

For 2011 my one word is “nourish”. I originally chose “health” as my one word. I had a bit of a health scare this past month and that word is definitely on my mind right now as I go for more follow-up exams at the doctor office. Low Thyroid and  “Disordered Prolifertive Endometrium” (or I like to say: a dysfunctional uterus). Both are something that must be dealt with but are manageable.

“Health” became too vague of a word. For me, it’s more than that, it’s being more mindful of what we, as a family, are putting into our bodies, minds and souls. Yes, I am dragging my family into this too. Some of them are kicking and screaming. So, I thought a lot about it and came up with “nourish” as my word. It encompasses my whole feeling of what I want this upcoming year to be. For my mind. For my body. For my soul.

I have been reading more about “whole eating” or natural eating. A blog I really like is 100 Days of Real Food. The challenge is to eat only “real” food. No prepackaged meals. No junk food. No soft drinks. No fast food or take out, unless you know what is in it, which let’s be honest…how can you really know? Fast food restaurants bill their food as “healthy” when it has more fat and calories than their cheeseburger meal. Tough. Anyway, I am not interested in being extreme about eating, I just want to be more mindful. I don’t want to be a dictator about food, especially with my girls. I want to make smarter choices for each meal. And I want my children (and hubby) to grow up to be more mindful of food. Eat to live, ya know. Another part of the goal is to start practicing yoga again. It’s good for the body, as well as the mind. And of course, continue to feed our spiritual souls.

So, what’s your “one little word” for 2011? What do you want to accomplish or focus on in the coming year? I challenge you to create something, anything that will help you focus on your word in the coming year. Maybe I should post my word on the fridge…

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december daily | day eight

25 days of advent - day eight

I just realized there are only 2 weeks left until Christmas! Yikes. Where have I been since Thanksgiving? Hoping if I ignore it, it would go away. Sigh. I have been making my list of items I need to make. Baking mostly. And some scrapbooking gifts. I can’t say too much because some of you, dear family, will be receiving these items and I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

I just got the training schedule for Alex’s Synchronized Skate Team today. They are gearing up for the competition season which starts in February. I have a feeling I will need to put on a helmet and bucket my seat beats ’cause it’s going to be a crash course into the figure skating world. Yikes, again.

I am just feeling lots of anxiety over Christmas. Money is tight (or non-existent, however you want to look at it) and I am so far behind. I have only bought a few small items. And I still have to ship packages. Luckily, we have a UPS pickup everyday at work so I don’t have to deal with the dreaded long lines at the post office.  But still, I hate paying for shipping.

Anyhoo, above is my sad attempt to keep up with the December Daily over at Ali Edwards. Parker (4 years old) is standing in front of our tree singing Christmas carols…and getting many of the words wrong. Adorable.

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