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Monday, March 21, 2016

Nailed it

Sometimes people say the darndest things. Usually they are well-meaning, but I wonder other times. I can't remember who introduced me to Brene Brown, but she has a great way of explaining exactly how I feel. Here is a clip from one of her videos.

Have you ever been there? Sometimes, silence is golden. Sometimes, well-meaning can be hurtful. Glad I found this video to help me explain what I mean. One of these days I will write more about this subject. Maybe I'll even tell you about my Stupid Stickers. Not today. I'm just too tired.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

A few of my favorite things

"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens" (not really. I hate cats. Please don't hate me.)

So, I have a few favorite things nowadays, and I thought I would share before I forget. 

First up, Burts Bees Lipstick. I have always loved Burt's Bees. Their products are all natural. My naturopath friend told me she went to a presentation with the company, and they told the attendees that though they wouldn't taste great, one could eat the Burt's Bees products safely. I love the way they smell and feel. I've used all of their lip products and really like them. But now, they have lipstick! I love it! The colors are gorgeous! The one I picked goes so well with my skin tone. It feels so yummy on my lips, and smells and tastes great! I wish I was getting compensated for my opinion, but I'm not. I just really love it and think you will too. 

Second thing, podcasts. I love podcasts. My very favorite is the Jamie Ivey "Happy Hour." She's so dang cute and delightful. I enjoy her guests so much and have learned a ton from all of the different and varied topics. You need to check out "The Happy Hour."

Thirdly, LaCroix Sparkling Water. They are so refreshing. They are not soda. They are just a little fiz added to water with a hint of fruity flavah. They are a little bit of happy added to my day. Try them, but don't think they will taste like soda. They don't. 

Fourth, Instagram. Follow me over there to keep up with the day to day with me and my people. I love scrolling through the photos and being inspired. 

Fifth thing, digging in the dirt. I got to spend some time digging in the dirt this week. I miss it. This week was spring break, and I have really enjoyed being home. Working full time has put a real big dent in the things I like to do. I haven't quite figured out how to make the time to fit in those things. I planted some new herbs and a bee-you-tiful pot full of flowers. Oh, and some strawberries! One of the berry plants has the cutest, eensy little berry on it! So precious! 

Well, it's late. That's all that's coming to me right now. I recently heard about something called Hello Fresh and Blue Apron meal delivery services. Can't wait to check them out. Making out a menu and grocery list has become increasingly more difficult. It might be a very good thing to look into one of these services. That and someone to do the laundry. I think it multiplies when I take it out of the dryer and put it on the dining table to fold! Have mercy!

Here are some pics from spring break week. Carleigh left right after school on Friday to go skiing in Colorado with a friend. Luke went to Brownsville on Monday with the youth group at our church to do mission work. Cora and I hung out around the house. On Saturday, we went to Top Golf. That's another one of my favorite things! It is soooo much fun! I've never played golf in my life, unless you consider Putt-Putt serious golf. I had a ball! (hee hee) Can't wait to go back! Sunday, Kelvin grilled some of the most amazing shrimp and oysters! They were delicious! During the week Cora and I went to the movie, had friends over and sat around the fire pit, had one of Cora's friends over and played and played, went to the park, spent the night with a friend, ate some yummy food, and went to Kemah and rode a few rides. Today Luke came home. Tomorrow Carleigh comes home. I'm glad they had such neat opportunities over the break, but it'll be good when my crew is back together again. Tomorrow we are eating crawfish! I'm a happy girl. Sunday we are headed to the rodeo. I won a couple of tickets from our orthodontist. I think it will be the perfect ending to spring break!

Monday, March 14, 2016


Spring Break Monday and I had these beauties for lunch...leftover grilled shrimp and oysters in lettuce wraps with roasted asparagus and broccoli. I topped them with a little Lemon Garlic Tessemae dressing and transported myself to somewhere wonderful without leaving the comfort of my own kitchen! I love spring break. 

The big kids are both away this week, and Kelvin has to work, so it's just Cora and me. We're about to go pull some weeds. I'll stop making you jealous now. We're also going to the show this week and hopefully something else fun that doesn't include weeds. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Happy Double Digits Emma!

I wonder how a 10 year old celebrates her birthday in heaven? I'm sure it's grander than my feeble brain can comprehend. I bet there are lots of balloons and confetti. There's surely Stevie Ray Vaughn blaring loudly for Emma. And dancing. I bet there's lots of dancing too. I wonder if she would have pie or cake? Probably both! Wish I could be there to take in the beauty of it all. To see the delight on her face and the way she laughs and plays. I can't believe she's 10 years old. I remember when she was born...our only one born on her due date without being induced! She was so perfect. Just like they all are. She was my brown-eyed girl. I miss that sweet smile. Those sweet cheeks. Happy birthday, Emma. Have a beautiful day! I love you.

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