Saturday, March 01, 2014

A New Year, A New Word to Guide Me

Good morning!
I figured it was about time to put my yearly intentions out there. Once again,  I have chosen to let a single word guide my year. One Little Word is the brainchild of the amazing Ali Edwards, and in addition to choosing a word this year, I have also signed up for her  class. (More on that in an upcoming post!)
this year...
my word is...
Some of you may remember that last year I chose the word Happy. (Happy Happy Joy Joy, Happy Happy Joy Joy...) 

Besides creating a completely nerdy Ren and Stimpy flashback, these two words work together in another way. After carefully considering many words, I found that the word JOY just kept showing up. (It was around Christmas, that probably helped.) In fact, I'm pretty sure my love of the word HAPPY and its impact on the way I lived my life last year, led to the problem of not wanting to let that word go. 
Feeling like I was cheating and choosing the same word for a second year in a row, I looked closer into the meaning of joy. The phrase "success in doing, finding, or getting something" was exactly what I needed. 
So I began to plan.
I created a notebook to record my journey with JOY, I gathered books, wrote lists and got really excited about the possibilities ahead of me. 

I ordered two new Project Life  core kits I had been eyeing for some time, and also two new (and matching this time) albums to record my journey.  
Then I began to read, and think, and list. All this reading and thinking and listing gave me more and more confidence in the journey that lay ahead. 
I have big plans people! 
I even created a 40 Before 40 List to be completed by the end of next March! 
Don't get me wrong, I realize that with any journey there are going to be ups and downs. Times when finding joy is going to feel impossible, but I have a plan. And plans and I get along very well. So I welcome the next year with open arms and a big smile, because dog-gone-it I've got a notebook full of lists and I plan to live it!

Thursday, October 03, 2013

September in Instagram Photos

 I have no idea where September went.  
I'm pretty sure the older I get, the faster time flies.
(And the more food photos I seem to!)
Here are some of the highlights:
*Harvest Festival  *Weddings  *Molasses Cookies
* Cider and Pumpkin Spice Lattes  *First Provocation
*Movies  *Hanging out with Bug
*Apple Cider Pancakes and Vermont Maple Syrup
*Editing & Emailing Photos  *Assemblies *Scrappy PJ Party
*Celebration of the Horse  *Pumpkin Torte  *Foggy Mornings
  *New Scrappy Table
*Family Time  *Summer Dresses  *Huge steaks
*Project Life Kits  *Sunrises  *Bird Game
*Photo Walks  *Meetings
*Kitty Cuddles  *30 Days of Lists  *Morning Texts
*Dressy Days  *New Teaching Partner (and BFF)
*Frozen Yogurt  *Beautiful Drives  *New Planner & PSTea

Here's to an exciting October!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Summer Bucket List

It's that time of year again! 
About a month ago we came up with a summer bucket list of items we want to see and do this summer. Until today, the list was located somewhere in my daily planner.
Although a great organizational tactic, hiding the list in the planner was not conducive to actually remembering to prioritize these goals and getting anything marked off the list!
So this morning I wrote our bucket list on the chalkboard in our living room/entry way where it is highly visible. 
What do you think?

As you can see, we have a lot to do in the next month and a half.
In the middle of the chalkboard is a map of lighthouses in Michigan. Can you see the colorful washi tape arrows? Those are all the lighthouses we have seen in the last two years. We are working on checking even more off the list this year! (For those of you familiar with MI, I realize that the entire U.P. is missing. It is on the other side of the map, and although the numerous lighthouses in the U.P. are on our list, we have not yet been able to see any of them.)
So, what's on your bucket list this summer?
Please share!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What? No fireworks?

So, I've waited and waited to share images from our 4th with you. Why? Well, because I wanted to include the firework photos. 0h, and the creative sparkler shots. 
The only problem is that the awesome fireworks display that takes place literally 40 yards out our back door never happened! The weather was nice enough. The community is great about showing up for shindigs of the smallest caliber, so what happened? 
I still have no idea.
All I know is that somehow we are out of the loop because not one car showed up. Not on the 4th, not on the weekend, nothing.
And the sparklers? They are still sitting on the kitchen counter. 
Guess we'll have to add that to the bucket list. 
Anyway, you can see by the almost completed bingo card below that we did end up having a great 4th, despite the no-show fireworks. The picture in the lower right hand corner? Those are fireworks. 
Ok, let me explain. 
Although we did not have a proper fireworks celebration, we were lucky enough (Sarcasm alert!) to have the neighbors across the street shoot off a massive set that rattled our house, barely missing our front window and showering debris all over our front lawn as my husband stood perplexed on the front porch trying to figure out what had happened. 
Worthy of marking on the bingo card if you ask me.

Check out all the festive decorations! It's not like I put them up the day of or anything. ;)
We were also lucky enough to spend some time visiting with friends at a local campground. (You can also see that I managed to down load and play with Rhonna's new app.)

That brings us to the evening. 
The part where we waited and waited for fireworks. No matter though, I have an amazing husband who bought me a huge steak and cooked it to perfection, all in a quest to make his wife happy. (That's what he says to me daily, and he is successful daily in making our world together such a happy place to be. :)
I love him for that!


Sunday, July 07, 2013

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday

*This never posted on Wed. so I'm posting now. :)

This week I took advantage of the beautiful weather and decided to work outside. I'm not sure why I don't do this more often, it's so quiet and relaxing!
What am I working on you ask? 
Well... I found this fabulous class by Kristin over at rukristin papercrafts.  The class is called Find Your Voice and it's an eight week class on storytelling. (Did I mention that it's FREE?) This is something I have been very eager to work on. Just today in fact, Rex mentioned that if I will go for a certain little idea he had planned (the idea's not the important part here, just use your imagination) that he would read me my scrapbooks as a bedtime story. (Lol! Where does he come up with this stuff?)  
Now, before you go all mushy on me with an "Awww" or "That's so sweet,"  let me finish. His next words were, "It won't take long, there are hardly any words." 
Thanks honey.
He's right though. I'm a pro at taking and printing pictures. I'm even pretty good at scrapbooking them. The reality of it is....I don't focus too much on the stories. I always mean to. I just never get around to it. 
Enter Kristen's class. 

At first I was afraid it would feel too much like work, but it really doesn't. In fact, I was so engrossed in the assignments that I ended up moving right through Lesson 1 and on to Lesson 2 in one sitting. 
Speaking of Lesson 2, here is a little photo I put together with inspiration from one of the activities.
Anyway, that's what I'm up to this week.
So, go check out Kristin's class, and remember to visit Julia over at Stamping Ground for more fabulous bloggers sharing what's on their workdesks this week

Monday, July 01, 2013

Is anyone still out there?

As you can clearly see, I have been MIA since November. 
That's right, November.
 Life got hard. 
Very hard. 
So this little ol' blog of mine took a back seat to real life. (Sometimes as I look back at this blog, I worry about things like gaps in what I am posting, but then I realize that real life has been diligently recorded in my Project Life scrapbooks and not everything needs to be visible here.)

The good news is that our lives have returned to a place where we are loving and living every day. We have been reminded to make the most of our time together and have been focusing on each other, creating adventures and making memories. 

I have been very blessed to have such wonderful readers in yourselves and I hope you will continue to follow us in our new adventures. 

If you'd like to continue following us, please resubscribe to this blog by hitting the Bloglovin' button to the right, or you can choose to export Google Reader to another site like Feedly (as today is the last day for Google Reader).  
 I am also extremely active on Instagram, as erxmo1, so feel free to follow along with my daily adventures there too!

Again, thank you for all of your comments, emails and support throughout the last 6 months or so. I am so lucky to have such wonderful friends in all of you!
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