Friday, June 20, 2014

My Summer Bucket List

Okay, so I haven't even officially finished making my summer bucket list yet, but one thing I know is that watching the sunrise is on the list. It makes the list every summer. 
Why you ask? 
Probably because it is the easiest 
and often most rewarding item on the list.  
Just like last year, I checked this one off my list on the first morning of summer vacation. I have been up to enjoy it 3 more times since. I find it to be the perfect way to start my day.  There's nothing like watching the world wake up around you.
It just feels like magic to me every time.

Now if i could only get the man to join me one day...

Have a beautiful day!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

This man...

is the man by which I measure all others. 
He has taught me patience, strength, common sense, and to question what I think I know. He has taught me to never stop learning, to love books, Canadian television, and especially those with whom I am lucky enough to share this big old cosmos. 
Happy Father's Day Daddy! 
I love you!

Baby Girl

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Around Here... is the very first day of summer vacation and I am spending it making lists, creating schedules and taking walks around my yard. I'm just soaking up my blessings today. 
Here's to a wonderful summer!


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!

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