Tuesday, April 30, 2013

30 Days of Random Pics - Day 30




Three random shots from today. Tori waiting for gymnastics class with a couple of other girls. Me - this morning after running 8 miles. And finally a shot out of my car window this evening. Crazy spring weather we are having!!

Monday, April 29, 2013

30 Days of Random Pics - Day 29


After my divorce I didn't wear any rings for awhile. I had worn the same one for 23 years and kind of needed to get used to not having anything on my fingers. Then I decided I was ready for rings again and bought a couple. This is one I really love - but an unforeseen consequence of starting to run and being more healthy is that I lost weight - even in my fingers. It doesn't fit anymore and keeps falling off - especially when my hands get cold. I wasn't ready to just put it in a drawer or sell it yet - so this was my next best solution. My 16yo says she likes it on the chain. So - for now this is where it goes.

30 Days of Random Pics - Day 28



My daughter's boyfriend is very skilled at painting nails. A talent much appreciated in a household of all females!! Here he painted hers with penguins. I was very impressed. I am thinking of asking him to do mine sometime!!

30 Days of Random Pics - Day 27

 

I had an interview not too long ago. My girls knew I was more than a little nervous even though I try to be upbeat and confident. They got together and surprised me with these signs of encouragement.

I love my kids soooo much.

30 Days of Random Pics - Day 26

 

I have been trying to be better about "rounding" out my workouts. My girls' dad picked up these exercise balls at a garage sale and offered them to us. I thought sure - why not? Could be fun. I also try to take advantage of anything I can use at home since my budget does not have room for a gym membership - not that I would use one if it did. But that is another story..... Anyway - my 8yo has the most fun with these of all of us. "See, Mom, it's easy!!"

She sets the bar kinda high.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

30 Days of Random Pics - Day 25


I knew this was bound to happen sooner or later. I love my Crocs. I bought these probably close to 1- years ago. I remember that is was right around the time they first were being sold. I like them because I can slip in and out of them easily. I don't like slippers because my feet get so hot in them. And these have a good like sole on them which gives my feet plenty of support. I often wear them around the house and have joked about forgetting to change out of them when I have to go someplace "proper" .... like my office. Which is where this picture was taken when I got here this morning and looked down and there they were.


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

30 Days of Random Pics - Day 24



My 8yo set this up as a surprise for me. She loves to do special litte things for people. And we got to enjoy a nice cup of tea together. Remembering just makes me happy. 


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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

30 Days of Random Pics - Day 23


This was the view down my street this morning. Snow and cold (about 15 degrees) this morning - but I still thought it looked kinda pretty. Like the sky and the snow is still clean.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

30 Days of Random Pics - Day 22


Got these from my bosses for Administrative' Assistant's Day - a couple days early, but I am not complaining!!

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

30 Days of Random Pics - Day 21


Saw these alongside the road where the mile markers posts are while driving home from Cody, WY. Had never seen them before and have no idea what the heck they signify. Still need to ask what the heck they mean.

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PPS - Note to self: Remember Rule #5 - Don't overthink!!!!!!

30 Days of Random Pics - Day 20


My youngest daughter - entertaining herself with Mom's cellphone camera. I never know what I will find when she gets a hold of it. It is usually always interesting and entertaining - so I enjoy  letting her borrow it on  occasion.


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30 Days of Random Pics - Day 19

 




 

Saw these on a recent road trip with my two younger daughters. Scared my 16yo because she had not seen them yet and I started tapping her shoulder and yelling at her to get my phone and take a picture - quick, quick!! (I was driving.) My dad was a helicopter pilot in the Army and I have always thought helicopters were very cool just because of that. I think these must have been on some kind of training mission.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

30 Days of Random Pics - Day 18


Just felt goofy one day.

These are for Curtis - love you!!!!


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30 Days of Random Pics - Day 17


This is my daughter's cockatiel. He is a major pest. He loves company and will squawk annoyingly until you let him join you. His favorite place when I am working on the computer is on my lap or sitting on my wrist. He loves to groom himself and then tuck his beak under is wing and snooze while I type away.

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30 Days of Random Pics - Day 16



You may have never seen music that looks like this. But it works great for teaching our youngest chime ringers how to play handchimes at our church. Love working with these kids!!

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30 Days of Random Pics - Day 15

 

A proper tea party starts with an invitation. One must be 'officially' invited.


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30 Days of Random Pics - Day 14



April Snow Storm 2013 - Cheyenne was sock in for most of the week - school was cancelled for two days. Roads in and out of town where closed more than they were open. And I got beautiful icicles to decorate the side of my house.

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PPS - I had to go back and review my rules for posting pics this month:

1: First and foremost - post a picture Every Day during the month of April 2013.
2: Pick a picture I have not posted anywhere else.
3: Write a description - it does not matter how short or long it is.
4: See rule #1
5: Don't overthink
6: See rule #1
7: Have fun!!

I think I got tripped up on #5 - Dang it. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

30 Days of Random Pics - Day 13


I have two dogs. One is Dotty...my running buddy. And then there is Sadie. She is our s...l...o...w beagle. Sadie has never been overly found of physical activity. She is older now - about 12 years old and has arthritis. Walking Sadie is an exercise in patience and learning to enjoy the sites and sounds around you. If not for outings with Sadie I very well could have spent years in my neighborhood without noticing things like the detail on the rooftops. These are from houses within just a one block radius of my home. Does anyone bother with this kind of intricate decoration on the homes anymore? I happen to really like it and think it gives my older neighborhood a little bit of beauty and class.

And - yes - I know I am running behind on my daily pics. Story of my life!! Going to catch up - really, really I am!!

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

30 Days of Random Pics - Day 12






Writing about this one from 1986 has been stirring in my head for quite some time. It is one of a few pictures of me in my high school year book. It is dark and my face is kind of hidden - pretty much how I remember high school. That young girl from 27+ years ago was extremely shy and insecure and lived much of her life in the background. She watched - and wished to be included. Poor thing. Wish I could go back and hug her.

One of my teachers at the time made the classic statement about high school being "the best years of your life." I remember at the time praying with all I had that he was wrong. You couldn't pay me to go through those years again. I avoided "friending" many people I went to high school with on Facebook for several years until I received a request from a classmate several months after my divorce. I dared myself to hit the accept button. What was I hiding anyway? I was a divorced single mom - that was pretty much a solid statement that my life was far from perfect. If they didn't want to have anything to do with me that was THEIR problem. After that I searched for and friend requested as many from RHS as I could find. It was a little overwhelming at first because most of them accepted it. The best things is that I have had the chance to build a relationship for the first time with folks I never really got to know back then. Frankly - that has been very cool.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

30 Days of Random Pics - Day 11


My 16yo made this sign on Feb. 10, 2013 to "advertise" the chili we took to our church's Annual Chili Cook-off and Family Feud night. I love her creativity. Even though our chili didn't win 1st prize they ate all that we brought AND we got lots of compliments on adding a new word to people's vocabulary.


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30 Days of Random Pics - Day 10


Me, My 16yo, and my 8yo on Jan. 9, 2013. Getting ready to go out to run/walk/bike a mile together. As I recall it was a bit chilly that day, but we got through it. Trying to find ways to encourage my girls to learn to embrace being more active NOW and not wait until they are in their 40s like their mother.


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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

30 Days of Random Pics - Day 9



This pic is from July 28, 2012. I was having a particularly rough week. My then 15yo printed this with the label maker one day when we were at my office and stuck it onto the bottom corner of my monitor when I wasn't looking. It was just the encouragement I needed. Really, really love that kid. (And, yes, it is STILL there. Makes me smile every time I see it.)

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30 Days of Random Pics - Day 8



Ran across these pics from January 18, 2013. Many of us who have daughters know how much they love to play dress-up. Most girls I know like to dress up in pretty clothes and play princess or something girlie like that. But not in my house....Can you say "You might be a redneck, if....?"

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P.P.S - I know this is a day late......dang it. Still not going to quit, not going to beat myself up, just going to catch up and keep trying. THAT is what working on being disciplined is teaching me. Blecch. :-)

Sunday, April 7, 2013

30 Days of Random Pics - Day 7


Found this picture of my three girls taken four years ago on April 30, 2009. Do you ever look at your kid(s) and your breath just catches in your throat? I don't know why God blessed me with these three amazing daughters. I am sure every single day I am completely screwing up, but I wouldn't change being their mom for anything. I love you, Cody, Kati, and Tori - and I always will.

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

30 Days of Random Pics - Day 6



Today's pic is from Jan. 2, 2013. The light in my kitchen went out and it was late and we were tired and I did not feel like running to Walmart - so we cooked by candle light (and by cellphone flashlight.) As I recall dinner was not bad that night, either.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

UBP 2013 - Let's Party!!


The moms over at 5MinutesforMom.com are hosting their 7th Annual Blog Party - which starts....why it starts today, April 5, 2013!!  Grab your glass and head on over there with me and let's check out all the fun going on!!

30 Days of Random Pics - Day 5

Today I not only have one pic to share - I have twelve. Yep, that's right. I took these over New Years' when we went to visit my sister and her family. That was a fun visit. See for yourself.



Sunday morning was their church's first official "Wear Your Pajamas to Church Day." It was AWESOME. And my sister used her daughter's new Christmas present to make donuts for the Sunday school kids.


Best Sunday school class I'd attended in quite some time!!

New Year's Eve Eve (yes, that was on purpose) we attended a rehearsal for the Symphony in the Valley Orchestra - Jazz Ensemble. It was also my sister's birthday. We had a good time attempting to dance and listening to them play.

 
That brother-in-law of mine is darned good horn player - but you didn't hear that from me.



New's Year Eve Day we went sledding at a friend's house. Fun time in the snow. Had to get a picture of the firepit!! The husband was very proud of it. :-) And, they served hot chocolate. Perfect after playing outside!!

  
On New Year's Eve night we enjoyed homemade cake pops!!! (OMG - can you say sugar overload??) And had punch with sherbet in it. Yum!!!!



On New Year's day I woke to the eerie site of my sister's chickens pressed against the basement bedroom window. Yep. Time to go home.
 


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