Wednesday, July 18, 2018

She did it and then I did it again.....


For as long as Makenzie has been in Cross Country she and the girls have had a tradition of drawing a fish and cross tattoo on the ankle before a race.  Its a team thing and its always been done.  When her high school season was coming to an end she starting talking about "wanting" to get that tattoo permanently on her .... yesterday was THAT day...



I just realized I didn't get a picture of the final look but I will when she gets home from work and you will have to stop back to see it....and its REALLY cool so please do!!


So where do you think the girl got the idea to get a tattoo in the first place??

Um, her mom?  YUP!

(On a side note: my oldest daughter already has 3 tattoos....she just turned 21!  I kind of figured it wouldn't be long before daughter #2 decided to get hers done too)

When I turned 40 I got a paw print on my hip...not that I love animals (although I guess I do )and not in honor of an animal passing (although I think of my Rosie still to this day).  No, I got a paw print because at the time it reminded me that a Positive Attitude = Wellness Success (PAWS) thus, a paw print.  I do try to keep a positive attitude but I am human and often fail....especially in the winter.  And Wellness Success?? Well, some days I feel awesome where as other days I am bloated, burping, dizzy, tired, depressed, binging, jealous, mad, and upset....am I normal?  I think so.  

My gosh, I am almost 50 and entering premenapause...of course, there are times I am a rollercoaster of emotions we wouldn't have a pulse if we didn't live with emotions.  ;-)

So with all this tallk of tattoos in our house lately it reminded me that I always said I would like to get another one when I turn 50!  I turn 50 in February but since Makenzie wanted to get her tattoo before leaving for Colorado in September I figured I could get one with her, a little early.

And I decided to get some permanent jewlry on my wrist.

 the outline...
 the finished look!

I absolutely love my new tattoo and by the look on my face I guess it didn't hurt much while I was having it done.


 She DID say the anchor hurt more at times.  I think it is because its in a "thinner" skin area of her body.  I have heard that tattoos on feet, throat, and back of the knees hurt most.  The bracelet band going by my writst bone did hurt a little but overall it was fine.


There you have it.

 A little snipet of our afternoon!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

How have you been spending your time???


 We were in Iowa recently with our swimmer dude and a few of his swimmer friends.  This Hawkeye happen to be hanging around the pool so I asked him if the boys could take a photo with him and he posed perfectly!! Now I think the boys have a little work to do to look like him (in the muscle department ) that is.  ha!


 The girls!!
Oh my they do grow up fast!
A year ago (yes, June 2017) they heard that a certain "popular" guy ....you may have heard of him.....HARRY STYLES....was coming to MN during his 2018 concert series.  Well, when the tickets went on sale they did not hesitate to buy them.  Talk about patience and NOT needing instant gratification.....I'm pretty sure I have never purchased tickets for something that would take place a year after purchase.  

 So when the date FINALLY arrived it was exciting....I only wish I would have taken photos of them when they purchased their tickets in 2017 and then I could have compared them to the pictures of 2018.  The hour before leaving for the BIG concert!! They were soooo excited.

I am so glad they have the love of concerts to enjoy together and hopefully they will continue to do more and more stuff together.  Of course, as time, school and jobs allow.  **However, like I just read in my book this morning.....time is not the obstacle.....it is making the person or event a priority of our time....we choose how to spend our time....we all are given the same amount of time a day.....how we spend it shows the priority we are giving to the event.



Well that was a little speech thrown in amongst the flowers and these cute kids.  ;-)

Enjoy your time!





Thursday, June 14, 2018

well daughter #2 is done!

Yup, she graduated, we had a party, we've gone to parties and now we're enjoying summer vacation!


 Of course, it wouldn't be a true party with out zillions of pictures and always trying to get the "perfect" one....ha!  We should know by now that doesn't always happen and frankly some of the bad ones in the long run are the best ones.  ;-)


 Hmm, dad making sure his tummy is covered?

 Kenz did the sun get in your eyes?
 Head tilt of love?




NOT BAD!!

 
What!?@?%

 Enough...we're done!

And that's a wrap.....

Monday, May 14, 2018

We have a lot of fun things happening around here......

 Hard to believe this picture was taken last August as we were preparing for her final senior year at North High....now she is just 16 days away from graduating!! Oh the places she will go!

 The guy (in the blue center) will be turning 53 on the same day as his second child graduates from high school.  I am sure he never thought of THAT day when he was playing baseball in high school....crazy how things change!!

 This 15 year old is becoming quite the swimmer!   He continues to set personal records at each meet and is sure having fun doing so.  Don't worry dude....we are having a lot of fun watching you too!!

And finally.....our oldest is reaching yet another milestone.  She will turn 21 in a little over a week.  I find it hard to believe we are now parents of a child who can go to a pub with us and actually order a drink if she wants too.


Life has been so busy and so fun that I get more excited each day to see what will come next for us and our kiddos.  That's what its all about after all.....a little hokey pokey!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Nothing else compares to this....


That feeling right after you put away ALL the Christmas decorations.....you've dusted, vacuumed, rearranged the furniture in a brand new way and then you sit to enjoy the calm and the clean because.......you know it will only last for a very short moment.  

;-)

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Sick of opening my blog and seeing my pictures with fluctuating weight so.......lets look at some tired family members instead!

 On the ride home from the cabin
 hard life of a puppy on a boat
 2 goofs stalling before bed
 one enjoying his Disney bed..
 the other also thought her bed at Disney was comfy too

 flying home and all Disneyed out...

 a very tired little boy..
and lastly her bunk bed where she puked from during the night...too many sweets while staying at the KOA campground in SD.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

How I ~ "we've" ~ changed over the years....and these are just a few of the many...

 Soon we will be over come by posts, ads, and information about the latest diet and or exercise machine to get rid of those holiday pounds.  Soon we will all doubt ourself worth based on those extra 5-10-or 20 pounds.  

And soon we may think about a WORD, VERSE, MOTTO that may inspire us throughout the new year and thus motivate us to make a change in our "NOT So POSITIVE HABITS" whatever they may be.  

My thoughts usually drift toward the eating/binging I continue to do and cannot seem to get a handle on over the many, many years I have tried.  In light of these thoughts I began to look at past pictures of myself and definitely notice some photos where I have been less 10-15 pounds and some photos where I am up those 10-15 pounds.  

In simple random order here are just a few ....
can you tell the heavier me vs. the lighter?















 (my hair color changes too )





 (this is my wedding dress....happy it still fit)






I am guessing you can see it too....hard to believe but the random weight does show up.  Although I always seem to have the round cheeks no matter the weight...ha!

So here I am again close to thinking about what another NEW YEAR will bring....
FOR ME
FOR MY FAMILY

FOR MY PARENTS (as they get older)
FOR MY JOB (changes always happen)

FOR these next couple of months with FREEZING ASS COLD temps...and no matter how much depression meds I may take to help me through the winter it still depresses me when its cold and I can't get motivated to do anything but eat.  


These next few days I am going to continue to think about changes and what will work THIS time so that the fluctuation can level out and I can finally get a grip on this issue with food.  



She did it and then I did it again.....

For as long as Makenzie has been in Cross Country she and the girls have had a tradition of drawing a fish and cross tattoo on the ankl...