Saturday. It’s Just Like Every Other Day….

Saturday Already!

It’s not like it matters what day it is. My kids are still on summer break, I’m a stay at home mom and we don’t have much going on.

This week I have taken my kids on shopping trips we didn’t need to take. Bought a mirror I didn’t need and printed out pictures that the photo place screwed up!

What I should have been doing was finding a new desk for my office. Cleaning and rearranging my office. Setting up the kids computers. Mowing the front yard (I did get the backyard done). Cleaning out the play house and bug bombing it. This list could really go on and on.

Everyday is just like the one before. Starting out with “What should we do today?” And no one jumping to their feet with any grand ideas. I work out, I write, I clean. Breakfast gets made at 11. We procrastinate brushing our teeth and putting clothes on other than our pajamas and when the sunshine hits our eyes we are like vampires hissing wildly.

Today will probably not be any different. I plan on moving computers and cleaning more. It would be different if we had Delylah’s special made ear plugs already. We would all be in the pool. But she is terrified to get water in her ears and refuses to wear the wax ear plugs we have. Still, we would be getting nothing done but at least we would be having more fun!

I am sure I will sit in my office, perusing Craigslist for desks even though I told myself we would drive around and check out yard sales this morning. It’s almost 10am and Delylah is still in dreamland. Not a good time to go to yard sales and it’s already 90° outside. My 75° house sounds much better to be in unless I’m at the beach and we would have to be leaving for that already too.

I don’t know how she will survive the first week of school and waking up at 6 am!

The award for Bad Mom for not getting her kids back on schedule before school starts goes to….ME! (And probably a lot of others out there. We like to band together)

I have lots of things I would love to be doing today, none of which will probably come to fruition but there’s that saying…. It’s the thought that counts. Right!?

Happy Saturday My Friends

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13 Ways To Obtain Happiness And Positivity

Being happy and positive is hard on a daily basis. Especially in this crazy world that we live in. There are plenty of things you can do, very easily, that can help you attain happiness on a daily basis and change your negative into a positive.

SMILE – Research has actually shown that making yourself smile can make you feel happier.  Smile at the stranger whose kids are completely intolerable or just anyone for that matter. Not only will it make you feel better, but it will make them feel better too.

HARDWIRE YOUR BRAIN – Savor your positive experiences. Whenever you experience something where you feel really happy, try to take 20 seconds to pause and really appreciate the moment you are in. Over time this will help you to build a neural network and help you to hardwire happiness into your brain!

THINK YOURSELF HAPPY – People who actively tried to be happier did show increases in their happiness. I know, I am one of them. If you want to be happier, at least you should try to make yourself think about being happy.

HAVE A POSITIVE MINDSET – If you catch yourself framing the experience in a negative way, just gently remind yourself that you want to experience more positive emotions and happiness in your life. It may sound ridiculous, but it does work!

MEDITATE – To be more precise: A loving kindness meditation is the way to go! You meditate and feel loving kindness and genuine warmth for yourself and also for other people in your life. Meditation increases your state of well-being.

FORGIVE – It can be hard to truly forgive others sometimes. But holding a grudge doesn’t do anyone any good. Forgiveness does make people feel happier.

SPEND TIME WITH FRIENDS – It’s important to have a good set of friends in your life. This means people who will support you and also pick you up when you are having tough times in your life.

SPEND TIME IN NATURE – As humans, we need to spend time outside as mush as we possibly can. If you live in a city, it’s important to find time to go to a place you can be in nature. Find time to go for a walk or hike in nature. Breath in that fresh air!

LIMIT SOCIAL MEDIA – On social media it is so easy to compare yourselves to others which leads you to feel really bad about yourself. Don’t let that happen to you! Not just social media but all technology. It tends to take over our lives.

BUY EXPERIENCES – Use your money to buy experiences rather than material goods. This could be buying tickets to se your favorite band or to travel to a new place. Make the memories with your money!

FLOWER POWER – Peoples moods are always better if they have fresh flowers around.

KEEP A JOURNAL – It just takes a few minutes to think about what you are grateful for in your life and write them down.

SLEEP MORE – The amount of sleep people get correlates with the reported satisfaction in their lives. So, make sure you get good, quality sleep each night. Skip that last drink or episode on Netflix for a little extra shut-eye.

Most all of these things are easy and feasible in every persons life. Once you can be happy and more positive in your own life, it won’t matter what happens around you. You have learned a way to keep the daily Bull Shit from harming your happiness.

Happy Thursday My Friends

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Regatta Weekend Tid Bits

Our time at the River with family was not relaxing but it was full of new memories to add to the memory books!

My kids got along great! They have been getting along wonderfully since I took away video games and devices. So much so, that even they noticed yesterday.

We celebrated Travis’ 40th birthday with all the family. His birthday is tomorrow and he is at work for a couple of weeks. He happens to share a birthday with my cousin’s son and another cousin as well! Go figure! I’m so happy that we got to do a little something for him while we were there.

We took the Redeye flights. Those midnight flights are much cheaper for us. It might be adding more to the crazy but it lets us spend more time with everyone.

I got to see my best friend of 21 years! It just happened to be the day before school started there and her oldest is going to be a senior and her middle child is starting kindergarten! We don’t see each other often, even when I lived in California, but when we do we pick up right where we left off.

We also got to see my nephew, Benjamin. Delylah is just like me when it comes to him. We just love every minute with him!

Every year the float is a little crazy. The feelings that flood over me at the cemetery while visiting my grandparents seem surreal and the weekend is gone to fast.

I don’t care if my family fights. If there is stupid drama and stress. (There always is at some point with some one) I don’t care if not everyone pitches in either with money or physical help. Or if people are super wasted. What I truly care about is the effort that they make to make it to the event and be with each other like we did when Grandma and Grandpa were alive, which not every one does. I do understand that times get tough. Lives and people change. We are still family. A big family that was always together.

I can’t wait for next year’s weekend full of new memories!

Happy Wednesday My Friends

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Years Of Memories, Love and Grandparents!

My weekend begins tonight.

At midnight.

When I am finally in my cousins car. Off the crowded plane with my moaning children and tired husband and out of Texas.

I decided to skip yoga this morning because we have quite a full day ahead of us but sitting here being able to ponder the days ahead I feel as if that may have been mistake. Hot yoga outside and maybe a workout DVD will have to suffice at this point.

Delylah has her post-op today. She has been doing exponentially better as of late and I’m excited to hear what the doc has to say. Her breath is finally settling down. It was horrid for a while there. Her voice has changed and I think it’s going to take me some time to get used to it. She can hear better, breath better and she no longer grinds her teeth when she sleeps! I am very happy with our decision for her to have the surgery! Today she is having special ear plugs made since my kids are little fish and always in the water. With ear tubes it is best to have ear plugs to protect against bacteria and infection while under water.

Of course this is how I would plan a trip. Right after surgery. Go to her post-op, come home finish packing and then head to the airport. Not mention all the little things that need to be accomplished and tended to in between. Let me just throw in here that as soon we get home, at 5 am in a few days, Travis has to head back to work that same day! After traveling all night. Midnight flights are cheap and we are crazy!

It has been 8 years since my grandparents passing. The family has been floating annually for 7, this will be our 8th year floating together. Some years a lot of people come and others it’s just a few of us. Sometimes people can’t float and stay behind. They have new babies (that was me one year), have been hurt or they like to just stay behind and wait for the family party after. Either way, we are all together, making memories and remembering my grandparents!

↑ 2010 ↑

↑ 2011 ↑

↑ 2012 ↑

↑ 2013 ↑

↑ 2014 ↑

↑ 2015 ↑

↑ 2016 ↑

I do this to be a part of something that was close to my grandparents home at the end. That my Grandpa thought would help keep our family together after they were gone. They were the glue that bonded us and they are still that today. I may not live within driving distance anymore but to be close to them once again is a moment I would never pass up. Having our family together like when they were here, is feeling them near. Feeling the love we all share because they instilled that in us, is feeling them near. Making memories and taking photographs that will be forever embedded in my heart and soul with my family, is feeling them near. I can not express how much I miss them. I feel them in every part of what I do. They helped mold us all, in one way or another, into who we are today. Big or small, we all have something that came from them.

Today we embark on another adventure. Heading off to make more memories, tell stories about them and sleep all piled up in the same house just like we did when they were here.

They live on in each of us and through this experience every year.

Happy Wednesday My Friend

Get out there and make some memories!

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