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My name is Winter, Mother of 2 crazy kids. Wife of an oil field worker. Jack of all trades. You name it, I can do it. If I havent already done it, I’ll try my hand at it until I succeed and then want to do it again and again until I have mastered it!

Thankful Thursday

We have all made it to Thursday. With lots to be thankful for this Thursday and in my life, of course I have to share.

Today I had to drink barium and have a series of X-Rays done on my intestines. Let me tell you how delicious that stuff is to drink. That’s not what I am thankful for though. I am one step closer to figuring out what is wrong with me. I hope. And Travis got to be here for this test so I was not alone.

I am thankful a million times over to have the life partner I have. I know I have mentioned it on many Thursdays before but it couldn’t be more true. With everything I have going on with my body, he supports me and is there for me. If I want to fly across the country on whim for a friend’s wedding, he is all for it and wishes me nothing but the best. When I try my hand on the potter’s wheel and end up creating nothing, he is there with supportive words about all the things I did create while I was at the wheel. No matter what the situation, time of day or where we are, he is there for me. He has my back, my front and every other part of me and I couldn’t be more thankful for such an amazing life partner.

Perseverance, Patience and Positivity. They seem to be what have me going strong lately. The perseverance to stay on this crazy weird diet the doctor has me on until we can figure out what is wrong with me. The patience to wait for answers. The patience of waiting on time to pass by so we no longer have to be in Texas without family. The perseverance and positivity to carry on daily with a smile on my face not just for me but my family as well. Some days I’m better at it than others but I am thankful for my ability to keep on keeping on!

Amazon! My Christmas shopping is just about finished thanks to Amazon. I don’t have to fight people at the stores or pay outrageous prices. I can have everything shipped to my family members far away without paying shipping. It’s awesome!

I recently purchased a steam mop that also vacuums. It gets 2 jobs done at one time. It’s a Bissell. I went to a friends and she had one and I knew I needed to get one. I just love it! I love my house to be clean and it cuts my cleaning time in half. My entire downstairs is tile and or wood and the 2 in 1 steam mop/vacuum combo is what life is about! (The things you get excited about as a parent)

I am heading to California for Thanksgiving and we are also having a small Thanksgiving here with Travis before we go. He has to work the holidays this year so we will celebrate all of them before or after the actual date. But I am thank for the opportunity to spend this Thanksgiving back home with family and also have a nice little Thanksgiving with Travis.

What are you Thankful for today??


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I’d Rather Not…

The middle of the week has graced its presence and has also taken away my freedoms. I thought that’s what Monday was for!?  The end of this week has me busy and doing things I’d rather not do….

I’d rather be at yoga right now than writing this but I have a dentist appointment that is actually fast approaching and had to skip yoga today. I see women coming to yoga and leaving early for an appointment but that didn’t sound appealing to me. Constantly checking the time to be sure I wasn’t running late while I was supposed to be breathing in peaceful tranquility. So, I decided to skip to. I’d rather not be going to the dentist….

Id rather not eat gluten-free bread and lactose free anything. EVER AGAIN! Yesterday I had gluten-free bread with spinach and an egg. Maybe it’s because I am literally starving, but it was the most delicious thing I have eaten, ever! But come on, I’d really rather not.

I’d rather not have to be a raging, lunatic of a parent that is at school constantly arguing with the staff about the protection and safety of my children but they can’t seem to handle the situation themselves.

I’d rather not have to smell that pungent, weird smell in my car but I’d also rather not have to clean it out. Let’s face it, I’m not cleaning that car out.

Or listen to my kids argue about what’s really wrong with me, health wise or mentally. haha

What is it that you would rather not be doing? Today or any other day.

Happy Wednesday My Friends


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A Whirlwind Of A Week

It has been a whirlwind of a week and I can not believe it has been that long since I wrote last. Much has happened and not happened all at the same time.

I had a doctor’s appointment to follow-up after my colonoscopy. I am still having issues so we are moving on to the next intestine and probably will continue on after that. The doctor put me on some medicine that is supposed to help my stomach from cramping and told me to continue the FODMAP diet. For anyone that has ever done this diet, how do you survive? I have learned to incorporate different things into my diet and still I lose weight. I’m always hungry and traveling is so hard!

I left the kids for the weekend and went to New York for a good friends wedding. Going to New York was awesome but trying to find food while traveling all day was difficult. Traveling like that was difficult. Flying all day Friday. Partying all day and night Saturday and then flying again all day Sunday. I was happy to finally see my kids and my bed last night. But seeing my old friend on his wedding day and finally meeting his bride was marvelous. The wedding was beautiful and I had so much fun! Hanging out with my California family was a plus too!

I did some sight-seeing while I was there and explored the small village of Cooperstown. I went to the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum and hiked through Glimmerglass State Park (not for very long, it was freezing). The buildings are beautiful in this small village.

Today of course, it’s back to reality. I have quite a bit to do but am in no hurry to get any of it done. The kids are off to school and I am enjoying the quiet, my coffee and my thoughts.

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend as much as I did. Happy Monday My Friends


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Another Glorious Monday

Waking up at 5 am today just sucked! My alarm went off and all I wanted to do was go back to bed and continue dreaming the terrible dream I was dreaming. I don’t quite remember it but I do remember it wasn’t a great dream. But it was better than getting up.

This is the worst part of the time change. Gaining an hour of sleep my ass!

My kids felt it too and we were all out of sorts this morning.

Here we are. Monday Morning. The beginning of a fresh week. A week where Levi is out of ISS and testing the waters at school with the bullies. A week to see what I will have to do with the school staff if they continue to fail to respond to me. A week where we all finish our antibiotics and are all on the road to recovering from the terrible, awful sickness. A week where I will hopefully get some answers from the Gastrointestinal Doctor and be able to move forward a few more steps. The week the A/C finally gets fixed! The week I might decide to clean my car because the smell is starting to really get to me….

All Positive Steps….I think.

Today I am heading back to yoga after taking almost a month off. Having family come visit and getting sick has kept me from going. I won’t be able to go everyday this week but I will be able to get back to the studio. It will be refreshing.

This week I am going to try to focus on mental health. Not only my own but my families. A major way to help my whole family have better mental health is to make sure I have good mental health. That means meditation, positivity and random acts of kindness. It doesn’t take much to change the outlook of a day, a week, a month or even the year. It all begins with a simple step in the right direction.

While I didn’t want to wake up today and face all that it brings, I know that I can overcome it with a smile on my face and also help my family in the process.

Take that Monday!


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