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It Doesn’t Feel Like Monday…

It has finally happened.

Since the first time since her surgery, Delylah has gotten sick. I don’t think it’s just allergies either. I think it’s a virus. She is sick, sick! My best guess is that it’s from school. DUH!

I have 5 days to get this girl bangorang! We are heading to California on Saturday to be with family in their time of need and Delylah needs to be better by then. I don’t want to have to quarantine her from certain family members. (The elder ones) But I will if it comes to that. She stayed home from school today and is going rounds with her breathing treatment machine and meds. All I can do at this point is hope for the best!

School has only been in session for 2 weeks but I have already gotten used to my routine without kids. I have been spoiled and today has shown me that! I would have gone to yoga first thing in the morning, written this a long time ago and got some cleaning and organizing done in some parts of the house.

All I have done today is watch movies with her. We did write a couple of letters to family. Checked on our caterpillars and I did minimal clean up. Not doing anything is more exhausting than my normal, jam-packed day! I feel tired, dirty and un-accomplished. How selfish does that sound?

We have to pick Levi up at swim at 3:30 and we get to say hello to the outside world and spread our germs, if only for a moment. You know when they are really not feeling good because they have no problem with not leaving the couch to play or do anything at all really! At least she has been fever free this entire time.

While it is Monday, it surely doesn’t feel like it being home with a sick kid.

I’m sure all of yours was better! Am I right?


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Fabulous Friday On A Saturday

During my not so busy day yesterday, I had every intention of writing a Fabulous Friday post. If you are a follower of my blog you know that didn’t happen.

Yesterday I spent most of the day just hanging with the neighbor and the evening was spent having movie time with other neighbors and kids. There were many things that made the day Fabulous.

 I was finally able to do a head stand and hold it for probably a minute! While I haven’t been able to do it since, I felt amazing and accomplished after I had done it!

To top that off, today I was able to do a handstand and hold it! My yoga skills are strengthening just like my inner peace! Woo! That makes me feel so good!

We finally have monarch caterpillars on our milkweed plants! We are excited to watch their  metamorphosis and document it with photos. Assuming they don’t get eaten by vicious, man-eating Texas bugs!

Travis and I had to make our bee hive smaller and in doing so we removed frames. The bees were not happy with so much room and weren’t even utilizing it all. We saved a frame that was half eaten because it looks super cool. I happen to notice something weird in it and broke open some capped combs. It turned out to be eggs. Baby bees! Of course I snapped some photos. It’s pretty awesome to be able to see this part of the hive, which we would not usually see!

We stayed up late watching movies, eating popcorn and then cleaning up our mess before going to bed. There was no complaining, no fighting and the mess was minimal. What more could I ask for on a Friday night?

Today we are having a small swimming get together. Last year during school, we hardly used the pool. I’m glad to have kids coming over, playing in the pool and back yard! It doesn’t take a lot of work to take care of the pool, it just takes consistency which can sometimes feel like a lot of work. It will be a fabulous day by the pool, in the sunshine and humidity!

The weeks have been going by so fast. I can hardly believe that it’s the middle of September already. There have been many things happening with my family back home in California that make me miss it even more. I count the days until my next visit! Which happens to be Thanksgiving (a small trip before hand but not for pleasure so I’m not counting it). It will be here before I know it!

Remember, it doesn’t matter what is going on in your life at this very moment. There are things happening everyday that still make it Fabulous!

Happy Saturday My Friends


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Living Life Like The Gypsy

At some point everyone wishes they could live like a Gypsy. Travel and see the world with their free spirit and love of life.

You don’t have to travel to be a gypsy. You will want to though. You have to believe in yourself and your dreams. Decide what it is that you want, how you want life to feel and look, and then move in the direction of that vision. I’m actually not really sure of the HOW until I see it in retrospect. You have to change your way of thinking. Once you realize YOU have control over yourself, you tend to feel free. You don’t let things bother you and you see the positivity and greatness in everything. You actually end up living a happier, fuller life! You follow your heart. Here are some tips to help you on your gypsy journey.

No one is too old for a fairytale.

Every positive thought propels you in the right direction.

Take a walk on the wild side.

If you can do it, Travel. You don’t need a lot of money or anything else to get anywhere. Stay with friends or family. Make new connections. Be flexible with your time. You can go anywhere you want. I have 2 kids and not a lot of money and have traveled more than a lot of people I know! You just have to do it!

If you want something you have never had, you must do something you have never done.

Some people will say you’re going the wrong way. It is simply a way of YOUR own.

Always choose the adventure!

Love is what binds us. Respect is what unites us.

All good things are wild and free.

If you have inner peace, no one can force you to be a slave of the outer reality.

Celebrate life. ALL LIFE!

Count your pennies. How much money you have is generally less important than what you do with your money.

Generosity is a high priority in the life of a gypsy because the more you give, the more you receive and gypsy life is incredibly co-dependent on human connection and the kindness of others.

Drink the wild air and live in the sunshine!

Listen to the wind (your gut feelings are usually always right).

Don’t be afraid to have that alternative lifestyle.

The free spirit is rare but you know it when you see it, basically because you feel very good when you are near or with them.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails and explore, dream and discover!

We are all wanderers here on this earth. Our hearts are full of wonder and our souls are deep with dreams!

Happy Tuesday My Friends


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Be The One Who Smiles

98% of the time Travis doesn’t make it to school functions. Usually because he is at work or working on things at home. But more often than not, it’s because he is at work. (There is a point to this, trust me)

Today was the kids’ first day of school!

They go to different schools. They always will because of their age gap. 4 and a half years is longer than high school. Maybe they will see each other again in college.

Levi was up at 5 am and surprisingly chipper for him. He was dressed and ready to go. He had 2 breakfasts because he is a growing boy and out the door by 6:10 to catch the bus. (I can’t take them both to school) I now have a 7th grader!

Delylah was up at 6:15 dressed but crying about socks. (I knew she would cry about clothes) I was driving her to school though so we didn’t have to rush. We arrived to school at 7:50 and began the walk to find her class, yet again. She is now in 2nd grade!

It was during this walk that I noticed it. Without Travis with us. Just the 2 of us girls. She wasn’t holding my hand, we were walking side by side, chit chatting our way into school. The looks. The “you’re a single mom” looks. The “look how she’s dressed” looks. The “you can tell she doesn’t have a job” looks. The whispers….

The things these people (it wasn’t just women giving me these looks) don’t know is that I just don’t give a shit what they think of me. I was having a fantastic conversation with my daughter on her first day of school. I was dressed appropriately, which is not always the case for me. I was not in yoga pants. Who cares if I was? You can stare all you want at my style. It’s a mix between hippy and grunge. I was wearing some shorts with lace and flowers, a t-shirt with a hand throwing up a peace sign filled in with mandala and some old school, high top vans.

I never once stopped the conversation with my daughter to let these people get to me. Or let her know that people were looking at us.

I am dressed like I don’t have a job and you are in your heels, dress suit and appear to be frazzled. Which is OK. It’s hard to get your kids off to school when you have a schedule. But who is to say that I don’t have a schedule? I do have a job. My job at THAT moment required me to be right where I was. After I was done there my job required me to pay bills, clean the house and take care of things at home, including myself.

When I am going anywhere, with or without my kids, the last thing I am doing is accessing the people around me. I don’t care if they have a job or not. Or if they are half-naked or not, even if my kids are there. My kids know the difference between right and wrong and know how to be polite. Homeless, jobless, stripper, business person, stay at home parent. Be who you are and don’t be afraid of that because of the looks or whispers you receive.

Delylah and I had the best conversations this morning while other parents were busy accessing our situation. They missed out on their own children because they were too busy wrapped up into a world of what is beautiful and strong and right in their own minds. We are all beautiful and strong. If you are living your best life, you are living it right.

Don’t let other people get in the way of your happiness by their looks and whispers. Smile at them. Give them something to be happy about. Maybe that’s what they are missing.

I hope my kids will learn something good from me and my rambling.

Happy Tuesday My Friends



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