Friday, March 28, 2014
I know it has been almost an entire month since I have posted...sorry about that. I did have intentions of blogging while on vacation in Miami Beach....but it just didn't happen. The warm weather was incredible! I could spend the rest of my life there but my husband says no! He is not up for moving there, lol. Well, ok uprooting my family across the country because I enjoyed two weeks in an area, yeah not happening. Something to do with the mixture of warmth & humidity together helped me a lot with my pain. I went to Miami with my great friend Carol, and I met her family who we stayed with while I was there. Her mom Bernice who just celebrated her 94th birthday, her brother Michael, and her grandchildren; Xavier, Tiffany, & Noah. I was also introduced to some incredible cultural norms there that I happened to love! Cuban coffee (coloda) and Cuban food are a wonderful staple that everyone should experience regularly....the pastries are out of this world! Fruit is so ripe and wonderful there and is much cheaper to buy than here. It is easy to eat healthier where produce is always in season.
While visiting the southern part of the east coast, we spent a day at the Everglades on an airboat tour and checking out the alligators, that was pretty cool! We had a really fun tour bus driver, Harry, and he helped make the tour a lot of fun! We spent a day at the beach laying in the sun, enjoying the warm ocean water and watching the beautiful clear blue waves crashing one on top of another. Tiffany & i both had the opportunity to experience the sting of a jellyfish, even though we would have preferred to opt out we weren't given the option with enough notice, ouch!Then we took a tour bus again this time headed for Key West. It was a long day and I was in so much pain riding back on the tour bus when the day was done but a day well spent. We did lots of shopping I brought back all sorts of little goodies for my hubby and family. The rest of the trip was pretty go with the flow. Carol and I spent so much time together that our relationship has bloomed to create an amazing friendship between us. I have grown to love her family so much and miss them all greatly already. Her Mother is just this adorable little southern belle and has been having some health problems as of recent, she could use some prayers if any of you have the time to add Bernice to your prayers, it would be greatly appreciated. I didn't realize how much I would miss Carol after leaving there when we spend the majority of the year living right next door to each other....
Oh I also got a tattoo while I was down there...I got a beautiful peacock on my left thigh. The colors are magnificent and the shop I went to was South Side Tattoos and Matthew the artist that worked on me was great. The prices are reasonable and he did really good with letting me take breaks and keeping me as comfortable as possible for a 6 hour sitting as he could. I have attached a few pics so that y'all could share in my fun a little bit too! I did use my crutches when walking down there and I didn't have any of the daily stressors as I do at home because I was on vacation, but Carol and the kids helped me out a lot with things and I still had two falls during the two weeks that I was there along with a fall at the airport leaving Miami. So even though I share the photos that show us having a great time I also had a lot of down time as well.
I love you all and thank you much for the support. Thank you for following along with me and my journey through life as Elle knows it. Life is a journey and you get to choose the path you go down and how you see things along the way. Look at everything through smiling eyes and life will seem so much happier! Until next time, have a great weekend!
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Pictures of the cards I completed with my friends Courtney and Nona. We had so much fun going through our order when the UPS man dropped it off to making great cards with all our new goodies! As always, thank you for visiting my blog and supporting my passions! Love y'aLL from my family to yours,
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Sorry it has been a couple weeks since I've blogged for y'all. It has been some pretty busy times in our lives. Things are going pretty good! I'm working hard on making healthy choices in my diet and my actions which is quite challenging at times. I've been shrinking in size but have not lost any weight hmmm, I hope that means I'm turning fat into muscle but over all my body is still weak. I've been juicing for my family quite a bit and we all love it but during these cold wet months in Oregon produce does not come very cheap...
I've been making lots of fun cards with my friends +Courtney Daniels and Nona. Courtney is a #Stampin Up Demonstrator and we have so much fun making things, waiting very excitedly to get our goodies we order and the excitement of receiving our Paper Pumkin each month. It is so much fun! I will share some pictures of cards we've been working on in the last week. I've also had the opportunity to spend some time with a couple of my besties in the past couple weeks, Jonna Niles & Toni Damewood plus her family. It was great to spend time with y'all over my birthday! I was also blessed to be with my family and have some incredible strawberry cheesecake hmmm it was delish!!! (And it flies well too) sorry just an added laugh for my family when they read this* wink,wink*
Ok so I have to share some of these cards we've been working on!! Its interesting that we can all be working on the same thing and end up with completely different outcomes. It was so awesome to get my recent order from Stampin Up because I got to order more for my birthday...I received the new envelope punch folder yay!!!! My favorite new stamp sets from Sale-a-bration "Perfect Pennants" "Petal Parade" "Hardwood" "See Ya Later" "Banner Blast" "You're Lovely" & Banner Punch. I also finally ordered a Stampin Up stamp cleaner and now I wonder why I didn't order it years ago!!!! I also ordered my favorite color ink Caypso Coral!
As always from my family to yours, with all my love. Thanks for your support and following me in my passions! Love always,
Friday, February 7, 2014
+Kelly Rowe shared this inspirational message with us this morning on Google+ and I wanted to share it with y'all because it has so much truth to it. "Girls compete with each other; Women empower one another" Author unknown
Monday, February 3, 2014
Between my husband, Chris, and I we have 4 boys from sophmore at OSU in the marching band down to our 4th grader. We have raised wonderful, well manored sons of course they are still boys and have heard their fair share of raised voices in my house but they have turned out to be pretty nice,young men. Alex is at OSU, my two sons, Cayden & Corbyn are with us part time and their dad part time and Isaac lives with Chris and I full time. With all the boys activities and my doctors appointments somedays it seems like we live out of the car.
Outside of our crazy life as we know it, my husband is an Engineering Supervisor and I'm disabled and stay at home. Some days you would think my life is easy because the boys are in school all day and my husband is at work so it appears that I'm just plain lazy, but of course thats not the case (most days anyways). There are days I can't get out of bed due to pain and sickness but there are all the other days that I am looking forward to crafting, couponing, finding great deals, budgeting, scheduling, organizing, and cleaning! Of course I don't get through any one of those tasks during one full day because my body and mind do not allow for such chaos, so instead I will help y'all come up with ways to help you budget and save, make things at home, cut costs, have a cleaner more organized home and have time left to craft somewhere in between! I look forward to blogging and getting to know some of you out there. I'm new to blogging so I could use as much support as I can get out here!
Thank y'all for stopping by, God Bless!