Thursday, November 29, 2012

30 Days of Thanks {Sooooo behind}

Even though I haven't been posting everyday I have been thinking about the things I am thankful for I have yet to mention.

I'm so thankful to have my family living so close to me. In an age where families are broken up from coast to coast b/c it is so accessible to move I am so happy my family is all close. I am so lucky that my parents, brother and his family and my in-laws are all right here in our own backyard. Kristin and Casey and the kids are just a quick three hour trip north. I definitely don't take this for granted.

I am so blessed to have two loving parents. They have are inspiring together and apart. They are still married (33 years, I think) which is a huge accomplishment these days. My dad taught me to be a strong, independent person. Stubborn sometimes, but I get some of that from my mom too. My mom has showed me what true love and compassion is and is always there when I need her. She gave me my sarcastic side, which I love so much. I know there is no way I would be who I am today without my awesome parents.

I feel so proud (and thankful) for the "couple friends" Tim and I have made. It is crazy but most of them have really come to fruition after our college years.
Amanda and Adam Brooker – Tim (and I) went to high school with Adam but we connected as couples around the time we realized we both lived in Republic
Thomas and Josey McPhail – Tim played college baseball with Thomas at Three Rivers
Kari and John Hamra – We all went to high school together but Kari and I re-connected by working together at 417 Magazine
JC and Kristina Loveland – I grew up with JC and Tim played college baseball with him. JC actually introduced Tim and I too!!
It is rare that you can find a friend who you connect with as an adult, but to find couples that we BOTH get along with is awesome. I read this blog 5 Friends Every Couple Should Have and I couldn't think of a better way to describe these friends but as:
The “Double Date” Friends – This is the couple who you share interests with and could easily imagine vacationing with and having an amazing time.  You are friends as couples and you also easily pair off by gender – the men are off to do this, the gals are off for a little of that – and the friendships are just as strong.  The memories you build, as couples, eventually as families, bring the years together in such a way that when you are with them - you forget that you are getting so old!

I am thankful for my doctor. My confidence in her has wavered a few times in the past few months, but I am thankful where I am at right now. We have a plan! I will fill you in in another blog.

I am thankful for my job. It is rare that you can land a job that you actually enjoy going to everyday. And I can honestly say I do. I'm glad I get to use creativity and have an impact not only in my company but in 417-land as well.

I am so thankful I can afford to enjoy the holidays and purchase presents and not have to struggle to make ends meat. This might come from the implementation of our new budget! I am thankful Tim is being a trooper and playing along with it. It seems to be helping a lot!






Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Today I'm thankful for PERSPECTIVE

And people who bring it to you. It can come in the most random places. Just a reminder of what is really important in life. On Facebook this post has gone viral (originally posted by Brody Smith) and it is so great and SO true. I couldn't resist to share it.


A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles roll
ed into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.'

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

'Now,' said the professor as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things---your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions---and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else---the small stuff.

'If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first---the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, 'I'm glad you asked.' The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Day 19 I'm thankful for Christmas lights AND overachievers

Put them together and you get our neighbors. BOOM. We just stopped by last night and I can guarantee it won't be the last!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

30 Days of Thanks {Days 15-18}

Whoopsie, I've missed a few days...

Day 15 I am thankful for letting myself say NO. It is something that I am learning to do. I over commit and I just can't do it all. For example, I knew I needed to write these blogs, but I didn't make myself stay up late or stress about the fact I was missing a day a few days. I just let it be and focused on what I wanted to do.

Day 16 I am thankful for Christmas music. No matter what mood I'm in it instantly cheers me up! Well not all songs, but almost everything that plays on my awesome Pandora station :) We listened to is the whole ride home from KC. Want to listen to it too? Check it out: http://www.pandora.com/?sc=sh339957682435825157&shareImp=true

Day 17 I am thankful for our annual girls trip to KC. It is always such a great time full of fun memories. It is such a fun weekend, I look forward to it all year long. Usually Kristin joins us, and now hopefully Ashley too, so I am not thankful they couldn't join us this year :( We missed you girls, but we devoured the Chocolate Bag just fine!

Day 18 I am so thankful that I get along so well with my mom and my mother-in-law (and they get along with each other) that we can spend a whole weekend together shopping, eating and gabbing. Some people's families can't event tolerate each other for holidays. They definitely wouldn't plan a yearly out-of-town trip together! We are so blessed.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

30 Days of Thanks {Day 14}

Today I am thankful for my awesome girlfriends. The ones I can cry with and laugh with. The ones that check up on me when I'm down and bring me peanut butter MnMs to get me back up. The ones that have been the best friends a girl could ask for, not only this year, but the past several. I don't know what I would do, or how I would survive, without such an awesome group. At times I can't believe that I've only known some of you (or reconnected with you) in my adult life. I got lucky with you, my friends. You know who you are. xoxo

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Day 13 I am thankful for my pups


Nothing makes me happier. I'm not sure how we've been so lucky to have not two, but three amazing dogs as a family. When Tim and I got married he had Maddie, his husky. She was so sweet and cuddly. We told ourselves we would never be lucky enough to have another dog as great as her. Well, enter Goose. He is a bird dog, loves to run and we assumed might not be super sweet and snugly. We were wrong. He was just as snugly, if not more, than Maddie. After Maddie pass away Tim and I were devastated. We didn't realize it at the time, but Goose was pretty upset too. That was in October of 2008. In December of 2008 we welcomed sweet little Wyatt into our home. He was such a risk! I found him online. His name was "Timmy." How perfect is that?! He was at a shelter in KC and I just happen to be going there that next weekend for our annual girls shopping trip. So what did I do? Bought him on the internet and then met the lady to pick him up in the Crate and Barrel parking lot. We had no choice at that point, but I loved him instantly! So did Tim and Goose :) And as most of your know, Wyatt is definitely the most sweet and snugly of all of our dogs! He knows no stranger. You walk up to him he will most likely roll to get his belly rubbed. Those boys bring so much joy and laughter into our lives. Glad we have them to keep us company!



Monday, November 12, 2012

I am thankful for my BLOG

I came across another blogger who wrote a blog titled "why i blog." I was instantly intrigued because I've often asked myself the question "why do i blog?"

So here are the reasons I've come up with.

In 2009, I started this blog to share.
I know nowadays Facebook is where most people share the things they have to share but many family members don't have (well didn't at the time) Facebook. This was a good way to keep them in the loop. Also, I think I have a good memory in a work capacity but when it comes to life I feel like I can't remember crap. So our blog is a great way to keep track and share our thoughts, achievements, and random Saturday movie marathons :) And let's face it, I've always been a picture taker so why let them waste away in my iPhone photo album.


In 2011, I blogged to become a better writer. 
It was something I needed to work on for myself and my job. Writing was so overwhelming to me. Having to sit and start a thought, story, recap, anything would be too much. Getting started was the hardest part. So I used blogging as practice. Writing about what was happening with me and my life wasn't intimidating. No one was proofing my work (well you might be). I could just write what I felt and what I was up too.

During 2012, I blogged to let go.
This year we have been up against some really tough stuff. I was hesitant to get more personal on my blog at first because I didn't want people to feel like they had to treat me differently. To feel sorry for me or something. That first time I shared about our miscarriage was so intimidating, but I found it totally therapeutic. It made me be more honest with myself about what was happening.

My blog is serious sometimes. And silly sometimes. You can guarantee there will be a lot of pictures. And I'm okay with that. I'm not out to change the world, I'm just sharing our story. And if you are interested in hearing about us, we're glad to have you! But all-in-all I am thankful for it. I am thankful for the outlet. I am thankful for anyone who stops by for a visit and cares enough about Tim and I to do so.

Twilight-athon

Tis' the season for... a new Twilight movie! The fifth and final installment of The Twilight Saga comes out on Friday. As per tradition I have taken off work to go see the movie with Amanda Brooker :) Usually we have a movie marathon in the morning and head to the movie in the afternoon. Since this year there were four movies to catch up on we decided to have the marathon this past Saturday. Ashley and Trina are fellow Twilight fans so they joined us as well. I'm so excited for the movie but sad the series will be over! I took a few pics of our lazy, awesome Saturday.
Enjoying popcorn and peanut butter MnM's during the second movie

We were all cozied up in our own little spots for the day.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Today I'm thankful for a heart that mends

Little chunks may get chipped away through the years from lost friendships or lost loved ones. Little heartaches to big ones, but the heart has a way to heal. Not all days the heart is mended and as strong as others, but most days the holes are filled and you can enjoy life. I am thankful for both kinds of days, and for a heart that has the capacity to heal.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Day 10 I am thankful for old friends

You know those friends that it doesn't matter how much time has passed you just pick up right where you left off? You don't talk everyday or see each other every week or even every month, but you still stay connected to their lives and are extremely happy for them when things go their way.

I have many of these friends, but four that really stand out. Eric, Logan, Katie and Lee, all friends from high school. Like I said, we might not see each other or speak that often but when we do I am genuinely excited to see what is going on in their lives. And luckily they all have had some really great things happen lately.

Within the last year Eric and his wife Steffanie got new jobs, moved to St. Louis and bought a new house. Within the last two weeks Logan got promoted to the official Manager of Lift Operations at Kirkwood a ski resort Vail just bought in California. In the next few DAYS Katie will be welcoming a new baby boy, Gage William Henderson, into the world. And within two weeks Lee is getting married in Mexico.

So here's to old friends, love you guys!


Friday, November 9, 2012

The easiest party dip EVER

Seriously, easy and super yummy. You need 1/4 of a jar Fiesta Party Dip Mix and one block of cream cheese. You mix together and serve. That's it. You can buy the dip mix at The Market in the Brentwood Shopping Center for $7.99.


 


Yesterday and today I am thankful for my new love of reading books...and Twilight

You might be thinking "Twilight, really?!" but hear me out. These two things are really one in the same. See years ago Amanda Brooker was hounding me to read this book series called Twilight. I said what I usually said "I don't read" and moved on. The first movie was out in theaters and there was quite a bit of buzz but I still didn't jump on board. Then that summer, I was looking for a movie to watch and Twilight was out to rent, so I rented it. Well, I loved it. I was instantly into the characters too, and I knew all I had to do to know their whole story was to read the books. So I called Amanda and had her fork them over. Even though I had seen the movie Amanda encouraged me to go ahead and read the first book b/c there was so much detail the movie had left out. So I did. It took me a while to get through it, maybe two or three weeks. Then a few weeks went by and I started the second book. That's when I got hooked (and realized I wasn't so bad a reading after all). I read that book in about a week. Then the third and fourth books (which are 500+ pages) seriously in two and three days each.

For the longest time I thought maybe it was just Twilight that I enjoyed reading, and I honestly re-read the series for a second time before I ventured out to a new series, but I did eventually.

And this year alone I have read 14 books!
I started with the The Hunger Games trilogy
They got into the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy
And now I am on the ninth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series

Go me! Once I let go of the fact that I might not be the fastest reader I really enjoyed reading and getting caught up into the stories It gives me a break from the craziness of my life and allows me to put it aside for a few minutes (or hours) and relax.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Follow me on Instagram...without a smart phone!

The Instagram app now has Web Profiles. It is where you can see my posts and pictures from the web and not just the app! I don't post as many pics there as on the blog, but it is fun to look through!


My friends "Instagram" too :)
Kari: http://instagram.com/kmhamra
Trina: http://instagram.com/kdappel
Josey: http://instagram.com/josey_mcphail


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

On day 7 I am thankful for...

MY HOME.

Tim and I started to build our first home together in August 2006. We got married on October 21 that year and officially closed on December 4. The 5th? We moved in! And have been living happily ever after ever since :) So cliche right? But pretty true. Lately we've been looking at lots and houses in Rogerville, and every time I think about leaving this house, the house we've put so much heart and soul into, it makes me a little sad. I know this is just our first house, our starter home, but it is our first home, and it always will be. I know it is going to be so hard to leave to leave this place some day. I just love house.

Little Sweeties

Casey went to Osceola with the boys so Kristin and the kids came to Springfield for the weekend.

When Rylan went downstairs to play she saw a picture of Tim on the wall and yelled "Bubby!" She obviously sees a resemblance. I've put them side-by-side below. What do think? Tim said he doesn't see it.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

{30 Days of Thanks} Day 6

Today I am thankful for my right to vote. I know I definitely take this for granted because I cannot imagine living in a world where my opinion was  not as important as my husbands. Where I would have had to sit on the sidelines. It is actually kind of imaginable to me that our country used to be that way. So today I am thankful that my vote can count. And I woke up an hour early to practice that right!

I am also thankful that even though Tim and I don't agree with some of our friends on who to vote for (Go Romney/Ryan!!), that we can all just agree to disagree and not let it come between our friendships.

And I am also thankful that Tim and I are not a divided household. Even though while touring Shiloh Civil War Battlefield we determined I would have been a Yankee back then (and he would not have) we are on the same page now. I could see how agreeing to disagree might be a little harder in a marriage vs. with friends.



Monday, November 5, 2012

Today I'm thankful for ZUMBA

I know only working out two times a week isn't enough, but it's better than not at all! So on Day 5 I'm thankful to have found a fun workout class that motivates me to get off my butt and do a little dancing and burn some serious calories. And thankful to Josey for giving it a try with me.

Lake Day

This summer my mom and dad rented a pontoon boat, took the jet skis and had a fun family lake day!









Brice's sweet tan line

I'm not as good at tubing as I used to be. I COULD NOT stay on the dang thing!


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thanksgivings Day 3 & 4

Day 3: I am thankful for my "sisters." I was lucky enough to spend Friday might with my soon-to-be sister-in-law Ashley and yesterday with Kristin, Tim's sister. I am so fortunate to have two sister-in-laws that I consider my sisters and two of my best friends.

Day 4: I am thankful for daylight savings. I know the change usually comes around 2 a.m. but this morning I literally saw the time change from 8:59 a.m. to 8 a.m. Talk about gaining an hour!!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

John's 30th Birthday Celebration

I might have been almost a month ago, but it was a fun night. Kari, John, Tim, Trina and I went to Flame for dinner and then to the new Dublin's Pass downtown.
Photo bomb at dinner!



Our birthday gift to John, if you didn't know he is obsessed with shaving his mustache into hilarious patterns. It was pretty perfect. He loved it.

Cheers!



See some more photos at Kari's blog.

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