Monday, November 28, 2011

what you may not know


as you know i was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome back in september.  i am on a mission to heal me naturally.  do not get that confused with me being cured.  pcos is not a syndrome in which you can be cured.  i can however, control my symptoms by natural means.  so, that's what i'm doing.

first, i started taking ViSalus which you have all read about.  i drink 2 shakes daily.  i have started eating clean and as close as the paleo way of eating as i can.  i have cut out white foods because for me personally they cause me to get sick.  maybe not to my stomach per say, but they make me break out with cystic acne, tend to make me go on a frenzy of wanting more more more and i just don't need that.

lets talk about why pcos is a beyatch...

first, off, have you ever stood in line and felt sweat dripping down your back or your leg and you are in the air conditioning? have you ever had to change your clothes because they are drenched and you haven't had a water fight or worked out...or better yet, and it's in the dead of winter....
do you feel like you HAVE GOT TO HAVE carbs or sugary foods or you will bite someones head off and deep down you are hoping they have a chocolaty filled center?  do you periodically look [or constantly] in the mirror at yourself and swear you see a hormone raging teenage boy?  these are just the tip of the ice burg.  i've only just begun.  but, i will stop there because i'm over it.

i no longer have heat stroke in winter BUT i am looking like a hormonal teenage boy.  yes.  acne.  cystic acne.  do you even know what that is?  let me show you what my problem is and how bad it can get.  i have areas of concern that look like vulgaris, conglobata and even fulminans.  i've started using obagi clenziderm and it's fabulous.  it doesn't dry my face out and it actually puts the moisture in.  

i have met the sweetest women these last few months that have really been a supportive structure for me.  together we are making our voices heard.  we are helping each other, supporting one another and making friendships that i have no doubt will last a lifetime.  my cysters are my family now and i can't imagine my life without them!

till next time 


cyster erika

Sunday, November 20, 2011


holy cow!

i am here to share that i'm down 30lbs since march!  i'm sporting a size 10 and some 8's.  i WAS a size 18 folks!  i am just so happy with how my health has improved in 60 days!  

pcos is a thing of the past.  i still have it because it's not something you can cure, but i don't feel it!  check my facebook page and you can see my progress!  =)


Saturday, October 22, 2011

taking a break

i'll be back...

hi peeps!!  sorry i've been MIA...i have some great news to share!!  i have officially started my own photography business!!


it's called lock and key photography and i've been really busy with sessions and editing i haven't had time for much else [PTL for a blessed business!]

you can follow me on facebook!!  click here to go to my page and see what i've been up to!!!

i hope to be able to juggle all of far, so good!

here's my favorite picture that i've snapped lately!

first engagement session!  it was F-U-N!!!


Saturday, October 1, 2011's no joke!

a picture's worth a thousand words...

so, you've all read my posts about me going through my pcos diagnosis.  if you don't recall my personal hell you'll proly want to refresh your memory...

here's the thing.  i have tried EVERYTHING to lose weight.  really. i have.  my hubbie says i have cost us $5,000 a pound.  i know he's kidding, but sadly, he's not.  

i'm not a lazy person.  really, i'm not. but, i was starting to wonder!  am i turning into a couch potato?  am i going to be one of those fat mommies who will end up on dr oz begging for his help because i'm so large and my kids [even though they won't dare say it] are embarrassed by me?  


so, on my last straw, i took the plunge and went to a weight loss clinic after seeing my friend chesley in her beautiful glory.

[always has been]
but oh my lord 
to see her from what she was to what she is now 
[she was as beautiful on the outside as i always knew she was on the inside]

and i was proud of her!

i had been running miles on end with no success ... something was wrong and i was DONE.

so, here i go to this weight loss clinic.  i'm not as large as the people i see going in and out of this place.  i'm sweating as i walk in.  i have just been diagnosed with PCOS [those are just a few of the symptoms i was suffering from]  i can't take it anymore.  i just can't.

i get my first shot.  within a month i lose 11 lbs but i just don't "feel good"...that's when i meet Monica.  she introduces me to ViSalus.  

i can honestly tell you i have never felt better.


she also introduces me to dr. victoria beckman.  who starts giving me shots...these shots are called "cocoon's" ... they are all natural and are basically ViSalus in a shot form.  A-mazing.  

ViSalus and Cocoon together have brought me back to life.  LITERALLY.  see, when you have good nutrition, your body thanks you.  and, it in ways you just have no can never imagine until you experience it.

i was 197 lbs in March.  i know.  wow.

at the weight loss clinic i weighed 184 lbs. 

i was wearing a TIGHT 14.

i got down to 173...and into a size 12.  they too were tight.

today, i weighed 177.  hmmmm you say? 

well...get this...

i'm in a size 8.  [10's are still my go to but they are lose lol]

ViSalus is allowing my body to keep my muscle and get rid of my FAT...yup!  inches baby inches! 

but, here is what i want to show you.  it's my skin.  i suffer[ED] from cystic acne.  it is a thing of the past.  there is A LOT more of what i suffered from...but, this is the big one.

erika before.  i had HOPE.  i gave all of this to GOD.  i knew he was allowing me to go through this for a reason. in fact, when this picture was taken, i was looking up and thinking "dear God please, let this work..."

i was already taking ViSalus for about 2 weeks, so by now i'm feeling symptoms of PCOS are lowering.  i'm sleeping well which is a MIRACLE in itself! but, my face does not show it...picture taken with iPad.

the one on my chin is cystic and it hurts.  very bad.  picture taken with an iPad.

and then...i get my second shot.  three days later i wake up and i CRY!  i can't BELIEVE my i am!  yes, this is me.  the same erika as above.  i have a little bit of makeup on.  but not much.  [i actually had sweat it off lol it was HOT that day!!!] mascara and some bare minerals which is what i was using at the time [future post will be talking about the BEST makeup and skin care line you will WANT to know about!!!] this picture is taken from my iPhone.  

ahem...ViSalus folks.  Cocoon.  [i know u may not be able to get a Cocoon shot unless you live here in prattville...BUT...we are expanding!  we do have a clinic in Louisiana, we are expanding to Texas too and future places as well] find us on facebook and keep up with us!  

so, do you have any medical issues?  let's see...diabetes?  pcos?  chrons?  colitis?  ms?  ra?  what if you want to lose weight?  or, do you simply want to get healthy and FEEL great?!!!  

seriously, folks.  i wouldn't sway you.  i am very passionate about Visalus because i mean, it saved my life!

here's what you do:

go to my site

click on join the challenge

then, click on join the challenge; become a customer

you click on what country you are coming from and your language

next, you will chose your challenge kit...

i suggest the shape kit which is $99.00 a month [it is the kit i upgraded to because once i started, i realized i never wanted to run out and i was drinking 2 shakes a day instead of 1]  and, 2 shakes a day is how i REALLY started seeing and FEELING my results. it really made a difference! [and i add it to the kid's pancake mix and they have come to love their "new pancakes"]

after you chose your kit, you will click next and fill out your information [billing and such]

you will also create your very own customer page so that you can share ViSalus with others as well!  you then, will have the opportunity to receive your next shipment for $$FREE$$  yes.  that's right.  and, perhaps NEVER pay again!  [i know, AMAZING! it's like wow...getting awesome nutrition for free???  yes please!]

once you have filled all of your information out and started your page, you are done!  when you receive your ViSalus, you will log into your account and then click start a challenge...put in a before picture [make sure to take one!!!] and write your story...

***i have decided that the first 5 people to start the challenge with me [the same challenge --- i started the shape, i am going to personally send them a gift, so, get on it!]  we have a 30 day, BOTTOM OF THE BAG money back guarantee, so if you do not like the taste of it [which is really not something that would happen, lol],or you don't feel like it's working like it says it should, you simply call the company and you get your money back.  you really have nothing to lose!****

i'm no spokesperson.  i was a customer for a month.  a MONTH.  and i became a distributor.  i had to.  it saved my life.  it gave me back what PCOS took.  

so, why not try it?  tell me what you think.  share it with the ones you love.  i just did!


Friday, September 30, 2011

say NO to auto!

i did it!

i said no to auto folks!  and i am so happy i did!

[next, i am totally investing in photo shop!]

so, without editing at all, i am going to show you a few things i did these last few days while saying no to auto ...

first, i learned how to slow down my shutter speed and create the eversocool

water droplets...

and the water was not just dripping.,,,  
it was ON!  
i was so pleased!  
sure, a few photos came out pure white.  
a few came  out pure black.  
but, after playing with the "numbers" i got my beautiful pictures!  i can't wait to see how they will turn out when i get photo shop!! 

then, i went to the kids first dance...and didn't even use the flash.  
[remember...these are straight from my editing]

i love this picture...miley cyrus was on and even i was dancing lol

dance off...

he was raising the roof...

and she does the sprinkler...i think i pee'd my pants!

i love hello kitty so i had to take a pic of this sweetie!

the girls relax while we clean up...

[i see so much potential in these un edited photos!]

and tonight.  this was the ultimate test.  
it's dark in our living room.
check out the difference of the auto and my settings!  
[ok, this is not the best picture but what i want you to see is the fact that oh em gee...when it's in the auto mode look how dark it looks!  the manual mode the settings were ss1"6 i know that's like uber crazy but i really wanted to see how to NOT use the flash...when i say it was dark i mean DARK, f5.6 iso1600 sooo it's a little blurry because well, i needed a tri pod, let's be honest that ss u need one to take that a pic that slow, lol but still look at how soft and creamy the coloring is...that's what i really wanted to come out of this little exercise.  just the coloring.  i know it's by no means a perfect pic, lol]


yes!  i will be saying NO to auto from now on!

thanks to kristen  -- i won't look at photography the same!

go get her e-book!  i am so glad i did!


Thursday, September 29, 2011

taking a to find it!

well, i'm taking the leap!

i want to learn all i can regarding photography.  i mean, i got my first DSLR so why not take advantage of what she has to offer, right?  right.

so, i want to take a class.  it doesn't have to be in school, as in at a college at night where it will take me away from my sweet family.  i can easily do this while gunnar is running around playing ben 10, or army men.  i can do this in my free time.  yes, i have free time -- i mean, hello, how am i blogging?  we MAKE time when we WANT to do something!  

we all know i love amy from the idea room, it's no secret on my blog!  i talk about the idea room all the time....well, it's also no secret that amy is one wonderful photographer and we love her because she shares her secrets [gasp!] yes...yes she does!  

well, as i was on my other love pinterest, i was looking up photography and came across a little link that spiked my interest. it said "say no to auto" it peeked my interest because i really want to learn about manual mode and all about my, i click on it and, where does it take me? to amy's blog!  of course!  lol, but, more importantly to the most amazing page that i have no idea how i've never seen it before!  it's the page where i decided i'm totally taking a class!  and, now i have a new favorite kristen!  oh she is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!  she used to write on amy's blog [i proly would have cried had i known this....cuz when i read her farewell post i found myself getting a little emotional...i blame it on my period getting ready to start] and tells all her little secret's...i have now found a new best friend, and she has no clue who i am!  lol if you have a love for photography, this is a must read ... and yes, i'm going to purchase her e-book because well, after reading the tips she gave i mean, i have to!  you proly should here to access site and get it!

so friends, i am now looking for an online class to take.  perhaps i will get her book first and just start there.  i am also totally going to invest in photoshop.  yes, i do have picnik and i have been able to make some amazing shots look unbelievable. but, after looking at kristen's pictures after photoshop...i'm really blown away!

so, i'm totally excited because i have tried a few of her tips and have done really well with changing the iso and ss and i'm excited because wow.  just wow!  what a difference!  no more auto for me! now, tonight i'm taking pics at the kids "back to school" dance...i cringe thinking about the flash that will be used.  urg!  i may be e-mailing kristen today!  crossing fingers she can help me!

how about you?  do you know what i can do??  i HATE flash photography...but...i'll be indoors at a dance =!!


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

[a not so] wordless wednesday

it's wednesday which brings...[dun dun dun]
[a not so] wordless wednesday!

is it just me, or has wednesday became your favorite day too??  i find myself thinking...oooh ooooh that picture is sooooo going up on wednesday's post!!!  oh the joy's of my precious!  

so, what's my WORDY wednesday post bringing today?  um, how about a birthday party??  yes, i think so...we went to alyssa's friend from kindergarten brianna's pool party.  i of course brought my lovely and snapped over 100 photo's.  even of the cat.  yes, the cat.  got some really cool up close and personal shots of a scary banana spider too.  eeek! 

it was a great birthday party.  we really had a fun time relaxing and of course spending time with brianna's family.  

happy birthday sweetie!

this cat adopted them...he was fabulous!

and this would be the banana spider.  eeeeek!  i have a fabulous zoom lense.  i was by no stretch of the imagination close to this thing.  although, afterward i felt him all over me!!!

and then i got the prettiest sunset shot eva...oh yes, i know i have A LOT to learn about photography.  like, literally i don't even know what an aperture is.  i mean i know what it means, but don't know what it means, ya know?  i hate [with every fiber of my being] flash photography.  my favorite mode on my camera is literally the CA mode.  creative auto. i take the flash off and blur the background.  that's me.  so, i should totally take a class. but, here's my little landscape with brianna's brother on his motor cross bike.  i'd love to a shoot with him...but i really need to learn and get good, but i love this shot...for now.  watch, i'll look back and laugh cuz i'll be, i had soo much to learn!  lol

that screams FALL to me...the sky was sooooo just wasn't cold like it looks. will be though and SOON!!  yay!  

xoxoxo thanks for stopping by!

i'd love feedback on the picture taking skills...i really need tips! ooh, and don't forget to link up!

Monday, September 26, 2011

monday blog hop -- link up and enjoy the ride!

a monday blog hop and random blah blah

i've been pretty happy with how i'm gaining readers.  blogging has turned into a fun little look into my mind.  i didn't want my blog to be a complete mommy blog, i mean how many of those are there.  what? a gazillion.  do we really need yet another mom spilling her guts on what works for her? and, do you find yourself thinking "is her life really like that?  or, is she fluffing it just a bit?"  

so, this is me.  i mean, really.  i am totally r-e-a-l. i think that's what my friends love about me.  i won't sugar coat things for you.  i just won't.  if your bootay looks big in those jeans, hunie, i'm going to tell you.  if your zipper is down, i'm gonna let'cha know.  and, to be quite honest, it's what i look for in a friend too.  so, in my closer than close girl friends, i expect to be told that the shirt i'm wearing makes me look pregnant and lord knows that's not the look i was going for, cuz well, i'm not pregnant, lol.  so, thanks if you are being honest.  ha.

i'm at a point in my life that i'm really cherishing my girlfriends.  i'm   coming into my own and falling in love with that style that screams "me". i couldn't be happier.  i want to be the room mom in my son's kindergarten class next year.  i want to take pictures at the school dances, and at other functions and have them be used for the year book.  i would love nothing more than to make really fun crafty treats and take them to the kids' class rooms for their parties.  and, do this with my close knit of friends i have made these last couple of years.  

thursday's my girlfriends and i have decided to have a craft day.  we are going to teach one another a craft.  i for one will be showcasing my favorite crafts from my oh so favorite blog
 The Idea Room because she is oh so crafty and i love her blog so!  now i just have to decide which craft to do first.  i was thinking about a wreath because it's fall and i need a new one for my door...and for that it will be pinterest to the rescue!  i may have to have friday's a special day to blog all about my thursday girlfriend day!  oooh i can't wait!  this thursday will be our first get together.  now, what to name our little club??

any ideas?

so, my blog may not be all about's more like what makes me well, me.  and yes, my kids and my family make my life what it is.  i love my girlfriends and have come to realize that they make my life tick too.  i'm a lover of my camera...i don't leave home without it.  i love building things -- renovating things...and i can thank jen aka "ying" and i would be "yang" or i would be pnut butta and she jelly [lol] for all that...i love wreaths...again, jen...i love cottage-y things...that would be an emily thing...i really dig crafting...both jen and ems can be thanked for that...really, my friends just rock the house.  and, they inspire me! so, ya.  i am just one lucky chick to have these fabulous women in my life.  you too will be inspired by them!  wanna hear something funny? jen and ems haven't even met yet...oh, they are going to just kill me for that one!  thursdays are going to be my most favorite day from now on!!!  

went to a bday party this weekend.  got a few great shots ...

water balloon fights are the best...

we also spent time at ying's house this, i took time to take pics of some of my favorite things in her home...oh how i love jen's house...
hello crayon art!

look at these pillows...why yes, they are napkins.  aren't they dandy?

is this not the cutest wreath eva???

this is the perfect saying for jen.  it speaks volumes about the person she is...

i love my camera!
i have no idea what took me so long to get a DSLR...oh i'm never going back to the "other side" hee hee....

it's time for cub scouts!  


Saturday, September 24, 2011

when the camera comes out to play

it's all about the...

let's be honest.  if you have a great eye, you can make it happen.  the aha! moment.  you are in the mode.  you've found the right spot, you've got the right subject, the lighting seems to be just so...
and then...
oh em gee...
you see the most adorable little person.!

i have the sweetest little person in mind.  her name is hope. her mommy calls her "buggie" and she fits her nickname to a tee.  she's such a little buggie.  oh, i could eat her up.

well, i made a little headband for my new niece who will be joining us in january.  we.can't.wait!
she will have a big brother raiden who in my opinion is the cutest little guy eva!  he is going to be 3 in november.  i love him to pieces.  my sister is 4 years older than me so we are very close and oh em gee i am just overwhelmed with finding luna "bug" the cutest things on [you guessed it] pinterest !!!  oh yes!  and, i made her this cute as a button headband.  yes, i made it.  *ahem* i channeled my inner "heather" and retro'd it out.  and came up with the cutest thing eva.  she's going to rock it!  so, instead of sending my sister a picture of just the headband, i decided to send her a picture with my cutie patooty neighbor wearing it!  [swooon] she is too cute!

yay!  i got to play with my camera =)

my luna bug is going to be adorable!!!  yay!

Friday, September 23, 2011

wordless wednesday #3

boys will be boys

my sons love the rain.  honestly, so do i.  well, as long as the tornado sirens do not follow [eek!]  i know it's coming.  this time of year is the cozy time of hot chocolate, fuzzy blankets, rain drops and cooler weather.  


we are in the south folks!

so, for a few more months, although the rest of the world gets to experience the cooler side, we get the rain...and the cooler weather won't follow for atleast a good few months.  so, what happens?  the boys play in the mud...and it's not just my's my friend's boys too!  us girls just sit and laugh.  especially alyssa because are you kidding?  she would NEVER get that dirty!  so, what do i do?  grab my camera with the zoom lense because there is no way i'm getting dirty either, lol and snap away!  here is my favorite picture of the day!

this just screams boys will be boys!  they are dirty.  there is mud.  they are covered.  and, they couldn't be happier!

let's not forget the small things in life!  being a kid is precious...they will never forget it.  our boys will always remember the little moments in time that we allowed them to be ... boys.  

god made dirt, and dirt don't hurt =)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

[not so] wordless wednesday #2 "boys just want to be like daddy"

wordless wednesday #2
it's wednesday which only means one thing...
it's a [not so] wordless wednesday linking partay!
so let's get this party started!

last wednesday i decided to start off my [not so] wordless wednesday to introduce myself by using inspirational pictures that brought out the kid in me 
it was very therapudic to write about memories taking me back to my childhood.  i was a very blessed child who can honestly say hand on heart, girl scout honor, had the most amazing up bringing.  my sister and i were 4 years apart, and sure, we may not have always gotten along, but, we are so close now that none of that matters.   we are one of the few families who did not have to deal with a family divided.  our mom and dad have been and are still madly in love with each other.  we may have made the "icky" face and laughed while pointing fingers [much like my children do now] while mommy and daddy snuggled on the couch or kissed secretly [or so they thought] in the corner of the kitchen, but inside our hearts were as happy as a bird with a french fry [*ahem, totally took that little analagy from my "ying" aka best friend jen] 

 so, this week's post i decided to share a few little shots of my little boys isaac and gunnar.  i got my new camera and took it for a test run. they were out playing and well, i couldn't help but get tickled as i watched them "pretend".  it melted my heart.  they were so sweet...first we were out in the front yard, then we ventured to the back yard when their little land of make believe came to life and i was lucky enough to be a part of it.  

i think the only way to title this would be
"boys just want to be like daddy"

first, we were in the front yard, and they were interested in mommy's camera
here's gunnar with his string cheese "want some?"  "no, thanks sweetie"

i have to tell you, i don't know what it is, but my boys go through this stage in which they do not like clothes.  i just don't get it.  it starts at about the age of 2 and continues until they go to kindergarten.  they only want to wear their under-roos.  what's the deal?  isaac, thankfully, wears shorts all of the time and even will put on a shirt.  but, usually is seen shirtless.  but gunnar, oh no.  that kid loves to only wear his under-roos.  he will get dressed in a heart beat if someone comes over.  it's the funniest thing.  he'll disappear and the next thing you know he's magically dressed.  it always makes me laugh.  [you know what, even alyssa went through a little phase like this.  but, for her, she only wanted to wear her bathing suit or dress up clothes]  what a difference.  anywho...

gunnar then gave me a squishy face...i love how dirty he looks.  haha.  classic little boy.
so, i have my brown eye'd baby and my blue eye'd baby.  isaac wants to be behind the camera...oh how i hate to tell him no, but i can't afford [literally] to break this one!  [my first DSLR after many smaller cheap point and shoots that i must admit i have broken] he is a fun guy to follow when he's not begging to take a picture, because he has such a great imagination.  he gives me the funniest looks too.

"please, just one picture?"

"just one?  come on mom..."

after letting him sit between my legs and squeeze up through the strap [which thankfully he's small enough to do that] he was a happy guy and he snapped a great picture of our cat bill.  he's an old outdoor [by choice] cat. he has moved with us to every new duty station and every place we move to he decides whether or not he wants to live in the house or not.  we happen to live in the country, so this cat is smart.  he comes to the house to eat and if it's cold he'll come in and if it's raining but other than than that, he loves it outside.  i like it because there is no kitty litter box!  score!  so, here is isaac's photography skills 

i framed his picture so he would feel like a "real photographer"

now i have a happy boy and we decide to go to the back yard.  
but, before we, go, daddy calls and the boys talk to him "mommy let
 me take a picture with her camera!" "mommy took a picture of me" [i then had to explain that i did not let him take the picture by himself, lol]

this picture is so sweet

i mentioned in another post that the boys had dug a hole in the yard.  well, this is what they've been doing.  i can't help but laugh because they are truly being creative.  i have been seeing them taking daddy's "extra" tool's outside and bringing them back in when they are cleaning up when it's time to come in for dinner.  i don't hear fighting so i have no need to really go outside and continually supervise.  they are old enough now [and we have a 7 foot privacy fence] where they can be left out in our back yard and they don't get into things that they aren't supposed to.  it's safe, they won't get kidnapped, it's our yard.  the only way you get in is through our house, so i know when they come and go. 

well, after we were in the front yard, they wanted to play in the back yard.  it was so nice out i decide to just relax and enjoy the cooler weather we've been having.  with camera in tow, i follow them out.  isaac goes back into the house and grabs his tools.  then what happens next i'm just literally feeling my heart melting i had to take this opportunity to take a few snap shots.

at first the tools just sit on the dirt.  this is a big circle where the pool that was up all summer killed the grass.  it will go back up next summer, but this fall it will be their "track"  [notice gunnar in his under-roos, lol] they are making their vroom vroom noises and having a grand time

"gunnar hand me the wratchet" i don't think either one of them even knows what a wratchet is, but without even a hesitation, gunnar grabs the closest tool and hands it to his brother
back and forth the exchange takes place...
because apparently a wrench is what is best used for digging holes according to gunnar

then i notice isaac...

"isaac honey, what are you doing?" "oh, i'm just fixing the bug" "what's wrong with it?" "it's sluggish" "ok, well, how are you going to make it work?" "by taking the slug out of it"  lol, now that is genius!  =)

i just love it when the boys act like their dad.  i think it's really sweet.  just like when little girls act like their mommy's. there is just something about them mimiking the adults around them that is adorable to me.  little kids acting like adults.  [insert pouty lip and me saying awh that is so stinkin cute]  it literally melts my heart.  if only you could have heard them interact.  it went a little along the lines of:

"gunnar, dude, pass me the wratchet.....thanks bro."  [he made these click click bang bang sounds with the "wratchet" which was actually a set of pliars the first time, a wrench the second time, screw driver the third, you get the idea...]  "yup" was gunnar's reply which by the way made me laugh because he was very busy. [apparently digging a hole with one of the extra "wratchet's" *ahem* wrenches was much more important to him] "gunnar, dude, if you want to stay on the pay roll, you need to keep your head in the game.  i need a lube."  gunnar was now irritated.  he had lost interest in isaac's fantasy "mr.fix it" car repair shop.  i mean, they'd been playing for over 15 minutes by this point.  he's only 4 for crying out loud!

he stands up and grabs the bucket o'tools, which was actually an old basket i had in my bathroom that used to house brushes [i was throwing it away, and i found it under the sink full of tony's odds and ends tools.  mmm k]
gives his brother the basket and with a very calm voice says what may very well be my favorite thing this entire week:
"isaac, i am not on your payrule.  mommy pays me.  you are not the boss to me. take yur tuls i'm diggin"

and with that, isaac and i exchanged glances and we couldn't help but laugh.  he resumed playing, gunnar resumed digging and i snapped a few more pictures.  it was a pretty fun day.  those boys are quite funny when they are not fighting.
if you made it this far, i applaud you.  i know it's a wordless wednesday, but i'm def not a girl of few words.  so i effectionatly call it a [not so] wordless wednesday.  see you next wednesday =) looking forward to reading your posts!  don't forget to comment and link up!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

the abc's of moi

the abc's of moi

i was invited to join a little fun event as a better way to getting to know me from my friends at voiceBoks   i hope you have fun reading them.  i have had fun reading the abc's of my friend's so this will be fun to fill out.  here goes...and oh by the way, don't be surprised, there is no way that i can use 1 word.  

age i am 32 and loving my 30's! although, when i turned 29 i think i had a mini break down  argile love the print it's fabulous seriously, it just is, especially on tights.
butterfly they follow me everywhere.  they even land on me.  when my daughter was diagnosed w/the brain tumor, my uncle who is chief of the shawnee nation in california named her butterfly dancing because everytime he would pray for her he'd have a butterfly dancing around her.  even before she was born, her baby bedding was butterfly themed.  then, when my niece passed away, i noticed them even, they are always around and they comfort me and my daughter notices them too.  brain tumor that word will be a part of me for the rest of my life.
coffee i big puffy heart love it but it needs to have sugar free vanilla creamer and agave or splenda in it!  converse any color, anytime, anywhere. 
do it yourself because i'm cool like that! i honestly just learned how to read how to build furniture plans.  i have made a few pieces and even turned my drab dining room table into a fab one.  now i love it.  donughts i love them but they don't love me.  it's a sad relationship really
extra weight i'm on a mission to lose it this year!  i can help you too if you are interested let me know and follow my posts in "good bye granny - hello nanny!" lol [and no, it's actually not because i eat too many donughts] eureka the word bugs me eclectic a word i use to describe my style
family they are the reason i get up everyday. fart a common word used in our house lol fabulous is a word i probably use way too much
god who is the center of our household.
hawai'i i grew up there and never knew just how lucky i was until i left.  isn't it always that way? geez, i was spoiled.
ireland because i cherish my irish background and would love to visit ireland one day same goes for italy but i'm not italian, my husband is
jesus because he died on the cross for you and me and the least i can do is share his free gift to as many that will listen - before it's too late
kindergarten which is where i will be spending most of my free time next year because my 3rd child will be starting school and i want to be the room mom
laughing loudly - it's the best sound. ever!  laundry is something i despise doing.  thankfully, my husband hates the dishes, so i do those and he does the laundry.  
mamaka the name my husband calls me when he's not calling me babe morning my favorite time of day midnight sun the book i can't wait to come out by stephanie meyer because i am a twilight fan and let's face it, edward and bella's lovestory is that good mochi a delight i can't get enough of but i only get it back home
norby my maiden name which i hated growing up and respect it now that i'm older
ohhh eemmm geee because i love that word!
pinterest need i say more? polycystic ovarian syndrome i have it and was misdiagnosed for many years
quaint the kind of town i'd like to live in someday quirky a great word to describe me
retro i love retro style in fact, i think i was probably born in the wrong era.  i can pretty much guarantee it
stylish atleast i like to think so short i can't really help that smiles a lot in fact, in school, my nick name was "smiley" ya.  i was a cheerleader. what? don't judge.
thinks outside the box i def do that.  i made a coat/back pack rack out of my sons toddler bed head board.  yup.  could't get rid of it.  so, now i can look at it and think of him as a wee one....
unbelievably easy to talk to and people tell me their life stories all the time.  which is fine because i would love to be a counselor some day to teens.  i think that from the age of 8/9 and on girls especially need guidance and really should be payed extra attention to and should have the opportunity to feel safe and be able to talk to someone they trust even if it's outside their home.  so, i'd love to be a counselor at a school.  someone that young girls can relate to and feel comfortable talking to.  i had the opportunity to counsel a young girl and later she shared that the night i listened to her she was going to take her life, but i showed her love and that i cared.  she had her entire death planned [and told me in detail] she thanked me for taking the time to talk to her that night.  ever since then, i have had a passion to counsel. 
very passionate about suicide awareness, especially in teens ViSalus is going to change my world!
will do anything for a family member or friend in need, i understand what it's like to be in hard times and if i can help in any way i will 
xanax is an over used anti depressant.  while i was in the process of being diagnosed with pcos, this is one that i wasn't prescribed. 
yo-yo'ing i never could quite get the hang of it
zoologist in the 5th grade, it's the job i wanted to do "when i grew up" and, now that i am still "growing up" i love to take my children to the zoo and see their faces and faces as they watch the elephants, gorillas and giraffes in their habitats.  it's like being a kid again myself.