Saturday, January 23, 2010

The Picture Update Post

I just realized that I haven't posted pictures on my blog or Flickr in a long time. I have just been posting to my Facebook account. It's easy to download the pictures to Facebook from my iPhoto, so that's all I've been doing and thus, neglecting my readers from seeing the latest pictures. So...without further ado...links to some new photos! Just click on the title to check them out. :o)

Our "hike" to Lookout Mountain

Christmas with my side of the family

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Lemonade Awards

I was just nominated for this award by my good friend Sarah all the way over in Australia. I met Sarah right after Cara's diagnosis with hydrocephalus. She was the first mom that I met who had a daughter with this condition and she gave me advice, answered my questions and was a shoulder to cry and lean on--and still is.

Lemonade Award

*Put the Lemonade logo on your blog or within your post.
*Nominate at least 10 blogs with great attitude or gratitude.
*Link the nominees within your post.
*Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
*Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

Here are the blogs that I think are totally worthy of this award:

***Veronica's blog Mamameo-Veronica is a dear friend of mine. Her little man also has hydrocephalus. She & her family are some of the most upbeat and vibrant people I've had the pleasure of meeting and befriending. She is also very crafty and takes some beautiful pictures.

***Judy's blog Where One Day Runs Into Another--Judy never fails to make me laugh with her posts. And...and, I recently had the pleasure of meeting her & her awesome family and I can honestly say that she's just as wonderful in person as she appears to be online.

***Lauren's blog How Bourgeois-I've known Lauren for several years and have enjoyed staying in touch with her through her blog. Her posts vary in topics from interesting news stories to pictures of her very handsome son. A lot of her posts make me really think and inspire me.

***Christy's blog Superheros & Princesses-I honestly don't remember when I first came across Christy's blog but, I've been a frequent reader every since. She has some of the most creative craft activity ideas and also unique ways of teaching her children. I'm also in love with her dog!

***Jenny's blog The Fisch Tank-I have been so inspired by how amazing Jennifer & her family are, how they've overcome such huge obstacles and how much they do for all of their children. I have gotten some great advice and support from Jenny about how to advocate for Cara and other issues pertaining to being the parent of a child with special needs. It's nice to have others out there that know what you're going through.

***Kendra's blog A Word Fitly Spoken-Kendra is such of a loving, upbeat and very sweet person. She has the gift of eloquent writing, so her posts are always so enjoyable. She is a very busy mom to two of the cutest little girls.

***Amanda's blog Funny Days With Mommy & Maddie-I stumbled upon her blog one day and am so glad that I did. Amanda is one crafty momma who's always doing such neat activities with her toddler daughter. She shares crafts, recipes and the frustrations & joys of parenthood with her readers.

I know this isn't ten, but I think these gals are truly worthy! Pass it on everyone!

Friday, January 01, 2010


Happy New Year! Last night, we rung the New Year in with style here in our household. We watched Ryan Seacrest & Dick Clark and counted down to the ball dropping at One Time Square. We decided to let the girls stay up and take part in the festivities and Caitlin was all into learning about why we celebrate New Years and in the "party". I picked up some inexpensive party favors and when the clock struck midnight here in Colorado, we all blew horns, shot off poppers (only Ben & I did this) and covered the girls in streamers. We had a blast!

Every year, I try to set three goals for myself to work towards. Not anything monumental but things like a reading goal, something that I want to work on with the girls and then one thing I'd like to better about myself. I'm the planning type, so setting these goals gives me an agenda and something to work towards all year round. Each goal usually has several sub-goals too so that they are not so overwhelming. I've learned in the past that having huge, vague resolutions doesn't work because there's no outline, nothing that is realistically attainable. Even though, in years past, I'd set myself up for failure, I was still bummed when the house didn't get organized, I didn't lose those pounds or whatever. Having learned that and embraced my limits, here are my goals for 2010:

A. Read a book by an author for every letter of the alphabet. I will be looking on library and bookstore websites for suggestions. I will read from all different genres and keep a list of these books.

B. Work on exposing the girls to the wonders of the world around us. This can be accomplished by visiting places, exploring the world through books or websites and any other means that I can think of. We will try to be more hands-on this year.

C. I will learn how to crochet. I've wanted to learn for some time but it's always getting put on the back burner. My mom has agreed to teach me and I'm a willing student. I think it will be a good thing for me to have another creative outlet other than this that is more portable. I look forward to making hats & scarves for family and friends by the 2010 holiday season.

Those are my goals, what are yours? Have you sat down and thought about what you want 2010 to bring or looked back on 2009? Here's a wonderful post about goal setting and reflecting, just click here. May this year be one of health, happiness and prosperity for you all!


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