Tuesday, November 22, 2011

{thankful day 22}

Thankful for the ability to disgust my Divas by kissing MH in front of them.  Who says mom's can't have fun?

Monday, November 21, 2011

{thankful day 20-21}

Day 20:

Celebrated the Littlest Diva's birthday with the whole family.  She was able to share her birthday party with Grandpa H.  They have such a special relationship.  I especially loved when she opened up her present from us.  I wish I had it on video.  She was so excited!  She screamed, ran across the room and jumped in my arms - she was on the verge of tears.  It was worth every penny.  This is what she was so excited about.  Very thankful for her enthusiasm.

Day 21:

Super thankful for a dad that gives me something to chuckle about:

Dad:  I am so sick of spam on my website (aka his email)
Me:  Yes, it gets pretty bad this time of year.
Dad:  Not to mention the spam I get from my donuts.
Me:  Donuts?
Dad:  Yes, donuts.  You know, how your computer reads the donuts?
Me:  Do you mean cookies? (crying from laughing so hard)
Dad:  Yes!  Cookies!  What's so funny?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

{thankful day 19}

Today I am thankful MH knows how to use a snow shovel.  And that I can support his efforts by watching him through the window.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


I am in a depression.  Not because it's going to snow a lot this weekend.  I mean, yes that does make me sad but I have recently realized that I can't change it so I am going to embrace it.  Maybe even take the girls skiing, snowboarding, sledding.  Well, let's be honest.  I will go with them and let MH take them on the hills while I sit by the fire.  Someone has to keep it going.  The sacrifices I make for my offspring.

Oh, back to my depression.  Kim and Kris didn't even make it 3 months.(gasp!)  Demi and Ashton made it official - they are done.(gasp!)  I thought for sure KK would make it.  I mean, their foundation was so solid.  He is such a mature, hard working guy.  And she is a giver.  Never expects anything in return.  And Demi and Ashton were just meant to be together.  Man, I never saw that coming.  What cougar ever ends up with her spouse cheating on her?  That never happens in Hollywood.  What is this world coming to?

I'll tell you what it's coming to.  In this cute little state of Zion, the Breaking Dawn premier is INSANE.  On our news tonight, they showed a local hotel that was giving a Bella/Edward pre-wedding party.  Women (okay and some very attractive gay men) were lined up to get "updo's" for the wedding.  They were dressed in wedding attire, red contacts and fangs.   Even having their make-up done.  All to sit in a theater.  Don't get me wrong - I am a Twilight fan.  Read the books, loved them.  I will even see the movie next week.  I just think maybe we are going a tad overboard.  Maybe.  Just a little.

And let me just say this... don't think I won't be getting in line for Katniss.  Because I will.  I will even sleep outside to get tickets if I have to.  In fact, if you don't know what I am talking about check it out....here.
Am I going overboard?  Maybe.  I have a lot of competition to keep up with...

{thankful day 18}

I am posting a day early because I know I won't have time tomorrow.  I get to do Fairytale Friday at the Littlest Diva's class and then it's her friend birthday party.  We invited her entire class of 24 (plus several other friends not in her class) to make sure no one's feelings get hurt.  Also thinking that there is no way everyone would come.  Only 3 kids aren't coming.  Luckily, it's not at our house.  But whew!  It will be a long day tomorrow.

Anyway... back to what I am thankful for.  Which today it is sleep.  I have been sick the last few days.  My body knows when I am doing too much.  So then I get sick.  And then I have to slow down and get some sleep.   Sleep is a beautiful thing.  I am not sure why my Divas haven't figured this out yet.  I can't get them to go to bed. I am begging them several times a night.  Even bribing them.  Okay, and yelling.  And then as soon as they are teenagers I will be beating them to get out of bed.  And when they are mom's they will be so excited to have all the kids in school so they can take an afternoon nap if they feel so inclined.  Not that I do that...

{thankful day 17}

I'm thankful for a husband that supports me in everything I do.  Which includes helping me manage this drama-filled household.  We had a house full of women last night for some crafty card making and he was patient and took care of the Divas.  In fact, he even helped the Littlest Diva clean her room.  Which was not an easy task.  Especially when he asks her why she has so many purses and she responds "Daddy, because I am a diva".  As if he should know that already.  I never have to ask him to help me around the house.  In fact, before we got married I gently explained to him that I don't do bathrooms.  For reals.  He was 100% okay with that since he doesn't mind doing them.  Now that's HOT.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

{thankful day 16}

I am thankful for football.  I have several teams I love.  College:  Diehard UTE fan. Ever since I was little.  NFL:  Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals.  That's why Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  Lots of food and football.  And to rub in how lucky my husband is to have me.

{The Wednesday Whine}

What is The Wednesday Whine you ask?  Just a few things that have been on my mind.  In no particular order.

1.  Prostate Cancer Awareness:  You will hear this a lot on my blog.  Because it's something very close to me.  A cause that I am very involved in.  Did you know September is PCAM?  I didn't.  Until 2 years ago MH was diagnosed with PCa at the age of 38:  September, 2009.  Wow, ironic.  I realize it's not September but it's never too late to become more aware of it.  PCa is no longer an "old man's disease".  We know several people that have been diagnosed.  Some in their early 20's.  So please have the men in your life tested.  It's as easy as a blood test.  Happy to say MH is cancer free.   

2.  Whitney:  The new fall show that I absolutely laugh so hard I cry.  It's hysterically funny. 

3.  Cooler Weather:  (I warned you)  I actually love fall.  I love to see the changing leaves, feel the crisp clean air, eat caramel apples and everything pumpkin. I even love Thanksgiving.  A full day of eating and football.  But I hate what comes next.  (sigh)

4.  Pajama Jeans:  Really?  That's all I'm sayin'

5.  Formal Dresses:  I'm a photographer.  And I recently did a shoot with 18 beautiful people for Homecoming.  But seriously - I think all the girls were missing the bottom half of their dresses.  Listen girls... it is not attractive to wear a sleeveless gown and pull it up 10 gazillion times during an hour photo shoot.  If you have to continue pulling it up, you probably shouldn't be wearing it.  AND if your dress is too tight you can't sit down, how are you going to eat dinner.  AND if you have to constantly hold down your dress so your "world" doesn't show, it's TOO short.  You're welcome.

6.  Bullying:  It's seriously out of control.  The oldest Diva has always been one that has been bullied, in one way or another.  She is so sweet and kind and I think that's why she is picked on.  I understand she is at the age where it happens a lot.  But it's heartbreaking.  And it's not ok.  Especially by those that are suppose to be her closest friends.  I wish these bullies understood what they are doing will effect the child forever.  Another cause close to my heart.  Not just because it has affected my Divas - because it effects thousands of kids every day. 

7.  Pump Class:  New instructor tomorrow.  Be very afraid. 

8.  Daily Clothing Debate:  Seriously.  Every morning.  The Littlest Diva.  Why are we not surprised.

9.  It's suppose to snow this weekend.  A lot.  Did I mention how I feel about the snow?

10. Starting Friday is the birthday week for the Littlest Diva.  She is turning 7.  How is that even possible?  We have a birthday party with her friends, then a party with the family.  Then her actual birthday.  Someone is so spoiled.  Maybe Santa should skip our house this year.  If only it were that simple. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

{thankful day 11-15}

I promised you I would get behind... I never break my promises. 

Day 11:

I am thankful our photographer did a great job.  I would post pictures here but I already have stalkers (you know who you are).  And I don't want anyone to be jealous of how skinny I am.  I am already in the giving spirit.

Day 12:

I am thankful for spanx.  Not to be confused with being spanked.  Enough said.

Day 13:

I am thankful for sarcasm.  I am a better person because of it. (see day 11 and 12)

Day 14:

I am thankful for Uncle D.  MH's Uncle D passed away and we attended his funeral.  He has always been one of my favorites.  His family meant everything to him and I loved hearing all the stories about his life and how close he was to his wife, children and grandchildren.  I also didn't realize that he and Aunt A shared our anniversary.  Super cool.

Day 15:

I am thankful laundry is almost done.  Yes, I am thankful that we even have clothes to wash.  But I would be even more thankful if my laundry fairy would ever show up.  I just might have to write her up.  Again.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

{thankful day 9 & 10}

Day 9:

Today I am thankful for good health.  I have so many people very close to me - including MH - that have been affected by cancer.  MH has been cancer free for 2 years.  What a blessing that is.  He was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2009.  He had just turned 38.  How crazy is that?  Come to find out, it is no longer the "old man disease".   I am thankful for the good health I have but most importantly for healthy Divas and a healthy husband.

Day 10:

I am thankful for patient photographers.  We had our family pictures taken yesterday.  What an ordeal.  I was exhausted afterwards - and I wasn't even the one taking them for once.  It's so exhausting.  But our photographer was very patient and I can't wait to see how they turned out today.  Knowing how hard it is firsthand, just makes me appreciate it even more.  Yes, even photographers need their pictures taken too.  Super excited.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

{thankful day 8}

I am thankful for my sweet family.  For 3 amazing Divas that make me the luckiest mama in the world.  They keep me laughing and pulling my hair out at the same time - which is quite a talent.  They are awesome and I wouldn't trade them for anything.   For a husband that loves my neurotic, obsessive self.  He is the most amazing dad, husband and best friend and works so hard for our family.  There is more estrogen in this house than he knows what to do with.  Bless him.

I am also extremely thankful for my extended family.  Parents - I am lucky I have several sets - that love me unconditionally and who are the BEST grandparents.  Sisters and Brothers - tons of them.  (This is what happens with divorced parents).  I am lucky to have a blended family.  I love all of them.  Seriously... all of them.

Monday, November 7, 2011

{monday madness}

I am not ready for it to be Monday.  And I know I'm not alone.  Because I see all over FB "It's Monday already?"  Does Monday really sneak up on us?  It's kind of like someone complaining about Christmas sneaking up on them.  It's inevitable.  We have all year to prepare for Christmas.  Just like we have all week to prepare for Monday.  Are any of us really prepared?

I miss living in AZ.  For a lot of reasons.  The beautiful sun, it's almost always warm, awesome friends.  The sun.  Did I mention the sun?  And the time never changing.  I don't know why this time change has totally screwed me up.  I should be happy with an extra hour of sleep.  But last night - or shall we say early this morning - I couldn't sleep.  I woke up every hour.  And permanently awake at 4am.  Seriously. 

So here I am on a Monday morning.  Woke up to a skiff of white stuff.  What to do? What to do...

More laundry?  More FB-ing?  More blogging?  Surely you jest.... I am going to be extremely productive by heading to Starbucks for some Peppermint Hot Cocoa and join my BFF for some shopping.  Judge all you want... you're just jealous.

Happy Monday!

{thankful day 7}

I am thankful for how funny my Littlest Diva is.  She is constantly saying things that make me laugh.  Yesterday in church was one of those days.  We were visiting another ward for a baby blessing.  Our little conversation:

LD:  Wow!  Their Bishop has the same name as our Bishop.

Me:  Really? What is it?

LD:  Bishop Rick.  Isn't that so awesome?

Super awesome.  And she is super cute.  And I am super thankful for her.

Disclaimer:  Now I know that not everyone is blogland will understand this.  We belong to the LDS church (also known as the Mormons). Our Bishop is like a Pastor and he has men (counselors) that serve with him and we call them the "Bishopric" - which is how she came up with Bishop Rick. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

{thankful day 6}

Today I am thankful for football.  I'm especially thankful that my Cowboys actually won.  Yes, it was to one of the worst teams in the NFL but hey, beggars can't be choosers.  So many of my friends and family members (all women) make fun of me for being such a huge fan of sports but I am.  Football completes me.

Which brings me to what MH (my husband) should be thankful for... my love of sports.  He is one lucky man.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

{thankful day 5}

All I see is white.  As in snow.  So today I am thankful that I only have one volleyball game to attend and the rest of the time I can stay inside and snuggle under a warm blanket. 

Yes, that was a stretch.  But seeing the white stuff...that's all I got.

Friday, November 4, 2011

{thankful day 4}

I am thankful for a workout partner that listens to all my excuses of why I can't work out - and ignores them.  She inspires and forces me to go workout every day.  Even if I walk in not speaking to her and taking her name in vain later on during the day when I can't move.  She is doing exactly what a workout partner should do - kick.  my.  trash.   Thank you.  I hate you - in the most loving way possible.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

{thankful: day 1 - 3}

It's the month to be Thankful.  It's not that we all aren't thankful the rest of the year but with Thanksgiving quickly approaching it reminds us of things to be thankful for.  All over Facebook you see a month full of thanks posts.  So I have decided to post here.  Which means I am trying really hard to post every day.  Yes, I am behind a few days.  But don't despair, I am catching up below.  And I am sure I will probably forget to post here and there and have to catch up again.  I am warning you ahead of time for my shortcomings.  How awesome is that? 

Let me start by saying I have so much to be thankful for.  I could post every day about my amazing husband and beautiful divas.  They are the best things that have ever happened to me.  I am one lucky girl.

And so the list begins:

Day 1:  I am thankful for a body that can move.  I test its limits almost every day - and sometimes put it through more pain than I should.  But it is making me stronger and healthier every day.

Day 2:  I am thankful MH has a good job.  Especially in this economy.  Even though I try to get him to play sick (almost every day - and he ruins my fun).  He is the perfect employee.  He works so hard for our family.  I say he is amazing all the time - but it's the truth. 

Day 3:  I am thankful for this....
My niece introduced me to the Croc flat iron.  I am in love.  I have been a Chi lover for years.  I didn't think I would ever want to change.  I have seen the error of my ways.  The best part:  this iron is "green" which makes the Treehugger Husband very happy.  And an added bonus... it's cute and my favorite color.  What more could a girl want?

To be skinny, wealthy.... oh wait.  That's for another time.