Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Day Fifty Seven...We've got the moves..

I just love when we turn up the music real loud and let loose.

Tonight my kids were showing us their talent show act - and it turned into a fun and silly dance session.
I love when we play songs off the radio and all our inhibitions just disappear. When we sing at the top of our voices, make up dance moves and have a free for all.
I love watching my kids personalities shine through, when they aren't worried about who's listening or watching. its just pure and natural.
I love seeing their shiny smiling faces - the laughter and giggling. I love being silly with them. I feel a real connection. I'm more than just their mum.

I'm in awe of these two people that I have brought into this world. So unique but snippets of me and my husband too. My heart is so full of love for them. 
I am truly grateful for them and absolutely cherish these moments.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Day Fifty Six....its raining, its pouring..

Yippee! another cold, rainy stormy day - love it!!

We even got small hail today - but what I really miss is a real storm. One that brews all day - that smell of raining coming, followed by lightning and thunder. I love the loud clapping of clouds bouncing off each other, and the sky getting a dark, dark grey. I love pouring rain, so thick you can barely see through it. I love water gushing down the street and massive puddles - especially driving through them. I love the sound of water hitting my wind screen while I drive and the whooshing of my wind screen wipers.
I love to come home and put on snuggies and turn the fire and heater on. I love making something yummy for dinner, all warm and comforting.

So, I'll take my little Southern California "storm", enjoy it while it lasts, because its as good as it's gonna get!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Day Fifty Five...Girl Time..

Today I got to go to my friends 40th birthday party. It was held at another friends house and as always so beautiful planned.
It was Tuscan flavored, with gorgeous place settings and a delicious meal.

I love how these amazing women all came together, pulling together this party - various dishes were brought, others whipped up things in the kitchen. Everyone busy doing something - a hub of activity. At this point in our lives we are all so comfortable and at ease with one another - we know what needs to be done, and its not all left on one person.

I just love this great group of gals that are now my friends - and as I sat in the sun enjoying my meal, I took in the different conversations around me.
I love that we were able to take some time off from our busy lives and just be together, enjoying each others company. Laughing and sharing stories, catching up.

I think as women we can never have too much girl time - its so important to our well being. Whether its a sister or a really good friend, these relationships are necessary. No matter how old we get or how grown up we are supposed to be, girlfriend time, giggles and a glass of wine thrown in for good measure is good for the soul!

I'm grateful for these girls, some I am closer to than others but all play a part in my life in some way. And today just reminded me how much I need them and how I look forward to our next get together.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Day Fifty Four....Caw-fee....

ahhhhh....I love Starbucks Cappuccinos...
Today I am sitting at my son's baseball practice, enjoying a chat with the team mom and drinking a yummy cap thanks to her hubby who made a coffee run.
The sun is shining, in fact its getting hot!
I'm really enjoying these early morning Saturdays. I should be making more use of my time, or at least taking a walk around the park - but I decide to sit on my tooshy and enjoy the sun, chat and my cappuccino.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Day Fifty Three..Belle of the Ball

Tonight is the Daddy/Daughter Dance at school. I'm so grateful that Grace is well enough to go. She's been excited about this for weeks.

My heart skips a beat when I look at her all dressed up - pink eye shadow and glitter dusting her shoulders. She's getting so grown up and I wonder where the heck the last ten years went.

My whole life I dreamt of the day I might have a daughter. These are the moments I had hoped for - the girly girl moments. I want to embrace this moment, still a little girl, not quite a teenager yet. Still silly and full of giggles and wanting me to do her hair. Like a baby giraffe with those long legs in little heels.

I love that my husband thought to buy her a gorgeous corsage - and I know one day it will be a boy loving my girl, buying her a corsage for a dance. Makes me want to cry because its right around the next corner.
I'm so proud of my girl - my every dream came true when she entered my life. I am blessed.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Day Fifty Two..We've turned the corner..

Yeah!! Grace has finally turned the corner!

Tonight she finally ate something more than a bit of bread. Granted, it wasn't a whole dinner, but I'll take a few mouthfuls of pasta and a 1/4 piece of bread stick!
Her cheeks are pink and she has her a smile in her voice. My girl is back.
She even wants to go back to school tomorrow. Selfishly I want her home one more day - I'd like to get her strength back and I've totally enjoyed being her nurse and getting to baby her a bit, but she's ready.

I'm grateful for my girl, that it wasn't anything major and she is almost back to normal. I love my Beetle!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Day Foury Nine thru Fifty One...

I feel like I have lived a million days in the last two.

Nothing worse than the feeling of helplessness when one of your kids is sick.
Grace started feeling not good early Monday and went down hill quickly. After spending almost 12 hours of throwing up until there was absolutely nothing left in her poor little body I decided enough was enough and drove her at 3am to urgent care. There she received a shot in her backside ( poor bubs has a nasty black bruise that is still hurting her today ) to stop the vomiting, some antibiotics and the warning to watch for appendicitis.
We came home but around 10am after taking a tiny bit of food and her meds, started throwing up again.
So off to the hospital we go.
In my mind I was praying please don't be the appendix. I didn't want her to have to go through that.
After an ultra sound, some blood and urine work and a cat scan, they found an infection in her bladder. She was given antibiotics and fluids through an IV and after about 7 hours we were allowed to come home.

I'm relived there is nothing major wrong with her and that a couple days on the couch watching TV and some meds will get her back to new. I'm grateful that it wasn't appendicitis.
 I know that what happened is nothing compared to what some parents are going through, or what have gone through with sick kids - and kids that wont be coming home like Anthony, the little boy who recently passed away after a freak accident.
But it does make me stop and think about how fragile life can be - and to be grateful for each passing day, to embrace each moment and not sweat the small stuff. To hug my kids more, to take more time, to have more patience. to be grateful for what we have right now.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Day fourty Eight...Snuggle Buggle..

There is nothing better than nuzzling into my boys warm soft neck first thing in the morning.
Lucas is an early bird, wakes up happy and ready to go. So its not often he is still in bed when I come to his room in the morning.

I love how he loves to snuggle with me - he grabs my neck and pulls me into to him. I love that warmth from his body. I love breathing him in. If I could inhale my son and keep him within me forever, I would.
I love his happy go lucky nature, and that he's always ready for a conversation, sometimes fun, sometime serious. I love squishy hugs and nibbling on his ear, if he lets me! I love that he still wants me around.

I'm sure there will come a time that its not cool to snuggle with your mum, so I take as many of these moments as I can, I cherish each hug and each snuggle. I love these moments with my son, and hope it keeps us close.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Day Fourty Seven...Hot air rising...

I can't help but talk about another gorgeous morning here in Temecula.
Going to Lucas's baseball practice again. Love watching my boys be together, doing something they love.

The air is super crisp but there is no wind, so the sun actually feels good on my face and neck. I love taking deep breaths in - makes me feel alive. I love sitting for a couple hours and just zoning out - taking in the practice, and daydreaming. I love listening to the neighborhood sounds - garage doors opening, dogs barking, kids playing at the park. I love just being still.
I love our town, kinda country - with fields near us and  hot air balloons taking off each morning. I love the peacefulness of the morning.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Day Fourty Six..and the award goes to...

Sooooo incredibly proud of my girl - Honorable Mention Award for her project for the Science Fair.
There was some stiff competition this year - its amazing to see some of the work and creativity that these kids have. I felt pretty good about Grace's experiment but seeing all the other boards, and how many were there - well, you just never know how your kid is going to compare.

As a parent you want your kids to succeed - you want them to be winner. I know that's not real life and realistic to always be a winner - but sometimes you can't help wishing that "this time" they should.

I talk with my kids a lot about doing their best, that they should feel good about their work and if they know in their hearts they did their best and they put forward the effort then that's good with us.
Not everyone can get the trophy or 1st prize - that you aren't always a winner. That there is way more in life than just that.

I love helping my kids - I want them to be outstanding - but I also want them to learn how to do things on their own - to take ownership of anything they are working on. To have pride in what they do. To stand on their own two feet.

No, Grace didn't do this project on her own, I helped her. But the majority of the work was her - she performed the experiments on her own, she took all the notes and wrote her work up. She helped with putting the board together.  I enjoyed working with her on this but the ownership is all hers. And I am so glad she was recognized for that.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Day Fourty Five...see ya round like a rissole..

Today I needed some comfort food. Food my oma or mum would cook.
 So I decided to go with Chicken Rissoles. Can't get more comforting than that!

Chicken Rissoles are made from chicken mince, (ground chicken breast) - kinda like a meat ball but bigger, longer. I mix mine with salt, pepper, some finely chopped onion and bread crumbs. Shape them into a "patty" and fry them up. Once cooked I add some chicken stock to the pan, scrap up all the goodness on the bottom and then transfer the lot into a casserole dish to bake for a while. They are so moist and flavorful!! So yummy warm and just as good cold on a sandwich. They are also good with just about any side, mashed potato is the best but tonight I made fries and some veges.

I love that I had an oma and mum that were fabulous cooks with all these yummy delicious dishes they shared with me, and that my mum taught me how to cook. And I'm grateful that my family loves it all too.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Day Fourty Four...My cuppa tea...

I can't express how much I enjoy a good cuppa. Nothing like a freshly brewed pot of tea.
Most days though I settle for a tea bag in a mug. As long as its my Dilmah I'm good to go!
 Being an Aussie I was raised on tea, especially for breakfast. Its my steadfast tradition. I savor every sip.

I bring back boxes of tea, in my suitcase, all the way from Australia, and today I had to open my last precious box. Oh the aroma that comes out is divine! Makes me think of my mum's kitchen. I need my morning tea like a smoker needs their first drag. I also love a good cuppa in the evening when I finally sit down.

I miss my morning tea breaks and even afternoon tea breaks - the English/Aussies know how to do it right!  I love all the tea I get to drink when I go "home". I love how my Aussies love it as much as I do - I'm back with my own kind!
So I will enjoy my last box and I will be putting in a call to mum to mail me over some more quick smart!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Day Fourty Three..Be my Valentine..

You either love it or hate it - but no denying it - Valentine's Day brings out the sap in most of us!

I love all the pink, red and white. The cute singing stuffed toys and the walls of cards in every major store. All the love paraphernalia - from cupcake sprinkles to love treats for your pets. There is something for everyone!
I love and want the cheesiness, the flowers and chocolates and jewelry.

But what I love the most is the handmade stuff. The cute love cards from my kids are the best. I cherish all of them and keep them in a big box. I love how they hide out in their rooms crafting, making masterpieces.
I love how they do this on their own accord, true love from my babies.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Day Fourty Two...What's your talent?...

So happy for my kids today! They made it in the school talent show!
From what I hear about 50 or so "acts" tried out and about 20 got accepted, so I can understand their excitement. It's quite an accomplishment.

I know we have a few weeks of rehearsals, lots of play dates at each others houses - I'm sure I'll be sick of the song they are singing after hearing it for the millionth time. But to see their beaming smiles and the joy this brings makes it all worth while. Can't wait to see them up on stage!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Day Fourty One...the science of it all..

O-M-G!! we are done!!
Grace's science fair project is finally complete!!

I know for most its been a big pain in the you know what - but for us it was kinda fun! I love that Grace has an interest in Science. She enjoyed doing the experiments and writing up her notes and since she does most all of her homework on her own it was fun working with her, helping her to put it all together.

I think it turned out pretty neat and can't wait to see how she does.

But definitely grateful that its done!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Day Fourty...Scentsy Spirit...

Today was Scentsy Spring Sprint in Pomona. A rah rah event - to train and motivate us - to get us ready to launch our Spring/Summer line.

Its not me, but I love to see the crazy gals who dress up - the ones who come with a gaggle of girls, balloons matching tee-shirts. The new consultants and the veterans. But we all have one thing in common, we love Scentsy.
We have invested time into our businesses, we are driven and dedicated. We are "all in". We want to take it to the next level.

I am so grateful for the group of gals that came with me. We are all at different levels and stages of our businesses but thirsty for more knowledge - we want to grow! I love how I've made these awesome friendships with my "Scentsy Sisters" - I love how I can learn something from each one of them - I love that I can teach them to be a leader too.

Scentsy is always talking about our A-HA moment - and mine was that this is so much more than just a business - this is family for me - that I have this amazing network of girls and guys - that we are growing together. That big or small we have the same goals, that we are united. I couldn't do this without them, and I look forward to seeing what is ahead for us all.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Day Thirty Nine...Curry in a hurry...

Today is a normal mummy day - running around trying to get things accomplished, although not getting that much done today!

Was running an errand around 11am when I get a text from my friend "small lunch??" - I just smile. I love this friend for bring spontaneity into my life. I love that she makes me feel like I can just drop what I am doing to be with her. that it's ok to have a change of plan!
I'm so type A it isn't funny and my day isn't right when its not all planned out, but for some reason this just feels so right!

I enjoy her company so much - she introduced me to this little Thai place - with the tacky decor that makes us laugh, but the food is yummy, and inexpensive and we can have a quick lunch without feeling guilty at all.

I'm so grateful for her friendship and that she loves sneaking in Thai with me!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Day Thirty Eight...Songbirds...

It melts my heart to hear my kids sing. They have no inhibitions, no insecurities. They sing pure, from the heart.

Grace loves trying out for the talent show each year at school, this being the third year in a row. This year the brothers will be joining her and Lindsay - and its so darn cute!!

Watching them practice the lyrics and put together a "dance" is impressive. When they put their minds to it they can accomplish a lot in a short time!

As a kid I was so shy, never in a million years would I have stood on stage and sang a song. So to watch my kids do this is blows my mind. I'm incredibly proud - and whether they make it or not, they are stars in my book!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Day Thirty Seven..its here!

Today my new Spring/Summer catalog arrived on the door step. Its always exciting to have our catalog change over - we all wait for the new book and scents - picking out our favorites.

 I had a bunch of catalogs in the car when I went to pick up the kids from school and it was so cute to listen to them in the back seat, oooing and aaahing over the new product, each picking out new buddies.

I love how they have embraced my business and truly have an interest in it. I love how they get just as excited as I do when something new arrives from UPS. They want to help me label bars and bundle stuff up. They want to be a part of my business and it makes realize I made a great decision.

I hope that this shows them I can be a strong individual, working for my family - just as much as I am a hands on mum to them too.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Day Thirty Six...How do you take yours??

Ok, I'll admit it - I <3 Starbucks. There is only one other coffee place in town that does a better cappuccino - but Starbucks is just fine and they are on every corner.
I love how its a hub of activity - I love people watching - what's their story - what makes them grab a coffee today?

I love grabbing a coffee and a gab with girlfriends. Today was one of those days - I got to have coffee with someone I've know for a while but haven't really gotten to know that well. I enjoyed our chat - that I got to know her a bit better today. That we had a few laughs and shared some secrets. I'm glad that we were spontaneous and look forward to seeing where it goes.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Day Thirty Five...ugh.

Today - started off ok - then got not so good. By the time I got to write this all I can say is that I am thankful for my pain meds.
Hate headaches. Hate feeling ugh. Grateful for Aleve.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Day Thirty four...Tax Time!

Ugh. How I hate book keeping. receipts, pieces of paper, invoices, checks and forms. The list goes on.
This is the hardest part of running my business. And I'm really terrible at it. I must admit I have gotten marginally better than last year, after handing my tax agent a baggie of receipts.  (Don't think he was too impressed! )
I got off on a good start and petered out sometime around September. My desk has become a mountain of paperwork and our tax appointment is in 2 weeks.

So I decided today was as good as any to get up to date. Thinking it wouldn't take too long, I pulled everything out onto the lounge room floor and got stuck into it. Blah, I'm still not done!! Close though!

As I was moaning and groaning, printing out invoices back from 3 months ago, trying to figure out what was what and how much this sucked, I realized that if I didn't have all this I wouldn't have a successful business. And without my business we wouldn't have quite a few things.
So I guess today I am grateful for the piles of paper, my trusty calculator and the fact that I made some decent money for us this year.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Day Thirty Three...Play ball....

Another glorious Saturday morning. A chill in the air but the sun trying hard to warm us up. We hit the baseball field at 8am for Lucas's first baseball practice of the season.

I love having a son. I love learning the ins and outs of a boys mind. I love how he teaches me things I'd never learn being a girl. I'll never get it 100% right, I'm wired as a girly girl - but I try my best to "get him". 
I want to be a boys mum, to get dirty, to play Legos, to understand sport and to wrestle on the floor. But what I do know is that I love him unconditionally and look forward to watching him grow into a man.

I love that I have a husband that is so involved with our kids. I love that he wants to be Luke's coach. I love his patience and dedication. I love watching the relationship between son and dad.
They are building memories, just like Troy did with his dad. Makes my heart swell with love for both of them.
I'm so grateful for both my boys - for giving me the gift of enjoying boy stuff.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Day Thirty Two...This little Piggy...

Oh my gosh - there is nothing better than an awesome pedicure!
Today was my day to have some "me" time and I chose to get my tootsies done. I love having a pedi - someone to clean up the polish, massage my toes and feet, and the hot towels are to die for!
I'm trying a new place, and so far really love it. Lilly is amazing - her pedi's rock.

Today I got to talk with her and its interesting listening to her stories about Vietnam. I look forward to going back and hearing more. I bet she has a lot to tell.

So, I am grateful for Lilly and her awesome pedicure, that she's wiling to scrub and polish up my feet,  and I am grateful for having the time to sit and enjoy being pampered.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Day Thirty One...Down in the garden...

For me there is something so peaceful about watering the plants in my garden.
I find it so relaxing.  The peace and quiet of my backyard - I can enjoy the sun, listen to the birds chirp - I even like to close my eye and listen to the water. It's my time out really - away from the chores and the chaos of the house. 

This time of the year is fun, we are almost at Spring and I love to check out what's starting to bud. I'm hoping my miniature apple tree will grow baby apples this year, and I can't wait for my jasmine to start blooming its heady perfume of flowers. I love all my little terracotta pots with a mish mash of various flowers. Can't wait for the color to come back into my faded out backyard.
I look forward to adding more this season, and to be able to sit on my back patio and enjoy my little backyard.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Day Thirty....Comfies...

Nothing beats a good pair of comfy sweats.
And nothing is better than slipping into cozy warm fleece after working all day.

 As I kick off my heels and peel out of my nice work clothes I am grateful for my American Eagle sweat pants and zip up hoody.  I sigh with joy, it's pure comfort.

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