36? Really? How could this be possible??
Exactly one year ago today, this was my post:
“As I move into my thirty-fifth year, I have a similar feeling in the sense that I guess my vision for what my life would look like is completely different from what it actually looks like. Not a disappointment, my life is filled with so much joy and amazing things, but just different.
So that leaves me with the obvious. Again, I am not the quickest on the whole obvious thing…
It is time for me to redefine my vision.
How is it that when our lives are constantly changing minute to minute, that our visions for ourselves seem to remain unchanged in some areas of our lives?
When I think about my idea of what I thought my life would look like, or even what I would look like, I realize that it is so outdated. It is like a 1980′s vision that is totally out of style (although we all know the 80′s are coming back!). But you get the idea…
So my goal for this year?
To stop being so hard on myself.
To redefine my vision. For my life and for myself.
To be where I am, right now.
To never lose sight of all the amazing joy that I have in my life and appreciate every single moment, or at least every day.
Today is my day. I am officially rounding the corner and well into my thirties…now when you round-up, I am closer to 40 than thirty.”
I thought today would be a good day to evaluate my year. Have I achieved my goals?
- As I sit today, my goal is to be patient, to find the right opportunity to express my purpose and to focus on being healthy. check that one off the list…
- I am still pretty hard on myself… enough said on that.
- I definitely have kept close within my viewpoint the fact that I have so much joy in my life and appreciate it daily. Check…
- Living completely in the present and in the now… nope.
So, I have come a long way and I still have some work to do!!
It is so awesome to be able to see where I was one year ago and how things have evolved…
Now I am really over the hump and well on my way…
Watch out! Forty, here I come…
Have you taken the time to re-define your vision lately?
Each year as we get older is another milestone.
Today marks another year for my mom lovingly referred to in our family as “Bubbie”
I wanted to write this post today to honor her. After all, she is the most amazing, kind, generous and loving bubbie.
I think it was on my 21st birthday (or maybe my 25th?, they all blend together….) when my mom wrote me a note that she has since kept and re-sent to me on the ”milestone” years since ( at least 10 years…. I think I just dated myself!). Since last year was year 35 for me, I received my letter via email (we have moved away from paper and into the current technological age).
She claims that all these years later it is still true
As I was reading it this morning when purging my inbox, I was overcome with joy.
The note described my mother.
If all these wonderful things are true, about me, than I must be just like her
I thought I would share it with you ( and you, sweet Bubbie- as you are my most loyal reader!).
“This milestone year will bring you all kinds of experiences and challenges both positive and negative. But please know that I am convinced that you have all the positive qualities, good sense, honor, warmth, and strength to move forward and realize your potential and dreams. Sometimes the comfort of the tried and true may be a draw but I am sure you will take all those small steps forward towards all kinds of new possibilities. You will always know that you are loved by your parents (interject Children and Grandchildren). The knowledge that you are never alone will give you that extra power. Even if we are physically far or in the same neighborhood our closeness will never be taken from us. I am proud to see your growth into a lovely young woman, mother and wife.
The boys both have their birthdays in the month of May. Who planned that one?
I have managed every year to con them into sharing a birthday party, which makes perfect sense to me since they would have identical birthday parties with all the same friends…
So this year we are having a little family party in CA and I had a great idea that I was going to try to make gluten-free, chocolate-free, peanut-free cake pops (along with the regular gluten-filled, chocolate variety for Brayden!). Got to test them out on the friends first… so off to our test kitchen we went!
The boys are completely obsessed with Legos so I went online and found the cutest, easiest (sounding…) recipe for Lego guy cake pops! Perfect!
This is what they were supposed to look like….
Thank you to livinglocurto for this great recipe!
Too bad there was no way that I was going to be able to pull these off!! I was really confident ” I totally got this”
When my two “helpers” and I got into the kitchen with the candy melts, sticks and cake balls, it quickly became clear that there were going to be no Lego guy head cake pops coming out of this kitchen!
This is what we ended up with…
See our attempt at a Lego brick?? Yeah… you see it right? Aren’t the pops delightful?
The candy melts were everywhere, the balls were falling off the sticks and at the end of it all, the edible markers totally didn’t work!
Well, I guess you can’t win em all! Brayden however thought they were PERFECT and all of our friends ate them all up! Looks can be deceiving! Or maybe when they look so bad the expectations are low?? HA!
A total bomb, but total fun!
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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
I have had to make a huge effort to keep everything straight. Wacky Wednesday,
Crazy Hair day, Pajama Friday, and Wear Red and White day. Between two schools and two boys it can get confusing, and a little wacky!
It seems as though Dr. Seuss’ birthday has become a national event and how wonderful! It is even one of the few things that can actually be celebrated in public school.
The boys have been so inspired by Dr. Seuss and his imaginative style, his creativity and innovation. I too, am inspired by his mind and ability to put it all together in such an enchanting way.
I think I am finding myself inspired by the art of writing too these days…
Brayden and I were just talking yesterday about how books and writing is something that can last forever.
At this age though, he really wants to know the logistics of how all that can happen “how does it last forever? What if a book gets ruined or torn or burned?”. Funny. I guess the conversation about archives (what are those called-microfiche? ancient, I know.), digital copies, the internet era, and all that other crazy stuff that I don’t have the least bit of knowledge about is for another day.
But it does again make me ever so glad to have taken the leap and put my writing out into cyberspace. If nothing else, it will be a gift to myself, my family, and my kiddos as I document this time in our lives.
Thank you for coming along on this journey with me and reading as I continue to be enlightened by my every day, ordinary life!
- Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Legendary Children’s Author Turns 108 (inquisitr.com)