Thursday, April 22, 2010

{Blessed}

I have never felt so blessed like this....well in a long time.
We just got back from Orlando, Florida
Even though it wasn't in our budget to go, I saved our tax money and used that for our funds.
Why save for a rainy day? In my opinion you can't spend your money in heaven so you might as well spend it while your here on Earth. People might disagree with me but I'm ok with that.
My in laws won a free vacation so we didn't have to spend money on a hotel except for 1 night, and that was a huge savings for us.
We used friends of ours who had airline miles to fly down there and got our tickets half off, so that was another huge savings for us.
I finally had a week off of work in a very, very long time. It was a well needed vacation.
Sun was shining, I got to wear capris, sun dresses and it was very relaxing.
The day our in laws left to drive back home Kevin and I stayed an extra night and went to SeaWorld for the day.
It was the same SeaWorld where that trainer was killed by the killer whale. And it happened to be the same weekend they were having a funeral ceremony for her. Right before the show started they showed a little montage and when it was over the crowd cheered so loud, it was so awesome to hear such a great response to someone that cared so much about animals and not one single person in the audience knew her.

Kevin touching a stingray. I thought this was so cool. I of course kept freaking out about touching it and when I saw all these kid doing it I had to try it. They are so slimey, it's gross!

Monday, April 12, 2010

It's been a long time coming

A vacation that is. Kevin and I will be leaving on Wednesday for a long awaited vacation. It's been 4 yrs since we've actually been on a vacation. We've gone on little weekend trips here and there but a long awaited vacation here we come! We are going to Orlando, Florida and we might go and see Mickey and Minnie, not sure yet. But we are definitely going here and here  I am so excited. Not sure if the 2nd one if that's the exact one were going to but I'm beyond thrilled. I can't wait to get back and tell you all about it :)

Have a blessed week :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter

Easter weekend was not only busy for me but it was enjoyable. Normally holiday weekends were scrambling from house to house to see as much family as we can but this year was so much different. Saturday morning I went with my momma, sister, brother, sis in law, 2 nephews and my niece to an easter egg hunt. I used to love easter egg hunts as a kid. So my niece whose 5 I took her hand and we went right to the middle where most of the eggs where and we grabbed as many as we could. We filled her bucket about halfway and she was so proud of herself. Her brother didn't get as much as she did but he was just happy to be there :)

I have realized these past few months that spending time with family is very important. You never know what tomorrow's going to bring. I posted this in the beginning of the year on my Facebook page and I'm trying to let it sink in:

Health:



1. Drink plenty of water.


2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.


3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants..


4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy


5. Make time to pray.


6. Play more games


7. Read more books than you did in 2009 .


8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day


9. Sleep for 7 hours.


10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.






Personality:


11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.


12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.


13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.


14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.


15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.


16. Dream more while you are awake


17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..


18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.


19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.


20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.


21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.


22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.


23. Smile and laugh more.


24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree...






Society:


25. Call your family often.


26. Each day give something good to others.


27. Forgive everyone for everything.


28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.


29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.


30. What other people think of you is none of your business.


31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.






Life:


32. Do the right thing!


33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.


34. Time heals everything.


35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change..


36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.


37. The best is yet to come..


38. When you awake alive in the morning, be thankful for it.


39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy
 
I agree with so many things on here. #5-Make time to pray, #11-Don't compare yourself to others. And as a photographer I do this quite often, #19-Life is to short to waste time hating anyone. So, so true. #30-What other people think of you is none of your business, I need to keep telling myself this everyday. #17-Envy is a waste of time, your already have all you need. #18-Forget issues of the past. I could keep going and going. But I have this printed up and I keep a copy with me at all times and I also have a copy on my board at my desk at work.
 
So here's a few images from our Easter egg hunt on Saturday.
 

My 2 nephews and niece.

My niece and her proud basket full of eggs :)

She's afraid of all characters including the easter bunny :(

My nephew Stefan. Look at all his teeth.

Here he is again right before we started.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Time for Change

I am starting fresh with this . I want to write about things that make me happy and happenings going on in my life.

My life is very complicated. I work full time and work part time as a photographer. I absolutely love both of my jobs. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Kevin and I have been together for 11 yrs, since I was a junior in high school to be exact. I had plenty of previous boyfriends and only knew Kevin for a short time before we started dating. But once we started dating, I just knew. I knew he was the one that I was going to marry. My senior year of high school I turned 18 and a few short months following that I moved out of my mom's house and moved in with Kevin and his parents. I got up and went to school everyday and had a part time job after school. I supported myself as well as help from his parents. I appreciated them both very much. I graduated high school that year and was so proud of myself. Out of everyone in my family I was the only one who graduated high school with a diploma. A year after high school I married my best friend and soulmate. I was 19 and everyone told me that I was making a mistake, that I was to young and blah, blah, blah. After hearing all the negative comments I wanted to prove them wrong. My parents were married 14 yrs before getting a divorce but Kevin's parents have been married for 33 yrs. (I think). so I know we can do it. This year May 2010 Kevin and I will be married for 9 yrs. We have had our ups and downs but honestly he is my soulmate. I can't picture my life without him and we even each other out.

That's enough taking you down memory lane.

Have a great weekend and Happy Easter!