Tuesday, August 19, 2014

August 19, 2014

Hello Dear Family,

I want to take a moment to wish my very best friend Lisa, a very "Happy Birthday!"  Lisa and I first met in a Delphi signature forum, years and years and years ago.  We created personalized, custom graphic digital signatures for anyone who requested one, for their forum posting and email messages.  Boy did we create a ton of sigs!  It was fun though.

For a long time, we only knew each other on line and through phone conversations. Then one year, over 10 years ago, she came to Boise to visit.  We lost touch for a bit, then reconnected on Facebook about four years ago, and have been awesome friends ever since.  We will NEVER lose touch again!  She now lives in Canada with her husband Gregg, and dog Abby.

Lisa is the kind of forever friend that is so much more than just a friend, she is truly my sister. She is always there when I need a shoulder to cry on, and is ready with a joke to make me laugh.  Boy do we laugh together!  Lisa is an amazing wife to her husband, mother to her children, grandmother to her grand babies, and friend to all her friends.  Truly a special lady.  And she is my sis.  "Dude!"  LOL, that is what we call each other.  :)

"Hippo Birdies to Ewes my sis!  Hope your birthday has been amazing and fun. I look forward to celebrating many, many, many more birthdays with you!  And one year, you and Gregg can take me to dinner at your special dining establishment.  Yes, I will make it up to Canada some day.  I love you sis!"


Hope everyone had a great Tuesday!

Until next time...enjoy life, and be kind to one another.

My 365...
 I found Blake outside playing some music this evening...
 ...with a very attentive, and appreciative, audience.  :)


  My son Casey stopped by to visit today too.  "I love you Casey!"

Music I am listening to today...Incubus, Drive


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Peace.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

August 18, 2014

Hello Dear Family,

Blake had orientation at his Junior High this morning. Of course he could not sleep at all last night, as he was so excited about it. I could not sleep either.  He came into my room about 4:00AM, and decided to get ready...five hours early!  I like his enthusiasm.  Needless to say, we both had a very long nap this afternoon.  :)

I am very happy about his schedule this semester too.  He is getting two math classes, which is awesome because it is his least favorite subject.  And most exciting, he is joining choir.  Blake has an amazing voice, and he loves to sing. What I love about Blake is that he is definitely all boy.  He excels in any sport he enjoys.  He is great at basketball, he loves skateboarding and BMX, but he also loves music.  He would rather use his extra time in school to explore music.  And mama does not have to worry about serious injury from my least favorite sport...football.  Thank God he is not interested in football!  We are not a football family at all...and that makes me so happy.  Big brother Garrett was a football player all through school, and a great one at that. Unfortunately, he still suffers from all the serious injuries from the game even now at age 26. Nope...I am NOT a fan of football!

Blake has grown so much this summer. I was going through all the shirts I got for him last year, and they look so small compared to the shirts he has been wearing this summer. And I have a feeling he has a lot of growing to do yet. And the shoes...definitely needs a new pair of shoes.  It seems like he needs a new pair of shoes every other month!

Hope you had a great Monday planet.

Until next time...enjoy life, and be kind to one another.

My 365...
I enjoyed a little tennis ball fetch with old pup Dozer this evening.
 He loved it!
 He may be a senior citizen, but he can still chase a ball like a puppy.

Music I am listening to today...Iron and Wine, Naked As We Came

The Daily V...


Peace.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

August 17, 2014

Hello Dear Family,

Happy Sunday planet.  Blake and I are enjoying a nice quiet, lazy Sunday.  Tomorrow morning he has orientation at his new Junior High school. I am so excited for him to begin this new chapter of his life.  I am sure it is going to be a great one.  Blake is such an awesome young man, I just know he will rock it!

As I was sitting here this evening, realizing that I had not taken my daily photo, Miss Lilly reminded me of why my 365 challenge is so easy.  With her cute face looking up at me all the time, photo inspiration comes so easily.

I first entered a 365 challenge in 2010.  The challenge was to take a photo a day for 365 consecutive days. Needless to say...mama got a little carried away. In my 365 project, I have taken a photo a day without missing a single day since January 1, 2010.  I know, I am a little OCD.  lol :)  It has not been easy, but the best part of this silly challenge to myself, is that I have kept a really good history of my awesome little/big family. Something we will always have to look back upon.  That makes me very happy.

Have a great Monday everyone!  And an amazing week ahead.

Until next time...enjoy life, and be kind to one another.

My 365...
Miss Lilly, thank you for making my "Photo A Day" challenge so easy.  :)

Music I am listening to today...Gabrielle Aplin, Please Don't Say You Love Me

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Peace.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

August 16, 2014

Hello Dear Family,

Happy Saturday.  :)

Casey stopped by this afternoon to borrow my camera.  When he got home to show me the photos he had been taking, I unloaded them to my computer figuring it would be the usual car stuff...his favorite thing ya know.  What I found was an incredible set of photos he had taken of his girlfriend, and her dear friends, a beautiful young family.  And Casey captured this lovely family perfectly!  His first family photo shoot, and he did an amazing job.  No tripod, special lighting or lenses either.

"Wow son, just wow!  I am so proud of you!"

I think it is definitely time to start collecting some photography equipment of his own.  This could be a great hobby for him.  You can view his photo album here.  *CLICK*

Yes...proud mommy moment here.  :)

Hope you are having a great weekend planet.  

Until next time...enjoy life, and be kind to one another.

My 365...
Birthday month continues for Blake, with a blue cake.
 After all, you only turn 13 once. Definitely more than one cake require.  :)

A beautiful photo Casey took of his girlfriend Mariyah today.


You can see the rest of his awesome photos, in his online album *HERE*

I am so proud of him!  :)

Music I am listening to today...Jason Mraz, 3 Things


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Peace.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

August 15, 2014

Hello Dear Family,

Happy Friday.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Until next time...enjoy life, and be kind to one another.

My 365...
These two are getting along a little better.
Well, at least Miss Lilly is pretending to be okay with Ducati invading her space.  As long as he knows his place.

Music I am listening to today...Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Shine


The Daily V...


Peace.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

August 14, 2014

Hello Dear Family,

Today has felt like a Monday all day.  I think until Blake is back in school, all the days of the week will run together.

We experienced the craziest lightning storm last night.  It was constant flashing, for quite a long time. It looked like someone was having an epic photo shoot in the back yard with a thousand cameras. This has been an intense year for lightning so far.  It was almost 2:00AM when Garrett drove up, and he came rusing into my room.  "Mama, what are you doing?  Get up, get your camera!"  LOL, silly Garrett...he knows me too well. We did drive to the bench to take pictures, but by the time we got there, the lightning storm was over the mountains. I did get one pretty cool shot....


Like I told Garrett..."I have already gotten an epic lightning picture, the chances are slim to none that I can top that one."  I will keep trying though.  :)

Hope your Thursday was been awesome!

Until next time...enjoy life, and be kind to one another.

My 365...
Now that Casey has moved out, and is living in his own apartment, Ducati has moved in with me.
 I think he is adjusting quite well.  :)

Music I am listening to today...Zack Berkman, California Dreamin'


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Peace.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August 13, 2014

Hello Dear Family,

Age 40 and pregnant?  Who'd a thunk it.  <---not sure that is proper English, but you get the message.

I knew there would be one more child in my life after Casey, my number 4 baby.  Unfortunately, life had other plans as I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis right after Casey was born in 1995.  The medications I was taking, were not conducive to pregnancy, so I thought I would have to give up that dream of baby number five...but I didn't.

Once I was able to get my disease in remission, and I could get off the toxic medications for a while.  It was then that I was blessed with my baby number 5.  It took six years, but what an amazing blessing he has been for our family.

Pregnant at 40?  Oh you betcha!  What an awesome 40th year gift he was...and continues to be.

"Happy 13th Birthday Blake!  We love you to the moon and back kiddo.  You have been an absolute joy to all of us this past 13 years.  We all love you so much, and feel extremely blessed to have you in our lives.  Even when you are being a stinker butt.  Yes, every now and then you are a stinker butt, but we would not have it any other way."

Blake and I are working on video, a sort of "Messages to My Future Self,"  and it is going to be awesome.  I will only share it on my blog if he gives me permission to do so, otherwise it will be for his eyes only.  I just thought it would be a cool sort of time capsule to have.  :)

Hope you had a great Wednesday!

Until next time...enjoy life, and be kind to one another.

My 365...
August 13, 2014...Welcome to your teen years son.  :)


Thirteen years of my awesome baby boy, Blake.  *LOVE*
I took a photo of the moon just after midnight for your birthday, Blake.  A beautiful sky to start your 13th year.

Music I am listening to today...As selected by Blake, Labrinth, Express Yourself


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Peace.

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Welcome to Mommy plus Five

I am a work from home mom of five amazing children, and three beautiful grandchildren. Enjoying my 50's and all that life has to offer.

This is year number five of My 365 project. Taking a photo a day for 365 days.

Thank you for stopping by! :)


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