Monday, September 30, 2013

Good-Bye September!

Good-bye September!

This has been a great month.  Blake continues to do well in school, Casey started working, Garrett and Kori are doing great in school, and Brandon, Amber and the children are healthy and happy.

What more could a mama want?  

We have lots of great plans for October, so I know it is going to be a fun and exciting month.

Total Biking for September, 88.79 miles.  I was really hoping to break 100 miles, but the weather had other plans.  That is okay though, that is 88.79 miles that I did ride.  :)  Slow and Steady wins the race.

My goal for October is 150 miles.  What the heck, go big or go home!

Have a great October everyone!


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September 30, 2013

My 365...

Inspired, that is how I feel today, simply inspired.

Inspired to...

Be a better mother.
Have more patience.
Be more creative.
Ride 150 miles this the very least...(Hey, a girl can dream.)
Not get too upset if the weather gets in the way of my bike riding goal.
Get more sleep
Give more hugs
Stop taking the negative things in life personally. It happens.
Show more appreciation for the people who love me.
Eat better.  (Thank you Kori and Garrett my personal trainers.)
Say "no", if I am feeling "no", and not feel bad about it.
Read more
Take more pictures.  < --- Nah, that is not possible.  :)

How about you?  Are you feeling inspired?  Most people get excited for Spring.  Not me, I get excited for Fall!  October is my favorite month.  I plan on having a great one.

Happy Monday, and Welcome October!

With everyone gone for the day, and it is raining today, Miss Lilly is the perfect model for the daily photos. Come to think of it, she always is.  :)

Looks like this guy is having a

***Doggy Daily***

Music I am listening to today...Matt Maher , Rise Up

Random Link of the Day...Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins

The Daily V...


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Sunday, September 29, 2013

September 29, 2013

My 365...

Gloomy day today.  Ordinarily I would not mind, but my spirit is a bit gloomy too.  Blurgh.  Just for the record, I do not do gloomy well.  It does not help that it is raining outside.  I love rainy days, but not when I want to ride my bike.  :*(

*Warning...The following rant is written with the "mommy" filter at your own risk.*

Being a mom of sons, the hardest thing for me thus far has been finding a balance when it comes to their problems with relationships and girls.  My number one rule...if they are of not to get involved. Unless this girl has a criminal record and no manners, I will be the perfectly delightful "boyfriend's mom."

However, if my sons "ask" me for my opinion, and if they want to know what I think...they are going to get that 100 percent "in your face" opinion about how I feel.  "Dude, you want my opinion?  Pull up a chair baby, you are gonna get it!"

I know what love is like, I have been there a time or two or three in my 52 years of existence on this planet.  But I also know what unhealthy relationships are like...been there too.  One of my sons was involved in a very unhealthy relationship that should have never even started.  Her parents need to be more mindful of where this girl is in her life, and what she should and should not be doing.  (None of my business, right?)  Now he is having a difficult time ending it.  What I would like to do is pick up the phone and tell this girl AND her family..."LEAVE MY SON ALONE!!!!', then remove all communication devices from my son, and put him in time out.

Uh-oh, you are in trouble now.  You have awoken the mama grizzly.  
She can be one skeery, dangerous bitch!

But I can't do that.  My son looked at me, shook his head and said..."Mom, stay out of it, I can handle this."

*~~~~inhale~~~exhale~~~inhale~~~exhale~~~inhale...turn blue...pass out~~~*

Here is the thing, I have stayed out of it, only getting involved when my son came to me for my opinion, then backed off when he told me to back off.  I just need to learn how to back off and be supportive of HIM? That is my weakness.  It comes down to the old..."Son, you put your hand on that fire it is going to get burned..." thing, then sitting back, watching him put his hand on the fire because he insists on doing so, getting burned, then not being absolutely furious with him for not listening to me in the first place!

Right now I am feeling a mix of "What are you doing son?" with "Dubya-tee-eff son, what the hell are you thinking? Come here so I can smack you upside the head!"  Hopefully he will learn?  

Maybe it is time we get back to the "Queen Mum" era where the boys have to do what the queen mum tells them.  Arranged marriages, family honor and all that stuff. I can see it now, me all sitting pretty on an ornate golden throne...the boys come in on bended knee.  "Your majesty!"  LOL, I don't really mean that...or do I?  *wink*

After the argument dust settled, Blake looked at me and said..."Mom, I promise never to date a girl like her. I will always care about what you have to say.  I love you and I trust you."

All I could think when he said that was that I had better write this down somewhere, maybe make a few posters and hang them over my desk to remind him of what HE said when he is old enough to 4 - 5 more years...and he brings home a crazy girl.  I will simply smile, then direct his attention to the "Mother Knows Best!" posters hanging on the wall over my head.  Look at him calmly and say..."Have a seat dear, we need to talk."  
As for my other son with the relationship issues I will say...

"I do not approve today, I will not approve tomorrow nor ever.  No one in this family approves, and we were really proud of you for moving on.  However, I do love you today, I will love you tomorrow, and I will love you forever.  Now use that brilliant brain that God gave you and stop all communications with this girl and her family.  Inappropriate!  Cut that tie...I have a nice pair of sharp scissors you can borrow...just saying."

Side Note:  Blake was playing a game of Scribblenauts on his computer while I was writing my blog.  He was on a scene where a heart was attacking a lady.  "Mom!  How do I stop this heart from attacking the lady?"  My answer..."Feed it some bad cholesterol?"  Haha, you should have seen the expression on his face.  

I hope you had a peaceful day planet, and have a great week ahead.  
"Love you mama."
  "Love you Blake."
Happy flowers.

***Doggy Daily***
 "What is it Miss Lilly?"
 "I don't mean to interrupt your day dear, however, I AM BEING DOG NAPPED!!!"

The Daily V...


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Saturday, September 28, 2013

September 28, 2013

My 365...

I really wanted to get up early and go to the Boise Capital Farmer's Market in downtown Boise.  I love riding my bike downtown, as there is so much to photograph.  Unfortunately, it only runs from 9:30am to 1:30pm, and when I woke up it was super windy and cold, and this mama was tired.  It is really hard to ride in 20+ mph wind let me tell you.  Especially on the way home when we have to ride up the bench. (the higher elevation in the city)

It is also hard for me to sleep when one of my boys is not home.  I know, that is ridiculous, but it is true.  Casey worked until 6:00am, so I set my alarm to be sure I was up because I wanted to welcome him home and hear all about work.  After he was home safely, then I could sleep...and I over slept.  I did not wake up until 11:00AM and with the weather being not so great, The Farmer's Market was out of the question.

But all was not lost.  It started to warm up, and the skies started to clear a bit later in the day.  Blake had been wanting to ride to Freak Alley to check out the street art, so we ended up having a pretty amazing biking adventure anyway.  We rode all the way to the Historic...and very haunted...Idaho State Penitentiary, Fort Boise Skate Park, all through downtown Boise, Freak Alley, dinner at Westside Drive-In , and our favorite spot on the Boise river.  It was a heck of a ride!  So even though we missed the Farmer's Market, we had a really terrific day.

We only rode 15.35 very windy miles.  That wind makes 15 miles feel more like 30!  I do love my weekend biking adventures with Blake. We had a totally amazing day...and I am exhausted! :)

Hope you had a great Saturday planet.

A few of my favorite pictures...
 A private home that looks more like a castle.

 Historic Idaho State Penitentiary.

 The Bishop's House.
 The Warden's House.
 Historic Cemetery.
 Blake getting his sk8te on.  Fort Boise Skate park.

 Freak Alley, Street Art.

 Westside Drive-In

 Boise Green Belt.

 Total Ride...15.35 miles.

***Doggy Daily***

Music I am listening to today...Duffy , Rockferry

Random Link of the Day...Freak Alley Gallery

The Daily V...


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