Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thankful Thursday... even with bad news all around...

It's always best to have a positive outlook on life.  It's easy to see all the bad around you, but there's always good in the world.  Be thankful you're alive to breathe, to love, to laugh & to enjoy all the wonders life has to offer. ~Unknown

This last part of the year has just been a doozy...

With loosing Sydney & Ricky's knee & my own injuries, its been tough enough.  But lately it seems every day I'm hearing bad news about people I love... friends & family...  

My uncle just found out he has pancreatic cancer & although we know he's going to go into this with a fight & he's going to come out the victor, you just hate to know that he even has to take on this battle...

This is my uncle... & yes, that's my cousin that I did the maternity session for not too long ago.
Can y'all lift up some prayers for him & their family?

& a close family friend is going into surgery this week for breast cancer.  So stupid.  I hate cancer.  But she has a 'lets handle this & get it done' kind of attitude & I know she also will come out of this stronger...

You just hate to see people you care about suffer...

But I strive every day to still find things to be thankful for....& here's this week look at things I can look at & see that life is still good...

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1. New looms!!! .... I got the adjustable hat loom, the smaller gauge sock loom... & ended up going back & getting the afghan loom I've been wanting. I think I have them all now.  I'm ready for cold winter to get in here. I'll be covered in warm yarn.

2. 5k ... I haven't got a 5k under my feet in awhile so it was great to get out & knock out 3.1 miles again.

3. Beautiful drive home... Fall is just beautiful & not because of the normal fall colors. All the colors just seem crisper in this air.  My drive home is just breath taking sometimes. 

4. Flat Tire Helper... This is the 2nd time in a month I've had a nail in my tire making me have a near-disaster-flat on the road... but I'm thankful I have a garage right next to my office & the guy down there is so kind.  He fixes it for me free every time.

5. Baby Skinny Jeans... does anything else need to be said?  I just smile every time.

6. Fall Colors ... I never want to come inside

7. Fun Bride ... I've had the best time editing this latest wedding.  It honestly didn't even feel like a wedding, but more of just me hanging out with awesome people. 

8. Crock Pot Chili ... it made my Saturday delish... & made my house smell like I was a real housewife that knows how to cook.

What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If you need me, I'll be on Pinterest today....

So Monday, I did it...

I jumped on the Essential Oil band wagon.

I know you have seen blog posts everywhere about people that use it & all that it can do.  If you haven't seen it there, its on Facebook... & Pinterest?  Forget about it... it's everywhere...

& that's where I'll be today.  Learning all about it.

I'm a person who is all about natural things.  Natural food, natural medicine.  So this idea of an natural oil that can help with issues intrigues me.

There are SO many fantastic uses for Young Living Essential Oils!

But it can't be real - right?  I mean, its oil...

Well, a friend asked me to try it for my bicep tendonitis.  I am always willing to try anything for that pain.  Tell me that dancing in the streets in an Elsa outfit will help it, I'll do it... or I'll just do it because that sounds like fun...

Plus, I would just like to do this move over & over

So I bought Lemongrass & an oil called Panaway to give it a go.  Now, it wasn't cheap... but like I said, I'll pay whatever... & it'll STILL be cheaper then if I went to a doctor with my health insurance.  (Like how I snuck in another health insurance slam there? ... speaking of which, I need to start looking for a new plan next week. Thanks Obama.)


I tried it.  Only 1 or 2 drops on the place that hurts.  Well, my arms hurts a LOT in a LOT of area so I'd add a few more drops of lemongrass... & maybe it was in my mind, but it eased off the pain. 


& I keep reading about how people use these during cold & flu season & that right there is speaking my language. 

So I took the leap & bought the started kit & became an official Young Living Essential Oil person...

I told Ricky about it ... & the 'conversation' began.  Yes, conversation is in quotes because it was more of a debate.

Ricky:  I can get on the internet & find articles that say it doesn't work.
Me: You can get on the internet & type in is this oil made of cat pee & you'll probably find an article.  You'll find an article about anything on the internet.

I tried to tell him about the people I know & trust that use it... & how I used it on my arm.

so the true test... Ricky has a pain in his elbow.  Has had it for months.  I pull out the Panaway & rub about 2 drops on it. 

He gripes & says things like "This is so stupid"

... & I'm editing wedding pictures & all of a sudden, I hear laughing.  He's behind me on the couch moving his elbow around cracking up like Harvey Dent told him some joke I missed out on.

I asked if he inhaled too much of that oil or something & he said, "My elbow doesn't hurt"... & then just kept laughing like its some sort of trick I did on him.

Granted, his elbow was aching again this morning... & I told him to put some more oil on it ... which I bet he will tonight when he gets home...

but maybe he's going to believe in it a little bit more...

Maybe I'm going to be in my natural health heaven with this.

I'm sure my family & friends will get sick of me very soon when I tell them to put peppermint on their temples when they have a headache instead of taking an aspirin.

So today, if you need me, I'm going to be on Pinterest finding out all about these oils... which ones I need to double up on... how exactly I need to apply these ... how to combine them for the uber health combo that I need.

Maybe there's an oil to make my brain switch out of germaphobe mood...

I bet I find it on Pinterest...

Do you use Essential Oils?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Holiday Link-up: Halloween ...haunted house gone wrong

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Today, I'm joining in with the ladies to discuss all things Halloween.    Any topic about Hallowen... which leaves me open to so many posts. Why? Because I LOVE LOVE LOVE Halloween.

I always say that Halloween & Easter are my two favorite holidays, which is kinda weird. Granted.  Hey - they both involve the dead coming back to life - right?  ... I'm trying here...

But today, I guess I'll share a funny Haunted House story in honor of Halloween.

First, I'm not a person who enjoys being scared.   I am someone who jumps if someone is standing in front of me, in plain view & I know is there... but if they say BOO! .. .I'll jump like I've been shot.

So I was always a prime target at Haunted Houses.

It's always fun when you go with friends & you stand in line waiting to get in, & of course, there are people walking around with knives & chain saws & your 'friends'... yes, 'friends'...  stand behind you & point to you to let these scary people know that this is the person you want to turn that chain saw on when they least expect it.

Thanks 'friends'

I don't even know why I'd go into these haunted houses.  Talk about anxiety ready to burst out of my pores.

But I'd do it... life must be full of experiences... & people need to laugh at someone for being the idiot that cries in haunted houses.

One year, a group of friends went into a Haunted House & all the usual things were happening.  Spiders & rats over our heads, people popping out of no where in complete dark.  Everything you would expect. 

I can spend so much time looking at these haunted house pictures

We come upon a room where the lights would be off & they would pop on & there would be a person across the room in a rocking chair.. the lights would pop off & then back on again & they would be standing right in front of your face...

Help me dear Lord...

But when the light popped off & then back on & the person ended up showing up right in front of a friend of mine - who was standing right in front of me - & me, being scared, was standing right behind him... like gripping onto him for dear life... & it scared him so much, he jerked backwards...

& his head hit me right on the bridge of my nose.

imagine the football being someone's head though

Ever hit the bridge of your nose?  Instant tears... instant pain.

I honestly thought my nose was broke it hurt so bad.

I swear it felt like it was instantly swelling up.

Combined with the tears in my eyes, my nose started running... I thought it was blood. 
You can't see when lights are popping on & off...

So here I am in the middle of this haunted house with tears streaming down my face - not from being scared any more, but because of pain.  & I'm thinking my nose is sideways & broken...

... I'm no longer scared... I'm ticked off...

Will Smith No

Let me give you a heads up about me.... if I'm mad & that level of ticked off, you better get out of my way.  I don't care if you have a chainsaw in your hands & I don't care if you have blood all over you.

I pushed everyone out of the way & marched to the front of the line & was screaming like a crazy lunatic to GET OUT OF MY WAY...

Not even joking...

I was walking through each room like I was a boss...

someone would jump out at me & I would scream, SHUT UP - GET OUT OF MY FACE BEFORE I PUNCH YOU!!!!

The end to get out of this haunted house, you had to go down a slide that took you to another room & eventually the exit.  As you can imagine, people are at the bottom waiting to scare you... when I came down that slide & people were there, I jumped up off of the slide & went all Real Housewives sort of crazy to get to the exit...

I can only imagine what the haunted house people were thinking...

I probably scared the beejeez out of them...

Needless to say, I never went back into a haunted house since then...

I think everyone is better off...

& now I know if I ever am scared in a situation... all you have to do is tick me off, or break my nose... & I'm turning into the biggest baddest action star ever

how I go through haunted houses now

Do you like Haunted Houses?
What's your favorite thing about Halloween?

Monday, October 20, 2014

The weekend that had showed me I have weak arms...

OK... I have to start my post off with a shout out on how awful Monday can be. 

Not only is it dark & rainy... & for the first time this year, I'm wearing regular shoes instead of flip flops (the most depressing time of year)...I just got an email confirming our vacation.  Awesome right, except we can't go.  Ricky had to take off extra days for his injured leg & doesn't have the time now to go to Gatlinburg.  Our reservation will cost us & we don't even get to go enjoy it.

Needless to say, this is one of the top of the list of worst Mondays ever.

At least the weekend wasn't this bad...

Well, maybe...

Friday started off with me sick to my stomach.  I went to the grocery & was going to make supper but Ricky always says he doesn't want me to have to cook on Friday so he stopped & got some food.  It was so greasy... oh mercy... I was so nauseated the rest of the night.  I didn't even get to work out because I thought if I jump around, I'm going to hurl.  It ended up being a night of editing wedding pictures & trying to ignore my insides rejecting any ounce of grease.

Saturday morning had me in a knitting frenzy.  It was just a gloomy morning, no sun & over cast, so I just sat at the kitchen counter all morning finishing up my bundle of hats I made for my cousin's new baby & didn't really do much of anything for the first 2 hours of the day.

I then figured since it was cool & gloomy, that's perfect chili weather.  So I found a recipe on Pinterest for a vegetarian slow cooker chili & got it all together.  I always feel so grown up when I make things in my kitchen that involve actual directions.

I really need to cook more. I enjoy it when I do.

Once I got everything in the slow cooker, it was time for me to go to an engagement session. 

I had actually met the guy during another wedding I had done back earlier in the year & small world... his fiancĂ©?  Months previous, a friend of mine asked for me to pray for her nephew's girlfriend who was having health issues.  Her name was in my Bible for the longest time... & then after a hard struggle, she ended up being OK so I red-checked it in my Bible as an answered prayer. So when I saw her name as my contact & we were planning everything, my friend got in touch with me & said, "you know that's the girl you were praying for, right?".... Oh snap!  I didn't connect the two.  But that was so cool to actually meet this person I had prayed for for months!!!

... & what a cute couple they were...

This girl had it all planned out - beautiful outfits that coordinated - even cute little props for Save the Date cards.  The fall colors were perfection ... I can't wait to edit up this session. It's going to be one of my favorites, I can tell.

Fall wins every time for pictures.

I ended up spending the rest of the night editing wedding pictures & excited to dig into my chili.

Something about home made food cooking in the kitchen that smells like heaven.  Every time I would go outside with Harvey or have to go out to the garage & come back in?  Oh... I would just stand there & smell the air...

The chili turned out wonderful.  Made some rice pasta - which is fast becoming my favorite pasta... & if Ricky gives it a thumbs up, then I know its a success.

I ended up spending the rest of Saturday night watching Harry Potter on ABC Family... that last movie ... both part 1 & 2... I love it.  Hate it on TV though.  Why are commercials on every 7 minutes?  & why do they last 10 minutes?  So irritating...

Sunday was time for church & I was so excited to see a guest pastor.  This young man used to come to our church & he is just God-given-talented when it comes to delivering messages.  How he doesn't have his own church is beyond me.  So it was a blessing to have him speak at our church.

Our own youth class was fantastic.  My buddy Ryan gave the message.  I'll have to do a post on what he said ... it was so fantastic... the message was on worry.  Speak to my heart on this one.

I ended up getting my hands on Emerson, my Grandbuddy, & her momma had to go listen to an audition so I was able to rock this sweet baby to sleep for her nap.  Mercy - let me tell you - it ain't no joke to hold a 4 month old baby for an hour. My arms are still sore.  Who needs P90X when you have a baby around?

How I feel my arms should look after holding the baby

Note to self:  work more on biceps.

how my arm muscles really look

We ended up going out to lunch with our friends after church. I love that our lunches last for hours on end.  I could sit & talk with this family all day long.  They are so funny but full of great advice & just easy to hang with...

Ricky & I had to leave & do some errands... aka: Target trip... & then you blink & its night time.

I ended up not even turning on my computer all day Sunday.  I just cozied up with another knitting project & sunk in for my Once Upon a Time (Oh Hook, stay good... & handsome in your leather) & The Walking Dead (I am so thankful I am a vegetarian)...

Me watching The Walking Dead
... & yes, I wear a boa when I watch it...
Another weekend for the books...

& now my countdown to my vacation...the one to where I won't need a confirmation...


How was your weekend?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Favorites


I'm joining in with some of my favorite blog peeps this Friday to do some of my favorite things this week...
Favorite New Show:  Jane the Virgin
I thought it was so cute.  The idea, kinda quirky, but I think they pulled it off.  A girl who is saving herself for marriage goes for her annual exam, only to have the doctor get confused & the lady across the room was supposed to get inseminated... far fetch?  Sure... but its cute.  Reminds me of Ugly Betty.. & I adored Ugly Betty all the way to the last episode.
Favorite Food:  Spinach Nuggets
I bought these after seeing someone talk about them on a running/fitness blog & I had just seen them in the store.  She told me not to think twice about it - get them.  I did & oh my goodness.  Ricky even loves them.  We had them this week with rice pasta & marinara sauce... & Ricky stopped at the grocery last night just to pick up another package.  They almost taste like a spinach ravioli ... I need to see if Sam's Club sells these in bulk.
Favorite View:  Leaves Changing
Every day, driving home, I can see the difference in the leaves. It takes my breath away every day... every year.  I never tire of Fall.
Favorite Halloween Movie:  Hocus Pocus
I love this time of year when you can usually find Hocus Pocus on a channel somewhere. 
Favorite Funnies
Don’t Joke About Weight…
Our Generation Isn’t That Strong…

Anna Will Eventually Let It Go
Favorite Video of the Week:  Kevin & Grandma
(I'll always put up Kevin & his grandma....)

Linking up with the beautiful Amanda

Meet At The Barre

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thankful Thursday

You won't be happy with more until you're happy with what you've got.
~Viki King

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1. Finished loom knitting a cowl that I've been working on for a bit. It's a smaller gauge loom & it took longer then expected. I really like the weight of it - its so warm.  I want to make another one - longer though, so it will come up over my head.  Projects always in my head.

2. Iced Coffee.... Monday, I literally was going on the day with 4 hours sleep. I wasn't sure how I was going to do it.  Thank goodness we have a McDonalds next door to my work... I made it through the day with even a pep in my step.

3. New yarn!  My aunt got in touch with me about making baby hats for my cousin.  That's all that had to be said - I was at Hobby Lobby 2 hours later.  She didn't want the baby pink & I love these colors - all different combs of them too.  I've been on baby hat craze all weekend.

4. I am loving my P90X3 ... it probably is my favorite program I have done so far. I really liked the T25... this one blows that away. 

5. Youth Kiddos... they always make my Sundays better.  Just talking with them, listening to them, hugging them.  I love these kids.

6. Variety!!! ... I can't believe my grocery store now has different flavors for sparkling water!  This is the same store that only carried 4 cartons of lemon & that's it... I would have to get in the store at the right time to snag those. & now - lots of cases.. in different flavors. I actually hugged Ricky who was standing next to me when I saw it.  Like I won the lottery or something.  #littlethingsinlife

7. Perfect Wedding... I love when a wedding goes so smoothly.  I honestly didn't even feel like I photographed a wedding. I feel like I just hung out with a sweet couple & their family for the day... I'm loving editing the pictures.  Happy just is the word for each picture

What are you thankful for this week?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Speak Life....

I was listening to the radio on the way home.

First, can I say I love Christian radio.  There are so many options now too. I can remember when you could only get 1 ... & it was static sounding... & forget trying to get it in if you were in the Downtown area where buildings were everywhere.

Now, its different... love having the options to flip through a few & hear nothing but God blessing music.

They were talking on there about the power of the mouth & of the tongue... words... how much they can heal, do damage, build up, break down...

Someone called in & said something I sort of not given much thought too.

She said, we are made in the image of God, & look at the power of God's words.  He created the world with them.  "And God said, "Let there be light"... "And God said, "Let there be expanse between water..."... over & over again, we see "And God said..."

The power of words...

We see all over the life of Jesus the power of words again.

Telling someone to stand up & walk to a person who had no use of their legs.
To tell someone to walk out from a grave who has been dead for a few days.
Yeah, those are powerful words...

& it is true.  We were created in God's image.

I forget the power of my words.

The effect they have on others, but mostly,, the effect they have on me.

Life has been tough lately.  & I seem to wake up & say, "What's today going to throw at me?"... & I get to work & say, "How miserable is today going to be?"... & I get home & work out & think, "Why am I bothering? This weight won't go away"...

Words... that are negative... spoken into my life...

I woke up this morning remembering what I heard on the radio yesterday.
They inspired me to go home & open my Bible & look up verses on words & the power of the tongue.

God had a lot to say about that...

& I'm going to start speaking life into my own days.

Being positive.
Expecting more.
Waiting for God to show up in every situation of my day.

We can be tough on ourselves... on others...
I challenge everyone today to speak positive things into your day... Speak life into yourself... & others