I owed this too…

On my original vacation post, waaaaay back when… I mentioned pictures that I could hardly believe were me. And well, yesterday when I posted, I neglected to share.

So, I’m sharing them today.

Just so you know, these pictures were taken by my sweet husband, who always gets the best pics out of me… I don’t know why… 🙂

I usually look like this…

Or some version of that…

After my mini-makeover on our last day of vacation, my husband took these next photos…

And my favorite!

That’s ME?

I mean… Yes, that’s me…

Ok, Ok, so I can’t believe it either. If I hadn’t seen him take the pictures, and hadn’t been THERE, I wouldn’t really believe it.

So, yes, that’s me… or something.


See that? I made it!

Sometimes it is apparent that all I seem to do is whine and complain with a side of trying (unsuccessfully) to be grateful.

But, some days, the planets align, the skies clear, the sun shines and a light breeze flows and you just… Breathe. In. Out. In. Out. Yes. Breathe.

Try it sometime, it is amazing how little we breathe. We just breathe enough to keep the minimum necessary amount of oxygen in our bodies. We run our bodies on empty. ALL.THE.TIME. Try it, try that deep cleansing breath.

OUCH! Right? Right? It HURTS to take a deep cleansing breath. It’s so wrong. Yet, so true.

Well, I’ve had a couple of days (in a row!) that felt like those deep cleansing breaths. They were wonderful. They were painful. They were scary. They were awesome! Sign me up for some more deep breaths, PLEASE!

I’ll bear with the pain. I’m kind of used to pain by now. So, switching it up to a pain that signifies being alive, well, maybe that’s what the doctor ordered.

I’ve spent a few days just being. Reading other people’s blogs, actually *crying* for people that I’ve never met, having conversations (via 140 characters!) with people I’ll probably never meet… And just breathing.

I have much to be thankful for. Even though sometimes I just keep concentrating on the things I don’t have. The things I want and dream of. I still have a LOT to be thankful for. Today, I’m thankful for new e-friends, blogs that make me cry and giggle, 16 pounds lost already (woot!) and hope.

And, who could ever forget, how much I love to… COOK!

You know what I refer to in the title of this post? This!

Pumpkin roll with Cream Cheese Icing

I only got THIS picture, because I was TOO excited. I made two pumpkin rolls. They got eaten up! (I only got this picture because my sweet husband took it, I didn’t get ANY!)

I was so proud! Yay!

So, today, I breathe. Rejoice in the technology that brings us closer together while still allowing me to be totally antisocial…

And count the days until I get my iPad.

Yes?

Maybe?

🙂

April is…

The month I get to see Guns N Roses live!

The start of the second quarter at work… The quarter when we find out if we make it or not. I hope they don’t push it back again. Even though I love having a job, not knowing isn’t great, the suspense is killing me.

The month that started with two days off work. How could any month be better?

I’ve been baking. ’cause I love to…

Spending time with my husband, ’cause I love it and it keeps me sane… And just hanging… 🙂

I’ve also been reading and following waaaaaay too many excellent mommy blogs, yes, because I need a little extra torture each day…

And, of course, who can forget… I’ve been looking forward to and checking up on Eclipse! June 30. My BFF isn’t coming with me, because she’s decided to leave, but, me and my little sis will have ourselves some fun seeing… Click on the pics to see them a bit larger…

I love the Cullen family picture… (can someone locate the WEIRDEST hair ever? 🙂 )

Oh, and after almost three movies, we can safely say that movie Alice is not as fashionable as BOOK Alice. Book Alice would NEVER let her family out on the street in those clothes, and don’t even mention that she wouldn’t be caught dead in half the outfits either. Oh, and of course, she would never let her husband/boyfriend look SO BAD!

So, if there is such a thing as a Chill Pill I need it… and soon… sometimes, it’s bad.

My 2009 in pictures…

Well, I can’t say that 2009 was totally awful for me, I have a lot of things to be thankful for. But, it certainly was hard. Very hard. So, instead of writing a long, boring post about my ups and downs, I thought I’d just share some pictures, and very little words… So, here goes!

There were a lot of gloomy days...

But when the skies cleared, it was gorgeous...

Every once in a while, a rainbow would show...

There were scares...

And sweet surprises

But mainly... Just lots and lots of...

Sometimes SCARY changes...

One thing is certain, though... through it all...

Family, especially the little ones...

Bring a smile to our faces...

And help keep it all in perspective...

Without them...

and new friends...

and some old friends...

Sometimes it would seem too hard to bear...

But sometimes... The fun begins...

And even if just for a little while...

Everything seems sweeter...

Prettier... 🙂

So much more fun!

That... if only for a bit...

The world seems to be as it should be...

The pain seems to ease...

Love just seems to...

Overflow...

the sweetness becomes contagious...

the dark voices seem to quiet...

If only this could last...

At this time, I just hope I can remember...

All the things that make it worth it to go on...

And all the sweet, enjoyable things...

That are just such wonderful gifts... 🙂

And all the things I sometimes forget that I love...

But are so fun to share...

Just as my world keeps changing and the light shines through...

Sorry for the long post… I couldn’t help it… 🙂

Wonderful Quote: it describes how I feel, most of the time.

“I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments.”
—Jim Morrison