Saturday, October 15, 2011

I've been away too long!

I've been letting life get in the way again. You've missed a great trip to Seattle and San Francisco. You missed my awesome (that's for another post!) 40th birthday. You missed a great beach vacation and a cruise to New England and Canada! You missed the start of school and all the books I read this summer! Okay. I've caught you up to speed! Some exciting things are going on these days. I just recently started my Amuse Studio business. . Scott, Tamara and I are having a 70's/80's party in celebration of our 40th birthdays this's going to be a blast, I'm really looking forward to it! Pictures to follow!

As always, thanks for reading!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Life of My Dreams

I'm a dreamer. Always have been. Always will be. I live a really blessed life. But...if I could pick the life of my dreams, it would include some additions to my already blessed life.

1. Family. and more of it. Not more kids for me, but more nieces, nephews and cousins around. In the life of my dreams, there would be family get togethers often. Family would just stop by. I would have real relationships with members of my extended family...we'd know each other better. we would vacation together, regularly, and enjoy it.

2. Life perceived would be life reality. I believe I wear my heart on my sleeve, as the saying goes. But often I feel perceived differently. I would like to be seen for who I truly am and for my true heart.

3. I want to have the feel of the beach (you know when you are at the beach you feel warm, relaxed, no worries, sunny, and carefree?) on Lauren Ct in Ellicott City. I don't mean actually see the beach, I want to feel like I feel when I'm at the beach...everyday.

4. I want my kids to get along most of the time. I realize it's an impossible thought for any type of people (sisters, spouses, friends, coworkers, etc) to get along all the time. But if they have to argue, I want my children to quickly work it out, forgive each other and FORGET ABOUT IT! My children tend to remember every little detail, and use it for the next argument, that will be occurring in less than an hour. If this list was in order of importance, this would be #1.

5. In the life of my dreams, both my mother and my grandmother would still be living on Earth. and all people would only die after a long, long life. and everyone would know Jesus, personally.

and hey, since I'm creating the life of my dreams...can I just be a size 8/10...forever?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Being a mother...

is one of the hardest, most challenging, aspects of my life.

WARNING: this may be a bit of a whine fest, so if that's not up your alley, you may want to skip over this post!

I love each of my children dearly...but they can sure cut me to the core sometimes. In everything I do, I always try to have my family's best interest at heart. Sometimes I think that annoys my children to no end that I would actually care about their health and well being! Sometimes it feels like a bed and breakfast (w/extra meals and laundry service) around here! I know I went to school for hotel management, but I didn't think I'd be using it in my own home!

I know they are kids and I don't think they intentionally try to hurt my feelings, but I sure wish they would use a 'filter' every once and a while.

If you stuck with me, thanks for reading...maybe my next post will be a little more enlightening!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Ten Things I Know For Sure....

1. I am loved by not only my family, but by my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
2. Even though I've been in them for only (doesn't feel like only!) 3 years, and I have about 9 more to go, I WILL survive the teenage years, all girly 12 of them!
3. I always have the best intentions.
4. I don't always speak my mind, but I always want to.
5. I am a dreamer.
6. I love to look into my husband's eyes, especially when he's talking to me.
7. Laughter might be bad for wrinkles, but it is great for the soul.
8. Being a mother is like no other job in the world!
9. It's always a good idea to be patient, kind and never know when someone might really need you to be.
10. Pray...not when all else fails, but BEFORE all else fails...and all else won't fail!

Thanks for reading! ;-)

Friday, March 25, 2011

I Wish: for others to see The Real Me vs just My Mistakes

Whew! I didn't make the "blog every two weeks" goal, but I made it here two times this month, so as far as I am concerned, this is progress!

I have recently been contemplating the real me, versus how I am perceived by others. I would not say I am totally obsessively concerned with what others think of me, I am concerned when others think things of/about me that are not totally accurate. I am in the people business....the little people business. What I do matters to me. I strive to do the best I know how. Sometimes I fail at this goal, but because I fail, it does not mean my intentions were not there and it does not mean that I am okay with the result. When the "real me" is not portrayed, it is very discouraging to me. If my actions need correcting, I believe I should be "held accountable" but I get concerned about whether the "accounter" knows my true intent.

So, my wish is to do my best (which I am already doing), but not be so concerned with what others perceptions are (this is the challenging part!), because in reality...I really have no control over it...right? God knows my real heart...and in that I am comforted.

Much Love!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Big 4-0, or the "anniversary of turning 30"

To all those that have noticed, yes, I failed at my "blog every 2 weeks" challenge. I missed the whole month of February. Which happens to be the birthday month for several who are near and dear to me. Forgive me, I was off celebrating. Several, who had BIG know...the big 4-0 birthday. So, tell me, those who have gone before me (yes, I still qualify to check '35-39' on the survey): what's the big deal about turning 40? Personally, I think age is a number and you are only as old as you feel. Birthdays are good for us! Statistics show, the more we have the longer we live! So, when my turn comes, I think I will choose to ignore the hype and be happy for another day....

Friday, January 28, 2011

Just finished reading The Happiness Project

by Gretchen Rubin. I read the book, not because I want to be happier (because I find myself to be pretty happy already), but because I was interested in what she thought would make one happy. I naturally find happiness in many things (my salvation, my kids, my husband, my friends...and when one of 'my' preschoolers tells me he loves me) but she really made me think about what makes one happy. In my opinion, it was not a page turner, but I did enjoy reading it. If you are interested in a happiness project of your own, visit to read about her suggestions.

here's to being HAPPY!

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Infamous Bucket List

As my 40th birthday is approaching this year, I have begun to think of things that I have done, wish I hadn't done, and things that I'd still like to do. Some are small tasks that I'd like to complete and some are pretty big deals. So since I am not much for resolutions, here are the Top Ten Things Michelle Wants to Do in Her Lifetime:

1. Organize my stamp collection. I am always trying to perfect this.
2. Blog regularly.
3. Be more creative and funny.
4. Go to Hawaii (I once gave up on this dream, but I'm putting it back on the list!).
5. Own a VW Bug.
6. Live in Manhattan, NY for 1 year.
7. Travel the US with Scott in an RV.
8. Have relationships with my grandchildren.
9. Catch up on my scrapbooks!
10. Walk across the United States.

There ya have it. I'm laying it out there! So, what's on your bucket list?