Friday, January 29, 2016

Musings of a 35 (almsost 36) Year Old Woman

My poor blog has been sorely neglected lately. Not sure why I haven't added much to it this last year, but tonight, I felt I had some things to say.
 
Dogs. They are a gift from God, and I truly believe that. My dogs are my companions, my friends. They are always excited to see me walk through the door. Even if I've only been gone a few minutes, they greet me as though they haven't seen me in a lifetime. They love my hugs, my kisses, my presence. They follow me around the house, watching me to see if I'm going to do something different than I have ever done, if I have a treat to give them, watching me in anticipation to see if I'm getting ready and about to leave them. Walking in between my dogs through my house is an exercise in agility, as it's almost like manipulating an obstacle course. They sleep soundly when I'm in the same room. I watch my pups curl up on the floor next to my feet, just happy and content to be near me. My pups have been with me now going on 7 years. They've been with me during the most important transition of my life. They've had kids that have loved them, given them attention, dressed them up despite their disgust otherwise. They've patiently awaited the birth of my daughter and licked and loved her from the moment she came home from the hospital. I looked at my dogs this week and felt the reality that I only have another 6 years with them, maybe longer if I'm lucky. It makes me spend every moment with them in happiness and feeling like God truly blessed me to give me such a beautiful example of pure, unconditional love.
 
This year has been a year of change for us. It doesn't normally affect me when the kids move from grade to grade, but for some reason, this year is already proving to be hard for me. My oldest is going to be a freshman, my middle one will be in junior high and my youngest will be in kindergarten. These years have gone by in such a blink. I feel like I enjoy every moment, every phase, even the hard ones. The little ages aren't the hardest for us, 2 and 3 went by ok, but it's the one Sophia's in now that are the hardest ones to take. The age of 10, as they pass from 5th grade elementary students to 6th grade junior high schoolers, has proven to be the most challenging. The in between, too old to be young and too young to be old. Annoyed by their younger siblings. Know it alls. Independent yet still dependent. Going through the major milestone of body changes and opposite sex relationships. And with a girl, it's hard because friendships change and become harder. Before we know it, though, they will be graduating and it will all be over, and we will look back and wonder where all the years went. I watched my husband and daughters tonight, my daughters still wanting the presence and snuggles of their dad, watching Goosebumps under a flowery blanket, and knowing that before too long, this stage will be over and only one will remain, until it's time for her, too, to be old to think spending a Friday night this way is "cool."
 
My husband tonight said I am spoiled, and he isn't the only one to feel this way. I am spoiled. Spoiled by the Godly man I married, whose hope in life is that he makes my life easier. He listens to my ramblings, my fears, my concerns, and is there for me, every step of the way. He picks up my messes, he comforts me even when I'm sounding a little looney, he makes me laugh and he loves me even when I don't make much sense. When God sends you the right one, you hold on to him tight and appreciate every day, because you realize that without him, your life simply doesn't make sense. I look at my handsome husband sometimes and pray to God that he never leaves me, as he travels for his job, and pray hard, he comes back. Every moment, every memory, every hug and kiss is a blessing that I cherish.

I guess I'm feeling a little emotional tonight and thought I'd share it with the world.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Trip to Taos!

Jason and I decided in the summer to take a trip around Christmas, just the two of us. We wanted to go to a ski town and be around the snow. We found the cutest place in Taos and thought we could drive down there.
 
We spent the night in Amarillo on our way, at the Big Texan Inn, across the street from the Big Texan Ranch, one of our favorite pit stops!
 
 
It was all decked out for Christmas. A good meal and a full night's sleep was awesome!
 
 
The next day we headed to New Mexico!
 
 
The GPS took us on an adventure. We ended up on this dirt road through the mountains. It was a little scary there for a while, wondering if we were on the right track, but before we knew it, it popped us off right at Angel Fire and we were on our way! It's a good thing Jason and I were in good spirits and laughing, we were both a little worried!
 
 
We were pleasantly surprised by the town of Taos. It's a small village of nice resorts and restaurants. However, we were surprised about two weeks before arriving that while we got there on Monday, the lifts didn't open until Thursday, so basically, the entire village was closed until Thursday. There was a little cantina open in our hotel, as well as a convenience store and a pizza place. We got some groceries on our way into town and spent those three days relaxing, getting massages, sleeping in, and hanging out.
 
 
Our room was nice but small, but the patio MORE than made up for it. Look at our view from our room!


 
It actually worked out well that we had a few days to get used to the altitude. Our first full day, we could hardly walk up stairs without getting winded. That altitude ain't no joke!
 
We spent a lot of time at this cute little place called the Stray Dog Cantina. We met a lot of locals and watched some ball games. I even met another Realtor and had a nice time getting to know about the business in New Mexico. It was really great, especially since it was two feet away from our door to our room!
 
 
By Wednesday, we got our feet under us and went on a walk around the village. The snow was ready to go, all fresh and beautiful.
 

 
We even played a couple board games from the hotel on our patio, just because, how often do you get to play board games with this as your view??

 
Thursday came around and it was time to ski. As you can see, there is a picture of Jason, but no picture of me. He's had a lot of experience skiing, I have not. I tried it for about 30 minutes and didn't care for it at all. I gave up and decided to go down to the lodge and spend my time watching other skiers.

 
By the end of the day, Jason was worn out and I was ready to visit a couple bars/restaurants that hadn't been open. I had the best chicken pot pie I had EVER had in my life! Which was a welcome change from the never-ending dishes with green peppers the rest of the week.


We were supposed to head back Saturday and drive the whole way back, but by Friday, we were ready to go. Plus, it was supposed to snow a lot through Friday night and Saturday morning and had no interest in getting stuck in that. We drove back and spent the night in Amarillo, stopping at the mall and finishing up some Christmas shopping. We made it back later Saturday evening. It was a great trip, but we both agreed it was a long time to be away from our little stinker. The kids are getting big enough that next year, we've decided to go again but take the kids. They have snowmobiling, tubing, and other things for the kids to do (as well as ski school) and we think they'd love just being in the mountains. Although, spending that quality time with each other was very welcome and it affirmed how much we really love being around each other and how much fun we have together! I'm a lucky lady!
 
 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Woman's Club Christmas Tour of Homes

Well, hello! It's been a while since I've blogged, not because nothing is going on but because I just have been preoccupied with some other things. I was asked this year to participate in the Grand Prairie Women's Club Christmas Tour of Homes. It was such an honor to be asked, and of course my first thought was I'd love to! This is right up my alley. After about a day of Christmas decorating, I was asking myself "what did I say yes to??" I was very excited about the event and couldn't wait to get to know some new people but it took a lot of work and preparation to get my house ready. Many people paid money to see this tour, but I'm going to give you a picture tour for FREE! How lucky do you feel right now??
 
Our living room took on a red and gold theme. I found myself using a lot of those colors throughout the area.
 
 





 
 
The breakfast nook had a gold and white theme. I really loved how this tree and space turned out. With all of the candles lit, and the glow of the tree and lamp, it was really pretty.


 
We opened up this space and added some bar stools, which we have loved....extra kid seating has been nice.

 
This little Yule Post was one I got at one of my estate sales and I fell in love. You can tell it's been loved for many years and I loved that I'm the new owner. It encouraged me to make a little village and those pictures are vintage Christmas card images I printed.
 
 
It's a good thing turquoise and red is a Christmas thing this year because it went so great together.


 
Santa is doing his due diligence by carting around a bottle of wine.








 
I've always envisioned my hall with a picture gallery. All of these images (21 to be exact) are Christmas pictures of our family over the years and I love it. The frames are Dollar Tree document frames, I printed the pictures on my printer, then hot glued the twine to the frames and added the bows. It probably cost me $25 and added such a personal touch to my d├ęcor this year.
 

 
I'm not sure I've ever posted a picture of Sophia's room. One day I'll do a before and after because her room had the most atrocious wallpaper at one time! It's come a long way.

 
I love that little antler head, it was $3 at the dollar section of Target and it is such addition to a girl's room.

 
Jordan's room is very understated, red, black and white. Simple.



Avery's room has received a huge makeover these last couple of months. Lime green walls and a huge chalk wall! I've loved that wall, and so do the kids.
 


 
And of course, my private oasis. I get more comments about this room than any other, mainly because of the color. I still love this room, it's a relaxing space where we love spending time.



 
Well, that's it! I hope you enjoyed my tour! Merry Christmas!!