Christmas Gifts 2017

A box from Omaha Steak House:

A snow globe style LED COLOR CHANGING candle:

New Make-Up Palettes:

Jordon Almonds. πŸ˜‹

Coffee soap, coffee mug, vintage Avon locket. ❀️

New manicure.

A millennial pink Franco Sarto Handbag:

And Christmas Hawaiian Rolls filled with peanut butter-stuffed toast.

And Christmas is never complete without Brie cheese smothered with brown sugar and almonds.

With the new year right around the corner, I’m looking forward to starting my annual new year green smoothie fast with my oldest daughter.

Happy New Years everyone! ❀️

Christmas 2017

It was a very special Christmas Day this year. Not to say that others were not, but there was a different feeling this year that previous years didn’t quite have. I never though that I’d enjoy my kids any more then I could possibly enjoy them, yet, with each year.. my heart grows and more love over flows.

Praising God for his wonder and Love. ❀️

Random pictures in no particular order from this past week.

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UPDATE: 2018 Goals

1. Learn all 32 NFL Football teams. (Up until last week, I thought there were fifty.)

Still nope! 😐

2. Learn all the popular high end men’s clothing brands. Done

3. Double my earnings by next Christmas. Done

4. Dabble more in hard goods. Very Done

5. Better my organization skills.

Still needs work

Charlotte, North Carolina

Here are some pictures from our trip.

It was a whole lot of fun.

Much different from where we currently live.

We dined at Ruth & Chris’s steak house. Very good food, but a bit pricey And I don’t like the stuffy atmosphere of upper class type of places. But other then that, it was nice. πŸ˜†

Amelia’s Bakery & Coffee House.< strong>Wells Fargo Plaza.Where we stayed-Christmas Concert- We were Center stage in row O. πŸ˜ƒ

My favorite treat in the whole world is dipping dots! I live for them..despite their absurd price tag, I just can’t resist. Cheers to Microbiologist, Curt Jones! He’s brilliant! ❀️

We also visited the aviation museum. It was so tranquil, I would have loved to have spent more time there. We used ubur and Lyft the whole week, because city traffic was crazy.More views from Where we stayed-And that was our Final 2017 vacation. ❀️

Love, Lust, Marriage, Honeymoon Phase

Love, Lust,Marriage, Puppy Love, Honeymoon Phase

How was that all on the same line?!

Part 1

I have been thinking about relationships lately.

Mainly, because I was made aware that a former pastor and his wife had divorced and the pastor is already remarried. While the wife is playing the field. Sort of speak.

They were asked to step down from their positions, naturally.

I met the two of them over a decade ago, and from that very first day I couldn’t help but be enamored with them both.

They were about the same age as my husband and I, yet they had these unique playful qualities that I always called, the honeymoon phase. Or puppy love. Something that I’ve never had before. It really sparked my attention at the time.

I remember watching them across the room one day…playfully flirting with each other; as if they were teenagers.

Another lady noticed me watching them, while casually smiling.

She leaned over and said, it’s hard to believe that they have four kids and have been married since their teens…

So they were far from being newlyweds.

Yet, while looking at them.. it seemed like a Hallmark movie come to life.

I only knew them for four years, in which nothing changed. (We moved away after that.)

They seemed like the most perfect couple.

In every way!

And despite everyone telling me that THAT simply doesn’t exist. (The perfect marriage.)

Being a hopeless romantic, I’d like to continue thinking differently..

This couple had a reputation of admiration among all of us married folks…for having it all together. They seemed to have the perfect balance of, well, everything.

So even though they both have moved on and are now happy apart, I’m still somewhat saddened at recalling the memory I still have…

Which is why I’ve decided to write about it.

It feels good remembering them together. So perfect!

And while I didn’t know them all that well, I did see them at church several times a week, and at monthly dinner parties at the monthly, couples dinners.

And yes, I know it is not right to place anyone, or any couple, on a pedestal. I’m just sharing my memories here. ☺️

Part 2<<<
member a good friends husband once telling me, or perhaps warning me… to not think so highly about his wife, because she will let me down eventually. And that we are all imperfect humans, constantly letting one another down. I remember how depressing that sounded tone at the time. As I've grown up, I realize how true that statement really is.

As stated, I was never all that close to the pastor and his doe eyed wife, but I had always wondered what their magic antidote was for sustaining a marriage that clearly remained in the honeymoon stage.

Was it because they both worked a lot and so that the time that they did spend together was valued.

That's what I've always thought, up until now.

Part 3<<<
etimes I think about arranged marriages and how they choose to love someone.

Naturally, they do not marry for love. Like most of the population.

I once knew someone who had an arranged marriage. It really fascinated me because that would have never been something I myself, could have ever partook in.

I always enjoyed lengthy conversations with her on the phone telling me how love should be a choice, not a feeling. That the feeling part was called lust.<<<
the choosing to love your spouse, was much like our love for Christ.

It was a beautiful thought..

I remember asking her about sexual relations. Yes, We had a very open conversation one evening. *blush*

Does this mean that love and sex are two separate things, I recall asking her opinions on.

Is this why so many couples cheat, yet still claim to love their spouse, because sex has nothing to do with love. And vise Versa.

And the answer was, from the religious stand point, No.

But for the rest of the population, Yes, that is precisely what it means.

People have sex all the time that are not in love. We all know this.

Then there are people that love each other, but don't have sex. She shared.

It’s an interesting topic, non the less. < em>Conclusion:o even though this former couple are both very happy with their new lives I will always remember the fire in their eyes when they looked at one another.

Because In my personal opinion, it was, and is the definition of a very special kind on love.

OCD BAD THOUGHTS

I’m not sure what has happened that has triggered the dark side of my OCD, but something has tripped it, and out of the blue…BAM!

Maybe it’s from some of the mental health YouTube videos that I’ve been watching lately, or simply because I’ve been keeping up with the news again..

But my OCD bad thoughts, has been really bad today, so I’m turning in early to keep my brain from over thinking.

I’ve been studying sleep paralysis more lately, and how when you sleep, you actually become legit, paralyzed in many ways.

This controls your body from hurting itself while dreaming, and acting out our dreams, along with controlling our bladders. Very fascinating to me!

I’d much rather have my mind focus on things that interest me, then horrible sceneries that would never actually happen, but in my mind; insists on playing them out.

Or questioning them…

Then to make matters worst, I need to satisfy my curiosity and Google the odds. Or, figure out if, and when it’s ever happened.

Oh to be normal.

But then again, what is normal?

And is being normal, actually normal?!

December part 1

Fall, in general, is always the busiest time of year for me. It starts off with three birthdays in October, and then carries onto another three in November. Throw in Halloween and Thanksgiving, Black Friday ….and then December is here.

My wedding anniversary is this month.

99% of my shopping has been done.

Children’s activities are in full swing, and the little down time at home that we have is spent on baking, decorating, and Christmas movies.

I’m not complaining, in fact, I love it. So much!

I can’t imagine a life without family things.

My kids are a huge part of my life.

I thought as they got older, it would start to feel somewhat empty. But I’m quickly realizing that it’s even more fulfilling.

I love being a mother so much!

I have never been able to relate to other mothers who complain about their kids, or look forward to having them in school, and not at home.

Of course this is the only life I’ve ever known. And my kids are extremely well behaved, and genuinely enjoy spending time with each other.

I suppose if there was arguing and fighting all day, I’d feel very different about family life.

I think we want to give our children the life we never had. And for me, it was two very absentee parents. So for my family life, stability and focus, has always been my number one priority. It’s important to me, for my kids to have the stability and unconditional love that I never had growing up.

And that’s all I’m going to share on that.

I need to get up out of bed and get motivated. I see that my daughter has left me a cup of tea next to my bed before she left for class this morning. ❀️

I’ve been laying here since 6am thinking about this coming week.

We leave in a few days for a mini vacation.

My husband surprised me with K-Love Christmas concert tickets, and I’m very excited. He’s very introverted and doesn’t like crowds, so this really was a true act of LOVE. ❀️

Moving on to some activities in pictures.

Our first snow! It’s been in the 30’s. β„οΈπŸŒ¨

Stunning picture of our American flag that I took in Greensboro, NC the other day.

Cementing head in microwave

So this is just a screenshot from the bizarre trending story from the other day.

But I do encourage you to Google the video or story so that you can question human behavior also.

Just when you think you have seen and heard it all.

But hey, he has now had his fifteen minutes of fame.

North Carolina Snow Storm

So we have our first snow. β„οΈπŸ˜ƒ

Headed out to pick up some staples. The stores have plenty of milk and bread, but what’s going on with the Sunny D shortage. 😳

Not that I buy it, just pointing it out. 😁

I went to pick up a DVD for the kids to have a marathon tonight, but it looks as if everyone had the same idea.

Got the last one, along with some snacks!

And I didn’t leave myself out.

Remember, all about balance. 😁

I also want to share, that wile out and about during this time of year, or really anytime of year… it only takes a second to steal someone’s bag, so I like to always hook it up in the child seat. Like so-Yes, someone can still grab it, but you will have time to interview with it fastened. ;)My cousin has had her purse stolen from Walmart twice this year, hence this use. Anyone getting any snow yet? 10pm update:

8am next day:

2017 Holiday Bucket List

This was our Holiday Bucket List this year.

1. Buy new tree & decorate as a family.***

2. Buy everyone a new ornament.***

3. Christmas Caroling

4. Watch seven Christmas movies.***

5. Go to Tanglewood light festival.

6. Go to Christmas concert.(Have tickets for next week)

7. Spend weekend at a nice hotel and relax.(happening next weekend)

8. Bake Christmas cookies & surprise friends.

9. Christmas Cards out by the 10th. ***

10. Black Friday Christmas Shopping.***

11. Read a couple Holiday themed books.**

12. Buy Christmas dress.

13. Build Gingerbread House***

14. Make a Holiday themed coffee,cocoa, cider bar.***

15. Decorate whole house in Christmas decor.***

16. Buy Christmas bed sheets.

17. Visit a Holiday craft show. ***

18. Treat myself to a Holiday eye shadow palette.***

19. Christmas craft Day

20. Ugly sweater Christmas party