Monday, December 30, 2013

Weekend love {Our days...lately}

“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.” ― Steve Maraboli
Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

I've enjoyed simple things. I'm happy I've started running again. I had taken a break, and in all honesty I missed it.  During the week we took out our music bin; filled with a few musical instruments. We were shaking maracas, singing, and dancing. -We had a lovely time.

Our days seem to be slowing down. A few days after Christmas, and our schedules are somewhat back to normal. We're actually going to bed on time. -By the time it is bed time I'm drained! :)
This weekend; the sky was clear, and the sun was out. It was pretty out-but still a little chilly. We managed to enjoy some time out at the park.

While at home...
We enjoyed some simple baking, and discovered some new recipes. Our daughter enjoyed some time pretend baking in the kitchen.  She made us a batch of her play dough cookies. I stood beside her and whipped up some quick cupcakes. She set out her play cookies, and made sure her daddy and I didn't eat too much. I've really enjoyed these past few days. -“Do anything, but let it produce joy.” ― Walt WhitmanLeaves of Grass

We've enjoyed art time, dance parties, and music performances by our sweet little one.
Also during the weekend, we cleared out our pantry. Reorganizing, and relabeling a few containers. It was a long process. Its finished, and I feel great! I also took time scrubbing, and clearing counter tops. It was needed, and in the end I've eliminated unnecessary clutter. -Thank goodness!  

And of course...
My husband had the pleasure of crawling around the house saying- "neigh"; our daughter was on his back yelling, "giddy up daddy, giddy up" . If you guessed it, yes he's been playing a horse. –ha ha. I've laughed quite a bit.  With everything slowing down, we're able to really enjoy our time together. I enjoy these simple, peaceful and fun moments spent with my family. -“Live today facing forward—with your back on yesterday, your eyes on tomorrow, and your head and heart in the moment.” ― Richelle E. GoodrichSmile Anyway

**I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. Thank you for being a part of my journey. I appreciate YOU! May you have an abundance of joy, love, and happiness this upcoming year. **

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas time & {This year....}

We had a wonderful time. We spent it together, and kept it small. Christmas Eve; we attended our church, where they held service. Christmas morning; we enjoyed our morning reading, coffee, and a light breakfast. We watched our daughter open her presents. Her face lit up with excitement, and our hearts were filled with joy. I'd have to say her favorite gift this year, would have to be her play violin. She hasn't stopped playing for her Daddy and I.

Later on..we enjoyed some time at the park. It was nice out, and the sun was shining. We arrived back home; the aroma of Hot apple cider, baked ham soon filled our home. We sat, and enjoyed a nice Christmas dinner. It was a nice, peaceful Christmas spent with my loves.

This year....
We have learned so much. Our love has grown deeper, and I've learned to appreciate the little things. I've laughed, loved, and even cried. I've fallen in love all over again with my family. I've recognized my faults, and I've taken time to work on me. We're all still learning, and growing.-It's a beautiful process.

Come January 17th, I will have been married to my wonderful husband for 11 years. I must admit over the years we have had our moments..but one thing is for sure, my love grows deeper for him with each passing year. We welcomed our beautiful daughter into this world April of 2011, and she has changed our lives for the better.

I've learned that struggles make us stronger, and sometimes wiser. When everything falls into place, and you are finally at peace, every struggle, event, and circumstance makes sense. Our daughter is loved more than she will ever know.

As I continue to grow as a wife, mother, daughter, and friend...I'm realizing that I have so much to offer. I'm absolutely in love with this beautiful, sometimes crazy life we live.

Through it all, it's been a good year. I'll cherish and hold on to memories we've created, and I'll continue to embrace life one day at a time with my loves by my side.

**I would like to thank all you lovely readers; I've met some great people through this blogging world, and I appreciate all the kind words that are left here on my blog. You are all amazing! Thank you for coming on this journey with me**

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Weekend love {Capturing moments}

Pretty lights, baked goodies, and family time-I could cherish these moments for a very long time. 

I've enjoyed evening's spent by our Christmas tree. -It just feels so cozy.

One of my favorite ornaments hangs in the very front of our tree. It's very special to me, and represents the love, and bond I have with my daughter. God truly has blessed us.

While deployed to the Middle East- my husband picked up this hand painted vase. It's traveled around a bit. It's now displayed on a shelf in our living room. 

Our daughter hosted a pastry party. There was plenty of goodies, and cakes with delicious whipped toppings. My favorite was the strawberry cake she prepared. 

Our nights included- Art, and family play dough creations. 

Our time was spent in the kitchen preparing simple dishes, and baking sweet goodies. 
We enjoyed a pesto chicken sandwich, along with a simple cucumber salad. 

Baking was kept simple. I made a quick batch of caramel apple cookies.

How did you spend your weekend?  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, and enjoy time spent with your love ones. 

**Hello to all my readers, I appreciate all of you! **

If you didn't catch my last post here it is :Our week, peaceful and calm & {cinnamon stick frames}

Friday, December 20, 2013

Our week-peaceful and calm & {Cinnamon stick frames}

Hello morning sunlight...peaking through our bathroom window.

Painting, and decorating sticks gathered during our time at the park.

...preparing pizza one lovely afternoon.

Play dough fun. Creating, and learning letters. 

I've enjoyed mornings sipping coffee, and catching up on some reading.

Our week was peaceful, and calm. We enjoyed long walks to the park; enjoying the afternoon sun. We created  art. We also spent time exploring letters, and numbers. We enjoyed some time in the kitchen. -I was inspired by a few new recipes. 
How did you spend your week? I hope you all had a wonderful week. 
Below enjoy a simple craft -Hands on for the whole family!

DIY- Cinnamon Stick frames

We enjoyed a simple craft this week.
Cinnamon stick frames...

Materials needed: Craft cinnamon sticks, Twine/string, hot glue, washi tape,
paint, stamps, scissors, and craft paper.