Wednesday, June 30, 2010

goodbye june...

"i believe in manicures. i believe in overdressing. i believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. i believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. i believe in kissing; kissing a lot. i believe in being strong when everything else seems to be going wrong. i believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. i believe that tomorrow is another day, and i believe in miracles." ~ Audrey Hepburn

it's hard to believe that june is wrapping up.. this month went by crazy fast. so many parties,  so many happy days, a few tears, a few difficult phone calls from a friend, a determination to keep fighting no matter what...
as elise says... you wake up, you go, you do, you see, you put one foot in front of the other and along the way you do your very best to enjoy it...............never stop believing.  xoxo

weekend snapshot.

Friday, June 25, 2010

it's summer...

and  everyday, is pretty much an ice cream day...

i like that there's summer vacations

and trips to the beach...

days that will have me dip my toes in the salty sea.

and roast marshmallows on a crackling fire.

 pick berries straight from the vine.

days that will have me spend evenings outside

riding bikes.

telling jokes among friends.

eating lobsters and steamers.

go to the market in the early morning

days i spend on patios for lunch.

drink coronas with limes on the deck.

days that will remind me for sure,
that summer is here.

i love summer.

love sent. xo

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

expect miracles...

the miracle of CHOICE
choose today to have a better day than yesterday....because  yesterday sucked...

choose to make today one of the best days you have ever had....
choose to see the sky and hear the birds and listen to your breath....

choose to find the small things that can turn misery to joy....
choose to focus on your blessings....and not on your lack of...

choose to focus on others and not on yourself.
choose to spend a few minutes working towards something that you want very much...

choose to congratulate yourself for taking that step....
choose to swallow bad feelings and look for good ones....

choose to give 100% to whatever you are doing from moment to moment....
choose to learn something useful from every person you come into contact with...

choose to find something good in every person you come into contact with....
choose to turn your fears into energy and momentum....

choose to take your life back into your own hands....
choose to remember that only YOU can choose for yourself...

choose to exercise the power of your choice.....
choose to make today one of the best days you have ever had....


have a wonderful day,   xoxo

Monday, June 21, 2010


love sent, xo

Sunday, June 20, 2010

happy father's day...'s to you, dad. you taught me so much about how to really,  REALLY
live my to be smart, how to be brave, how to be human, how to have faults, how
to overcome them, how to fall down and how to get back up no matter what.

you have created a legacy that will go on and on...

6 children, 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren and i am sure there will be more to come... all who love you very, very much.


                     .....just like you always tell me....and now i am saying it right back to you....

"i am so proud of you!"

                                                  ...and i am so, so,  so thankful for you!

               happy father's day dad and happy father's day to my children's own fantastic dad!

....      and to all the guys i know who are such great dad's, have a wonderful day!  xxoo

today is actually  the 100th anniversary of father's day.  some famous quotes about father's.  xoxo

There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.
- John Gregory Brown
I can thank my father for what I am today. He was the person who backed me up when I first started on the bike as a young boy. He did everything for me.
- Bjarne Riis
My father dominated my life as long as he lived, and was the love of my life for many years after he died.
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Now in my old age I think of my father and marvel at his great courage. He was my ideal, my teacher and my great inspiration. If only I had a chance to thank him.
- Mike Lipstock
It's passionately interesting to me that the things I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election... I owe almost everything to my father.
- Margaret Thatcher

My father means everything to me.
- Michael Jordan
He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
- Clarence Budington Kelland
I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
- Harry S. Truman

Thursday, June 17, 2010

dear starbucks grande vanilla latte,

thank you for the temporary gratification you give me. i promise to forgive you for the extra poundage i've put on during our time together  with me secretly drinking you nearly every day for a couple of months.

i think now, for the both us, it's best if we spent some time apart for a while. it's not you... it's me.

i won't forget you and the fond memories we made. i'll always have that cellulite on the back of my thighs to remind me of your sinful deliciousness. i'll make sure to think of you from time to time and when the timing is right -  perhaps i'll bring you home with me again and we can relive some of those memories. you know, for old times sake.

me   xo

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

patience is a virtue...

those that do it well... have a greater sense of peace

..i learned that patience was far more than simply waiting for something to happen—patience required actively working toward worthwhile goals and not getting discouraged when results didn’t appear instantly or without effort.

there is an important concept here: patience is not passive resignation, nor is it failing to act because of our fears. patience means active waiting and enduring. it means staying with something and doing all that we can—working, hoping, and exercising faith; bearing hardship with fortitude, even when the desires of our hearts are delayed.  patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well!"


Monday, June 14, 2010

another week begins...

hope your weekend was happy. it rained and it poured and it was wet. but still, it was beautiful and green and good. the weekend went to fast, there were a ton of events to attend and i truly dreaded the thought of dragging myself into work to start another long week. but i did. then early today andrea delivered my favorite drink, a grande vanilla latte from starbucks. i sat at my desk and enjoyed it. i thought of how sweet she always is to think of us when she makes a starbuck run and i hope she knows how much we appreciate her. she is not only thoughtful but she always makes us laugh....
then, i looked outside at the blue sky and fluffy clouds (which we haven't seen all weekend) and i felt happy that i have so many incredible things to be thankful for ....and i'm going to choose to think only of those things for most of the day......

i really believe that the best way to take care of yourself is to find small things to love, appreciate and delight us...and to focus on all that is good and wonderful.

just found this quote....i hope you enjoy it!

"for most of life, nothing wonderful happens. if you don't enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are that you're not going to be very happy. if someone bases his happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to paris, that person isn't going to be happy much of the time. if, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness."
~Andy Rooney

make it a happy, meaningful day....and do something special to take care of yourself today.

love sent, xoxo

Friday, June 11, 2010

i can do anything....

when i saw this i nearly died. i am certain this is my friend christine when she was little she still has the same attitude totally p.o.s.i.t.i.v.e. and the hair to boot. xoxo

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

a cap and gown...

and so we talked all night about the rest of our lives
where we're gonna be when we turn 25
i keep thinking times will never change
keep on thinking things will always be the same
but when we leave this year we won't be coming back
no more hanging out cause we're on a different track
and if you got something that you need to say
you better say it right now cause you don't have another day
cause we're moving on and we can't slow down
these memories are playing like a film without sound

beautiful m

will we think about tomorrow like we think about it now?
can we survive it out there? can we make it somehow?
i guess i thought that this would never end
and suddenly it's like we're women and men
will the past be a shadow that will follow us round?
will these memories fade when i leave this town
i keep, i keep thinking that it's not goodbye
keep on thinking it's a time to fly

friends, a commencement, a new beginning and then  a rainbow to let you know life is beautiful even if there is rain sometimes.  i love you so much.  mom   xoxo

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


i saw this image today.  i adore the colors and the writing, especially the loopy t's.   so today be mindful not to major in minor worries.  keep an eye out for all the special little things...  xoxo

Friday, June 4, 2010

is it really friday??

its been crazy around here. with all the end of the school year hoopla that's been going on i don't seem to have an extra minute. each day/night there has been something going on. and then of course i decide to throw in some home improvement projects, dinners, bike rides,  etc. it was a week filled with mini moments of joy.  some days i wonder if balance is something that has to be achieved, or is it experienced ever so briefly whenever i find pure joy in the little details and ordinary moments that collectively provide a glimpse of what a fulfilling, imperfect, authentic and happy life truly is. this week has been filled with chaos, fun, fights, laughter, tears, but hey that's what life is all about right?  i think emotions run high at this point.  m has had an extraordinary 4 years at CHS , she has made so many amazing friends and they have shared so much. they are happy and sad as they all head off in a short time to their new beginnings. on wednesday evening she headed out to the prom  all dressed up in her gown and curls  ( a site not often seen with her) she is a casual, sports 90% of the time kind of girl. the weather was spectacular, they all looked beautiful and they had an "awesome" time.  it was an evening filled with  lots of memories, ones they will hold on to forever.
this coming week, i plan to s-l-o-w down and not worry about what is next on the agenda. i am going to focus on enjoying and breathing in the moment. did i say that?  graduation tomorrow.. sniff sniff.

senior breakfast.     

wishing all of you special moments in your own very busy and hurried lives.   xoxo