A Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings

Joining Judy again for more thankfulness.


1. For the rain we are getting from Tropical Storm Beryl. My tomato plants thank YOU God!

2. For my new job. I love the company, management, my co-workers and my customers.

3. For my son’s special guardian angel. We celebrated JP day yesterday, the day 33 years ago that my husband’s friend JP passed away in a car accident. Our Joseph Patrick is named for him.

4.For Nutella. No, it’s not as healthy as they claim, but it is a little bit of heaven on a slice of bread or fruit.

5. For my husband for buying all those plush Angry Birds and pigs and for my little boys who love to play the “live-action” version of the game with them!


Relentless Pursuit

I have been absent for a while lately because I am in a relentless pursuit of joy. More tomorrow but just wanted to let everyone know I am alive and well and experiencing so much of life, it’s been hard to stop to document it.

Ten on Tuesday

This week’s questions from Chelsea

1. What is your favorite Pixar movie? Have you seen all of them?
Wow, difficult to pick one. I have seen them all. I love A Bug’s Life because it is so imaginative and creative to me. I love Wall-E because of the images and the beauty of the score paired with them. I also love how the majority of the story is told without words. I love Ratatouille because I love the idea of anyone can cook (my husband actually has lessons from it for  his high school students) and how they conveyed so beautifully how food can transport us to a specific time and place just through taste. I love all three Toy Story’s because I really enjoy seeing how our relationships to things we love changes over time. I love The Incredibles because I love super heroes, plain and simple. And I really identified with what Brad Bird was doing/saying with that film. Finally, I love Finding Nemo. I initially loved it because of the colors and how majestic it was. After having kids, I loved the story even more. And I love Dory.

2. Do you enjoy soccer?
It doesn’t bother me, but I don’t LOVE it like I LOVE hockey and baseball

3. Are you musical?

4. How many push-ups can you do?

5. Did you have braces when you were younger?
No, I need them now though but no dental insurance, so no braces.

6. Summer or winter? Coffee or tea? Wedges or flats?
Winter–there is a limit to how much you can strip off but no limit to layers
Wedges. I’m short. Very short

7. Do you buy new or used cars?
Used. As long as it runs, it don’t need to be pretty or new.

8. Are you afraid of needles?
Not afraid, but I don’t like them, says the woman who injects herself daily while pregnant.

9. Do you get cranky when you’re tired or hungry?
Yes to all of the above

10. Write your newest favorite recipe.


Ten On Tuesday

This lovely batch of random questions were provided by Chelsea!

1. Who is your favorite talk show host?
David Letterman. Hands down. I love him.

2. How do you style your hair on a daily basis?
I brush it a couple of times

3. If you were stuck in your bedroom for a week, what would you need in order to not go crazy?
Phone, iPad, stocked fridge, full bathroom, credit card (to order books and music on iPad), tv

4. What are the best non-reality shows on television?
The Office, Two Broke Girls, Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, Big Bang Theory


5. Do you mow your own lawn and clean your own house?
Jeff always mows the lawn. I don’t have a housekeeper we share those chores.

6. As an adult, what is the best part of summer?
The beach

7. If you could ask one celebrity one question, who and what would you ask?
Uh don’t know on either

8. Post a picture.

This is Mr Turtle which was Will’s lovey when he was in the hospital at five months old. Yesterday he helped us celebrate Will’s 3rd birthday

9. How many books do you read a year?

10. Which national chain makes the best delivery pizza?
Pizza Hut, not even close

Lovin’ My Husband

Joining Judy for some weekly husband love.

1. Lovin’ my husband for taking care of the kids while I work on the weekends. He was extremely worn out, but he does it with a smile on his face.

2. Lovin’ my husband for taking off this Friday so I can take Shelby to Duke for her evaluation.

3. Lovin’ my husband for helping me pull off Will’s mini-party (grandparents and his Godfather) on Saturday.

A Thankful Woman’s Book of Blessings

Joining Judy to celebrate our attitude of gratitude. 

1. For date nights. We don’t take them as often as we should, but we did this weekend and we had a blast.

2. For the awesome people at drop-in care. They totally attend to our kids’ needs and are so loving/accepting of Shelby.

3. For our dear friends Andrea and Florentina for giving us the opportunity to help them at their booth at the Healthy Kids Fair this past weekend.

4. For my new job.

5. For one of my bestests Jen who has made me laugh and smile from 2 hours away all week.

Ten on Tuesday

These questions were provided by former blogger, Ashley.

1. What TV commercial do you think is the most annoying?
Which ones aren’t??? I don’t like that Prego one where the woman thinks of questionable choices, that’s stupid.

2. What is the weirdest gift you have ever received?
Define weird?! I don’t think I have gotten one.

3. What is a song you thought you knew the words and then later found out you were wrong?
Stairway to Heaven

4. What are you most looking forward to this month?
Will’s birthday and starting my new job.

5. What is your favorite kitchen appliance? Explain.

6. If you could have a gift card to anywhere right now, where would you choose? Why?

7. What are your favorite pizza toppings?
Pepperoni, veggies, mushrooms

8. Name something you’re thankful for aside from obvious answers (i.e. family, job, faith, etc.).
clean water, the ocean, board sports

9. What was your least favorite rule growing up?
Not getting to vote til I was 18…I know what a nerd this makes me, well, I am a nerd, so there. Every year I heard how important it was and wasn’t allowed to participate.

10. If you could train your pet to do one thing, what would it be? Example, “Weego” from the Bud Light commercial.
Stay off the furniture and beds

Check out Chelsea for more Tens.

Lovin’ My Husband

Joining Judy for this May Day to show our love for our other halves. 

1. Lovin’ my husband for springing for drop in care on Saturday so we could have a date night at a benefit for one of our favorite organizations.

2. Lovin’ my husband for attempting to make pizza the other night. It didn’t go so well and he’s very good about humility when it comes to cooking (particularly since he is a chef) but he admitted what he learned and promises it will go better next time.

3. Lovin’ my husband for being so supportive of all our kids.