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Sunday, March 23, 2014

March Sucks... Sometimes

Okay, okay, so as a WHOLE March doesn't completely suck. But it's sooooooo frustrating to have 5 days of bad weather and then a perfect 70 degree day and then back to the cold! UGH! I just want my Spring!! lol

Rant over.

That all being said, last Friday, the weather was PERFECT! The boys and I play outside pretty much all day. It was a slice of heaven. We also got to spend part of the day with my niece. The boys and her played on the pirate ship playing make believe forever! So cute! I finally got my camera out to capture some of it. The boys were Mario & Luigi and Sarah & I were Bowser. Good memories!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Happy 3rd Birthday Giovanni!

Happy Birthday to one of the boys who make my world a little brighter! 

 This was last night, his last night as a two year old!
 We took him out for Spaghetti! :) 
Happy Birthday Giovanni!
 May this year be the best year yet! 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Instructions For A Bad Day

Today was bad. 
Absolutely awful.
The kind of day where there isn't enough time to cry all the tears you need to. I'm just going to give you a quick summary on what all has happened. Basically my mom was taken to the hospital, the kids went crazy, Tony had a back procedure done leaving him inactive for a week, and the dog got into poop.. and by getting into.. I mean it was smeared all over our dining room. And to top it off I'm sick. And let's face it, when you're a mom you don't have time to get sick. Seriously, poop butts (or floors..ew) don't wipe themselves folks!

So, as I took our new pup out for a long walk, wallowing in self-pity,  I remembered a video I just came across last week, "Instructions for a bad day".  And wow... it's powerful. Puts things in perspective!

So here's to all of you out there having a bad day..
or maybe a good day, listen and enjoy!
 Be inspired. 
Be empowered! 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

WW: Meet Our New Family Member!

After searching for months, Tony & I drove Sunday 3 hours round trip to a rescue center and picked up our new handsome 2 year Lab & Husky Mix puppy! 

Meet Mr. Winslow!

The boys meeting him for the first time..

So far so good. I think God seriously blessed us with the best dog ever!! Seriously, he's potty trained, calm, happy, friendly dog. Not to mention he's trained and knows sit, stay, lay down, and shake. It saddens me that someone would abandon and mistreat such a great pup.  He really is the perfect fit for our family!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

I'm back? Say it isn't so!

Holy crap it's 2014?! Good grief how did that happen? It's been a long time blog world!

Here's the run down:

Tony (the husband)- Still working hard at his job. He loves it there and it's been a blessing to our family. He however, is dealing with some major back pain. Next week he sees his doctor about back surgery. It's been a year of trying different things to help elevate his back pain, but nothing has seemed to help. This is going to be a pretty big deal. He'll be down and not working for a while, and as a father to two little boys, this is going to be rough..on all of us (mainly him of course!).

Dominic - He turned 4 in November and he started preschool in August. He LOVES it! He has learned so much! Truth be told I was so worried about this over the summer. He has so much energy, but school really helped calm him down. He just had a doctor's appointment today and he weighs 33.5lbs and is 38ins tall! That puts him in the 20-25% for weight and 15% for height. Growing like a weed! :)
He knows how to write his name and is pretty proud about that. He has really taken a liking to drawling and painting. He also loves to build things. His imagination is amazing! He's obsessed with Robots, transformers, and pretty much anything super heroes. But he also loves dogs. He's so curios about how everything works. Just like his daddy. He also loves to make people laugh. He's now at that stage where he's trying to learn the art of jokes. So much fun watching him grow!

Giovanni- Oh boy! This little guy (now 2 & 1/2) is our ball of energy. He is constantly getting into something or climbing something. He's quiet and fast. A dangerous combination. ;-) Although he practically eats non-stop, he's a very little guy!  He knows how to count, some letters and all his colors. He's really not into sitting and learning like Dominic was, he just picks things up on his own. He's a super laid back kid. He has the deepest and loudest voice for any 2 two year old. :) He's ALL about cars and super heroes, but mainly cars.

I guess that leaves me...

Rachel - Oh boy! This year (or dare I say 2013) was a horrible year. And yet, some pretty amazing things happened. My photography business boomed! Like for real! So thankful for all my amazing clients!! I am truly blessed!

However during my booming business, I ran into some triggers that unleashed some severe anxiety (PTSD), stemming from some past trauma.  I debated on whether or not to put this on here. But why not? My blog is called THAT'S LIFE. And this is life. Life isn't all roses and sunshine. Sometimes it's yucky and painful. And truth is, it's been a brutal 7 months, dealing with panic attacks, nightmares, flashbacks, and some social anxiety. I've been/was a mess. (more on this later..) Thankfully, I have some amazing people in my life who I've been able to lean on and help get me through it. It hasn't been easy, but nothing that's worth it ever is.

So that's the run down on us. Hopefully, 2014 is the best year of our lives, or at least better than last year! Although, with good health, a stable job, and food on the table, who can really complain? :)

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Our Perfect Sunday

Nothing beats spending the morning at the park, then enjoying a picnic style church service, followed by more park play with friends. All before a big thunderstorm passed through. It ended up being a beautiful relaxing Sunday. Much needed! :)

My gorgeous friend, who is half way through her pregnancy with TWINS! Aww, so exciting!

The world is so fresh and beautiful after a good rain. Doesn't it?