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I had one of those mom fail parenting moments the other night that made me feel awful. But I have to think it is these sorts of moments that teach us as parents. Or, maybe that is just making me feel better.

Let me explain the scenario.

By the time bedtime for my girls rolls around I DONE.

Mom’s not playing around. I want to keep the bedtime train moving with end destination being SLEEP for both girls, which means one hour of time to myself to finally get a chance to talk alone with my hubby or collapse on the couch with a book or show.

However, come bedtime they often get this second wind of energy and silliness, which actually makes me more grumpy, because again, I am not in the mood for silly, I am DONE.

Now, our bedtime routine is such that I put Morgan (5yrs) down first, alone. I read to her and then we do our prayer/snuggle and kiss good-night.

While I am putting Morgan down, Emma (8yrs), is supposed to be brushing her teeth or basically doing any of the steps she knows are needed to keep HER bedtime train moving and then is supposed to get into bed and read until I come in to put her down, alone.

Yet instead of driving the bedtime readiness train, she often departs to do head stands or bed frame gymnastics routines. Or, she will remember something VERY important that she forgot to tell me or Morgan, and will bust into Morgan’s room to interrupt our book time, de-railing our train and extending the process.

Lately Emma has been adding another stop on the bedtime train for Morgan, with a special “good night kiss” when I leave Morgan’s room.

I have asked her many times to please say good-night BEFORE Morgan goes down and before books commence but that is not flying. She now has to come in after our routine is over, jumps up into Morgan’s bed to kiss her, hug her and say “good night.” Again, from my point of view, just another antic to extend bedtime.

Emma plants so many kisses on Morgan’s head, they often end up laughing and giggling and again, grumpy mom is there to say, “Come on Emma! Morgan needs to go to sleep and you need to get ready! That’s enough. Time for bed.”

Here comes the lesson.

Last night Morgan’s Kindergarten teacher emailed me with the title, “Sister Love”, and shared with me the class was talking about “love” and the people that love them and Morgan shared with zero hesitation, “Emma because she hugs and kisses me before I go to bed.”

She wanted to share with me because it made her heart melt.

It made MY heart melt too, made me tear up it was so sweet. But then I realized how selfish I have been trying to cut this moment out, to what, save 1 minute?!

I was looking at it as an extension of the the process, not wanting Morgan to get “riled up” and really just wanting Emma to be reading.

But what I failed to see was the beauty in the gesture of what Emma was doing, and what it meant to Morgan.

Never again!!

Emma will be allowed to go in, kiss, hug and say good-night to her sister without a grumpy mom standing in the doorway. It’s okay to sometimes get off the train. Or, mom can adjust the timing to get to bed a little earlier. But, moments like this are to be treasured.

Lesson learned.

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Random Reflections for a Wednesday

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I was having writer’s block this morning when thinking of posts for this week. Typically that isn’t an issue because it seems like there are always more topics than I know what to do with – however – today was different.

Often I find myself and my mind going in a thousand directions, so this post contains just a few of the things on my mind lately.  Let’s start with the most serious topic first.

The Bachelor

You guys, I have watched every single season of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette since it started. Honestly, every single one.  However, after this season’s bikini tractor competition, I decided I just can’t do it anymore. What do I do? Give it another try next week? Is it so far gone, they lost me forever? OR, have I matured since turning 40? This is a serious issue. I think they need to hire Love and Knuckles to be the Bachelor’s Life Coach. The show needs help.

Binge Series Love

My husband and I binge watched Orange is the New Black and House of Cards on Netflix, and found ourselves caught up on both over the holiday break. When searching for a new show, I remember over the years friends raving about Friday Night Lights, and found the entire 5 seasons again, on Netflix.

Love for this series isn’t even the word. I think we have watched an episode a night for a month. If you missed this one, give it a shot. Coach Taylor is dreamy.

Tennis

My first tennis lesson was last week, part of my 2015 goals to take up a new hobby. I was psyched. Let’s do this! I hadn’t played in about 15+ years, so I threw 3 old rackets we had in the garage in a bag to ask my new coach which was the best one for me to use.  Upon arriving at the court, I come to find out, after 10+ years, the grip on a racket starts to deteriorate. All three grips were falling apart.  I chose the best of the three, however, the grip completely melted in my hands, leaving a sticky black, tar-like residue that took me an entire day to fully remove.  I got a new grip, but had to wonder if it was an auspicious sign tennis might not be my racket?

tennis hands

Measles

Oh God, of course measles is on my mind, as I am sure it is on the mind of every mom in OC right about now. I have been reading / seeing the measles outbreak news on Facebook and in the newspaper so much it turned up in the most horrendous nightmare the other night. I choose to vaccinate my girls, so my kids have had both measles vaccines, but I find myself wondering how I would be feeling if they were not of age to receive the vaccinations yet? I am scared to see how this unfolds. It is freaking me out.

The Goldfinch

Thanks to many of the reader recommendations on my 15 books you can’t put down post, I started The Goldfinch this weekend and I am obsessed. 771 pages, which is no joke for a busy mom, but the book SO good,  I am about 40% done and it’s one of the best books I have read in awhile. If you are looking for more good reads, visit this post, and read the comments.

Oprah and Huffington Post

In the last month, Susanne’s plan ahead dinner tips have been featured on the Oprah.com website, and then the article was recently picked on on the OWN Huffington Post site, which for me, is pretty much like a blogger’s dream come true and I feel really, really grateful.

VRBO and Karaoke

karaoke I am planning a girls’ weekend with two of my dearest college friends this spring to our old stomping grounds.  We were planning on staying at a hotel, but when I checked out VRBO just for the heck of it to give us a little more space, I am finding some amazing places for the same, and sometimes less money than a nice hotel!

One place even had a jacuzzi and karaoke machine. Three 40 year old moms, chardonnay, and access to karaoke.

It’s a dangerous mix.  I feel like a whole new world has been opened up to me. How did I not know this?

Multi-tasking Overload

While multi-tasking between checking Facebook, email, what have you, I clicked over on this link my friend shared on how the modern world is bad for your brain. It IS. It REALLY is. Every time I am online I find myself seriously getting distracted. I will sit down to blog, then get a message dinged, which I check, then see I have a Facebook notification, and will click over, and get sucked in.  I feel like I need to set “social media” checking hours, where I have set times to go through Facebook, which I love, and read the articles that interest me, but I just don’t see that happening because it is like an addiction. Does anyone keep “social media” hours? HELP!!!!!

multi-tasking brain

I feel like I could keep going on, but I will end on one of my most favorite quotes lately, about letting your light shine, one of my greatest lessons on turning 40. Now, go out into the world and let your lights shine today ladies! Thanks for reading!

Let Your Light Shine!

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Christy’s 2014 Recap

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Following the lead of our fabulous Tiny Oranges’ founder and fearless leader, Jen’s 2014 Recap, I was inspired to write my own.  Here we go!

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

We drove across five states with two kids in a rented mini van.  That was an adventure!!  We flew from Orange County to Chicago for a long weekend with family, then drove to upstate New York.  Gorgeous part of the country!  Looonnngggg drive with two little ones.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Good question. My husband and I make goals, both personally and for our family, each new year…and I’d have to say that I reached most of them!  And some I don’t mind rolling into 2015…

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

I had several dear friends give birth this year, and I just loved cooing over their sweet new little angels.  LOVE new babies!!!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

My grandma.  My beautiful Grandma Jean passed peacefully after a nine-year battle with Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia.  She was an incredible wife, mother, grandma, aunt, sister and friend, and I miss her everyday.

5. What countries did you visit?

Hmmmm, no countries this year.  But, like I mentioned, we did take the kids to Chicago for a long weekend to visit family, and then drove to upstate New York.  We stopped in Niagara Falls (which was amazing!), and then spent a week on the family farm to celebrate my husband’s grandma’s 100th birthday party.  It was a GREAT trip!

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

More free time!  More hours in the day.  Ha ha.  A mama can dream…

7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

On January 25th, I received a phone call in the middle of the night.  My dad had suffered a seizure, and was being rushed to the hospital.  I hopped the first flight out to be with him, and we found out 12 hours later that he had a brain tumor.  I will never, ever forget that day.

Fast forward almost a year later, and my dad is doing fantastic.  He did have brain surgery to remove the tumor, and it was successful!  He’s spent the year recovering and focusing on his health.  We are very proud of him.

The other date is October 19, the day I ran the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco with Team in Training.  An absolutely fantastic race and fantastic time in San Francisco with my Team in Training family, running for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I would have to say running my third half marathon (and earning that gorgeous Tiffany’s necklace bling for my “medal!”), and fundraising again for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – an organization near and dear to my heart.  This was my third running season with them.

Nike Women's Half Marathon 2014

9. What was your biggest failure?

I over committed.  I’ve faced this challenge for years.  I get so excited about new projects/committees/groups/new ideas/volunteering etc., that I tend to overcommit and run myself thin (pun intended!).  I’m working on it.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Besides a few minor running injuries, I was relatively healthy.  And, so were my babies and my hubby.   On the other hand, my family (both close and extended), suffered some pretty difficult illnesses and injuries.  Praise God, everyone seems to be doing better and recovering.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

New running shoes.  And special running socks. And that small, spiky ball thingy that you roll your foot on after a looonnnggg run.  Heaven!

Oh, and a new iPhone 6.  Only because I smashed my old phone.  And, I LOVE my new one!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Both my mom and my dad showed me how strong they truly are, each in their own way. I am amazed at their courage, strength, determination and dedication.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Hmmmm, does my four-year-old’s tantrums count?  He is a fabulous kiddo, but I am so ready for his preschooler tantrums to subside.

14. Where did most of your money go?

My children, hands down!  School, activities, clothes, shoes, birthday parties…you name it, my babies needed it this year.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Family travel!  I love to take trips, whether it be one day, or two weeks.  We ended up going to Vegas (albeit, for only 24 hours!), Arizona (several times), San Francisco, Chicago, and beautiful upstate New York this year.  I have the best memories from these trips!

Family Vacation Collage 2014

16. What song will always remind you of 2014?

“Wake Me Up” by Aloe Black and Avicii, and Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.”

17. Compared to this time last year, are you  a) happier or sadder? 
b) thinner or fatter? 
c) richer or poorer?

a.) Definitely, without a doubt, HAPPIER. b.) Sure, I would love to report that I am thinner.  The fact is, I’m not.  But I’m okay with that.  Because I’m healthier and happier and eating cleaner.  c.) Not richer, not poorer.  I’m going to say that my hubby and I are on the same page with money and our financial vision for what we want for our family.  And, that is the best feeling in the world!

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Carve out more date time with my husband…I would have loved to take just a couple’s trip (even if it was a long weekend).  Maybe in 2015!

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Stress over the small stuff.  It’s not worth the time and energy and sanity it takes.

23. What was your favorite TV program?

I loved (and love!) Modern Family, Big Bang Theory, Downton Abbey, Scandal, Bones, New Girl, Parenthood…can you tell my TV taste is all over the place?!

24. What was the best book you read?

Gone Girl, What Alice Forgot, My Husband’s Secret, and the Divergent series.

25. What did you want and get?

A family summer vacation.  Lots of time with my good mama friends.  To complete a half marathon and fundraise for cancer research.  To write more (thanks, Jen!!).

I also crossed something off my bucket list.  Don’t laugh. (Okay, you can giggle a little).  My maiden name is Cleveland.  So, when we trekking across five states, on a family road trip from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY, we stopped in Cleveland, OH.  And I got to take a picture with a sign that says “Welcome to Cleveland.”  I don’t care how cheesy this is.  I was so excited!

Cleveland Sign 2014

26. What did you want and not get?

A mini van!  No, I’m not kidding.  Yes, I legitimately want one.  Yes, I think they are cool.  Fingers crossed, we’ll make that transition this year!

27. What was your favorite film of this year?

I didn’t see many films last year (I don’t count The Lego Movie and Frozen) – I’d have to say I loved seeing Divergent and The Other Woman with my fabulous MOMS Group…so appreciated the nights out with my favorite ladies!  Not Oscar-worthy, but definitely entertaining movies.

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 33 this year, and I loved celebrating with my family.  We spent the weekend in Arizona swimming, watching movies, eating good food and spending time with family.  Then, I got to celebrate again with my California family.  I am one lucky, spoiled girl!

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Immeasurably more satisfying???  Hmmm, that’s a big question.  I’m pretty grateful for all that I did and accomplished in 2014.  Something that would have made my year more satisfying (and perhaps less stressful) would have been for me to get a better handle on my crazy schedule.  This is still a work in progress…

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?

Do yoga pants and tank tops count as “personal fashion?” And “dress up” clothes that consisted of sundresses? Lol!  And, of course, I loved wearing my beautiful Stella & Dot jewelry.  I’m a Stella & Dot stylist, and I love it.

31. What kept you sane?

My husband.  My amazing mama friends.  Running.  Coffee dates.  And of course, the much appreciated glass of wine at the end of the day!

This picture is of my hubby and I sneaking away for an hour on our vacation for a five mile run.  We actually ran through downtown Chicago to the lake.  It was gorgeous!

Running in Chicago 2014

32. Who was the best new person you met?

Not just one person to name – I love, love, love all of the parents I have met in my son’s preschool class, and also re-connecting with the amazing parents in my daughter’s first grade class.  How great is it when your kids’ friends have great parents?!

I also made a very good new friend in Arizona who helped my dad, and our family, immensely during my dad’s surgery and recovery – you know who you are!!  I will always be grateful!!  XOXO

33. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.

– To have faith.  To consciously practice having faith and being grateful.

– Family first.  Period.  Nothing in life is more important.  2014 was a roller coaster with my family’s health, and I am so incredibly grateful to say that we’re starting 2015 healthier and happier.

2014 was pretty great – and I know 2015 will be even better!!!  Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy, prosperous, amazing 2015!!  XOXO

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My 2014 Recap

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Following the leads of two of my favorite local bloggers, Mama Bub and Wendy Nielsen, I was inspired by their 2014 recap posts and wanted to take a stab at it for the first time.

I highly recommend everyone take this list of questions and think about your own answers – it is really eye opening to look at the previous year in its entirety.

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

Flying trapeze. Like the circus kind. Still makes me laugh.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t do resolutions, but I do set new year’s intentions and make a vision board of these goals at the beginning of each year. Looking back, I probably achieved about half, the other half is rolled over to this year!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes! Susanne had a beautiful baby girl, Shea, early December and two other friends welcomed baby boys end of December. It was a big month for baby arrivals.

Here are Susanne’s THREE girls…LOVE…

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4. Did anyone close to you die?

Fortunately, no, but friends close to me lost loved ones. Reminder to cherish our loved ones.

5. What countries did you visit?

Mexico! We went to the Iberostar Playa Mita all-inclusive resort with our kids in July. Highly recommend.

Iberostar Playa Mita

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

More alone time with my husband – it’s one of our goals for 2015.

7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Seeing my girls meet the pilot on their first plane ride. Going to the Katy Perry concert with my sister. Watching my oldest in her first gymnastics competition (I was in awe).  Seeing my dad in the hospital. Running the PCRF 10K with my sis. Getting the nicest compliment about my daughter from a classmate’s mom in her kindergarten class. Spa day with one of my best girlfriends the day before my 40th, then my 40th birthday and disco party – one of my absolute favorite days of my life.

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Disco photo by Candace Rock

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Turning 40 and feeling good about it. And, writing this post on 15 books you can’t put down, which has turned out to be my all time most popular post.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I wanted to write an e-book on how to create a local blog and partner with local sponsors. Maybe this year.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

No, thank God.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Oh my gosh, the 2015 Honda Odyssey. I have mad love for the minivan and this vehicle is a dream come true. I could not love it ANY more!!! Don’t knock it until you drive a minivan mamas. It’s a dreamy vehicle. Stop laughing.

minivan

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My husband had a lot of personal growth in 2014 – I am so proud of him.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

A girl in my daughter’s grade was not nice to her last year and it made life pretty miserable many days. Unfortunately our first experience with something like this. Happy to say the issue has gone away this year, but it is torturous while you are going through it with your child.

14. Where did most of your money go?

If I figure it out, I will let you know.  My husband would say Target.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

My 40th birthday party.

16. What song will always remind you of 2014?

This is How We Do by Katy Perry

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? 
b) thinner or fatter? 
c) richer or poorer?

a) HAPPIER. Way happier. b) probably a few lbs heavier. haven’t been on the scale in awhile. c) richer, but not just monetarily

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

I wish I had gone away alone with my husband more.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Distracted internet time…e.g. I am online to look up the Honda user manual, when I see I have a Facebook notification, so I click over there, and then see some link on Facebook and I click over, which lands me on another site….and this can go on for a long time without even visiting the site I went online for in the first place!

23. What was your favorite TV program?

My husband and I got into House of Cards – amazing. And, I don’t know why it took us so many years to discover Friday Night Lights.  But we are obsessed. Binge watching Season 1 on Netflix.

24. What was the best book you read?

What Alice Forgot

25. What did you want and get?

A memorable 40th birthday celebration.

26. What did you want and not get?

Big increase in income from my business.

27. What was your favorite film of this year?

I saw one grown up movie this year in the theater, Boyhood. Good, but not gush worthy. Wish I had seen more.

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Yep, it was the big 4-0 this year. We had a 70′s Disco Party and danced the night away looking completely ridiculous. It was one of the most fun nights of my life. Highly recommend the theme party. People really got into it and it was hysterical.  Look how creepy authentic my husband looks in his leisure suit…

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Photo by Candace Rock

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Again, more time with just my husband – but that is our number one goal this year – and 2015 will be different.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?

Mom chic. LOL

31. What kept you sane?

Friends, exercise and therapy!

32. Who was the best new person you met?

I have met a few awesome new moms in Kindergarten.

33. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.

Nothing on this earth is more important than family. I always knew this, but this year the importance of my family was magnified in my dad’s surgery and recovery ** The importance of surrounding myself with healthy people with good energy, because their energy rubs off on me.   ** Everything has it’s time.  I wanted big, huge growth for my business last year, but my youngest didn’t start Kindergarten until September, so my time was limited for expansion. There will be more time as the years go on, and again, my family comes first.  ** And, I think people in the 70′s must have had a really good time. Disco music, mustaches and jumpsuits inspire memorable evenings.

Cheers to 2015!

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Oh Lordy. I’m 40.

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I’m 40 tomorrow.

I feel 30, but I’m 40.

Here’s the thing about turning 40, I started thinking about it the day I turned 39 and now I am SICK of it. I am ready to just be 40 instead of thinking I am almost 40.

The “I’m turning FORTY” realization made for a roller coaster of emotions over this past year. In hindsight, I behaved rather ridiculously so I thought it warranted a blog post about turning 40.  Please, someone tell me I am not alone with my journey on the Imminent 4-0 Cray Cray Train?

Blog post about turning 40

The Rah! Rah! Stage

When I turned 39, I went all Rah! Rah! about turning 40.  It wasn’t going to bother me! Life is good! Life is for LIVING! Let’s celebrate it! No time like the present! Woooo hooooo! I want to do new things!

This Rah! Rah! made me do things like go indoor rock climbing and trapeze flying. Damn daily deal sites for feeding my mania.

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Botox or Bangs?

Then as the date loomed closer I started looking closer at my face. Geesh, I am really turning 40, and I have the fine lines to show for it.  Should I be DOING something about it?

As I was pondering this, I volunteered in my daughter’s 3rd grade class for the first time and a boy asked the teacher loudly in front of the class (talking about me) “Who is that? Is that your MOM?”

The teacher’s MOM?!

The teacher is not 22 right out of student teaching. She’s my age. Actually she’s two years older. 

Are you kidding me? Was I the teacher’s MOM?

She thought it was quite hilarious. I did not.

That same week I was shopping for a costume at a Salvation Army and the lady asked if I was over 55 to get the Senior Citizens 30% off Wednesdays discount?

I almost jumped over the counter and wrung her neck. Was I OVER 55?! I had to convince myself that she didn’t actually look at me but asked everyone in hopes of getting them that 30% off, but REALLY?! Was I on Punked? Is the Universe playing a cruel joke on me?

That pushed me over the edge. OK, I need to do something. Grow bangs? Get Botox? Buy some daily deal to laser out my 39 years?  Fill some lines up with God knows what?

So I made a Botox appointment.

I had done it a few times in the past, but never kept it up, because although effective, when looking at photos I sort of thought I looked a little odd.  But odd was better than Senior Citizen 30% discount, right?

The topic of Botox came up with my sister around and told me, like only a sister would, to NOT do it. Yes, that’s what sisters are for, they will say the things friends can’t. Because we can’t un-sister them.

But she was right,  even with the fine lines and wrinkles, I do think my face looks better when it moves. So, what’s an almost 40 girl to do?

Enter PartyZilla.

PartyZilla 

Now the question was, how am I going to commemorate this milestone? Pretend it didn’t happen or celebrate it? I am in the celebrate it category.  If the big 4-0 was imminent, I might as well use it as an excuse to have the celebration of the century!

So I threw myself into the throes of thinking about what I wanted to do for my 40th.

My husband wanted to throw me a party because, well, I love parties. I used to be a party planner, if that tells you just how much I love parties, so we started off planning a small party. Then I became obsessed.

Everything about “MY 40TH” became SUPER important. I lost my marbles and I knew it.

PartyZilla had to be exorcised.

Special thank you to my husband for remaining married to me. Moving on…

Time to Let Go 

Let Go

Here’s the deal. I had to let go. I was turning 40, like it or not. It took the entire year to get here, but I finally came to the stage of acceptance.

Yes, I am as close to 60 as I am to 20. Yes, I have fine lines because I have made expressions the last 40 years.  Yes, the metabolism isn’t what it used to be, but when I finally, finally let go, I made some importation self-realizations.

Looking back, my 20′s were spent sort of insecure and lost; trying to figure out who I was and what I wanted to do. Once, I finally had a better idea of who I was when I hit 30, I had my babies.

That changed everything.

My identity. My priorities. Everything. 

I spent my 30′s figuring out who I was as ME in this new role as Mom. I have grown more as a person in the last 4 years than I have in any years of my adult life – and have worked so hard to find myself and create a life that is balanced.  And sorry to sound so cheesy, but I truly LOVE my life.  My husband, my kids, my family, my friends, the experiences I have had, they are what make me THIS happy and it has been 40 years in the making.  There is a lot to be grateful for.

I’m Gonna Let This Little 40-Year-Old Light Shine 

My cousin Kristin, or more accurately, my dad’s cousin Kristin, is an esthetician and I started seeing her for facials regularly a few months ago.  Incidentally, regular facials are the one thing I am doing for my face these days and it is definitely an improvement. Although I have to visit Salvation Army on a Wednesday again to test it.

During my facial time, we have some really great conversations about life and aging and philosophy.

This last week we were on the topic of turning 40, and she told me, you know, when it comes down to it, beauty isn’t about the number, it’s about the inner light that shines in all of us.

She’s so right.  I am attracted to people with beautiful lights, and when someone is a beautiful person, that overshadows all the rest. I am going to spend my 40′s working on my light, instead of my lines, and let my little 40-year-old light shine as I exclaim, “Good Lordy!!! I’m 40!!!!!!!”

Bring it ON!!

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photo credit: the talented www.kristineldridge.com

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