Monday, March 19, 2018

life is beautiful

she shared this place with me and my camera

a place where you can feel as if you're on top of the world

even if somedays it feels as if you're hanging on by a fingernail

and then you say "i got this!"

maybe life and people haven't been so kind
but that was back there behind you

you're stronger 

you have an incredibly brave soul and spirit

 you girl ... you got this

there are always days of rain
the clouds come and the clouds go

sometimes it is a balancing act this life we live

take it on and live it!

because ...

always remember
you are 
than you think
than you seem 
loved more
than you know

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

breathe deeply

"You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry, don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way."

Walter Hagen

Monday, March 12, 2018

piles and piles

I have been on a mission for the past several months.
I am trying to clean out stuff.
Where does all this stuff come from?
I really haven't a clue.
All I know is that it multiplies faster than gray hairs on my head.

I probably have the equivalent of a forest stored in boxes.
My goal (starting last Friday through next weekend) was to get rid of 5 boxes out of the garage.
I tend to make lists that are rarely achievable ... figured that one might be attainable.
After a jaunt to the IRS website so I knew what I needed to save, 
and another visit just to double check, I started going through boxes.
I do have a shredder, but apparently there is somewhere I can drop off a bankers box for $7 and 
have them do all the dirty work.

These boxes have been stored in a garage for the last 6 years or so.
One garage (not the present one) had scorpions in it.
So .... just in case those buggers had survived ... the boxes stayed outside.

Six boxes to recycle.
Two boxes of nursing books.
Another box of miscellaneous stuff that I need to decide what to do with.
But ... drumroll please .... the trunk is full and ready to shred!

The file cabinet is cleaned out.
This purging activity is so much fun that even Jari joined in and added to the pile.

That other box?
It has things like family history pages, old medical records and that kind of stuff.
Most of it probably scannable and stored in the great big cloud somewhere in the sky.

And this little charmer.

Just never know what is lurking around hidden in cardboard.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

another quick weekend

Brock, Liam and I flew back to North Dakota together.
It was a very short night before we left and an even earlier morning.

Selfie time with my travel buddy!

Target is a serious treat when you don't have one around. We shopped and then went out for some lunch in Minot before heading off down the road. 3 little boys + a restaurant = serious fun.

Although a flight into Williston is really nice ... a flight into Minot is a whole lot cheaper. It just takes 2 hours of windshield time to come get me. Thanks Anna! The roads were nice and clear. Whew!

Heart be still. 
Even in his sleep he wants to make sure baby sister is being taken care of.

This time, as opposed to our week there at Christmas, the weather was well above zero!

She seriously doesn't live in her hat and carseat ... I just must have snapped photos when we were on our way out the door.

Out to see some shops downtown.
There are some seriously fun ones!

The sun felt so good!
Aiden was my walking companion.
Well ... maybe he ran as I walked. 
By the end of our little expedition, his feet were moving just a tad bit slower.

If you're in Williston, make sure you have someone with you who has a stroller.
Run to JC Penney and ask to go to the basement via elevator.
You start in the storage section of the store, accompanied by a worker bee, get tucked into the oldest elevator I've ever seen, the cage doors shut and down you go.
It is the fullest JC Penney I've ever seen in my life.
And maybe the warmest ever.
You might want to be a minimalist in the clothing department.

The Princess does come out of her chair. 
In fact, this happens to be her favorite place in the whole wide world.
Right now it just might be her mom's favorite place too.

These two. I just can't tell you.
It's kind of heartwarming to get tears when you leave the room.

Uncle Blayde.

They claim to not like me ordering them around places to get a picture of them,
but they do it.
They're so good.
Kind of can't believe these hairballs are mine.

This child loves ... and I mean LOVES ... his food.
I want to see you have the patience to eat your popcorn with a fork!

And perhaps he should start an advertising career for Hidden Valley Ranch dressing.
Liam, on the other hand, could probably do so with Heinz Ketchup.

My oldest.
Too bad I didn't learn how to make home made mac n cheese when he was little.
He really missed out.
Cuz he seriously inhales this stuff.

My North Dakota tribe, minus Bridget & Lyla who were still in Arizona.

Liam was having a hard day, but ice cream cures just about anything doesn't it?

Wylon & Anna, with the kidlets, took me back to the airport on Sunday.
See? This is why I'm not a fan of making people drive.
The roads were okay and they made it home, but the snow was coming and there was 
some might precious cargo onboard.
Thanks guys!

Sometimes I'm just plain tired by this point and other times I'm just plain sad.

 Maybe a little of both this time. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

i met the princess

I arrived and left before the snow flew ... much to my disappointment.
I really wanted to catch snowflakes on my tongue, build a snowman if the snow was that kind or make a snow angel if it was the other kind. 

What I got instead was the sweetest hugs and kisses.
And ... I got some snuggle time with the princess.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

taking the kids out for the afternoon

Brock and Bridget were here for a bit over a week with the kidlets. One day Jari and I both took most of the day off work and brought them out to the lake. Bartlett is about 50% full ... I guess they're working on the dam or something. We were wondering if we'd get into the lake, but we did and found some places to go exploring, collect some driftwood and catch a ray of sun.

 Maybe someday in the future they will live back in Arizona again ... 
close enough to share our love of water with us.

Until then ... it was a fun afternoon!