Posts tagged ‘birthday’

February 4, 2013

happy birthday, darcy.

A sister is both your mirror – and your opposite. -Elizabeth Fishel

My sister. My friend. And sometimes she’s a brat.

Happy birthday to one of the most beautiful, crazy, and stubborn people I am blessed to have in my life. She’ll be standing with me on my wedding day and probably keeping me sane until then.

Happy birthday Darcy. I love you.

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September 30, 2012

Lindsay

My niece Lindsay is one of the best moms I know. She lives for her 2 kids, and she never takes time for herself. Definitely not as much as she should anyway. She recently got engaged to Todd (Dayton and Layla’s daddy) and today is is birthday. For Father’s Day, you might remember that she asked me to shoot some pictures of the kiddos for his present. He loved the shots, but he also asked why there were none of her.

So this week, she picked out her favorite outfits, did her hair, and put on makeup. And we went out shooting.

They turned out better than expected, and I can’t wait to hear what Todd thinks.

June 19, 2012

look who is THREE.

Happy Birthday, Dayton! You crazy little man. You make us all smile with your silly antics and your goofy faces. Love you buddy!

August 7, 2011

thoughts.

+ I started my (homemade, of course) first Smash book. I hadn’t planned on doing a 26 book, but I think a Smash book would be easier (and sloppier and more fun) than a normal tidy mini book on what happens this year.

+ Birthday weekend was a success. Two great nights with great friends….but not so great hangovers.

+ I went to the bank and talked to the loan manager. I have a better understanding of how the “process” of building a house is going to go….so now I am going to start making the calls to the right people. :)

+ And the crazy penny-pinching is starting too.

+ Those days when a little compliment starts it off right are the best.

+ I am again hooked on Words with Friends. Man, who knew Scrabble could be so fun?

August 4, 2011

In my 26 years…

I have learned people only treat me how I allow them to.
I have learned distancing myself is sometimes a good thing.
I have learned the people who want to be around me, will be.
I have learned love isn’t always the most important thing.
I have learned anyone who can make you laugh is usually worth a friendship.
I have learned that people won’t always set their priorities the same as I would, and I need to learn to accept that.
I have learned attitude (good or bad) can really make all the difference.
I have learned accepting and giving up are two totally different things.
I have learned being strong doesn’t mean I can’t be completely fragile too.
I have learned beer on Thursday nights is almost never a good idea.

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May 25, 2011

happy birthday Makinna.

Happy 4th birthday Little Miss Attitude! Love you.

February 6, 2011

these are my people.

I sometimes dread going out, only because somewhere in the night, there could be a fight or too much drinking. Or that the next morning, I am going to wake up with a horrible headache.

Last night, though, was pretty perfect. We had such a good time laughing and story-telling and eating and making fun of each other for Darcy’s birthday. I definitely needed a night like this with real people. There wasn’t too much drinking, no fighting, and this morning, no signs of a hangover.

So much stress melted away. Next weekend is Lindsay’s 21st (she had to drink Sprite all night!), so I am hoping for a repeat.

Darcy, Lindsay, and myself.

The group of girls.

Amanda and I.

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December 12, 2010

raelyn turns one.


Pretty girl Raelyn turned on this past Friday, and we spent yesterday at Chuck E Cheese celebrating. She was a riot. I was nervous as to how she would react to all the people, but she did awesome. No crying, no fussing, nothing except smiles and giggles. Then she fell asleep on my lap full of frosting and Sprite. It was a great day.

August 4, 2010

looking back at 24. looking forward to 25.

(happy birthday to me!)

+ It’s the year I stood up for myself & didn’t let anyone change my mind. I am getting good at sticking to my guns.
+ I started to believe in love again. I said it, and I meant it.
+ I realized that drinking causes more problems than it’s even worth. So I pretty much quit.
+ I saw how immature adults can be.
+ I had baby fever. BAD.
+ I became addicted to Words with Friends.
+ I opened an Etsy shop. And still not feeling sure about it.
+ I cut back on pop and started eating healthier, and never regretted it for a minute.
+ I became friends with someone because of very unfortunate and sad circumstances. She is wonderful though.
+ I questioned a lot of relationships, the most important ones.
+ I became totally bored with my routine, then embraced changes.
+ I had a lot of good conversations with my little brother.
+ I cried during the first episode of Glee I ever saw.
+ I found some real motivation and desire to design again.
+ I wished once in a while that I was an only child.
+ I stayed home and wrote on weekends, instead of going out.
+ I felt (at times) really alone. Sometimes a good alone, sometimes a bad alone.
+ I dug around in my own emotions, and felt so much relief after figuring some things out.
+ I watched Pride and Prejudice more time than I can count and am able to recite the script.
+ I missed Colorado something fierce.
+ I was easily frustrated with people.
+ I had some pretty awesome dreams.
+ I watched a lot of The First 48.
+ I almost had a nervous breakdown in April. It was a rough month.
+ I wrote. A lot.
+ I was really good about budgeting my money.
+ I fell in love with instant film.
+ I discovered really good self-tanning lotion. No skin cancer for me.
+ I missed the way things used to be, but didn’t want to go back.
+ I loved Aunt Nancy’s trip home. Loved seeing her and Leon (and everyone else).
+ I thought that there are some things that I’d be better off not knowing.
+ I bought and loved my first red Moleskine.
+ I got the flu & felt like I would surely die. Luckily for you, I didn’t. :)
+ I ate Gambino’s A LOT. Best pizza ever.
+ I loved my Unravelling e-course and all the women in it. I feel so much stronger.
+ I bought the HTC EVO and wondered how I ever lived without touchscreen phones.
+ I made my own X-Mas cards and other stationery. Love that process.
+ I finally discovered online banking.
+ I figured a few things out and confused myself even more about a few other things.
+ I chipped my tooth a tiny bit. And spent the rest of the week obsessing about it. (Dentist says not to worry.
+ I dreaded 25, and now it’s here. So let’s get out there and make the most of it.

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August 2, 2010

25 to-do.

I am excited to have this done and ready to go. It will be full of pictures, words, and random junk by the end of my 25th year.

This year’s book measures 7.5 x 5.75, but several pieces are smaller. I am obsessed with using different sizes of paper in my minibooks. It feels like layers to me, and I am all about layers.



I’ll do a separate post on the actual goals for the next year in the next few days. They deserve their own post.

Because the bookrings are spaced the way they are, I am able to efficiently use both 4×6 and 5×7 pieces easily. I started off right away with 1.5″ bookrings because I had to upgrade the 1″ rings on my 24 book to larger ones once I got closer to the end. I have a lot of stuff in that little bitty book.





I used the Poplar STD font for all printed words, except for the double 25 spread. I thought it needed something different and just used a normal serif font.




Blue and gray were the initial colors I wanted to use (something was intriguing about the sky that day), but I needed a little splash of something bright so I made a yellow envelope and plan on using more yellow throughout for journaling backgrounds and accents. Yellow is my sunshine, I suppose. The front and back chipboard covers were left unpainted because I think there is just something rugged and comforting about the kraft brown look.

I really like the paper I used for this project. The blues are each a different shade of the sky blue I was looking for, and each have a distinct pattern. One, in fact, is pretty similar to the comforter I am ordering for my bed. I am in love with simple designs these days.

Now let’s hope I can keep up and get some of these things done!

January 9, 2010

it’s her party,

and she didn’t cry once.

3 years ago, little bitty Kendall was born. It’s almost hard to believe that it has been that long. We spent the day at Chuck E Cheese to let the kids celebrate. They had a blast, of course. I forgot what an exhausting place that is. 100 kids running around like zoo animals is just too much to take for more than 2 hours.

Sweetheart Kendall.

December 10, 2009

December 10, 2009

She is here. And oh my gosh, she is beautiful. As beautiful as a baby can be.

Raelyn AnneMarie was born at 8:10 this morning. 7 pounds 5 ounces, 19.5 inches long and lungs that make her bigger and tougher than she really is.

She is perfect.

Serenity and Makinna spent the night at my house, and I got MAYBE an hour worth of sleep. Not only was I ridiculously excited for Raelyn’s arrival today, it was cold, and Serenity was snoring next to me. I have never heard a 4-year-old that can snore that way, but I think that her cold has something to do with her newfound ability to saw logs. Either way, I am exhuasted. No, I am BEYOND exhausted. My eyes are heavy, and my legs are tingling. This is the kind of tired that I only felt when I was going to school full-time and working at the library. This is the kind of tired that leaves no time for anything except being tired.

But it is worth is. Besides being indescribably heavy, it is also the kind of tired that makes me feel that I spent the day doing something productive and useful, a feeling I have been lacking lately.

The next few days are going to be busy, with Serenity and Makinna with me until Sunday and Arianne’s graduation of Friday night and party Saturday afternoon.

September 1, 2008

short but sweet.

This weekend turned out to be one of the best in a long time. No drama, no worries, and lots of fun. We spent Sunday at Tim and Sandra’s for Allison’s birthday, and then I went with the crew out. I haven’t laughed so much in so long.

It felt good, and I am looking forward to more.

Letting go is easier than I thought.

August 9, 2008

sweetness in leather.


So thanks to Kristi and her birthday gift, I have a brand new journal (and a book too). I’ve had my eye on it for a while, but I just couldn’t buy it. I’m weird in a way; I feel that people who appreciate and understand the mindset of a writer should know that giving the gift of a journal, blank and ready for the thoughts in their crazy little head, is in many ways better than giving any other kind of gift. For me, it is. I try to get gifts for people that mean something to them, or that I KNOW they will love. I love it when that favor is returned.

So when I opened the card and saw that she understood just what I could have wanted (books!), I was so happy. Thankfully my other journal only had a few pages left so I just immediately started using the new one. It makes me feel like everything that is written in it should be important, or touch me or others in some way. The leather is beautiful and still clean and unmarred. The smell of it is intoxicating and makes my writing smell expensive. How long that will last is hard to tell. I take my journals everywhere with me, just in case an idea pops in my head that is too long for a Post It, and they show the abuse that is unintentionally given to them. Others have pop or cup rings, splatters left from rain droplets, makeup smears, and just dirt on them from being handled all the time. This one I hope ages well.

Writing to me is so much more than just writing. It is a way of living, a way of thinking, a part of me that just is, a feeling that is hard to describe. Even though I am shy about showing my work sometimes, I am proud of it. I am always proud of it, even when I don’t feel like I have a single cell of creativity in my body. It’s something that I need to do everyday, just the same as brushing my teeth. It’s programmed, I guess.

It’s real, in there in me. And it’s beautiful.

August 7, 2008

catching up.

With the internet out for 2 days, I am finally back online. Sure, 2 days doesn’t seem to be a very long time, but it seemed like an eternity. I felt so out of touch with the world!

In the meantime, I have been running errands to keep myself busy. Ordering kegs, paying bills, going to doctor appointments, buying books for school, plus a little bit of shopping has kept me out of the house mostly. It’s nice to have that alone time though. It’s not often that I do anymore.

This Saturday is my birthday party, and I am super excited. I invited a bunch of people, but it’s hard to tell who will actually show up. I don’t really care though. I’m gonna party like it’s 1985. It’s gonna be such a good time.

August 4, 2008

twenty-three.

Yes, I am officially 23, as of today.  It was a quiet uneventful day mostly, and I can’t say that I mind.  I used to get so excited about my birthday, and I made sure everyone else counted down the days with me as it crept closer every year.  I have always remembered events by how old I was at the time, not by which year they occurred.  It’s always been important to me, and I don’t have a good explanation for it.  But with that excitement in me calming down, I can focus on the plans for my 23rd year.

I hope this is the year that things really bloom for me. I plan on making great things happen, moving past the hurtful things that I have recently dealt with, and generally putting my energy to doing what is right for me.  Kristi told me recently that I always try to hold everyone else up and spend more time worrying about them and put myself and my own feelings after everyone else.  And she’s right.  I can focus on myself for a year and not feel one bit selfish about it.  I deserve that much, I think. 

So here is to moving on, moving up, and loving myself before loving all the others.  Here is to 23!

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April 22, 2008

The world is sweeter now…

…thanks to Maria and the fact that she finally had her adorable baby boy, Tommy.

Maybe I’m biased because Maria is one of my best friends, but really, this kid is one of the cutest I’ve ever seen.  I’m so happy for her and Tommy (baby and daddy have the same name) and big sister Angela.

Baby Tommy

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February 17, 2008

It was as good as I’d hoped.

All the worrying about Lindley not liking his present was for nothing, as I should have known all along. He loved it.

So I’m sure you want to know what it was, right? Well, I bought a Postsecret book, and after writing my own secrets…or otherwise random things about me that he didn’t know about me…I stuck them between the pages. I think he really appreciated the thought behind it, and that he is now the 2nd person in the world to know those things about me.

It makes me smile to know it meant something to him because it meant something to me too.