Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Night Leftovers

-I love it here and I don't want to leave.  I won't even begin to go into the reasons why...
-Anger hurts.  Please treat others the way you would want them to treat you, I don't know how many times I can say it.
-My 4 year old, Muffin, has taught himself to swim!  He is amazing.
-I have a new fav author, Elin Hilderbrand...I'm pretty sure I can write a book someday.
-I am tan.  Very tan.
-Need some new people to tweet with, anyone interested?

Please go help yourself at Danifred's Buffet.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Inner Peace...

...Looks like this.

This is the neighborhood I want to live in...


Sunset Swim

Even the dog is having fun!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Warm Salty Breezes

We're here.  It's glorious.  I think yesterday morning was my favorite time so far.  The boys and I went for an early morning walk on the beach with the dog.  It's like our pooch was dragging us to the water and the boys, well I couldn't keep them out of the water.  Within 5 minutes the shirts were off and they were swimming right along with the dog. 
Doggy has bolted for the can see him if you look close.

Me...I was sipping coffee and snapping usual.  It gave me such a good feeling to be watching my boys experience pure joy...

A boy and his dog.
Trying to make armpit farts...yep, all boy here.

My baby, growing up so fast...
I thought...yeah, I could get used this...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


My bags are packed.  The car is partially loaded and I only have to endure one more day of work until I get to escape from this mundane place.

Right now I'm enjoying HGTV and a cold, pre-vacation beer with my feet up, I might add.  Actually I'm icing the bottom of my heel.  I don't know why but it hurts so much and feels as if I am standing on the hardest surface in the world.  This is my 3rd night in a row of icing.  Wearing the flats and flip flops that I love don't help.  Sigh...maybe walking in the sand with help;)  Do they make cute orthopedic flip flops?

I haven't taken many photographs lately but I plan to correct this while on vacay.

T-Minus 36 hours and counting...

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Place I Love

I told a friend the other day that I was going to the beach for a month.  Their response was, "Doesn't that get old?"  An honest question.  I suppose many people would think that would be a long time to be in one place.  Maybe they weren't a beach person but everyone has that one special place that make them feel whole.

The reason I want to go to this place is because when I am there I feel like myself.  When I am there I don't have to answer to anyone but my kids and my soul is quiet and content.  Life is simple.  I contend that it would be the same in the mountains or other vacation destination.  It's all about stepping outside your normal life and trying on different surroundings as if it were a new wardrobe.  Maybe it's running away from everything that causes you discontent.  Whatever the reason for escape, I find my peace at the beach.  

I'm going to get up every morning and walk the dog, sip coffee and try to keep my crazy boys quiet in the little one bedroom beach condo.  I'm going to take things slowly and enjoy every minute of everyday.  I'm going to pretend that I never have to come home.  I'm going to walk in the sand and sun myself each day and perhaps enjoy a few afternoon cold ones.  I'm going to read a great book and look for shells with my sons.  I'm not going to complain about my kids waking me up early because I get to spend all day with them instead of going to work.  I'm going to leave all my cares behind.

I'm going to the beach:)

Words to Live By

{Treat others as you would have them treat you.}
I think about these words all the time and for the most part I really try to live by them.  Am I perfect? No absolutely not, but I try to remember how important these words truly are.
I want the people I love to know that they have a soft place to land if they fall.  I want them to know I will be there to catch them.  I want the people in my life to know that I am trustworthy and I want them to feel comfortable coming to me if they need help or they are struggling. 
That is what I hope people remember about me.  
Now here in my adult life I have noticed a sad development...grown ups talk about each other behind their backs.  I know, this is a shocker, right?  I'm sure you are just as surprised as I am. This is never healthy behavior and it always makes someone feel bad.   Why do we do this to each other?
We are all different.  We all have our positive attributes and our flaws.  Being a friend is accepting these flaws and accepting that person no matter what.

Love, unconditionally.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Way to Early

I'm up early as usual.  It's Sunday morning in my house and the boys are in rare form, screaming, yelling, and just giving me the overall feeling that they could jump out of their skin at any moment with all this excitement.

It's ridiculous.  I mean it's not even 8:00am and they are already bored and asking for their DS's or jumping on each other or chasing the dog, fighting and wrestling.  I think I'm going to need another cup of coffee ASAP.  If I have to say...

Stop Screaming!
Get off your brother!
Leave the dog alone!
Don't jump on the couch!
Get Down!
Stop Screaming!  (I say this one the most)

I've about had it and it's just way too early to start the day off this way.  All this while their father is trying to sleep, I don't think he could possibly be slumbering after all this noise.

Why can't they just watch TV like normal children do on Sunday mornings?

I'm ready for a nap.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Friday Night Leftovers {The Morning After}

 *The packing begins today.  Lots of work ahead to plan for this extended holiday:)  Countdown Begins T-Minus 6 days and only 3 more days of work.

 *I found a new Speech Therapist that charges our regular co-pay AND may be able to treat Muffin at School in the Fall.  AT SCHOOL, CHEAPER, MORE OFTEN.  I could jump for joy, seriously.  We will be meeting her at the end of August:)

*We have 2 beta fish.  No one cares about these fish and so I have to take care of them.  I think they both have fin rot too.  We've had the one for 3+ years now?  Really?  Had I known the life expectancy for these things was longer than a year...I'm kinda ready for them to go the way of the hermit crab.

*Sometimes I feel like I am wearing a sign around my neck that says, "Treat me like Sh*t."  Maybe it's the heat but I am glad shooting for my full-time job is finished for the summer.

*I think I am too old to ever leave the house without eyeliner ever again.  Either that or don't remove the sunglasses.

*Puck DID EARN HIS GOLD BELT!  He called me at work to let me know since the belt ceremony took place during his summer camp.  I am so proud of him!!!

It's not too late to go share your leftovers with the lovely and funny, Danifred.  Link up, it's fun!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Go For the Gold and Beyond

My big boy Puck went for his TKD Gold belt tonight.  I was shocked at how difficult the test was.  We won't find out until tomorrow if he passed.  For his sake, I really hope he does.  This would be a great confidence boost for him.  I want him to be reminded how good it feels to be rewarded for your hard work.  He has to repeat the form in the morning for the Master Teacher.  I think he totally froze when put on the spot.  I practiced with him all evening, which is hilarious because I've never taken TKD in my life!

A week from today I'll be leaving on a month long vacay to my most favorite place in the world.  I am so excited to be leaving behind everything that is normal.  Tomorrow I have to begin packing everything from bathing suits to bicycles.  I even get to stay longer than the Hubs for some extra special Mom & Puck and Muffin time:)

We stay in this tiny little one bedroom place but it's so worth it.  Five more days of work is all that is keeping me from relaxation and joy:)

Can't wait and promise lots of photos to come!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


I've been thinking about the post I wrote last night and I've come up with this:

Today I am hopeful that I will have the willpower to eat healthy.  I hope that I will have more energy to get through the day so that I can get out there and walk a few miles tonight.

I will drink water.

Today I will make an appointment to cut my hair.  I will donate my hair to to Locks of Love.

Today I will be confident and remember that it's not others who give me validation but rather I that validates myself. 

What are you going to do for yourself today?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Do I Matter? Doesn't matter, I have no energy to.

As a woman in my mid-30's, married, with children...I think it's safe to say I have let myself go.  In the very least I haven't made myself a priority. 

99.9% of my wardrobe comes from Target.  Yes, Target.  Don't tell me how much you love Target because I love it too, but seriously this is sad.  I used to shop at Old N.avy but now I don't even do that. 

I haven't had a hair cut in 2 years!   OMG, make that 3.  3 Years?  That's embarrassing.

Most days I don't even see the point of trying to eat right or exercise.  I mean yes I would love to lose 30 pounds but I don't really think anyone really cares if I do or if I don't.

I feel like it's all I have in me to get out of bed in the morning, go to work, keep up with the kids, take care of the house, empty the dishwasher, fold the laundry, feed the kids, feed the dog, bathe myself, pick up after 3 other people, and sleep.  There just isn't enough energy left in the day no matter how much coffee or RedBull I drink:(

Sunday, July 10, 2011

To DO!

I have a small to do list...

  • paint stairway trim and banisters
  • replace all toilet seats...(thanks to the 3 men that live in this house) eww.
  • hang mirror in the hallway
  • clean out hall closets
  • replace master bath shower door before it falls off or on someone
  • paint the hall bath (the boys bathroom)
  • paint Pucks bedroom
  • finish painting entryway and up stairs hallways
  • replace carpet

That's a good start now all I need is time and a winning lottery ticket.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Weekend Photos & Wrap Up

Puck is getting so big.  So is Muffin but truly when I look at Puck, my first born he is seemingly done growing.  He is a boy.  I captured this of him helping me shuck corn for the July 4th cookout.

Puck: 6 years, 8 months

The weekend went well and the kids had a blast.  The only bad thing was that I inadvertently hurt another neighbors feelings when they saw the party photos on Facebook.  Last year we had a big block party and even though is was a blast, this year we (meaning the core group of 3 families) decided to take it easy and just have a simple cookout and let the kids play.  Last years party resulting in a lot of time and expense so we decided to down play things this year.  I guess they felt excluded from the festivities and I feel terrible about that.  I know what it's like to feel as though I'm on the outside and I would never want anyone else to feel that way.  I of course apologized and tried to explain that they are welcome to anything, all they need to do it stop by.  I feel bad but at the same time I don't feel like it's my job to be the neighborhood social committee.  The other 3 families and I are always outside with the kids an d we didn't really see this as any different except we added food.  This guilt will stay with me for a while because that's how I am.  Inviting one more family would have meant inviting 5 more and then the idea of our simple intimate celebration would have been out the window.

What's a summer cookout without Corn on the Cob?

We were lucky in that lots of people in out neighboorhood were lighting off those shhhh (illegal) fireworks.  So we had a bunch of the fun but safe fireworks highlighted by a few of the big ones!

I love the sound these make when they are launched...Boom!

Today was a tough day back at work.  After a fun and relaxing weekend my day started off with an improper 2 hours long meeting with my boss.  I find it exhausting to concentrate and be "on" for this amount of time.  Ugg.  Then at the end of my day I left work at my regular time and it took me 3 hours to get home.  3 HOURS!   Stupid truck fire that shut down the highway I was on....I feel like my entire evening was robbed from me.

So now I'm a little grumpy but trying to take the edge off with the last bit of wine I can find in the house and then it's up and running again tomorrow.  Vacation will be here before I know it, I just have to make it.

Lastly I just wanted to know if anyone used Instagram.  I am totally addicted!  Would you like to follow me?  You can find me there as:  justmebrandi with lots of fun and filtered iPhone photos!

Instagram Photo

Sunday, July 3, 2011


I just love this and wanted to share.  This was taken with my iPhone 4 and filtered in Instagram.  So fun to see the world through filters!

Holiday Weekend

It's always a carnival where I live.  Children flood the streets with bikes, scooters, bubbles, and sidewalk chalk.  The ice cream truck is often spotted making the rounds around our hood as well.  The kids run with wild abandon...they are living a great childhood here.  The kids have all known each other since they were born since we live in a new neighborhood and all moved in around the same time.

It's a blessing but also a curse.  It's hard to find quiet time and family time with just us since someone is always playing outside or looking for a playmate, etc.   Tonight we are having our pre-4th celebration.  Cook out with all the neighbors and kids and of course fireworks! 

I'm looking forward to watching the kids play and chatting it up with the neighbors, our friends.  I'm also looking forward to capturing it all with my new camera that I am loving!

Happy July 4th everyone:)

Friday, July 1, 2011

I Love...

  • that minute in the morning when you are awake but your eyes are closed and your alarm hasn't gone off yet.
  • Diet Soda (but I am thinking about giving it up as I believe it is adding to my loss in short term memory)
  • Driving with music.
  • BBQ Fritos
  • 10,000 Maniacs (w/ Natalie Merchant)
  • Red Wine, any kind I am not a snob.
  • Watching old movies I love over and over.
  • When my kids accomplish something.
  • How my feet feel in the sand.
  • Paris and anything French.
  • Getting a pedicure.
  • Taking pictures, with my iPhone, Point and Shoot, or Canon 7D, doesn't matter:)
  • Hot Baths
  • Yoga
  • Yoga Pants and Cami's are my favorite thing to wear!
  • Flip flops or better yet, bare feet:)
  • Kissing my children's cheeks...