March 31, 2011

it's soccer time...

YAY!

maya asks about soccer non-stop.
i was so glad to find a program that is spring and fall.
the other day was the first game...
she smiled the entire game.
i forgot that she sticks her tongue out when she runs.
it makes me super nervous because i'm afraid she'll bite it off.
i'm a worrier for sure.
i also got a goal, just for me, with a two thumbs up.
i love to watch her do something that she loves.
she literally jumped up and down and smiled for 45 minutes.

i didn't get any pictures last night but i did find some from 2008.
look how darn cute she is!





xo,

March 29, 2011

remembering the love...

when maya was about 3 i said to dave...
wouldn't it be cool if we could videotape everything she does?
she is so cute and everything she does is so cute.

now this little one is four...
i wish i could tape everything she does everyday.
she's so cute right now.


she just said sugar farts to make herself smile.
yeah,  that's how we roll around here.

if we could just tape everything,
 then when they hit around this age...


and they throw a fit in the middle of donut read day
at the school and they are sassy and they cause
you great grief. you could go back and know again 
why you adore them.  why it is that they have your heart 
just in the place you need it to get through all the stuff.
it helps you really appreciate it when they come back 
after you drop them off to school because they forgot to 
do the most important thing.  kiss you goodbye. 
your heart is so willing to accept that even if they are a pill
a good portion of the time.  because you would
be able to have all those memories of 3 close at hand.

then there is this age...


when they are embarking on the grand adventure of life.
then you really could use that video.
of when they were young and sweet and innocent.
when you could pick out their clothes and
all the decisions they made were simple.
when you didn't have to watch them make 
the decisions that maybe you wouldn't want them to make.
or when they start on their own path and maybe
it isn't the path you had chosen for them but it is
the path that they want to take.
then you just have to cross your fingers and hope
beyond all hopes that it is the path that
brings them more happiness then they could ever know.
that video would be so helpful right about then.

or even when they are this age...


and they have their own thoughts about things.
life has shaped them into the person that they are.
maybe their life isn't what you think it should be.
but it is. 
 and you have to love them and accept it for what it is.
that they are their own person.
and they are a good person even if they aren't 
living the life you think they should.
can you imagine how great it would be to have
that video and remember that you shaped them?
that they were little and cute.
that they said funny things, 
and made funny faces and were innocent.

i think so.
i think it would be amazing.
we have to just rely on memories.
i don't know about you but my memory
is on the fritz.
i can remember certain things
but i want to remember every detail.
every funny thing, every cute thing,
every little innocent thought about the world.
that would be great right now.

but i guess i just have to appreciate the little one.
i have to write as much down as i can remember 
and enjoy all the moments i can with her.

and the middle one...
i have to help her through the fits,
and cherish all the funny moments
and be amazed by all she is learning.
she's a smart one.

that oldest one...
i have to let her fly.
i have to support whatever decisions she makes.
i have to be here for her through thick and thin.
and love her unconditionally.

as far as that old lady up there...
i have to be brave.
i have to live my life to the fullest 
and live every single day.
and be joyful for the great blessing
that i have been given to be a mother
to those remarkable ladies up there.
i have to be proud that i have my own thoughts.
that i have lived a life that has shaped me
into a caring, compassionate, 
and yes, sometimes, wise woman.
and look forward to all the amazing
 memories yet to come!

hope you have a fabulous day!
xo,

March 24, 2011

estate sales...

every once in a while i come across an estate sale.
or sometimes a garage sale that is like an estate sale.
you know the ones...they are selling off someone's
posessions because that someone is gone.
they make me sad.
like lump in my throat sad.
but i'm strangely drawn to them.
they hold someone's whole life story in a house.
or sometimes a garage.
all of their little trinkets,
and clothes,
and dishes that they served their family on,
their books, 
and bedding.
it's almost like you are an intruder.
today i stopped at an estate sale
between bus runs.
i was so excited when i saw it.
i knew the lady.
she was lovely.
i thought to myself that she would have lovely old things.
the minute i stepped through the door
i got an overwhelming sense of sadness.
a big lump in my throat.
 like i was not in a place i should be.
i was seeing all of her closets,
and her bedroom,
and what she had in her kitchen cupboards.
there were all of these strangers shuffling through her things.
it felt a little wrong.
then i saw her neighbor in her kitchen.
she was crying and looking at all of the things
that were part of this sweet lady.
all of the little christmas gifts that they had exchanged.
i felt so bad for her.
i wanted to wrap her up in a big hug.
instead i helped her sneak out the back door
so that no-one else would see her crying.
i left there with a beautiful table cloth
and a silver pie server.
i thought those things would be a way to remember
the graceful beauty that she possessed.
i hope that those few things will 
help me to remember her and try to be a little like her.

xo,

March 23, 2011

smile makers...

i wanted to share some things with you that have me smiling...

let me introduce my newest great nephew.
yes i am a great aunt a bunch of times over.
i'm old. *smile*


meet briggs.
is that hair great or what?


it makes me *smile* that this little 1st grader
loves to ride on the bus with me.
she actually gets excited about me being the sub and lets
me hug and kiss all over her before she gets off
to go into school.  right in front of everyone on the bus.
i love that.


i found a new blog that i adore.
i do not use the word adore lightly 
so you have to know it's special.
the talent this lady has
 running rampant is ridiculous.
if you have little girls she will
make you want to create lovely
creations for them.
check out the tutorials and see the 
clothing she made for project run and play.
she turned me onto my next *smile* maker.


i ordered some and guess what?
the are based in orem, utah.
yay!  no shipping costs!!
that made me *smile* even more.
i am making leggings for the little ones.
i tried to talk the oldest one into some 
but she politely declined.


this picture makes me *smile*
because that's the oldest one over
there.  she comes home on weekends
sometimes.  these days are precious
because they are too few.
my family all together makes me smile big.


this kid makes me *smile* everyday.
she is the cutest little pill there is.
i caught her yesterday unaware of me.
she had found the warm place in the sunshine
and was playing all by herself.
i love it when she doesn't know 
i am there and she is playing.
you can hear the most interesting stories.


i have a big *smile*
because this guy is planning a special
get-away for us for our 
18th anniversary that is 
coming up.
i love, love, love when we can
get away and spend 
some time all alone.
i think i will probably 
be smiling non-stop for four 
days of being nothing but a wife!

thanks for letting me share some
of my smile makers with you!

hope you have lots and lots
of things that are making you *smile*! 

xo,

March 20, 2011

yummy homemade granola...

ok...i know it seems like i am starting a recipe blog but
i had to share this yummy granola with you.
i love to put it over vanilla yogurt with real maple syrup.
or just a bowl with milk.
i can it eat it 3 times a day.


granola
4 c oats                         3/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c coconut                1/2 c sliced almonds
1/2 c pecans or walnuts coarsely chopped


mix all together really well in a large bowl; set aside.


1/4 c water                   1/4 c vegetable or olive oil
1/4 c honey                  1/4 c peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla


In a saucepan, stir together water, honey, oil, and peanut butter.  bring to a boil.  remove from heat; add vanilla and stir mixture into oats mixture.   spread on large greased baking sheet.  bake at 325 for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.  makes about 2 lbs. of yummy goodness!


yum, yum, yummy!


xo,

March 14, 2011

cilantro lime chicken...

my mom's family made a cookbook.
a really yummy cookbook.
i decided that if julie could cook through julia's cookbook
i could try and cook through the dodge family cookbook.
so i've started.
not a recipe a day...too ambitious for me thank you very much!
but a few a week maybe.
this yummy chicken was my first recipe.
it's fresh and healthy and oh so good!!
it is from my cousin rachelle.
incidentally, i have decided that recipes say a lot about a person.
it's been interesting to see what my cousins cook for their families.
it's a cool insight into what kind of a mom/wife they are.

cilantro lime chicken


2 Tbsp lime juice (one lime juiced)                    4 Tbsp. olive oil
zest of one lime                                                  salt and pepper
1 Tbsp chopped cilantro                                    4 chicken breasts
2 cloves garlic, minced

mix all ingredients together to make a marinade.  marinade chicken for 1-3 hours and then grill.  top with avacado salsa.

avacado salsa


2 avacados (1 mashed, 1 cubed)                       1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
3 Tbsp chopped onion (yellow or white)          1 Tbsp lime juice
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced                         1 clove garlic, minced
1 diced tomato                                                   salt to taste

mix together and serve on top of chicken.

i tell ya, you'll feel healthier just eating this and it's delish.
i served it with my niece's jalapeno rice, which i love, love, love.

jalapeno rice


1 cup instant rice                                            1 can cr of celery soup
1 cup sour cream                                            1 cup shredded cheese
1 can diced jalapenos                                        (i like to use the mexican kind)

mix all ingredients together.  pour into an 8x8 pan sprayed with cooking spray.
bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

i hope you try this out....i'm tellin ya, it's delightfully delicious!

bon apetit!

March 12, 2011

dear lizzie...

there is a little place in a 
neighboring town that makes me
oh so glad to be a girl.
it is full of girlish delights.
the name?


there are crowns
and flowers
and whites
amazing jewelry


french linens 
beautiful, girlie clothes
even the deer wears bling...


i wonder what the man would do
if i took a page from their book
and decorated his mighty buck...
that's a thought. 
*big smile*


they have an amazing little bistro
that serves up nothing else
but girl food.

it's magical.
i go there when i need a pick-me-up.
i go there when i want to be 
reminded what it's all about,
being a girl.
i go there when i'm driving the big
yellow school bus and
 have a little time to kill.
my treat to myself.
the minute you walk through the door
you instantly smile.

do you have a place like that?
i hope so!
every girl needs a place...
where is yours?

xo,


all of those lovely photos
are the property
of dear lizzie.
please don't sue..i just 
wanted to share the love.

March 7, 2011

conversation...

between me and 7 yr old while i do her hair...
her:  santa only has mrs. santa and the elves, no girl elves.
me:  i'll bet there are girl elves.
her: why?
me:  the boy elves have to have wives.
her:  no they aren't married.
me:  how do you know?
her:  because they don't have sex *smirk*.
me:  what is sex?
her:  when a girl and a boy make-out in bed. and the boy has his shirt off.
me:  hmm.  so why can't elves do that?
her:  because elves don't have beds.

i love 7 yr olds.
their logic just can't be beat.

happy monday!

March 4, 2011

love notes...

when i was 13 i was walking home from 
a concert at the jr. high with a group of 
my friends.  we met two boys walking
down the road and talked to them for a little bit.

the next day my friend found me in the hall.
she asked me if i knew david.
i told her we had met the night before.
she asked me if i would want to go with him.
sure i would...he was cute...
so what if i didn't even know him.
jr. high logic.
i then spent the next few months 
'going' with him.  we broke up about 3 different
times i think.  he was really shy and kind of
had a hard time talking to me but he would write me
notes everyday.  he made books for me that were notes, 
he even wrote one on a roll of toilet paper one time.
it was sweet.


fast forward 6 yrs.
i was getting ready to marry my first husband.
i had a huge box of notes.  i had saved every 
note or letter anyone had written me since the 
7th grade.  i thought it best i get rid of them.
the thing is...
i couldn't get rid of his.
i kept all of them.  i didn't know why at the time.

fast forward again...
just over a year later...
i was divorced (that is a looong story)
and guess who i was marrying?
yup, dave.
and guess what i still have?
all of those love notes.
i keep them in my treasure box.


at the end of every note he wrote this...
'love always and forever'.
that was the thing i remember most about those notes.
whenever i think of 'our' saying it's that.
so when i started thinking about what to put above our bed.
i knew it had to have that on it.


it's been almost 18 yrs...
hopefully it is always and forever.

xo,

i'm linked up to freckled laundry
and her awesome textile linky party
you can find it at freckled laundry.

March 3, 2011

easy peasy...

i want to tell you about the yummiest, easiest, moistest
pork chops you will every hope to make.

you need these things:


can be found on the spice aisle.


pork chops, of course.




seriously, THE BEST, pork chops ever.
my little girlies even love them and the smallest one
isn't easily pleased when it comes to food.

just thought i'd share!

xo,

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