R and R

The last two weeks at work have been insane to say the least. They were weeks where I didn’t feel like I even had a moment to stop and breath. So, to say the least I was really looking forward to the weekend. Friday night was a blast, tried out a new local sports bar, played some pool, and enjoyed time with friends. Saturday was busy, but a truly great day. We started out the morning going to the sports show; where we dreamed of boats to buy and I didn’t want to get out of the black tahoe on display. Then, we watched the KU game at Johnny’s, ending the night with poker. Last time we got first and second place, but this time we didn’t come out so lucky. But, it was still a blast to get to see spend time with friends, family, and get another KU basketball win!

Now, we have Sunday. Sunday could possibly be my favorite day of the week. It is the one day where I usually try to keep things unplanned, fun, and relaxing. Getting to sleep in felt great, but what was even better was being able to lay around on the couch, watch football, and doze off without any pressures of having to be somewhere. If there is one thing I have learned as of recent it is that – everyone needs to take time to just do nothing. Rest and relaxation is so important, it makes you feel refreshed and ready for another upcoming week. Day to day life is often crazy, full of never-ending technology, and rushing from place to place. But, at the end of the day it is still critical to take time to re-energize and make some time for yourself.

I encourage you to take a day and just relax and not commit to anything. It is amazing how it makes you feel!




Life is a special occasion

Today I went into Hallmark to get my Dad a birthday card, which by the way is one of my favorite things to do. I probably take longer than anyone to pick out a card, so keep in mind… if you get a card from me I really mean what it says inside.

Any who, I made my purchase and left the store with my card in a bag; when I pulled up to a stoplight I read the Hallmark logo in my passenger seat and it stated “Life is a Special Occasion.”  First, it made me realize how much I love Hallmark. It is a store that can cheer anyone up! It is centered on giving and showing people that you care about them any given day.

More importantly, the phrase: Life is a Special Occasion is simple but powerful. I am the type that believes in celebrating every day, every person, and every event to the fullest. To me this means take time to celebrate life, who you are, and what you have. Remember, not everyone is blessed with life, and especially those who are not blessed with enough duration. While you are here take time to smile and enjoy the journey you have been given, be thankful, and of course, celebrate! To me, this says life is worth celebrating. Without life we wouldn’t be able to revel: Birthdays, Marriage, Child Birth, Family, Friendship, or Holidays. Today is a reason to celebrate, tell me how you have chosen to contribute.

Here are my ‘Top 10’s to Celebrate about LIFE’

  1. Family
  2. Friends
  3. Smiles
  4. Hugs
  5. Laughing
  6. High Fives
  7. Flowers
  8. Cards
  9. Gifts/Surprises when you least expect them
  10. Shoulders to cry on

Holly Jolly Christmas

After eating all of Santa’s cookies, I am a little late of my Christmas Blog! Blessed. That is all I can say after such an incredible holiday weekend. For the last few years I began thinking I had outgrown the fun of Christmas as I got older. But, this year completely changed my view and it was once again as wonderful as when I was a kid. Although I missed the pretty white flakes on Christmas morning and having Ty and Grandma Sweeten at Christmas Eve, everything else was very merry! Christmas Eve was such a nice relaxing evening with family. We ate dinner together, opened presents, and then watched a movie. Obviously I fell asleep during the movie – I don’t even remember what we watched. But, all that mattered is I was with my family and relaxed enough to be able to fall asleep on the couch. It was our first Christmas without Ty, which was an adjustment but we still had a great time. Christmas Day was the best I think I have ever had. It started with Patrick and me celebrating together with the doggies. It was perfect! We got to sleep in, surprise each other with gifts, and enjoy some half cooked cinnamon rolls. J We felt completely spoiled and I was so touched by the amount of thought that went into the gifts I received. I have never really been good at accepting gifts, I am more of a giver but I enjoyed everything so much because they were all things I really appreciated. Christmas afternoon we went to Carly’s and had a great time as well. Watching T open presents was so much fun, even though he was a little under the weather. I forget how much excitement little kids get out of Santa, leaving cookies, and waking up to gifts. We enjoyed a ton of great food and got to play with a lot of T’s new presents. We left there and headed to my Dad and Laura’s. I love celebrating with them because Laura and I are so similar when it comes to holidays – we take a million pictures, love to re-read our cards, and get so excited about what we gave other people. We were way to spoiled by them, but the best part was enjoying our traditional Christmas meal together, watching my uncle try to mash potatoes that were not yet boiled, and winding down to Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation. That movie gets me laughing every time. If nothing else, this season proved what the holidays are all about – spending quality time with family, friends, and loved ones. Laughing, sharing stories, remembering those who have passed, and wishing Jesus a Happy Birthday. I am so grateful for everything and everyone I have. I hope you all felt as blessed as I did over the holiday. Until next year, ho ho ho.