Five Minute Friday – Choose

cropped-gedc2754.jpgHi and Happy Friday.  Today is Five Minute Friday and the word is Choose.  I will put the rules at the end of this posting.

5minutefridayOkay, 5 minutes on Choose… Go…

Today I am sad over a few people in my family and a friend who are sick and battling major illnesses, but I choose to pray for them and try to be happy they are in my life.  These strong women all mean something to me in their own way.

One just found out she has a malignant mass in her colon.  This was a surprise to her and to the rest of us.  She is an older person who is having an easier time of dealing with what lies ahead than her family does.

Another relative is completing her first round of chemo for breast cancer and the other is a friend who is having her second round of chemo for leukemia.  They all are dealing with major things and yet are positive and upbeat about it.  I am impressed in the grace that all of them are showing although they are in pain and struggling.

I admire strong people like this and hope that I too could be the same.  I suppose we choose to make the best of our circumstances. They say that your mind and being positive does help with major problems in our life and our health.

Many things in life are about choosing.  I know someone else who is in decent shape, has had an amazing life and career, and yet complains about a lot of things.  This person often chooses to be miserable and that makes me sad.  I can learn a lot from this person by choosing not to be the same.  I try to be positive and see the positive in life.

prayingWhile we don’t choose the diagnosis we are sometimes given, we do choose how we handle it.   Do we wallow and say why me?  Or do we figure out a way to use every strength we have to fight?  This is a choice that must be made when dealing with difficult news and a terrible chat with a doctor.

We need our friends and families even more during a time like this.  May we who aren’t suffering choose to do all we can for those who are.  And may be pray for one another and for one another’s strength.

I wonder if I can choose to be positive?  I try each day to be and continue to pray for my loved ones.   God bless!

Stop…

Here are the rules for 5 Minute Friday:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

To see other thoughts on Choose, please see http://lisajobaker.com/2014/02/how-to-choose-whats-important-today/.

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Throwback Thursday – Beach House and Big Hair

Throwback_Thursday_2-27-2014Hi and Happy Thursday!  How are you doing on this next to last day of month?  Can you believe it — a few days away from March?  This year is flying by.

Today I decided to post a fun picture from the late 1980s (87 or 88) for Throwback Thursday.  It is of myself and my mother at the beach house we love so much.  Don’t you just love our big hair?  That was such a part of the 1980s and 1990s.

This house looks quite different now and has shutters, but it is still a favorite gathering place for our family’s multiple generations.  I think this photo was taken before our family friend made a special table with benches for the porch.  It turned the porch into our dining room and often has been the favorite “room” in the house.  Look one direction, you have a view of the ocean.  Look the other, the bay across a street.

This was taken when I was in my 20s and still super skinny.  To be that size again would be amazing. I just didn’t realize how good I had it at that age.  I could eat nearly anything that I wanted to, stayed pretty active, and I didn’t seem to gain any weight.  It was easier at that age.  One difference was I was in college, living in a dorm with no elevator, and had no car.  So I walked miles and miles each day.  I am working on the walking again and hope to do more and more each week.

In the 1980s and other years since, I have tried long and medium length hair.  Short hair has always been better for me but it has been fun to try different lengths.  I may have even had a perm in this style.  I just can’t remember.  Mom has had a variety of short styles — sometimes with more hair than others.  This particular time was more hair.

I also think that both of us have bigger hair because of the ocean breeze.  That always makes a difference for both of us.  At this particular beach with your windows open, you don’t need air conditioning since the breeze is constant.  I love the feeling of that breeze and the smell of the ocean in the air. Actually I love all things about the beach and being near the beach.  I love the sound and feel of the ocean, the sand in my toes, the relaxed way that I always feel, and the fun that we always have.

The down side is because of all of the salt, it is very hard on metal.   A few years ago, my dad changed the lock on the porch gate.  It was rusty and corroded and looked like it had been in the elements for years, yet it had been changed the previous year.  It was amazing how quickly that changed.  That salt is also hard on buildings and cars at the beach.  Rust quickly appears on many things that are outside.

This is just one of many photos from that summer and that era.  I will have to share others.  And, I’d love to hear about your big hair and beach adventures.

I wonder when the next time will be that I am at this beach house with my mother?  It may be a while since money is more limited these days.  There still is plenty of fun to be had.  And on the plus side, we had 5 years in a row that we went.  So, I certainly don’t feel deprived.  Hope you have a great day!

February 26 – Light

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Wednesday.  Today we are halfway through the week — hump day!  Hope you are having a good one.

Today’s photo challenge is Light.  I have taken tons of sunset pictures over the years at the beach and love them and the light and colors that show.  Lovely.

Instead for today, I decided to use one that I took on the way back from walking to school with Ian.  It is pretty of the morning light and the amazing blue sky.

This photo was taken a few days on a  lovely morning. I liked looking through the trees at the light and like seeing the shadows on the ground.

Light is important — both sunlight and lights from lamps and bulbs.  I am thankful to live in a part of the world with electricity and access to light at the flip of a switch.

I don’t know about you but I sometimes get the blues when I am deprived from sunlight.  Too many cloudy and rainy days in a row can be tough at times.

May you have a day full of light and happiness and fun!

Here are a few quotes on Light:

  • “We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.”  ~Ben Sweetland
  • “Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space.  It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe.  It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.”  ~Michael Strassfeld
  • “People are like stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.”  ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
  • “Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.”  ~Maori Proverb
  • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I wonder what varieties of light I will see today?  I can’t wait for the adventure.

February 24 – Half

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHere is half of a sign at my son’s school.  Do you know what it stands for?  Since today’s photo challenge is Half, I thought this would make for a fun photo.  The answer is at the end of the blog.

These are some expressions or items that came to mind when thinking about half.

Is the glass half empty or half full for you?  For me it is normally half full since I am mostly a positive person.  Not always but usually.  And, if I like the drink in the glass, it’s quickly empty. LOL!

I was half out of my mind with worry.
Regarding being half out of my mind with worry, have you been like that?  I have and it isn’t a good feeling.  Worry doesn’t solve anything except give me an upset stomach or make me want to eat more.  So I am working on that.

“I have half a mind to…” is sometimes said in midst of anger.  This is an expression that I have head primarily in the south.  Someone has half a mind to tell someone off is the end of that, give them a talking to, or let somebody have it.  They may be more bark than bite, but who knows?

“This is my better half” I know several older couples from church and the men often introduce their wives this way.  I think it scores them some points as it’s a sweet thing to say.

The Half-Pipe During the Olympics, snowboarders were doing amazing tricks and stunts on the half-pipe.  Until that and skateboarding, a half-pipe sounded like a pipe cut into two pieces.  These athletes can do amazing things while on that half-pipe.  Hang ten!

Other Half Items I know that I love to eat half an avocado on a salad or a sandwich.  Great flavor and good fats.  YUM.  Or sharing a pizza at a favorite pizza joint.  We each eat half — probably too much but it’s so tasty.  Do you notice a pattern of food?  I do love my foods, that’s for sure.

I wonder what other half items will come to mind?  Should be fun as I will be on the lookout for them.

**This sign is next to a driveway used for the buses to drop off the kids in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon.  The sign states Buses Only.

February 21 – Funny

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Friday!  I just want to say – TGIF!!  How do you like my roses in the header photo?  Aren’t they lovely?  With all of the cold recently, I thought a picture of some pretty flowers was needed.

Today’s photo challenge is Funny.  I decided to include this photo of my son from several years ago at the beach. Caption for photo, “That’s funny Mommy, wet sand feels very different than dry sand.”

As you can see, he is a ham for the camera.  He loves to make funny faces and big expressions and I just love it!  We laugh and crack ourselves up. Isn’t that what childhood is about?!

I don’t know about you but I love funny things, funny quotes, funny shows and movies, and funny people.  My son is pretty funny and has a great sense of humor for someone so young. I love to hear him laugh. When something or someone tickles him, he totally lets go and enjoys the moment.  Kids are so awesome for that.

It is important to me to find the funny things in life and be around people who make me laugh.  I love getting together with my close friends and family and sharing a laugh and a special story.

Last night I went out to dinner with some friends who I have known since high school.  Once a month we have a girls night out.  It’s not always the same people, but whoever gets together has a blast.  We laugh about memories and people from years ago as well as things more current in our life.  It is always fun.

A few of the funniest famous people ever, in my opinion, are Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, the entire cast of Golden Girls, the cast of Designing Women, Bill Cosby and the entire cast of The Cosby Show, Jerry Seinfeld, the cast of Psych, the cast of Friends, Ellen DeGeneres, and Dick Van Dyke.  I know there are others but this is who I can think of right not. Who would you add to this list?

I hope that you can find a funny person to spend time with today.  And, I hope you can find things that will make you laugh.  After all, laughter is good for the soul.  And who can’t use more of that?

I wonder if I will find a few things that are funny today?  I sure hope so!

February 19 – Feet

POD_2-19_FeetHi and Happy Wednesday!  Today’s photo challenge is Feet. I decided to choose one very old photo and then two more recent.

Here is a picture of me as a very young child with my mother to the left and her mother (my grandmother) to the right.  This is special because we are at the beach where I still go with my family today.  And, having the three generations together for such a walk is pretty great.

I have many years of fond memories spending time at this beach with my mom and grandma.  Not from this long ago of course, but my memory is long.  This grandma passed away in 2000.  She is still missed and loved beyond measure.

Feet.2Speaking of Ian, here is a picture of his feet while at another beach — this one in Florida.  He loved the feel of sand in his toes as I always have.

His cute little feet have grown quite a bit since this photo was taken.  It is amazing how quickly kids change, isn’t it?

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAThis other photo is of Ian a few years later.  He is with his cousin who was taking a surfing lesson.  They both were having fun trying out the board.

My family and I do love having our feet on the sand — whether a California beach or a Florida beach.  There is nothing like the feel of sand in your toes and the surf washing over your feet.

I just thought of the “Foot Book” by Dr. Seuss that Ian just loves.  “How many feet do you meet?”

I wonder what feet I will see today?  I hope to see quite a few as that means seeing quite a few people. Hope you will as well.

Hi and Happy Monday!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Monday!  Today is also President’s Day, which is a Federal holiday.  So banks are closed and no mail will be delivered.  Some school systems are out today, not ours.  Ian went today and was ready for a day of learning.

On Friday, school started two hours late.  This was a day after a snow day.  We took this picture on the snow day.  A selfie of Ian and Mommy.  On Friday, Ian traded Valentine’s cards with his classmates, teachers, and teaching assistant.  It was great that the entire class participated.  Ian wrote the cards by himself and did a great job with them.

That night, we had dinner at my parents that night and had a fun time.  It was great to spend Valentine’s Day with them.  My hubby game me some lovely roses that are multi-colored and some fabulous chocolate.

The rest of the weekend was super lazy!  It was so nice.  We stayed home and in our pjs or sweats all of Saturday and Sunday.  We watched some of our favorite shows, made Valentine’s Day cookies, and enjoyed a relaxing time.  It was great and so rare to come by these days.  On Saturday morning, I asked Ian what he wanted to do.  “I want to stay home and play Mommy,” was his reply.  I told him that was fine.

Sunday morning we were planning to go to church but then learned it was cancelled since even more snow had come in Saturday night. That was unexpected. The weather people had predicted snow flurries, but we got another 2 inches of snow.  Then by the afternoon, it all melted since the temperature was warm and the sun out most of the day.  Then this week it is supposed to be in the 60s.  Crazy weather, that’s for sure.

I spend part of the weekend reading, which I always enjoy.  Our books are due in another week back to the library, so I have got to get reading.  What I need to do is read some as I ride my stationary bike.  Speaking of exercise, I saw some photos of myself at my grandmother’s recent birthday party and did not like the way I look at all.

I majorly need to lose some weight!  I have too large an appetite and get too little exercise.  And, I eat when stressed or worried about things.  I really need to get a handle on this.  I would like to be back to a decent size by the summer and really down by my birthday.  However, I know it will take a while since it took a while to gain it.

Nothing like a bad photo to shove you into reality of what needs to change.  Right?!  I have been on this weight loss journey before and know what to do.  I just have to get up and do it.  So starting tomorrow, I am going to start exercising for 30 minutes for 5 or 6 days a week and then work my up to 45 minutes and an hour.  I am also going to work on less food and more healthy choices.  I bought a lot of fruits and veggies at the store today, so that should help.

Wish me luck!  I will need it to stay with it.  I realize that it has to be part of my lifestyle and not just a diet or for a short time.  I have some family and friends who have had amazing success and I hope to join them and once and for all, take the weight off and keep it off.

Take care and have a great Monday!

February 14 – Heart / Happy Valentine’s Day

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Friday!  Happy Valentine’s Day as well.  Today’s photo challenge is Heart.  Here is a photo that I took last year of some hearts that my son made me in preschool.  They are very special and still cherished.

My valentine is his daddy and my hubby, Kirk.  I have loved this man for 15 years and counting.  He is my best friend, confident, lover, and true love.  I am so blessed to have him in my life.  Each year gets better with him and I grow to love him even more.

When he proposed to me, he gave me a set of a dozen silk red roses.  They are lovely and I still enjoy them very much.  He has always been good at giving me real flowers too — often for no special reason.  That to me is the most special.

As a mom of a sweet boy, I have a second and very special valentine.  Our son Ian truly is a light in our life.  He brings us such happiness, along with some frustration, but mainly good stuff.  He has taught us to live in the moment and for that I am truly thankful.

Love and hearts to you!  May you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Here are a few quotes about love and Valentine’s Day:

  • “Loving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction.”  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • “I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day.  When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.”  ~Author Unknown
  • “Love – a wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise and the lips to pucker.” ~Author Unknown
  • “Love is a symbol of eternity.  It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.”  ~Author Unknown
  • “If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?”  ~Author Unknown
  • “Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.” ~Author Unknown
  • “Grow old with me!  The best is yet to be.”  ~Robert Browning

Snow Day In February

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERALet It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow… and it did.  I’m dreaming of a white Valentine’s Day – well almost.  My sister-in-law came up with that and it is perfect for today.  Hi and Happy Thursday.  We have had a super busy day today.  Snow days are fun, you know?

Last night before I went to bed we found out that Ian would be out of school. I then fell asleep on the couch and when I woke up a few hours later, the power was out.  Thankfully it came back on pretty soon.

This morning I went out and took some pictures of the neighborhood of all the snow — we had about 6 inches.  It was lovely.  Then later in the morning we went outside to play. We spent 2 1/2 hours out in it.  Thankfully it wasn’t super cold.  Then again, we were both seriously bundled up.

We had so much fun!  Ian has seen snow now this winter for the second time and enjoyed being out in it both time.  We made a snowman, a snow tower, shoveled some snow, made snow angels, had a snowball fight, played with the neighbors on their igloo, and had a snowball fight.

We then came in and made snow cream which Ian loved.  And, we had lunch and our hot chocolate.  Good times!  Here are a few photos from our day of fun in the snow.GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA

Job Day In Kindergarten

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Wednesday.  We are currently enjoying the calm before the snow storm.  They are saying it will be 3 to 6 inches of snow.  I am very thankful not to have the ice and sleet.  My prayers for all of my friends and family who are dealing with that.  May you stay safe and warm!

Today, Ian went to school but they have already announced an early out time.  So that is good.  His class had Job Day today.  The kids were asked to share the job they want to have when they grow up and to dress like that person.

At drop-off this morning, I was able to see the kids’ outfits and they were great.  One boy wants to be a chef, another a policeman, and another a farmer.  The girls that I saw wanted to be a firefighter and two of them wanted to be doctors.  I didn’t see a lot of the kids but the ones I did looked great!

Ian wants to be a Lego Creator.  He has discovered the joy of Lego and has a great time with it. Last night he made a Lego robot to share with the kids and talk about.  It is pictured here with a Lego Mini Figure.  He designed and built the robot himself and did a great job, I think.

I wonder which of these kids will have these jobs when they do become adults or if something else will strike their fancy.  Should be fun to see!

Someone recently asked me, why would you do a Job Day instead of having instructional time?  I said, well this is part of Social Studies and great for their imagination, creativity, research, and future.  This is an enrichment day and something that they will have fun with and remember.  How can you argue with that?

I only wish I was there this morning to hear all of the presentations!  I bet they will be fantastic!!