Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Let It Go!

Forget it, y'all, to be quite honest, I'm beginning this blog post at 5:00am, and I don't even have an outline or any handwritten notes for this post...this could be a complete cluster...nothing may make sense at all, but I'm just going to pull out my inner Elsa, (even though Danica always insists on my being Anna!) and Let It Go!
How do I plan to 'Let It Go' exactly?  Bullet style writing, but of course!
  • Recently, I've become very obsessed with a certain food.  This is a food most people have no issues with, but I've had a problem stomaching for years now.  What food am I speaking of?  Salad.  A garden salad or a chicken salad with ranch dressing seemingly makes me the happiest woman in the world right now.  It's so strange!
  • Danica is still a fan of Kindergarten, with the exception of her nightly homework.  (Practicing her letters.)  The days have been seemingly wearing her out, as proven when I went and picked her up a day last week, and within 10 minutes, she was in the backseat, looking like this:
    Out cold!
  • I ran into my old friend, Phillip, whom I haven't seen now in a few years.  He's a very talented musician here in the Dallas area and when he was talking to my friend and I walked over, he saw me and went "Woah!  Janet!  You have different glasses, and your hair is shorter!  You look so great!"  It was great to catch up and I promised to go see a show of his one day soon, as it's been far too long!
    Phillip and Me
  • I enjoyed a perfect night on a rooftop pool/hot tub a night last week and I took some beautiful shots of...ya know....the pool and the hot tub.
    The pool

    The hot tub
  • I also found a very awesome, hand painted, birdhouse at a friends house last weekend.  I had to snap a picture of it because I'm somewhat obsessed with birdhouses right now.  I also contemplated throwing it in my purse and running, but we all know that would've never worked!

  • Lastly, I took this picture on September 6th, from my car, as I was STOPPED at a light.  a storm was approaching ahead of me, while the sun was setting in a clear, beautiful sky behind me.  What a beautiful sight.  Moments like these make you pause, take a deep breath, and say "God really IS amazing!"

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Lazy Update

Bullet style, because it's the easiest laziest ways to compose a post!

  • The Kindergartener is having the time of her life.  With the first week of school in the books, her favorite parts of school are "P.E. and the cafeteria!"   I wonder how recess didn't make the list.
  • Why is everybody popping out babies lately?  I know of THREE people who have given birth in the past 8 days.  What is in the water?
  • Can I just move into a Starbucks?  I just can't get over how wonderful it smells.  
  • Speaking of scents, last week a friend of mine pointed out to me that Target has a very distinct scent to their stores.  I since have went into a different Target location and I can absolutely see (smell!) this distinct scent!   Has anyone else noticed it?
  • I'm eagerly awaiting for some important paperwork to arrive at my house.  I'm pretty much on pins and needles until it arrives.  Oh!  The anxiety!
  • I think I'm the only person on the the face of the Earth who hand writes all of my posts before typing them up.  There is just something about putting thoughts on paper first.  Need proof?  This is how this post began.

  • There has been something completely distracting me for the past week and I can't exactly pin-point what it is.  It's getting beyond frustrating!
  • Natalie and I went to Kohls on Saturday where I ended up buying two (more!) dresses for a grand total of $42.  They are both fall/winter dresses, and my logic for purchasing more dresses (I'm a dress addict!) was that I needed dresses for Natalie's wedding showers and all of the bridal functions I'll be attending in the next three months!
  • I finally broke down and bought myself a pair of Beats Solo 2, by Dr. Dre.  I'm madly, madly, MADLY in love with them!

  • Every once and a while, I send M fun little care packages.  Last week, I finally made it to the post office and mailed off a fun book, some organic lipgloss, a SkyMall magazine and this card, which totally won her heart.
    "I love you nearly as much as Kayne loves himself"
  • My friend Michelle just sent me this and I think it's amazing.  Have a fantastic week!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Today, my sweet little niece, Danica, embarked on a new journey in life.  A new journey she has distinctively earned since her birth five years ago.

Today, Danica began kindergarten! 
I am absolutely bewildered  by how time has just flown by.  It seems like just last week, Danica was just two weeks old, cuddled up with me on the couch, watching her first baseball game.  (Rangers vs. Yankees, to be exact!)  Today though...she's actually a kindergartener!
Meet the Teacher night
This morning, my Dani-Bug, my Chicka, my Mini-Me, my little best friend was fully ready to conquer the hallways of elementary school with her golden smile firmly planted on her face.  That exact smile that has held a tight grasp upon my heart for the past five years, two weeks, and three days.
Danica and me last fall.  Both toting Vera Bradley
bags...She made "hers" a crossbody like mine!
In preparation for today, as an Aunt, I have attempted to instill all types of amazing, yet positive attributes into Danica's young mind.  Of course, she knows she's cute, but she knows not to use it to her advantage.  More importantly, infixing upon her the importance of treating others kindly, sharing, and always displaying positive mannerisms.  Danica is a nurturing soul, which I have found to be one of her best attributes. 
Danica caring for the cat when she was sick.
This spunky little lady is well equipped for success.  Frozen backpack and all.
Always follow your dreams.  Any dream is fully attainable as long as you put your mind to it.  Don't let anyone steal your spark!

“Kid, you'll move mountains.” 
― Dr. SeussOh, The Places You'll Go!

Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!” 
― Dr. SeussOh, The Places You'll Go!

First Day of
August 8, 2009
Danica Nicole
Class of 2027

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gaining Her Wings

A few months ago, I had found out my cousin and her husband we're expecting their first child, due to be born January 1st, 2015.  It didn't become "Facebook official" until July 13th, but I had known for quite some time now.  On Facebook, Ann and Jay announced it simply with the following photograph:
Of course, the news of a new baby always gets everybody beyond excited.  You spend time wondering what the gender of the baby will be, what his or her will be named and of course which parent they will look the most like!  The search for adorable onsies and bibs begins almost instantaneously, as well as the latest must haves for babies!

However, things don't always go as planned.

On Monday morning, July 28th, as my cousin, Ann, and her husband Jay, were walking into work, her water broke at just 17.5 weeks, forcing her deliver prematurely that night.  On July 28th at 11:05pm, Eastern time, Madison Elizabeth was stillborn, but immensely loved and taken far too soon.  This tiny little miracle was destined to accomplish so much in this great big world of ours was abruptly stole the hearts of many people all over the country.

She was a teeny tiny 7.5 inches long, 3.9 ounces and had some massive feet for being so tiny.  She had Ann's button nose.  She was already beautiful and I can't imagine how beautiful she would have become.

I found out very late Wednesday evening that a very same service would be held in Buffalo on Friday morning for Madison and I knew I had to go.  I made arrangements all night, and finally booked my 3pm flight for Thursday afternoon at 5am Thursday and off to Buffalo I went to be with all of them in this very important time of need.

At 10:00am, Friday, August 1st, a very short, private service was held for Madison Elizabeth at the cemetery.  Madison's tiny casket was laid atop of my grandmothers casket, and next to my grandfathers casket.  We know Madison is up in Heaven with her grandparents, happy, healthy, pain-free, and being eternally loved on and spoiled by them.

If she can't be here on Earth with us, at least we know she's in excellent hands in Heaven, watching down on all of us.

Madison Elizabeth Herman, you were loved by so many people before you even had an opportunity to make an impact in this world! I love you and I know that Nana and Grandpa will be taking care of you in Heaven!

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,
‘You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?’

The Lord replied,
‘The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
is when I carried you.’

Flying Lessons...

A few weeks ago, I made a round trip from Dallas to Buffalo.  I've taken dozens of flights in my life and had my fair share of interesting people to sit next to on airplanes.

Don't get me wrong or anything, I wouldn't consider myself a frequent flier by any means.  In fact, I haven't flown since last May when my dear friend, M, had her beautiful wedding in New York.

However, I am well traveled enough to know the basic rules of surfing the friendly skies and airports of the United States.  The main rules apply once you hit the TSA gate, the important ones, which have been in effect for many years, which people can't remember and seem had seem to agitate many upon my journey were upon the following:

Having your ID and boarding pass out and ready to show.
Taking off your shoes and belt.
Emptying pockets.
Removing laptops from bags and putting in a separate bin for security.

These are all very simple and I saw many people complaining about these rules.  Also, I don't understand why people are so rude to the TSA agents, even the ones just checking the ID's and boarding passes!  They are just doing their jobs!  

On my way home from Buffalo, I got randomly screened, meaning everything I had, including myself, had to be fully searched, which I happy obliged to.  The lady searching me noticed my TOMS shoes and complimented them, and we carried on a conversation for a few minutes about what a great company they are!

Once you start boarding the plane, which, PRO TIP!!!! You will need your boarding pass for, there are some other rules/common courtesies in which to oblige.  I'm confident I could pen an entire book on this topic alone, however, I'll keep keep this narrowed down to five rules from my recent trip.

  • While entering/exiting the plane, especially with children or a carry on, please, stay off your phone.  We are ALL on a schedule here, and by you talking away on your phone, you're unable to find a place to stow your luggage and seriously, you quickly just become a hot mess.  Call them back!
  • Read your seat assignment!  25F and 23E are completely different seats.  No, I don't want to trade seats with you so you can get a window seat and I'm stuck in the middle.  I chose a window seat for a reason.  Quit laughing like a moron, grab your crap, and move!
  • Yes, your shirt states you are in the church choir.  No, that does not mean that the flight needs a performance.
  • Each passenger has their own light and fan.  You can mess with yours all you'd like.  The moment you touch mine, especially when it's dark, and I'm reading a book, we have an issue, buddy!
  • Popping at least 30 (no exaggeration here!!!) mysterious pills followed by licking the packaging they came in.  To top that off, you then order a cup of hot tea, and then SUCK the tea bag.  You dude, are the creepiest thing I've ever seen in my life!
Trust me, the list goes on and on...and to be completely honest...those five instances were just on my way TO Buffalo.

What experiences have you had flying?

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Destin recap

When I last sat down to post, it feels as if that was the last moment I actually had an opportunity to sit down and take a deep breath.

I spent a LOVELY vacation in Destin, Florida.  95 percent of my time was spent on the beach, soaking up the sun and going for long, beautiful walks on the snow white sand.

The other five percent was spent either eating or sleeping.  I'd say that I absolutely lived the life while in Destin!

Beach view

From the balcony, in my condo.

After a full day in the sun...I got a little burnt!

Aunt Janet and Danica

Who wanted to be buried...


Sunset, just a mile down the beach

Standing atop a rather large pile of rocks!

On the rocks

Myself and Kosca on 'Green bikini day!"

Quick nap for Danica

That only lasted 38 seconds
Myself and my wonderful parents

Selfie from our 4th floor balcony.

Driving out of Destin, heading home!
The trip was just overall....relaxing.  Lots of laughs were had and memories were made.

We got home very late that Wednesday evening, and I needed a couple of days to recover, once I went to the doctor the following morning and got diagnosed with a Sinus Infection.  The next couple of days were spent letting my body recover from the vacation and the illness.

And then....tragedy happened...

Stay tuned, my friends!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Is a "Post title" a requirement?

As I type this post up, I'm currently sitting on a dark balcony on the 4th floor of a condominium in Destin, Florida, listening to waves crash into the beach from the Gulf of Mexico.  They have shut off all of the exterior lighting for the night, so the only light you can see is coming from the interior of other units, and from the lights of flashlights of those wandering the beach at this hour.

There is truly nothing more relaxing than the soft breeze from the Gulf of Mexico and the sound of the waves crashing into land.  I (very shortly) contemplated actually sleeping out back, hunched over in a chair, just for the relaxing breeze and calming sounds.  I think my very uncomfortable and VERY squeaky bed is going to win the battle though!

Today, (Monday) was my second full day on the beach, and I've already gotten quite dark with a little red mixed in here and there.  I've taken many a long walk on the beach, and today alone, by my calculations, I figured I logged in at least 5 barefoot, sandy miles!

With my Chiari 1 Malformation, Fibromyalgia, and Arthritis, usually even one single mile, in comfortable sneakers is tough for me.  At the current moment, every ounce of my body is sore and tender, most definitely my feet.
Destin, Florida
July 21, 2014
8:00 am
I'm one of those people that hates to complain, and hates to ruin another persons great time, so I've been dealing with the pain myself, however, tonight, it was getting quite difficult to even walk, yet alone stand.  I'm just hoping and praying that when I awake in the morning the pain will have subsided enough for me at least to make it down to the beach for the day!

Tomorrow is our last day here in paradise before we embark on the 11 hour journey back home Wednesday morning.

One! More! Day!  One more day of pain.  I can do this!  I can!  I'll just chant my chant in my head as I painfully walk tomorrow!

"I'm a fighter!  I'm a survivor!  I'm a warrior!"
Destin, Florida
July 21, 2014
7:10 pm

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