Friday, October 17, 2014

Dear Friday

Dear Friday, instead of making today seem productive on this beautiful day, I feel the urge just to lay around and catch up on television shows.  I've already watched this weeks Law and Order: SVU, and I'm working on watching the first 3 episodes of A to Z.  Even with my daily liquid courage (aka, coffee!) I just don't want to leave my bed and laptop.

Dear Weather, please stop changing so frequently as of late.  It's not great for my health, or my motivation.

Dear Saturday, I cannot wait for you to arrive, with the exception of my alarm clock going off very early.  However, Saturday morning soccer games of my nephew, Adrian's, are my favorite thing in the world.

Dear Coffee, I love you, oh so much!  Let's stay together forever!

Dear Marissa, Happy Birthday!!! (tomorrow!)  P.S.  I love it when you talk medical to me, Marissa Anne!

Dear Matt and Natalie, Forty-three days until the big day!  I can't wait!

Dear Target, I'm rather upset you only had one of the scarves I picked up for Marissa for her birthday.  I desperately wanted that same scarf, so we could be twins!

Dear Presley, Thank you for not only getting me addicted to Portlandia, but now A to Z!  Also, every time I think about that shows title, I think of the Jason Mraz song, Wordplay.  You should learn it, and sing it often!  It's an awesome song!

Dear Blog Readers, you are all awesome and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Once again, it feels as though I haven't blogged in forever.  More so, it feels as if I haven't touched my laptop in an eternity.  It's not for the lack of living that's prevented me from blogging, it's the complete opposite actually.  

I've been attempting to live life to the fullest as of late.  I've come to a realization that life is short and I should try and enjoy even the smallest of moments.   

The smaller things in life have recently included eating pizza instead of sleeping, spending time with the parents instead of just laying around and relaxing, and most importantly, during a migraine, getting out of bed to play with my lifelines, Danica and Adrian.

It's the little moments in life that make the kids happy.  It's the little moments in life that make me happy.  All Adrian wanted last night was for me to get out of bed the other night and make him and Danica popcorn, and instead of rolling over and going back to sleep, I obliged, and he thanked me a numerous amount of times.  

Tomorrow, I have a an appointment with Dr. Brain.  I have no doubt in my mind that he'll give me a clean bill of health, however, my anxiety level is pretty high that he'll want to up medication dosages or send me for imaging, since I haven't had imaging done in about a year.  

I can't focus on the anxiety of the appointment though.  I need to stay in the moment and enjoy life.  On tap tonight is a night of great friends and great music...I couldn't be happier!

Monday, September 29, 2014

New Post

I'll tell you what, the creativity with blog titles is just coming from magical places lately, because, seriously?  Best! Title! Ever!  

Also, at some point you reach a plateau.  This oddly satisfying plateau where I'm the happiest I've felt  in so long.  It's such a strange feeling.  

I think it all began when my friend Presley and I really began hanging out a lot more frequently.  There is nothing going on between us relationship wise, however, for the past few weeks, we've been spending at least 4 days a week together, and when we aren't together, we are texting each other.  He has become such a positive influence in my life.

When we are together, we can usually be found sipping on Frappucinnos, thanks to Presley newly getting me hooked on them again, talking about just about any and every topic under the moon, and since he is a drummer, his drumming tendencies (read as: he drums on anything, and everything, at all times!) tend to rub off on me when we're together and we both start randomly drumming on any surface we can find.  Last night, we were in the car together on the way to dinner and we were both just randomly drumming for a good 5 minutes before I realized we didn't even have any music on.

We can be extremely dorky and go sunglasses shopping while both wearing our hats tilted to the side.

We celebrated his birthday, his twin brothers birthday, and one of his younger sisters' birthday all in one evening with his entire family.

Last Monday night, he had a gig at the last minute come out (Remember:  He's a musician, yo!) and he invited me to come down with him to the "Invite Only" Grand Opening of a brand new TGI Fridays in our area.  Presley and I had a great time coming up with a tentative setlist on the way down to gig and then I had my own couch and table at the side of the stage so I could watch the guys perform and hang out.  The best part was the Photo Booth that was set up, and during his break, we ran over and took a series of pictures.   Unfortunately, two of the four pictures will NEVER see the light of day, because they are completely horrid, and one is not uploaded to my computer yet.  I guess you'll have to deal with the one picture I have.  Our "fun" picture....

And then theres nights when Presley just disappears and someone else pops out of his shell....

All in all, I'm blessed to have Presley in my life.  He has helped me restore my Faith in so many ways.  I've noticed so many little changes in myself since we've become so close.  The changes may not be noticeable to those around me, but they are most definitely evident in my eyes.  As long as the positive changes are apparent in my eyes, they're the only eyes they matter in.

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.’

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