Monday, January 25, 2010

Great 40th Birthday!!

Wow I was dreading turning 40 but is wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. My sister Lisa came over after the kids got home from school and picked them up and took them and the dog to her house so Alan and I could go out Friday night to first dinner at Dallas BBQ where I had an amazing margarita...the size of Texas!  Wow if I wasn't going to see a play I could have had another! Then we walked down to the Gershwin Theather to see Wicked the Musical. All I can say is it was amazing!  If you have see the Wizard of Oz and liked it you will LOVE this play!  Alan even liked it and he is not reallly into seeing any musical plays.  We had great seats 3rd row...gosh it was like being on top of the stage.  I would say if you are going I would pick a seat at least 10 rows back and in the center to not feel so on top of things.  Though it still was great!  

The following morning my actual birthday, Alan took me to the Fantastic Spa to have a 1 hour couples massage.  Wow did that feel good after walking around the city the night before!  So relaxing.   Then we went for a nice breakfast at IHop!  Love their breakfast!  Went then to Old Navy just to look around a bit while Alan ran and got a quick hair cut.  Wish I had more patience to shop.   We then went home and took showers and got dressed.... as far as I knew we were going to go and pick up the kids and have cake for my birthday....well when we got to my sisters/brother-in-laws house I was surprised at all the people who were there to celebrate with me.  It was so nice!  I never thought at all so many people would be there!  Everyone worked so hard to make it such a nice party!   It was a lot of fun!  I am so blessed by the people who are in my life!  Life has been good!  I can only hope that the next 40 years is even better!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Help those in Haiti

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Just A Dog

From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a dog," or, "that's a lot of money for just a dog." They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a dog."

Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog."

Many hours have passed and my only company was "just a dog," but I did not once feel slighted.

Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a dog," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a dog" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you will probably understand phrases like, "just a friend", "just a sunrise" or "just a promise".

"Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust and pure unbridled joy.

"Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person. Because of "just a dog" I will rise early, take long walks, and look longingly to the future.

So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past and the pure joy of the moment.

"Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday they can understand that it's not "just a dog" but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a man."

So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog." just smile, because they "just don't understand."

-- Versatile Hunting Dog Magazine, February 2006

Thursday, January 7, 2010

It's a New Year & New Thinking for me!

Wow the holidays came up and went by so very quickly it seems and now the new year and new decade is here!

This month (Jan 23rd) I am also turning the infomous 40 years old and  I have been sitting here pondering about how fast time goes and if you sit too long it will just pass you by.   I have tried to set some goals for myself for the new year that I want to accomplish for myself and my family.

I have come to realize that I need to live each moment making the most of each and every day God has blessed me with.   I want to make healthy and joyful choices for myself and my family and be positive about things and life.  There is just too much negative in the world as it is and I want to rid myself of any negative thoughts and to be more in control of my thoughts and feelings.  The bible does say, "whatsover a man thinks, so is he." So if you want to be a happier person then  think happier thoughts.  I will try to surround myself with positive people (happy family & friends).  Limiting my time with toxic people (negative people who bring me down).  It is hard to do this at times especially when some of these people I can't help but see from time to time but I know I have to  forgive people who have hurt me.  I know it is not good for anyone to hang on to any past hurts and God knows I don't want to be a bitter person that no one wants to be around.  Forgiveness is so important.  It is a choice not a feeling.  I will guard my heart by limiting time with these people and hoping and praying they too can find forgivness and happiness for themselves.  Life is just to short to hold on to things and I don't want any part of that.  I will celebrate my family and my friends and do my best to be a positive influance in thier lives. 

I want to plan for fun family times and have great things to look forward too.  These are such tender years with the kids and memories we can create and look back on later on that we can always cherish.  I know I am also blessed with such a wonderful husband who works so hard for his family and know there isn't a thing he wouldn't do for anyone!  I am hoping this year and as a couple we can work on finding more time for Alan and I to keep on connecting and falling in love with each other over and over again.  Life gets so busy at times, between the kids, errands, work, chores, etc. and it is so easy to lose that special time together.   I can't believe this May we will be married 19 years!   Whew where did that time go?  We were so young when we met.  Though I knew from the beginning he was the one.  His smile, his humor...I could never imagine my life without him in it! He makes my heart smile!


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