Category Archives: Family

The 52 Lists Project: List 7

LIST ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY…

There really are too many to name but I will give a few…

  1. Tomi
  2. My Parents
  3. My Children
  4. My grandchildren
  5. My Siblings
  6. My nieces and nephews
  7. My church family
  8. My friends

TAKE ACTION: Write a sweet note to or do something thoughtful for one or some of these people who make your life easier, lighter and happier.

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The 52 Lists Project: List 3

I am so behind on my blogging!! There’s been a lot going on with work because my work mate was out for almost two weeks which doubled my work load. So lately, after sitting in front of one for 12+hrs for work, when I get home the last thing I want to do is look at a computer screen. Anyway, she’s back so hopefully my days can get back to some sense of MY normal.

Okay…this week’s list.

LIST THE HAPPIEST MOMENTS OF YOUR LIFE SO FAR.

1.) The day I gave birth to my daughter. I was excited to get to spend her 25th birthday with her. I picked her up in the morning and we made a day of it. We had breakfast and then just spent the day hanging out and catching up.

JaLisa & Mom

2.) The day I met Tomi

3.) My wedding day!!!

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4.) The day we found out my mom was in remission. Cancer sucks!!

5.) The first time that my dad let me sing the national anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner) at the Tacoma Golden Gloves. I have been doing it for about 15yrs now.

6.) At age 15, my daughter was in a horrible car accident. She was in a coma for two weeks. When she woke up, that was one of the happiest moments of my life.

7.) Tomi and and the kids taking me to Disneyland for Christmas (2007)

8.) Our honeymoon in to Hawaii

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9.) The birthday trips we took to Vegas (2007) and New Orleans (2014).

10.) Seeing Lalah Hathaway, my absolute favorite singer, 2x in concert.

11.) The day JaLisa graduated from high school.

12.) The day of my 20yr high school reunion when I got to see so many of my good friends.

TAKE ACTION: Sometimes it’s easy to forget all the wonderful things that have happened in our lives. Come back to this list every day this week to remember you live a beautiful life.

 

 

Happy Birthday To Me: My Month In Review

What a crazy, busy month this has been. I am just now able to stop for a breath.
I had two of my little cousins graduate highschool this month.

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Devontae and Alexis...they're dads are brothers.

At the graduation party I got to spend time with friends and family which was great. Because we live 4+ hours away, we don’t get to see family as often as we’d like.

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My cousin Jewel
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My baby, my mama & me
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Tiny cousins-Jayla, Daysha & Layla
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Rachael (mom) & Lexi
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Layla & I perfecting our selfie game

My newest baby cousin was born.

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Meet Baby Giselle

Then, there was my wife’s birthday! She got her motorcycle endorsement for her birthday.

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Then, my birthday came! I am serious when I say that I think it should be a national holiday. I look forward to it every year; the higher the number, the bigger the blessing.

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This is 39!

There were so many birthday activities and I was so full of joy! First, my friends Mel & Lee did a birthday karaoke shindig for me a few other of my cancerian friends. Shenanigans were abundant!

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Me & Nat Pack! Her birthday is the day before mine.
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MJ doing her thing
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Aleena Bobeena!
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Jennifer & Roman came to hang out with me
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Carissa

We had quite a time considering it was a Thursday night.

Friday night, my honey took me to are Floetry; one of my favorite duos. It was their reunion tour and I was so here for it!

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I was too excited and too into dancing and singing along to get many good pics but we had a blast!
The next day, we went on a steam train adventure with the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railway. We had a lot of fun and learned a lot about the rail and lumber history of the west aide of our state.

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Me with the conductors.
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Tomi & the conductors
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Playing tourist

We had such a great weekend and a great month! I can hardly wait until next year.

Weekend Adventures

My wife is very spontaneous which I love. Me? Not so much. Leave it up to me, I am going to plan every aspect of my day down to the minute. When we’re bored at home, she will say “Put some shoes on. Come go with me.” Though it goes against my nature, I trust her completely so I go without question. The result is usually a pretty grand adventure. I have a whole Facebook photo album devoted to our adventures and the things we come across.
Today, we set off on a drive looking for the Pasco Outdoor Swap Meet and ended up lost. We rode and talked and took in the scenery and next thing you know, we’re in Waitsburg.
We travel here on purpose at least once a year to go to the Whoopemup Hollow Cafe. Seriously, some of the best food in the area. After some Main Street foolery…we stopped in for lunch.

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Waitsburg-the board game.
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Looks a bit like Jumanji

This is one of the only places I’ve ever gone where every dish is seasoned to perfection.
I had a warm, asparagus bisque to start with.

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I had to fight to keep my manners in tact while shoveling this in.

Tomi and I shared a crawfish pie. It was a crisp-crusted flatbread that was an amazing marriage of flavors.

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I didn't want this to end. The flavors were heavenly!

For my lunch, I had goat cheese stuffed ravioli in a sweet potato sauce with collard greens. What?!

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AMAZING!!

I paired my meal with a local (Seattle) Scotch style ale called the Pike Kilt Lifter.

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For dessert, we had a mini, New York style cheesecake with strawberry-champagne sorbet and a strawberry compote.

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Num-Yummy!

What a delicious meal! Definitely not part of my regular eating plan but I love a good (occasional) cheat day.
The food was fantastic but the best part of the day was, of course, the company.

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My adventure buddy

For those that are curious, Tomi had an Oyster Po’boy with cajun-seasoned, yellow, sweet potato wedges. Yum!

Family Weekend

Last weekend I was in Tacoma again. My little cousin and his wife are having their first baby and I went for the baby shower. She’s a radiant mother-to-be!

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Me, Daisha and baby Giselle who is due two days after my birthday.

I decided to stay in town over night and invited my baby girl to spend the night with me. We did a bit of shopping and then stayed up late talking and eating junk food and of course, there was some silliness.

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Morning selfies
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"Mom, let me try on your bra."

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Breakfast selfie

We had a good time just hanging out.

Late Post: Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day weekend was pretty amazing. One our granddaughters, Jayden, celebrated her golden birthday; She turned 8 on the 8th. We went to see her in a musical and then we all went out to dinner.

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Then, there was our annual Mother’s Day brunch which also happened to fall on the 26th birthday of our 2nd youngest daughter, Keely. We ate, we laughed and enjoyed ourselves. It was a  wonderful time as usual and I’m already looking forward to next year.

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Just Call Me Granny

One of our grand babies came to stay with us for her Spring Break.
We picked her up last weekend and got to play Easter Bunny.
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Then we went to Twig’s for brunch and went to see the Cinderella movie.
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Granny T & Jayden

Granny T worked all week so JayDBug and I did lots of hanging out. We painted pottery and hung at the library and did a bit of sidewalk art.
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To end our week, we went to Triple Play in Hayden, ID and played until we were exhausted. We played at the indoor water park, arcade, mini golf, laser tag and bowling.
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We had an amazing time but I feel like I could sleep for a week.
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