Tag Archives: Parents

Love & Marriage: Happy Anniversary

I meant to write this post a couple of days ago but life happens. Happy 29th anniversary (March 23rd) to my parents; Tom & Judy. What do you say about the most awesome parents ever? Not much but you do post some epic pics of them with some clever or cute blurbs. My dad doesn’t smile in most pics but all of these pics show his “happy face”. Seriously though, they have been an amazing example of what love can be. Through the good, the bad and the in between, they have stood strong…together.

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Back in the day when they were two young hottie’s just kickin’ it.

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All dressed up for some event or another. They’re pretty adorable.

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All dressed up on my wedding day. The shenanigans of that day were epic!

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Just hanging around the house being in love.

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Current-day love birds…

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10 Things I’m Loving Right Now: January Edition

I try to do these at the end of the month as a reminder to be thankful and take time to find the blessings in my day-to-day life. I was in the hospital so I’m a little bit late. Better late than never, right? January was a pretty good month and a great beginning to 2015.

1.) My baby girl turned 24 on Jan. 23rd.

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2.) My wife…just because she’s awesome

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3.) A good cup of coffee. I’ve found a new appreciation for my morning cup. My afternoon cup. And sometimes, my night time cup.

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4.) My fur baby, Hayley. She keeps me company during the day.

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5.) Dancing out the stress. There is nothing I enjoy more than cranking up some music and gettin’ down with my bad self. My go to jam…Electric Lady by Janelle MonaĆ©

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6.) Inspiration in book form. This book allows me to study my bible and get inspired using stories that ‘real’ women can relate to.

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7.) Discovering a new source for great accessories at Global Couture.

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8.) Selma (film)

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9.) My parents. I appreciate every day that I am blessed to have them here.

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10.) My Grandma. January 21st would have been her 79th birthday. I am thankful for the years I had her here to love, nurture, teach and guide me and my daughter. I miss her everyday.

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Weekend Fun

What a fantastic weekend! It was the weekend of the 66th Annual Golden Gloves in Tacoma. I sang the Canadian & U.S. National Anthem for both nights of the event.

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I also got to see my sister, my niece & nephews and my cousin.

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Camille (cousin) & Christara (sister)
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"D" (nephew)
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Vanshae (niece)

I also got to spend some time with my parents for their birthday weekend…Dad (Feb 27th) & Mom (Mar 2nd).

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I had my first trip to IKEA. That was pure insanity! It was worse than Costco on a Saturday during Christmas. I loved the deals they had but online is the way to go with them.
We had a harrowing trip home through snow, ice and multi-vehicle accidents. It definitely got the heart racing.
Now, we are home on our bed and on our way to dream land.

10 Things I’m Loving Right Now…January Edition

I am a few days behind but this has been a busy few days. At any rate, here we go!

1.) My mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. Some days are harder than others but I am here and every day I’m blessed to see is another opportunity to be better.

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2.) Tomi – If I could have created my perfect mate, I couldn’t have done better. She is honest, supportive and loves me just the way I am.

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3.) Ideal Protein – down 11.6 in two weeks; just the boost I need on my weight loss journey.

4.) Veronica, Michelle, Jay, Keely, JaLisa; my children in order from oldest to youngest. JaLisa is the only one I gave birth to but the others know “Not flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone. Nevertheless, still my own.”

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Veronica "Ronnie"
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Michelle & Keely
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Jay
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JaLisa

5.) Employment – I am so thankful for a job that I love with co-workers that don’t get on my nerves most days.

6.) Music – I have an ever-changing playlist for every aspect of my life. If my life were a movie, everyone would want the soundtrack.

7.) Books – Whether or not it’s my nook or an ink-to-paper book from the library; I appreciate the distraction.

8.) A mild winter…so far.

9.) My parents – just because they’re awesome.

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10.) Making it through the first month of 2014.

10 Things I Loved About 2013

I started the feature “10 Things I’m Loving Right Now” when I first started blogging. The idea was to do the feature once a month on the last day of the month to remind myself that no matter how bad things seem I had at least 10 things to be thankful for; by the end of the year 100+ things (in case I miss a month or two). Well life happened and I kind of fell off but I am recommitting to it for the year 2014.
2013 has definitely been full of ups and downs for my family and I but I’m thankful to have made it through to the end and if God allows it, I will wake up in a new year. I thought it would be fitting to end this year with 10 things that I loved about 2013 so here we go…
10.) I am employed and I love my job and my coworkers; most of the time.

9.) I am blessed to have a roof over my head, a car to drive and money in the bank to pay my bills.

8.) I have wonderful and supportive friends and family; and friends that are like family.

7.) Music, poetry, crafting.

6.) I read a lot of good books

5.) Struggles-they help to remind me of my blessings

4.) Being mom to 5 wonderful children.

3.) Having both my parents; living and healthy.

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2.) Tomi as my wife; legally.

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1.) God has allowed me to see another year. Goodbye 2013!