January 7, 2013

This is 37

Last night, I went to see This is 40, and I loved it.  As crazy as this sounds, I could relate to Deb & Pete's {the couple} marriage. I've never been one to say my marriage is perfect, or that we are happy, happy every SINGLE minute of the day. Because let's face it, NO ONE has the perfect, storybook, marriage. I know there are days that we get on each others nerves, or our kids are acting all sorts of crazy. 

 During one of the scenes in the movie, they make a list of things to change about themselves. I often find myself making these types of lists. Do you? After I left the movie, I got to thinking about my list, and what I'd change. I definitely could fill up a page, but then it hit me. Why should I have to/feel the need to change who I am? I like who I am!  

So what if my house is not always spotless. So what if my kids act crazy every once in a while, or they stay up past their bed time. So what if I don't cook dinner every night. So what if I don't finish the laundry in one day - it'll be there the next day. AND the day after. SO what! I am tired of trying to live my life for everyone else. It's exhausting. The time to live is now. Tomorrow is not promised. Kids are only kids for so long, let them enjoy their childhood. Let's live a little, and stop trying to be so "perfect."

While looking at FB this morning, some one reposted a life list, and it's a good one. Thought I'd share. :)

This is something we should all read at least once a week!

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 42 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it..

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.

9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

10. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

11. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

12. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it...

14 Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

15. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

16. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

17. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

21. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

22. The most important sex organ is the brain.

23. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

25. Always choose life.

26. Forgive but don’t forget.

27. What other people think of you is none of your business.

28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does..

31. Believe in miracles.

32. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

33. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

34. Your children get only one childhood.

35. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

36. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

37. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

38. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.

39. The best is yet to come...

40. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

41. Yield.

42. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

January 6, 2013

Final Weekend of Winter Break

This weekend, the girls and I got up, and headed to Kansas City for a little shopping. First up, the American Girl store. We spent a small fortune, but had a blast. 

2013 AG girl of the year - SAIGE. She is pretty cute.

after about 2 hours at AG, we went into the mall and did a little shopping. On our way out, this happened. 

I can't believe she did it. It was totally her idea, and she didn't cry a bit. SO proud of her. She looks like such a big girl with her ears pierced. 

We have really enjoyed our winter break. Back to reality! ;)

Christmas wrap up

Since we always spend Christmas in Texas, Santa visits us early. The girls got the majority of the things on their list, so they were super excited.

the next morning, before the sun came up, we left for Texas. They were super excited to see family. We haven't seen them since July. Crazy! Christmas Eve, we always go to my Nan's, and of course the girls got tons of stuff. 

and on Christmas Day, we went to my dad's. Sadly my phone died, as well as my camera battery, so no photos. BUT I did snap these shots on the way to my dads.....SNOW! In TEXAS on Christmas Day. Crazy! Can't remember the last time we had a white Christmas in Texas. 

we saw MANY cars in the ditch along the way to my dads.

this is the road to his house. SO pretty. 

January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

Lots of exciting things coming to The Howell's in 2013. Stay tuned! 

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year!