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Mrs. Sparkly

8 Sep

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This might be my favorite award. 

Mrs. Sparkly Award

The sparkly award has 10 commandments which is perfect for someone like me who loves rules.

1.  **Describe yourself in 7 words: Brave, Happy, Hard-working, Creative, Reflective, Quick, Goal-oriented.

2.  **What keeps you up at night? great books & exciting plans.  also small children.

3.  **Whom would you like to be? I tried to think of an actress that I would love to be, but just came up blank.  So I googled “Who would I like to be” and got a couple of pretty interesting reads.  I’ll share:
College 101: Who do I want to be?
Create a Character Study for your Ideal Self.

I’m actually thinking up a blog posts on the benefits of ideals. So exciting, huh? Try to restrain yourselves from mobbing my house for the pre-press version.

4.  **What am I wearing right now? Puffin Pajamas (thank you, Amanda)

5.  **What scares you? Tall places and the dark.

6.  **What are the best and worst things about blogging? The best thing about blogging is I like to write and read about my friends & family.  The worst thing is when no one comments on a post that I think is particularly clever.  Then I’m like…..but….hello?…are you there?….

7.  **If I could change one thing about myself, what would it be? My compulsion to tell fibs if I think the person I’m talking to won’t like the truth.

8.  **Slankets, yes or no? What the heck is a slanket?…googled it.  and Yes I would like one.

9.  **You can never have too many…… Lindt chocolate truffles.

10.  **Nominations:  And the Mrs. Sparkly award goes to Rachel at the Hatch House who is so creative and definitely adds spice to life.  Just check out these awesome Halloween Costumes (I hope that link works)

So fill in the blank.  What can you never have too many of?  I’d love to know.

One Lovely Blog

6 Sep

Seven lovely things about me: 

1. My favorite bird is the cardinal.  
2. I am not even close to the best piano player in anywhere, but I enjoy my own playing to anyone else’s because I get the joy of creation and the joy of listening at the same time.
3. The best thing in life is family game night at Mom’s house. 
4. The habit that that keeps surfacing when I least expect it is when I tell someone I have a goal and my head says to me, “Yeah but you never do what you say you’re going to do.”  I’ve really got to teach that voice in my head that if she can’t say something nice, she shouldn’t say nothin’ at all.

5. Best breakfast I ever had was at a bed & breakfast in Eureka Springs.  It was the fluffiest oven pancake ever, covered in fresh strawberries.  The cook offered seconds and nobody else had seconds, so I didn’t either. I really regret that choice.  
6. The most embarrassing thing ever:  
When I was in 8th grade Social Studies class, the teacher was talking about laws and what do we do if they are unfair.  I had just watched Les Miserables and raised my hand.  “I know about an unfair law,” I said and began with the guy who was sentenced to prison for 5 years for stealing a loaf of bread and how he finally escaped 19 years later.  I was so engrossed in the story that I kept going and by and by I realized it, I had been talking like FOREVER.  The teacher and the entire class were silent and staring at me.  I had described the entire story to the end, but suddenly I couldn’t remember the end because I was so horrified that I had been talking for so long and everyone was looking at me.  I’m not sure how I managed to end it and shut up, but that horror stayed with me so strongly that I HATED the thought of Les Miserables for the next 10 years.  
That teacher was my favorite teacher and I invited her to my wedding reception.  She came and talking to me, found out that I had majored in Elementary Education in college.  She said, “I always thought you would be a lawyer.  I can’t remember why I thought that.”  
Dun Dun Dun.  I know why.  
It’s because she watched a little freckle-faced 8th grader full of fire and indignation rant at the thought of injustice and she thought that kid in pigtail braids might grow up and do something about it.  

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”

~Marianne Williamson, Return to Love

As a lovely blogger, I would like to nominate Carly The Evans Express.  She shares her family and her struggles and successes and I love reading her tiny adventures whenever she posts.  She is also a rockin’ kickboxer.

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Beatiful Blogger

6 Sep

Somewhat recently, I was generously given four blog awards by Jon over at

He once shaved his glorious hair off for a good cause, which is super cool.

I was only too happy to receive awards with words like “lovely,” “sparkly,” “beautiful,” and “illuminating.”   Thank you, Jon, you are a real sweetie pie.

Along with the awards came permission to bend the rules a bit, so I will.  I will only be nominating one person for each award, because that makes it more special.


Seven Things about me:

1.  There are 2 things that while I would never judge anyone else if it happened to them, I am horrified and embarrassed if they happen to me.

snoring:  this just doesn’t fit with the image I have of myself and I have no control over it, but I did snore a couple of times while I was pregnant last year.  I get positively squeaky if my dear husband brings it up.  I really do not think it’s a very gentlemanly thing to mention, wouldn’t you agree?

car trouble:  I feel so ghetto/trailer trash when my car breaks down.  Like, gosh, can’t I even maintain a vehicle?

2.  I suffer from a teensy bit of Beiber Fever.  I just really like his version of “Love Me”

3.  Whenever there is something that I need to do, but don’t want to do, my house gets really clean.  Like, suddenly the floor must be mopped right now, and the laundry must be folded, and the crayon marks must be scrubbed off the walls; all these things are more pressing than the thing I don’t want to do.

4.  Calling someone on the phone and asking them to do something is the thing I don’t want to do.  I am just not a phone person.  I can’t see the other person’s face and my cheek gets all sweaty where the phone touches it. urg.  The video phone with speaker phone that I got for Christmas from my dad is the best thing ever.

5.  Another thing I don’t like about phones is when people put me on hold to answer another call.  Hate that.

6. The clothing in my closet is organized by color and then subdivided by sleeve length.  The fronts all face north.  This makes me happy.

7.  Could I live without chocolate? Yes, but I would be sad and my children and Dear Husband would suffer.   I eat it all for them.

I’d like to pass the Beautiful Blogger Award to Melody because her blog is beautiful (she takes great pictures) and she puts so much of her loving heart into each post.

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