Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Missing People

We had family over this past weekend.

Josh's sister said something that made me thing, she said she missed her brothers.  We haven't seen her since last December and their brother lives far away.  I don't think Josh and his sister have seen their brother in about 2 years.

She misses them.  Then I realized.  I have no one to miss that I will ever see again.

While there are days that I miss my parents there's nothing bringing them back.  I can miss them all I want.  I can't talk to them.  I can't see them.

There is no one for me to miss.  I'm kind of alone.  No family (besides some aunts we occasionally see and hear from) and few friends.  Last year when we got together with Josh's family for Thanksgiving I felt horribly sad because all these people had each other and I don't really feel like I belong.

I'm extremely thankful though for the time we do get to spend with Josh's family and the few family members of mine that we do see and hear from.

Sorry for the rambling post.  I guess my point is if you miss someone and you can see them do see them.  Because at some point there will be no one left to miss.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

School Starts Soon

Can you even believe our girl is starting school this year?


For those of you who have been reading my blogs for years I bet it seems impossible.  She's 4, almost 5, and starting pre-K.  It's just crazy.

We've already bought her uniform bottoms (I have to buy the shirts from the school), socks, sneakers and this weekend it's "tax free" in our state for supplies.  I have a long list of supplies (I also need to figure out the differences between "skinny" markers and non-skinny ones!) and a few dates where I have to go to the school to buy the uniform shirts and meet her teacher.

Good luck to her teacher.  I do feel a bit bad.  Annika is a class clown.  She's social. She loves to talk and she loves to entertain.  I only hope she behaves in class and that she has a teacher who is understanding and doesn't crush her spirit.  Annika is my sensitive silly girl.  I want her to stay that way.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekend Fun + Some Oils

We had another busy, but fun weekend!

We went up to St. Pete Beach.  Our usually beach has always been in Sarasota but now that we've moved further north St. Pete is actually a bit closer and there is less traffic to get there.

We bought this awesome tent thing from Amazon.  It seemed silly to rent them from the guys on the beach (if you look to the left in this picture the yellow one you can rent) when it's $25 and we got this one for just a little over $50.  It gave us tons of shade and none of us got sunburned which is pretty good for us!


The girls love the beach.




They also like digging holes and sitting in them!



Or just laying in the sand.  I'm pretty sure she still has sand in her hair now after 2 showers.


Also to sneak this in we've gotten really big into essential oils.  I've already been into health eating (no artificial colors in our foods, fewer than 5 ingredients in all foods we buy, pretty much nothing processed, organic as much as possible) and healthy alternatives to medicine.

I'm sure everyone noticed my long blog absence and I will admit to some mild depression and anxiety at times.  Growing up with a mother who took every single drug possible for depression and bipolar disorder makes you fear taking anything yourself.  Plus I got promoted at work, there's no way I can hide at my desk for weeks not speaking to people anymore, I have to get up and interact and be prepared to do so every single day.

Currently I'm starting a few different oils from DoTerra and I am selling them, which means if you ever want to try some and buy some from my site I will make a small profit.  Small, very small.  Once I get feeling 100% I'll be sharing what I'm using and how it's working.  So far my depression is gone after only 5 days and tomorrow the two oils I want to try for anxiety will be coming the mail!  Looking forward to sharing how they work.

The oils also work great for the girls when they're super hyper and it's 9:30pm and I desperately want them to go to bed since I wake up at 4:30am for work!  Just 1 drop of lavender on their feet and they relax and fall right to sleep!

If you are interested the link to my site is here.  I swear I won't talk about them all the time but I thought it would be nice to share!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Annabel's New Bed

Annabel was ready for a "big girl" bed so we decided to go get her a new bedroom set.  She was using a tall dresser that actually matched Annika's set.  Since our entire house is dark brown we decided to brighten things up by getting her a white bedroom set.

I went to the store first and picked out one I really liked.  Then Josh went and even though I didn't think we'd get anything fancy he decided on this because "Annabel liked it".


Our 2.5 year old has a fancier, more expensive bedroom set then us.  We are insane.


At least she like it and sleeps in it!



Both girls liked it a lot.

That finally completes our house for furniture!  The only room that probably will need something eventually is the girls' playroom that still only has a bookshelf in it.



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Well Hello There

Long time no see, right?

I knew I couldn't stay away forever.

It's only been, what, 8 months.

I miss blogging.  I miss writing.  I miss having a little diary of sorts to put together all my thoughts.

Don't you miss us?


What have we been up to over the last 8 months?

We had some Christmas pictures taken that were pretty awesome.  Finally family pictures!


Annabel decided to become a mini version of my mother, she will NOT smile for you!

But then she turned 2 and decided "I'll do whatever I want when I want because I want to remind you how stubborn your own mother was FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE".


We signed up Annika for soccer and played for 12 weeks.  Annika doesn't play anymore, it was just too much in our busy schedule.


The girls are best buddies now, 80% of the time.


We went for an awesome hike in our own neighborhood!


Annabel eats entire pieces of pizza.


And lollipops we got for free just because the girls are super cute.



We went to Disney World!!!  





We've also been going to the beach a TON.




Lots to post about and I do actually plan on blogging a little more often, you know, more often than every 8 months.

Hope I still have some readers!!  Let me know if I do!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Shutting Down.

I'm closing down this blog.

Over the past 5+ years I have blogged about our lives, a lot.  I had one complete year where I blogged all 365 days.

In the last year or so I feel the need to be more private for the girls.  They don't have a choice right now but to be on my blog but really is that fair?

Also I've had a lot of strange comments coming from search engines also which I'm not crazy about given the personal amount of information that is on this blog.  Plus I feel the need to censor myself and my opinions A LOT lately so that not to offend people or upset any one (trust me, people can seem so sensitive about something that is someone else's opinion!!).  I actually think this is totally ridiculous so that I'll probably keep this blog private to myself just to keep as a diary!  There are so many things good and bad that I don't want to forget and would love to keep track of.

I will miss blogging so in an effort to keep up a little bit with it I will be starting my food blog January 1st!

Please add Macaroni No More to your Feedly list (or whatever else you use to follow blogs)!  I already have a ton of recipes ready to go and hope to be able to keep up with posting at least 2 new recipes per week!  I will post the occasional picture of the girls on there too since they do help me cook so much but I'll be keeping all personal stories to my Facebook account.

This blog will be shut down by the end of the week!!  So please add macaroninomore.blogspot.com to your favorites list!

One last picture on this blog of the girls :)