Monday, October 13, 2014

The Lessons of a Long Drive

We drove down to North Carolina for Dan's mom's 75th birthday party this weekend. It was an in and out weekend. We drove 7 hours on Friday night getting in at 1am on Saturday then left at 8:30am on Sunday arriving home at 3:00pm.  Lots and lots of driving can make one crabby so instead of thinking of how awful it was ...  I am going to list 10 lessons of a looooonnnnggg drive. 

1.  Togetherness means forced talking.  Sometimes you learn a great deal even from a tween girl who is hovering on the edge of lots and lots of changes in her life. 

2.  If you look out your window sometimes you will see spectacular beauty. 

3.  Acting crazy and laughing as a family is good for you all!

4.  It's ok to want a little space. 

5. And then you're happy to snuggle again. 

6.  You will come up with pretty ingenious ways to entertain yourself.

7.  Don't ever dress for a Long drive. The comfier the better!

8. Sometimes you just have to bust through barriers to get a little TLC 

9. Thank the man who drove profusely and often!

10.  Long drives make you appreciate your home even more!





Thursday, October 9, 2014

I saw Oprah!

A few weekends ago Jen and I went to a two day event to hear Oprah and her line up of inspirational speakers. We had such a good time and learned so many lessons. It was so cool to finally see her live and in person .... even if we were so far away she looked like an ant on stage. It was so exciting.  You could say one of my bucket items was filled.  I love Oprah! 


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Favorite Food

Day 7 ... 31-Day Blog Challenge ..   10 Favorite Foods

Well I'm a notoriously picky eater so I really don't have anything exciting or interesting to list.  I'm a meat and potatoes kind of girl .... so

1. Filet Mignon
2. Corn on the Cob
3. Cheese - any type of cheese
4. Wine - does that count?  LOL
5. Twice Baked Potatoes
6. Carrot Cake
7. Pepperoni, extra cheese piazza
8. Chicken Salad
9. French Fries
10. Peanut Butter

Too bad more than 1/2 of the items on this list are not so healthy so I don't have it often ... but I guess if I were to have my last dinner I would want some version of all these on my plate!  

Monday, October 6, 2014

Personality Traits

Day 6 - 31 Day Blog Challenge. What are your best personality traits ...

Oh this will be a hard one because I can probably list more of my worst personality traits than my best ones. The challenge says 20 ... but being more realistic let's start with 10. 

1. I'm creative. 
2.  I'm stubborn ... I guess you could say this is not a good trait but it can be when it comes to getting things done regardless if someone says you can't. In fact if someone wants to motivate me tell me I can't do it. Lol
3. I'm optimistic.  Got this from my father hands down he was the most optimistic enthusiastic person I have ever known. 
4. I see potential in everything and everyone. 
5. I am an organized person.
6. I'm always on time if I'm in control. 
7. I'm adventurous and am usually up for anything. 
8. I live in the gray zone. There really isn't much that is a hard black or white.  In my opinion. 
9. I love learning. 
10. I love to be inspired and to inspire! 


Sunday, October 5, 2014

House of Horrors

Day 5 - 31 Day Blog Challenge 

We went on our 7th annual Halloween house tour with the Peppe's. None of our other friends appreciate being scared and startled as much as we do ... so we always go with Todd and Tammy.  The girls were at an all night Dance Marathon so we took that opportunity to go out to eat (drink HUgE margaritas) and then go to a haunted house. 

We usually go to an outdoor field haunted event but this time we decided to go through the haunted Paxton House and the Well of Souls. Talk about frightening. We all said that was the best one we ever attended. I screamed so loud my throat hurts this morning. Even Tammy, who normally isn't that scared by these things screamed a lot. 

Anyway awesome night and a great kick off to the October!  

I Still Do Marriage Conference

Day 4 - 31 Day Blog Challenge 

Dan and I attended the Family Life I Still Do marriage event at the Verizon center this weekend. We had a really good time. We learned a lot of important ways to keep our marriage strong. Primarily through our relationship with God. The whole day was just what we needed and it was well worth our time.

The Meaning of my Blog Name

Day 3 - 31 Day Blog Challenge. 

Be Strong Calm and Grateful doesn't nesesarily mean anything more than what it clearly says. I picked that name at the time because the Be Strong and Carry On signs were very popular and I wanted a spin on that.  All three words are characteristics that I want to carry, exhibit in my life and bring to others. Surprisingly I haven't grown tired of it after all these years. I still like my blog name, it's relevant and meaningful to me. So I guess it's a keeper. 


Thursday, October 2, 2014

20 Facts About Me

31-day blog challenge day 2 ... 20 facts about me ... Here we go ...

1.  I'm over 40, actually 4 years over 40. However I feel like I'm in my early 30's. 
2.  I have a beautiful 11-year old daughter who is just the light of my life. 

3.  I've been married for 20 years to a good man.  

4. I love quotes. Always have and always will. My favorite one is "if it is to be it's up to me"

5. I like change ... Well change that I initiate and want lol. 
6.  I'm a big picture kind of gal ... details bore me. 
7.  I knew early on what I wanted to do and am doing it today - organizational development.
8. I love to travel 
9. I have zero patience  
10.  I have a slight obsessive personality when it has to do with hobbies. I go ALL in quickly  Currently I've ventured into the world of filofax and planners. Who knew the world out there obsessed with planning and to do lists!

11. I get bored easily hence the need for change and novelty
12.  I love to document .... with pictures, lists, journals, Facebook, Instagram, blogging. 
13.  I love photography
14.  I never remember words to songs. I just don't pay close attention for some reason
15.  Some people think I'm aloof, but really I'm just shy
16.  I love my golden retriever. I love goldens period!

17. I'm a self-help junkie

18.  I don't like to vacation anywhere more than once. 
19.  I can be very stubborn
20.  I love libraries and book stores. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October 31-Day Blog Challenge

I really want to get back to regularly blogging. I know I've said it before , but I found a 31-Day challenge that gives you blog ideas and prompts each day. I can do that!

So today's challenge is - Introductions. 

So this is me all dolled up. And 

This is me not all - a goof ball. Btw isn't that fox sleeping mask adorable?  Found it at Five Below in case anyone wants to drop what they are doing to run out and get it. Which is exactly what I do when I see something I want. I have no patience and must find it immediately. Anyone else like that?  

This is my front porch all decorated for Fall. Needs something more ... can't figure it out but I'm sure inspiration will strike me. 

This is my 11-year old daughter. She just started middle school and for the most part is transitioning well. She is a spit fire, independent, soulful, and just a joy (with a few mood swings thrown in there for good measure!).

This is my bad a** husband ... LOL not really he's one of the nicest people you will ever meet but he does have an alter ego. Especially riding his Harley. 

and this is our beloved golden retriever, Rosie, at her finest .... wet, stinky, and happy!



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In case there was any doubt ....

This pretty much sums up why Olivia adores her Daddy!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

life's to short ...

Life is all about momentum. It's just the getting started part that can sometimes be a hurdle. Once you start ... then momentum propels you forward with ease.  Once you figure this out a lot of things become easier.  

Just one example was last night was our last night to have a date night before we picked up Olivia from camp.  We could have picked something local and easy to get to. However we were like look let's get in the car and drive to DC. We live close to such a fun city lets just get moving!  So we went!  And to top off the night we ended the evening at the Lincoln Memorial.  What a beautiful site to see at night!

See ... It's just the starting part that's difficult .... so what are you waiting for?



Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I'm back

I miss blogging ... life just gets in the way. I want to get back to posting more often because this is my happy place ... besides I want to record our life so I have something to show when I print out my blog entries at the end of each year. I guess I have a lot of posting to catch up. I would love to come up with a weekly theme for blog posts ... like Monday Musings, or Wordless Wednesdays (just pics). I'll come up with something. In the meantime here's a picture of Rosie and I.  I've been taking Rosie on daily walks now that the weather is warmer and I work for home it's a nice break during lunch. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Carry On Warrior - Ok I will !

I recently attended a talk by Momastary founder Glennon Melton.  I knew of the website and heard of her book, Carry On Warrior.  The Power of Embracing Your messy Beautiful Life, before but never read her blog nor her book.  Let me tell you I was missing out on something big and worthwhile!  I enjoyed her talk so much and recently just finished the book.  Hands down, one of the best books I ever read - so inspiring and so many nuggets of truth and meaning in it. 

Some of my take-a-ways are:
  • Amazing things happen when women stop and 'fill-up' together.
  • Forced brokenness - rock bottom is the only trueful place to start. 
  • The only think you will really regret in your life is unkindness.
  • Service is the only thing that gets you out of your own head.
  • Truth telling is the key that unlocks people and you can meet them for the first time
  • The most personal stuff is always the most universal
  • No need to have a 5 year plan, just do the next right thing.  If you keep doing this life turns out ok.  It's like driving with headlights, you only can see just a few feet in front of you ... but it can take you all the way home that way. 
  • My job as a parent is not to protect my child from pain/hurt ... but to help them endure the burn.
  • The only meaningful thing we can offer one another is love.  Not advice, not questions about our choices, not suggestions for the future, just love.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Welcome to our YouTube Channel

Olivia and I are very excited to introduce everyone to our new YouTube Channel - called OliveYouToo.  We wanted to create a channel that could be for both Mothers and Daughters. A fun, safe, interactive forum for all things that impact middle school girls and moms alike!  We have lots of ideas for future videos, but would love to also hear your suggestions.  So grab a cup of coffee or some milk ... and watch our first video called, "How to Keep A Life Long Friend".  Hope you enjoy and please subscribe.  Thanks all!