Always Have A Dream

Always have a dream
Forget about the days when its been cloudy,
but don't forget your hours in the sun.
Forget about the times you've been defeated,
but don't forget the victories you've won.
Forget about mistakes that you can't change now,
but don't forget the lessons that you've learnt.
Forget about misfortunes you encounter,
but don't forget the times you luck has turned.
Forget about the days when you've been lonely,
but don't forget the friendly smiles you've seen.
Forget about the plans that didn't seem to work out right,
but don't forget to always have a dream.

- Amanda Bradley

Thursday, April 30, 2009

I'm a Proud Mom

  Again, Cody tested for another belt this past Saturday. He's now received his 5th belt (Green). He has 6 more before he receives his 1st Black belt. Actually 9, because the last three, (Blue, Red, and Black) they have to test twice for. Don't ask me why! I guess they just want them to know the moves really well. I'm really proud of him. He's come a long way, and has learned a lot, especially from the Leadership portion. They teach them things like honesty, and belief, etc. It has helped him in school also! He still has to work on his hearing though!! (LOL)

In full gear for sparring
Receiving his belt from Mr.Lee (3rd degree black belt)
...and don't ask me why the kids put those stickers on their foreheads that come off of the new belts?! It's kind of like a tradition?!

Friday, April 24, 2009


  Change. Some do better than others when it comes to change. Not that I don't like change, it's good to have change in our lives. I just wish I could freeze time when it comes to certain things, like getting older, and my son growing up too fast. It wont be long before he stops believing in Santa, the Easter Bunny, etc... I like that innocence about him. All to soon it will be gone. Especially with the things that kids have to learn in school now, stuff that I never learned about until I got to Junior High! Where did it happen that kids were forced to grow up faster? I wish that kids could just be kids. They can't go out and play or ride their bikes without the parents being worried. I remember getting on my bike and just going all day, and Mom would tell me "just be back before it gets dark out."  I wish sometimes that I could take him back to the time when I was growing up so he could get a taste of what it was like to be a kid, to have fun, and not have to have the worries that little ones have now.
  I savor every moment with my son. I try not to think about 'tomorrow', and just live in the here and now. I hope after he grows up he don't have any regrets, he's able to be proud that he was our son, and that he thinks of us as having been good parents. No one ever comes with instructions, we do the best we can, and hopefully that will have been good enough.


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Way Back When-sday

Sorry again for not posting a lot in the last few weeks. I don't know why it's been so crazy. When I finally sit down to post something I can't think of anything to post. I tell myself I'll get to it tomorrow. Anyway, I wanted to thank my husband again for the gift card he gave me for our anniversary, which was back in December. It was for a place called Douglas J Day Spa Salon. This place is awesome! I felt like I was some sort of celebrity or something, this is how they make you feel. When I first got there they took me to a small dim lit room where I was to wait for my massage, in there was some glasses, lemon water & biscotti. I met my massage therapist, and then they brought in a large bowl of warm soapy water to soak my feet. Then I received a 90min massage. Then I was walked to a different area where I picked out two bottles of nail polish for my manicure/pedicure. Had my feet soaked again, sea-salt scrub, paraffin treatment, more message, and the same for my hands. All the while they never let me run out of lemon water, made sure I had a magazine to read. I've never felt so pampered my whole life! Let me tell you what, this was the cats meow!! What was also nice about this place is that there weren't a lot of bright lights, and it smelled awesome in there. I can tell you this, I will be going back, maybe not for a while, but I'll be going back!! If you do happen to visit the site, take the virtual tour, it's really cool. Thanks again to my wonderful hubby!! ( I love you more than anything!)
 Well, I tried to figure out some pic's for 'Way Back When-sday' and here's what I come up with. A few pic's of taking Cody to the beach along Lake Michigan back in 2004.

I love this picture! He was so busy playing in the sand, totally oblivious to anyone else there! I like times like that, when I can take his pic without him even knowing it!
Play along, stop by and visit Cheryl

Friday, April 17, 2009

F4 - A Few of My Favorite Pictures

  Sorry I've been slaking this last week. It's been kind of busy. Easter Sunday was really nice, spent with family & lots of food! Then Monday it was back to the grind stone, Cody went back to school, and I've been working a lot this last week. On top of that, I had to catch up on continuing education credits on line, and that takes a lot of time. So my excuses are out of the way.....
  I couldn't think of what photos to use for today with Friday Foto Finish Fiesta, so I just pulled out a few at random, but they are some of my favorites. And by the way who has pics of their family that they really don't like, I know I have some of myself that I don't care for, but I'll save that for another post.

               These are some of the foto's from our trip to San Diego. This was the Train Museum. Cody loved it! Mike & I actually liked it too! I couldn't believe how huge the place was. I don't think he'll ever forget it!           
 Stop by and play along with Friday Foto Finish Fiesta.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Way Back When-sday

  Thinking about how small Cody was when he was when he was born, a preemie at that! The doctor was going to send me home because my water hadn't broke yet, and thank God for the nurses that caught some problems when they did or he probably would have been still born. Every time I had a contraction his heart rate would drop considerably. So the doctor broke my water, and after 19 1/2 hours of labor, and putting me in every sort of position possible, and the only way he would tolerate the contractions was me lying on my left side, he finally decided to pop into the world, as they were prepping me for a c-section. Then we finally found out that the problem was the cord was wrapped around his neck, abdomen, and a leg. The nurses were awesome, and I can't thank them enough.
  So these were the first pic's, before they took him away from me for almost a day. So thinking back I'm grateful about this Way Back When-sday. Everyone take cake care and be grateful for today!!  ;0)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Two For Tuesday's

  Like I've said before, I'm not a Mom of multiples, but I still like to play along with the Two For Tuesday's. I have a few pictures of Mike & Cody at the fire station and I thought I would post this one. It's one of my favorites.

Life goes by quick some days and others just seem to drag by. Some days there is so much going on that it makes your head spin and others that seem like nothing happens and you want to just lay around and watch TV or read. I'd like to blog everyday, but that just doesn't happen. I'd also like to read every one's blogs, and that just doesn't seem to happen, and I'm sorry about that. I do catch up when I can.
I do want to thank everyone who doe's stop by and visit my blog. It seems that I could spend all day reading and commenting, but life happens. So I'm sorry if I don't get to every one's blog everyday.
Hope everyone has a great day.
Take care!!
Don't forget to stop by Eight Is Great and play along!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Baby Picture Sunday's

I know I haven't posted anything in a few days, that's life for ya! I did come across a cute pic of Cody from his 4th birthday. He's loved Thomas the train (if you couldn't tell from my last post!!) ever since he was about 2yrs old. I can't tell you how excited he was about this Thomas, I guess you'd call it a box, for his trains! No sooner did we turn around and he was inside it!

I guess you can say it was well worth the money, and this was before he got the idea to make it 'snow' in his room!! I can tell by looking at him that the thought was already starting to fester!!!
Happy Sunday!
Hope you play along with Baby Picture Sunday's!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Way Back When-sday

I couldn't help but think back about an incident with Cody & his Thomas Trains. At first we were upset, then couldn't help but laugh.

A Thomas the Tank Engine - $12.99
Bottle of baby powder - $3.79
A child wanting to make it snow on his trains in his room..........
A lot of cleaning up!!
A child laughing about it because he thinks it's great, and he knows he's not the one who is going to be cleaning it up.............. Priceless
Note: It took us 2 days to clean the powder off everything in his room!!!!
But it was a great memory!! And also note the sweeper in the right bottom corner??
Play along with Way Back When-sday.
Have a great day!!

My Favorite Actors/Actresses

  • James Dean
  • Cary Grant
  • Myrna Loy
  • James Garner
  • Simon Baker
  • Orlando Bloom
  • Julia Roberts

My Favorite Movies

  • Mama Mia
  • Lord Of The Rings
  • Harry Potter
  • Kingdom of Heaven
  • Pretty Woman
  • All Thin Man movies
  • All Cary Grant movies
  • All James Dean movies

Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today - James Dean

Best friends forever!!

Best friends forever!!

Cody & his guitar

Cody & his guitar