Beautiful Leaves

I missed writing day 7 of Suze’s 7 Days Of Summer Challenge because I was at a funeral, but I’m making it up now! The 7th day of July’s prompt from her challenge is noting the end of summer, and what one looks forward to with the coming of fall. There’s a lot I look forward to, honestly!

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Fall is when both my girls’ birthdays happen! My Marie Bean will be turning 3 this September, and my Celeste Bug is turning 2 this October. Celeste was born on the 18th and had an 11 day stint in the NICU, barely making it home before Halloween. However poor Marie got sick right as we were bringing Celeste home, which broke my heart because that meant no trick-or-treating. Marie’s birthday is literally the day before her daddies! If only she could have held off another 24 hours, then they’d share the same day together for the rest of forever. 

 

One of the other things I look forward to every year when Autumn comes is the changing of the leaves. Especially during a particularly spectacular sunset, when the sun shines through the color changing leaves. It is literally one of the most amazing and beautiful things I think I’ve ever seen, when the leaves begin to turn colors and start falling to the ground. I’ve always wondered how people turn them into leaf wreaths, whenever I find these beautiful little leaves, they’re so brittle and incapable of turning into something artistically gorgeous. 

 

Don’t even get me started on Halloween itself, oh my goodness. Halloween is one of my top two most favorite holidays of the year. It is the time of year when children dress up in adorable and or semi-frightening costumes, blood oozing or covered in bazillions of sparkles. We get princesses, ghouls, ghosts, vampires, lady bugs, lobsters, and so many more adorable childrens’ costumes. I had Marie dressed up in a ghost tutu for her first Halloween, and Celeste’s first Halloween, she had a lady bug tutu dress, fully trimmed with wings and a customized headband.

 

I look forward to many more beautiful birthdays, and oodles more amazing Halloween adventures with my girls.

National Rollerblade / Roller-skate Day

Finally caught up to today’s post for Suze’s weird little 7 Days of Summer Challenge, it’s day 6 and today’s challenge is to create your own national holiday and describe how others would celebrate it.

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National Rollerblade / Roller-skate day would be a day in which everyone used roller-blades or roller-skates to get around to their destination instead of cars, trucks, bikes, so on and so forth. Everyone would be fully geared with all the necessary knee and elbow pads, along with a helmet for their head for those who aren’t that terribly balanced. They could either have a standard set of roller-blades/roller-skates, or they could get ones with patterns they could color themselves to create their own unique designs. 

 

Each resident of all participating countries would have police officers policing the streets to ensure that all the roller-bladers/roller-skaters are traveling safely and helping those who are having difficulty staying up on their own two feet. There would be designated areas approximately every few blocks where people could take a rest, drink some water, then get going again. Each rest stop would be equipped with a shelter for those who are adversely affected by the sun, and would be in front of a shop for which people could purchase a light snack for anyone who might have to keep their blood sugar level due to the excessive exercise.

Reading And Writing

Suze’s day 5 of her 7 Days of Summer Challenge is supposed to either be about 5 things you would pick up at a beach or alternatively, a summer activity you enjoy the most and why. Since I wouldn’t be caught dead on a beach, because it requires being out in the blazing sun and being surrounded by more than I could handle in naked people… Not to mention about two boatloads of sunscreen to keep myself from burning and disappearing in the wind like a vampire who sees their first sunset… I think I’ll write about one of my most favorite activities that I enjoy doing during the summer time.

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I absolutely love to take walks to little nature areas like nature reserve parks and rock quarries, or even graveyards since it is my favorite place in the world to go to begin with. Usually I find a nice cozy little shaded spot and curl up with a good book, be it a physical book or an eBook, and just read. I’ve not been able to do that for some time, but it was always my favorite thing to do ever. Now, as I’ve grown older and started having my own family, I take whatever chance I get to read and truly immerse myself in the fantasy of worlds unknown. Either that or write my own little weird slice of paradise. 

 

I get my best clarity when I’m alone by myself, with little to no distractions. So I don’t really get a whole lot of time for writing or reading since the kids are always all over me or getting into stuff they really shouldn’t be. Personally I prefer when they’re all over mommy, because that’s when the most fun begins.

Independence Day

Today I am playing catch-up on Suze’s 7 Days Of Summer Challenge. Day 4 of her challenge was supposed to be about what Independence means to me.

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The idea of Independence Day is the thing that all who come to America seek. Freedom. Freedom from fear, freedom from oppression, freedom to be who you so wish to be. There is always a price to be paid for ones freedoms though. Often times freedom for the masses comes at the cost of the lives of others. We struggle to balance freedom and payment for freedom, and worse still, we struggle with the very ideology of “Freedom for All”. We the people of the American United States cannot all be held accountable for our countries dreadful actions and or decisions, but what we can do is remove those who do not speak for the people. 

 

Our government ought to be held accountable for their failure to listen to the constituents that put them in office. It is obvious that our government has forgotten log ago what the true meaning of the Declaration of Independence is about, along with the American Constitution. We were once an independent nation whose ability to communicate, debate, and come to a resolution was what let to America’s fruition. Now, we have forgotten what Independence is, what our Constitution stands for, we no longer know what true freedom is like.

Summer Essentials By A Pasty Lady

Todays challenge from Suze in her 7 Days Of Summer Challenge is about your top three summer essentials for every summer. So I’m going to write, obviously, about the three things that are a must have for me during every summer since I can remember.

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Sunscreen : Copious amounts of it, otherwise I’ll burn. No one wants to see me running around looking like a lobster with boils, so I absolutely must have my sunscreen. SPF 100+, or as my husband fondly calls it, latex paint.

 

Parasol : Even though I use sunscreen, I still need protection for my head and I’m not very fond of hats. So in order to save my scalp and prevent me from getting sun poisoning, a parasol like the one Abby Sciuto has from NCIS is a positively magnificent must. Not only does it save my poor scalp, but it is perfectly fashionable!

 

Tennis Shoes : Now who would ever forget about the most important thing ever? Foot wear! Tennis Shoes are one of my most worn wardrobe items, and I couldn’t survive any kind of weather without them, especially not the summer time. Tennis shoes allow me to go gallivanting about without hurting my feet and exposing them to all those icky UV rays of doom.

 

These are my 3 must have summer essentials for every summer, what are yours?

A Perfect Summer Day

So according to Suze and her 7 Days Of Summer Challenge, today’s request is about either a day you’ve had that was perfect during summer or what you fantasize to be your perfect summer day. I’m personally going with what I fantasize to be my perfect summer day. 

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A perfect summer day for me would be a day I don’t have to worry about copious amounts of sun screen, even though the sun is blazing brightly. I wouldn’t have to cook, or clean anything. I would get to be free of the confines of my little enclosure with no cares in the world other than what I’m going to do that day. A perfect summer day would have absolutely no bitey bugs like mosquitoes, I dislike those blimey buggers. 

 

A perfect summer day would start with getting to sleep in, only to be woken to breakfast in bed to the smell of fresh pancakes, sausage, eggs, and some orange juice to accompany my morning coffee. The next step to a perfect summer day after such a delightfully filling breakfast to start the day would be a relaxing bubble bath with lavender bubbles and bath salts, and french vanilla candles, accompanied by a good book to read for at least half an hour to an hour. After a nice bath and some quality reading, snuggling with my family on the couch to watch a movie would be absolutely amazing. Once we finish the movie, guests would arrive. None other than my three favorite internet fems, Angie, Suze, and the Geekette Stephy. We’d have a blast playing board games like Cards Against Humanity, in which I’d have everyone falling onto the floor from giggling till they’re gasping for air as I read in my best commentator voice. We would end the night with a big feast of lasagna, with green beans, and some peach cobbler, then my friends would go home. Kids would get put to sleep, and the hubby and I would cuddle on the couch watching an episode of a geeky show we enjoy and fall asleep, snuggled in each others arms.

 

That, to me, would be a perfect summer day.

GCD 13&14

 

I missed yesterdays Grateful Challenge post, in part to I was very exhausted and mentally unable to really focus on much aside from two seconds behind and two seconds forward. Since today is literally the last day of the challenge, I thought I’d do things a little differently. I am going to list a whole plethora of things I’m grateful for.

 

  • My girls : without them, I wouldn’t smile nearly as much.
  • My husband : without him, I wouldn’t be where I am nor would I be remotely close to as happy as I am right now, and how much happier I will be tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year. He always stands by my side on whatever endeavor I decide to pursue.
  • My mother : she gave me everything she possibly could, and there’ll never be a person in the world I’m more grateful for than my mom.
  • Suze : she introduced me to her blog then convinced me to blog too. She always makes me laugh, she makes me cry, she brings me joy and she shows me love. If I had the choice to have 2 mothers, I’d definitely want her to be my second mommy. Love the woman to bits and pieces, I just wish sometimes she would realize her own worth. Then again, I’ve been barking up that tree with my own mother and she still doesn’t see it!
  • Stephy : a mutual friend of mine and Suze’s, she is that really cool aunt who knows the answer to like everything in the entire world. Though I don’t know if she’s really old enough to be my aunt, so she can just be my sister. Yup, forcibly adopting someone, she’s just that awesome.
  • Angie : She makes me giggle until I snort, and she hasn’t figured out just how much alike Suze and I are, so it always makes for a gas of a time when Suze and I double team her with our crazy!
  • Things I’ll always be grateful for that aren’t people
    • Waking up. Not everyone gets that opportunity.
    • Grass. I love how it smells when freshly cut, and how it feels on my feet.
    • Sun shine. I may have a bad track record with it but I love it!
    • Food and water. Who isn’t grateful to have stuff in their belly?
    • Coffee. You’d be dead if I didn’t have coffee.
    • Trees and other botanical things. They’re beautiful and shame on you for not being grateful for them!
    • Nature in its entirety. Without it, we wouldn’t be here.
    • Home. I’ve spent the past few years feeling like I had no where to call home. Home isn’t just where you lay your head, it’s where you feel at peace, safe within its walls. I love my home, and am grateful to of found it.
    • Electricity and proper plumbing. That should just be a given but some forget just how great it is to have electricity and a good plumbing system that works.
    • Fence / Gating. It allows children to roam safely and freely without getting hurt. I ordered a baby fence so that we can go outside and enjoy the summer!
    • Life! So many are deprived the opportunity at life, and granted yes I’m pro-choice because I’ve been in a life threatening situation myself, but my heart breaks for the lives that begin only to be ended too soon. There are so many children and infants who’ve had someone deprive them of the chance at life, so every day I am grateful for mine. It might not be perfect by the standards of others who are looking in, but to me it is the best life a person could ask for.

GCD 12

 

Welcome to day twelve of the Grateful Challenge, started here at Sunken Thought by yours truly, the master of insanity. I’d like to throw a thank you out to my friend Suze who has joined me on this Grateful Journey!

 

Today’s list of things I’m grateful for!

 

  • My husbands job : My husband works for Toyota Motor Manufacturing, and honestly they’ve got to be the best place to work in all the world. Or at least in the top 5. There was an incident that blocked off the main road yesterday, which made it so my husband literally couldn’t get into work at all, period. Now those that recall, he had a big league of absence from work not that long ago, thankfully it was covered by the company and the third party insurance that covers workmans comp, so he still got paid and it didn’t take his vacation or sick days! So he was able to call in yesterday which turned out to be eventful!
  • Off Broadway Shoes : I’m not a big clothing/shoe buying kind of person, but by George, when you need a decent pair of shoes, it sure is nice to know there are places to go to get a good versatile pair that’ll last you a while! In our adventures yesterday, we found out that the kiddo we kidnapped from the in-laws place last night did not have any decent shoes to go with her skirt she was wearing. I was very disappointed at her absolute lack of coordination, as she was wearing the most ridiculous looking pair of thong-flip flops I’d ever seen. They reminded me of cotton candy, and not in a good way. End result? She ended up getting a much needed pair of classy flats with a tiny wedge heel.
  • Sun Set : I don’t know why, but the world just looks so beautiful during sunrise and sunset. There’s just something about sitting on the porch step watching the sky change as the sun begins to wake for the day, or being in the car watching as the sun goes to sleep for the night. It is mystically beautiful, and so often I’ve wished I could capture a good picture of it. Truly, it is a magical sight. 

GCD 11

 

I’m sort of sad to think that after today, there are only 3 days left in the Grateful Challenge. That is fine though, I can always do another challenge later on! Well, I guess onto the things I’m grateful for today.

 

  • Closets : Last night was absolutely terrifying. I was literally horrified because the storm alerts were going off and I had notifications that there was a tornado that’d touched down not too far off from where I live. I think I handled it pretty well. 
  • Non-Perishable Snacks and Quick Fix Meals : In my preparedness, I brought with me some snacks to keep the kids occupied if they got hungry, depending how long the blasted weather remained horrific. Tried to be top notch on preparedness and now I’m convinced I need a bunker/bomb shelter/severe weather shelter fully stocked with at least two weeks worth of non-perishable and or easy to open canned goods, a few dozen sets of plastic silverware, enough clean water and disposable wipes to ensure we can at least clean ourselves and hydrate ourselves for a minimum of two weeks. Yup, full blown Cheeki-Breeki over here!

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  • Music : After everything I’ve been through, the last thing I’m grateful for today is music. It gives me the ability to clear my head, stop thinking, and just enjoy a moment or two to myself. It is amazing.

GCD 9

 

Welcome to todays Grateful Challenge post! It is day 9 of 14, 5 days left after today! I’m very pleased with my little challenge, even if only one other person was brave enough to join me.

 

Things I am grateful for today!

  • Facebook : Without Facebook I wouldn’t have the amazing friends I have now. Those amazing friends being Suze, Stephy, and Angie, cuz everything has to be in 3’s! (Told you I was stealing this, Suze! HAHA!)
  • WordPress : Oh my gosh how many different ways could I possibly be grateful for WordPress?! SO MANY! I’ve literally had so much fun just writing out my thoughts and what goes on in my head, and sharing parts of my family with all you stalkers. It brings a smile to my face every time someone learns something from my posts, or when my posts bring a smile to their faces.
  • NetFlix : The sweet serenity of NetFlix and its billions of shows, episodes, and movies are without a doubt one of the best inventions of the world. For only $10 a month, I have unlimited access to my most favorite shows, my kids most favorite shows, all without causing mayhem and more clutter than I need. Often a NetFlix binge ends up with me sitting on the couch, a baby on either side of me, snuggling into my side. Precious moments like that, they make the world a better place.