Friday, November 27, 2015

Road Trip Thanksgiving Edition

And we're off! This year we are celebrating Thanksgiving with our family. Road tripping from California to Iowa and back again. Hope you all have a blessed holiday!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

That One Time We Thought We Would See Ellen

About a year ago, I made a list of 101 goals/experiences I wanted to be more intentional about. It's your typical 'so-many-things-in-so-many-days' list. Little goals and experiences I've always thought about doing but never make a reality. 

I have slowly been checking things off my list. I celebrated my random act of kindness birthday and met my reading goal. I've sent birthday cards to every family member...on time! And gave up alcohol and caffeine at separate monthly intervals. Still not sure why I felt that was necessary?!? But I made it through. 

Yesterday I was so excited to make The Ellen Show my next completed goal. My friend H, always a good sport for my ideas, accompanied me to Burbank at the crack of dawn (aka pre-traffic). My hopes were high and by the time we pulled in the Warner Brothers Gate 3 at 8:30am, I got smacked with reality. There was an enormous line of people, some who had camped out in sleeping bags. The Ellen people weren't due to arrive until 9.

We waited until the show handlers told us there was no chance of us getting anywhere near the studio. Then we did our walk of shame or sheer disappointment.  We had hoped from reading on the internet that we could at least get into the Riff Raff room and be guaranteed tickets for a different day. Nope, Ellen Show tickets are just too hard to come by. The only way we were getting in was with tickets requested online. 

I've been trying for over a year to request tickets but no luck yet. The process is crazy. You can only request once every few months because of the way they contact you and post show dates. The odds are reduced even more because of the thousands of people you are competing against for limited number of shows posted. Vegas odds may be better ;) This goal might take me 1001 days! Good thing it's a fun goal!!

(My only memorabilia ;)


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Candy Day Already?!?

I'm kind of in shock that Halloween is in two days. It's the strangest thing how quickly October, November, and December pass. I swear the school year just started and it's practically Christmas already! 

Happy New Year everyone! In case I miss it. While blinking an eye and all. But seriously, Saturday already? I can't even. Let my chunky season begin! I'll be stealing all my kiddos Butterfingers to kick the season off right. 

Let's be honest. We all sneak into the plastic pumpkins. If the sneaking is necessary and the candy is not already spread across their bedroom floor. A clear invitation for you to take whatever you want. What's your weakness when it comes to raiding your kids loot?

Monday, October 26, 2015

Pumpkin Patch Time!!!

Is there any better time to be an American than Pumpkin Season, formerly known as Fall? I'm not sure how the stealthy marketing geniuses manage to change the focus of one holiday from one year to the next. 

I have never seen so much pumpkin spice in my life!! From cereal to beer, the flavor is everywhere. When I saw pumpkin spice gum, I knew things were out of hand. Talk about overkill!

Pumpkin patches are taking a close second this year in the overkill department, am I right?!? Thank you social media for that one! I'm as guilty as the next when it comes to the pumpkin patch. I need my annual kid pic. But can we all agree we are totally being ripped off over a few bales of hay and some strategically placed piles of pumpkins!

I'm sure we all know better. It's just too tempting to document our city kids enjoying "country" life. And by enjoying I mean smiling through clenched teeth. From what I've observed kids don't even like pumpkin patches! They are more interested in the inflatable bounce houses and petting zoos at the pumpkin patch. Not quite sure how those things fit into the farm scene but I guess it's all about keeping it authentic $$

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Care Package Love

I have decided it takes me approximately 77 days to send anything by snail mail. From my first inclination to my Saturday drop off, no less than two months has passed.

I have the very best intentions! Often times, I collect all my goodies and keep them in a box weeks before I seal it up. Just to be sure ;) I absolutely hate my procrastinating tendencies associated with mail. Therefore, way back in January when I created my 101 Things In 1001 Days, I knew sending a care package would be a goal. Knowing myself very well, the simple act of writing the task on my list would ensure completion! 

This festive Halloween care package was sent with lots of love to four littles in Iowa. My husband's nieces and nephews which are also mine :) For some reason I thought it worth mentioning. It sucks to be so far from everyone, especially little ones who grow and change quickly through the year. Care packages are a great way to send some love and care over the distance. As a military family, care packages are like are most fluent love language :)