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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Racing Weekend Recap

This Saturday I did the spartan race. This is what I have to say this was the hardest I have ever worked for a medal. This race kicked my butt...I carried rubber tires and cement blocks were dragged . There was running and that was fun but the climbing hills on all fours that was so crazy hard. I think I would do it again but if you would have asked me that right when I finished I would have said no way Jose !!!!

Then on Sunday I ran the Tinker Bell half Marathon with my girlfriend.. This was fun and hey I got to run with huge fairy wings..

As you can tell I had a great time and we got to run through Disney land. We also got to see many many characters..

Then there is this medal... I love it !!! This weekend was a huge success. I had a great time and I got run and now I am sitting here with a very sore legs..but it was all worth it...
Hope you had a great weekend...
xoxo
G

Friday, January 27, 2012

Running story week 3

Yes
I really do say yes when ever any one I know says G do you want to go for a run ?
This weekend my dad called me around 7 am and said Princess i am on my way and would you like to go for a run ?
Yes..Yes..Yes
So I hurry up run down stairs make coffee run back upstairs and get ready and in about 25 minutes my dad is at my front door ready to go...I had my coffee not the best thing for you to have before a run but it works for me.. Then we walked out the front door and had a fun 7.25 mile run. I am always glad to get my butt out side and running makes me feel healthy. Its been hard to go out and run since my grandmother passed and my sister got sick. I haven't figured out a way to fit running in my schedule . So if I can figure out a way to go regularly I will. So as I said when I get asked if I would like to do a race I say Yes
..So I was asked by my girlfriend Ally Serrato to do this race called the Spartan Race . Ally just started running and she is super excited about this sport and I love her so I said Yes...The race is this Sunday and its an obstacle mud run course...and I am feeling a little O M G ..but I know it will be fun and I like the idea of creating fun memories with my friend...OK then my sister in law asked me months ago if I wanted to do the Tinkerbell Half Marathon with her and I said
Yes
I was so excited at the thought of running with family and I really want to dress up as a fairy so I signed up a long time ago and then asked my other girlfriend to join us. So now my friend and family are running a half w me..How fun don't you think??
It turns out both races are this weekend!!!
One on Saturday and one on Sunday..I am glad I said Yes to both because we should celebrate life right?? but I am sure come Sunday night I will be so tired..I do love having something to look forward too that's going to kick my butt...I will tell you the whole story and I hope to have some good pictures too..
Have a good Day and if you remember this weekend send me some   Go G vibes...
xoxo
G

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I love our Blythe Dolls..

Bella and I played with our Blythe dolls this weekend. We made cute little outfits. Bella made her own little outfit for her doll..Mine has pink hair and her name is Lilly and Bella's doll has red hair and her name changes every day. What made this so fun is making a trip to the fabric store having Bella pick out her own fabric and watching her sew her own little dress with a little guidance from me.

Then we took our dolls out for a walk .

I have to say that I just love my Blythe doll..I see more outfits in our future and another doll would be nice too...
Happy playing
xoxo
G

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mid January Blues be gone.

The NEW YEAR is always so exciting. There is so much to look forward too. There is dreaming of what could be and its a chance to start over. I love love the new year. New Journals , new ideas and the oh yeah that comes with the changing of those last two numbers .
2012
Then last week it happened ..
I remembered that every up usually has a down. I felt that yucki sad feeling that made me feel almost unsure and anxious about what might be or not be this year. I hated getting up in the morning and feeling this sad oh no feeling.. I am sitting in my room and I was reading and I came across this quote from
Anne Frank's Diary of a young Girl
The best remedy for those who are afraid , lonely, or unhappy is to go outside , somewhere they can be quite , alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.
I can't begin to share with you how much this speaks to me. We are all connected..
Hope this week treats you well.
xoxo
G

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Weekend Cooking...

Our weekend was full of hanging out at home and cooking. The kids helped out with all the meals . Isabella wanted me to make something yummy that included her carrots that she grew..

Here they are.. Tiny cute carrots...
We decided on Beef Stew..

Here is my Bella working away....
So you should find things that make cooking fun ..

Like playing with your food and making shapes..We decided a heart would be the best choice..

There you go..we made Beef stew..
Here is the recipe I find to be family friendly...
I don't ever really share recepis but all my 3 kids love it .


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds stew beef
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 or 2 bay leaves
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Dash ground allspice or ground cloves
  • 3 large carrots, sliced
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions

Brown meat in hot oil. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours. Remove bay leaves and garlic clove. Add carrots and celery. Cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes longer. To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth. Mix with a little hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly.
xoxo
G

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Happy Hump-day Grateful List.

Today I have so much to be grateful for..
These are some perfect things that happened today.
1.  I am healthy , my kids are healthy.
( We no longer have bronchitis  )
2. Isabella and I practiced making a good bed.

( it was so much fun )
3. Isabella and I busted out our sewing machines and made a cute little smock top for her.
I did the cutting she did the sewing and I have pictures...
happy mom here!!!
I was so grateful to see her little hands on my machine...
4. My 17 year old daughter hung out with me in bed today and just talked to me, this is a time in her life when there is so much going on I am grateful to hear her just say so mom what do you think? and then are you ready I am so grateful that she decided to say I totally agree with you mom..
we bonded, aI felt it I tell you !!!
5. This morning I woke up and then I looked down and my son was sleeping with me holding my hand..
I am so grateful for these little moments with him.
6. I am kinda happy that I was actually sick enough all I could do was rest because it made me slow down and when I did there we were my kids and me.
7. I saw an old friend Becky today at the store and I was so happy to see her..
8. I am grateful that  my mom  called me about ten times over the weekend to see how I was doing ?
every time she called I just wanted to say I love you.
9. Today I made pot roast for my kids and they ate all there veggies..
I was grateful and happy but I did not show it at the table because I didn't want them to stop eating..
10. I am grateful that I have my own house and I am slowly decorating it, for example my old Kelly rea 2011 calendar I took it apart and my bathroom is now so Kelly. Yeah !!!
Thank you for stopping by I know my list might be a little out there today but I am excited for today.
xoxo
G

Monday, January 16, 2012

Saturday Morning Run

My dad and I have our Saturday morning run almost every week.  I haven't really been running because life gets busy and for some reason I don't do well in the winter. I do know how much I love running because it makes me happy and its just good for me. I was very happy this Saturday to get up on time and meet my dad for a ten mile run. Its so nice to go for a run early in the morning there is no one out and the air is crisp. 

We ran around downtown San Diego..
Its my favorite run right now. OK ,so I have bronchitis
and my dad and I decided that maybe if I ran with him I might get better...hmmm
I did run but no I didn't get better.
so maybe running was not the smartest thing to do when your sick.
Lesson Learned..I still had a great time and as you can see my dad he is a funny guy..
xoxo
G

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Miss P loves this song ..

 The best part of her loving this song is that I love it too !!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

52 weeks of Art Journaling

I signed for my first on line journal class for 2012
I chose Elsie's and Rachael's
52 weeks of journaling session.
I like the classes Elsie offers there fun and they have lots of color but there also simple and very doable. I like having a little nudge of creativity to fallow. 

This is my first page. I am actually right on track . I hope to share the fun pages with you. Well  I am in bed today because i am sick. I rarely get sick but my sweet isabella gave me her cold. I hope you have a great weekend and be safe.
xoxo
G

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Paper Crafting Love

I am Loving the idea of starting a scrapbook this year. Its always so much harder for me to just start. I do what I think most of us do I start looking at other people pages and then I doubt myself but I decided that I'm no longer comparing myself because honestly nothing good comes of it. I decided to use what supplies I had right in front of me. Since I just moved I have 90% of my supplies in boxes but I was still able to make a basket of cute stuff to get me started. This is my first page of 2012.
Its simple and I have to say the size is kinda of odd but like I said I had two albums in front of me and so I just picked one. 

So here is my method..
I am going to do at least one page a week .
This is my introduction page.

I did a simple page for my kids . Stating what I feel I have learned front them in 2011. My lesson was this instead of trying to make them something there not I feel I was able to recognize what makes them special and love them for it. I find myself being more aware of there little personalities and what they love doing. This year I determined to document what I see in them and journal about it and make some cute pages too...
Happy Wednesday
xoxo
G

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My Grateful List..week 2

Happy Tuesday
Here is my list of what I am grateful for week 2 of 2012.
1. The way the sunlight shines in my bedroom early in the morning.
2. The sound of my children's voices asking me if they can sleep for 5 more min but only on school mornings ??
3. Morning Coffee in my special cup.
4. The perfect pen.
5. The beauty of a full moon.
6. Dancing in the car with my kids.
7. The art of day dreaming.
8. Holding hands.
9. Soft , warm blankets on cold nights.
10. Long naps in the afternoon.
Those are the things that are making me smile today. I have not had a nap in the afternoon in a long time but it sure does sound good in my head. Have a great day and guess what last night I stayed up scrapping. I had a conversation with my friend Ally and we talked about paper crafting and It made me think..I loved scrapping, so I made a little kit and started up. I love how the new year helps get you all excited about almost everything.
Happy Tuesday
xoxo
G


Sunday, January 8, 2012

My word for 2012

I found my word for 2012 or better yet it found me. I think it came to me and I like it. It may be a little strong but its my word for 2012.
My word came to me as I was thinking about what it is I want to get really good at doing this year. I also have lots to learn this year. I think my word also came to me as I was thinking about how this year my daughter will be 18 my son 11 and my daughter 9.
Determination
That's my word. Here is a list of all I am determined to do in 2012.
I am determined to be a better mom.
I am determined to play more with my not so little kids.
I am determined to start scrap booking 2012.
I am determined to do one crafty thing every week.
I am determined to journal my butt of because it make me happy.
I am determined to be kind.
I am determined to choose wisely.
I am determined to learn a-lot more about sewing.
I am determined to learn how to make 2 new meals a month.
I am determined to run more.
I am determined to run 2 marathons this year and maybe a 50k.
I am determined to learn to listen more.
I am determined to drink more water.
I am determined to get my kids to school on time.
I am determined to send out more mail.
I am determined to teach my kids about God.
I am determined to go to church.
I am determined to become best friends w my sister.
I am determined to have my nieces and nephews over for a sleepover.
I am determined to love my little sister as much as I can.
I am determined to send out birthday cards.
I am determined to learn to save.
I am determined to get my dad a really cool cappuccino machine.
I am determined to work on becoming a better me.
I am determined to read 12 books this year.
I am determined to be a great daughter.
and here is the one thing that scares the ....out of me.
I am determined to go to school this year..

There you go..I hope to write about all my determination adventures this year. I believe its good to dream and believe in our dreams no matter how big or small. I am determined to keep smiling and loving and being the best me I can possibly be. I don't want any of this journey to pass me by. I want to be present for all of it..
Happy January and I hope this year all your dreams come true..
xoxo
G

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The New Year is here...

Happy New Year
I know I am a couple of days late but that's OK.  This picture was taken right before the new year and I think its my favorite picture of 2011..
It is a picture of the four of us. My mom and my two sisters. Its the only good picture I have of the four of us. I have been feeling the new years buzz in my tummy .. That means I have been feeling a great urge to  journal about 2011 and bring that year to an end . Last year my word was brave and I feel I was just that brave in standing up for my self, Brave in letting go. I just felt that word most of the year.
This year my word didn't really come to me. I felt I had to look for it and I came up with two words. One word is my word for my creative life..
Journal
I love to journal and draw in my books but I feel that my journal has taken much more of a healing path for me. I used to journal what I did everyday. It would go something like this. Today I got up and made breakfast got the kids up and took them to school. everyone was happy. I would write down almost everything that happened in my day ..for years I have don't this but now I feel that journal has become  a safe place for me write down anything I want to stop worrying about and I write down my grateful list and how I am feeling about a certain life event that day and its much juicier than before. I am going to try to make it a habit the year to journal and use my journals to help myself just be settled.
The word that I chose for this year in general is
determinationI really want to be more determined to finish what I start.
that come in many forms..
Learning to cook better
Finish way more craft projects
Get out side more with my kids
school
and yes once again I want to do another 50k this year . This year I want to finish it.
run 2 marathon
go on a road trip that inlcudes fishing with my kids.
All good fun things and this year I will be 40.
I love that idea...
I am excited for this year and I hope you are too...
Happy New year
xoxo
G