Christmas crafts

I am extremely creative. I love doing crafts with the kids especially holiday crafts, however (as you can imagine) thinking of crafty things to do and actually doing them are two totally different things. With our kids ages I always have think of things they are capable of doing without a lot of time or effort otherwise there will be frustration (them and me).

The craft we chose to do with the kids today was perfect. It’s an oldie, but easy, quick and fun for them. The Candy Cane Reindeers will be added to our Christmas tree decor once all the eyes and noses dry. 4F12B97A-D06B-4DB1-A891-0CB734709A1COf course sometimes you have to do something fun just for you 😉😁63CBE1B7-B34D-47DC-B36A-133BDD5ACBDE.jpeg

My love for running

When I first started running  (which technically started as a walk) it was a struggle, but I was doing it with no real plans other than as a way to bring activity back to my life. Then a friend suggested I run a half marathon with her. Yeah I so did not know what I was getting into. It felt like it lasted forever, it hurt, I was ready to just lay down and quit halfway through. Who knew 13.1 miles was so far!!!! 

Then we hit the finishline, people were cheering, they handed me a medal and I was hooked. Couldn’t wait for my next race.

My love for the sport started as I crossed that finishline. There is something about feeling so accomplished and learning how strong you really are. Many times I have doubted myself and my abilities, but I keep getting back up and pushing. The things my body can do are amazing. 

Today as I run around the city I grew up in I feel that sense of accomplishment. I got up and ran a 5k before I even started my day. BAM… just like that I am already winning today.

Remember our troops 

So while the girls had gymnastics I decided to do a quick run, well today it was more of a jog ish because I am recovering from a pulled calf muscle. Anyhow.. I ran past this plane, which made me think of my oldest son who is a police officer in the Army (Hooah #proudarmymom). We shall all remember our soldiers that are unable to be with family because they are serving our country.


A quick trip to the store with 5 little kids (ages 6,5,4,3,1) in tow is quite the adventure so you can only imagine a weekend trip to Disneyland.

My husband and I are huge Disney fans and have been annual pass holders since 2009. We have continued our trips to Disneyland, just adjusted them to include any children that may have entered or left our home.

Now with the permanency of adoption we have our trip chaos down to a science (just kidding). We have been told many times our kids are “So well behaved”, yet we still know they are kids. They want to touch, taste and see everything. They have little patience and almost no sense of personal space, which makes the long lines extra fun.

However even with the unpredictable moods of our 5 little kids we always have a great time making memories.


So I have been told I should write a blog. I’ve always been hesitant because I’ve never thought of myself as having a lot to contribute to the blogging world. I’m still not sure about it, but figure even if no one reads it, I can use it as a way to pass the time.