Category Archives: Fun

A Fashion Show & Dinosaurs…

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Awe what a wonderful weekend filled with a fashion show and dinosaurs!! I kicked off the weekend with a calorie laden night out with a friend. It was nice being out without my child in tow. I had some yummy food and even more yummy were the adult beverages that I haven’t indulged in, in 7 years. It was very nice…not so smart to be out so late because my Saturday was full of 10am brunch and fashion show and then it was off to my nephews soccer game (from which I got my first sunburn of the season) and then off to the dinosaurs.

It was lovely to be at church with my mom, sister, daughter and niece to celebrate the bond between women. We had a lovely speaker and good food and then, I participated in a fashion show. Yep I am now a runway model…I was a hot Momma in Camping Couture in the form of comfy shorts and a tank top wearing my favorite flip-flops. For someone as outgoing it was a little nerve-wracking for me. I am sure that my face was flaming red. My daughter on the other hand thrived in the situation and strutted her stuff like a true runway model with the walk and all. It was truly something to see!! I swelled with a bit of emotion to see her uninhibited up there confidently enjoying being in the lime light. She was decked out in sparkly pink from head to toe and she loved it!

We also attend my cutie nephew M’s soccer game and he did great. It was nice to be outside it was a beautiful day and the little 5 year-olds running after a ball put a smile on my face.

We were off to the Discover the Dinosaurs at Expo Idaho with M. Oh my goodness I had so much fun I think I was as tickled with it as the kids were. My Peanut who has a love of the scary thought is was awesome from the get go. M on the other hand was very timid as we walked into the room where there was literally the screeching and roaring of dinosaurs at every turn. To start our adventure there was a terradactyl hanging above us. It was so great. Around every turn was a new adventure Peanut wanted to touch them and M was naming them like crazy. About 5 minutes in M looked up and said Aunt Jen Jen I am not shy anymore and from the point on he went full force into the experience. I thoroughly enjoyed watching my little toots experience this awesome exhibit. The whole time I had a huge smile on my face and was also embracing the experience and acting like a little kid enjoying learning more about the dinosaurs.  To top off the event Peanut and M got to ride a T-REX!!! It was so fun watching them. Though it was an expensive event I wouldn’t trade the looks on their faces and the experience for a million dollars. I have enclosed pictures of our day and appreciate that now that I am working I can do more things like this out in our fun community that is rich with more adventures. I am glad that I grabbed the day and embraced its possibilities. 🙂

Jenness

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The Man…

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For some reason what ever man I have “been” with has affectionately been called “The Man.”  I have yet to discuss much of my dating life on my blog because as a single mom (and obese woman) “dating” is a complicated task. A few months back I met Vincent he was a sweet and we enjoyed texting but things came up with him and he fell off my grid. But in the end of February he texted me again. We immediately hit it off and started talking and texting consistently. We met on a Big Beautiful Women website all those months ago and I have been certainly surprised that I found someone like Vincent on a dating website. He is kind-hearted, open, talkative, complimentary and he treats me with respect, something that has seriously been lacking in my past relationships. Most of the men in my past have used me for one purpose or another. The fairy tale for me has been a big fat LIE!! Frankly, I am grateful that I lost that notion because it allowed me to redefine what I really wanted. I want someone who listens to me and is just as attracted to my brain, heart, spirit and personality as he is to my other finer assets ;D.

As of late as far as dating was concerned, I have found friendships and mutual respect but never a connection that I felt was worth the work it takes to make the sacrifices that it takes to be a couple and to truly find out if we are right for each other. I appreciate the lessons I have learned and the I won’t bad mouth the men who have come and gone or come and stayed on as friends…but I will say that none of the ones who I saw potential with ever treated me like I was a priority or that I was someone who they respected enough to go the extra mile and try to be a real part of my life. And this lovely man happened back into my life and it is all different certainly not a fairy tale (as we discussed I don’t believe in that) but he brings a smile to my heart and face everyday, he encourages me, spoils me and makes me feel seen and heard. Our friendship is growing and everyday we learn more about each other. I appreciate that he sees me for me and that he doesn’t judge or make me feel bad about my shortcomings. I appreciate that he says wonderful, beautiful things to me like…”love your intelligence, goodness, personality, kindness, cuteness, etc.” I am a lucky girl to have met this man. I believe that people come into our lives for a reason to teach us something or to touch us in many different ways and so far he has touched my heart uniquely.

Though I have no idea what will happen with him and I, I do know that I am happily enjoying every moment of getting to know him. Each time I hear his voice or read one of his text messages I am filled with a warm glow. I am grateful that God has brought Vincent into my crazy life and that he is such a wonderful enhancement. For Easter his generous nature brought Peanut and I some sweet, thoughtful gifts and every time I see them I am reminded of him. We have yet to meet in person but I can’t wait until I can see him and get to know him more when we are face to face. He has never see the mountain’s, never seen animals in the wild, and never seen the gorgeous sunsets that only the Idaho skies can provide. ❤ I am so excited to share in some firsts with Vincent. 😀

Jenness

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Happy Day…

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Awe what a lovely, beautiful and happy day!! My day was full of people, sunshine and was pretty peaceful even with extra kids, a playdate in the park, and the eggstravaganza at my church. I had little stress and lots of smiling all around. I really hope that there are a lot more days like this in store for the Peanut girl and I. We need it!! Tomorrow we are looking forward to Easter with my parents and Nana it should be another day of peace and will most likely be pretty quiet. I am also going to attempt my first real massage in 6 years!! So here is hoping that my Momma enjoys it and that I am not as horrible as I fear I am. 🙂 I have many pictures of our day and will put some up tomorrow with our Easter pictures. I hope that you all have a great Easter!!

Jenness

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Art with Abby…

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Today was a day of cleaning and art…I cleaned house vacuumed, did dishes and watched my girls do art. I have been trying to do little bits of things everyday that contribute to the cleanliness of the house because the mess drives me seriously crazy. I feel like if I bite it off in manageable pieces I won’t feel so overwhelmed by the task. I love that we get to add people to our family by choice and Abby girl is someone I am grateful is a part of my family. She is an enhancement and I appreciate her willingness to help and play with Peanut girl. Many times she has swooped in and saved the day by being my cleaning fairy or my babysitter all without asking for anything in return, other than maybe a hot cup of coffee a good meal or a few of my tums that she thinks are yummy. 🙂 Abby is a beloved person in our home and we cannot imagine our lives without her. The pictures of the art are her and Peanut’s creations of a day of fun and art in the beautiful sun on Wednesday. (I love the warmth of the Sun I just wished it loved me.) 🙂 It was a relaxing and beautifully nice day. ❤

Jenness

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Fun Photos…

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With lots of heavy thoughts and posts lately I decided that I need a light-hearted one with recent photos I have taken. I have been pretty people busy having a constant companion of my cousin hanging out here and my Abby girl around a little more as well. So we have had lots of distraction from this Momma’s stress and sadness. 🙂 On a different note my little love has been chatting me up every night at bed time and tonight I just went with it she decided to ask about Africa, waterfalls, and rainbows…I love this child’s mind so much she is scary smart and super silly…Mom do we have waterfalls in Idaho?? Can we travel to them I wanna see a rainbow waterfall I think it would be beautiful…I love her diversion techniques at bed time.

I hope you enjoy the pictures I have been taking lately. ❤

Jenness

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Sledding Fun…

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So much to love about today!! We had some serious sledding fun!! Well Peanut and various family members did anyway. Today we celebrated my youngest sibling James he is turning 30 on Monday!!! Holy Crap I am getting old. We started out at the Black Bear Café and had yummy food. I had a chorizo scramble can you say DELICIOUS!! After everyone ate heartily we all headed up on the mountain. That is what we call my parents and grandparents place they live a quarter of a mile from each other on a dirt road in the mountains and it was an awesome place to be a kid!!! We have 6 little’s in the family and there is more to come soon. 🙂 I have many fond memories of all the amazing times my siblings and I spent sledding up there. Today was another great one burned into the memory bank. It was so fun hearing the squeals and seeing the joy on their faces. What a way to spend our day!! Another to reason to love Idaho and the mountain I grew up on SLEDDING FUN!!!

Jenness

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Christmas Take 2

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Christmas for us was a 3 day event this year. We celebrated with my mom’s side of the family on Sunday for lunch and had a great time. My cousin Zebby who is to me a brother got a sweet gift and he is pictured below with it. It is always nice to connect with them it always reminds me of my Grandma Irene who loved Christmas and we always celebrated with her on Christmas Eve. She has been gone 4 years as of the 19th. I miss her so much and think of her everyday but even more so during Christmas time. On the Christmas Eve I went to services at my church as is my family tradition and enjoyed the message and music. I took some nice pictures while I was there too though the people around me probably thought that I was crazy taking pictures during service. 😛 When I was done with church I headed to my parents house to spend on evening snuggling with my some of my favorite little people Peanut Girl, and my niece and nephew. 2 of my little loves. (I have 3 other nephews. 🙂 ) We watched movies, ate yummy pizza and popcorn, stayed up way too late and had some laughs. It was a great way to spend Christmas Eve. Peanut Girl and I ended up staying at my parents because this broke Momma ran out of gas. So silly I knew I should have stopped to get some. At least it happened in a safe place where I had help at hand, my dad had extra gas in his garage. Yay dad for saving my bacon. (again) The next morning we had a super delicious breakfast of my moms traditional French Toast…yum. We then proceeded to open gifts with my 15 immediate family members it was loud and a little crazy and super fun to watch the 6 kids faces. By the time it came to the grown ups opening gifts the children and found their new favorite toys and ran to play. From my new favorite toy a mini FOOD PROCESSOR!! WOO HOO!!, to Peanut being spoiled rotten by our family we had a great day being surrounded by love and eating great food. I have several pictures of our 3 day endeavor below. I hope your Christmas was as full of love and joy as ours.

Jenness

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