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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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Tired But Happy…

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I am tired but happy…day 2 went well I have enjoyed the women I have met I appreciate that I am getting a good idea of the kinds of people I will be working with and I like that I will have some diversity in this position and maybe an opportunity to be a helper and love people to Jesus…though it is a  Christian childcare center you are not required to be a Christian to work there and one of the young ladies who I worked with today admitted that she was not religious. Now I do not know if she meant she is not a believer or that she just doesn’t buy into the whole idea of organized religion and religious attitudes. But my intuition says that she is not a believer. Which is an opportunity for me to be Jesus with skin on. I really think that there is a reason that she is working in a Christian center…granted I may not be able to make a difference for Jesus but I know what I can do is pray and talk about my faith and my experiences with God.

I think it is good for me to be in this situation where I am thinking about my faith and about God on a everyday basis. I literally feel the presence and see the beauty of God every single time I have driven to the Center and walked out the doors to go home because of the beauty that surrounds me there a picturesque view of God’s creation. Mountains and sky for miles. I love it!!! I also have been driving in at sunrise everyday and have been filled with peace and joy like God is speaking to me through His creation.

Draw me closer Lord show me your hand and make me crave to be in your presence. I love how you work and touch my heart uniquely in a way that no one ever could. I have been so blessed and even through the darkest times I could feel your hand on my heart begging to be let in. I would not be here today without you. Thank you for never letting go of my heart.

Peanut and I have been listening to KTSY in the car and I am loving it I have had a bad attitude about Christian music for years. I just made a decision to change one thing and that was the music in the car and I have been pleasantly surprised because there is truly some fun and great songs on there that are fresh and modern. Peanut is starting to sing along with them and I love hearing that sweet voice singing about her love for her Heavenly Father.

As for her and I we have had a good week with little to no drama. For which I as a single Momma am eternally grateful…things with The Man Vincent are going well and he is still making me smile everyday. And the more I know the more I am intrigued by him. What an amazing story he has, I am especially enjoying his good, strong and intelligent heart and mind. I appreciate that I am seeing the upside of things right now and that I have a glimmer of joy and a measure of the peace I have so longed for in recent months.

More to come of this adventure…

Jenness

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Productive Day…

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Awe what a lovely and productive day!! I haven’t had a day where I was this productive in a long time!! Maybe it is the fact that I am 10lbs slimmer that I had the energy to FINALLY finish sanding the project dresser for Peanut’s room, clean the kitchen from top to bottom, do laundry, clean my daughter atrocious room, vacuum, and water my plants. I putting a legitimate effort into  getting the house totally clean and organized so that my life is easier because I start my NEW JOB on Monday. Woo Hoo!! I am so glad that we will once again have consistent income. It really will ease the tension of the last few months. I also can proudly say that my blog is literally making it around the world I am so proud!! I was so excited to see the different countries where people had read my blog!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! This totally put me in a great mood today!! (For those who haven’t read my other blog it is Embracing Possibillities.)

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Yay for good moods and  with the idea of  connecting with more wonderful bloggers I went topic searching and came upon a rant about obese people. Oh my!! Throw my sassy opinionated self into the mix of the conversation and it made for a wonderfully stimulating “battle” of words with a close-minded judgmental fellow blogger about the fact that their pet peeve is obese people that said and I quote “Why cant i go up to a fat person and say how dare you eat that big mac yuck and give them a lecture on being fat and how it is now the number one killer of americans? They dont go through withdrawals if they cant get super sized fries. Theres no cholesterol patch to ween them off. Shit doesnt make sense to me…Fatty is sensitive?? I call bullshit. Go to a gym and diet and cut the shit.” I am going to leave their typos where they are and point out that I not only take issue with their opinion but fat shaming and prejudice play such a key role in this issue and  is one of the reasons why the battle turns out so badly for some. It makes me sad when I find people perpetuating hatred no matter the form. I gave them a piece of my mind (well a few pieces of it) 😀 and at the end of the day I am not upset, I am not angry and I think I said my peace in an intelligent and productive way.  I can’t change their opinion but maybe someone else who stumbles onto the Fat = Bad blog will be affected by my sassy retort to the ignorant display of  prejudice.

I will wrap it up with this…I had a great day…I got to write about things I am passionate about and I was seriously productive in an effort to tackle my wildly out of control house…I would say that is a win all the way around and I get to go to bed with a few things checked off my list with a heart more at peace today then it was yesterday. Thank you again to all who are reading, commenting and liking my blogs. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the support of my passion.

Jenness

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Love…

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This post is a month overdue but spreading love doesn’t have a time limit right?? On Valentines Day my Peanut was showered with love from start to finish…I started her day with a pedicure at Monkey Dooz she got sparkly polish a lovely foot soak and leg and foot massage!! ❤ Then we were off to have heart pancakes at her favorite restaurant IHOP (they custom-made them just for her.) 🙂 She was treated like royalty. We then hung and watched movies shared a heart pizza (another of her requests)…she donned her V-day monkey/heart jammies and snuggled momma. All in all it was a good day I love to celebrate her and show her how special she is. It is also a great opportunity to teach her gratitude for all that we have and all the love that surrounds us in our family and friends. And the greatest love of all is that of our Heavenly Father who always blesses us and takes care of us. I have post some pictures of the fun day I hope that you enjoy them and that today not just Valentines Day that you are shown how special you are and that you let the people in your life know how much you love them and how special they are to you. ❤

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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Fun Was Afoot

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Today lots of fun was afoot. 🙂 My little love and I last night spent the evening celebrating Christmas with family and during the festivities she received a fun new toy. She got a princess play-doh castle the second we got home (at 10:30pm) she wanted to put it together and play. With a promise to play today I whisked her off to bed. The first thing this morning she had it set to remind me that I promised to play with her. So after breakfast we sat for probably 2 hours and played with play-doh…it was so fun!! Making shapes and impression of princess accessories…Belle’s mirror, Aurora’s skirt even Prince Charming. We then moved on to making hearts and playing with the super cool gold sparkly play-doh!!! I felt like a kid again and my Peanut Girl was tickled pink to be playing with her Momma. I snapped some pictures of our play-doh fun. We were then off to scooter for a bit and send off some Christmas cards. When we came home I went into stealth mode to try to get one of my Christmas projects done…I am so very broke that I decided that I need to be creative and make gifts for all the little loves in my life from my daughter to my niece and nephews. I spent the day making snowman crayons with silicon baking molds and it was so fun trying to get them as colorful as possible and to see the cute shapes that came out when they had cooled off. These things though very simplistic fed a creative part of my soul and I think it is was a way for healing in my daughters and I’s relationship.

My daughter has been surrounded by adults since birth and as a result she acts and speaks like a much older child. This part of her I greatly appreciate and I think her maturity will serve her well in the future. But, as for the dynamics that it has created in our relationship sometimes it is very combative. She likes to be right and she likes to argue and get her way. And for us the last few weeks maybe months have been riddled with her boredom of being at home with mom not seeing her friends has creating a fire storm of sass and stir crazy behavior. I have written about phenomenon and the toll it has taken on my in another recent posts. So with all that her and I needed to sit down and just have fun with each other and I needed to get on her level and just play with my baby so that I could reconnect.

I love how God created an opportunity for me to see His hand in our lives and how He genuinely cares about me and Peanut. That He is answering my cries for help and solutions to the troubles we have been experiencing. Healing and restoration can always be found even in the something as simple as playing with play-doh on a dreary day in December. My heart is full today thank you Lord for that gift.

I have posted the pictures from today below and I hope with Christmas coming that you all find yourselves surrounded by love and that it brings you peace.

Jenness

P.S. The crayon project was super easy…(make the crayons naked) break up the crayons into small pieces, place them in the molds, then place them in a 275 degree oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let them set and remove them from the molds once they have completely cooled.

 

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Photography And Fun

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Today was a day of fun with photography I decided to go down to Katherine Albertson Park and try to get some pictures of LIGHT for my challenge today. As there was little light to work with because it was a cloudy day I was trying to get creative. I have been doing research online for photography concepts and enjoying myself so much trying to learn something new. As I have mentioned before I have been struggling with depression, anxiety and just in general not doing so well…but today I got out of the house I took a walk and it felt so good to be bathed in the cool crisp air and to be surrounded by some of the most beautiful things in nature. I felt refreshed and my mood was seriously improved and I felt stronger like the burdens are starting to lift. Tomorrow I think we will take another walk get out in the fresh air and let it start healing my soul. I took 88 pictures I edited them and have included the best of them below I hope that you enjoy the beautiful Katherine Albertson Park as much as I did today and always.

Jenness

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