30 days of truth!

I am going to do the 30 days of truth and get real personal....maybe you will learn something new about me or find something you can relate to. I will start this truth on Dec. 1st....stay tuned!

Day 1: Something you hate about yourself.

day 2: Something you love about yourself.

Day 3: Something you have to forgive yourself for.

Day 4: Something you have to forgive someone for.

Day 5: Something you hope to do in your life.

Day 6: Something you hope you never have to do.

Day 7: Someone who has made your life worth living for.

Day 8: Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like sh*t.

Day 9: Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.

Day 10: Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.

Day 11: Something people seem to compliment you the most on.

Day 12: Something you never get compliments on.

Day 13: A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough days. (write a letter.) Day 14: A hero that has let you down. (letter)

Day 15: Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.

Day 16: Someone or something you definitely could live without.

Day 17: A book you’ve read that changed your views on something.

Day 18: Your views on gay marriage.

Day 19: What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?

Day 20: Your views on drugs and alcohol.

Day 21: (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?

Day 22: Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.

Day 23: Something you wish you had done in your life.

Day 24: Make a playlist to someone, and explain why you chose all the songs. (Just post the titles and artists and letter)

Day 25: The reason you believe you’re still alive today.

Day 26: Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?

Day 27: What’s the best thing going for you right now?

Day 28: What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?

Day 29: Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.

Day 30: A letter to yourself: tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself.


Long at last!

We have finally gotten around to taking new family pics!!! Here are a few of my favorites!


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….and to show you how cooperative Rylee was that day…

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Update on my 101 in 1001

So this Jan. I made a list....maybe some of them are a little above what I can accomplish and I got a little lot sidetracked, but starting today I'm back on track. Heres my list and the ones I have accomplished!

Here is my list!

Start Jan. 1st 2010  Restart 11/17/2010 completed by Sept. 28th 2012

1.start a journal for each of the girls and write them a letter once a month.

2. Finish Charleigh's scrapbook

 3. Make Rylee's scrapbook

 4. Do a walk for a cause

 5. Put away $1.00 a day for 1000 days then spend it on a trip.

6. Learn to play golf.
7. Put away $1.00 a day for the girls for christmas next year 2010. Repeat for 2011 and 2012

8. Tell chris & the girls I love them when Im upset with them.
9. Read 50 new books (5/50)
10. Try a new recipie once a month
11. Exercise everyday except sundays weekends
12.join and attend church

13. Get the girls involved in chruch

14 Write my friends letters
15. Take more me time
16. Find a sitter & go on date night once a month.
17. Make a list of my 101 favorite songs
18. Blog at least once a month
19. Make my 101 list into a scrapbook
20. Take a pic of me doing everything on my 101 list
21. Go for a hike
22. Take a picture of myself every 30 days to see my work out progress
23. No more soda
24. Learn how to crochet
25. No eating out during the week
26. Take a picture of my girls at least once a month

27. Make homemade cards for b-days and holidays
28. Find a pen pal
29. Volunteer 10 times

30. buy a fireproof box, fill it with personal items like the girls hospital bracelets and t-shirts
31. Keep a journal and write in it everyday
32. Make another 101 list before the end of this one
33. Send a card to: someone I know, someone I don't, and someone I love
34. Explore Kansas

35. Donate to charity

36. Take a cake decorating class
37. Dance in the rain with my girls (Do this more often!)
38. Have a dinner in with chris

39. Drink 2 glasses of water a day
40. Throw a party other than a b-day party
41.write a love note and mail it to chris
42. Find something to collect

43. Campout in the yard 3 times
44. Have an outdoor movie night

45.make 3 new friends

46. Ignore the negative, concentrate on the possitive

47. Go on a weekend get away just me and my mom

48. Perform 5 random acts of kidness
49. Do something good for the earth

50.do something I haven't done since I was a kid

51. Write my mom a letter
52. Start and keep a girls night out once a month
53. write my memere a letter every month
54. Lose the baby weight!!
55. Be more confident
56. Attend story time at the library once a month

57. Get another tattoo (Planning on March 2011)
58. Go to a dance class
59.go to a wine tasting
60. Buy 10 new nail polishes
61. paint my nails once a week
62. Send a care package to a solider I don't know
63. Read the bible front to back
64. Find 20 bible verses that mean something to me
65. Complete 200 miles in 300 days
66. Make a list of 100 reasons of why I love chris and give it to him
67. Teach Charleigh a dance routine and let her perform it (Does the Dougie Count?)
68. Dance like crazy 1 day a week
69.sing at the top of my lungs to my favorite songs
70. Start a chain letter for kids with stickers!
71. Have a spa day
72. Try a new resturant
73. Buy a new ipod
74. Learn a new word every day and use it
75. Go on a honeymoon finally!
76. Be able to run a mile without dying
77. Pray everyday at meal time w/the girls
78. Take and send out a family photo
79. Decorate for every holiday
80. Stop living in sweat pants (can only wear them 1 day a week)
81. Host a cookie exchange party
82. Read a night time story every night
83. Rekindle an old friendship
84. Host a playdate once a month
85. Go back to school for early childhood edu.
86. Get charleigh and rylee in a mommy's day out program
87. Take vitamins everyday
88. Get the girls baptized
89. Go on a double date 5 times
90. Do not buy any more sweats
91. Spend more on my self
92. No more impuls buys

93.buy and wear more earrings

94. Buy and learn to walk in heals (again)
95.lose 50 lbs and reward myself

96. Follow through with # 95

97. Spend a whole day in bed as a family

98. Learn to not stress out so much

99. Realize that its ok that the laundrys not done, toys all over the floor and dinners not ready and its 7pm....its OK (Finally I am ok with this!)

100. Pay myself $1.00 for every accomplished item

101. Pay chris $1.00 for every item I don't


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Christmas Shopping Started in September!

This year we had the opportunity to start Christmas shopping in sept. this week I finished shopping for the entire family on weds. I am so happy and excited that its all over and now I just have to sit back and wait for Christmas, only 43 more days! Since most of my family read my blog I will only post what I got for Charleigh and Rylee. This year Christmas consists of toys geared towards my 2 1/2 year old and my 4 year old and their obsessions :)

Pram baby stroller
Wood baby Crib
Fur Real walking Kitty
Baby Alive Baby All Better
TeaCup Piggie
Scentsy Scent Buddy Lenny the Lamb with Lavender and Vanilla Scent pack (So Soft, Cute and Smells SOO Good!)
Plush Princess Dora
Plus Baby Boots
and of course Purple Back Pack complete with Map in side pocket :)
Dvd: Handy Manny's Big Race (or something along those lines)

Stocking Stuffers:
Pet Pals game for Leapster 2
Hair accessories
Nail Polish
Mini My Little ponies
Dvd: Minies Bowtique
V.Reader and Olivia ebook
Squinkies Cupcake and bubble pack
Set of 7 Disney Princess Barbies
Super Tall Doll house for barbies to fit in
Baby Alive Baby All Gone
Teacup Piggie
Scentsy Scent Buddy ROARBERT the Lion with same scent pack as Ry
Furry Frenzy set and extra furry animal
Dvd: Oliver and Company

Stocking Stuffers:
Mr. and Mrs. figures
Hair Accessories
Nail Polish
Pet Pals & Spongebob games  for her leapster explorer
Dvd: Toy story 3

Oh and I can List some of Chris' since he ruined his surprises and got them last month
iPod Nano-newest generation with engraving :)
and some iPod accessories like an arm band, car and wall chargers.

The rest is a secret :)

I am so super excited for Christmas and seeing the girls faces Christmas morning! Even more so Christmas at my parents is going to be great with my sister and BIL. My BIL Blake is in the Marine CORPS and is currently at training in Cali. for 6 weeks before he deploys to Afghanistan in Jan. So having everyone home for Christmas is going to be special. We are also planning my sisters baby shower!!! We are going to have it in Jan, as well so Blake can par-take in the shower before he deploys. Unfortunately he wont be able to come home for the baby's birth, but his deployment is only 7 mo long. Chelsea is due April 16th....14 days before my B-day :)

Before Christmas is Thanksgiving.....and this year we will be traveling to see our Family on Chris' side and see Aunt Denise's new house!!! We are very excited to see everyone again, most haven't seen the girls since Kerrisa's baby shower over a year ago! I love the Holidays!


Getting Caught Up

Its been so long since my last blog, I guess I just got too caught up in life. So much has changed in the last 6 months. I took on so much and I loved every minute of it until I realized how much of myself was missing. I wanted to do and be it all, the awesome completely involved mom, wife, friend and citizen. But where was Rhianna in all of this? I lost focus of what was really  important and why it was important. Getting involved in too many things with too many people left me gasping for air. I realized my views of people and situations was hazed by others opinions and actions. I tried too hard to make others happy and forgot about my happiness.

 Looking back before it all I thought I was miserable, sitting at home every day by myself with the girls who were 1 1/2 and 3 at the time, twiddling my thumbs thinking "There has to be more than this".  So I left my comfy boring little bubble, ventured out to make friends and be more active....something most stay at home moms strive for. Here a year later I have come full circle and realized that  those days were the simple days, and I was most happy then. Not exhausted by the days events of who said what, and why so and so does not like me today. Not worrying if my friends were still going to be my friends after I spoke my mind or their minds that they were to apprehensive to say to another. If I had to look like the bad guy for that then it was a risk I was willing to take...where did it leave me? Well, with less people in my life of course. Its funny how quickly people turn what they previously said into "No. Actually that is what Anna said." or "I haven't a clue to why she would say that" My "friends" were not the friends they portrayed themselves to be....maybe in the beginning, sure. After it was all said and done I can honestly say it was for the better.Who needs or wants friends like that? Am I completely innocent in all this? NO!  Maybe I should  not have been the one who repeated the things others had said, but if I am asked about it I'm not going to lie. Maybe I should have kept each of my friendships in our circle private and not allowed them to overlap into the others, but we were all friends I didn't see why secrets were supposed to be kept from the others.

I know that people have different perspectives on what a friend is. A friend to me is someone who is there to make you laugh when everything else says cry. Someone who looks for the best in you when you cant see it yourself. They know whats going on before you even have to say your having a bad day. They are there looking out for you and have your back when the rest of the world has turned against you.  I guess my perspective of a friend is what most people wish there friends are but does anyone really follow this?

Now that I have been through this experience I now know that I don't need to have people in my life to occupy my time. With  less distractions I can focus on me and my happiness. I can put my time and energy into my marriage and my family. Thank you Chris for always supporting me and having my back when it seemed like no one else did. You are my rock, and I love you more and more each day.

I now have my freedom back.

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