Monday, June 28, 2010


I knew this man. He was married with 4 children. 3 girls, and one boy. When he was a child, his life was...well...of poor quality. He never harped on it, but he decided that his family that he raised would be different. Better. This man was amazing. He lived life to the fullest. He never complained, and he never boasted. He treated his wife like a princess, whether she treated him like a prince, or not. He taught his children how to swim, ride bikes, drive cars, and set a great example of what a husband and father should be. He wasn't perfect, but he did his very best. He brought life to everyone around him. He put friends up in hotels during hurricane Gloria. He paid people's mortgage if need be. He raised his kids to have a great work ethic, good hearts, and an amazing sense of family. All this while, he was building his legacy. Big breakfasts, lots of swimming, horse riding, and annual trips to the families favorite place. Constant weekend company, extended vans on 'field trips' with his kids and their friends. This was a man that devoted his life to smiling, and making sure it was contagious. Everyone was happier when they were around him. He just had that way. This man also smoked cigarettes. He spent his 48th birthday in the hospital, being told he was terminally ill, and he would be leaving his princess, and his children alone. 7 months later, he died. The day before his wifes birthday. They took everything he taught them, and held on to it so tight. They all relocated, but stayed together. The family lives on just the way he built his legacy, just the way he would have wanted it to be. His name was Daniel E. Corbett.

Are you building your legacy? Do you know and realize that life can be taken from you at any given moment if it is your time? Are you making the very best of your life, and contributing to the world and all of the people in your life that God has blessed you with? Are you living a life with purpose? Will you be leaving a legacy? It's never too late to build your legacy. If you wake up each morning with the attitude that you are on a mission to build your name and leave a legacy, you will be unstoppable.

Sunday, June 27, 2010


I got flowers today from Robert. When I asked what they were for, he said "Because I love you."

Recently he said to me, "I love you. I hope I tell you that enough, because I really do love you, and your a great wife. "

Don't get me wrong, if he's watching T.V. or playing a game, he goes deaf just like a lot of other men, but he does do nice things for me too.

On Mother's Day, I opened up a gift bag with perfume, and cream, and shower gel. I thought it was a great gift. And then I looked more closely at the bottle.....

Do you see the name of the perfume? Bella. How stinkin' cute is that. That in itself was the best "first Mother's Day" with Bella gift I could have ever gotten. And the bonus? It smells great. Not to mention it's made by MaryKay, so he had to do some research, and order it.

How can you honor your spouse or significant other today? A card? flowers? A hand delivered Starbucks? Breakfast in bed? Remember to always show thanks and appreciation in your everyday hectic life. You'll be glad you did, and will probably regret it if you don't. It keeps life alive and kickin'.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Summer Fruit

Summer fruits. Gotta love 'em. I love almost all fruit. I feel no love for apricots, but otherwise, it's all good. My kids are pretty good too. Amber always wants fresh fruit in her lunch. 'Please give me juicy snacks Mom'. I always have a heaping bowl of fresh fruit at my house. I don't make desserts with it, we just eat it as it is.

Hey, I bet you don't have a country husband that pulled out a half of a small watermelon, and just ate it with a spoon like a bowl of ice cream. I love him, but he definitely does surprise me sometimes. Behavior like that would warrant a smack in the back of the head at my house.

This would have to be my ultimate favorite use of summer fruits. To me, that just looks so delicious. My favorite summer fruit is definitely- the peach. Hands down. Yours?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer nails

This photo of all of the dark colors is my happy place when it comes to nail polish. I'm talking all. year. round. If I go for a pedicure, or polish my toes at home on the first most beautiful day of summer, I'm still reaching for the deep, dark colors. I can't explain why, I don't even know myself. I think about switching it up, but I don't. Until this year. I bought hot pink, and turquoise (when was the last time you heard that word?) nail polish. I have rocked them both, and actually got a lot of compliments on both, but mostly the blue. Now that I've taken the plunge, I kinda like it. It is summery, and fun. And I am learning that your polish isn't always going to match with your outfit. (but your handbag should). I guess I'll 'shelf' my deep hues for a few months. Hey, I'm just thankful I can reach my toes.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer hair

Oh how I wish I had 'get up and go' hair. Just not in the cards for me. Here's my issue with summer hair. I refuse to spend the time with the blow dryer, the curling iron....blah..blah...blah... only to decide to go for a swim, or a walk with the kids, and it all become nothing but a waste of time and energy. However, I can't rock summer do's. When I throw my hair up, or braid it, or scrunch it, it just looks like 'who did it and ran'. 5 minute hair for me, looks like 5 minute hair on me-literally. Here are some summer hairstyles that I like, but can't seem to achieve. At least not in 5 minutes. What's your quick summer hair fix? No 'bump it's please.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Summer shoes

Summer shoes. Who doesn't love them? I haven't bought shoes in a long time. Here's my issues. I either have high heels, or plain casual flip flops. Nothing in between. With 4 kids, one being 4 and one being 3 months, my high heels are collecting dust, and only come out on date night. Even at that, my husband isn't the tallest guy in town, so even for date night, I wish I had some pretty shoes that didn't have a minimum of a 3 inch heels. Here are a few styles that I like. Rocker chick, I know, but hey....if the shoes fits. The gray ones...I know the name of them but right now it has escaped me. Don't knock 'em, they actually look really nice with summer dresses and shorts. LOVE the white ones with the colored beads. The enclosed black ones-curious to see how they look on with something other than pants.

What are you wearing this summer?

Monday, June 21, 2010


This amazing drawing was Roberts Father's Day gift. WOW. I gave a co-worker at preschool a photo of Bella sometime in April, and she has been working on it since then. It came matted and framed as well. He LOVED it. I love it. What an amazing artist! And an amazing gift if I may say so myself. Father's day was a bit hectic, but I try to honor Robert as a father all year round. He's great to all of our kids just like they are all kids. (Just ask Alex when he gets disciplined, or Amber when she gets grounded)

Bella's first trip to the pool. She liked it. She's so chill. She went in the water with no worries or fears. I love that about her.

I just took this about 15 minutes ago. She's rolling over now. She'll roll across the room when you turn your head for a second or two! Look at that FACE!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Baby Talk

Lexi: "Aye! oh! take the picture already!"

Bella, "Man, I need a weave."