Slow Your Roll


In our busy lives, we often race from one activity to another. I too am guilty of that; however, I make it a habit on my work days to get up early- before sunrise, before anyone is up in my home.  When the house is quite, I have the pleasure of  enjoying the amazing sounds of the birds singing.

Getting up early allows me to move slowly and freely throughout the house but also to take the time to observe the beauty of sunrise, birds flying and singing, and other amazing insects and creatures moving about. 

Earlier this morning, I found this cutie (baby frog) sleeping on the window pane next to the front door.  It’s such an odd place–up off the ground and by the front door handle– I just had to capture him sleeping. 🙂


Please slow down and take the time to enjoy the beauty of each day!

Happy Monday!  

Smooches! 🙂 

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Happily Hitched For 27 Years!

Twenty-seven years ago, the statistics were stacked against our marital endeavors.  In fact, according to a 1988 report, the year we married,

43% of marriages [will] end in divorce.

Well guess what baby? We. Are. Still. Married.   Barring any dumb ass mid-life crises on either of our parts and God’s will and grace, we are on track to celebrate the BIG 30! I guess we blew the statisticians’ numbers out the window. :0) Heeeeey!

I feel like someone held down the fast forward button in our life as the years have passed seemingly quickly.

Although both of our parents had “successful” marriages that lived up to the vow of “..till death do us part; however, my parents’ marriage was far from what any marriage counselor would identify as functional.  I have no doubts they loved each other dearly, but damn it, they had a funky way of showing it. Oh, the memories! Lol!

After five years of good friendship, we married. In total we’ve been buddies for 32 years and still do mostly everything together.

At 23 years old, I tenderly recited traditional wedding vows, excluding the “obey” part, but I had no idea of what it meant.

Tanya, will you have this man to be your lawful wedded husband, to live together after God s ordinance in the Holy Estate of Matrimony? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others keep you only unto him as long as you both shall live?
I Tanya take thee, James to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish forever, according to God s Holy Ordinance, and thereto I give thee my pledge.

Two kids later, the death of parents, several careers for me, selling and buying homes, few lows and many highs, I understand the full scope of our vows.

If you’re lucky, with age comes wisdom and I’ve learned many lessons. The last two anniversaries, I shared 25 & 26 lessons I learned from marriage. They’re well worth the read, check them out below:

Celebrating 26 Years of Marital Lessons


25 Years Going Strong

Like any relationship, marriage has its ups and downs. Thank God we’ve shared more ups than downs.

Does he get on my damn nerves sometimes? Yup! Do I get oh his nerves sometimes? Heck yeah!

When you get down to the nitty-gritty, it is the basic principles that make a marriage work.

We fight (though rarely) clean… NEVER do we engage in name calling… always in private… never in front of anyone, including our children.  Respect is at the top of the list… we give it so we can receive it.

Would I marry Big Daddy again?  Absolutely!!! Lol! :0)  Here are 27 reasons why I’d marry hubby again:

  1. He loves me for who I am
  2. He is kind
  3. He gets along well with my mom (better than me)
  4. He doesn’t anger easily
  5. His sense of humor
  6. He dances with me, even when he doesn’t feel like it :0)
  7. He dances with me but HATES dancing
  8. He smiles a lot (like me)
  9. He is a great father
  10. He spoils our kids
  11. He spoils me
  12. He LOVES his career
  13. Makes a good bed
  14. He cleans a house well
  15. He supported me through school
  16. He encourages me
  17. He respects me
  18. He respects women
  19. He is ALWAYS there for me
  20. I can ALWAYS count on him
  21. He is consistent
  22. He treated his mother VERY well
  23. He was a good son (to both parents)
  24. He provides WELL for his family
  25. He is selfless
  26. He embraced my crazy (handful) of friends
  27. He is forgiving

Happy 27th Anniversary Sweets!! 

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Today Is Take Down Day

Are my priorities right??

I make time for my daily workouts. I make time for food prep for the week, but I can’t squeeze in time to take down the last Christmas tree and the rest of the holiday decorations.

Yup!  That is correct!  So what, the tree is still up.  With the Superbowl and Valentines Day quickly approaching, I could just as easily add a few more decorations and all is good.  Besides, the tree is pretty to look at.

Since today is a snow day for me, I guess I feel like taking the remaining decorations down.  Wait!!

Awe man… I forgot I had brussels sprouts cooking on the stove!  Hubby turned them off, but they’re already burnt!  See this is why I’d rather bake my veggies in the oven. The chance of burning is slim-to-none.  I use the oven timer.

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Hubby said they burnt “a little.”  Haahaa!  They are well overcooked for my liking! Besides the brussels are going to take on the nasty flava of the burnt residue on the bottom of the pot.

Anyways making the decision to take down holiday decorations or working out is a no brainer.  Workout! Workout! Workout!   The tree ain’t hurting nobody in the house, so the rule is, hubby takes it down or it stays up until I feel like taking it down.  Lol!  🙂

If fitness is a priority for you, then it is your lifestyle.  When it’s a lifestyle, you make no excuses for not fitting it in.  Remember… NO EXCUSES!

Today is take down the decorations day… gotta go!

By the way, when I’m done, I’ll be working out my abs at home.  🙂  Oh my gosh!  The burnt brussels stink!  😦

Smooches!

 


On Hard Work

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Good Morning!

I ‘d like to think that I live a colorful life– Trying new foods, being fearless by diving into new adventures… Even those that scare me a bit, not caring a bit about what folks think, taking calculating risks, generously giving from the heart, helping others improve the quality of their life and hall-assing from the status quo nonsense. Yep, that is me and without apology.

With a few hefty personal and professional goals ahead of me in 2015, I have much work to do. Roger Staubach’s quote resonated with me this morning and I realize that I need to shift priorities, establish a new balance between daily fitness, family, career, and fun.

Hmm… This shall be interesting and fun. Similar to bodybuilding, it is time to shift things up a bit. 🙂

Have a maaaaarevlous day peeps!