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Fort Worth, TX
Interests: music, jewelry, shoes, antiques roadshow, private jokes, peanut butter and jelly.
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Last week I was in the small village shop where my husband lives in North Wales getting a few stamps and things. The woman behind the postal counter actually remembered me because I wrote a blog post when Duvain and I got married. I'm embarrassed to think how little update my blog these last few years. But how cool to know that someone across the world, nearly 5,000 miles away took the time to read about my life and the day that mattered so much to me. (If you're reading this, HI!!) I've made the decision to sort of drop... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2013 at My Grand Illusions
Today I bought a book that was recommended to me. This quote is THE reason I bought it... "All parenting turns on a crucial question: to what extent parents should accept their children for who they are, and to what extent they should help them become their best selves." My child, Derick, is struggling to the millionth degree and today we have a parent/teacher meeting so I can present the school with my son's psychological testing results. He's different that most kids. He's likely different than your kid and he's different my youngest kid and he's just different and I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at My Grand Illusions
I want thank everyone enough for the supportive and kind words you guys offered me on my last post about depression. A few weeks ago I woke up with that same dreadful feeling and I thought, this medication isn't working! Exercising isn't working! I'm officially broken, aren't I? And then... Then I woke up the next day and I felt a little less dread. The day after that I turned the car radio on and hummed along. The day after that I found myself singing along and feeling a twinge of that old familiar excitedeness to live life. Oh, it's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2012 at My Grand Illusions
I am surrounded by a million things to be happy about. I'm a newlywed, my husband should be immigrating in just a few short months (I hope!), my family is in good health, my boys are good kids that love me and make me smile, I have some of the very best friends you can ask for, I don't want for much of anything. And yet... Last weekend I snapped at my mom about something that was a terrible thing to snap at her about and I felt so guilty afterward. Lately I've been going to bed really early...8:30 pm... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2012 at My Grand Illusions
After this wedding and travel expenses my credit card is VERY VERY mad at me. I quit using it a few weeks ago until I can get back tio a zero balance again. I've also been contemplating starting to try and use coupons. I'm terrible at it but I think it might help a little.
Toggle Commented Oct 19, 2012 on No Wants at She Likes Purple
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I have the BEST IDEA. We should get all the ladies together, wear our finest shoes and get dolled up and get dessert and drinks in a fancy place.
Toggle Commented Oct 17, 2012 on Impractical at She Likes Purple
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Happiest of birthdays, Mike!
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Part of mushing two adults together into one home is making room. Other than about a year when Jackson's dad lived with us I've been the only adult in my house and I've only had to worry about my own things in my bedroom. I used every inch of closet space and every dresser drawer was crammed with stuffto within an inch of its life. I never really needed to find space for anyone but myself. Well...I went and got married and now I've got to fit my husband into my crammed bedroom. I don't want to just carve out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2012 at My Grand Illusions
Such great photos, Jennie! I'm so happy you guys had the best time.
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2012 on Sweet California at She Likes Purple
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Megan,hell be moving here for sure. Were in the immigration process now and hopefully hell be able to live here full time within that next 6 -8 months or so. Its definitely complicated and a ridicolous process but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. :)
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2012 on Happenings at My Grand Illusions
It's been an eventful last few weeks. Actually it's been an eventful last few months and years! But the last few weeks have been good ones... Both my boys started school at the end of August. I forced them both to pose for photos, as you can tell. Jackson was pleased to bust out his cheesy grin and I was shocked to get Derick to even crack a little smile for me. Jackson started kindergarten which we all know is a BIG DEAL and he was so excited to go to school, I hope that excitement lasts. Derick, well, he... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2012 at My Grand Illusions
Oh JEEZ that's just beautiful. The sand and water and I'm fairly certain I spy Kyle having the time of his life! Welcome home!
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2012 on California Sneak Peek at She Likes Purple
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I vote both dresses! Also, I vote you and I go shoe shopping for the event!
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I'll be totally honest here. I've said for many years that I'd never, ever get married. It's just the worst idea on the planet, that getting married business. No thank you very much, I thought. And since I'm being honest I still don't think that idea of marriage is a great one but (there's always a but, isn't there?) I discovered a secret that perhaps everyone else already knew. Marriage isn't just a blanket thing that's to be liked or not liked. It's only a great idea when you find that one person who makes you want to do better... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2012 at My Grand Illusions
Thank you all SO MUCH! We are so excited I cant even stand it! :)
Toggle Commented Mar 27, 2012 on Of Course I Said Yes! at My Grand Illusions
With the help of the prompt Postal Service delivery and the magic of FaceTime Duvain proposed to me yesterday morning. I was half asleep and looking awful but it didn't matter because this man made my day, my LIFE even. We couldn't be happier and we're looking forward to making plans to live an adventurous life together. TOGETHER! He was going to wait until he was here in May to propose but he said "Why wait when I'd made up my mind that it's what I wanted to do". He took a chance and mailed my beautiful ring to me... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at My Grand Illusions
Duvain suggested that we have a FaceTime date yesterday for Valentines Day which I thought was so romantic. We both made food (I made lunch and he made his dinner) and we both had candles to light. Promptly at 12:30 pm he FaceTimed me and then it all fell apart and quickly. The funny thing about FaceTime is it's only cool if it works properly. I'm guessing the weather in Wales was rough last night so the connection was bad and we got maybe 15 seconds of having a clear connection. Between the freezing frames, his candle not staying lit... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2012 at My Grand Illusions
Dear Mom and Dad, The last week in particular has been stressful, scary, sad, depressing, infuriating and a tangled mess of emotions. Derick's not doing well and keeps making these choices that makes me fear for his future as a productive member of society. He can't see it even though it's right in front of his face. He can't see that he's making decisions that, day by day, are determining his fate as an adult. Isn't that the way? Kids can't see the future so they make choices that only impact that very minute or that very day. Next week?... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at My Grand Illusions
Today my sweet boy, my youngest son, turns 5 years old. FIVE YEARS OLD HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? (He took a self portrait with my iPhone, smart kid!) Yesterday I took him to pick out his birthday cake for his class party at school and he had the best time looking at all the photos trying to pick the best one. "Scobby Doo! That's the one I want! Oh wait! Transformers! That's the cake I want! Pokemon! Yes, I'll take that one!" After picking several different cakes he finally settled on a really cool looking dinosaur cake with a fake... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at My Grand Illusions
5:40 AM came SO EARLY to get up and run the 3M Half Marathon. After the Las Vegas Half I was just burnt out on running and I was not looking forward to running 13.1 miles at all. I'm pretty sure if I would agreed to it Jennie would have sat at Starbucks with me sipping iced coffees and passing the morning away with little to no physical movement. I would have definitely done that except for the annoying fact that I paid for this race. (I know, I pay to run around like an insane person.) So, back to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at My Grand Illusions
I don't think I ever really wrote about the first half marathon I did in early2011. I know for a fact that I never wrote about the second half I did in December 2011. So, here I am writing about the half marathon I'm doing TOMORROW. (Please note, I am insane.) My first half marathon I trained alone and with little time to prepare. I decided, with less than a month to go, to register and make that half my you-know-what. I was so nervous lining up with Natalie the morning of the race. I'd done as much as I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2012 at My Grand Illusions
Derick's never been the best in school and he really doesn't like going. He's much like I was when I was a kid. The difference is that he's been tested and it's shown that he's super smart and has the capacity to do excellent in school if he wants to. The 'if he wants to' part is the key. He's definitely capable, no question. I sent him to live with his dad a few years ago because he was struggling in school and I thought a change of scenery, schools and parents might do him a world of good. Whew... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at My Grand Illusions
I'm back at work full time+ these days, tax season is here in full force. It's a double edge sword because my savings account needs to be replenished for all the future travel plans I have but so many things suffer like quality time with my family and friends, clean laundry and exercise and eating well. While it's mildly slow here at my office I'm making plans to eat well this tax season and I hope to lose a few (or 20) pounds along the way. I've been bringing all the things to make a great salad so I get... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at My Grand Illusions
Uh. So. I haven't posted here since AUGUST of LAST YEAR. This is shame full, isn't it? I'll be brutally honest. I never finished my road trip posts because Duvain and I were not in the best of places and we actually stopped speaking for a short time in September, 2 days before my birthday. I just couldn't bring myself to write another word about anything because I needed time to process it all in my own mind before I spewed it all over the Internet. Nearly half a year has passed since I last posted anything here and how... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at My Grand Illusions
by Kristie Raise your hand if you've got a moody 16-year-old teenager that speaks in only throaty grunts and annoying eye rolls. You can't see me but I AM RAISING MY HAND. I have a generally sweet, kind and funny 16-year-old son, but he thinks I'm uncool and that I can't relate to him at all, ever. (I seem to remember the same thing about my mom, Hi Mom!) I have devised a few different ways to get my kid to talk to me and he doesn't even suspect it. I sequester my kid and for some strange reason those... Continue reading
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