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Lois Houston
Mother, Wife, Scrapbooker (in that order)
Interests: i love to read, thoughts, i’m a hardworking mom who loves her family more than life itself, sees a lot of things in this world that don’t make sense, and tries to make each day a little brighter for the people she loves. i love to write, love to create. whether it’s a good meal, a scrapbook, or something intangible like a story, i’m always creating. i love to watch people… imagine what their life story is and what motivates them as they pass by. i believe in looking for the best in everyone and everything and that we are all here for a reason (even if we haven’t discovered what they are yet) opinions are mine (unless otherwise noted) and as such, are copyrighted. ©copyright 2008, 2009 lois a. houston,
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Steph, I know how you feel. I had gastric bypass surgery three years ago. I lost 100 pounds and while I should've been over the moon happy, all I could see was the saggy skin and baggy body that was left. I've been wallowing the past six months in feeling unattractive, middle-aged and frumpy. And I've gained weight, too. March has been sort of a reset month for me as well. As the weather here in the south has warmed (sort of) I've gotten back to walking and eating healthier, reminding myself that I didn't lose 100 pounds to gain them all back and that the most important thing is to FEEL GOOD and to BE HAPPY WITH WHO I AM RIGHT NOW - and if I'm saggy/baggy, those are the battle scars from successful pregnancies and successful weight loss battles and I should be proud of those rather than embarrassed by them. I'm sure I won't feel this way every single day, but I'm like you, I find Cathy's honesty freeing and it helps to keep me grounded to know that I'm not the only one having this ongoing conversation in my head about how I look, what I eat and the exercise I do or don't do on a given day. Thanks, both of you, for sharing.
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2013 on Smoke and mirrors and truth at Cathy Zielske's Blog
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How sweet! You are lucky to have a man like him!
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2012 on I am very very very lucky at Dolly's Dreamings
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Oh, my goodness. This would be awesome to win!! I would say the lesson I am learning right now is to be content with what I have... don't complain, don't wish things were different than they are... just get on with things and get over it.
Love your post, and your thoughts - I, too, need to remind myself that sometimes the storms and challenges of life are refining me and making me a better person rather than being bogged down in self-pity. I would be SO THRILLED to win a spot in the class... Fingers crossed!
I'm going to do hybrid, too, I think, for my Project Life/Family Album this year. I have been mulling it over since the beginning of December but I am like you - I really like the format of the PL album. I'm thinking I will add in my digital pages where appropriate as well. Going to get brave this year and try some of the hybrid printables you have on Designer Digitals, too! Here's my thoughts about my family scrapbooking plans for 2012: http://thoughtsalonglifeshighway.com/2012/01/04/scrapbooking-in-2012/
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Thursday was the first day of school for the girls. They were so excited, and I guess I was, too, given that I woke up at 4AM and never went back to sleep! (which is becoming a bad habit, I might add) After getting dressed and ready with surprising speed (and why is it that it’s always so stinkin’ easy that first week or so of school? And then they turn into sloths and can’t move faster than –23 miles per hour?) the girls came downstairs to enjoy some bacon, eggs and cheese sandwiches. Then it was picture time: Oh... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2011 at Thoughts Along Life's Highway
Hello, my friend! I did not know that there were books to go with the Bones series!! I just discovered that show this summer and I'm hooked! Now I will have to go find the books. Thanks!!! Love ya, Lois
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I thought I’d share with you another installment of the books I’ve been reading this summer. My reading has slowed down in the past few weeks – mostly because it’s been so busy around here that by the time I finally sit still in the evenings, I’m too sleepy to read for more than a few minutes and then I crash! I’ve been into some mystery/crime novels this summer. Not sure why, except that I can’t seem to stomach any romance novels right now. The escapism of the mysteries seem to be what I’m looking for – and enjoying –... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2011 at Thoughts Along Life's Highway
Let me know how you like it! The girls had it for breakfast again today. It was just as good warmed a little in the microwave as it was fresh from the oven yesterday.
It's my favorite view! I love living close to the mountains... Thanks for stopping by!
Sarah, You can download your own copy of the quote from here: http://homegrownhospitality.typepad.com/homegrown_hospitality/2011/07/settled-assurance.html
It WAS fun. I love days like that - when we can just be a family and not worry about chores, jobs, or other things besides being together.
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One of my girls’ favorite breakfast treats are the chocolate, chocolate-chip muffins that are sold in a Duncan Hines mix. Now, while the box says that it is a whole-grain recipe, I have been pretty sure I could make them more healthy if I made them on my own. Heck, just using my freshly-ground flour and eliminating the preservatives the box mix has will make a huge difference, I think. So, I started hunting for a recipe to play around with. This morning, I experimented and I think I’ve come up with a pretty close replacement to the box mix.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2011 at Thoughts Along Life's Highway
Our girls start school this week, too. And we are READY! Best of luck with your new year!
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2011 on back to life... at document life now
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No work lately on my Project Life album, but I’m not too concerned. I’m planning a weekend getaway with some girlfriends soon and I know I will have plenty of time that weekend to get the album caught up. Right now, I’m just trying to keep up with picture taking. I didn’t take many the beginning of the week, and was a little worried about it until we had a little adventure on Friday which resulted in a ton of pictures. So, it all worked out in the end. This week school starts, so we’ll have tons of pictures I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2011 at Thoughts Along Life's Highway
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It’s the first week (sort of) of school here. The girls go back on Thursday and Open House is tomorrow afternoon. We’re in the Final Launch Countdown mode here in our house this week. Phone calls from the new teachers, phone calls to friends to see who their teachers are, final purchases and preparations. It’s all very exciting. I’m looking forward to getting us back on a routine and to having my workdays a little less fragmented… but I know I’m going to miss having the girls around at the same time. Things will be busy, for sure, especially when... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2011 at Thoughts Along Life's Highway
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It’s 4:06 AM and I’m wide awake. WIDE-stinkin’-AWAKE. It’s been one of those nights. Little Bit came stumbling into our bedroom around 1:00 because her alarm clock had gone off in her room and woken her up. SuperMan put her back to sleep but then I was waking up every fifteen minutes because I was afraid he wouldn’t come back to bed and he’d miss his alarm clock going off. Finally, I went and got him so we could all sleep properly (read: I could sleep properly!) and all was well. Storms were blowing in and there was a lot... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2011 at Thoughts Along Life's Highway
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If you have been a reader for a while, you’ve probably figured out that most Wednesdays mean a new recipe post on the blog. But what you may not know is that I’ve created a quick and easy reference for you to use to go back and find a recipe. So, when you decide you want to try out my crock pot lasagna or maybe bake a Sunshine cake, you can quickly and easily access the recipes without a lot of searching and scrolling. Simply click on one of these links: You can click on the “Recipes” link on the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2011 at Thoughts Along Life's Highway
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What a whirlwind weekend. Friday we spent a good part of the day buying school shoes and finalizing our back-to-school shopping. We’re all done (thank goodness) and I’m now broke (ha!) so I guess that is a good thing that we’re done. I also spent some time Friday evening organizing my recipe books. If you recall, I bought these adorable cookbooks that I had planned to use for storing my recipes. I finally sat down and sorted and organized and purged and organized and… well, you get the idea. Now I have three adorable cookbooks on my shelf - One... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2011 at Thoughts Along Life's Highway
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We’re in the countdown to the first day of school here… And, believe it or not, I’m actually looking forward to it. While I was so terribly excited for the girls to get out of school back in May, I am equally excited about them starting school again in a few weeks… Here are a few reasons why: While I love (initially) not having a schedule, the lack of routine causes us to slip into some not-so-good habits – staying up too late, sleeping in later than we should, eating junk, etc. I’m looking forward to getting back into a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2011 at Thoughts Along Life's Highway
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One of the things I love about summertime is the abundance of fresh fruit. I eat tons and tons of fruit and try to relish every bite, saving the sensations for those cold winter days when fruit is less plentiful and is shipped in from South America or other exotic locales – and is therefore picked early to maintain freshness in shipping. It just doesn’t have the same juicy flavors then… the flavors of summer. When I was a girl, my mom would make this fruit cobbler. I remember it being a special treat we’d enjoy with ice cream and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2011 at Thoughts Along Life's Highway
Andrea, I do a little of both. Working on my semi-traditional Project Life album this evening... so I dabble wherever the muse hits me. Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly, just trying to learn Photoshop - not leaving SBC+ behind. I just own it and feel like I ought to use it. Also, there are some photo editing things you can do in PS that I haven't figured out how to do in SBC+ (like using layered images on photos - like frames) - Well, let me restate that. I can do it in SBC+ but not Memory Manager and I don't want to create a scrapbook page just to edit a picture with a frame or overlay... do you know how to do this in MM?
Lois Houston added a favorite at Homegrown Hospitality
Jul 26, 2011