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Friday, March 30, 2012


rachel in california watching her husband and kids ski
me in alaska on my front porch--the snow has started melting and the temps have been in the 40's!!!

happy friday

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

welcome to my closet

its not too fancy or organized, but i love it and it holds some of my most favorite things.  my clothes!!!   i love clothes-i always have!!!  but its time....time to clean out what i don't need!!!!  here is my cozy little closet before the big clean!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

cleaning the clutter

a couple of months ago i went to dinner with a great friend.  we hadn't had any time together to sit, and visit with each other so a dinner out was just what we needed.  we had a great time catching up and at the end of our dinner she gifted me this book.  i hadn't heard of it and i honestly hadn't read in anything in quite some time.  not because i don't like to read but because i just run out of time in the day.  

the next day i opened the book and began reading the first chapter.  i loved it from the moment i began reading and couldn't wait to read more.  its been slow going for me, just a few pages a night, but i LOVE this book.  its motivating in all aspects of my life and i am so inspired by her writing.

after reading the first few pages of this book i decided that i was going to work on my own happiness project.  i know it is going to be slow and i am not going to rush through the book. i want to take it all in and really work on her ideas.  so i sat down and made a list, here is my beginning of my very own happiness project.

my list: cleaning the clutter
i am going to clean out our house and go through everything we own.  every drawer, cabinet, closet and garage bin.  clutter is a big stress in my life and i never seem to have the time to clean it out, so i am going to make time.  everything that we don't need will go!!!

1.  starting with my bedroom, closet and bathroom.  this is a room that is neglected for sure.  we are never in our room except to shower and sleep.

2.  the closet under the stairs!!  oh my goodness this is the space where i throw all sorts of stuff.  open the door throw it in and forget about it!!!!  it has to be cleaned next!!

3.  laundry room and kitchen

4.  kids rooms (with help from the kids themselves.  i think its great for them to learn how to get rid of things they don't use anymore and take it to our local charity)

5. my work space

6.  garage (this will require lots of help from my husband) 

there it is---my first list!!!!  

happy tuesday

Monday, March 19, 2012

monday loves...spring break

today was the first day back to school after spring break.  we were all sad to say goodbye to a week off of the routine and our time together.  here are a few pics from our time away.  
we spent four days away and the sun was so nice to come out and shine for us everyday but one.
the view from our room
loving her favorite greek pizza
my boys
my daughter and i watching a college gymnastics meet--so fun!!
happy monday

Sunday, March 18, 2012

im ready

for spring
its still very much winter up here in the last frontier.  we still have so much snow to melt and i am guessing we will be well into april before its all gone.  i am so ready for sunshine, grass, and an open sunroof in the car!!!!  i hope you are seeing signs of spring in your corner of the world.
happy sunday

Friday, March 16, 2012

friday feet...

rachel in california wearing her dailey method socks after her dailey method workout.
my daughter and i soaking up the sunshine at our favorite ski resort in alaska!  it was only about 20 degrees but the sun was oh so warm!!  i am soooooooo ready for spring!!!!!!

happy friday 

Friday, March 9, 2012

friday feet...

rachel wearing her cozy socks and ready for bed in california 
me in alaska ready to run on the treadmill
happy friday

next week is spring break so we are taking a few days off and headed to our favorite place in alaska!!!! 
so ready for some down time!!!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

some time in the sun

when winter hits i find myself in hibernation mode until spring!!  this weekend the sun came out and so did i!!!  

have a great day!!!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

monday loves...glee

i don't know where i have been, but i totally missed the glee craze until now!!!!!  i love musicals and can't seem to get enough of this one.  i watched the first two seasons on netflix and have downloaded a few of the songs from iTunes.  if you have not seen it i highly recommend it, and if you love it too, who is your favorite character??  
i love them all, but if i had to choose one it would be miss brittney s. pears!!!!!  she makes me laugh and she is incredibly talented!!!!

love to you on this monday loves

a late friday feet, snow and a birthday

rachel: cozy in her california home while it rains outside.
me: standing outside in alaska after we received 2 feet of snow!!!  
i know i live in alaska, but its rare for us to get this much snow in one year.  its the most i have seen in over 10 years.  now that its march i hope the snow will end and the sunshine will start to melt it.
is it still winter at your house??
my husband only has a birthday every 4 years, so we had a little party with lots of laughs and his favorite cherry chip cupcakes with cherry frosting and some cheesecake!!!  
happy weekend