Blissdom Introduction

Some of my new cyber (facebook & twitter) friends who are also attending Blissdom Blog Conference have introduced themselves on their blogs. What a great idea! I’m taking a break from packing and decided I would quickly write an intro before heading out to run.

  1. Thanks to my Army Dad (retired now) I was born in Germany. Unfortunately, I was a baby when we returned to the States so I don’t remember visiting. I hope to visit there some day. I grew up in Texas, so I consider myself a Texan even though our family moved to Oklahoma 4 years ago.
  2. In September I celebrated the big 40! Fortunately, I inherited ‘young looking’ genes. I absolutely love it when people tell me I look too young to have a 15 year old. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  3. I’ve had many career ambitions in my lifetime. I took dance from very young to high school. So at one point in time I dreamed of moving to NYC to become a prima ballerina {I still LOVE to dance!} I changed my mind and wanted to be a Lawyer…did the debate thing in High School. Since I’m not the academic type {couldn’t see myself going to school for 6+ years} I decided against it. Next, I set my sights on a Public Relations major and minoring in Theater. I ended up with an Associates Degree in Education. I met my husband when I was in college for my bachelors degree in Recreational Therapy. Life had different plans for me because now I work at home as a Family Manager. Hardest job ever!
  4. My husband is learning to multi task as he was recently ordained the Bishop for our local church congregation. In addition to being the Father of our 3 kids, he has a busy medical practice and enjoys running, cycling and triathlons.
  5. I’m not really a sweet tooth kind of gal. Salty foods like extra cheesy Goldfish, cheese Chex Mix, cheese Doritos {basically I love cheese!} are my weakness! However, I am a sucker for Reeses. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Chocolate and peanut butter is the perfect combo!
  6. I used to LOVE television. However, I don’t have as many shows I like to watch as I used to. My favorite show now is Parenthood. Thanks to the Twilight series I have become an avid reader of fantasy/paranormal romance books {mostly teen & young adult.} So now I read. Before Twilight, I only read non-fiction books. Last year I read or listened to 37 books.
  7. Leigh (which is my middle name, BTW) wrote about her personality that I thought was very similar to me as well. She said, “I’m a good mix of extrovert and introvert.” I think I am the same. I am definitely a people person. I don’t like to judge others or gossip. You never know what people are going through in their life. My kids are constantly hearing me say to them, “they are a child of God, too,” when I hear them speaking unkind things about someone. It is very important to me that my kids learn to be accepting of others no matter what someones shortcomings might be. I am a firm believer in doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.
  8. I ran cross country & track in grade school, but discontinued running until after I had my third child. I joined Team in Training with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and ran my first half marathon in 2003 and my first full marathon {a fulfilled dream!} in 2005. Currently, I struggle to get back into running after suffering from Achilles Tendinitis.
  9. I like to be straight forward. It’s weird. According to books I have read about the way women talk and the way men talk and my conversational style is more like a man. I don’t mean that my voice sounds like a man. LOL I just like to be direct and talk about things that matter. I don’t mind talking about the weather, but I would much rather talk about music, movies, books, blogs, graphic arts, decorating, travel, crafts, my family, my faith, photography, scrapbooking or the lives of the people I am talking to.
  10. In a nut shell, I’m just a down-to-earth girl who has MANY interests. ๐Ÿ˜€

Looking forward to making many new friends this week!

Auf Wiedersehen,
Shan

P.S. : I love hats! If you see someone wearing a hat at Blissdom, it might be me! :)

FAVORITE photographs :D











Just wanted to share some of my favorite photos.

Snap On,
Shan

Balance…

is my constant goal. Not just at the beginning of a new year, ALWAYS. I believe, specifically for me, my grand scheme or purpose in this life is to live it with balance. It hasn’t come easy. I find when I do have a balance, I am much happier.

Components of a good balanced day: {no particular order}

  • Time with my Maker
  • Time for me
  • Time with my husband
  • Time with my kids
  • Time with friends
  • Time for rest/sleep
  • Time for nourishment
  • Time for work/service inside the home
  • Time for organizing

Components of a good balanced week:

  • Exercise Time
  • Creative Time
  • Service outside the home
  • Errands
  • Church Worship
  • Everything mentioned for balanced day. :)

I found the following picture on Flickr.com thanks to Patty Anne. I was looking for a good photo of balance scales to add to this post and came across her genius picture. This is what Patty wrote below it:

balance

My one word resolution for the year is balance.
This year I seek balance in myself, my days, my home, my relationships, in my life.

I often feel like a high-wire act, balancing on that thin line riding a unicycle holding onto opposing priorities with a couple of people propped precariously upon my shoulders while life tosses more at me from all directions, smiling the whole time saying “I’m fine, really, I’m fine”.

balance

I completely agree with Patty.

Work Smarter, NOT Harder,

Boo!





I found this adorable flyer on a blog, The Tomkat Studio, recently & it inspired me to do a little “booing” of our own. (This means I might be giving us away…oh well!) So, we whipped some baskets up (HA…took about a week to get it all together, but I think it turned out super cute.) The kids kept saying how much fun it was to deliver the baskets, post the Boo sign and run. It’s basically like ding dong ditching. Thought I would share a few photos.

Boo to you,
Shan

Official Completion Date…

…June 5th! Thanks to the bank for pressing the builder to give us a completion date. He says we should be moved in before that date if our tile layer will press on the gas. We opted for a different tile layer than the one the builder normally uses. He is a perfectionist and is doing a great job. The builder says, “he does excellent work, he’s just very slow.” I guess that’s the price you pay to get it done right. I told my husband I will be at the house in the morning helping him grout the floors to get things moving if I need to.
It will be almost, to the day, a full year from the time the builder broke ground on our home. It has been one of the most grueling things I have ever done. I would not wish this experience on my worst enemy. (it’s just a saying…I hope I don’t have enemies) It really is true what they say about building a home…how difficult it is. I am sure we could have been on the HGTV show Dream Homes. Honestly, I could never watch that show because of the anxiety it gave me. The actual building process is a million times worse. My husband has really been great putting up with me (Thank you, honey!) He keeps telling me over and over, “It will all be worth it in the end.” Sometimes I did not think so. Now that it seems I can somewhat see the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ I am sure he is right. Kids, you will have a more sane Mom once we have moved in…I think :) LOL
I know being able to build a house such as ours is a tremendous BLESSING. Many people are struggling right now and my heart aches for them. It truly does. Someone at church one day said they wondered if they would be able to keep their home. My husband and I realize the situation of others and have tried to keep quiet. Except for our family and close friends, if anyone asks us we are happy to report our status, otherwise we don’t talk about it.
My heartfelt thanks go to my parents for listening to me whine and cry about all the twists and turns. Emily, thank you for being my long distance decision maker/designer during those times I just couldn’t make one more decision or just needed a friend to bounce ideas with (I miss u!). Sara, thank you for listening to me ramble on about the house…I really needed someone to listen and you did and still do. I know you didn’t know what you were getting yourself into when you called me. :) Last but certainly not least, I thank my Heavenly Father. My faith is my rock. Besides, ultimately, everything we have is His anyway. I pray that we might be good stewards over this home he has blessed us with. I promise to share it with all my family and friends! I plan on spending lots of time there making memories for an eternity with the people that mean the most to me.
Very Sincerely,

 

Shan
P.S. : The picture is of the kitchen floor.