Music For Your Love

Welcome back to the 4th day of the Anniversary Gifts Made With Love series.

If you are just joining us, click here to see what this is all about.

2 of the 8 anniversary gifts I made for my husband were CD’s.

Both discs have 18 songs for 18 years.

One disc has 18 love songs that are meaningful to us.

The other disc has 18 of my favorite running songs.

My husband had mentioned he needed some new running music to listen to.  Maybe your husband needs songs for his commute to work, fishing, working out, or whatever hobby he’s into.  This is the perfect gift!
Day 2: Couples Poster
Day 3: Framed With Love
Day 5: Last 3 Gifts

Simple but meaningful,

Excellent Advice!!!! Gotta Listen!

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99 (Really for EVERYONE)


If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.

The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience…I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked….You’re not as fat as you imagine. (This is so true!)

Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you. (I take this to mean do something different.)


Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours. (AMEN!)


Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself. (LOVE THIS!)

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how. (LOL!)

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.


Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children,maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary…what ever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s.

Enjoy your body, use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.. Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room. (Here, here!)

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them. (Yes!)

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly. (For Sure!)

Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go,but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young. (This is why I love facebook!)

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. (won’t be following this one)


Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders. (Please!)

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you’re 40, it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth. But trust me on the sunscreen…

Repost from April 7, 2009

True Words,

Love The One Your With

Oh How The Years Go By

In our times of trouble
We only had ourselves
Nobody else
No one there to save us
We had to save ourselves

And when the storms came through
They found me and you
Back to back together
And when the sun would shine
It was yours and mine
Yours and mine forever

Oh how the years go by
Oh how the love brings tears to my eyes
All through the changes the soul never dies
We fight, we laugh, we cry
As the years go by

There were times we stumbled
They thought they had us down
But we came around
How we rolled and rambled
We got lost and we got found
Now we’re back on solid ground, yeah

We took everything
All our times would bring
In this world of dangers
‘Cause when your heart is strong
You know you’re not alone
In this world of strangers

Oh how the years go by
Oh how the love brings tears to my eyes
All through the changes the soul never dies
We fight, we laugh, we cry
As the years go by

And if we lose our way
Any night or day
Well we’ll always be
Where we should be
I’m there for you
And I know you’re there for me

Oh how the years go by
Oh how the love brings tears to my eyes
All through the changes the soul never dies
We fight, we laugh, we cry
As the years go by

– Amy Grant

On this day, 18 years ago my life changed.

Two became one.

As with most things with me, {grand ideas at the last minute} I decided  Saturday I would spend Sunday working on a few things to celebrate our anniversary.  We haven’t really celebrated in a grand way…our love for each other…in a while.  My daughter’s dance recital is always the Friday of Memorial Day weekend.  {One year it was on our anniversary.}  I wouldn’t miss her recital for anything.  It is one of the highlights of my year to be able to see her dance.  I’m also very grateful to have family who travel from afar to see her recital and visit.  Thus our reason for not celebrating.  Don’t get me wrong, we still try to have a date with a dinner & movie, but not anything out of the ordinary or special, just kind of the same old thing we always do when we manage to go on a date in our small town.

So here I am at 1:11am typing this post.

I came up with a few things to do lot of things I wanted to do:

  • 18 gifts given on each hour on the 18th minute {made 5 of the 18 today}
  • CD titled 18 Running Songs of various running music
  • CD titled 18 Year Anniversary Mix filled with love songs
  • 18 balloons with a love note attached to each

I didn’t want to spend money for these expressions of love.  You see, we have an all inclusive beach trip planned to celebrate our anniversary for a later date.  It will be the first vacation we’ve had in 7  years ALONE together WITHOUT KIDS.  It is long overdue!  This trip was our gift to each other.  We agreed NOT to exchange gifts because of the trip.  However, I still wanted to do something special for him and for us.

What I will DO

Here’s the deal, I realized we won’t be AWAKE for 18 hours of this special day. {Duh! Shan…sigh…it’s been a crazy month.} Plus, I only have 8 gifts to give him, not 18.  I made 7 {2 are the CD’s mentioned above} and found 1 in the closet {it was a Christmas gift I forgot to give him because it was buried underneath all the piles…sheesh}  So instead of 18 gifts, he will receive 8 at 9:18am, 10:18am, 11:18am, 12:18pm, 1:18pm, 2:18pm, 3:18pm, 4:18pm.  Again, these are things I made him.  Maybe next year I can plan on doing the balloon idea.  I just didn’t have my act together to do that this year.

I’ll share with you photos and more information about the gifts in a future post this.  If he happens to read this before 9:18am he already knows what 2 of the gifts are.  It’s okay, because he doesn’t like surprises near as much as I do.  As a matter of fact, it’ll probably kill him to not be able to open ALL the gifts right away.  The essence of surprise will be what I enjoy about this plan. 😉

Happy Anniversary to my Husband.

Above current photos taken by Blue Lily Photography

Love the one your with,

What Songs are You Teaching Your Children?

This is so funny!  But, props to the Dad for making a boring drive FUN!  Check out the toddler in the back seat singing right along with his head banger hand motions.  Had to share with you:

Have FUN with your kids,

Family Reunion/Trip Theme Song

Family Theme SongOk, friends, first of all I have to say each family song we have come up with has been spontaneous and unplanned.  I have written before about our family theme song here.  While we were on our ski trip/family reunion song emerged.  Since I’m not a regular Country Music fan I had not heard this song before.  My Sister’s Boyfriend’s Son, Michael, began to randomly sing it throughout our week together.  I think most of my extended family did already know it because they would chime in and sing with Michael.  By the end of the week we all knew the chorus to the song.  It always brought lots of giggles.

What I LOVE about having a family theme song is how it brings unity.  Not only that, whenever we hear the song, it will bring back LOTS of fun memories of our time together.

The following is a horrible video I shot with my iPhone because it was handy.  Mainly I wanted to share it for the sake of the audio recording.  Please forgive my awful videography skills and we are not professional singers…at least most of us aren’t {my Dad has recorded an album in the past.}  Hope it might make you laugh; it does me every time I hear it. 😉

Sing on,

Family Reunion Activity Ideas

Here are some other activities {besides skiing} we did during our family ski trip/family reunion:

The package of mustaches came with 6 different ones to choose from.  It cost me $1 and they were self adhesive.  We used the iPhone app Pop Booth to let the kids take a photo booth strip of themselves.  This brought a lot of laughs and fun!

I asked the kids to find some sticks to use for roasting our S mores.  This was sneaky on my part because it was an effort to get the kids out of the house and outdoors! 😉  It worked though!  One of the older boys (15) was nice enough to whittle the sticks for us.  I am grateful our rental house had an outdoor fireplace for us to be able to roast S mores.  Yummy and fun!

We brought the Wii for the kids to play on, but when they weren’t on it they were playing card games like Go Fish & Uno.  They would also play electronic games on the iPad & iPod touch like Air Hockey, Draw Something, Temple Run and many others.  Since we did so much skiing during the day, it didn’t bother me for them to have some down time playing on their devices.  It’s nice for the grown ups to have the kids quiet for some time. {If you know what I mean ;)}  My favorite out of the above was our game of freeze dance.  The kids would pick out a song on their iPod.  We would all dance until I paused the song.  At that time everyone was to FREEZE from dancing.  If anyone moved they were out of the game.  This gave me a chance to dance too! {Even though my kids hated me dancing…HA!}

We don’t see a lot of snow where we live.  This was a perfect opportunity for the kids to have some snow fun.  The snow was melting and difficult to make a snow man, but perfect for a snowball ‘fight.’  We gave them a few rules: don’t hit in the face & stay about 10 feet away before throwing the snowball.  Fun times!

Check with the chamber of commerce about local parades or events going on.  Kids always enjoy parades.  We liked attending this St. Patrick’s Day Parade the last full day we were in Pagosa Springs.

Other activities we enjoyed:

  • Movie nights – The adults watched the movie Grown Ups one night after the kids went to bed…the movie is pretty hysterical!  We all laughed until our bellies ached.  On another evening we watched Disney’s Tangled and served popcorn.
  • Hot Tub – We were blessed to have rented a house with an indoor hot tub.  It was perfect for soothing aching muscles from skiing.  We had a 10pm curfew for the kids to use the hot tub.  Our other rule was to have an adult in the hot tub with the kids.
  • Star Gazing – We saw Venus, Mars & Jupiter among many constellations.  The night sky was very dark so we were able to see lots of stars.  My Dad used a special star gazing app to identify the planets and constellations.  {Sorry, I don’t know what the name of it is, but I can find out if you want to know.}  It was gorgeous and educational!
  • Birthday Party –  My Brother-in-Law had a Birthday while we were there.  We held a party in his honor.  I am writing a post more about this later.

Posts coming up will be about:

  1. How we rented the awesome home we stayed in
  2. Our menu, we ate the majority of our meals at the house
  3. Memory book idea
  4. Family song of the week
  5. Excellent app every family needs to help with communication during the trip/reunion

Family activities bring unity,