Two Teens And Their Mama

Friday, February 16, 2018

Try Something New: Snowshoeing

One of my goals for 2018 is to try something new every month.  As I get older, I realize it's important to push myself outside of my comfort zone and keep the body and brain engaged.

January's new thing:  snowshoeing.

Although to be honest, we have snowshoed once before.  But it was years and years ago so I've decided it doesn't count.  

Before Christmas, Costco had snowshoe sets with the shoes, poles and a storage bag, so I picked some up for George and I.  We waited for a decent weather day and headed to the mountains.

Living near Seattle, we're fortunate that great ski resorts are only an hour away from home.  There's a nordic center just past the main resort, for cross country skiing and snowshoeing, and an all day pass is only $13.

We were up early and made it to the lodge just as it was opening.  

Which was perfect, because we had the trails almost to ourselves for the first few hours.

Not going to lie...snowshoeing is hard work.  I thought the terrain would be flatter, but there were lots of small up and down hills, and I spent plenty of time on my butt.  Eventually I got the hang of it though, and was able to look around instead of down at my feet.  So beautiful.

I used to love being out in the snow, downhill skiing.  An old knee injury has finally caught up with me, so this is a great alternative for a winter time activity.

Eventually we made a big loop and found ourselves back at the lodge, just as the trails were starting to get busy.  A stop for hot chocolate and we were back in the warm car and on our way home.

Adventure number one in the books!  Have a great weekend, friends!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Love And Lent

Happy Valentine's Day, friends!  Welcome to Wednesday and another edition of  TBB Style.    We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back to see if you are featured!  

Even though my husband doesn't "believe" in Valentine's Day, it's okay because every day should be all about love, right?

Last weekend I spent some time purging my sweater collection.  I'm embarrassed to share how many sweaters I own.  And since my hubby sometimes reads here, I don't want to give him a heart attack.  Let's just say it's more than a lot, but less than a gazillion.  Anything I hadn't worn yet this winter got the heave-ho, but this one's a keeper.  I actually purchased it before Christmas from GAP but was waiting to wear it in February.

Today is also the first day of Lent.  It comes early this year, with Easter falling on April 1st.  My usual go to for Lent is to give up chocolate and try to be a nicer person - aka same old same old.

This year, in the spirit of trying new things, I purchased Above All, a Lenten devotional that includes daily scripture passages, essays, and room to journal.  I'm excited to spend a little time each morning focusing on the reason for the season.

I've also decided to declare a shopping ban for the next forty days.  It will be difficult, as all the pretty, sparkly spring things start appearing in stores.  But it will be good for me to wear what I have in my closet, and I'll live vicariously through all of you!

Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless StyleWednesday's Wardrobe , Get Your Pretty OnShelbee On The Edge

And now it's time to link up!  I hope you'll join us again this week, and follow along with #theblendedblogstyle.   

Monday, February 12, 2018

What Love Looks Like

Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog as we continue writing about the month of love.

I'm a lucky woman, because I have a lot of love in my life.  My children, family and friends lift me up and surround me with love every day.  But the main flow of love into my heart comes from the man I met almost 36 years ago, on the first day of 9th grade.

This husband of mine is kind, generous, thoughtful and romantic.  No one can make me happier or more angry, sometimes in the same day.  He's not perfect, but he's perfect for me.  And bonus, he thinks I'm the smartest, funniest, most beautiful woman in the world.  When I think about what love looks like, I always look to him.

The theme this month for 10 on the 10th with Perfectly Port Family is "10 memories with your spouse".  George and I have known each other since we were 15, so it's hard to narrow the memories down, but here are a few random ones that share what love looks like to me.

1 / We didn't have much money for a honeymoon, but we were able to spend a few days in Napa Valley.  As we drove through a vineyard at sunset, with the convertible top down and the warm sun bathing the hills in the most gorgeous light, I remember thinking "this is the beginning of a really special life".

2 / In the first years of our marriage, George was not ready for children.  I'd wanted to be a mother forever, but I knew I needed to be patient and wait for him.  One April day in 1994, as we did our income taxes, he looked at me and said "I think it's time for some little tax deductions".  Nine months later...

3 / Our first house was teeny tiny, and due to youth and stupidity, we decided to remodel and add on while I was 6 months pregnant with Conner.  In the middle of winter.  As per standard, our general contractor was sloooooow and often absent.  I'd finally had enough of living without heat and walls, and announced to George that I was moving to my parents' until everything was finished.  That day he fired the contractor and spent the next month, after work and on weekends, finishing the house himself.  And it turned out really lovely.

4 / So many of my memories come from George as a dad.  A really good one.  His own father left when he was young, so he's had no role model to draw experience from.  But it hasn't mattered, because he's as good as they come.  Our boys have been blessed with a father who listens, guides, and loves them with everything he has.  Nobody is more proud of his kids, and they know it.

5 / We started our business in 2002, but we were only doing it part time.  One day George called me from work to say that the time had come for him to quit his full time job and jump in with both feet.  He asked if I was ready to start a new adventure with him.  My answer was "always".

6 /  Our family has been vacationing in Manzanita, Oregon for 19 years.  Every morning at 7am George and I head to the beach for an hour long walk.  We talk about where we've been and where we're going.  Usually we have no idea.

7 / For my 40th birthday, George planned a surprise wedding vow renewal ceremony at our honeymoon spot in Napa Valley.   He worked on it for months, making sure every last detail was perfect.  In my usual clueless way, I had no idea until everything was revealed to me.  He wanted to make sure I felt special and loved as I turned 40 years old.  He succeeded.

8 / Disney World.  George hates everything about theme parks.  The crowds, the rides, the running around.  But the boys and I love them.  So he goes with us, and sits there patiently, and takes his happiness from the joy on our faces as we ride Space Mountain over and over again.

9 / Dropping Thomas off at college was one of the hardest days ever for me.  On the five hour drive home, I couldn't stop crying.  Until we stopped at a beautiful rest area overlooking the Columbia River, and George pulled out a travel book and told me that it was time to do something for us, and he'd been planning just the thing.  A trip to Paris.

10 / Paris.  The perfect launch to our new adventure as empty nesters.   As we stared at the Eiffel Tower for the first time, I remember thinking "we're in the middle of a really special life".

Hope you'll head over to The Blended Blog and share what love looks like to you!

Monday, February 5, 2018

TBB Asks: All About Love

Happy Monday, ladies!  I'm joining my friends at The Blended Blog for this months' TBB Asks.  We've enjoyed getting to know more about all of you - thanks for linking up!  Let's talk about love...

1 / I suppose it depends on the person.  But I do love giving and receiving hugs.

2 / Confession time.  My husband thinks Valentine's Day is a Hallmark holiday, so we never exchange gifts.  But don't worry, he's very romantic and brings me flowers other times during the year.  And I buy myself enough candy!

3 / Hmmm...neither?  Mr. Lana is the chef in our house.  I guess I prefer baking.  Or, if we're being honest, eating all the baked things.

4 / Yep.  I was 13, he was a much older man of 15, and we were playing hide and seek with the neighborhood kids.  Which was probably just an excuse to hide in the same spot.  Anyway.  He's the only other person I've kissed besides my husband.

5 / I love them all.  I had red roses at our wedding, but I think pale pink is so pretty too.

6 / Yes, if all the M&M's of the world tragically disappeared and they were the only candy left.  So really no.

7 / Does writing messages on the mirror in our bathroom count?

8 / I have a few things.  Just ordered this throw pillow but it hasn't arrived yet.

9 / Pink, pink, pink and pink.

10 / All the chocolate.  I'm not picky when it comes to chocolate.

11 / Absolutely.  Sometimes when you know you know.  My friend's parents met, fell in love, and eloped within a week.  They're still married 50 years later.

12 / I don't do cards very often, but when I do they tend to be humorous.

13 / So many to choose from.  But my very favorite is Serendipity, with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale.  My husband took me on my first trip to NYC so we could visit all the sites from the movie, and I wrote about it here.  See, he's romantic.

14 / My inclination is to stay in, but I'm working on going out more this year.  Stay tuned.

Time to link up!  And be sure to join us next Monday for "what love looks like to me".

Friday, February 2, 2018

Friday Ramblings: February Edition

I had so much fun rambling last month, I'm doing it again...

Apparently 2018 is going to follow in 2017's footsteps and FLY BY.  I cannot believe January is done.  At least we're one month closer to spring.

Speaking of which, my poor little daffodils are confused, because they're already blooming.  Let's keep our fingers crossed that Phil doesn't see his shadow today.  Otherwise these guys aren't going to make it.

Go see "The Post" with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.  I kind of have a crush on Katherine Graham since reading her autobiography years ago.  She was an amazing, smart, ahead of her time woman.  The movie is really well done and as per usual, Meryl nails it.  And now I want to read her book again.

One of my goals for this year is to try something new every month.  In January, Mr. Lana (my new name for him, bestowed by Foxy's Domestic Side) and I tried snowshoeing.  So much fun!  I've pretty much given up on downhill skiing due to my bad knee (ironically, caused by downhill skiing) so this was a fun alternative to get out into the snowy forest.  More on our adventurous day coming soon!

For months I was getting the "back up your phone, or else, except you need to buy more icloud storage first" message.  But I didn't want to buy more icloud storage, so I kept ignoring it.  And then Jennie came to my rescue and shared the life changing information about photo storage with Amazon Prime Photos.  I guess I should pay more attention to those emails they send me explaining the benefits of Amazon Prime.  Now all my pictures are nicely backed up on Prime Photos and I can go back to ignoring icloud.

Just finished this book and I highly recommend.  It's kind of historical fiction, set in Paris just as World War II is ending.  The story revolves around an American woman who comes to Paris with her husband and meets Christian Dior, before he became CHRISTIAN DIOR.  It's an interesting and entertaining look into haute couture as Paris reclaims it's status as fashion capitol of the world.

How do you like to shop?  Do you prefer solitary perusing or hanging with your girlfriends?  Some friends came to town last weekend and we had the most fun shopping at all the stores.  Usually I'm on my own, and it was such a blast to bounce things off them and get their opinion.

The Blended Blog has some great things coming up in February, starting with next Monday's TBB Asks.  Hope you'll join us and share the love!

Have a great weekend friends!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

TBB Style: Cozy With My Friends

Welcome to Wednesday and another edition of  TBB Style.    We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back to see if you are featured!  Today we're sharing our coziest looks from January.

Last weekend my blogging friends came to visit.  And since it's January in Seattle, the weather was chilly and rainy.  All the better to go shopping!  But the clouds finally parted for a day, and I decided to take them outside for a little adventure.  The perfect opportunity to wear a cozy January look.

The park was closed (it appears our government isn't working, or something like that), but no matter.  We left the car outside the gates and had the place to ourselves.

Poor Sarah, our California girl, was freezing.  And the lovely ladies from the north, Deena and Abbie, were ready to put on shorts.

We hiked to the top for some killer views and outfit pictures.  When in Rome with bloggers...

Such a great weekend with these amazing ladies, and I'm so grateful that they were able to take the time to come visit me in my corner of the world.  Except I've decided to stop calling them "blogging" friends.  At this point, we're just friends.

Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless StyleWednesday's Wardrobe , Get Your Pretty OnShelbee On The Edge

And now it's time to link up!  I hope you'll join us again this week, and follow along with #theblendedblogstyle.  

Friday, January 26, 2018

Photo Share Friday: Choose Happiness

Recently I shared my intentions for the year, aka the ways I want to live every single day.  Top of the list?  Choose happiness.

I had a huge come to Jesus with myself about this very subject a few months ago.  I got so tired of being anxious and worried and full of fear.  But the reality is, no one can change that for me.  Only I control where my mind goes, and how I spend the moments of my life.

One of the best ways to choose happiness?  Surround yourself with happy people.  People that bring you joy and laughter and lift you up when you need it most.

I love this photo, because every person in it makes me happy.  The craziest thing is that four years ago I didn't know any of them.  But somehow the stars aligned and we all found each other, and I can't imagine my life before they got here.  Supportive, smart, creative women.  They're my "tribe".

This weekend a few of them are coming to Seattle and there will be shopping and eating and adventures and laughter.  Follow along on IG @mynewhappy16 to see what we're up to.

We'll definitely be choosing happiness.

I'm linking up today with Finish The Sentence Friday.  There are some wonderful prompts scheduled for the year - join in!

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