Norwex Conference.

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As I tried to decide whether or not I should go to Leadership Conference in Dallas, I was so apprehensive because we were so tight financially that I didn’t know if I should go.  I am SO GRATEFUL, in EVERY way that I decided to go.  Ever since then, my Norwex business has been doing so much better.  

Not only that, I feel like my parenting skills were… let’s say, TIRED.  I think, in a big way, that Bekkett and I just needed a little break, and so many things since then have been SO much better.  This weekend in Dallas was a huge blessing in so many ways!

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Here is a picture of the big plane for my little man Bekkett.Image
Some of our freebies from Norwex Corporate office.Image
We got to tour the Norwex distribution center in Dallas and it was pretty awesome.  They have this “living wall” full of ferns and philodendrons.  They say that these two plants purify air and I REALLY want a living wall in my home one day! Image
They announced a FAST, FUN, and FREE February and here are all of the startup packages ready to ship.  Then the CEO of America, Canada, and our own Debbie Bolton were there to call us to help them recruit.  It was quite entertaining!  We love them!Image
One of the nights, we went to this restaurant, {cannot remember the name for the life of me, and I HATE that}.  But, it was SO good!  Also, there was a Sprinkles Cupcake ATM right around the corner, and I HAD to have one.  I remembered my friend Erica Naegle always posting pictures of this place…DELICIOUS and FUN!  Couldn’t help but go and get one before dinner.  ImageImage
Look at that Fresh Veggie Bowl!  Image
And Jessica’s nasty drink.

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I “mustache” you a question.

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All of the lovely ladies on our team.  Such a great weekend!  {My mohawk looks huge.}

-M.

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Some Health Goals.

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I don’t know why, but it seems like whenever I make some of my health and fitness goals public, then I hold to them better and I am more successful.  So here are my goals for now…they will get more complex, but I need them to be simple for now.  

1: 1 bite of sugar per day:  Record it in my planner when I take the bite.  NO CHEATING or else I will cheat every day.  {This is sugar, like TREATS sugar.  I am not taking all sugar out of my diet.}  Why?  Because this makes me THINK about what I am putting into my mouth.  If I have a chance to eat a bite of cake or a bite of cookie at the end of the day, I can pass up a lemon head or swedish fish at the beginning of the day 🙂

2: Fruits/Veggies:  2 Fruits and 3-4 Veggies every day.  Record in planner.  

I am asking my husband to no longer buy treats, until I get my will power under control.  {OR if he does buy them, don’t tell me, and hide them somewhere that I will never find them.}

So, there you go.  I am trying to find a race to train for so that I can really get this going.  I will keep you updated.  

-M.

First week of February.

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The first week of February, Greg went on the trail for about 5 days.  The Saturday night before the SuperBowl, Bekkett was up ALL NIGHT screaming and crying for daddy and then that morning, he ended up telling me that his ear had been hurting.  After a LONG sleepless night for Bekkett, and mommy, and even for Desi for a while, too, I didn’t know what to do.  I had to teach Young Women’s, so Aunt Sue took Bekkett for the day, so here are the pictures from his day.  As soon as we got some Tylenol in him, he was MUCH better, got a little bit of rest, and after a few days of mild fever, he was good as new.  

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Cutest boy.  i was so glad to have him feeling better.ImageImage

Happy Birthday Uncle Paul.  We wrote letters and sent them up with balloons for Uncle Pauly.  ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Mr. blow drying his hair.  

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My cutest kids!  

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Mama ready for Dallas for Norwex Leadership conference.  Definitely a much needed time away, as well as what I needed to keep my business going.

-M.

 

January 8-end of January.

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MORE PICTURES!  

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Little cuties.

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Lovin’ on Lizzie!  

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Always wanting to help!  Such a good big brother!Image

Gymnast?

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I am getting old.  My new reading glasses.  Image

This is a photo that I found while working at Sue’s house.  Pretty cool. Image

Catching snowflakes.  

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{I’m sexy and I know it!  Wiggle wiggle wiggle!}  HAHA!  He did this 100% on his own!  I died laughing!  I love him!Image

Snuggles.  

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Zoo time on the way to Charleston to see Zach and Jae family.  Look at that fuzz head.  ImageImage

Feeding the giraffes.  Probably one of the coolest parts of this zoo.  Image

Milking the cows.  

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Bekkett LOVED the guinea pigs and always wanted to hold them.  ImageImageImage

NASTY hair!  For some reason it DID NOT want to cooperate!  HAHA!ImageImageImageImage

Such a fun day exploring Charleston!  Image

Countdown to Disney World.  

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One of the BEGINNING of our snow days. 

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Babies first piggies.

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Discovering herself in the mirror.Image

Zach and Jae gave the kids the Noah’s Ark Little People set and they were LOVING it this day.  Image

CUTENESS!  

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STICKERS

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Little monkey!  

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Good thing Buzz is safe, too!  

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We finally went shopping with the kids gift cards from Grammy and PopPop for Christmas.  I think we scored! ImageImage

SNOW DAY!!!

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I love playing with this little man!  

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Playing at the park…in the snow.  Image

Such a beauty!  

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Getting ready for Disney World!  LOVING IT!  

This is the end of January.  I will work on February and Disney World ASAP!!! 🙂  

-M.

 

 

More pics.

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A BUTT LOAD OF PICTURES from the day after Christmas until…well, who knows…we will see how many we get through tonight.  Good thing I have a Norwex Facebook party at 11 PM EST…we have got TIME!  

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Bekkett invited myself and Lucy(the dog) to a tea party in the attic while I was cleaning at Sue’s house.  It was pretty cute.  “Sit down, mama!”, while patting this tiny chair that would barely fit my left cheek.  Image

Playing dolls.  SO CUTE!!

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Walking puppies and playing at the park.ImageImageImageImage

I spy a puppy dog.  

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Des stealing duckies from brother.  

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Handsome man!  I LOVE HIM!!ImageImageImageImage

Dinner making boys.

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Big girl!  

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Play and Learn  LOVE!!!

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Another tea party with Lucy. 

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TIRED baby girl!

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Bekkett started dressing up in this ballerina dress at the gym and the ladies told us that he was having tea party with some of the other little boys at the gym.  Haha!  So cute!  Image

I got to drive Maggie’s Land Rover for a few days while we were trying to get our car registered here in NC.  I would be WAY OK with driving this every day! 🙂  

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My new hair cut…It totally needed to be chopped, seeing as how I hadn’t had my hair cut since October when we were out in Utah!  Image

What a dolly!

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I was driving and all of a sudden I turn around to see THIS!  PRICELESS!

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Photo shoots with my kids!

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CUTEST LITTLE STUFFED ANIMAL!  Image1a 

I LOVE HER!!!

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CUTEST little kiddos bundled up to go outside.  

-M.

 

 

CHRISTMAS!

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Here are the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day photos!  So amazing!  I am grateful for the simplicity of our first Christmas away from home.  We were so blessed this past holiday season.  We know we were watched over.

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Monkeying around.

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Christmas jammies from Grammy and PopPop.

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Santa’s treats for him and his reindeer.

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Christmas waffles.  

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Opening gifts.

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Cutest boy!  

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Cute girly girl!

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DISNEY WORLD!  HERE WE COME!  Image

Yummy leftovers from Christmas Eve.  

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We bundled up and went to take the puppies on a walk and to run around for a bit on the wonderful Christmas day.  Image

CUTEST KIDS EVER!!!

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Do I see 3 puppy dogs?  Yup, yes I do!  Image

 

My beautiful Christmas gift made by yours truly.  

MERRY {LATE} CHRISTMAS!  

-M.

Lesson learned.

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OK, OK.  I KNOW I am a slacker and I apologize!  I promise I will update SOON!  This is one of my goals on a WEEKLY BASIS now, so hold me to it!  I know I still have to do Christmas Day and then the past 2.3 months, and I promise I will!  Just give me some time! 😉

As of now, I am going to post a little observation I made today and then we will go from there.  After reading a blog about oil pulling yesterday, I decided I wanted to give it a go.  Desi was down for a nap, and Bekkett was relaxing with the “ha-pad” {aka iPad} and I was doing dishes and decided to listen to the lesson that was taught last Sunday in RS, since I am not able to attend that class.  It was the talk from October 2013 General Conference by Jeffrey R. Holland, “Like a Broken Vessel.”  And MAN, was it AMAZING, just like it was the first time and second and third times I have heard it!  

As I was listening, there were so many thoughts running through my head.  I had thought about Tuesday morning and how when we woke up, I was paralyzed by exhaustion and overwhelmed by the tasks that I needed to attend to during this week.  Before going to work, Greg gave me a blessing and it has helped sustain me this entire week.  And since Tuesday, most of us in the house have continued feeling more sick.  Mostly Bekkett and Desi, which makes it hard for me to get my work done, since I watch over them during the days.  This would usually overwhelm me, even more because I can’t get the work that I need to done, I don’t get paid when I don’t work, but listening to this talk, and referring back to the blessing that Greg gave me, surely has sustained me.  

This part in Elder Holland’s talk stood out to me today:  “In preventing illness whenever possible, watch for the stress indicators in yourself and in others you may be able to help. As with your automobile, be alert to rising temperatures, excessive speed, or a tank low on fuel. When you face “depletion depression,” make the requisite adjustments. Fatigue is the common enemy of us all—so slow down, rest up, replenish, and refill. Physicians promise us that if we do not take time to be well, we most assuredly will take time later on to be ill.” (Italics added for emphasis.)  {IT HIT ME LIKE A TON OF BRICKS} No wonder we were all sick!  A: My family was passing some sort of sickness around all of last week.  and B: We were so sleep deprived, but we HAD to see everything{or at least try}, while we were at DisneyWorld, so we just kept going and going.  

I wouldn’t change anything we did at DisneyWorld.  BUT, I am so grateful that this talk spoke to me for future reference.  And it helped me to see that IT IS OK TO SLOW DOWN!  In fact, I know that I need to do so more often…and I plan to do so!  

I am also grateful for the down time I have had with Bekkett and Desi.  It has been just the right medicine for me{which is quite a success for me to say, because it usually just overwhelms me!}.  I am so grateful for time on the floor playing with “Little People” or cars, or Toy Story figurines, or blocks, or stuffed animals, or reading, or playing Nemo puppets.  THAT is what has filled my cup and kept me going this week.  

I am grateful for kisses on the cheek from my little man.  I am grateful for my darling Des who comes crawling from across the room in order to crawl up into my lap and wrap her arms around my neck.  I am grateful for snot smears all across my pants and shirts, and for tickle fights that make my babies deep-belly laugh.  Even though our health hasn’t been PRIME this week, I am grateful for this week!  And I am grateful for HIS timing, because without it, I don’t know if I could truly say I were GRATEFUL for all of this!  

I am GRATEFUL for lessons learned!

-M.