Its time for me to get back on track. Life's been a little busy; with brother's graduation, baby blessings, my parents moving to Utah, and the regular hum drum of everyday life; I find it difficult to sit down and talk about me. But here we go.
This wont be a long catch up post, no need for that. Whats in the past is old news. On with the new!
Here is a canvas I recently finished for my dear sister-in-law and definitely one of my closests friends Brit
Let me know if any of you are interested in one of these for your own little munchkins.
So last week Jon & I went to Disneyland with some of his family. We meet up with Derin & Dave, we also spent our time with Daniel, Heather, and their three darling kids: Quinton, Jane, & Lucas. Not much can be said for how much more fun (and tiring) Disneyland is with kiddos. And these kids to be honest were so well behaved, not giant huge breakdowns due to exhaustion and hunger. Just little moments of "Pleeeeeaseeeee hold me before I die!" and then they were fine. Quinton was tall enough to ride a lot of rides, like Splash Mountain, Soaring Over California, Thunder Mountain, Tower of Terror, etc. and he loved it. This brave boy wasn't even frightened.
Little Miss Jane was just as darling as ever, and I held her everywhere. I actually got a bruise on one of my arms from excessive holding of children (don't worry I bruise easily). My favorite time with her was seeing her dolled up after the Bibbiddi Bobbiddi Boutique and as she met with the different characters. She just couldn't stop looking at them. You could tell she knew they were her animated friends come to life before her eyes.
And baby Lucas has to be the happiest little 7 month old I have ever spent time with.
I very easily get caught up in things. Movies, books, even things like sewing or drawing can pull me in so deep, into a place of complete concentration and attention, that it makes my senses become "blind." By this I mean, when I'm watching a film intently, you can speak directly to me, loudly, and I may not hear a word you say. Or, if I'm working on a craft, and really getting into it, I may not smell that delicious dinner you just pulled out of the oven not two feet from where I am sitting. Even when reading a good book which I can't seem to get enough of, I may not notice you sitting on the couch next to me, rubbing my shoulders.
This drives my husband up the wall. And understandably so. I would certainly be frustrated from this brick wall I call my spouse, who cannot see, hear, feel, or smell me at times.
Its almost as though I have the ability, nay the SUPER POWER, to block out the senses!
This can be a huge advantage if used properly. This means easy sleeping on any form of public transportation (buses, trains, cars, airplanes, etc). Also, I can easily block out the annoying music that is played over the loud speaker at work by merely paying attention to the task at hand. You can focus on someone or something so fully, that you are literally giving it 100% of yourself.
This can also be a huge disadvantage. When you're paying so much attention to something else to the point that your boss thinks you are ignoring them. You very quickly can get lost in a conversation if you focus too hard on anything around you. You may not realize the faces you are making while watching movies which range from mimicking the puckered lips at that sweet make up scene, scowling when you know someone will ruin something, or even looking petrified because of the awkwardness of a particular scene.
In any case, this is my one super power. Does anyone else feel this way? Or am I alone in the world with a major case of zoning in rather than out?
It kind of makes me feel like Mowgli from Jungle Book
So January has come & gone while I continued to not write. But I am back, with renewed vigor! My computer has been out of commission for a bit, but my sweet husband took it in for me & we learned I needed more ram & a new battery. With everything straightened out, I am back to the internet world. To start things off, I thought we could go over my new favorite manicure. You just paint your nails your favorite color, and then spice things up with a bit of sparkle on the tips! Going with cream color & a pink glitter was my choice, but you can go anywhere with this! Nicest part, you don't have to have perfect lines, because the glitter covers up any errors. So show off some sparkle this week :)
Welcome to a new year! This means new resolves, renewed vigor, and changes (all usually positive).
I know some of my changes are to blog as diligently as I have in the past, as I seem to have gotten out of the habit, weight loss (not surprised), more ART, and renewing my resolve to be more diligent in every choice/commitment.
Michael Renee Rodriguez died. I'm sorry I've somewhat disappeared, I just didn't know how to say what I was feeling, how to adequately honor this amazing man. For starters, I can't sum up his life any better than his beautiful obituary, which you can read here.
In January of 2010, he was diagnosed with colon cancer, and for the past year and nine months had battled it. He always tried to show gratitude whenever we came, even if he was feeling a lot of physical pain. I'm so grateful that we have lived close enough that we were able to see Mike almost every weekend. He was the patriarch of this family, and everyone is feeling the loss of his presence. He was the one you called for advice, I even called him a few times about issues with co workers, and he always gave me the best advice without making me feel insignificant or silly for asking. I made a habit of sitting with Mike for the first hour or so when we arrived at the Rodriguez home, as he was often in his office and there was a comfortable chair I could sit in. We would talk about anything, ranging from Disney theme parks, a new soundtrack we had purchased, or movies that moved us. Mike was a dynamic man who appreciated beautiful music, and meaningful media.
He loved all things Disney. I remember when my husband first got to know me he told me I was not the biggest Disney fanatic he knew. I of course could not believe him, but upon meeting Jon's father, I knew he was right. In December of 2007, one month before Jon & I began our courtship, he took his entire family to Disney World. Once I joined the family in August 2008, he began plans to take Jon & I with them to Disneyland. I remember how he began watching Disney World documentaries on the Sundays we came over. Telling me over and over how wonderful it was. When he finally popped the news, I could hardly contain my excitement! But, it was obvious from his face that his joy was greater than mine, for he had given me this trip.
The 3 of us on the bus on our way to Disneyworld
Jon & I began to do yard work for Mike in the spring & summer of 2010. It used to drive Jon crazy because although Mike couldn't get on his hands and knees to work like he used to he would still dictate what needed weeding, where to plant the lilies, where to seed the poppies, etc. Mike referred to himself as a "Master Gardener" and told us how he was preparing us to be like him. We were his apprentices in his own little patch of Heaven. I never knew someone who took more pride in their yard. While we have continued doing the yard work, preparing it for winter, and intend to continue working this coming spring, it will never be the same without him to oversee us. The garden will become just as beautiful, but we have lost the Master Gardener's vision and guidance.
A perfect example of Mike working in the yard with us
I wasn't sure how to adequately write this post. No words can truly express what an amazing man Michael Rodriguez was, or how our lives have changed forever with his passing, but I know that I am grateful to have known him. I know that I will see him again, I know that we are connected as an eternal family. Someone told me that they thought he was probably up in Heaven, playing with his grandchildren that have yet to come to earth. I don't know if that's true, but its comforting to think that my children may already know their grandfather, although they may never know him on this earth. We love you Mike.