February 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag Review

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February had been a pretty insane month for me so my blog has not been very active. March there will defiantly be more to share with you . However I thought it was time to review my February Ispy Bag. So here it goes

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Here is the bag that it came with this month denim blue with orange trim. Its pretty cute but kind of on the smaller side.

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The highlighter from Luna Cosmetics I actually love. It has a purple hint to it which isn’t bad at all. It can used for cheeks or eyes. I love how it is almost a baked highlighter.

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Im always looking for a good black eyeliner to use in the water line of my eyes. For my top eyelid I always use either a gel or liquid but I find those had to use in my water line. I have heard great things about Lord & Berry but I my self have never tried them. I was very excited to get this in my bag this month. I do say my self I was not disappointed  with this product. It does not smudge or run off when my eyes water and its easy to remove at the end of the lad. Over all very impressed with this eyeliner.

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So for being a mother of 4 month old twins and a 5 year old . I am one sleep deprived momma . I have dark circles under my eyes like no other. Finding a concealer that does not crease or move sometime is very hard. So people have told me about IT Cosmetics but I never looked too much into it. I am in love with this concealer and will be purchasing a full size of it. I do wish the sample size was a little bigger however it has lasted. A little bit goes along way with this product.

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I love everything about makeup brushed. I remember growing up not know what makeup brushes where. I always used the little sponges that came with the eye shadows or those terrible blush brushes growing up . I now own a lot of different types of brushed but I have never purchased a Fan Brush . I do however enjoy this Fan Brush I’m still trying to figure it out though.

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This is the one product this month I did not like. I don’t like sheet masks they fit on my face weird and I always feel like they do not work as well as other masks that I have tried.

Please feel free to follow my blog for more reviews. If you want to try ISPY bag here is a link to sign up for you own. Remember its super affordable $10 a month is well worth the products you receive.

https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=ppage_ref&sid=link&refer=gvt8

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I Will Never Be Like Her !

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How many of us have said to ourselves or out loud to others ” I will never be like my parents/parent”? I know I have . This is something I say to my self all the time. I didn’t grow up with a bad childhood but I did go through a lot of disappointment  and heart ache growing up. I was raised by a single mother and my grandparents.

My parents were divorced when I was 3 so I didn’t really know anything other than being in 2 separate house holds . My younger childhood was about shuffling back and forth from Arizona to Colorado summer breaks, spring breaks ,winter breaks ect. I grew up with a Mom who when I was younger was my best friend. I didn’t figure it out until I was a lot older how truly selfish she was.

I remember her taking my brother and I on trips or our friends on trips with us . We would go skiing snowboarding camping fishing. We had a blast for so many years. She was the one person I could always talk to and I know would support me. However people change. Some people just stop caring . The one thing I can’t figure out and it baffles me more and more is how does a parent who loved and supported you for so many years just give up and stop caring about their children.

This happen to me my Mom my best friend one day just threw in the towel and gave up. When I was little she was an alcoholic and I was also very  little when she began to gain her sobriety . So growing up that was the Mom I knew the sober kind loving mother. It seem though the more I grew up and became independent stated hang out with friends having a serious boyfriend, was the point she just didn’t care anymore.

I was 16 when she relapsed and my entire would changed. She was no longer the sober caring parent. She was a drunk. She didn’t have a disease she had a problem that she never could admit to. This was the time I lost all trust in her or in people in general. I put up so many walls and I took so much for people to break these walls down. My friendships suffered . I sabotaged relationships with people and loved ones. I didn’t want to feel anymore hurt or disappointment. All I want was to fix her make her better. Bring back that person I once knew. I stuck by her side through all of it.

I watched her mess up her life , and take people down that dark tunnel with her. She remarried when she met my step dad. She didn’t even care about him she just wanted someone to take care of her. As a parent it is our job to guide provide and love our children. We are supposed to be role models and teach the wrong from right.

Not just when they are little but through out their entire life. I only got part of this . I got to the point in my younger life were I was completely out of control. I was hanging out with people who were not good company. I was in a very toxic relationship. I was in a whirl wind of bad decisions . I remember thinking to my self one day you are no better than her!

That was they day I turned my life around and promised my self that I would never in my life time be the parent she was. Don’t get me wrong there were many years that she was a good mother . However I am going to make all the years count. I cut all ties with her and made sure that she was no longer a part of my life or my family’s life. I made sure to leave any toxic things out of my life. I made sure I was picky about the people I befriended . I wanted to be a better person.

Now more than ever this promise I made to my self sticks more and more. I want to be the parent that shows my daughters the right path. I want to show them that life is hard but when you get knocked on your ass you pull yourself up keep on trucking. I want them to know that you will have disappointment, you will have your heart shattered . However you will survive. You will meet a wonderful nice boy who you will fall madly in love with. They will learn that marriage is hard but you work at it. You make a commitment to someone who you love and that you know you can spend the rest of you life with. They will be the ones who choose the people they hang out with, and the path they go down. However its my job to show them the correct path.

I pray everyday that they will learn to be amazing humans and do so many things with their lives. I don’t want to have them say I will never be like my parents. I want them to say the opposite. ” I WANT TO BE JUST LIKE MY PARENTS”. I will never be a perfect mom or wife and I will never try to be . There will be times I fail or mess up . I will however never on gods green earth give up on my husband or my girls. For the rest of my life I will push forward and make sure that I will never be like my mother!

XoXo,

Lani

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25 Things You May Not Know About Me.

So this is a blog I totally stole from one of my best friends Toni’s blog The Help Meet Homemaker. I thought it was fun so I thought I would do it too. She originally for it from this site, 25 New Get To Know Me Tag Questions.  So here you go I  hope you enjoy.

1.Are you named after anyone? Yes I am actually , my first name is after my moms sister Lani and middle name Lee is after my grandpa

2.When was the last time you cried? This Morning

3.Do you have kids? I do I have been blessed with 3 amazing daughters

4.If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself? I honestly think I would, I am very picky with the friends I keep so I think I would make a good friend

5.Do you use sarcasm a lot? Me never haha yes I use sarcasm pretty much everyday it’s practically my second language

6.What’s the first thing you notice about people? Their eyes , I believe you can tell a lot about someone the first time you meet them by their eyes.

7.What is your eye color? Boring old brown lol.

8.Scary movie or happy endings? I’m a sucker for both I love old school scary movies and I love a good happy ending that makes you cry

9.Favorite smells? Fresh mountain air it reminds me of Colorado and makes me miss it every time. The smell of Arizona rain if you have lived in Arizona you will know what I mean. Rubber kids toys lol.

10.What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home? I don’t really know because I consider two places home Arizona and Colorado so I can’t really answer this

11.Where were you born? I was born in Denver Colorado

12.What are your hobbies? I guess my hobbies would be blogging, and reading when I find time.

13.Do you have any pets? I do not have any pets at the moment . My family and I had an amazing pit bull names Savannah and we have not found a pet that has fit into the family since we had to let her go to doggy heaven . However one day I would love to have another dog also a goat or a few and some horses

14.Do you have any siblings? I do I have a wonderful older brother Robby who I 5 years older than me. As well I have 5 step brothers and Sisters Jason, Miles , Garrett , Brittany and Alex, and I am the youngest of them all.

15.What do you want to be when you grow up? When I grow up huh. Well I am 30 years old so I think I am grown haha but I would love to own my own business someday , I’m just not sure what kind.

16.Who was your first best friend growing up? Christina we have known each other since kindergarten and still talk here and there.

17.How tall are you? 5 ft 5 in

18.Funniest moment throughout School? There are so many its hard to narrow it down . But one that stands out is sitting outside during lunch time and one of my friends getting pooped on by a bird.

19.How many countries have you visited? 2 Mexico and Canada

20.What was your favorite/worst subject in High School? Worst subjects were math and english favorite was probably photography , art and history ( depending on the school)

21.What is your Favorite drink? Animal? Perfume?

My favorite drink is coffee. Animal is a Koala Bear. Perfume is probably Marc Jacobs DOT.

22.What would you (or have you) name your children? I have names my children Mia Natalie and Haley . Nick Names are Mia Pie , Haley Bob, and Natty Poo

23.Who are some of your favorite YouTubers? Pranksters in Love and makeup ones haha

24.Favorite memory from childhood? Sitting on my grandparents back porch in Colorado snapping green beans and eating them.

25.How would you describe your fashion sense? Comfortable, I love jean leggings a comfortable t-shirts .

I would love to hear more about you. So please comment or follow this blog. Feel free to ask any questions that may not be on here.

Thanks A lot 🙂

January 2017 Ipsy Glam Bag !

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I am a total sucker for all things beauty related. A few years back I subscribed to different months beauty boxes and bags. I stopped doing it for a while for financial reasons but I decided that this year I would start it back up. Makeup can get expensive and I love trying new products. That Is one of the reason I love getting the Ipsy Glam Bag every month. Its super affordable only $10.00 a month and you get pretty high quality products. It allows you to build a profile of things that interest you and the send you products based on that product profile. If you are a sucker for makeup or all things beauty you may enjoy this just as much as I do. If you are interested here is the link to sign up https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=ppage_ref&sid=link&refer=gvt8.

I have review the products I received this month just so you can get an Idea of things you may get all depending on what you like.

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For January the bag is a sliver mesh on the outside. Very good quality and is surprisingly quite big. It fits well in a purse or is small enough that you can hold your grab and go makeup or even just the odds and ends that are rolling around in your purse.

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I am very picky when it comes to blush . My cheeks have a red tint to them naturally so I don’t like anything to pink or red on my face. I love this blush it has a great pigment and isn’t go pink . It is more of a peach color.

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This 3-1 Eyeshadow I was kind of unsure about at first . I typically go for matte colors and this looked pretty shimmery when I first opened it. I however really like it . You can use it had an eyeshadow or a highlighter for you cheeks . To me it goes on pretty sheer but I like that it’s not over powering.

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I absolutely love this lip balm. I’ve been really sick the past week and this has been my go to . It goes on so soft and really conditions my lips. It doesn’t rub off very easily . I don’t usually like Rimmel London products but I would purchase this over and over again.

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BB Creams are new for me I usually just use a primer , tinted moisturizer and a foundation. Being a mother of 3 now sometime life gets so busy I don’t have time to do a full face makeup. I like this BB cream is had really great coverage and doesn’t make my skin break out like most products do with sunscreen in the.

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I wasn’t to into this fragrance . Its a little to flowery for me but I am sure some people would love it.

 

So here you go please follow this blog I will be doing my Ipsy Bag revel every month. Hopefully you will love it as much as I do.

 

 

A Friendship of All Kinds

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So lately I have been thinking a lot about friendship how friendships change the older you get. So when I was younger I  had a huge group of friends that I hung out with. I had best friends that I was inseparable with. I mean we hung out all day everyday it was rare for us to not  to be together. I am still close with some of these friends but we are no longer inseparable.

As you get older you find a new friends along the way. I am what you call a non needy friend lol. Life gets busy you don’t always have time to talk every day. No matter what though I know my friends are always there for me.

My childhood best friend Melissa and I have been friends since the 8th grade. No matter how far apart we are we can always count on each other. I can still call her at 2 am freaking out about something and losing my mind and she will sit on the phone with me and tell me to calm my shit down and take a breath. She will never try to rush me off the phone to go back to bed she will sit there and talk to me. However I do miss  they way things were when we were kids. We would go to parties , snowboarding , mexico ( sorry for slapping you in the face melissa I still feel bad to this day about that lol) Just remember the tequila made me do it .As we got older we don’t get to do this stuff anymore but we can still talk to each other mostly everyday and when we do see each other its like we are kids again. She is that one friend who knew the young me the crazy off the wall getting into a lot of trouble me. She never judged me or stopped being my friend . She was always  that friend that if I was going to sit in a jail cell ( NEVER HAPPEN) her ass would be sitting right next to me . Even if she didn’t have anything to do with my crazy antics.

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As you get older you meet new people. When you are married or in a relationship you build new types of friendships for me it was with girlfriends or wives or my husbands best friends. These friendships grow into wonderful ones. You learn so much about these women in your life. I remember thinking to my self am I going to like these chicks . Well I have and I have become best friends with some wonderful ladies.

Nicole here and I met because my husband was friends with her boyfriend at the time. She was this skinny young not so talkative  girl. I remember thinking will this chick ever say anything? And then her voice came . She is one of the most kind sweetest girls I know. She will do anything for anyone. She may be on a different planet most of the time and time is not always in her best interest but she will drop everything for you if you need her. This is the girl who help me pull off my wedding in hours . She planned and through both of my baby showers for me. She doesn’t get mad at me when I tell her something full on blunt and honest. For me being blunt has a tendency of pissing people off. She is such a wonderful friend im lucky to have her. We have seen our kids grow together and become best friends  and seen our lives grow as well. Our friendship has lasted 10 years and I’m sure it will last 10 more.

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Next would be Angel. This girl cracks me up. Yet another wonderful lady I have met from my husbands best friend Chris. I didn’t know what to think of Angel when I frist met her.She probably thought the same about me. I am so happy that Chris married such a wonderful lady. The 1st time Angel and I hung we went to a ZZ Ward concert with Nicole. I remember that night was so much fun . I had a mommy break and was able to hang out with 2 wonderful people. Angel is a lot like me she is blunt and to the point. This chick knows what she wants and wont settle for less. We have been friends for about 5 years or so and I love it. We are closer now that we have ever been before. We are growing as friends and so are our kids. She makes me laugh all the time and I love her for that.

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Next comes Toni. Toni is my no bullshit southern friend. She is stong opinionated and will tell ya how it is .  She has a southern twang and is one strict momma and I love that about her. Toni and I have been friends for a long time. We met through my husband’s friend bad. When we frist met we were really close. We hung out all the time and had a blast doing it. Over the years we lost touch. I’m still not sure why we did but life gets away from you some time. We have gain our friendship back, she is constantly inspiring me. She is the one who helped me find the love of blogging. She has a sassy little girl just like my Mia. She has her southern charm and I love that about her and her cooking is amazing. She as well always be there for me no matter how busy her life gets.

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So I am blessed that god has brought such wonderful women into my life . Some of them may be miles away but I know that these friendships will always last. We may not be inseparable or hang out everyday but I do know however that I can always count on these ladies no matter what. I think a lot of people take friendship for granted and is something I try more and more everyday not to do.

So here is a big thank you to all you wonderful ladies Melissa , Nicole,  Angel and Toni. You are the best friends a girl can ask for and I am lucky to have each and every one of you in my life !!!

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10 Years Together 5 Years Of Marriage

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10 years ago today I fell in love with the love of my life. When I first met my husband Anthony I thought he was the most obnoxious guy in the world. I was working in a motorcycle shop at the time and I swear he was in there everyday. I remember saying to him one day aren’t you going to buy something ? You are in here everyday and never buy a thing. Well I felt like a jackass because come to find out he was opening up a motorcycle shop and bought stuff all the time.

One day he came into the store with an adorable baby pit bull  and her name was Savannah . This precious little puppy became my best friend . She would come right to me and just hang out with me. She created a bond between Anthony and I . A few days or weeks later I don’t remember how long exactly , Anthony asked me out on MYSPACE. He asked if I wanted to go out sometime . I told him sorry I dont think so I am seeing someone right now. Oh but I wasn’t I just wasn’t quite ready to date yet. I was scared to. Anthony was very persistent . He kept asking and spun it to the way we where just hanging out getting to know each other. So I agreed and went out with him. We went to a Mongolian BBQ place with one of his friends from hockey . We also went to the Ice rink to hang out that when Anthony sucked up some hot coco up his nose HAHA still makes me laugh thinking about it. That night went on we hung out and got to know each other.

After that we seemed to hang out everyday. I still was on the fence about dating someone seriously. I was about 6 to 8 months single and was really nervous to get back into a full sing relationship. Anthony and I would go to parties and out with friends. I introduced him to two of my good friends Stephanie and Kristi. Anthony and I also met some of our closest friends around this time. I remember there was a huge group of us playing pool one night. My friends asked me why don’t you just date him seriously take a chance you never know what will happen. So one day 10 years ago I made the commitment to date my loving wonderful husband and its been the best 10 years of my life.

Anthony has made me grow so much as a person. He has taught me to be strong. Stand up for my self. Not let toxic people take me down the dark path. No matter how many times in the last 10 years I wanted to give up he wouldn’t let me. He saved me from a stressful home with an alcoholic mother. Asked his parents if I could move in. Even though I was pretty much living there anyway. On January 21st 2010 Anthony proposed to me and I said yes. I was so excited and happy that I was blessed to be engaged to my  best friend and the love of my life. 2 years later on January 22nd 2012 we were married. We didn’t have a huge wedding but I wouldnt change it for the world. That day we took our vows and made a commitment to love each other for the rest of our lives.

We will never be a perfect couple. We have our ups and downs. Our blow ups and make ups. No matter how hard things get we always works it out . We have welcomed 3 beautiful little girls into this world and grew from a family of 2 to a family of 5. Anthony and I grew up in 2 very different house holds. However no matter what we seem to be on the same page when it comes to raising out girls into strong independent  kind humans.

I am blessed to have married into a supportive kind amazing family. I have married my best friend and I thank god everyday for bringing such a wonderful man into my life. I 100% am looking forward to many more years with this man. I’m happy to say I have the person who I will grow old and senile with. I don’t think anyone else in this world would be able to put up with me  like he does.

Happy Anniversary Anthony I love you more than would can tell.

A Hunters Wife

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Some people have asked me how I handle being a hunters wife. Honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way. My husband is a mostly a bow hunter he will rife hunt occasionally but for the most part is all about the bow. This is something that makes him extremely happy. Even if you doesn’t come home with a deer or any other type of animal he still comes home happy.

Yes his hunting does take away from time with me and the girls . For a few months out of the year my husband will be out almost every weekend hunting some days he will be gone all day others he will be gone half the day. When the season comes to a close and it’s getting close to the next season he will be out scouting. This would annoy I think most women . I however look at it in a different way.

He could be out doing a lot worse. Such as spending a ton of money on things that aren’t necessary . He could be a man who sits at home all day getting fat and drinking beer. My husband is neither of these. He takes pride in hunting. He has a hobby that allows him to provide for his family. If he kills an animal it allows or family to have fresh meat to eat. This hobby also keeps him sane . He is a man who is raising 3 girls he’s completely out number. When our girls get older he’s going to be even more out number because when you have little girls who turn into big girls the you get the girl friends attached to them.

So hunting allows him to enjoy nature some peace and  quite and an adventure all together. Yes sometimes I miss him being home with us but I know that the season is temporary it’s not a year-long thing. If I want him not to go I just ask him not to go. He doesn’t fuss about it he is understand. He is also doing something that he can teach our daughters to do some day.

So to the women out there who get mad or annoyed that your husband is out hunting every weekend think of these things.

  • He is proving for your family ( or at least trying to )
  • He is not lazy ( It takes a lot out of someone to walk that much )
  • He is enjoying time to him self or with company of friends
  • He isn’t spending all your money
  • He is doing something he can teach you kids
  • If you are a women who likes her quite time alone you get it.
  • Its temporary
  • MOST OF ALL HE IS HAPPY 

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Disappointment

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Disappointment its a part of life right? We have all had our fair share of disappointment in our lives, it may come from family and loved ones or even a job or sport. Last week I experience some disappointment. I took a chance and went for something I really wanted. I applied for a position at the company I work for that I thought I was very qualified for and it was something I really wanted. It would help provide more for my family . I honestly thought I killed my interview , I thought to my self wow that went great how can I not get this position? I guess no matter how well you think you do you never know until the end. I got an email last week telling me that they were going another direction and to try again in the future. You know that generic email you get when you don’t get the job.

I was very disappointment and a little sad. However I know that being disappointment is a part of life. You need to pull your boots up and keep moving. I will never stop trying hard at everything I do. This just means it wasn’t the right time in my life to do something like this. It was probably for the best in the long run. I know that god has a plan for everyone even though you may not be able to see or understand his plan it’s still out there. Everything in our lives happens for a reason and out of any situation you need to make the best part of it.

In high school and growing up disappointment was an everyday thing for me. It seemed to never go away . I had a friend once tell me , these situations will either make you weaker or  stronger but it’s up to you to choose that path. Do you want to be a weak person who only focus on the bad things in life or a strong person who makes the best out of it and moves on to make it better. I have always chosen the path to be a strong person.

Somethings in life you can’t change but you can always look at the bright side, and work harder to achieve the goals you have set for your self.

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5 going on 15

I can’t believe my baby is going to be 5 next month. Where has the time gone. Everyday I look at Mia I think to my self wow she is growing up to be a wonderful young lady. She is so smart, kind , loving and independent. Everything a mother wants when they are raising their children. I also think to my self holy crap where did my baby go. She’s no longer that toddler running around or the baby staring up at you with her big brown eyes. She is now a little lady with big brown eyes.

She has her own opinions ( and makes sure you hear them). She knows what she like and doesn’t like. She no longer wants mommy cuddles when she goes to bed :-(. She is the best big sister to Natalie and Haley. I may have two more little girls but nothing can compare to your oldest. They are the ones who teach you everything about being a parent.

They teach you what limits they can push. What type of discipline works. How to sooth a baby when they are crying. I know one day Mia will be an amazing mother. Yesterday  Mia and I  were sitting in the bathroom getting ready. She was putting on make up with me and I was thinking to my self man she is growing up so fast. Come august she will be in kindergarten and I am not sure I’m ready for that yet. I feel like once school starts she will grow up even faster. She will start meeting friends. Some  that may stay her friends for life.

Then soon after that will come the sleep overs , and lots of little girls running around my house. I know that time will fly by and then before I know it will come  middle school and high school. Then we are talking boys parties , DRIVING . I pray that when she gets to that age she is much more responsible than I was. For those of you who read this you know how I was in high school ( lol) . She will probably experience her 1st kiss and 1st heart-break.

However I think my husband and I will be ok with handling everything because we are raising our girls to be strong kind and independent . We will teach them that no matter what the situation is they can always talk to us and count on us. That sometimes life will get hard but you put your boots on and keep on trucking. That crying is ok but there is no need to do it all the time sometime you just need to suck it up. We will also teach them that its important to have god in your life. To pray for people everyday and thank god everyday for the life he has provided you.

Mia is so sweet that she will pray every night for her family. She prays for her grandma that go god will heal her. She prays that we are all kept safe and warm in our beds. She is such a good girl but I am not ready for her to grow up yet. Part of me wants her to stay little forever. However I am so proud of the person she is becoming.

 

 

 

Bring It On 2017

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2016 is coming to a close . I would have to say it has been an amazing year for me. So many great things have happen this year and I couldn’t thank God enough for the life he has provided me. I look back every year and I’m so happy at the way my life is turning out.

Mostly because I know from look back on my past it could have turned out extremely different if I followed a different path and I am very thankful I found the correct path to take.

This year has brought so much joy to myself and my family. To start things off my husband and I were blessed enough to finally be able to purchase or first home. I remember being so scared and nervous about becoming a home owner. It is so much responsibility and I wasn’t sure I was ready for that step. Now I am so happy I absolutely love my home. Yes it still needs a little bit of work but its such a wonderful house in such a great neighborhood . I’m happy we get to raise our daughters here.

We are 5 mins down the road from my in-laws , most people would think that is to close but I love it. We are all very close we have Sunday dinners and family time almost every Sunday and enjoy each others company. If I need some back up with the twins or I feel over whelmed I know they are just a phone call away to come to my rescue. I don’t have much family of my own that lives in Arizona but I’m lucky enough to have married into a family that takes such good care of me.

This year we also were blessed with 2 sets of wonderful adorable twins. My husband and I gave birth to the first set of  Identical twin girls of the family Natalie and Haley on October 20th of this year. Now they are a little over 2 months old and let me tell you they are little chunks and I love it they have roly-poly  legs and are weighing 10 lbs each.

On December 2nd of this year my husband sister ( my sister-in-law) and her husband Chris and her to older sons Justin and Thayne welcomed two little humans Colt and Caia fraternal twins into the family. We are so happy to have them here. My sister in law had a really hard delivery and I thank god everyday that she is here. Colt and Caia were born very early and spent a few weeks in the NICU and my sister in law has some complications that caused her to spend some time in the maternity ICU. For a little bit there we were worried on what the outcome would be. Colt and Caia were finally able to come home the weekend before christmas and now are thriving and growing and Aja is home with them and her family healing and recovering more and more everyday. I don’t know what I would have done if we lost her. I never had a sister before and she is my sister and my one of my best friends.

I remember first meeting her haha she came in from Georgia to see the family and I was so worried she would HATE me . Yup hate not like me one stinking bit. However that didn’t happen we hit it off and have had a bond ever since.

2016 has also shown me that you can build on once lost relationships if you try to make time to do so. My father and I have grown so much closer this year then ever in my life before. It’s nice to be getting to know him and having him in my daughter’s life.

This year I have seen my family more than ever have in the last 10 years. We made a trip to Colorado to see my entire family. Yes my entire family lives there, and a lot of times I feel so disconnected from them. Growing up we were all very close and being the only one living away from home in Arizona sometime I feel like the black sheep of the family. This year i didn’t feel that way. My Aunt Holly came to Arizona for the first time and loved it. It was so nice having her here. We are the type of family that can go without seeing each other for long periods of time and still pick up were we left off.

We were able to get my older daughter Mia baptized at my grandparents church in Colorado and celebrate that with them. This is something that was very important to my family and to my husband and I but we kept putting it off and I am so happy we had the ability to do it with them present. I meant everything to my grandparents and my dad and step mom and to me that makes my heart happy. Mia also got to meet my entire family . She is almost 5 now and never met them before. She was so welcoming to them. It like she knew that they are good people and no matter what they will love her.

Mia this year has grown so much into a little lady. She not to me a typical 4-year-old she is so intelligent and hard-headed it amazes me every day. I see her with her baby sisters and she is so kind and loving to them. They are lucky to have such a wonderful big sister to grow up with. I just know she will be protective and close with them. It is crazy to me that she is going to be 5 in February and starting kindergarten next year. Sometime time seems to go by to quickly.

Also I would have to say my husband and I are both very lucky to have great jobs that help us support or family and provide them with things that the need and want. I’ve been with Comcast for over a year now and I feel like even though it hard being away from my kids and at work I am doing whats best for my family at this time. I may not see my husband very much but I do cherish the time we have together.

I’m ready for 2017 to come because I think its going to be another wonderful year of obstacles to overcome and more things to enjoy. So with all this being said BRING IT ON 2017 IM READY FOR YOU !!!