i've got sunshine, on a cloudy day. oh yes i do. my optimistic and upbeat persona, can easily be incorrectly judged as annoying, and fake.  if i were looking through the eyes of a pessimist, i could see where they are coming from.  i totally get it!!  i'm just glad that i am an optimist.  i mean, annoying...?  maybe.  but, fake?  NO WAY!!  there is nothing fake about my effort to make this life fabulous.  it's fun to turn a flat-out horrible day, into some kind of a challenge.  an adventure.  an adventure that has a fabulous ending.  just like earlier this summer, when the air went out in my car.  deep in the heart of florida.  yuck!!  unfortunately, i had to wait a week before it could go in the shop. here were my two choices: 1.  i could call my mom for a good dose of sympathy, that sounded something like, ...

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 i have a 19 monther who goes by the name, lucy.  she's a darling.  since she is so little and fits in the crook of my hip-so comfortably, i have managed to cause a slight habit.  i habitually hold this little lollipop.  i just think that if you are able, and the baby is asking, then hold her.  i call it nurturing.  josh calls it "spoiling".  so, we disagree. big woop!! you should hear me justifying myself to josh.  i express to him that he doesn't want his mommy to still hold him all the time...does he?  or, i'll say things like "it doesn't bother me" (when, at times, it is bothersome).  when he is really riding my case, i just growl, " oh...just let me be!!"  deep, deep down...i know that josh is right.  i don't think i'm spoiling to the point of botching up my parenting or anything to that ...

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we had the best family vacation we have ever had!  flat out.  no doubt.  josh's whole family lives in a big little city in illinois.  amongst all josh's brothers and sisters (including ours), we have ten little people running around.  i can honestly say that my favorite part about the trip was the chance my kids got to play hard with their first cousins.  i can't think of anything in the world cuter than the ten of them, in a backyard.  AND, there definitely isn't anything crazier.  i was in heaven, to say the least. bare with me as this blog will definitely be all over the map.   *** everywhere we landed was fully equipped with toys and children by the groves.   it was the deluxe vacation package, and we didn't even have to upgrade.  we just had to show up.  lovely.  nathan and cousin jackson being pals at the sand table. this was just ...

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