Thursday, August 26, 2010

words to live by

I ended up seeing Eat Pray Love last week with my mom and sister. It's the perfect movie to see with other girls. We had some great conversation about it after the movie (I won't bore you right now with all of my opinions) but we couldn't decide if we really liked the movie. You'll have to let me know what you think if you see it. There were good lessons learned and sometimes I felt like jumping through the screen and smacking Julia Robert's character. Truly. She wasn't my favorite. However, by the end of the movie I was okay with her.
And I really appreciated this lighthearted scene between Roberts and the new friend she made while in Italy.

Something good I took away from the movie: Enjoy life. Slow down and try not to kill yourself with guilt. And live in the moment. So hard to do but definitely worth the effort.

Okay movie. Great reminders.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

bad day

I am having a bad day. I didn't plan on having a bad day (does anyone really?) but it's just sort of become one. In fact, I was planning on having a really good day - even a really good week. I had plans to get a lot done. A lot. You should see the "to do/to buy" lists sitting on my counter! It's crunch time cause school for us starts on Monday and I need to be ready. I've enjoyed my Summer way too much this year. Seriously. It's been so nice to just chill. But now my chill time is up. And it's not even just my lack of motivation - there's a lot more going on...there usually always is...but anyways, I need happy productive days if I want to be in a good place by Monday. Scratch today off the list as a miss. Maybe tomorrow will be better.
(Mark found this somewhere online. It fits me today.)
And, by the way, my flat iron fell off the counter and broke and that just pushed me over the edge. Normally it wouldn't be that big of a deal. Today isn't normal. When the big things aren't going well it's nice to have the little things to rely on. Again, not today. Thankfully, my mom came to my rescue and is letting me borrow one of hers. Wouldn't it be nice if all issues could be resolved that quickly?
Okay, I think I'm done spewing my grumpiness. 
Oh wait...maybe one more, I'll just let that one go for now.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

the birthday boy

Ethan turned 8 on the 14th. Yes, he and Izzy have birthdays two days (and 6 years) apart. It wasn't planned that way, trust me.
Anywho, we celebrated Ethan's birthday over a series of days. Saturday, just our family, took him out to dinner, gave him his presents and got shaved ice for dessert. He was pretty happy. On Sunday all of my family came over for dessert. Always a good time. And yesterday he had a bunch of friends over for a little party. They had a water balloon fight, played on our homemade (and slightly ghetto) slip n slide, jumped on the trampoline and ate a bunch of chocolate cake. And everyone seemed to have a blast! Thank goodness. Kids are happy, I'm happy.
there were boys there too - the girls just tend to stick close to him - he'll appreciate that in a few more years

with his cousins - Tessa and Beckham - they gave him the same bow that he always plays with at their house. he loves it.

Friday, August 13, 2010

the birthday girl

Little Izzy turned 2 years old yesterday. Crazy. She is forever my baby. In fact, I still call her baby all the time. I should probably stop doing that.

I captured a few of her birthday moments. She demanded (I would say requested but it was more of a demand) to have suckers, balloons and see her cousin Beckham on her birthday. Done. I wish all birthdays for my kids were that easy!

just waking up - morning bottle
eating pizza (her favorite) at her sibling's school party
so excited for her balloons...
and thrilled about her suckers
swimming with her cousins. or rather, they swam and she laid out - she got in for a few min
enjoying her present from her cousins
my favorite - she did not like the happy birthday song

Man, I love that kid!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

on my mind

Kauai, Hawaii. 
Our 10th anniversary is in March. And I think this would be the perfect place to celebrate it. We didn't go on a honeymoon and I told Mark that for our 10th we should do something that resembled a honeymoon. We've been doing a bunch of shopping around trying to find good deals and making changes to our budget so that we can afford just might happen. Keep your fingers crossed for us. 

Thursday, August 05, 2010

family anniversary

Today is Mero Family Anniversary. It's the day that my parent's and I (I was just a few months old) went to the DC temple to be sealed. We've celebrated this day every year for as long as I can remember. Tonight everyone (minus Cam cause he's in New Jersey at the moment) is coming over to my house for a BBQ. Should be lots of fun. Hopefully the weather will hold up. It's been raining almost non-stop this week. Anyway, just wanted to give props to this day. I love my family. They're a good bunch.

Monday, August 02, 2010


So has anyone read this book? Planning on seeing the movie? I would like to do both. However, that's a new desire. I've never been a fan of the idea that you have to go somewhere to find yourself, as it were. I've had quite a few bad experiences with people I know doing that. I definitely see how a change of scenery is good for the soul once in a while, don't get me wrong. Like when we grow up and leave home for one reason or another...we have to learn about the world on our own. Or when we are stuck in a bad situation. Aren't there ways of becoming the person you want to be without going halfway around the world? Without leaving people behind? Maybe. Maybe not. I have mixed feelings. I can relate to the statement in the movie about how she wants to "marvel at something." I try to be conscience of that daily, especially when it comes to watching my children do something, but there hasn't been much marveling lately on a bigger scale. We all know that feeling. I love that feeling. And I would love to see how the book/movie attempts to guide us in doing so. Are there ways of marveling in the lives we currently lead? Seems like there are people who do. Anyways, I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of message both the book and movie send.