It’s the #Holiday #Season So You Know What That means….

Really cute children doing really adorable things!

If you’ve been with me at least since this time last year, these two cookie monsters might look familiar. Two of Baltimore’s finest little cooks are at it again for the 2014 round of cookie baking! I give you Granddaughter #1 (the eldest) and Great Nephew Ryder, ready for some cookie baking!

This is definitely a bit of a mixture of holiday cheers. I hope you enjoy them!

I’ve also thrown in a few unrelated bonus baby photos because…well…my grandbabies are so awesome!!! 

Es and Ry

2014 Baking session 2

2014 Baking sessionMy coworker is a Lego Maniac…we certainly don’t mind his decorating style!
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Breakfast with the family and with Santa! Breakfast santa 2014 2014 Breakfast santa

Crazy and cute cousins!Kiddies 2014 2014 Santa tree Santa breakfast 2014 Santa
Babies in the bubbles…just because they’re big brown eyes will steal your heart.
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We adults like a little party time too…

Partytime

And a yummy breakfast for the morning after a night out…shared of course with two of my favorite people lol

Anna and Kristof breakfast

Thank YOU Show Your Soft Side – The Most Warm and Fuzzy Animal Welfare Campaign

This is the best campaign EVER for compassion and love towards animals. Show Your Soft Side. See the links below to follow and support them.

https://www.facebook.com/ShowYourSoftSide
http://showyoursoftside.org/

http://www.swagdog.com/c-211-show-your-soft-side.aspx

How About A Little Fantastic Video Voyage? Well, Are Ya Comin’?

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Tonight I ventured into a strange and unforgiving world…the YouTube VIDEO.

Nope, I wasn’t brave enough to get in front of the camera so I put together a video narration of an article I wrote not too long ago, complete with pictures and flubbed words.

Hey gang, I did the best I could under circumstances I would never bore you with. TRUST ME though…it was a challenge.

So, without further adieu, I give you my very first narrated article…

Right or Wrong – I Write for Me

You Never Know What You’ll Find When You’re Cleaning Out Your Closets

Holiday Cleaning…BLECH!

However, sometimes you can stumble upon some things you haven’t seen in a very, VERY long time. Those cupboards and shoe boxes can take you back in time. The only problem is, you most likely won’t end up in Narnia.

As first loves go, mine was a real shit storm of awfulness. I was naive, wide eyed and very inexperienced as a young woman. I thought I had it all together but…HA! Of course at the time, I had no idea how awful it really was. Mine may have been the textbook example of the sweet young girl swept off her feet by the bad…and I mean really, really bad boy.

Without going into the gory details of what was a horrible chapter of my life, I wrote…a LOT of poetry. Some of it was so awful that after discovering it today, I disposed of it immediately after reading them.

Two of them however were especially interesting. One kind of set the stage. The other, symbolized closing the curtain…and burning down the theater.

In reality, it took a great deal of emotional and physical damage to actually close that curtain for good but as we always say, all of our experiences, both good and bad, are what formed the people we are today. I suppose it’s okay for me to wish I’d have opened a different tub of clay though isn’t it? I mean, I still don’t know what the lesson was in living inside of that nightmare for almost two years. I have to believe there was a reason though and that somewhere deep down, those scars are doing me a world of good.

So, with that being said, welcome to my lovelorn, damaged, scarred and tortured 19 year old brain. I refuse to believe my heart had anything at all to do with this horrific experience. Yes, it really was that bad.

Remember…I’m not saying these poems are good. I’m saying they came from somewhere genuine and very deep that I am so grateful I didn’t have to live through twice.

Those Three Wordshearts

Do you say it with a dry eye or do you say it with a tear?

Do you say the words with a hesitant voice and shaky lips or do you kiss the words into reality and then whisper?

Can you blink and turn your eyes to the moon and feel what your heart cries out to speak?

Might you try laughing freely, giggling the phrase and have it dance off your tongue–each word a fancy new step you’ve been dying to try and you’ve finally found the right tune to do it to?

Should you say it to yourself and hope that he hears it through your hands as they touch him or while your heart beats against his when he holds you tight?

Are the possibilities endless and the horizons of your dreams unreachable or is it really easy and effortless to speak the words you long to experience?

You cannot hear these words for they are more than the ear can compel or the brain can comprehend, the flesh can feel or the heart can contain.

They reach into your soul and grasp the life that flows through your veins.

They travel throughout your body, never leaving for all eternity, if it is real.

The creator himself may claim the occasion when these words are spoken but once they enter your soul, if it is true, honest and everlasting, no matter how they get inside, they will always mean…

I love you.

Now…down comes the curtain. Be afraid…be very afraid.

 

STOP!

Like slivers of ice invading my bloodcrime

Each one sharper than the one before as they weave their way through my body and into my heart

They keep on moving through me

They strike every nerve, tendon, muscle and bone

My flesh feels like a lump if crawling insects, chewing on me until I ache all over

My guts are mush, melting and yet frozen in a sea of endless pain and torture

 They keep making me cry and hurting me and they

never

STOP!

Phew…I wish I could go back in time and give that poor girl a big hug and tell her how amazing she turned out! 😉