• Enjoy it NOW! Why?

    Why? Why do you do what you do? Why? Why did I decide to start a blog called my “crazyfulllife”? Was it a goal? Did I need to do it? Was it a requirement? No. I started this blog because it has brought me joy. I enjoy writing. I like to put my thoughts to paper or in this case electronic media. So why has it been so long since I last contributed anything to my CrazyFullLife? Life gets busy. I get so focused on the five jillion things that have to be done (or that I think have to be done) that I lose focus on the bigger picture.…

  • Happy New Year!

    As the new year begins, I am viewing it as a fresh start…a time to reboot and refocus. Resolutions are what we normally hear discussed at the first of the year. What are you going to change? What habit are you going to break? What are you going to do differently? This year I have still heard mention of resolutions and goals, but several of my friends have been discussing their WORD for 2019. I like this idea. I had to think about it for a bit, and I have to admit, I wanted my word to cover a broad area of life. As the top image of this blog…

  • New Year…New Goals?

    Last year was the first year I created a Vision Board. I think this is a fancy way of saying “goal setting”. It sounds prettier to me anyway. Now that a new year is upon us, I started searching for my 2018 Vision Board. I created a digital one & shared it with some friends for accountability…it’s scary to share these kind of things sometimes. Since it had been shared, it was pretty easy to locate. The problem with the digital version for me is that I don’t know if I looked at again after January of this year. Today I did what many do when they want to create…

  • Christmas Traditions

    It is less than a week from Christmas Day, and that has me thinking about traditions…ones that we practice and have for many years and new traditions that I might want to start. I have friends that prepare certain recipes each year.  There are others that wear certain clothing like new pajamas or Christmas sweaters.  The first tradition that comes to mind for me includes cowbells and Santa hats.  We somehow managed to gather several blue cowbells after I ran the Boston Marathon in 2011.  The children are always able to find them on Christmas morning and run into our bedroom clanging them wearing Santa hats.  I haven’t had a…

  • Mom’s Birthday!

    Mother and daughter relationships can be complicated.  I know at times mom thinks I hung the moon and at other times she wants to strangle me, but at all times she loves me.  She (along with Dad) has always been my biggest cheerleader. Today we celebrate her birthday.  Last night I looked through pictures to share on social media to wish her Happy Birthday, and I came across pictures of when my daughter was little bitty and also pictures of my grandmother that has passed away.  It is amazing the resemblance that is passed down through the generations.  I can see my 80 year old grandmother’s beauty in the face…

  • He is the Reason for the Season

    The Christmas shopping is done! I won’t say that absolutely everything was purchased before December 1, but my list was crossed off.  The kids still have a bit of shopping that they want to do.  My whole reason behind finishing my Christmas shopping early this year was to be able to ENJOY the Christmas season.  We are 6 days into December, and I feel like the busy hustle of life is still getting in the way.  Too many errands to run, too much laundry to do, too many practices to shuttle to… Y’all know I have talked about it’s all in the way you look at your situation before.  For…

  • It’s all about how you look at it…

    It truly is all about how you look at “it”…whatever that “it” might be.  This picture may look like a jumbled mess to one and a treasure to another.  To me it is beautiful.  It’s not beautiful just because I love jewelry.  It’s beautiful because of the memories that go along with it.  That doesn’t mean I know exactly when and where I acquired each treasure.  It means that I can think of different occasions where I wore a certain piece, and it brings back the memory of that.  I drift off from my point though. This past holiday weekend we went to Enchant Christmas in Arlington, Texas.  It was…

  • In the Kitchen & Down Memory Lane

    Holidays bring back lots of memories…mostly good ones.  Even the ones that make me sad are usually good.  At Thanksgiving when I start thinking about what I will bring to our family dinner, I always think of my Granny.  Her house was where we had our Thanksgiving meal.  She made the turkey and dressing and lots of weird salads that as a child a would not touch! One year while I was in college, I didn’t get to come home for Thanksgiving.  I called Granny to get her dressing recipe.  That sounds simple.  It was not.  She didn’t have a recipe.  She made it by memory…maybe that’s why some years…

  • Another Goal Set!!

    This goal may actually be more difficult than my previous one of finishing my first half Ironman triathlon! I still feel a bit fake saying I did it because the swim was cancelled, but that is not the point today.  My goal is…drum roll: to be finished Christmas shopping by 12/01/2018! It has been declared publicly, so now it is really real. I don’t want to be finished Christmas shopping because I don’t like shopping.  I do like shopping, and I like giving gifts to others even more.  I don’t like the pressure that I sometimes feel with the Christmas present.  There are set people that you buy for each…

  • Goal Accomplished…kind of

    I am a runner…or I was just a runner.  Prior to March of this year anytime someone mentioned any kind of event that was any more than running, I simply wasn’t interested.  I especially balked at swimming.  A friend said, “Hey! There is a triathlon in my hometown.  Why don’t we do it?” Why not? I signed up and the rest is history.  Not really — there is a lot that went on in the middle.  I balked at swimming because I didn’t know how to swim efficiently.  I wouldn’t drown in a pool, but that was about it.  I sure would have never thought of getting into a large…