Wednesday, November 30, 2011


I need direction.  Here on the blog, creatively, emotionally....all of it....needs direction.  Which is OK - that's not a bad thing - moving makes things topsy turvy and I just need to find my new way.

I haven't created anything other than jewelry and a mug(which was awesome) since we moved.....and that my friends is insanity.  Not a single scrapbook page, not a card, no painting!!  It's no wonder I feel off.  I need creativity to feel normal...many types of creativity...having creative time keeps me centered....makes me not so crabby crazy!!!  Of course jewelry design is creative but it is also my job...I want to create a canvas, or a scrapbook page, of play with clay and write fantastic blog posts.

So wanting the easiest way back in I did a little searching for creativity and blog/writing prompts...
Just what I needed!!!  Over at the Creativity Portal -I found the Imagination Prompt Generator.
And the prompt that pops up could not be more perfect:

What is changing in your life right now?

ALOT!!!  We wanted so badly to move back closer to family and the mountains where we could once again live that outdoorsy lifestyle that we love but that doesn't mean that everything about this move is or has been easy.   Change can be difficult - even when it's good!  Right???  We are just rolling with it...finding our way.


1)  I get to see wide open spaces daily - from my deck!  How awesome is that?

2)  Steve works long long hours and if often preoccupied with work.  He's finding his way...hopefully this evens out soon. 

3)  Hockey keeps the boys busier than they have ever been with anything!!  They are learning hard work and dedication and what it's like to really be part of a team.

4)  Not much interaction with friends or even much adult conversation day to day.  I really need to get out more - more time at the AVA, I would really love to join a yoga class and a running group!!  And I would love love love to find a scrapbooking group please?!?!  And while we are at it how about a bunco's group???  :) 

5)  More time to create - now I just need to get busy.

6)  I'm the only girl in the house.  Sadie does not count.  Thank goodness for facebook, texting and cell phones for staying close and connected to my girl. 

7)  My boys get to hunt again.  Did you see those bucks???  Awesome! 

8)  Xander's having a hard time making good friends.  Poor little guy - it really does break my heart.  Kids are a lot different here than what he is used to in Omaha but I have no doubt good friends are here it will just take a little more time. 

9)  We get to see family often.  We have traveled more in the 6 months we have been here than in a whole year living in Omaha.  Love being able to get away!

10)  I don't get to see Macey on a daily basis.  Refer back to number 6!!!  :)

11)  I am only about 90 minutes away from terrific friends (old and new).  This makes me happy!
12)  No driveway get-togethers with the neighbors - boy I miss that!!!  We had awesome neighbors in Omaha and we really miss them - it's was so nice for to be able to get together impromptu and all the kids had just as much fun playing outside right along side us!!

13)  Star Hitched Wagon™ is growing!!  No shows for over fours years and I have done three since August!  Fun fun fun!!  Not to mention a new wholesale account!  Which I love! 

The good and the bad....some of these will go away...some will not...this list will "change" because we are always changing.  I am thankful for being here I just need to find my groove - my creative groove and a good group of friends!!  :)  I look forward to just how great it will be.  And it will be because:

:)  he he he

How about you?  What's changing for you???

Monday, November 14, 2011

Successful Hunting Season

So proud of my boys!!  Check out these bucks!

This was Triple C's first year hunting and he was one LUCKY kiddo!!!! 

Next day Steve had awesome luck too!!!

Steve hasn't been hunting for the past four years - since we moved to Nebraska.  Every fall he missed it terribly - now that we are back in Wyoming things will be different - something that these boys are excited about - lots of public land out here in Wyoming. 
This year though - Steve lucked out by FINALLY drawing that Montana tag - so needless to say he was thrilled for the weekends that he could make it work - which with Connor's hockey schedule wasn't looking easy - but they got a couple weekends squeezed in and this one brought success!!

Now our freezer will be FULL!!!  If you are in the family expect some gifts of summer sausage cause it might be coming out our ears!!!

Stay tuned for pics of their European mounts that will be adorning out walls very soon!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Chronicles of a new hockey mom..... let me start out by stating the obvious....I know very little about hockey...the rules, the proper  etiquette....for the players, for the mom, the dads, the fans....etc. 
I am a hockey mom for one....let's make that two....very simple reasons....because my boys want to be hockey players!!!  That's it...for them not me!  Not me at all!!!  Not ever!
I will learn the ropes as they do...but there are certain things I will NEVER become...I will never become that crazy mother who yells at other players because I feel my son has been roughed up unnecessarily!  NOT EVER!!!  Sure I may get mad - in fact I am very certain of it...I will cringe and have second thoughts about letting the boys play hockey....probably over and over again...but they love it and I  love that about them!!!  And I will learn to love hockey for them.  HOWEVER, I will not become a crazy abusive mother who yells at another woman's child!  Especially not at practice.  NOT EVER!!!  It's just scary!  Bullying is a bad thing....for children and especially for parents. 

Way to go boys!  I'm proud of you!  Skate hard, really hard.  Listen to the tips your given.  Give 110%!  ALWAYS!!!  Prove that you want it and you will get better and better!

And now to add a little humor and perspective - and a good reminder for me:

(taken from John Buccigross)

Hockey is an emotional game and your child has the attention span of a chipmunk on NyQuil. The hockey coach will yell a bit during practice; he might even yell at your precious little Sparky. As long as there is teaching involved and not humiliation, it will be good for your child to be taught the right way, with emphasis.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


...think I might be able to blog on a regular basis???  I so would like to...seriously as absurd as it may sound I blog in my head ALL.THE.TIME!!!!  I am not even kidding...I have great topics, great thoughts, pearls of wisdom ;)....but then I never sit down to really blog it out.  But I will someday...maybe today, maybe tomorrow....maybe next week.  Because I am so not ready to give up blogging.  I love the process, and who knows maybe one of my posts will inspire someone, make someone laugh, or give them a thought to ponder....just maybe.
Today I am sitting here enjoying being lazy...thinking about hopping on the elliptical...but really thinking about all the things I have to be thankful for.  Of course it's the trend right now because it's that time of year - but can you thinking of a better trend???  A better thing to be a bandwagon-er for???  It's a good thing - whether your the first person aboard or the last...remembering how blessed we truly are is a good thing.

 So for today's blog post I will post 6 things I am truly thankful for.

1)  Thankful for a beautiful family!

2)  Thankful for hubby making all his connecting flights and for his safe trip home.

3)  Thankful for my hubby spending a day working at home.

4)  Thankful for a reality check - maybe I'm too addicted to my cell phone - it's time to update the address/phone book.

5)  Thankful for good coaches which in turn make Xander LOVE hockey while he is learning his way!

6)  Thankful for heat and a nice home to stay cozy in on this cold day.

More to come of course....but what are you thankful for today???