Monday, February 28, 2011


I am a little speechless. I have nothing to say... for many reasons. Today started out normal, but it hasn't ended that way. It's not blog worthy news, I just don't know how to blog through it.

Maybe we can get on the same page if I ask you this... Have you ever felt so many emotions at once, that you don't know how to verbalized them and move on? Good or bad? There are good days that perfectly fit this description, wedding day and childbirth. Then there are bad days that fit it as well, losing my mother and receiving terrible news from a friend. On my wedding day and when Madeley came, I was filled with indescribable happiness. I am reminded of that happiness daily when I spend time with Madeley and Derrick. When my mother died, I was filled with convoluted sorrow. I don't want to be reminded of that sorrow. I want it to be an estranged feeling, but I know I can't make it through life expecting that. I guess each day offers it's own set of feelings, and we just have to decide how to handle them. Two years ago, I had never dealt with tragedy or severe heartbreak. Now I know that it can be around the next corner and appear at the most unexpected time. The happiness can too though, so we can't forget that. I think that no matter what happens, the only answer is to trust God's judgement. Know that He is supreme, and always has a plan. I have to be the best wife/mother/daughter/sister/friend/teacher I can possibly be. Letting the happiness persist and the sorrow dissolve. Without too many details, I hope you understand me.

Just as a side note, my dad is doing okay. He is still in the hospital, but getting a little bit better each day.


Bachelor blog

First of all, every time one of those Bachelor characters said South Africa, I couldn't help but think the following...
I personally believe, as US Americans... People don't have maps... South Africa, the Iraq, everywhere like such as....
You catch my drift. It ran through my head all night.

It is an understatement to say that Brad's date with Ashley was terrrrrrible!! It was time for her to leave. And she was surprised? Now we're down to two! Derrick and I have a $50 bet going. Of course I've got Emily! Why wouldn't I? I'll let you know when I win!


I promised an old video of Madeley tonight, so here it is...

This is the first time she ever closed her eyes for a bite. I could not figure out what she was doing! Needless to say, I eventually got used to it.

Thanks for listening to my crazy thoughts. Love you for being here.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Etsy pleasures

Don't you just love receiving mail? I know I do, and I love it even more when it's wrapped in a little brown box!

I joined Etsy in November of last year. Just in time to do a lot of my Christmas shopping there. As I was shopping, I continuously stumbled upon items I wanted for myself. Don't you just hate it that you find tons of stuff for yourself, when you're supposed to be shopping for other people? Anyway, I've never been a jewelry person. I wear my wedding rings, a small pair of diamond earrings, and the occasional pair of hoops. But that's it! My wardrobe is a bit boring as well... solid colored shirts and cardigans. If I get a wild hair, I may throw in some stripes. Needless to say, I had decided (as I was shopping for others at Christmastime) that I was ready for a little touch in the jewelry department. I found a sweet little necklace that I thought would work for me. Gold and silver tones, so I could wear it with just about anything.

This is called the balance necklace, and I adore it. I bought it from my favorite etsy shop, greenteajewels. The owner, Jill Schilling, is located in Hawaii. I love it that all her correspondence consists of Alohas and Mahalos. She pays great attention to detail, and all the jewelry is handmade. The necklace came in the small brown box, tied with raffia. Inside, the necklace is attached to a card that is wrapped in tissue paper. All topped off with a small sticker that said Morgan. It made me smile. Jill always includes a short note extending her gratitude for the purchase. I mean, how often do you get to talk to the person that makes your jewelry? Not that often! On top of that, I think Jill went to some special school where they teach you how to be an amazing businesswoman!

Want to know the best part? The necklace was only $20. Wow, I said. It wasn't long until I was itching for more. I started looking and found two more items to spruce up my look.

The Indian Blue, $19

Simple and elegant.

The Bronzeline, $21

I received these two necklaces yesterday, and I couldn't have been happier with my purchases. Of course Jill sent a thoughtful note and a little something special for me. She sure does know how to keep people coming back. Now I feel like I am prepared for any outfit, and my jewelry collection has begun!

If you would like to visit greenteajewels, follow the link!

(all pictures were copied from site, except for the last one :)


Okay, so let's talk about The King's Speech. First of all, Derrick was quite unsure about the movie. I guess he hadn't heard much about it, but I assured him I had only heard rave reviews. And I just know it will win lots of Oscars, so I wanted to see it before they air. I also told him that if he didn't like it, I would cook him biscuits and gravy this morning (such a chore for me... I don't like grease).

So we get into the theatre, and there are only two other couples. Without a doubt, they were all over 65. Not that 65 is a bad thing, it just wasn't helping my "great movie" case. As more people filed in, the trend continued. We were FOR SURE the youngest people there... by years! You would have thought they were only allowing 50 and up, and we somehow snuck in! Anyway, as the movie began, it was obviously a British made film. I knew that. The colors were dark and the scenes were slow. As soon as the Duke spoke, I immediately felt sorry for him. Colin Firth did a wonderful job with this character. His anxiety over his stammer was evident all over his face. When he met the therapist, Lionel Logue, the movie really picked up. I don't want to give anything away, but Lionel is exceptional, and you can't help but root for Bertie (the Duke/King) in the end. I was sitting on the edge of my seat! I loved that Derrick was with me, because he was able to give me all the history behind the movie and tie everything together. And to think that Queen Elizabeth is Bertie's daughter, that just made it all real to me. Now to be polite, I should be calling him King George VI... but I like Bertie, as does Lionel. See the movie, you won't regret it!


I am going to include yesterday's video again. I think there may have been problems viewing it. This video contains Madeley attempting to eat a water hose sprayer. I had originally recorded her because she thought it was a telephone, but she ends up relentlessly eating the thing!

Tomorrow, I will continue with the "old" videos. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A little of this and a little of that

I have a few things to share with you today. First, Madeley and I have played all morning and loved it! We ate lunch together, we went outside together, we danced together, and we giggled together. I never imagined being her mother would be so amazing!

Here are some pictures of our fun times today. (Jessica-yes, she is wearing a nightgown and tennis shoes. We stayed comfy.)

Dancing in the kitchen...

Practicing throwing the ball...

She looks miniature in this one...

Outside fun...

Dancing on the back porch...

She's so sweet...

In this video, she just didn't really want to listen. Not unusual. The reason I started recording was because she was talking on the water hose handle like it was a telephone. By the time I started the film, she'd decided she wanted to eat it instead...

YouTube Video


I have a few great things I'd like to share with you. One of my favorite snacks is turkey and crackers. I saw that Oscar Meyer had a new snack pack out that looked exactly like something I would enjoy. It consists of deli turkey breast, cream cheese with chive and onion spread (can't go wrong there), rustique flatbread crackers, and a miniature Toblerone (one of my mother's favorites). It was light and wonderful! Great snack for on the go! You should try it.

Next, I finally got a chance to iTunes shop today. Derrick got me a gift card for V-day, and it's been burning a hole in my pocket! I bought Adele's new album 21. Oh my goodness, it is SO fun. It's great for dancing and letting loose. She also includes some sweet love songs. Madeley and I have been dancing our booties off. Adele has such an interesting sound. Check her out!


I've got to start cleaning out my phone so I'll be able to take new pictures and videos. I'll be transferring everything to the computer soon. Until then, I'm going to share a few old pictures and a video of Madeley with you each day. So much happened before I ever started this blog. I sometimes look back and wish I would have gone straight from caring bridge to the blog. Oh well, I'm here now!

Baby Madeley... 2 lbs, 13 oz

A little bigger here...

Super Star!

Her little pink cheeks make me smile!

This is one of my most favorite videos of Madeley!! Her first introduction to kittens...

YouTube Video

I hope you enjoyed a little of this and a little of that!

P.S. Posting early because I'm going on a date tonight. Sweet, huh? Derrick and I will be in LR to visit Dad, so we decided to make a fun night out of it. We will be seeing The King's Speech. Don't worry, I'll definitely give you my review tomorrow. Until then, go enjoy this wonderful weather!

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Friday, February 25, 2011

A little slice of heaven

There's a little slice of heaven right down the road from Jessica's house. Boulevard Bread Company. Yum. Jessica and Brian have been going there for years. I've sampled their baked goods several times... monkey bread and coconut cake, but I've never been there to eat. At least not until last weekend.

Jessica and I were taking a break from the hospital, and I thought I was going to starve. I was eating "cuties" before we even got out of Target. She suggested that we run by Boulevard, and I could get a turkey sandwich (she secretly wanted some coconut cake). When we got there around 4, the waiter informed me that they stop serving sandwiches at 3:30, but... they had just finished making some pasta. He said he would be happy to serve me that.
Well sir, I'd be happy to eat it. Thank you.
First came some freshly baked bread with divine dipping oil. I ate that like nothing else was coming. Then came a delectable bowl of amazingness. Penne pasta tossed in a light cream sauce with pancetta, artichoke hearts, fresh tomato, and fresh basil. Goodness. I enjoyed every bite.

Ever since then, I couldn't wait to go back. When I left the hospital tonight, I was so ready for something good. I stopped in at Boulevard to grab some dinner. The special was fish tacos. I've never eaten fish tacos, and never had a desire to either... until tonight. If it comes from Boulevard, it must be wonderful. So I took a chance. I had planned on getting my food to go, but as I was standing in this quaint little shop, I decided to stay.
I said to the cashier, "I think I'm just going to stay and eat."
She says, "Oh great! I'll make your plate for here then."
I say, "But I'm by myself... is that okay?" (anxiety over eating alone in a restaurant on a Friday night)
She says, "Sure! Enjoy yourself!"
Man from behind the counter says, "I go to the movies by myself all the time!"

Thank you waiter for calming my fears of eating alone. I actually enjoyed it! I just sat and looked around. There is so much to look at and wish for! As I sipped this...

I thought about how great it was to enjoy my own thoughts and company. When dinner came, I dug right in without ever thinking to take a picture. Description will have to do: lightly breaded and seared tilapia over a bed of delicious black beans and rice, along with jalapeƱo cilantro tarter sauce and homemade corn tortillas. It was topped with lime coleslaw and fresh cilantro. I ate, and ate, and ate some more. The sweet workers checked on me three times... to make sure I enjoyed the meal and being alone. I surely did. It was just enough time to sit back and clear my head.

I highly recommend finding your own slice of heaven, and eating there alone on a Friday night!


Madeley and I tried to take some photos tonight. Highly unsuccessful.

Bedtime anyone??

Madeley is in the middle of an imitation stage. If she's in the appropriate mood, she'll repeat all my actions and sounds.

I like to run my fingers through her hair when I take a clip out. Here's the precious imitation.

Thanks for reading!

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Continuation of Virtues

Sometimes I feel like my life is a huge mess. I'm pulled in several different directions, and all I really want to do is crawl in bed. I actually laid on the floor for about 30 minutes tonight. Just laid there. I don't know if I needed the rest, or if I just wasn't ready to move on to the next task... clean kitchen, do laundry, fold clothes, finish grading... the list could go on.

I've been thinking about the virtues and how the apply/fit into my life. We are going to touch lightly on each one. While researching, I found an interesting point. The virtues can be divided into two groups, personal and social. Some of them apply to ways to take care of ourselves, while others apply more to how we relate to each other.

I've found that if we attempt to incorporate these virtues into our lives, it should help to develop our character. I was, at one point in my life, obsessed with character. A few years ago, I did a Bible study with my singles group called A Life Well Lived, by Tommy Nelson. It touched my life very deeply and made me question several of my daily choices. It made me question if I had any character at all. Since then, I've always looked for, and appreciated, sincere character in the people I meet. Now back to the main point, if we would like to strengthen our character, here are some things to focus on:
(In the previous blog, Benjamin Franklin's explanations were stated. Now I'm just gonna talk. It's more fun.)

•Temperance: moderation and self-control... I have a hard time controlling my urge for coke (coca-cola to be exact). I know it isn't healthy, but I want it! Other people have stronger, more harmful urges. I am here to say, temperance may be a personal virtue, but it definitely affects the people around you. Just remember, too much of one thing cannot be healthy.

•Order: there is a time and a place for everything... I take this as saying don't take my personal life to work, and don't bring my stress from work home with me. I need to learn to keep the two separate, because I will be a more effective wife/mother/teacher if I can learn to do so.

•Resolution: attempt to make informed decisions, and when you do, stick with them... When I hear the word resolution, automatically New Years comes to mind. How funny is it that in the 1700s, Ben Franklin knew we wouldn't stick with our resolutions? He said, "Perform without fail what you resolve." Do we do that? I know I don't!

•Frugality: he used this to remind us to "waste nothing" and spend more time doing good... I wish I was more frugal. I will have to think about how to incorporate this one.

•Moderation: "avoid extremes"... This reminds me of temperance. How are they different? This is what I take from moderation: we need more of some things, and less of others. It's our job to figure out what goes where. I need more exercise and less coke. I need more clean laundry and less dirty laundry. Who doesn't?

•Industry: constantly attempt to do something productive, waste no time... Great! This one hits me in heart. I've already told you I'm a lazy procrastinator. I need to write INDUSTRY on my bathroom mirror in red lipstick!

•Cleanliness: clean your body, clothes, house, kids, car, desk... Hmmm. Okay, I'll do that.

•Tranquility: don't sweat the small stuff... Don't let unimportant events affect your mood. Someone talked to me about this yesterday. Sometimes, we just have to be reminded of the important (and unimportant) aspects of life.

The following virtues deal with how we treat other people. If we have strong social character, people will want to be involved with us.

•Silence: only participate in productive conversation, avoid the unproductive... I'm a talker. I talk too much, productive and unproductive. Now that I'm a teacher, I appreciate silence. I am attempting to teach my students this virtue, even though I may not posses it :)

•Sincerity: honesty, earnestness (love that word)... I adore sincere people. You can hear it in their voice. You can feel it in their actions. Sincerity is without a doubt a goal for me.

•Justice: treat people fairly, don't deny them what they deserve... I could definitely work on justice in the classroom. Parents with two or more children could do the same. Be fair in your decisions and actions.

•Chastity: ummm, this pretty much means don't sleep around. Save your reputation... We all know that terrible repercussions can result when this virtue isn't practiced. No other explanation necessary.

•Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates... I like Ben's description. I think that it is wonderful that he ended this virtue list with Jesus. He's the only person in history to have kept these virtues. Even Benjamin Franklin himself struggled with them. If we imitate Jesus, and remember our place in this world, we should be successful.

This blog got long, but I hope you stayed with me. I think all of the virtues at once is a lot to take in. I may take one a day, just to see if I can be successful.


I let Madeley feed herself with a spoon tonight. Mistake or adventure?

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Must grade

Industry, sincerity, and cleanliness... I'm working on these. I mean really working on them. I hate to put you off another night on this topic, but I have GOT to grade. I just have to. I cannot put it off any longer (this is me working on the industry virtue).

Anybody want to grade??

Okay, well I can at least give you a peek at Madeley...

Her therapist kept her this evening. They had a wonderful time. Madeley was exhausted on the way home.

I know you get a lot of car seat/horse blanket pictures... that's the only time she's still! Well, except when she's asleep.

Why she sleeps under the bumper pad? I'm not quite sure. She loves to snuggle up underneath those huge pillows.

Goodnight y'all. I hope you sleep like a baby.

P.S. Promise to finish virtues tomorrow. Have you been thinking about which ones you posses?


Happy happy birthday to my wonderful friend Jaki! I love her!

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011


I am introducing a blog topic tonight, and I will finish it up tomorrow.

Some of you may know, life in the Balwanz family is hectic right now. No explanation necessary, it's just hard. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers. It's nearly impossible to find time to blog, but it makes me happy, so I do it anyway.

Tonight I would like to discuss Benjamin Franklin's thirteen virtues. My friend, Holly, used them in her English class, and I got interested. I haven't thought as much about them as I'd like to, hence the second day. I will be considering each one over the next 24 hours. I will try to determine which ones I posses (if any) and which ones need a little work. I hope you will do the same. Let's use this opportunity to do a little self-evaluation.

Here are the virtues:

Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.

Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.

Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.

Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.

Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.

Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.

Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dulness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.

Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

Now, I realize the explanations are a little out there... heck, Ben Franklin wrote them! What do you expect? Tomorrow we will discuss how we can apply these to our lives today, in 2011. Hope you'll come back!


I couldn't let you go without telling you about the amazing fruit salad I made tonight. So easy, and Derrick loved it!!

Mix sliced strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries with a little bit of sugar. Stir in sliced banana and top with whipped cream. Yummy!

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Life with Madeley

Life with Madeley entails surprise after surprise. She's learning so much each day, and it makes me excited to see the process. Obviously, teaching and learning is a big part of my life. Learning is a daily goal I set for my students. When I see it happen, I am delighted! So you can imagine how I feel when my daughter learns. She recognizes patterns daily. She thrives on routine. It amazes me that she understands what comes next each day.

Today, my friend Jaki came over with her twins Sayde and Mayce. Cutie pies!

They enjoy watching Madeley play. While playing, Madeley spent a lot of time putting coins in a piggy bank. Once she had all the coins in the bank, she threw the piggy bank at me. I set it down. Then she threw the piggy bank at Jaki. I said, "I think she wants you to open it."
Jaki opened it, dumped out the coins, and Madeley happily started returning the coins to the bank. Without asking, she found a way to get the bank open... even though we each got hit with the pig in the process!
She's learning to dance, speak, think, and explore. I love it! Now today, she did something strange. I had her at Brian's (my brother-in-law) office. Before I knew it, she'd stripped. She's never done this before, but she figured out how to take her clothes off.

Hi y'all! I'm strolling along holding my belly. She loves to hold her naked belly!

Later on in the evening, Jessica kept Madeley so I could visit my dad. When I got back, Jessica was feeding Madeley some of her hamburger helper. Madeley obviously thought every bite should be hers. Here's a video...

YouTube Video

Madeley knew Jessica had the food, and she wanted it. Little piglet! She also closed her eyes on that last bite. Love it!

That's just glimpse into a day with my little sweet pea!


Bachelor blog:

What was going on with the funeral home commercial? Really? Are they advertising on the Bachelor? And the horror music during the funeral home scenes... Oh goodness!

How cute was Ricky? Precious! And Emily even called her Ricky Tick. Like Rikki-Tikki-Tavi... loved that! The date with Emily could not have been cuter. My favorite quote all season...
Emily: Brad Womack is not leaving this house without kissing me. That's for damn sure!
Ha ha!! (Aunt Dianne- sorry for the curse word!)

I obviously want Emily to win. Tell me who you pick!

Love y'all for reading!

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Fish face

The fish face. I'm known for it. It's the only interesting/talented thing I can do. The ends of my mouth turn down and my bottom lip opens up like a big ole catfish. Oh, my eyes bug out too. Here's some pictures, just in case that description didn't quite help you visualize.

Brandi won't even attempt my fish face. She does the easy one!

Did I think the fish face complimented my wedding dress? Guess so!


So today, it dawned on me that I have never shown Madeley this talent I posses. I recorded it all so you could see her honest reaction...

YouTube Video

With a little work, she will perfect the fish face. How many of you have tried it while reading this??

Ha ha!

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Coffeetime oops

Every time I drink coffee, I always finish it before I get up and start moving around. Also, Madeley always follows me when I leave the room. That being said, Madeley has never been left alone in the living room with a cup of coffee... until today. I got up to go to my bedroom for a minute this morning, and for some reason, she didn't follow me. When I got back into the living room, Madeley was helping herself to a sip of coffee (it was luke warm). I immediately said, "NO MADELEY!!" Then she threw the cup into the seat of the recliner. Nice. I watched as the coffee seeped into ever crack and crevice of the seat.

This situation made me think back to some advice my friend Tara had given me. When her daughter, Lola, gets caught with something she isn't supposed to have, Tara must be very positive about it. Otherwise, Lola will chunk it! Tara has to say something like this, "Oh Lola, what do you have there?" She says this in a very sweet and interested voice, so that Lola doesn't feel threatened. I should have taken this advice today! I should have said, "Madeley, how's your coffee? Can Mommy have some?" If I would have said this, I'm certain Madeley would not have tossed the cup! Lesson learned.


Ha ha. If you're friends with my sister, please ask her how shoe shopping with Caroline went today. Bahahahaha!!


American Idol viewers...
"Baby lock the doors and turn the lights down low."
Ha ha. Derrick can imitate this guy perfectly and it makes me laugh every time. Before the guy went on Thursday night, Derrick said, "He better not sing baby lock the doors and turn the lights down low!" I laughed. Then American Idol did a montage of the umpteen times that guy has sang the song. Hilarious.


Yesterday was a LONG day.
This is how it started:

And this is how it ended:

Poor baby. I love her!

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Exhaustion takes over

Just so you know, I'm a little too tired to blog. I'm what you call exhausted. Mentally and physically. Isn't it ironic (don't you think) that I blogged about laughter therapy last night, and today I had a mental breakdown and didn't laugh at all. Why can't I take my own advice? I wish I was laughing right now.

I had a day that could have gone down in the records on I cried. Dried my tears. Cried some more. Straightened up my face. Called Derrick and fell apart. The conversation went like this:
Derrick: Hello
Me: Babe... I haaaaad a baaaaaaad daaaay. I *sob sob sob* can't st-st-st-stop cryyyyying!!
Derrick: Oh no, what happened?
Me: I just...... (at this point in the conversation, he can't even tell what I'm saying).

I am just notorious for falling apart and crying huge, cartoon tears. There is nothing anyone can do. It just takes time for me to calm down and take back the reigns of my emotions. Y'all probably think I'm crazy, but these meltdowns just happen sometimes in life. I hope I'm not the only one... I'm not the only one, right?


Okay, so Madeley does the craziest/cutest/funniest thing when she eats. As she's preparing for me to give her a bite, she slowly closes her eyes and leans in. She just sits with her eyes closed waiting for the food. Cutest thing ever! If you saw it in real life, you'd probably pee on yourself!

YouTube Video

I'm so ready to rest my eyes and drift off to sleep. I still see my mother in my dreams, so maybe she'll come check on me tonight. Love you for reading!!

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Sorry about last night's post. If you got a chance to read it, great. If not, you didn't miss too much.

So what do you do when you're stressed out? Do you eat your husband out of house and home? Do you cry? (You can't see me, but I'm raising my hand.) Do you exercise? (not raising my hand) Do you take medicine? Do you talk about your feelings to your husband/wife/parent/sibling/child?
I was home alone one night with Madeley and I was having a MELTDOWN. I needed some tender loving care. I would have liked for it to have come from my mother, but since she's not here, I went to the next best thing... Madeley! She was fast asleep in her bed. I went in sobbing, and picked her up out of bed. I hugged her tightly as I sobbed. Her head was laying on my shoulder, and she was very still. I continued to cry, and suddenly I heard something... a tiny giggle. She was laughing at me! She was laughing at me in the middle of my weakest moment. She thought it was funny that I was losing it! Eventually, I started to laugh with her and suddenly I was better. No more tears, just giggles.

That story reminds me of my mother. When we were children and we were mad at her, she would laugh at us. Oh, nothing made me more mad. I would start out mad. She would laugh at me. I would get furious. She would continue to laugh, and then that same magic would happen. I would start to laugh with her. Suddenly everything would be better!

This is proof that laughter is an amazing aspect of life.

Definition of laugh:
To express certain emotions, especially mirth or delight, by a series of spontaneous, usually unarticulated sounds often accompanied by corresponding facial and bodily movements.

I love that definition! It makes me smile... spontaneous unarticulated sounds and bodily movements. Sounds fun!

I did some research on laughter and here are a few things I found:
•"Healthy, non-ridiculing and connecting laughter provides physiological, psychological and spiritual benefits you probably never realized or imagined. We are born with the gift of laughter -it's being serious that we learn." That is such a true statement. Madeley doesn't know how to be serious, but she sure knows how to laugh.

The following statements are from
•Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
•Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
•Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
•Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

So let's laugh tomorrow. It's good for our health.

The following video is of my sweet little Madeley. Too cute!

YouTube Video

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Monday, February 14, 2011


Love I'm thankful for today...

Today was my parent's anniversary...

I'm thankful for their love as well.


Bachelor blog:

What the heck? I feel like the Bachelor is going crazy!
•Everybody's scared out of their mind.
•Brad's being "brutally honest" with everyone.
•Brad dropped Britt off in the ocean.
•All the girls are taking off their tops.
•Brad pretty much told Emily that she won (broke the rules, but yay!). Everyone else go home!
•No cocktail party?? Let's not give Michelle the chance to talk to Brad again. Let's just send her home asap! And was it at all weird that she finally had nothing to say?
•Next week should be good! Will Ricky like Brad?


I walked over to the Foods class today. Everyone was smiling. Everyone was happy. That's not what I'm used to seeing. Can I stay in the foods class? Not just to eat, but to enjoy the smiles. I will smile more tomorrow... cross my fingers that it's contagious.

My husband sent me beautiful flowers! Love him.

Happy Valentine's Day! Love you too!

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