Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Papi and I's Summer 2014 Bucket List

I was adamant about creating and following through on my 30 x 30 list: 30 things I hoped to achieve before I turned 30 years old! I griped Papi for days to complete his. My griping has only landed him 4 items and they were most likely all my ideas. (Mine is still a few short - I'm letting time inspire me!)

Some things I've been able to cross off my list half way to 30 are:

1. Receive my Bachelor's degree.
2. Traveling outside the county again.
3. Purchasing a home.

A few things I still hope to achieve:

1. Teach the boys something unique.
2. Knit something amazing! (Actually, completing a knitting project I've started would be more realistic.)
3. Complete and publish a novel.

After periodically skimming over my list, I thought about what great fun it would be to great a bucket list as a couple! Below is Papi and I's FUN summertime bucket list!

1. Get a trip in to the beach.- We go every year, usually just for the day with the kiddies. I'm not a beach person, yes we exist, so one day is all I can possibly muster.

2. Have movie marathon day in bed. - Yes, I mean the entire day in bed with all of our favorite movies. With the AC on and snacks surrounding us.Sounds like absolute heaven.

3. Play 1 on 1 basketball game at our local park.

4. See a movie at a drive-in theater. Neither one of us has been to one before. It's great trying new things together as a couple.

5. Celebrate our 2nd year anniversary somewhere new and different.

Creating a short seasonal bucket list is a great way to keep your marriage fresh and fun which is so important! 

Papi and I at a recent Phillies game enjoying the beautiful weather spring brings. Sports events are always a great way to spend time together in the summer!  (I wasn't as amused as my sports guy - It was late on a work night, can you blame me?) 

What are some FUN things you and your husband are looking to accomplish this summer?

Friday, May 9, 2014

Messy Musings: A Letter to my Mother

Dear Mommy,

I am so proud to be your daughter. I am so thankful to be your daughter. You are a strong, intelligent, and beautiful woman. I attribute much of who I am, to you. You have supported me throughout my life in more ways than one. You've taught me how to be a lady, a mother, and wife merely by me looking at you. You are a woman of class. And sass. Ha! You are a woman of honor and great strength! A breast cancer survivor!!! You are a fellow "Messy Momma." Although everything isn't always dusted, everyone is taken care of. Everyone is happy. You are a fellow dreamer but you're also thankfully very literal. You're my go-to for advice. You will always be the first person I can in times panic. (Choking kids, bursted pipe,etc.) You've all the answers. Sometimes not what I want to hear but always what I need to hear. You've sacrificed so much for me and my sisters. I hope we are all making you proud!!

Cheers to you Mommy!! Thank you for everything. I love you to the end of time!!


Happy Early Mother's Day to all  from Messy Momma!!!

God bless xX

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

In honor of Mother's Day this weekend. Here's my beautiful mother. The kids call her "Gammie." Mothers have to be one of God's most precious gifts.

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. 

Proverbs 31:26-27

Monday, May 5, 2014

Yoga On the Steps 2014 and Breast Cancer Awareness

Hello all!!

In honor of Mother's day this weekend, all the posts will be Mother's Day and all things mother related! Here's a way to get involved in bringing awareness and raising money towards finding a cure for breast cancer. This is a subject that has hit home for us in the Messy Momma household, multiple times, and is unfortunately touching families everywhere! I will be at this event. (Team Tattaroo) This event is taking place Sunday, May 18th from 8a - 12p. Below is more detailed information on the event:

Please join us in 2014, for our 13th annual “Yoga on the Steps” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “Yoga on the Steps” is LBBC’s signature fundraising event and engages and connects over 2,000 participants at a large, outdoor yoga class suitable for all ages and all skill levels. “Yoga on the Steps” educates the community about healthy living and quality-of-life-issues while creating awareness and raising funds for LBBC’s education and support programs - which are always provided for little or no cost.

For over 20 years, Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) has been providing educational resources and support services to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and their families. Through your donations, LBBC has continued to expand services to help navigate the way through a breast cancer diagnosis. LBBC has earned its national reputation for delivering responsible, clear, credible and comforting information to individuals affected by breast cancer.

Registration (includes yoga class, Yoga on the Steps commemorative shirt and event “goodie bag”):
Adults: $20
Youth (11-18): $10
Children (10 and under): Free

Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Yoga Class: 9:30 a.m
Healthy Living Expo: 11:00 a.m

Click here for even more information. Please be advised, I know NOTHING about Yoga but I do know I'm supporting a great cause! It's sure to be a great time!!

Below are some knowledgeable links on the topic and/or other ways to get involved in the fight:

Susan G. Komen

-- 5K This link takes you to a search that will allow you to find a 5K SGK walk near you. I will also be at this event. 



In loving memory of Roxanne Johnson. Our ladybug in heaven. You are greatly missed.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Messy Momma Musings: Rest!

Super mom? More like super tired? Who's with me?!! 

Is there any right way to manage our time, ladies? To juggle the important components in our lives? To make the crucial decisions? The answer is simpler than you think and perhaps not what you want to hear:  Just do it! 

As mothers, wives, Christians, co-workers, etc. we find ourselves wearing many hats. Each hat with it's own responsibility. It's own messiness. And while each of us approaches our various tasks differently, we all must simply "do it." (This is not in any way shape or form an endorsement for Nike, however, a recognizability in the power behind two, two letter words. Do it!")

I know life can get busy! We've so many obligations that we're constantly going throughout the week. (The reason for my messiness and madness!) How often do we have time to just sit and stare at the walls, enjoying quiet and solitude? I hear some Mommas asking what quiet and solitude even is. I hear you ladies. I completely understand. 

I find quiet and solitude is just as important as the rest of the weeks scheduled events. Having "Momma time" allows you to recharge as to not end your day locked in the bathroom crying hysterically while little fingers wiggle under the door. The horror. I do not wish this scenario on your any of you. Make your rest a priority. Schedule it in. Do it! 

Use your quiet time to spend with God. Praying and talking to him. Reading His word. Thanking him. Also, what were some hobbies you were into before your family grew in size? Take some time to enjoy those activities again! 

Isn't he just the most precious pup you've ever seen!? 

Have your husband take the kids out to a movie, the basketball court, the local YMCA, or even downstairs in your basement or den. You need some you time, Momma! The house chores can wait at the bottoms of your to-do list but your sanity cannot! (Chores weren't even on my list but I digress.) 


God Bless xX