Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Life Lately in Photos

Melissa Kaylene // Willamette Valley Wonder Woman
Melissa Kaylene // Willamette Valley Wonder Woman
Melissa Kaylene // Willamette Valley Wonder Woman
Melissa Kaylene // Willamette Valley Wonder Woman
Melissa Kaylene // Willamette Valley Wonder Woman
Melissa Kaylene // Willamette Valley Wonder Woman

I'm seeing a coffee theme over the past week...it has been much needed! (Some of these photos are from my Instagram.) I'm feeling slightly better today, but not ready to just back into everything full force just yet. Anika has had a science project she's been working on for a science fair this Thursday, and Emma starts T-Ball practice tomorrow. Noah also has a field trip to the Ag shop at the high school Thursday and then Saturday we have our last soccer games and then I'm heading into Macy's to view their Spring Fashion Show! If you live in the Portland area its free! Stop by and join me :) I'm also busy working on some great posts to share with you over the next couple of weeks. 

Stay tuned.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Time.

This Easter we kept things pretty low key. I knew I was going to be working evening shift on Easter and none of our family was coming up, so we didn't really plan a big meal or anything. We decided to have a little Easter egg hunt and BBQ at our friends house Saturday afternoon after everyone's soccer games were finished. It poured during Anika's morning game, but luckily the weather cleared up long enough late afternoon to let the kids run around and gather their plastic prizes. 

They ran around and had tons of fun. Afterwards we all ate BBQ chicken, pasta salad and baked beans followed by an array of desserts. We then let the kids color eggs and we all visited for a couple of hours. 

We left and put the tired kiddos to bed. The next morning we got up and I took the kids to Easter service while Wayne went into town to pick up his mom. I woke up feeling really dizzy and off balance, and just chalked it up to allergies messing with my ears.

The service went well and I was surprised to see one of my great uncles that live close to me, yet I don't know that well. The funny thing is - during the service and the week leading up to Easter, I had been feeling bad that I wasn't going to be able to have a family get together. All of my family lives four hours away from me now, and while I try to keep my spirits up, I can't help but feel jealous sometimes of some of the close knit families that my friends have. 

Well, here I was sitting there during service feeling sorry for myself, and then communion began, and I felt a tap on my shoulder, and it was my great uncle passing one of the communion plates. We talked after church for a while and I introduced him to my children. You see, I didn't grow up in this area, and I never really knew them well - 

well this is the second time in the past 6 months that I have ran into him, and he has given me an open invitation to come out to his property and let the kids see his baby lambs and show us around and catch up.

Just as I was feeling lonely and missing that family feeling, I was reminded that I'm not alone.

 After my eye opening service, we ate lunch with Wayne's mom and I got ready for work. My head was still dizzy and I wasn't feeling well, but I couldn't call in on Easter. I went into work and quickly realized that it wasn't a good idea. I was passing medication and have to look up and down frequently. I got incredibly dizzy, broke out into a cold sweat and became very nauseous. I literally sat down at the nurse's station and was afraid to move my head. 

Thank God for my amazing co-workers. The other nurse I was working with offered to cover me and do my work in addition to his. I felt so terribly bad having him do this - especially on Easter, but there was absolutely no way I could finish my shift. 

Thankfully Wayne and the kids came and brought me home around dinner time and I headed into bed and slept the rest of the evening away. Today I still felt dizzy and exhausted - I think perhaps its a middle ear infection or something. I've been drinking lots of hot tea and using lots of hot packs. 

Easter weekend certainly didn't go as I imagined, but I was amazed in the kindness and generosity in people around me. 

I am grateful, because I am blessed.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Living Locally: Macy's Spring Fashion Show

If you are in the Portland area next Saturday you should join me at Macy's! They have a fun free event happening at the Washington Square Mall - their Spring Fashion Show! I am so excited to start dressing for the spring weather and their stylists will show off the latest spring essentials for our wardrobes! I don't know about you, but sometimes I get stuck in a fashion rut so I love coming to these events for some new inspiration.

The show will be hosted by Lawrence Zarian (who is from Live! with Kelly and Michael ) and there will be snacks and drinks, a live DJ, cosmetic and fragrance samples and even mini makeovers! Also for everyone who spends $75 in the Women's Department will receive a copy of Lawrence's new book, 10 Commandments for a Perfect Wardrobe and will get to meet Lawrence after the show!

Here's the details for the show and be sure to RSVP online to reserve your spot! The events that Macy's has are always fun - and you can't beat free! 

Macy’s Spring Fashion Show

Saturday, April 26, 2014
 2:00 pm 
Macy’s at Washington Square Mall – Women’s Department, Level 1
Portland, OR 

Can't wait to 'meet' you there!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Macy’s, and the photo included in this post is courtesy of Macy’s. All opinions are my own.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Never Take Life for Granted.

never take life for granted

I have to talk about something that has been heavy on my heart for a few days now. My husband's boss lost his son. I've never met my husband's boss nor his son, but my husband knew both of them. I believe he was 8 years old.

I as a parent cannot even imagine going through the pain of loosing one of my children. Especially not at that age. Not that young. From what I heard he had just died in his sleep. Unexpectedly. I feel for my husband's boss even more because not only did his only son just die, but he himself is a doctor. As a nurse I can only empathize how much he feels like there must have been something that he could of done - a sign or symptom that he could and should have paid attention to more.

It brings tears to my eyes. 

I've been hugging my children a little tighter the past few days. It seems as if every time I finally forget about the hurt and pain that death brings to people it pops in again just to remind me that it's always there. But when it happens to children it brings me the heaviest heart of all, for they had barely begun to live their life.

It makes me wonder how much the little things matter. Like the times I said I had to clean the house instead of making a fort with my children. The times that I should have slowed down more to let them help me make dinner. The mornings that we should spend cuddling in bed reading stories instead of rushing around.

The one thing I can say about death is it makes me appreciate life more.

My family more. 

Don't live your life thinking that what is now will always be. Live your life appreciating the now and experiencing the moment - for you never know when you won't have that opportunity again.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Create.Simplify.Inspire. #64

This week has been eventful, that's for sure. The facility I work at is in the process of moving to a new building - not a common task for an acute care facility. I've also been working on the kid's grade school Family Fun Fair which is happening May 9th. Being the PTSO President I'm kind of sort of in charge of everything. Let's just say its been a tad overwhelming this week. Tomorrow I plan on finally taking the day and relaxing with the kids and coloring our Easter eggs together. I'd love to see what amazing things you've been up to this week though! 

This link up to to share anything and everything that inspires you, or that you've created. 

Create.Simplify.Inspire. #64

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