New affirmations

Before I had to head back to school and be around a bunch of “Negative Nellies”, I made a promise to myself not to get wrapped up in their lives. What good is it to my own peace and serenity to listen to all their messy back stabbing talk about each other?
   I have surrounded my classroom with positive affirmations that will continue to remind me through out the day.  Quite a few is Buddhist wisdoms..and Dali Lama quotes. It really hits home.
   I come home not as wound tight and relaxed!! I’m actually sleeping much better.
I’m going to share one of my favorites.

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I am in charge of my own calmness, peace, serenity,  and happiness.    One thing I have taken away from my Tai Chi class… breathe… when everything feels out of focus…. breathe and rerurn to focus. 

     Peace and Happiness,
             -April

  

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Needed a little color in my life.

My Grandmother gave us her big fork and spoon from her wedding day gifts. About 60 years ago.
They have been hanging in our kitchen for about 5 years.
I been watching about chalk paint for a few days…and got the bug… I gotta paint something!!! Running thru my Mums kitchen…looking for anything to paint… even was staring at her small terra cotta fish .. she said No!!! Charles (my brother) gave me that when he was in jr high.
Ugh.. ok  so we eyeballed the Big fork and spoon..  with Polynesian tiki faces carved into the handles.

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By the way.. they don’t go with anything my mothers style. So thats whats gonna get painted!!

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But problem…. I don’t have any paint!!  Mum knows how to make the chalk paint… but no paint!! So she said here is a few bucks.. drive to town and find a color… omg I never picked a color by myself…always let her do it…cause I always suck at color and patterns combinations lol, also never painted an object before.
She said, ” go to the color your heart leads you too today”… hippy dippy Mother lol
So off to Sherwin Williams…. not a clue on what I wanted… but listening to Led Zepplin all the 12 miles to town…
Walked in..and I saw it right off…as I entered thru the door.  Adventure Orange!!!!! I was in love.
Bought a sample… came home Mum mixed up the concoction. .. and we got to work.
Its not too hard…and just applied the 2nd coat… the color looks wonderful….

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I will post a picture when I’m completely done… and hanging on the wall. 🙂
Ok ..several days later. And still loving the color. So put it up on the wall… I adore it!!
Here’s the finished project.
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Peace and Love…. April

I have dreams

I would love to win the lottery and just roam the world… I want to visit everywhere in the United States and just have an adventure with my son.

by a Winnebago and just drive. We have sat down and wrote out a road map to anywhere and everywhere we want to go!   Only thing holding us back is money. Funny thing is,,, everywhere we want to go is just here in the USA,,,

I want to take him to the Grand Canyon,,, Camp out in a tent under the stars,,, have rides down into the canyon. Not only the Grand Canyon,, I want to go to the Palo Duro Canyon again,,, I been there as a child. It was a wonderful experience.

Its hell to live just paycheck to paycheck. Can never splurge on things.

but,,, ohhhhhhh how I would love to just be out on the open road,,, I feel in my past life I must’ve been a drifter,, gypsy,, or just a hitchhiker that just craved freedom at all cost. Sun on my shoulders,,, wind in my hair… no responsibilities…

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My also other dreams is helping other through my fortune,,, Donate money to worthy causes,,, help kids by giving scholarships to colleges that they could get in,,, but possibly could not pay for,,, I think its horrible some brilliant minds can make it to top universities,,,, but are hit by a roadblock because of the all mighty dollar!  It’s like telling them,,, you did your best,,, but its still not good enough. I saw that happen to my brother. He ended up joining the Navy,,, saved up money,, and now going to school. I’m so proud of him.

But ,,, there is a reason I’m in this place in my life. I’m happy,, but I feel I can do a lot more.

Just a few extra $$$$ wouldn’t hurt! lol

-April

Integrated Martial Arts

I have been attending a Integrated Martial Arts class with my son for a couple months now. (Taekwondo, Judo, T’ai Chi Chu’an, Tang Soo Do) I first joined cause I saw other women my age was trying it out. So I thought why not!! First class,,, they was there,,, but after that ,, they dropped out! So I was like,,, hmmmm How long can I stick this out???

It’s hard,, demanding,, physical,, and fun. I have a thing about touching others,, and being touched. I DON’T LIKE IT!!  But being involved in this class,,, I am slowly loosing that  thought.

Also I like doing something my son is doing,,, he likes me going ,, and knowing I can fully defend myself if harm comes my way.

Every practice I leave red faced and outta breath,,, flop sweat all over,,, but feeling great!!

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My first belt test was only 3 weeks after I joined. I earned a yellow stripe,,, very first level of the class. I was so proud of myself!!

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At the end of April is my next test,,, full Yellow. My Sifu said I’m a natural and  caught on quickly also could jump belts ( be on the same level as my son),,, but I wanted to do this right. Take my time,, and appreciate the forms fully.

I catch on quickly,,, I was in dance from 3 yrs to 22 yrs lol,,, so Its all a big dance for me lol

My son is a Purple Stripe,,, 2 levels higher than me. Hes been working about a year longer than me. I told him,,, I’m going to pass you up!!! lol    He says, “Come on then!!” lol

Here’s my son ,,, and That’s our Sifu in black,, little but Mighty!!

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Im loving how I feel,,, I am a Warrior!!

-April

Im in allergy hell

I have pretty bad allergies.  So awful I just open the door im miserable.  I look like the.people on tv. Typical red eyed, stuffy nose, sneezing freak.
   I hate to take my meds. Im totally not a functioning peraon when I take them.
     I finally took them roday. I feel better… Just everything is.in alow motion.    I hate that.
    How can I properly work as an educator while I take these things…. that why I just suffer thru it.

Pizza night!!!

I haven’t had pizza for months!! Ever since I had been diagnosed with Celiacs disease. 
  Found this gluten free pizza dough mix. And trying it out for the first time last night.  It turned out wonderful!!  Tasted great and was so thick crust! Lol
Gonna have pizza for leftover lunch today…. im hungry just thinkin about it 🙂

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Vegan Gluten Free Pizza

  

Orthodontics time!!

My son been going to the Orthodontist for 6 months now and I have seen a huge improvement.  Not only just his teeth.. but his attitude and confidence.  Poor baby was born with bad teeth on both side of the family. He has to have almost every form of orthodontics performed on him. $10,000 later.. he’s going to have a awesome smile.
   Here is the day we left to get them put on.

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The xray they took of his jaw placement

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And of course first day they put them on 🙂

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  And in six months  has been a huge difference. 

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He is my handsome man.