gallamore west: everyday life
Showing posts with label everyday life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label everyday life. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Making Life Fun Again with a Breakfast Party!



It's confession time here at Gallamore West. Things haven't been very fun here lately- on my blog and in my real life. I know, I know... life isn't all rainbows and unicorns. But dang it, for a while there it started to feel like nothing but bills and laundry and dishes and crumbs and chaos. Okay, that's motherhood. I get it, but my life used to be FUN! I know it might sound crazy but I loved all of those things that most people think are horrible parts of adulthood because I loved being able balance all the monotonous stuff of adulthood with fun. I loved Mondays and all of the other days, and I loved being able to add little details to our life at home that made ordinary daily life FUN.

Guess what?! Life doesn't have to be boring. And breakfast doesn't have to be boring either... Batman and Superman are here to save the day, one bowl of cereal at a time!


 DC Comics has teamed up with General Mills and created two delicious, fun new cereals so that you can choose your Super Hero Alliance. Fans of Superman will love the new Superman Caramel Crunch cereal. Click here for a $1 off coupon for your Super Hero cereal! 


And fans of Batman will love the new Batman Chocolate Strawberry Cereal.



In celebration of one of the most anticipated movies of 2016, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, General Mills is also giving away four (4) limited edition collectible comic books in specially marked boxes of regular General Mills cereal including Honey Nut Cheerios and Lucky Charms. 



My boys had so much fun choosing their favorite Super Hero cereal. We had a tie with two boys choosing Batman as their favorite and two boys choosing Superman as their favorite! 


Which side will you take 
at the breakfast table? 

Either way, it's guaranteed to be a FUN way to have breakfast with your family. Click here for a $1 off coupon for your Super Hero cereal! And believe me, I'm ready to bring the fun back into my blog, into my life, and into the lives of the ones I love. I have many fun changes and announcements coming up on this little blog of mine in the next few months and I'm so excited to share all of my news with you! xoxo 


Monday, January 7, 2013

One Little Word for 2013: JOY

Happy 2013!! 

I'm back from my planned blogging break and so ready for a new year!  Every year I choose one little word that I focus on that year.  Whenever I'm having a hard time focusing, or when I'm struggling, all I have to do is think on my word and it always helps bring me back to a happy place.  

In 2012, it was balance.  
The year before it was simplify
For 2013, my one little word is JOY

free printable from Laura Winslow Photography

I want to find joy in the ordinary moments of life, and I will strive to find joy in my struggles.  For the past few years,  I haven't really quite felt like myself.  I think it's just that so much has changed, and although most of it involves good changes, it's been quite an adjustment.  We've added two little babies to our family just under 19 months apart, we moved, the boys started new schools, the job situation for my husband has been a very bumpy ride, my sweet Grandpa passed away very quickly last year, I had a health scare, and I miss my girlfriends.  


I am fortunate enough to have really good girlfriends- wonderful, treasured, lifelong friends.  But one moved away, then I moved away, one remains in the city we moved from, and one had moved away years ago.  So, I find myself in a weird spot where I'm feeling the need to reach out to make a new friendship or two.  And honestly, I kind of feel like the new kid on the playground, which for a creature of comfort like myself, is a hard spot to be.  But I'm looking forward to keeping the wonderful friendships I already have, while reaching out and making some new girlfriends too.

But despite anything that life throws my way, I have a choice on how to respond.  And I am choosing JOY.  


free printable from Worthy of the Prize

I'm thrilled to be back to blogging after my planned blogging break where I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday break with our four little boys.  I'm looking forward to sharing my updated craft area with you No really, I know I said that before but as soon as I clear off this pile of bills sitting here, I'll take pictures and share it's cuteness with you... I LOVE it, minus the pile of bills of course.  I'm also looking forward to sharing how I {appear to} keep on top of everything, how the cleaning fairies come to our house at night {it's awesome}, some new recipes, and some DIY fun with you.  And of course, VALENTINE'S DAY!  One of my favorite days of the year is coming up quickly and I can't wait to share how we're celebrating it this year.  

Here's what I did for Valentine's Day last year:







{with ideas for a 14 Day Countdown}


What about you?  
Do you choose One Little Word each year?  
What's your word for 2013?  

I'll be posting pics on Instagram with the hashtag #gallamorewestjoy and I'd love to have you follow me there too!

xoxo,
 Laurie



Thursday, October 27, 2011

The path I didn't take...

When I was in college, I was a business major.  
An international business major.
I learned a lot of Spanish {kind of} and even lived in Mexico.
I traveled to Costa Rica twice and spent a month in Chile.

I imagined myself wearing beautiful business suits and black heels that clicked on shiny floors.
 
And for a short while, I did wear those suits and heels. 
My black leather planner {before the days of phones that store every bit of info we could ever need} 
was precious to me.
My parking permit to the underground garage at the office building 
I worked in made me feel important.
And not only did my sharp black heels click on the shiny floors, 
I worked in a shiny building too.

Ah, sweet success!  
But not really...

After three different jobs in three different sparkly buildings, the luster was gone.
The jobs were incredibly boring.
The offices all looked the same inside.
The fancy clothes were expensive, and uncomfortable.
I couldn't wait to come home and kick off my heels, tear off my nylons, and throw on a pair of comfy jeans and flip-flops.

I knew that it was not the life for me.
I wanted to get married, and have the most important job I could ever have...
I wanted to be "Mommy."

{Insert going back to college for a year to get my teaching credential here... briefly used it, may someday return to it :)}

Yesterday in the middle of San Diego rush-hour on our way home from Sea World, we drove by one of those sparkly buildings I used to work in. {excuse the poor pic... I was driving}.

"Mommy, you worked in that big, fancy building?" asked Sam.

And as I looked in my rear-view mirror with my three boys buckled up without an inch to spare, I wiggled my toes in my flip flops and I smiled because I knew that THIS is the me I was meant to be.

p.s.  I realize I haven't been around much lately and I SO appreciate the emails asking if everything is okay.  Yes, I'm doing fine.  Really good actually!  I've just been busy with my sweet family.  Oh, and I'm also working on something big that I can't wait to share with all of you soon.  xoxo

Monday, August 8, 2011

A typical evening at home

I've got to make this post quick because TIVO is calling my name {along with a bowl of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream... yum!} because although I pride myself in being a non-TV watching Momma, I just cannot pull myself away from what is probably THE trashiest shows on TV.  Anything with the word Bachelor in it and I'm parked on the couch watching a train wreck.  So that includes The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad {which premiered tonight... yippeeeeee!}  


See... horrible, right?  


Anyway, I just wanted to show you what kind of stuff typically happens around Gallamore West.  Is it weird that moments like this are actually quite common in our house?


Hope you all had a fabulous day!  My legs are burning after pushing a double-stroller {I make Jake ride on the platform when we're in crowds so I can keep my eye on the squirmy little cutie pie!} and those hills at the zoo are a workout.  And that my lovely friends is why I get to eat ice cream while watching trash TV.  


What's your guilty pleasure TV show?

Clearly, these two have their favorite show too.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Peek a Boo

Today was a hard day.


Nothing hugely bad happened.  It was just one of those days where I completed ignored my own tips for getting the house clean quickly so we could have fun... 


Pajamas stayed on until way too late in the day.
The dishwasher got emptied after lunch.  
Fun night time Sea World plans were cancelled.  
I yelled at my boys :(


We finally got outside to swim late in the afternoon, when something came up and we abruptly headed back inside so I could be responsible and handle adult stuff.  Of course the boys don't understand adult stuff yet.  They were just mad that I couldn't jump in the pool and play Pirates of the Caribbean with them.  I didn't really know what they meant, but I had promised I'd play it with them.  Even though I'd been assigned to be the "bad Captain Jack Sparrow without a hat."  They've never seen the movies so I don't know if they even know what they're talking about, but they had plans and I ruined them.


Seriously, even opening the front door and seeing this arrive did little to cheer me up.




But then I downloaded a few pictures I took yesterday.  The boys and I were at our old "no fun, no pool house" wrapping up a few odds and ends.  I figured it's most likely their last time at that house- a house that felt like home and brought us a million good memories during the six and a half years we lived there.  But honestly, moving on is a good thing for us.  A great thing, really.  


So I snapped one last picture of the boys on the front {overgrown} lawn.  Actually I snapped about 10 pictures and this is the only one where they're all kind of smiling and looking in the general direction of the camera.  I can't blame them... it was 8,000 degrees outside there.




And then as they were trying to convince me to hit up the McDonald's drive-thru, I remembered how much fun it was to take them on this fancy lunch date, so I drove out of Ronald's parking lot and took them to Red Robin instead.  They were so cute and well-behaved, and it was much better than McDonald's.  Sam said he still prefers the dumpling Chinese place and Jake said he likes the zoo...?!




And on the drive home to "the pool house" we saw the most gorgeous sunset full of orange and pink clouds that seemed to glow.  Jake {in the most adorable 4-year old squeaky voice} asked if the sun was going to bed too.  Just as I said no and started to explain, the sun dipped behind a mountain.


"Oh, I know... it's just playing Peek a Boo!" {Jake}

"Yeah Buddy, you're right." {Me}


Don't you just wish you could be a kid again sometimes?  


So tonight after dinner, after we cleaned up the dishes,  the family room, and the boys bedroom {whoa, that timer trick worked like a charm tonight!} and it was their bedtime.  But it's summer vacation and I had promised them a game of Pirates of the Caribbean in the swimming pool.  So we headed out to the pool and I laughed like a kid again.  


And all my worries disappeared like the sun behind the clouds.  I'm sure those worries and insecurities I have will come back to play Peek a Boo sometimes still.  But really, as long as I have my sweet family,  I don't need to worry because I have everything I need in the world right in front of me.

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