11.03.2011

Join Pinterest and Follow Me!


I am totally obsessed with Pinterest these days.  Getting good crafting ideas and great decorating ideas.  Good stuff all around.  If you are already on Pinterest find me and follow me, if not join so we can pin together!  You create your own boards or categories and then pin or repin pictures that you like that pertain to each board.  I have boards for Mason, Fashion, Food...all kinds of cool stuff and you can also pin pictures you find on the internet.  If you have a certain room you'd like to redecorate, need some fresh fashion ideas or a party to plan you can get exciting ideas to help pull it all together.   

As they say on Pinterest, happy pinning and thanks for reading!

Have a lovely day.

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11.01.2011

Dia de los Muertos



Ever since my 8th grade Spanish I class I have been mildly obsessed with Dia de los Muertos and more so with Mexican culture.  The food, the colors, artwork, markets, architecture all seem so vivid and inviting. 

Dia de los Muertos is a holiday celebration that I would like to experience in person some day and November 1st marks the first day of the celebration.  I think this holiday has a great message and is one that is really honest and worth celebrating that hasn't been diluted with consumerism.  It comes from the Mexian/Aztec notion of loving without fear of losing and the ability to live without the fear of dying.  Two things I cannot bear to think of.  I always imagine how it will feel to lose those closest to me (morbid huh?!) and how life will go on.  I cannot imagine what I will do, how it will feel...it makes me so sad.  But Dia de los Muertos is a way for lost loved ones to be remembered and not forgotten and for our current loved ones' lives to be celebrated.  That feels very restorative to me.  Seeing the alters made in remembrance and celebration is such a great visual and as a creative person it really hits home and makes sense.  It's like keeping mementos around that remind you of someone that has passed on.  A sweet remembrance, an expression of love.

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10.27.2011

It's Two on Thursday

By Me

I just wrote the crappiest, most complainingist blog post so far and I deleted all of it...I lost my voice in real life and I think that I was taking it all out on Blogger...Hope you have a great day!  (Thursday is my most favorite day of the week!)

Cheers!

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10.21.2011

I've got his heart in my hand



Holding on to Mike's ring. They've taken him back. Waiting in the waiting room. Feel half asleep and in a daze. A planned surgery but a surgery no less. Makes me nervous but I know he'll come out all fixed up. Going to read my book and watch the TODAY show and probably eavesdrop a lot on other people's conversations. At least it's an outpatient surgical office so everyone's mood is light. Mike requested Chic Fil A for lunch afterward. I wonder how he'll feel when he gets done...I'm looking forward to a slow recovery weekend. Wow seems as though everyone here in my little waiting room family knows each other. Just saw a kid's table and books in the corner, could've brought Mas but I know he's having more fun with his buds. Coldplay is on TV, they are just the happiest people on Earth aren't they?! A little gross to me this early in the morning although I do like their older stuff. Okay well I'm rambling. Gonna read my book now and watch the clock...

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10.07.2011

Tomorrow



Tomorrow is a day that has never happened to me before.

With that in mind each day is made special. Concentrating solely on school and home life without the stress of a job for the past week has been quite liberating. Although I have been worrying myself to death at times about money, about how long we can go before things take a turn for the worst, I have been enjoying the down time. Especially the passion for life and the flood of creativity that has returned!

I guess I'm trying to say that looking at the bigger picture makes you realize that you can do whatever you put your heart into. It will be amazing some days and gut wrenching the next but listen to your inner voice and focus on the journey. You learn a lot about yourself when you do what you think you can't. Whether it's practicing a yoga move or moving to a new place and starting a new life. Everything has challenges. I am lucky to have a very supportive family and lots of great friends.

When I think of the worst that can happen it always brings up the fear of failure. In looking back I can't remember a time when I have ever failed at something I really wanted. I have always felt special and had a great inner voice that has given me strength. I am still learning to listen to that voice and to trust that the universe does have my back.

I am dreaming big right now, thinking of all the rad hair I'm going to do and of all the excitement it will bring to my life. I really can't wait to expel this energy that I have and create a job and a different style of living for myself. I am so anxious to learn and learn and learn at this point. And all that energy is spreading into all parts of my life!

Just remember to be the person you want to be. Don't fall into the everyday-ness of life. Be sure to relax but do something that excites you (and yes, impulse buying is okay once in a while!) This will bring you joy and other people will be inspired. You will affect and touch people's lives and you will be satisfied as you go to sleep each night. That is what my inner voice says. All great things come from within and you should trust and have faith that you will never fail if you create a path with heart.


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10.01.2011

Taste the Rainbow

While I love color, color and more COLOR all around me the Bridges home just got a bit more of a subdued, sophisticated color makeover.  And one that we could live with for a while.  My aunt from Judy Cook Interiors was at it again helping us with paint colors and giving me a much needed push to just do it when I kept asking are you sure about this color???  All in all I think the new scheme is great and has a really fresh, home-y feel and it isn't too blah which was a major scary factor for me!  So here are a few before and afters for you to enjoy! 

Entryway






 Living Room


Dining Room/Kitchen

Guest Room


9.18.2011

Under Water Adventure

Went to the Roanoke Aquarium with the fam. Lots of fun rescuing turtles and digging for sharks teeth.



Entrance




Ready to dig




Digging with Daddy




Pondering




Rays




Whoa baby! Maddie and Mas




Dr. Mason helping an injured sea turtle. He had an upset stomach. But we fixed him up and Mason set him free.

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9.14.2011

Shoulders Down Love






In the most stressful of times I hold it all on my shoulders. Imagine me with them up by my ears! Today they are relaxing thanks to determination to follow a dream, lots of great advice from friends and family and a super chill boat ride exploring uninhabited Beaufort islands. So thankful for these times and looking forward to many more! I'm ready to live the life I want and live happily ever after!!

I got the coolest email today from a long time friend that I thought I'd share!

As always, thanks for reading and much love.

Here goes it:

Your own moods can be extremely deceptive. They can, and probably do, trick you into believing your life is far worse than it really is. When you’re in a good mood, life looks great. You have perspective, common sense, and wisdom. In good moods, things don’t feel so hard, problems seem less formidable and easier to solve. When you’re in a good mood, relationships seem to flow and communication is easy. If you are criticized, you take it in stride.

On the contrary, when you’re in a bad mood, life looks unbearably serious and difficult. You have very little perspective. You take things personally and often misinterpret those around you, as you impute malignant motives into their actions.

Here’s the catch: People don’t realize their moods are always on the run. They think instead that their lives have suddenly become worse in the past day, or even the last hour. So, one who is in a good mood in the morning might love this wife, his job, and his car. He is probably optimistic about his future, and feels grateful about his past. But by late afternoon, if his mood is bad, he claims he hates his job, thinks of his wife as a nuisance, thinks his car is a junker, and believes he’s going nowhere in his career. If you ask him about his childhood while he’s in a low mood, he’ll probably tell you it was extremely difficult. He will probably blame his parents for his current plight.

Such quick and drastic contrasts may seem absurd, even funny – but we’re all like that. In low moods we lose our perspective and everything seems urgent. We completely forget that when we are in a good mood, everything seems so much better. We experience the identical circumstances – who we are married to, where we work, the car we drive, our potential, our childhood – entirely differently, depending on our mood! When we are low, rather than blaming our mood as would be appropriate, we instead tend to feel that our whole life is wrong. It’s almost as if we actually believe that our lives have fallen apart in the past hour or two.

The truth is, life is almost never as bad as it seems when you’re in a low mood. Rather than staying stuck in a bad temper, convinced you are seeing life realistically, you can learn to question your judgment. Remind yourself, “Of course I’m feeling defensive (or angry, frustrated, stressed, depressed); I’m in a bad mood. I always feel negative when I’m low.” When you’re in an ill mood, learn to pass it off as simply that: an unavoidable human condition that will pass with time, if you leave it alone. A low mood is NOT the time to analyze your life. To do so is emotional suicide. If you have a legitimate problem, it will still be there when your state of mind improves. The trick is to be grateful for our good moods and graceful in our low moods – not taking them too seriously.

The next time you feel low, for whatever reason, remind yourself, “This too shall pass.” It will.


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9.10.2011

Garden Update

I haven't talked much about the garden lately so I thought it was time for an update. Definitely in a transition period right now. A few plants (basil, tomato, peppers) hanging in there after Irene. The zinnias got pretty disheveled as did my lavender bushes which will hopefully regain their vertical momentum after resting this winter. Here are a few pics from our place. In a few weeks I plan to put in some lettuce varieties along with carrots and potatoes for a nice fall crop. I'll probably confer with my neighbor to see what does best for him too since he's been at it for a lot longer than me. He does all above ground growing in five gallon buckets and starts with plants whereas I start from seed in the ground. Also thinking of irrigation ideas foe next year. Mike and I have talked about digging a shallow trench and laying PVC pipe and threading the hose through it so we don't have to drag the huge hose over and trample the plants in the front flower beds. Speaking of which...I have put off weeding the beds all summer long in hopes of most of the weeds dying in winter so I can do it then. We just haven't had a spare moment to get to projects like that and with 100 degree temps who would?!? We've been enjoying ourselves on the beach or lately in the boat!

Hope you have a great weekend!!




Garden in it's current state. Hurricane Irene helped clear out most everything!




Succulent garden




Treats for the birds!




Lots of action on our butterfly bush the last couple weeks! Big pretty butterflies.




Herbs & Zinnias




Little bug man




Loot




Wow! Look at the size of that thing! Golden orb spider.




So serious.

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9.05.2011

Story Time

"I sometimes wake in the early morning & listen to the soft breathing of my child & I think to myself, this is one thing I will never regret & I carry that quiet with me all day long."    - Brian Andreas

Although I'm completely excited about Mason and his new bed situation it means change is about to happen.  If you know me, you know I'm a bit resistant to change.  I battle with it until I realize it's all gonna be okay...Sigh...that's another post for another day!  Ha!

Anyway- I realized that it will be much better to read Mason a story while he's in bed...no more rocking and reading stories before nap and bed time...Ugh, makes my heart ache...how can this little guy be growing up so fast??? 

Well I haven't actually started reading him stories in bed yet...I think I will...soon...but rocking is just fine for right now. 

He loves the bed concept all day, he likes playing on the bed and getting in and out.  He has started talking a lot about "Bubbie's House"...Don't know what that is...

During the night and during nap time he wakes up and puts himself back to sleep after a little whining/crying.  The first night he woke up three times and cried so Mike and I took turns helping him get back to sleep...on the floor!  Last night he woke once and cried himself back to sleep in minutes and woke again so Mike went in to comfort him.  

I really need to buy him a night light and I also want to get him a glow worm!  I loved mine to death.  I hope he will get back to waking comfortably and playing in his room or on the bed until we come and get him.  I don't like that he's stressed about waking up all alone but I guess like all things with little ones, it gets better...

So for now we'll keep rocking and cuddling...Not ready to give that up!

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9.03.2011

Fun Beach Day After All






































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New Day, New Bed






We've been getting cues from Mason that he is ready to try a bed so we took the front off of his crib this afternoon and he is now OBSESSED! It's really cute to watch. Sigh. Another milestone of big boy-dom has passed. Enjoying every minute!

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8.31.2011

I'm So Lucky

I've always felt lucky. But today, at this moment I feel fortunate. Fortunate for Mason and all the small special moments we share, for Mike and all that he brings to my life, for school and learning new things and for only missing one on my test today, for my health, my curiosity, my friends, family, creativity, my attention for details, my ability to loose focus, for the beautiful things I see and experience in nature every day, for my wonderful house and neighbors, for laughter and tears, for every night that I get to put Mas to bed and fall asleep beside Mike, for M&M's, all kinds, I don't discriminate. I think that I will keep my run on sentence and thought going for another post. It is usually this time of day that I turn in and reflect. What about you??

























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8.30.2011

Test

Sorry test




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Happy Day

Thankful for no serious damage from Hurrican Irene!!!

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8.29.2011

Memories





Thoroughly exhausted. A long day playing on the beach and in the Ocean. The sun and sand are blazing on my skin. Sliding the heavy glass door open to go inside the freezing beach house. Wet bathing suit and sand still between my toes. A pinch of Carolina fudge cake, homemade, just melts in my mouth. Pour a big red cup full of fresh fizzing Coke. The bubbles pop and hit my nose as the first gulp takes my breath away. Hands are pruney and salty from the sea water. Reach into the big bag of nacho cheese Doritos. The first one covered in cheese crunches loudly. Crumbs go flying. Another and another and another. These things are definitely crack. Half the bag is gone and fingers are saturated with flavor. Perfectly satisfied.

One of my favorites.

PS- sorry for the not so hot picture.


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8.21.2011

Balance


Feeling quite overwhelmed today. Trying to balance homework, fun time, relaxing, bill planning, laundry, all the usual. I've been really frustrated feeling all weekend. Weird, I am so excited about school but worrying about getting everything done. I think I need to cut myself some slack. Do you ever get worked up like this too?

Yoga always helps me get back to my core. I did sun salutation this morning and practiced my head stand against the wall but I still felt so rushed, so pressed. Sigh... Just a lot going on. Need to quiet the mind and reflect on all that is good and all that I am getting done and realize that my life is changing and to just go with it for now.

We've been home this morning, cleaning up, getting ready for the new week and just seeing all the things that lie ahead of me in life and all the things I've neglected (piles of papers, weeding the flower beds, projects undone). That's what bothers me. I'm happy coloring whales with Mason, so I wonder how do you get it all done? How do you have free time if you're always preparing for the next thing. I'm driving myself crazy! Well having a sense of humor about things is helpful, it's definitely helping me at this moment. Maybe to get things done you have to shed the worries and do each task. That way you feel lighter and more balanced.

Ciao!

P.S.-I'm so ready for fall. I know I'll miss summer but lordy I am over this heat. Ready for some perfect 70 degree days!

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8.20.2011

Picture time

Here are a few from the week!!

















































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