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What I miss the most…

I often find myself in daydreams over what I miss the most about my Dad.  Do I miss his mannerisms the most?  His in-the-air golf swings, his back stretches, his giddy jig, or maybe his “hell-o” when he answers the phone.  Maybe I miss his hugs the most.  The best hug I have received from any man that walked this earth was my Dads.  He side hug, his ill-catch-you hugs, his bear hug, his gentle hug with the kiss on the top of my head.  What I would give for one of his hugs.  His advice on small everyday things, on big things – how did he get so insightful and full of wisdom?  Even when I didn’t want his advice at all, he would just reply back with a simple “one day” and wow was he right, “one day” is actually here.

I miss hearing his truck pull into the driveway.  I miss the sound of his booming laughter.  I miss having someone to razz around with, to banter back and forth with.  I miss the idea of him, I miss the reality of him in my life.  I miss calling him, and texting him.  I miss dinners, and arguments, birthday cards, and ice cream drives.  I miss it all so much.

And now more than anything, I miss my fathers encouragement.  My Dad was blessed with the ability to lift people up, to encourage them, and make them feel stronger.  I look at my life and everything I have achieved and I know without a doubt it was because my parents believed in me, they told me I could do anything.  When I saw my father look at me, at any of his girls, I always knew two very clear things: he loved us all passionately and fervently AND he believed we hung the moon.  There was NOTHING he thought we couldn’t do.

There are times my heart gets the best of me.  Emotion sweeps over me and I wonder, was I really cut out to deal with this much pain, can I do this?  And as frustrating as it can be at times, I know I can, and I know if my father was here he would say just that.  He would tenderly guide me, encourage me along the way, he would send notes of praise to lift my spirits, and when that wasn’t enough he would finish the job with a swift kick in the butt.

My Dad believed in me and encouraged me; today I really miss that the most.

With that being said, Tiffany posted her first video she made of her playing the guitar and singing a song she wrote herself.  Now I know I am biased because she is my sister BUT I think she is really freakin good and this song makes me very proud to listen too.  I am so glad my parents took the time to foster confidence in us.  There are endless people with amazing talents completely undiscovered because they don’t believe in themselves, and they don’t believe in themselves because they didn’t have anyone who believed in them.  My sisters and I are so blessed to know we are capable of doing anything, even putting out songs on the world wide web that normally only the shower gets to hear.  Proud of you Tiff!

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Dancing around the world

I want to dance with Matt, in all 42 beautiful countries surrounded by thousands of beautiful people!  This video always makes me smile!  Thanks Duy for sending it my way once more.

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As long as you choose…

Talking Bird
Death Cab for Cutie

Oh, my talking bird
Though you know so few words
They’re on infinite repeat
Like your brain can’t keep up with your beak.

And you’re kept in an open cage
So you’re free to leave or stay.
Sometimes you get confused
Like there’s a hint I am trying to give you.

The longer you think, the less you know what to do.

It’s hard to see your way out
When you live in a house in a house
Cause you don’t realize
That the windows were open the whole time.

Oh, my talking bird
Though your feathers are tattered and furled
I’ll love you all your days
Till the breath leaves your delicate face.

It’s all here for you as long as your choose to stay.
It’s all here for you as long as you don’t fly away.

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I am the best!

Incase you forgot to say this to yourself this morning, repeat after this young beauty queen for a guaranteed smile and great start to the day!

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Humble dreams…

Yesterday was just one of those lovely perfect days.  The weather was wonderful, friendships were in abundance, and I got so many things accomplished on my things-to-do list (which always thrills me), yes indeed a perfect day it twas!  I got home from work late last night and managed to sneak in a quick little twenty minute stint on the tele before yacking my sisters ear off for the evening.  Talent shows arnt really my gig but last night it was pretty much the only thing on so I flipped between Americas Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance (yes I am one of those dreaded channel hoppers).  Oh my goodness in about three minutes I was in full-on ugly cry mode!

Watching someone showcase their talents with so much pride and energy is simply amazing!  I could not get enough.  These young people filled with dreams bursting from their every seam, hope permeating out of every word coming from their mouths, and smiles that flood the room and contagiously take over.  I was an emotional wreck watching them all.  Sitting at home, silently cheering them on, telepathically sending them my encouragement and my congratulatory vibes.

This young guy (Taylor Matthews) seemed to steal my heart.  An eighteen year old humble boy, soooo freakin proud of himself, combating (and triumphing) over his own nerves, and unable to contain his excitement.  His father was in the background shaking in nervousness, silently singing his child on, with the look of pure pride, memorable glorious pride.  Needless to say it made me smile, and cry a lot.  Watching someone so young work fervently hard to see their dreams (whatever they are) come to fruition is something that melts me every time!

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Come and go…

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2ne1 or bust!

I totally admit I am a sucker for pop bands!  Spice Girls, Back Street Boys, N sync, Hanson Brothers, I mean I pretty much love them all (note present tense).  In Asia no matter what country, 2NE1 was the ‘it’ band everywhere.  It only took a few songs/videos before this little group was bopping around in my head.  I havent heard their songs in ages and this morning I was getting ready for the day and started craving this little Asian pop band in a bad way.  These four Korean girls are freakin ADORABLE!  Their spicy lil dances, the amazing hair (seriously), and the clothes that make me want to fly to Asia just to go shopping NOW, well it all just hooks me in.  Anyway, in case your interested THIS is what I was dancing around too in front of the mirror this morning, enjoy!


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But trust me on the sunscreen…

As the end of the semester approaches for all those high school students the air is filled with excitement.  I am beginning to see more and more limousines driving around with teenagers screaming out of the rooftops in sheer celebration.  I see pictures of grad parties, voting polls for grad dresses, corsages lining the flower markets, and proud parents posting prim and proper graduation pictures.  Yes indeed life is beginning (and ending) in a whole new way for all those young grads being released into our large, busy, and overrated ‘adult world’.

I saw a group of graduating kids the other day outside taking all their photos.  It was cute, it made me remember and made me smile.  I wanted to approach them and wish them luck, to explain to them that everything wont be all they dreamt it up to be, I wanted to warn them of the dangers, and caution them on the slips.  I then realized I sounded just like all those other jaded adults I once rolled my eyes at when I was their age.  Instead I sat back, sipped my coffee and watched them for a while and suddenly that darn ‘wear sunscreen’ song began playing in my head along with a melodramatic slideshow of high school memories drifting through my brain.  I became so happy for these kids and soon realized like everyone, they will learn their lessons on their own time, after many broken hearts and many wrong paths they alone will put themselves together again.  They will find their footing and they will make it, they will get lost and they they will be found.   Suddenly excitement replaced my feeling of fear for these young adults and I silently congratulated the 2010 grads knowing this will be one heck of a fun journey for them!


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But I always will…

HOLY CRAP, I just found this song and I am so desperately in love with it!  I cant stand how much I adore each and every one of these dangerously beautiful lyrics.  Take a listen, have a read, soak it up.
PS, I know my music is a bit of a bummer right now, for the record im not mourning a break-up, nor did I lose my dog, burn my house down or find myself in an unhappy place.  I simply happen to adore emotional things and for some reason the emotion I love to portray lately just so happens to have a ting of blue.  What is that saying….I am not what I write, yeah well thats me!

You only know what I want you to
I know everything you don’t want me to
Oh your mouth is poison, your mouth is wine
Oh you think your dreams are the same as mine
Oh I don’t love you but I always will
Oh I don’t love you but I always will
Oh I don’t love you but I always will
I always will

I wish you’d hold me when I turn my back
The less I give the more I get back
Oh your hands can heal, your hands can bruise
I don’t have a choice but I still choose you
Oh I don’t love you but I always will
Oh I don’t love you but I always will
Oh I don’t love you but I always will
Oh I don’t love you but I always will
Oh I don’t love you but I always will
Oh I don’t love you but I always will
Oh I don’t love you but I always will
I always will
I always will
I always will
I always will
I always will


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iF itS ThE BeaCHes…

This song has consumed a minimum of four minutes in each and every one of my days since I was introduced to it.  I LOVE it.  I love music period but sometimes you find little treasure songs and they seem to stick around for a while…this one is staying (at least until that sexy future husband of mine pisses me off and sings this song at the top of his lungs till I fall madly in love with him all over again and forget all about why we were fighting in the first place).

iF itS ThE BeaCHes – THe AvETt BrOTheRs

Don’t say it’s over
Cause that’s the worst news I
could hear I swear that I will
Do my best to be here
just the way you like it
Even though its hard to hide
Push my feelings all aside
I will rearrange my plans and
change for you

If I could go back
That’s the first thing I would do
I swear that I would
Do my best to follow through
Come up with a master plan
A homerun hit, a winning stand
A gaurantee and not a promise
That I’ll never let your love
slip from my hands

If it’s the beaches
If it’s the beaches’ sands you want
Then you will have them
If it’s the mountains’ bending rivers
Then you will have them
If it’s the wish to run away
Then I will grant it

Take whatever you think of
While I go gas up the truck
Pack the old love letters up
We will read them when
we forget why we left here

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