Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New Blog Home

Dear Family and Friends-
We have decided to make our blog private as our family grows. We happily welcome you to join us! Please send me a quick email at  brendabirrell@mac.com and I will send you an email right back that gives you access to us... many that follow our family only know us through the blog, but we welcome you just the same.

We hope to see you over at our new blog
birrellfamilylife.blogspot.com

Love,
Brenda


Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday

It's feels like a Monday. I look back at my last post and know I have catching up to do... probably after the Kelsie and Josh's wedding if I am honest with myself. Larry and I have been talking about what would be best for our growing family and we are deciding to make our blog private, sometime in the near future. I am trying to find a happy medium and see if we can find a way to make it easy for people to contact me by email once we do. We are very happy to give you access, so please email me at brendabirrell@mac.com and I can quickly add you on. We like to be part of your lives and have you be part of ours. I know I follow many of your private blogs and am grateful for those that continue to blog... wish more of you did : )

Sunday, January 26, 2014

wedding plans

The wedding plans have begun. Date is set for March 7 for the evening reception and then the wedding and luncheon the next morning. We love the idea of a reception the night before. It lets them focus on their vows on their wedding day, have lunch with family and close friends, then leave for their honeymoon with energy. When everything is crammed into one day, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and not enjoy the day... that would definitely happen with both Kelsie and Josh. We get their opinion about everything... after all, it is their day and then we carry it out as best we can. We like to think of it as our gift to them and try to keep things as stress free as possible for them. This week was filled with list making, painting a flower cluster for their announcement, donut taste testing, thrift store shopping and painting frames... so far so good. 


clean eating

I came home and immediately jumped into our new way of life upon my arrival home. Chocolate from my trip was gone and it was time. Or at least it feels like it's time until the actual time comes. I always feel I should be at my goal by 11am the first day, or at least notice some definition in my neck. Sadly, not the case for me. I have a ways to go. Larry and I watched Dr. Oz 2 Week Rapid Weight Loss in January and thought we would drop sugar and wheat from our diet for 2 weeks. Day 10. I am down 15 pounds. I feel better, but it is hard to stay connected to life without the comfort foods I am use to. In our home, the gathering place is in the kitchen. We love to make good homemade food. Hopefully new habits will emerge in time. I did have to make some exceptions to his guidelines. Could not get down the green tea, no matter what brand I tried. Same with the drink in the morning. It is a texture thing for me. But I substituted other good choices. I have also started to take a probiotic each day. I am making a list of all the reasons why I want to lose weight and it's a long one. So far so good : )


cha 2014


Memories of CHA:
Loving the time I get to spend with the people I work with. Sleeping with one of my BFF's, this year in matching pi's. Darcy fell and injured her knee in the booth, instacare & crutches... she was a trooper! I fell and rolled on my shoulder and twisted my ankle, we were quite the pair. Jim calling to drop off keys and our scramble to be presentable : ) Felt I spent half my time looking for tools during set up. Grateful that Ken, Jason and Sean flew in to help with set up and take down. I think Long Beach is the best little airport in America. Visiting with store owners. Bumping into old friends. Gathering catalogues to look through later for the store. Getting my picture taken with Rupert from Survivor... he was of course in the tie dye booth. Jen Hadfield came to introduce her new line coming out in June. Eating my See's Candy and white cheddar popcorn for snacks at night time, knowing I was going home to a new way of life. Picking up Winchell's in the morning. The tear down of the booths... it helps to laugh and enjoy this long time together... Starting the book, The Fault in our Stars. 








last supper...

The night before anyone leaves on a trip, they pick their last special meal. Milagro's Sweet Green Chili Stuffed Chicken Quesadilla for me. HEAVEN. We never know when we will make the front page news. I leave for the Anaheim CHA show in the morning and I am so very tired. The show is piggy backed on the Christmas season and I have spent many over-nights working on the creative samples. I love what I do, but wish the show could be in February or March. I am looking forward to visiting with friends and seeing what's new in the market.


the move

The move is complete and now the settling in needs some time. Ashlee, Paul and Jack are with us and Ransom, Katie & the kids are in the little white house. Conrad is quite sure that his bedroom will be up in the attic and already has great plans for it as he excitedly talked me through his plans. The little old house will be an adventure for them, that's for sure!