It’s been 14 years

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When you first came into this world, innocent and beautiful, I was scared to death though I never told anyone. I was worried what the world was going to do to you. But now as you are growing up and I see the confidence you have, I am less worried. I am not going to say I am not because I still am your mom. I will always worry, but I see the young woman you are becoming and I see your confidence growing every day. I see what your potential is and I hope you can achieve all your dreams what ever they may be. I hope your life will be smooth and not have too many potholes to fall in. You are so amazing and beautiful. Happy 14th birthday!!

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20 Years!! :)

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Today is the day my husband and I have been married 20 years!! It’s hard to imagine that it has been that long. When I think about everything, it does not feel like it has been that long. He is an amazing man that I am so glad I met and fell and love with. There is no one else I can even imagine my life with.

Life like with everything brings changes to us and we are no different then anyone else. I’m no longer the 21 year old he married and he isn’t the 30 year old I married. We’re older, have two teenagers, and all the other hang-ons that come with life. We grew up with each other even though we were very much adults when we got married. We changed but we changed for the better. We were “in love” when we married but now we love each other. There is not a moment in my life that I don’t miss him when he is gone. He made me a better person. He helped me become a stronger woman. Like wise I made him a better man. I made him a peaceful, loving husband that shows when we’re alone and when he is with his kids. We are definitely the perfect pair.

 

Happy 20th Anniversary sweetheart!! I love you forever!! Here is to forever!!

Life happens…sometimes faster then we think.

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I was taking pictures the other day and my daughter who is 13 was there with me. We started talking about everything under the sun. As I was listening to her, it surprised me just how much she changed from that little girl that was always running around, giggling, climbing, getting into things to this young lady that now has a whole different perspective on things. She has such a bright but a little hesitant look on the world.  I guess that is the age as well. I took pictures of her that day as well and I see the amazing differences.  She is no longer that little girl. She is becoming a strong, beautiful young lady. She will always be my little girl though…that will never change 🙂

Here I am!!

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Ok I know I have not posted in awhile…I am back now though. I needed a break and as I said in a previous post…I had to make some adjustments. I have made those of myself and I will do my best to keep going down that path. Because this is where I need to be.

I celebrated 19 years of marriage couple of weeks ago and you know what? I still feel like it was yesterday we got married. I could not ask for a better man. He knows me so well. We have even started finishing each other’s sentences…lol!! I am so glad we got married all those years ago.

Summer Reading List

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Well the kids finished another year and they are so excited for the summer. I can’t blame them I like the summer too. There is just something about the warmth, the sun, and the freedom. You just got to love summer!!

Well that being said, there are going to be times during the summer where they will be bored, or it’s raining, or it’s just too dang hot to go outside. Well to keep them out of my hair and to keep them “engaged” we came up with their lists for the summer.

My daughter who is 11 (and going on 20 or so she thinks…lol) has picked out some great books to read:

Daughter’s List-

Alice in Wonderlandby Lewis Carroll

Animal Farmby George Orwell

Because of Winn Dixieby Kate DiCamillo

War Horse – by Michael Morpurgo

 

My son the sci-fi nut (like me) who is 13 has also picked out some great ones as well:

Son’s List-

Rama II – by Arthur C. Clarke

Starship Troopers by Robert  A. Heinlein

Stranger in a Strange Landby Robert A. Heinlein

The Andromeda Strain – by Michael Crichton

 

Hope we might have put some books on your radar to read. ENJOY YOURSELVES AND HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!!!

 

 

 

Ahhh…first day of Spring!!!

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Finally!!! It’s spring!!! It is a wonderful feeling to hear the birds sing and the temperatures change. It’s time to get out and do things that have been put off since it started to get cold. I love spring and all the fresh new changes it brings.

With spring comes a special time of year for my family…Norouz or the Iranian New Year!! Here is a very basic definition as well as some history from Wiki if any of you would like some info about it. As of 11:30 pm cst it is officially the Iranian New Year!! I hope each of you will have a bright healthy spring and a wonderful year.

There is a lot of history for this as you can read about in the above Wiki article but what it means for me is time spent with family and friends. We get talk about all that has happened in the last year and hear stories of years past. We get be around those who mean so much to us and enjoy delicious amazing foods like:

Aash Reshteh

Sabzi Polo Mahi

Kookoo Sabzi

As well as all sorts of other goodies that actually are not good for you but what can I say they are so good 🙂

We also set up a table with what is called Haft Seen:

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right to left clockwise

  1. Sabzi (green) – symbolizing rebirth
  2. Sekkeh (coins) – symbolizing wealth
  3. Seeb (apples) – symbolizing beauty and love
  4. Serkeh (vinegar) – symbolizing development and evolution.
  5. Somagh (sumac) – symbolizing patience
  6. Seer (garlic)- symbolizing the medicine and health
  7. Saa’at  (clock) – symbolizing patience

These are all placed on a sofra along with a Holy Book and/or a book of poetry either by the Divan Hafez or Shahnameh. The one I have included has very special meaning for me. My husband gave it to me before we were married (yeah he’s an old romantic at heart 🙂 ). There are other things that are included as is seen above but can vary from person to person. These are a few things that are part of it but there are a lot more to this and like all holidays it is meant to be enjoyed!! I hope it will be an amazing fresh start for everyone.

 

All this aside, it means a fresh start to me. It means a chance to kick off all the dust of the past and start new. I intend to enjoy every moment. I intend to enjoy spring as it is meant to be. I hope you each have an amazing spring with all sorts of new possibilities 😀

 

My Valentine…

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I am writing this post about a man who has made a difference in my life. A man that I met 19 years ago and have been married to for 18 years. A man that even though he did not even know me, did not even really realize where we would end up, let me know he would always listen to me and would always make me first in his life. He is my one and only Valentine I will ever need or want. Happy Valentine’s Day baby!! I love you forever!!