Race an Exotic Car

We just celebrated the HUBS birthday last weekend! We had decided to only indulge in experiences from our BUCKET LIST!

So for his birthday I got him a dream car sprint in a Lamborghini . It just so happens that Groupon had an awesome special on this and  it was on my very own bucket list too ….so I got one too!

It was freezing cold the day of our drive.  Plus this exotic beautiful car had his top down- which made it even colder. Thank God for heated seats!! When you are numb and shaking cold from standing in a two and half hour line…..heated seats are a lovely luxury!

So the HUBS went first because it was his birthday 🙂

He tore it up! That car literally went from o to 100 in about 6 seconds. It took turns like I have never seen before and the noises it made were incredible! The Hubs must be practicing somewhere because he was really good at driving fast!

He said that it was better then a roller coaster ride and he was ready to go again. In fact he offered to drive for me too, but I was determined to mark it off my own bucket list!

Race an Exotic Car  check #14 off the BBBL

Race an Exotic Car
check #14 off the BBBL

and look at the shirts they were selling there. BUCKET LIST SHIRTS. I almost got one but decided that #2 and #3 on the shirt were not my preferences. I think I will make my own 🙂

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We just made some awesome memories! So thankful to be able to fully experience and enjoy this beautiful life!

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Best Friends & Boots

This was the most fabulous day with best friends! I have my bestie and we have been best friends for the last 18 years.  Our daughters are the same exact age and are best friends too! Are we lucky or what?!

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Apple Orchard 2013

So we decided to have a girls day and I insisted we had to have a list….a scavenger hunt list….a bucket list for a day . I wanted to cram as much fun and make as many memories  as possible!

OUR SCAVENGER HUNT LIST

  • pick apples
  • eat a apple fritter thingy
  • hayride
  • pedicure
  • buy boil peanuts
  • get a picture of us in cowboy hats
  • try on a pair of cowgirl boots
  • eat some thai food
tried on boots and hats ....check check

tried on boots and hats ….check check

Look how precious !

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We made so many memories that I will forever hold close to my heart on that day. I am reminded of them every time I put on my new cowgirlie boots. They are my first boots ever! I am in love! I may just wear them every single day til summer!

check another off the bucket list

check another off the bucket list

We actually checked everything off our LIST except for an apple fritter ( I have never had one and would love to try it)…but we did have an apple donut and apple cider. Does this count?

I am counting all my blessings…..BEST FRIENDS AND BOOTS who could ask for anything more!

xoxoo

 

 

 

Kissing Princess

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I LOVE THIS LITTLE PRINCESS. She is without a doubt the sweetest little person ever! This is an older picture! I know this because I have a full head of hair there and PRINCESS was just starting to get hair. 🙂

I love giving kisses especially to my girl!

Plastic Surgery Party ( cutting up the credit cards)

We did it! We have freed ourselves from the shackles of debt! We have been together for 15 years! 15 years is a long time. We practically raised each other! And while we have had lots of highs and lows, there is only one thing that stayed the same! WE lived in lots of credit card debt. WE believed that school loans,credit cards and car payments were part of living the American dream. Everything was leveraged and lots of things were bought that we could not afford and never needed! The stress was more then unbearable and everything was breaking down including my health. I had already been diagnosed and was barely able to walk much less care full time for our babies. We had to hire help and had mounting health care expenses! We were quickly drowning in the mess we had made! The only way out seemed to be to go our own ways, but all we had was debt !

But just like my cancer had reawakened my commitment to become healthy again. Our debt reawakened our commitment to fix our marriage and our money mess! Our lives changed for the very best when my BFF sent me  an email of an upcoming Dave Ramsey class! It was 9 weeks at her church with free childcare and refreshments. We literally just had to commit and show up! The HUBS agreed but I think it was mainly the  1.5 hour of free childcare that motivated him!

But we did it! We followed Dave’s plan! We paid off our small debts home depot, hospital bills, Kohl’s card. Then we moved to bigger things like cars and finally we had a plastic surgery party. We sat down with our kids and 22 open credit cards and we cut them up and closed them down. 22 cards between the two of us! We have absolutely NO credit cards….none and I am happy to report that our lives improved  for the very best! We pick and choose the things we want to do and have the money to do! And by using cash you feel your purchases and in our case we spend less!

I recommend taking his class and getting organized from your home to finances to wills to life insurance to giving like no one else. This class not only saved us from finanicial ruins, but it saved our marriage! We are now living free of credit cards and have paid off all of our debts! The HUBS has even found a CAUSE that he sits on the board for AND enjoys giving from his heart. This would never have been possible a year ago.

I know my friends and family are so sick of hearing Dave Ramsey’s name….after all we are debt free and that is WEIRD now. But I will forever be grateful to him! One day I plan to drive to his RADIO show in Tennessee and do our debt free scream! That is on the bucket list for sure!

Get ready for us Dave Ramsey!

Until then we are now sacrificing, selling things, building things and throwing what we can to our rental property in efforts to pay that mortgage off!

But the greatest most bestest feeling in the world ( next to love and no debts) is that we have changed our kids legacy. We have helped shape a better relationship for them with regards to money. I hope they never have worry or fear with money but that they can be responsible and use it to help others!

I would love to hear from you! Have you ever been inspired to live like no one else? Do you live in debt or with a pile of credit cards? Is it stressful?

All things are possible!It is not to late to live the life you have always wanted!

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs: ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.: – Harold Whitman

Kissing in the Rain

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There is nothing more empowering then running outside in the middle of an all out down pour of rain. I wish I had captured HAMSTERS ( my sweet sons) shocked face when I grabbed his hand and begged him to run outside with me.  Next time I plan to have a dance party in the rain!

Honeymoon with the HUBS

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We did it! The HUBS and I took a honeymoon together. It was our ten year anniversary and a belated honeymoon for us! We got a babysitter for the kiddos and jumped on the next plane to MEXICO. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort that we saved up for( with cash money …no credit cards were used and for the first time this trip NEVER followed us home) ….(MORE on living debt-free and credit card free later) and only brought enough money to swim with the dolphins and a beach photo shoot. Oh yes the HUBS was thrilled about that photo shoot! I will forever remember this trip. Our memories are engraved on my heart! The photographs just allow me to take you there with me! Thank you to my sweet Husband for making this trip possible! I Love you with my whole heart!

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)

BY E. E. CUMMINGS

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

Officially a Cowgirl

I did it! I got on a horse! I have always wanted to do this. I was really uninterested in actually riding the horse but I just wanted to sit there….fully present and breathe in the view from way up high….high on horse!

So does this make me  a cowgirl now?

Swimming with Solemon

I am head over heels in love. LIKE over the moon – crazy in LOVE.

Bucket List Success:  Swimming with a dolphin
Bucket List Success:
Swimming with a dolphin

I have dreamt of swimming with dolphins in salty ocean water since I was a kid! Playing at the beach, enjoying the sun beating on my skin, surfing the waves, but swimming with the dolphins was always something I hoped to do one day! Maybe one day if I was lucky!

Dan and I just celebrated our ten year anniversary! 10 years! We have been through so much in 10 years! But this time we were taking the honeymoon we never took 10 years earlier! WE did it ! We went to Cancun and had the most amazing time!

Just flying for me was a HUGE bucket list accomplishment! But I was going to feed/pet/kiss a dolphin. Nothing and I mean nothing would stop me!

I was beyond excited when the HUBS said that we were going to SWIM with the dolphins instead of just feeding them. What?! I was thrilled for 5 minutes before the panic set in.

The panic did not last long! The moment we got there I was on an adrenaline rush! It was an amazing moment. LIKE the birth of our babies….where there are no words to describe the aaawwww and joy and wonder that we were experiencing!

I begged the HUBS to leave me in Mexico to become a dolphin trainer! I so could do that job! But luckily he dragged me back HOME!

Have you swam with a dolphin before?

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Meet Solemon! He is 9 years old and weighs 200 pounds!

Tell me what you have marked off your LIST!

My big beautiful bucket list!

1. ride a horse
2. get some ink (tattoo)
3. roller skating birthday party
4. kiss a dolphin
5. pierce something other then my ear 🙂
6. travel with the HUBS
7. take the kids to Disney
8. rent an ice cream truck for a day
9. drive an exotic car
10. live debt free
11. pay off our mortgages
12. kiss and dance in the rain with the kids
13. learn to sew
14. publish something
15. learn the art of meditation

16. travel to all 50 states by the time we are 50

17. Host a fundraiser for an awesome cause

18. Meet Dave Ramsey and do our DEBT FREE scream on his radio show with the kids!!!!

19. Try a funnel cake

20. Try grits

21. Hot air balloon ride

22. Go zip lining

23. Do monthly RAOK

24. Start my own thrift store 🙂 it is a big dream

25. watch my kids grow big and enjoy there lives and successes

26. Take a writing class

27. Become published ( having the courage to publish this blog and share it)