Happy, happy, happy birthday LaTanya!

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Happy Birthday LaTanya!

As the day is coming to the close, I want to send out one last happy birthday to a wonderful friend!  LaTanya is an amazing woman, a fabolous mom, fun friend and a sexy bride to be!

In the last few months, LaTanya has been a main source of support for me at work!  She has encouraged me when I have struggled and always brought in the fun.

But besides being co-workers, LaTanya has become one of my best friends – at times my only friend.  And though I credit her for that because she is an amazing person but I actually realize that at times, she is my only friend because I am a difficult person to deal with (not surprisely to people huh).

LaTanya has listened to me when I needed to vent about anything! She has made me laugh!  She has shared good food!  She has created awesome memories that I will never forget!  She has been there when I had nobody.  She has made me want to do more and be more.

She is and has been a true friend!  And so I say happy, happy, happy, happy birthday to a beautiful, amazing, awesome, funny, creative, sweet, smart, good-looking, honest, hard-working and incredible friend, mother, and bride to be!

Happy Birthday LaTanya!





A relative of the wasp and the bee, ants take over your house, your world, you life!  Their purpose – to set up colonies and do WHAT?????  And get this, ants are on every colony, except one, so we can not avoid them!

When the summer weather finally hit in Idaho, we had the ANT conversation.  No crumbs on the counters, wash off dishes when you leave them in the sink, don’t leave out food…. in short,  don’t trust any situation where ants can come out.

And for a short period of time, it worked!  But then one day, I went into the kitchen and there they were….. near the trash can, under the sink, in the sink, in the dishwasher, on the counter, by the stove and more.

So after screaming….. more screaming… a bit more screaming.. I realized that I needed to do something about the ant family that decided that it would take over my kitchen.

I looked under the sink to see what I had to kill them.  Yes ladies and gentlemen, I planted to kill them.  Before anyone of you begin a lecture on how they are God’s creatures and we should protect them to keep the balance of life, step back and remember that they took over my kitchen. They were in my dishwasher.  On my counters where I prepare food for my family.  In and around my dog food and so many more places.

They came in, took over my kitchen, ate my food – all without asking.  So as much as I am all about preserving life but not for somethings that are disrespecting me!

Now back to the issue at hand.  After all the carrying on about the ants in the kitchen, I began to explore options on how to get ruin of them – or in my mind, kill them.  I googled, I asked friends, I read and it was all so confusing. Being a fierce independent female (too much at times – sorry!), I didn’t want to ask for help.  But I was desperate.

I reached out to my parents and begged my dad for his expertise on ant killing!  He suggested that I buy the biggest container of ant killing product and spray, spray, spray and spray more. I did and it has worked perfectly.  The ants are gone and peace has been restored into the house!  Thanks Dad for saving the day!

Project Thankful 2013

IMG_0077Project Thankful 2013

Snuggling under a comfy blanket and enjoying hot coffee after Thanksgiving, I begin to reflect on my success with this year’s Project Thankful.  Yes, I realize that the month is not over and I still have days to finish the project but after such a great Thanksgiving, I feel like it should be over.  Yesterday, as a family tradition, we will head into town for the annual Christmas parade and light show.  In my mind, that means November/ Thanksgiving is over and it is time to start Christmas season.

My mind wanders over the many days that I did not complete a post for Project Thankful.  Life just took over at times and I didn’t have the time, energy or opportunity to write a post.   But before, I throw in the towel and consider Project Thankful 2013 over – I want to take one last chance to reflect on the many things and people I am thankful – whether it made it in the project or not.

General people and things that made the list:  

         Coaches, Weekends, Pizza, My Mom, Baths, Police Officers, Laughter, Ice Cream, Music, My dogs, Vets & military personal. Basketball, Coffee, My job, Massages, My friend Chris, Family and friends that made my birthday special, My Best friend Joeline and Non-profits.

And some that didn’t make it yet or need more attention:

My family  -Parents, my three brothers, my two sister-in-laws, my 4 nieces and 3 nephews and assorted aunts, uncles and cousins.  Through good and bad times, my family, in their own ways have been there for me.  Thinking of Thanksgivings in the past, I l laugh and cry over the memories!   It is super sad that we don’t get much time with them because of the distance but they are always in our thoughts and hearts.  This Thanksgiving, we are thankful to add a new member of our family, Miss KL.  Though she is only a part of our family temporarily, we are happy to have her with us to share in our memories. 

My friends – old and new!  What would I do without the love and support of friends?  In the last few years, life has thrown us curves – some positive and some, well not so positive.  Without friends, those curves might have done us in!  The friends that I have had in my life that have been true friendship have gotten me through tough times with positive and encouraging words, selfless actions, hugs and loves and direct honesty!  Along with their support and love, my friends have helped create lasting memories and kept me laughing (ok snorting!).

My car – let’s just say this is the year of the car for us Ramb girls.  For 8 long years, we had Ryler.  Steady, sleek and comfortable – he was the first car that we owned when we moved to Idaho and went the distance with us.  Then he passed so we brought Cody into our family but he was a dud!  And lasted just a few weeks and then he passed.  And now, we have added Max to our family.  We are extremely grateful to the Jensen family for bring Max into our lives!

Technology – my phone & computer.  Not a tech person by any means, I lean on my phone and my computer to get work done, keep my family schedule, vent through my blog, and maintain my volunteer and work commitments while staying ‘in the know.

Last but most certainly not least, the list would not be complete without my favorite person – my beautiful and amazing daughter.  As always, I am thankful for my daughter – she is my life.  I am so blessed to share traditions with her, create our own memories and grow with her.  I am proud of who she is and who she is becoming. 

On this Thanksgiving and every Thanksgiving, I am thankful for all the above and more!


Project Thankful Day 23:

Today, on his special day (birthday boy), I am thankful for my friend, Jon Patrick!   A hard-working, generous, fun and kind-hearted man, Jon has an amazing talent of bringing a smile to anyone’s face.

In a short time, he has proved to be someone that I can lend on when I am struggling, someone that I can trust with anything, someone that will kindness can and will put me in my place when I am wrong and someone who appreciates where I came from, who I am and what I want to be in the future.  I am thankful to have Jon in my life and so appreciate of the memories that we have created.

Happy, happy, happy, happy birthday Jon- hope your special day is as amazing as you are!

Project Thankful- Non-profits



Project Thankful Day 20:  NON-PROFITS

On this day, I am thankful for the many agencies in our community that focuses their time, money and energy on serving those in crisis or in a difficult situation, regardless of what they are facing.  Attending a meeting today, I was reminded of the amazing programs, services and organizations that we have in this great Kootenai County to help anyone in need, to bring awareness and to protect others.

To all those that exist to serve others, thank you and God bless you.