Friday, April 9, 2010

Welcome to the Ultimate Blog Party 2010...

***I will be leaving this post up for the week of the blog party...then it'll be back to the usual.***

This is my first time participating in the Ultimate Blog Party!
The party continues from April 9th thru April 16th, so you still have plenty of time to join us!

The idea of the Ultimate Blog Party (UBP) is to create a post that describes you and you link it up on the main UBP post over at Five Minutes for Moms so that others can stop by and visit you! It is a great way to meet new friends in the blogosphere!
Okay, now that that is taken care of, time to tell you about me! 
I am a wife to my high school sweetheart, the youngest child of 5 kids, mom of identical twin girls, work at home mom, and animal lover to the core!

We have two boxers...an albino boxer named Martini and a brindle boxer named Tyson.  Those two dogs have a better life than most kids. 
We live in Northern, CA...where I was born and raised.  I went to college in Ashland, OR and then moved back to my hometown to raise a family.  It's a beautiful small town community and we love it!
I lost my voice when I was 29 (now I'm 33) after I caught a cold...and never got my voice back.  So I have a permanently raspy voice...ughh!

I LOVE party planning...and being blessed with twins I believe is a reason to have a HUGE birthday party every year...we have pulled off some really good ones.  My favorite was their 5 yr old birthday...it was a Carnival...and I do everything super inexpensive as I know a lot of people with a lot of talents. *wink *wink  We had a magician (who also did balloon animals...bonus!), cotton candy machine, face painting, all the carnival booths, etc.  It was awesome!  The girls loved it!
See picture to the left...the yard of our old house before the kids arrived

We are in the process of planning their party for this year which is on the 29th of this month when they will be 7 yrs old.  We are doing a Luau!  I can't wait...I'll post pictures directly following the party for sure. :)

I watch little to NO TV...NO NEWS...there are times when I watch a program with my husband...usually "Modern Family" which is a friggin hilarious! Why?  Because I believe the filter of news is so negative and there is SO much good that goes on out there.  I am committed to making so much good out there and I believe that what you put into yourself is what you are going to put out...for example, garbage (like news) in, garbage out...good in, good out! 

I love animals, love to travel, love scrapbooking and crafts and love to read.

I work from home and feel blessed every single day to be able to be a room mom to my twin girls, I'm in charge of my own schedule, and am a really hard worker knowing that with what I do...if I work really hard for about 5 years, I won't have to work hard for the rest of my life.

I am a committed Christian and am thankful every day for the lessons and blessings that the Lord brings.

As much as we try to live a "normal" life..we have a pretty crazy life style...working from home I have a deal with my husband (who works for our city that we live in)...that if he and I work together, I can run my business really hard right now so that we can enjoy the rest of our lives.  With that comes the craziness...so my husband does the cooking, cleaning, laundry, and the night time routine with my girls.  I am blessed to be able to take them to school, pick them up, volunteer in their classes every week and get to have a couple of hours with them after school every day.  Our kids are our whole lives!

I am a complete mother bear...I don't trust ANYONE around my kids.  I say ANYONE...but have to correct that, my mom has my girls as much as I do and I will let very select family members have my girls over night at their houses.  Why?  Because you can't trust anyone with your children.  I know that we are to teach our children how to handle situations that they may be put in...and we do that.  But I am also a firm believer that it is our job to NOT put them in those situations.  Just yesterday we learned about VERY close friends of ours (they divorced and lived in separate houses) and the dad had a room mate for years and years...a friend of his from child hood and just found out that this "room mate" not only molested his own children but allegedly molested my friends two girls as well!!   There were MANY times that the dad left the kids at home with this roommate by themselves. 
So I am 100% committed to having the coolest house on the block so my kids will want to be home and all their friends will want to be here too...so far it's worked out pretty good. :)

I love blogging...I started in October of 2009 and just did it for an outlet...but have met so many amazing people, learned from so many others experiences...especially from identical twins and moms of identical twins.  It's a complete network of moms and friends that I wouldn't have ever had otherwise.

I am excited to be a part of the blog party...and hope you hop on over to 5 Minutes for Mom and take part in it too.

There are so many cool prizes to be won at this year’s Ultimate Blog Party, but my top three picks would be:
And if my top three picks are already chosen, I’d love any of the following (in order of preference):
7, 70, 112, 95, 49, 31, 32, 65, 105, 96, 111, 85, 67 ( or anything to do with little girls...as I have 7 year old identical twin girls.)



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23 comments:

  1. LOVE the blog! Im here from the blog party!
    Hope you follow back!
    www.thetarrpit.blogspot.com

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  2. I really enjoy your blog, and hope that you have a HAPPY UBP!!

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  3. Great to meet you!! Your boxers are BEAUTIFUL! They are my favorite dog..I used to have one but my brother adopted him since they got along together so well I couldn't say no!!

    Have fun at UBP!
    Jenni
    Mom Blogger Cash Prize Contest for MissTutu.com

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  4. My niece and nephew are twins and that definitely leads to crazy times! Good luck with your business. happy blog hopping

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  5. Your blog is so cute! :) Enjoy UBP day! :)

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  6. It's delightful to meet you through UBP. I loved reading a little bit about your identical twin daughters. My twin sister and I (we're identical) blog together as well as our younger sister. Being a twin is one of the best things about my life. :-)
    ~ Melinda ~

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  7. Hello Luv the family photo's Nice to meet you hop on by I"m also doing Aloha friday see ya then
    http://nightowlmama.blogspot.com

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  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog from the UBP. I am already one of your followers. :-)

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  9. Hi, I enjoyed stopping by to visit for the Ultimate Blog Party. I am a Christian grandmother of twins and other adorable grandkids and love meeting other families of twins. :) Have you "met" Twin Happy Jen - http: // twinhappy . com (remove all the spaces :) ) for her Twitter Twin Tuesday and her August Twinstock? :) Have a blessed week!

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  10. My Kandi ~ I absolutely LOVE you and LOVE that you are a part of my blogging world :)

    You are the most amazing person I have EVER known, and lucky for me I think I've known you pretty close to ALL MY LIFE! I admire you, and have learned so, so much from you.

    Love you, girl!

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  11. Cruising over from the UBP to say hi :)

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  12. Hope you are enjoying the party! You have a beautiful family. Hope you have time to hop to our blog.
    www.funwithbella.blogspot.com

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  13. Following you from UBP. I always wanted to change the spelling of my name to Erynn when I was little. I love it! I hope you'll come check out our chaotic life at www.amundsenhouseofchaos.com. See you soon.

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  14. Just stopping by from the UBP at Five Minutes for Mom. I love your site and am subscribing to your RSS feed. I would appreciate it if you visited my blog and did the same! I'm looking forward to reading more and getting to know you better.

    Cascia
    The Healthy Moms
    http://www.thehealthymoms.net/2010/04/welcome-to-healthy-moms-blog-party.html

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  15. Dropping by from UBP 2010!

    I have 16 month old twin boys. I love finding blogs of families who have older twin kids and look up to them for inspiration and your blog is perfect!
    BTW your girls are beautiful!!

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  16. Thanks for stopping by on Friday. I am following you now. Your girls are beautiful!!

    Lydia

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  17. Lovely blog you have! I enjoyed getting to know you through your post. Great pics :) I'll be back to check in for sure.

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  18. I'm your new follower from UBP10! Visit me at http://www.rockindeals4you.com/?p=1602 and sign up for my giveaways!

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  19. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog!! I'm stopping by from the UBP 2010!!! I am now following you. Can't wait to read more!

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  20. Hi there! I'm your newest follwer, found you while hopping the UBP! I totally get what you mean about the news, and my house is the one where everyone hangs out too! :o)

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  21. Hi Kandi! Just stopping by from the UBP and wanted to say hi! :-) And wow, loved that picture of the carnival party... I just LOVE party planning, too!!

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  22. Curious, what kind of work do you do at home?

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