this award is so bright…I gotta wear shades….

  Thank you so very much to Hot Rod Cowgirl for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award!  Definitely check out her blog because this is one lady that knows her way around a camera….a horse stall….and a suped up hot rod!!!  I also love that she lived in Wyoming (that’s where MY ranch lives…..minus the horses!)  Thanks again!!

www.hotrodcowgirl.com

The rules in accepting this wonderful award are….

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.

2. List seven random things about yourself.

3. Nominate 10 other blogs that you admire and enjoy.

4. Notify the nominees.

5. Display the award logo on your blog.

Oh dear…..seven more secrets!!  I’m running out of secret things so I’m just going to give my social security number and all my pin numbers to my accounts…………..(settle down, just kidding)

1.  I mostly played with cars when I was little, but if I played with dolls…I chose the ugly ones.

2.  I love making my own green drinks and almond milk.

3.  My bucket list includes seeing the Redwood Forest.

4.  I don’t remember my teacher’s names, but I remember the tennis shoes I had in 3rd grade.  PF Flyers….striped.

5.  The ocean freaks me out and I will scream the same, whether it’s a jellyfish or seaweed.

6.  I have been to Israel….twice.

7.  I was in the Arizona Diamondbacks stadium, with 45,000 people, and was smacked by the ball…..and no one tried to catch it….we were in the expensive seats, where everyone ducks.

So there you have it…….more silly secrets about sandi. 

NOW….let’s talk about MY favorite blogs!!!

http://susanstilwell.com (a beautiful, godly woman and fantastic teacher of the Bible.  You will love her wit!!!)

http://kristibutler.blogspot.com/ (my new friend, that I have yet to meet, but I can tell you that if we ever had a slumber party, I would keep her awake and make her laugh….all night long!)

http://blogmamasusan.blogspot.com/  (same friend as my first pick, but a FANTASTIC blog for those newbie bloggers!)

http://plantbasedadventures.com/ (great post for those who need some “healthy” prodding in the kitchen!)

http://busymomgetsfit.com/ (another healthy blog that includes eating right, exercise and even sports nutrition for kids!)

http://www.livingbetterat50.com/ (not a blog, but a great website for those of us (me) over the young age of 50!)

http://www.domestickingdom.com/ (started by pastor’s wives in Dubai,with bloggers all over the world contributing!)

http://wellnessmama.com/ (you are going to love this blog….fantastic homemade health, beauty and food recipes! Ck it out!)

http://urbanwallart.wordpress.com/ (here is an unbelievable artist that is about to get crazy popular! Check out his spray-paint art!  You will love it!!)

Hope you like all the suggestions and please, check out these favorites of mine!  You’ll be glad you did!!

ahh….friends…

Spending time with our friends is one of the greatest joys we can have in our life.  Our friends can be our pillars of strength and can support us when we need comfort, cry with us when we need a shoulder  and laugh with us when we feel happy.

A beautiful and fragile relationship, here are some pictures of true friends….makes you feel…….well, let’s just look at how we enjoy each other’s company………

Let’s grab a cup of coffee, friend!

Hey, let’s meet for dinner, friend!

Hey, friend!  Wanna go to the museum?

Let’s talk over lunch, friend!

Who wants to spend time together at the beach?

I like you, let’s go on a date

Oh, our  friendship is so important. Maybe you could call me and we could talk about our close relationship….or I guess you could text me….. Let’s try to re-connect  real soon……

aloha!

Yes!  I know!!  I was gone for a bit, but I’m baaaaaaack … (insert creepy girl’s voice from Poltergeist here)

Oh, goodness….did we have a great vacation in Maui??  Yes!  We did!!  A HUGE shout-out to Ferguson Enterprises for giving us a beautiful vacation!!  And a big HAAAAY!! to Mike and Shannon Spahr and Marc and Angela Riddle for making it even more special!!  If you could lose weight from laughing….well, we would be teeny tiny, for sure.

Look at us, acting all islandy…..(new word)…Well, let’s check out a few pics..

We stayed at the Hyatt Regency and the grounds were gorgeous!  So tropical-y…..(yes, it’s also a new word)

Waterfalls, flamingo’s and lots of birds!

And even penguins!  I know!  That’s what I thought!  What the heck are penguins doing in Hawaii?

They were African penguins and I didn’t like them at all.  They just stood and stared.  They were silently judging me and I did not like it one bit.  They are not christian.  (I can’t document this piece of info, so you just have to trust me)

We made a point to work out everyday in the gym….then we hit the buffet.  Literally.  Next up?  Poolside…

Yep, it didn’t hurt my feelings one bit to lay by the pool with friends!  Tomorrow I’ll show you some pics of the helicopter ride we took over the islands!!

Good to be home!!  Aloha!!!

sand or stone?

My good friend, Rea sent me this…..

 TWO FRIENDS WERE WALKING  
THROUGH THE DESERT .  
DURING SOME POINT OF THE
JOURNEY, THEY HAD AN
ARGUMENT; AND ONE FRIEND
SLAPPED THE OTHER ONE
IN THE FACE  
THE ONE WHO GOT SLAPPED  
WAS HURT, BUT WITHOUT
SAYING ANYTHING,
WROTE IN THE SAND  
TODAY MY BEST FRIEND  
SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE 
THEY KEPT ON WALKING,
UNTIL THEY FOUND AN OASIS,
WHERE THEY DECIDED
TO TAKE A BATH  
THE ONE WHO HAD BEEN
SLAPPED GOT STUCK IN THE
MIRE AND STARTED DROWNING,
BUT THE FRIEND SAVED HIM.
AFTER HE RECOVERED FROM
THE NEAR DROWNING,
HE WROTE
ON A STONE:  
‘TODAY MY BEST FRIEND
SAVED MY LIFE’  
THE FRIEND WHO HAD SLAPPED
AND SAVED HIS BEST FRIEND
ASKED HIM, ‘AFTER I HURT YOU,
YOU WROTE IN THE SAND AND NOW,
YOU WRITE ON A STONE, WHY?’
THE FRIEND REPLIED
‘WHEN SOMEONE HURTS US
WE SHOULD WRITE IT DOWN
IN SAND, WHERE WINDS OF
FORGIVENESS CAN ERASE IT AWAY.      
BUT, WHEN SOMEONE DOES  SOMETHING GOOD FOR US,
WE MUST ENGRAVE IT IN STONE
WHERE NO WIND
CAN EVER ERASE IT’
That’s the kind of friend I want….and want to be!

where’d she go??

Pretty soon (March 3rd) I’ll be heading off to Israel!!!  This will be my second trip and I’m sure it will be just as wonderful as the first!

But here’s the dealio…..I’m taking my iPad and have (finally) figured out how to download my pictures.  So each day I will download pictures and tell about where we are and what we’re doing.

Bad part…….I cannot get the pictures to my blog page..  (insert gasps and wailing here)…Soooo….if you want to know ALL ABOUT the trip….I will need you to check Facebook.  If you are somewhere out there and are NOT my Facebook friend…..send a request and I will add you.  Unless you are a creeper….then, I’m not sure what I’ll do.

So, each day I will post pictures and tell a little bit about each one so you can ‘walk with me’.  Although your ‘walk’ will be a tad  less expensive than mine… but YOU WON’T GET BLISTERS!!

It’s going to be great and I can’t wait to let you in on all the scoop.  Don’t you want Jerusalem scoop?  Sure you do!!!

Just think!  You can live vicariously through me!  How fun is that?  Super fun, I tell you.

So, let’s get this Facebook thingy out of the way and start living the life……..

SHALOM!!!