March 17, 2010

safari girl...

tomorrow I'm headed to the airport for a long weekend away...


all by myself

no hubby

no kids

to a conference I attend every year for my business...our national conference....

I've never flown just ME...I have flown with just Madison and Bobby and all of us together but not just me ~ but when I get there I will be far from alone so have no worries...not that you did anyway, right?

I'm so excited because this conference will be a celebration of 30 years for them

the women I spend time with are truly wonderful

mentors of mine

friends

those that have supported me from day one with my business

because that is who they are...they are the real deal

and provide so much insight and support for me


it is a celebration every day with them...

it's a time where I feel like I can connect with them since we live apart from one another

they are the friends I can talk about what I do...I can talk about life...I can talk about silly fun things...ridiculous things...family...everything, and I know they really care

I love what I do so much because I believe in health and wellness with a passion...I believe in being cautious about what we use interally and externally with our bodies...and I believe in sharing with those who have a desire to learn about it too...

I am beyond happy doing what I am doing...

my heart is in it


it is something I know deep down I can do well

and the best part about what I do is when when people allow me to help them and they share their results with me....be it health...or beauty...or self-esteem...

when they do I smile so big inside


So I'm off to learn these next several days...and will be gone on a little "safari"...
{not really a safari but i needed a tie in for what I am transitioning to...}

I will discovering the new things with our company

discovering some new things about myself

and doing it with people that believe in me

because we are on this journey together

I always come back from this re-energized...not just with my business...but with myself...I know I will do a lot of crying...the good and healthy tears...

you know the ones that help you move forward and grow


our team for some reason is known to cry...my sponsor jokes that if one starts crying...it's the domino effect

but at least it's all together...there is something comforting in that

Every year I realize and learn something else about myself that I want to improve upon and every year I get better at believing in myself so I can be better at my business and better at being me...

So when I picked Madison and Hayley up from school Monday...
she was my little safari girl on Monday...

she was dressed the part {they made bandanas, visors, and she happened to wear her vest as a coat that day}~ ...they turned an open area at school into a safari atmosphere for the kiddos...

yes...under her bottom lip she had a bad fall...down some stairs and has a rug burn...scared the wits out of us...so bad Daddy needed a hug!

Anyway...she came home so proud to show me what she was wearing...
and rambling about some new friends that she made...


and they are boys...so I got the "low down" on Dalton who is her new friend that is also friends with Mitchell...and they are not Brenton's friends {her best boy friend} because they are her friends that also play with Brenton...

I had to get the semantics right with her you know...
she's just short of turning 4 but apparently she knows her stuff

and I laughed telling Bobby about this because he is already having issues with our almost 4-year-old talking about boys...she definitely has some girl friends too but she gets googlie-eyed over Brenton specifically...

it's truly a riot...so on the way home...she wouldn't really talk about the safari much...but she sure did about the boys...

at least according to her "she isn't supposed to kiss boys until she is married"...

100% her words by the way...

which Daddy about did a happy dance when she said that...

"sure honey," I thought...if that is what you want to think...she won't kiss a soul until she is married...obviously we don't want her kissing anyone for a very loooong loooooonnnnggg time but I just like to play along to get the hubby all out of sorts you know...

about 3 weeks ago she said for the first time to us...

"I want to marry you Daddy!"


My little safari girl...someday you will {not Daddy of course}

but for now...we want you to be our little 4-year-old girl who isn't always talking about marriage and boys quite yet...

does it really start now?

I'm going to be gone for a girl's weekend...

and I am waiting for some stories from hubby about Madison telling him about her friends that happen to be boys ...

he tries to deflect those conversations with Madison by asking her
"why don't you tell me about....Emma...Annabelle" { some of her girl friends}

as I'm laughing...

hope you all have a great weekend and before I'm off...

Happy Anniversary Dad and Mom 37 years on St. Patty's Day

photos 1 -5 found here {arent' they fantastic!} and yes she has a lovely blog here...

18 comments:

DustyLu said...

Beautiful, touching, special posts! I loved all your images. I am grateful you have shared your feelings about what you do..I to believe that we should be very cautious about our body! I am grateful for what you do..hope you can educate us more..Have a safe trip! ~lulu

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Bring something great to read on the plane and try to enjoy your time to yourself. I have never flown by myself either.

I feel bad for your little one taking a fall, happy she is ok! We have had so many boo boos at our house I don't think I can take anymore!!

Have a great time!

mimi charmante said...

Miss Martha, I hope you have a wonderful time away and enjoy every minute of it~ I always find that when I have those moments with friends, being inspired, I return home recharged and so excited to be with my family again.
I wish you lived closer, as I would love to have you come by and talk about what you do. As I am here, aging gracefully, I wouldn't mind a bit of help from you... :)
Have a lovely, safe trip!
xx

Kristin said...

oh martha girl, have a safe and wonderful trip!! your daughter is a doll and it not only happens to girls...sigh...my 5 year old boy has a best friend who happens to be a girl and he always says they are going to get married?!? i'm with you...hilarious...the husband is getting a little concerned though...
;0)

hugs,
kristin

Laurie said...

Have a FANTASTIC weekend away, Martha! What fun! Oh, and Madison's eyelashes are to die for!

LuLu & Co. said...

Happy Safari Weekend to you... it sounds all so amazing, rewarding, healthy...even the crying... it's so good to that good kind of cry with friends.
oh i want to hide when i think about my children falling in love...how i pray over this
can't wait to hear all about it when you return!!!!
xo,
LuLu

Mary said...

Martha, have a great trip! Just relax and bring a good read along with you.

And I would be honored to do a dresser for your little girl! I just happen to be coming to Minnesota next month...around Minneapolis. wink...wink...

~mary~

blondiensc said...

Your trip sounds wonderful, being with like minded people that love what they do is a treasure, cherish it! And as for your little Madison, too cute for words, tell daddy not to worry the boys will have cooties soon! :)

Seizing My Day said...

It sounds like you will have a fabulous time away! Such a sweet part about daddy's girl!! ;) our little girl did that too in the kindergarten time frame... now she is fourth grade and thinks boys smell! ha ha!

Jenn~

paige said...

hope your time aways is wonderful!
your little safari girl is entirely too adorable
xo

Mrs. Dunbar said...

Hoping you are having a great time. Can't wait for details when you return.

And I think all dad's think girls should not kiss boys until they are married.

Jetta... said...

I am sorry it has taken me so long to become a follower and say..."your blog is beautiful.." I love all the pictures. Thank you for sharing your thoughts...

Jill said...

Hi Martha!

Safe travels to you, enjoy your time away...
xo- Jill

Jenny said...

What a beautiful post. The trip sounds amazing. Just time for you. Enjoy every moment. And leave notes all over the house for the left-behinds!

koralee said...

Love your writing my friend...have a good trip {I would be in the crying group too}...see you when you get back. xxoxo

Casa Bella said...

What are great writer you are. Very sweet blog. I'll be following.

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

What a beautiful post...you write with such emotion.

Kasey said...

well....how was that trip of yours??
xo