Disney, Dreams

Little Things

You know, it doesn’t really take that much to make me happy. I’m easily amused and love to enjoy the everyday things that some may see as “ordinary.” I wanted to make a little list of the little things that make me happy to share with you guys as we head into the weekend to help you recognize the little things in your life that can make you happy.

 Dual Monitors


 ok, this one might seem a bit nerdy, but it really has made my working (and blogging) life so much better! Having a gazillion spreadsheets, emails and documents open can get confusing. This helps a ton. It was actually my Mothers Day gift (You know you married a techie when…) and I couldn’t think of anything better, besides a trip to Disney… which leads me to my next point.

Another thing that makes me happy… Disney. 


I always have my Mickey Mouse glasses (those aren’t pink polka dots, they are Mickey Shapes!) and use my Disney Resort cup for Ice Coffee nearly every day. They remind me of the awesomeness that is Walt Disney World and help bring a little bit of that magic into my everyday life.

Also, I love that I have a family that shares this Disney love. As I type this an album of Classic Disney Songs is playing on Mr Dreamer’s computer. And what 2 year old little girl doesn’t love Disney Princesses? I’m pretty sure Little Dreamer is convinced she really is the lost Disney Princess.


For some reason my camera didn’t focus while I was taking the first picture, and while it might be blurry it is one of my favorites. Just look at that face! And the second picture makes her look so old. Stop growing up!!

Mail & Packages

Not email. Snail Mail. Although I don’t use it as much as I’d like, I love getting it! If you want to make my day (or week!) Send me a letter or package! I still listen for the Mail Lady and run out there after I see her put the mail in the box. It is usually junk mail and bills, but every once in awhile I get something good. Today was the jackpot of good mail days. I got a surprise package from Lindt Chocolate for participating in their recent BzzAgent Campaign.


Beautiful and Delicious.


I also received a copy of the new book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms and I am excited to be a part of the Don’t Sweat Moms team. Looking forward to reading this over the weekend, just in time for Mother’s Day.

Besides these two awesome surprises we also go Mr Dreamer’s and Little Dreamer’s passports in the mail. We are one step closer to Costa Rica! And we got back a $50 rebate card from a recent purchase from our wireless company. How often do you get that much goodness in the mail?! Today was an extra special day!

Now it’s your turn… What are some little things that make you happy?

Life Lessons


There are so many random thoughts buzzing around in my head. I’ve been quite introspective lately. I love writing because it gives me a way to try to articulate the mess of thoughts, and to be honest, my thoughts usually make more sense to me after I write them down. Sometimes when I just sit and try to think and sort through my thoughts they just sound like noise. I crave those days when I used to just go sit at a coffee shop, listen to music and write about what is really on my heart. In those moments, when i am able to disconnect from the mundane everyday for just a few moments the cluster of activity in my brain isn’t just noise… It becomes a beautiful melody. I am working on making those occurrences more frequent. Along with that comes some new dreams and ideas for the future. When I take the time to dream it makes me so excited about life. It also helps show me what I am passionate about, which helps me decide what I need to make a priority in my life and what I can cut out. I’m still working on that one.

I’m working on making life happen for me instead of letting life happen to me. It’s been a whole new season of life since I started working basically full time from home a few months ago. There is a new normal and I don’t know that I’ve actually become accustomed to it yet. I figure just when I do something will change. It’s just been another crazy adventure here in norman-land. I have several other updates to share but I’m going to leave you with random iPhone pictures instead (mostly of Payton because shes too cute to keep to myself) … Ciao!






Family Life, parenting

Happy Birthday Payton!

Two years ago today I had the privilege of welcoming the most beautiful baby girl into the world. That 7 lbs and 20 1/4 inches of heaven got placed into my arms after more than 9 months o nurturing her in the womb.


I didn’t think I could experience a deeper love than I did that day…but two years, some tears (from all 3 of us Norman’s), and countless smiles and laughs later and I can tell you that love is stronger than ever.

I’m so proud of you, baby girl. You are so beautiful, smart and sassy! Your personality shines brighter than the sun. I am so thankful for you and the lessons I’ve learned being your mommy. Daddy and I love you so much!


Happy birthday, princess!