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Blue Lily Photo Shoot Video

Often I am verbose. Way too wordy. But not today.

Today I am just grateful for who I get to share my life with. And I am beyond excited for this past weekend. Jeff and I have been given a renewed energy and newfound clarity that we are still processing. Excited for the peace and possibilities.
 

 
To see the photos that Wendy and Tyler of Blue Lily Photography took with this photo shoot, go here. So thankful for their talents and inspiration to pursue their dreams.

Edit: The song is You Got Me by Colbie Caillat. Isn’t it perfect?

Blessings sweet friends – Jenny

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Project Life 2012 Week #10 & Video Questions of the Week

So 2 things on my life list are to write a letter each week to my kids and to video our weekly questions that we ask the kids during meals or outings. I have been including my letters each week as an insert with each layout. I have been burning DVDs of the video questions and including them in my Project Life album as well. The problem is that we don’t take the time to take the DVDs out of the album and load them into a computer or DVD player, so I was thrilled when I found an alternative with Scan Life thanks to Tracy. You are so rad, Tracy.

With Scan Life I simply upload my videos to Youtube and create a unique printable QR code that I then attach to a journaling card. When I scan the code with my iphone Scan Life app it takes me directly to my video.

 

 

Above is a picture of the QR Codes for the first 9 questions/videos from 2012. I have had many emails asking what types of questions Jeff and I ask the kids. So here is a funny video to show you some of the questions we ask. Above all else, you will see the conversations and laughter these types of questions create.

 

 
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My cupcake tips & decorating video

I want to make it known right up front. I am highly trained at EATING cupcakes, not DECORATING cupcakes. But I have learned a few tricks since embarking on my 52 cupcakes series this past summer. I am willing to share anything I’ve learned, including my mistakes.

My Tools:

Kitchen Aid Mixer with Paddle/Whisk Attachments
24 Cupcake Pan
Large cooling rack
Gallon size ziploc bags
Kopykake large decorating bags $.25/each from ABC Cake Decorating
Cuisipro and Ateco Corers
2 main decorating tips: Ateco 807 tip & Bakery Crafts 6ST (less than $2/each)
Assorted cupcake liners

 

 

 


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Speaking My Dream Out Loud

Right now I’m a little nauseous. I haven’t even watched this video. I listened to it, but I just couldn’t watch it. Jeff did all the editing.

Dreams are wonderful and make me feel alive. But dreams are also scary and can leave me feeling vulnerable. But I did it. I just emailed Ellen my submission to dance with her on her show.

And if I get the chance to meet her, I will tell her the rest of my dream. Here is my video. And I ask that you please share it and spread the word. For me, it’s about helping one another accomplish our wildest dreams and living life. And I look forward to returning the favor to you as well one day.

Today, I am blessed to be alive. I am not sure why I survived cancer and others haven’t. I’m surely not more worthy or blessed than them. Of that, I am certain. But because I was spared, I feel like I have an obligation to live life with my best efforts. And in this case, I will dance like a crazy, happy person on Ellen’s show if given the chance. Even if it somewhat scares the heck out of me.

I owe this video to you. All of you. I now know that I would never have accomplished many of these items on my life list if it wasn’t for your encouraging emails and messages.

Thank you. I must go throw up now.

Blessings sweet friends – Jenny

 

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39 List – Take Sam to Disneyland to Meet Mickey Mouse & Friends

Before we left for Disneyland, I sat down and watched my two favorite Disney movies while working on my Project Life post. I know… I am a huge nerd. That’s ok. Anyway, I watched Swiss Family Robinson and Pollyanna. My favorite quote from Pollyanna is from the inscription written inside her locket, which states…

“When you look for the bad expecting to find it, you surely will.”

Tremendous power in such a tiny statement.

I was determined to look for the positive in people while on vacation. Just as the statement says above, I could have chosen to look for the bad in people and I am sure I could have seen people angry while waiting in lines, parents yelling at their children, or perhaps children throwing temper tantrums. But I didn’t notice those things.

As I wrote in my post yesterday, this past week has been one of the best of my life. It’s hard not to be happy when you have 4 kids enjoying life at the Happiest Place on Earth. But this trip was different. This trip I consciously worked at my goal of looking for the best in people.

Adults were smiling and living with child like joy. It was contagious. Perhaps one would say it was because it wasn’t super busy or because the weather was wonderful. But I sincerely believe that is was because I intentionally chose to look for the good.
Interesting…the more I looked for the good, the more I found. The joy was palpable in the air at times.

I’m sure we will visit Disneyland many more times, but I will always treasure the memories from this trip and my attitude to intentionally look for the good in people. I will also remember…

 

The joy of meeting new friends

 

 

The sweet treats of Disney

 

 

My gratitude for this miracle after cancer

 

 

And our family just enjoying one another, dancing, and living life to the fullest…

 

 

If you are having difficulty viewing this on Youtube, then go here to see the video on Vimeo.

 

My favorite life list item remains my dancing video in Washington D.C. It’s hard to video and dance as much, when chasing after a toddler. We still had a great time.

 

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December Daily Wrap Up 2011

December Daily 2011 is finished. I loved it and I have found a new tradition for our family. The kids really enjoyed looking through it today, along with my first Project Life album (which I started this past May). The combination of the 2 is a perfect fit for recording my journey.

This post is packed. A video of my journal, pages #27 – #31, and a giveaway (my first one).

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Christmas Eve Cheer

 

Merry Christmas to all of you out there celebrating! I’m at my sister’s house for the weekend with 6 children who are presently shaking presents and getting ready to decorate gingerbread houses.

This video is a new tradition of advent activities we have started in our family this year. You can read more about them here.

Other traditions unique to our family include making Christmas tree cupcakes for school classmates, putting together a 1,000 piece puzzle, playing with the wooden nativity set, and watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

 

 

Most bloggers take off the week between Christmas and New Years but I will check in with a couple of posts for my December Daily, Project Life,  and discuss my exciting (and intentional) plans for 2012.

Here’s wishing a safe and joyous week for all of you. – Jenny

Namaste

Two weeks ago, Sam’s preschool teacher sent all parents an email update about the happenings in Room #1. Included in the letter, was a note that the kids had just started Yoga on Monday mornings with Miss Barbie. It further explained that they had learned to form a candle, hold it close to their hearts, and say Namaste.

When I got home from work, I asked Samantha about her candle and she quickly held her hands together, put them close to her face as if she was praying, and stated, “Not today”. Needless to say, we now ask her to say Namaste aka “Not today” 10 times a day. It is so stinking cute.

This morning, I got to visit her class and get pictures and video of her yoga experience. I love how she is being introduced to the importance of meditation and flexibility at such a young age. I love to learn and I love it ten times more that she is learning too.

 

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Jenny goes to Stumpy’s- Phoenix Finds

This wasn’t just another excuse to make a silly video, although it was fun. Nope, as part of my life list, I really want to seek out all that my neighborhood has to offer. I live in the nice and toasty city of Phoenix, Arizona. It’s hot here right now but I really do love my town. Phoenix and it’s surrounding cities have great restaurants, boutiques, sporting venues, and other hidden secrets that I want to explore. So on Fridays, I am hoping to post on a hidden gem that I think you should go to. And if you aren’t from the Phoenix area, I hope to provide recipes and other treasures so that you will want to come and visit me!

So today I want to start with a neighborhood pizzeria, Stumpy’s that is near and dear to my family. When Rebecca, my oldest daughter was in Kindergarten, we started her in a math and reading enrichment program called Kumon. It was a little tiny center and the rule was complete silence. Well I had 2 other kids who were 1.5 and 3 years old. What’s silence? So I would take Emily and Ben down the way to Stumpy’s to keep them fed and entertained. But what I got out of that experience was so much more than a slice of pizza and a form of diversion for our kids.

The fabulous husband and wife team of Stumpy’s is Debi and Chase Herrick. They know pizza. They actually met each other while working as teenagers at the original Streets of New York Pizzeria on 32nd Street and Cactus. Stumpy’s was open for 2 years before they bought the business. It’s been their “baby” now for 10 years. They have only 10 employees but the turnover is next to nothing with the average length of tenure being 7 years. Impressive.

Stumpy’s is my local version of Cheer’s. They know my name and my kids. You can’t walk in without seeing a familiar face with other customers. They have a wall with pictures of their customers or “family” as they call them spread across their wall. Our children comment on our family shot EVERY time we grab a slice of our favorite pepperoni pizza.

Debi says you can determine a good pizza restaurant by trying their pepperoni pizza. The quality of the cheese and pepperoni are essential for her and let’s her know if anything else would be worth trying.

Our family favorites include pepperoni, the Barbey (bbq chicken), and the Philly pizzas.

On my list to try:
The Butcher: Salami, pepperoni, sausage, canadian bacon, homemade meatballs, mozzarella, and optional garlic and jalapeno
The Whiteout: Olive oil, fresh garlic, fresh tomato, fresh basil, ricotta, mozzarella, and romano
The Wingding: Bleu cheese base, chicken breast tossed in a wing sauce of your choice, gorgonzola, cheddar, and jack

I was able to make 2 pizza with Debi- a pepperoni pizza and a bbq chicken pizza. Both were FABULOUS. But I stink at throwing dough in the air. Oh, but I will try again. In fact, the kids and I are going to make homemade dough next week and we are going to make a mess. And vertical throwing ability and height will be essential. But as you can tell by the video, Debi is an amazing dough thrower. And don’t underestimate that skill my friends- it’s liberating.

Stumpy’s is located at 1331 E. Northern Ave and is opened Monday-Saturday: 11AM – 9 PM. They are closed on Sundays as they need a day to rest. Debi states “We should be going to church but we are so tired that we stay in bed and watch Joel Osteen.” I love them. Visit them for great food and and a wonderful family atmosphere.

Jenny goes to Washington

Jenny goes to Washington from Jenny Meyerson on Vimeo.

Jeff and I loved our 7 day trip to Washington D.C. I felt liberated after dancing by myself and with some new friends in front of many of the Washington D.C. monuments. Enjoy and feel free to laugh with me or at me. Either way… life is good. Life is so good.

By the way, the song in this video, Another Day, is from one of my favorite groups Pomplamoose.  I love Nataly’s voice and Jack’s sense of fun and adventure. Check out their videos here. Don’t miss their videos of September and If You Think. Love, love, love them.

Anyway, I hope you like our vacation summed up in 2 minutes and 22 seconds.

If you are new to the site, click here to see why in the world I would dance alone and with strangers on my trip.

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