Summer Fun With My Girls

Can you believe its August 1st! Time to start a count down to the new school year……

Yes I am just about ready for the school year to start. Between going to camps, spending time with their grandparents, and doing other fun things, my girls have had a fabulous and busy summer. Every summer I try to space out all the activities for them so they have something to look forward to each week, whether it’s a camp, a trip to the movies, or the water park.

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 Now that they are almost 8 and 9 it’s time for them to start doing things around the house too.  Since they are home with the babysitter, on some days it’s good for them to be little working bees.  Yes, the apple is not going to fall far from this tree.  The summer is a great time for kids to learn how to do dishes, put their own clothes away, and clean up! The way to motivate my girls is by giving them a little reward after their finished. They have to do their duties or they don’t get to do any fun activities. I try to keep pre-made cookies that they can bake and eat after they put all their clothes away or even an art project. If they get all of their weekly duties finished, a little trip to the movies is a big treat for them also! I know it’s not summer break for us mom’s, our life goes on as normal with demands and work, but I want my kids to remember having GREAT SUMMERS, so I try at least one time a week to do something fun or surprise them by showing up in the middle of the day for a quick trip for some ice cream or taking them to spend the last few hours of the day at the local water park. It is up to us to show our kids how to stay busy and teach them how to entertain themselves while hanging out at home during the day.

Here are some movies my girls have loved this summer…

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Here are some crafts that my girls have enjoyed…

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Amy’s Thoughts On Turning 40

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As I embark on the beginning of the last segment of the “Amy is turning 40 Tour”, as I like to call it, so many thoughts come to mind about this new decade I am entering.  Most of all excitement!

I have known women, for lack of better words, who freak out (such appropriate language for a woman of my age) when they hit this decade.  Not me, I am going to wear it like a badge of honor!!!  I am proud of the lessons I have learned & character I have built in the first 40 years and only excited to see what lies ahead in the next 40.  I am proud of the inner strength and calm I have found with each decade.  I am proud that I can stand on my own two feet and feel strong in my beliefs.  I am proud that the older I get the more comfortable I get being ME!!!  I have always known who I was, actually never had a doubt ~ but now I am not apologizing nor hiding any part of it.  I know those of you that have known me my whole life can’t believe that I haven’t always embraced it, but as many young women finding themselves we always hold a little back of who we know we are & who we know we can be.  I am encouraging you to do that now ~ regardless of the age.  My goal for this decade?  To be all I can be & to be the best at it.  I am also picking who I want to be ~ not who the others feel I should be.  I am encouraging you to do the same ~ no matter what decade you are in!!!!

So here are my words of advise  ~ or my top 6 (yea I know most people do 5, so what?) of what I learned and want to continue to work on.  I know you didn’t ask, but I am gonna tell ya.   See what happens when you turn 40?  You get even bossier!!!

  1. Be Kind ~ we have no idea what battle others may be fighting.  We have no idea what a smile or kind word could do for someone.  Take the time.  Be Humble ~ Be Kind ~ Be Generous ~ Be A Role Model.
  2. Live Life  ~ Live Out Loud~ don’t care if people stare when you walk in the room in your petticoats and boots.  Don’t care if you have the loudest laugh in the room.  Don’t care if those who are jealous whisper ~ SHOW them all you got and all God gave you.   NEVER EVER BE AFRAID TO BE YOU & LIVE!!!  Throw your shoulders back and hold your head high.
  3. Be young while you are young ~ have no regrets!!! See the world!! I loved the things I could “get away with” in my youth!!!!  They taught me more than you can know.  Now that doesn’t mean I don’t think 40 isn’t young ~ I have lots yet to do and I have no regrets thus far ~ even on the bad days. I won’t wonder if the grass is ever greener on the other side of the pasture as I grow old ~ I have already visited that pasture!  Live Life ~ but please don’t forget yourself as you strive to please others and live life.
  4. Waste no days ~ sometimes at the end of a hectic Monday I am only looking forward to Friday. My goal this decade?  To quit wishing away time.  One Monday, as I was driving home exhausted and frustrated, wishing it was Friday, it hit me ~ how many people would give just one more day to be with their loved ones who have passed on?  Days are precious ~ the good ones and the bad ones.  Cherish them all ~ we only have a limited amount on this Earth.
  5. Love other women ~ Lean on other women ~ Don’t hate or be jealous.  I can’t tell you how important this one is.  I have had so many women pull me down, tell me I am crazy, not believe in me, think I dressed like an idiot, I wanted their man and the list can only go on.  Why would we do that?  Why would we tear our own down?  It takes all kinds to make this world go around as women ~ Stay At Home Moms, Teachers, Babysitters, CEOS, Athletes, Career Women to only name a few.  Ladies, we have to work together ~ not against each other if we want to be taken seriously in this mans world.  Believe in Each Other ~ end of story, no ifs and or buts!!!  I have a female partner in business ~ and because we believe in each other, forgive each other, love each other and work with each other we get to live our dream everyday ~ & its been a damn good ride.
  6. And the last and one of the most important ~ Never stop dreaming, Never stop believing in the dreams & Never stop helping others believe in their dreams.  Dreams become reality if you believe and work hard.

I have been wearing petticoats and living large for 40 years and I am not stopping.  My goal is to wear my best petticoat and do cartwheels at the 80th Birthday Bash I know my awesome friends are going to throw for me.
I am sure that more wrinkles will come, more gray hair, more pounds ~ but I have earned them.  I am not taking one minute for granted ~nor should you.  I am not going to quite learning, messing up or living.  See the world, love life, live your dream.  Oh yea and watch out 40’s and the world because here I come!!!

The Giving Gypsies

Gypsy Soule has been featured in an article in the June 2013 issue of Cutting Horse Chatter. The Giving Gypsies contacted New River Fellowship of Weatherford in hopes to find a way to give shoes to people in need. From there, they were put through to Bill and Danielle Ford who founded the charity, Millions From One, that recognizes the need for drinkable water in Third World countries. This summer, women from these countries will receive more than 3,600 pairs of shoes from that were donated by Gypsy Soule. Make sure and get your copy today!

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Gypsy Soule in Cowboys & Indians

Gypsy Soule has been featured in an article in the May/June 2013 issue of Cowboys & Indians. The Giving Gypsies contacted New River Fellowship of Weatherford in hopes to find a way to give shoes to people in need. From there, they were put through to Bill and Danielle Ford who founded the charity, Millions From One, that recognizes the need for drinkable water in Third World countries. This summer, women from these countries will receive more than 3,600 pairs of shoes from that were donated by Gypsy Soule. Make sure and get your copy today!

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The Auctioneers Go Big Time

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I am so overly excited I can’t even see straight! Yes, next week is the big week for my sister Johan and my dad Earl.  They are the NEW auctioneers on A&E’s Storage Wars. It has been so hard not to tell everyone about it for all these months, but we can finally tell the world now! My dad has been an auctioneer for over 40 years and the owner of several different auction companies. My sister and I both attended the same auction school as my dad when we were both straight out of high school at Western College of Auctioneer in Billing, MT. Johan has been working auctions for over 15 years. My dad and sister do several charity auctions every year, and they put on a huge show every time. A few years ago she did the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund Auction in Las Vegas at the Lady’s Luncheon at the South Point Hotel and Casino, where she sold Tuff Cooper’s NFR boots for over $10,000.

So I am calling all the Gypsy-Sisters out there to turn those TV’s on and watch the show!  Actually watch it for the next 6 episodes that they are on! Tweet and Facebook them and let A&E know how much you love them on the show. Also, check out  I-15Auctions and their Facebook while your at it! You just might find something you like!

Tune in on your A&E channel every Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m Central.

Lets show some #gypsylove for my family

LoVe xoxo- LO

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