Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Where did August go?

I always have grand hopes of getting so much stuff done after school starts.  The boys have been in school for almost a month now, and I wonder what I've been doing with all my free time?!?  The school day sure goes fast for me.....way too fast.  Although anyone actually in school would probably disagree with me.  So here's a quick look at some things that have been going on around here.

I found out that Chips Ahoy! and my birthday are one day apart.  Who knew?!?  I turned 40 this year and it was very uneventful.  It's almost like I didn't even get older which I am totally fine with.  I did decide (not on my birthday) to paint doors around the house.  The two doors below are the pantry which get opened and closed a lot!  It's amazing what a coat of paint can do (door on the left).  They look really good now and hopefully I can keep them looking that way for a while.
I planted some sunflower seeds in early spring, and when they popped up, I really didn't think they would produce flowers.  Glad I was wrong!  These little seeds made some gorgeous flowers that I have enjoyed looking at the last few weeks.

This is a random picture of my fourth grade twin boys from meet the teacher night.  Yes, my nine year old twin boys are small...small enough to fit in their lockers!  Thankfully they have not gotten shoved in their lockers by anyone.  Fourth grade has been a BIG adjustment for these two.  They have more than one teacher, change classrooms, have lockers, are getting actual letter grade (as opposed to checks and smiley faces), and are in a new school with lots of new kids.  We are slowly getting into the groove and have made some progress...thankfully!

And lastly because I have to always have something to take care of, this sweet boy went and got bit by something.  We still don't know what it was that bit him, but he had a swollen nose and eye for a day, then hives all over his body the next day.  I gave him benadryl two days in a row, and thankfully he returned to his normal hyper puppy self.
Now that it's almost September we are looking forward to our two week fall break in October, then it will be Boo Boo!  Gobble Gobble!  Ho Ho!  Happy New Year!  And then it will be baby time!!!  My daughter Megan and her husband Garret are having a baby {GIRL!!} in January.  I get to be a Glam-maw....I am so excited about my new title!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tackle Football

My youngest and smallest son decided he wanted to play tackle football this fall.  I was less than thrilled.  He weighs next to nothing and his arms and legs are so skinny!  He is playing in the 3rd/4th grade tackle league, and has never played organized football before.  He is playing with kids that have been playing for 4-5 years already.  We have had several practices and one game so far.  I hope this season goes very quickly.

Last night at practice, it was very cold and rainy.  I was wearing a jacket {in August!} holding an umbrella at a picnic table reading a book.  I'm sure I looked like the biggest book nerd ever.  And I forgot to bring water or gatorade for my kiddo to drink during his two hour practice.  Of course, I didn't forget my diet coke.  So every break, Devin would run over to me, hold the umbrella while I unsnapped his chin strap {it's harder than it looks}, then guzzle some diet coke.  Mom of the Year Award for me.

After practice he kept saying his right knee hurt, but he wasn't really sure why.  When I woke him up this morning he said it hurt really bad.  So what does a nurse mom do?  Give him some motrin, wrap it up in an ace wrap, and send him out to the bus stop!  2nd Mom of the Year Award for me!  I did tell him if was still very painful after school, we would go to the doctor (they get home at 2:45, so we would have had plenty of time to get an appointment).  After school, he said he felt fine.  We took the wrap off, and he's outside riding bikes with his twin brother. So hopefully that's the worst of our football injuries this season.  But I'm not holding my breath!!!

My son is #2!  Go Buckeyes!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sweet Boy!

I've never been much of an animal person.  In fact I really enjoyed being a pet free family for close to seven months!  And then my husband took our three boys to Colorado for Spring Break.  They got to hang out with their sister, her cool husband, and their dog, Sadie.  Steve watched our two nine year olds love on Sadie for a week and decided they really needed a dog.  So I reluctantly gave in, and we ended up with Zac, the cutest yellow labrador retriever you've ever seen.

I've started calling him "Sweet Boy" because I truly believe one day he will be a sweet boy.  {Kind of like if you build it, they will come.  Only in this case, it's if you call him it, he will become it?!?!}  My thirteen year old thinks I'm crazy for this.  But I truly believe he is a sweet boy.  Even though he chews Xbox charging cords (every one that worked...he didn't chew the broken one!), my couch, shoes, Xbox games and cases, socks, and pretty much anything else my three boys don't bother to pick up.

He's four months old now, and I know we still have a lot of chewing left.  I'm just trying to remind everyone to pick up after themselves, so my Sweet Boy doesn't get in any more trouble!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

2014 The Year of the Trophy

Earlier this year, one of Noah's friends posted a picture on instagram of all the trophies he had accumulated in his short 13 years of life.  He had a lot of trophies!! I know this kid has played on lots of basketball and baseball teams.  And his teams must have been really good because he had lots of hardware to show for it.  Another one of Noah's friends posted that all he had on his shelf was participation ribbons.  And then Noah commented he had nothing!

All this lead to a family conversation about how none of our boys had any trophies.  I've often said that if we talk about something, it tends to happen (especially in our family!).  And wouldn't you know it, 2014 became the year of the trophy in our house.  All 3 boys got at least one trophy this year (and it's only June!).  We have trophies for the fastest runner, the "hot shot" from basketball camp, a 2nd place basketball tournament trophy, and the "hustle" award from basketball camp.

I love all my boys whether they get trophies or not!  But I just might have to post an instagram picture of all our trophies now.  

Sunday, June 22, 2014

What I learned this week!

1.  I should have planted more sunflowers!  I thought I was being very generous with my row of sunflower seeds in May, but now that they are growing, I wish I had planted way more.  Oh well, there's always next year!

2.  It is way more fun at the public pool when my older son takes a friend.  The tall boy is my oldest son, and the two shorties on the end are the twins.  And the boy in the white shirt is my oldest son's best friend.  Two weeks ago we went to the pool, and they didn't even last 90 minutes without begging to go home.  This week we stayed for 3 hours!  So taking an extra person along is totally worth it.  I've often said when there is an even number of kids it tends to work out better for everyone.

3.  iPhone cords can catch on fire!  I'm pretty sure the puppy got a hold of this one, or my kids were just too rough on it.  When I plugged it into the car charger, it started smoking and got hot enough to burn my fingers.  It's never good when your nine year old yells, "something's smoking in this car!"  So now we are down one charger!

4.  My nine year olds know no fear!  This was at our county fair on Friday night.  They got to the very top and yelled out of the side of the ferris wheel car, "take out picture!"  Since we have gotten our puppy, I have realized that lots of kids and people are afraid of dogs or just don't like dogs.  And I really cannot think of one thing these boys are afraid of!  {definitely not heights!}

5.  If your shoes look like this, no one will steal them.  We had a friend of ours get his new under armour slides "taken" at the kid's basketball camp this week.  I am always telling my kids they need to take better care of their stuff, but I guess in this case, if your shoes look like this, no one will take them!  These shoes are less than a month old....he took them to church camp this week, then maybe when he gets back I'll buy him another pair.

6.  My oldest son and I are home alone for the week while the twins and my husband are at church camp.  We plan to shop and eat lots of chinese food, and I have to take him to basketball practice, games, and open gym all week!!  Fun times!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I'm Still Here!!

So 2014 is almost half over, and I've blogged a total of seven times this year.  My mom sent me a message on FB saying she wants me to write more.  So I will try to make mom happy. I'm not real sure why I haven't written much this year.  And I cannot promise there will be more frequent posts, but I will try!  Here are some things that have been going on around here.

I am one of those people that tend to freak out about rising gas prices.  I know there are some people who pay no attention to gas prices.  When they need gas, they pull into a nearby station, fill up, and have no idea what the price per gallon was.  I am in the opposite camp.  I pay very close attention to gas prices, have gas buddy alerts on my phone, and do all I can to save money on gas by using Kroger fuel rewards or our local Speedway Speedy Rewards.  The funny thing about this is my commute to work is about 1.5 miles (my husband's commute is even less)!  Maybe one day I will not pay attention to gas prices, but I doubt it!

I got the honor of going to our local county circuit court for jury duty yesterday.  I had no idea what to expect, and it turned out to be not so bad.  I showed up, sat around for a few hours, watched a movie (about jury duty), listened to a judge talk, listened to two lawyers talk, never said one word, then was dismissed.  There were about 45 of us in the courtroom, and when the judge said they only needed six jurors, I was hoping the odds would be in my favor. Luckily they were!  And I am now exempt for two years which makes me and my employer very happy.

I friend of mine told me about goodwill auctions, and I am obsessed!  I have watched about five pair of boots go for really cheap.  But somehow I keep forgetting to bid near the end of the auction!  After our brutal winter, I decided I need to invest in a really good pair of winter boots.  So I hope to find a good pair to buy, and then we will have a mild winter!

Our puppy is still really cute, but he is rotten.  He definitely cannot be left alone for a minute. He chews and digs and jumps and chases strangers.  We have to wait a couple more months for the electric fence training to begin, so I will keep chasing him down the street in my pajamas.  It's such a beautiful sight in the morning!!

I'll try to write more this month, but there are no guarantees, mom!!

Thursday, May 8, 2014



When my boys get off the bus today, they will only have FOURTEEN more days of school.  Wow has this year gone fast.  Faster than any year before.  One of my uncles tried to explain a theory he has about why time goes faster the older you get.  I nodded and smiled appropriately, but don't remember a thing he said.  Although I do agree with his bottom line, the older you get the faster time goes.


I have cleaned up SEVEN puppy pee puddles.  For some reason the puppy only pees in the house when I am on duty.  We have Zac for seven days now, and I'm pretty sure we are all smitten by his puppy cuteness.  I forgot how hyper puppies can be, but he has adjusted very well in his new home


SIX more jr. high track meets.  I still have no idea what's going on at a track meet.  I just watch for the tall blond kid and hope I don't miss the event he is in that night.  He has tried a little bit of everything...hurdles, long jump, sprints, and relays.  He has learned he is not a distance runner.  More than two laps around the track is too much for him!


It feels like I have spent $979.00 on all the camps, summer activities, and fun things my kids want to do this summer.  Basketball camp, church camp, trips to Kings Island, and the list goes on.... It's like having another bill to pay every week!  But it is definitely worth it to keep my 3 boys busy.  Which hopefully means less time in front of the XBOX, less time fighting, and less times I have to get mad and yell!!


I lasted exactly ONE warm day without turning the air conditioner on.  After our brutally frigid winter I thought I would be able to stand a little hot weather.  But when I am inside running around the house I get hot and sweaty and grouchy!  So the A/C is officially turned on.  Let the electricity bill start rising!