Sunday, March 23, 2014


Reasons I love March...

1.  Spring

2.  March Madness

3.  St. Patrick's Day

4.  My oldest son's birthday

5.  Spring Break

Reasons I don't love this March...

1.  It may be Spring, but the temperatures are still saying it's Winter.  We are supposed to get some {MORE!!!} snow tomorrow night.  It's cold here!  I am so ready for warmer weather.

2.  I love watching basketball!  This year everyone in our family filled out their own brackets, just for a little friendly competition.  I said there would be a prize, but I haven't even figured out what the prize is yet.  So far, I am in last place.  Boo!

3.  Every year I check out and read a book from the library called The Life of St. Patrick.  A friend of mine told me about it a few years ago, and I have read it once a year since then. This year I went to check it our from the library and it has been taken out of circulation.  Big bummer.  I just need to buy it from Amazon so I can have it to read next St. Patricks Day.

4.  My oldest son will turn 13 on March 30, making me the mom of a teenager.  He turns 13 this year, and I turn 40 this year {in August}...yikes!  I keep telling myself age is  just a number.

5.  I usually get excited about Spring Break, but this year I could not get off work, so my husband took all 3 boys on a road trip to Colorado.  So I have been alone since Friday.  I have gotten several adorable pictures of them, and it looks like they are having a blast.  I'm pretty sure I will run out of things to do around the house eventually!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Two Words.......

over it!

too late.

love them!

pink eye!

not yet...

messy. thankful.

this morning!!

still playing.

still waiting.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Six on a Saturday Night

1.  It is cold here.  Bitter cold.  I really don't like cold.  It's supposed to get even colder next week.  Hibernation sounds really good right now.

2.  Last week, my kids missed one day of school, and they had two-hour delays the other four days.  A friend posted on FB that she wished a two-hour delay meant they stayed two hours later in the afternoon!  I wish that was the case also.  We do all get to sleep in two more hours, but then the time they are at school goes way faster, and my productivity goes way down!!

3.  So far we have to make up two days during Spring Break.  If we miss any more days, we will miss more of the first week of Spring Break.  We are guaranteed our full second week of Spring Break.  The joys of the balanced calendar in our school district!

4.  I am so thankful for our wood burning stove.  Yes it makes a mess all over the floor, and it's really cold when we have to bring in wood.  But it keeps our house warm and saves us lots of money on our gas bill!  The boys camp out in front of the fire to keep warm.

5.  My oldest son lost his school team basketball shorts!  He has a game on Tuesday, so I'm not sure what he's going to do.  I keep thinking they will turn up, but they are not in our home. I've looked everywhere.  I'm sure we will have to pay to replace them if he doesn't find them. He's lost a bathing suit, American Eagle underwear (not cheap & who loses underwear?!?), a gatorade sports bottle, a really nice Nike sweatshirt, and now the shorts this year!  Not sure what I'm going to do with him.

6.  We went to my nephew's sixth birthday party today.  It was super windy, there were snow drifts and icy roads, and it was freezing!  But we braved the weather and the kids got to burn off some energy at the Jaycie Phelps Athletic Center.  Then we went to Chick-Fil-A and TJ Maxx.  Coming home there were more snow drifts and icy roads.  Now we are safe and warm and settled in for the night!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Weekend Links

I really want to try this recipe called Crispy Cheddar Chicken-Baked!  It sounds so delicious, and I think everyone in my family would eat it.  Which is a big victory for me!!

I love to eat normal puppy chow (the peanut butter/chocolate chip kind).  And when I saw this recipe for Red Velvet Puppy Chow, I had to share it.  It looks like a yummy Valentine's treat.


I cannot remember how I found the mnmlist blog, but I love the true cost of stuff post.  It is very eye opening.  Really the entire blog is eye opening!  I could spend hours reading the posts.

After reading God will give you more than you can handle: I guarantee it, I decided I need to read this every day!

And lastly I've mentioned that I will be turning 40 this year {August 5th to be exact}.  So I loved this post called This is 39.  My favorite part was crying at commercials and YouTube videos which I did twice this week.

We are so glad the Broncos won tonight and cannot wait for the Super Bowl.  We are hoping for a Colin Kaepernick win tonight.  He's adopted and has cool tattoos, so we are cheering for him.  Then in February it's all Broncos baby!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

January Currents

I cannot believe January is half over!  Every time I write the date I have to do a double take. We are busy with basketball, school, jobs, and trying to stay sane.  Here is what I am doing this month!

Current Reads: Divergent (by Veronica Roth), David and Goliath (by Malcolm Gladwell), Hands Free Mama (by Rachel Macy Stafford), and The Bible.  I have a big stack of books that I carry around the house with me!

Current Shows: Biggest Loser, Downton Abbey, Duck Dynasty, The Middle, Parenthood, and I could keep adding to this list.  In my defense, I still only watch television while I am doing the elliptical at night.

Current Drink: I drink way more coffee in the winter months.  I've been drinking a lot of it with sugar free creamer.

Current Want:  I am really debating buying a new {to me} car.  I have been trying to save money for a while and can't make up my mind.  I really thought I wanted a car for my 40th birthday, then I wanted one last week, then I couldn't decide if I really wanted to do this, or just save the money!  So I still haven't made a decision!!

Current Plans:  Just getting into the school routine again.  After our two week Christmas break, we had really bad weather with lots of snow and sub-zero weather.  So the boys were out of school for another whole week.  After 3 days of school we are all tired and ready for a weekend.

Current Music:  I love the song Sunny and 75 by Joe Nichols.  Every time I get into a freezing cold car I start singing it hoping it will warm me up!

Current Goal:  I made one resolution this year, to read through the Bible.  This is something I have never done!  A friend from Colorado inspired me to do this when she posted about it in December on Facebook.  It was the one resolution she had kept in her entire life.  I am determined to keep this up!

Current Addiction: Instagram.  I check it way too often.  But I have to keep up with my 12 year old son.  So that is how I justify my addiction!

Monday, December 30, 2013

December {in Review}

I am convinced that December goes faster than any other month of the year.  It seems like I run around like a crazy woman trying to get stuff done before the kids are out of school.  And we are super busy at work so I usually end up working more hours than most months.  On top of that there is decorating, shopping, baking, cooking, entertaining, and kids to keep up with.  Here's a rundown of this month.

1.  My oldest son hit the game winning 3 point buzzer beater shot at an away basketball game.  It was also his team's first win of the season.  His team stormed the court.  I was not there.  Biggest Mom Fail of the year.

2.  My twins made the 3rd grade All Star basketball team.  They won their game and were so excited to be on the team.  Proudest Mom Moment of the Year.

3.  I gave up on a couple of Christmas traditions this year.  I did not make my Christmas tree french toast, and no one really missed it.  I did make pancakes and bacon.  Also in the past I took each boy to Hallmark to pick out an ornament.  I either waited too long to go look, or my boys are getting too old, or maybe a little bit of both.  But I did not buy any Hallmark ornaments this year!

4.  I got braces!  Yes, it's true.  One of my front teeth has shifted way back, so I made an appointment with my long ago (the 1990s) orthodontist.  Yes, he still has an office!  On the phone they said it would just be a 15 minute consultation.  So he looked at my mouth, quoted me a price, and said we can do it now.  I left with a bottom jaw full of metal.  They are going to work on my bottom teeth first and then work on the top.  Good Times!!  I totally forgot how painful braces are.

5.  I am looking forward to 2014.  I will be 40 in August!  I am working on setting some goals and thinking what I want to do for my 40th birthday.  And hopefully my braces will be off before I turn the big 4-0!!

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Best Christmas Decoration Ever!!

The other day I was driving home through a different part of our small Midwest Indiana town, when I cam upon this.  I thought wow, this guy is trying to pass garden hoes off as Christmas gifts this year.  What every girl wants...a garden hoe.  Then I realized I had just passed the Greatest Christmas Decoration Ever!!

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Christmas lights and blow up Santas are way over rated when you can go to the shed andthrow some red bows on your hoes.  It makes taking down the decorations much easier also.

Merry Christmas!!