Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Day In The Life

I've been wanting to do another day in the life post for quite a while, and I finally decided to document yesterday. 

I slept in until 7:00, and then laid in bed reading my daily bible.  I've found that I do much better at reading it, if I just start reading before I do anything else.  Otherwise I seem to get too distracted.  

I stumbled in and got a load of laundry going.

And finally,  my morning coffee.

I took it and went to sit down at my desk to catch up on a few things.
 I switched the laundry a couple times while I worked on blog posts, checked the news, etc.

 And then ran through the shower, so I'd be ready for the day.

I got the dishwasher emptied...

and moved more laundry.  My kids are big enough now that I wash and dry their laundry, and then I pretty much tell everyone to come and grab what's theirs and to put it away.  That way, nobody has to sit and sort it all out.  They search through the pile, and then hang it up or put it in their own dressers.

I watered my flowers before it got too hot outside.  Me and my black thumb have managed to keep a couple plants alive still.

By 12:15 I started yet another load of laundry and then Emma and I headed into town for her piano lessons. 

 I sat in the car waiting for her while she was inside practicing.  I'm trying to listen to this book on CD.  I'm having a hard time, because I'd rather just read a book than listen to it, but I'm hoping I can get used to it.

We got back home, and then Jesse went to play at his cousins house, so I took the girls into the pool and dropped them off for a bit, while I met up with my friends for a late lunch.

I didn't eat good, but it was so worth it.  It tasted amazing!

After we were done, I headed back up to the pool to pick up the girls. 

By the time we got home it was around 4:30.  The girls showered and cleaned up and then by 5:45 it was time to run Gracie into town for volleyball open gym.  After I dropped her off, I ran to the grocery store.  This was all I needed since we're taking it with us.

I put fuel in the car, so we're ready for this morning and planned to go home and start dinner.

Thankfully, my sister invited us over for taco's, so I didn't have to make dinner.  Yay!

We ate, and then I hurried and got everyone packed, while Dan ran back to town to pick Gracie up.

 These two were finishing up a show before bed.

I said goodnight to the kids, and headed to bed with a glass of wine, and turned on the Bachelorette, and then turned out the lights at 10:40.
It was a full day for us.  I loved getting to see my friends for a bit over good food.  The kids ran and had fun.  I wish I would have taken more pictures of them, but honestly at this age they are usually off doing their own thing.  Whether outside or in their rooms.  They've become pretty independent, which is very bittersweet for sure.

I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse into our daily life.  It's nothing overly exciting, but it's ours, and we enjoy it.

Have a great day friends. 


Monday, July 25, 2016

A Weekend At The Lake

Friday after Dan got off work, we headed up to the lake.  Dan's parents have a house on Flathead lake that we get to enjoy during the summer. We had dinner with his family, and then they all headed back up to Kalispell, and we sat and enjoyed the weather.  There was a bit of rain and thunder, and we ended the night with this view from our bedroom window.  This is a hard view to beat.

The next morning we got up and enjoyed our coffee from the deck.  I would pay big bucks to wake up and enjoy coffee like this every morning.  It was so peaceful and relaxing.

I taught Dan and the kids how to play Domino's.  They love it and they're all hooked.

By 10:30 we were out on the boat.  Saturday was a bit cooler but Sunday was really nice

Dan pulled the kids on the tube.

Then a little while later he submarined them.  Ha!  They were not too happy about it.  They said the water was freezing. 

On Sunday I asked if Dan or the kids would try and take a picture of me.  I've been wanting a new profile picture that isn't a selfie, but I never like how any picture of me turns out.  This is the best that I got.  I laugh because I look all posed.  I am a million times more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it, and it shows!  Ha!

Dan snuck in for a couple of shots.  I sure love this guy of mine.

 Then he proceded to lick my face.  Jesse was taking the picture, and said, "Eww, Dad.  Stop!"  Haha!  And that was the end of picture taking.  :)

 Jesse and Emma were wanting a little henna design, so our Sister-in-law put these on for them.  They love them, and are wishing they were permanent.

Saturday night we went into Big Fork and watched Shrek the musical at the theater house.  Sunday was spent hanging out and visiting and then we headed home in time for bed.

This morning I've been busy getting laundry caught back up.  The kids and I, plus my niece and nephew are headed into Missoula tomorrow for the next couple of days.  The big girls have a volleyball camp.  I must be crazy taking 5 kids to a hotel by myself.  #sendwine  #ormarjaritas  ;)


Friday, July 22, 2016

Show Us Your Home Office: Home Tours

Today I'm sharing my home office, and linking up again with Kelly's Home Tour.

Welcome to my office.  This is the room that I head straight to in the morning after I get up and get my coffee.  This is where I do all of my blogging, editing, etc.  This is my space.

This room is one that I love but I haven't done a lot with.  I have a couple of things I want to hang on the walls, so now I need to make time and just do it.
  I'll probably add in a couple of things, but for the most part, I like most of the rooms in our house pretty simple.

The green chair was one I used to borrow from my Grandparents as a photography prop.  After they passed, I inherited it, and I'm determined to make it work.  There is a little tear in the material that isn't fixable.  At some point, I'll probably have it reupholstered.
I need to either get new curtains ties, or take down the curtains on the doors.  I've had those up since we first moved in.  Over the years, the kids messed with them, and eventually, I've lost both of the ties to tie back the fabric.

I love this built in bookshelf, but I am not an interior designer, so I struggle decorating this thing, while also keeping it functional.  In the cupboards below, I keep baskets with computer paper, my printers, extra ink, my camera and lenses, plus anything else that I don't want out on display.

On the bookshelf, I have a few cookbooks, a handful of different devotionals and biblical studies.  I also have books I read with the kids plus some old photography books that I used when first learning to take and edit pictures.  I've also incorporated a couple of pieces that we picked up when we went over seas.

Anyone with an knack for interior designing want to swing by and spruce it up?  Call me!  ;)

Here is the schedule for the rest of the home tours.  Only 3 weeks left.
Below are links to the other rooms that I've shared.

I can't wait to check out all the other home offices, and get some ideas.

I hope you all have a great weekend!


Monday, July 18, 2016

An Elegant Facade

I believe this is the first book that I've read by Kristi Ann Hunter, and as much as I wanted to love this book, I just couldn't.  She had an excellent story line, that I thought was fun and very original.  The problem was, it took half of the book to get to it.  The first half of the book didn't capture my attention, as there wasn't much going on to stay interested in. 

I feel she would have done better to have started with the second half of the book and began with Georgina's secret and how it was discovered by Colin.  She could have taken that revelation, and used it to develop their relationship right from the beginning.  

The second thing I was a bit disappointed in, was the lack of character description of Colin, who is one of the main characters in this book.  When being introduced to a new character, I want some kind of a description, even a very small one, describing what they look like, so that I have a visual as I'm reading.  I was about 50 pages from the end of this book and realized for the first time, that Colin had red hair.  I would rather have known this in the first chapter, when he first appeared.

As much as I wish things would have been a bit different with this book, I do think Kristi Ann Hunter is a great author.  Her writing is smooth and easy to read, and once the story got going, I enjoyed the book a lot more.

* I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publisher, in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

What book are you currently reading?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

33 Things That Make Me Happy

Happiness can be as simple as a cup of coffee and the right attitude:

When I think of what makes me happy, this is what I came up with...

Fresh brewed iced tea

A new book
The sound of rain on a tin roof

Eating veggies straight out of the garden


Traveling with Dan

The ocean


A glass of wine in the evening

Good Mexican food

Being up in the mountains

My family


 The sound of sprinklers watering the lawn

Lemon meringue pie

Historical buildings

 Saxophone solos

 Having my laundry all caught up

Laughing with friends

My morning coffee


Playing cards

When my house is clean & tidy

My favorite scriptures


Vacations with my family

Rainy days at home

Romantic comedy's


Looking through family photos

Watching my kids master a new skill

Hot summer days on the water

Family game nights

There are so many things that can distract us from seeing and enjoying the good things in life.  Today I choose to be happy!  What's something simple, that makes you happy?