Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday Friends!

We are headed out of town this afternoon to go watch Gracie play another basketball game.  It's been fun watching her and her team play.  They've grown and improved so much in a year.

Then this weekend, I'm hoping to have a bit of quiet time to sit down and do some reading.  I'm all for the motto, "Work hard, play harder."  I know there is always a million other things I could be doing, but after a long week, I'm okay with taking some time for myself to sit and relax.

Okay, so here are a few of my favorites from this week.


I ordered a new cookbook and just got it this week.  I haven't had a lot of time to sit and look at it yet, but I'm excited to find some fun new recipes.


I ordered this coffee cup for a friend of mine for her birthday.  I'm thinking I need one as well... because isn't it true!


I'm always years behind on shows.  We've just started watching the show Reba, and it's funny.  We are just DVRing them as they come on, but so far I'm loving them.  Have you watched this before?  Nothing better than ending your day with some humor.


I had ordered myself one of these chargers towards the end of last year, and love it.  I love it so much, that I ordered each of my kids their own.  I don't know what your houses are like, but we have fought on a constant basis for chargers and the cords.  I also like that I can charge more than one thing at a time..


I downloaded an app called My Fitness Pal.  I've started tracking what I eat and how many calories, I'm actually taking in.  I ordered a Fitbit, so I'm excited to pair it to my phone and start tracking my movements as well.  I'm determined to get myself in shape this year.

Well, that's all I've got for you this week...

Today I linked up with Andrea, Erika & Narci.

And Christina, April & Natasha with Five On Friday.

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

10 Random Facts About Myself

Today I'm linking up with Erin and sharing 10 random facts about myself.  I decided to spice it up a bit and share a couple of my crazy facts and not just all of the basic ones.  So if you've been wanting me to fly my "freak flag", today is the day.  ;)

1.  I love to read... but I'm not much of a fan of modern day books.  I love books set back in time, especially in the late 1800's out on a homestead, or over in a palace somewhere.  I like reading about something different than what we might expect or see today.

2.  I could probably qualify for hearing aids, and my eye sight is horrible.  Pretty much, I'm a hot mess.  Up until 10 years ago, I would call a laptop, a labtop.  One day, someone mentioned that I was mispronouncing the word and I was telling my Dad that I had went all these years calling it a labtop, and he said, "I know, I just thought it was cute!"  It still makes me laugh, because yes I think my kids mispronouncing something is cute, but do you really think it's cute when they are grown and married.  ;)

3.  I'm obsessed with ice.  I know it's not good for my teeth, and I'm trying to stop, but I love chewing on ice.  I will drink my water as fast as I can just to get to the ice.  And I've been known on airplanes to just order a cup of ice from the stewardess.

4.  I have such a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, but once I do, I love it!  I love being one of the first ones up in the morning, and enjoying the quietness of it all.  It's my favorite time of the day.  I just wish it was easier go get out of bed.

5.  I can't stand anything that is sticky.  It's all I can do to allow a jar of honey to be in my house. Walking across the kitchen floor to step in something that the kids spilled and didn't clean up... I hate it!  Touching something sticky that was left by someone else is probably my biggest pet peeve.

6.  I am so ticklish, that I can tickle my own feet.  Getting a pedicure is complete torture, but I make myself get one every now and then.  The sweet people have to pretty much tackle my legs in order to keep me still.

7.  I can eat just about anything except for mushrooms.  That doesn't mean I like everything, but I can usually down it.  Heck, I've eaten reindeer, alligator... but a mushroom is a big no!  I want to like them, but then again, does anyone really need to learn to like fungus?  I think not.  ;)

8.  I'm kind of an old soul.  I would rather play cards, read a book or work on a puzzle than go out and have a big exciting evening on the town.

9.  I love to cook, but I'm not a fan of baking.  I'm not sure why... maybe it has something to do with the fact that I would choose salty over something sweet most of the time?!

10.  I have lived in the same small town my whole life.  Last I heard the population was down to 1500 people.  I've dreamed of living other places, but at the end of the day, I can't imagine living anywhere else.  It's just home. 

Okay, your turn.  Tell me something about you.  If it's a bit crazy, that's okay... we'll just fly our "freak flags" together.  ;)

Have a great day!


Monday, January 9, 2017

Weekend Happenings

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and had the chance to relax a bit.

Saturday morning, Dan ran Gracie into town for basketball.  They had an away game and needed to be in town by 7:30.  He ended up going into work for a bit, so I sat in my chair in the living room with my coffee and computer, enjoying the view out the kitchen windows.  Mornings, are by far my favorite time of the day.  So relaxing!

Jesse was at a friends house this weekend, and with Gracie gone, Emma wanted a friend over.  These two do so good together, and we barely saw them since they keep themselves busy.

A Snapchat face swap for some fun entertainment.

 Gracie didn't end up getting home until almost 1:00 am again, so yesterday morning she stayed home to rest up and get herself ready for the week.  Dan, Jesse, Emma and I all went out to breakfast before church.  I don't remember the last time we've done that, but it was fun... even though I was missing my oldest.
I almost didn't post this picture, because my hair looks crazy!  But I finally figured, oh well.  We were running a bit late this morning, so instead of blow drying it and straightening it, I put in some gel and let it do it's own thing. 

After church we dropped the younger two off at bowling and came home to get a few things done around the house.

I'm so thankful, Dan shoveled off the camper this year.  I've done it before and it's not my favorite!  Look at all that snow.  There was a good 2 feet of snow up there.

And then bless his heart, he came in and vacuumed for me.  Such a good man, I think I might just keep him.  ;)

We didn't do anything overly exciting, but we rested up, and now we're ready to start a new week.

Did you do anything fun this weekend?


Friday, January 6, 2017

Happy Friday!

  Happy Friday Friends!

I am a tired girl this morning.  Gracie didn't get home from her basketball game until almost 1:00 this morning.  Needless to say, this weekend is a welcomed sight!  If you're trying to find me, I'll be sleeping.  ;)

Here are a few favorites from the week.


We went sledding last weekend and had tons of fun.  After riding over a couple of small jumps/bumps in the snow, I remembered that I'm not as young as I once was.  I've already sent my brother in law a text letting him know that I'm going to need an adjustment sooner than later.  ;)  But besides that, we all had a lot of fun.  I'm hoping the weather will warm up again soon, so we can head back out.  -15 isn't my kind of weather.

Here's a couple pictures of my sister and I.

 I think next time, I want to ride on the front of the sled.  Haha!


I'm loving this song called, Joy, by Jonny Diaz.

If you're needing a new workout song or just a fun song to dance around the house to, check it out... it's my favorite!


These Essie gels...  I'm probably a little late to the game on this, but I had tried Essie before, and didn't understand all the hype.  Well, I get it now.  You just have to use 4 different polishes, and you're good!  This kind of polish you don't need the light for, and I can get it to stay on my nails for a week usually without chipping.

 Buff your nails a bit, and then use this for your base coat.

Then you can do 2 or 3 layers of whatever color you want.  This is called, 'Wicked' and is one of my favorites.

Then I brush this top coat on.

And finally I use this white bottle as an extra top coat, which also makes the nails a bit shinier.  The pink bottle is part of this 2 piece set, but is also my other favorite color.  It's just light and classy.  They are pretty fast drying, I just wait a minute or so between each layer.  When you are finally done with the top coat, I'd sit and let it dry for a good 10-15 minutes, just to let it set good.


I bought a sewing machine with my birthday money from last October.  Then on Christmas both Emma and Gracie got fabric in their stockings, and Emma has started on her quilt.  I don't know the first thing about sewing, but I think it's fun that we'll all get to learn together.

These are the two packs of material that the girls got.  I love the colors, and thought the patterns were cute.

I'm hoping this is something that the 3 of us will have a lot of fun with.


I came across this on Facebook, and loved it!  Is it true or what?!  We can have one thing go wrong and we let it ruin our whole day.  Tell me I'm not the only one!

Well, that's all I got for you today...

I'm linking up today with Andrea, Erika & Narci.

And Christina, April & Natasha with Five On Friday.

Enjoy your weekend!


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Looking Ahead

With the beginning of a new year, I'm looking ahead and making some changes.  I was reminded lately, that I can't do it all.  So I'm at the point where I'm once again choosing where to put my time and energy.  Here is a little list of what I'm choosing.

My Family.  I want to be more intentional about the time that I spend with my family.  If I don't get my blog post finished, or get my review submitted when I want to, or whatever... it'll be fine.  I don't want to become distracted by everything else that I feel I need or want to do, that I forget to put my family first.

My walk with God.  I'm starting another Bible study this month, and I couldn't be more excited.  I not only love the time I get to spend with the women in the study, but I love my devotion time where I get to sit and read & study God's Word.  I want to challenge myself to dig into the Word more than ever this year, and be consistent in making the time.  There is nothing more fulfilling!

My Photography.  I have no plans to ever get back into portrait photography.  I loved what I did, but I think that ship has sailed and the desire is no longer there.  Be that as it may, I'm ready to be inspired to use my camera again.  Mainly just for blogging purposes or to take pictures of my kids.  I want to use my camera more on a daily basis, and be better at documenting our busy little life.  I'm hoping the more I get back out there and use my camera, the more my passion for photography will develop.

My blog.  I want to get on a better schedule with my blog and be a bit more consistent.  Some days I post and then I'll let a couple of weeks go by where I won't post anything.  I want to be wiser with my time and get more posts written in advance, so I'm not hurrying to get them written at the last minute, or just not having the time to post anything at all.

My health & fitness.  I've really let myself slide in this area, and I have no excuses.  It needs to change.  Some days, I just feel old and tired.  Then I remind myself that I am only 35 and that someday, I will look back and wish I was 35.  I need to take care of the body that I have, so that I'll not only look and feel better, but that I'll also be able to do the things that I want to do, without the hindrance of being out of shape.

My house.  I have started spring cleaning, but I am ready to see every inch of my house clean, & organized.  I don't want to just clean it, but I want to get rid of everything that we don't use or need.  Whether it's in our closets, cupboards, storage room... I am so tired of the excess.  Less, really is more, and I'm just ready to live a little more simple.

Whether I call them resolutions or goals for the year, I don't think it quite matters.  Getting my intentions written down for the year feels good.

I pray all good things for you this year, my friends.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Book Review

The Innkeeper Of Ivy Hill, is a relaxed story of two women, trying to save a coaching inn, that has been in the family for generations.  The setting is in a small 1820's English village, where everyone knows one another, and where their livelihoods depends upon one another as well.  If the Inn doesn't survive, it effects the workers of the Inn, the Laundress down the street, along with the Baker, and many other small village business's.  Jane and her mother in law, have to get creative before the bank forecloses on them and they lose all they have.  The burden is on Jane's shoulders, as she knows everyone is depending upon her.

This wasn't a fast paced book, and it's not one that has a lot of twist and turns... it's just relaxed.  It's also quite a long book with 435 pages.  I wasn't sure what to expect when first starting this book, but after a while I decided to quit making it what I thought it might be and enjoy it for what it was.  Which is a slower paced book built around village life.

Beyond the fact that this book was a little slower paced than I'm used to, I think it was nicely written. By the time that I read the last page, I was bothered that I hadn't gotten enough closure, and that I'd have to wait a year for the sequel.  Knowing that I want to read the next book to find out what happens, obviously means this author did something right.  Otherwise I wouldn't care what happened next. 

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

Monday, January 2, 2017

Looking back on 2016

 I love taking a little trip down memory lane.  Here's a quick look at 2016.
 In March we went on a family vacation to Hawaii.  You can read about that here.
It was a last minute trip that we'd been wanting to take for a while.  We weren't prepared at all, when Dan told us we had less than 24 hours to get packed and ready to go.  We were a bit rushed, but it was well worth it.

My girls both chose to give their lives to Christ and get baptized.  This was my biggest praise, highlight, everything in 2016.  Jesse had already made this decision a couple years ago, so I had been praying that my girls would as well.  #onehappymama

We celebrated 5 of my people turning 40 in Las Vegas.  It was such a fun and relaxing trip!


 We camped a lot.

And boated a lot too.

2016 brought a new school year, with a Freshman, a 6th grader & a 3rd grader.
I'm still reeling from the idea that I have a kid in high school.

In October my Mom, Lindy & I visited New Orleans.  We saw and did so much.  Another fun trip in the books.  If you are looking for fun things to do in New Orleans be sure and check out my travel page for some ideas.

We spent Thanksgiving down in California.  You can read about that here.

2016 was a fun and busy year.  We had countless games... both volleyball and basketball.  We had swimming lessons, bowling league, piano practice, & a soccer season.  We've all stretched and grown this year, and I think we're better because of it.

I hope 2016 was just as good to you, and that 2017 is even better!