Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday



Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
Coffee and a bagel with cream cheese.

Looking around the house::::
I need to do a few dishes, pick up a few things in the kitchen, change the litter box, and do some laundry, but really I don't have too much to do around the house.  We have made a few fun purchases to make the house a little more homey like a tray for our ottoman and placemats for the kitchen table.  I still don't feel like this is our home, it's a house we live in to get by.  This house just feels tiny and squished together and very cold.

On today's to do list::::

Laundry.....I have a couple of loads to wash, dry, and put away but not over bearing.

Cleaning.....My kitchen is pretty much all that needs it.  The dishwasher needs unloaded and reloaded.  The floor needs swept, and there is some minor picking up necessary out there.

Crocheting.....I'm working on a mat thing for the table to put our pretty fall decorations on.  I'm so excited.

Cooking....I have to make a salad for our dinner with my mom and step father tonight.  I'm thinking about a dessert as well... maybe.

Dance.... Sydney has dance this evening clear across town.

Currently reading::::
Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

On the TV today::::
-- Manzo'd with Children
-- My Five Wives
-- Bones
-- Grey's Anatomy
-- Gracepoint

The weather outside is::::
I think the high today is 72.  I'm digging the fall with these cool mornings and comfortable days.

On the menu this week::::
I really need to work on my weekly meal plan.

Monday
Casserole with Salad

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Crochet, sew, or paint.  I have so many projects I'm working on right now.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::
I haven't even gotten to look but I'm hoping to very soon.

One of my simple pleasures::::
Crocheting on the comfy couch.  Just pure relaxation.

Favorite photo from the camera::::
These moments don't happen that often but I'm glad I got this picture from this time.




Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye)::::
I recently stumbled upon the blog Circle of Pine Trees.  Her pictures are so breathtakingly beautiful!

Praying for::::
Praying for some family members and friends.

Bible Verse, Devotional that is resonating with me at the moment:::: 
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1

Monday, October 13, 2014

Over the years I got to be quite a connoisseur of soap. Though my personal preference was for Lux, I found that Palmolive had a nice, piquant after-dinner flavor - heavy, but with a touch of mellow smoothness. Lifebuoy, on the other hand... (Yechh!) ~ A Christmas Story



You are standing outside the doors of your child's school waiting to pick them up.  The doors open and the children start spilling out into the school yard. Your child's teacher sees you, makes eye contact, and starts walking your way.  They are only about 15 maybe 20 feet away, but the walk to you feels like slow motion as your stomach drops and you want to turn and run, but can't. They tell you, your child did something so awful to a classmate that it makes you cringe and really want to run away.

Surely I am not the only one this has happened to, right?  This is the 3rd time this has happened to me, this year.  When it happens to me, I feel like I've hopped in a time machine and I'm the one getting in trouble at school.  Now I know how my poor mother felt, well feels, since she's still going through all of this with my brother.

I don't know why this keeps happening.  He's doing so well in school and is making lots of friends, but I see my child becoming a bully.  I don't like it one bit.  Right now, he's writing apology notes, not only to the kid he was mean to but to the teacher as well.




The thing I don't understand is, he called his friend a name.  A really bad name.  A name that neither his father or I condone.  Where he thought this was ok is beyond me.  I'm removing youtube and internet access from all of the kids iPads, since I found that the word came from a youtube video that I thought was very child friendly. I've watched a million of these videos with the kids.  They are creepy (grown people video taping themselves playing with toys) but I'd never heard anything like that except in this one.  I'm extremely upset.  We spend all of our time together and I only banish them from the room as I'm doing adult things like making phone calls and on occasion when I'm watching something on TV they can't watch.  I have them in sports and activities, that either their father or I always attend with them.  I've talked and talked to him as well as his sisters about feelings and how we always should be nice, etc.  I don't know what to do to prevent this though.

I could really use some words of encouragement, maybe some stories that don't make me feel so alone, and any tips you may have.

Happy Homemaker Monday


Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
I'm currently enjoying a very large coffee and a handful of cheezits.

Looking around the house::::
My house is pretty alright even though I just cleaned up the bathroom floor.  Rylie thought Barbie's swimming pool needed real water in it.  Needless to say, Barbie's pool isn't really meant to hold water.  I have very large pile of laundry to wash dry and put away but other than that it's not too bad here.  

On today's to do list::::
Laundry.....I have a couple of loads to wash, dry, and put away.
Dance..... Tonight, Sydney has dance class.
Cooking.... Easy dinner tonight to avoid a late night after dance.
Phone calls.... I have a few phone calls to make for Ben's school's dines out program.  I have 2 restaurants and an activity place to book.

Currently reading::::
Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

On the TV today::::
--  Law and Order SVU
--  Gracepoint
--  Hart of Dixie

The weather outside is::::
It's a cold and rainy day today.  I'm loving it!  Wonderful fall day!



On the menu this week::::

Monday

Grilled cheese and tomato soup

Tuesday
Pizza

Wednesday
Cheesy Chicken soup with Rosemary Bread

Thursday
German Pancakes with Buttermilk syrup

Friday

Chicken pot pie

Saturday
Mac & Cheese Soup

Sunday
Savory Beef and Noodles

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
Crochet or read.  I haven't had any time for that lately but I'm hoping to.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::
I'm not sure.  I haven't really been looking lately.  I've been so busy.

One of my simple pleasures::::
Sitting down with a nice, big, warm cup of Earl Grey while watching some much loved TV shows from Netflix or my DVR.

Favorite photo from the camera::::
Last night, Scotland was up in the middle of the night.  Shawn and I were getting ready for bed, and Shawn thought it would be cute to see what she could do with the iPad.  He turned out the drum app and the piano app and let her go at them.  Her little baby mind was blown when she saw that she could make noise by touching the piano keys or the individual drums.



Visiting with Blog friends (blog you want to share, blog post that caught your eye)::::
Nothing, for now, but hopefully next week I will.

Praying for::::
Continued prayers for my friend Sandra and her family.
Praying for my husband and I as we are beginning the very long process of buying a house.  Only in the beginning stages and haven't found the perfect house yet, but are hoping to buy in the months after Christmas.

Bible Verse, Devotional that is resonating with me at the moment:::: 



Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Quick Catch Up

Yikes!  I have no other words!

Ok, so I've been working on this post for a  few weeks now.  One filled with all of the craziness that has been going on in our house.  Instead I'll just let you know that we've been incredibly busy with the usual things.  School, soccer, marathon club, doctor's appointments, vet appointments, softball games, Shawn's business trips, house work, etc.  To be honest the house work has been falling behind and I'm playing catch up little by little.

This post, I just want to focus on the things that aren't normal.  The things we don't usually do daily or weekly, like Ben's birthday and party, the Royals game we went to as a family, and Shawn's Aunt Bernie's memorial, and many more fun events.

Ok, I guess I'll start with the Royals game since that happened first.  Shawn's dad has season tickets to half of the season and the tickets he doesn't use, he gets to trade some in for certain days and we all go, in a huge group.  The kids even get arm bands for unlimited use of the kids area which includes batting cages, timed base running, a playground, goofy golf, and a carousel.






Even though the Royals lost that night, we still had a good time.  Also, the really interesting thing. This is the first year in 29 years that the Royals have made the post season.  We are doing really well. I hope I didn't jinx it, but seriously, we are enjoying the awesomeness of a winning sports team! Shawn and his dad bought the post season ticket package so they've been at all of the home games really enjoying it.

Ok, time for my favorite part of this update.  Ben, my sweet baby boy, turned 7!!!  Since his birthday is at the beginning of the school year, last year, by his birthday he didn't have a bunch of friends to invite to his birthday, so this year, we did the great, big, fun, birthday party with all of his friends invited.  We threw his party at Laugh Out Loud, which is one of the kids favorite places, and we served hot dogs, candy, and birthday cookies.  We rented out the entire facility for 2 hours after it closed and the whole family and a bunch of Ben's friends had a good time.


















See, even the grown ups had fun!  Those cookies, AMAZING!  If you have an Eileen's Colossal Cookies near you, GO TO THEM!!!

On Ben's actual birthday, we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant in Lawrence.  We let Ben pick and that was his top choice.


The night before Ben's birthday, I stayed up late decorating for him.  He was so surprised when he came downstairs in the morning.  I loved how excited he was for it.


I spent all afternoon working on his cake.  He had never liked a cake I baked for him, and didn't even like this one, but at least he said the frosting was good and it looked cool.






Here was my Ben at exactly 3:18 pm.  The exact moment of turning 7.




He had such a good time, and has been building Lego sets ever since.  I couldn't believe how many Lego sets he got.  He was one extremely happy camper.

The following weekend we went to a memorial for Shawn's Aunt Bernie who passed in May.  We really do need to do get big family get togethers for more than just funerals.  Especially since a good chunk of that side of the family are local.














This is a family so full of love, and I'm just happy to get to be a part of it.

A little over a week ago, we went to the Renaissance Festival with my mom and brother to sort of celebrate my brother's 17th birthday. 













Last Thursday we all got dressed up like zombies and walked in the Zombie Walk.   Even Scotland was a baby zombie.  Shawn's mom and our friend (I suppose that's what we'll call her even though that word doesn't seem strong enough.  She's related to my husband by marriage and adoption, but since she's not just a cousin or aunt, I'll just use the term friend.  She really is a good friend.) Kathy came out and got all zombie-fied and walked with us as well as my sister-in-law and my nieces.  It was bunches of fun and the kids were so cute. 

I was actually worried about Rylie since she was terrified in the Halloween store the night before, but man, she was into it.  She was screaming and growling at people that were watching from the restaurant patios.





We've had a few cold soccer Saturday mornings, but with the kiddos that aren't currently playing soccer in a warm van, and hot Starbucks, we've been getting through.





The next weekend we went back to the Renaissance Festival.  We had a little more money to spend and more fun to have.  This time, my mom, Shawn's mom, our friend Terry, and my nieces Langston and Leigha came with us.


Shawn even got a Ren Fest costume.  My husband is so cute!

I've tried to find some time for a little relaxing, especially with all the rain and gloomy weather we have been getting. I haven't had a ton of luck, but I've had a little.



Today, we just got home from Shawn's company picnic and had soccer this morning.  The girls are asleep, and Ben and I are waiting for Shawn to get home with some cough medicine for Ben.  He and Rylie seem to have come down with a cold, although, I feel pretty crummy myself.  I will not get sick! I will not get sick! I will not get sick!

Here's just a few more fun assorted pictures from over the past couple of weeks.  I'll try to do better in the future, but there are no promises.  Hahaha!  I'm such a scrambled mess.

I asked Sydney if she could run upstairs to grab my glasses for me from my bedside table.  This is how she came back downstairs.


Ben on his picture day.  We put a bunch of gunky goop stuff in his hair, and when I picked him up after school, his hair was back to laying flat like normal.



Scottie loves her dolls.  She constantly has to be entertained but she's fun to play games with.


Sydney on picture day.  Her hair did not stay back long enough, even for pictures....  It will be interesting to see how they turned out.


All I could think, while she was jumping around with this bell was "Needs more cowbell." or "I've got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell."  Yup, I'm a total nerd, but who doesn't love the cowbell sketch from Saturday night live?


Rylie decided that she didn't want anything for dinner other than ranch dressing, so that's what she ate.


I swear, my kids are way cooler than I ever was.  If I was a kid, I'd totally want to be friends with them.


One night, while Shawn was out of town, the kids and I each made our own french bread pizzas.




Rylie has been painting lately.  She really loves it and I love that it's the one thing that keeps her attention for longer than 5 minutes.


Ben has been doing Legos, all the time that he is at home, awake.  He loves them so much!  That's good considering, that's mostly what he got for his birthday.


Scottie falls asleep in her exersaucer every now and then.  It must wear her out... all that playing and working out. 


I saw a fun opportunity for a pretty picture by Shawn's parent's house.  A little tall grass and some adorable kids.  You can't go wrong... well maybe you can, but it turned out well for me.





This is out by where the kids play soccer.  So much beauty! I see land, trees, etc and get super excited.




Shawn and the kids completed their version of the polar bear plunge.  It's been in the 50-70s pretty consistently for the past few weeks.  We've had a few nights in the 30s.  Shawn's parents recently closed their pool, but before they did, Shawn, Ben and Sydney decided to take one last swim.  Rylie never got up the nerve to put in more than just her feet, but Shawn, Ben, and Syd swam in the very cold water for a good 20 minutes or so before bringing their pruney fingers and blue lips to be wrapped in towels.






See, I haven't just been sitting around, watching TV, eating Bonbons all day.  I really have been busy. Hahaha!  And to top it off, we started the process in looking at houses to potentially buy in the next several months.  To buy before Christmas is unlikely, but after that, who knows!

Alright, I'm going to head to bed.  I'm completely exhausted and Scotland is need of some pajamas and a little milk before she hopefully sleeps all night.