Monday, August 15, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather.....
It's pretty cloudy out today and quite muggy. Thankfully the temp is fairly low, so it's bearable. 

Right now I am....
I'm sitting on the deck with the girls, sipping my coffee, mentally preparing myself for the week ahead.

I have a giant to do list, and Ben and Syd start school this week. I'm dreading it.

On my reading pile....
Dragon Fly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon (The 2nd Outlander book)
On my TV.....
Not sure, probably just vlogs today.

On the menu for this week....
I have to work on this today.  It's on my to-do list. It's a work in progress.

Monday - Chicken curry, rice, veg, strawberries, garlic naan
Tuesday -  Nachos
Wednesday - Homemade Pizza
Thursday - Brat burgers, grilled potatoes, asparagus
Friday -  
Saturday - 
Sunday -

On my to do list today and this week....
Laundry!!! I have a couple of loads to wash, need to wash the kids bedding, but may put that off a little bit longer as I have a massive fold pile to conquer first. 
Clean the floors.  Ben had a spill this morning that sent cocoa pebbles and milk everywhere.  I cleaned it up, but it's still a bit sticky, so it needs a good mopping.  The floors in the living room and downstairs could use some love while I'm at it.
Dishes. The never ending chore.
Bathrooms. I didn't get them done on Friday or this weekend, so they really need it.
Meeting with Ben's teacher this afternoon.
Tuesday - Shawn is out of town. Grocery delivery. pack up the kids school supplies, 
Wednesday - Ben and Sydney's first day back at school (only half day). Sad mommy day. Have scheduled the day off as I'll probably mope around the house and watch junky reality TV until they come home.
Thursday - Kid's dentist appointment and a meeting with Syd's teacher. Kid's first full day at school.
Friday - Typical housework day. Bathrooms, etc.

In the craft basket....
Nothing at the moment but I need to work on name banners for Sydney and Rylie.  Ben and Scotland have them already over their beds and the girls are a bit jealous.  Maybe I'll work on those tomorrow and Wednesday.
Looking forward to this week....

We need more structure. All summer our schedule has been nonexistant and school starting is really going to stink for us.

Looking around the house....
The house is picked up decently, outside of the laundry and dirty floors. There are dishes in the sink waiting to go into the dishwasher but the dishwasher is empty so it shouldn't take but a minute or two.  The kids are playing in their rooms.  The girls have barbies all over their floor, but they have been really good about picking up when they are done. Ben, still feeling under the weather, is laying in bed playing bridge building games on the iPad. Scotland is walking around the kitchen looking through the glass door through a paper towel tube. 
From the camera....

 We've had so many beautiful evenings, and we finally got a table and chairs for our back deck.  We've been taking full advantage of the table and weather by eating out there at dinner, or Shawn and I spending quality time together out there after the kids go to bed.

On my prayer list.....

My kids, since they don't want school to start and Wednesday is the day. Me, since I'm not ready for the kids to go back to school, although, I do love the social side of it. A few friends and their families, as they go through some tough times. Finally, my husband, for safe travels this week.

Bible verse, Devotional....


Monday, June 27, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday

The Weather:::
I think the high today is 91. Tomorrow it's going to be 85 which will be a nice change from the 100s we had last week while we were moving.

On my reading pile:::
I need to finish Hollow City but I had to put it on hold for the move.  I'm hoping to be back at it soon.

On my tv:::
I have to re-setup my DVR. We hadn't had TV since a week before the move. Thankfully we were able to watch Game of Thrones and still had Netflix.

On the menu for this week:::
I desperately need to plan a menu since I haven't cooked anything for the last week. 

Monday -  Going out for my sister-in-law's birthday dinner
Tuesday -  Bangers and mash with roasted veggies
Wednesday - Chicken curry with rice 
Thursday - Taco soup
Friday -  
Saturday - 

On my to do list:::
Lots of unpacking
Quick run to the grocery store

What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating:::
Nothing at the moment but I can't wait to jump back into being crafty.

Looking around the house:::
Shawn is getting ready to run out and get subway for lunch, Ben is sweeping the stairs, and the girls are playing with dolls upstairs. We are all loving this house.

From the camera:::
At the beginning of the summer, this little cutie was too scared to be in the pool without a two hand death grip on either mom or dad while wearing a life jacket. The pool is about 4 feet deep so Ben is the only kiddo who can touch and keep his head out of water.  It's been about a month and she not only swims all over the pool in a life jacket or water wings, but will jump in and swim to the ladder with no floaties what so ever.  I'm so proud of her for her hard work, and over coming her fears. I should also point out that she is only allowed to go floatie free when an adult is right there working with her.

On my prayer list:::
A few people.

Something that inspires or brings a smile to your face:::

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Almost To The Finish Line

We have 1 1/2 weeks until close.  Packing is in full swing.  I've been working like a crazy lady trying to get as much done as possible.  We've hit a few hiccups along the way, but nothing major or unfixable, and honestly, nothing with the move. Just sick kids and such. We've had extreme allergies, pink eye, and viruses with fevers, headaches and sore throats. Hopefully everyone is finally on the mend, and we can move, and then really get this summer started.  We need park trips, swimming, playdates, zoo trips, and just good fun!

Tonight, while Shawn's playing basketball with his friends, I've taken a break from packing and cleaning to make some grilled cheese and tomato soup, and to watch Zootopia with the kids.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday

I unfortunately haven't participated in quite a while. I've been drowning here and haven't had time for any of my fun stuff, but am attempting to go back to everything I've loved.


The weather outside is::::
Rainy and cold today.  High is about 54 degrees and it's supposed to rain all day and tomorrow.

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
This morning, I treated myself to my chocolate and hazelnut Chobani flips and a bagel with cream cheese.

As I look outside my window:::
It is so dark out and rainy.

Right now I am::::
Sitting on the couch, taking it easy and watching last night's Call the Midwife.

As I look around the house::::
My kitchen is a complete mess, but the dishes are done, so that's a positive.  The couch is covered in clean clothing in need of folding and there is a heaping basket of dirty laundry that needs washing. Rylie is watching My Little Ponies in the playroom, whilst playing with her ponies. Scottie is snuggled up snug as a bug on the chair with her iPad and a blanket. Shawn is in the office, on a very important business call, so we must stay sort of quiet until he's done.

On today's to do list::::
Laundry....I have plenty of laundry to wash, dry, fold, and put away. 
Cleaning....In the kitchen, Unload the dishwasher and some picking up.   Set up the Braava or as Shawn calls it Brobot to do the sweeping and mopping.
In the living room....Vacuum.  Pick up toys.  
In the bedrooms....make beds and work on packing up the things we won't need for a bit.
In the bathrooms....Complete wipe downs in both
Dance.... Sydney has dance this evening

Currently reading::::
I have been trying to read Hollow City by Ransom Riggs but haven't been able to find much time.  Ben has decided to read Harry Potter so I've decided to read them as well, so we can do like a book club.

On the TV today::::
Right now, Call the Midwife.  Later, if I have time, Quantico, Sister Wives, and Shahs of Sunset.

On the menu this week::::
I haven't worked on that yet either. That's another thing I need to work on today, as I need to put in a grocery order for a tomorrow delivery.

Monday - Bangers and Mash with veggies
Tuesday - Honey mustard baked Chicken
Wednesday - 
Thursday - Frozen Pizza
Friday - 
Saturday - At a friends
Sunday - 

What I am creating at the moment::::
Nothing at the moment.  

New recipe I tried or want to try this week::::
No idea at the moment.  

Favorite photo from the camera::::
This photo is from my sister's camera, not mine, as I was unable to attend yesterday. I'm so proud of my baby brother who graduated from High School yesterday and will be leaving for Basic for the National Guard next month.  I hate him leaving but am so proud of him for making his dreams come true.

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tummy Full of Nerves

Good morning. It's been awhile, and I do promise that I have some posts planned and I truly plan on getting my vlog caught up as well.  I've been overwhelmed and can't seem to find my external hard drive anywhere.  I'm a constant mess and should be the poster child for what happens when you're unorganized.

So, this morning, we came downstairs and the kids started going nuts over a butterfly in the window. Since it was still pretty early in the morning, I assumed it was actually a moth and went about making their breakfast. Rylie kept insisting that I come look, so finally I did and was in for a beautiful surprise.

Shawn took the big kids to school since he is WatchDOG for the day.  I think it's cool they have the dads sign up to help at the school. I fed them breakfast and packed their backpacks and off they went, walking to school with their dad.

I took the dogs out for a quick walk so they could go potty without getting too muddy.  Yup, you read that right. Dogs.

We added a new dog to our family.  Realistically, Maya is getting old.  She's a 10 year old, 92 pound lab, with arthritis and bad hips.  She's not ill or anything but if we're being honest,  she may have a few years or she may go tomorrow, we really don't know.  Since Shawn travels so much for work, we like having a big dog for protection and would rather have another dog, who's time overlaps with the one we already have (we joke and say for Maya to train) than to have a period of time with no dog.

Here she is!

Her name is Duchess.  She came pre-named and knows her name pretty well.  She's a 3 year old Basenji mix. We think she's mixed with either Husky or a heeler of some sort as she's twice the size of a Basenji and has 1 1/2 blue or white eyes. and half of a brown eye. She's so good with the kids and doesn't really seem bothered by them climbing on her, yelling, crying, etc. She does however like to run off.  She's run off twice now.  The first time she broke a board out of the gate in the backyard. To be fair, it was loose to start with. And Tuesday Rylie accidentally let her out and she took off where we chased her all over our neighborhood and the next neighborhood over, for 45 minutes, until she finally ran to some boys getting into their car at the end of our street.  Yup, this one must be on a leash.

Anyway, back to my day. I took the dogs out for a walk. Scottie and Rylie enjoy walking and running them up and down the street as well.

After we came inside it was time to get everyone ready to take Rylie to school. This comes with it's fair share of tantrums.  Scottie did not want a diaper change this morning and threw all of her diapers on the floor in a fit of rage. Screaming, yelling, and crying, she tried to bite her sister and hit me.

She's a very opinionated girl, which often leads to us butting heads, although I know I'll love this quality about her when she's much older.

Now, Rylie is at school.  I'll need to leave to pick her up in just over an hour. Scottie is watching a video on youtube on Shawn's iPad and the dishwasher needs to be unloaded and reloaded.  I also have some laundry to put away.

Thankfully she's in a much better mood now than she was earlier. Maybe I'll get my todo list done...

I do have some news that I don't want to jinx but I'm so excited and feel I should share. We are buying a house.  The inspection is today, and I'm so nervous I'm making myself sick.  I do that... get sick to my stomach when I'm nervous, upset, or injured. I explain it, it just happens.  Anyway, it's a beautiful house that literally needs no work, except maybe painting the kids rooms. It's 99% or what we asked for in a house and that 1% it's not will work in the future. We're not scheduled to close until June 20th, which seems like forever away, but so much has to happen between now and then. I have so much to pack, to sort, throw away, donate, etc. and then there is the paperwork. Whew it's so much already!

I can't wait to show you all the house but it will have to wait. Just know that it's beautiful. It has the kitchen I've been wanting, the nice bathtub I've been wanting, two living rooms with fireplaces, and very spacious bedrooms, not to mention the large yard with a nice under the deck seating area that will stay dry in the rain.

Ok, I've gotten that secret off of my chest.  Now, to do these dishes and go pick up the Ry Monster.

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Last Few Weeks

Life has been a crazy whirlwind lately.  A whirlwind consisting of Spring Break, Easter, Shawn's work travel, dance, art classes, school parties, soccer, and Hand Foot and Mouth.

We've been house hunting for the past several months, which has been way more stressful than I imagined it would be. There just hadn't been much hitting the market and now that there finally is, they are selling super fast. I'm afraid we're going to have to get really aggressive. A house we loved online went under contract in less than 24 hours of being on the market. Insane right?

Shawn had a work trip that just so happened to fall over Spring Break so the kids and I tagged along and made a vacation out of it. So the whole week of Spring Break we were in Denver Colorado. Shawn and the kids had never been to the mountains.  I've been several times, but was still in awe of it's beauty. The kids and I always manage to find ways of keeping entertained on these trips, and this one was no exception.

Did I mention that it's an 8 hour car trip?  That's one way, with no stops! We ended up doing it in about 10 or 10 1/2 hours.  We stopped at a McDonalds with a play place on the way there, and the way back (about halfway) so the kids could stretch their legs and eat.

We stayed at a cool hotel called The Curtis.  Every floor is themed although a few were sort of lame with decor, ours was awesome.  We were on the fun and games floor which looked like video games.

Our room was really fun and modern.

And the view was awesome!

Monday was the day we traveled there.
Tuesday we went to the Aquarium.

The girls got their picture taken with a mermaid (Ben was too shy and embarrassed to do it) and we got to pet the sting rays.

Tuesday afternoon and evening, Shawn was off of work so we went to Breckenridge to let the kids enjoy snow and actually be in the mountains.  We got caught in a blizzard but managed to get there and back safely.

Wednesday, I took the kids to the Nature and Science Museum.

Thursday we went to the Children's Museum.

And Thursday night we went to Casa Bonita.  When in Denver...  Ok, so it was just as I remembered. The food, not great, but the atmosphere is why people go.

And it snowed on us while we were there!

Which allowed for some fun snowball fighting.

Friday, before leaving town, we ate at Sam's No. 3, which has been featured on Diners Drive Ins and Dives.  Let me tell you, it was worth the wait we had, because it's so popular. YUM!

After brunch, we hit the road for our long trip home.

That weekend we had a birthday party the kids were all invited to.  Ben had a sore throat so I didn't allow him to go. Shawn kept him and Scottie with him so I didn't have to take them. It was at a gymnastics place, which made for a really fun birthday party.

The party was for Rylie's best friend Scarlett and her sister, Ben and Sydney's really good friend, Samantha.  Over the last year or so, all of the kids have gotten really close.  

By the time we came out from the birthday party, Ben's sore throat had also become a rash, which we quickly found out was Hand, Foot, and Mouth. By the next day, it had also spread to Sydney and a few days later, Scottie came down with it.  Ben missed 6 days of school and Sydney missed 5. We took them to the doctor to make sure they were no longer contagious before sending them back.  Poor Ben had it so severely that he still looks pretty rough and he's been back at school now for 2 weeks.

Since Ben and Sydney were sick, they had to miss their first soccer games of the season. Rylie never caught it though and was at her soccer game, bright and early.  It was so cold, and pouring down rain. She did not enjoy it at all because of how miserable the weather was.

I ended up, sitting in the wet and muddy grass and taking off my fuzzy socks, so Rylie could wear them on her hands for gloves.

That night we dyed Easter eggs and set the trap for the Easter Bunny, since the next day was Easter.

Easter was a super lazy day.  We came downstairs and saw the baskets and empty trap. That darn bunny was too fast for us.  The kids hunted for eggs that were filled with candy and lego men that the Easter Bunny hid and then we laid around, watched TV and iPads, and ate.

Since everyone was sick over Easter we did our big family Easter the next Sunday.

This week has been really crazy.  We've had the normal schedules of everyone's school. Tuesday Sydney got to take a toy to school to play with and today she took a big fruit salad I made, for her class surprise party for her class para. Rylie took a baby picture to school since it was baby week, and they did some fun baby related activities, guessed who's baby picture belonged to who in the class, and got to lay on a table while a teacher traced them onto giant paper and then paint themselves. We've had both Sydney and Rylie's dance classes, Ben had his clay class and his drawing and painting class, Ben and Sydney had their soccer practices and marathon club, Sydney and Rylie had dance pictures, and to top it all off Shawn was gone most of the week, so I was going it alone.

Everything has been so wild and crazy and to top it off, Scottie's birthday is a little over a week away. Her birthday present shopping has been done, although it hasn't all arrived yet. I just have to figure out party food, cake, and decorations.  The theme is Ben and Holly since she's obsessed.  My baby is turning 2!