Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Monday!  Hope today is finding you well.  Ben's at school, and Shawn is off of work today but is doing Watch Dogs at Ben's school.  Basically he's volunteering there.  I love that he's so involved also.

The weather outside is::::
We had a warm yet rainy weekend, and now it's back to cold again.  It should be a little warmer this week than last though.

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
Right now, just a Starbucks Doubleshot Espresso.  I think I'll be adding a donut in a moment though.

As I look outside my window:::
It's somewhat cloudy today, and the wind is really blowing.  Today is a cold fall day.

Right now I am::::
Sitting at the table, typing this and drinking my espresso and cream.

As I look around the house::::
The house is near spotless.  Shawn and I were cleaning last night.  I folded and put away laundry while he steam mopped the kitchen.  We've been really working well as a team lately.  We always do, but the past couple of weeks have been perfect.

Rylie is still upstairs sleeping but she was up so late last night.  Sydney is sitting right next to me watching Winx Club on her iPad and trying to get Scotland to watch with her from her highchair.  

On today's to do list::::
Laundry.....I have a load in the dryer to fold and put away, then I'm washing the kids bedding today.
Cleaning.....Just keeping up on the usual picking up.
Wrestling.... Ben has his first wrestling practice tonight but I think Shawn is taking him.
Sorting clothes.... I'm late getting this done, but the kids dressers need to be sorted and all of their summer clothes are getting packed away.  I did Scottie's last night.
Baking.... A second attempt at a loaf of sour dough bread. The loaf last night, didn't rise...

Currently reading::::
Game of Thrones by George R R Martin
I'm also reading Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary to the kids.  

On the TV today::::
-- Sons of Anarchy (I have last weeks episode to watch still)
-- American Horror Story (I'm a few episodes behind)
-- Grey's Anatomy (I have about 3 episodes to catch up on)
-- Gracepoint (Last weeks episode)
If I have time today or this week I'll watch some of these on Netflix
-- Hart of Dixie
-- The Carrie Diaries
-- Gilmore Girls

On the menu this week::::

Spaghetti with meat sauce

Pancakes, bacon, and eggs

Probably fast food since we'll be preparing for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Dinner




What I am creating at the moment::::
I need to finish Rylie's scarf.  I just have barely sat still long enough to crochet.  I may have time to actually paint this week, and I may finally finish my end table, table cloth.

New recipe I tried or want to try this week::::
I've been so lost in my own little world that I haven't been looking but I did pick up a Downton Abbey book called A Year In The Life at Downton Abbey that has some delicious looking recipes in it as well.

Favorite photo from the camera::::
Working on our sour dough bread starter.  We've made it a family science project.  Next up is Greek Yogurt.

Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Ok, I've been meaning to do this post for a little while now.  As I type this, my cute little monsters are running and playing and having a good time at Laugh Out Loud while I sit and watch as well.

So, a couple of weeks ago, an ad came up on my Facebook for Xtreme Bugs, an exhibit at Union Station in Kansas City.  I'm not a fan of bugs really.  I don't like them in my house and I really dislike anything that bites or stings. I don't know why this caught my attention, because usually I just scroll past ads, but something about this one had me look further.  After going to the website I saw that the cost was much cheaper than most of the other exhibits they host.  We decided to make a whole day out of it and do Science City and lunch at Union Station as well and went, not last Saturday but the Saturday before.  The girls and I even watched Bugs Life, the week before, in preparation.

First I have to tell you how beautiful Union Station is!  It's so amazing.  I would have loved to see what it was like back when it was a full on train station.

 We decided to go play at Science City first and then grab something to eat.

The very first thing to do was a screen where the lady was doing yoga and the kids did it with her and could see themselves doing it.

We took our friend Terry with us.  I think we all had a great time.

Science City was just as fun for the adults as it was for the kids.  The big boys were landing their rocket ships.

Terry was sitting on the space toilet.  He said "Now I just need something to read."

We went to a space sphere show where they lit up this sphere with projected images to make it look like the sun, all of the different planets, and the milky way.  It was so cool, and we learned a lot about space and especially the individual planets.  I also loved that they had the kids yelling out answers, so it was extremely interactive.

This was the milky way.  It kind of looks like a disco ball in this picture, but in person, it was amazing.

The kids got to dig for dinosaur fossils.

That's a boy ready to dig.

This little sass pot, makes me laugh all the time.

The train part was really cool too.  Lots for the kids to climb in.

This picture completely cracks me up!  The train made a noise and started rattling like it was really on.  I think Ben thought it was going to just take off so he jumped up.  I told him to sit down and smile so I could get his picture, and this is what I got.  Hahaha!

Of course, Rylie found horses.

The elevator had glass window type walls.  We don't do tons of elevators so the see threw ones were really cool to the kids!

After Science City, we stopped to eat in the restaurant at the front of Union Station.  While we were waiting to order our food, we got to witness the end of a flash mob where a man asked a woman to marry him.  It was so sweet.  Of course she said yes.  We also saw a bride in her beautiful dress. Rylie kept insisting that she was a princess.  She did look like one.

After lunch we went to see some Xtreme Bugs.  They were huge!  They moved and made noise and were just really incredible.  I couldn't believe how cool they were.

The kids got to do more digging and investigating.

This spider looks like it's going to get Ben!

After the exhibit, they had a real tarantula, scorpion, silk worms, and hissing cockroaches.  Soooo gross!

Of course a fun picture opportunity with the big kids while Scottie slept.

Across the street from Union Station is Liberty Memorial.  It's a memorial for World War I.  Because we went on the weekend before Veteran's Day, we got to see the very end of a ceremony as we were leaving.

This giant bee was outside in the lawn.  So huge!

And every where we go, there are signs of fall.  This tree was too beautiful.

My in-laws were out of town on a mini vacation, but Shawn had left his car there the night before, so we had to stop by and pick it up.  When we got there I noticed a package on the front porch, so I took it inside and took this picture to send to my mother-in-law with the caption "Finders keepers." Hahaha!

Yes, I'm quite a dork most of the time.

On the car drive home, the sunset was so beautiful!  I just was in awe!

I'm telling you, it was the perfect day.  Lots of fun and so much we got to see and do.  Completely necessary of the blog post however late and photo crammed it may be.