Monday, October 17, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday





The weather outside is::::
Sunny and warm.  I think the high today is supposed to be 87! The wind is blowing super hard today though, so it wouldn't surprise me if it eventually blows something in.


On the breakfast plate this morning::::
   I'm currently finishing up my breakfast. I had a slice of pumpkin bread, a yogurt, and my coffee.

As I look outside my window:::
The sun is shining and it really doesn't feel like fall but it is starting to look like it, thanks to the cooler weather we've had off and on over the last week or so.

Right now I am::::
Sitting on the couch in the living room finishing up my breakfast. Last weeks episode of Modern Family is playing on my TV and I'm trying to quickly get this blogpost done since I have another post to do and more coffee to make my husband.


As I look around the house::::
The house is mostly picked up I just need to get a few things done, like laundry folding and dishes.  The girls are playing with baby dolls in their room, and actually getting along!  Excuse me, but that is somewhat monumental.


On today's to do list::::
Laundry....I have a load or two to wash and several loads to fold.
Kitchen....I need to finish loading the dishwasher and run it, then I need to sweep the kitchen floor and give the table, sink and counters a good ole scrubbing.
Dance....Sydney and Rylie both have dance and it's parent observation week so we need to get there nice and early.


Happening this week::::
Monday.....Girl's dance, boys haircuts
Tuesday....Shawn goes out of town
Wednesday....Ben's art class
Thursday.....Ben's class field trip, Shawn comes home
Friday.... Kid's are out of school, Leave on our extended weekend trip to Eureka Springs.


Currently reading::::
Still working on the 2nd Outlander book.  I've taken a small break, but am going to jump right back in, today. 


On the TV today::::
Vlogs, and my brother has me watching The Ranch on Netflix.


On the menu this week::::
Monday - Polish sausage with peppers and onions, rice
Tuesday - Pizza
Wednesday - Chicken Curry, rice, and naan
Thursday - Spaghetti with meat sauce
Friday - In Eureka Springs
Saturday - In Eureka Springs
Sunday - In Eureka Springs 

 
What I am creating at the moment::::
Nothing at the moment, but do need to work on the banners for the girls room over their beds. Also, I'd like to pick up my yarn and crochet hook but need some inspiration first.  Also, I've started a video for my brother, who is away at basic training, that has all the big things, holidays, kids school performances, and sports things. My sister is also supposed to be getting me videos from her family so we can put them all together.  It will be a long several months between basic and then job training and we really don't want him to feel like he missed everything.


New recipe I tried or want to try this week::::
Nothing at the moment, but I will be scouring pinterest and blogs, because I really need some inspiration.


Favorite photo from the camera::::
This is not a photo I took, but one my brother sent me on snapchat, early this morning. He left for basic on Tuesday of last week and has been in reception ever since.  Today, he actually starts basic which meant that he lost his phone, so this is the last picture I have of him until he gets his phone back when he hopefully gets to come home for Christmas. Look at that handsome young man!



Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::


Monday, October 10, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday

I'm here!  I'm here! I'm here! I've been away a lot and I'm not perfect, so it may happen again, but I really want to be here.


On the weather front:::
I believe the temperatures are cooler this week keeping the highs in the 60s and low 70s.  I'm super excited for it to start feeling like fall.

On my bedside table:::
Kleenex
Remote
Fake flowers in a vase
A couple of books

On my TV:::
A few vlogs
I don't have a ton of time for shows today as I'll be running like a mad woman quite soon today.

Thinking and pondering::::
I've really got a lot on my mind...

We've been struggling quite a bit with behavior and the kids, specifically Rylie who is 4 and firmly in drama-ville. If you ask her nicely not to do something she either doesn't listen or she starts over reacting and says some really off the wall things like "You don't like me!", "You want me to die!" or her big one already today "Alright, punch me in the nose until I'm black and blue." Where does this come from? How do we move past this phase? Please tell me it's a phase!!!

My baby brother leaves for basic tomorrow morning for the Army National Guard.  I didn't think I had a problem with it. I thought I was ok and that it wouldn't be that difficult. He lives roughly 45 minutes away and I have a busy life and he has a job and friends and a life of his own. I didn't think that him going across the country for roughly 6 months would be very different. Two nights ago we had his 19th birthday party/going away party and everything hit me.  I'm really struggling with him leaving. I'm actually getting quite depressed about it.

Listening to::::
An episode of Classic Sesame Street on the TV in the background.

Favorite Youtube Video last week:::
I didn't really have much time last week for Youtube, but am planning on catching up soon.

On the menu for this week:::
I need to plan for the week still.  It's the last week of absolute insanity with kids schedules.  Soccer season is over after Saturday! Ben will be picking up another art class but I just drop him off and come home while he's there so I actually will have time to cook.

Monday -    
Tuesday - 
Wednesday - 
Thursday - 
Friday - 
Saturday -  
Sunday - 


On my To Do List:::
Laundry
Dishes
Picking up the house
Floors
Setting up Doctor's appointments
Syd and Rylie's dance classes
Syd's soccer practice

Looking forward to:::
The cooler weather and soccer being over.  I'm ready to spend some time at home.

What I plan on doing for myself this week:::
I'm going to do my best to start blogging and vlogging again.  I've had so many posts I've wanted to type up and so many videos I've needed to edit. I'm going to work on it, because I truly enjoy it. I just don't often to do stuff I enjoy because I spend all my time doing stuff for my children or housework. I would also really like to find some time to get my hair done.

Favorite photo:::



Lesson learned the past few days:::
No matter how hard you push your feelings down deep inside, they always have a way of resurfacing and sometimes keeping things inside have other consequences than just an occasional explosion of emotions. It can have an affect on your health as well.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:::



  

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.

Thinking....
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:::
Laundry
Dishes
Sweeping
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.

happyhomemakermonday


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.