Monday, July 6, 2015

Bad Blogger

Hi there poorly neglected blog. I haven't spent much time with you lately, have I?

I've left you alone for what, a few weeks a month now?


I promise I've thought about you every day. Maybe not ALL day but you have run across my mind a few times a day.

I have no real excuse for the neglect either....

Other than life is happening and I just haven't had time to sit down with you:

We've had McKayla's graduation and end-of-school fun activities.

We've had working and babysitting and yard sales.

We've had trips to the lake, park and Mothers Day.

We've had tumbling camp

And VBS.

We've had a Family Fun Day at an amusement park courtesy of John's work

and 4th of July festivities.

and countless other things going on around here.

I've so badly meant to sit down and let you know what all had been going on but time is one thing I don't have much of right now.

I can't make any promises that I'm back to stay for any length of time either b/c I couldn't guarantee I wouldn't disappear again for a little while.

And for my few followers, I'm staying somewhat caught up with you but as I'm an excellent example of a mediocre blogger; I, obviously, haven't been commenting like I should. Sorry. Bad blogger friend.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Furry Friday ~ Stowaway

Last weekend Chris marched with his JROTC class in a local parade. (I may blog about it later but it was pretty bad.) After the parade, we went to Chris' Dad's house to pick Chris up and while talking, I noticed the stowaway.

He was pretty neat looking with a bright red head and "spikes" up and down his back. 

He hung out on the side-mirror for a good 30-45 minutes with steady speeds of 60 mph. Bet he had one hell of a headache! Haha

We finally lost him at a gas station when I shut the door.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Furry Friday ~ Furry and Feathered Friends

Just a few pictures taken this week of our furry and feathered visitors. ☺

We have bunnies. Not pet bunnies but wild bunnies that play, eat and rest in our yard.

Look a little to the right of the porch post.

I zoomed in for you ☺

Of course, everyone has squirrels but do they come to visit you?

And then there are the birds:

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

Mom sent me an email the other day, reminding me that I hadn't made a post using the new graphic I had asked her to make me. Oops! I'd had things to talk/post about when I had first asked her about doing a graphic but that post kinda fizzled out.

I've since had a few things here and there that didn't really warrant a whole post by themselves but still stuff I wanted to share and with Mom sending me this graphic, it gave me the push I needed. Thanks Mom! :-)

This post will definitely be all over the place. Enjoy! LOL

  •  Several weeks ago, McKayla asked to say Grace at our church's weekly Wednesday night dinner. This was her 2nd time saying Grace but the 1st time I was able to record her.


Mom had yelled chided me for not taping the 1st time McKayla had said Grace, so I made sure that I took a video this time and shared the video with her. Then, when I posted the video to FB, Mom made this graphic:

  • Back around Easter (yeah, I know, I haven't blogged about that yet....bad blogger), we (sister-in-laws business and our Church) hosted an Easter Egg Hunt for the community. We try to get the plastic eggs back b/c we use about 5,000 of them. So, as an incentive, we told the kids that if they returned their eggs, they'd receive a coupon for a free kids meal at Fazoli's. McKayla was BEYOND thrilled to get her coupon and was so excited to be able to eat free! I'm not understanding her enthusiasm b/c she ALWAYS eats free.....seeing as how Daddy or Mommy pay for her meals. LOL

  • Healing tattoo's ITCH. LIKE. CRAZY! I'd forgotten how bad they itch. Nothing worse than having an itch you can't scratch. Ordinarily, I'd smack or rub the itchy spot, but that's a no-no with tattoos as you can rub the scab off or you know, because it hurts. LOL

  • A couple weeks ago, Chris' ROTC class was having an awards day and he ,of course, wanted me to come watch. I was running late (Rio got out of the fence....again) so I missed the first part of it. After the ceremony was over, I caught up to him as he was walking back to class and asked him if he'd gotten any awards and he said "No, but I will next year!". And I think he will.

  • McKayla has been going to Tumbling classes for several months now. She's made leaps and bounds (hahaha, no pun intended) with her progress but today she FINALLY MASTERED THE CARTWHEEL! Oh I'm so thrilled! She's tried so hard, she really has but her legs and arms just wouldn't cooperate with her. The look on her face when she successfully did a cartwheel was priceless.
  • Kindergarten graduation. It's almost here. Next week as a matter of fact. Where they heck did this year go?!
  • And last but not least, a teaser of sorts. I plan on finally sharing the mugs and hot chocolate ornaments McKayla and I made for her teachers for Christmas, the Father/Daughter dance John and McKayla went to and many more things. I'm seriously trying to let go of this need to post of things exactly when they happened. It doesn't matter when I post, just so long as I do so I can look back later on.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Springtime Blues

That time of year again.

Trees are blooming.
Flowers are growing.
Grass is shooting up.

Which leads to runny noses.
And general springtime yuckiness.

I'm working on combating that and made, what I call, a Springtime Blues roller bottle blend using my Young Living Essential Oils :

20 drops of Lemon
20 drops of Lavender
20 drops of Peppermint
1 drop of Breath Again Roll-On (this isn't in the "recipe" but I added it for the Copaiba that's in it.)
Top off with fractionated Coconut Oil

And tada! A roller blend to fight the "blues". ☺

I made this mainly for McKayla as she really struggles this time of year. A couple applications and she is good to go. ☺ Whenever she starts sniffling, I start applying. If I know we're gonna be outside a lot or something is blooming, it gets applied. Great stuff. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Furry Friday ~ A Lasting Impression

I know, I "created" Furry Friday and it's my blog, so I can do what I want but I feel guilty when I reuse pictures or post something that's not exactly furry. With that said, read on for another semi-Furry Friday's still about a furry friend, just with a twist. LOL

It should come as no surprise to those of you who know me or read this blog with any regularity that I love my Dane.

I could come close to saying he's my heart dog. He may drive me insane by jumping the fence, getting in the garbage or destroying my furniture but I still love him. (Just like my kids or husband my irritate me occasionally but I still love them too LOL.) The idea of him leaving me is damn near devastating.

After having wanted one for so long and then actually finally getting one, has been a dream come true for me.

So it wasn't all that odd that when thinking of new tattoo ideas and wanting to incorporate him into it somehow, wasn't all that far fetched.

I already had a paw print that reminded me of Duke, although that wasn't the original idea. I just wanted a paw print. I like dogs/animals. Made sense. But we had Duke at the time and now, every time I see it, I think of him.

Ignore my splotchy leg and just admire the tat LOL

So, after much thinking, I finally figured out what I wanted to do and got my new tattoo last night.

I wanted a band that wrapped around my wrist and gave the artist these two pictures as a reference point:

And this is the end result:

I am BEYOND thrilled! But I won't lie, getting his head done on the inside of my wrist HURT. Don't think I'll ever do THAT again but it was well worth it. LOL (The only thing I might do is have him fill in the top white line. I know what he was aiming for there but not quite sure if it can be pulled off. I'm going to give it a couple weeks to heal and then reassess.)

It's pretty fresh in those pics, so it's covered in A&D Ointment and still pretty pissed off looking so I'll take some pictures once it's healed.

Next tattoo I have in mind is of Katie's clay paw print I got with her ashes. I'm thinking about adding wings to it with the date of her death on my shoulder but not totally sure yet.

Anyone else have tattoo's? I'd love to see them! Add a link to them in the comments and I'll head over to see them. ☺ Don't have a tattoo but want one? I'd love to ideas. :-D
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read about my furry life! I'd love to hear from you! Hope to see you next time. :-)