Welcome! My name's Jennifer & I live a pretty furry life with a few critters that call my house home. I ramble a lot about my kids, my critters, trips we take & stuff that strikes me. I post a LOT of pics & my posts run all over the place. I try to stay consistent on when I post but sometimes life gets in the way. So, if you don't mind reading about different topics, with small lulls in between, then I hope you'll sit a spell.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Furry Friday ~ Birds


This week's installment doesn't include my personal pictures but those that my very dear friend, Vanessa shared with me specifically for Furry Friday. And it's a good thing too b/c I was at a loss of what I'd share! LOL So thanks Sis! You saved my hide on my own blog! Haha

She took these pictures while on a fishing trip on Lake Texana and Guadalupe River. And she got some ah-MAZ-ing shots!





Thanks again for saving my hide Sis! LOL

Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekend Recap

This weekend was a whirlwind of activities and fun:

Princesses
Ice cold water
Italian food
A great sermon
and Awana's
just to name a few of the "highlights".

Friday evening I participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge but you'll have to wait for the video for that......if blogger cooperates that is. :-)


Saturday was a day for Princesses.

Saturday morning, dresses, make-up and up-do's abounded.
A birthday party fit for a princess with tea and cupcakes and ballroom dancing.
(But you'll have to wait till another post for details.) :-D

Saturday evening was spent at one of my favorite restaurants, Provino's, for a birthday celebration (mine if you're asking :-D). John stayed home with the kids, so it was just me, Dad, my brother and one of their friends, Clyde. I was also surprised with a cake when I got home that John and McKayla made for me. <3

It may look like it belongs on Cake Wrecks, especially with the squiggles
and the candle wax drips but it's postively beautiful in MY eyes b/c
my husband baked it and my daughter decorated it. :-)

On Sunday we had a sermon on Traditions.....my phone wasn't cooperating with me, so I wasn't able to take notes. :-( but we read from Mark 2:18-28.

Sunday afternoon, my brother came by so HE could participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (that video will be forthcoming too).

Sunday evening, McKayla attended her first Awana class of the year......I think it'll be a good, fun year for her. This will be her first year in the "real" Awana class where she can participate in all the fun and crazy activities they do.

So there's my weekend recap. A few teasers and a few things that don't really warrant a post of their own but I still wanted to share.

Hope yours was a fantastic weekend full of fun and adventure!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Furry Friday ~ Making The Bed


This morning, while trying to make the bed, I encountered a very large problem. Making the bed on a normal day is a big undertaking in itself b/c it's such a big bed, which takes large covers and there's no just reaching across to fix and/or fluff, so I'm walking back and forth around the bed.

Add in a 120+ lb unmovable object and the bed making process turns into a feat of strength that only the likes of Paul Bunyan could weld.

Or.....

You do the best you can, covering the object with the blankets and then grabbing the camera to document the occasion (but also so you'd have something for your Furry Friday post). :-D









Guess I'll finish making the bed later........

(Feel free to join me on Furry Friday's with pictures of YOUR furry friends and they don't even have to be furry! They can be feathered or scaly or bald. Furry Friday's does not discriminate LOL Just link back to my Furry Friday's using the picture or just typing out my blog name. Hopefully I'll figure out how to do a Blog Hop soon! LOL)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Frazzled

This is me this week.

Between school, work, children's choir, Awana's, possibly gymnastics AND Girl Scouts, doctors appointments and scheduled maintenance for the Kia. Factor in regular housework; dishes, clothes (and the fact my washing machine crapped out the other day hasn't helped but it has since be fixed) and packing lunches, checking backpack, getting baths taken care of, dogs cared for and countless other things I can't think of right now.


Yeah, I'm a bit frazzled and this is just the first full week of school! 

Yikes.

I'm in trouble.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Call Me Maybe

I ran across this post on The Diaries of a Wimpy Mom blog and being a Mom, I could really relate and had to share.

Oh, and cause I'm a horrible blogger of late and can't seem to come up with my own material (well....that's not necessarily true, I do have a lot of material, just none "ready" to share LOL).

Anyway.

Enjoy!

Alright DIARY,

     These past few days I've been a little overwhelmed by kids. I thought I'd re-write Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" to something that is a bit more........fitting for moms.......(Here's the official video in case you need to get the tune in your head first. Good luck getting it OUT when you're done!)




I fell in love with a man,
So cute, and he had a tan,
Just sporting his black Ray Bans,
And now I have his babe.

A little intercourse leads,
To a hefty pregnancy,
Nine months of pure misery,
And now I have his babe.

Your lovin' got me, Long kiss, stole my heart key.
Now I am a mommy,
Where you think you're goin, baby?

Hey, I just met you.
And this is crazy.
My kid won't sleep well,
Please take my baby.

Hey, I just met you.
And this is CRAZY,
My kid won't sleep well,
Please take my baby.

It's hard to function, and I'm cranky,
My kid won't sleep well,
Please take my baby.

Hey, I just met you.
And this is CRAZY,
My kid won't sleep well,
Please take my baby.

And all the other moms,
Will wish they were me,
My kid won't sleep well,
Please take my baby.

Sixteen months passed and you know,
It was a pretty big blow,
We just forgot birth control,
And now I have two babes.

Two little kids in two years,
Can lead me to so many tears,
And reconfirm all your fears,
And now I have two babes.

Their lovin' got me, soft skin, nice and squishy,
Yes, I am their mommy,
Holy cow I have two babies?

Hey, I just met you.
And this is CRAZY.
My kids won't sleep well,
Please take my baby.

It's hard to function, and I'm cranky,
My kid won't sleep well,
Please take my baby.

And all the other moms,
Will wish they were me,
My kid won't sleep well,
Please take my baby.

Before they came into my life,
I had some money,
I had some money,
I had some mon-mon-ey.

Before they came into my life,
I had some money,
And my sanity,
Oh yes, my sanity.

It's hard to think that,
I wasn't insane,
My kids don't sleep well,
Please take my babies.

Hey I just met you,
And this is CRAZY,
My kid won't sleep well,
Please take my baby.

It's hard to function, and I'm cranky,
My kid won't sleep well,
Please take my baby.

And all the other moms,
Will wish they were me,
My kid won't sleep well,
Please take my baby.

Before they came into my life,
I had some money,
I had some money,
I had some mon-mon-ey.

Before they came came into my life,
I had some money,
And my sanity,
Oh yes, my sanity.

So, want my babies?

(Just for a night. I'll miss them if it's any longer.......)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Furry Friday ~ Katie


Vanessa, who commissioned the graphite portrait of Rio for me, has been truly amazing and gifted me with another graphite portrait, this time of Katie. <3

Of course, I have to pick a picture I want Catherine to do, which is easier said than done. Haha

This picture has always been my favorite of her. I love the paws crossed, the head tilt and the fact that she actually has her ears perked up. My only "issue" with this picture is that her eyes are closed. In a way it adds to the overall picture but I want to see those beautiful eyes. 


So, I proceeded to take pictures of Katie the other day, in hopes of getting one that would be perfect for the graphite portrait:








As you can tell, she wasn't very cooperative and probably wondered why Mom kept pointing the flashy thingy in her face....especially when she was trying to sleep.

I like each picture, for different reasons, but none seemed suitable for the graphite portrait. Maybe b/c I was trying to hard.

I ended up asking Catherine if it was possible to use my favorite picture but draw her with her eyes open. I wasn't too hopeful, not knowing the process but she told me that it wouldn't be a problem, I just needed to send her several pictures of Katie that really show her eyes.

So come September, I'll get my wish. I'll have my favorite picture of Katie turned into a graphite portrait, with the added bonus of seeing her beautiful eyes.


I'm beyond thrilled to have this gift. Vanessa will never realize how much this means to me. Katie has been a constant in my life and knowing that she's aging and it's showing is killing me. Knowing that I'll have this portrait long after she's gone, is a gift I'll cherish for always. I'm also glad she had me take pictures of Katie, b/c now I'll have those too.

Thanks Sis. <3

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Throwback Thursday ~ Then and Now


(This isn't too far of a Throwback but seems fitting for what's on my mind today.)


This is McKayla, the day she was born. So small. So tiny.

And this is McKayla today. Her 3rd day of Kindergarten and her 1st day of walking into school by herself.

Every day this week, I've asked her if she wanted to eat breakfast at home or at school, if she wanted to eat cafeteria food or me pack her lunch and if she wanted me to go with in her inside the school or if she wanted me to drop her off.

Tuesday (her first day), she wanted to eat breakfast at home, eat cafeteria food and me go inside the school with her. I did and helped her find where she needed to go......students wait in the gym until it's time to go to class. (The first week or so, the Kindergarten teachers come to the gym to get the kids but once they get in the groove, they'll walk by themselves to their classrooms).

Wednesday, she wanted to eat breakfast at school, me pack her lunch and to go inside with her. We found her friend from Pre-K, Leah, and I helped them both figure out protocol for eating breakfast at school. I sat with them while they ate and then went to the gym with them to wait for their teachers.

Thursday (today), she wanted to eat breakfast at school again, pack her lunch but THIS time.....

she wanted to go in by herself.

Wait?

What?!

She's ready to go in by herself already?!

But I'M not ready!

She made sure she remembered what and where she was supposed to go. I asked her several times if she was sure that's what she wanted to do (I didn't want a meltdown in the middle of the circle with other parents waiting to drop off their kids) and she said she was.

So that's what I did. I gave her a hug in the car, told her to have a fantastic day and out she went, to school by herself. Grinning from ear to ear and strutting her stuff.

I, on the other hand, may have puddled up a little as I watched my baby walk into the cafeteria ..... alone .....not caring that I was keeping other parents from going anywhere (not really, I didn't just sit there, I creeped forward a bit).

Before too long, she won't even want a hug from me anymore but in the mean time, I'm gonna get as many hugs and kisses as she'll allow/give. :-)
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read about my adventures! Hope to see you next time. :-)