Monday, October 19, 2015

Hello? Does This Thing Still Work?

Probably not.
I kinda disappeared.


I hadn't realized it'd been 3 months (July 6th to be precise) since I'd last posted, until achieve1dream commented asking if I was alive. Oops. Ironically, that was on my post apologizing for being a bad blogger after not having blogged since May. (Completely off subject, but why is it that every time I try to type "blogger" my fingers want to type "blooger"? LOL)

Anyway, let's just say that I'm great at forgetting I even have a blog.

That's not entirely true. I haven't forgotten about my blog but it seems like that when I have time to blog, there's nothing to blog about but when I have something to blog about, I don't have time to blog.

Such is life, eh?

I don't think much has happened since I did my last recap. Chris turned 17 in July. Where in the world has time gone?? Nothing makes you feel older than your kids. Bleh.

McKayla started 1st grade in August and has been doing fantastic. She just brought home her 1st 6 weeks report card and had all A's across the board. Proud Momma here. :-)

I celebrated my 35th birthday in August. Ouch, that's kind of hard to type. Although I don't feel 35, I feel like I did in High School. It's almost like I expect to feel my age, like at 35 there is some sort of major personality/physical change. I know that doesn't make a lick of sense and I don't know how to make it make sense. Oh well.

We've added a few new furry family members in the last few months (pictures shown on the sidebar to the right):

Oreo came because a friend of mine has a lot of health problems and it was just too much to deal with having to change his/her cage and I told her I could take him/her. Still can't pet him/her but it's enjoyable watching him/her run around and play in his/her cage. (Obviously I don't know if I have a male or female LOL)

Coco was a planned buy. I'd wanted a hamster the kids could actually handle since Oreo is too skittish and too small. I hadn't realized how difficult it'd be to find a female tho (I don't like the males b/c of how pronounced their rear end is, I mean geez!, do they have to be the size of their head?! LOL) I eventually found one and she's been calm and confident from the get-go. The kids have really enjoyed being able to pet and play with her.

We've also added a 2nd dog to the family. I know this sounds stupid but I'm not sure if I'm ready to formally introduce her just yet. I feel like in some sort of way, that I'm disrespecting Katie or pretending like she never existed if I make an introductory of our new girl before I do a proper Remembrance post for Katie. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but I can't shake the feeling.

And last but not least, as I'm typing up this blog post, I'm sitting in the waiting room of a hospital waiting for my husband to be finished with his back surgery. He'd injured it years ago (doesn't really know how but that's the doctors best guess) and after trying physical therapy and several shots in his back, the last resort was surgery. That's partially why I have any time to blog right now, what else can I do while sitting in a waiting room for several hours? LOL

So that's what I've been up to since my last hiatus. Fascinating life, huh? Aren't you jealous? LOL

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. 
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. :-)