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Epic Week & Weekend Wrap-Up


That's what I feel after this past week.

Pure satisfaction.

So much accomplished and some of it shows too! ☺

McKayla was on Spring Break last week and John took the week off. We didn't have a lot of money (who does?!) but we wanted, NEEDED to escape for a bit.

So, on Monday, we packed up the Kia and headed several hours away for a few nights of camping. (This post isn't about that trip tho, so you'll have to wait til later for pictures and the full story of our adventure. ☺)

If you look closely, you'll see Rio on the left and
McKayla on the right.

We came back home late Wednesday night and I spent the better part of Thursday cleaning up after our mini vacation; several loads of laundry and putting the house back in some semblance of order. John spent the day doing yard work.

On Friday I worked in my Elephant Ear garden, cursing the weeds and coaxing, prodding and pleading the Elephant Ears. I apologized for neglecting them last year and promised I'd get rid of all those nasty weeds that were choking out the sun.

When my Elephant Ears grow to their fullest, they'll
eventually hang over the wall and almost hide it.

I know it still needs weeding but trust me when I
say this looks much MUCH better.

Hopefully these two bulbs will thrive now that
I uncovered them. Only two I've found so far :-(

I also "found" the small set of stairs that hug the Elephant Ear garden. It had also been neglected and the yard was trying to reclaim it. So armed with a broom, a metal garden rake and my hands, I swept and ripped and pulled away the grass, weeds and dirt and reclaimed my stairs.

On Saturday, we went to John's parents house so he could help his Dad with their new computer, while his Mom, McKayla and I went shopping for plants.

Once those were acquired (a cactus for McKayka and 2 succulents and a cactus for Nanny), we picked up Papa Murphys for lunch and headed back.

McKayla's cactus

After scarfing down a pizza, I went "shopping" in my mother-in-law's closest and walked out with several new tops and bottoms she could no longer wear. I'm doubly excited about this as it saves money AND they're all bright, fun colors to replace my drab closest of browns and blacks. Bout time I add some color to my life! :-D

After all that, I also managed to walk out with a KitchenAid mixer! I have been wanting one for ages. I don't know why as I don't bake and rarely cook.....before anyone goes psycho and thinks my kids eat crap all the time, my husband is the cook in the family LOL.......but I still wanted one. I couldn't, however, justify spending $500+ on something I may or may not use or use rarely. So I never got one. Until my mother-in-law decided she wanted a new one, with all the new attachments they come with now and gave me her old one!!! Score! The only thing "wrong" with it is that it's white and not purple......wonder if I can paint it? LOL

On Sunday, we had a nice morning at Church with a great service and then brunch at Fazoli's. After which, we finished up with a wonderful lazy day at home, complete with a nap.

Then it was off to Awana's where McKayla recited all 27 books of the New Testament plus 4 verses she'd memorized (which she DIDN'T know 2 weeks ago and only started working on memorizing the middle of the week).

It was a wonderful end to an epic week. It was so refreshing being out camping in the wilderness; just me, my husband, my dog and one of my kids (Chris was with his Dad :'(...different Spring Break schedules). It was nice to unplug and unwind and then to finish up the week getting so much accomplished.

Now it's back to the daily grind of school and work but I've been recharged and re-energized. ☺


  1. That sounds like a great week! Congrats on the clothes and mixer. :D

    1. Thanks! Seems kinda ridiculous to be so happy with the week but the little things make me happy. ☺


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