Friday, May 22, 2015


Around here Renee had her last day of high school today, YAY and SAD

Around here Kristin gets home tomorrow morning, YAY!! YAY!!! YAY!!!

Around here Summer got her Driver's License  YAY!!

Around here weather has been freezing cold some days again, gloves back out and heat on, boo

Around here I read a book by Karen Kingsbury and loved it, got 4 more of hers and read them all in a week and just got 6 more of hers to read. Yep, lots of reading going on, lol

Around here, we are ready to start summer vacation in 2 weeks when all kids are out

Around here, I've been craving peanut butter and banana sandwiches and chips

Around here Renee and Rich had nasty colds and now I have it, BOO!

Around here Renee has been working overtime at DQ, they are very busy

Around here my Lilacs bloomed and are gone already, which they lasted longer

Around here my computer is slow again so I haven't been on much, miss everyone

Around here, the grass grows so fast we mow twice a week now, YIKES!

Around here there is green everywhere now, YAY!!

Around here Rich can't wait to plant the garden

Around here Sam's rec and travel soccer teams are undeafted, GO SAM!!

Around here Sienna and Colt are growing and so cute each time they are over

Around here my cousin Jennifer will be up on Memorial Day, YAY!!

Around here we can't wait to see Kristin!!!

Around here Renee graduates next Saturday, YIPPEEE!!!!

Around here life is busy, good and blessed and I hope yours is too.

This week will be a busy end of school and holiday time, not sure when I will post again.  Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend and thanks so much for visiting. HUGS!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Day In The Life... photos and words

Hello! I'm sharing my photo and thoughts from the Day In The Life pictures I took yesterday. This project is from Ali Edwards who inspires me so much in telling our stories, the big and the small ones. I wanted this time of year to be documented as we have lots going on and the kids are so much older now, too many changes but all towards good things. Let's take a look now...
These are what I see each morning after I shower and I like it and dislike seeing them. I'd rather have the counter cleaned off but with three kids in there and a small space and one cabinet, it's easier to just leave it out. One day they won't have their stuff here and I will miss it so today I'm thankful for it. Why is their Shout in the bathroom, so Renee can spray her work clothes when she gets home at night. We learned this after months of having to back downstairs just to spray clothes so now we leave it upstairs.
I get Renee up first after my shower so she can shower. She wakes up so good and goes straight to the shower, no matter how tired she is. Look at that stack of books, can you tell she likes to read.
Next to wake up is Summer and Sam, they are a little slower then Renee but only a little.
Then I go in and check on Rich who slept bad due to a cold that kicked in last night.
I came down to see Lucky like this, usually she's on the couch. So cute!
loving this view out my kitchen window!!!!
Summer and Camryn love seeing each other as much as they can. Cousins are the best right!
Renee always gives Lucky lots of attention/love in the mornings. Hard to believe Renee will be going to college next fall. It will be so weird not having her go to school with the other two.
I find Lucky here when I get back from dropping off girls at school. So cute, she is always on the couch though, not sure what's up with her.
I did my morning writing and chores before heading out on errands and stopping at my grandma's like I do every Tuesday to help her with a shower and and do her laundry.
On the way I saw my cousin and uncle out for a walk, love seeing them!!! Thanks for stopping for a picture Sonja!!
Here's my grandma after her shower, I love drying her hair for her. My dad is in the chair behind me, always nice seeing him there each Tuesday too. He doesn't like his picture taken so I didn't bother him too. Glad I got this one of my sweet grandma though.
Back home it's time for lunch, my favorite soup and a good book
Rich comes home after lunch since he's still coughing and tired. We take Lucky outside and get some fresh air and enjoy the...
gorgeous sky and Liliacs that are blooming now, YAY!
3:20 and the kids are home!! Everything is rushed after that point. Renee needs to eat fast and get to work and dinner for the rest of us and off to soccer practice.
I want to remember that Sam LOOOOOVES tacos right now. He actually eats three at a time which is a lot for this boy. So we make them weekly and eat them for 2 nights. The best part for him is the hot sauce he adds too it, he can't get enough of it.
Summer and I go next door to see the new baby again, he's 3 weeks old today. He's so cute and alert too, moves his head around following us already. We could have stayed and held him for hours.
One last look at the gorgeous view out my kitchen window.
The rest of the night went by as normal, packed lunches, clean up and get ready for the next day. I worked on a Project Life, put Sam to bed and watched the movie Big till I had to pick up Renee from work. Goodnight Tuesday!

Saturday, May 9, 2015


Once Upon A Time, there was a young girl who couldn't wait to grow up and wear fancy dresses and go to dances. She has been enjoying these dances and dresses for four years now. This will be her last high school dance.... Senior Prom..... how did it go by so fast. We spent hours finding the right dress, and by hours I mean hours and 20 dresses later. When we were about to give up and go home, Summer found this dress and made Renee try one more time. When Renee came out of the fitting room she knew this was the dress. We loved the color and pretty design on the dress, click on picture to see it better. I was hoping she would find a long pretty formal dress and WE DID!!
Now let's talk about her date for this magical night. At first she was going to go with just friends, then a sweet boy from the special needs class she helps in asked her to go. She has known him forever and worked with him a lot this year. She was touched he asked and said YES, I would love to go with you!! This is the first time he's gone with a girl before and was excited. We talked with his mom and made the plans regarding flowers and meeting for pictures. He started a countdown to the dance on the teachers board. All we had to do now was wait a few weeks till the dance came. In that time Renee formed a group of others wanting to go from the same class and so we made date to meet for pictures with all of them. We waited again and hoped the weather would stay nice for this day.
We woke up excited and ready on PROM DAY!! That afternoon we went to the hair salon to get a fancy up do done with her hair. We worried a bit because they were behind on appts due to being short a girl calling off work last minute. That pushed us 40mts behind schedule but it all worked out by rushing and thankfully Renee didn't want make up on. The weather by this time was WARM !!
She got dressed so fast I didn't get any other before pictures. She looked so pretty and grown-up!
Then we were off to a close by park for pictures. By this time I was thinking of my mom and what she was thinking all those years ago as I got ready for my prom. Thanks mom for all you did for me and making it fun for me too. LOVE YOU!!  My heart was pretty full of love and thankful to be here enjoying this moment with my daughter. Can't believe she's 18 and weeks away from graduation. Seriously, the time flew. Love you Renee!!
At the park Matt was excited to see Renee and loved her dress. She struggled getting the pins in place for his flower. The florist did a beautiful job on both of flowers.
Matt got her corsage on and said how pretty it was.
Here are some group pictures. The girls didn't know they had matching color dresses. The 3 guys on the left came without dates. They were happy just to have friends to go with. The weather was just gorgeous and so pretty at the park for these pictures.
The last couple showed up so we got more group pictures
I love this one, they are still and quiet for the picture. They were pretty excited and happy to talk and just be together. So happy they could have each other on this special day. Renee does so well with them, she keeps them calm and tells them they are beautiful. Again, the weather was so perfect!
Matt and Renee wanted one on the swings before they left. So glad we came here!
They left after this with Matt's mom who took them. Renee texted me a few times during the dance, the food wasn't her favorite but she ate what she could. Matt danced the whole time with her and by himself, he's a dancer!! 
Next up will be graduation but first in two weeks from today Kristin will be home!!! YAY!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The weekend lens

Hello, it's me! I'm still here just busy and/or too lazy to write a post.  I had been working on my PL and enjoying the memories and where we all are right NOW. That got me thinking to slow down over the weekend and document it. It was a good weekend, busy but good. So here's a look starting with Friday night, since I didn't think of this till Friday while the kids were at school.
 Summer is driving us to the Secret Sister meeting at church that night
Love these women and our gatherings more each month
 The ladies put on quite a spread each time and make everything so pretty
Good Saturday morning! My favorite time of day, quiet time with God.
Beautiful weather for a soccer game, love it still after all these years.
Rich made us eggs for lunch, using the fresh eggs we got from a friend, YUM!!
It was so nice out,  we walked and sat on deck most of day
Sam didn't want any pictures so I got this of his spot, lol
Renee isn't here either, she had to work long hours at DQ, the warm weather had them busy all weekend.
LOVE the light coming in the windows, my favorite spot
I did my intro page for May in my PL. LOVE the color and wanted a celebration theme since Kristin comes home and Renee graduates. YAY!! This page makes me happy!
Happy Sunday morning, quiet time again. A hint of sun coming in the windows, YAY!
Summer drives us to church each Sunday, feels normal and not normal still to have her driving us.
Got a self timer photo of my Sunday school ladies, can't see them all but they are there.
I LOOOVE this room, those shelves!! Want a room like this in my house.
Summer went with Rich and I to Sam's soccer game, the sun was out but it was COLD!
Summer and I went to meet our neighbor's new baby boy after the game. He's so cute and it's a boy!! We both could have sat there all night holding him, it's been so long since we held a baby.
Beautiful sky before the sun set. Goodbye Sunday! Goodbye weekend!
So glad I got these photos/stories. Missing 2 kids but it's showing the new real life we have now with older kids and a boy who isn't thrilled to be in photos just because I want them.
Thanks for visiting, have a good rest of week.

Monday, April 13, 2015

T stands for sharing EasTer fun

Hello and Happy T Day!  Today's the day we grab a drink and head over to Elizabeth's and share what's in our cup and anything crafty or new going on. I'm sharing our Easter with you, hard to believe it was a week ago already. The kids had spring break last week,  it was a good one and today they headed back to school. Of course it did rain and get cold for most of break and the sun is shining and it's 72 degrees today, isn't that the way it works.
I'm sure my long time readers here will remember how we decorate my little bush/tree with Easter eggs each year. The little ones love doing this, Summer came out to help too.
Here it is all done and colorful! IT was warm enough for the kids to take off their coats too, YAY! We went outside a few times to enjoy the rare nice weather. I know we are all ready for it to come and stay.  They look so much older in this picture, sigh.
On Easter we had two services at church, the first starting early so we saved the baskets till later. They found their baskets in about 15mts, I like when it's not too easy for them. They are set on candy and each got a new pair of flip flops. After this we went over to my dad's family which I didn't get any pictures of sadly. Then it was off to my mom's house.
Had an egg hunt, they still love these too.
Mom has the prettiest dishes and decorations, thanks mom!
My plate full of yummy food and a peek at my glass filled with punch.
We had a really nice Easter and I hope you did too.
Thank you for all the nice comments on my last T post! Have a great week.