Saturday, July 25, 2015


Around here Sienna turns 7 today, YAY!!
Around here we are going to a wedding today, YAY!!
Around here Renee is working at Giant Eagle now
Around here Summer just finished interning at a salon for 150 hours!!
Around here I just watched Blindside for the first time and loved it,
my mom came over and watched with me and Summer
Around here we went to Salt Fork Lodge and had a great time
Around here there are 3 weeks till school, yuck!!
Around here it's been warm and gorgeous
Around here we've been lazy and soaking up the sun
Around here there are lots of prayers for my ex step dad,
he has pancreas cancer. Cancer sucks!
Around here we will have a girls day with mom, YAY
Around here we got our first tomatoes and zucchini
Around here it's been a better summer then I thought it would be
Around here I'm missing Disney and want to go again
Around here not much art has been made or PL, sigh
Around here Summer turned 17, YAY!!
Around here things are good, thankful and blessed!
Will come around next week with some pictures from our weekend away and my calendar art.
Take care and happy weekend!!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

We went camping!!

We were excited to go camping last weekend, it's been two years since we've gone. I love camping, being outside all day and surrounded by trees and gorgeous sky, sigh it's so good!! In the past we've gotten to set up camp right by the pool and the bathrooms, just steps away. This time they've changed it and the area was filled with campers, so we had to go back a ways into some more wooded area. Not my favorite part but we managed, it was a 20 minute walk to the pools and bathroom which we did numerous times. Sometimes we drove up to them, especially the middle night ones and first early morning ones. We got there Saturday about 11:00 and left Sunday morning, Renee had to work at 10 and the other two and Rich said they had enough. I could have stayed for the afternoon though, love nature. I came right home and unpacked, started laundry and showered then sat on deck with a hot cup of tea. All in all it went pretty good since w don't go to often. Here's some peeks of our fun!
Sam and Summer played a lot of catch and Frisbee, I played with Sam when Summer took a break.
The kids made up their beds in the tent, so cute!
Lucky hid under the table for shade and to rest from running around checking out everything. She wanted to go to bed first that night. She was pawing at the tent and pushed her head to squeeze in the zippered door, too funny. She took a long nap then came and peeked out at us as if asking when we were going to bed. Seriously cute and I think she was done sitting on the hard ground and wanted her comfort and blankets back. Not sure she is made for roughing it, lol.

I took a few self timer pictures so I could get us all in a photo and to just get myself at times. Love using the timer. See the reflection in the car hood, so cool!
I liked seeing this row of picnic tables next to our camp site, wish we could have taken one or two home with us.
Rich did all the cooking, YUM!! Potatoes, onion and garlic salt wrapped in foil. YUM! Sadly, some of them burned and when making the hamburgers on the griddle the dog made the griddle of them fall and thankfully Rich caught it before they all fell. Food smells so good cooked outside and tasted wonderful. Thanks for cooking honey!
Dinner time!
We went to the snack bar and got ice cream instead of making smores
Fun times around the fire before bed, we were all tired by then
Next morning by the fire and my Bible study book,  loved this quiet time outside
Breakfast outside, smelled so good and tasted so good!
Just like that we all worked to clean up and pack up for home.
So glad we got the chance to squeeze camping in this summer.
Thanks for reading, have a great weekend!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Fun with Turquoise Ave and #hashtagweek

Hello, sorry it's been so long since I've posted, busy enjoying the summer and having a slow computer keeps me from posting weekly. I'm excited to be sharing today that I'm a guest host at this week in her fun #hashtagthisweek weekly prompt project. Each Sunday she shares a new photo/story prompt to use in any way we want. I love to use these prompts to give me ideas of stories I wouldn't think of and for ones to use in my Project Life. 
Mandy, the pretty face and sweet heart behind this idea asked me several weeks ago if I'd like to be a guest and to choose a prompt that I'd like. She didn't know this but I had been thinking of some ideas and was going to write asking if I could join in the fun sometime. Love when things happens this way, right!  I had a few ideas and decided on one that I've used before and enjoyed, counting things in our daily lives, keeping track of the daily routine activities and things that we may not think about but tells a story in its number. Doesn't have to be big, I personally like the smaller stories.
One of my very favorites is the shoe shots that I take,  they can be done in any season and anywhere and tell a story of who was there and where you were and what was going on and especially the growth of those in the pictures. The one above is a favorite because it's the little ones I babysit for and thankfully put up with and enjoy taking shoe shots with me. What once started as just one little one in my shoe shots are now two little ones. Their feet have grown and the shoes have changed many times and show their favorite colors at the time or personal style. Imagine in 6 years what this shot will look like, if they will even let me still do these shots then.
I also love taking these kinds of pictures because not everyone wants their pictures taken at the times I want to take them. My teens want their hair and clothes to be perfect or they aren't in the mood or people might be watching. I can usually coax them into taking a shoe shot really quick though and so my story can be told. I also like doing my own shoe shots too, my favorites are in the first snow of the year and the first pile of leaves or in the garden. This way my story is getting told, it's not just about the kids, make sure you are a part of the stories you tell too. If you have furry friends add them in the photos as well. Anything goes, make it fun.
This is just one of the ways I keep track of the stories in my life, to see more of them head over to Mandy's blog and check them out. Hope you will join in the fun with me this week as we document our lives in numbers.
Thank you Mandy so much for asking me to be a guest this week. Hope to join in again!
Thanks for reading and have a  great week.

Sunday, June 21, 2015


Hello! Can you believe June is more then half over??!! Wishing it would sloooow down so we could enjoy more warm summer weather. Around here we are enjoying our break!! We are finally settling into a little routine and kids trying to sleep in a bit longer then school days. Even having the little ones here has been fun again too, we get all day together instead of just part of a day. YAY!
Renee did graduate, 3 weeks ago already. YAY!! It was such a fun day for us! Getting ready now to have her grad party this weekend. Still can't believe she's done but excited for the next chapter.
We celebrated Kristin's belated birthday!! I picked out the cake, so cute and just right for her.
We had another girl date!! Went to Scooter Dogs and it took 5 tries to get this picture, lol.
Can you say STRAWBERRIES!!! We've had hundreds for a few weeks now. Can bsrely keep up on picking them all and passing them out and snacking on them ourselves. Rich is so happy with them and some look good enough to be in a food magazine he says. The 3 long rows in the garden above are where they are growing. So many of them!! YAY!!
Last but not least is a Mandala Sienna made here last week. She remembered from last summer and asked if she could make one. We didn't have much in the yard but she made it work and it looks GREAT!! So happy to see her enjoying the same things I do. Scrapbooking is next on her list, she made several requests to get her another album and photos for her to start.
So there's our around here update for now. Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the weekend. Thanks so much for reading! Have a great week!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Day in the Life... June

Hello, I'm sharing my Day in the Life pictures from June 4th with you today. I love doing this each month and seeing the difference in each one. This time the kids are home on break so it was nice to not just have me in here. I usually start with some kind of sunrise/sky picture and end the day that way but it didn't work out that way today. This was the first picture I took using my camera which I tried to use mostly for this day. I love seeing my space on the table, always has some kind of art and reading material, notice the sunlight coming in too, love seeing that each day too.
I have to say thank you to Megan from The Nerd Nest who is inspiring us to join her each month with this project. I've even thought to put all these in a mini album, would be so neat to see a whole year's worth of DITL photos in one place I think.
I'm going to share photos mostly this time instead of writing about each one. Here we go:
I have to sneak and get pictures of Sam whenever I can
We went to my sister's to have some cousin time while we can.Camryn was still in sleeping so Summer surprised her and got in to wake her. Of course, they didn't want their picture taken.
I love that I got the 3 of them and can see me in the mirror
back at home and the sky was gorgeous
Rich is home so we hang out by the garden and admire it
A DQ date with Renee on her night off from DQ, lol.
last picture of the day, THE CAVS!!
I loved the pictures I got from today, not posed ones fun ones that still tell the story. Not as much of the kids as I had planned but got what they would let me, I also took selfies with each girls in the van on their phones that I will include in my PL. I was in and out a lot today and the dog got 4 good walks since it was nice out. Sam and I played soccer and cards which makes me HAPPY! Was nice that I could get my nieces in too. Next month it will be July 4th, I might choose to do the day after instead, will see when it's closer to the date and what plans we have.
Thanks so much for reading! Have a great week!

Thursday, May 28, 2015


Welcome home Kristin!! SHE'S HOME!!! SOOOO HAPPPY!!!
We are all hugging and loving on her this first week as she gets settled into the timezone and being with family again. She slept tons when she got here and needs tons more but I expected it and am just happy she's home and safe and is on fire for Jesus more then ever. Thank you for prayers and support you've given our family this last year. Means so much to us!!
we celebrated the last day of school with our DQ tradition. Somehow it's not the same since Renee works there and they are bigger now. Not going to let that stop us though, lol.  So ready for the summer and no schedules and for fun times ahead.
Have a great weekend friends!

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!