Friday, October 17, 2014

Our Friday Morning

                              Today I'm linking up to Andrea's blog with my Friday Favorites.

This morning feels like a Saturday morning, or what a Saturday morning used to be like before the kids played sports.  :)
I love early mornings when it's quiet in the house and still dark outside.  A couple of soft lights turned on and kids snuggled up on the couch watching a movie, while I drink my coffee and read my morning blogs.  It's such a nice way to start our day.

Gracie was watching the movie with Emma before she had to head into practice.  She was chilling, waiting for her ride.  I used my phone to take these pics... she had major red eyes so I tried to fix them, but it didn't work too well.  I was too lazy to get out the big camera... next time.  ;)

Emma only made it halfway through the movie Atlantis.  She wasn't a fan.  She was hoping it would be scary.  Strange child.  Ha!  ;)
 Jesse loves to sleep in and since there wasn't any school for the kids yesterday or today, I've been letting him catch up on his sleep.  So needless to say, he missed out on our nice quiet morning.

Dan comes home this evening from his business trip and he will be thrown right back into our crazy schedule.  Jesse has a soccer tournament tomorrow morning and Gracie has to be at the school in the morning to get on the bus for their teams first basketball game.  Gracie's foot has been hurting and we've found out that she most likely has plantar fasciitis.  So she's decided to just be a manager this year instead of playing.  :(  I had never even heard of plantar fasciitis, until 2 weeks ago, and now it seems that everyone and there dog has it or has had it.  It's another, "quite common" that I've just never known about.

This morning a friend of mine dropped off a birthday present for me.  I LOVE it!!!  This friend of mine has been teaching me to become a better rider over the last couple of years.  He pushes me every time we saddle up.  Whether it be a different horse, a different area to ride, something almost every time.  I am usually scared every time.  I'm a chicken by nature, but at the same time I am determined, and he knows it.  I don't ever say I'm scared, (well except one time when I said, "NO way" to a steep embankment, but even then I ended up doing it.)  I love that he saw this canvas and thought of me.  "Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway."  John Wayne
I hope you all have a fun, and relaxing weekend. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Miss Homebody

Today I am going to try and be a homebody.  The kids are off to school.  I've got my cup of coffee.  Sheets are in the wash machine, and the rest of the house is calling my name. 

Yesterday morning I got ready and headed out of town as soon as the kids were on the bus.  I needed to stock up at Costco and run a few other errands.  Dan is out of town this week for business and my sisters, Mom and I are headed to Hawaii next week (WAHOO!!!), so I decided I needed to stock up at Costco and make sure we were set for all this single parenting business.  ;)

I stopped in Old Navy to find a few new tops for Emma.  She has been growing and it was time to add a few things to her closet.  Sometimes I will find a couple things that I like, and sometimes I've found nothing that I care for.  Thankfully I stopped this time... they are having a sale and I thought I'd check it out.  I found so many cute tops for her and she loved everything that I picked.  That is a big win in my book! 

In other news... I signed up last week to become a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils.  I can't wait to get my starter kit.  I have been hearing so many good things about them, that I am jumping on the band wagon.  If you use oils I would love to know what your favorite ones are and how you use them!  This will definitely be a learning process for me.  But one I am hoping will benefit my family.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Somethings that make me... me.

Today is my 32 birthday!  Wahoo!  In honor of a new year, I thought I would share a little bit more about myself.

My favorite movie:  You've Got Mail.  (I can watch it over and over.  Plus I would love a corner book store like she had.)

My favorite book:  Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Favorite drink:  Ice tea and/or a salted carmel mocha 

Favorite food type:  Mexican

Dream trip:  I have so many places that I want to see.  Finland, Rome, Greece, Texas, and Charleston, just to name a few.  ;)  I love to travel.  Any place I go that I've never been to before is always an adventure for me.

The Ocean is one of my favorite places to be.  I feel like my soul is being fed while I just stand with my feet in the sand looking out over the water and knowing that God has commanded even the waves where they can and can not go. 

I hate being cold.  Hate it!  I swear I am an 80 year old woman sometimes who is always complaining about my achy old bones and that I can feel a storm coming on.  Ha!  ;)

I love having my nails painted.  I feel so much more put together when they are done up. 

I am a fast talker who usually always has something to say. 

Not a lot of things make me happier than a good book.  I have read so many books, that I've actually been having a hard time finding new ones, and anything that is actually good. 

I would love to write a novel someday.  Even if I never publish it... I will write one.

Well... this is all I can think of right now.  I know it's not much, but if anyone has a question for me, let me know and I'll try and answer it.  :)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

My week in a nutshell

This week I have been spending time trying to get the house caught up.  Cleaning and running errands.  I got a couple pumpkins to decorate our front porch with.  Now I just have to figure out what to do with them.  I am not good at this stuff.  But, hey... at least I try. 

And because I am so mature, I bribe myself with a treat for a job well done.  I may not have Starbucks, but I have Cheri and she makes a mean mocha.  #awfulselfietaker #ohwell 
So I've been getting stuff done, except for yesterday.  Yesterday, I did nothing but play around on  I have been working on finding more about Dan's ancestors for a few years now, and I felt like I got a couple of new leads.  So I got sucked into the computer for most of the day.  Then I needed to hurry and get into town to watch the kids run in the 'fun run' at school.  After that I had a small window of opportunity to hurry back home, and get some things done so that it would look like I had been working away on the house all day.  I'm sure I fool no one.  Haha! 

This morning Jesse and I are headed out of town to go to the Orthodontist for a follow up.  He had his braces taken off a month or so ago, so now we just have to make sure that his retainer is doing it's job I guess.  It's a long hour and a half drive each way just to have them check it.  But it will be worth it, right?!  I'm hoping we can find somewhere fun to eat lunch.

Tomorrow is our homecoming parade and then our homecoming football game.  Gracie gets to be in the parade this year with her volleyball team, so she's pretty excited about that.  It's always so weird to attend parades, where I don't have any of my kids with me.  :(  It's such a bittersweet feeling having them grow up. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Quite a year

  2014 has been quite a year.  I lost both of my grandparents the first of the year, and on Friday, we got a call that Dan's grandmother had passed away.  :(  We are both very blessed to have had our grandparents in our lives for so long. 

We went up to be with Dan's family for the weekend and they had a few pictures out of Dan's Grannie that I had never seen before.  I LOVE old pictures and family history.  I seriously can't ever get enough of it.  This was one of the pictures of her and her husband.  Aren't they just the cutest?!  :)

Hilma was such a neat lady.  We will miss her so much, and as sad as we are to see her go we are thankful that she's not in pain anymore.

I don't know what Heaven is like, but I sure hope that this handsome husband of hers was waiting for her with that big beautiful smile of his.  :)

On a much, much lighter note...  

I love this prayer that I found in the beginning of a book called, 'Let's all be brave'.  It is perfect for every single day.

On our way home Sunday evening, I looked down at the heater and laughed.  Dan and I have a lot in common but sometimes we are polar opposites.  This is a good example!  Haha!  By the way, it was me who had my side set to 90.  I hate being cold.  Our poor car was probably confused... we should have probably found a happy medium!  ;)

It is homecoming week at our school right now.  Today was dress like the 80's.  This is what we came up with.  We practiced last night giving her big hair, but decided to just stick to a nice side pony tail.

Gracie's junior high isn't participating... which I think is lame.  ;)  And after showing Jesse a few idea's of how he could dress up, he decided to pass and just wear his normal athletic wear. 

PS.  Sorry if this post is a little bit all over the place.  I thought about breaking it up into a couple different posts.  But I think that is just how life in this house is lived.  We grieve, we celebrate, we keep living life, making memories, but never forgetting the special people who we were blessed to love on.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What we've been up to

  We have found a home for our bunny Skipper.  I am so excited for Skipper and for them.  They have ordered a special rabbit hutch, that has an area for him to run around plus a 2 level house for him to get shelter in.  We will definitely miss him, as he has been fun and is really cute.  We just aren't set up at the moment to keep him.  We could try to make it work, but with winter coming, we have a lot of firewood and winterizing around here, and we are getting short on time.  I think he's gonna love his new home!  He's got quite the personality.  Look at him standing up and looking around while Emma went to say good morning to him.   

Mom went to a quarter horse auction last week and brought home 2 more colts. They are so cute! They haven't been handled at all, so we are teaching them about grain... and getting them used to us being out in the pens with them.  She still hasn't decided on names, yet...  so I'm still on the hunt for that.

I don't have great food photography skills, but this chicken pesto pasta dish that I make is one of my new favorites.  It's super easy and sooo good.
 I cook my penne pasta, and while I'm waiting for it.  I saute my cherry tomatoes and some garlic in Olive Oil, until they are nice and hot.  I then add in my pasta, shredded chicken, lots of pesto, parmesan and mix it all together.  Done.  Easy and so good!  When I dish up, I add more parmesan, because I love cheese, and because why not!  ;)  Serve with some bread and you are good to go.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Kicking up dust

The cows have been moved out to the back pasture, and the horses have been put out in the field for a little while.  I absolutely love watching the horses run... especially when they all run together! Ranger, the horse on the left is really kicking up his heals.  Ha!  They were having fun!  And look at all the dust, it was thick!!!
And on another note... it's FRIDAY!!!  :) 

We have volleyball games, and soccer games all lined up for tomorrow.  The tricky part is that we are now at the age where, both kids travel to play in different towns.  So this family will be traveling in 2 different cars around the county.  It won't be a quiet, lazy weekend around our house.  But hopefully we'll have some fun!

Have a great weekend everyone!