Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hello September

Seriously, isn't this just the way it happens!  One minute, it's a hot glorious summer day, and the next, summer is over and it's time to grab a jacket and a hot drink.  Well, that's what seems to happen up here in Montana anyways.  It might not officially be fall on the calendar yet, but to me, it's completely and totally 100% fall.

Unless we get another spurt of hot weather soon, I'll be putting all of my tank tops and shorts away until next year.  Some years, I could cry having summer leave, but this year I feel like I'm ready for fall.  And to celebrate, I decided to post a list of reasons that I'm excited.

Warm sweaters
Fuzzy socks
Football games
Game day food
Salted Carmel Mocha's
Cozy blankets
Fires in the fireplace
Good books
Fall decor
Yummy fall candles
Baked goods
Soaking in a hot bath
Holiday preparations

I put up a few fall decorations around the house yesterday and I asked Emma what she thought.  She told me, "It looks good, but Mom, it's not pumpkin time yet." Haha!  I had to explain that it's close enough now that it's September 1st.  She still wasn't convinced.

I don't have a lot of fall decorations.  I just do a couple little things around the house to bring Fall indoors without it feeling too cluttered. 

Are you all ready for the change in season?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Happy Birthday Emma Jean!!!

Yesterday, my sweet baby girl turned 8 years old.  Yesterday was a busy day for us with volleyball practice, soccer practice and open house at the school.  Since we knew it would be so busy, we scheduled her parties for different days earlier in the week.

Last Thursday she had 3 of her friends come out for a birthday sleepover.  They played, crafted, made pizza's, watched movies and ate way too much junk food.  They had a blast!

Then on Sunday, we had a family party for her, here at our house.  We usually have around 30 family members show up to any given party, so it's always a bit of a challenge trying to figure out what to feed that many people.  Emma decided she wanted taco's and an ice cream bar.  I think that's about as easy as you can get.

Emma got this game and it is so fun.  The kids and grown ups were loving it.  You put a balloon in the middle and then everyone takes turns rolling the dice.  Depending upon what number you get, that's how many times you have to push the little sticks further into the balloon until it eventually pops.  You can see that Emma is getting nervous and is plugging her ears.  

Emma is my youngest, my baby.  She is a "mother hen" to everyone.  She's smart, super observant, quick, witty, has such a caring and giving heart and she's just a complete joy.  I can't imagine my life without her, and I couldn't love her more.  Being her Mom, is fun!  :)


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

Time is flying and it's already the last Wednesday of the month.   Crazy!  Today I'm sharing what we've been up to this month with What's Up Wednesday.  I'm linking up again with Shay and Mel.

What we're eating this week

We've been eating steak, steak fajitas, and chili.  Taco's are in our near future along with a Mexican lasagna.

What I'm reminiscing about

We are slowly getting our stuff together and thinking about school starting shortly and I've been reminiscing about the kids when they were younger and just how fast they are growing up. 

Look at my babies.  They were so little.

What I'm loving

Lazy summer nights.

What we've been up to

We've been soaking up the last couple weeks of summer.  We've visited family and played on the lake.  We've cleaned out closets and went school shopping.  Our summer break is almost over. 

What I'm dreading


Waking the kids up early for school!  I dread this!  They dread this!  But there is no way around it, so wake them up early, I will.  Sigh!  They have to be on the bus before 7:30 in the morning and my kids move so incredibly slow in the morning, that I end up waking them up at 6:15.  I even have them shower at night so it's one less thing to do in the morning.  Now is a good time to practice my positive thinking.  I will not dread waking them up early... I will enjoy it.  ;)

What I'm working on

Emma is turning 8 on Monday, which means I am in the middle of planning a couple of parties.  She is having a sleepover with a couple of her friends one night and then we are planning a family birthday dinner another night.  I think I have everything ordered, now to finish getting all the groceries and clean the house.  I'll be keeping the parties pretty simple.  She picked out this theme and we ordered the supplies off Amazon.

What I'm excited about

I'm excited for Gracie's volleyball games and Jesse's soccer games.  We've enjoyed our summer, but now I'm ready to watch them play their sports.  It's so fun to see how they improve with each year.  Emma decided not to play soccer again this year, which I am okay with.  I don't want to haul kids to practices and games if they aren't even interested.  So she'll ride around with me and help me cheer her siblings on.
I made Gracie stand still for a picture before practice. 

What I'm watching/reading

I just finished reading Song of Songs and I'm about to start in on Acts. is starting Acts the first of September and it helps keep me accountable.

Good Morning Girls Resources {The Book of Acts}

Life seems to busy at the moment to sit down with a novel.  Soon though!  

What I'm listening to

This morning as I'm finishing up this post, the house is relatively quiet.  Gracie's getting ready for practice and the cows are mooing out my window.  Odd mixture, but completely normal around here.  Ha!  :)

What I'm wearing

Lots of jackets and wraps.  The weather is definitely changing around here.  It is cold in the mornings and doesn't warm up until afternoon.  By then it's too smokey to be outside for long, so I'm back inside the house with the AC on.  Brrr!!!   So it is officially jacket season for me.  Ha!

What I'm doing this weekend

My little sister, Leslie turned 30 at the beginning of the month and my sister, sister-in-law, Mom and I are all looking at going and spending the evening celebrating with her.   Girls night.  Wahoo!  We're a little late, but late is ok, right.  It's like a birthday month that way.  ;)

What I'm looking forward to next month


Dan and I are headed to Europe this next month!!!  I am so excited, as I've never been overseas before.  We will be in Sweden and Finland.  It's business for him, and I get to tag along and tour with the other spouses.  So excited!!!

What else is new

Just trying to get everyone ready for school, sports and for Dan and I's trip.

What is my favorite back to school tradition

I know everyone does it, but my favorite tradition is the back to school pictures.  I think they are so fun to take, and to be able to look back on all the years past.

I hope you're all having a great week so far!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

5 Tips To Blogging

Today I'm sharing 5 Things that I've learned about blogging.   These are all just my opinions or observations.  You may disagree with all of them, and if it's working for you, then continue on.  But for new bloggers who are looking for some insight, this would be my helpful 5 tips.

1 Are you a no-reply blogger?  When you leave a comment on somebody's blog, do you ever get a response back, or do you have to go back to their blog to check and see if they've responded?  Read more about it here.  It is one of the easiest things you can do.  You leave a comment on somebody's blog and you don't have to go back to see what they wrote.  They can reply by email to your comment, and you can reply back to them by email as well.  This my friends, is how blogging friendships are made.  Because ain't nobody got time to go back to each blog you commented on, to see if they've replied back.

2.  Respond to comments on your blog.  Nothing is more annoying than leaving somebody a nice comment or asking a question and never hearing back.  Now, I can see if you have a large blog and have tons and tons of comments, that it would be near to impossible to reply to each and every comment.  No judgement!  But I've seen bloggers with 3 or 4 comments, and they never, ever reply.  They also are probably busy, and that's okay, but... they better have an amazing blog, or chances are, I probably won't keep going back.

3.  Write about what you have a passion for.  It will show in what you write and those usually end up being the best posts.

4.  Be careful how much advertising you promote on your blog.  I understand that everyone wants to make a buck, and that's all good and fine.  But, make sure that readers can see what your blog is all about.  It's really hard to get a feel for someones blog if when you visit it for the first time, an advertising window pops up in the middle of the screen.  Then when you close that down and there are advertisements all up and down the side of their page, along the bottom and top of the post,  it's really distracting.  If I'm too overwhelmed and can't figure out what the blog is about... I'm usually out pretty quickly.

5.  Be yourself!  Tell your own story!  I don't want to read 5 blogs that are all the same.  Our lives don't all look the same, and that's what makes finding new blogs so fun to read.  I'm just one woman living out in Montana with her family, but in one day I can read about different women's lives from around the world.  Some are younger, older, single, have big careers or stay at home Mom's.  So yes, our lives might seem pretty different, but we are each just living our own story the best way that we can and how fun, that we get to share it with each other.

What would you add to this list?  

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A day in the life

Yesterday was the day that I planned to try and document my day.  It didn't quite go as planned, since I ended up working, and working longer even then I thought I would need to.  So I might do another one here soon.  But I thought I'd go ahead and post this day anyway. 

I finally crawled out of bed and headed for the coffee at 6:30.  I love when my house is still dark, and just a few soft lights are on.  

I grabbed my coffee and sat down at the computer for a couple of minutes to check the weather and news.  This is when I usually post on the blog and read up on others.  But I didn't have too much time to linger, because I had to get ready to head into the pharmacy to work for a couple of hours.

Showered, dressed and onto my second and last cup of coffee for the day.

 The pharmacy is usually always busy when I am needed to fill in, so there is no time to snack.  So I needed breakfast to tide me over.  I made a fried egg with toast and swiss cheese.  Something quick.

I put frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot with some water to sit and cook while I was gone.  Sometimes I put bbq sauce on instead of water and sometimes I use chicken broth.  I wasn't sure what I'd end up doing with the chicken so I just used water this time.  I planned on being home around lunch time and figured I would have time to figure it all out.

And off to work I go...

They ended up needing me to stay longer than I planned, so I had to run across the street to the gas station to get something to eat for lunch.  No time to dawdle, so I just sat outside the back door of the pharmacy long enough to eat and head back in.

I got off work around 3:00, picked up my mail and some Subway sandwiches for the kids.  They wanted an early dinner, so it worked out perfect. 

I got my plants watered... stop looking at the weeds.  :)  They are on my list.

I got my chicken shredded and put back in the fridge.  

I got the laundry switched...

and going again.

The kids already ate, so Dan and I just added a little bbq sauce to some of the chicken and made a quick little bbq sandwich.  I'll save the rest of the chicken and make chicken tortilla soup.

My boys were watching wrestling. And my girls were on the computer playing games.

I hadn't read my bible yet, so I crawled in bed early to sit and read for a bit.  I was supposed to have finished reading Song of Songs last week.  I'm all caught up, but I have to say, even though I've read it quite a few times now, I really don't understand that book in the bible.  Anyone?

And the unwritten rule in the house is that if you aren't in bed when Mom goes to bed that you have to tuck Mom in.  I'm usually in bed by 8:30 at the latest, even if I'm just going to sit and read for a while.  The kids aren't usually ready then, so I'll let them stay up until 10:00 some nights since Summer's still here.  Once school starts, they'll be in bed by 8:30.

I'm all tucked in!  :)  I looked at my phone for a bit and then it was lights out.  Yes, you're reading that right.  It says 8:45.  Haha!  I couldn't stay awake any longer.  Dan just sits and reads on his ipad.

I didn't get a lot of time in with my kids yesterday.  :(  By the time I got home, it was time to get my stuff done, and they all went and found their own things to do.  Seriously this is what it's like when your kids start growing up.  You have to go and find them, because they all just go off and find their own things to do. 

Hopefully I can do one more of these before the kids head back to school here in a few weeks.  My day isn't too exciting when my kids aren't in it much.  But it was just another day in the life of me.