Monday, April 20, 2015

Catching Up

I have been the worst blogger lately.  I just needed a bit of a break and time to refocus on other things around the house.  I can't do it all, and sometimes, something has to hit the back burner and it seems that's where my blog has been lately.

I bought 2 new books recently.  I'm excited to spend some time on this one.
The other book I bought is called, "Boys should be boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons" by Meg Meeker. 
I'm a few chapters in and so far I'm liking it.  After I'm done reading about how to raise my son.  I'm going to invest in one about raising my daughters.  Raising my kids is the biggest and most important job I have right now, I want to do my best and try and do it right. 

One of Mom's cows calved last week and had twins.  Emma wanted to watch them being born, as she's always missed it by just a minute or two in the past.
She had fun and enjoyed it, even though you couldn't tell by the expression on her face!  Hahaha!  Life on the farm...

The weather has been so incredibly nice that we've been able to get outside and get quite a bit of stuff done.  It feels so good to get a head start on the yard work for the year.

Saturday afternoon after working outside all day, Dan and I met up with my sisters & brother-in-laws and had an early dinner.  We were just missing my brother and his wife. 

We had the steak dinner and as good as it was... these were even better!  Yum!!!

One of the things that I love the most about this nice weather is the way it draws the kids back outside to play.  After a long winter inside, I love looking around the yard and seeing signs of the kids outside.  Even if they do leave a mess wherever they go. 

By the way, did you know that the "swim noodles" aren't only good for swimming, but also for fights around the yard.  I think my kids use them for "war" more than they do for swimming.  ;)

My boys

I finished out the evening last night by the fire.  Alone at the fire with my kindle, and an ice tea was a perfect way to end the weekend!
And a s'more.  Gracie thought I needed one...  I think I did!  :)

Hope you all had a great weekend!  

Monday, April 13, 2015

A weekend of basketball

Wow!  What a weekend!  To say that we're all tired today would be an understatement.  Here's a picture that best describes our entire weekend!
 Yes, that's all we did all weekend!

Gracie and my niece had a basketball tournament on Saturday and Sunday.  The tournament took place in a town about 70 miles away from us, so we put in some driving time this weekend as well.  Did I mention that we are tired!  ;)
This girl of mine played her heart out.  She's loves playing and is constantly trying to improve herself.  I'm excited for her to attend a couple of basketball camps this summer.  We play a lot of different schools that seem to have a lot more experience than us and some of the girls she plays are taller than I am, and I'm not short!  So with her being on the smaller side, she is learning that she is having to get more aggressive.  I love watching her fight for the ball.  I also love that she's not a quitter.  She is determined and head strong... always has been.  It can sometimes be hard as a parent when you are trying to raise a child who is head strong, but the older she gets, the more I see how those quality's are going to help her in life.  

I saw this picture on Pinterest and I'm thinking, it would be fun to order Gracie this necklace with her jersey number on it, for her birthday here in a couple months.  Isn't it fun?! 

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Checking in and sharing some books.

I just wanted to check in and let you know that I'm still around.  Life has been busy lately and even though it's been busy... I haven't had much to write about that's very interesting.  My niece and nephew have been staying with us for the last week and we've been hanging out and having fun.  I've been terrible and haven't taken many pictures lately.  I took a couple quick pictures of the kids on Easter looking for eggs, but I didn't even attempt to take any "nice" pictures of them all dressed up.  It seems, we've been running from one thing to the next.

People had always told me when I had young kids, that the older they get, the busier your life gets.  I always thought, yeah right.  Well it seems to be true.  And from what people are still saying, it's going to continue to get even busier for me.  I believe them this time!  I guess it's time to invest in some running shoes.  ;)

I've been trying to get my work done as early as I can and then I've been trying to read for a bit before the kids get home everyday.  I just finished the last book in a series of 3.  They take place back during the civil war, and each book is through the eyes of a different person.  The first book gives a view through the eyes of a Southern Belle, the 2nd through a well to do Northern gal and the third gives a  view through the Slaves eyes.   They were all really good!!!  They are the "Refiner's Fire" series by Lynn Austin.  I don't know that I've ever read any of her other books before, but I was really impressed with her as an author, while reading these, and I'll be looking to what other books she has out there. 

At the moment, I'm in the middle of a book called, "The Ransom" by MaryLu Tyndall. 
It's the 4th book in a pirate series.  I had read the other 3 books, years ago and now that I'm reading the 4th, I'm actually anxious to go back and reread the first one, (The Redemption) as I remember it being one of my favorites.  They are just another good set of books if you are needing something to read this Summer.
 I saw this on pinterest and isn't it the truth! 

Even though fictional books are my cup of tea, I do like to throw in other interesting reads as well.  I have been wanting to read a biography for a while now.  I think it would be interesting to read one on Jackie Kennedy.  Do you all have any recommendations of a biography that you liked?

Linking up today with Andrea

I hope you all have a great weekend!  

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Favorites

It's Friday and I'm back today to share some of my Friday Favorites! 
Dan and I are going to redo our back deck this spring.  I was online browsing outdoor furniture and came across this pretty sawhorse table from Pottery Barn.  Isn't it fun.  Well, as much as I would like to just order it, it's pretty pricey.  So along with fixing up the back deck... I want us (Dan) to build this table.  Actually I think it would be fun to build 2 of them, for all the family that we have.  You could push them up together to make a long table, or you could even use one as a serving table.  I don't think it looks like it would be too hard.  The hardest thing I think, would be to find chairs to match.  Maybe if I bought chairs first and then stained the table to match...  I don't know how it will all go down, but I'll be sure and post pictures.
My Sister in Law knows that this is one of my favorite sayings, and she was sweet enough to put it onto a mug for me.  Love it!  I love surrounding myself with tons of scripture and other fun and inspirational sayings. 

When I was in Hawaii last October, I got suckered into one of those little booths/tables in the middle of all the shopping.  You know the ones that you try to walk by and make sure you don't make eye contact with the sales person.  You know.  Well... I tried and didn't make it past.  They introduced me to this line of product that I'd never heard of.  I was adamant that I wasn't buying anything.  Well about this time, a Mom and her kids walked by and she smiled over and said, "Do it, you'll love it!"  Do they pay Mom's with kids to advertise for them now or something?  Ha!  Anyways, I relented and bought this facial cream and love it.  The problem is, I'm almost out and starting to freak out a bit.  I'm trying to find out where and how I can get my hands on some more.  It's called KAI Mineralogic.  It's a moisturizing day cream.  It's enriched with dead sea and volcanic minerals.  It's good, and did I mention it's almost gone!   If you all happen to sell this, call me!!!!!  OR... I could just go back to Hawaii to get some more...  :)

I really don't need another bag, but this is just the neatest color.  It literally screams, Spring or Summer.  Isn't it fun?! 
Love this color
And because I'm always on the look out for new and fun blogs to follow, I thought I would share one of my favorites with you.  Here is one of her latest posts that I loved.  It's called, What will they remember.  This is written by Ashley and she is one of my all time favorite bloggers.  Check her blog out and I guarantee you will love it.  She as an amazing photographer and the most laid back and fun mother out there.  I'm constantly challenged to be a better Mom and photographer by almost every single post of hers.

We don't have a lot going on this weekend.  We are hoping to get some yard work done and then we've got Junior High basketball tournaments to watch tomorrow.  Do you all have big plans for the weekend?  It's supposed to get up to 70 degrees today.   I'm stoked!

Today I'm linking up with Andrea & Erika

& Amy

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lots of babies!

Spring is definitely here.  Everywhere you look, there are babies.  Whether you are walking down the street or scrolling through Instagram.  Out here on the ranch, it's the same thing... babies, babies, babies, and I love it! 

This Mama cow is making sure her baby is staying close by. 

Look at all that green grass!  Seeing signs of Spring, does my heart good.  It's crazy to think that it's time to start servicing the lawn mowers and getting them ready to go.  We could end up with a couple feet of snow still, as it's only March.  But with as mild as our winter has been this year, I'm thinking we better make sure we are ready just in case. 

Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Good intentions...

Good intentions... I usually have them.  Do they always get me very far?  No!   But then, I tend to pat myself on the back and give myself a little pep talk.  After all...  I try!

Monday, was my day.  From the moment I woke up, things were going my way.  I was motivated.  I was conquering my to-do list.  I was getting the house whipped up and into shape and I was feeling great about it.  Then I get a call from the school around noon, and that is where my good intentions failed me.  I spent the rest of the day with one kiddo who ended up with an eye issue.  Another kiddo who tried out for the school play and ended up crushed because she wasn't picked.  :(  (Hard lesson to learn when you're only 7.)  Spent the whole next day out of town so we could see the Optometrist, for said eye, and before I know it a day and a half has gone by since I started out with good intentions. 

If only good intentions were just a little bit more helpful.  I surely wouldn't have minded if my good intentions had helped me get caught back up on laundry or maybe if they had worked on cleaning out that one closet I was wanting to get around to, or even just mopping the floor for me.  That would have been helpful.  ;)

Do you all have days like that, where your hopes are high and you've got good intentions for getting things done, and you feel like you are conquering the world and then your day just falls apart and you are left standing there thinking, "What just happened?  I was doing so good". 

Well if you are in the same boat as me, grab an ore and keep paddling, even if some days it feels like you are heading upstream.  I just hope that one of these days, my good intentions finally get the job done.  ;)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Spring Break

And just like that Spring Break is over, and it's time to get back into our routine.  

For Spring Break, we took the kids down to visit Dan's parents in Palm Springs.  It was such a nice getaway. The weather stayed between 85 and 90 degrees everyday.  Perfect weather for the kids to swim and for me to lounge by the pool.  

We got up early Saturday morning and made it to the airport.  My girls didn't seem to mind having their picture taken, but Jesse wasn't having it.  Ha!

They made us a a great Steak and Lobster dinner that first night.  It was so fun to grill and eat outside in  the warm weather.  It is making me really excited for the nicer weather to get here.

The next morning I got up and got ready early and headed outside to enjoy my cup of coffee.   This is something that I could get used to doing every single day of my life.  So relaxing.  I'm sure I would never get anything done if I started my mornings off like this though.  Kids fighting… who cares.  Messy house… so what.  Warm, sunny mornings with a cup of coffee and the world instantly seems like a better place.  ;)

We went to church with Dan's parents again.  It is so different going to a large church after attending such a small church my whole life.  They have a coffee/juice bar where you can get something to drink before hand.  This is part of my crew getting a morning mocha before the service. Crazy!

Dan and his Dad went out golfing the one morning, so the rest of us went for a walk around the area and along one of the golf courses.  It is such a pretty area.

We were supposed to fly home Wednesday afternoon, but our plane was having difficulties and they needed to work on it.  Well in the mean time, we missed our connecting flight.  We decided that we'd at least try and make it as far as Seattle and try and get on an early flight the next morning. Long day and the kids were tired, but they did so good!

I am so glad we ended up in Seattle, because my Bestie and her family had just made it there for a mini family vacation.  We totally crashed their little family trip and butted in for dinner.  We both left MT and both ended up in the same area, and you can bet that we were meeting up.
Dan says I'm maxed out on my traveling quota for the year.  I'm not telling him, but I'm actually okay with that.  It's good to be home and I have lots of little projects I want to start working on, in and outside of the house.

Have a great Monday you guys!