Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Updates (aka It's Been a While Since I've Blogged)

It's winter here in Indiana.  We have been blessed with a very mild winter until the cold and snow hit us on Saturday night.  Since then it's been freezing cold, snowy, and icy.  I had to drag out boots, gloves, hats, and real winter coats.  We have seriously been wearing jackets and vests before this weather hit!  We've already lost gloves and discovered boots from last year don't fit.  Who's ready for spring?!?  This girl!

I realize it's been a long time since I've written anything, so I thought I'd explain what has been happening around here...

1.  Basketball.  I have a freshman playing school ball and a fifth grader playing travel ball.  We go to lots of games and practices.  I am so looking forward to when my oldest son can drive!!  I have kept track of how many books I've read for the past few years.  This year I am going to keep track of how many basketball games I watch (and think of all the time I could be reading.....sigh!).

2.  Work.  I bit the bullet in November and officially picked up full time hours (36 hours/week) at my real job.  Lots of factors went into this decision, and so far I am surviving.  I've been blessed to work part time since my oldest son was born (except for a brief time when we moved back to Indiana), so I really have nothing to complain about.  Kids just keep getting more expensive each year.  I remember thinking I could not wait to get the twins out of diapers because we would save so much money!!  Oh how I wish the days of diapers were still here.  Not really, however, sports fees, school lunches, big kid shoes, and feeding growing boys really adds up!

3.  Whole30.  I started another real round of Whole30 this month.  I tell myself I eat this way about 90% of the time, but the month of December sure did a number on me.  It started with a cookie day we had at work (everyone brought in their favorite Christmas cookie to share), then went downhill from there.  I may or may not have eaten an entire container of pumpkin pie ice cream.  Then I decided I had to consume some Reese's Trees, even if they were not shaped like trees (who cares?!?).  Then for about 2 weeks I ate whatever the heck I wanted.  Now that I'm back to Whole30, there is a LOT more food prep, which takes a lot of time.  But is definitely worth it!

So that's what has been happening around here, and what I'll be doing the rest of this month!  So who knows when I'll write again.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Random Acts of Kindness

A few months ago, Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK from here on out) started showing up at my workplace.  We have a locker room where we change into scrubs for work, and little gifts would show up in front of people's lockers.  Or if they don't have to change for work (the business office people), their gifts would be sitting on a table in our staff lounge.  Two or three people each week would get a gift, and my turn never came.  At first, I didn't really say anything.  Then as the weeks went by and still no RAOK for me, I started saying things like:

"I'm so kind, I don't need a Random Act of Kindness"

"They started with the people who are not kind first"

"If you're listening RAOK person, I really need a new {whatever I felt like saying that day}"

A few of us even got out a list to see who had yet to receive a RAOK.  I was on the list......until I went on a break, walked past my locker, and there was a gift by my locker.  I was so excited and thrilled and speechless.  My gift?  A pumpkin crate filled with all things pumpkin.  Pumpkin Oreos, M&Ms, Pumpkin Spice Latte packets {Starbucks}, and an umbrella {which is a long work post to be shared another day}.  If you know me at all, you know I love pumpkin.  So the RAOK person definitely knows me, or they work for Santa.  Either way I may have teared up a little in the locker room.

And just because you are dying to know.... 1. Every single employee where I work received a RAOK.  2.  Several of them were very personal {the RAOK person really did their research}! 3. The RAOK gift giver has not been revealed!  Which makes it even more fun.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Random Things

So we survived the cold cold weather on Saturday.  First up was the parade where we sat outside for almost an hour.  The boys were totally willing to brave the cold for CANDY!  I felt sorry for the people riding on the floats. They looked like they were freezing.  At least we could walk around and warm up.  Second we went to my nephew's football Cadet Bowl.  Sadly they lost, and I ended up with a dead battery at the end of the game.  My vehicle became the warm up place for all the kids, and I'm pretty sure they were charging all their devices while sitting in the car.  Luckily the car parked in front of me (nose to nose, even!) had jumper cables, and we were able to get my van started quickly!

Guess what I get to spend my fall break doing?!?  Swiffering!!  Yes, that is totally a verb.  I won a contest on Dana's blog, A Slob Comes Clean, and I got my very own BIG GREEN BOX just the other day.  So far I've dusted ceiling fans (they were embarrissingly filthy!), and swiffered up tons of dog hair.  There is always dog hair.  I was very excited to win and hopefully I can talk the boys into swiffering with me!

Last year the boys dumped a couple of rotten pumpkins in the mulch in our back yard.  When Spring hit, several pumpkin plants sprouted and grew.  There were tons of vines and blooms, but only one tiny pumpkin finally formed at the end of August. I was so excited to see this just last week.  I'll have at least one pumpkin to put on the porch.

 I'm still watching Gilmore Girls!  Almost done with season 2.  Jen Hatmaker just wrote a Gilmore Girls: All My Feely Feelings post!!  I have 5 seasons to get through before I can read it.  She also said on Facebook that she spent 154 hours watching the entire show.  I'm so behind, but will catch up!!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

October Weather

We haven't really had any cold days this fell...yet.  Then today the forecast looks like this.  And today is our small town's Riley Festival parade, my nephew's championship football game, and my oldest son's best friend's last home soccer game.  A great day to spend hours outside!  Guess it's time to break out the winter coat, ear muffs, and gloves.   Which I'm sure I put neatly away last year and will be so easy to find.  Or not!

Thursday, October 1, 2015


It's October.  We are almost done with 9 weeks of school.  Our 2 week fall break starts after school on Friday.  I cannot wait for no homework and not having to study 5th grade spelling words!  

I begged Noah to take freshmen guys choir (yes, that's what they call it) this year.  I am so glad he decided to listen to me.  They had their first concert last night, and it was amazing.  The concert lasted 2 hours!  His choir sang 4 songs, so we watched lots of other kids also.  But it was definitely worth the time.

I love to read, but have never read any of the Harry Potter books.  I decided this was going to be the year that I read Harry Potter to the twins.  It's not easy to read a book like this out loud, but I am determined to finish.  I told the boys we will watch the movie when we are done reading.

The twins are playing soccer.  They are on the same team which really helps out!  Their team is undefeated so far (a far cry from our previous soccer seasons).  It is definitely more fun when they win.

Noah is still playing league basketball.  He will have high school tryouts in November.  We are really excited to see him play at school this year.  He really didn't start playing basketball until 6th grade, so it's really fun to see him improve and develop every season.

Once school started I volunteered to work extra days when they are super busy at work.  So I've been working more hours, but still not full-time!  After thinking about it, I really haven't worked full-time (40 hours a week) since 2003.  That's 12 years of part-time.  I realize how lucky I have been to do that.  I've also realized that kids get way more expensive the older they get.  Oh to be paying for diapers and baby food again instead of sports team fees, book rental, and gigantic shoes!

I started watching Gilmore Girls because Jen Hatmaker told me to.  (She really didn't just tell me, she told her whole Twitter fan base, but I felt like she was talking specifically to me)  I'm on season two.  Our library has all seven seasons, so I've been taking lots of trips to there to check them out.

Not happening as much, except for Harry Potter.  Gilmore Girls has taken over my life.

I bought a fringe tote bag at the Walmart a few weeks ago.  I took it back this week.  I am so in love with fringe, but am afraid to actually carry the fringe.  As a mom I don't go lots of fancy places and all I can picture is the fringe getting stepped on and me freaking out.  Maybe I'll find some cute fringe footwear in my size.  Or maybe I'll never wear any fringe.  Stay tuned!

Friday, July 10, 2015

I know It's Summer When...

There are 8 bikes in the yard.

I've yelled shut the door 27 times and it's only 11 AM.

We've used My teenage son has used 75% of our data plan and the month is only half over.

I broke down and bought paper plates and cups because I just cannot handle one. more. dirty. dish.

When it's time to pack for something I just do laundry then throw the clean clothes in a Walmart bag.

I have no idea when my kids showered last.

We've been swimming that day, so that definitely counts as a shower.

Brushing teeth is optional.

Having to be anywhere before 11:00 am is painful for everyone.

When I tell my boys "it's time to wake up! if you were at school, you'd be eating lunch right now!", their response, "why do you wake us up so early every day?!?!".

The Minecraft music will be the death of me.

I've memorized the YouTube videos they think are hilarious {"I'm legally blind", "What's 9 plus 10?"}.

We are out of toilet paper. Again!

Making two 10 year old boys read for 15 minutes is torture.  Just ask them!

I thought I would save money not paying for school lunches.  Boy was I wrong.

Three meals a day morphs into one meal a day and a ton of snacking.

You see the school supplies at the front of the Walmart and do the crazy, excited, let me bow down and kiss your feet dance!!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Small Town Living

My teenage son has a bad habit of losing things!  {Especially things that have just been purchased.}  A few weeks ago he was headed to a team basketball camp with the Varsity and JV teams.  He decided he needed to upgrade his wallet.  In other words, he graduated from the canvas velcro wallet to the $12 leather wallet from the Walmart.

He headed to basketball camp with all his stuff and his new wallet with the spending money I gave him for snacks and food while traveling.  He ended up spending all the money I gave him {no surprise there}, but he came home without his wallet.  It took about 6 days to discover this fact.  So I told him to ask the coach if he could look on the bus for his wallet.  The next week, the girls basketball team rode the same buses, and I told him to text a friend of his and ask her to look for his wallet in the seat.  He decided he was way too cool to do either of my suggestions.  I told him no way was I paying for another wallet.

I thought about calling the bus department on the small chance that someone had found it and turned it in.  He thought that was a ridiculous idea.  He told me to just give up on the wallet.  This is where the part of living in a small town comes in very handy!  This Sunday at church a lady (who also happens to live in our neighborhood) flagged me down to tell me she had Noah's wallet!  One of the gals who cleaned the bus found his wallet and turned it in.  And my teenage son was smart enough to put his library card {with his name on it} in the wallet.  And the $1.27 he had left over was still in there!  The wallet was recovered today, so that's one less thing I have to look for, and one less thing to hound my teenager about.  That's a win for all of us!