Pin of the Week- 4

This weeks pin is NOT about the tank or the girl inside!  It’s about the saying!   I’m about to write it on a post-it, and stick it on my mirror, on my kitchen cabinet, and on my cell phone!  As I hit the half way point of a small goal I set for myself I need to remind myself of this so very often. Seeing that halfway mark really gave me a feeling like I could slack off a little, but I know that that is SOOOOO untrue!  So while you think about giving it all you’ve got, I’ll work on my post to tell you all about my little goal!

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Pin of the Week- 3

I was so excited when I saw this picture. I stole it from my sister. Who knows where she found it, but it has been in my head for about a year.  We only have 1 truly south facing window in our house, and it’s in Fred’s room. The second one is at an angle, and it is under our covered porch, so it only gets good sun for a few hours.   I envisioned this window a long time ago, as a way for me to grow herbs, and have some nice house plants that need more light than my house can give.  Our windows face the road, so that is the main thing holding me back. Maybe the plants would screen my kitchen from the world?  Should I just do it?

Mostly I’m excited to see that Martha Stewart and I think the same way!

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What to do When a New Baby Comes; A Tutorial

And of course I am talking about the kind of baby someone else has. Because I don’t really want anymore of the other kind!  My Brother and Sis-in-Law had a little baby boy on Thursday night, and it was a killer waiting the few hours to go home to see them!

Step one: Throw a bunch of stuff in a laundry basket, and call it packing.

Step two: Make a bunch of meals for the mamma to throw in her freezer, pick up the boys an hour early, so they still get credit for being in school, but you can still fool yourself into the idea that you’re getting a head-start.  Also you need to not take any pictures of this step.

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Step three: Drive 2 long and miserable hours while your kids play their DS’s (aka: the greatest invention in the world) Find out later that the 11 y/o kept his earbuds in pretending to listen to things, so I wouldn’t bother him. Nice.

Step three point five: Stop halfway for some nourishment. Tea and a fiber bar. Heck yeah. Continue driving at a safe speed, one that makes you think you’re a rebel for speeding, but also one that draws no negative attention your way. It also helps to have the radio on for the full 2 hours.  Up until a few years ago there were miles that there was no coverage. I am very thankful for our technology!

Step three point seventy five: Get ridiculously excited when you finally reach your exit, because you know there are only 30 more miles to go!

Step four: Wait with big sister for Momma, Dad, and Baby to get to Nana & Papa’s house. Little sister doesn’t seem to realize the severity of what is to come……

Step five: HOLD THAT BABY!!!  Even if Baby appears to have better things to do than hang out with Auntie.

Step six: Take eleventy thousand photos of the Wee One.

Step seven: Hang out with your own kids for a while, preferably at the Perrine Bridge on a beautiful 55* winter day.

Step eight:Take eleventy thousand more photos of the baby for the birth announcement.

Step nine: Miss your hubby whom you left at home with the dog, and rush home to him, thankful that you get to sleep all through the night because someone else just had a baby, and not you!

Braces- Month 7

The braces are working wonderfully.  Fred’s teeth are nice and straight.  Only concern right now, is that the bottom canines STILL haven’t come in. We had the springs put in about 2 months ago, and they have made a pretty decent gap on both sides, but there is no evidence of those teeth coming in anytime soon. He has lost the baby teeth well over 2 years ago. So that is on the question list for next appointment.

*This is the only photo that he has authorized to be put on the internet.*


Last week the boys were still on Christmas break, while I had to go back to work. I’m very lucky, and blessed to have a job (and a boss) that allows me to bring the boys along with me.  It was hard to call our break ‘Christmas’ Break though.  The weather was gorgeous almost the whole 2 weeks.   After work one day, we decided to take a walk by the lake.  It was frozen earlier in the month, but it is mostly thawed now.  When I stepped on the ice it cracked, and water seeped through, but the boys were still able to play on it, though the rock throwing was pretty lame. But who ever let that stop them before? We are so lucky to have such a pretty area so close to our home. (4 miles)    I’m loving the weather, but the farmers daughter inside me knows we need the snow!