Dec 29, 2009

I got the BUG!!!!! Cleaning bug that is.......

This is what I am going to be spending some time doing.
I started yesterday cleaning and rearranging my kitchen. I always get the cleaning/reorganizing bug around the holidays. Finding room for our new stuff and weeding out what hasn't been used. Also, try to maximize the space and flow of my home.

So I am trying to take it in small chunks.....so I don't get overwhelmd and give up. My goal is to get through the whole house cleaning and decluttering!!! Wish me luck.

Anyone else get this way around the holidays?

Dec 27, 2009

Holidays

How was your Christmas? Mine was okay......but honestly and I glad it is over. I never did find the Christmas spirit this year.....sad but true.


I am looking forward and trying to find some joy and be thankful....but honestly it is struggle for me right now! I plan to make an effort to enjoy the little things right now.


Hopefully I will find some blogging mojo along the way!!!!

Check out this giveaway

One of my favorite blogs is having a give away......you gotta go check it out. http://www.5dollardinners.com/


She has great recipes and ideas! She is giving away one of her cookbooks.

Dec 3, 2009

Decorating

I have finished most of my decorating. We are going to go cut down our tree on Saturday. I can't wait to decorate it. Then I need to finish my shopping. I wish I was done already.....so I could just enjoy the holiday without the hustle and bustle.

Are you done decorating and shopping?

I will share some pictures when I get it done.

Nov 10, 2009

How is it possible

Really now....... how is it possible that it is just over 2 weeks until Thanksgiving. No way....time is flying by way too fast. Stop....slow down...I am not ready for the holiday hustle and bustle to begin.

I will not panic....I will not panic!!! I will just make some lists and have a calming cup of tea. Deep breaths!!!

Oct 17, 2009

Whoa....didn't mean to be gone so long

Things have been super busy and a bit crazy around here. I never meant to be gone from my blog so long. I have missed reading all my favorite blogs too.

Off to catch up!!!!

Sep 11, 2009

100th post and giveaway Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce



For my 100th post I am having a little giveaway~~~~~


We tried Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce and it is pretty tasty. It is sweet and tangy, but not at all spicy, even my picky daughter tried it and like it!!!! It is a family foavorite now and I need to order some, since we are almost out of it now.


We have tried it on burgers, as a marinade for chicken, or for a dipping sauce. There are many tasty recipes on their website. You should check it out.


Have any of you tried it??? Country Bob's will give away two bottle sets to two of my readers. So I will select a winner in a week. You can enter by commenting on my blog, an extra entry if you follow me and another entry if you mention my giveaway on your blog. If you do all three I will give you an extra entry. Good luck!!!

Sep 3, 2009

MADE IT!!!

What a week this has been......

staff meetings
classroom set up
parent orientation
student open house

ALL DONE....check!!!!

I am ready for a few days off for sure!!!!

Aug 24, 2009

My Birthday




Today is my birthday and I plan to do as little as possible. Just hang out at home with my family and enjoying one of the last days of summer vacation. Kids are back to school on Thursday. I will return to work then too....so much to do to get ready for the shool year. The summer has just flown by once again.

Aug 20, 2009

Only one week

So sad there is only one week left of summer vacation. It went by so fast this year. The weather was pretty bad for the first half of it too....so I think that made it seem shorter. Hoping we can squueze lots of fun in before it ends.

Jul 20, 2009

Gratitude

I figure since I don't always feel like I have anything to write about. I will post the things I am grateful for....big or small.



1)Time with my kids in the summer...I love that my job lets me be with them all summer



2) Beautiful weather so far this summer...cool and not humid



3) Our new puppy....he makes me laugh and is so happy to see me...even if I just saw him minutes ago LOL



4)Our other dog Belle for accepting the new family member....I think she might even be starting to like him....but don't tell her I said that



5)The half a second when all the laundry in the house is clean

Summer Fun

We have been busy.....very busy this summer.....busy having fun!!!

Vacation, pool time, grilling out, sleeping late, playing with our new puppy. It has been a great summer so far....but it is moving far too quickly for my liking.

How is your summer so far?

Jul 8, 2009

Our New Puppy!!


Here is our new puppy! We still haven't picked a name for him. Isn't he adorable!!!

Jul 2, 2009

Home Sweet Home

Howdy all!!!

Been over a month since my last post.....I can't believe it has been that long. We just got home from vacation yesterday. I have missed visiting my favorite blogs!!!

Off to see what my bloggy friends have been up to lately!!!

Jun 1, 2009

My gardens

Here are a few pictures I took out in my yard today.

My clematis
Newly planted pots on the deck

My herbs on the deck


My newest garden project. It still needs to fill in a bit.



My pond

My potting shed

May 23, 2009

Lack of blogging

My lack of bloggy lately is directly related to my current addiction to Farm Town on Facebook. A friend got me hooked and not I can't stop. Wondering if there is a 12 step program for Farm Towning????? I don't normally play games so this is new territory for me.


Any one else play it? Won't you be my neighbor? If you don't I can help you!!!

May 18, 2009

MOTIVATION

I love it when I get super motivated to get things done around here. This weekend was one of those times. Lots of deep cleaning and organizing!!!! It feels so good too. I wish this feeling would come around more often LOL.

I am starting the week off right exercising will happen this week!!!

Hope your week is off to a good start too!

May 11, 2009

Not pretty


See that picture....that is how I have been feeling the past few days. Not a pretty sight at all!!!!

May 4, 2009

Rain...Rain....Go....Away

Oh please rain just go away. It has been days and days of rain. This weeks forecast calls for rain all the way through until Sunday. I have felt like a slug all day today. I just need some sunny weather.....please oh please!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 1, 2009

Friday

I just got to thinking about what Friday means to me. It should mean woohoo my day off from work. But instead it means spend the whole day running around doing errands and catching up on everything under the sun!!!! Fridays always go by so fast and I am exhausted at the end of the day......just like a work day.

So I am off to attack the day! Not too happy about it though...the rainy weather isn't helping either.

Hope you all have a good day!

Apr 28, 2009

Exercise

I go in spurts with my exercising. I will be good for awhile then completely stop for months. Well this week I have started back at it. I have done the Power fit DVDs 2 days in a row now...things are sore. I really want to stick with it this time.

Wish me luck!!

Apr 25, 2009

Perfect day

The weather here has been perfect today. In the 80's and sunny!!!! I have gotten all my pots ready for planting on my deck and the furniture out. Lots of weeding and working in the gardens too. I am gonna sleep well tonight.

We are grilling and eating outside tonight. Then we are gonna make s'mores in the fire pit. PERFECT!!!

Apr 23, 2009

Behind on everything

I feel like my lists are too long and there is too much I need to be doing all the time. And frankly I am tired of it all!!!

I haven't posted a new blog in a week.....hardly visited any of my favorites in that last week either. Ughhhhh.

End of the school year work stuff, keeping up around the house and my own kids activities has me going all the time. And I am just stinkin tired!!! TIRED!!!!!

Hoping to get caught up over the weekend.....at least the weather looks promising.

Apr 16, 2009

What is that I see?????

Could it be??? I am not sure???

Is that the SUN I see shining so bright this morning?

Maybe it will improve my mood.....a girl can hope!

Hope you all have a great day!

Apr 15, 2009

Do you twit?

Are any of you on Twitter? I just joined yesterday! Still trying to figure it all out. I am a bit confuzzled......I figured out blogging and facebook....so I am sure I will get the hang of it.

Apr 13, 2009

Fighting the FUNK!!!

I have been fighting the funk for awhile now and have been winning the battle. But I feel like it may be starting to win over me now.........I am not really sure what this particular funk is about......maybe the end of Spring break.....lack of spring time weather.....a combo of a lot of things probably!!!!

I really try to have a postive attitude most of the time. But it is a struggle right now!!!

Hoping to kick this FUNK....outta here soon!!!

Apr 7, 2009

Spring Break

We are on Spring break and it is great to have no real schedule. Things have been so hectic lately.......so it is great to slow down just a bit. We hope to take a few day trips. Also, I really want to get some spring cleaning done too. Yesterday, I deep cleaned the mud room. Today I think I will either tackle the office or one of the kids rooms.

The weather isn't going to be that great this week. I guess this will help me focus on stuff inside that needs attention. I am just glad to be on Spring Break!!!!!

Mar 29, 2009

Look what I won!!

Look what I won from this great blog http://8792nuthouseplace.blogspot.com/!!!!

Thanks so much Nicole!!! I have wanted stemless wine glasses for a long time, so I am beyond excited to have some now. My family loves Italian food so this is perfect for us. We will be enjoying it later this week.

Mar 21, 2009

It has been a LONG week

It has been a long emotional week around here. We miss our dog Domino terribly. Yesterday was one of the worst for me....it was exactly a week since his passing. I was reliving the whole morning he passed...I was a wreck. I know it will just take time.

Thank you all so much for the comments and emails. I really appreciate them all. I have had such great support online and IRL...it has meant so much to me.

Mar 14, 2009

Thanks for the award and a giveaway

Thanks Lynette/http://theysayimnuts.blogspot.com/for this Sisterhood Award you are very sweet to give me this award.

My friend Denise over at http://koffordsincolorado.blogspot.com/ is having an awesome giveaway. Go check it out and I bet you will fall in love with her blog too.

Sadness




My family is feeling such sadness and loss....our dog Domino passed away yesterday. He was the best dog we could have ever asked for our family. He was almost 18 years old....he had a long life...which we are so grateful for. We had time to say goodbye to him which was a blessing. But the loss is so very hard. I miss him so much!!

Mar 11, 2009

Stimulating the economy...while trying to rebuild my wardrobe

So I having been trying to rebuild my wardrobe after gutting my closet. It has been a sloooowwwwwww process. Pants are the greatest challenge.....I have probably tried on 4o pairs in the last couple weeks and have bought 4 of them. FRUSTRATING! It is just hard to find the right cut and size to fit and that look good too.

I really have trouble spending money on myself. But I am pushing through and making it happen. I am trying to get it done frugally too....so that is helping me justify the shopping LOL.

Mar 9, 2009

Nice Weather

I have so many things I want to blog about....but the weather has finally turned a little warm. So we have been spending time outside and doing some spring cleaning too. Oh it feels so good!

Mar 3, 2009

DRAMA

Does anyone else find drama really draining?

I had drama at home, drama with my parents and drama at work. I just feel like it sucks the life right out of me. I didn't create any of it....just had to deal with all of it. So annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tomorrow will be better....tomorrow will be better...tomorrow will be better.....

Mar 2, 2009

Snow Day


Well the kids had a snow day today! I am not even sure how much we got....it has been blowing and drifting like crazy today.


We tried to play outside, but it was miserably cold....so we didn't last long. I didn't even take any pictures.


I think we will be back to school and work tomorrow...maybe a delay in the morning though.


Hope you all are keeping warm.

Feb 28, 2009

Long overdue


I am tackling a project that is long overdue....cleaning my clothes closet. I am about half done and gotten rid of more than half my clothes. If I don't like it or haven't worn it out it goes!!! Not sure why I hang on to things for so long, but it all must go. I plan to reward myself with a little shopping spree for a job well done. I never buy myself anything and finally realize I deserve some new nice things to make me feel pretty!

Feb 24, 2009

Stretch Pants

Okay first let me say I am a little bummed I lost a follower of my blog. I haven't had the most exciting blog lately but I am still disappointed. But moving on!!!!


Okay pants with stretch.................. good thing or bad????

Well here are my thoughts on the subject. You maybe get a good 20 or 30 minutes in a stretch pant. Either they are too tight when you first put them on or too loose when they have stretched beyond the perfect size which lasted only a mere 20-30 minutes. Annoying!!!!

I need to new pants I think LOL!!

Any thoughts on this pressing matter?

Feb 23, 2009

Party time!!!

Well the party was a success we:
made bracelets
made individuals pizzas
painted frames
played TP games(see below LOL)
decorated purses
chocolate fountain
watched movies
ate popcorn
ate cupcakes

then I went to bed they stayed up several more hours


This is what it looks like after you play a game where the girls make fancy outfits out of toilet paper. When they are finished let them go crazy. It was definitely a fun party. I was exhausted when it was over.








Feb 20, 2009

Party Prep Time

I am in full on party preparation. My daughter is having her birthday party sleepover tomorrow. So I spent the morning shopping for supplies. Now to set it up and get organized! We have crafts, games and food!!

Feb 18, 2009

Another Week half over

I haven't been around in a few days! Not sure why exactly.

Not feeling that great, work and taking the kiddos hither and yon just sucks the life right out of me lately. The weather is cold and just yucky! I am so ready for Spring and warmer weather.

That's all I got folks....sorry!!!

What is everyone else up to?

Feb 13, 2009

TGIF

Well girlie went back to school today. She is better, but still weak...thankfully it was only a half day. I went to a meeting, ran errands and tried to catch up around the house. We took Belle to the vet for her shots this afternoon, that was the fastest $100 I have spent in a long time. YIKES!

We are doing pizza and movie night. I am glad the weekend is almost here.

What are you doing?

Feb 12, 2009

Long week of sickness and random stuff

My daughter has been sick all week. She has been running a fever and has cold symptoms. I took her to the DR yesterday and it is strep. She never even complained that her throat hurt. She has such a freakishly high tolerance for pain...it amazes me.

She will be home again today....hopefully the meds will start making her feel better. But last night was the worst for fever and restlessness. She was up and down all night. So we are dragging a bit today.

My son is doing his on road drving lessons this week. Totally nervewracking for me LOL. He is doing really well though. Today is his last session.

I am ready for the weekend and hope that the rest of us don't get sick.

Thanks for reading if you got this far..........I did kinda ramble on but hey I am working on very little sleep.

Feb 9, 2009

Do you??

Facebook

Myspace

Bakespace

or any other social networking sites????

Please let me know....I would love to add you as a friend!!!

Feb 6, 2009

A letter challenge "J"

Melissa over at The Land of Foo http://thelandoffoo.blogspot.com/was recently challenged by writing ten things she loved that started with the letter "N". I thought I would play along and she sent me the letter "J". Let’s see how I do…….

1. Jewelry-I don’t wear much but love my wedding set


2. Jazz dancing or any dancing that my daughter Meghan is doing. She loves to dance and it shows!!


3. Juniper- I love the smell of it burning. We got to experience this wonderful scent on a trip to Arizona last January for hubby’s 5oth birthday.


4. Job-I really like the one I have…..it is hard, but good.


5. Joy-seeing joy through my kids eyes is the best!!!!!!!


6. Jeans-finding a pair that fits and looks good there is almost nothing better LOL. I am need of some new ones but hate the whole process of searching for the “right” ones.


7. Jesus…..I am working on this one….my faith has been shaken and not strong in recent years, but I am trying to work on it…but it scares me a bit honestly.


8. Juice- cranberry grape to be specific…I could drink it until my belly hurts…not sure why I like it so much


9. Jam……strawberry on a warm biscuit……YUM!!!!!!


10. John....last but not least …..my hubby…he’s a keeper!!



This was fun and a bit challenging for me....but I laid it out there.

If you want to play along....I can send you a letter too.

Happy Birthday

It is my daughters 10th birthday. I can not believe she is that old already....time just flies once you have kidlets.

She picked out her birthday dinner and cake. So I will work on that today. We are having our family party tonight. In a few weeks she is having a sleepover party with her friends.

Feb 5, 2009

Kicking the FUNK

I feel myself starting to shake the funk!!!

I haven't had anything I thought was blog worthy lately.

Tomorrow is a big day! My baby girl turns 10.

Jan 28, 2009

Winter Fun


The kids and I had off today because of the snow/ice storm......so we went spent some time outside trying to sled. There is more ice than snow really and the sledding isn't all that great.....but we persevered. We had lots of fun!!!! Now we are going to hang out and play some games.

Jan 26, 2009

Devastating News

I know I have asked for prayers for my daughter's friend Katianna. She was diagnosed with cancer in the Fall....it turned out to be a rare, aggressive, untreatable form of thyroid cancer. Katianna passed away over the weekend! I just have no words..........

Telling my daughter was one of the hardest things I have done as a Mom....we both just held each other and cried. How do you possibly help your child who is 9 understand the death of a friend.

Please pray for her family and hug your kids....you really never know!!!

Jan 23, 2009

TGIF

I am "off" today....but have a to-do list a mile long! So I need to get my rear in gear!

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Jan 21, 2009

What a Wednesday~

I don't have anything witty or wonderful to share today.....why??? I am soooooo tired! I only worked this morning...but it is open house week at the preschool where I work. So it was an endless trail of parents in to visit and wanting to chat....all while I was still trying to teach my class. I tried very hard to meet everyone's needs today, but it was really hard and I am so exhausted from it LOL.

Off to rest this evening!!

Jan 19, 2009

Happy Birthday

Today is my hubby's birthday. We will have a small family dinner tonight!

Happy Birthday hubs!!!!

Jan 17, 2009

WEEKEND

I am so happy the weekend is here!!! We don't have too much planned. I hope to continue my cleaning and organizing. We will probably go shopping for hubby's birthday gifts...he still isn't sure what he wants yet LOL.

Tomorrow is the Ravens playoff game!!! GO RAVENS!!!!!!!!

So not too exciting but at least we are all home and can hang out together.

Jan 15, 2009

Brrrrrrrrr!!!


Baby it's cold outside!!!

I am sitting here in front of the pellet stove, sipping a cup of tea and trying to thaw out. It is just bitterly cold here and I don't like it at all.

Thursday is normally my last day of work for the week. But I am going in to substitute for a few hours tomorrow. I would much rather just stay home and work on my deep cleaning/reorganizing projects. Oh well.

Please say a prayer for my daughter's friend Kati she is not doing well.

Jan 12, 2009

Starting the week off right!

I am off to a good start. My menu is planned for the week. I exercised this morning. And have gotten some deep cleaning done in the kitchen. Also attempting to reformat our old computer for the kids to use in the game room...so far so good with that.

I am making this Recipe: No-Knead Bread - New York Times today and some French Onion soup. It should hit the spot on this cold day.


Hopefully the rest of the week goes as well....I plan to keep a positive attitude...so that should help.

Jan 11, 2009

So happy the Ravens won!!!


Yahooooooo! They won.....what a tough game that was to watch.

Jan 7, 2009

Nothin

I feel like I have nothing good to write about. We are back to the grind here and it isn't fun. Work/school/activities...oh my!!!

I need to get motivated. Meal planning, organize around the house and a whole long to-do list.

I think I am in an after holiday funk!!!! Hoping it lifts soon.

Jan 5, 2009

Back to Reality

Well it is back to school for my kiddos today. I have one more day off before returning to work tomorrow. I have a bunch of errands that I need to get done today. We took the tree down last night. The house looks so bare....I need to redecorate. I do this every year...put the decorations back out, but change things around a bit.

We had a wonderful holiday break. Lots of relaxing and family time.....I am sad to see it end.

Jan 3, 2009

Only 2 more days of break

Wahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

I am so enjoying the hanging out, no running around and no real schedule.....how will I ever return to reality!!!!!!!!!