Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday Things . . . Easter Decorations!

It's Good Friday . . . and everyone said amen!  
I'm looking forward to the Easter service at church, baking a ham (even though Getzy would rather have anything but that), and watching the kids get excited about Easter morning.  

I thought it'd be fun to share my favorite Easter decorations for my favorites this Friday!  I love to decorate for the holidays and hope my kids will have fond memories of me overdoing it when they are adults.  

Apparently I thought it was time to upgrade because when I got the box of decorations out, it was rather slim pickings.  Don't fret, I shopped for some cute new lambs, bunnies and chicks!  Here we go . . .
Stop it . . . are these not the cutest little burlap bunnies?  They sit in the kitchen window and empathize with me as I do the dishes.
Look, it's a mama and a baby.  How come no one ever says it's a daddy and a baby?  Speaking of babies, that's our engagement photo in the background . . . I calculate that was 19 years ago.  Geez, we are old.
My mama said I needed some chicks in my Easter decor because that's what she remembers about Easter when she was a little girl in the 1940's.  She has vivid memories of walking by the drug store window and seeing live chicks dyed bright colors (pink, blue or green).  Her mother would buy her one every year, and she would take it home in a cardboard box.  She said they would put it in the backyard, and it would be there a few weeks before it died (gasp!) or magically disappeared (her parents gave it away).  Can you just imagine?  Oh, how times have changed.  
This is the foyer . . . one of my most favorite spots in the house.  I just think it's so welcoming and cozy.  It was also the first area I decorated in the redo, and I was so proud of myself!  I've spruced it up a bit for Easter!
I just love lambs because they make me think of my Kyle . . . his "lovies" from when his was little are two identical lambs.  Now everybody say "awww!"
It really does make my heart go all melty when I think about lambs and Jesus being the lamb of God . . . what a beautiful association.  
Easter is the perfect time to show off our lamb collection, and we have acquired a lot over the years. 
But who can resist a cotton tail?  Or a snow (glitter) globe?  
This one plays the Easter parade song which makes me happy, especially since Zeus ripped the guts out of another bunny I had that played that song.  Is it me, or do those bunnies look kinda creepy now that I've gotten a close up of them?
But the piece de resistance (say it with a French accent), you know that one item that makes you most excited, is my new mantel drape from Pier 1 . . . and all the angels sang.  Isn't it simply the cutest?  It totally goes with my new decor and makes me happy!  
I also love these adorable bunnies . . . and if I can, I tend to buy things in 3's so each kid can have their own one day.  

Okay, that's enough . . . I'm sure this is on the verge of annoying so I'll sign off and wish you all a blessed and content Easter weekend!

Linking up with these amazing folks because it's more fun than not!  Amanda . . . Friday Favorites . . . Oh Hey, Friday . . . 5 on Friday 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Things!

1. My mama heart might just explode with pride . . . this kid.  He is so awesome.  
He got new glasses this week . . . he said he wore them to look smarter!  Nice!
He completed his Eagle Scout Board of Review on Tuesday night and as soon as the paperwork is processed, he will be an official Eagle Scout!  
Can we talk about how much taller Ryan has gotten in the last 3 years ?
I'm wearing flats in both pictures!  Wow!
I now understand why the rank of Eagle Scout is so revered . . . it's a heck of a lot of work, time and effort.  For the Boy Scout and the parents . . . who do you think drove him to everything and paid for all the "fun?"  

2.  I had a physical this week.  I'm sad to say it's been probably 3-4 years since my last one . . . mostly because I didn't like the doctor's office, which I know is a super lame excuse.  Seriously though, you have to find a practice you like, and I think I found a winner . . . I even scheduled next year's physical!  Boom! 
Not my finest picture . . . it was a crazy windy day!
I say it's better to know so it's time to face the music, whatever that may be.  They took 7 vials of blood so I guess we shall see what happens!  

3.  Anybody else out there doing Weight Watchers?  It's really the only program that works for me . . . when I actually follow it.  
Let me tell you that getting and keeping weight off after 40 is no joke so several of my friends and I make social hour out of the meeting.  Dieting (or a healthy lifestyle, as we should say) is best served with others!

4.  I always thought it was cheating to make "fake" mashed potatoes.   So basically we never have them because it's a pain in the rear to peel and boil actual potatoes and let's face it, we all know they aren't the healthiest choice.  
Amanda loves mashed potatoes so I got these and tried them last night . . . whoa, mind blown.  It's like 2 minutes to tasty mashed potatoes.  And for the judgy, they were 4 WW points! 

5.  I'm going to continue to chat about Zeus like business as usual until he leaves for bigger and better things.  There are so many things I will miss about him . . . but not necessarily these things!
Actually I tend to find this stuff funny because he's just a puppy, and if he messes something up then it's our fault for not keeping an eye on him.

No, he's not supposed to be in the chair, so I keep towels on it for when he opens the back door himself and let's his dirty feet back in the house.  If I have anyone over, I'm very careful to double lock the doors, but if it's just me, then I don't bother.  Apparently I need to start because I put him out while I was taking a shower this week.  Well, mid-shower he zips through the bathroom with dirt on his face.   He not only opened the back door, he also opened the door to the garage looking for me.  You gotta high five him for being so clever though!

Well, that's what I know this week . . . cheers to the weekend everyone!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Oh hey there . . . miss me?

Should we just pretend that I didn't take a 5 month break?  I never mean to be away for so long, but like most things that require time and effort, once you stop it's sometimes hard to start again. If I equated it to an exercise routine, then I think you'd get it.

I suppose life has gotten the best of me and blogging gets shoved to the very bottom of the to do list.  House updates, the holidays, Zeus, kids, Netflix, blah, blah, blah . . . I always turn back up though.

I also give up reading blogs because like social media, it turns into a major time suck when I'm already feeling a time crunch . . . just know, my blog friends, that I do occasionally lurk and try to keep up even if I don't comment. 

So what's been going on lately?  Well, lots of things really.  Sit back, relax, and be nosy . . . this is my attempt at catching up so I can just start fresh!

My Ryan is rocking the whole high school freshman thing.  He was invited to join the Beta Club which makes a mama proud.  This week he sits for his Eagle Board of Review (whoa!), and he just earned his 2nd degree black belt in Choi Kwang Do.  Get.  It.  Done.  Son.
Kyle, (snaps fingers at him) over here!
Amanda, you knew we were taking a picture, right?
And yes, I need to diet.
 
That is over 6 years of training, lots of hard work and about a million nights of our life.  Ryan is done with training so while it is a bit sad to close this chapter, it's time.  

Want to know a super weird feeling?  Have your oldest child drive your car while you are helpless in the passenger seat. 
He studied and passed the first time . . . this kid is just awesome.
Perhaps helpless isn't the best word, but as a known control freak, it's hard to sit passively without a break pedal and steering wheel.  I have to say that Ryan really is a good driver.  It makes me giggle that he constantly has to wipe his sweaty palms . . . he told me he thought it would be easier . . . I'm assuming based on his vast knowledge from video games and an assortment of wheeled driving toys throughout his life.
What a fun group of friends!  They said it was the best time ever!
This blue eyed sweetie went to his 8th grade Winter Ball with a bunch of his friends!  He sort of, kind of, but not really had a date . . . just a friend and obviously no pictures were allowed of him and a girl.  
#18 is Kyle . . . it was a yuck day but they won!
Kyle is nearing the end of his middle school years and keeping me on my toes.  He's cruising his way through his second season of lacrosse which is made better by having his 3 best friends playing too!  I cannot believe that sweet boy is going to high school next year . . . someone hold me.  
We had two days off school for an ice storm this year in January, and Amanda was the only one who was committed to playing outside.  Later in January, my Girl Scouts had a weekend in the woods where they worked on a "journey" and stayed in a cabin . . . fun times!  
Y'all, that cotton candy/hat combo was $14.  Ridiculous.
We also went to see the last year of the Ringling Bros. circus . . . we had great seats at the Girl Scout discount!  And honestly, it's time for it to go . . . it's not like I remember from years ago.  And while the animals are fascinating, I'm glad they won't be used in this way anymore.  The remaining animals in this show were horses, camels, tigers and poodles.  And if you want to make a bunch of tween girls happy, take them on a late night Starbuck's run . . .  because duh, Starbucks is life (according to them).
They have mutual love for each other . . . so sweet considering
he's got several pounds on her now!
So in summary, little Miss Amanda is so full of sass, but I still can't get enough of her!  She is all about her Zeus, hanging out with her friends, and organizing her endlessly messy room . . . oh, and being on her phone way too much.
I die of the cuteness . . . the head tilt, the tail tuck, the regal poses . . . love it all!
Speaking of Zeus, isn't he gorgeous?  I mean, like whoa . . . so freaking handsome.  And he for sure loves my children . . . and Getzy, but most of all . . . me!  We basically spend 24/7 together so he doesn't really have a choice.  

Guess who he doesn't love? EVERYONE else.  It's a big, long story that I hope to write about soon, but Zeus will hopefully become a working police K-9 in the near future.  While we love him so, he is too much of a liability to have as a family pet . . . since no one but us can actually pet him anyway. While I know I seem to be making light of this, it has been a huge part of why I have been absent. It's been very stressful and sad, especially since he's my little (well, not really so little) buddy.  

For the holidays, Getzy and the boys went to visit his family in Florida (because we promised the boys they would get to see their cousins) and Amanda and I stayed home with the dogs . . . for the sole reason that it would be too stressful to deal with Zeus away from home.  So Amanda and I spent Thanksgiving with some of our favorite people . . . these folks for lunch.  
And you're welcome . . . Christmas card photo creds to me! 
And for dinner we went ate with my friend Lake and her family.  Amanda is best pals with her daughter, and Lake and I have been Girl Scout co-leaders since our girls were in Kindergarten. Sadly I don't have a picture (remember I wasn't in blog picture taking mode), but I can honestly say I have never seen so much food in all my life . . . and it was delicious!
They will have to see Santa until they move out . . . mom's rule!
Christmas was fabulous, as always.  My decorating was lacking this year because my house was finally being put back together by then, and I couldn't bear to drag out all the holiday decor.  I had 3 and a half trees decorated . . . I simply didn't finish the basement one . . . and not much else out this year.  But Santa still showed up and all was well!
It's not often we dress up fancy!  
We headed home to Virginia for my brother's wedding.  I was super happy for him and his new wife . . . it's a sweet story because they were friends as teenagers and then reconnected all these years later!  
The wedding was lovely and it was amazing to all be together as a family . . . that doesn't happen too often!
I finally got my mama upgraded to an iPhone from the kind where if you want to text someone you have to hit the buttons a certain number of times to get the letter you want.  Yeah, it was time!  Her world was officially rocked when she realized she could connect to the Internet AND play solitaire from her phone.  
My mom's sweet husband kicked cancer's butt last year and is doing great!  We are so thankful he's healthy and on the other side of that nasty disease!  And here is a lovely photo of his dog Molly . . . we call that her "smile" but there really isn't anything nice about her.  She loves him so that's what matters.  She's one mean girl for sure.  Her and Zeus should hang out together.  Ha!
I love a girls trip and my poker mamas did a local Stone Mountain weekend last fall.  We had a blast . . . we shopped, spa'd, snacked, drank, played poker and adventured . . . that's a perfect recipe for a good time.  These ladies make my life so much better . . . I am so thankful for each and every one of them!
I also had a fabulous girls' weekend this past fall with my college friends.  Y'all, these are my people.  I love them to the moon and back.  I am ever so grateful for each of them and our lasting friendships.  We laugh, we cry, we confess . . . and then we drink and eat cheese.  The best. 
And then there are these girls . . . I love them long time too and oh how they make me laugh! We each did a big celebration trip for our 40th birthdays and this was the last of the big 4-0 milestones for us.  We got a great deal on a Royal Caribbean 4 night cruise to Cozumel . . . and a discount on the drink package.  Jokes on them though .  . . they were losing money on us by 10 a.m. because . . . mimosas for breakfast.  
Some of my local friends and I hit up the Fifty Shades Darker movie the day it opened in the "extreme" theater.  So yeah, we basically watched porn together.  Y'all, it was naughty.  And I was fine with it!  I was also fine with my friends bringing me "snacks" to the theater!  

OMG . . . I think that's it.  Well, enough for now anyway.  It's weird to end it on the dirty movie, but I've run out of pictures and stories.  Missed you all.  Mean it!  Let's hope I can get my crap together to show up more often!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Life Lately!

Whoops . . . it's been a hot minute.  I am consumed with house updates over here . . . and my life motto of go big or go home is in full swing.  Normal folks would tackle maybe one room, but I figured after 17 years, the whole main floor needed some love.  The multitude of decisions are killing me . . . I had no idea how many choices every thing would require.  My brain is on overload, thus my absence.  But the house updates are a post for another day . . . when it's finished.  Let's just recap what's been going on since my last post!

Well, a week at the beach was a much needed respite from the day to day hustle and bustle.  I literally sat in the sand with some good music, great friends and a cold drink.  Not even kidding . . . I haven't pressed that much ass since I don't know when.  It was glorious!  Everyone got along swimmingly (see what I did there?) and no major sunburns so I was happy!  Here's a sample of the starring roles . . . I need to do a recap soon because I want to have the memories documented!
Admittedly these are sucky photos . . . it is what it is.
How about my Kyle suited up for his first lacrosse game?  I die of love for this kid trying a new sport in the 8th grade.  He actually loved participating in the game, more so than the routine drills of practice!  
His best bud Trenton has been playing for years!  He was so much fun to watch . . . he has some mad skills!  I had no idea how rough lacrosse was . . . until my baby was out there getting whacked with the stick and pushed to the ground.  
Funny story on the car ride home . . . there were complaints that the refs favored the other team and called too many penalties on our team.  I mentioned that a kid got a penalty for shoving Kyle though the air, and Kyle starts to giggle and says, "I deserved it . . . I was talking a bunch of trash to him."  That kid.   

"That kid" also had his first band concert of the year and looked so handsome in his formal clothes. Kyle is my kid who would wear work out shorts and t-shirts all the live long day if we let him, which we don't.  So to see him so spiffy, we were all just in amazement!  
Miss Amanda has been overcoming her boredom lately by looking for things to do on Pinterest. The boys are happy to play video games to pass the time, but Amanda needs more hands on activities!  She calls it "making experiments" . . . all I know is I've had to buy lots of cornstarch, flour and cream of tarter lately.  Here's her rainbow of play dough!
And I found this when I went to make some eggs . . . it put a smile on my face for sure.  
It's high school homecoming season so of course I was after Ryan to find out if he was taking a date.  In the end, he decided to just go with friends.  Alrighty then . . . cheaper and easier.  The only thing he requested were some khaki pants so that made shopping easy this year.  I am 100% biased, but he sure did look handsome (notice the braces).
I also can't believe that kid is a freshman in high school and just turned 15 . . . what I wouldn't give to go back to when he was little and hold him one more time.  Without a doubt he is the easiest kid on the planet.  He doesn't like to draw attention to himself and really doesn't ask for much.  I found him a few cool presents that seemed to make him happy, although a gaming computer would have been top on his list.  Uh, nope . . . too expensive when he already has a working laptop.  (Now notice the teeth . . . braces came off recently which is the best 15th birthday present of all!)
Poor kid just walked in the door from Cross Country practice,
 and I jump on him to open his presents!!!
We went out to dinner to celebrate with friends and luckily Granny was here visiting too!  
And my yahoo friends can't help but get in the picture!  Their photo bomb obviously cracked my mom up!
Granny and I coerced Amanda into going antique shopping . . . I promised lunch out since Target is more her style.  I get it though.  My mom dragged me to flea markets all the time when I was a kid, and I'm only now deciding I prefer antiques to the new crap that's not as well made.  My mom doesn't even know what to do with me now that I'm the one taking her to antique stores!
Moving onto my fur babies . . . Zeus completed his training and came home from away camp!  Isn't he so pretty?
He's lucky he's so handsome because he's a lot of work.  Like "who's bright idea was it to get a GSD puppy" work.  He's amazing on a leash . . . he literally goes everywhere with me.  He's been to outdoor restaurants, several stores and lots of training walks.  He even napped while I made some Best Buy purchases!
But he is not a fan of people coming to his house.  Note I said "his" house because he's pretty sure he owns it.  Just ask the contractors I've had around this week.  Let's just say I don't need any other sort of security system.  

He is basically a toddler and Abby would rather not deal with him, but they get along most of the time.  Here's proof!
I guess that sums it up for now . . . wish I had more time to sit down and write . . . these kids and dogs are keeping me on my toes!  

Happy Halloween and hope you have a fun and safe evening!