Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Sunday!

Happy Easter everyone!  What a beautiful day we had here in the south!  The day was even more special for me because my mama was here to share it with us! 
The Easter Bunny was day drinking yesterday so it was no easy feat to stay up and take care of business!  But it all got done, including turning off Amanda's alarm to try to get a few extra minutes of sleep! 

Amanda was thoughtful and left water and a carrot for the Easter Bunny.  It was clearly appreciated.
The kids did their usual egg hunt and basket search and were quite pleased with their loot.  As they should be because the Easter bunny goes overboard every year.  Ridiculous. 
It was all over in a hot minute so I went on to make a "special" breakfast. 
Clearly I nailed it!  Might want to pin this one!  NOT!  Who freaking knew it would be so complicated?  They looked fine when they were uncooked.  Swear.

Then it was the negotiations about getting on church clothes, brushing teeth and do I have to wear a tie and tuck in my shirt?  Well yes, yes, yes and no.  Obvs.
The service was awesome, as always.  Each child got a new embossed bible for Easter so it was fun to watch them read along during the service.  Amanda was clearly pleased with hers . . . anything with pink and flowers is a winner!

Since we rarely dress so fancy, I made all the kids take a picture with their Easter loot in their Easter finery.  It's like I torture them by doing this . . . one day they will thank me.  I even made mom and Getzy do it.  They agreed, under duress. 
And since no one gives a rat about taking my picture, I took my own damn selfie.  Rarely do I get a chance to dress up and feel so cute!  Mom and I had fun at the mall on Friday getting new Easter clothes for the ladies . . . fond memories for sure!
My oldest saw me doing it and took sympathy on me and offered to take one as well.  Bless his teenage heart.
And this little nugget . . . she is the girliest girl you'll ever meet.  She was thrilled with her new dress, necklace and shoes.  She loves high heels and fake nails.  I'm pretty sure I'm in trouble.  If only I could get her to do something more exciting with her hair.  I may remember someone else who didn't care much for hair care when she was younger (points fingers back at self)! 
As much as she loved being dressed up, she couldn't wait to get home and back in her J-Animals.  What a cute unicorn!
And that about sums it up.  We ate.  I may have napped.  We played outside.  And Getzy cooked up a lovely Easter dinner.  A wonderful day with family. 

I hope you had a blessed Easter, and the Easter Bunny treated you right!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Blog Dates and Weekends!

Geez, it's been a long time since I've had a first "date," and I don't think I've ever met someone online . . . I got married before that was even a thing.  So I was pretty excited this past Friday when I had a blog "date" with one of my favorite bloggers!  Amy at Crazy Wise Woman and I have been chatting for what seems like forever and finally got a chance to meet!
Hotlanta is huge, and we live about an hour from each other so we met in the middle at a cute little restaurant called the Fickle Pickle. 
Although all bloggers are on some sort of diet, we couldn't resist the fried pickles!  They were super tasty!
We shared a couple of other entrees and while it was nice, I wouldn't go there again . . . at least not in the winter because we froze our toes off and ended up putting our coats back on half way. 

The best part was definitely the company!  I absolutely loved hanging out with Amy and wished we lived closer!  We seem to have a lot in common, the least of which is our love for yummy food and cocktails!  We are both moms in our 40's with three kids of similar ages.  I adore her sense of humor and sarcastic style!  I read her blog faithfully and am sad when she doesn't post.  I hope we can meet up again soon for a concert or cocktail . . . I'm ready when you are Amy! 

Friday night was super low key!  While Getzy was private jetting it back from business on the west coast, I was scrambling to get my boys ready to go camping in the freezing temperatures this weekend!  It's definitely my job to freak out and their job to tell me they got it!  And with fearless leaders such as these guys, clearly my boys are in great hands! 
Several awesome dads sent my pictures from the weekend!  The boys had a great time and Providence Canyon was beautiful! 
Saturday morning the Princess and I had to work a Girl Scout cookie booth.  I had some great moms to visit with while the girls hocked their wares!  It's pretty hard to resist these little cookies!
In the afternoon Amanda attended her very first jump clinic at the barn!  The was no actual jumping involved . . . they started with the basics of turns to line up your horse.  She did get to go in the big ring so that was pretty exciting . . . as far as horsing goes anyway!  And clearly she's the cutest on in pink!
Since she was an only child for the night, she got to pick where we went for dinner!  She was in need of some chips and cheese so we went to a new Mexican restaurant in our area!  We even sprung for her favorite . . . a virgin strawberry daiquiri!     
And oh the emotions of when the cup is empty and one is all you get!  I feel you girl!  I opted for the grande because duh.
Sunday brought about World Thinking Day for the Girl Scouts.  It's a sweet little event to celebrate Girl Scouting around the world.  My troop chose Australia as their country of choice!  Makes me think of Kristen at See You in A Porridge . . . she's an adorable Aussie lady living in the US!
And because it's cute . . . I'll leave you with this little bit of Australia!  Good day mate!

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Valentine's Weekend in the books!

We are lazy today here in the south . . . the family is totally chilling out at home enjoying our "snow day!"  Here's what is looks like right now, and it's currently 37 degrees!  That's correct . . . no snow and rain predicted to start later! Btdubs . . . that view is way better in the spring and summer.
After the debacle of last year's Snowpacolypse, the county called a snow day for today late Saturday evening.  I'm thinking they should have given it another 24 hours, but I'm happy to have my kids home with me!  Definitely one of the perks of living in the south!

So Friday night at the middle school was the Winter Ball, and the theme was "A Night in Paris!"  This is our first formal dance in the family so it was kind of a big deal.  It was also a big deal because my boys needed new khakis and dress shoes worthy of the dance, and Ryan got his first tie!  Fancy!
The dance was sponsored by the Student Council, to which my boys are both members.  They had lots of fun this week staying after school and helping with preparations for the dance.  Kyle, being in 6th grade, was able to attend because he volunteered at the dance . . . only 7th and 8th graders were invited!  He and his friends had a blast "working."
It was awesome to see the kids and teachers all dressed up!  While I am super excited for this next stage for my boys, it hurts my heart to think how fast they are growing up.  At least I didn't have to deal with him taking a date . . . I'm for sure not ready for that!

Saturday morning was chill.  Clearly I made a fancy breakfast . . . you really can do so many things with a can of Pillsbury orange rolls!  Pinterest eat your heart out!  Getzy and Amanda also presented me with homemade cards and some pretty roses! 
Then I had to go pick up the Girl Scout cookies for my troop!  Yes, I'm the leader and the cookie mom.  #controlfreak  Actually, we aren't a huge troop so it's just easier to do these things, or at least that's what I tell myself. 
Thankfully I have awesome co-leaders and one joined me on the two hour round trip to get the order.  Apparently they were running behind.  Most of the girls have picked up their boxes, but I still have tons for cookie booths . . . this is what my living room will look like for a couple of weeks.  Gah.
After the cookie madness, I got busy making my annual fancy Valentine's dinner with the help of my little mini me!  She really is awesome and super helpful . . . she even made the chocolate dipped strawberries and purple cupcakes!
I suppose what makes the dinner fancy is the fact that we eat off the china in the actual dining room . . . not the food.  I used to do a more elaborate meal, but I switched to breakfast foods.  It's easier and the kids enjoy it more.  I was going to do pancakes but ended up just opening a can of biscuits . . . easy peasy!  The lighting sucks but you get the picture!
Ryan headed out after dinner for a party . . . that kid gets more invites to places!  He only got to stay for 3 hours because he had to come home and be our babysitter while Getzy and I went to our own party!  Sucka!  We had so much fun, maybe too much.  There may have been some of this . . .
And some of this . . .
But honestly, with no photographic evidence, I really can't confirm or deny!  Winky face!
Sunday was mostly lazy with play dates and Boy Scout stuff.  Friends and I planned on seeing Fifty Shades of Grey on Monday while the kids were at school, but since the weather foiled my plans, I made adjustments and went Sunday night! 
I quite liked it.  It really followed the book, almost to the letter, which was what I was hoping for.  I thought it was just enough sexy time to convey the message, but not enough to gross me out!  I really liked Dakota Johnson for Anna but didn't find Jamie Dornan that convincing . . . and I kept hearing his Irish accent come through in his character.  He's hot, don't get me wrong, but not my idea of Christian.   Bottom line . . . I was super sad when it was over and can't wait until the next one.  I actually really liked the books . . . they are not literary works of art, but entertaining none the less.   
Hey, it's only Monday, and I'm done with my weekend in review . . . so proud of myself!  Happy President's Day to you!
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday Favorites

Things that have put a smile on my face lately . . .

1.  My kids don't hang out in their rooms really.  We mostly congregate in the family room.  My oldest disappeared upstairs one night this past week, quietly by himself.  He then came down and got graph paper and a tape measure.  Off he goes again and finally comes back with an announcement and a plan.  He decided, of his own accord, to clean and organize his bureau drawers, closet and desk.  He made a diagram of his room and pitched a furniture placement change. 
How can you say no to that?  So Getzy helps him rearrange his furniture, and they set up his desk with his laptop and monitor.  He. Was. So. Proud.  It was awesome.  And then he keeps cleaning up around the house and says, "My OCD is going crazy!"  He's a freak!
2.  My mom.  She is so good about remembering the kids at each little holiday.  She always sends each of them a card with some treat money in it.   
Sometimes she finds goodies to send them . . . their favorite candy, cute clothes or trinkets that match the kids.  She tries to be so fair, which is so sweet.  So one knows that if Granny sends a package to their sibling, rest assured something will be headed their way soon.  I tell her life isn't fair, but I guess Grandma's are!  Kyle loves a lamb so she found an antique doorstop and mailed it to him with his favorite candy.  Love her so much!
3.  Stamping with my girl!  I used to sell Stampin' Up eons ago before Amanda was even born so when a friend asked us to join a stamping event, I thought it would be fun for both of us!  Well, Miss Amanda LOVED it and did an awesome job making her cards all by herself! 
We didn't buy anything that night because I'm a hoarder and have TONS of stuff from back in the day.  She pulled out a bunch and made Valentine's Day cards for her teachers . . . this was my table yesterday!  She even helped our neighbor's son make a card for his mom.  So cute, even the ink on her forehead!
4.  This past week the Boy Scout troop held elections for leadership positions for the next six month term.  My oldest ran for Senior Patrol Leader, the highest leadership role for the whole troop, and won!  He wrote his own speech and made some awesome points of things he wants to bring to the troop!  Proud mama for sure. 

And then my Kyle ran for Patrol Leader, the leadership role over his Ninja Patrol, and won as well!  I was so proud and thrilled for him . . . such great opportunities in the Boy Scouts to learn and develop the leadership skills! 
5.  Puppies!  Seriously, can you stand the cuteness?  My hairdresser's daughter, a fellow animal lover and rescuer to a fault, agreed to take in a Great Pyrenees puppy at 2 weeks old.  The mother was hit by a car and killed, and the puppies needed folks to bottle feed and care for them, which is a HUGE undertaking.  Chessy cannot resist and so this little baby is 3 weeks old and doing amazing, thanks to her!  I got to bottle feed him, and he ate so fast his little belly didn't realize he was full, so he was sucking on my fingers.  I die.  So sweet.  He wiggled a bit and then crashed out.  I held him the whole time I got my hair done . . . puppy heaven!  It makes me all melty just looking at the pictures!
And then a certain big girl was very suspicious when I got home and wanted to know what was up?  Cracks me up . . . she can always tell when I've been cheating on her!
6.  New sneakers!  I had a coupon and treated myself to some new kicks!  I'm thinking black is slimming, right?!  I'm working out like a fool these days so some new shoes were in order!
7.  Petey inspired things!  A friend saw this and just got it for me out of the kindness of her heart.  I can't even . . . I love it so much and the thoughtfulness behind it!  Thanks again Tracy! 
Lots of stuff on tap for this weekend . . . here are a couple of clues for Friday night . . . you love this game, right?
And this song is on repeat right now . . . and I can't wait for my movie date with friends on Monday!  Meow!
Linking up with Amanda because posts are better when shared! 
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