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!


  1. Your kids sound delightful! I love that they're getting into sports and staying active. As for your daughter - introduce her to paper crafting since she seems to be into the creative thing.

  2. "Nothing But Awesome" indeed! Does my heart good to get an update from fab Amy!! Those kiddos are amazing!! Love those eggs, love seeing the kids spiffed up and looking great!! Sweet pups have the BEST fur mama! Happy Halloween to ya gorgeous! Looking great my friend!!

  3. Ahhh another lacrosse player! Yay! My Ava is a big crafter as well just like her older sister was/is. Those girls keep Michael's in business and I never have the heart to say no because creativity rules!Love that sweet puppy and I love taking Winston everywhere too!

  4. Seems you've been keeping busy! Happy belated birthday to your son. Congrats on Zeus completing the training.

  5. Oh my goodness Zeus has gotten so big and grown up looking!! Stop it! He is so handsome!!! and I love the picture of the two sitting next to each other by the window. Precious!!! Ryan sure did look handsome for homecoming!!! And it sounds like Kyle and Amanda are doing well too. Picking up a new sport in 8th grade can be hard but so worth it. I hope all the home projects are going well for you! Cant wait to hear about it.

  6. YAY for an update! I was worried you'd left us for good. Glad to hear what the kids have been up to as well. Busy fall for y'all!

  7. I LOVE that Amanda uses pinterest to find projects and activities for her to do. That is an awesome use of pinterest!
    A week at the beach sounds heavenly.
    Zeus is such a handsome boy :)

  8. Your kids!!! (all the smiley heart eyes inserted here!) So cute, handsome, adorable, sweet, amazing, talented... I need to come to your house for Mom of the Year training! :)

    Super excited for all of your reno's!!! Fun! I'm currently working on painting my entire main level (minus the bedrooms and main bathroom). It's a lot of work. I will trim all the live long day but rolling stinks! luckily I have a handsome husband for that! ;)

    Lacrosse - eek!!! Football about did me in w/ Aiden, I can't even imagine lacrosse! That's intense! Love that Kyle was giving out some smack talk.

    Hello handsome Homecoming go-er!!! The boys around here wear nice jeans w/ a button down and tie and look extra handsome doing it, but love the khakis! Andy wearing khakis to work helped seal the deal w/ him, so watch out! Some girl might come knocking after seeing Ryan at the dance!!! And 15?!? Ugh, my mommy heart. I'm really not too far behind you w/ Aiden. Hormones are hitting him and it's a constant roller coaster of emotions over here. Help!

    Happy to see you posted! I need to get a Halloween post up of my kids. Have a great day!!!

  9. oh my goodness! you've been so busy! cannot wait to see the house when it's done. we didn't even do that much and i was a mess and stressed out so i can't even imagine. i wish we lived closer, KC could totally build Ryan a computer! he's built like 3 or 4 for himself and a couple for his brother. and he uses them for gaming (because he's 31 and likes to play games, whatever, could be worse haha) so he knows all that stuff. love Amanda doing all her experiments, those eggs with the smiley faces are too cute i can't even. and yay for Kyle enjoying lacrosse but i laughed so hard at him talking crap to the other kid. Zeus is adorable as usual, glad he's being a good alarm system haha.

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