This is what greeted my children at home on the last day of school!
Sidewalk chalk, bubbles, balls, buckets--- summer FUN!!!
What have we done so far??
Well, Charlie spend most of June at my parents Bison Ranch/Farm in MT.
He left looking like this:
and came home looking like this
A huge haircut!!
And yes, we DID let him slash that watermelon with his Samauri sword....it was awesome!!
He had a great time on the farm, you can read more about his farm adventures over on my sister's blog, as she was there with him!
Hope joined the Dickinson Diamonds softball team, and has been playing lots of softball.
She and Alex are also doing some Summer School, just 2 1/2 hours a day, Monday thru Thursday....just to retain what they learned this last year and hopefully get a bit ahead for next year.
And those 2 also have been doing private swimming lessons. They love to be in the water!!
We've gone fishing on our new boat several times, and Hope and Alex even caught a couple nice keepers!
In other news, Alex lost his first 2 teeth. Auntie Kimmie pulled the first one, and Daddy knocked out the very super loose 2nd one, while he and Alex were playing catch.
And last but not least, Anthony....he's just Anthony---Mr. Independant and I-do-it-myownself. He is just too funny these days and always keeps us laughing at his antics. He is pretty attached to Charlie most days, it is quite cute!
Chuck is doing well, working hard to support and provide for our family in the Oil....he's made a couple new friends here, so that is nice.
Me, I'm doing good, trying to keep up with the kiddos schedules and fun, and keep everyone fed and happy.
So I've been busy decorating.
Here's a look at what I've been up to.
First, I added a long piece of white felt under everything to soften it, and then I added that
short candy dish full of teal balls to it. I felt like it completed it.
Now, to figure out how to camoflauge those cords!
Next I made a tablecloth and runner. Sewed them right up, after I adjusted the tension on my
Apparently being in storage for 6 months makes the tension all wonky.
And then the centerpiece.
I love it.
And finally, I have this shelf in the corner of the entry, and it needed something on it,
so I got some glass christmas trees out, and spray painted them white.
Added a white vase and a silver christmas ornament and BEAUTFUL!!
I dunno, I feel like it still needs *something*---so it's a work in progress. LOL
And lastly, the banisters, I put this teal tinsel on it.....but I think it needs some silver balls too.
So I need to get some more, to complete the look.
And you get a sneak peek at my shelfy area up there.
I will try to get a better photo of it tomorrow.
The lighting for it is just weird, it turns out all blown out in pix.
But I'll try later.
So, what do you think of my decorating so far??
- Current Mood: accomplished
So, last week, I fancied myself the Pioneer Woman, and I decided to document via photos, me making a delicious recipe.
I have decided, that PW must have a fancy schmancy camera and must edit her photos extensively, because food just doesn't look THAT GOOD with cell phone pix.
BUT that's what you get.
Here is my attempt at the Recipe Tutorial.
Please laugh, hard.
We decided to make Meatballs.
oh the yum!
For the meatballs:
2 pounds ground beef
1 c. milk
1 package Onion Soup Mix
1 c. crushed Cornflake cumbs
For the Sauce:
1/2 c. vinegar
1 c. ketchup
1/2 c. brown sugar
and potatos for mashed potatos, of course!
Step 1: Find a cute helper and take a funny self photo. Laugh alot.
Mix up the Meatball ingredients. Be sure your helper, actually helps!
Step 3: Form the gross meat mixture into meatBALLS.
oh yuck, raw meat is sooo disusting.
Make the Sauce
Mix together the ketchup, vinegar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil on the stovetop, stirring.
Then pour the sauce all over those meatballs, and put them in the oven at 350 for 1 hour.
Meanwhile; Step 5
Peel up some potatoes
And boil them up and make Mashed Potatoes like you normally do, you know, with lots of milk and butter, and maybe even some cream cheese. YUMMY!!
Grab your helper and nibble on him a bit...cuz he's tasty and you are HUNGRY, waiting on them meatballs.
When your mashed potatos and meatballs are done, it will look sorta like this, only
probably better, because the lighting in my house isn't great for night photos.
We serve ours with some french bread and baby brussel sprouts in butter, but we
are just like that.
Serve it with whatever side you want.
The sauce may cook down while baking, if it cooks down too much, just add in a bit of water,
so the meatballs don't dry out!
ENJOY! And don't forget to tell me how you like this if you try it!!
Here's a sneak peek.
I am working on my big open shelf area, in the entry.
It looks like this:
The door to the right bottom is our front door.
The door below the shelf area is a big closet.
Those shelf areas are HUGE.
That entire cart full, only was enough for one shelf.
Seriously, I can lay down up there. HAHAH.
I will post a DONE pic, when I've got it all decorated.
eek, gotta get a ladder and climb up there!!!
- Current Mood: nervous
I come here often.
I click on POST.
And then I sit here and stare and the while screen, with the blinking I..............
and I think.....wow......how do I articulate in this blank space, the magnitude of one small event in my life into meaningful words that make someone smile or feel something, or understand where I come from?
How do my mundane life experiences enrich anyone?
Does anything I even say--matter?
I feel so small sometimes, the world is so big and so full of so many intersting people. Why would anyone want to know about lil ole me??
I'm pretty boring.
My stay at home mama life consists of taking kids to school, and caring for 2 preschoolers all day....making sure 4 children are fed, clothed, entertained, educated, enriched and have a little fun.
When you boil it down to that, it seems pretty blah.
I don't know if I matter to random people, but I know I matter in the lives of 4 children. And I guess that has to be enough.
- Current Mood: contemplative
Been so busy having fun that I have not had time to blog at all.
Barely have had time to check emails on my phone! haha.
Maine is amazing.
We are staying at a beautiful Bed and Breakfast.
Our room is so pretty and victorian, it's just quaint here, lots of antiques in the house.
This house was built around 1886.
The floors creak, and the style is just so pretty and dainty.
The trees are so pretty--orange, pink, red, yellow....just an explosion of color!
And so many trees. Almost claustraphobic with how many trees and how they just create a tunnel over the roads to drive thru.
The ocean---so vast, so big, so breathtaking.
You get out of your car and the smell and taste of the ocean just wash over you, it's intense.
It's a good smell and taste.
And it's funny because it's not a bad thing, and funny how hours later, you lick your lips and can taste the salt.
Yesterday we went to Lighthouses and walked and climbed as far/close as we could.
I loved seeing the lighthouses and reading the history and when they were built, etc.
Lighthouses are amazing.
We went to Bar Harbor the other day, and walked across the bar at low tide.
It was amazing to see the spot that was just hours before covered by sea water, be dry and able to walk across
And it's not just a small spot, it's huge!
You can drive your car across the bar!!!! And people DID!! LOL!!! It was hysterical!
We collected shells and saw a crab and just enjoyed the experience.
It was so fun!
We went to Stewman's Pound and ate a whole lobster!
Wow, that was an interesting experience....LOL
They did not prepare us for the poo/guts explosion when you pull the tail off, it was pretty gross, and hilarious, because the innards explosion flew about 10 feet and hit a table of old crabby people who were totally UNamused at our newbie-ness with lobster.
Lobster is soooo expensive. wow. We have been stunned at how big our bills have been each meal.
Good thing we planned ahead and brought lots of cash!! haha.
What else?? oh the touristy shopes. They are so cute and tiny and quaint.
We are going shopping today for souviners!
ok, it's breakfast time here at the B&B.....gotta go and have more fun.
- Current Mood: chipper
Brought to you by the letters: O. M. and G.
Since our basement flooded the other weekend, and we had our bedroom down there, we had to move everything out.
Right now, our bed is in the 2 little boy's room.
Our KING size bed.
Alex's full size bed.
AND a crib.
There is barely room to walk.
So, we were talking and we decided to move our bedroom back upstairs where it used to be, so that, yanno,
we could have a DOOR, that LOCKS and stuff.
So, Yesterday morning, Chuck decides that if we are moving our bedroom back upstairs, that we have to re-do
the upstairs bathroom, since it reeks of pee.
(could be because I refuse to clean it, since I have 2, possibly 3, boys peeing all over the place. ick)
So, I giggled inside and said "sure, ok hun!"
With which he took to be an ok, sure hun, go demo!
And he went to work.
He gutted the bathroom, except for the tub/shower.
He made pretty good time too!!
So then, we went shopping, to put it back together.
Got about 1/4th of the stuff we needed, and got started......
Then it was midnight, and we went to bed.
This morning, he went after it again.
And here is where the dumbassery begins.
We decided that after we painted, that flooring needed to go in next, so we went and picked out some vinyl.
We choose one we like.
But we don't know measurements.
So the saleslady tells us that she has to sell it in 12 feet by whatever feet we want.
So we go home to measure.
Get the measurements, go back and tell her, and pay for it.
Then we wonder HOW the heck we are going to get home a 12 foot long piece of vinyl in the POURING RAIN.
Chuck loads up a blanket to cover it with and off he goes.
When he gets there, it's by the door.....rolled up......THE 5 FOOT WAY, NOT the 12 foot way!
We are stupid.
We were all done painting.....it was dry. Time to install the new pretty light fixture! yay!!
Power off, take off old one, using flashlights.
Hook up new one.
(ok, so it took A LOT longer than that, but hey!)
So, I'm taking care of kids while he's finishing up the light, and he calls me up and says:
"How TALL is the mirror we bought for above the sink???......"
me: ummmmm----taller than that light is right now.
we are soo stupid.
So we go measure the sink vanity and mirror, and there is NO WAY that the light will fit where it's at, and the mirror
is a medicine cabinet mirror, so it's WIDE at the top.
The new light fixture is different than the old one, and hangs DOWN, with big sconces.
NO WAY it'll work, unless we'd move it wayyyy up high. and that would look dumb.
So we jump in the vehicle and run to the store.
And as we are standing there, looking at lighting......we both come to the realization that DURRR, we could flip the light UPSIDE DOWN, so the sconces are facing UPWARDS, and solve our problem without returning or spending more $$.
We are retarded.
And dumbassery moment #3 is by FAR the WORST!
(we are learning SOOOO MUCH as we go!)
Ok, so we get home and are going to flip the light, and realize that we need to move it up like 4 inches.
OK, so we cut a hole, and reach down in there to pull the electric wire back up thru the hole.
It's sorta difficult, as we are working behind the sheetrock.
So I reach my fingers in there and grab the wire, and try to pull it, it won't come, so I grab a screwdriver and sort of hook it,
and then grab and twist and get it thru.
Chuck grabs it and wiggles it thru as well as the other wires.
We hook it up, attach the light......and then he goes, better go turn power back on.
And then he freezes and says:
FLIP THE SWITCH.
So I do.
The light goes ON.
WE WERE WORKING WITH LIVE ELECTRICAL WIRES!!!!
He'd turned the power back on before we left, and I didn't know, and he forgot, and didn't turn it back on.
I told the kids that they should stop RIGHT NOW and thank the LORD that they are not orphans.
sooooo crazy and STUPID.
Today was FULL of dumbassery.
Let's pray that tomorrow is NOT, as we are laying vinyl, re-installing the toilet, installing the new vanity/sink and mirror, trim, and paint touchups, and so forth and so on.
And HOPEFULLY we shall finish before Chuck goes back to work.
And I shall leave you with a photo of my pretty new light, right above the old hole, that we shall patch and paint tomorrow.
Isn't it sooo nice?!?!
more pix of my bathroom to come......and when it is done, THEN we can move our bedroom upstairs.
THEN we can arrange the kids back to normal.
and THEN we can start putting our basement back together.
GEESH, what a PROCESS!!!!!!
oh and p.s.---be sure to thank the good Lord, that Chuck and I are alive and were not electrocuted today!!! :-)
- Current Mood: amused
and who care deeply about me.
Today is one of those days.......t I just feel so loved and surrounded by prayers and understanding compassion.
Thank you all.
Thank you especially Kailee, for the GORGEOUS peace lily that was just delivered to my door, and brought me to tears....you know me so well!!! <3
- Current Mood: loved
I talked to her Teacher, Mrs. M, who btw is AMAZING!!! And she said that it's totally fine if Hope wants to
show the Amanda Doll and talk about her sister, and that Hope has actually talked of her a lot in school.....(sniff)
I then told Mrs. M, that I'd love it if she would help direct the focus of it onto the fact that we WILL see her again
in Heaven one day, on the HOPE that brings to us, and not on the horror that is stillbirth.
These are Kindergarteners, and as much as I'm sure they DO grasp, I don't want to freak any of them out, especially if
one has a pregnant mama.
(and one DOES!)
So I asked her to help Hope keep it positive, remembering her sister who would be 11, and that our God is an awesome God
and that HE is holding her and taking care of her.
So, we'll see how it goes....Hope is my talker, so I'm sure she will tell me ALLLLLLLL about it when she gets home.
- Current Mood: hopeful