Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Um...Whoa.

Good gracious, you guys. WHEN DID LIFE GET SO BUSY???????

Holy moly. Last time I looked it was April 1st and then I turned around and it's April 15th and we're thick in the craziness of spring sports and talking about summer activities and OH MY GOSH there's like 20-something days of school left!!!

One of the things I noticed when I took my school job was how SUDDENLY we were crazy busy and I came to the conclusion that either: 1. I had no idea how much work my husband did in the evenings when I worked at the hospital or 2. Now that I was available as a "mom" and "wife" and "parent" in the evenings, we just GOT busier because, well: I wasn't working evenings anymore, so why not fill them up with something else?!

Regardless, it was great timing because it HAS allowed me to get more involved and to have what I like to call a "normal" life with my family. One thing I've taken on, of late, is to chair a big event at my kiddos' school. Anyone have any advice on running a big dinner/auction event?

'Cuz I'll take all the advice I can get at this point.

Obligatory blog post photo that is unrelated to anything but Sweet Baby Jesus, isn't this girl adorable????? THAT THUMB SUCKING!! My niece:


And, ohmigosh. Guys? My biggest boy is TWO WEEKS AWAY from finishing his first year of college. He's, like, practically a bonafide adult now! Make it stop. I truly (not lying here) miss the days of temper tantrums, sleepless nights, blowouts, and meltdowns...the "big stuff" now is just SO. MUCH. BIGGER. Decisions carry more weight. The worries are deeper. Mamas, hug those babes and embrace that meltdown with the knowledge that soon, and very soon, that melting toddler will soon be a growing man telling you about "Case Day" at college.

Gah. When did this happen?!

And our summer is filling up with weddings. 2014 must've been a love filled year because ALL THE PEOPLE are getting married. All of them. Every last one of them. It's insane. And fun. And crazy.

The weather 'round these parts has been GLORIOUS and makes a person want to be outside all dang day and just soak it in. Have I mentioned how excited I am for summer to come? 

In the meantime, I'll just sit back (oh...wait...no sitting, too busy) and enjoy the sunshine and gale force winds!

One last obligatory blog post photo...I want THIS hair. Now. Like, yesterday...


(Photocred...somewhere on the internets. Was Pinteresting and screenshotted it. Hey, can you past tense "screenshot"?)
Hope life is well with you!


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Life: An Update

First things first...no jokes here! Just a plain old life update! 

Howdy, y'all! I was just thinking tonight, "You know what sound I love? The clickity clack of a keyboard when I'm on a roll and the words are flowing out of my fingers almost faster than my brain can handle." I love that. And it's been too long...too far in between.

I know I still have to do our remodel "after" pictures...I'm still DEEPLY in love with it, but I think my hang up is the two doors we have yet to, well, hang up. ;) Still a decent amount to do before we can wipe our hands of the dust, but we'll get there...and soon! In the meantime, feast your eyes on my barndoor. I closed it for you. ;)



I thought maybe it was time for an update on life. It's good. I'm nearing the end of my first FULL year of being a school nurse and WHOA NELLY has it a been a doozy. Between routine fall busyness, we had a pertussis outbreak, followed closely by an influenza outbreak, which was interrupted by Christmas break, and now, another spurt of influenza...and stomach flu...and cruddy viruses that leave a person feeling like crap and run down. Ugh. 



In other news, today is supposed to be a sunny 70 degrees!!! SEVENTY DEGREES PEOPLE!!! That's, like, beach weather for us hearty Minnesotans!

I am so ready for spring. Once I get that first taste of warm air (we had 70's a couple of weeks ago...followed by 30's-40's, gross), my mind and body are all, "Oh, HELLO, summah-time!!!!" and now that I have a teacher schedule, summertime has become just that much sweeter to me.

My biggest boy is finishing up his first year of college...talking about studying abroad and plans for his future. His school is close and I absolutely LOVE that he can come home for supper on a whim...or he can stay at college and live college life as much as he wants! It's like the best of both worlds.

My little boys (can I still call them that?) are both gearing up for baseball season...both are on "travel" teams, which I have vastly conflicting feelings about. My big girl finished up swimming and is onto softball and just had a giant project at school wrap up: Festival of Nations. Fun stuff! And my sweet babe is LOVING ballet. We did "Just for Kix" last year (is that nationwide or statewide?) and this is a night and day difference. I love watching my little ballerina.




The hubs and I started a watered down version of Dave Ramsey's debt free program at the end of January...I'll have to tell you about the benefits we've seen in our budget. Still not perfect, by any means, but much better that it had been!

And, with that said, I'll sign off and see you soon with: 1. After photos of our remodel (the changes are crazy!!) 2. My thoughts on being a full time working mom, and 3. Our Dave Ramsey changes.

Have a great week!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Real Time...March 16th.

Whoa...been FOREVER since I've done a "Real Time" post, no?!

So, here's what's happening, in real time, in my home...

I have a sleeping Baby Girl beside me. No matter how big she gets, she'll always be my Baby Girl...or Baby...or "the babe". Being the youngest in the family means she'll always be saddled with that nickname.

Mr. Wonderful is in the kitchen...I can hear papers turning, I think he's working on our taxes. I used to get excited about taxes and getting a little money back every year. Then, my husband became part owner of an LLC and suddenly, my tax return DISAPPEARED and the money that we show as "income" on our income taxes is NO WHERE near what our actual income is. Something about having to claim the business profit as our income? Anyway, now tax time makes me anxious. I loved the simplicity of the days of Turbo Tax and early February filings. Sigh...such is life.

The rest of the house is quiet which leads me to believe this: 1. The boys are asleep and 2. Belle is watching YouTube videos of EleventhGorgeous or Brooklyn and Bailey or Beautylicious Insider. Which makes me wonder: WHAT is it about some vloggers that just MAKES them so watchable? I mean, you know, not that you'd every catch me watching EleventhGorgeous all by myself. Ahem. Moving on...

There are planes flying around like crazy tonight. We live nearish a small airport and goodness, there's been a lot of air activity tonight!

I'm SUPER anxious for spring. I know, just a couple of weeks ago I was longing for a snow storm, but then? YOU GUYS...we had a stretch of absolutely, positively GORGEOUS weather. 60-70º, sunshine and that sun on my cheeks and the fresh air smell on my kiddos made me ALL SORTS of ready for spring. Ohhhhhhhhh, how I want nice weather now! Currently, we're back to 40's. Amazing how warm 40º feels after a stretch of 20º days and how cold 40º feels after a stretch of 60º days. Such fickle creatures we Minnesotans are!

In other news, the Mr. and I enjoyed a weekend away last weekend. Went with my bestie and her hubby to a resort and had an AMAZING time! Tried my first Moscow Mule...it might very well have been my last Moscow Mule as well. It was a weird drink to me...kinda tasted like my great-grandma's musty cabin...but it got better the more I drank it! Weird.



Well, goodnight my friends! I have a Hump Day to tackle tomorrow...woe is the life of a full-time working mama.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Winter Blah...or Yay?

VERDICT: School as usual. :(

All winter long, I've longed for snow. We'd get a dusting here or there...maybe a few inches, then it would unseasonably warm up and melt away and we'd be left with brown yuck. Bare trees, brown grass, small brown piles of snow on the corners...blah.

Christmas came and went with barely a snow flake in sight...for this born and bred MinneSOOOOOta girl, Christmas just doesn't feel right without a beautiful new blanket of sparkly snow. (Pre-Christmas photo below...)



January came and went with barely a flake. Even the bitter cold (which I can HAPPILY do without!) was no where in sight. It was bizarre. February passed by...this time WITH the bitter bold, but, you guessed it, NO SNOW. Around the middle-ish of February, I said..."You know what's gonna happen? JUST when we're all ready to welcome spring, we're gonna get DUMPED on." And guess what?

Here we are...March 2nd and looking forward to spring and guess what's  gonna happen tonight? SNOW. Not a ton (I've hear anywhere from 3 to 8 inches), but enough that it's "making people talk"...will we have a school delay? A snow day? Nothing at all? WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN?!

Since I've become a school nurse, my snow day attitude has changed (albeit, VERY slightly)...a snow day for me means a longer school year...but I still love me a good snow day. (Just not LOTS of snow days!)

And so, as we settle in for the night, anticipating what will come tomorrow, I would be lying if I wasn't secretly wishing for a snow day (and, also, I'd love some snow during DAYLIGHT hours...I miss the beauty of falling snow! Seems that all of our snow has come at night...boo!!) and a lazy day home with my babes. 

Baking cookies, perhaps?

Making some sort of slow-cooked, time-intensive, heart-warming, soul-satisfying meal?

All of the above. Yes please.

And so...check back tomorrow and see what the verdict will be. Snow day or "life as usual"?!

We'll see!!!




Friday, February 20, 2015

I've Been Remiss...

Used to be that every birthday/anniversary/special event I would pound out a touching and somewhat witty post related to said event. Then...well, then life happened and I started working full time and spending my daytime hours in front of a computer screen and, well, suddenly blogging felt more like a chore and less like a hobby and before I knew it, a special event would pass and a few days later I'd be all "Huh...I forgot to write a post on that...".

Then, last night, my biggest bro sent me a text that said "Where is your blog post about my first nephew's birthday?"...and I was all, "Oh shoot. I forgot another one.".



(Look at me, with my "Smile for the camera, kids." speech goin' on...)


And so, without further ado, lemme catch us up on...well, apparently on the last year of big events! (Interesting...my last "event" post was Pal's birthday last year!) Grab a cozy seat and cup of coffee...you might be here awhile.

After Pal's 18th birthday came my beloved's 41st birthday. As #6 (out of 10) in his family, every year I like to express my gratitude that his mom and dad didn't stop at 5. Love that man and the life he provides me!

Next up? Hambone's birthday in August...also, in the whirlwind finishing (sort of) of our major Home Remodel. 9. Nine years old...and still goofy and full of one-liners. This kid keeps us laughing and if Hollywood weren't so dang far away (and, let's face it, so full of CRAZY), I'd encourage this kid to be an actor. He can nail movie lines/impressions after the first time he's watched a movie. It's a gift, I tell ya!

Then...my sweet Belle hit 13. Kiddo #2 to enter the teen years and gosh dang if I can't say I've loved every (okay, okay, MOST) minute of it. She is sweet and delightful and her exterior beauty is only a hint at how beautiful she is inside. This girl makes (so far) teen years look easy. While shopping at a local sporting goods store, the sales associate who was helping us asked her, "Are you 13? I have a 13 year old and I think everyone needs to have one...they're delightful!"...and the look of pure love and joy on her face warmed my heart and I agreed. 13 is pretty awesome.


Dubya's birthday followed shortly after...11. Let me ask you something...how are my kids getting so old?! Seemed like just yesterday that just getting out of the house was a TOTAL CHORE because I had several small children and OH. MY. GOSH the gear. And now? Now they're all big and independent and waaaaaaaaaaaa!!! My babies!! Anyway, Dubya. This kid is a hoot. Talkative to beat the band, he often times doesn't wait for an answer before asking his next question. They come into his head and he spews them out so fast, it leaves little time for one to actually answer anything he asks! Which leads me to this: the kid is brilliant. Now, I realize I'm his mom and I'm a bit biased, but just this year, it's dawned on me that the kid NEVER has homework (I'm not complaining...trust me, NOT COMPLAINING!) and is always scoring 100% (or more, depending on the extra credit offerings). I mean...I'm not even sure I could get the scores he's getting!! He's a delight and joy to have around.

And then...Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year's came and went without any drama, unlike years past.


Which brings us to February...and our Baby Girl's 7th birthday. Gracious. Where does the time go? We all get the biggest kick out of watching videos of her and she often says "I want to be little again!!!" ('cuz, you know, 7 is SO old...). She is the perfect baby in our family...kind of our "family pet". She gets away with EVERYTHING and uses her baby blues on her daddy to break him down and wrap him even tighter around that little finger of hers. Lately, she's perfected the cartwheel (I mean, seriously PERFECTED) and rather than walking through the house, she does cartwheels to wherever she needs to go. Cartwheels...all day, e'ry day.

Then the Mr. and I celebrated 14 years of marriage. Good golly do I love being married to that man. No, it's not perfect, WE are not perfect, but it's perfectly imperfect and I wouldn't want to be walking this life alongside anyone but him. He is a Godly man, a strong man (physically, emotionally, spiritually), a kind man, a giving man, an amazing father and an absolutely wonderful husband. He makes me. Yes, makes me.

Finally, we come full circle to Pal's birthday. 19. NINETEEN. Did you hear that people????? He is the age at which I had him. Gah. Nearly 3/4 of the way through his first year of college and learning a lot. Not just book learning, but life learning. How to prioritize. What it's like to live away from home. Making life-long friends and memories that will be talked about for years to come. The time of his life. He makes me so proud. So happy. And so excited to see the places he'll go.

And, with that, I've just summarized the last year of our life in events! Now...let's see if I can keep up this year!!




Thursday, February 5, 2015

I Guess I Don't Like Being Wrong.

I have a little story to tell you...a story that made me realize I really don't like to be wrong (I mean, I rarely am, so, you know...)...or, more so, I don't like to be thought of as being wrong when I really know I'm right. Here's the story:

I stopped at Subway to grab a bite to eat after a hospital shift. I had a small, random Visa gift card balance that I had found after going through my purse and so, at checkout, I asked the cashier if I could use it. She affirmed that I could, if I knew the balance (I did) and so, she ran the card...then whipped out a handy little calculator and proceeded to tell me I owed her an additional $2.75.

All I had was a 10 dollar bill, so I handed it over, she sighed a little, thoughtfully grabbed me my 7 dollars then reached for the change dispenser thingamajig and started to disassemble it.

"Oh gosh", I interrupted, "Would it just be easier if I gave you the change?"

"Um. Yeah...kinda."

So, I started scrounging up 75 cents. Then she got me all confused and said, "Oh no, it was only a quarter."

"Oh, I thought you said .75..." so I put the rest of the change away and handed her a quarter. She plopped it in the till, slammed it shut and said, "Thank you!".

"Erm...but...um...aren't you supposed to give me a dollar back now?" I said.

She, looking totally confused, "Um. No."

"Well, see I gave you a ten, and then another quarter...I should get a dollar back."

"Um. No."

By this time there was a nice man waiting behind me, so I said, "Well, I'm confused, because I should have gotten a money back, but it's just a dollar, so no big deal." 

So I leave. Running this over and over in my mind, thinking I should have said something like, "Okay, see...YOU were going to give me money back...and then I gave you MORE money...and you didn't give me ANY money back after that." And I kept reminding myself, "it's only a dollar...it's only a dollar"...when it dawned on me what I was truly upset about: She THOUGHT I WAS WRONG. I was having internal turmoil, not because I paid more for my sub than I should have, but BECAUSE SHE THOUGHT I WAS WRONG. I mean, AS IF.

Me? Wrong? Why I NEVER...

(Gah. She THOUGHT I WAS WRONG!!!!)




Thursday, January 29, 2015

My Barn Door!!

If you happen to enjoy my mishmash of photos on Instagram (@mama_m) then you've likely already seen this news. However, for those of you that don't peruse Instagram...boy, have I got a treat for you in this blog post!

The remodel. Yes, I'm working on a "Before and After" post...I'm dragging my feet a bit because there are a few things we still need to do, but I think I'll do it anyway and hope that maybe you won't notice our missing backsplash or lack of appropriate floor transitions.

However, in the meantime, there IS something I want to show you (missing floor transition and all)...remember the barn door plans I talked about? Well, it was something I tucked away on a wish list when we realized we had worked ourselves into a custom door. But then, we need more wood work stuff done and we decided, what the heck. Let's just do it.



And it was like Christmas ALL. OVER. for me! When I came home from work the day this beauty was installed, I was like a kid in a candy store!!



Oh my friends. I love it. I love its practicality. Its functionality. And its sheer beauty. It turned out magnificently.

And I am one happy mama.


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