Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July

 So enjoyed spending the morning with our bunch of Firecracker's
 It was a beautiful morning for a parade
 This was Tater Tot's first year to participate in the parade. Needless to say he enjoyed the festivities :)
 A shot from the car window as hubby and I traveled to his family reunion. Way off in the distance you could see a family farm. What a beautiful country we live in. God Bless America.
 Hubby's retirement dream :)
After a WONDERFUL time with most of hubby's family we hit the road even farther north to Wisconsin for a short visit with one of his Aunts. Check out this hanging basket at one of the restaurants we ate at. A huge basket of lovely!!!!

Finally after over a week of whirlwind activities I have a few hours of quite time before an evening with the big and little kiddo's for a cookout and fireworks. I think I might just have a few days of R & R coming up :) I'm getting a little excited with the thought of a few days of NOTHING that must be done!!!!

Hubby and I had the best time traveling to Illinois for his family reunion. To insure this almost 40 years of marital bliss continues, I packed a nice picnic basket of hubby's favorite snacks as well as an 18 hour book on tape knowing we had a VERY long two days of travel. We love books on tape when we have a big road trip, the hours and miles just fly by :) 

To say the family reunion was perfect would be an understatement. Other than the COLD weather it was 3 days of wonderful. We had lots of time to visit and reconnect with everyone. The motel made sure to put all of us long distance cousins on the same floor so we could visit from room to room and enjoy breakfast and coffee each morning. Sharing a meal with the family at a great restaurant our first night in town followed by desert at one of his cousins....yummy in so many ways.

An all day picnic with the gang was over the top fun. So blessed that his family opened their homes to host such a special day for all of us.

As it seems to always go as soon as we pulled into our driveway hubby's job threw a monkey wrench into our summer. More on that in tomorrows post.

It's time to load up my side dishes for this evenings cookout. Looking forward to yet a few more hours of family time to celebrate the 4th. The SIL's will be riding the grill this evening, LOVE that!!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

What the Heck Have I been doing?

 On of the biggest things that has finally been knocked off my To Do list (for now) was to finish up with all the poking, probing, and tests the Dr's. had ordered. So I have this pile of machines I have to take with me wherever I go and record whatever my body is doing, grrr Seeing how's we are going on a quick trip and the fact that I think I deserve a special treat for all the not so fun testing over the past two weeks, I bought myself a new bag :) Everything fits perfectly inside and its really cute, so much better than the yucky bags they all came in!!
 I was also SUPER busy helping DD#1 host her first ever essential oils workshop. There were bags to make, recipe cards, labels for the bottles, the bottles themselves, the list was LONG.
 In and out of soooo many stores finding cute useful things her ladies would need when they started mixing their lotions and potions.
 All that running around in this HEAT!!!!! UGHHHH
She had her workshop last night with 9 ladies. Everything was perfect :) The ladies all had a blast and are looking forward to her next workshop. Seeing as how one of the BIG no no's for me is being around too many different opened essentical oils at one time I spent the evening sitting on her back porch. Nothing like being the yard dog in 100 degree temps. Oh what we do for our kiddo's but it was worth it.
 I between all the ripping, running, and creating I finally finished the second quilt I HAD to have completed today. After a spin in the washer and dryer all that was left to do is look for tiny loose threads.
 It's so soft an cuddly. If it wasn't over 100 degrees I might just break it in with a early evening nap
 This is as close as this finished quilt is going to get to the clothesline. Honey its HOT outside!!!
That's the Good, the Bad, and now for the Ugly. I spent most of the day Sunday getting fruits, veggies and such cut up. Made a few picnic sorta sides as well. One of the main sides our SIL's and hubby wanted for Fathers Day was a pan of cheesy potatoes. Just as they gang arrived the timer went off on the oven, perfect. I turned the oven off but left the potato's inside so they would be nice and warm when dinner hit the table.
As hubby and I were kicked back in our chairs enjoying the peace and quite after all the big and little kids left I remembered that stinkin pan of potato's was untouched still sitting in the oven!!!!

A mind is a terrible thing to lose :)

Today was one of those days. Not one single thing went right. Of course this only happens when you have no time to spare :( Rather than give up I just dug in and carried on. Hubby and I are on the road in the AM before the sun comes up to visit his family in IL. So excited to see everyone we are so far from.
Looking forward to an uneventful trip!!!

Friday, June 19, 2015

DIY Fathers Day

Hubby has been saying for awhile now that he wanted Bill O'Rielly's set of documents. I finally ask him last week where in the heck would he hang them? His response "In my office" BINGO!!!! While I do like each and every one of them they just wouldn't fit in my decor :) There are 4 in the complete set of course he wanted them all. With myself and our DD's getting one each for him he would be all set. Figured I could knock Fathers Day gift off my to do list quick and easy, that is until I saw the price $69.95 each. OUCH What's a thrifty Nanny to do? I ordered the documents only $19.95 :) We figured we could each use a 50% off coupon to purchase our frames then have a Mommy DD's craft day to pull it all together.

Total cost of supplies $135.00, not too bad. Had we ordered the documents already framed and shipped it would have been over $280.00. While ours might not be as professional as the ones in the on line store they are not bad at all
Mommy DD's days also include 5 little ones with sticky hands, hungry bellies, and more energy than the Ever Ready Bunny. My nerves just couldn't take it :) I completed them all yesterday morning on my own, the DD's can hand over a check to cover their part of the cost. The deed is done with no blood shed!!
 My afternoon and evening was filled with these buggers. Blake's new favorite thing to do is flip over the kitchen stools, UGH You would think he wouldn't like the LOUD bang they make when they fall, you would be wrong. In his 12 month old world that is the best part.
I just happened to catch this photo of Kara as the second stool was coming down. Happy to report it missed her. The stools have been relocated to the other side of the gate. I can only take so much no matter how happy it might make Tater Tot.
Before the kiddo's arrived I was able to get in some quilting. If I can hold up my head after they leave today I should be able to move forward with some help from that trusty crock pot.
Off to the races, I need to pick up the grands, make a run to the grocery, and a stop off at the playground before the temps hit 100 degrees again today

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Thank Goodness for Health Insurance!!

 Honey it's HOT outside!!!! I wasn't in the mood to hang out in the sun at our local farm picking up veggies today. An air conditioned grocery store was a better option for me :) We do have a few things to pick from the garden right now, Swiss Chard, Cucumbers, and Squash. Our lettuce kicked the bucket this week in this excessive heat.
 Another stop on my errand list today was to pick up this mess :( After months of Dr. visits, tests, going above and beyond with a healthy diet my blood sugar levels are all out of whack, grrr  Our family Dr suggested until I get use to poking myself it might be easier for hubby to do the deed. After almost 40 years or marriage hubby now has the green light to draw blood!! I hope he doesn't enjoy it too much :)
 All this running around testing, and feeling like dodo has put me so far behind on things I MUST get done. This quilt being one of the many must do's. This afternoon I will be sitting at my fancy machine.
With the bad there is always good!!!! OK, maybe good is and overstatement now that this bugger can get up the steps quicker than lightning. Unless I have back up he is now gated in the kitchen and playroom with me. While he can't talk yet believe you me he lets me know in no uncertain terms he is not happy with that gate.

We really and truly love our family Dr. as well as the specialist I have been seeing for the past 15 years. We are all on the same page when it comes to prescription or OTC drugs. Throwing a pill at whatever is going on health wise is a last resort. During the process over the past few month's I have worked closely with them to incorporate essential oils into my health and wellness plan. So far so good!!!! I would NEVER suggest anyone jumping on the essential oil band wagon without a Dr.'s OK While the majority of essential oils are safe for most people they are powerful, Enough said :)

Nothing like adding a crazy bunch of medical equipment to my daily schedule but........If it can help the Dr.s find a good solution for all these nutty things going on in my body I am all in (Crap)

As it stands right now everything seems to be pointing to the brain disorder I have. Hooking up to machines, keeping a log of those results along with every single thing that passes my lips for the next 30 days might be of some help. Along with all of that they have done a DNA test that might give them a clue as to what will help keep me Rockin and Rollin.

One of the many nice things about having our Papaw around the house is he is pretty good at recognizing odd little things that I don't give a second thought too. One example is lights. I didn't realize I had gotten back into the habit of not using lights until or unless it is really dark. Noise...Lord it drives me nuts, once again that is an important clue on this road to health.

I am soooo thankful for so many things each and every day. Today big on my thankful list is our Health coverage.

Time to belly up to that sewing machine

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Officaly Summer

 Tyler decided last week he wanted to spend a few days with Papaw and I now that school is out. Of course we know that AJ the Beagle is the biggest draw :) Those electronic games he wants to play 24/7 dive me right up the wall!!!! So I put him to work. He enjoyed working in the kitchen and of course eating the cookies and food was pretty nice too.
 In the evenings Papaw kept him busy in the garden planting and weeding.
 I had a nice pile of pillowcases we are giving Elijah to donate to the children's hospital where he is receiving his treatments so I put the bugger to work loading them in zip lock baggies.
 I think we had 40 in total when all was said an done.
 Tater Tot's Mommy gave him a SHORT hair cut last week :) Our temps are hovering in the 100's, way to hot for all that hair he had. He and Papaw enjoyed some lemon aide at Kara's final game of the season Saturday. So THANKFUL they had the 9:00AM game!!! Honey it's hot outside!!!!
Kara was super excited to get her T-Ball trophy after the game Saturday. Mommy is going to have to find some sort of summer activity for her to burn off all that energy now that the season in over!!!!

It's been a whirlwind of activities this past week with the end of the school year going ons, I am ready for some quite time!!!!

Hubby and I skipped out on Sunday family time to drive around looking at more property for his retirement mini farm. The big kids carried on without us enjoying a few hours at DD#1's pool followed by dinner. LOVE THAT!!! We so want our big kids to carry on what we think is one of the most important traditions for our family, Sunday dinner.

Today I'm off for another round of Dr. visits, booooo followed by a day of FMQ that needs to be completed super fast!!! I am trying really hard not to complain about the heat wave we are having, holy moley!!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Happy Mail

 Soooo excited to have this box dropped off on the front porch today
 Lots of goodies for whipping up lotions and potions
 One of the things that has been making me a bit nuts is digging around on my oil cart looking for the right oil I want to use to mix up something special. I have to pick up each one to see the label, of course the one I want seems to always be the last one I touch.
 One of the many things included in the box are these oil labels for the tops of the bottles. Love this!! No more digging around looking for the right oil.
 While I can get glass bottles with assorted tops at our local health food store they are pricey!!!! As in over $5.00 each. The cost for these? $1.10 each, that is savings  well worth the cost of shipping
 Our grands love their nite nite oils blends, the Mommy and Daddy's are pretty happy too :) I couldn't pass up these purple/pink for the girls and green roller balls for the boys
 These little roller balls also cost over $5.00 each at one of our local stores, cost on line? $.75 cents each
 I'm not sure if these little bottles will do the job or not. I had thought home made hand sanitizer for our purses but now that I have them in my hot little hands they seem way too tiny.
 The most exciting of all is this cute little bag that holds up to 10 oils/blends. Perfect for throwing in my bag to take along at ball games, parks, or picnics with the family.
The bag is nice and durable and even more importantly I can throw it in the wash when it gets dirty!!

If you haven't guessed by now I have the oil bug bad :) As I have been mixing up our lotions and potions I realized they are not so easy to tote around. This little bag might be just the ticket. I can have some of our favorite little first aid oils or blends with me wherever we might go.

I have been shocked at hubby's reaction with this new adventure in the oily world, he is ALL in :) What won him over? A good nights sleep using that handy dandy room diffuser. He is loving opening our kitchen cabinet that holds our  first aid items and pulling out something home made. It's a bit hard to hold back on my buying when I have the man sitting in his recliner saying "Buy some more"!! Ha

I have a nice size list of oils I would like to try but until I run them by my Dr. they are a no go. I am so sensitive to foods, smells, OTC drugs and such that there is just NO WAY I will take a chance on the health successes I have worked so hard to achieve over the past 14 years!!!!!

There is a part of me that wants to share some of the blends I have mixed up for our family but.....I am afraid someone would try something out that could make them sick :( Really and truly I think essential oils have a place in our home but it takes a TON of research, in my case also working with my Dr. before I try anything new.

Today is the last day of the school year!!! The grands and our DD's are excited to have the next two months off. I am wondering how I will stick to any sort of schedule or To Do lists with the sweet little buggers in and out this summer. Tyler has decided he wants to kick off his summer vacation with a mini vacation with hubby and I. We think the main draw is AJ the Beagle. Tyler is so lonely after the loss of his best buddy Cody Jackson. He couldn't wait to go to bed at his last sleepover with us so he could cuddle up with the beagle :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Are You His Mommy?

 So...remember that unexpected  right turn into the bookstore parking lot I told you about? Here is one of the "I had no idea I NEEDED books" that jumped into my arms. It's a beautifully illustrated book with tons of photo's of cozy Tiny homes. Lots and lots of photo's!!! My hubby is not much of a reader...that might be a good thing as I have such a love of books, we really can't afford two readers in one home. However hubby does love him some picture books :) He is all over the Dr. office looking for the latest copy of "Highlight's" I have hopes that this picture book will help him visualize the adventure he thinks we need at retirement. I think it's a good investment for our marriage.
 The next book to jump in my hands was this little jewel. While on this retirement "dream" he has for us I am the one who is always calculating numbers in my head.  I like water, I drink lots and lots of water, how much does a well to pump water cost? When you drink a lot of water you need to go potty. I don't mind popping a squat in the woods every now and them but not on an every day basis, certainly not at night!! We live in the South, have you ever heard the old saying "A skeeter will bite your buns"? Ya, it can happen. What about a road to get to this secluded hide away in the woods. I nor hubby have ever been hikers. Who pray tell is going to backpack that 6 pack of beer you will want to sip while enjoying all that Mother Nature has afforded us? Not me!!!! I will be too busy looking for a safe place to potty. I have high hopes this book will wake the dream boy up a little.
 While hubby is driving me NUTS in his search for the perfect place to park our old butts in retirement for a little getaway every now and then I am in search of ways to save our Livers :) Ain't nobody got time for land hunting when they are learning a safe way to get toxins out of our bodies.
I get down right giddy when I pull these oils from their tube :) I need to do a whole heck of a lot of research on using oils in a healthy way. I have no time to be wondering around in the woods looking for the promised land. I need to add tick and chigger bites to my list of research. Until hubby finds his oasis in the woods I have a feeling we are going to be munched on by many yucky things :(

Why the books for my man's retirement idea you might ask? So maybe, just maybe I won't have to be his Mommy!! Too many times during the almost 40 years of our marriage I fall into the Mommy of hubby roll, it makes me nuts.

My man makes the money. I make sure to hang on to that hard earned money the best I know how for as long as I can. I feel like I land in the Mommy roll when I constantly remind him of all the extra costs involved in some of his wants, needs, and got to haves. I HATE that!!