Thursday, April 23, 2020

Happy Birthday Momma

Describe your mom?
My momma. She was a loving momma. She always had a warm meal ready for us. My favorite is her roast, rice and gravy and her spaghetti. She was a stay at home mom and she was always home for us. She has the best hugs and no matter what comes my way, I know that I can call her and just feel like it is all going to be okay. 

What do you love most about your mom?
Her beauty. 

What is your mom's favorite thing to do?
I believe her favorite things is to watch Law and Order or Criminal Minds. 

What's your favorite thing to do with your mom and why?
Just sit and enjoy our time together. We don't get that time too much, so when we are together we run the roads when needed, but then we hang out together and that is the most special time!

Why do you love your mom?
Because she is always there for me no matter what. She always worries about me and my family and she is the best thing. I want my daughter to feel how loved I feel as a daughter.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Day 38

Well... we are still taking it day by day here.

Schooling in person has been cancelled through the rest of this year. Our kids get out at the end of June, so that's so far away... Since, they have cancelled in person schooling, they had to change their schooling format. Before this week, they were just reviewing to keep the kids minds fresh. Now, they have to teach them the things they need to know before the end of the year. This week is the first week for that different type of learning and so far the kiddo says it is going good. She is such a hard little worker. So, we shall see how the rest of this year goes. 

Our new normal for now is the kiddo goes to her dad every other week so she doesn't have to be sitting at my work every single day. It helps her out to not be so bored after school work is done, but MAN I miss that kid so much when she is gone. It is so hard with her being away. I am happy for her and them because they get this extra time with her. I just miss her like crazy. She is my little mini me... attitude and all. She might drive me crazy sometimes, but she is my biggest supporter and she loves me with her whole heart!

I don't have anything else to share other than some cool things to check out. Hope you enjoy them...

 Nicholas Sparks - The Return - He has a new book coming out September 29, 2020. I am a huge fan of his work. I will definitely get this book when it comes out and will be done reading it that day, or the day after. Check out the synopsis for the new book, here.

If you have any interest in watching some Disney rides, you can go to this website and check out a few of them. I watched a few of them and they are pretty neat. 

If anyone out there has seen these, please let me know. They are Tajin Chicken Nuggets. I am a lover of Tajin and it might be weird, but I put this on my pizza and it is addicting. My husband doesn't like it on his pizza, but I sure do. I can't wait to try these. 

I love this man. He shares his poem about smiling. Check it out here. 

I like this song by Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. Check it out here

This was pretty hilarious. Never ever Have I played by Ellen, Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany. Check it out here.

My new favorite song is "I Dare You" by Kelly Clarkson. The English version is pretty great, but I just found this Global mix and it is pretty great as well. Check it out here.

If you are a wine drinker, check this site out. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis launched Quaratine Wine for a good cause. All proceeds, yep 100%, goes to charities of their choice. The charities that they have chose are on the website where you can purchase the wine. Check it out here

John Krasinski hosted his newest episode of Some Good News. Check it out here. It includes Prom 2020. 

I mean this is too good not to share. It was the day that my kiddo found out there her dad and step mom were going to have a baby. Check it out here.

Check out my aunt who was on America's Funniest Home Videos. Here clip is the last one in this video. Hilarious... check it out here

That is all I have for today. Hope you are all staying healthy and safe out there. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Day 32

The days are flying by, or so they seem to... The kiddo is back there working her little heart out. Some days her work is easy and she flies through it and some days she has hard days. But she is doing her best and that is all that I can ask for. This is such a hard time for all the kiddos. 

We have moved into our house and are finally unpacked. We have 1 room left to unpack boxes, but it is mostly my husband's stuff, so we will get to that eventually. We have time before we can show people our house, so he has time to figure out where he wants everything to go. 

Here are a few resources for y'all. Things I think you could use for the little kiddos or things that are interesting to watch. Enjoy!

Dolly Parton singing Sweet Music Man by Kenny Rogers. Check it out here.

Disney launched a website full of fun and engaging Disney content, stories and resources all for free. Check out the site here.

Harry Potter fans, you can take classes here. I have not checked it out, but it looks interesting. 

One of my favorite remakes of Hallelujah. This is the remake for Easter. I love it and the Christmas one as well. Here is the Easter version. 

Why not watch Robin Williams helping Martha Stewart cook. I laughed a lot. He was so hilarious. Watch it here.

Watch Kevin Hart talk about his fear of all animals. This guy is a trip. Watch it here.

Dolly Parton is so funny. She has a poem for us. Check it out here.

That is all I have for you today. Stay safe y'all and do something that makes you smile today. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Day 25

Well... this will be my last post for at least 5 days. I am off tomorrow through Monday. I can't wait to have these next 5 days at home. There is so much for me to do, but I am going to enjoy each day. I will rest on Sunday, which is my birthday (40th) and Easter. And hopefully Monday, the kiddo and I can enjoy a day with just hanging out and bonding. We shall see how much we can get done in the next 3 days. 

Until then, here are some things I wanted to share... Enjoy!

If you are interested in making your own mask that is no-sewing, check out how, here.

Take a virtual tour of the tulip fields in Washington. A really beautiful place to visit at least once in your life... Check the tour out here.

I really do love Alicia Keys. She really can create any song and sing it amazingly. Check out her spin on Flo Rida's My House here

Check these out. Hopefully you are staying safe. Take care and will write more next week when I have more time! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Day 24

Well, they called it yesterday. School will not resume the remainder of this year. The kids will continue to do online learning to end out the school year. My kiddo is so sad. She really misses her friends and her teachers.

She is at her dad's this week for Spring Break. So, there is nothing really to share on the schooling side for now. 

Last night we went to the plex (our old duplex) to get our big flat screen TV that we have in our living room. With that still in the plex, I was so nervous with us not being there. We were able to load up my car with as much stuff around it so it was safe on the ride to our new home. We unloaded our car and then grabbed dinner and a few things at Walgreen's that we needed. I can't find my band aides and we have cut ourselves during the move. We will find it soon. The husband put up our bedroom TV and got all that connected. I unpacked 5 reusable grocery bags filled with stuff. I organized my shoes that we brought over and then washed some dishes by hand. Yep... old school. The new house does not have a dishwasher. Once day we will add one, but until then... it is old school hand washing. We were done after that. I even fell asleep last night WITHOUT turning on our noise machine. That NEVER happens. This place is so quiet and I feel so much safer in this home than the last. I haven't slept this good in a very long time. 

Today's agenda is to go grab our TV stand shelves because they are glass. I will load up what I can and head home to unload boxes. Today is a chill day before the rest of this week's work. 

Tomorrow, Abe and I will head to the plex and pack as much as we can into our cars. We are so close to having everything out of the unit. We will move all that still needs to go to our new home, to the garage. Once our cars are packed and the house is empty of our stuff, we will head home to unpack and do what needs to be done there. 

Thursday I am off work. I am going to go to the plex and patch the nail holes in the walls, clean the unit, paint the 5 colored walls we have and then pack my car with what still needs to go to our house. By the end of this day, hopefully I will be done painting and cleaning. That way on Saturday we can make runs all day until the garage is finally empty and we can turn in our keys. 

Busy busy next few days, but so ready to be done with the plex so we can focus on the new home and getting all the boxes unpacked and things to be where they need to go so we can enjoy it more... Right now, we are enjoying it being ours, we are just really tired! Moving/Packing/Unpacking without help is so exhausting. 

But, hey... everyday is a blessing and we are extremely thankful!

Stay safe out there peeps.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Day 23

It was such a long weekend... but, we got so much done and that is what I am thankful for. Do you know what is HORRIBLE? Moving, during a pandemic and a Stay at Home order. 

Thursday, we went to the house after we got our keys. We looked around and talked about the different things that we wanted to do, etc. 

Friday, I got off work at 12:30 and we headed to the house around 2 and cleaned everything. The girls washed their walls, they mopped their floors, I mopped the floors, vacuumed out all the cabinets and we were ready to move in. 

Saturday, we had one awesome friend Geoff come and help Abe with the heavy stuff. We had most of our boxes already in my husband's big work truck he borrowed from work. We made one load with our friend. He helped unload all the heavy stuff and then he had to go home, so we finished the rest of the truck. We made a 2nd load with our old neighbor Moses and then we went back to the house once more for a few things. And then we were done for the night. We finally went to sleep around 11:30 pm. We started our day at 6:30 and we were exhausted!

Sunday, we spent our day unpacking, getting our internet up and running, and then cleaning as we went. It was a long day. We did not do a run from the duplex. Husband had to get a few things there, so he went, but I stayed home. Both kids were gone and it was just the husband and I.

We will spend the next week unpacking and getting things done that we need to do around the house. Small projects mixed with the huge unpacking we have to do. The quarantine stay at home order is now pushed to May 4 so we have a month left before we can have people over (unless they extend that time again...) So, we are going to unpack as we can, but rest when we need to.

And then we have to get the duplex cleaned and ready to turn in our keys. We have to be out of there by the 19th, but I am hoping to finish with that by this coming Saturday. We shall see how my body feels.

My husband and I are just so tired and exhausted, but we have a house of our own and we could not be more thankful!

Stay safe out there!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Day 19

Today, I don't have any resources to share.
All I have today is this...


We bought a house. So, that being said... the last week has been pretty hectic with packing and getting ready for our move tomorrow. I didn't think we would get into the house until the end of the month, so this was quite a rush... but I managed to get about 95% of the house packed and the rest we will do on Sunday when we have a few of the boxes unpacked. I do not want to buy anymore boxes haha. 

The kiddo is at home with her older sister and they have been doing their school work and then the rest of the day spent hanging out together and doing the few things I give them each day. Yesterday, their job was to unload the dishwasher, wash whatever clothes they wanted before we moved, and pack up the pantry stuff. Today's job's are to empty the dishwasher, shower because once I get home we will be taking all bathroom stuff to the house and won't be able to shower again until tomorrow night and pack the rest of Abe's side of the bed. It's really easy stuff... 

I am getting off around 1 and then we will go to the house and clean the floors, the walls, the tub and then clean the counters so we are all ready to move in.

The girls have their own room and they are big. My husband will have his man cave room. We have our own laundry room... A storage shed in the back... a nice back yard, fenced.
It is perfect for us. We LOVE it and are so ready to be moved in and settled making our home ours... 

Here is our picture we took yesterday.
Our first picture at our new home...

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Day 18

Today my kiddo is at home with her older sister. They have a list of things they need to do today, so they are at home busy. They have their school work and then a few chores that I have written down for them. Lots to do at our house right now... 

I don't have really many resources for today.
The only thing I will remind people of is the Power of Positive Summit that is going on RIGHT now. It started today. You can go to the site here to sign up. They will email you a few speakers each day and last year it was so good. I was so thankful I signed up and will do it each and every year. This year especially everyone could use a little POSITIVITY... So, go sign up and join me!

Hope you are all doing well and staying healthy! Until tomorrow... enjoy your day!

Happy Birthday Dad

This man right here, has been my whole entire world since the day I was born. I have always been a daddy's girl and just because I am almost 40, that does not mean that has changed at all. This man has worked his whole entire life to make sure our family was taken care of and I am so proud of my dad!

He had a birthday yesterday and I hope it was the best birthday ever! I love you dad and I miss you like crazy! Thanks for all the wonderful memories you have given me in my lifetime and the many more that will happen in the years to come!

My favorite memory of my dad is when he would brush my hair each night 100 strokes a night. It was one of my favorite memories. Here is a picture of my dad doing the same to my daughter when we were home for Christmas. 

You are the best dad a girl could ever hope to have!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Day 17

17 days seems like not so many days... until you are quarantined and can't leave your house except to go to work (us essential workers) or to go get some groceries or to go outside for a bit.

The kid really does work hard. She spends all day checking her Google Classroom and when the teachers post work she gets busy doing it. She watches shows on her phone and brought some things to keep her busy as well. She is doing so well and I am extremely proud of her. 

A few resources...

10 YouTube channels to keep your kids moving at home... click here.

NASA is providing activities to bring the universe into your home. I can't wait to check this out for myself. Check it out here.

Any Harry Potter Fans out there? Here they are introducing Harry Potter at Home. I signed up and played for a little bit. I was placed in Gryffindor, my wand is a cypress wood one with a unicorn hair core, 10 3/4" and slightly yielding flexibility, and my patronus is a siberian cat. It was pretty neat. There is so much to explore as well. With puzzle games, to reading. So neat. If you want to check it out, click here.

My only reason I go to the fair (when I go, I really can't stand going) is to get the funnel cake that they have there. They are so good. I found a recipe for Funnel Cake Bites. And boy, I can't wait to try these. They look delicious! Here is the recipe.

Wide open school is giving family some great school resources for keeping your kids engaged during this time frame. When you go to their website, click We're a family and you will get right in. I checked it out and they have so much. Check it out here

A great song called "You Will Be Found."

That is all I have for today. Stay healthy everyone!