Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Brain Declutter: Oh 2016...

*It is getting to the point that I dread blogging. I keep thinking I will do it and then I just can't make myself want to...

*I dread blogging because I am so far behind (story of my life), not because I want to stop collecting our memories in one spot.

*I am not going to worry about catching up right now (or maybe ever) because I don't want to dread blogging.

*I was going to lose 40 pounds by the time I turned 40. That isn't going to happen (story of my life), because even diets that make sense are still diets. Diets are hard, but so is being fat. I need to choose my hard. I keep making the wrong choice...

*I have been rereading the Harry Potter books in anticipation of the new book coming out this
summer. I love them so much. I feel like people that say their children don't like to read must never have read them Harry Potter. I asked Jake if I could introduce (and read the entire series) his children to Harry Potter and he said yes. I am hoping his future wife is okay with that...because if she isn't he will not be allowed to marry her. I wish this picture wasn't so blurry (and I am too lazy to go back to book one, when I am about to finish book 4 just to retake it...that would make me put off blogging and I probably wouldn't be back to it until I started reading HP to Jake's kids!), but this is a perfect example of why all human beings should read Harry Potter.

*Jake is 5'10' last time I measured him and that was well over a month he is probably taller
now!  When I was sick a couple of weeks ago (like sleeping all day with a bad sinus infection and some kind of throat infection...taking antibiotics and that prescription cough medicine that makes you sleep, and Claritin (sp?) D for 5 days before even starting to feel slightly better sick) and we were out of groceries (no milk or bread for 2 days kind of out of groceries...and my mom kept calling asking what she could do to help), my mom came and picked up Jake and the grocery list and headed out!
She was very impressed at his mad shopping skills. She said she just followed him around with the buggy while he got everything. I am training him well. :) When they got home I had to take a picture of the two of them. Jake is so much taller and yet again we had the one is dressed for winter, while one is dressed for summer scenario going on!

*Jake likes this shirt. Actually he just likes to wear all his shirts until I tell him to put on another one. I took this picture of him during General Conference (I am kind of catching up a little but just on the pic's I just downloaded from April so I don't hate it) when he was taking notes. He gets make up days for Seminary, which he doesn't need because he rarely misses and makes it up when he does. He is awesome. I am not a morning person so Seminary (the 2nd time around) is even harder to get up for. Sometime I sleep in the car. Sometimes I walk. Every time the alarm goes off at 5:30 I murmur...But I wouldn't want him to miss this experience and I am the adult in charge of getting him there so I have, and get out of bed!  This past General Conference was more amazing than the last-just like every time! I do feel I was sufficiently humbled (from being sick the whole week before) and was ready to hear what the Lord wanted me too-and I did! I was pretty much weepy the whole time. President Eyring was the first speaker and his emotions are always so close to the surface, as mine were...and that is pretty much where they stayed all weekend. It was a spiritual feast that I needed!

*Aaron and Jake went to the Priesthood session of Conference and the fist thing they said when they walked through the door was, "President Uchtdorf said Chewbacca!" I told them I knew (I could have watched it but I usually just read it) because the Church had already posted it on Instagram and they couldn't believe it! I took a picture of them happily looking it up. Keep in mind our house was a mess because I was sick.

*I could type what President Uchtdorf was referencing when he said Chewbacca but it would be much more fun to see if we remember when we are reading this in 30 years! And if we don't remember I wonder what fancy high tech device we will be looking it up on....

*It has been a wonderful Spring! A few weeks ago we thought we were skipping right over it because over a weekend (I have no idea which one...) it got really hot and we had the AC on. But it has been back off and we just had to turn it on a couple of days ago when it went up into the 80's (but low humidity so it wasn't too hot). So making it into late April with out AC is pretty good!

*I love this dog! I LOVE HER! She is so sweet. If you are standing some some where and she feels like she needs some attention, she comes right up and leans her head on your leg like she is hugging you. In fact if she is sitting on the floor next to me, when I am sitting on the couch, and I lean forward and ask her for a hug she cuddles her head right into me. She still loves to protect us from squirrels and some time last summer she learned to howl like a hound dog and thinks it is very impressive. She is the only one who runs to greet me at the door when I get home from where ever I have been, now that Jake is older and doesn't miss me as much as he used to. She is the best! All that being said, I think I have decided she will be our last dog. We have had (and still have this one) three amazing dogs. All of them have been members of the family and just amazing companions. It is so hard when we lose them. Too hard to keep doing it over again and again...Three times seems like my max....But I am going to be honest and say a big factor (besides all that I have already said) for this decision is fur. Every where. All the time. I know when it is gone in several years (Sadie is only 5 and has lots more glorious year ahead of her) I will miss it. Kind of like you miss sticky hand prints when little ones grow up...but I think I will only miss the fur for one second increments and then I will be okay and be able to move on and be happy I don't have to vacuum every single day (and I could do it 3 times a day and you still wouldn't notice). I will always miss our fur babies but I don't think I will miss the fur very much. I hope this doesn't sound cruel because if you know me, you know I love my dogs and they have all been very spoiled.

*That is enough decluttering for now....but...One more thing:

This happened today! Jake is getting a new pair of glasses and CONTACTS!  He is going to be able to wear sunglasses this summer!...which I am so jealous of!

And definitely the last thing: There were pink, purple, and turquoise glasses for adult men...I don't understand that at all since I am a women and wouldn't wear them! This is a crazy world we live in!!!!

Until next time!
Here's hoping it isn't in a month and a half like last time-after I vowed...(again) never get behind on my posts again! Never say never people!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2016


 I am starting to wonder if I will ever keep up with blogging...How is it already the middle of March? Here are a few random things that I just need to post to start catching up...again.

I follow several home decorating people on Instagram (some that I used to follow their blog) and one lady puts disco ball ornaments out so the room fills up with sparkles. I thought that was a fun idea, so I did it. And then I realized the sun only hits if for maybe 5 minutes a day. I love those few minutes but disco balls aren't cute enough to have out for 5 minutes a day of sparkles...

Jake is the garbage man at our house. Sometimes Jake forgets to put the garbage out. When this happens it smells. It also gets so full that there is no room for more garbage....And typing this just reminded me to remind Jake to put out the trash because it is trash day....And there in lies the problem. I have to remind him every.single.time. And if I don't he asks why I didn't remind him...He doesn't have to remind me to cook dinner, vacuum, dust, do the dishes, clean the bathroom....etc. I am waiting impatiently for him to remember to do it (and all his other chores) with out me reminding him.

See how I am standing at the end of the drive way...where the garbage can is supposed to be? I am sure you can also where the garbage can is...

Here is another sparkle picture. I love it! But...Five minutes...Disco balls aren't really cute...?

But wow!  Maybe they are cute enough....
I subbed in Seminary (early morning class before school at church for high schoolers. It is at 6 am and they are studying the Old Testament this year. They weren't all here on this particular day-we were missing 4 of them). I feel the need to go back and apologize to my Seminary teacher. Teenagers aren't a whole lot of fun at 6 am. Just kidding!...kind of.

 I'm not either. I am so glad I am not the Seminary teacher. I think it is great that they get up every morning and go...It just seems it could get discouraging to prepare and teach and have half asleep teenagers stare at you when you ask questions.

I have no idea why I took this picture...Maybe this was Valentines Day...This is why I should post more often...

Sadie thinks the mat in the bathroom is for her to sit on. When I am alone at home I sometimes don't shut the bathroom door and this happens. She keeps me company. 

I think I may start keeping an extra pair of earrings in the car. I hate it when I forget to wear them. These came in handy when I forgot to put some in. I obviously needed to clean my car in this picture.

We were so excited that our Carolina Panthers made it to the Super Bowl this year. We ordered a tray of Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets for our party. And by party I mean Jake, Aaron, and I. Aaron didn't want to have anyone over (or go to anyone's house because "they would just talk through it and we care too much about the game to listen to that."

I made fruit pizza too.

That is an IBC root beer that Jake is drinking, not a beer.

I am currently at war with all the flat surfaces in our house and all our stuff.

We have too much stuff. And we are having a problem with putting said stuff away lately. 

See it all? Too much stuff...not put a way. And I still can't find my plates. I took down the Christmas ones and still can't find the rest of the year plates...

Just a little bit of stuff...but why didn't it get picked up?

Lots of school stuff out. That is okay during school...

Curse you flat surfaces and lots of stuff!

The chair is even holding laundry...It is a never ending war with flat surfaces and stuff.

I am happy to say that I have finally found cute, big girl workout clothes reasonably priced that have thumb wholes. I am happy about it. Really happy!!!!

I  got really nervous when our new TV started looking like this...

Turns out we needed a new DVR box from Dish Network. I am sooooo glad it wasn't the TV.

I am trying to stop drinking soda and it stinks. I decided to cheat and get a delicious Diet Dr Pepper from Chick-Fil-A and I drove off down the road before realizing they gave me a diet Coke. Epic fail Chick-Fil-A...You had one job...

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Ward Pinewood Derby

 At church our Cub Scout Pack is pretty small so we had a Ward Pinewood Derby. Anyone who wanted to could make and enter a car. We were out of town in NH/VT for the first two weeks of the year and when we got back we were playing catch up on a lot of the Thursday before the Derby (Sat evening) Aaron went over to Papa Harmon's to cut the cars out (Jake had archery) and Jake painted his on Friday. Aaron decided to just lacquer his. I choose not too because I just didn't want too.

                                  There ended up being 35 cars! This isn't all of them obviously...

(I am adding no more words, besides these, to this post that I never finished but just really want to post so I can get caught up...and I am post dating this a random date...)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

HIS, Gravatopia, & Trader Joe's

 Last week was HIS Co-op's picture day...

                                                        Minus three families I think.
                                  Drawing class...minus a student from one of the missing families!

               Recess at Gravatopia, in the dodge ball room! We are going to be doing this more often!
 They have a homeschooling day (discount and during school hours so it is not crowded at all!) every Thursday. It is in Greenville, so it won't be an every week thing...but maybe an every month thing.
 We met some friends there and they had a blast. It is really hard to get a clear picture of people throwing balls on trampolines!

 I wonder if this is the moment Jake tweaked his back. He and Aaron had a competition that whoever could run a mile in the least amount of time would pay for them to go see Star Wars one more time in the theater. Jake thought his back was a little sore from that..and when he left Gravatopia it was really sore. He couldn't even go to archery that night. Turns out his friend Nicholas hurt something too and couldn't go either. We went last night to pick up Jake's archery t-shirt and sweatshirt (we thought we could make up having missed Thursday night-they meet 3 nights a week and you go to a certain night-but they were scoring so we will just go on Tuesday) and one of the coaches said no Gravatopia until after the Regional meet next week! Hahaha!
We took advantage of being in Greenville and I ran by the Learning Center (a homeschooling consignment store) because I needed to grab a teachers book for Government and I when I went to pay for it I found out I had a $32 credit for some curriculum I had brought in that sold! Score!
We also ran by Trader Joe's (a kind crunchy granola health food store) and I scored sprouted bread and baked blue tortilla chips-both of which on are plan! Oh wait...I haven't even posted about the plan yet. I am doing the Trim Healthy Mama plan-cutting out all sugar (replacing it with Stevia-a natural sugar substitute that doesn't effect your blood sugar) and all white flour (replacing it with more blood sugar friendly flours like: almond, coconut, and flax meal) and starchy things. I am in a group with some friends and I am excited about it! At my yearly Dr appointment I was down 10 pounds from the last time I weighed myself which was back in the late summer. I had gained weight between then and early winter, so I started about 20 pounds lower than I thought I would be! I am not going to weigh myself for a while. I am looking for non-scale victories for a while (sleeping better, feeling better, clothes fitting better or getting too big). Baby steps!