Monday, March 20, 2017

life lately

Sometimes I have to make myself stop taking pictures until I do a blog post, so here goes...

We have been going to the Hamilton Mill water wheel a lot lately...

Then we like to roll down the hill.  When CC and I went the other day I had her shouting "tuck and roll!" even though she didn't actually do the tuck!

We got a new pool for the summer...

The kids worked on some paintings for Teacher Appreciation Week...

I spent two hours cleaning out the barn on Friday...

Then I used it as my hideout on Sunday afternoon to go listen to my audio book...

(It was really good by the way!)

And last week I finally got through proofreading a book that Matt has written.  He is hoping to find a publisher soon and then I can tell you more about it.  

Hope you all have a great week.  Love y'all!

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

crazy weather + vent

Hey there everyone!  We've had some crazy weather here in Georgia this winter.  It seems to be cold one day and hot the next.  I never really know how to dress the kids!

Clarice and I drove over to a really nice area last week to check out the "water wheel"....
 I had her wearing a hat and scarf/cowl that I crocheted for her.  Too cute!

Whenever I pick her up from preschool she wants to walk across the street to the park.  It has been so mild here this week that is was hard to say no...

It was so warm yesterday and today that I set up the kitty pool in the carport (and then didn't take pictures....sorry).  But I did manage to get this cute one of Clarice in her new swimsuit cover-up dress....

Since we seem to have the tv/dvd on so often, I try to distract them with other fun toys to play with in the living room.  The movies just end up becoming background noise. 

I've sort of screwed up my volunteer schedule lately and now I'm volunteering during the two days that CC is in preschool.  It is ok though, I'll be off all summer and next school year will be a little easier since she will go to preschool three days a week. 

Lastly, I just have to vent.  I've been told by two different women in the last month that I've "gained weight."  Seriously??  Do people not have any etiquette any more?  Maybe I should just carry around Emily Post books with me to hand out to people....ugh!

Anyway, I hope everyone is well.  Have a great weekend!

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Monday, February 27, 2017


It's been a time of slowing down for us lately and we were thankful for a low-key weekend.  :)

Clarice and Lance did some water color paintings this week and I hung up the pictures with mini clothespins...

A picture of Lance earlier in the week playing in the mud...

Our $28 per bush yellow bells are blooming already...(I guess I shouldn't still be bitter about Matt spending that!)

Lance had fun playing with Legos in the yard before heading off to his grandparents house for the weekend...

I found out at the last minute that Matt's parents would be with us for lunch on Saturday so I scrambled to put together a cute snack tray while Matt went to get take-out.  This is the first time I've used the three tiered tray I bought from Hobby Lobby...

I hot-rolled my hair on Saturday and had Matt take a few pictures of me...

On Sunday morning before church Matt and Clarice and I went to McDonalds for breakfast...

This is another Ruth Ware book that I've picked up.  I really like it so far and hope to finish it this week. 
Hope you all have a great week! 

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Listening to...

Hey there folks!  I hope everyone had a good weekend.  Just wanted to share a few audio books I've listened to lately.  

A few months ago I listened to The Good Girl by Mary Kubica.  It was read by Johnny Heller who I am sooo in love with!  So I couldn't wait to pick up Kubica's new one Don't You Cry on audio.  Unfortunately this one was read by Kirby Heyborne.  I didn't like his voice, but the story was really good.  
A lady named Esther disappears one weekend leaving her roommate Quinn to investigate her disappearance.  This suspense thriller kept me driving around and running errands forever trying to help Quinn solve the mystery!  My favorite part was how it ended.  I won't say it had a happy or sad ending, but the story ended well...which is a hard thing to come by these days.  

Over the holidays I borrowed a few books from one of my relatives.  She ended up sending me home with all three books in the Divergent series.  That was also right around the time that I took up crochet.  So I gave the books back to her and picked up the audio books at the library.  It is so relaxing to listen to the disk on my computer and work on my crochet. 
Compared to the Hunger Games series, this one is basically an end of the world dystopian society broken up into five factions and takes place in Chicago.  The main character is Beatrice (God bless the author for coming up with a good name).  She has to try to survive living in her new faction and being away from her family.  The book is read by Emma Galvin and I just adore her voice.  Good thing because I have two more books to listen to...Insurgent and Allegiant.    

This last one....oh my goodness y'all have to get this one!  I heard about it on another blog and I'm so glad I checked it out.  I had to wait on hold for it at the library for about a month and it was worth the wait.  I listened to this one all weekend! 
In The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, Lo Blacklock is invited to go on the maiden voyage of The Aurora.  As they venture out into the North Sea, Lo thinks that she sees someone get thrown overboard.  Yes, she had been drinking that night.  Why won't anyone believe her?
With a nod to Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes, Ware has created a modern day suspense thriller that will leave you gasping for air!


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentines + other stuff

Hey everyone!  It's a beautiful day here in Georgia.  I'm always so happy when Wednesday rolls around.  It makes me feel like I might make it through the week after all.  

I had lots of fun getting caught up on Hayley Paige vlogs on YouTube while making Valentines bags.  I made them for Lance and Clarice along with one for my teenage nephew Nicholas too. 
  I know watching mommy vlogs is a major time-waster, but it does cut down on the loneliness during the day.  

School was out last Friday.  I set up both sides of the sink with soapy warm water and let the kids play "carwash." 

We have a small tv in our bonus room and I was watching the evening news for a few minutes.  The kids started watching it too, so I quickly switched it over to the Snow White!

Last year I read the Selection Series books and actually thought about going to this event at the library....but I didn't. 

It rained a little here this in my new rain boots...

Clarice was inside the car but still trying to "lick" the rain!

I hope you all have a great rest of the week!  Does anyone have big weekend plans?

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