May in Review

Guys, I don’t even know where this month has gone. Every week I have plans for posting more frequently on here and then the week actually happens and I find myself failing miserably, most of the time without blogging at all.

We’ve stayed busy with school, pushing pretty hard to make it to a good stopping point before taking June off. Because of that, we’ve forgone most of the projects and extra activities that we were doing at the first of the year. Hopefully we’ll get to start all that back up in August when we start the new school year, cause the girls miss them a lot. I’m pretty much just tired and ready for a break at this point, so June will be glorious.

The girls and I had a date and saw Cinderella. We raaaarely go to the theater (this was only their second time) so it was a treat for all of us.  They especially enjoyed the Frozen short at the beginning…like every other little girl in America, I’m sure. I just endured that part (insert eye roll here).


Nice glowy eyes, right?

I looked out the window one day and had to snap a photo of Susannah reading a story to Madeline. They stayed like this for at least an hour and it made me so stinkin happy.



Susannah started talking about swap meets all of a sudden and was super obsessed with them, so we had our very own with handmade items. It was a blast and in typical Susannah-overachiever fashion, she made about a zillion more than everybody else. She’s such a creative little soul. And in typical Madline fashion, she lost all of hers and had to scrounge something together at the last minute.  She kills me.

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The past week has been spent almost entirely at the hospital, since my dad-in-law is in the ICU. He’s still not recovered, but is a more stable than he was, which we’re very thankful for.  It was a very long, scary week for the family, and we’re all glad it’s behind us and things are looking more hopeful now. Heather came up for a few days to watch the girls for me and was a huge help to us.

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I’ve got more to share, and a few books to review and fun mail stuff and even a few projects, so hopefully I can get my act together a little better and it won’t be a month before I get on here again.

Thanks for all the prayers and thoughts many of you have sent our way this past week, it means so much to the whole fam.


March/April Goals Update

I realized now that we’re a third of the way through the year I should re-evaluate my goals and see what I need to work on. So here goes.

I’m mostly on track with my reading goals. My goal is 4-5 books per month, including one from my to-read shelf and one e-book, and so far I’m only about a book behind. The girls and I are still reading a monthly book together, which is all I can manage in addition to all the reading we do in school. I finally started going through my craft books and picked one to work on for the month, but since it’s the first one of the year this goal is pretty much a fail so far.

I didn’t end up sewing anything in March, but did make Susannah a little dress in April.  Easter Dresses

I haven’t touched my Project Life album all year, although I still have hopes of getting around to doing it eventually. I’ve got to find a system that works for me, because I haven’t organized my photos since I got married almost 10 years ago. I don’t know why, exactly, because I used to love making albums.
The girls and I have been working on art projects off an on, but not as regularly as I want, so I need to make that more of a priority. Piano lessons are going a little better and I’m (mostly) remembering to have the girls practice.
I’ve kept up with my Documented Faith art journal, but completely gave up the Documented Life journal. It was too hard to keep up with both of them every week and I wasn’t interested in the prompts.

Our 5K was rescheduled for October and I haven’t started any yoga yet (much to Susannah’s chagrin), but hope to this week. Jerm is working on the last bathroom floor and I’ll be re-painting before we put everything back in, which means I’ll be totally done with all the re-painting. At least until we get the house ready to rent and I have to convert everything back to white.  We’re going to be so happy to have all the floor stuff done for good.

I think that pretty much covers it. How are your yearly goals coming along? Are there any that you’ve given up? Which ones are you enjoying?

Tuesday Letter

Dear gigantic thunderstorm, you were INSANE! The wind was blowing so hard I seriously didn’t know if we could make it to the car. Dear Jerm, you probably should have known that asking the girls what they wanted for their next house was going to produce some interesting answers. I love that Susannah stayed practical and asked for a bathroom while Madeline went big and asked for a castle with a pool and a hot tub. Dear Susannah, you’re the jumpiest kid ever. Luckily, you have great reflexes too, so when you were running full speed and almost stepped on a dead fish you were able to leap ten feet in the air and avoid it.  Screaming all the way, of course.  You’re such an awesome kid. Dear Madeline, when I asked when you’d gotten so big I wasn’t expecting for you to answer.  But now I know that it was on January 5th.  Nice one.


Loving Right Now: Spring 2015 Picks

Time for the next edition of My Current Love List.

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IKEA’s Raskog cart – I’d wanted one of these bad boys for months, so when IKEA dropped the price from $50 to $30 I was all over that.  It’s the perfect solution for all those craft supplies I drag out almost every day and then have to put away.  Now I just keep my handy dandy cart within easy reach and it saves me a lot of time. I love it.



Glad with Gain trashbags – I’m usually pretty okay with buying store brand items, but I learned a long time ago not to do that with trash bags.  I’ve stayed loyal to Glad for a long time, because I’ve never had a problem with the drawstrings or bags themselves tearing, but they’ve managed to reel me in even further with their new Gain-scented bags.  Since Gain is another product I’m willing to splurge on, I’m pretty much in love with these bags, especially since our trashcan is located in my little crafting nook(there’s literally nowhere else to put it).  Now I can sit back there and smell one of my favorite scents of all time – coming from my trash can. Hahaha! They also came in very handy during my spring cleaning, especially when I decided that my girls had waaaay too many clothes and pared their closet down by about two-thirds. Thank you, Glad, for making a bag that won’t rip, even when weighed down by 30 lbs of clothing I never want to see my kids in again.

**I was sent product to try in exchange for my honest review, but all opinions are my own. These definitely would have made my list anyway.  Pretty much anything that has Gain stamped on it makes it’s way to my house eventually.**


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Tone Fruit Peel bodywash – I’ve been looking for a good bodywash for a long time.  I’m super picky about scents and most of the time I find scents so overpowering that they almost make me feel sick when I use them.  The Fruit Peel scent from Tone is perfection, a little spicy, a little tangy, and if they ever stop making it I will cry.

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Artist’s Loft Watercolor set from Michaels – These are not high end watercolors ($5 regular price; even less with a coupon), but I adore them.  I have no clue what I’m doing when it comes to watercolors, but I’m having so much fun making giant messes and coloring all the things.

Also on the list, but not pictured:

  • The newest season of 24.  Hello, Jack Bauer, I have missed you and your craziness.
  • Fizzy frozen fruit slushes that are so good I’ve been making them almost every day.  I’ll have to post the recipe soon; they’re perfect for the warmer temps we’ve been having and super easy to whip up.
  • The extended hours of sunlight that spring brings.  I’m never happy that summer is on it’s way, but if it would just stop raining I would really enjoy this season.  It’s been SO WET this year!

Now it’s your turn.  What have you been loving this time of year? Any must-have products that you want to share about?



Week in Review: April 1-11

Man, what is the deal with this year?  It’s already 1/3 over, peeps. Craziness.

Speaking of peeps, I waited all year to make this cute cake for Easter. I saw it last year on Little Miss Momma’s blog and thought it was super adorable.  Easter Cake

We always have our Easter egg hunt at the grandparents house on Saturday, and we’re lucky we did this year, because it rained and poured like crazy on Easter Sunday.



Since it rained so much, this is the only shot I got of the girls in the dresses I made them.  Terrible lighting, but they still manage to look cute.  Easter Dresses



And check this out. It’s not every day that Jerm dresses up in a suit jacket.  In fact…I think the last time was when we got married. 😉 Easter Jerm

We had a girls night out and went and explored Firewheel Mall.  It was fun; love these ladies. Girls Night 2

You know they’re keepers when you can all agree that the candy store is the best shop of all. Girls Night

And yes, it’s back to the bluebonnets. They just started showing up this week and may be even prettier next week, but with all the rain in the forecast I decided to grab some photos when I had the chance.  Bluebonnets 2 Bluebonnets 3 Bluebonnets 4 Bluebonnets 5 Bluebonnets 6 Bluebonnets

We’ve worked on a few school projects that I need to photograph before I can share, but the biggest news of this week is that this kid woke up one day with not one, not two, or even three, but FOUR loose teeth.  Within a few hours she’d popped this baby out (okay, she had me do it, but she did most of the work first). She’s been waiting for this day, yall.   Madeline Tooth


We’ve been studying the Black Death in history and I’ve GOT to show you all the incredibly creepy masks that are patterned after those that people wore back then to supposedly ward off the germs.  Next week I’ll be sure to take a photo of the girls wearing them, because I shouldn’t be the only one to have nightmares after seeing them.  (They aren’t really that bad, just weird.)

How was your Easter?
Is anyone else having an unusually rainy spring?



Madeline’s Frozen Party


Despite my best efforts I wasn’t able to change Madeline’s mind about having a Frozen party. I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty much dreading the sequel.  But my Frozen rant is for another day; here’s the few photos I managed to get from her party.  It’s always, ALWAYS gloomy and rainy the day of Mad’s party, so the pictures aren’t great, but the kids had fun anyway.

My first choice for decor wouldn’t have been a poster, but Mad has been dyyyyying for one so I decided to use it at the party and then let her hang it in her room after.

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Probably the ugliest cake ever, but I thought the “ice” turned out kind of cool. Frozen Cake

Dessert table. Frozen Party 1

Favors for the kids to take home.  My girls were super excited about these because they adooooore marshmallows.  Little weirdos.   Frozen Party 2

More favors for the kids: Elsa crowns and Sven antlers for poor Billy, who’s always the lone boy. Frozen Party 3

I couldn’t find matching forks so I jazzed up boring white ones with stick-on gems. Frozen Party 6

My favorite line from any of the Frozen songs. I think Anna is too cute. frozen party 4

The little Elsa queen, herself, with a very Texan no-shoes concession. I even did Elsas coronation haristyle, and anyone who knows me probably realizes how huge that is for me.  I’m really hair-challenged, but I though her style was adorable. Frozen Party 5

The hair didn’t make it very long, though, thanks to a lot of trampoline jumping. Frozen Partry 9

The smallest Elsa of them all. Frozen Party 7

Sven. Frozen Party 8

Sadly, I didn’t get a group photo during the party, but here’s one from the next morning before the cousins headed home.  We were so happy to have them for a few days.  Girls

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Yes, this is more like it.  This kid has developed a really loud, obnoxious, hilarious personality, and I love her so much. Madeline is 6




February Goals Update

Poor, neglected blog.  I know I’ve said this before, but I really am trying to push myself into a schedule that will allow time for more of the things I enjoy doing.  You know, like blogging.

February is long gone, and March is flying by, so here’s a quick update on how I did on my goals last month.

Let’s start with the successes, shall we?

I’m killing it on the reading front, although I haven’t read anything too spectacular lately.  By far my favorite reads were the concluding books in the Sarah, Plain and Tall series. I’d never read them before and the girls and I both enjoyed them immensely.  I was completely undone by the final book, Grandfather’s Dance, and was crying so hard during the last chapter that I really thought I would have to let Susannah take over for me.  I think I freaked the girls out a little, too. They’ll understand someday.  Right?

I sewed Madeline an Easter dress, so I met my sewing goal, although with March almost over I better GET IT or I’m doomed this month.  No photo yet, but I’ll be sure to snap one on Easter Sunday when she wears it.  I’ve kept up pretty well with my faith journal, but the Documented Life Project pretty much fell by the wayside in February.  I was gone for several weekends, and just haven’t been able to catch up.  Honestly, I’m a little lost by a lot of the weekly prompts, so I’m going to try branch off on my own using my Pinterest boards and Instagram for inspiration.

I sent at least one letter in February but have completely failed on keeping in better touch through phone.  I really want to communicate more often with my siblings and mom, but the time difference really hinders me a lot of times.  I’m working on a solution but so far it just hasn’t happened.

The color run I signed us up for was unexpectedly moved to just a few weeks away so we’re taking the girls out for evening jogs to try to prepare ourselves  a little.  Nice of them to not only change location but to move it up FIVE MONTHS with just a few weeks notice.  Way to let us train, peoples.

….And now for the fails.

I haven’t touched Project Life at all this year, and with 2015 being almost 1/4 over, I’m not seeing a lot of hope for this one.  Maybe.  Likewise with the girls art journals.  It’s been so crazy around here that we’re lucky to get the serious stuff done, but I’m hoping to carve out a normal time for art soon.

Sadly, our Scripture memorization has been limited to Sunday school verses, but I do hope to start tackling more with the girls soon.  How do people fit everything into a day?!

So I’m mostly on track, with a few fails to try to fix. How are your goals coming along this year? Read any fab books lately?  Am I the only one who feels like Easter is really early this year?