Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Welcome Back Summer

Well it's only been a year since my last post here.  That's not too bad, right?  Seriously though I dabbled with wordpress for a bit, but I didn't fall in love with it and I missed my blogger.  So here I am back here, we'll see if blogger will let me keep adding pictures.  That's why I went away. 

Summer vacation has arrived.  The first couple of weeks were spent wrapping up some end of the year school stuff - trainings, meetings, planning, and moving rooms.  Now I can really settle into summer living.  We kicked off summer break this week with the biggies.  
A trip to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo was in order.  If you're ever in the northern Indiana area, this one is a must do.  Seriously we could go weekly and my little man wouldn't get tired of it.   As you can see my little Weeman (in the gray hat) he's not so wee anymore.  We took one of his best buddies with us this time and they had a blast.  Many giggles and silliness ensued.

Summer wouldn't be summer without some frog watching and on the part of the boys attempts at frog catching!

There was also the big local summer festival this weekend.  The highlight of the festival for the kiddos is of course the parade - it's like Halloween without the costumes.  They always leave with a bag full of candy.  I find it completely ironic that during a normal day we tell them not to go in the street, but during a parade there are mad darts out into the road for candy.

Yep - we live in a little town - lots of tractors in our parade.  Gotta love it!

The other highlight of the festival is the Hot Air balloon glow.  We had a front row seat to watch many of these beauties be inflated.  David even got to peek inside a couple and to check out the baskets.

One of the prettiest sights of summer is the balloon glow.  This picture was taken by my big boy.  I still can't believe my little baby will be in kindergarten next year.  When they say time flies - they're really not kidding.  

Well that's it for today.  I'm going to try to be around here more.  I miss writing, even if it's just for my own pleasure.  It's my way of documenting our little life.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Oh no!

Oh no tomorrow Google Reader goes bye bye - I've been working hard at switching over to bloglovin'.
I also moved my whole blog over to wordpress.  It took some getting used to, but I think I have the hang of things there now.  I just posted about my fantastic garage sale finds this weekend.  (And let me tell you what they were EPIC!) I also posted about our annual vacation down south with lots of pictures of the adorable WeeMan.

If you'd like to stop by and check on what I've been up to you can find my garage sale treasures  here and our vacation pictures here  .  While you're there you can also follow me on bloglovin' - the button is on my side bar.

Not to be needy, but I do miss hearing from you all!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Summer Break

has finally arrived! I plan to be blogging a lot this summer, so for all of you who followed me here on blogger and wonder where I've been you can find me on wordpress and follow my blog there.

Adventures in Being a Mom

I may have moved, but I'm still following all of my friends.  I just follow you all using wordpress reader now.  Have a great summer!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Moving on up....

I'm going to give wordpress a try.  Here's my new blog address if you'd like to continue to follow me.  We'll see how this goes!

New Blog

Monday, November 26, 2012


I'm home for the next few days with a sick little man.  WeeMan has RSV.  There's not a lot we can do for him at this point.  They gave him an antibiotic shot at the doctor's office this morning and my poor baby screamed.  I winced for him.  The needle was as large as the ones hubby had to use to inject me in my bottom when we were trying to get pregnant.  It seemed so unfair to put something that big in his little thigh.  I just pray the doctor is right and it goes to work on him right away.  Other than that we are alternating tylenol and advil to keep the fever down and I keep pushing water and juice on him.  He's absolutely miserable and it breaks my mommy heart to not be able to do anything to fix him.  I'm thankful that I teach with some amazing people who are willing to jump in and help me with sub plans for the next two days.  I've got my mom on stand by in case we need to stay home at the end of the week too.

On the bright side of life our tree is up and most of the gifts are wrapped (just need to do hubby's when he's out playing tomorrow night but I'm not quite finished buying his yet.)  Now I can just enjoy the Christmas season I hope.  I've been shopping for gifts for the nieces and wee man since this summer.  I'll be honest quite a few of them are second hand but in great shape, so I know the kiddos won't mind. The ones that aren't second hand were either on sale or even better on clearance.  I feel like for the most part we were able to save some money this Christmas.  Sometimes I think shopping early works against me b/c I lose track of what I've spent and what I've bought - but this year I seem to have done okay.   The main thing I have left to buy are all gift cards and I'll be picking those up at Kroger so we get the gas points.  (FYI right now they are giving you 4 times the points on gift cards - so every $25 gift card ends up being 100 points. )

I've been trying to do a better job of planning our menu and making things from scratch.  I'll be honest - I got the menu thing down, but the scratch cooking is another issue.  I know it will be so much healthier for us, it's just a matter of putting my mind to it and doing it.  Tomorrow I'm going to work on muffins for the freezer for quick breakfasts.  I'm also being more conscious of using our leftovers up.  If I don't think we're going to eat them right away I stick them in the freezer for later.  I don't know what it is about winter, but I always get the urge to cut costs and live more frugally in the winter.  (If only I could keep it up the rest of the year!)

So that's what's going on in my world.  What's new with you?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Blog Slacker

I know I've been a bit of a blog slacker lately.  I've been caught up in living life - the day to day stuff.  I've written many posts - in my head in the car or in bed or the shower.  But they never seem to make it to the actual computer.

There's not really anything new going on in my life, just the same day to day and that's okay.  I'm reading "Mended" by Angie Smith right now and it's a thought changer.  I'll have to post more about it later, but it certainly has made me step back at times and examine my life.

We seem to be settled in at our new church.  We're finding our place.  Most Sunday's there's still a bit of argument from WeeMan.  He misses his old church and the toys.  But once he's in class he settles down and has fun.  I like that he is having class and not just playing at the new church.

I've been staying busy at work.  I'm settled into second grade.  At first I missed fourth grade and my big kids, but I think I've found my place.  Our grade level team works well together and we fit. My kiddos are a mixed bag.  Some of them are so needy it breaks my heart daily, but even on the worst day - I enjoy them.  In fact my class this year has helped to change some of my perspective on WeeMan's future.  I've often looked at him and looked at my class and thought I wanted to home school or send him to a Christian school, but I've come to realize this year - that the kids at my school need him and other kids like him to be examples and most importantly he needs them.  He needs to see them and love them and understand that he can be a light.  That's what I want for him - not to be raised in a sheltered place where he never has to see the darkness - I want him to see the darkness and to shine in it. (Does that sound weird? I'm not sure how to say what I mean, so I hope I am getting it across)

So that's what's going on here.  Life as normal such as it is.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Small Things

I've been home for the past two days.  My WeeMan has bronchitis.  While my mommy heart hates to see him sick, I've enjoyed these extra days home with him.  I've caught up on cuddles, laundry, cleaning, and organizing.  I've even done a few small projects that I'm super happy with.  

I painted this Goodwill find a sunny yellow - it was a bright red. Then I decided to hang it nice and low in the kitchen to display my vintage garage sale aprons.  I love to wear a pretty apron while I cook.  

WeeMan was on the road to recovery and getting antsy today so we baked some yummy monster cookies together.  (He was confused and kept asking where the monster was though!) I didn't have M&Ms so we used dried cranberries and chocolate chips and they are divine!  

I'm also enjoying the last of my pretty yellow roses.  Pretty sure I won't be seeing anymore of these until next summer now, but they were a nice surprise so late in the season.

I'm thankful we were able to get into the doctor yesterday and get an antibiotic and some cough medicine.  Poor little guy hadn't had a solid night's sleep since Thursday - yep that means mama hadn't either.  Last night he took one dose of the cough medicine and slept until 9 this morning.  I know his little body needed the rest.

Finally a peek at Hubby's Sunday project.  I've been working on WeeMan's bathroom a piece at a time (you can tell I still need to repaint- see that old wallpaper peaking through)  Hubby used some spigot heads we found in the basement and an old piece of board he found in the garage and WeeMan has a new towel rack.  Just what I had pictured and all for the cost of a few screws to hold the spigot heads on. 

So I'm counting all my blessings today and surprise days off!

Sick days with my WeeMan
A Hubby that doesn't question his wife's weird projects
Medicine that heals
Surprise roses late in the season
Small projects finished up