Friday, February 7, 2014


Today was the 100th day of school, and in honor of that everyone dressed up as 100 year old men and women.
Everyone except Rilyn.
She refused.
However, C.J was more than excited to dress up and wear the white beard I made him out of cotton balls.
Here he is, pre-beard.
Suspenders and all!
"You didn't make me one, did you?!" Rilyn gasped nervously referring to the beard I was making C.J.
"No." I said laughing, "only old men have beards., silly!"
"Nu-uh, Lubby has a beard!" said C.J, matter-of-actly.
"She only has a half of one!" argued Rilyn.
In case you are wondering, Lubby is their grandma.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Secret Spelling

To keep things we are talking about from little ears, Josh and I often spell things to each other.
Ever since our 6 year old, Rilyn,  has learned to read, she's been trying to do it too.
Last night she totally caught us off guard with her "secret spelling".

The kids were in the kitchen with me while I was cooking dinner.
Rilyn asked if she could make herself a drink.

She knows she is not allowed to have coke, or any soda for that matter, but apparently she wanted some and she didn't want the "little kids" to hear.

"Hey mom..." she whispered holding a 2 liter.

"Can I have some.... C-O-C-K?"

She is NEVER allowed to spell again.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

My Craft Closet Makeover for under $15!

Let's start at the beginning.
 After the fire when we were deciding whether to rebuild, try to fix it, or just buy a new house, I knew one thing for sure.
I had to have a place for my craft supplies.
Next we met with a contractor and in our design collaborations we had just enough room in our, what was suppose to a linen closet, for a craft closet!
This closet make over was done with less than $15!
I purchased all the items either at Dollar Tree or at various garage sales!
Some of the art work I either printed online for free or made it myself.
Below  are some before and after pictures!
Please keep in mind that I am NOT finished!
And its looks a bit bare because I have yet to replace all my craft stuff that was ruined in the fire.
However, stay tuned because I have some neat ideas for ribbon  and scrapbook paper storage!
Here is a before.
 Since, we only moved in about a  month ago, we have been using it for storage
until we had time to sort thru the boxes.
 Here are some candle holders I salvaged from the fire!
Nothing a little paint and Dollar Tree vase cant fix!

Here is the after of these!

I sure am happy with the progress on my mommy space!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


I have had enough bad luck this past six months to last a life time.
Lets recap, shall we?
In September, our house burned down.
With a a lot of push from us the insurance company finally totalled our home and paid us for the structure, however, we are still to this day waiting on our contents money. Boo!
In the midst of all the madness of our home burning down and the fight with the insurance company I was appliance shopping. I was steadily trying to buy what we could, while our home was being fixed, which lead me to a road trip to Houston to buy a refrigerator I found  "Super Awesome GREAT Deal" on.
Did I mention I was by myself.
And it was raining.
Oh, and don't let me forget the part where it FELL down in the back of my truck and put a GIANT dent ALL-THE-FRIGGIN-WAY-ACROSS-THE-FRONT-OF-IT.
Our neighbors caught someone trying to break into our house.
While the interior was a total wreck, most of the exterior of our house was fine, which apparently prompted some teens down the street to try to break in.
But thankfully our neighbors caught them and we contacted the Sheriffs department!
When we finally moved back into our house a couple weeks ago our heater quit working.
Luckily it was fixed easily and inexpensively.
Oh, then our brand new dishwasher broke.
Our adopted son's real father just got released from prison. And has demanded to see our son. Or hes threatened to come kidnap him.
So now we are having to apply for a protection order.
I still cant grasp how someone who was sentences for 36 years is out in FIVE!
And now our lovely refrigerator is not cooling.
Throw in a bad perm and three sick kids, all the while having to stay at my in laws because my mother-n-law fell and broke her back while cleaning up water because their house flooded, and that's where we are at, my friend.
Just call me the Lady of Luck.
Or not.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

6 going on 16

Rilyn, my oldest, most mature, super smart daughter is in kindergarten.
First of all let me just say, we have really been blessed with this sweet 6 year old.
She minds very well. NEVER gets in trouble in school, and has already mastered the kindergarten workbook so they have started her in the first grade work book
As you can tell I am very proud of  her.
I guess with all the good of being a super mature, smart, 6 year old, there has to be a bad.

I'm slowly realizing her bad.

Shes 6 going on 16!

I present to you Example #1:
 Friday, after school I noticed she had on different shoes.
They were noticeably different because they TOTALLY didn't match.
I sent her to school wearing a cute pair of plaid leggings and her black knee high boots.
She came home from school wearing her cute plaid leggings and a pair of bright pink shoes with multicolored butterflies on them.
"Where did you get those shoes from?" I asked her.
"My room."She answered, as-a-matter-o-factly.
"Well...I sent you to school in boots, how did you get those on?" I asked.
"I took them to school in my backpack and changed into them when I got to school."  She answered cheerfully.
I was sort of ....speechless.
I wasn't expecting this sort of behavior till at least 4th grade.
I wondered why she didn't just tell me she wanted to wear those shoes, I would of picked out an outfit that matched them, so I asked her.
"I don't know... I just decided to wear them, so I took them to school!" She answered.

Well...I guess that answers my question.

And now I present for you Example #2:

I saved the best for last.

My sister in law has recently started selling 'adult products'.

While at her house a few months ago,  she was trying to talk me into selling them too, and she gave me one of her samples, a small lip gloss like container with a label that read "Nipple Nibbler"  printed along side all her contact info.

Not thinking about it, I left it in my car.

One day, a few weeks back, while I was getting the kids ready for school, Rilyn pulls it out of her backpack and hands it to me.

"Here mom, heres your lip gloss back."

I gasp and before I could even speak she added " I took it to school yesterday, and me and all my friends were putting it on after lunch and it was WAY too tingly! We did NOT like it!"

"Where did you get this from!?" I managed to ask, still in complete shock!

"I found it in your car." She replied.

I just about had a heart attack.

I am so thankful her teacher did not catch her with it.

That would have been one super awkward phone conversation!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Fire.

I haven't posted lately mainly because we have been super busy. Not only due to the Holidays but on September 22, 2013 we had a major fire at our home.

I wont go into details right now  but it was literally a hot mess. The insurance company totalled our home. We have had it rebuilt and just moved into it 2 weeks ago. However, we are STILL waiting on the insurance company to pay us for our contents and because of this we have had to furnish our home our selves. Which, as I learned.... is expensive! So in an effort to hopefully speed up this process we have hired an attorney.
So that is where we are.
One of my goals this year is to keep up with this blog more. I use it as sort of a scrapbook for my kids. Every year I get the previous year printed in to a book.