Vacation Highlights

Last week I took a vacation from being on vacation the previous week. 🙂 Isn’t that how it works sometimes? I did the minimum I had to do as a mom. I did catch up on laundry. I did not do much work on the computer though. Hubby had to go back to work but he said it was a relaxed week for him, if that’s possible truck driving. 🙂

Our vacation was going to Charleston SC to see the oldest son’s family. They recently had a beautiful little boy named Jayce. 🙂 We needed to see that precious baby. 🙂 Oh, and the son and his wife too. 🙂

Our other two sons and daughter joined us on the long road trip. 🙂 Thank goodness for portable DVD player! They stayed busy watching movies. When you have tall kids and a hubby over 6 feet tall, many breaks were taken. I’m short, but I enjoyed the stretching of the legs too. 🙂

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This is the recap of the fun week:

  • SaturdayBegan the trip. Stayed in TN. TN is a beautiful state. Definitely need a trip out there someday to sightsee. It had the most winding road through the mountains. The cars don’t slow down. Nerves galore!
  • SundayReached Shay’s place. Played with the new baby. 🙂 Nice apartment complex. Beautiful area. Too much traffic for me. Roads were 5 lanes or more. Ugh.
  • MondayBeach Day! 🙂 Hubby sadly had a migraine, he stayed back. Shay, Adric, and Farra in Shay’s car. Maniac driver! Cassie, Jessup, baby, and me in Cassie’s car. They lost us! But we got a better parking spot by the beach, speed doesn’t always win. 🙂 Beach was great! Put up a tent for Cassie and baby Jayce. Wind was a bit of a challenge. Found lots of seashells. Shay had never ate down there so we decided to walk around the beach town. Adorable shops, good thing I was on a budget, no shopping for me. We ate at Washout! Live music was terrific.  Baby Jayce slept through it.  I had a salmon BLT, it was awesome! We had some ice cream afterwards. I switched places with Farra. She said no more riding with brother Shay. He was a little better with me but it still was scary. Dang sports car! 🙂
  • TuesdayWe went sightseeing! This time the two younger boys didn’t want to go so they stayed at Shay’s. We saw the aquarium, walked through the Ft. Sumter museum, and then walked downtown Charleston. It was cool to see the old buildings. Loved it! Found a place to eat called Sticky Fingers. Yummy BBQ food. Hubby and I shared a plate. 🙂 After we ate back to the apartment. Chilled. Played with baby Jayce. Cassie made Don a cake for his birthday, yummy. Great day.
  • Wednesday – Chill day. Kids found out they got their apartment in Virginia. We had pizza delivery and began packing up stuff in the U-Haul. More cuddles with baby Jayce. 🙂
  • ThursdayPut the final things in the U-Haul. Shay and Jessup went ahead to get to the apartment complex office before it closed for some final paperwork. Don, the truck driver, drove the U-Haul. So, that left me to drive our car, oh boy, city traffic. Farra rode with me. Cassie, Adric, and baby Jayce in Cassie’s car. Oh, forgot, Farra and I had the ferrets in our car. The escape artists almost got out on us. LOL Cassie had the lizard. Yes they love pets of the different kind. LOL. We ate at Outback Steakhouse when we got to Virginia. Yummy. 
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  • Friday – Unloaded the kids at their new apartment. The city seems nice. I’d drive there, 2 lane roads. 🙂 Apartment is pretty nice, entryway could use an update. Sad we had to leave after unloading them. So sad. I need to win the lottery so we can visit more. We headed on our journey back home. Stayed in hotel in Kentucky.
  • SaturdayMore driving. Missing the kids. The other 3 slept most of the ride home. Arrived home around 8pm. Good to be home.

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All in all, great week! 🙂 Miss them 3 though. 🙂

Time is Flying!

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A fun image to the blog post. 🙂

I stayed up late last night, like tonight, and went through a few CD’s of digital pictures. It was fun reliving the memories. It is hard to believe how fast time goes by. I think this year is flown by already. I remember as a kid, thinking boy time is slow, and then adults saying wait until you begin to be an adult. Boy, they weren’t kidding.

I took the middle son to get his driving permit today. He passed! Now, the fun of teaching him. I’ve been putting that off because it’s a scary thought. LOL  Mostly, because of how crazy other drivers drive. When the other two kids learned we were in a very small town so it was not as nerve wrecking as being in the bigger city. I could not even imagine teaching somewhere as big as Kansas City, etc.

I held off on the middle son, he is almost 16, because I felt he wasn’t ready. He did have a couple not so good grades so I wanted him to get those up first. He was pretty excited when he passed, grinning ear to ear.  🙂

The youngest son keeps harping to get his, which he will end up with a year before middle son. I have to admit the youngest scares the heck out of me, he likes speed. LOL He does get good grades so I imagine within the next month we will let him get his permit. He will be 15 in a few months. Crazy to have two at once learning. At least the two older ones there was a nice three-year gap between them.  🙂

I hope I can be relaxed and not let my back seat driving come out during all this. LOL

I actually got my permit at 14 and took driver’s education. It was fun and cheap back then. I learned a bit before I was legal too. Don’t tell anyone.  😉

Growing up in a small town has its advantages when you have friends who are farmer kids. Many times we would go out on country roads and they would teach me how to drive. I even learned with a stick shift, but I do suck at those. I kill it a lot.  🙂

Memories are grand!  🙂

Do you have any fun stories from learning to drive?

 

Instructions…What Are Those?

Last night I decided to make breakfast for supper. I had not done that in a while and wanted to use up some items. I had bought this neat little pancake flipper thingy and decided to finally use it. Do you ever do that, buy something and forget to use it? 😉

Well, I did not read the instructions. Why it looked simple enough. Ya about that.

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There is a fill line to follow. Duh. Needless to say the picture above is what happened. LOL

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One big giant pancake with a lightly toasted appeal, as my boys tease me.  🙂

Mom win!

I did eat it. Didn’t taste bad just looked awful. LOL….Lots of syrup and butter! 😉

Now, next time I hope my memory doesn’t fail me and I do it correctly.

Any mom wins out there by you?

Have a great day! Baseball games tonight for me! 🙂

Blog Anniversary!

Yay me! Five years!

I’m not quite where I would like to be with this blog but I do enjoy having it. I wouldn’t change having it. Some months I do good with writing a lot and other months time speeds by.  🙂

I am very thankful for those of you that take the time to read and comment.  🙂

I hope to have many more year anniversaries.  🙂

This past week was pretty busy with end of school stuff for the boys. It was nice to not get up at an early hour this morning. The youngest son was up early. The middle son slept in a bit but that was because he was up late.

Going to have to figure out a regular schedule there. I don’t want them staying up every night late during the summer, makes for a rough school start.

Now, both the younger two kids will be in high school this Fall.

Time is flying by.

The oldest kid has been out of high school for eight years this month and the oldest son has been out for five years. And to make things ancient I have been out for 28 years! Yikes!

The oldest kid, daughter, moved out this month. She had been staying with us for about ten months. It was fun. She wasn’t always here so not like I saw her all the time, but it was nice getting more time with her than if she was living elsewhere.  🙂

But, she is only about twenty minutes away in her new apartment.  🙂

The oldest son, celebrated his 23rd birthday yesterday! Does not seem possible. He is really far away and waiting to go on his first ship for the Navy!

Exciting news,  him and his wife are about to have our first grand baby.  🙂  The due date is on our wedding anniversary! How exciting!

Sad part is it would have been our third grand baby but the daughter had two that didn’t survive.  😦  But she is excited to be an Aunt! 🙂

I hope we can go see him before he ships out but that thing called money tends to get in the way.  😦

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Memorial Weekend! 🙂

Thanks again for reading my blog! 🙂

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Morning Sunshine

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I was in the mood for eggs this morning. 🙂 I’m usually terrible with fried eggs but this time I did not break the yoke. I wasn’t impatient for once. 🙂

Breakfast reminds me of growing up living with my grandparents. Grandma always had breakfast for grandpa and I every morning. Sometimes cereal, eggs, pancakes (Sundays) etc. The point was we didn’t leave the house without eating and it was all three of us together. I always had orange juice and a vitamin with my breakfast. I rarely got sick. Maybe a cold once a year but a mild one. Grandma was organized and in charge.

I did not learn that lesson from her. My youngest son does eat cereal in the morning, most of the time. The middle son grabs a quick bite usually. Today I made him frozen waffles with peanut butter on it and a vitamin.  🙂

When the other two kids were growing up, breakfast stuff was available and sometimes they ate it on their own. Other times they would eat at school. Me, I was terrible when I was working, never gave myself enough time to grab something, so it was stuff at work. It usually was something not so healthy. Now, that I am at home, I eat way better.

Having a healthy breakfast in the morning is something I wish I had done better for all four kids and hubby. We still are fairly healthy, good genes, I guess. 🙂  It might not be all my fault, society as a whole is in such a hurry in the mornings that I think a lot of people grab quick stuff. It is the thing to do.

We do eat supper together and even when I worked. Sometimes it was late at night when everyone was home but we made a point majority of the time to eat together. Now and then one or more would be gone for something but I think we did pretty good.

We eat together at night now. The adult daughter living with us, most of the time eats with us, so that makes me happy. We don’t allow cellphones at the table either. 🙂 Probably once a week is make your own meal and that is at different times. I like a break from cooking plus it helps them to learn how to figure out a meal for themselves. Sometimes leftovers and other times quick meals.

One thing that is the same, there is a TV in view from the table, even growing up. It has not hampered any conversations believe it or not. We tend have some interesting ones while eating. Kids are rather comical. Good family time. 🙂

Do you eat together? How many meals?

—- growing up,

  • breakfast together
  • lunch when school was out
  • supper when grandma wasn’t working otherwise it was grandpa and I.

—- now,

  • breakfast on weekends half the time
  • lunch is on our own unless I switch the day’s meal to then and not supper
  • supper almost always.

Times change and not always for the better.

Can Teach An Old Bird New

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I learned how to do screenshots! LOL…yes, I did not know how. She told me how and the youngest son showed me. 🙂 Watch out family!

Just kidding………. maybe.

I started sending her animated gifs and she looked to see if she could. Who needs words to communicate? LOL  Too bad the animated part wouldn’t show up on the screenshot. 🙂

The more I think about it when the family and I text it is more emojis, abbreviated words, and now fun pictures. Who needs words! 🙂

I admit this is the reason I enjoy my phone. I could careless about the calling part or internet, etc. I like the fun texting and the camera! 🙂

What do you like about your phone? Or do you have one? Is that possible anymore?

Happy New Year You All

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Thank you all for following my blog! I value everyone of you! 🙂 I wish you lots of good health and happiness in 2017.

Reflecting on 2016:

It was good to me and to our family. No complaints. Though I didn’t accomplish what I wanted to on a professional level, I am happy with what I did. I think I have found the way to improve that for 2017. 🙂 Positively positive on that one! 🙂

I like to reflect more on the positives than dwell on the negatives. We all have those negatives but if we learn from them than they can be seen as more of a positive.

I think.

If we didn’t have negatives than life would be kind a boring, right? Just don’t want those really bad negatives, like death, and such.

Soooo, I like that word, soooo we had an eventful night last night. The oldest son married his soul mate. 🙂 They didn’t want anything fancy, in fact, they probably would have went to the judge if big sister hadn’t looked into becoming a minister to marry them. 🙂 She did a great job! 🙂

And being the artsy fartsy girls we are we also made some simple decorations. I think it turned out well. Other than the new daughter in law’s family lives far away, later down the road they are going to have a reception near her family. Road trip!

Gives us time to save! 🙂

It is what they wanted.

They know what they want, we can not make those choices for them. I wish them lots of good health, happiness, and many years of wedded bliss! 🙂

Forgive some of the blurriness, for some reason I move the camera when I take pictures now. I think I am going to have to set it on sports action all the time. LOL.

New Years Eve Agenda:

Our fun for the night is staying in. Hubby and I did purchase some beer. We laughed because we bought the beer with the cute cans and not the quantity package. LOL. We were like, oh, what can we create with those after they are empty! I’ve rubbed off on him. LOL

Cheers, stay safe, and be happy!