Monster trucks and a Hot Red Car 1.28.17 – 1.31.17

So, we are all into monster trucks in our family, so we always try and go see them when they get close enough. Usually the New Orleans show is big enough for them to do tricks, so that’s where we go. 

I feel like I need to add- I use credit cards for everything- like, everything- and I collect points. I use those points for our trips like these. We didn’t pay for our hotel room. It was points. All we had to pay was parking. And we usually get some perks for being a card member- like upgraded rooms to the top floor. 

We were right by the Superdome, so we walked there. And I was able to squeeze our whole group in a picture!

And we were all rooting for somebody. Judah was for Grave Digger, Lucy for ScoobyDoo because a girl drives that truck, Wes was for MaxD and I was for El Toro Loco. 

This is me and Lucy trash talking. She loves the shows more than Judah at times I think. 

And the show wasn’t as good as last years show, but we all had fun. 

Then… we had our own little adventure. Wes found a car her wanted in Houston. So his plan was- hitch a ride to his Dad’s, let them watch the kids, we fly to Houston, pick up the car and head home. 

And so that’s what we did. 

It worked really well because we didn’t have to take 2 vehicles to New Orleans. Wes’ dad picked us up from New Orleans on Sunday, and brought us back to the air port on Monday. 

We’ve never flown anywhere together. This was our first flight. And- you remember our free hotel room? Yep. Free plane tickets too. 

And we were in Houston in about an hour. 

We got an Uber ride from the airport to south Houston, or Sugar Land. Met up with the guy about 5 minutes after we got out off the Uber ride. Test drove, signed the title, paid him, and we were out. 

With or very shiny, very RED, car. 

We were back in Thibodaux by 6:30 that night. We were gone 12 hours. Then we crashed because we were so exhausted, and headed home the next morning. 

Judah liked riding in style, don’t let him fool you. The kids love the car. It has color change lights and they love that. Judah loves that it’s red. 

And then we got back to normal life. 

I’ve started helping a dear friend with her work. She teaches other people’s kids, she homeschools them and I’m helping her with Art and Science. So that’s been an interesting change. I haven’t really had to “go to work” in a long time. But I get to bring my kids and I teach them there and she helps me with them too, so it works out really well. 

Well, we are off to start our day. Hopefully you’ve been enjoying this beautiful week! Thank you south Mississippi for your winters! Haha!

Just Days 1.19.17 – 1.27.17

Not much to report here… Just school and wintery/summery days. This January has been mild – and I don’t mind at all. Given our AC is still not performing at 100% – we don’t have consistent heat when it gets very cold. So, it hasn’t been that much of an issue for us.

So, here’s some pictures. Judah loves salad. And asks for it on a regular basis.

Lucy’s still drawing. I liked this one of the “Which” from Snow White and the seven “Dwerfs” haha!

We had a Barbie party too. I’m trying my hardest to play some each day. It’s not always easy to. Which sounds awful. But when I know what all I “need” to get done in my house and life, but I realize that my time with her is limited. She won’t be asking me to play barbies much longer. So, I pause on the clothes or the sweeping and we play.

We got rid of a few of our chickens. We were having an issue. See our little rooster?

He’s in the upper right of the picture. Trying to stay away from our older rooster. The older rooster was constantly chasing him and some of our older hens were constantly pecking our smaller birds. So, out with the old (and the new roo) and now our flock is getting along a lot better.

Then… We sold Wes’ motorcycle. It wasn’t something he was using. He likes riding, even still, but with the terrible drivers everywhere… It’s not worth it. He said every time he rode, he’d pass people on the highway, staring at their phones. It made me nervous. I don’t doubt his ability to drive, but I do doubt distracted cell-obsessed folks who aren’t paying attention to a man on a bike.

Judah wasn’t pleased.

But then he got some cake and he perked up.

And the kids begged us to go fishing.

And they did good!

And then they stopped biting. And so we sat and watched the water.

I know how blessed I am and I am so grateful that God allows both of us to be home most of the day. Our kids see both of us, more than most kids see their parents. There are only a few hours out of the week that I’m not with my kids most weeks. Maybe one night they stay with their Mawmaw, which is a great break for me and she loves getting them.

And the same applies to Wes. He’s home with us. And I know that most families with a stay at home mom, the dad is gone 40-60 hours a week. And I know most families the mom and dad are gone 40-60 hours a week… And I’m so so grateful that I don’t have to be away from these growing kids.

I saw Lucy call her Aunt Christy last night. She was sitting indian style on the bed, with the phone to her ear. Yes, I had to help her find the phone button, and I had to help her put it to her ear right. But everything else? The way she looked around when listening to Christy talk, the way she moved her hand when she was talking to her. Her glances at me while I teared up at my 6 year old going-on-15 year old… She looked so grown and I realized that I’m going to blink and these days will be over.

So… That’s a lot of the reason whey I’m blogging less, I’m facebook-ing less, I’m putting my phone down and I’m trying to enjoy this family of mine while we are able to be together throughout these days.

I hope that you take advantage of every moment with your family that you can. I know that I don’t always, but I’m trying. I’m trying to put folding laundry below the need of playing barbies or setting up monster truck ramps. I want to make sure I play with them while they still want to play.

Ok. I’m off to spend a weekend with my family. Playing, enjoying each other, and just making the most of this time that we have together.

Inappropriate January 1.10.17 – 1.18.17

I’ve been spending more time in the real world and it’s been nice. I set myself a goal to run more (12 miles a month, which is a low goal, I know.) I’ve been doing good so far. I’m over half way there already and I’ve got 13 days to go. So, I’m doing pretty good so far. Hopefully I can stay motivated.

Secondly, I saw a picture of myself the other day. A friend took a snapshot and I realized that I had put on a little weight. Now, I know that I’m not fat. But I do know that I’m bigger now than I have ever been. So, I’m watching what I eat and I’m paying attention to my calories again. It’s not much fun, but I’ll be glad to be back into my clothes.

The other day Judah was dressed so cute and I had this sweater vest that I bought when he was a wee-baby. I asked him to put it on and take a picture.

He did not like the vest.

Then we went to eat with my family. I do believe my kids are loved.

And then I had a day where I just flat out felt the devil attacking me. Mentally, physically. Just charging at me full speed. And I finally (around lunch) started charging back and I took my day back.

He had stolen my morning with thoughts and pressings and I wouldn’t let him steal anymore of it.

I ended the day playing with these two monkeys and we had a blast.

And then a sweet friend of mine invited me and another friend to dinner. We went and ate together and had a good time, then came back to my house to… do math.

We are all homeschooling moms and I subtract “funny” as everyone says. So we tried to combine our powers as teachers and figure out how it works.

I don’t think we did. But we had fun laughing at the differences.

And then – to update you on our Air Conditioning unit… The heart of the machine is dead… Caput. Over. Finished.

So we have to replace that one part (around $1000) or the whole machine ($3800). So.. Yay. We are getting lots of quotes by different people to see what they say. Gotta check it all out. It’s still working currently, but just not real well.

And when it rains it pours right?

Yep. Our toilet leaked. And must have been leaking for a couple of weeks, because our floor was very wet. It soaked up through all the wood so we are currently keeping a fan on it and a heater on it to help the wood dry so we can get our toilet back and then repaint the floor.

Pro: This fix will be the cost of a toilet seal ring (like $8) and floor paint. I wanted to repaint the floor anyway, and so now we have to do it.

So.. That’s what’s been going on with us. Hopefully your house isn’t going bonkers like ours is (it’s just the devil and he’s not going to win. He’s grasping at straws at this point.)

I’m off to start the day!

Dreary January catch-up 1.3.17 – 1.9.17

Did you all thaw out? Not yet? That’s alright. Today will be warm. Finally. 

Our power bill from November to December more than doubled (went up like $190) which was cause for concern since that seemed a little extravagant. Also- our biggest use days we weren’t even home! 

They sent a guy out and he checked some stuff and basically- our AC unit is pulling the right amount of power- but is not pushing out any extra heat. 

The air that was coming out in our home he said was supposed to be ~105+. It was 87. And we were using the power to push out 105. It looked like in paper that our house would be 78 degrees all the time. (DEF not so).

Well- the coldness and ice basically killed it. When it gets below 30- our heat doesn’t do anything. So we shut it off- ran space heaters and kept a fire going through the whole dreary thing. 

Our AC is supposed to be getting checked today and hopefully it’ll be nice and toasty for the next cold spell. (If we even have one!)

I snapped this at church Wednesday night. The kids play hard and make a big mess, and then our kids leader, Samuel, makes them clean. And they love the cleaning part. They argue over who gets to vacuum. Tonight- Judah got to. 

And Lucy and I have been playing with our clay- and making little things. (The chapstick is real, just for size reference). 

And just wanted to show proof what I have to brush out every single day. 

Every. Single. Day. 

We had planned on donating her hair- but then I started looking into the companies. And a lot of them are not fully honest about what they do with the hair. I decided that I’m not going to chop off her hair to send to a company that may or may not use it for that purpose and instead sell it for a few bucks. 

Also- her hair was fine and brittle, and super tangly. It was also lighter at the ends which made me believe it would be in the toss stack. And it’s precious to me and to her and I don’t really want it sold for $3 to Malaysia. No offense. 

So we trimmed it some and it looks much better. 

Anywhoo. Off to do some school! 

32nd Birthday 1.2.17

I awoke on my 32nd birthday to lots of little surprises. The first, from my husband. 

Still curious as to who is #1 in humor at or house…

And Lucy… my dear sweet child. She carried around a clipboard all day and would randomly ask me how to spell things, (like decorations) but wouldn’t let me see what was on her list. 

Then the kids and Wes went to Walmart for a super secret reason…

He called me and told me that she showed him her list, and on it at the bottom was customers. When he asked her what she meant- she said, “people to come to the party, Daddy!”

Once they got home I hopped in the shower to give them some time- and I came out to a big surprise party- put together almost entirely by my 6 year old. 

She’s so excited she’s blurry. 

And instead of bringing more sweets in my house- we used a gift from my sweet friend Ms.Sam- the best brownies ever made. 

The kids picked out gifts for me at Walmart. Judah got me a box of whoppers – then proceeded to ask if I’d share them. 

Lucy got me stickers for my guitar or “whatever” and I had to get a picture of her list. 

Her list reads:

  • 🎸 (guitar stickers)
  • Decorations
  • Party hats
  • Brownes (brownies)
  • Wallmart (she wrote it bc they were there)
  • Costoners (customers)
  • Boloons (balloons)
  • Candy
  • Card

It was the sweetest thing. And I make a lot of lists and notes and she did just like me. ☺️

And then, after a super yucky dreary day- the sun showed up long enough for a beautiful sunset. I used an old favorite app- which allows you to adjust everything in the camera (shutter speed, iso, etc)- and got this picture. 

Thank you Jesus for the gift 😊

And finally- my bullet journal spread for January 1st and 2nd. My sermon notes and my birthday recap. 

Loving my Polaroid camera, too!

Here’s to 2017 and 32!

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