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He Said, She Said: Father’s Day

Setting the Scene: Matt and Maia were debating Father’s Day. Maia insisted that she already gave him a gift- the gift of being her father. Matt countered with the argument that he created her so he gave her the gift of life. And that’s where I got involved.

She Said: Hold up there, sir. I believe I did all the hard work to give her life.

He Said: Technically my chromosomes gave her life.

She Said: Hmmm….technically my uterus grew her and my vagina shot her out into the world.

He Said: But without my seed she wouldn’t exist.

She Said: And without my egg your seed would just be useless. 

He Said: It’s like the chicken and the egg debate.

She Said: Let’s just be honest. Your part took a minute. Mine took 9 months. I did the hard work.

He Said: But it all started with me. I’m like Jesus.

She Said: So what does that make me?

He Said: Shesus?

She Said: You’re done talking now.

The End.



Weekly Book Club {6.20.18}

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I have a big backlog of books to share so I’m excited to get back into doing my weekly book club posts! I can’t even remember when I carved out time to read but I somehow managed! Both of these were ebooks that I borrowed from my library’s overdrive collection. 

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Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline– Christine Nilsson and her husband, Marcus, are desperate for a baby. Unable to conceive, they find themselves facing a difficult choice they had never anticipated. After many appointments with specialists, endless research, and countless conversations, they make the decision to use a donor. Two months pass and Christine is happily pregnant. but one day, she is shocked to see a young blond man on the TV news being arrested for a series of brutal murders-and the blond man bears an undeniable and uncanny resemblance to her donor. Delving deeper to uncover the truth, Christine must confront a terrifying reality and face her worst fears. Riveting and fast-paced, with the depth of emotionality that has garnered Lisa Scottoline legions of fans, Most Wanted poses an ethical and moral dilemma: What would you do if the biological father of your unborn child was a killer?

My Rating: 4 Stars

I really enjoyed this story! It was different and unique and written very well. The storyline was paced well and characters were dynamic. I wasn’t sure how it would all turn out so it kept my interest really well. I think I finished this one in less than a day!

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Look For Me by Lisa Gardner– The home of a family of five is now a crime scene: four of them savagely murdered, one—a sixteen-year-old girl—missing. Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister? Detective D. D. Warren is on the case—but so is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane. Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, whether as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, Look for me.

My Rating: 4 Stars

I love this series! This is book 9 in the Detective D.D. Warren. I have not read all of them and the ones I have read were out of order. But none of them disappointed! The stories are always fast paced, interesting, and unique. One of the main characters in this book, Flora Dane, is a character from a past book. I didn’t read the previous one and it didn’t detract from this book at all. But I’m definitely going to read it now because her story sounds amazing! Highly recommend this series!



Life Lately: New House & Moving Week

Our house sale was scheduled to close on May 10 but we had to sign the lease on the rental house on April 27. So we decided to spend the first week of May moving into the new house. I scheduled movers to come on May 5 to do all the furniture because I’m old and don’t want to move furniture anymore. ha! 

The new house:

We spent the whole week taking loads of stuff to the new house. Back and forth. There was literally no time for anything else. I cooked nothing because everything was packed. We ate fast food all week. The kids were in heaven. I had constant heartburn and gained 8 pounds. Awesome. 

You know you’re moving to the country when…..you can’t identify the giant farm machinery driving in front of you. Mason said it was a transformer and I tend to agree. 

I literally grabbed all the clothes out of my closet still on the hangers and just took them to the new house. The only clothes packed were the things I shoved into garbage bags when staging the house. 

More trips to fast food. I don’t even want to think about how much money we spent eating out. But it had to be that way. The weekend we got the keys to the new house was busy. We scheduled the cable and internet installation for the Sunday so we ended up at the house sitting in camping chairs while they installed the services. Then we hit McD’s, Sam’s Club, and Dunkin Donuts with the kids (and our bonus child who is Maia’s best friend). 

Watching them tell Matt how to hold the camera to get the best angle was hilarious. Poor Matt. He has no clue what to do with teen girls. 

It was such a nightmare getting the kitchen stuff over to the new house. I used these big reusable tubs to haul stuff so we didn’t have 1000 boxes everywhere. But that meant the kitchen looked like this after I unloaded. It took me 3 hours to get it all put away and situated. 

We knew we were going to fence the yard before we moved in so the dogs weren’t stuck inside. So we went to Lowe’s and bought all the fence material in 2 different trips because I should never be allowed to measure anything ever again. It was a great decision though and took so much stress off our shoulders during move in weekend!

Tyler had some of his football teammates come help us on moving day. We hired movers to do the furniture but these guys (and 5 more not pictured) hauled everything out of the attic and shed and garage for us. They took loads to Goodwill and to the trash. They were so helpful!

  



Our Summer 2018 Plans

We are a couple of weeks into our summer break and we’ve enjoyed every single second. I meant to write a post about our summer plans a few weeks ago but…well, moving. That’s pretty much my excuse for everything these days. Moving pretty much sucked all the energy and mojo right out of me for months. This summer is going to be different than summers of the past. We don’t have a neighborhood pool this year, which has comprised about 90% of all summer activities in the last 12 years. I was worried about how the kids would react to not having a pool but they actually didn’t mind. Typically by the third week of summer they’ve grown bored of the pool. Most of their friends had already moved from our old neighborhood so it just wasn’t as fun anymore. This year we’ve had to brainstorm other fun things to do and they had lots of great ideas!

Adventures and Fun for Summer 2018:

*Beach Trip
*Go bowling
*Go swimming at the lake
*Play mini golf
*Go to the waterpark
*Go to the spraygrounds
*Midnight Glo-stick hot tub swim
*Go to Carowinds
*See an outdoor movie
*Camp out in the backyard
*Enjoy Pelicans Snoballs
*Go to the zoo
*Go on a waterfall hike
*Have an ice cream sundae bar
*Go to the library
*Glo-stick night trampoline jumping
*Family Game Night
*Go to the aquarium
*Go to the children’s museum
*Enjoy the ice cream truck
*Go to the movies (we want to see Incredibles 2, Hotel Transylvania 3, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Skyscraper, and maybe the Teen Titans movie)
*Host a water balloon dodgeball game
*Have a midnight movie marathon party
*Have a picnic in the park
*Host a World Cup viewing party

To make up for the lack of a neighborhood pool we’ve decked out our bonus room and backyard with fun stuff. We added an air hockey table, table tennis set, and basketball arcade game to the bonus room. Matt wants to add a pool table to the front room and I’m dying for a skeeball game. Basically we’re just old teenagers. We bought a trampoline and a portable hot tub for the backyard and the kids are loving it! I have some personal goals for summer as well.

My Goals:

*Read at least 10 books (hopefully more)
*Finish Zoey’s room
*Finish Maliah’s room
*Finish Mason’s room
*Finish the master bedroom
*Finish bonus room (create art center and finish tv area)
*Decide on what to do with the formal living and dining rooms (hint: neither will be used for formal rooms)
*Sell all the kids outgrown uniforms
*Go on at least 4 date nights

It’s going to be a great summer!



Five Things Friday {6.15.18}

1. Tyler and Maia recently had their sports physicals and both failed. Sigh. And not for the reasons one might expect. I would assume Tyler failed because of repeated concussions. Nope. He failed because the nurse heard a heart murmur and sent him for an EKG. So now we’re in a holding pattern waiting for his EKG to be read by a cardiologist. Maia failed because she has a lingering foot injury that needed further evaluation. They were both so bummed that I treated them to Chick-fil-a afterwards. 

Maia had her follow up this week for her foot. Thankfully it’s not a break. But it is a severe high ankle sprain with a moderate foot sprain and mild ligament damage. So she’s in an ASO brace for the rest of summer and doing rehab twice a week. Hopefully she’ll be fully healed and ready by the time cross country starts at the end of summer. 

2. We’ve been working some on our backyard this week too. We enlarged the fenced area to give not only us but the dogs more space to run. We might actually enlarge it some more soon. But for now it works. We love this no dig fence from Lowe’s Home Improvement. Easy to install and sturdy enough to stand up to the dogs. 

My hillbilly hot tub was delivered and I got it set up this last week. It’s not as janky as I was fearing. It’s actually really well made. It’s filled and fully heated now so I can’t wait to take my first dip! 

I snagged a Badminton set for the kids on sale a couple of weeks ago and we finally got it set up for them. They have spent hours outside playing Badminton! Our backyard is fully in the shade by about 3pm and we get a fabulous breeze all the time so they’ve been outside a lot. Best part? No trees means no mosquitoes! 

Another thing I snagged on sale was a full size hammock with stand, blanket, pillow, and cupholder! It ended up only being $69 with free ship on Kohl’s! I’ve wanted a hammock for so long but never bothered to get one because I knew I wouldn’t use it with all the dang mosquitoes at the other house. Now I can enjoy it!

We’ve been enjoying the backyard so much that I haven’t cooked in a week! We’ve grilled every single night and I love it! Last night we did chicken skewers and Zucchini boats. Delicious!

3. Tyler has been bugging me for a year to let him get his ears pierced. I always put it off because of football and basketball and training camps, etc. I finally caved this week and took him. Now, I could have taken him to the tattoo place and had it done but it was much more fun (for me) to make him go to Claire’s to get it done. HAHAHAHA! It was awesome. The best part was the unicorn sign over his head. Of course, he didn’t even flinch and even asked the lady when she was going to start. She laughed and told him he was all done. 

The girls came along too. Zoey because she wanted me to buy her stuff. And Maia because she wanted to video Tyler just in case he shed a tear. He did not. But they had fun anyway. And I took 2 more pictures of them to add to the big ball collection. 

4. I broke down and bought a Ninja Coffee Bar this week. I’ve been unhappy with the Keurig for a long time but I was trying to hold out until the stupid thing broke. But it would not die! Then my ENT recommended I get rid of it because I tested positive for mold spores which he thinks are contributing to my constant sinus infections. Considering how many times I’ve cleaned a spot of mold out of the Keurig I feel confident that it’s a source. So it went into the trash immediately and I replaced it with this beauty. So far I’ve made both hot and iced coffee and it’s delicious and easy! I wish I hadn’t waited so long!

5. Zoey’s best friend came up to spend the day with us this week and brought her mommy along to (who happens to be one of my best friends). So we took the kids to the amazing park down the road from us and let them play on the playground and then walked along the Greenway for awhile. It was so much fun and so nice to spend the day with friends!