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Life Lately {January 2016}


Just a little bit late on my January Life Lately post. It was a busy month! Life just doesn’t seem to slow down at all around here these days.

Maia finally saved up enough money to buy her camera. She’s been saving for about 6 months and the money she got for her birthday in November and then Christmas finally put her over the top. She’s been taking tons of pictures and she’s really very good.

Wood flooring was delivered to install in the living room, Ty’s bedroom and the upstairs hallway. The leak in the window in our living room was the catalyst for this particular home improvement project. 

The leak in the master bathroom led to the ceiling falling through in the garage so the water remediation company had to come in and cut out all the wet drywall. It took over a week for the big fans to fully dry out this area. I’m starting to think our house hates us. 

Our washer finally died so I went ahead and replaced the dryer too so I could have a matching set. The plus side is that now that I don’t have front loaders I could finally put up the bifold doors again. I love my new washer- I got the biggest size I could fit in the laundry closet and what used to take 3 loads can now be done in 1!

And of course, nothing can be easy in our house. Turns out the floor in the living room and Tyler’s room is uneven. Very very uneven. It cost a whole lot of money to fix the issue before they could even start laying the wood flooring. Can you hear my checking account crying?

Mase had basketball pictures done. Ty declined to participate in such lunacy. Teenagers. Of course, they scheduled picture day at 9am on Saturday at a school across town from the school where they had a game to play at 9:30. Why do they do this to us? That’s way too much stress on a Saturday morning.

Biggest and littlest. Almost 10 years apart in age and he’s still her favorite. She’d follow him everywhere if she could. He’s amazingly tolerant for a 15 year old. 

Mase has become quite the free throw shooter this year. He’s 16 for 17 this season and doesn’t even get nervous anymore. He’s really enjoying basketball and I’m hoping he wants to play again next year.

This boy started the driving portion of Drivers Ed. I’m terrified. But his instructor said he’s great. He said Ty was in the top 3 out of 2800 students this year. That’s good to hear. But I still don’t want to ride with him. Ha!

We had our first snowfall of 2016. We got about 5 inches of snow and quite a bit of ice. The kids missed 3 days of school and ended up with a 5 day weekend. It was fun. It was more fun to watch them play outside from in front of the fire. I’m a girl like that.

All 3 pups had a great time in the snow. They ran, pounced, rolled, tackled each other, and ate a whole lot of snow. We had a great time watching them. Poor Bailey was so demoralized because I tried to make him wear a sweater. I think the puppies were laughing at him.

Then they came inside and all collapsed on one doggie bed and slept for hours all snuggled up together. 

Mase turned 8 during the snow storm. He had a great birthday celebration full of cupcakes, snowball fights, hot cocoa with marshmallows, pizza, Hotel Transylvania 2, and good friends. 

Teenagers versus garage lantern. Pretty sure the teenagers and the basketball won that battle. This house seems determined to drive us insane and everything wants to break at one time. 

January was really busy but so far February hasn’t been any calmer. Maybe March?


Life Lately {December 2015}


I’m a little late on this Life Lately post for December but with the stuff going on in our house over the last few weeks it’s a miracle that this post is even happening. 

I finally decided to buy the tree I’ve been wanting for years for the family room. I’ve wanted a white tree with brightly colored ornaments in there ever since I redecorated in 2013. I’m so glad I did it because I love it. So many nights were spent sitting and staring at this tree while we watched TV.

Jingles the Elf made her reappearance and I’m a little concerned that she needs a 12 step program based on the number of times she fell off of a perch during the month of December. Poor little alcoholic elf.

We finally had a chance to celebrate Maia’s 11th birthday. She was sick on her actual birthday and then we were all sick for 2 weeks after her birthday. She wanted a girls day at the mall with my sister and me so we did that and it was so much fun. 

We had 3 basketball games for Mase in December. They lost 1 and won 2. He’s really enjoying playing and he’s pretty good. It’s been fun to watch the teams progression each week. The first game- nobody wanted to shoot the ball and everyone ran the opposite direction from the basket. By game 3 they were all ready to shoot the ball.

In early December we took all 3 youngest kids to see the pediatrician at the same time for well kid check ups. Our pediatrician is 2 hours away from us because he’s amazing and we didn’t want to switch when we moved 10 years ago. He’s family. So this year we combined 3 kids into one visit- Maia had her 11 year old check up and got her middle school shots, Mase had his 7 year check up (11 months late but who’s counting), and Zoey had her 5 year check up and Kindergarten physical with shots. Now we’re done until 2017!

We spent lots of time with cousin Jax in December. He and Zoey are best friends and they play so nicely together. Plus my sister and I get to hang out so it works out for all of us! The Chick-Fil-A is literally 1 minute away from us so that’s our favorite destination.

We also had 3 games for Ty in December. Having 2 boys playing is tiring this year. Ty practices for 2 hours 2x a week then has games on Friday night which are 40 minutes away from our house. Then Mase has practice on a different night and games early Saturday morning. That’s a whole lot of basketball.

We bought a new fridge. Actually we bought a new fridge, dishwasher, range, and microwave. I finally upgraded to stainless steel and I’m in love. There’s a whole saga about the installation that I’ll share tomorrow.

The kids had so much fun driving around the neighborhood and looking at Christmas lights. This house definitely wins an award…for what, I’m not sure. But definitely some kind of award. The kids thought it was amazing. I’m just glad that I’m not their neighbor.

We made delicious Santa Crunch Popcorn for family movie night. It was so yummy and I can’t wait to make it again! The kids loved it and so did I! 

72 degrees in the house in December without the heat on? Unheard of where I live. We actually had a string of days so hot that we had to turn on the air conditioning. In December. I’m fairly certain we’re going to pay for that in January and February. Mother Nature is taunting us.

My 4 kids ready for church on Christmas Eve. I had gorgeous coordinating sweaters for them to wear on Christmas Eve. Too bad it was 75 degrees outside so they couldn’t wear them. 

I just love Christmas. I love seeing the twinkling tree lights surrounded by presents on Christmas Eve. I swear I’m always as excited as the kids on Christmas morning. This is the last year that this tree will be in our living room. Next year I plan to have a really tall tree in there and this tree will go into the upstairs hallway. 

Christmas morning…the aftermath. Hours spent wrapping presents and it’s all over in 3 minutes. The kids had a great Christmas and everyone was really happy with their gifts. Cam and my parents did not join us this year because Cam is recovering from knee surgery.

We joined Sams Club finally. Now that we have a total of 3 fridge/freezers in our house plus the second pantry it just made sense to finally buy in bulk. The kids were enamored with the cafe and the free refills on fountain drinks (I don’t buy soda so they rarely have it). I was enamored with how much money I saved!

IKEA had Kids Eat Free for the last week of December which pretty much means we’re there. We can feed the whole family for less than $20! IKEA is only 10 minutes down the road from us so why not? Plus I got to wander around and pick out new furniture to replace the stuff I’m donating this week. 

And we rounded out December by taking all 3 pups to the vet at one time. That was….exciting. But better to get it all over with at once plus our vet gives us a 10% discount if we bring them all at once. That saved us $53 this time! Heck year for savings.

December was busy and January looks to be even busier. I’m counting down the days until summer break. Ha!