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Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Happiest of Holidays

I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday.  We sure did.  The boys were so excited to finally be able to open their presents.  I was just excited to see the looks on their faces.

We still have a whole week to spend together, and we've got big plans.  The boys want to go ice skating, see Star Wars, and hang out with their cousins.  They are also going to have a sleepover at a friends house.

I have a feeling this week is going to fly by, but we're going to make the most of our time together.  I hope you are doing the same.


Sunday, December 20, 2015

It's Winter Break!

The boys are out of school for the next two weeks, and they can't be more excited!

We're hoping to see the new Star Wars movie and hang out with family.  They are--of course--looking forward to Christmas.  It's going to be an awesome time!

We started the break with a little snowmobiling.  These photos are from two weeks ago, but they show how much fun we have when riding.







Do you have any big plans?

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Books Make Awesome Presents

Are you still looking for the perfect gift for that special someone?  Why not give them a book?  It gives them the ability to visit new places and meet new people, all without having to leave the comfort and safety of their homes.  Plus, they are easy to wrap or slide nicely into a stocking.  And one size fits all!

If you want something really unique, why not get them a signed book?  I have a limited amount of The Ifs books for $15.00 for the set.  If you're interested, drop me a line (open to U.S. shipping only).  I can take Paypal payments.


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Christmas is Right Around the Corner!

Can you even believe it?  And with that comes the end of the year.  Wow!  Time has flown by so fast!

We are heading into the mountains today to get our Christmas tree.  This will be the second year in a row we've done that, and I'm looking forward to it being an awesome time.  I love getting out and spending time with my boys.

Here are some photos from last year's trip:




Have you decorated your house for the holidays yet?  What kinds of traditions do you and your family have?

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Happiest of Thanksgivings

I hope that you all had a wonderful and amazing Thanksgiving. I know we did. We got to spend time with family and friends, and we stuffed ourselves silly with fantastic food.

You know dinner is a success when 3/4 of the adults fall asleep afterwards.


Now, it’s only a short amount of time before Christmas gets here. The boys will have to endure a few long weeks of school, but time will fly by.

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year! Talk about time flying. I hope the rest of the year goes swimmingly for you. I’m thankful you’ve been part of this amazing journey with me!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Winter is Here


And you know what that means...SNOWMOBILING!

I've only been out once so far, but the boys have been twice, and all of us are heading out today to hit the snow.  We had some pretty good snowstorms this week, so we're hoping the riding is good.



No matter what, though, with all of us there, it's going to be an awesome time!  I love being able to spend this kind of time with my family.

Winter can be long and brutal, but by participating in a winter sport, it isn't so bad. And it flies by way too fast.  

What do you do to keep busy in the winter?

Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Night in the Big City

On Friday, my family and I had the opportunity to see the Lion King onstage.  The boys and I went with my sister, my niece and nephew, and my mom.  We had an amazing time!

My mom, sister, and I had seen the Lion King onstage years ago.  I didn't have any kids at the time, and my sister's were really young, but we knew we wanted to bring them back when they were older.  We were pretty dang sure they would love it.

The play was showing in Denver, which is about 2 hours away from where we live, so we headed down in the afternoon.  I'm not a fan of going to Denver because of the traffic.  It's been so bad the last few times we went down, and this time wasn't any different.  It was stop and go for the majority of the drive.  That gets really frustrating.

Thankfully, we had a DVD player in the car, so the kids were entertained, and when we got into Denver, they were both excited and nervous about being there.  They were excited because they'd never really been in downtown before--especially at night--so they wanted to explore.  They were nervous because they'd never been in downtown Denver at night before.

The show was absolutely amazing.  It was just as magical as I remembered it, and the kids really seemed to enjoy it.  It makes me so happy to be able to do these types of things with my boys and give them new and wonderful experiences.
 
Did you do anything exciting this weekend?

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Happiest of Halloweens

I hope you all had fantastic Halloweens yesterday.

As usual, the weather here was iffy, but that's to be expected in October.  It was incredibly windy and cold, but all of us dressed in layers so we could battle the elements.  Hard as it tried, the weather couldn't stop us from going out and getting candy.

My boys had a blast!  We went trick-or-treating with their grandma, then later their cousins came over so they could all go.  They brought in a huge haul of candy, and I'm sure we'll be eating on it for a while.  I hope the rest of you were just as successful and aren't suffering from a sugar hangover.





Sunday, October 25, 2015

There's No Better Encouragement

The boys and I have been reading The Ifs Return--for the second time--and we are almost done with it.  They claim they don't really remember when I read it to them the first time, so the story is new to them, but I have a feeling even if they did remember, they would still be thrilled to read it again.

Their enthusiasm for the story is so contagious.  I wrote it for them and I use their names, so it's easy for them to put themselves in the characters' shoes.  They are invested in what happens and can't wait to get to the battle scenes.  They become disappointed when I finish for the night so they can go to sleep, and beg the next night for me to continue.

They want me to write a third, and I told them I would, but it's a matter of finding time.  I'm thinking over Christmas break.  I have about 9 days off, and when I write my middle grade stories, I like to challenge myself to write a chapter a day.  With about 13 chapters, I should just about get it accomplished.

They are especially excited about the next book because it's going to have zombies.  This was a request on their part, and it worked out that they can be incorporated.  I'm excited to write it on many different levels: the first being that I enjoy writing about zombies and the second because I love to write stories that my kids enjoy reading.

I don't think there's any better encouragement than having kids excited about my stories, especially my own kids.  It definitely makes me want to create more and have them enjoy them for years to come.


“Gage escaped.”

These are the worst words Broden could hear from his big brother Landon—just one day after they battled alongside Slade’s Ifs and his army of forest beasts.

Sure, the brothers had learned to work together to fight and capture the evil If Gage. But, now, Slade has informed them that Gage has escaped!
Fear and distrust have entered the boys’ world. Why should they help Slade if he can’t keep control of his prisoners? Will they be able to fight against a familiar foe? Plus, Landon has more news…

“Gage has magic.”

What kind of magic? Will he use it against them? As the boys are drawn into yet more adventure with the Ifs, they find out just how powerful, and dangerous, Gage’s magic can be.

The book is available on Amazon.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Such Great Helpers

It was another busy weekend with me traveling to do presentations. This time, I was in Big Piney and Pinedale on Friday, then Riverton on Saturday. The boys were out of school on Thursday and Friday because of parent-teacher conferences, so they went with me.

We left after work on Thursday night, and we were staying at my parents’ house in Rock Springs. We didn’t get there until late, and I was sooooo tired by the time I pulled into the driveway. The boys had slept in the Jeep, so they were ready to go. They played for a little while, then we all headed to bed at 10:00.

We were up and ready early the next day, and since we were in Rock Springs, we had to go to Cowboy Donuts. It was heaven! Seriously, that place should have a shipping service. I could eat those things all the time.

We then headed out for Big Piney, which is about an hour and a half away from Rock Springs.

I was giving my presentations at the Green River Valley Museum, and it was so cool! We had some time to check things out and explore, and we did. All of us really enjoy places like that.


My presentations were in part of the museum, so the backdrop were these amazing historical displays. 
It was awesome!

The presentations went great, and the boys were incredibly helpful. They contributed their thoughts to the program and helped me pack up. After Big Piney, we traveled half an hour to Pinedale to give another program at the library. Again, the boys were so helpful and had fun participating.

When that was done, we headed back to Rock Springs to stay another night. We stopped in Farson to get ice cream, then got home about dinner time. We hung out with my brother and his family, then called it an early night. Again, I was exhausted.

The plan was that the boys would head with me to Riverton on Saturday, but that didn’t happen. At 4:00 in the morning, my youngest got sick and continued to have issues all morning. I couldn’t take him to Riverton in that state, but I also couldn’t cancel the presentations. They’d been planned for months. In a panic, I called my husband so he could meet me in Rawlins.

I felt so bad for my baby. He was so miserable. I wanted to take his sickness away and make him feel better, but there was nothing I could do. After dropping them off, I headed up to Riverton to do my presentations, which went awesome. The boys would have had a great time, and I missed them helping, but there’s always next time.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Have to Catch Up

I was out for 4 days recently, so I haven't had a chance to post.  I will get caught up, then get back on schedule again.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Here Comes the Cold Weather

I turned on the heater a couple of weeks ago.  It was staying pretty dang warm during the day, but at night it was getting downright chilly.  A few morning the thermometer read 38 degrees.  That makes me happy.  That means fall is here and the fun time of the year is right around the corner.

I really enjoy the end of the year.  Halloween is right around the corner, followed by Thanksgiving, and then the kids' favorite, Christmas.  It also means that winter and snow are getting closer, which means snowmobile season is close.  Yeah, it's a magical time of the year.

But before I get too far ahead of myself, let's take it one stepping stone at a time.  First things first, and that is Halloween.  The boys are so ready.  They've had their costumes for weeks now.  Although, to be honest, I didn't actually buy them for Halloween--mainly because I didn't think they'd last.  I bought them so they could dress up and have fun.  However, I think they are planning on wearing them.  They are so excited to be Stormtroopers.


Don't they look fabulous?  What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

Sunday, September 27, 2015

School Day Reads

School is now back if full swing, and you know what that means:  READING!

If you're looking for something fun and exciting for your kiddos to read, have I got some books for you!  From picture books to middle grade, I have what they need to get them through!  Full of excitement and adventure, these books will keep your kids coming back for more!

Trust me, I totally know how important reading is and that most kids have a reading log they have to fill out to show how much they've read at home.  Personally, I hate those things.  I don't think they actually encourage reading but instead make it a chore.  Instead of reading for enjoyment, they're reading to fill out a piece of paper.  That's not how you instill the love of reading in a child.

However, I'm also aware that in many cases, we have to play the game.  So why not turn reading and filling out these forms from a chore into something fun?  Make reading enjoyable again.  Make it the escape and relaxation it's supposed to be.  No matter which book you and your kids choose, make sure you really enjoy it.  And if you decide to use some of mine, I hope you like them.

Available at Amazon.

All the woodland creatures love Mr. Chocolate s amazing garden, but most of all they look forward to the harvest of his Magic Js. They are sweet and juicy, the best fruit any of them have ever tasted. They are so appealing that they draw the interest of an antelope family, Mr. and Mrs. Little House, who rarely venture into the forest. When Mr. and Mrs. Little House secretly gorge on the Magic Js, they learn a very important lesson about the benefits of sharing with others.
Available at Amazon.

There seems to be a monster in mommy's tummy. It growls a lot, especially in the morning. What does it look like? Does it have one eye or two? Maybe it has long yellow claws and sharp white teeth. Mommy says to tame a tummy monster, you have to feed it. There's a Monster in Mommy's Tummy is an adorable and fully illustrated children's book that reveals the answer to a question kids often wonder about. Why do tummies growl?
Available at Amazon.

“Mom, Landon’s throwing food!” 

“No, I’m not!” 

Landon and Broden are brothers. And some days they DO NOT get along very well. They spend most of their days fighting, arguing and plotting ways to get revenge on each other. Then, strange things start happening… Noises in their room that are not the cat. Homework is mysteriously finished. A broken shoelace repairs all by itself. Clothes are put in the hamper on their own. The brothers want to share their weird experiences, but they don’t know if they can trust each other. But when they find out who’s behind all the strange things around the house, they are called to battle. 

Battle? Whoa! Right there in the forest by their house! A battle with the most unusual creatures and wildest of beasts. And when the battle turns more dangerous than they imagined, Landon and Broden must face their fears, put their grudges aside and learn how to work together.
Available at Amazon.

“Gage escaped.”

These are the worst words Broden could hear from his big brother Landon—just one day after they battled alongside Slade’s Ifs and his army of forest beasts.

Sure, the brothers had learned to work together to fight and capture the evil If Gage. But, now, Slade has informed them that Gage has escaped!
Fear and distrust have entered the boys’ world. Why should they help Slade if he can’t keep control of his prisoners? Will they be able to fight against a familiar foe? Plus, Landon has more news…

“Gage has magic.”

What kind of magic? Will he use it against them? As the boys are drawn into yet more adventure with the Ifs, they find out just how powerful, and dangerous, Gage’s magic can be.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The World of Girls

My boys are discovering the world of girls.  And it's adorable!

The oldest, the third grader, is definitely more interested than my first grader, but there's still a curiosity there.  The other night as they were getting ready for bed, I caught part of a conversation they were having.

"You should just ask her," the youngest told the oldest.

"But what if she says no?" he responded.

At this point I was coming into the room, and only having a slight idea what they were talking about I said, "And what if she says yes?  You'll never know unless you try."

A few nights later we were sitting at a restaurant having dinner with my mom, and the oldest turns to me and says, "I have a girlfriend now."

Which I thought was so sweet and cute.  Apparently, he asked this young lady to be his girlfriend on the bus when they went on a field trip.

It looks like his bravery and willingness to take a chance paid off.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

A New Favorite Pastime

Recently, the boys discovered a new favorite pastime: walking Floki.

The oldest kept asking me last weekend if he could take Floki for a walk, but I kept telling him no. It made me nervous. Floki had never really been on his harness and leash, so I wasn’t sure how he would act. If he got scared or nervous, I wanted to be there to help calm him back down.

And, of course, my son kept asking when I was busy doing other things, like laundry or cooking dinner, so I couldn’t go with them.

On Tuesday, I had to go to Green River for a presentation, and my oldest asked his dad if he could take Floki for a walk, and Dad said yes. Apparently, he did awesome on the leash. Floki was so excited to be out, when they came home, he wouldn’t let anyone take his harness off. Then, he whined because he wanted to go back outside.

I was surprised. I suppose I should have expected my boys—both the human one and the fur baby—to be fearless and ready for adventure. Now, they go on walks pretty much every night. (It’s going to be interesting to see if that continues when it starts to snow, but for now, I’m encouraging it.)

I love it when my kids show me what they can achieve. Sometimes I forget how capable they are. And if they’re not quite capable yet, there’s only one way they’re going to get there: by trying. I’ll have to remember that the next time they ask to do something.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Proved Me Wrong

Last week, after picking the boys up from daycare, they were talking in the backseat of the Jeep about how they were going to set up a drink stand when we got home. They discussed selling lemonade, but since we didn’t have any lemonade, they decided water would be their product.

“You can’t sell water,” I told them.

“Why not?”

“Because no one is going to pay for something they can get for free in their own homes.”

I wasn’t trying to discourage them, but I didn’t want them to get their hopes up either.

When we got home, they set up their stand. They grabbed the folding table from the garage, several plastic cups from the kitchen (filled with water), and made a sign that said “free water.”  They stood on the sidewalk with friends from the neighborhood and awaited customers.

A little while later, the youngest comes in the house as excited as can be.

“Mom! Mom! Someone gave us a dollar!”

“For water?” I asked.

“Yeah.” He set it on the table in the couch and ran back outside to hawk his wares.

I was surprised but also happy. How cool for them.

Even later, the oldest came into the house, a dollar bill stretched between his hands.

“Check this out,” he said. “We got another dollar. For water. I guess you can sell water. Boooooom!”

I responded the only way I could. I burst out laughing.

I learned a lesson that day: Kids are capable of wonderful and amazing things—even selling water—and they should be encouraged to keep reaching for the stars.

And to the people who gave my boys dollars for water: thank you for being awesome and making my kids’ day.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

One Week Down

The first week of school is in the books!  And it seemed all went well with the boys.  My oldest is now in third, and the youngest is in first.

It was kind of an interesting week because they didn't start until Tuesday, then only had a half day.  They said it was kind of boring because they didn't do anything, but there wasn't any time!

The next few days went much better.  They seem incredibly excited and ready for the new year.  That makes me happy.  I hope they keep their enthusiasm and excitement for learning throughout their lives.

How was your first week of school?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Weekend Fun

The boys start school on Tuesday, and while our weekends will still be weekends, they'll be busy.  Wrestling starts in the next couple months, then the snow starts to fly.  We'll still be having fun, but it will be snowmobiling fun.

This weekend, we decided to try something different.  We played paintball.  The kids were thrilled that we were going to do this.  They couldn't wait to get out there and start shooting.  I was a bit more cautious about the sport.

I've never been before, and I was convinced after the first round the boys would be done.  Paintballs don't tickle when they hit you.  But, to be honest, depending on where they hit, they don't hurt that bad either.  I was hit in the arm and the shoulder and didn't realize it until we got home and I saw the marks--and yes, they leave marks.

The most important thing to remember is to dress appropriately.  It was recommended that we wear several layers of clothes, which we did, and they provide the face masks.  We also put the boys in their chest protectors, and I think that helped quite a bit.  We're all about being adventurous and fun, but we're also about safety.

The one I did feel was the one that hit me in the knee.  I thought for sure that was going to take me out, and it almost did.  I have pretty bad knees, so it wasn't pleasant.  However, I didn't give up.  Granted, I only played the first round, but I would have played more if that first shot wouldn't have hit me in the knee.

And I have to say that I'm incredibly proud of the boys.  I thought for sure this would be the first and last time we ever played, but they had a blast.  And they got shot multiple times.  They also shot other people multiple times.

When we got home, they showed of their marks with pride.  The oldest keeps talking about how we're going out there for his birthday.  All in all, it was an incredibly fun and exciting day, and I think we'll play paintball again.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Summer Is Coming to an End

This week marks the last week of freedom for the boys before school starts. If you ask me, they’ve had some great adventures this summer.

They spent a week at Camp Grandma and Grandpa and got to go the Museum of Natural Curiosity in Thanksgiving Point, Utah,  in addition to going back to see dinosaurs in Vernal.

And, of course, that was all in addition to having fun and hanging out with family.

They got to go camping—which didn’t actually work out because it was raining, but they stayed one night.

We went to Seattle, which was an absolutely amazing time! We got to go to the EMP Museum and see so many cool things, including costumes from Star Wars and creatures from sci fi, fantasy, and horror movies. We went to Vashon Island and trekked to the beach and hiked around the woods.





While they’ve been in daycare, they’ve had a chance to go to the State Fair in Cheyenne, the rec center, and various parks around town. They’ve also hung out with friends.


Phew! They’ve been busy!

Some days, they are really excited about going back to school, and others not so much. But it doesn’t matter because soon they won’t have a choice.

Have you had an exciting summer?

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Slumber Party!

My boys love having slumber parties. And, really, what’s not to love? They get to play with their friends and stay up late. When I was a kid, I used to love slumber parties, too.

Unfortunately, there’s a downside to slumber parties: being tired and grumpy the next morning because of staying up late. But this can be remedied! One of the other fantastic things about slumber parties is that kids get to sleep in the next morning!

I’ve tried to tell my youngest this, but he hasn’t quite figured it out yet. I think he’s so excited that his friend is there that he wants to spend as much time with him as possible, so he gets up super early. That makes it tough for everyone.

I’m sure he’ll figure it out one day, though. At least I hope he will. No one likes a crabby kid!

So, to recap, here are a few rules about slumber parties:
  • Stay up late
  • Eat lots of snacks (assuming it’s okay with the parents)
  • Sleep in late the next morning

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Reviews for The Ifs Return

The Ifs Return book review blitz has almost come to an end, and I am thrilled with reader reactions!  As of this posting, I have received 15 reviews, most of them 4 and 5 stars.  You can check them out on Amazon.

I had so much fun writing this book, and my boys really enjoyed it.  I'm glad that others found it as fun and exciting as we did.

Thank you to everyone who read and reviewed my book.  I appreciate you taking the time to check out my work.  Thank you to Mother Daughter Book Reviews for setting up the blitz and helping me get reviewers.

If you haven't had a chance to read The Ifs Return, check it out!  See what all the excitement is about!  You can find it here.


“Gage escaped.”

These are the worst words Broden could hear from his big brother Landon—just one day after they battled alongside Slade’s Ifs and his army of forest beasts.

Sure, the brothers had learned to work together to fight and capture the evil If Gage. But, now, Slade has informed them that Gage has escaped! 

Fear and distrust have entered the boys’ world. Why should they help Slade if he can’t keep control of his prisoners? Will they be able to fight against a familiar foe? Plus, Landon has more news…

“Gage has magic.”

What kind of magic? Will he use it against them? As the boys are drawn into yet more adventure with the Ifs, they find out just how powerful, and dangerous, Gage’s magic can be.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Fun in the Mountains

A few weekends ago, we went Jeepin' as a family.  We love to get out into the woods.  It's so nice to take in the views and just get away for a while.

On our way back to civilization, we were driving down a trail and there was a huge puddle in the middle.  We had the tops off the Jeep and the windows down, and the boys' dad floored the gas peddle.  We hit the puddle and it was so deep and so big that the water came up over the hood and through the roof and windows.

The kids were just chilling in the back--the oldest was actually asleep.  When the water hit them, it was a huge surprise.

The youngest wasn't impressed.  He immediately became angry and screamed that he hated being in the woods and Jeepin'.  The oldest laughed.  The water shocked him awake and scared him a little bit, but he still saw the humor in it.

I saw it coming since I was in the front and ducked down.  The back of me got soaked, and the water was freezing!  I laughed, though.  That's the kind of thing that makes Jeepin' fun.

My Jeep is still dirty--outside and inside.  I really need to get it cleaned.

What kinds of summer fun have you been having?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Heroes and Villains Workshop

Recently, I had the opportunity to go to the Big Horn County Library in Basin, Wyoming, to give my middle grade workshop. It was a blast!

The drive was long—5.5 hours to Worland, which is where I stayed the night, then another 30 minutes to Basin the next day. The boys went with me, and without the DVD player, the drive was interesting. They were good for the most part, but boredom set in after a while. On the way home, they decided to entertain themselves by throwing chewed gum at each other. That was fun and games until it got caught in the youngest’s hair. Then it was a crisis.

But I digress.

The workshop turned out amazing! I’m never sure how many people to expect, and it always changes depending on where I am, but for this one, there were 36 kids. (There was summer school going on, so they bussed kids in to participate.) There were also several adult chaperons, but I didn’t count how many.

With that many kids, it could have very easily spiraled into chaos, but it didn’t. They were focused and enthralled with what was going on. They participated and had fun.

It was a long drive for this workshop, but it was totally worth it. I really enjoy talking to people about what I do, and it’s so fun to see children get excited about reading.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Playing with Food and Friends

Last Sunday, we had a party at our house. They guys decided to make a low-country boil, so they set out traps to catch crawdads (or crawfish or mud bugs, however you refer to them).  The boys got to help collect them from the river, then bring them back to the house.



They sat at the house for a while before they were dipped into the boiling water, and during that time, the kids decided to play with them. It seriously gives new meaning to the phrase “Don’t play with your food.” But they had fun. Then they enjoyed them.  And by “enjoyed,” I mean ate.  I think they liked them, but I was busy running around doing other things, so I don’t know for sure.

I’ve never eaten them, I don’t plan on eating them, and if you like them, more power to you. It’s one of those foods I have no desire to eat.

In addition to eating, the boys had a water fight with their friends, then they got to go camping with their grandma and grandpa. That didn’t last as long as it was supposed to because it rained really hard and it was really muddy. They came home and hung out at Grandma’s house, which made them just as happy.

How’s your summer been so far? What kinds of exciting things have you been up to?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

4th of July Fun

I'm not a big fan of crowds.  Being around a lot of people makes me nervous, so for the 4th of July, the boys and I went Jeepin'.

We are so lucky to live half an hour away from the mountains, and it was a beautiful day to head out.  We explored an old mine, and the boys played in the woods.  On our way back down the mountain, we drove through a puddled, and we all got covered in mud.  It was so much fun!

Later that evening, we had Grandma and Grandpa come over for dinner, and we had a fire in the fire pit.  The boys stayed up to watch the fireworks, but I went to bed because I was exhausted!

I hope the rest of you had a fantastic 4th of July.  What exciting things did you do?








Monday, June 29, 2015

Good Times Were Had By All

First of all, I would like to apologize for not posting yesterday like I normally do.  I meant to, I really did, but things got crazy.

I had to take my oldest to Urgent Care to have his eye checked out.  It started hurting him on Friday, and then didn't get better through the weekend.  It was swollen, and I thought (hoped) it was just allergies, but it turns out he has a sty.  Nothing major (thank goodness), but it's painful and they put him on some antibiotics.  It should clear up in 7 to 10 days.

That threw my morning off.  But, in reality, the craziness started the night before.  My family and I went to the Demolition Derby on Saturday night.  This was a new experience for the boys and I; we'd never been.  I forgot my phone, which made me aware of how dependent on electronics I am, but I also didn't have a chance to take any pictures. I took a few with my husband's phone, and I had him send them to me, but they never showed up.

We got busy working around the house, and I had a radio interview, so a blog post slipped my mind.  But here it is!

As I said, the boys and I have never been to a demolition derby before, but I had an idea what to expect.  I knew cars drove around and crashed into each other.  When I told the boys this, they were incredibly excited.

"Are they going to blow up too?"

They were a little disappointed when I told them no, but they were still thrilled to see them crash.

We all had a lot of fun.  I honestly wouldn't have thought watching cars crash would be that thrilling, but it was.  Thankfully, no one got hurt, so it made it that much more entertaining.





Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day!

To all the wonderful, amazing, loving fathers out there, I hope you have a fantastic day!

To mine, thank you so much for being in my life.  I wouldn't be who I am without you!


We are spending the day hanging out with family and smoking a brisket.  It's going to be delicious, and I can't wait to eat!  The boys got their dad a t-shirt for Father's Day, and he was really excited about it.

How are you spending Father's Day?  What did you get your day?

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Camp Grandma and Grandpa

 Since last Wednesday, the boys have been at my parents’ house, and they will be there until next Thursday. We are so lucky to have family that lives close by that the boys can stay with. They always have such an amazing time.

I’m a little jealous I don’t get to hang out with them. They’ve relaxed, gone to the movies, enjoyed the backyard fire pit, and had s’mores. There’s also plans in the works to go to the planetarium and a kid’s museum, as well as visiting the dinosaur museum again. They also get to spend time with their cousin.

Those lucky ducks!

Are you having an exciting vacation this summer?






Sunday, June 7, 2015

Say Hello to Our New Little Friend...Siggy

We picked this little sweetie up last Wednesday, and it's been crazy in our house since!  She's the sister of Rolo--she has the same parents, but came from a different litter.
She's so freaking tiny!  She's about three times smaller than Floki, and they're only 5 weeks apart.  They get along pretty well.  Floki tries to play with her and steam rolls her, but she doesn't stand for it.  Siggy gets super angry and snappy.  It's all in good fun, and when she gets bigger, she'll be able to hold her own.

We're all very excited to have the fur babies in our house.  The boys love both of them so much.  Good times are ahead!