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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Wordless Wednesday Feeling Betty Crockerish! Chocolate fudge cupcakes with candy cane topping

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas from Our family to Yours.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Our New Table is finally finished.

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 There is nothing better than homemade gifts in my opinion, especially those made with so much love from those you love most.

  This gift is my Christmas gift from Alyx and Nickalas. My Dad and Alyx spent the last 3-4 weeks working on this table day and night and wow! does it show! They delivered it today and I cannot wait to have Christmas dinner at it this weekend. It is absolutely beautiful. Now the only thing left to do is find some more chairs and then paint the chairs to match the base and trim of the table. I will treasure this gift from Nick and Alyx forever and always.











Wednesday, December 21, 2016

How is Christmas almost here? Wasn't it just Summer?

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  Here I thought Alyx's Senior year flew by, but here we are almost Christmas and only a little more than 5 months from Taylor Graduating. Can we rewind a bit? Between moving and the holidays I can honestly say the last couple months seem like a blur. It has helped keep my mind off of missing those that are not with us this Christmas season, especially Grama, that was until we decorated the tree. One of the first ornaments out of the box was the new one from last year with all of our family names on little owls and one of them says Grandma :(

   Time Hop keeps popping up pictures of our last move which was 4 years ago December 1, I really need to stop moving during the holidays. At least my house is always nice and clean and organized for company. Anyway sometimes I feel as though Time Hop is both a blessing and a curse, it reminds me of fun times but it is sometimes hard to see those that are no longer here, especially pictures of Grama. There are days when I find myself looking for her still, and then there are days when I am thankful she is not here suffering through her alzheimer's any longer. I miss her terribly, but I am thankful that she is in Heaven and no longer dealing with the dreaded disease that consumed her life.

  We are finally 97% settled in our new house and all of our wall hangings and photos are up, and most of the boxes have been dealt with except for a few tucked away in the closets. I am thankful we no longer have a leaky basement to deal with, literally every time it rained I cringed with what mess I was going to have to deal with cleaning up, but on the other hand I miss the extra space to stash things I did not want to deal with. I am glad though as it forced us to part with many things that we were just simply hanging onto. I feel so much lighter in so many ways with all the destashing we have done and I highly recommend it. I have 2 bins ready for the resale shop after the holidays and have listed some things on facebook garage sale groups and Letgo, not having much luck right now but hoping after the holidays it will pick up.

  I am super excited my new table Alyx and my Dad built me for Christmas is being brought over tomorrow morning. This leaves the dilemma of what to do with our current table until it can be sold. The whole not having a basement thing again, The garage is no help as it is full with stuff like tools, bikes, my scooter and Alyx's motorcycle and stuff to sell. If it wasn't in such good shape I literally would just put it to the curb but there is nothing wrong with it except the size for our family.
Praying it sells quickly .

    We focused on a couple things that everyone wanted and are keeping things low key as far as presents go, money is tight with moving and the kids thankfully understand. I think I stress about it way more than they do anyway.

  We had the CAP Christmas party and awards banquet last night and Alyx received the award for Emergency Services Cadet of the Year. He loves the ES aspect of CAP and it shows through all of his hard work and dedication.

   I am thankful for time off from watching Auntie to finish getting the house in order and to work on some crafts for the house that I simply have not had time to get to. I truly enjoy the time we spend together and I will miss seeing her everyday but boy did it feel good to not set an alarm clock today. Between my schedule and Taylor's and David's I have not had a single day to sleep in for several weeks. pretty bad that 8:45 felt like sleeping in but what a difference that little more than an hour can make. I felt refreshed and ready to tackle my to do list. I got just about everything done that I set out to do today and that felt amazing as well. I am hoping to do some freezer meals while I am off too, this will help for days that I work or have an event at night without turning to pizza or prepared foods that are not healthy.

   I am hoping to get back to Weight Watchers after the New Year as well, I have been weighing myself and trying to stay on program and I am happy to say I am down a couple of pounds since I stopped going when my pass expired. I miss my group and the support from the meetings and connect though and I know I would do so much better being back on Mondays at the meetings.

  Well I guess that is all the updates I have to share right now and hope you all have a Blessed Christmas and New Year's. I will be sure to post pictures of my new table before and after it is decorated for the Christmas weekend.
Blessings!!


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

MOPS CRAFT NIGHT Wordless Wednesday

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Adding a little personality to our home Made a big difference in my week.

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I have been in a little funk lately as far as wanting to unpack, something just hasn't been feeling right. I finally figured it out.... We just needed a little personal touches on the walls and around the house. Let me tell you, that simple task changed the whole mood of our home.
Bathroom is going Nautical since we are so close to the lake, starting with the shower curtain, some DIY coming soon.
Continuing with owls in the kitchen for a little whimsy and was so happy to find some with the turquoise that will be one of our main kitchen accent colors, best thing is I got these free with a coupon from Jcpenney that showed up in my mailbox yesterday, $10 off a $10 purchase!



  My crosses are back up and blessing this house, the exciting thing is I now have room for so many more. So if you are ever in doubt for a gift for me, a fun and or different cross will join my wall happily.




Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Alyx and my Dad working on my Christmas present. Can you guess? Wordless Wednesday

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

New piece to add to the kitchen Wordless Wednesday

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 My friend needed to rehome this and it fits perfectly in our new kitchen. Everything is starting to come together nicely.







Monday, November 14, 2016

Not always our plan but ALWAYS GOD's plan!

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So we had planned to move to New Haven and get a new manufactured home but that was not God's plan. So instead we are moving to Harrison Township and we are loving it. The more that New Haven did not work out the more this new house we found seemed to fit more for our family. It is halfway in between our old house and Nick's new work. It is a shorter distance to Dave's work and Taylor and Alyx are only 15 minutes from work and we are only 15 minutes from my Mom and Dad and Auntie. Also this puts us in walking distance of metro beach and there is a fabulous park around the corner. The house has so much more living space. There is no fenced in yard but Alyx is putting in an aerial dog run and there is no basement so now I am able to do the laundry more and the kitchen is absolutely huge. No more moldy leaky basement and no more busy street with a school. I think this is going to be the perfect. Here is some moving pics to tide you over until we get settled.

















Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Happy 17th Birthday Taylor

Pin It Now!   I cannot believe that here we are celebrating Taylor's 17th Birthday. He is a Senior this year and I am sure I am going to cry a lot this year. So many changes. We got the keys to our new house today and he said it was the best birthday present ever. We celebrated by going to his favorite restaurant for lunch and because it was election day his girlfriend had the day off of school. Everyone got to come as it worked out perfectly with work schedules and such. He had a blast as usual and was excited to show his girlfriend Kelsey our new house for a few minutes after lunch. We hope to be sleeping in the new house by the weekend. If Taylor has his way it will be tomorrow lol. Alyx is leaving for a work trip tomorrow so I do not know how much we will get done with him gone but I am definitely motivated. Our new house is 500 sq ft bigger than our last and no more leaky basement. There are so many exciting new things happening this year that I am sure Taylor would agree and say this is the best year ever by the time his birthday rolls around next year.





Sunday, October 30, 2016

HERE WE MOVE AGAIN!! #moving

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   4 years.... This is the longest we have lived in any one house. This time it is not entirely my choice to move. Now don't get me wrong, I have been itching to move for awhile but when you get a notice that your crazy landlord is raising the rent from $950 to $1200 beginning December 1. It makes that itch a full blown attack of I want out of here. We are heading North again God willing to New Haven. A little bit of country is something I have been longing for. A sense of quiet and a reason to stay home more. All things are pointing us in this direction so I truly believe it is in God's plan. Nick got a new job and starts in 2 weeks and the new house will be just 5 miles away from his new job, Dave can transfer to a store close to the new house. My new job which starts Thursday is starting out as seasonal but if it ends up permanent after the new year I can transfer closer as well. It is a beautiful place and brand new. Everyone would have their own room, and I would finally have my dream kitchen. The bonus a family room and a living room. My craft room will share the family room. We are hoping to hear something tomorrow. PRAYERS PLEASE. We need and want this so much. Our family needs a fresh start, there are just too many painful memories here since Grandma passed away. This would be our first house in 12 years that she did not live in with us. While I am sad about that I have a renewed faith that she would want us to move forward and be happy once again.

   New adventures await us and I have Faith that God everything in Control.

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                                            DREAM KITCHEN



                                               MASTER BATH


                                           MAIN BATH




Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Yearly Apple Picking trip

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   This year was a little different but it was better than ever. This year girlfriends were invited, Taylor's girlfriend Kelsey and Nick's girlfriend Brenna joined in the fun, and although one of the chilliest picking adventures we have ever had, the sun did show itself. We picked just over 60 lbs of apples in various varieties, had donuts and cider and when we were done at the orchard we went for pizza buffet lunch. This mom, who was worried venturing out with 5 teens from 17-19 enjoyed myself immensely. Everyone got along and we had many laughs while searching for the perfect apples. All in all it was a perfect day, although I vote for warmer weather next year. Once again I marveled in how life has evolved and yet we still maintain outer traditions they just adapt along with our lives. I can't wait for the future when we go with grandkids. We have a few years before that but it's fun to imagine. 
   Here's the photos from our day.