Friday, July 3, 2015

A little break...

Next week will be pretty quiet around here.  I'm not sure if I will be able to blog or not.  We will see how things go, but if not, I'll be back with tons to talk about in a week!  

Thursday, July 2, 2015

35th Church Anniversary!

 This year our church celebrated 35 years together!  35 years as a church, 35 year with the same pastor...pretty amazing!  As usual we had an awesome day together!

The infamous candy toss!

Look at that action shot!

The kids are learning and are now coming prepared with bags!  LOL

Doug's mom has been the treasurer for over 20 years!  We co

Her flowers are beautiful!

Our thank-you to the Jenkins for all they do!

Doug sang a solo and did an amazing job!  

And here is the crew!
I can't wait to see what is in store for our church in this next year!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

...and we have a bunny!

Most people that know Doug's sister Laurie and her husband Kenny, know that they raise pigs and rabbits.  It didn't take long before the girls fell in love with a couple baby bunnies.   With our lifestyle right now, bunnies do not fit in very good.  So we told the kids no...however...Uncle Kenny came up with a ultimatum.  For the price of two batches of HIS choice of cookies, the two bunnies would be spared and live there.  If something were to happen where they needed to leave then we would handle it, but for now they would enter his breeding program, but still belong to the girls.  So we went shopping and bought supplies and the girls got to work.  

Madalyn's payment

Marissa's payment

Marissa fell in love with this rabbit. know how every animal has a personality?  Well this one has a really cruddy one!  LOL  The thing is crazy and she always leaves scratched up like crazy!  She is a pretty bunny, but does not jive with Marissa well.  So although she still likes her, the girls have decided to share "Peterette"!  (Which in the end makes it nicer for Doug and I in case the day comes where she needs to come live with us.)

This is Peterette!  Her name started as Peter and then Madalyn found out "he" was actually a "she"!  So she just altered the name. :)  "Peterette" is a flemish giant and has to be one of the most laid back, relaxed bunny that I have ever seen.  Madalyn can hold her just under her front feet and not support her back legs and she just hangs there.  She is a real sweetie!

I love this picture!

The girls are super happy and at least once a week I get begged to go down and visit.  :)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


Yesterday ended up being a lot busier than I initially planned ;) 
After finishing laundry and repacking the camper, I vacuumed and scrubbed the inside of it so it would be all fresh for our trip.  I re-made all the beds and packed up some of the food that won't go bad, including some homemade trail mix that has become our tradition for long trips!  
It was starting to get later and I planned on quitting for the day and just working on photos, until I caught site of the garden.  I couldn't walk away.  I weeded for 3 1/2 hours and walked away extremely sore, but it is DONE!  I'll do a one over on it on Thursday, but at least the bulk of it is done.  
This morning I took one of the tires from the camper down to get looked at.  It's had a slow leak for a while now and we figured with the trip we are going to be making, it was time to get it taken care of.  Turns out it had a piece of wire in the tire.  Dishes got done today, along with banana bread and cookies.  Bills are paid and I'm currently uploading pictures to the computer.  The list is dwindling down!  
Tomorrow you will all get a good post I promise :)

Monday, June 29, 2015

Busy week...

This is one of those weeks that I need to make myself a to do list!  I have a lot to do before we head to visit with my sister!  I'm finally finished with the camping laundry.  The goal today is to get it all back in the camper and remake all the beds.  I also need to make the girl's 4th quarterly reports and all that good jazz and get that sent in.  That however has only been complicated by the fact that we came home from camping with Doug last week to an error code on the printer that I can't resolve, or at least don't have time to mess with it right now.  I'm hoping I can fix it, but if not I need to decide on a new one.  All of that will have to wait until we return though.  I'm very thankful for family being right down the road who are willing to let me use their printer for a couple things this week!  Hopefully tonight I'll get pictures uploaded off the camera and edited so I can post about some of our adventures!  Until then, I need to get my list made and start checking it off!  I hope you all have a great day!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A very odd day for me...

Today I'm home with Lily all by myself!  I do have Molly and Chloe with me, but the girls are with Grandma and Grandpa, playing with Owen and Ashton.  It's so odd to have such a quiet house!  To top it all off, I did all the laundry and cleaned the whole house before I left for Darien now what do I do?  LOL  Molly is enjoying a well deserved nap in her chair...she loves camping, but she misses being home as well.  Chloe is napping in her chair...I planned on leaving her with the girls, but she wasn't going to be left and jumped in the car, so she is enjoying being home too!  Lily is in the pack n play's sooooo quiet!  I had plans for another blog today, but I left my camera in the camper so I don't have my pictures!  So this will have to do. 
 Enjoy your day!  I hope you all have an awesome one!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

1st vacation of the year...

Ok, so maybe vacation is pushing it a little bit.   Sunday evening, we headed out for Darien Lake State Park.   We didn't make to bad of time and were there about 9ish.  We had a beautiful site and although we had planned on setting up in the rain, God held it off for us!   Monday morning we got up and got ready for an awesome day at the amusement park.   My parents arrived and we were off!  We were able to leave Molly a lot easier this year since she hasn't been crated at home lately.   We were hopeful that this year we would not come back to anything eaten or destroyed.   What a beautiful day we had!  There wasn't much for lines and the weather was perfect!   Marissa's favorite ride this year was the mind eraser.  Madalyn loved grizzly run.   Both were new rides to the girls this year.   This was the first year Marissa could ride on that coaster and grizzly run was always shut down in previous years.  We all rode the motocoaster many times again this year and again the girls loved it.  Dad,Doug and I rode the superman this year.   I forgot how much I love that one!  Doug tried out the Brain Drain this's a new ride where you stand in a tube and the floor drops out on you.   I can't remember how long you fall for, but the ride is only 7 seconds long!  He liked it :)  We had probably one of the best years we have had yet.   The park closed at 8 and we headed back to the site and pretty much got ready for bed.   It makes for a long day.  At 11,the Lord woke us up with some good wind and we decided to put in the canopy and put everything that was outside in the back of the car.  At 4:30am,we woke up to a very nasty thunder/lightening bad that even Chloe was in our bed shaking! It lasted about an hour and then started to calm down.   Madalyn slept through it, and Marissa said she was awake, but she stayed in her bed.  Everything stayed safe and in thankful for another great year there!

Friday, June 19, 2015

It's done!!!!

 We are back to a two bathroom family!  This bathroom was easier in the aspect that we had more room to work in there, but we also had a few major hang ups that made laying the tile a huge pain in the butt!  Thankfully when everything is said and done and the tiles are all in, you can't tell all that we went through to get them in there! :)  

I'm so thankful to have a weekend where we don't have anything hanging over our heads!  The girls are SUPER stoked to be showering in their own shower today! ;)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

My baby girl is growing up fast!

Yesterday we all got up, got Daddy out the door and began our day.  I started the laundry and then got in the shower.  Before too long, I hear one of the girls enter the bathroom.  She announced that she was gathering garbages because it's Wednesday and the garbage needed to go out.  She gathered every garbage, and the recycleables, and dragged them all outside.  She got herself ready for the day, cleaned the cat pan and had plans of doing the dishes as well!  She is such a hard worker and so dedicated to helping wherever she can.  
I'm so thankful to be her mom! 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Saturday we got up, had a good breakfast and set out for a nice bike ride.  Doug had to practice for a special on Sunday at the church and then we had a graduation party to attend down the road at the park.  It's all down hill on the way... which in turns means its all uphill on the way back.  Things were going really good until we hit one portion.  We still aren't sure what happened exactly, but Madalyn crashed.  God was good as we were spaced out pretty good and she didn't get hit by Marissa or I who were both behind her.  We did have a few band aids with us as well as water so we cleaned her up best we could until we could get to Grandma Jenkins house and do a better job.  She jumped back on her bike like a champ though!  I'm so proud of her!   All in all, we rode between 15-20 miles and the girls did great!  When we got home I cleaned up her wounds again and sprayed some of this stuff on it.  It's for animals, but we have had such good luck with on the dogs in the past and its safe for puppies, kittens, ferrets, and nursing animals that we figured it was fine.  Doug doubled checked with a vet friend of his and he confirmed that it would do the trick.  

It worked great!  Within 4 hours, her arms were scabbed over and no longer oozing and her knee looked a lot better.  We both said later that we should have taken crash site pictures for the blog, but maybe you would all have rather we didn't! ;)  Anyhow, this is how she looks as of Monday morning...

Her knee even has new skin on it already!  We are hoping to get her knee healed up good before we head to Darien Lake next week!
Despite it all, we did have a great day and we really enjoyed our bike ride!