Friday, September 19, 2014

Mom's Night Out

I don't usually recommend movies.  Usually because I don't stay awake through them long enough to know whether I liked it or not ;)  It's bad....but when I do stay awake it's usually because it was a really good moving.  Tuesday night, the mom's from our homeschool group met.  We meet every month to discuss upcoming events, and discuss different things we might be going through.  Well, this month, we decided to do something different and we watched the movie, Mom's Night Out.  
It was amazing!  It was like watching a dramatized version of me during portions of it.  It was a great comedy.... at times I was crying I was laughing so hard.  But it was also so encouraging....we aren't alone in this mom thing :)  I forget that sometimes. I forget that I am going to have rough days and thats ok.  So don't take my word for it, go rent it and watch it!
It's on my list to buy!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Another one of those days....

...where sleeping is just the fun thing to do ;)

And yes, all three girls really are sleeping at the same time like this!  LOL  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Baby Paisley is here :)

Ok, so she has been here for a month now, but a couple weeks ago we went and spent some time there visiting with Katie and the girls.  I love that she has "the girls" too ;)

The girls love having another little girl to spoil and talk to.  

 And of course they had a blast playing with Zoe and watching a movie!

I love watching babies loose the battle of sleep...

Way too cute and I love her so much already!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I'm back ;)

I wonder how many times I have used that as a title for my blog ;)  
So we let a few things slide as far as technology goes.  I'm not sure why we decided to upgrade and get things in order on both the Macs at the same time, but that is how things went.  So I did not have a operational computer yesterday to get a blog up!  I know, I'm full of excuses ;)

We are on our 2nd full week of school for the girls!  I can't believe summer is over and school is in full swing ;(  Marissa is in 4th grade this year and so far is doing great!  Madalyn is in 2nd grade and she is also doing amazing.  This year has been a bit of an adjustment because I have extra kids just about every day, so that adds an extra piece to the puzzle.  We are still very much enjoying homeschooling and the girls have gotten into a really good routine.   So here are pictures from the first morning of school...

Marissa, 9 years old, 4th grade

Madalyn, 7 years old, 2nd grade

Friday, September 12, 2014

The drive....

Now back to our regularly scheduled program! ;)
Remember how I said the drive out to Vermont was beautiful and relaxing?  Well the ride home was a different story ;)  Started out with a bad dumping experience.  Mind you its only my second time dumping the trailer...still it was one of my worst "blonde moments" as my father in law calls it that I have probably ever had.  Usually the dump station has a pathway, so I followed the road around to the dumping area and pulled up to the hole.  Everything was going good, till I pulled the plungers and realized that the camper was sitting slightly uphill....yeah.  So I had to "walk" the junk it the hose to help it along and give the push it needed.  I was just about swearing that the stupid dump station was designed by an idiot when Doug's Dad pulled up behind me.  He started helping and then realized that I was on the wrong side.  I should have pulled up on the grass and then I would have been uphill to the hole instead of downhill.  Oh man.  I was so glad no one other than my in-laws watched me struggle through that.  Lesson learned let me tell you!  So I backed into the dump station on the correct side, finished dumping, checked out at the gate and then we were off with me leading the way!  We weren't more than an hour into the trip when I get a phone call from Mom telling me that they lost a tire on the trailer.  I just happened to be by a farm, so I pulled in and used their driveway to turn around.  I could see their trailer on the side of the road so I wasn't far.  There was a u-shaped driveway across the way so I parked my rig and told the girls to stay put.  I crossed the busy road only to find not a lost tire, but a shredded one!  

I personally have never seen a tire quite in that shape.  So I got the spare off while Dad got the shredded tire.   Then we find out that the spare is lacking in air.  Thankfully the driveway I was parked in had a bunch of guys out in the shop working on a car and they had an air compressor.  We made our way back across with the tire all ready to go, only to discover that the spare tire has the wrong bolt pattern.  The shredded tire had a 6 bolt pattern and the spare had a 5.  I thought he was pulling my leg, but no, he was dead serious!  So we dropped my trailer and loaded up to go find a new tire to put on the other rim.  Thankfully we found a local guy that sold tires and he had one in stock that worked perfect.  Before long we were both hooked up and back on the road.

After a couple missed turns, my GPS going crazy and trying to send me back to Vermont, some tight roads and gas stations, we finally made it home safe and sound without damaging anything!  It was quite the experience, but one we won't forget! :)  I'm so thankful for a hard working husband and the camper that the Lord allowed us to get.  It was so nice to be able to spend 2 weeks straight with him.  On top of that, He gave me the ability and confidence to drive the thing and kept us safe through all the states to boot.  
So blessed!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014


It's been 13 years...Seems like just yesterday.  
I still remember where I was and what I was doing when we got the call from my Dad who was an over the road truck driver at the time.  
I remember watching the second plane hit the South Tower.

Then the Pentagon was hit.

Flight 93's passengers fought and brought their plane down in PA
There is a timeline of that day that I found here.  

Today, all we have is the memories and memorials that stand in their honor.

Today lets take time our of our busy days and remember that day.  Remember all those that died innocently by the hand of our enemies, remember all those that gave their lives while doing their jobs.  Today be thankful that you are an American that is FREE.  Spend the day in prayer for our country and our leaders.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Friday morning we headed back down to the river and bid farewell to the stick :)

It was doing good till it got stuck.  
Madalyn said that wasn't good enough so she retrieved it and tried again.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Play time with the dogs....

Just like every campground this one had a 6 foot leash rule as well.  The dogs don't mind it to much, but sometimes they just want to run.  Two sites down from us, which were empty, there were a set of stairs that led to this big grassy section separated from the rest of the campground.  This was what I assume was the camping and tent camper area.  It was beautiful down there!  We walked around down there till we found a little path that led down to water.  It was even more beautiful down there!  We were able to let the dogs run and play and cool off.  Molly avoids all puddles, although she does do ok with rain and the hose, up until that day.  She went in cautiously, but then went for it!  The two of them had sooo much fun!  The girls had a blast finding "gold and silver" in the water. :)  Here are some pictures from our fun :)

Isn't it awesome?

Madalyn found this huge stick and decided that before we left on Friday she would send it off down the river.  Until then she put in in a safe place so she could save it.

Learning from Chloe that its fun to chase the water being splashed at them...

Getting braver...

Playing fetch :)