Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Shelly and I are preparing for the fifth grade field trip to DC. Four years ago Lily and I made the trek to Washington, DC with her 5th grade classmates. 

There are so many awesome things to discover in DC and I can't wait to see Shelly's excited face when she first encounters the museums, the monuments, and all of the beauty that DC has to offer. 

I don't yet have an itinerary for this trip, but I am sure there will be many new and familiar sites that will overwhelm me, as well. 

Wish us luck as we make our way to the nations's capital for three days with a bevy of excited fifth graders and their parents. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015


The older I get the more I realize how important it is to have someone really listen to you. To be heard. 

So many times people are thinking of what they want to say next or they're busy drifting off in thought. Or maybe they just want to be heard, too, and just don't really listen. 

My mom was a world class listener. She heard it all. She was genuine about her listening and made thoughtful comments after she had listened. My mom felt okay in the silence. She didn't need to always be the one talking. 

I'm so grateful for that in my life. It's one of the things I miss the most about my mom. But, what I can glean from her example is how important it is to do the same for others. I need to be a better listener myself and help others to be heard. 

Really, I think we all do. Stop and listen. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Driving and Middle School!

What's next?

Yesterday Lily passed Part I of her Drivers Ed class. Today, Shelly is headed to the middle school for a tour with her 5th grade class.

Things are getting very real around here. The milestones just keep coming. 

The girls are eager for all of these changes. And I'm excited to watch them take on these new challenges. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Spring Things

Shelly and I decided to do a little after school crafting the other day (Lily was at school taking Drivers Ed). 

Our first craft was "bunnies with a cute bum". I found the craft idea here and used her template to create the bunnies. 

Then we made the little pom poms and hot glued them to the bunnies. We put our bunnies on to a piece of yarn to create a garland. I hot glued mine and Shelly chose to hole punch hers and lace the yarn through the bunnies' ears. 

I put mine up on the mantel and Shelly displayed hers on her window. 

Our next spring activity was creating butterflies. I found this idea here. I made the square/circle template and traced it on to some of my scrapbook paper (good use for that seldom used paper). 

Then we cut out our patterns and got to work folding. Once the folding was done, we tied the middle of the butterfly with bakers twine and pipe cleaners. We fluffed out the wings and they were ready to be placed with the bunnies on the mantel. 

Supplies and pattern for the butterfly


bunnies and butterflies

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Funny

Found these videos and put them together for a little Friday Funny. Enjoy:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Catching Up

Shelly makes the yummiest feta sauce. We use it on steak, chicken, and she likes to dip crackers in it, as well. Here's the recipe:

She wrote it out and taped it up inside the cupboard door. She uses her best guess for the amounts of each. We typically heat it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Super yummy. 

This daylight savings time is a tricky thing for me. I struggle with the extra light (I know most people love it). I'm learning to embrace it and I especially like it when I have to drive in the evening. So that's a bonus. I need to concentrate on the good. 

Lily is really learning so much in Drivers Ed and I'm impressed with how she's using common sense when it comes to driving decisions. It's fun to listen to what she has learned in her class. I'm enjoying the refresher of things I'd forgotten over the years. 

John and I are watching House of Cards. Really enjoying this series. I've always been a Kevin Spacey fan and once again I'm loving his performance in this show. 

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Facebook Free

For a little over two years I've been Facebook free and I wanted to update how it has effected me.

It hasn't. At all.

I may be missing out on photos and updates from friends, but I don't miss it. I don't miss hearing what's for dinner, how far they ran, where they went on vacation, or about a vague/leading status update they've posted.

I could be missing out on social events but if someone really wants me at an event I'm sure they'll let me know about it.

So, what am I missing while not being on Facebook? The time suck that occurs. I no longer am wasting time checking on updates, photos, and messages.

I haven't abandoned social media all together. I really enjoy Instagram. I love looking at people's photos and I'm inspired and happy when I'm on Instagram.  And, of course, this blog is my other happy outlet.

The bottom line is that Facebook isn't necessary to live a fulfilling life and being out of the loop can sometimes be a good thing. So, go ahead and give it a try---be Facebook free.