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Birthday Dinner & a Breakthrough

Oh my goodness, Christmas is five days away!

And that means my oldest daughter, OMG Becky, turns 19 in just three days. I can’t.

We had just one outing this past weekend due to a winter storm. It started with freezing drizzle Friday late night, followed by snow all Saturday afternoon. And let us not forget single digit temperatures with a windchill below zero. We hunkered down and stayed home from Friday evening until Sunday evening.

Sunday night we went to my parents’ house for Becky’s family birthday dinner! The evening involved arts and crafts meant for the littles, but enjoyed by all.


Coloring pictures to put in Santa’s mailbox. These pictures may have involved pleas for gifts and a nice list. Sassy didn’t make it on that list.  😉


Tree decorating.


cousins, christmas tree

We had a breakthrough. Do you notice something in the picture above? My youngest niece is smiling! Her eyes were still on me nonstop all night, but at least she’s smiling. (I took my walking boot off while she was there. We’re all hoping she’s even more comfortable with me come Christmas Eve!)

We also enjoyed cake!


Sidenote, OMG Becky was not entirely happy with me. I had asked her what kind of cake she wanted. She picked Red Velvet. Great. I went to the store Friday, bought the cake mix and frosting. Baked the cake Saturday. Took it to the party Sunday. That’s when I realized I hadn’t bought her any ice cream. We had a birthday party without ice cream. Oh the injustice! For whatever reason (I guess because we didn’t discuss it?) buying ice cream never even dawned on me. #momfail

What’s your latest #momfail? 


Be Merry

Christmas Card 2015, sisters

May your Christmas be filled with love and blessings of the season as we celebrate the birth of our Savior!

At It Again

Here I go again. Messing with my blog design. And I need your help.

I really, really like this one, but I can’t figure out how to get my widgets to show up. Crud.

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And the text is HUMONGOUS.

Bare with me as I try to figure all this out.

Any ideas on how to fix the widget issue or text size?

UPDATE: What? It already looks different, you say? Did you blink and miss the other design that was driving me nuts? Ha! You are right, it wasn’t there very long. Me going nuts was a very short trip.

So now on to this design. I love it’s clean, simple look. I think this one will stick around awhile.

What do you think of the new look?

Things are Changing

As you can see, I am doing a bit of blog redesign. I may have accidentally pushed an activate button instead of a preview button when browsing themes yesterday. I am now forced to make some changes.


Please be patient with me as I try to figure all of this out. I apologize in advance if you can’t find what you are looking for as some links aren’t working or even appearing. Hopefully, things will be back to normal soon!


Last Saturday, my mom and I got off work early. She insisted we go shopping. Okay, fine. She is in the market for a new bed.

new bed


She may have even asked the saleslady if she could spend the night to thoroughly check out the bed. Sassy didn’t know what to make of the awkward situation.

When we got home, I was startled by this when I went to open my car door.

cat on car


Jasper is such a creeper cat.


cat on car


It really is a miracle that I haven’t run over him in the garage. He has no fear of my car.

Later that night, we went to my niece Myo’s 18th birthday party. I cannot believe she is an official adult now!

blow out the candles, birthday cake


Costco cake for the win!

It was a fun evening with lots of great Mexican food that I, as usual, forgot to take a picture of because I was too busy eating it. Let’s face it, the only reason there is a picture of the cake is because I was forced to pause by the whole “blow out the candles” tradition.

Later when it was time to leave, I couldn’t find Sassy. I realized I hadn’t seen her in at least 30 minutes. I wasn’t worried, I knew she was in the house somewhere, I just wasn’t sure where she was exactly. Then I saw the top of my dad’s head across the room sitting on the couch. I knew immediately Sassy would be next to him.

And I was right.


Those two are inseparable!

What are you looking forward to this weekend?

Sunday Social


1. Four Favorite bands you loved in high school:

Bon Jovi, Duran Duran. Beastie Boys, and Van Halen.

Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet concert was my first concert and my first date!

2. Four go-to meals you’d love to learn to cook or can cook really well:

Anything! Seriously, I am a basic cook at best. But let’s be honest here, I don’t really care to learn to cook anything well. Cooking well is not something I will ever take the time to learn. No desire. But if I had to pick one thing, it would be a Chocolate Bag dessert like the one at McCormick & Schmick’s.

Chocolate Bag
White Chocolate Mousse and Fresh Berries
Topped with Whipped Cream

3. Four necessities to your daily life:

Iced coffee with creamer, iPhone, laptop, and chocolate almond milk (my after workout treat).

coffee, fastpitch softball

I take iced coffee everywhere with me year-round!

4. Four makeup necessities you must have if you could only have 4 on:

Concealer, cream blush (because I could use it as lip color, too!), eye liner and mascara. I honestly would feel naked with just four make-up items. My make-up is natural looking, but it is a full face of make-up and I NEVER leave home without it on.

My favorite mascara right now is Maybelline New York Volume Express Mega Plush Washable Mascara.


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It makes my lashes fuller and longer without clumping. It also doesn’t rub off during the day. Big win!

5. Four favorite apps on your phone or iPad: Shazam, Pandora, Instagram and Starbucks.

shazam app

I love music and am forever using the Shazam app to find out more info about a song.

Answer one or all of the questions above!

Surprise Ending

Church Sunday morning was a long one. A good service, but a long one. It also included my 4-month old niece throwing up on me midway through it. My fault, I’m a baby hog. I’m okay with that fact. Either way, after church we needed a little something to boost our energy afterwards.

long john donut

Good night, talk about a sugar coma. After that stop, we did a little grocery shopping for the week. Then it was time for the thing I had been looking forward to all week-long!…

Exploring a new trail! We had spotted this trail driving back from our hike last week. I couldn’t wait to get back to it. And it did not disappoint!

This trail started out narrow and fairly flat, but then it started to get interesting with some fun inclines and declines.



There were a few bridges.

foot bridge

OMG Becky called this one “shady.” Not really sure what she meant by that…


Lots of rocks and tree roots to watch out for.

A bit of ice and mud, but not nearly as much as last weekend.

And then the trail leveled out, widen and I could see a fence at the end. I immediately knew where this trail ended at!…

The native animal enclosure! Buffalo and elk!


After finishing that trail, I was ready for some more fun. We soon found a different trail on another part of the lake.  It was more difficult than the first trail. I loved it, of course!

There was an entire other side of this trail left for us to explore next time. AND I saw another trail on the other side of the native animal enclosure to try sometime, too! Now if the weather will cooperate and continue with these gorgeous Sundays. Our weather is currently changing. Weatherman says today will feel 75 degrees colder  than it did yesterday. Yikes. But fingers crossed it rebounds for the weekend again!

Tell me about your weekend!

What’s the weather like in your area?