One of my favorite things about Spring is the flowers.

Especially when you have enough to cut and put in a mason jar on the dining room table. They make a house a happier place to be. Here are some pictures of our first table bouquet of the year. Can’t believe how early our flowers are blooming this year! We are so blessed that the previous owners of our house took the time to plant all kinds of flowers all over our property! From late March til late August there is always something new blooming! They were amazing gardners. The plants are pretty hardy too, since magically Bran and I have not managed to kill them yet (even with the crazy hot summer we had last year!)

 

What are your favorite things about spring?

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Further Proof that I am a Geek

Like many Americans, we have a set budget for Christmas presents this year. We always have a budget, but since we are a little tighter this year and we are trying to save to completely redo our laundry room, we wanted to make sure that we stuck to our budget no matter what.

So being the geek that I am, I designed an Excel Worksheet using the Designer function and working with Macros. As I was making it I just took our budget and divided by the number of people we getting presents for, but then I thought, what about the presents we have already purchased that we found on sale or cost less than we originally expected?  So I figured out a way to make the money redistribute itself to the others who we had not bought a gift for. This way, if a present happened to cost more than we expected we would know how much squish room we had before we would just need to decide on another present. That way the left over money would be available to be spent if we needed it without having to worry about ‘accidentally’ spending too much.

For you visual people:

So, in case you weren’t 100% sure before, this should confirm it. I am a geek. No sense in hiding it, might as well embrace it! Any other geeky people out there that go a little crazy when making lists? I would love to hear your stories and know that I am not alone!

15 Philosophies To Live By

By: Little Miss Ade-Tude

  1. No matter how sick you are, always find time to get out your crayons and draw a picture (it doesn’t have to be on paper).
  2. The grass may not always be greener on the other side, but the food is always better off of someone else’s plate.
  3. If it is on, I must turn it off. If it is off, I must turn it on. If it is folded, I must unfold it. Always be very proud that you can help mommy with this.
  4. “NO!” is just a really fun, new version of peak-a-boo.
  5. Also a fun game, running around with sharp/pointy things like pencils. For some reason Mommy always wants to play the “NO!” game during the running game. Weird huh?
  6. If Mommy’s hands are full, I must be carried. If Mommy is in a hurry and wants to carry me, I must walk alone. Plus, holding an adult’s hand just slows me down.
  7. If it can’t be eaten or make a cool noise than I don’t want it. Unless someone else wants it, than it is mine.
  8. If something upsets/scares/angers me it is obviously the adult who is closest to me’s fault. Obviously.
  9. Bedtime does not always mean that you have to go to sleep, it is also an okay time to stand up and yell things at your bedroom door. Also, you can throw things if you want, but it you throw your pacifier that is mommy’s fault, not yours.
  10. The more potential food has to stain, the greater the coverage area when it is hurled.
  11. Each day you should have a new favorite toy/food/stuffed animal/blanket/nap schedule, while completely despising the previous days favorite.
  12. The intensity of your tantrums should always be directly proportional to the amount of people around to witness.
  13. The amount of sound from the other room is inversely proportional to the amount of trouble you will be in when Mommy/Daddy walk in.
  14. Phone calls are the best time to do something EXTREMELY naughty.
  15. The best time to ruin an outfit is when you are out of the house and your parents have forgotten to bring along an extra set.

How Pinteresting Thanksgiving Edition

Because it will be here before you know it!

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To Get Lost in a Book.

Remember my post about excuses? This one. Remember how I talked about a 30 day Top Five Blog Challenge? Well, the second day is to pick your top 5 books read in school.

Ummm, pretty sure they are the same as almost everyone else in the United States. Why? Because it seems like we all end up reading the exact same books for the most part. So instead I’m going to put up a list of my all time favorites (at least the top 5 that I can think of right now while I’m quickly writing a post in between cooking dinner and doing laundry whilst my child sleeps, so yeah).

1. For hopeless romantics (but warning, this is not a happy story) The Pact: A Love Story by Jodi Picoult: Picoult is a writer of high energy and conviction who has, in her fifth novel, brought to life a cast of subtly drawn characters caught up in a tragedy as timeless and resonant as those of the Greeks or Shakespeare. That is not to say that Picoult is anything but accessible; in fact, this psychologically shrewd tale is as suspenseful as any best-selling legal thriller. The Hartes and the Golds, professional folk living next door in an affluent New Hampshire town, are close friends, and their children, the Hartes’ son, Chris, and Emily Gold, were born just weeks apart. Inseparable all through childhood, they slipped from the haven of intimate friendship into the tempestuous realm of love in high school, a transition their parents fully expected and welcomed. But Emily is secretly appalled by the incestuous nature of her relationship with Chris, and when she discovers that she is pregnant, she can imagine only one solution: suicide. Chris is with her when she dies and is consequently charged with her murder. As Picoult takes us through the nightmare that follows, examining each character’s struggle with guilt and sorrow, she forges a finely honed, commanding, and cathartic drama.

2. (For those that love thrillers and mystery) Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child: I love all of the books written by BOTH of them (as in together, not apart. They aren’t as good apart.) but this was the first one I ever read so that is why it makes the list. A series of bizarre and brutal murders is taking place in the halls of the New York Museum of Natural History, only days before a massive exhibition is set to open. Margo Green knows that the killer is something not human, something that’s not even supposed to exist. Where did it come from, how did it get into the museum, and how can it be stopped?

3.(This is actually for teens, but is a great realistic sci-fi/futuristic series) The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives. Collins’s characters are completely realistic and sympathetic as they form alliances and friendships in the face of overwhelming odds; the plot is tense, dramatic, and engrossing.

4.(This is the perfect book if you want something fun with not too much work involved on your part. It’s a Christian Romance as a bonus!) Fancy Pants by Cathy Marie Hake: When Britisher Lady Sydney Hathwell’s father dies, the American who planned to
wed her suddenly reneges. Stranded in America and penniless, Sydney contacts a relative in Texas who, mistaking her male-sounding name, invites his “nephew” to join him on his ranch. “Big Tim” Creighton, however, is appalled when this mincing fop arrives at Forsaken. He determines he’ll turn Fancy Pants Hathwell into a man before the boss returns home. From the get-go, he has “the kid” mucking stalls, clearing and plowing a field, and assisting with a difficult calving. But when Sydney’s true identity is uncovered, Tim resents being deceived. Yet in time, he also finds that he doesn’t like all the attention Sydney garners now that she’s wearing pretty gowns…Together Sydney and Tim will discover the importance of family and what it means to be a man–and a woman–of God.

5. (Crazy engrossing series in a setting like no other. It can get really wordy at times and steamy at others. The writer put a lot of great research into the books though and I really appreciate that.)The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children, Book One) by Jean M. Auel: When her parents are killed by an earthquake, 5-year-old Ayla wanders through the forest completely alone. Cold, hungry, and badly injured by a cave lion, the little girl is as good as gone until she is discovered by a group who call themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear. This clan, left homeless by the same disaster, have little interest in the helpless girl who comes from the tribe they refer to as the “Others.” Only their medicine woman sees in Ayla a fellow human, worthy of care. She painstakingly nurses her back to health–a decision that will forever alter the physical and emotional structure of the clan. Although this story takes place roughly 35,000 years ago, its cast of characters could easily slide into any modern tale. The members of the Neanderthal clan, ruled by traditions and taboos, find themselves challenged by this outsider, who represents the physically modern Cro-Magnons. And as Ayla begins to grow and mature, her natural tendencies emerge, putting her in the middle of a brutal and dangerous power struggle. Although Jean Auel obviously takes certain liberties with the actions and motivations of
all our ancestors, her extensive research into the Ice Age does shine through–especially in the detailed knowledge of plants and natural remedies used by the medicine woman and passed down to Ayla. Ayla’s personal evolution is a compelling and relevant tale.

What is your most recent favorite read? What about of all time?

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I’d really like to, but…

There are a lot of 30 Day Blogging Challenges out there and I told myself I would never do one, ever. Until I ran across one called the Top Five and the very first day caught my eye.

What are your top five excuses?

Okay, now that sounds like fun. It doesn’t say what kind of excuse, or what you are trying to be excused from so I’m going to go with general excuses:

1. Cramps. Oh yes, this one works like a charm for, well, almost anything really. It was always best for getting out of PE, but if you just need a little time to veg-out, it might be able to buy you a moment or two also.

2. Sick. Any kind and all kinds of sick. One of my favorite poems explains this wonderfully (I LOVE Shel Silverstein!):

“I cannot go to school today,”
Said little Peggy Ann McKay,
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash, and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox
And there’s one more—that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue—
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke—
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb,
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is—what?
What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is—-Saturday?
G’bye, I’m going out to play!”

—Shel Silverstein

3. Family Obligation (or family situation that randomly popped up). Also included is anything that you use your child as an excuse for. (I can’t be the only one that has done that right?)

4. I was going to, but then I got side tracked. AKA: Holy.Cow.I.Completely.Forgot.And.I.Don’t.Want.You.To.Know. (Sometimes rephrased: That was the next thing on my list!)

5.  I have a (doctor, dentist, orthodontist, eye doctor etc.) appointment, and they don’t have an opening for 3 months. (How said is it that most of the time this one is totally true!)

 

Okay, am I a horrible person now? What is your most used excuse?

Top Ten: How Pinteresting… Part 2

Are you ready for more? If you are any thing like me, than looking at other people’s pins is like therapy 🙂

My next board is the all about Mommy board . Sometimes mommy needs something special too:

Beautiful scarf tutorial:                                      Honey, nutmeg, and cinnamon mask:
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Love this hat:                                              Stunning!
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Fall is my favorite season, which is why I have a pin board dedicated to fall decor:

House numbers:                                                      Can’t wait to have older kids to do this:
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How to make wax leaves:
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My next board is major cart before horse (since we haven’t even started talking about MAYBE thinking about MAYBE having another baby) but how cute:

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Since I can’t have a baby, I’ll settle for dessert. YUM-O:

Caramel Apple Cups to-go:                         Caramel Frap Cupcakes:
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Frozen Peppermint Cheesecake:                                           Triple Chocolate Pound Cake:
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Of course, you know you can’t have dessert until you eat all of your dinner:

Chicken Marsala:                                                            Sweet Potato Skewers:
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Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad:                                   Lime-infused, honey-crusted chicken breast:
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Gotta love Pinterest. Thanks for checking out my Pins and I would love for your to follow me on Follow Me on Pinterest, I’ll follow you back!

Friday Blog Hop Frenzy!

Do yo like to join blog hops and meet new friends? Well here are some awesome ones for Fridays! Enjoy!

Blog Hops Everyday Friday Blog HopPhotobucket
PhotobucketThrifty Ninja Follow Me Friday

#ff63e0Smart and Trendy Moms

Flashback Fridays with Chasing Joy. (This one is tons of fun because you pick an old post to share with everyone!)

My goal  is to grow this list and post it every Friday!!

Found on Facebook

A study has revealed that the kind of face a woman finds attractive on a man can differ depending on where she is in her menstrual cycle. For example: if she is ovulating, she is attracted to men with rugged and masculine features. However, if she is menstruating or menopausal, she tends to be more attracted to a man with duct tape over his mouth and a spear lodged in his chest while he is on fire. No further studies are expected on this subject…

Labor Day and Birthday

You know how I said there are a bunch of birthdays this time of year in my family? Well, today is MY birthday!

It just so happens to fall on Labor Day this year just like it did the year I was born.

Yes, my mother went into labor on Labor Day. Apparently her coworkers thought that was hilarious. Most of them were men, since us woman know there is nothing humerous about labor. 🙂 I am blessed, however, to end up with a four day work-week and long weekend around my birthday every year. It’s like the whole nation is celebrating ME! Because I am just that awesome.  Right?  Plus, how cool is it to be born close to a holiday that doesn’t involve presents? That way I get the perk of having an extra day with family without some of my presents turning into ‘dual’ presents. Those of you born in December know what I’m talking about. Seriously, best birth date ever!!

Anyways, I hope everyone is enjoying their weekends and having a great time celebrating my birthday, errr I mean Labor Day! See you on the other side, when reality kicks in and we have to go back to work.