Enjoying One of the Last Sundays of Summer

Today was a great day. I’ve finally come to accept the fact that there will be no more sleeping in  for me in this life.  If I can sleep past 8 AM anymore, that is doing pretty good!  That being said, I’m able to get up and tackle my day in the morning.  We were ready and running errands and left the house shortly after 10 this morning.  ON A SUNDAY!  So after our errands were tackled and lunch in our bellies we came home where I did some work and supervised Tot playing in the yard.

I finally blew up the Hopper ball thingy she got for Christmas.  Watching her try to figure out to jump on it while staying on it was pretty entertaining.  Then, with a little help from Hubster we put the pedals back on her little bike.  We had removed those in June after I read some blogs about how much easier it is for kids to learn to ride a bike with the pedals removed so they learn to balance and “coast” and it’s not so hard for them to balance when the pedals are back on. The training wheels are off of course.  So she attempted to “ride” her bike like a big girl with her pedals and I’m quite proud of the progress she’s making.  Obviously, she isn’t a pro, but I think that the whole no-pedals: ditch-the-training wheels- thing really did help.  It’s so cute to see her get frustrated, think about giving up, but push through and try again.  Also major bonus points to Hubster when he did his Dad thing holding her steady while she pedaled!

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After wearing ourselves out, I watered my very dry garden. (Can it just please rain already?!)  Then we came inside and cleaned up and I made an awesome dinner that my husband actually looked forward to 🙂  Chicken Alfredo (I used those awesome twirly Cavatappi noodles and Tyson grilled chicken strips) and since I don’t do alfredo I had plain ol’ spaghetti sauce.  It was wonderful! Plus I have enough leftover that I don’t have to worry about what to pack for my work lunch tomorrow!

Tot’s in bed. My laundry is in the washer.  I found enough quiet time to sit down and bang out a blog and now it’s time for me to read my book!  I’ve finally made it to Book 6 of the Outlander series in my rereading adventure!  Now that I’ve finally bought my copy of  Written In My Own Hearts Blood I am so ready to be done rereading and start Book 8 🙂

I hope everyone else’s Sunday was just as wonderful!

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The Father’s Day Gift


I’m sure you’re all aware that Father’s Day is in 1 week.  I’ve been aware that it is fast approaching and some ideas have floated through my mind of what to get my Husband-the wonderful father of our child 🙂  I apparently haven’t decided because I have yet to buy/make anything.  Uh-oh.

Now I should go ahead and say right now that the traditional “tie for Father’s Day” has NEVER been an option for my husband as he does not wear ties.  I’m not a big fan of ties myself and felt weird around him the few times in our many years together he’s had to wear one.  He is a dairy farmer and most comfortable in his jeans and t-shirt.  Obviously cuff-links are also not an option.

For his first Father’s Day present I had bought a special “best daddy” or some such photo frame and in it was a picture of him and our daughter next to a cow statue she was trying to pet.  He LOVED it!  It may have been the BEST gift EVER!  I’m thinking now that she turns 5 this year, perhaps we need an updated Daddy and Daughter picture in a frame for him to hang proudly in his farm office.  Yet, at this point getting the 2 of them together in a touching Father-Daughter moment and developing it within the week seems nearly impossible.

Or we could do some hand print/footprint painting deal with a cute catchphrase (like the ones on Pinterest of course!) and frame one of those.  The possibilities are endless.  My budget and the time to come up with the perfect Father’s Day gift is unfortunately not as endless.  AND THEN I still need to come up with a gift for my Father…

Is your Father’s Day gift all ready to give?  What is your present for the Dad in your life?

REMEMBER THE TIME: I Got In Trouble With The Law?

OK, I admittedly didn’t get into BIG trouble.  I am a good girl, and try to be an upstanding citizen.  I do however have a slight speeding problem.  I say slight because while I’m doing my 5-10 over posted limit I’m getting passed by much faster speeders!  Anywho… back to the subject.

It was June of either 2011 or 2012 and I was heading into town late morning to make it to the bank and do a little shopping. The posted speed limit on the road I was on is 50.  I will go ahead and say I have been known to drive 60 on this stretch of road.  This particular day there was an SUV in front of me and it’s not like I was chasing him down… he stayed about the same distance in front of me the whole time and I was going 55 mph.  We are in this dip, and over the hill coming toward us in the other lane is a Sheriff car.  Well he gets past us and I see him stop and turn around in a driveway and begin following me.  $h*+!  But the SUV is still driving faster than me and his car is nicer so it should be no problem, right? WRONG. He follows me for what felt like a VERY LONG 2 miles and waits until we get almost to the stop light of an intersection to put on the lights and pull me over. I have NEVER been pulled over!  I thought I was going to puke and I was so nervous I was about to cry.  He comes to my door and I’m frantically trying to find my Registration and Proof of Insurance along with my ID to hand to him.  He mentions I was going 5 mph over the limit.  I think he could tell I was all flustered and felt sorry for me so I only got a warning.  And a reminder that I need to carry up to date insurance information because my POI just so happened to be expired.

I will say I was wearing a tank top and have been informed that I look younger than I am.  My thoughts on the situation are he was bored and thought he saw a young lady driving the car Daddy bought her and decided to stop me.  Much to his surprise I ended up being a late-20-some-year old with a toddler in a car seat in back saying “Mommy, there’s a man at your window!”  And when I had renewed my driver license I just so happened to have been very pregnant with that said toddler and had went to the BMV after a long day of work and it was a windy day so I looked miserable in my picture.  Very miserable.

I will note that I do drive a bit slower through there, most of the time.  And I always have my up-to-date insurance card in the car now!  So I guess some good did come from that; I guess I didn’t completely waste his time.  I have only been pulled over once since then because my headlight was out, which I was completely unaware of, and I only received a warning for that too.  Not too much of a law breaker here – can’t afford the tickets 😉

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This was a fun topic for the monthly Blog Hop.  Thanks Rob!

Conversations with My 4 Year Old

A few days ago while I was getting my daughter ready for bed I had mentioned she wasn’t listening very good to me that night. I then followed with a comment about needing to clean out her ears maybe.  She agreed they were probably full of wax. I said “I bet you didn’t have any problem listening to your teachers at school today. How come you use your listening ears for school and not for Mommy?”

C: “Well I had my listening ears on at school, but they needed a rest so they’re taking a break”

Me: “Nice answer.  You know you have a smart answer for everything?”

Her answer to that was a devilish grin.  Darn kid.  Apparently she gets it honest as my Mother tells me C is a lot like me at that age!

Sunday Sharing

For the #zerotohero assignment I’m finally catching up on I am supposed to put together a “round-up” of some blogs I think you all should be reading.  Well, being Mother’s Day today, what better than to share with you some great Mommy blogs I truly enjoy reading?

As a Mom myself, I get the stories of terror, triumph, and failure.  It is very hard to put your Mommy opinion out there for the whole world to see and judge, and boy does the world love to judge mothers.  So celebrate moms and show these ladies some love!

Too Much Stuff (Zero To Hero Day 6 Assignment)

Dear Daughter,

I do love you dearly, and apparently others do too.  But you have so much stuff I don’t know what to do.  It’s filling up your little bedroom, and there’s a constant mess in the “family room” that has become your very own playroom.  If we don’t start throwing away/donating some of your stuff, we’re going to have to build you your own house!  So this summer we shall be downsizing your loot.  Hey, you’ll be 5 and 5 year olds don’t play with toys for 2 year olds anyway!  Let’s clean and keep it clean! After all, your birthday will be right around the corner and Christmas is looming closer!