Friday Frazzle: The Joy of Motherhood

This week I’ve seen my social media timelines filled with beautiful daughters and handsome sons in recognition of Sons and Daughters Days. All of the posts celebrated their children and all of the posts made you feel the love that the parents have for their babies. I’m no exception. I love being a mother. It’s one of the best gifts I’ve ever been given.

Weekend Recap: Soccer Games and Homecoming Rain...

Hello everyone!  I am hoping you had an amazing weekend.  This one was a busy one for us, which I have to admit was a nice change of pace from the lazier days.  (I'm sorry, but I admit that I think I might actually like the more hectic pace (insert smile here)).

ALL The Fall Things!

It’S FALL!!! Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! GUYS! This is my season. I love this season. I have posted about it here and here. It’s my absolute go to season! The warm browns, the crisp apple reds, the pumpkin patch trips, the leaves, the hot apple cider, and YUMMY pumpkin and apple cider donuts! Oh my goodness! I LOVE this season!!! There is no other way I can celebrate this wonderful season, but by sharing all the FALL things! So, indulge me a moment or two, please!

Vacation Recap: Paradise at Paradisus Punta Cana

Hello everyone. I’ve been waiting to share this one for a while. It’s the recap of our trip to Paradisus Punta Cana! It’s been three years since we visited the Dominican Republic, three years since we stopped by Paradisus Palma Real (see that post here). This time, we invited my brother and sister in love and their spouses. Yep, S.’s brother and his wife and his sister and her husband joined us for a really beautiful trip, a couples’ vacation that we will definitely have to repeat in the future.

The lovely walk outside our room

Weekend Recap: Kevin Hart and Football

Hi everyone. I’m hoping it was a pretty great weekend for you. We were expecting to have Honeybee’s first soccer game, but received an email from the association that it was cancelled due to the inclement weather surrounding Hurricane Florence (prayers for all affected). This hurricane was no joke with all the flooding that's been going on in my home state.  Today, 95 is STILL shut down and the state DOT is telling people not to use I-95 at all due to flooding.  It's that bad in places.  I have a cousin who drives tractor trailers for a living.  He posted a video of driving through South Carolina today and the flooding is ridiculous. 

But I definitely digress.  After Saturday's announcement of no soccer, Bug and I decided to cook breakfast. He was very excited to cook with me and add to his kitchen skills. Nothing fancy, just scrambled eggs and cheese, biscuits, breakfast potatoes and peppers, and sausage. Everyone crushed everything. We tidied up for a while and let the kids settle down for quiet time before getting ready to leave the house. S. and I had a date night scheduled and our brother in love agreed to watch the kids. 

The show was supposed to start at 7, but with lines stretched around the block for the sold out show, it didn’t start until 8PM. The opening acts were pretty funny. One, in particular, had me cracking up and I enjoyed him. Kevin Hart took the stage a little after 9 and I enjoyed him. I didn’t do the guffaw laughs that I have in the past, but I still enjoyed myself. After the show, S. and I went and picked up the kids and made it home to get a few hours of sleep before church. No pics of the evening beyond the one below because they were NOT playing with the no cell phone rule.

End of the Night pic that Kevin Hart allowed

Marriage Musings...

Today my sister and her husband celebrate 17 years of marriage!  I was pleased when I saw their social media post this morning and couldn't wait to shower them with love and affection of my own.  I love their relationship.  Every time I see them, they genuinely love one another.  They look like they like one another.  They often fire jokes at each other and little inside jokes that make the other blush.  Looking outside in, they are a beautiful union.  I'm sure if you ask them, they will tell you that they love each other very much.  They will also tell you that they have walked through their own set of challenges as well just like any married couple will say the same.  Their love story got me thinking about marriages, mine in particular.

Google stock photo

Happy Birthday, Bug!!

Time waits for no man.  Truer words were never spoken.  Today, my first born turns 12 years old.  I'm so proud of him and the young man that he has become.  He is kind, respectful, sweet, and sincere.  He's an excellent big brother, a fantastic son, a lover of Christ with all his heart and soul.  He has a genuine compassionate nature and I am excited to see what God is going to do in his life.  I pray He allows me to live to see it.

Twelve years ago, I greeted this amazing little person and today, I get to celebrate him all over again.  Join me in celebrating my Bug.  As is our custom, we will have a family dinner at the place o his choosing, followed by cake, ice cream, and gifts when we get home.

I'll make sure to give a bit of recap on that later, but for now...happy birthday to my BUG!!!!

Weekend Recap: Apple Butter & Pizza

The great thing about weekends is there is always the opportunity to try something new that you don’t have time to try during the work week. This weekend, I was able to try my hand at apple butter AND try a local favorite in the form of 28” inch pizza. It was the weekend of awesomeness.

I found this recipe via a Pinterest search for apple recipes. I tried it with a bag of Red Delicious apples I had at the house that wasn’t getting eaten quickly enough. Sure enough, I dropped it in the crock pot for the directed time, and then placed the apples in my Ninja blender to get that all the way smooth consistency since there were quite a few lumps left previous. 

Red Delicious apples.  Took a while to peel, core, and slice, but so worth it.

First Day of School 2018

Have an awesome first day of school, guys!!!!

Summer Recap 2018

Happy Labor Day! What a much needed and well appreciated day off! Know what I did today? NOTHING!!! LOL! Honey, my tired is tired and that’s the truth LOL! With Labor Day comes the unofficial end to summer and I can officially say “It’s a wrap ladies and gentlemen!”

Tomorrow is the first day of school for the kids in our county. Lazy summer days are being replaced with books, papers, and homework. There are school activities and organizational hacks that need to be discovered. Summer is unofficially over. I decided that in addition to our regular Weekend Recap, I’d round out our Summer with a fun trip down memory lane. Hope you enjoy.

1.  End of Summer Bash/Baby A.'s Birthday Party.  It’s not every day you celebrate your first birthday. We decided to combine our annual End of Summer NFL Fantasy draft with baby A.’s birthday party. The kids had a ball with moon bounces. (Truth be told so did the adults). The adults enjoyed drafting their favorite players and building their amazing teams. We had food for days, friends for months, and fun memories for a lifetime. It was the perfect way to end summer.

The moon bounce was the hit of the neighborhood!

Baby A.'s Birthday Party Recap (plus End of Summer Bash!)

So, I’m not sure what I was thinking when I agreed to go with my husband on a couples’ vacation, only to return and host an annual party that would feature our daughter’s first birthday party exactly two days later.

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Lesson learned. I don't think I'll try that again. Fortunately, everything seemed to fall into place exactly as it should have...despite being a bit crazy.  Now, let's discuss the party!

Hello September

Hello everyone! We’re back from our getaway to beautiful Punta Cana, DR. I’m looking forward to sharing the sights, sounds, and experiences of the vacation with you next week, so be sure to drop by for a recap. 

In the meantime, can we just talk about how quick September seemed to roll around this year? I’m really excited about it and am hoping to share some great experiences with you including what we decide as far as Operation FET. 

 Have a beautiful day!