Sep 15, 2014

Life Lately

Fall is upon us, and so canning season commences!  We have a huuuuge apple tree in our front yard, unfortunately the apples are teenty tiny.  I do have an apple peeler/corer, so that helps, but it took me damn near to peel enough apples to get 5 quarts of apple pie filling!

And along with the 5 quarts of pie filling, I received this pretty stellar burn.  I was taking a jar our of the canning bath, when the lid came off and the pie filling burned me.  Lovely.  

Another thing I am loving these days are my salads, I never tire of these puppies.  I eat a salad every single day.  I try to mix up the protein a bit, last week I had shredded taco chicken on top.  
 And have you had LaCroix sparkling water?  Oh my word, I'm in heaven.  Trying to cut way back on Diet Coke, and this fits the bill.  My favorite flavor is cherry lime, yumm!

Sep 11, 2014


One of the HARDEST things I have had to go through as a parent, is to see your child hurting.  It literally feels like someone is ripping your heart out, and yet there is nothing you can do to fix it.  Disappointment is something everyone has to go through and I truly believe the statement above, it's just so hard to get your child to look past the dark clouds.

Rachel has been in volleyball for 4 years now and is quite the player!  Two years ago she tried out for JO (Junior Olympic) volleyball and out of 5 of her closest friends, she was the only one to not make the team.  It was horrible, to see her pain and not be able to do anything about it was torture.  The next year she made the "A" team in JO and got to play with her friends, we were all ecstatic!  In school volleyball, she has always played on the A teams, until this year.  For whatever reason, she was put on the B team, and all of her friends once again, are on the A team.

This has been such a hard week for us.  Rachel just wants to play volleyball and learn.  She is not enjoying being on the B team and is really struggling.  I am not going to sit here and say that my kid is an amazing player and is better than the B team, however, she deserves to be put on the A team, and that's what hurts.  The coach has been favoring the A team and not working much with the B team, it's so frustrating...

I have talked with her a lot about how she needs to be a team player and be a positive influence on her team, treat her team NO different than if she was on the A team.  To see her come home everyday in tears puts me over the edge...

How have you dealt with disappointment?  Any wise words of advice?

Sep 9, 2014

Alayna's First Twins Game

One of the many perks of Brad's job is that he gets tickets to many sporting events.  Last week he scored 4 tickets to Wednesday nights Twins game (yes, only the 2nd school night of the year...) and since he knew just how much I love baseball, he decided to ask his brother to go and take Alayna and Will with.  Score for me!  I hate baseball.  With every fiber of my being.

The weather was iffy, and they got rained on for a couple minutes and then it cleared up.  Now, if you know Alayna at all, you know that she's tiny for her age.  She has a condition called Ketotic Hypoglycemia, basically she doesn't have enough fat stores on her body to take fuel from, which means she eats all.the.time.  She doesn't eat much, and we really have to keep the sugar down.  Wanna know what she ate that night?

Yep, cotton candy.  That stuff makes me shudder.  And then she had a hot dog, a Gatorade and an ice cream bowl.  Holy hell, I'm surprised she wasn't awake half the night!  So of course from all that sugar, this happened....


Oh well, she had a blast!  And, they made it on TV!  Her and Will were dancing in their seats, priceless!!

Sep 8, 2014

First Day of School

Tis the season, school has commenced!  Where did the summer go??  I'm actually very ok with the start of school...With me working 4 days/week, I felt bad that they were home alone those days.  They had chores to do everyday, along with reading and workbooks, which they couldn't believe how much WORK they had everyday.....Pfsh....

They had their cousin Will (who is Alayna's age) come over most days, so 90% of their day was playing Barbie's, Legos and school.  Can you guess who the teacher was?  And who would quit after 10 minutes of playing school because the teacher was too strict?  That's a whole 'nuther post...

I am happy to say that the first week of school went AWESOME!  Well, minus having to damn near drag Alayna out of bed because she is used to sleeping until 10...
 I have our calender organized with who has practice when, game dates, meal plans, workout plans and it feels good to know what comes next!  Now, lets just hope that I continue on with the organization!

Sep 5, 2014

Labor Day Weekend

We had a fantastic Labor Day weekend!  I was actually off Friday through Tuesday, which was awesome!
Friday afternoon we headed up to Canary Beach Resort to stay with friends of ours that have a camper.  They just bought a brand new camper, that thing is nicer than my house!

The weather was less than stellar, unfortunately.  It was cool, cloudy and misty.  The girls still swam (they have an awesome beach area), and the guys took all the kids tubing (where Rachel injured her elbow...seriously, this kid always injures herself right before starting a school sport...).  Alayna lasted about 5 minutes and was then freezing.

We got some good volleyball playing in, even mom played!

Alayna was hoping to join in, but it was a little much for the mouse.

There may have been some sword fighting by the oldest and youngest...clearly the youngest is winning...

Lots of campfires!

We headed home on Sunday, and went out to the lake to see my mom and her husband.  It was nice and relaxing, the weather was a bit iffy again...we had some big thunderstorms that afternoon that dumped a bunch of rain.

After supper we headed over to Brad's mom and dad's as we typically will have a campfire and all the kids camp out in tents.  Unfortunately we couldn't with all the rain.  We ended up playing cards and all the kids camped out in the living room. 

We all came back the next morning and made a big breakfast, this was what I found, haha!


We got home around 9:30 and I power cleaned ALL.Day.Long.   I swear you would have thought I hadn't cleaned all summer!  We (or should I say Brad) cleaned carpets, scrubbed every surface, organized, got meals ready for the week, did laundry and finished our day our annual spa night.  I of course forgot to take pics, ugh.  I make them a bath in our big tub, we do facials and then I give them manicures and pedicures.  I make them fancy (cinnamon and sugar) sandwiches, fruit kabobs and kiddie cocktails in wine glasses.

Needless to say I was WIPED!

Sep 4, 2014

Let's Get Physical!

While I was running on the treadmill, Alayna decided to get her workout clothes on and get a workout in herself!  

She did some weights (those 3 pound weights were killing her, lol!), jumped rope and ran up and down the stairs.  This kid CRACKS me up!

Aug 28, 2014

This Girl...

Yes this is an old pick from the 4th of July, but I forgot to take a pic with her and I last night.  This kid is something else, I tell ya!

Last night was supposed to be "Mom and Emma" night.  We were going to go to Barnes and Noble (her FAVE place to be) and browse books and do some other shopping.  Brad was taking the other 2 and some friends tubing.  Unfortunately Brad had the van keys with him, so shopping did not happen...

She was so bummed, tears streamed down her face.  I told her that she could pick a movie to watch and that we would do some baking.

We made a new recipe, Carrot Banana Bread (from Mels Kitchen Cafe) which was delicious!  We also whipped up a batch of peach and banana smoothies.

We watched Titanic and ate popcorn, it was such a fun night with her!  She told me that it was more fun than going shopping:)  LOVE that kid!