Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ten things I learned from the "top drawer" and a devastating earring break.

He was so CUTE in his Structure vest, Fossil watch, 5.0 GPA, driving a gold Ford Escort...
...yes I'll go on a date with you and yes I'll marry you in three years!
...and yes I'll love you even more than I can imagine 20 years later!

The first summer we knew each other he bought me a pair of tiny gold hoop earrings.
I have worn them almost everyday since. That's over 23 years of wearing!

THEN...last Friday night one of my earrings cracked in half
when I was putting it back into my ear. I was so sad because...
1. My favorite pair of earrings were now broken.
2. Sentimental cry was the first "big" present Jeff ever gave to me.

Saturday morning I was on a mission to find another pair of gold earrings I own,
since I can only wear gold in my ears. I can wear other metals only for a short time...
...then they bother me.

I ended up searching through and emptying out my "top drawer".

Do you guys have "top drawers"?
You "important" junk drawer.
One you can't just that contains super important things as you can see below.

I learned a few things last Saturday morning.

1. My retainer no longer teeth have shifted.
{Really? I, the queen of tossing away still owns her retainer?'s that black polka dot container...
...I decorated it myself using white out when I was a young teenager.}

2. We have 2 free ice cream cones at Culver's.

3. I forgot how good Philosophy perfumes smell..and Jo Malone.
...and Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea.... an oldie but goody...especially during the summer.

4. I still own 10,000 bracelets I haven't worn in 10 years? never know. But really..I do know. Just get rid of them Liz!

5. Why, yes Jeff, I do have chapstick you can use.
..Not the answer I gave him the other night, but after my top drawer, well...

6. I have an extra dollar now.

7. I found a few long, lost pens.

8. That little gold square in the top left corner of my's a key chain.
Jeff gave it to me for our first Valentines Day.
It's name is on one side and I love you on the other.
I forgot all about that sweet gift.

9. The watch I always wear on my wrist is not on my dresser.


10. Gulp..I guess the girls aren't the only reason pony holders go missing.
Sorry for all that blaming dear daughters of mine.

P.S. I never found the other gold earrings I was looking for.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Wrapping up the week...Monday thru Friday and a couple of little articles for you.

Nothing exciting going on around here.
Just the usual...and the usual is the most peaceful.

I had to give the Heimlich for the first time in my life. my 2 year old.
....he was choking on a cracker RIGHT in front of me while I was chopping peppers. was scary to see him turn purple and not breath.
..I was thankful I knew what to do.
...he cried for a little while. I didn't cry...but my hands were pretty shaky.

We ate tacos...because..well, Taco Tuesday.

It rained. a LOT.  Hello weeds everywhere. Hello mosquitoes everywhere. Hello humidity.

I'm also very proud of my brother in law .
His job is not an easy one...especially in this day and age.
Thank your local officers!

In this week's episode of God convicting Liz and her sin nature...
After having my very own expectations and taking them out on my dear husband...
I read this article a friend posted on FB  ....Ouch! too bad I didn't read it sooner.
Sorry Jeff.

I bought a bottle of geranium oil. and a Larabar  ...big excitement.
I also found a new store that opened close to my house that sells Polish Pottery!
It's eight hundred million dollars a piece ...I'll be doing a lot of browsing. ;)

Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Have you ever seen anything so dirty on an early Sunday evening after eating pizza?

It was an unplanned, last minute, brick oven pizza {sort of} party after church.

All of us adults made pizza and chatted while the kids rolled
tractors and cars and trucks through dirt and dust and rocks and... can see the results here.

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Wrapping up the week....firetrucks that mow lawns, satire at it's finest and the best cocoa powder in the world!

I found these shots on my camera...taken by Sophia.

This little red firetruck is played with more than anything else he owns.
We bought it for him the Christmas after he turned one.

Up until this past week it was an inside it also "lawn mows".
We've had our yard mowed around forty times just today! The grass looks fabulous.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love the age of two?!?
I do. I really, really do.

Do you like satire? Do you enjoy sarcasm?
Do you have a sense of humor? Do you love to laugh?
If you answered NO to any of these questions,
don't bother clicking on THIS LINK.

{If you did click, browse around...Jeff and I were cracking up}

The BEST cocoa powder in the entire world.
I buy it for much less at the grocery store...but it can be difficult to find.
..and to be honest, I would consider splurging every once in a while
if I couldn't find it anywhere.

My homemade coffee creamer is amazing because of it.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Annual Fourth of July Partaaaay! Flag shirts, fireworks and all the trimmings.

My kids look forward to my parent's Fourth of July party as much as Christmas morning.
To be honest..all of us kids {my siblings} do too.
They've been throwing parties on this day forever and ever.

It's sort of like a mini family reunion...'s the one day out of the year cousins and second cousins and third cousins all get together.

My cousin and I realized yesterday how big our family has grown over the years.
It's crazy! a really great way.

Tons and tons and TONS of food.
Flag shirts.
Blueberry pies.
A new puppy. {not our's!}
The bouncy house.

...and by fireworks, I mean FIREWORKS!
{including my pyro-tech brother's homemade concoctions}
We're talking my brothers and my husband here..and if you know them,
you know what I'm talking about.

{My parent's grandkids minus three}

Four Generations : Great Grandpa. Grandpa. Uncle. Nephew.

I'm thankful for this country.
I'm thankful for my family!

Hope your holiday was blessed and wonderful.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

Wrapping up the week...tornado sirens, never ending miscarriages, pink skies and a new song for you.

Sometimes I just watch..and they don't even know I'm there.
....lurking with my camera. snapping moments I find adorable.

It's amazing how big the love is that we have for our children, isn't it?

I will one day soon write about miscarriages that go on forever and ever and ever...
...and ever and ever....and EVER!!! and feel like they are never going to end.
But they do....that's what they say. I'll let you know.

I have learned a lot about the human body these past few weeks. Still learning.
...and seriously! Why aren't there more websites for women out there?

Who are we supposed to turn to at 2am when we don't want to wake the doctor
from her sweet slumber to ask a question that may be silly? ....or not?
You could be dying! or not? or you could be! or not!

How are we to know???  How? How? How did people live before the internet? {wink}

I found many answers in the comment section of articles I read from other countries... New Zealand! New Zealand women, they speak frank.
.....and the comments marked TMI with obvious grammatical and spelling errors
seemed to be the most helpful. Ha!

Capturing the heavy rains and crazy storm clouds while tornado sirens blared
and his wife continued her pleading for him to move into the basement.
....after she took a photo of course. 

The storms this past week left gorgeous pink skies.

Yes! Yes! These are my colorful hydrangeas that decided to bloom again after two years of rest.
Thank you darlings. ...and look at that little lightning bug. Frankie is now caring for him. is our friend Andrew Belle's new single. kids love when this song is stuck in my head and I sing down, down over and over again.

Have a fabulous weekend.