Life with the Bs

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A turkey and a major award

Janie won 1st place with her photo and 2nd place for visual arts for her grade in the Reflections program at her school!  She’s always been a little artist so this program is right up her alley.

These medals are no leg lamp but I’m not sure she would like a leg lamp anyway.

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The kindergartners had a Thanksgiving program last night.  Nolan was a turkey.  He said that he and Emma were so embarrassed because they had to sit in front.  He also lifted his shirt and scratched his belly during his “part”.  Too funny!

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mid scratch

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I love our school and I’m so thankful for all of the programs that they offer but I’m looking forward to a night at home.  It’s too cold out there for all this running around!




Nolan funnies

I don’t know if these will come through in reading them but people always ask if I write the stuff he says down….now it’s recorded :)

I had a loaner car from the dealership last week and Nolan always wanted to put it in park or reverse.  I told him that he needed to be careful with that because when I was 3, I put a car in neutral and it rolled down my grandparents driveway.  He looked at me with a serious face and said, “Did you die?”

We were talking about Baxter’s birthday and Janie thought that was the date we got him.  I explained that dogs need to stay with their mom for about six weeks so they can drink her milk.  Nolan chimed in, “Baxter has a mom?”  I said, “Yes, he does.”  He responded, “Is it you?”  No son, I did not birth or nurse a dog!

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Extracurricular Activities

We had a weekend full of extracurricular activities.  Tim had a track day at Road Atlanta.  The weather was wonderful and the kids enjoyed spending the day there on Sunday.  That’s Tim in between the kids.

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Nolan had his last baseball game and team party.  He really looks like Chicken Little with that helmet, especially while running the bases.

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Janie earned her white belt in Choi Kwang Do.  She was very intimidated at first but I can tell that she’s getting more confident.


My extracurricular activity……hmm.  I went to Zumba last night….no pictures!  I’m also still on a sad story kick.  That’s the bad thing about Goodreads, you like one sad story and they recommend more.

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Happy Ending

I just finished a book that ruined me!  Okay, ruined might be a little dramatic but I can’t get it off my mind and it doesn’t help that there is a similar story in the headlines right now so it’s everywhere.  I picked up this book after it was recommended when I finished The Fault in Our Stars.  Reading these two books back to back was not a great idea!  I love a happy ending.  Any recommendations?

*I’m happy to share the name of the book.  I just didn’t want to give too much away.

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Halloween 2014

I thought this was the year that my themed costumes were over.  Nolan was set on Spider-man and I got the costume on clearance for $5 last year so I couldn’t argue with that but Janie just wasn’t feeling the superhero theme.  However, on a random trip to Walmart (and I rarely go to Walmart) I found a Spider Queen costume.  She was sold and we had our spider theme.

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I have a theme for next year but I know it’s going to take come convincing.  Good thing I have a year to work on them!

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We finally completed our deck this weekend.  Well, the top of the deck, the under deck still needs some work.  We started this project back in June.  Then it was hot, we got 2 extra kids, and baseball and softball took over our weekends.  But we finally finished!

The before shot

Deck 001We have full sun on the back of our house all day.  So the sun had done a number on the decking and we wanted to cover it so we could actually enjoy the space.

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Oct 006 Oct 008 Oct 011We hired someone for the roof (Tim doesn’t do heights).  Then we replaced the deck boards that needed to be replaced and painted all the deck boards with Restore.  It’s so thick, it was like spreading peanut butter.  It really looks great!  Then Tim build a pallet coffee table.  I wanted a pop of color out there so we picked Behr’s Tropical Tide.  Nolan dropped the first quart of paint in the kitchen so my hardwoods and kitchen wall were also Tropical Tide.  Cleaning that up didn’t seem like much of a tropical vacation but it all came up excluding a few spots on the wall.  I needed to tie the green, navy, and turquoise together so I got some fabric paint and added the circles to the pillow.  I really love how it all came together!

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Moving on

Janie has entered retirement in her softball career.  She decided that she wants to move on to something else.  There have been talks of dance and karate.  Her team went out with a bang and ended the season undefeated.


Her coach gifted them with a softball that had their name, number, team name and the year printed on it.  He even brought Sharpies so they could all sign….such a great idea!

I’m going to take a blog break.  I may post on occasion but I’m just not feeling it much anymore.  Just wanted to let you know that I’m still alive, just not posting regularly.  Have a great week!



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