Life with the Bs


Games and stings

We had a busy weekend full of ball games.  Both kids have great teams this season, although I did find myself cheering for the other team once our teams were up over 10 runs.  I always go for the underdog!  We ended up with 2 red and black teams this season…..the Storm and the Flames.  Gotta love that!


Unfortunately, we didn’t end the weekend on a high note.  Janie was wearing a long skirt at a family get together yesterday and walked over a yellow jacket nest.  She was stung once on each ankle.  We saw a yellow jacket fly out of her skirt so we got her some meds and calmed down her down.  Then all the sudden she started screaming again.  There was another yellow jacket in her skirt!  It stung her on the finger and stung one of the adults at the party under her eye.  Needless to say, our party was over by that point.

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I can mash-potato

I love mashed potatoes!  They’re easily one of my favorite foods (well, side dish since they aren’t really a meal).  However, I never make them, other than once for a holiday.  I needed potatoes for a recipe a few weeks ago so I bought a bag and had lots left over.  I decided to make mashed potatoes and they really aren’t hard.  Makes my wonder why they even sell the fake mashed potatoes since the real ones are so good and easy!  My kids are strange and don’t like them so I had a ton left over.  I take back saying they aren’t a meal because I had mashed potatoes for lunch one day last week.  Anyway, we had so much left that I decided to make shepherd’s pie.


Isn’t is beautiful!  It looks better than it tasted.  I used Rachel Ray’s recipe but I used ground turkey so I think that took away some of the flavor.  I also put in too many peas.  We don’t really like peas around here so I put in the whole bag as not to waste it.  But it was very pea heavy!  I can make mashed potatoes once and get two (or three) meals out of them.  I’m going to try the shepherd’s pie again with the correct ingredients and amount of peas.  And keep pushing potatoes on my kids so they will find out what they’re missing!

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Sight and insight

I took Janie for an eye exam last week and her eyes have changed quite a bit.  After learning this, we took her to a softball lesson where she got hit in the face with a softball (she has a face mask but wasn’t wearing it for some reason).  No wonder she hasn’t been able to hit or catch a ball….she couldn’t see it!  Her new glasses came in a few days later so hopefully this will help both in the classroom and on the field!  One pair of new classes have sides that change color (purple or pink, of course) and the other pair have bling.

Nolan asked me the other morning over breakfast how things get their names.  I didn’t understand the question so I asked him what he meant.  He said, “that’s a chair, this is a table, and that’s a candle.”  I love to see how little brains work.

This common core stuff in school is ridiculous!  Janie had subtraction math homework last night.  Instead of subtracting, they want the students to make a number line and jump between the numbers.  One of the problems was   76 – 23.  That’s pretty easy subtraction, why not just subtract!  Here’s an example of what they’re teaching.  I can only imagine how frustrated the teachers are with this stuff.  I really hope it makes it’s way out of our schools soon.

We found this outside Janie’s door the other night as we were going to bed.  I’m cool with her loving Jesus more then me!



F Words

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I love the fall and one reason is because of the North Georgia Fair!  They had free admission and rides from 10 – 11 on Saturday.  Free and fair are my favorite F words!  We managed to get 4 rides in while they were free so I was super excited.

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It’s a good thing that admission and some of the rides were free because the food sure wasn’t.  But you can’t go to the fair and not eat so we had to partake.  After our lunch of corn dogs, brats and fries, we got funnel cake sticks.  Yum!

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I would like to say that I came home and worked out but that would be a lie.  I actually took a nap and finished Emily Giffin’s new book, The One and Only, not working off any of my fair food.  College football fans and anyone looking for a good read, should check out The One and Only.  I love her books and it was totally worth the wait!

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More tubes

Nolan got another set of tubes (installed?) and his adenoids taken out yesterday.  The kids are on fall break this week so it was the perfect time to do it without missing any additional school.  Although, seeing pictures of everyone else at the beach and Orlando has been kind of a bummer!  Not that we had any plans for a trip anyway.

We had to be at the surgery center at 7:15am.  It’s in Atlanta and you know about Atlanta traffic.  I was putting a bag together of snacks and things to do while we wait.  I grabbed that and hopped in the car.  We were about half way there and sitting in crazy traffic when Nolan asked for a tissue and I realized that I left my purse at home!  But hey, we had snacks and reading material.


They can’t risk Tim losing any hair in the OR, since that’s obviously a problem for him!  The surgery went well.  The doctor said that Nolan’s left ear was heading for an infection so we had great timing.


He looks pitiful in this picture but he’s been typical Nolan at home.  Two popsicles, a smoothie, and an Italian ice seem to work wonders.  Now the hard part, trying to get him to take it easy for the next few days!

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Weekend Wrap Up

We dropped our Safe Families children off on Friday.  It was wonderful to see how happy they were to see their mom.  Janie was crying because she didn’t want to see them go.  Their mom was very grateful and excited about all the clothes that we had donated for them.  It’s been quiet around here this weekend!  I have a whole new perspective and I have to say that life with two kids really isn’t all that hard.

We were excited to watch the Dawgs with good food and friends.  A win would have been nice too but sadly that didn’t happen.


Nolan ended up with a fever and I’m not feeling so hot (I think my voice is about to go).  So the rest of the weekend was spent in pajamas.  Nolan took over a 4 hour nap.  I just hope he’s well enough for his surgery (tubes and adenoids) this week!

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I really feel like I’m out of blog content so I’m borrowing from Erika…..

Currently listening to…..Tim brush his teeth.

Currently eating…..nothing but considering a bowl of cereal or protein shake for breakfast.  My boot camp did a biggest loser last session and I won but since then, I haven’t been logging or really watching what I eat.  I need to get back into that habit.

Currently drinking…..nothing but I will grab a water and coffee soon.

Currently wearing……an old maternity tank top (yes, it’s been over 5 years since I’ve been pregnant but I love these because they have the built in bra and aren’t fitted so I held on to them) and pajama pants.  The perks of working from home.  No fear, I will get dressed today!

Currently feeling…..tired.  Both kids had games last night so we ran around all evening and had a late dinner and late to bed.  Hence the need for coffee!

Current weather….it’s still dark but I think it’s going to be a hot one.  I’m ready for the fall weather but I wish it would stay lighter longer.  I tried to walk with my friend the other night after the kids were in bed but it’s already getting dark around 8pm!

Currently needing…..I just got an email about the Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Haven’t had one yet!

Currently thinking…..about what I’m going to make for dinner because my mother and father in law are coming over for her birthday dinner tonight so I need something that will feed 8.

Currently enjoying….Janie being a on team that might win some games this season.  They tied their first game last night but played really well.  I hope this means there are some wins in her future!





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Final week

This is our final week with our Safe Families children.  It’s really bitter sweet.  We’re excited that they will to be reunited with their family but we will miss them.  Nolan is going to miss his live in playmates.  He’s always asking for play dates and he just had one for 5 weeks!  Janie took the picture below and we’re going to turn it in for the PTA Reflections program.  The theme was, the world would be a better place if……

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Iced Coffee

I didn’t become a regular coffee drinker until we received a Keurig for Christmas.  Now I drink one cup a day but it’s been too hot for coffee lately.  I tried making iced coffee and I love it.  However, it makes a nice little treat so there have been a few days that I’ve had more than my one cup.

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I fill my reusable K-Cup Filter a little higher than usual.  Then I add less water so I have stronger coffee.  Once it’s brewed, I add two packets of Stevia and two tubs of French Vanilla Creamer (I know that one would be better but two is just so good).  Then I pour it over ice and enjoy!

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A house full

I had a house full of kids this weekend.  Tim was out of town so my mom came over to assist, thank God for Nana!  Since my sister is dealing with a kidney infection, my nieces came too.  That’s six kids!  There were tears from every child at one point during the weekend.

I signed my kids and I up for a 5K (I didn’t know that the Safe Families children would be with us when I registered).  I expected lots of complain from Janie but she surprised me and was actually the one that tried to keep Nolan going.  Mr. Energy lost steam about 20 feet into the race.  He said that he never wants to do a 5K again, although he did enjoy the snacks at the end.  My mom and I took all 6 kids to IHOP after the race.  Nothing like a little bribery to get them to the end!  When’s the next holiday weekend?  I’m ready for it!

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