Life with the Bs

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5 on Friday

I’m a little late on this but happy new year!  Monday morning at 7am, I sat and enjoyed the silence.  After 2 weeks of crazy, I was happy to get back to work.

  • I just finished reading the Legend series.  It was good but not my favorite (I think that title belongs to Divergent).  I’m starting Gone Girl now.
  • We have tickets to a prescreening of Pattington.  I’m so excited!  I have a Pattington Bear that I received after driving the car down the driveway at 3 years old so he holds a special place in my heart.
  • I’m back on the working out regularly bandwagon.  I went to Zumba for an hour and followed that up with C25K on my first day back at working out after a month off.  My hip flexors were really hurting the next day.  After 3 workouts, I’m feeling better.
  • I ordered these curtains for our dining room off of myhabit yesterday.  With my Amazon gift cards for swagbucks, they came to $23!

  • I’ve been working on trying to get this house organized.  I listed some things on Freecycle.  You would be amazed at the stuff people will take off of your hands.  I got rid of all of my old Magic Bullet pieces even though I don’t have the bullet.  I also went through our coat closet and donated 3 coats.  I really love getting rid of stuff!


Christmas Wrap Up

Was Christmas really last week?  I’m still in vacation mode and it’s a good thing since I’m back on it for 2 days tomorrow.  Vacation mode takes practice!  We had a wonderful Christmas with lots of family, friends, and food.

I hosted my Christmas cookie exchange again this year and sadly, didn’t take one picture!  We had a great turnout with lots of new faces.  And I made too much chicken salad again so we ate it for days.  I make it once a year and then eat it for a week and don’t want it again for another year!

We hosted Tim’s extended family the eve of Christmas eve.  We exchange silly gifts wrapped in newspaper.  Some of them have been passed around for decades.  This year, we happened to create Santa and his reindeer.  The younger kids thought this was awesome and wanted to prance around the room.  The older cousins, not so much!

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Janie sang with the Angel Choir for the pageant and Christmas Eve Mass.  My nieces were angels in the pageant.  We tried to talk Nolan into being an animal but he wasn’t interested.

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Christmas morning was spent at home with just the 4 of us.  Janie got a sewing machine.  Thanks to YouTube, we are sewing professionals.  I can really see getting into this!

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The boy that doesn’t play with toys got a sound activated plasma ball.  Yes, those are veins popping out in his neck!  What was Santa thinking?

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We spent the rest of Christmas day with my family for more food and fun.  We had free tickets to the Georgia Aquarium so we used those on Friday.  It was packed but still a good time!

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We celebrated with Tim’s family on Sunday.  We had a great week of festivities in honor of the birth of our Savior!


Christmas Home Tour

Two posts in one day, I’m even shocked!  Welcome to our home….

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We’ve got our Christmas cards to your right.  I LOVE getting Christmas cards.  I can’t wait to get the mail each day in December!

Dec 004I heard that there was a Christmas tree shortage this year due to drought.  Our tree definitely has some bald spots and is drier than trees that we’ve had in the past.  I like to keep our house decorated through the Epiphany (January 6th) but we may be left with bare branches by then!

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We also have a red and black tree in our basement.  Lucky for us, we can cover the Dawgs and Falcons with 2 colors so it’s a win for everyone (except for our teams that don’t like to win on a regular basis).  And it’s nicely placed under the best Uga picture ever!

Merry Christmas from the Bs!

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Thanksgiving Wrap Up

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!  I got to host this year.  I was only in charge of turkey and mashed potatoes so that was easy.  I used this recipe to brine the turkey.  It turned out pretty good!

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However, this is what Nolan ate for Thanksgiving….

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That’s cranberry sauce and a roll.  He has no idea what he’s missing!

We spent Black Friday at the Fernbank Museum and even ran into neighbors that had the same idea!

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Nolan wasn’t excited about stating his fear.

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But he loved this lightning thing.  He talked about it all day!  Don’t they sell these things?  I think they did in the 90s.  There’s a Christmas idea!

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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!



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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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Midweek Randoms

Happy Wednesday!  This week is going by quickly.

  • Janie was home sick yesterday so I introduced her to The Price is Right.  I remember watching it when I stayed home from school.  She said she liked it but it’s just not the same without Bob Barker.

  • I really like Gwen and Pharrell on The Voice this season!  I think this is my favorite team yet.

  • We got a sneak peek of our photo session and I’m so excited!  I can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures.  I can’t share them here until Christmas cards go out though.
  • We got a letter from the mom of the children that we had through Safe Families.  She thanked us again and said that one of the children asked why they don’t say their prayers before bed anymore.  She said that they pray before meals and when they’re scared but they hadn’t got into the habit of praying before bed but they’re working on it.  I’m so thankful that we had the opportunity to share our faith with them!
  • Is it really mid October!?!  I usually have Halloween costumes figured out and most of my Christmas shopping complete by now.  We’re still working on Janie’s costume.  I think she’s over my themes.



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Parades and cookouts

I’m sure we were not alone in celebrating the 4th with parades and cookouts…’s the American way!  Nolan wanted to ride his bike in the parade this year.  I should have worn my running shoes to keep up with him!

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Not my most creative decorating.  I did manage to recycle a Lalaloopsy wig.  Someone yelled out that he won the best helmet award.  Sadly, there was not a best helmet award.

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Janie won a jar of gumballs for guessing how many there were in the jar.  She guessed 79 and there were 77.  Luckily, they weren’t playing the Price is Right way.

I witnessed my first frozen shirt contest.  Everyone that wants to participate gets a frozen shirt and has to unfold it and put it on.  Neither of my kids wanted to participate but Nolan decided he wanted a frozen shirt after some of his friends were wearing them.  He got pizza on it so I washed it and he didn’t understand why it wasn’t frozen anymore.  Nolan’s frozen dress…..

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Overall, we had a great weekend and the weather was beautiful!  I guess it takes a hurricane to suck all the humidity out of Georgia.

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The Last Episode

I finished both Scandal and Breaking Bad this weekend!  Scandal was great but I could have done without a few of the deaths and other gross things (I don’t want to spoil anything but if you watched it, I’m sure you can guess).  Tim and I both enjoyed Breaking Bad.  I hope Jesse Pinkman is out there living a normal life, if that’s even possible (well, of course not since he’s not real).  Now I want Tim and I to watch House of Cards.  I hope he’s on board.

Although it sounds like we watched TV all weekend, we also made time for dinner with friends, sleepovers,  the pool, and shopping.  The boys went fishing while Janie and I shopped.  Nolan caught a frog that has been anywhere from 6 – 12 inches when he tells the story.  He says is was HUGE!  It’s 6pm on Sunday night and Nolan looks like this…….


A sign of a good weekend.  I hope you had a good weekend as well.  And my humble gratitude goes to all those that have made the ultimate sacrifice!