Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Daughters

My daughter, Smooch, has a friend, Zoey Cole, who took some photos of my girls and Smooch’s bff from home, Mac. I have to tell you, Zoey captured my girls SO perfectly. I’m eternally grateful she allowed me to share the photos here!

Three Sisters Collage

My Girls


Smooch n Z

Thank you Zoey for this gift of my girls in photos! Such a beautiful blessing. In case no one can tell, I’m over the moon about my girls! Be sure to check out Zoey on LinkedIn!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Summer Days at Busch Gardens


Here we are, mid-July and I still feel like we have so much good weather left, I can hardly look ahead to the next couple of months! We started our summer off with a trip to Busch Gardens right after the kids got out of school. It was the perfect way to kick off summer vacation!


The boys and I went last year and had so much fun, we wanted to do it with Fred and his kids! It seems that as each year goes by, I want to be the one taking photos while the boys want to do more and more rides. I’m totally down with that! Well, add in Fred and his kids who love the scary rides, and you have GOT to know it was an adventurous day.


We started out at Escape From Pompeii, which is the perfect way to start the day…pretty darn wet! It’s a fun ride that gets stinkin’ hot as you travel through the ruins of Pompeii because it sends out huge blasts of fire above each boat as though you’re experiencing the volcano.

From there, everyone wanted to do Apollo’s Chariot, except Doodle and I. I did it last year, so I know the ride. The big dip is, BIG, and totally freaks me out! hahahaha So, the roller coaster is definitely doing it’s job. If you can get past the first drop, you’re golden.

The Trade Wind

We all went on The Trade Wind. I remember this being my mom’s favorite ride when I was growing up. One part of the ride that I miss is that they don’t go backwards any more. You used to go around and around, then they’d stop the ride and you’d go around and around backwards. This is more my speed!

Our next stop was the Roman Rapids. We got there at just the right time. It’s probably one of the longest waits we had for any of the park’s rides. We had to go in two different tubes because there were 7 of us. Kgirl brought a friend. Unfortunately, neither of our rides got any of us very wet. We were pretty bummed, but you can’t control where your tube will go.


The Verbolten is what both of my boys were looking forward to the most. Fred’s never been to Busch Gardens before, but his kids have, so they knew the “surprise” of this ride. Yes, I went on this roller coaster, twice. Yes, it scares the stink out of me, but Fred seemed amused by the amount of screaming I was doing!


Aside from Buddy and I, the rest of the crew went through the Curse of DarKastle. We tried asking them about the “ride”, but it seemed like it was hard for them to explain. It’s a 3D ride, and it seems like pretty much anyone can go on it. No one seemed very scared, but the name of the “ride” made me decide to pass. lol

Le Scoot with boys

We also headed to another one of my favorite rides, the Le Scoot where we all got pretty good and wet! YAY! The boys and I weren’t interested in going on the Alpengeist, one of those roller coasters where your legs dangle down and you go upside down and all around. While they went on that, my boys and I went to the Le Catapult (aka The Scrambler).

Roller Coasters

Mboy had convinced Fred to go on the Griffon with him. bahahahaha You will NEVER see me getting on that ride. EVER! The boys and I watched that ride numerous times the first time we went to Busch Gardens and we all agreed that it was NOT a ride for us. Oh my goodness, they loved it. You will HAVE to watch the video on their site and my Instagram to get an idea of what the Griffon is like. You dangle at the top of this roller coaster and then…I’m getting queasy just thinking about it. They went on it TWICE! Crazy!

Riding the Griffon

Doodle wanted to do the Der Autobahn (bumper cars) and Mboy wanted to play a soccer game. We ended by doing Europe in the Air, which was fun because Fred’s kids were leaving a few days later to spend 2 weeks in Europe!

Deciding on a Ride

We literally closed down the park. I couldn’t believe it. We left at 10pm. I was really bummed we didn’t get to see the Clydesdales. For some reason, we always go to the left when we walk into the park and miss the animals like Jack Hannah’s Wild Reserve and the wolf areas. I remember (again) last year we saw a herd of sheep being walked through the park. SO cool. Next time we go to the right first!

It was such a good and full day at the park. I wish we weren’t 3+ hours away. I’m pretty sure we could spend our entire summer there if given the opportunity! We’ll be back again in either August or September. Hmmmm maybe we’ll do Water Country USA next time. The boys and I love a good waterpark!

Are you a roller coaster rider?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer Lovin’, Havin’ A Blast #ad

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This is our first full summer in Maryland and it’s actually been very beautiful. It got warm here much sooner than it ever did in Minnesota. That meant we were pulling out our summer clothing and protection a couple months earlier than normal! That’s a win for us.

Our first big day outside was with Doodle’s Field Day at the the of the school year. First, it was stinkin’ hot. Second, I’ve never seen so many water games played in one spot, especially for a Field Day! It was awesome. I made sure to lather the boys up with some necessary Healthy Essentials!

Water Fight

From that day on, we’ve had some fun and amazing days in the sun. We have a new friend from church who lives right down the road. She invited us over to swim in her pool. It was so fun! Seems many people around here have pools in their backyards. I guess that’s what you do when you don’t have 10,000+ lakes around you.

Pool Time

Pool Play

From pool time at a friend’s to pool time with all of the 5th graders for their promotion party, this kid has spent a lot of time in the sun and water. Of course, I’ve had the benefit of sitting pool side while he gets wet! Yay me!

Promotion Pool Party

Ok, and a "mom” reminder, be sure to monitor your kids when they’re putting on their own skin protection. Doodle didn’t spray his shoulders or up by his neck so they were a bit pink by the end of the afternoon. Usually he’s fully covered because I put it on him. Lesson learned.P1000958

I’ll be honest with you, until last summer, I spent most of my summers laying in the sun. Yes, I know, a bad choice with the possibility of skin cancer with all of that sun exposure. I decided it was time to embrace the pasty white skin I’m not used to and either didn’t spend much time outside or if I did, I was slathered in lotion. As you can see, I was sitting under an umbrella in the shade, but put lotion on about 15 minutes before I hopped into the pool for the adult swim time.


At the end of the day, Doodle noticed he’d scratched himself up a bit and thankfully I had Neosporin and Band Aid bandages on hand! Not only that, he lost a tooth while we were there! lol What a crazy promotion party!


At the end of June the 6 of us went south for the day to play at an Amusement Park. Actually, there were 7 of us because K-girl brought a buddy along. Our first task was to lather up as soon as we exited the car. I had to be careful with the spray because wind was blowing so crazy. We backed up the spray with the lotion and I brought them both with us so we could reapply if needed.


Next week we head out for a local vacation destination and we’ll be taking the mesh yellow bag with all of our outdoor necessities with us! Would you expect anything less? =)

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What do you make sure you always have on hand for time in the sun?

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Messing Up My Blog In Epic Fashion

So, the other day, Fred and I were looking through my photos in Google+ and I saw that I had duplicates of hundreds of photos. I thought that was just dumb to have 2 of every photo. I mean, what’s the point, right?

So, I think I deleted about 1500 photos. Pretty nice amount, right? Feeling pretty dang accomplished.

And THEN…I visited my newly fixed blog to find an older blog post and guess what?


Yes, in all of my brilliance of cleaning up duplicates, I inadvertently deleted all of the photos on my blog…to at least a year ago! So, this is what all of my blog posts for at least, at a minimum, the past year look like:

No pics

See all of those circles? Those are supposed to be photos!!! GAH!

Do you have ANY clue how long it’s going to take me to fix all of these broken photos? It will literally take me days to fix them. I may have to employ my boys and pay them to help me because Google is going to dock me for having broken images in my blog posts!

WHY does Google+ grab two of the same photos in the FIRST place? Really, I hate Google+. It was grabbing photos from my phone that I never wanted on there! They weren’t visible to the public, but they were online nevertheless.

So, I’ll be spending the weekend trying to fix every single blog post over the past year that I screwed up. If anyone has a violin, feel free to pull it out and play it for me as I cry over this spilt milk.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Being a Proverbs 31 Woman Verses 18-20

Yes, it's been two weeks since I wrote a blog post. We went to my mom's to dog sit and my other computer died. I have a program on THAT computer which I use to write my blog posts. So, I've just been sitting here wondering what to do because I just don't care for writing my blog posts inside of Blogger. Well, I have given up on that for the time being because all I do is keep pushing off writing and I've gotten behind.

Now to catch up I'll be combining a few verses to get back on track...fingers crossed.

We left off at verse 17 where the Proverbs 31 woman is energetic and a hard worker. Moving on to verse 18 we learn that she's profitable and her lamp doesn't go out. For me, what I take away from this verse is that whether she's buying or selling something she makes wise choices. Let's think of this in practical terms, in how we can do that in this day and age.

Do you use coupons when you go shopping? Do you call around, do research, speak to others to make sure you're making a wise decision when you make a purchase? What if you're selling something, say your car. Do you put a little extra money in it to be detailed so that it's nice and shiny for anyone who comes to see it? We each have our own strengths and ways we can make sure we're profitable in our dealings.

The next part of that verse, "her lamp does not go out at night" could mean a couple of things. She could be a night owl like me! Of course, her "night owl" and my "night owl" are probably two very different things. She's probably planning her next day, making sure everything is in order. I'm usually just hanging out, finishing up work that I didn't get done through my day, and doing a bit of channel surfing. The other part could be how it relates to her faith. The light that shines bright inside of her doesn't ever go out. Can you imagine what your daily life would be like if that light NEVER went out? Doesn't it just sound so beautiful? That's definitely what I want and the woman I want to be!

For our next verse, verse 19, I'm using the New Living Translation because the NIV, along with many other versions refer to the "distaff" and I was like, "what the heck is a distaff?" Turns out it's a stick or a spindle, two things I never use.

What do we do with our hands? How do we keep busy? Back in the day, they were the first Susie Homemaker, I'd say. That was the work of the day. What is OUR work of the day? Whether it's being a stay at home mom/wife, a mom/wife who works from home, or a mom/wife who works outside the home, how do we keep busy? I think we should be a good example to those around us of how we keep ourselves busy.

As we move on to verse 20, we see that the Proverbs 31 woman keeps and eye out for those who are in need and reaches out to them.

There are so many opportunities for us to reach out to those we know and don't know who are in need. And we should keep in mind, that "needy" people aren't always needing financial assistance. Is there a new mom who could use a break for an hour or a meal made? Do you know a woman who is starting a new career and could use ideas on picking out new clothing or someone to talk to as they make the transition? Is there a mom who is struggling with one of her children? Can you share your experience with her in how you've raised your kids?

Yes, there are times where we need to consider those who are actually poor. When you're out grocery shopping next time, maybe get a bag or two of groceries that are non-perishable to have on hand in case a need comes up. Have resources available if you find out someone needs assistance in ways you can't give: energy assistance, county assistance, food assistance, etc. Being able to help others help themselves is a wonderful gift. Keep your ears to the ground and aware of what's going on around you. It's a great way to find opportunities to be Christ's hands and feet to others!

Inside and outside of your home, how are you being an example to others and how are you reaching out?

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