Planes, Buses and Friends

Planes, Buses and Friends

I have been home from Utah for 2 days now and I am still worn out from it all!

I left the house at 4am on Thursday morning to catch my flight.  I have gotten pretty good at flying over the past few years with all of my traveling.  I have some Bose Noise Cancelling headphones that drown out all of the airplane noise and I always have an audiobook ready to go and I have a mellow playlist for when I am ready to fall asleep (think ocean waves and harps).

I get into my seat, put my Travel Pillow behind my neck and my headset on and fall right to sleep….often before we even get off the runway.  And of course, my essential oils are a great help!  StressAway at the beginning of the flight/peppermint at the end and I am in good shape.

Once I landed it was go-go-go for three days.  I got to tour the Young Living farm and see how the distillation happens (that was my favorite part!).  I met so many amazing people and asked a zillion questions.  I love hearing people’s stories and how they have made their Young Living business work for them.

Plus I got a hotel room to myself, which if I am being totally honest, may have been some of my favorite moments.  At the end of each day I literally just laid there in the quiet and did nothing, thought nothing, planned nothing, learned nothing.  I turned my mind completely off.  It’s unlikely that I will have that again for years, so I soaked in every bit of it.

Most of the time I hung out with these two gorgeous ladies…

Two of my favorite people!

That picture was taken while we were having lunch at the corporate offices.  We were trying to be professional.  But most of our pictures looked like this…

Two of my favorite people!

We spent hours being transported around on buses so we entertained ourselves by trying to take selfies and telling stories.  I laughed so much my sides were sore at the end of each day.  They made my trip a million times better than I expected!!!!

On Sunday I flew home and went straight to church for a time of prayer for our country.  Even though I was tired from traveling, I didn’t want to miss that after what’s been happening for the past week.  It was the perfect ending to a long weekend.

On Monday morning I started my clean eating challenge and it’s going OK so far.  I am getting my head around doing the 5 day cleanse next week, so this week I am just sticking to fresh veggies and protein.  It’s not too late to join me if you want to clean up your diet and take back your health!

Thankfully I have a couple of quiet-ish weeks ahead before the travel picks up again.  I plan to swim with my kids, nap then hang with my kids some more.

Have a wonderful week!

(If you are interested in knowing more about Young Living leave me a comment and I will send you some info!)

Let’s Have a Cleanse Party!

Let’s Have a Cleanse Party!

Well my big week of driving kids all over the place is behind me.  I am not sure how I survived it except to say that I ate my way through the week, gaining 3# and wondering how other moms do it all year long.

I have 3 days to lose that weight before Thursday when I will be heading to Utah for a Young Living retreat where I will likely gain it back.  That’s OK, next week I plan to start a month of personal boot camp to lose the weight I have gained lately.  It’s just life I suppose…the scale goes up and down.  Life.

But I am needing to get my head back in the game of taking better care of myself and July is going to be my month.

So in addition to losing a few pounds by Thursday, I have to pack for my trip and I haven’t even given a thought to what to pack.  I have no idea what to wear for the day labeled as “business attire.”  When I think of great business attire I picture those suits that Doris Day used to wear, so fashionable and figure flattering.

A beautiful fashion

I just can’t pull that off.  Partly because I’m more of loose and comfy with red cowboy boots girl and partly because my figure is more like a Dr. Seuss character.  I will look around in some stores today to try to find something smart to wear, possibly from the Gap.

I am really looking forward to the retreat, despite the attire situation.  I will be learning more about this amazing company and these products that I adore.  They have changed my life in so many ways and not to get all cheesy, but I don’t know how I would have made it through this past year without them.  You never know what’s around the corner, my friend.  Having these oils and supplements helped me manage some tough emotional lows plus spiritual and physical trials.  That’s why I can’t shut up about them….they are amazing!

Which brings me back around to my personal boot camp next week.  Beginning next Monday, June 29, I am starting a month of clean eating.  No sugar, no junk food, lots of veggies and protein.  Then on Monday, July 6, I am going to do a 5 day cleanse that will really get my body/mind back in focus.  I did this same cleanse a few weeks ago and really liked it.  So I am going to do it again and I am hoping to get some friends to do it along with me!

Last time I did it with my friend Pattie and it was so helpful to know that she was enduring the same difficulties and feeling the same resolve.  We held each other up, made jokes and just got through it together.  She made it SO MUCH easier!

If you want to join me in this effort…..go order the Young Living 5-Day Nutritive Cleanse.  It comes with everything you need (except for a few real foods you’ll be eating).  I felt so great afterward, lost a few pounds and I noticed I wasn’t craving junk when it was over.  That was nice….plus there’s no thinking.  Just follow the recommended diet (you can Google it and find the pdf from Young Living with everything you need to know).

You can do it!  It’s only for 5 days and I am giving you 2 weeks to mentally prepare and order your products.  After it’s done, we will keep clean eating for the rest of the month as best we can (but you can just join for the cleanse if you want).

I’d love to add you to the Facebook group where we can support each other for the month!  Pattie is going to host it with me, so you’ll have both of us to cheer you on!  We will be frequently sharing other YL products that are helping us too.  But the 5-Day Nutritive Cleanse is all you need to join us!


Spend a month cleaning up your eating habits and start with a 5 day cleanse!

Leave me a comment here, on my Facebook page or ask to join the party through Facebook.  The more the merrier!  We can suffer and succeed together!

And if you are not yet a member of Young Living, now’s a great time to join!  The kit is all new and so beautiful!  Let me know if you have questions.  Click HERE to learn more and get started! (and when you join through me with the Premium Starter Kit I’ll send you a great reference book and extra goodies to help you get started!).

Have a great week!

I’m a Very, Very Good Driver

I’m a Very, Very Good Driver

I never, ever got smart enough to prepare for this phase of my parenting journey.  I have apparently moved into the “always-in-the-car” season of my life, and along with it I am noticing a widening of my backside and very pale skin.  I suppose it is because I sit and eat snacks all the livelong day without actually getting any sun as I drive my children all over Timbucktoo.


I have made 6 trips to the city in the past few days with 3 more trips before Friday, plus driving to the next small town 30 minutes away in the other direction every single day this week while I wait for 3 hours for my little guys to do a summer camp.  My car and I deserve a prize….perhaps in the form of a large cup of Sonic ice followed by a nap.

Over the past few months as these plans all came together, each child requesting to take this class or attend that camp, it seemed doable.  But I didn’t coordinate schedules while I was saying YES and before I knew it we were going so many different directions that we need a military strategist to organize it all.  The older kids and I have to have a meeting every night to figure out who will drive where in what car with which child the next day.

In the middle of all of that activity James and I had our 29th anniversary to celebrate.  We decided to kill two birds with one stone and go out to a nice dinner on Saturday night in the city since we had to pick up a couple of the kids there at 10:00pm anyway.  It’s been a long time since we went out on a Saturday night since I would rather have a root canal than stand in a crowded restaurant for an hour waiting for a table.

But we had a surprisingly good time despite our table being 8″ from the diners next to us and not being able to hear what each other was saying the whole time.


After dinner we still had a couple of hours to kill so we took a stroll down to the bookstore and wandered around in there for a while looking at books.  Our shopping adventures go something like this (after 29 years together we have this down):
Me: Hey!  This looks like a great book!  Let’s buy it!
Him: We don’t need any more books.
Me: But this would be so good for the kids and look….here’s another one we need! {I begin to collect a large pile of books in my arms as I walk through the store}
Him: Lisa, we really don’t need those books and we are watching our budget, remember?
Me: OK, I will sit here in this chair looking through every book and choose 2 to put back.  Will that make you feel better?  If we only buy 8 books instead of 10?
Him: No.
Me: OK, how about this….I will choose 2 to put back and then I will pick a few more that I can get cheaper on Amazon and….hey look!  There’s another one that we NEED!

On and on it goes.  Me finding things we “need” (you know…for the kids!) and him telling me what we really need is to stay on budget.  In the end we bought 2 books and a game.  The game was for him.

It was always what would happen in the end.  It never changes, but we MUST go through the motions.

One super-duper cool thing that happened while we were at the bookstore is James decided to see if my book was on their computer and it was!  Right there with a description and preorder info.  I took a picture, of course!  Who cares if it’s a dork move?  My book is for sale at Barnes & Noble for goodness sake!


But it doesn’t really change anything in my life.  I still have to drive my kids to their activities all week while figuring out when I will be able to get to the grocery store and if I don’t get some sun people will assume I have an illness.  Being a published author is cool, but I’m still just Mom.

Have a great week!

I Got Big Thighs and I Cannot Lie

I Got Big Thighs and I Cannot Lie

I can’t hide it.  No matter what size I am, my thighs stay the same.  Large and in charge.

Last week a sweet friend shyly whispered to me, “Can I ask you something delicate?  While you were at Disney World, how did you keep your thighs from rubbing raw?”

Girl!  Do I have some tips for you!!!

Years ago I got a heat rash where my thighs touch and it took me months to get that to go away.  It was pain when I walked, pain when I sat, pain, pain, pain.  And you can’t get rid of it easily because it gets irritated anytime you move.


There’s actually a name for it.  Chub Rub.


After that nightmare I was determined to do anything I could to keep that from happening EVER AGAIN!  If you are a big thigh girl, this list is for you!

Thigh rash is the WORST!  Prevention is key!!!

1. SPANX.  If there was ever a product that deserved a poem written in its honor….it would be Spanx.  They cover what bike shorts would cover, but they don’t make you as hot on a warm summer day.  Lots of big girls say they don’t like that they make you hot, but I have never had that problem.  I love them!  But you have to know a few things before you buy.

Here are my Spanx tips….
a. Get the RIGHT size!  If you’re like me you might try to fit in a smaller size because that number on the label is depressing.  Let it go!  Get a size that really fits your body and I am telling you….you will thank me.
b. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, get the higher power version.  Those are the kind that reach right up to your bra line and they might be great on smaller gals with flat tummies, but they are not a friend to the big girl.  Nobody likes the feeling of their underwear s-l-o-w-l-y rolling down their midsection while they are out to dinner with friends.  No thank you.  You want the Power Panties (there’s a link above).  They stop at the waist.
c. You can get an off brand called Assets Mid-Thigh Shapers. They are made by the same people who make Spanx and they are about half the price.  Now, they don’t last as long and if you’re going for support in addition to thigh protection you are better off investing in the name brand.  But if you’re like me and need some for every day, get a few of the off-brand pair too so you always have a backup (again, use the link above so you don’t get confused…there are a lot of styles!).
d. I tried one style called Assets Remarkable Results .  This pair was still comfortable (but not as comfy as the Mid-Thigh Shaper and a bit pricier) and it….ahem….really brought out the best in my behind.  I didn’t think “bootylishous” would look good on me, but it really made my skirts fall nicely.  I definitely will wear these when I am dressing up!

2. Powder.  When it gets hot, you can bet I carry powder or cornstarch in my purse.  You want to be sure you use powder made for that area of your body.  You don’t want any perfumes or toxic ingredients.  Since powder tends to come in large containers, I pour some into a small, empty McCormick spice container and carry that in my purse, or when traveling.  When I am really working to keep it away (like during extreme heat or activity) I will reapply the powder anytime I use the restroom.  It instantly cools me off.

3. Stay clean.  Let’s be real….the problem here is skin rubbing together with sweat.  Sweat is salty and irritating.  So you have to keep the rash prone area clean of that irritant.  When I am home I use a damp rag to just wipe anywhere my skin rubs together.  When I am out I like to grab a towel from the restroom dispenser and put a little water on it before going into the stall.  Then I wipe off any sweaty places, and I have lots of them…not just my thighs.  (sorry, TMI, but somebody needs to talk about it…it’s a real struggle!)

4. Jockey Skimmies Wicking Slipshort These have similar coverage as Spanx but they are very different.  They don’t offer any support (which I want….I’m not into the jiggle in my walk).  But they are cool and definitely do a nice job of protecting thigh rub.  And they have colors, which is something Spanx doesn’t have, so if you want the look of a bike short instead of looking nude under your skirt, these are good.  For only $20 I like them and will use mine when my Spanx are in the wash.  You definitely want more than one option!  And if you’re wearing jeans this might be a better option for you since the jeans already kind of hold everything nice and snug.

5. Natural Anti-chafe Balm Stick This stuff is kind of amazing.  There are several brands on the market, but I like this one because it’s all natural.  I don’t like using chemicals at all (you know about my essential oil obsession), but especially in delicate areas.  This stuff doesn’t feel slimy or messy.  It stays on for a long time and really helps with chafing.  I always use it if I know I am going to do a lot of walking!

Those are my 5 TOP ways to avoid the dreaded thigh heat rash.  If you’ve ever had this struggle then you know.  You NEVER EVER want to go through that again.

If you are traveling or active you will want to have several of these on hand.  Don’t go to Disney World or on a weekend camping/hiking trip with only one pair of Assets and a stick of balm.  Prevention is the name of the game when it comes to this problem, so stock up and be prepared.

I hope this helps and let me know if you have a different tip!  We big thigh gals have to stick together #nopunintended.

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A Rainbow with Sprinkles Weekend

A Rainbow with Sprinkles Weekend

In case you haven’t heard, we have had a little bit of rain around here lately.  Thankfully our home hasn’t floated away and since the weather app says no more storms this week I feel safe in saying we don’t need to buy that boat.

Normally I like to sum up our weekend in a simple theme for y’all, to make it easy to follow.  But this past 2 days was so all over the place that it can’t even be gathered in my brain.  Between the big party my kids had that lasted much later than James or I expected, to my drive to Austin, to the weird audiobook I listened to…and that’s just Saturday, Sunday had its own share of busyness, I can’t give it a theme.  Unless we want to call it “rainbow with sprinkles“.

That’s what it was….every color of activity and emotion and then some extras.


Photo Credit Sweet Bake Shop

My drive to Austin on Saturday was excellent.  Did I tell you that I got a new (3 years old but new to me) car?!  Yep.  It’s such a blessing!!  I drove it to Austin as my first big outing in it and felt so low to the ground.  After driving only a minivan or 15-passenger van for the past 17 years, it feels weird to be cruising around in a regular sized vehicle again.  It’s like a Mom-graduation-present.

“Here are the keys to your car that only fits 5 people.  Congratulations!  You are on the downhill slide and next thing you know you will only be paying for 2 meals when you go out to eat.”

But I can’t start counting that extra money yet.  I still have 4 kids in homeschool and a long way to go. #worthit

On Saturday I had an audiobook ready for when I got tired and about an hour into the drive I turned it on.  It was, let’s just say, not keeping me awake {{yawn}}.  So I turned it off and went back to jammin’ with TobyMac.  He will definitely keep you awake!

For the drive home I decided to download a different audiobook and it was so much better!  The first was a children’s story  that I was going to check out for my boys and the second was a success-in-business type of book.  You’d think the second would have been the most boring, but the narrator was so good and the author tossed in a bunch of surprise funny lines and it kept my attention.  PLUS it inspired me in several ways with my business.  SCORE!

I got home from Austin around 6:30 and my kids’ big party was still in full swing.  James and I took our youngest out to dinner and when we got home at 9:00…yep….the party was still going.  It gave me flashbacks of my own young adult parties and seeing my parents slip up the stairs and go to bed long before my friends went home.  I never knew how nerve wracking that must have been for them until last Saturday night when a houseful of “kids” (who probably wouldn’t want to be called kids) were here.  James and I sat in our bedroom in the recliners trying to stay awake, but we just couldn’t.  Our old age and full day got the better of us and we gave up and went to bed long before the party ended.

OK kids, you win.  Mom and Dad can’t outlast you anymore.  That may seem like good news to you now, but it’s only a few years from us needing you to buy Ensure and show us how to change the channel every half hour.  Don’t get too excited.

On Sunday after church I had a nice, long nap then worked on some final edits for my book.  Afterward I made the mistake of watching “Little Women”, which, as you would expect, made me cry buckets for an hour.  Why-Oh-WHY can’t they all just be together?!

Although it may not be just the sweetness of Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy that got to me.  These days tears seem to be right below the surface and I have myself a little cry at least once a day.  It’s usually over something sweet and the gratitude I feel, but once in a while I tear up because a crowd of 20-somethings are in my living room at midnight.  OK, I didn’t actually cry over that because I was sound asleep at midnight.  I can’t pull anything over on y’all.

Looking back, my rainbow sprinkle weekend was great.  Our home is intact, our family is still strong, I got to drive my new-to-me car, I learned some business stuff and I have a boring audiobook to give to my kids.  (and if I wasn’t off of sugar I would be wanting a slice of that gorgeous cake in the photo above!)

Thanks for stopping by!


I MUST Know What Time It Is!

I MUST Know What Time It Is!

As of the writing of this post I have no idea what time it is.  The power has been out since 2AM and just now it came back on and my clock is flashing 12:00. 12:00. 12:00.

I have a time “thing”.  I must know what time it is – always.  The clock in my head usually is pretty close, but I test it by looking at an actual clock.  I don’t even realize I do this until I have no clock to check (power out/iPhone dead).  Then, in a matter of seconds, I am thrust into panic, feeling like I am being experimented on like a lab rat.  “Let’s see what happens when we take away her ability to know what time it is….mwahahaha!”

I did just now realize that my computer has a clock and I am looking at it while my phone charges, hoping it is correct.


This past week has been unusual with all of the rain and a friend visiting from out of state and Monday being a holiday.  I always get thrown off by holidays.  We aren’t doing regular school since our friend is here all week and the rain is making extra work to try to keep the animals dry and fed.

All of that to say….I am feeling not quite myself.

So yesterday I decided to right the world by, what else, cleaning my bathroom.  I mean, nothing says “life is good” like a freshly scrubbed toilet and a shiny faucet.  Can I get an amen?

We rotate the job of bathroom cleaning so when it’s my turn I like to dig deep and get it so clean that Queen Elizabeth could come for a visit.  I mean, she could only go into my bathroom because the rest of the house is a mess. But that’s OK, right?  I’m sure she appreciates a really clean loo as much as the next person.

I spent half an hour just cleaning the potty.  It wasn’t filthy, it just needed a really good scouring and I scrubbed all up under the rim and between the wall and toilet.  It is so clean today that when the queen comes she is going to wonder if it’s brand new.  Then I tackled the other areas in the bathroom and even went outside and washed the windows.  Yep, my world needed some serious setting right.

The smell in there is great!  I put a little diffuser in there with lemon and pine and let it do its thing while I scrubbed with my Thieves cleaner and listened to praise music.  The smells really put the final touch on my already nice feeling.

clean bathroom = happy mom

This Saturday (tomorrow) I am traveling to Austin for a Young Living meeting and to run some “city” errands.  I will get to ride for 2 hours (each way) in the car alone, so I’m making myself a playlist to turn up loud and crank the windows down.  All upbeat.  All uplifting.  All the way to Austin, baby.

While I am gone for the day my older kids are having a party.  A bunch of their friends are coming over so we are hoping that the rain has stopped long enough for them to hang outside and play some Frisbee sports.  I’m sorry I’ll miss that.  But frankly, if I were home I would be hiding in my clean bathroom anyway, giving them the run of the place.

OK, no more lollygagging.  Since the power has stayed on for long enough to finish writing this, I probably should go find out officially what time it is and go set the clocks.

Happy weekend to you….and may you enjoy some fresh air and loud music!

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R & R & More R

R & R & More R

What do you get when you cross a whirlwind trip to Ft Worth with a woman who has been detoxing from Disney and sugar?  I think you can imagine.  It’s not pretty.

I’d say that sums me up for the past weekend.  I’ve been tired and feeling low and pretty much taking naps between my naps for 2 days.

Last Thursday I popped out of bed early and my son and I drove for 6 hours, picking up a friend along the way.  The 3 of us had a nice visit while we drove and we were giddy about the Young Living meeting we were going to attend (OK, just my friend and I, my son doesn’t get giddy).  It was actually really fun and inspiring and on the way home Friday we talked about all we learned almost the entire way.

I thoroughly enjoyed the time with my adult son.  He and I rarely have one-on-one time together, but now that he’s doing Young Living with me, we spend more time together and it feels like a Mom-Bonus!


But no rest for the weary because we were having people over for dinner on Friday night.  Yes, that’s right, as soon as we walked in the door from the trip it was time to get ready for company.  Craziness.  A missionary from India was in town and this was the only night he could come over and we really wanted to hear his stories of miracles and God’s goodness to the beautiful people of India.  So we invited some friends and we threw together some tacos and picked up some store-bought cookies (none for me ‘cuz I’m sugar free) and really was a fabulous night!  My kids were especially blessed to hear about another part of the world.


After our friends left, believe it or not, one of my girls needed me to run an errand with her.  It only took about an hour, but that still put me getting home at 11:30 and by the time I rolled into bed I was so tired I wondered if I would be able to get up and exercise the next morning.  I actually wondered if I would be able to get up at all.

I did sleep an extra 30 minutes on Saturday, but then I made myself get up and go for my morning walk.  It does me so much good and since I had missed it for the past 2 days I was glad to back on my little road.

The kids had breakfast ready when I got home and we were all there together for food and sharing, which is one of my favorite times all week.  We sit at the table for most of the morning and talk over everything from the schedule for the week to why cows can’t walk over cattle guards.  It’s like a roller coaster conversation….up with rolling laughter then down into deep, theological discussions.  More flips and turns and it’s really a get-to-know-you time.

After that we kind of all go our own direction for the day.  Me, I took a nap.  Then I did a LOT of writing and ended the day with another nap before bed.  I think all of my travels were really getting to me because on Sunday morning I felt like I had been hit by a truck and I told James, “I don’t think I can go to church this morning.  I feel totally worn out.”

He took the kids to church and for the first time since 1989 I was completely alone in my own home.  I had no idea what to do with myself.  Sure, I could sleep more.  But the urge to clean my bedroom hit me so I started picking up clutter and putting it where it belongs.  I hung a few pictures and organized some drawers and hung some vintage style posters (that I bought in March and have been in the corner of my bedroom ever since) in the hallway.


Then I cleaned out my purse and filled a trash bag with junk and by the time the fam was home from church I felt a lot better.  I may have to make this a semi-annual event.  Or a semi-weekly one.

I spent the rest of Sunday just letting my soul relax.  It’s been a long, hard few months and I think my mind and spirit are telling me I need to chill out for a bit.  So I plan to just lie low for the next few days and let myself unwind.

I’ll be doing pretty much nothing this week but hanging with my kids and maybe even see a movie.  I’m ready for swim weather when I can jump in after my walk and float until the kids come looking for me.

Hey….speaking of Young Living (yes, we were speaking of Young Living in the beginning…the trip to Ft Worth, remember?!), I am sending some special things to all of my new May members!  I get so many questions about how I dilute my oils to make them last longer.  So this month I am giving you a hand with 10 ready-to-use roller bottles, a little sprayer and my favorite reference book!

Go HERE to join with the Premium Starter Kit and I’ll send you that stuff as a gift from me!

Have a great week!!!!

A Second Honeymoon

A Second Honeymoon

Last week was BIG for me!  James and I, for the first time since having kids over 25 years ago, went away for the week.  Just the 2 of us.  It was a second honeymoon and where did we go?  Disney World of course!

Yes, just me, James and thousands of couples with small children.

We had a wonderful time together.  We flew to Florida early last Sunday morning and had the entire day to wander around the different resorts and see what they are each like.  It was something I have always wondered about….those fancy places that I’ll never be able to afford.  We texted pictures to the kids because I was feeling pretty awkward being there without them.

I did get over that after the first day.  They were having a great time at home watching all of the movies they wanted and eating pizza.  They kept telling me to go enjoy myself.  So I did.

That first step into Magic Kingdom gave me such a thrill.  It’s so clean and cheerful, like walking into a dream.  We ran around all day and unwound amidst the crowd and lines.  I kept looking at the castle and thinking, “I can’t believe I’m here!”

On day 2 we went to Hollywood Studios (my favorite park!) and I decided to do my hair in honor of the starlets of past eras.

Fun hairstyles for Disney!

It was fun to go glam for a day!  So much fun that I went all animal kingdom the next day.

fun Disney hairstyles!

I made a crown with my hair…..It was a lot bigger in person than it looks in the photo.  I plan to mess around with more if I ever go back to Disney so I can really make a BIG hair crown!

By my last day I was in the mood to really play, so of course I did it total Disney style.  Minnie Mouse ears!!!!

fun Disney hairstyles!

The whole week we ran around like youngsters, riding rides and eating snacks and really had a grand time!

One of the things I enjoyed the most was watching the young families.  There was plenty of time while we waited in lines or on buses to just people watch.  The men especially interested me.  Young guys, in their late 20s/early 30s who were there with their wives, a few young kids and their in-laws.  I kept looking at their faces and imagining these guys who only a few years ago were in college working toward their dreams.  I thought that they must have never pictured themselves walking around Disney World lugging a stroller and wearing a t-shirt with a Mickey Mouse silhouette that said “Daddy” on it (matching the “Mommy” t-shirt his wife wore, of course!).  At first I thought these guys seemed a little defeated, as if he would rather be doing pretty much anything else.  But then I’d see it….the twinkle.  Every time he looked at his kids.  Every man.  On every bus and in every line, lit up when he looked at his little princess or pirate.

And it just warmed me inside.  I know that James and I twinkle when we look at our kids, but to see so many families really enjoying their children was such a delight.  I didn’t notice that on my last trip, probably because I was too busy staring at my own adorable crew.

On Friday night as we drove home from the airport I said to James, “Hey, I don’t think we talked about kids or money or the house falling apart even once while we were gone!”  It was like a teeny tiny miracle.  Total relaxation mixed with eating too much sugar and watching a lot of 3D shows = heaven.

And now we are planning our NEXT Mom and Dad only getaway.  Only next time we think we might want to do something a little less….um…..tiring.  Like maybe a beach somewhere that has cabana boys bringing you drinks and the waves just come to you.

I mean, it was great, but I was so worn out when we got home that I wasn’t sure if I would recover.  I’m still exhausted.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Good Thing I’m Not Keeping Score

Good Thing I’m Not Keeping Score

In case you’re keeping score in the challenge between me and my messy closet, it’s closet 1-Lisa 0.

A week has gone by since I stepped into the disaster and declared war on the pile.  I have done, oh, pretty much nothing to get it cleaned up since then.  I did pick up a few things and either threw them away or found a place for them.  But then I also moved some more junk into the closet that takes up more space than the 3 things I removed.  So it’s a wash.

And the next 2 weeks aren’t looking promising for getting any closet cleaning done.  Please tell me I am not the only person who looks at their calendar and sees a light schedule, then a week later it’s full beyond what seems humanly possible to accomplish.

I thought I had a few weeks of free time before James and I leave for our second honeymoon.  But, as life inevitably goes, I now have something planned for almost every day between now and then.  Oh well.  for every point my closet racks up, I will throw away two unnecessary items later.  No stinkin’ tiny room with shelves is going to beat me!

Speaking of full schedules, I sometimes long for the days when we were less mobile and less busy.  Although, if that means I’d also have no A/C I might have to stick with the hustle and bustle of 2015.  I’m useless if it gets above 73°.

I’m serious.  When it’s 73°, I’m comfortable.  If it hits 74°, I’m sweating and leaning over the oscillating fan.

James says I’m like the princess and the pea, only with the thermometer.

We had a lovely weekend.  On Friday night we went to a wedding where we were friends with the families of both the bride and the groom.  That makes it fun because there are very few strangers and you get to kick it up with people you haven’t seen in a while.  It was absolutely lovely, we were outside for the ceremony and inside for the reception and, while I am sure there were plenty of headaches going on behind the scenes, to those of us not in-the-know, it seemed to go off without a hitch.

All of us agreed that one of our favorite, so simple, things was the Oreo “cake” that they had instead of a groom’s cake.  It was a fun dessert!  There was a milk station right next to it.


And the great thing about having the wedding on Friday night is that it left the whole weekend free for us to do other things.  My older kids went back out on Saturday to play volleyball with the wedding party friends while the younger boys and I worked on my front porch.  It was entirely too gorgeous outside to be stuck inside my closet, plus I really just wanted some mom/boy time.  So we took it slow and cleaned off everything around the porch and rearranged and added some new plants.  It took us almost all day but we had a great time.


The flowers perk up the whole place!  Of course, with my black thumb they’ll be dead in 6 months.


Sunday was church and naps.  I’m pretty sure when God said to rest on the 7th day He meant to take a 2 hour nap that is so deep you wake up not sure where you are or what your name is.  And so I did.

This coming week we have something happening every day from birthdays to dinner parties to appointments in the city.  Can’t complain about that!

Have a great week!




Procrastinate or BUST

Procrastinate or BUST

Having our kitchen finished added a nice air of relaxation to the weekend.  Or it could have been the fact that there weren’t paint supplies and orphaned dishes covering the kitchen island.  Either way, good times.

Now I can start to think about my next project, which is my most dreaded project of all time….cleaning out my closet.

I keep the things I use most often very tidy in there.  The clothes are on hangers and in drawers all folded and nice, but on the floor there is a pile of mystery items almost as high as my waist.  I am starting to have to move things out of my way just to get to the clothes I need.  When that happens it’s my signal to start thinking about maybe cleaning it out.  Then I wait for six months to be sure then I start really gearing up to actually do it.

It is my way.  Procrastinate or bust!


But I can’t avoid it any longer.  I have a small window of time available before the summer rush hits and life gets filled with swimming pools and movie stars.  (Name that show)

Speaking of pools, that is another project to be done.  We have to get the deck area clean and set up and the pool floats all out and washed and inflated.  That, however, is only an afternoon project and the kids will be excited to help, so I am not dreading that project.  No one gets too excited about helping me clean out my closet.

I don’t actually have them help me with that job anyway.  Who knows what forgotten Christmas gift lurks at the bottom of that pile?  If they see it then I can’t use it for next Christmas.

My Saturday was spent mostly doing edits on my book.  We are down to correcting grammar and punctuation, which, if you have been around here for long, you know is not my strong area.  I like to make up my own words and use whatever punctuation key is closest to my finger when I am typing.  My copy editor has probably been driven to drink after going through my book with his red pen.  I definitely need to send him a balloon bouquet and a Starbuck’s gift card…..and maybe leave out the all caps words and excess commas in my thank you note as an extra measure of gratitude.

On Sunday we visited a new church.  That is always daunting….you never know how it will go.  Are they friendly?  Will they pressure you to put your kids in another room during church (we like to stay together)?  Will you feel uncomfortable?  As an introvert, I really hate those situations.  I am so not good at small talk and meeting new people!

Really, those of you with that social skill amaze me!  I don’t have much to say to anyone until I have known them for a while and even then I am not a chatty-Kathy.  I am happy to listen, but it feels rude to put the whole weight of the conversation on the other person so I fumble through.  If you ever meet me in person you should know that so I don’t majorly disappoint you.  At least, not over my talking skills.  I have met people who have also told me I am not as funny as they expect.  I am sorry about that…I may look for a joke app on my phone so I can crank up the comedy when necessary.

I could have used that at church yesterday when the conversations would hit a lull after the initial “Hi, are you new here?” and we would tell them our names.  A good knock-knock joke would have helped right about then.

But anyway…..I got off topic there.  The new church was nice.  Our goal is to find a place closer to home than where we have been going.  It is hard to get really involved when you have a long drive.  We would love a more day-to-day relationship with our church family.  We will likely keep visiting there for a few weeks then decide if we want to continue or try somewhere else or go back to where we were.  Its a long, grueling process.

Thank God for Sunday naps!

So that’s it for my weekend update.  Exciting, huh?

Have a great week!