Thursday, July 29, 2010

Organizing & Football

I've really come to find with being busy I haven't had too many chances to blog.  When  I don't, I really miss it!  Crazy.  So sorry if this post is about a million different things.  I've been finding myself writing different posts in my head so then I forget what I've REALLY posted and what I've pretend posted in my head.

Football camp is over but practice is underway.  I still can't get over how....intense they are about friggin smurf football.  Not sure how it is in other football leagues (I'm new)  but ours is  midget football (have to admit the complete name, don't want any crazies finding us ;) and then the age divisions go smurf (6-7) peewee (I think some 7, mostly 8-9) then it goes onto pony and midget, not sure their age ranges.  After midgets you would then be into high school football.

Anyway, Logan has football practice M-F from 6-8 until school starts, it starts here Aug 25th.  After school starts its Tues-Thurs.  Games will be Saturday/Sunday and there are occassional Saturday morning practices.  WTF?!  I've just been praying and hoping that he doesn't get sick of it anytime soon.  UGH.  Next week starts full equipment practice, that will be the REAL test.  Its just so hard watching him out there, he's sort of small compared to the other kids and slow.  I just want to go out there and do it for him. 

Today I finally got around to starting my decluttering project.  It actually went pretty well.  I'm hoping to do something every single day, though that's going to be harder now with the crazy football schedule.   I can't tell you how much better I feel just getting a few drawers and cupboards in my kitchen cleaned out.  I can't wait to start on the rest of my house.

Well have to head to bed soon,  I'll try get a pic of Logan tomorrow at practice.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cole's First Fish

I had been wanting to post this for weeks...

This is Cole's first 'catch' from our pond.  He looks excited doesn't he?? 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Over run & Overwhelmed


I didn't realize what I was getting myself into when I signed Logan up to participate in the local midget football teams summer football camp.  OMG!!!  Its been this whole week, Mon-Thurs and works on basic skills for football, plus they have numerous speakers, raffles and all that good stuff.  Soooo....the past three days I've been sitting at the football field from 5:30 until 9:30...yeah super fun!!  Then get home get Logan showered and pretty much head right to bed.  Needless to say my house is a DISASTER!!!  On top off all that I'm leaving Friday night to go on my annual MOPS steering team retreat for the weekend. 

Oh and I just signed Logan up for the regular football season yesterday. 

Practice starts next Wed.  At least 3 days a week (I think, haven't heard for sure yet..)

Our corn is coming in like crazy...I need to start freezing/canning it.

Our tomatoes are coming in crazy..of course. 

When am I going to get everything done? 

Ugh!!!  I just want to sleep! 


Hopefully I'll get away to my retreat this weekend and come back refreshed and recharged, ready to do all the canning, freezing and football stuff that I need to do. 

Oh yeah, I still have a table full of zucchini and a downstairs fridge full of cucumbers. 

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


I've been reading on various blogs out in blogland about people's decluttering efforts.  God knows this house could use some major decluttering. 

I've decided to copy off my dear pen pal Robyn and do her 2011 in 2011.  I haven't yet decided if I will set up a seperate blog to record my efforts or just post it here.  My goal is to officially start next week, I'll think about it then. 

Today is my birthday and  I really don't plan on doing anything more taxing than watching Big Brother (WHO is the friggin sabetour???) and working on Cole's sweater

Have a good night!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Busy Day, Bloody Noses

So far today has been a fairly busy day for us. Relatively speaking, our summer days haven't been overly busy, not like during the school year when I feel like I spend most of my day in the car.

To start off the morning I had my first MOPS steering team meeting for the upcoming year. I'm super excited for the new year of MOPS to start, I can't wait!  Its hard for me to believe I've been apart of the group for 5 years now!  Wow! Where exactly did the time go?!  You might be wondering what exactly MOPS is?  Here is their website for more info Its a christian based moms group, for mothers of children ages 0-K.  All I can say about my group is honestly, I don't know what I'd have been doing the past 5 years without them.  When I had Logan I didn't have any mom friends or even any friends who were married so it was hard.  While I still enjoyed my old friends, it just isn't the same.  I had heard about MOPS on a message board I was on and searched out a group in my area.  Low and behold there was a group 5 minutes from my house.  I was never so nervous in all my life to show up at that first meeting but I did it.  I still remember standing in the church vestibule, waiting to sign in, not knowing ANYONE, it seemed like everyone else knew each other and here I was.  If any of you all know me, you know this was very hard for me, especially then.  I feel like I have come out of my shell a little since then and honestly I credit being on the steering team for that. 
Anyway, any of you moms of preschoolers out there check it out!  Even if you don't count yourself as a christian or just aren't into any type of religion.  While I can only speak for my group, while it is a part of the group, its not something that is shoved down your throat and your not looked down upon if its not your 'thing'. 

After that I ran a few errands at the store and then went to pick the boys' up from my mom.  She mentioned taking the boys for lunch so we went to McD's and left them play on the outdoor play equipment.  I should have known better because it rained pretty badly last night.  The inside of the equipment doesn't drain out well and was soaking wet still.  No sooner did I realize this and I heard a thump and Cole started to cry.  Logan lead him back down and he was dripping wet from head to toe and his nose was bleeding!  Super great!!  We came home got him settled on the couch with icarly and now I'm working on dishes, laundry and cleaning. 

I'm hoping to get everything cleaned up/washed today because tonight we are canning more pickles (FUN!!....NOT!!) and tomorrow after work I plan on coming home and not really doing much of anything since its my birthday!!!  Ryan snuck my gift upstairs the other looked a little too small to be that ipad I was drooling over the other week ;)

Hope everyone is having a super fabulous week!  Off to fold more laundry!!!

Friday, July 9, 2010


I am so glad today is Friday! 

Though this week did seem to fly by, I'm so over it.  We do have a semi busy weekend ahead of us though.

 Tomorrow we are headed to Knoebels with some family members.  Sunday will probably be a day to catch up on everything that I've been slacking on before another week starts again. 
I'm really hoping to make it to my knitting group tonight, I didn't make it last week, was planning on this week but I'm not sure now, I have a million things to get ready for tomorrow plus I have a bunch of green beans I want to can before they go bad. 

I'm still waiting to see Eclipse...don't know how much longer I can wait though, I'm trying not to think about the fact that its out.

Yesterday I started working on getting stuff organized and ready for a yard sale.  I absolutely HATE having yard sales but last year we had our very first one and did rather good.  So I figured this year I'd try a little harder and maybe we'd do even better.  I have three huge boxes of toys already.  I haven't even touched the clothes yet.  Part of me just wants to drop it all off at goodwill, we'll see. 

Oh, I ordered my yarn the other night for the boys' sweaters.  I actually picked a different one for Cole, I saw this and knew he would LOVE it.

I finally feel like my summer is officially underway, Big Brother started last night.  Ryan and I have watched it every year its been on, LOVE it! 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

T. Rex & Knitting

I think we are finally getting back into the swing of things after our long weekend.

We didn't have any huge plans for the 4th.  My parents had a party so we were there pretty much all day on Sunday.  Logan and Cole were in the pool from about 1 until 6ish.  They were soooo tired!!  Honestly I wish we could do that everyday, they came home and went right to sleep! 

It was a nice day, celebrating, eating good food and hanging out with friends and family.  Though Logan learned what happens when you eat pretty much nothing but 12 + cupcakes and steamed clams.  (sounds lovely, right?)  about 12 am he woke up and told me he puked.  We all had fallen asleep in the living room and he very narrowly missed puking on Ryan's head.

I wish I had gotten pictures (not of the puke)  of the days festivities, I had taken my camera with good intentions of using it but I never did.
We had gone shopping on Saturday and all Logan wanted was an ant farm (yeah just what I need, more ants in my house)  so to be fair Cole got to pick something out too.  Anyway, Cole picked out this rather large plastic T Rex.  He is crazy about dinos right now.  He had to take Dino to the party with us Sunday and pretty much everyone had a fun time playing with him.  Dino was swimming, eating, and even drinking beer (don't ask) along with attacking unsuspecting party goers. 

Here is a picture of Cole with Dino taken in the living room this morning, he has not left him out of his sight since he's gotten him.

So I've been wanting to make sweaters for the boys' for awhile.  I think Cole's love for dino's has lead me to ideas for him.  Its between this and this  I'm having a hard time picking out yarn for either one.  I don't want to spend a fortune for  a sweater for a kid but I honestly don't know if I can deal with working with acrylic for that long.  I know such a snob...sorry! 

Poor Logan has been bugging me for awhile because he wants me to make him something.  I really want to make him a sweater too and I want to do his first.  I'm just having a hard time finding something he'll like in his size.  It seems like all kids sweater patterns stop at 4-5 years!  I did find this but it sort of scares me...but I know he'd LOVE it.  We'll see...I'm going to try to look up yarn today and see what I can find. 

Today is my husband's birthday, he is turning 32 today, I honestly don't know how we got so friggin old.   Its hard to believe but this October we will have been together for...OMG!  15 that right??  We started dating October 27th, 1995.  Wow, crazy. 

Anyway, the boys and I just got done baking his cake for dinner tonight (I have to go to work shortly).  We made him a big top cupcake cake.  I'll try to remember pictures later.  I don't think we'll really do anything exciting today, other than finish working on canning pickles and figure out what to do with all this zucchini & green beans!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Summer Garden Goodness!!

Ok, I usually complain about Ryan's garden.  I'm really glad he does one and takes care of it and all that but honestly there is no reason he has to make them as large as he does.  Yes there is more than one, there are two and then a small pumpkin/watermelon patch. 

This is the time though I'm really happy to have them.  Though talk to me in a few weeks when I'm up to my elbows in canning jars, tomatoes and pickles.
One of the gardens...

We had our first dinner the other night all from things from the garden.

First there were the green beans...

Then the zucchini...

Which I turned into this...

Not the best pic. It is called Poor Man's Crab Cakes.  It is my favorite thing to make with all of the zucchini we get.

The next few weeks are going to be crazy.  I'm going to have to start canning green beans, making and canning bread & butter pickles.  Then once all of that is done it will be time to start the tomatoes.