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Mother’s Day Weekend Recap- May 13, 2017


How did you spend your Mother’s Day weekend?


As usual, my weekend was a flurry of activity.

Because I knew Saturday and Sunday were going to be busy, I relaxed Friday after work. I really don’t do that often.

Early Saturday morning found me searching frantically for Shyla’s baton uniform. I had it hanging in her closet. After 20 minutes of searching I found it under the bunk beds in her brothers’ room. I have no idea how it got there. But, despite the lost uniform, my group of travelers arrived at their destination on time, which was a 3 hour drive.

Legs of woman standing on tiptoe on stepladder with paint can and painted wall.

Next on my agenda was to finish painting my bedroom. I only had about 1/4 of the room to complete which I did. After the painting was finish and the painting tools were cleaned, I took a bucket of Mr. Clean water and cleaned the top of the dressers and the bed. My dressers are very tall as is the headboard of my bed so I have to have the painting ladder to reach the top of the furniture. I also cleaned the fan. My bedroom has been spring cleaned. On to the rest of the house.


We took turns going to see play this weekend. His mother and our oldest daughter with her family, went to watch him perform Friday evening. Saturday,  my husband went to the afternoon performance.

The others had gone on the baton trip to an amusement park.

I went on Saturday evening. For the final performance, my husband and I went and took Dylan’s two siblings. Zayden could not sit still so papa took him and went back home.

After the final performance Sunday afternoon, Dylan, Shyla, and I stopped to buy flowers for my mother-in-law and myself. We took them home and had about 1/2 hour at home before we left to attend the cast party. It was held in the pavilion at the art colony. The weather was perfect and all the kids really enjoyed themselves. Pizza, cupcakes and ice cream was served and prizes were given out.

Dylan won 4 tickets to a Cinncinatti Red’s baseball game. He was beside himself with excitement.

Mom showed up from work and took the kids with her while my husband and I ran to complete some errands.

Later that evening my girls showed up at the house with a beautiful climbing flower and trellis for me.


It was a great weekend.




What was your Mother’s Day weekend like?

My life verse.


Weekend Recap – May 8, 2017

Well, another weekend has passed. I feel like I accomplished quite a bit the past two days.

Friday evening when I got home from work I hit the house running. I cleaned the living room and mopped and swept. The two year old’s toys were strung from one end of the room to the other. I had been putting off doing this for awhile.


Tristin and his girlfriend, Emily
Tristin is my third oldest grandchild


Dakota, my oldest grandson.

Later that evening, Dylan and I went to the school to take pictures of my two grandsons and my students in the prom attire. I loved seeing the excitement on their faces in anticipation of the evening. They were all dressed to the max. It was fun watching them be announced as they entered the dance. We then went home and I fix scrambled eggs and sausage for our evening meal.

Saturday morning my husband and I took the kids to their aunt’s while we attended a pancake, fundraising breakfast at our church. We, the church, have been working for several years now to open a rehabilition center for addiction in our area. With the aid of donations, fundraisers, and grants that dream is about to reach fruition. Across the road from our church was a high school that was no longer in use by the school district. We purchased this, cleaned it up and repurposed it. Behind this we have built a 16-bed facility to house women who need help with their addiction problem. Even though out patient counseling has been going on now for approximately a year, the new facility will be opening July 1st. It is a dream come true for our area.

My husband, Hilary, and me.


If you have read Hilary’s Story, you will know how important this endeavor is to me and my family. Hilary was one of the speakers at Saturday’s event. We are very proud of her and her fight against her addiction.


Also, on Saturday afternoon I began painting my bedroom. I was determined to get it finished over the weekend. I began painting the walls that I could get to. My bedroom furniture is very heavy and impossible for me to move alone. I painted until it was time to take Dylan to play practice.

While he was at practice I sat by the river front and listened to a book that I am almost finished with. I’m reading(listening) to Troublemaker by Leah Remini. I am almost finished with it so you can be expecting my review to pop up in the Book Nook corner soon.

After we returned home I cleaned the kitchen and tidied up around the house some before calling it a night.

Sunday proved to be another full day for me. Dylan had spent the night at my oldest daughter’s the night before. When she brought him home we sat down and picked out the sit down meals for our upcoming trip to Disney in November. Shyla’s baton group will be performing there on November 6th.

Disney World

I then took Dylan for a three hour play practice. It’s getting close. The play will be this weekend with four perfomances over a three day span. They will also be going into the elementary school Dylan goes to for one additional performance. He is already talking about the next play. He is ready to start again.

While he was gone I continued to work on painting the bedroom. My husband had moved out two of the dressers and I painted behind them.

Legs of woman standing on tiptoe on stepladder with paint can and painted wall.

When I finished with the painting I swept the carpet and cleaned the back of the dressers. Lots of dust and cobwebs. It always amazes me how dirty it can get behind these large pieces of furniture.

Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, noodles and green beans

Earlier in the day I had put a turkey breast in the crockpot so when it was close to being done I fixed mashed potatoes and gravy, noodles, and green beans to go with it. Everyone ate heartily Sunday evening and we had enough leftovers for a meal on Monday evening.

It was a very busy and productive weekend.

How was your weekend?  What all did you get accomplished?

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Weekend recap-April 29, 2017



Hello and happy Monday,


I know for a lot of us that is the ultimate oxymoron. But all things aside, how was your weekend?


Mine was pretty uneventful. (Until last night. I’ll get to that in a minute.) I spent the majority of the weekend trying to catch up on laundry. I had fallen way behind on this chore due to a minor surgery and my back going out over Easter weekend and then a working weekend the following weekend.


I not only managed to accomplish getting an overwhelming amount of laundry caught up, but also cleaned out three dressers. I made two piles of clothes, one to go to my son’s for two of his children and the other pile to be donated to a clothing bank.  I still have Dylan’s dressers and closet to go through. It’s the beginning of my spring cleaning. How do you begin your spring cleaning?

While Dylan was at play practice Saturday afternoon, Shyla and I went clothes shopping. Both Zayden and she needed a few shorts and tops. Shyla also was in desperate need of shoes. She needed gym shoes, baton shoes, and shoes to wear for everyday  I found some great prices on the shoes at Walmart.

Sunday afternoon we took Zayden to visit with his dad. Since the weather was so nice we chose to meet him at a lake nearby that had a playground. I had never been there before, but it’s a place where we plan on meeting again. There was also a beach area where there were several people swimming. Shyla went with us and could hardly stand that fact that I would not let her go swimming. We were not prepared for swimming in April.

Overall it it was a pretty uneventful weekend. Until everyone quieted down for the night. Shyla and I were sitting in a dark living room and she had snuggled up beside me in the chair. She then asked me what was flying around the living room. My first thought was a moth until I saw it fly in front of the tv. We had a bat flying around the house. I don’t know how it got in, but that really gave me a fright. I don’t like bats.

What at did you do over the weekend?


My life verse.