Weekend Recap: April 21-22, 2018


It was a busy Saturday. Dylan had spent the night at his cousin’s, his mom was still at the hospital with Zayden until she could be relieved to go to work,

Papa sitting with Zayden in the hospital.

and I had taken Shyla to her first baton competition of the year. Her cousins, Zoey and Autumn are also in this baton troupe. Although, Shyla’s group was sponsoring this one, I had been unable to offer my assistance due to the struggle of juggling the kid’s schedule while the baby was hospitalized.

We got to the elementary school where the competition was being held and had to wait outside until the doors opened. We were actually early for once.

Shyla went to the restroom to change into her baton uniform and we were ready. Her group placed 3rd in their category.

Shyla was also prepared to perform a solo but we had to scratch it due to a mix up with her music. We’ll be better prepared for her solo at the next competition in June.

She also participated in the modeling for the first time. During this she could wear either a dress or another uniform. She had received a long dress at Christmas. (Santa was thinking ahead.)

I am fixing the bow on the back of Shyla’s dress.

I wish we had thought ahead, or more accurately, knew, that we could have signed up for both areas. It would have been some quick changing, but we would have managed it. Several of the girls from other groups did this.

Although she did not place in this section, we learned a lot and will attempt this again at the next competition.

All together it made for a very long day. We had arrived at the school right before 8:30 and everything did not end until 4:00. When we left, I took Shyla to Bob Evans to have an early supper.

Shyla loves ice cream. She could eat it morning, noon, and night.

(Her mom works as a waitress here. It is the original homestead.) We arrived home at 5:30. I was exhausted and collapsed in a chair and watched TV the rest of the evening.

Because the baby had just been released from the hospital the day before, we did not feel that he should go to church Sunday morning. I spent the day trying to catch up on laundry and housework.

I managed to get several loads of laundry done and put away and the kid’s bedrooms vacuumed. My husband washed the dishes.

For supper I went and picked up a pizza and some breadsticks.

It was a long, tiring weekend. I hope that this coming week goes at a little slower pace.

Easter Weekend-How was yours?

Happy Easter

As far as Easter weekends go, I’ll have to say this one was one of the hardest for my family.

After having back pains for over a week, I had to get my act together, pain or not, and participate in the activities of the family.

The Easter bunny arrived at our house a day early. Mom had to work all day Sunday, so we enticed the bunny to make his deliveries to our house a day early.

After the morning festivities, I braved the stores and went in town to get a haircut and return a pair of shoes. Luckily, I arrived at the salon after an initial rush and was able to get right in.

The store where I was returning the shoes was having a large sale and was busy, but I managed to return the shoes and do a little shopping before heading out the door.

My brother-in-law with my youngest grandson. All the kids loved him.

In the early morning hours on Thursday. After a short battle with cancer, my beloved brother-in-law left this world. He was not only my husband’s next oldest brother, but also his best friend.

He was the son who was there everyday for his elderly mother, helping her with the garden and anything else she needed. He was also the babysitter for a six year old grandson.

Saturday evening his family held a memorial service for him. We saw many family members, friends, and neighbors whom we had not seen in a long time. It was a very emotional time. My brother-in-law was a very loved man.

Of course on Easter morning, my husband and I took our resident grandchildren to church. After a very nice moving service we went to my mother-in-law’s for lunch.

Because of the recent loss in the family, we had opted not to have a traditional Easter dinner and instead feasted on the dishes that neighbors and friends  had brought in for the family.

After lunch my oldest daughter asked me to go to the movies with her. Her family were all at their dad’s.We went to see God’s Not Dead 3, an appropriate movie for the day. It was a very good movie.  (As a side note, we had the whole theater to ourselves.) It was a nice, relaxing way to spend the afternoon.

When she dropped me off, I finished helping the older two get ready to go to their other grandparent’s to spend the next couple of days. Both their mother and I have to work and they are out on Spring break. On the way back, I began listening to the book Living Well, Spending less  by Ruth Soukup. It seems to be a very good book. Stay tuned to a review when I finish it.

I went home, fixed a salad for supper and called it a weekend.

What was your Easter weekend like?

My life verse.

My Busy Weekend

My Busy Weekend

Well, what can I say. It was another one of those whirlwind weekends. This one started on Friday.

I was off work Friday so I could care for my grandson who has not been feeling well. Since my daughter did not have to be at work until later, my sister, who up from Florida with her husband, and I went shopping and had an early lunch before I had to rush back home. She treated me to Chinese.

Saturday I took two of the granddaughters who are  performing at Disney next month to their baton practice on Saturday afternoon.

These are my two granddaughters who be performing at Disney next month.

I spent the afternoon making a set of decorative bottles to donate to the silent auction at Sunday’s spaghetti dinner fundraiser.




These aren’t the ones I made but they are very similar to these.

Then on Saturday evening several family members went to my oldest daughter’s for a chili dinner and game night.



My sister fixed a large pot of chili with baked potatoes. The rest of us provided desserts. After we ate several of us played some of our favorite board games. We all had a great time.

Sunday, the girls that could needed to be at our last fundraiser early. They performed their Disney routine throughout the afternoon. When they were not performing they were waiting tables and competing for tips. The top waitress received a gift for her efforts. Which brought up some conflict for one of my granddaughters.

The younger of the 2 girls who were waiting tables was working more diligently then the older one, or so I was told. However, the older of the two, had more in tips due to the fact that her father had given her $100 to put in tip jar. That left her approximately $30 ahead of the younger one in the end. She was extremely upset. But, to put a better ending to the story, Ms. Winner, gave her cousin a gift from the bag that she received as a prize. Then to make this a frugal ending, Ms. Second Place, decided to give it to her younger cousin who is crazy about Tinkerbell. The gift was a Tinkerbell scrap booking kit. Ms. Loves Tinkerbell has a birthday coming up soon so we decided it would make a nice birthday present. Yeah!

We left the fundraiser at 4:00 with our prizes in hand and headed home. My sister and her husband came over and we decided on a take out pizza for supper. I was too beat to cook. 


As an final note, our fundraiser earned close to $2500 to add to total raised. It  has been a great fundraising year for us.

Tell me about your weekend. What did you accomplish?

My life verse.