My Funny Valentine

Wow, guys….. What. A. Week. It’s been one for the record books. There were Valentine’s Day school parties, Garen on the road two days, getting ready for helping with decorations for the school dance, and more “real work” than I can shake a stick at. And then the weekend full of laundry, washing and puttingContinue reading “My Funny Valentine”

Chalkboard Quotes: Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today

A few years back, right after we moved into this house, my sweet mother-in-law gave us this frame. It was another color and didn’t have anything behind it. We debated between using it to hang wreaths or other stuff in it or get a large picture printed for it. But I had wanted a bigContinue reading “Chalkboard Quotes: Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today”

Photo Friday: Lovely Louisiana

We were fortunate to have Christmas with the Odom side of our family at Emilie and Brian’s home in Alexandria, LA.  It’s a beautiful place to be.  We got to go do some hiking in a nearby national park.  Although it was cold and a little damp, we all enjoyed it and it was greatContinue reading “Photo Friday: Lovely Louisiana”

Adventures with Four: Family Cruise Vacation Packing- Part 2: Plan Your Days and Organize to Avoid Overpacking

If you read my first post on packing for a family cruise vacation, you’ll know that overpacking isn’t worth it. Now, we can talk about how to avoid overpacking. It all starts with planning. Here’s a few things to consider as you start the planning process: What is your schedule? What kind of excursions, ifContinue reading “Adventures with Four: Family Cruise Vacation Packing- Part 2: Plan Your Days and Organize to Avoid Overpacking”

Photo Friday: Family Cruise Vacation 2018 Highlights

As I write this today, I’m recovering (and doing loads and loads of laundry) from our family vacation.  It was fantastic and exhausting.  We started out last Friday roadtripping down to Galveston with the littles (stay tuned for a post on road trips with toddlers), followed by an afternoon at Schlitterbahn in Galveston.  Saturday, weContinue reading “Photo Friday: Family Cruise Vacation 2018 Highlights”

Photo Friday: Boy Scouts Spring Camp Out 2018

Will and Garen joined in the fun for the Boy Scout Spring Camp Out a few weeks before school got out, so I probably should’ve already posted this as a Photo Friday post but I have end of school activities to blame.  If you have kids, you know how those last few weeks are- fieldContinue reading “Photo Friday: Boy Scouts Spring Camp Out 2018”

Photo Friday: Brownies

Our Girl Scout troop advanced from Daisies to Brownies on Tuesday night with a great bridging ceremony. We’ve got such a fun and unique group of girls and awesome leaders! We’re looking forward to another great year as Brownies! Here’s a few photos I got from Tuesday’s fun. Unfortunately Garen had to stay home withContinue reading “Photo Friday: Brownies”

Mommy Review Monday: Full Focus Planner

I have mentioned in a few of my previous posts that I use the Full Focus Planner.  I happened upon this wonderful thing on one of the many podcasts that I listen to.  It’s been wonderful for me. Here’s what I like about it: It’s black and non-discrete.  There’s a lot of flashy journals outContinue reading “Mommy Review Monday: Full Focus Planner”

Photo Friday: Easter at the Blowin’ O

We celebrated Easter with the Odom side of the family on the Saturday before Easter.  The kids had a great time getting to play and explore the Blowin’ O, what we affectionately call Aunt Karen and Uncle Lee Roy’s place out by Aleman, TX, which is right outside of Hamilton.  It was Granny and Grandad’sContinue reading “Photo Friday: Easter at the Blowin’ O”

My Dad turns 60

Growing up, and even in the recent past, my mom has told me, “You are just like your Dad….” Man, what a compliment. My Dad is one of my heroes.  It’s no secret that I adore him.  I’m proud of his accomplishments throughout his career, but I’m even more proud of the man he isContinue reading “My Dad turns 60”