Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Simple Woman's Daybook: Hello Fall Edition


For Today

September 30th, 2014
Outside my window...the chimes clang merrily in the breeze as autumn weather FINALLY comes to Southern New Mexico.
I am thinking...that sometimes change isn't a bad thing in the long run, even if it is uncomfortable in the here and now.
I am thankful...that my job is so homeschool friendly. In fact, I've turned the BossMan's family to the dark side and one of their children has joined the ranks of the home educated.
I am wearing...Brown yoga pants, flag t-shirt and tennies.If clothes are an outward representation of ME: then apparently I am predictable, comfortable and loyal. I think I'm ok with that.
I am creating...a bit of fall enthusiasm around the house by decorating with leaves, pumpkins and other gourds, plus some glorious fall colors. And anticipation for our annual pumpkin patch trip coming up next week. It's my favorite time of year.
I am going... to visit my Sister-Girl Karen tonight, which is especially fun since we missed last week due to BossMan's travels, and BossLady's rounds at the hospital. Looking forward to a nice long chat. Without interruptions.
I am wondering...how to find the right house, for the right price, in the right time, and the right place, without losing my mind. It may already be too late ;)In YOUR time, Lord. Amen.
I am reading...True Wealth: How and Why Millions of Americans Are Creating a Time-Rich, Ecologically Light, Small-Scale, High-Satisfaction Economy by Juliet Schor
I am hoping...that I learn something fantastic from this book. I am ready for change.
I am learning...that being old and wise isn't as much fun as being young and dumb, but it is more rewarding. And less painful.
Around the house...boys are caring for chores, animals are being enjoyed, and school is about to start.
In the kitchen... dinner is ready, just needing to be heated once our walls are filled with hungry bodies. Banana bread on the counter. Freezer full of my mom's hard work. Dishes. Always dishes.
I am pondering... schedules, ever present changes and houses, houses, houses.
A favorite quote for today...
"There are only 24 hours in a day. We need to quit trying to be awesome and instead be wise."
Courtesy of Jen Hatmaker (smartest woman I know)
One of my favorite things...F-A-L-L! And everything pumpkin!
A peek into one of my days from this past week-end... our great niece Carissa turned one and we got to enjoy her party this weekend. After a while, you almost forget how entertaining a baby party can be.


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Housing Update

Our Beloved Gunsight Home
Housing Update:
I have almost nothing to share, but since I need a place to put my rambling thoughts, you all get to enjoy my craziness. :) As most of you know, we have a short sale bid in our beloved Gunsight House and it's been nearly a month and we've heard nothing.
Silence.
Crickets.
NADA.

Until last week when our realtor called and said someone needed to see the house. In 15 hours, 12 of which were already slated for sleeping and working. So we panicked, cancelled our plans for the evening, cleaned EVERYTHING and then pretended to sleep while our minds went 27 directions at once about how this could all end very badly. *sigh* Someday I'll learn to just trust more, but until then, you'll find me panic stricken and completely crazy at the mention of someone coming to peek into all my closets, appliances, bathrooms and, worst of all, teenagers' rooms. Eek! Anywho, the appointed hour arrived, I took the puppy and the kiddos for 17 trips around the block and then they were gone. Our delightful realtor says this is actually a good sign since it was an appraiser looking at the house to make sure our realtor hadn't dropped the price artificially so that we could get the house. She said that things are starting to move, and that she has a really good feeling about all of this *ahem* excitement we've been enjoying. I hope her "feel-er" isn't broken because I could use some good news after all this "fun" we've been having. I will keep you all posted, but until then, please keep praying with us. We are wanting clear direction from the Lord about where He wants us. Thanks so much for being on the journey with us. It makes all the difference.
 Blessings, ~K~

Here's a link to the whole album of house pics if you are interested:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2765754983967.2124186.1260688316&type=1&l=14b28edf75

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Stay-cation day 16: July 13, 2014

Stay-cation day 16: Officially this is no longer stay-cation as the B-Bunch is home again and I"m no longer house/pet sitting. However, it IS the last day off before returning to work. So I'm making the most of it. The family enjoyed a trip to R2R church this morning, followed by....wait for it....nothing. We went home, watched movies, I sorted school supplies and materials for the coming year, I piddled around in the kitchen, snoozed on the couch with Dan, chatted on the phone with my Sister-Girl Karen, hung out with extended family and enjoyed not having to be anywhere at any specific time. Glorious. 16 days in, and I think I may have finally remembered how to relax. LOL, took me long enough. Either I"m a slow learner or I'm just that high strung that it takes me 16 days to relax. I don't like either option. So, there will be some changes coming soon to the Man Crew House. Watch for updates to come. For now, I'm enjoying a leisurely afternoon with my family. Life is as it should be. Amen. It's about time.

Mustachioed Manly Men: aka: Fun with Cousins

Love is....Not Historical. Amen!

*I'm on vacay from work for the next 2 weeks while BossMan and the rest of the B-Bunch travel for school reunions, to visit family and to take a break from the hectic schedule they normally enjoy. I'll be taking care of the house and critters in their absence and intend to remember how to relax a bit along the way. Join me :)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Stay-cation day 15: July 12, 2014

 Stay-cation day 15: Saturday. I never relax on Saturday. It's impossible. Between working at the gym, carting kiddos around, trying to get the weekly grocery shopping done, and still making it to church Saturday evening, I don't relax on Saturday. I run. And that's ok. Today, I'm just getting things done, and looking forward to tomorrow. Church was great, the gym is always a hoot with the little kiddos, and while I do more of it than I care for, spending time in the car with teenagers is generally the best way to have a decent conversation with them, so I"m not unhappy about that. A few pics and I"m headed to tomorrow :)

Kitty #2 Anxiously awaits G's arrival home

Our recently ordered Liberty's Kids DVD set has arrived!

Moonlight Magic in the B-Bunch front courtyard. *sigh of contentment*

Who is tired, sunburned, as close to being relaxed as she can get on a Saturday and stinks at taking selfies? This girl.

*I'm on vacay from work for the next 2 weeks while BossMan and the rest of the B-Bunch travel for school reunions, to visit family and to take a break from the hectic schedule they normally enjoy. I'll be taking care of the house and critters in their absence and intend to remember how to relax a bit along the way. Join me :)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Stay-cation day 14: July 11, 2014

Stay-cation day 14: It's Friday. I can't remember a single thing I did. All. Day. Long. Must have been great :/ (getting old and forgetful is for the birds) At any rate, I apparently took no pictures, and did nothing memorable, so I'm going to assume that I drove the Mama Taxi, played with DT and read the day away, and then spent a fun evening with the Game Night Crowd. And that's close enough for this girl. Happy stay-cationing, my friends!


Even though we have an offer in on our wonderful, marvelous Gunsight house, we are still praying over this darling number, which isn't sure if it is ON or OFF the market. I could live my whole life on those porches. Pray with us please.

*I'm on vacay from work for the next 2 weeks while BossMan and the rest of the B-Bunch travel for school reunions, to visit family and to take a break from the hectic schedule they normally enjoy. I'll be taking care of the house and critters in their absence and intend to remember how to relax a bit along the way. Join me :)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Stay-cation day 13: July 10, 2014

Stay-cation day 13: GUESS WHAT? I may finally be getting the hang of this relaxing thing! I spent most of the day at the B-Bunch house, just reading, hanging out with DT, playing with the critters and trying to figure out why the BossMan's pool was SO  green. We decided to brave the waters one more time, and Jody Stolp and her sweethearts came and joined DT and myself in the pool. We had a ball! I took no pictures but we had a wonderful time splashing around with a pool FULL of kiddos. Derek hasn't had this much fun in ages :)
In other news, we signed papers to put an offer in on our beloved Gunsight house, in the hopes that we won't have to move after all, and in the belief that God has been holding this house for us all along.



PS. Happy birthday Kelly!
*I'm on vacay from work for the next 2 weeks while BossMan and the rest of the B-Bunch travel for school reunions, to visit family and to take a break from the hectic schedule they normally enjoy. I'll be taking care of the house and critters in their absence and intend to remember how to relax a bit along the way. Join me :)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Stay-cation day 12: July 9, 2014

Stay-cation day 12: It's Wednesday and while the B-Bunch are out of town, that doesn't even slow down my insanity on this middl-est of middle day of the week. Well, maybe a little. Between taking D to work, picking him back up, taking him back again, fussing over what/when/where in regards to dinner, washing windows at the gym, gathering the right kiddos at the right time in order to arrive at youth group in a timely fashion, trying to get dinner on the table for Hercules, pretending to have time to clean SOMETHING/ANYTHING at my house, and then heading back to pick up the BIGS after open gym at Zero Gravity, it's all I can do to summon the strength to crawl to bed. And since the B-Bunch is gone, I made 4 trips back and forth to their house to care for critters. And that's without them in town. I must rethink Wednesdays. I must. I think it's safe to say no relaxing was done today. LOL! I can't even remember if I took a picture today. Let me see...
Oh yes, Kelly sent me a photo to remind me of my childhood nickname of Snicklefritz, which apparently means troublemaker. Ahem, I have no idea what she is talking about. Ahem again.

*I'm on vacay from work for the next 2 weeks while BossMan and the rest of the B-Bunch travel for school reunions, to visit family and to take a break from the hectic schedule they normally enjoy. I'll be taking care of the house and critters in their absence and intend to remember how to relax a bit along the way. Join me :)
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