Dear Lord, please help me stop being a crazy person

If I weren’t a stay at home mom, I know two things for sure.

  1.  My house would be a complete wreck 24/7.
  2.  I would be mean.

We are closing on the sale of our house this Friday morning at 10.  We are hoping to close on our new house by the end of the month. (please let it be sooner!)

In the meantime, my house is a disaster.  I mean it.  Boxes everywhere.  Full boxes.  Empty boxes.  Halfway full.  It is making me insane.  I’m trying to be positive and all that crap, but seriously, it’s hard.

I like having a clean house.  It makes me happy.  And nice.  It does, it makes me a nice person.  Because it keeps the peace & balance in my life and right now, there’s neither.

I see the light at the end of the tunnel, I do.  Just a little longer and it will all be worth it.

And then, because I truly am a crazy person, I will probably go into a state of sadness & missing all the good ol’ times at our old house and just how in the world did 9 years go by so fast???  What happened to those little babies that used to live here? (which BTW, I’m SO SO glad I started this blog when we moved in here.  I absolutely LOVE going back and reading about our life these past 9ish years)

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BACK TO SCHOOL 2015

BACK TO SCHOOL 2015

Ah well…it’s a new season of life for us.  New house.  New neighbors and such.  Teenagers. (well technically just one, but another one quickly approaching it – yikes!)

Bring it on. ;)

 

 

Turkey Smoked Sausage & Roasted Veggies…mmmmm good!

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You know how there are just certain meals that hit the spot on a cold winter’s night?  Well add this baby to the list!  This was sooo YUM!

I found the recipe for it at Joyously Domestic and tweaked it just a little (my changes are included below, but you can find the original recipe here.  It was a big hit & will definitely be a repeat at our table.

1 pound smoked sausage (I used turkey sausage), sliced into large chunks
2 1/2 pounds red skin potatoes, scrubbed and cut into large chunks
10 ounces green beans (fresh or frozen – I used frozen)
1 large onion, peeled and cut into slices
1/2 cup good-quality Italian dressing (I used homemade)
Pinch kosher salt
Pinch black pepper
1 tablespoon each fresh rosemary and thyme leaves (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease a very large baking dish/baking sheet tray with either non-stick spray or a bit of olive oil.
In a large bowl, add the sausage, potatoes, onions and green beans.  Pour in dressing.  Season with a little salt and pepper.  Sprinkle in the herbs (if using) and give everything a good toss or stir.
Pour into the baking dish and cover tightly with foil.

Bake for 30 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Remove foil and gently stir to rotate the ingredients in the baking dish.

Return baking dish to oven (uncovered).  Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees.  Bake for an additional 35 – 45 minutes (or until potatoes have browned a bit and everything is nice and roasted).  Stir a few times during this final baking time to ensure that everything roasts evenly.

Serve immediately.  Great with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top.

NOTE:  You want a large enough baking dish that will allow for things to be spread out in an even layer.  If the ingredients are piled too much on top of each other, everything will mostly just steam and not roast properly.

New Year, Big Changes!

Whew!  2015 was…weird!  I guess because it was kind of a blur of crazy busy days, selling our old Salt Box house, finding a new house, softball softball softball, and me kind of falling off the wagon with my fitness a little bit, only to come to the realization that that is totally normal & even sometimes necessary in order for me to keep going with it.

I am currently running what will probably be my last fitness group.  I’m making less social media a goal for 2016, and Facebook is the portal that I’m using for those groups, so I, at least for the foreseeable future, will be hanging that up.  I’m also fairly certain that I won’t be renewing my training certification when it expires in June.  Not because I’m turning my back on fitness, but because I don’t really plan on using it as means for income anymore.  I found out soon after getting my certification, that most of the one on one training I was able to do had to be done in the evenings, which took me away from my family at night.  No bueno.  Plus with practices, hitting lessons, and catching lessons our evenings are pretty booked now anyway.  It was fun & I’m glad I did something for myself outside of just being mom/wife/taxi driver, because I think sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of yourself and the things that are important to just you when you are wearing all of those hats all the time.

So, with all that being said, I won’t be renewing my certification & I won’t be running any more groups for a while after January.  I will, however, be returning to more regular blogging and am planning to make fitness a huge feature here, so for all (5? lol) of my readers…stay tuned for that!

I hate not being in my normal routine.  With Christmas break and a house that is half in boxes, I’m going insane over here.  But soon we will be moving into our new house!  And oh man, I am so excited about being warm in the winter & never running out of hot water & not having to slay camel crickets in the basement every time I need to do laundry!  It’s the little things in life, folks….

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 So, I’m hopeful that I will be back into a routine soon after we get settled in.

Yes, 2015 was crazy.  And 2016 will likely follow suit, but I can’t imagine it any other way, so here’s to the new year & new beginnings!

Happy New Year!

 

Sometimes the ordinary days are the best days…

Yesterday was such a good day (except for the fact that I was in mourning over the previous night’s Walking Dead episode :( ).  Well it was good, kind of. I got a call from the school that Hannah wasn’t feeling well & had to pick her up, causing her to miss her first basketball game, so that part wasn’t so great.  But the rest of it?  Wonderful!  Wonderfully boring and uneventful.  And sometimes those days are the best days.

I started it off with a 30 minute walk/jog through our little town.  It was breezy, sunny, & cool…in other words, a perfect fall morning.

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After that I had an awesome back & biceps workout then took the pooch for a walk with my auntie.  I spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning & doing laundry.  Lunch was a delicious spinach & feta omelet & apple.

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In the afternoon, I read a little, crocheted a little, until I got the phone call from the school nurse.  I snuggled up with my little sick kiddo & we watched cartoons.  She took a nap, then Katie & I made supper together which was baked pork chops using a homemade rub (delish!), peas, & PW’s au gratin potatoes.  More snuggling with the sickly child in the evening and early to bed.

Was there anything special about today?  No.  Not really.  But sometimes those are the best ones. <3

My State Champ

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This past weekend, Katie & her new team, Indiana Gators, played in the USSSA Fall State tournament.  They went undefeated 6 games to sweep the “A” division of the tourney.  And not only that, but Katie had an AMAZING weekend offensively & defensively.  I am so proud of her hard work.  It’s really nice for her to be able to see all of the time and sweat that she puts in (on her own time as well as at team practices) starting to produce some pretty awesome results.

Not to mention that for a new team, these girls have taken to each other as if they’ve known each other their whole lives.  They are a really fun group and have some pretty awesome parents and coaches to boot, which makes this travel ball thing so much easier given the huge amount of time we all spend together.

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Can’t wait to see these awesome girls in action again next weekend!

Cinnamon Apple Bars

I made these yummy apple bars from Clover lane today.  I love reading her blog, it is really good for reminding me to slow down and enjoy life.  I haven’t baked in forever, but I was craving something warm & gooey this afternoon & these really hit the spot.

Nothing at all healthy about them, save for the chopped honeycrisp apple, but with a hot cup of coffee, they were absolutely delightful!  And with a big, veggie-filled chef salad on the menu for supper tonight, I didn’t feel the least bit guilty eating them.

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The Return of School Days

BACK TO SCHOOL 2015

BACK TO SCHOOL 2015

Wednesday was the first day of school for these two cutie heads.  Well, three actually.  Sugar Dog would be highly insulted if I didn’t include her in every photo I take of my children.  Starting 8th and 5th grade…the time is flying by, as we all like to say.  But really, it is.  And one thing I have learned from having this blog, if nothing else, is that one surefire way to make myself sob is to go back through the archives and look at the memories I’ve shared here of my babies.  Oh. My. Word.  It’s heart-wrenching!  Makes me want to slow way down and fully appreciate the time I have with them.

Now, don’t get me wrong, their first day back to school was GLORIOUSLY quiet in our house and I loved every minute of it! Ha!  No tattling or fighting.  No “I’m so bored!” every 5 minutes.  But I’m also always sad to see the long, lazy summer days go.  As much as they drive me crazy, I love being able to spend the summer with my girls.  I wish school still started in September, after Labor Day.  It doesn’t feel like they get enough fun time away to enjoy the summer.

Every so often, I start freaking out and thinking I should go get a full time job.  I’ll think, what if something happens to B and he can’t work? or, Oh my gosh, we don’t have enough money in our retirement accounts!  And then I’ll start listing out all of the awful things that could happen to us from the years I’ve spent working at home to raise my family instead of working a job and making money.

And so, usually when that happens, I will put in a lengthy (and I’m sure annoying) call or text to The Spinster.  The Spinster will then begin the laborious task of talking me down from that ledge and reminding me of why I chose to be a stay-at-home-mom and why I would absolutely hate the working world.  And she’s always right.  And I’m always insane.  And then the peace and tranquility returns to my world.  So, while I may not know what the future may hold and whether or not we are financially prepared enough for it, I will continue to always be thankful that God has allowed me this privilege, to be their mother.  To be here at home raising them and teaching them and hopefully helping to shape them into kind, caring, respectful people.  And probably a little weird and crazy like their mother, too.

But I’m totally good with that. <3

Klutzy Mama

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