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


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.

Fall State

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.

Apple Bars

The Return of School Days



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

What a Crazy Summer…and now…a Deep Sigh of Relief

Wow…this summer was a complete blur.  Truly.

Katie joined a new travel team and we were on the road more than we were home it seemed.  While I’m very grateful for the new friendships we formed and the great improvement in her game, we have decided that this isn’t the route for us.  The fees increase greatly next year along with the amount of travel and frankly, spending time as a family (all of us together) trumps the benefits of her being on a team like this.  Does she want to play in college?  Yes.  Does it HAVE to be a D1 school?  Heck to the no!  I’m fine with her going to whatever college is going to best help her realize her dreams and if she can play softball at said school, then fabulous!  But being able to watch my daughter on TV is not at the forefront of my wishes as her mother.  So, on that note, we said some tearful goodbyes to new friends and coaches and will go with a more local team but one that will still get her out there in that college exposure.


And as for Hannah – this was her last year of 10U.  She moves up with the big dogs next year and it’s a totally different ball game.  I’m so excited to see what the future holds for her, as well.  And extremely grateful for the Red Alert 04 softball family that we’ve come to know and love along the way.


And now that summer is winding down and we are preparing to gear up for a new school year, I feel like we can finally take a breath and settle down into a somewhat normal routine around here.

I keep vowing that I’m going to do better about keeping this blog updated with pictures and stories of all the wonderful memories we are making and I keep failing to do that.  I have decided that at least for the near future, I won’t be running any more challenge groups so that I can focus all of my attention on my family, so hopefully that will translate into more blogging.  I think I started this blog back in 2009 maybe?  And the girls and I get a huge kick out of going back and looking at old posts and pictures, so I know I need to focus more attention here so that they’ll have this as a wonderful way to look back on their childhood.


We are in the day and age of micromanaging every single second of our days.  It seems as if we feel the need to over schedule, overbook, and rush from one task to the next.  If I find myself with 5 minutes of free time, I never really feel like it’s ok to just sit there for 5 minutes and breathe.  Even when I have my morning coffee, it’s usually done at my laptop while I’m working or paying bills or looking over softball schedules.  I kind of hate to sit down if there are things to do (i.e., load/unload the dishwasher, fold/put away laundry, vacuum, etc.) and so I find that most days I don’t sit down until I actually kind of fall down into bed.

With that being said, the one thing that I always (almost always) make time for is exercise.  I’ve been eating a healthy diet long enough now that it doesn’t take a huge amount of time away from my day to make that happen.  And I’ve been exercising a long time too, but for whatever reason, that one still has to be a conscious effort every day or it gets left in the domestic dust of my day.  It’s important to me so I make the time for it, don’t get me wrong, but it definitely pushes the limits of my willpower at times.

I have two kids who are busy, busy, busy!  Whether it is softball practice, hitting lessons, catching lessons, social activities with their friends, school projects, etc.  As their mom, I am just as busy as they are and then some.  I’m running a business from home, cleaning, cooking, volunteering at school, and believe it or not, there was a time that I would have thrown gardening into that list of duties, but sadly that is one thing I don’t have time for anymore (and if you’ve seen my front flower weed bed, you’ll know the full extent of my shame in that department).  We are also still throwing around the idea of selling our house, though when we’ll find the time to finish up the work that needs to be done to make that happen, I honestly don’t know.

BUT!  The point I am making is this:  WE ARE ALL BUSY.

So, when it comes to making time for your health, the question you must ask yourself is this:  How important am I to me?  To my family?  Because if you aren’t currently making your health a priority, you’re kind of implying that you aren’t really all that important.  And we know that isn’t true.

There’s this misconception out there that taking care of yourself is selfish and vain.  I hate that because as moms we tend to be the main caretakers of the family.  Whether you’re of the stay-at-home variety or whether you’re out there bringing home the bacon, if you’re a mom, chances are you are wearing yourself pretty thin with all that you do for your family.  How can you afford NOT to take care of yourself???

And if you don’t know how to take that first step towards taking care of yourself first, the best piece of advice I can offer is this – make the decision and keep it fresh in your mind every day.

Ask yourself every single day what you are going to do THIS DAY to make yourself a healthier:

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Even if the only thing you can manage in a single day is a brisk walk, that’s still a step in the right direction.  Don’t overwhelm yourself by looking at the big, scary picture but rather focus on each day individually.  Focus on making the present day you are in a success and then do that again the next day.  If you do that consistently, before you know it you will have strung together a week and then a month of victories.  Before long, it becomes a new healthy habit and it doesn’t seem so much like work.  It just seems like another part of your life.

Remember this:  We make time for the things in life that are truly important to us.  Have a heart to heart with yourself and figure out whether or not YOUR health, being healthy and having the energy to keep up with your busy, over scheduled life, being there for your family for as long as possible is truly important to you.  Because if it is, you will find the time.  You will make the time.

Another Reason to Love our Small Town Life

This is from a couple of weeks ago.  The town square all set up for the kid’s Easter egg hunt.  Why we gotta be so stinkin’ cute all the time???  I <3 our town.

Easter Egg Hunt on the Square

Easter Egg Hunt on the Square

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