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Farewell To My Bloggy Peeps

Well, after much consideration I have decided to stop blogging.  It was a hard decision to make, but the girls are getting older and more involved with sports and school functions/groups.  Plus I’m at the school quite a bit during the day every week.  I’m finding that I just don’t have the time to write posts, upload and edit pictures, etc. Having Brian on 2nd shift has been tough because there’s no one to do all the running around to practices and other activities in the evenings, so I’m finding that sometimes I am just running on fumes.  I’ve really enjoyed having my blog the last few years and I’ve definitely loved all the new friends I’ve made.  I’ll still be reading up on everyone else’s blogs as time allows, though I may not always comment.

I’m thinking about maybe printing out one of those picture books each year that kind of highlights the best parts of the year for our family as a way to still have mementos, but for now, the blog just doesn’t fit into the schedule.  I’m not going to delete it or anything and I may come back to it someday, but for the present time I’ll not be updating it.

Thanks to all of you friends out there for making this so fun.

Klutzymama out.  😉

Why Multi-Tasking Is Not My Strong Suit

This past week has been a complete blur.  I have been subbing a lot again, even though I said I wasn’t going to do it anymore.  I feel bad because I heard through the grapevine that there aren’t as many subs this year as last and so I have a hard time saying no.  I told the lady that schedules the subs to only call me when she can’t find anyone else and I’m still getting called about twice a week.  On top of that, I am volunteering on Wednesdays & Fridays in the girls’ classes.  Then running the girls to basketball & softball practices, and taking George to get his errands done along with my own.

My house is suffering for it.  I have a mountain of laundry in the basement.  And the rest of the house is a wreck.  I decided that today I would really get organized because the coming week promises to be another blur.

I’ve been washing & hanging clothes on the line, vacuuming, dusting, etc., trying to get as much done as possible.  Trying to get ahead of the game, if you will.

A few weeks ago, Brian & the girls & I had a little bonfire in our backyard.  My cousin lives across the alley from us, so we went over & borrowed their skewers for roasting marshmallows.  I’ve been meaning to wash them & give them back to him.  So, I started the water in the sink & put the skewers in.  I walked out of the room and somehow got the idea to vacuum the stairs real quick.  However, I forgot one little thing…the water in the kitchen sink was still running.  It probably took me 10 minutes to vacuum the stairs.  I walked back in to the kitchen & found this…

I ran over & shut the water off just in time.  The water was teetering on the edge of spilling over.  This is typical for me.  You would be surprised at how many times I do absent-minded things like this.  Actually you probably wouldn’t be that surprised, would you?

Last week I was watching this famous athlete on TV (can’t remember who) and he was talking about how he really puts everything he has into whatever he happens to be doing in that moment.  For example, if he is playing with his kids, then he’s playing with his kids and not letting his mind wander to all the other things that he needs to be doing.  Or if he’s playing whatever his particular sport is, then his mind is completely into that while he is doing it, etc…

Okay, so I’m gonna go with that from now on.  Multi-tasking is just not in my wheelhouse.

Putting Up The Tree

Just a couple of pics from when we put the tree up the other night…

Katie is dressed for winter and Hannah is dressed for summer.  Surprised?  Neither was I.  What kind of mother lets her daughter dress like this in winter?!

(Those were her jammies.  I promise she didn’t leave the house like that.)

: )


Well, the fevers are gone.  Hannah seems to be pretty much back to normal except for a small case of the sniffles.

However, Katie is coughing her head off.  One eye is very red and both of them are itching her badly.  I’m gonna call the doctor first thing Monday morning.

I’m out for awhile til my girl gets feeling better.


I’m sure that everyone is now aware of the earthquake in Haiti.  I’ve been watching a lot of TV now that I’m restricted to the couch and it is all over the news.

I don’t normally watch much of the news.  I don’t normally even watch any TV until the evening after the girls are in bed.  And then its usually just Andy Griffith or other shows I’ve recorded on my DVR.  But because I can’t do anything, I’ve been watching lots of TV.  And I can’t watch the news about Haiti without crying.  It is so sad.  The medical supplies that these people have on hand is so rudimentary and the injuries are devastating.  I heard this morning that they are estimating 50,000 dead.

I hate to admit this, but had it not been for the fact that I can’t do anything, I would never really understand what is happening there.  Yes, I would be aware of the situation.  And I would pray for the people in Haiti.  But it would probably stop there.  But because I am seeing over and over again the extent of this situation, I feel like I need to do something.  I can’t do much, but even the smallest amounts will go a long way.  That sounds cliche, but it is true.

So, I’m just posting a couple of links to sites that you can go to in order to make a donation.  We’re all aware of the American Red Cross.  They have a minimum set for donations at $10.  If you have less than $10 to give, you can go to Compassion International, Inc.  There is no minimum.  Please consider giving to this cause and pray for these people.

American Red Cross

Compassion International, Inc.


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Here Me Is!

So sorry friends for being gone so long.  I guess I really needed that break from blogging.  But I’m back now and will posting regularly again.

Life has been good lately and the girls are getting settled into their school routines.  We’ve got our house up for sale now and so that’s always fun trying to keep the house in “showing” condition while trying to manage life at the same time.

But now you can sit back, relax and listen to my many tales.  Tales of old ladies, baptism, and ugly pies!

First up on the list is old ladies!  My sweet mamaw turned 70 recently and to celebrate we had a pie baking contest and family kick ball game.  It was a great time.  Mamaw was the judge of the pie contest and we had many, many entries.


Have I ever told you guys that my family is super competitive?  Well we are, so you wouldn’t believe the amount of effort that was put forth into winning the coveted “prize”.  Here is the highly sought-after trophy filled with some lovely kitchen utensils.


The Spinster was in charge of the festivities and let me tell you that the day of the party, I went over to her house to get some headache medication (I was so stressed out over my pie!  I will explain in a minute), and when I walked into her house, it was like a bomb had went off in the kitchen.  She was standing there in a haze of flour dust, her eyes were hollow and blank and there was drool hanging from the corner of her mouth which was hanging agape.  It’s sad really, what competition does to our family.

Knowing how competitive this was going to be, my strategy was to find a pie that was simple, yet delicious to really wow mamaw with.  However, what I ended up with was nothing close to that.  In fact, I ended up calling it Vommit Pie before the day was over with.  Not only was it ugly beyond all reason, it was also disgusting.

The real name of the pie was Sugar Pie or “Shooga” pie as Aunt T affectionately named it.  It was very simple with very few ingredients.  I thought it was a sure win for me.  Nope.  Look at the pitiful thing!


And poor Spinster.  Her pie, which I cannot recall the name of, ended up being called “The Grand Canyon Pie” because it was very much sunken in and looked, well it looked like the Grand Canyon!  Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of it to share.  But look at this spread of pies!


Here’s the pie judge/birthday girl upon first seeing the pies.



And if you didn’t believe me before when I said we were competitive, I have to tell you that the Spinster even had crackers and a glass of water for her to clean her palate with between bites!


This was very hard for mamaw.  She was so afraid of hurting someone’s feeling by not picking her pie.  And she wasn’t allowed to know who made what pie.  She was very stressed out by the end and in need of a massage.


Third place went to my mother for her Reese Cup Pie.  Seriously mom.  It looks like you’ve just won the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepestakes!  Get yourself under control!


Second place went to cousin Hope with her Sky High Strawberry Pie.


But in the end, it was Aunt Kim who was victorious with her Cheddar Pear Pie.


That was so much fun and after the pie judging contest we proceeded to eat said pies.  Then it was time for the kickball game.




That was a lot of fun.  We were full of pie and worn out from that game.  The birthday party was a huge success and Mamaw really enjoyed herself.

And then to round out the weekend, we ended with a very important day in the life of my little Katie Bug.  She was baptized on September 13th.  It was such a nice service and we are so happy for her.  There were 4 others besides her baptized that night.  I wish I would have had the presence of mind to get a picture of her actually being baptized, but Brian and I were both too busy crying during that part.


Here she is afterward with her certificate.


Thanks for bearing with me during my break.  If there are any readers still out there, I appreciate your patience!  🙂

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