Monthly Archives: November 2017

The Wet Bandit

I’ve got a story for you! Have you ever worked in Preschool? If you have, my story may not impress you because, you’ve got stories even better. If you’ve never worked with toddlers or children, you might not understand how this happened.

It all started after breakfast. The children throw away their leftovers and line up to go potty and wash their hands. The last little girl was washing her hands. I saw her with a wet paper towel. She was squeezing the excess water out of it. I assumed she would then throw the paper towel away. So, I walked across the room to encourage cleaning in the Home Living Center.

Well, about ten minutes later……we discovered the Wet Bandit (possibly from the Home Alone movie!) had struck. Apparently, the wet paper towel was in the sink drain, instead of the trash. πŸ˜±πŸ˜‚πŸ€·β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

Water was overflowing out of the sink going in all directions! It was hilarious and shocking. The moral of the story? It’s the Christmas season, be on the lookout for the Wet Bandit! β˜ΊοΈπŸ˜‰πŸ˜

~A

#TisTheSeason #WetBandit #preschool #christmas #homeAlone

Back in the Groove

Y’all having a week off for Thanksgiving has kicked our rears. This has been the longest week ever, and it’s only Wednesday! Nothing bad, just very busy and exhausting. The scheduling at work was kinda of out of whack Monday and Tuesday so, things felt off kilter. Today felt more normal and calm. Here’s a picture of my youngest on the way home Monday and Tuesday.

I was home by 1pm today and did a little cleaning, laundry, drug out some miscellaneous Christmas decor and fed the farm animals. I’ve got to get myself in gear! I need to finish my house and get the tree up. I love Christmas but, it’s a lot of hard work. I need to stay motivated!

I keep looking at the clock and watching the hours slip away. I’ll need to leave to get the boys in less than an hour. Then, Church/Play practice starts at 6. The Christmas program is a comedy this year. It’s adorable, and the children and youth seem to be having a blast at each practice. Hopefully, tonight will go just as smoothly and fun.

Do you have all of your Christmas decorating finished? What about your Christmas shopping? I’ve bought a few gifts here and there the last couple of weeks. I hope your CHRISTmas Season is the best ever.

May God bless each of you.

~A

#Christmas #Thanksgiving #Shopping #work #JesusIsTheReason #ChristmasPlay

Thanksgiving Blessings

I hope all of you had an amazing Thanksgiving day with your family and friends. We are so blessed to be able to have spent the entire day with our families.

We started the morning out cooking and then feeding our farm animals, before a day of family time at our parent’s houses. My brother’s family were able to come in from Florida so, we wanted new pics with them. (This doesn’t happen often!) My parents and their 6 grandchildren was the most important requirement of the day. We also made sure to get some sweet cousin shots and my precious Granny with them. My granny has dementia and isn’t getting any better. We want to enjoy all the memories we can, while we still have her with us. These pictures are all very special to me. I’ve snapped tons but, won’t bore you with them all.

I remembered to take lots of pictures at my family’s get together but, failed at even remembering one picture at my in-laws home. 😩 It was a wonderful day and other than one of my calves getting stuck in the mud, pretty close to perfect.

God is so good. I’m so thankful for all of our blessings. Now, on to Christmas shopping, movies, and decorating! Let the Spirit of Christmas begin full force!

Jesus is the reason for the Season. πŸŽ„

~A

#blessings #thanksgiving #family #granny #cousins #christmas #Jesus

Lazy Vacation

The boys are out all week for Thanksgiving break. My oldest is staying with my parents until Thursday’s feast. My youngest and I have been completely lazy. My poor husband still has to work. Boo!

My youngest loves watching fort building on YouTube, and I love watching the Hallmark channel Christmas movies. Just imagine how much we are accomplishing this week. Haha! I’m enjoying sipping coffee. He’s enjoying not fussing over things with his teenage brother. It’s been pretty peaceful around here. (Other than an owl trying to murder my chickens! πŸ™„ Thankful for an amazing guard dog.)

Do you have big plans for Thanksgiving? I figure, I’ll make my final decisions on what sides and desserts I’m cooking, tomorrow. I don’t plan to actually cook for Thanksgiving until Thursday morning. I’m so excited to go to my parents’ and see them, my siblings and adorable nieces! I’m thankful that my brother’s family is on their way from Florida. They aren’t always able to come in so, we are so happy!

I hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving full of blessings.

~A

#thanksgiving #owl #chickens #boymomma #blessed #vacation

Thankfulness

No matter the ups and downs we face in life, there’s always something to be thankful for. There’s always someone praying for things you take for granted. During this Holiday season, let’s CHOOSE to be filled with thankfulness. Let us take time to count our many blessings.

I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving with your family and friends. We can’t wait to get together with our family.

May God bless you all.

~A

#thankful #thanksgiving #family #friends #blessings

One of Those Days

Have you ever had “one of those days”?! You know a “Monday”? Yesterday, I had a Monday on a Friday. Seriously, it was an intense day. Nothing life threatening or scary, just a really rotten day. 

Let’s see…..first of all before work, I went to the barn to feed and water my calves. I scooped up a bucket of water for them. Unfortunately, I bumped the bucket on the gate and it dumped/splashed ALL over my jeans and coat. It was COLD! 6:30 in the morning kind of cold! 😩

Next, my youngest and I were headed to school and my truck broke down. Although some would cry or pitch a fit, I’m so thankful that it broke in front of a shop. I went to school with the guy who owns the place. He pulled my truck off the road, until we can haul it home. Also, I’m so thankful for small towns. A lady from my Church saw us, turned around, and took us to school/work. She also returned at noon to take me home. If you follow my blog, you know that we live 30 minutes away in the country! I’m so incredibly blessed by a great big problem solving God!

Let’s see, I also dumped coffee down my jacket at lunch and later discovered I’d lost a hen. My extra truck also had a bad tire which couldn’t be fixed and they only had an expensive one in stock. 

All these things could have put someone in to tears or throwing a fit. I’m working on looking at the positive side and counting my blessings. For example: I use lots of creamer so, my coffee didn’t burn me. I have lots of hens, and she was sweet but, not my most favorite. I’m so thankful that I had the money to buy the tire. I’m also very thankful for a friend’s husband who is hauling my truck home today. 

I hope during this Holiday season, you are looking for the many blessings in your life. This world can be so scary and sad. We need more happy, blessing counting people! 

Have an amazing weekend and blessed Thanksgiving. 

God bless. 

~A

#Blessings #God #mondays #truck #hens #friends #smalltown 

Veterans Day

 I first want to thank all of those who have fought and served for my freedom. I hope you all have a happy and blessed Veterans Day! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ My family was up before daylight enjoying our freedom. My husband had to work but, my dad and I took my boys hunting this morning. 🦌

 I got too excited and missed my chance at a good shot but, I enjoyed the family time. It was cold this morning! I think I’ll add another layer of clothing next round. Did any of you go deer hunting this morning? I was wishing for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, halfway through! 

 We are home now. I’ve got my coffee and I’m watching Christmas movies. The boys opted for more “manly” show options in the den.

 I’ve got some wild hog jerky dehydrating in the kitchen. I should be going grocery shopping but, I think I’ll wait until Monday or so. I love lazy Saturdays. So thankful to all Veterans who’ve given me the freedom to relax. 

 I’m so excited for Thanksgiving! Although, Easter and Christmas are also loved Holidays, I think Thanksgiving is probably my favorite. It may or may not have to do with all the delicious food! πŸ¦ƒ I hope all of you have time with your family to look forward too. 

Have a great weekend! 

~A
#deerhunting #wildhog #dehydratingmeat #thanksgiving #VeteransDay #boyMomma

The Things He Gets Me Into

I’m an introvert. I am so shy upon meeting new people to the point of becoming nauseous. I can’t hardly make myself walk into new restaurants, or new stores, or Churches alone. I get sweaty hands. My stomach flip flops. Sometimes I get shaky. Lol. I’d be completely happy being a hermit. πŸ˜‚ But, life must happen and so…..I pray and make myself act nonchalant. 

 My husband works 6 days a week right now, with only Sunday’s off. Well, I’m the go-to-gal when he needs things done. Yesterday, he sent me on a mission. Sunday he’d seen a little trailer that he could pull behind our 4wheeler to hog hunt with. My mission: go to the pawn shop and take pictures. I was so nervous! Lol. I got pictures, sent them to him, and headed home. Halfway home he tells me to “go buy it”! (He’s a very brave man. πŸ™„) So this morning, I took my boys to school and had to go back to the place to buy this tiny trailer. 


Not only did he want me to “buy it”, he wanted me to get a better deal and then, haul it home of course. (He’s getting way too brave!) I am proud of myself though, I got him a better deal and made the purchase. (Thankfully, the owner was a very friendly man….who I believe goes to my Church on Sunday mornings!) I then made arrangements to pick the trailer up after work today. My prayer today: Lord, please, please, help me not to wreck this tiny annoying purchase! πŸ˜‚ 

 My husband better be thinking of a very sweet Christmas gift for me! πŸ˜‰ I’m ready to go hide from people for a bit. I’m headed to play with preschoolers instead. Y’all have a blessed day. 


~A

#married #hoghunter #hauling #wife #boyMomma #coffee #preschool #farm #introvert #shy

Farm Update

 Good morning! I hope you are all having a blessed week. I’ve been running errands, and catching up on things around the house. I’ve fed my bottle calves, dropped the boys off at school, done laundry, dishes, and thought I’d write a few words before moving on to something else. 

 I’ve started the weaning process on my two bottle calves. I have them on mostly grain and water now. I have cut them back to only one bottle in the morning. In a couple weeks, they will be completely weaned. They are eating so good, and haven’t  seemed bothered by the missing bottle. 


 This Sunday after Church, we went to the farm. We had a cow who needed a shot and a couple older calves that needed checked. My oldest son and husband roped them, and I gave most the shots they required. My youngest rode his pony around “helping” as well. Hopefully, the cattle will feel perfect soon. I love family days on the farm working. It’s nice to have that time together. 


 I finally got our swimming pool drained. Now, I need to wipe it out and collect the leaves that Fall weather shed into it. Then, I’ll cover it for winter. I hope all of you are getting geared up for the cooler weather. I’m hoping Fall hangs out a bit longer before freezing temperatures come our way. 

 I suppose that I should get back to work. We have Church this evening so, I need to accomplish some more on my list. 

Take care.

~A

#farming #cattle #church #bottlecalves #farm #boymomma #Fall #pool

Homemade Donuts & Life

 Hello, Strangers! Sorry, I’ve been busy working as a substitute, and with Fall activities for my Church and family. Things have been busy busy. I have some down time this week and thought we could catch up on things. I hope all of you are doing well, and are counting your blessings daily. I love November and all the reminders to be thankful, and not take things for granted. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite Holidays. The time for family and worship is so precious to me. I’m blessed beyond measure. 

 I thought I’d share a family recipe that I grew up with. It’s so simple but, delicious. My momma made them for us often, when I was growing up. I now make them for my family. The recipe is below.

Homemade Donuts! 😍

-1 can of biscuits (I just use a cheap brand.)

-A little powdered sugar 

-1/4 cup (or so) of milk

Enough oil in a large skillet or pot to cover half your biscuits. 

Directions:

First, you’ll heat your oil to a medium temperature. Next, open your biscuits and poke a hole into the center of each. Stretch the hole gently to make a donut shape. You may also make donut holes, if you’d like. For the holes, just pinch of small pieces and roll them into balls. When your oil is hot, place your Donuts in the skillet. As they start to cook, grab a small to medium bowl. Pour a little powdered sugar in & a tiny bit of milk. Mix it with a fork to make your icing. (Some people just coat the Donuts with the sugar. We prefer oooooey gooey Donuts!) Your “icing” should be runny and delicious. Check your Donuts with the fork. You don’t want them to get dark, that will make them hard. When they are a light brown, turn them over with your fork. The second side won’t take as long so, keep a close eye on it. After lightly browning both sides, dip the Donuts into your sugar mixture & serve while warm. Enjoy!!!

 

#howto #homemade #donuts #calves