This is how we use it!

Apparently “this is how we” use it! Is the topic for the wk for our bathroom. I have one child who openly admits to her faults, well should I maybe say that she admits to being in a room when something happens but not accepting to any responsibility.

Shyla (5yr old) comes flying out of the bathroom…. ” mom, I don’t know how this happens.”

Me ” what now?”

Shyla ” I’m not sure how theses things just fall and scare me.”

I turn and look as she is holding up 3/4 of the towel rod. I tell her to put it on the counter. This is what I find in the bathroom!

Guess it didn’t fall by itself, looks like a little monkey was hanging I think!

So I cleaned the important areas of the house yesterday and today! We have had a busy yet rough wk so I’m a bit behind in EVERYTHING!!! I just went into the bathroom to find out that I have in the past 38 years NOT known the proper use for toothpaste! I think I need my children to teach us this fine artistic way to utilize the toothpaste.

I guess once you get it clumped you go down a couple of inches and rub it in real good!!

The sad thing is the toothpaste I laughed at just now because, with all the running I’ve done I’ve just been happy at not fussing at them about their teeth. I guess since they seemed to be brushing without fighting I should have checked on them…..serves me right!

Wall scrub 101 is going to begin tomorrow.

Monkey Climb 102 will begin



What’s winter?


What’s winter? Living here in Vegas, I’ve kind of forgotten what a real winter is like! Sean went on his October hunting trip to Colorado, and when he finally got to his destination, he had to take a picture to rub it in a bit.

In case you didn’t know… I love snow, I love the crispness, the white, the fresh smell… and of course the smile that it puts on my face!
So he is on his ELK hunt which we are really hoping that he brings something home this year. Nothing last year sad to say. And after cooking the last few months with store bought hamburger that you have to throw 1/2 of what you buy away, because it is just grease… I am ready for some fresh meat! Today (Monday I am writing this) is day 3 of their hunt, and as of yesterday that had not seen anything. Ok, not true… they have not seen any ELK.. they saw 3 Moose (bull, momma and her 2 yr old baby) No tags so no shoot!! They also saw a doe (deer) ok, again no ELK.. They only have a couple of days left on their hunt, so I really hope they see something and bring it home! They were going to try a different area, so you go boys!!

They don’t usually have snow on the ground when he first gets there, is why he sent the picture. I am hoping that the snow on the ground will bring the Elk out to the open, since they will need to move around a bit to keep warm!!
Happy hunting everyone!

Zoo time!




















We made it to the zoo, earlier this year. Not here in Vegas, but the San Diego Zoo, we also went to the Safari Park. We went with some friends and had so much fun. This was another post that I had started and never finished. I’ve been so far behind, and never gotten anywhere. Maybe someday I’ll be open about what is going through my mind, but I guess I’m not really ready to face facts… so… I will just try to get caught up! I’ve missed writing and reading what you all offer!

Another reason I didn’t want to delete this!!!! Is because this is OCTOBER and kids get in FREE! I’ve connect the link so do look and check it out! My kids absolutely loved it there… I am hoping that maybe we can go back before the month is up!

How long???

How long has it been for you?  Oh, wait…..  The NEW neighbors just moved in.  Last wk, I think they had the moving truck there 5 different days!!  No, it wasn’t a small truck, it was a BIG one!

I’ve waved and been neighborly.  We had a garage sale at my house the other day, and watched her move in ALL day long.  So this morning while waiting for Schyler’s bus, she came out to walk her dog.  We exchanged “good mornings!”  And I asked if she was all moved in?  She said no, not really, but trying. ” I lived in the last house for 10 years, I just hate moving, there are so many boxes to unpack” 

PAUSE……  The house she moved into has had 4 different people in it, in the last 3 years, that doesn’t even count the vacant times!!  Yes, its a rental!

Hence my question…. How long has it been for you?  How long have you lived in the same house?  Do you get rid of a LOT of junk before you start the moving process?

Obviously we aren’t moving this year as we had originally hoped for….. but we are starting to down size!  We always have garage sales, and post things for sale.  When we move this time, we will be unloading a LOT of furniture too.  The kids have so MANY toys, we will be getting ride of dining set, couch set, dressers and end tables.  Let’s not even go there on the kitchen junk!!

As far as living in the same house…. longest we have ever ( married couple) lived in one house is in Alaska.  We owned our home for 5 years.  Yes, we loved every minute of it!  However, Jaden was our only child and the house was only 1056 sq ft!  You can’t collect much junk in a tiny house like that!  We did get rid of a lot of things before we left there though.

This house we have lived in for 3 years, but since we have lived in Las Vegas this is the third house.  No fault of our own, 2 of them were rentals that the people Forclosed on, and never told us. 

My sister is moving!!  Ok, so honestly I have mixed emotions on that subject, which I have not told her, so I guess she will read it here when she gets around to it!  Love you, Andrea!!!  It’s funny, I really wasn’t thinking of her moving today, when I started writing this post, but here you have it!  I was just thinking it’s crazy that lady moved after 10 years of living in the same house in the same town.

Other than this house, we lived in 2 houses in North Dakota!  The longest house was 4 years, and then 3 in the other.  They were both smaller houses to, so…. we downloaded. 

This house is another story!  It is 3200 sq ft.  We have junk in every room!  Yes, I always call our things junk, it’s not really junk but things we honestly don’t really need.  I’m not a hoarder!!!  However there are some things that I really don’t want to get rid of, but I’m trying.  Now, remember we have had 2 extra kids while living in Las Vegas, so we have collected 2 more bedroom sets, tons of girlie junk and TOYS… (word to the wise…. TOYS produce!!!!)

Anyways, this has brought me to my thought of the day!  The plan is to now move next summer, and yes!! We are still looking at Tennessee, probably southern part!  We of course want to buy a house… you know what my secret is?  Even though I lived in the same house from 3-15 and then a couple years with my dad and a few years with my grandmother (where my dad is still living)  I don’t feel like I’ve ever truly had a home…..I’m a little scared…. I want for my kids to have what I had, I want them to be closer to family, and to know their friends for the rest of their lives.  BUT, I’m a bit nervous to choose where we get to live…. Sean has never picked a place and he is 41.  He was raised military, and then joined after high school, and moved all over. 

Now, we are looking at choosing our own state!  Our own town, that we want to be a part of.  We won’t have immediate friends.  Ok, before I get to worked up! 

What’s the biggest move you have made?  Tell me a bit, I can’t wait!!



Happy Momma


I am so happy that I was able to enjoy yet another wonderful Mother’s Day! My kids suprised me with wonderful gifts that they made at school. It was so nice of each of the teachers to work with them to make this special day happen!

I know I’m late on telling you this, but I hope that you each had a Wonderful Mother’s day, whether it was a day for you or a day for your mom, or even just celebrating with a friend. May each day you have be a day to celebrate you as a mother!

What’s your rhythm?

So what’s your rhythm? Do you have a system? Do you have a secret wand? How do you get them on your side? I think my kids have over taken me. I’m not going to complain. Ok a whine or two may evolve. But really what’s your rhythm, that keeps you on the narrow path?

Our household rhythm, runs at a pace of…. repition! Yes, thats it, that defines my household REPETITION. We have this constant fast paced, disasterous yet at times neatly organized sense of “hurry and get it done” life, so we can sit and enjoy a moment together. WOW, now if that don’t put it into perspective… I think I just woke myself up!

We’ve finished the basketball season, started the baseball season, nearing an end to the 3 different schools year, haven’t nearly gotten the potty training down pat, TKD is still in the works (just accomplished blue decided), softball 2 nights a wk, getting back to attending church as a family, staying in Vegas for the first time in 5 years for the summer, getting prepared for Military Retirement, making sure homework is completely nightly (correctly) all while trying to keep a house organized. Honestly I think I COULD do the household cleaning, but I’m burnt out!

TOYS, TOYS EVERYWHERE, I’m even finding them in my room. They each have a room that really is not suppose to have more than a few things in them, but everything is migrating into every room except where they belong…. THE TOY ROOM. I have the toy room on the main floor, so that I can watch the girls and hopefully keep them from fighting. But as we all know… that don’t work. They are kids they are going to disagree ALOT.

Do you have a system to your madness? If your schedule is a mumbo jumbo like ours, do you have a cheat sheet you want to share? I’m so open to suggestions. Seems like my focus is always on the kitchen, living room and the bathroom down stairs, because oh… my goodness that’s the only parts of the house that anyone that stops in will see!!! Ok, you see the toy room as soon as you walk in the door, but people can push that off to “you have kids, it’s ok” yes, I understand that, but not through all 3200 ft of this house.

Am I being pushed over? I have even got to the point that I am behind on the things that I really should be doing, ok things that I would like to do, because I am mentally drained.

I want to get back on here blogging, because I enjoy the release of writing. And I LOVE hearing from the few followers that I have. So please share with me, I would love to hear how you handle your daily grind, and keep from feeling pushed around by the household chores!!!

I love my family and wouldn’t change it for the world, but I need to get my house under control with a way of organazation before I look like a hoarder!!! So tell me your rhythm of madness, so I can attempt to have a more soothing rhythm in my household!!