Labor Day Weekend!

When I think of Labor Day Weekends, I think of people doing one last hurrah and going on a mini vacation, going over to friends houses for the last hurrah for summer, maybe having a family reunion or packing up a picnic basket and heading to the beach or area park and having a picnic!

I know it’s a little late, but for those that are going on a picnic, or maybe even if you have a house with a country feel, I found the perfect tablecloth!   Or at least it would be perfect for me as I love this kind of look.

Are you ready?  I found a site that sells Burlap Fitted Tablecloths!   How cool is that?   If I had an outdoor wedding venue, I for sure would have some of these as I can totally see people wanting to have them instead of the normal white cloths.

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What do you think?  Do you like the burlap look?

 

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School’s around the corner

I can’t believe that it’s already Labor Day weekend!  Where did this summer go?   I don’t know as if it flew by because we were busy, or because it never got hot here in Michigan.  (Which I don’t mind it being a cooler summer)

Either way, I’m mixed on how I feel about the kids going back to school.  While I hate knowing the teacher ends up seeing them more during the day than I do, I sure won’t miss the all day arguing between the kids.

The kids ended up having an open house at school this past week so they could see their new classroom, meet their teacher, find out where they sit and the fun part… finding out who their new locker partner is.   I’m happy to say that both kids are excited about their locker partners and both are excited to have the teachers they have this year.   Here’s hoping for a wonderful school year!

I know that some schools in our area are already back to school.  Our district starts the day after Labor Day.  When does your school districts start?

 

 

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What a quiet week!

It’s been such a quiet, yet busy week this week.  Monday morning, my husband and I dropped both kids off at Bible Camp!  I think this was my first year where I didn’t end up tearing up on the way home.  I’m sure a lot has to do with my nephew is my son’s cabin leader this year so I know if anything happens to him (or my daughter) he would be letting me know.  (not that the camp wouldn’t of, but I know he knows how to deal with my kids good)

So while the kids are gone, my husband and I were hoping to do some fishing on my husbands days off, but unfortunately Mother Nature didn’t have the same plans for us as Tuesday was quite windy and they said Wednesday was suppose to be too, so instead we worked on a project we had talked about for quite sometime now.

We decided it was time to repaint our daughter’s room.  Monday night I had gone out to buy a much needed new pair of gym shoes (it’s only been 2-3 years since I bought my last pair) and I stopped into the paint store next door and found the perfect color.  I showed it to Paul when he got home that night and he agreed that it would be perfect so we cleaned the walls and then went out and bought some paint and some other needed supplies and came home and the taping began.

That night we were able to get the first coat on the wall and even before it was dry we knew we were going to love it!   The next morning we woke up and started on the 2nd coat.   We took the tape off right away (that’s what we were told to do) and it looked great!

That night we decided a date night was in order so we went out to Grand Haven to visit my in law’s at the state campground and then on the way home stopped to watch the Musical Fountain.  (Our first time ever watching it)

We ended up rearranging her furniture and just about have it done.  We have to fix the back of her bookcase on her bed tomorrow and also put up her dry erase board and mirror!

I can’t wait for her to come home and see it!  I just worry about her brother getting upset because we didn’t tackle his room.  I told my husband we will just have to explain when we tackle his room we also will be ripping the carpet out and putting in a wood floor as he was tested last month and found out he is allergic to dust mites and they highly recommend getting rid of the carpet in the bedrooms.  So once we are ready to install the new floor, we at that point will paint his room and then put the new floor in.  I’m hoping he will understand.

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DCI Finals!

Oh how I wish we could be able to go down to Indiana next month so we could watch the DCI (Drum Corp International) finals!   We took the kids a couple years ago and watched a DCI competition when it was close to home and would of loved to of taken them again this year had they of come back to west Michigan and had some of the top corps there. I you are a musician’s friend and there is ever a DCI competition in your area, I highly recommend going.  Or if you are lucky and can find out where one of the corps might be practicing, just taking them to a practice is fun!  (We did that with the kids before too) There is nothing better than listening to the horn playing with all their heart and the percussion line rocking it where you can’t help but bop your head with the beat.   Then to listen to the crowd roar with excitement after they are done!  It just makes me wish I could go back in time where I could be in drum corp.  Of course I would of had to of learned a different instrument as I played the Saxophone when I was in school and drum corp has no woodwind instruments.  (There is a reason for that and I totally get it).

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It’s sold!

I’m so excited for my parents!  They ended up buying a new house the end of last year and finally put their house up for sale in May!  They have had quite a few people go through, but no offers until this week and the offer was accepted!!   I’m so happy for them to of finally sold their house, now comes the fun part of moving the rest of their stuff over.  They have been doing good on moving the stuff they didn’t need as they were still living at their old house, but since they close the end of the month they would rather move over now!  So here’s hoping that the 50% chance of rain Saturday will hold off and we can get them all moved over!

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I hate saying goodbye

I just found out today that one of my friends might be moving out of state.   While I know they have to do what’s best for their family, I feel like being selfish and tell them they can’t because I just can’t imagine what it would be like here without them!

I started looking to see how that taxes would be at their new location compared to here hoping that maybe that will be enough to keep them here, but I’m thinking that won’t be.

Then I started thinking… what if my husband’s work offered him a better paying position in another state.  What would we do?   Would we go or would we stay here?  I know for my husband taxes are a big thing and he wouldn’t want to go where they are high, so say we got an offer to move down to Charlotte, NC, what would I do?   I would more than likely be going to some tax preparation in charlotte nc websites where I could see how much we would be paying in taxes and then comparing when that is all said and done, to see if he is really making that much more where it would be ok to move the kids & I away from all our friends and family.

That’s just a hard decision to make and I’m thankful we don’t have to make it.  I just pray for my friends that they can get a clear decision on if this is the right thing to do for their family.   If it’s meant to be, may they know right away and find their dream house & neighborhood for their kids to grow up in.

I just hate saying goodbye.

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Tried & True Tuesday ~ BBQ Chicken Pizza

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For Mother’s Day Paul ended up grilling some BBQ Chicken Breasts on our grill and while we put the chicken on buns f0r left overs I wanted to think of something else we could make with it.   I was looking around online and found a BBQ Chicken Pizza you can make with a tortilla!   Why had I never thought of that?!?  It was great since I had everything in the house and Paul and I enjoyed it as it was something a little different.

The recipe was found at allrecipes.com.   I will admit when I made it I didn’t use the onion or cilantro as I didn’t have any in the house and it still tasted great!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon honey barbeque sauce
  • 1 low-carb whole wheat tortilla
  • 1 tablespoon honey barbeque sauce
  • 4 ounces shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion, divided
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 1/4 cup low-fat finely shredded mozzarella cheese, or more to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Spread 1 tablespoon barbeque sauce on tortilla.
  3. Mix 1 tablespoon barbeque sauce and chicken in a bowl until coated. Spread chicken mixture, half the red onion, and half the cilantro onto the tortilla. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over chicken mixture. Top with remaining red onion and cilantro. Place pizza on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until tortilla is crisp and cheese is melted, 5 to 7 minutes.
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Wordless Wednesday ~ Moon

My day got away from me before I remembered it’s Wordless Wednesday!   I just thought I would share a picture I took April 9th of the moon!

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Tried & True Tuesday ~ Chipped beef on Toast or… S!*t on the Shingles

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When growing up I remember my Mom making this for us.  The correct name for it is Chipped Beef on Toast, but we always called it Shit on the Shingles due to that’s what they called it when my Dad was in the military.

I haven’t had this in so long, I just might have to make it for the kids this week. ;)

INGREDIENTS:

1 Pkg Chipped Beef
1 Stick Butter
4 TBS of Flour
Dried Parsley
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Water

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Separate beef
  2. Melt butter in Frying Pan
  3. Add Flour & Parsley and mix
  4. Add water, Chipped Beef & Milk.
  5. Stir after each addition and it will get thick.
  6. Serve over Toast.
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Community Parks

This past Saturday must of been a sad day for my neighbor as I saw him taking apart his kids swing set.   I dread the day we tear ours apart and get rid of it as I love my kids being the age they are and lately I’ve actually wished they were even a little younger (toddler/preschool age) when life was exciting as they were always learning new things.

Maybe I’ll have to plan some good staycations this summer so I can see those eyes light up again.   What would be fun is to visit a bunch of other community playgrounds to see who has the best one.   I know some townships end up having people from the community work together to build their play area’s while other’s end up buying say playsets in virginia beach and having them shipped up here.    Part’s of me likes the ones the community makes as then they have a little history behind each one.

Do you have a favorite community park?  If so, which one is it?

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