Monday, September 15, 2014

Tired Of Hot Weather

I just uploaded pictures from my phone to my computer and they are all food pictures...I guess I've been hungry lately.

Who am I kidding...I'm always hungry.


That guy that I like so much was out of town for the weekend so it was just me and a houseful of boys.  Well...sort of.  Brian had a football game (which I went fun!) and after I was starving, so I made a HUGE pan of bbq chicken nachos.  

I pulled them out of the oven, went to go put my pj's on while they cooled and came out to a small little corner left...turns out a bunch of hungry people plowed their way through them.  

So...I made a 2nd smaller batch and curled up on the couch to watch a movie (Limitless...really good!) with the boys.  It was a really nice, and late, Friday night.  They all ditched me then and went out...I went to bed and slept soundly (shocker) until morning.


Brian is needing lots of driving practice and I am needing more practice in the self control area....specifically the area of not yelling while he is driving.  I am, quite seriously, the WORST driving teacher ever.  I can't help it...I blurt.  Things like 'WATCH OUT FOR THAT CAR!' and 'RED LIGHT!' and 'BRAKE!'...and I usually start before the poor kid even puts the car in gear.

Ugh.  I'm the worst.

I try to make it a little better with bribery.  We drive until we see something fun and then we swing in and get a treat.  Brian doesn't mind because if I'm occupied with something on the way home I don't say quite as much.

Thing is?  He's a good driver...I'm just not a good passenger.

I drove on Sunday morning to meet up with that guy that I like so much for church where our friend is pastor and then we all went for lunch after.  So Cal is in a heat wave and we are all melting.

Autumn...where are you?

Yesterday was also football...which is a super big deal in our little house on our little street.  Emily was here, too and made us all dessert in celebration of their anniversary.  (so sweet.)

We grilled some steak and roasted some potatoes and ate in the garden...and, I'll be honest with you, sweated like crazy.  It's just plain 'ole hot here.


Monday morning...back to work.  It is supposed to be even hotter today...ugh.  If you see a crossing guard...give them a cold bottle of water and thank them.  They work hard out there.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Life This Week

This little guy, my baby, turned 16. 

Blink, blink, blink.

He was just a little thing yesterday, wasn't he?

None of my boys are big sweets eaters...not quite sure where I went wrong with that.  His choice this year was a giant cookie...which was a great idea until it bubbled over in my oven.

Gotta love the 'something's burning smell'...or not.  Time to clean the oven, I guess.


Buddy the dog got a new collar.  He's so proud.  And cute.


Presents fit for a 16 year old...but I think his favorite is the fact that his drivers test is scheduled.  This boy is anxious for keys and while I'm not ready, I also am.  It will be soooo nice for him to drive himself to and from school and practices...but I'll miss his stories in the car.

 Thanks to football and tackling...well, this is my handy chiropractor whose name just so happens to be Dr Handy.  Love him and in turn, I shell out lots of money to fact, he drives a pretty nice car that I'm pretty sure I make at least a couple of those payments on for him.

Worth it, but still.


And because I can't help myself...another of Buddy the dog.

I. Love. Him.

A lot.

Like, a really lot.


A quick lunch at Disneyland followed by a little toy story competition.  I, of course, did not win but it was closer than usual.

I like this guy a lot, too.  He just makes life...well, fun.  

Football.  I've gone from being a nervous mama to one of those who yells things like 'pummel him!' and 'go for the knees' and all sorts of things that make absolutely no sense.

I know, I know, I know.

It was bound to happen; I mean, it always does with me.  I tell myself to be quiet and then I forget to listen.  It's kinda ok during games...I need to remember when I am in a concert setting to not belt things out.


Happy weekend, everyone.  It's going to be a hot one here in SoCal...I am so ready for Fall weather to come and stay.  Soon, but not yet.  

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Air Is Crisp

The weather is turning here...the sun still shines just as brightly and the weather man still tells of hot days, but it's taking a bit longer for it to warm up and at night?  Blankets that have been folded on the end of the bed are now being pulled up to keep us warm.

I love this time of year.  I'm dreaming of pumpkin scented candles and hot tea and long, hot baths.


We are now all fully submerged in work and school and activities.  Brian's schedule is CRAZY...super hard classes (yet another kid with his fathers brain) and football (varsity and JV, which means two different games each week) and fall basketball (don't even ask) and the all important social life.

Trust me, the moment he looks like he can't handle it things will be cut...but he is my child who loves to be busy.  The only problem is that his busy means I'm busy.


 Matthew and Bri came out for the weekend.  He had taken our car to move and had to switch it back...we fixed his up for him and now mine is lit up like a Christmas tree inside.  Never knew that many lights could be on on a car dash.  It's next on the docket to get fixed but, checking account says 'not right now, my friend' and so it will wait.

All in good time.  All in good time.

I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed...and confused.  Work has been so busy...the beginning of the school year always is.  I deal with some difficult people and to be honest, I'm just don't get all of it.  There's the standard complaints and problems to fix and then things come up where I just have to the person who I emailed regarding her work availability and she's billing me for the the time it took her to read the email and respond to it.  Seriously.

I cannot stop laughing about it.  

Here's the deal...this is just a job to me.  I do it so I can fix my cars and buy some groceries and go out to the occasional fun dinner with that guy that I like so much.  Don't get me wrong...I love what I do (or I wouldn't do it) but my calling?

Keeping up with my boys in this little house on this little street.  Praying.  Worrying.  Cooking.  Trying to make life a bit easier for that guy that I like so much.  

That, my friends...that is my calling.  

As for this week's plan.  I've got a freezer full of know, the random ziplocs full of mystery things that you hate to toss because it's wasteful but you're not quite sure what's really in them.  So this next week or so, that's what suppers will revolve around.  That outside freezer needs to be thawed and cleaned in preparation for winter and so this is the perfect time to do it while the weather is still warm.

Other than goal for the week is to tell everyone who I love that I love them.  Because I do...and I'm feeling like life is just a bit fragile right now.

And to those of you from the two big universities in the two big cities who are required to read this blog daily for the next few months...welcome aboard.  The above picture is of my little family, minus one very cute blond girl who was out of town for the weekend.  I like all of them...a lot. 

I'll be coming to meet ya'll towards the end of your semester...until then, make yourself comfortable.  This is my safe comments are published because really,  would you want people reading your diary and commenting on how you could do things differently or better?  Yeah, me either.

Happy Wednesday, everyone.  You're assignment this week?  Join me in telling those you love how much you really do.


Monday, September 8, 2014

My Baby is 16

My youngest boy, is his sweet 16.

And sweet he is.  Most of the time.  



You've got two older brothers who are great role models (most of the time) and two parents who kind of have their act together (most of the time) and one God who ALWAYS knows what He's doing.  Lean on Him first, us second and all will be well.

Happy Birthday,  Bri.  Thanks for completing us.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014


The weather is changing around here...last night on our nightly walk with the dog I actually wished I had put a sweater on.  I love the change of seasons yet I live in a place where that change is so subtle that you almost have to stop whatever you're doing to notice it.

It's there, that change, but it takes a little more effort to see it.

For our little family, the seasons bring changes in our little house.  We are on a traditional school calendar, which means summers are (mostly) off from work and bring longer, less stressful days.  Suppers are pretty late, usually closer to 7pm and last for (and I'm not exaggerating) hours.  

And then Fall comes.  Back to work for us, back to school for our youngest shrub, a move to another state for our oldest.  The weather chills out a bit here...the days are still warm (hot, even) but the night brings a much wanted coolness to it.  Suppers are a bit earlier and quicker...there's homework to be done and uniforms to wash and beds to curl up in.  

I. Love. Fall.

The change in season also reminds me of how quickly time is passing.  I love this stage in life...I love my family and friends and the life we have been blessed with.  I wish, too...wish for a month where the dollars earned were more than the dollars going out but hey, you can't have everything.  


And I'll admit, Autumn brings a bit of sadness.

My little house is quiet today.  I'm working from home this morning, catching up on some emails and laundry (thanks to a cat who thought one of the beds was a litter box....ewwww) and just enjoying the stillness.  Some of those that I love are sick and I'm scared.  I'm missing those that aren't here with us anymore and I'm feeling regrets...things I should have done and didn't.  Relationships I've let busyness interfere with and just this morning I went to send a little message on FB to someone I hadn't spoken to in awhile, only to find that they had unfriended me.

And it made me sad.

So over my morning cup of coffee in my favorite yellow mug (that I bought after breakfast with some of my best friends...such a happy memory!),   I read.  I read in a book that I really haven't opened much lately because those long, late summer nights had me sleeping in a bit more and out of my 'normal' routine.

And this, this is what I read:

From Isaiah 43:  Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.  Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not see it?  

This new's not about all those past things.  I need to just be still and let my God speak...and I need to listen.  I can't undo or much as I want to.  I need to focus on the new, on the promise of the future He has given to me.

So here we are...another new season.  I'm thankful for it...but a little scared of what it will bring, to be honest.  Clinging to the promise...and grabbing myself another cup of coffee with fancy creamer.

Join me?


Monday, September 1, 2014

Pickles and Pickles and Pickles

I had a HUGE bag of baby cucumbers to use up and so, in an effort to bring joy to all who live in my little house on my little street, I made pickles.

Problem is...I am the only one who eats them.

Is that really a problem?


This is the easiest recipe in the world, which was written on an a little piece of paper from that guy that I like so much's grandmother.

Trust me because seriously, recipes written on little slips of paper are often the best because you can just picture two women having afternoon coffee, snacking on pickles and having one of the women say 'seriously.  you gotta give me this recipe.' and the other woman saying 'sure thing.  here ya go.'


Refrigerator Pickles

Fill quart size canning jars with cucumbers that have been cut up however you like.  Peel them if you'd like, but I never do.  You can also add a few cloves garlic, carrots, green beans, etc.  Be brave!  (but I never am...I just use cukes, unpeeled.)

Mix together:
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 tsp salt
4 T sugar

Pour over cucumbers.  Fill jar to the top with water.  Put the lid on, shake a few times and stick in the fridge.  They'll be ready the next day and will last quite a while (if you have self control, which I don't) in the fridge.

Happy snacking!


Monday, August 25, 2014

A Lovely Weekend At Home

I flew into town on Friday afternoon and following my flight and drive from the big airport in the big city, I was able to make it to Brian's football game.  I'm going to be honest with you...this football thing?  Foreign to me.  

But I love my baby and I swear, if anyone out there hurts him I am going to charge on the field and take whomever out.  Just sayin'.


Matteo packed himself all up and moved.  Not just moved, but moved to a different state.  Not a 'I'm going away to college and I'll be home soon' move but a 'I'm an adult and I'm moving away from home to start my new life' kind of move.

I'm excited for him but I'll admit, a little sad for me.  But happy beats out the sad part and I am so very, very thankful for technology because he's just a simple text message away.


Friday night after the game, that guy that I like so much and I went out for a late night supper and once home, it hit me.  Exhaustion.  The whole next day I felt horrible...really, really horrible.  

Sleep helped.  So did advil and a few hallmark channel movies.


Our pooch has been so happy...and extremely naughty.  He won't chew a bone but will chew pens and pencils if he finds them.  But seriously...look at this face.  I can't even remember life before him...pretty sure he is the most loved dog on the planet.  

Just hide your writing utensils.


We were all nominated by different people for the ALS ice bucket challenge.  One of us did it in his underwear and we couldn't stop laughing....doused ourselves with ice water only to find out that the video didn't work and then we all got into a fight and everyone was grumpy and ugh.  Wasn't our best family moment.

What can I say?  We're human.


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