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Nineteen

September 11, 2017

This little princess…

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is 19 today.

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#timeflies

We had a fun time celebrating yesterday.

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Nick & Maggie came and we had a late lunch/early dinner at Chili’s.  We came home and gave Tay her presents.

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Check out this painting Maggie had made for her.  So cute!

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Corbin liked it too! :)

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We played a couple rounds of Dutch Blitz (most of us had never played before and it quickly became a new favorite – even if I ended up with a negative score each time).   It really is  a Vonderful Goot Game!  :)

Then we had caramel apple birthday pie & ice cream (the girl hates cake!).

Here are 19 things you may or may not know about Taylor…

  1.   She loves Jesus and shines for Him in all she does.
  2.   She’s a talented musician.  We love hearing her play the guitar & piano.
  3.   She owns a VW Bug (her dream car :)) and is a great driver.
  4.   She’s so BRAVE.  She’s faced some tough stuff over the past couple of years.  I know she’s going to use those though things to help others.
  5.   She’s so funny and often cracks me up.
  6.   She’s a hard worker and LOVES her job as a barista.
  7.   She loves coffee and visiting different coffee shops.
  8.   She loves hammocking (yes, that’s a word).
  9.   She’s very compassionate & giving and loves serving others.
  10.   She’s taking a GAP year.
  11.   She loves reading & studying her Bible.
  12.   She loves crocheting.
  13.   She loves coloring & drawing.
  14.   She loves her dog and ALL dogs.
  15.   She loves make up & nail polish.
  16.   She loves worship music, country music, and Broadway musicals.
  17.   She has an amazing, encouraging Twitter account (you should follow her).
  18.   She has great friends and loves spending time with them.  She also loves quiet time at home.
  19.   She loves “healthy stuff” – healthy eating, exercise, essential oils, etc.

Happy Birthday, Taylor!  We love you so much!

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100 – She Did It!

August 30, 2017

When she was close to turning 93, she told my mom that she wanted to live 5 more years and have fun every day.  I was hoping she’d go ahead and tack on 2 more years and shoot for 100.

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(Nick’s grad party in 2014.)

She did it!  Woohoo!

My grandma is 100 years old today!

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The last year and a half have been hard for her.  She moved to a new house, fell a couple times, broke her hips and went through all the rehab and things involved with that.  But she keeps on going and I think she usually has a pretty good attitude about it all!

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She’s having a lunch party with my mom’s Bunko friends today and then some of her card friends (she loves playing cards) are going to stop by and see her this afternoon.  I called her this morning but she didn’t have her hearing aids in so I’m not sure she heard much of what I said.  LOL!  We’ll see her and celebrate on Saturday.  What do you buy someone who’s 100 years old for their birthday?!

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I don’t have any recent pictures so these are just a random assortment of some of my favorites.  Isn’t she cute?

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She loves playing cards (and Bunko), McDonald’s strawberry sundaes (I once claimed she loved their hot fudge sundaes and she was quick to tell me it was strawberry), Dr. Pepper, and Cassano’s pizza (me too!).  She loves fancy clothes & big jewelry but spends most of her days now in cute pj’s (which is probably what I’ll give her – don’t tell).  She also loves watching the Game Show Network and my parents got her these awesome headphones to wear so she can hear the t.v. better.  She’s always been one of the nicest people I know.  She was always making food for old people (who were probably younger than she was) and would give gifts to everyone – from the staff at her doctor’s office to EVERYONE attending a family party (for any and every event!).  Often times you’d come away with a pair (or three!) of crocheted slippers.  :)  Boy how she loved to crochet and she did so every day until her eyes got too bad.  I think she still has my mom get gifts for the doctor’s office whenever they need to go.

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People are always amazed that she lived alone (and drove!) for as long as she did.  Other than some issues with her eyes (and the fact that she’s 100 YEARS OLD!), she really doesn’t have any major health issues!  Amazing!  I hope if I live to 100 that I’m as fabulous as she is!

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(One of my very FAVORITE pictures!)

Happy 100th Birthday, Grandma!  We hope you had a fun day celebrating!  We love you so much!

 

 

 

Weekend Wrap-Up

August 1, 2017

I know it’s Tuesday but I’m trying to be a better blogger and wanted to make sure to post about our weekend.  I planned on writing yesterday but ended up taking a nap in the afternoon!  I didn’t mean to.  Sometimes it just happens.  :)

Anyhoo…we had a weekend that was jam-packed with good things.

Friday night we headed to our favorite coffee shop for worship night.  A southern gospel sister duo was singing.  We met one half of this group many years ago when our kids were at CCS.  Brian coached her son in basketball when he was in first grade and Nick was in kindergarten (and all these years later, her daughter & Taylor work at the same coffee shop).  Our friend, Jen joined us and we had a nice evening listening to the ladies sing.

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Saturday we took a LONG trip down to the Museum Center (thank you Cincinnati traffic – what should have taken 30 minutes, took almost an HOUR AND 30 MINUTES!).  Nick got Brian tickets to a special exhibit for Father’s Day.

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Star Wars costumes!

I haven’t seen all the Star Wars movies so there were some costumes that I couldn’t connect to a certain film but I totally enjoyed it anyways.

The evolution of the Stormtroopers…

Fun fact about Chewbacca…

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And my favorite Star Wars characters…

Darth Vader…

There was a sign showing the process for getting into the Darth Vader costume.  All I could think was I hope he didn’t have to use the restroom once he got in that thing!  LOL!

And finally, another favorite…

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Yoda!  Love him.

The detail on these costumes is amazing to see up close.  They’re beautiful.  And some of them look so heavy and they all look HOT!

(I once had to wear a bunny costume during a Kidstuf opening so I know how hot costumes can be.  Ha!).

Another fun part of the exhibit was the concept art for the characters.

My DFF’s daughter is heading off to art school in a few weeks and Brian & I kept talking about how we could totally see her doing this type of art.  So cool!

If you’re local and love Star Wars, you should totally go see this.

Sunday was great day at church — our annual backpack give-away.  This year we added a clothing give-away as well and it was a fantastic event!

(I didn’t take a single picture so I stole these from Facebook.)

Taylor and I helped with the kids during the morning and then after church I helped with the clothing give-away.

What a weekend!  And now we’ve moved into a busy week with VBS.  We kicked off last night with a local high school marching band.

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Loved it!  That’s how you start VBS!

What a great weekend!  The countdown is on now as both our kids prepare to head off to college!  The summer has gone WAY too fast!

 

Friday Favorites

July 28, 2017

Happy Friday!

Here’s a random assortment of some of my recent favorite things.

(Warning:  Lots of Pictures Ahead)

Snap Chat

Are you on Snap Chat?  So much fun!

These were from Tay’s account and I thought they were so cute.

Family Fun

In just a few short weeks, Brian and I are going to be empty nesters.  *GASP*  We’ve been taking advantage of family time as much as possible.  One night we did make your own pizzas (buy mini pizza crusts and tons of different toppings and let everyone go crazy – easy family fun night).

I had made Brian’s favorite salad to take to a pool party and we had plenty left for this night too.

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I guess I forgot to take pictures of our sundae creations.

We also played this hilarious game.

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Have you played?  It’s like the old “telephone” game but involves drawing (one person writes the clue – the next person draws – the next person writes their guess based on the drawing – the next person draws based on the previous person’s drawing – and so on until the little tablets make their way around the circle).  (Did that make any sense at all?)  Anyhoo…it was HILARIOUS.  I’ll be asking for this game for Christmas.

We were supposed to go to Kings Island last weekend but the weather was iffy on the day we chose so we switched things up.  We all went to lunch together and then to The Web.  We had a blast playing laser tag, putt putt and a few video games.

We came home and spent the rest of the afternoon playing dominos.  We realized that there are MANY different ways to play dominos and we weren’t real clear on what rules we were following (and changed them several times).  We decided we’d find a set of rules to follow for the next time.  Anyone have a version you follow?  Send me a link!

Dog Paintings

My DFF gave me this adorable painting of Corbin that her daughter did (I may have shared it before).

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Isn’t it the cutest?

My neighbors just lost their dog so I hired Hailey to paint his picture.

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Doesn’t she do amazing work?  Love. Love. Love.

Bowling

I’ve been spending the last few Thursday evenings at the bowling alley for our Women’s Ministry Bowling League.  What fun we have!

Last week my friend, Allie, got FOUR strikes in a row and the highest game of the night! Love her!  And that’s my SUPER friend, Jen, in the cape.  Love her too!  :)

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I love crazy text messages with typos & weird autocorrected words.

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Have a great weekend!  Hope it’s filled with lots of favorite things!  :)

I’m Not Good with Flowers

July 26, 2017

I’m not good with flowers.  Or any plant really.  I try.  I want to garden.  I want to have nice, beautiful flowers.  But I struggle.  I start out strong but eventually fizzle out.  And by fizzle out I mean I forget to water.

(And let’s not even talk about my efforts at growing veggies.)

I was doing great this year.  In the spring my Bible study leader had given us all a small thing of flowers.  I came home and planted them in a pot and took great care of them. They flourished.

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Seriously.  Have you ever seen such a beautiful pot of flowers?  (I have no idea what kind of flowers they are so don’t ask.)

We have a large pot in the backyard that we usually add a mixed arrangement to and we also planted three new bushes and moved another plant (and by “we”, I mean Brian).  We don’t usually have luck with flowers out front but decided to try some this year, along with the fern we always get for a large pot out there.  I decided I would water the things in the back of the house and Brian could take care of the front (mainly because the hose in the back is easier to get to — and since I’m already plant challenged I figured easier was, well…easier).

Things were going well until we discovered that the flowers out front got WAY too much sun.  They looked good for about 2 1/2 days and then they were awful.  So awful that Brian just ended up digging them up and declaring he would NEVER plant flowers in the front again.  Dramatic much?  

I continued to plug along with the backyard plants and was extra thankful for the rain we’ve had this summer which made my job easier.  Until I began to rely so much on the rain that I may have forgotten to water a day or two.  Or five.

Are you aware of what happens to flowers in July when you don’t water?

My once beautiful pot of flowers was now looking rather droopy.

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Brian tried to revive them.

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And guess what?  Some faithful watering and some pruning worked (several years ago I watched a youtube video on pruning some flowers we had at the time and I’m not sure if that same method is supposed to be used on all plants but it’s all I know so I go for it).

They perked right back up.

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Isn’t that amazing how that happens?  I’m back to faithfully watering.  For now.  (And by faithfully watering I mean I watered them last night & this morning.  We’ll see what happens later.)

Full disclosure:  They perked right back up after that first watering by Brian.   But I did prune them and have continued the watering so that counts for something, right?

Now, I wonder if I can get these flowers to perk back up?

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Might be a lost cause.  I’ll keep you posted.

Conversation when Brian saw me taking that last picture…

B – What are you taking that for?

Me – My blog.  A post on gardening.  A gardening how-to.

B – You’ve got some mad skills.  Or you’re just mad.

#madgardeningskills

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Happy 4th & Happy Birthday

July 4, 2017

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Happy 4th of July and a very Happy Birthday to my wonderful dad.

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(My mom, Tay, and my dad at Tay’s grad party.)

So sorry we couldn’t be with you today to celebrate!  Love you!

We were supposed to spend the day at my grandma’s with my parents and my brother’s family.  Since Corbin has been sick we haven’t wanted to leave him for long periods of time so we decided to stay home (my parents are dog people so they totally understood!). Nick’s girlfriend came over (she’s brave after the taco night!) and we grilled out some burgers.  I tried a couple new recipes (cheesy potatoes & macaroni salad) that were both good.  And Corbin behaved himself during dinner!  Whew!  It was a good day!

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Sick Puppy Dog

July 3, 2017

You guys.  I’M SO TIRED.  The last week has been spent taking care of a sick little puppy dog.  Corbin started “coughing” (sounds like gagging) last Tuesday.  I immediately thought he might have kennel cough (I’m no dog illness expert.  We had a dog in the past that I thought was choking on a piece of a Barbie doll but ended up having kennel cough.).

Anyhoo….

By Tuesday evening it became VERY clear that he was sick.  Nick’s girlfriend was here for dinner.  We were eating tacos out in the sunroom while Corbin coughed and hacked and began to spit up all over the NEW sunroom carpet.  Do we know how to entertain or what?  Nothing says “Welcome to Taco Tuesday” like a hacking dog for your dining entertainment.

TMI?  Maybe.  I’ll spare you ALL the gross details of the next 7 days.  Brian attempted to cover the NEW living room carpet with old blankets and I slept downstairs with the dog for the last week.  An entire week.  On the world’s most uncomfortable couch.

Friends, if you take nothing else from this post (other than not entertaining guests on a night when your dog is hacking stuff all over your new carpet), hear me on this…when you buy a couch, MAKE SURE IT’S COMFORTABLE FOR SLEEPING ON.  Seriously.  LAY DOWN ON IT.  TOSS and TURN on it.  TAKE a NAP on it if you have to.  In 12 years you might just find yourself sleeping on it when you try to keep your dog from hacking all over your new carpet (apparently dogs don’t realize they should get sick on the blankets protecting the new carpet).

In the middle of the Taco Tuesday craziness, I called the vet and he called in an antibiotic – to the “regular” pharmacy which resulted in a couple crazy phone calls with the pharmacist.  “Yes, the medicine is for my dog.  Yes, I know his birthday but I’m pretty sure the vet didn’t have it on him when he called you from home.”  I got up bright & early the next day to run over to the vet’s office to get some cough tablets.  It’s been a LONG week but Corbin is s-l-o-w-l-y recovering.  He’s slept longer that 15 minutes at a stretch the past two nights.  Hopefully we’ll be sleeping back upstairs soon.

In the midst of this crazy, exhausting week, there was this bright spot…

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My DFF’s very talented artist daughter painted this!  Isn’t it the best?  Love! Love! Love!

Also, our new carpets are all getting cleaned.

Does anyone want to come over for tacos?  I promise it’ll be entertaining.