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Weekend business

This weekend was busy on so many levels. Saturday we slept in and then the boys worked on their homework. We got a late start to the day and then headed out to Lowes. We went to buy a garden wagon, but decided to go look at tile for the backsplash. Lowes was having a sale for their credit card members… we saved 10%. We decided this was a good time to buy the stuff for the backsplash. When we first looked I couldn’t decide which one to get. We ended up buying three different styles and bringing them home. I then made a decision. We decided to head back to Lowes to get the tile and all the accouterments needed to put up the backsplash in the kitchen. So Saturday felt like all we did was homework and shop at Lowes.

Sunday found us heading out the door again. First we went and dropped Dixie off at The Dog Stop for their Sunday daycare. She LOVESSSS this. On Saturday she was asking to go for a ride first thing in the morning, and we realized she thought it was Sunday since Richard didn’t work on Friday. So Sunday when he was home again, she was trying to get to the car as soon as she went downstairs. When she found out that she was going in the car and going to doggy daycare she was bouncing.

When we got to the gym, the boys were disappointed to find out that the kids size circuit training equipment has been removed. The person working in the kids zone was one of the trainers. He decided to work with the boys an put them through a workout. They said they had fun doing it. We signed them up for a “Little Lifters” workout group that they are starting there. This will take place Saturdays from March 17- April 21. This will be really good for both of them.

Then we went to lunch and then back at Lowes. In the process of painting Friday and doing everything on Saturday we failed to get the paintbrushes cleaned… so back to Lowes we went to buy brushes to paint the gray.

After picking Dixie up and heading home the guys went outside and drove their Traxxas trucks. This provided me time to shower, fold laundry and then do some reading. I read quite a bit on Sunday and am now getting to a better place in Lilac Girls and can read it quicker.

Sunday night Richard and I painted the gray wall. I’m so happy with the choices we made. The windows pop, the furniture goes well, and it just wraps up the space.

Hope you had a great weekend.



November 20, umm 19 and 20?

I forgot to write a thankful post yesterday. I thought I’d had one pre-written, but I didn’t oops.

November 19– Well I’m thankful that I can make mistakes and move forward. This is a trait I’ve tried hard to help my sons understand. No one is perfect. There are some mistakes that take longer to move forward after, but everything is a learning experience. I grew up with the expression: “If it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger.” While I hope none of my mistakes or the mistakes of my family kill them, I do hope we all learn and grow from all our life experiences.

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November 20- I’m thankful for Dixie. I don’t talk about her much, but she is such a presence in our family. She is loving, caring and very much part of our family. She is afraid of her own shadow, but won’t let anyone mess with the boys. She is very protective of our property and all who live inside it. She has been through a lot this year. She moved to PA with Richard in April and then moved with us to the townhouse and into our home here. She is adjusting to the new neighborhood, the cold and having wooden stairs (not her favorite).

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Photo Challenge: Waiting

This week’s photo challenge had my brain racking a bit. What am I waiting for? I could post pictures of the house we are building, because we are waiting for it to be done. I could post pictures of Irma because we are waiting to hear what will happen and if our family and friends will be safe. I could post pictures of fall because the boy have been excitedly waiting for their first year with real seasons.

But, I didn’t want to do any of those things. I decided to post about someone in our family who does a lot of waiting. I don’t think I’ve posted about her yet, so here you go… Dixie!


Dixie is our lab/border collie. She is 6 years old. We got her when Blake was in pre-K so the boys had a dog to run and play with, we had an older dog at the time and she didn’t want much to do with the boys other than guarding over them.

Every day Dixie waits until the she sees the buses start passing by the house. She watches to see… is this the boys bus? Once she sees one bus she takes position…

Dixie will wait laying here on the floor until the boys walk through the door. The tail will wag slowly until they start getting closer and then it wags faster and faster. She gets so excited. She checks to make sure they were home and safe. Then she goes back to waiting. She will lay on the couch until she hears my phone ring. She hears me talking to Richard on the phone and then gets ready for waiting position number two.


While waiting for Richard she takes a different position. I think this is because she can see a bit further down the street. When she hears the truck roll up the tail goes crazy. She has waited all day for her whole family to be home. And now she is happy.

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