Thursday, August 2, 2018

Summer Barbecue With Friends

         We were thrilled to have the opportunity to have some friends over recently for a summer cookout.  We were also excited to have the chance to share with them some great products, thanks to Kroger's MyMagazine Sharing Network.  Thanks to the free samples and coupons provided to us, we were able to save a little money on our fun event, and we were able to share the products and the experience with our friends.
         We started our meal with burgers cooked out on the grill.  These were complimented by Arnold buns, which were perfectly fresh and soft.  The buns tasted excellent, and they held up well even with the juicier burgers.
         We had salad (as well as chips and beans) on the side.  We all opted for the Kraft ranch dressing.  It is not only a traditional dressing, but it tastes creamy and pours well.  Some of the leftover dressing was perfect for dipping veggies in as a snack, as well.
          The kit also contained Ritz crackers.  I had eaten a couple already, since I love the buttery crispness of Ritz crackers.  However, since Ritz crackers were recalled, I was afraid to serve them to our guests.  I was so disappointed that I had to take this extra precaution, since I love having Ritz Crackers and cheese cubes to snack on while the meat is being grilled.
          For dessert, we made s'mores.  Hershey's chocolate bars are the perfect (and traditional) way to get our s'mores chocolaty and gooey.  So yummy!
          When we finished our meal, it was time for me to clean up the mess.  While we visited, I used Viva paper towels to clean up spills, wipe down counters, and then dry my hands after I washed them.  They are so soft on the skin, so they are perfect for scrubbing hands and faces.  They are also strong and durable, so they are great for cleaning up messes.  I can clean up the mess and toss it in the trash.  No germy cleaning rags left behind to wash.
        When our friends got ready to leave, I handed them some coupons to get their own savings on some of the items that we used from our #RedWhiteAndBarbecue kit.  They were just as thankful for the savings as they were for the time we spent together.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Treating our cat well

Shortly after we moved into our new home last fall, we were given a barn cat named Buttercup.  Buttercup has, surprisingly, won our hearts over.  A huge accomplishment knowing that we are more dog people and less cat people.  Buttercup found her way from simply living in our barn to being allowed entrance into our home on occasion.

About 8 weeks ago, Buttercup blessed us with five sweet kittens (we are in the process of finding homes for them).

In a matter of perfect timing, Kroger MyMagazineSharing gave us the opportunity to try Purina One True Instincts dry cat food, Meow Mix Simple Servings wet cat food, and Purina Friskies Gravy-licious cat treats for free.  With so many feline mouths to feed, we were thankful for the savings!

While Buttercup was still nursing, gave her the wet food as a special treat.  She was so excited about the wet food, which she is not usually given.  She at the food up fast both times she was given it, and she thanked us with extra cuddles (she likes to rub against our legs when we are with her, as well as enjoying getting her head rubbed when we are walking out to feed her).

The treats have been given at random times to Buttercup.  She enjoys getting something extra, especially when we give it to her when she comes out to see us.  We feel like we are letting her know that, even though the kittens are demanding extra attention now, she is still very loved by us.

Buttercup and her kittens have all enjoyed the Purina One True Instincts food.  At first, we were just giving it to Buttercup and were giving kitten food to the babies.  We soon found that the babies were leaving the kitten food off to the side and were going after mama's food instead.  We still have some of the kitten food, but it isn't going nearly as fast as the Purina One True Instincts!

All in all, the samples we were given from Kroger's MyMagazineSharing have been great for Buttercup and for her babies.  They have enjoyed the food, and we enjoy seeing them so happy.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

It's Been A Long While

It has been quite some time since I have taken the time to sit down and write much of anything, especially when it comes to my posts here.  I have always enjoyed writing, but life has a way of keeping me busy; and it seems that when I do have time to sit down, I have so many things on my mind that I just can't seem to get the words all out.

Things are starting to slow down, bit by bit.  Work keeps me busy during the days, and often exhausted in the evenings, but it is usually quite fulfilling.  Georgia Boy has been working hard, too. We bought a new house last summer, and we've had the opportunity to decorate it and make it our home.  We are looking forward to fixing it up more over the years, but we love living here.
Angel Baby graduated from high school last year.  She has been working as a substitute teacher, taking piano lessons, and enjoying opportunities to cosplay.  She has volunteered with the children's program at church, and she is still trying to decide exactly what she wants to do in the future.

Monster Man is graduating in less than two months.  He has continued to shine on-stage in show choir and theater, both of which have come to a close for him in high school.  He is looking forward to going to college in the fall, where he plans to major in theater.

Little Man is wrapping up his sixth grade year.  He doesn't have the same interest in singing and acting that his older siblings have, so he's trying to find the perfect activity for him.  He tried soccer last spring but decided it wasn't for him.  He has decided to participate in track this spring, and we shall see where this leads him.

We lost our precious Sammy back in September, just shy of 11 years old.  When we first moved to our new home, he was so excited to have a large yard with room to run.  Seeing his excitement over being here, enjoying his new yard, was such a relief to us to know that he spent his final days so happy.  It was hard to see him go, and we still miss him greatly. 

The day after Christmas, we decided we were finally ready to move on and bring a new furbaby into our home.  Georgia Boy kept mentioning another boxer, but my heart couldn't handle another boxer so soon after losing Sammy.  We were lucky enough to take advantage of a special deal that our animal shelter was having, and we surprised the kids by bringing home an Australian Shepherd/Lab mix named Wyatt.  He has quickly filled a hole left when we lost Sammy.

We have never been cat people, especially since Angel Baby is allergic to cats.  However, we have added a barn cat to the family, as well.  Our new home has a large barn, which we had seen evidence of mice in soon after we moved in.  When we were given the opportunity to take in a barn cat, we jumped on the chance.  Her name is Buttercup, and we had decided that she was only going to be a barn cat.  She had her own little way of wiggling into our hearts, though.  She loves attention, and we are happy to give it to her.

Big things are happening for our family!  God has placed it on our hearts to do something that we have talked about for several years; and now that our family is happier than ever and our marriage is stronger than ever, we know that the timing is right.  I can't give details just yet, but this is exciting news for our whole family.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

God's Gift To Us This Christmas

As we are getting closer to Christmas and to the start of a new year, I can't help but reflect on the amazing gift that God has blessed our family with over the past couple of weeks.  It's a gift that no one in our family could ever have imagined possible.  It's a gift so full of hope, so full of love, so full of His wonder, that we know it can only have come directly from God.

Just a few short weeks ago, I was sharing the news here that Georgia Boy and I were getting a divorce.  Things had been rough between us for several years, to put it mildly, and we had reached the point where we both agreed that it was time to call it quits.  We were better off apart, we believed.  It was better for us to step apart while we could remain civil, when we could both remain an active part in our children's life.

An interesting thing happened once we made this decision.  We found that we get along better than we had in years.  We were finally communicating with each other in ways that we hadn't in a long time.  As we were stepping apart from each other in our marriage, we found that we had to talk in order to make decisions for our children and for the road that was being set in front of us.  For the first time in a very long time, we were finally friends again.

After Georgia Boy moved out, we still continued to see a change in our relationship that we hadn't expected to see.  While we were expecting to grow apart, we were instead growing closer together. We were able to see what all went wrong with our marriage, what all we needed to change, and we could see it through a whole new light.

Amazingly, God has gifted our marriage with a renewed energy that we never thought imaginable. We are focusing on bringing our whole family closer together, and we are thrilled that we have been given the opportunity to save something so precious to us.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A major change

 Thanksgiving is a little different this year. Our family has experienced a major change that has had a huge impact on how our holidays will play out from now on. After 18 years of marriage, many of which have been very rough, Georgia Boy and I have decided that we are better off as friends than we are being married, and our marriage has come to an end. The transition has been especially rough on Monster Man, who doesn't deal well with change, but we are all adjusting. However, as Thanksgiving is our first big holiday since ending our marriage,  we would appreciate some extra prayers for the whole family.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Time gets away

It's amazing how fast time can get away from me!  With three kids that all have very active lives, plus a very busy life of my own, it seems that the days just fly by me.  In the blink of an eye, my kids are growing up and are fast showing me that they are on their way to becoming the grown beings that I am raising them to be.

Angel Baby just finished her junior year of high school.  It's so hard to believe that in just one very short year, she'll be graduating high school and will be preparing to leave the nest.

Monster Man just finished his sophomore year and will soon be heading into his junior year.  It won't be long before he, too, leaves me.

Little Man just finished fourth grade and will be heading into middle school in another year.  I am thankful that he likes to spend a little time with me, even if he's starting to prefer his friends over his mom, too.

We haven't made any major plans for this summer.  We're going to see where the summer leads us, where the road takes us, what adventure comes our way... We're looking forward to finding out what that may be!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

One of these days

Angel Baby dreams of being a singer.  The child was practically born with a microphone in her hand! I'm pretty sure singing was her first language.  She's been performing pretty much her whole life, and we know that God has gifted her with this talent so that she can share it with the world.  I only wish that I knew how to make that happen for her.

We've attended auditions for America's Got Talent, American Idol, and The Voice.  She hasn't made it through any of them, but we haven't given up.  I'm continuing to look for ways to help her make her dreams come true.

For now, please enjoy this video clip of Angel Baby singing last weekend.