Montana and North Dakota have become home.... dang it lol.
Lord help me but these babies wear me out.... they are just perfect!
Yes, it's from last winter but I adore this shot...so us....
This kid glows from the inside out... my almost 11 year old!
Favorite sport: embarrassing our kids in public
My mini-me is finding her own way in life
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
We are so looking forward to our holiday. We will be spending the Christmas break at our lake house in Oklahoma. I'm ready. I'm so ready to really enjoy our house for the first time. We have a full livingroom of furniture there but sadly there is a lot of house left to stock. I've ordered bed frames and had them delivered but now comes the fun part..... I'm seriously putting together the biggest walmart.com order I can and shipping it to the new house. Toliet paper? Yep, it'll be in there. Soap, yep that too.... pillows? yep. plates. yep that too. I'll have to wait and get mattresses when I get there but everything else, I'm trying to ship it ahead of us. Best part of my day, the call that when my Father in Law went by to turn the heat on for us, the washer and dryer was left by the old owners. Yes! Now I don't have to buy one. Sweet, that was a purchase I was dreading in the short amount of time we will be there. I'm so ready to really enjoy the peace that comes with the lake. One day, we will be able to live there full time, until then.... we took the biggest step and we have our very own house there. That is def something we give all the glory to God for. Big blessing.
Otherwise Princess is cheering basketball and wrestling season. Duchess is busy with her organizations, all five of them. She's my volunteer queen. Dave is spoiling the new bird dog and good lord help me that dog is eating my house to pieces, lol. Murphy is tolerating him. This is why Murphy gets to sleep with momma. He's a trouper. Dave loves that damn dog so much lol.
More soon, enjoy your holidays and God Bless
Sunday, November 30, 2014
What changes God has brought unto our lives. We finally got out of that little town that never felt like home. Taking Dave's job opportunity to North Dakota we spent the summer hiking and hanging out with the kids. But Montana called us back.... in a matter of days we found ourselves back with a townhouse, new jobs, kids well settled into an excellent school and a town that really welcomed us. It was kinda creeepy in a "Thank you Lord" while giving a side-eye look thing. You know those, you've had those before right? But walking on faith, we try not to question when the Lord sends us somewhere. Surely there is a reason....
The good news about teaching is that thanks to my swear jar, I hardly cuss anymore. I almost don't recognize myself.... No chain smoking, no chain swearing.... without realizing it, I've turned into the closest thing to a Lady I'll probably ever get. Dave should be so proud.
Dave is flourishing. He is kicking arse and taking names which frankly should be the case. My kids are doing well as well. Princess, the oldest is cheering and working her butt off in her sophomore year of school. So far she's maintained honor roll and stayed really busy. Friday saw her kill her first Mule Deer Buck. Big ass 10 point.... <------ not fully mouth reformed yet. Since she's starting to look at her life after high school, I'm totally bribing her to stay home and go to college. I want her to live at home and I've started quite the campaign. I'm a planner yo.
Duchess has decided that music is her thing. Even though she's in the sixth grade, she moved up to the seventh grade band. She's maintaining excellent grades. Let's discuss her mouth. That child has a wicked ass mouth on her. She's sassy and witty. And since we have the "can't get in trouble if we laugh, or it's funny" rule going on, she really never gets in trouble. Lord help her, but she's gonna spend some time in detention if she don't learn to bite that tongue at school. I'ma back it up too, can't have that disrespect. Otherwise, she's getting so tall and at almost 12, my baby is long gone. She's planning her 401K and choosing colleges.
So I'm teaching accounting and business which means I'm in my pocket. I'm enjoying the crap oout of it. I'm trying to pick up some Spanish which means also that the kids have enjoyed torturing me. I yelled out "El HOMO" the other day trying to get the boys to look at the board.... turns out that does not mean BOYS. Sigh. I have a long way to go. Little turds. And by little, I teach high school so I mean that 6'4 Junior.
My column is going well. It's an outlet I've never had besides this blog. A place to share stories and things God puts on my heart. Well and frankly I'm kinda of a know it all so that works for me lol.
Time to put the teacher to bed. Peace out homes. I'll be back here more.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Monday, September 1, 2014
Then the kids registered for school and the local high school offered me a job. So here I am. Teaching advanced accounting and business to high schoolers. Holy crap. Seriously blown away. I never see God coming but I go whereever he sends me. I'm open to his lead. And being that I have finally managed to drop the f bomb from my daily vocab, it works out.
So I'm teaching, juggling kids on the cheer squad and advancing grades. It's a rush. God is good. We closed on our house in Oklahoma so we officially have our lake house. That is our permanent home for when the crazy goes away and we're tired of the road. It's such a huge rush knowing that we have a fall back position. A place to go when we need a break.
So I got real today. A perk of teaching is that I have access to a state of art gym at the school. I love this school. Pimped out to the max. So while Dave and my girls were hunting doves, yeah.... badass huh.... I have cooked, done all the flipping stupid ass laundry. I also went to the gym and got my sweat on. Ewwwww. Yucky. But I'm trying to embrace the new schedule.
I can't believe it but I get no naps. I get up and ready leaving the house before Dave and the kids so I can open my classroom which is also one of the computer labs to students who don't have computers at home. Luckily it allows me to actually work on my lessons and projects too. I'm staying ontop of my grading so that works. Duchess rides the bus from the middle school to the high school and hangs out with me while I"m finishing up the day. Princess made cheer squad so she's practicing and working out after school. Frankly, we stay busy.
Dave is loving his new job. He's so damn boss. He set up a home office at the townhouse here and he's home or on the road working from his truck. Love his new free schedule. He's working hard but still managing to get time with us. He's not missing anything and yet helping me with the house and cooking. Shiz yes. That man can have what the hell ever his cute ass wants. I can say that since he bought me my damn dream purse for our anniversary. Whatever. He. Wants. But don't go and be texting him that shit. Mind your own business.
On that note, I'm totes heading off to finish wiping up the floor and then get packed for tomorrow. Sweet Jesus I'm trying to go to the gym in the morning. Before school. God.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
So several days ago, I took a job hunting break and went to little grocery store to pick up some needed items for dinner. Bc frankly I never remember to get them all when I'm planning it out. The sweet girl at the register offers me a paper. The little local paper that I had yet to look through. Sure, grabbed one and headed home.
Later that evening I was laying in bed and Dave tossed me the paper, they were hiring.
Long story short.
I work for the paper.
I have a column.
Excuse me while I go praise God in the hallway!!!!!!!
Happy is me.
Plus I got a press pass to abuse.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
He talked with them and he was interested but didn't pursue it. Then, on my cruise I called from Mexico and that was one expensive phone call but he had a genuine offer to discuss with me. It was a risk he had to take. Long story short, he has done it his own way. He company wished us well and offered him a position if he wanted to come back. The new company was welcoming with open arms. It's amazing but I'm sitting here among a stack of totes and a few pieces of furniture. Last week, we packed up a trailer full of "apt necessary" furniture.
The new company arranged for us to have temporary housing while we took our time finding a home to buy. It's a small town outside a large town and frankly it's so quiet and peaceful. Dave started his job there this past Monday. We managed to get our townhouse set up with the basics and the rest is here in our Montana home to be packed and somehow I'ma get it into a storage in North Dakota. Since no professional mover will come to this middle of freaking nowhere place to move us, well I'm on my on. lol.
So again, we are relocating the family. God is good. He continues to bless us and after two years of living in the backwoods of Montana and not really sure where next, he made the way crystal clear. Praying that we will blossom there as a family just as we've done here.
PS: I can seriously smell Canada from the new house.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
The schools were so not to our liking but we managed. We found stuff to keep us entertained and Dave'd career flourished here. They call posts like these: hardship posts. The military have them too but usually you only get hardship posts if you screw up bad. Civilian life, it's almost a fast track for your career, especially if you do a good job in that environment. God is good. We survived our hardship post and our move is imminent.
Dave was courted by another company, so his new position is in another state, North Dakota and with another company. We will be even closer to Canada and further into the cold wintery lands of holy crap at the snow. We're excited.
We will be a mere 30 minutes from Wal-mart rather than 1.5 hours. We will have access to everything we could need. This job is the biggest blessing.
And the adventure begins. We are seriously excited and you get to come along for the ride as usual.
God is good.... we're walking on faith with him all the way.
Now the fact that we're moving our family into an apartment the company so generously supplied until we find a house, well.... I'ma downsize like a mofo
Friday, May 30, 2014
There are seventy four thousand reasons why Dave is seriously the bestest ever... Mainly though is that after seventeen years of being partners in marriage, growing together rather than apart and frankly God's Grace, he's my guy. And he spoils me. I'm still not sure why but hey, Dave gets what Dave wants cause Dave treats us girls like queens. (Frankly, I'm really glad about that though because my girls already realize how awesome their dad is and how different from most dads he is! Win-win for when they start looking for guys in their lives!) But anyway, if Dave wants a gun, he gets a gun. If Dave wants to go shooting, we go shooting. We spoil the Dave anyway possible.
But since I flew in from my cruise at midnight and we were hours from our little town, we stayed the night in big town. The next morning while the kids' swam and had breakfast, Dave took me to pick a car.
Yeah. Pick a car. Simple as that.
We rolled up and at the dealership of the brand that he's obsessive about (because these are literally 58% made here in the USA by USA workers babe) and he pointed out a gas and a diesel and said drive, choose. So I did and then we went and had yogurt and talked about it, then we came back and he said, pick a color and I did.
I followed him home in my very first brand new car ever. It had 150 miles on it. It is freaking pimped out and I love it so very hard.
Except, I teared up on the way home.
Cause see.... I remember the seventeen years it took us to get here. I remember when we couldn't get a vehicle and scrapped up cash. I remember when our interest rate was through the roof and I cried when he brought it home cause it was "really ours?" and didn't matter at all that it was ten years old and a big chunk of our budget, cause we needed something safe to drive our babies in. I remember each and every second hand car that we learned to save up and buy with cash once we discovered Dave Ramsey. I remember the feeling of paying off every single vehicle we have ever owned. I remember our agreement that we'd never buy new cause we could never afford that. Times change but frankly we don't.
I sat in the lounge area and listened to my husband neogotiate a helluva deal on that new car. And I had to duck my head and let my hair hide my smiles when the sales manager passed my way. They never saw him coming, very few really do. He's a freaking shark. I love it. And to show off a little.... he had the sales manager come take me to the storeroom and pick out a new hat and accessories that Dave had them sweeten the deal with. He gets a kick out of seeing me in my new hat, lol.
So I'm driving that sweet ass car home. The payment isn't much considering. The deal was great, the interest rate was amazing and frankly we'll pay it off quick cause that is our thing. But as I'm driving my mind is flipping through the process of how we got here...
Never in a million years could I imagine that my husband would decide that he would drive my truck and "momma should have the new car" cause I "deserved it". Nope, I deserve none of what I have.
But I thank God each and every day for that man and my marriage and my life. It's been a long battle to get here and here is really blessed right now.
The kids named the car Candy. Cause we name everything. The color on the paperwork was Candy cane white. So there you go.
Dave got me some candy.
Excuse me while I go order him some gun crap.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
So here we go....
I left on a Saturday and the weather was so windy and rainy I was certain they would cancel the first leg of my flight. But sadly no, lol. Dave and the girls travelled to see Princess' last high school softball game of the year so I drove myself to the tiny little airstrip here in town where I could take my first leg.
Dave had double checked my bags and then threw in the stuff I'd forgotten like bandaids (seriously) and shampoo, then loaded them into the Yukon for me. I was to park, unload and my bags are all on little wheels so as to not hurt my arm, then put my keys in the little door them to pick up later that day. Myself and a man that was 6'7" climbed into a 9 seater plane with a pilot who was seriously looking as young as my teenager. That was a horrible flight but I managed to pray my way through it lol.... then I landed at a regional airport that was big enough to have a real plane pick us up. Three hours of chilling and hanging out, I loaded up and off we went.
Seattle was a fast trip. My flight was delayed a little but that worked out so I could grab a salad and sadly the massage place was closed. I wandered around and when the anxiety got a little tough, I just called Dave and he talked me through it. Then I sat down on the stairs in the middle of everyone and facetimed my girls before they went to bed.
I landed in LAX at midnight. It was humid and hot and at some point I went ahead and changed from jeans and sweater into shorts and tshirt. I absolutely love staying at the Crown Plaza hotels but they were booked and they didn't have a Homewood Suites nearby so I stayed at the Renaissance by LAX which was the bestest freaking hotel ever. The people are helpful and awesome and the bed was so comfy. I crashed and then the next morning at freaking seven thirty there was a pounding Connie on my door. She'd flew in from SLC that morning on a direct flight. Whore was not gonna let me sleep anymore. So we jumped up and down on my bed catching up. We didn't have to leave for the airport for several hours so we literally hung out.
We shuttled back to the airport where we get our prearranged transfer with Carnival. We rode in a nice big ass air conditioned bus to Long Beach. We were early but there was literally a line already. We got Faster to the Fun so we had priority and before we know it we were literally walking straight onto the ship where our room was ready and perfect. Our bags were delivered early except Connie's big one, cause she's lucky like that lol. We enjoyed a drink and lunch on the pool deck then took a three hour nap, cause that is how we roll lol.... the boat took off and we did our safety drill (where I learned that I'd likely drown in case of a sinking cause I couldn't pay attention to say my life... boring as hell). We dressed up for dinner that night (as we did almost every night).
I won't bore you with everything cause it's a freaking lot. Our room was on Empress level which was close to the bar and close to the elevators and close to the dining room. I spent way too much money at the spa. Connie got me hooked. I had a head massage and a deep hair treatment. I managed to get a oxy facial that changed the entire feel of my face, hello I'm glowing! and a leg/foot massage. Felt like a freaking million bucks. Love love love the spa. I managed to sunbathe and yet I'm still whiter than paper. I walked/ran on the jogging track. I drank a shitton of pina colada.
The food , omgeeeeee the freaking food. I ate lobster, steak, prime rib, beef rib, freaking French snails that were amazing and braised rabbit. They had gluten free bread for me at every meal. They had my meals prepared separate and served separate to keep from being contaminated.
Since Connie's mean, and I'm claustrophobic we ended up taking the stairs everywhere which means I actually lost 3 lbs on this trip bahahahahaha.
We walked Catalina Island for couple hours and then returned to the shit with goodies and a nap.
Mexico was a freaking blast. Soldiers with oooozies everywhere were a little scary but we managed. The reality of people working the fields and watching people drive while nursing babies and a man on a motorcycle with a baby strapped to his chest was overwhelming. Def appreciate my world! Blessed...
We went to the blowhole outside of town. It was nice and the goodies were great. I got the girls handmade bags and Dave a freaking handmade wooden hammock chair. Then we managed to hang out and eat and eat and eat. I only lost Connie twice.
We went horseback riding on the beach. The beaches there were beautiful. And empty. Apparently everyone was working, it was amazing to have the whole place to ourselves. My poor old slow nag and I did the hokey pokey and enjoyed our two mile ride. Connie and her horse ran the last mile, during which he stumbled and she hurt her back.
Upon returning to the states, we learned that she fractured her T12. She literally broke her damn back. On a horse in Mexico. It's a wonder she's not kin to me.
I won at bingo. I won at roulette. I freaking won quite a bit lol. And I'm smart so I cashed out and got a pina colada to celebrate then went to bed. lol
All in all it was a great trip.
We debarked and promptly send Connie on a direct flight home to her hubby and the ER. I spent another 36 hours in the Renaissance hotel being pampered and got a cab to the biggest mall in the Hollywood area to spoil my girls.
I made it home to my peeps.
I walked down the stairs at the airport Friday night.... Dave had on a nice shirt. My babies were dressed up and holding both a sign and balloons. I freaking lost it. I missed their freaking faces so much. It was a huggy snuggy party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They freaking missed the mom....
And the WIFE.
Next time, they are totally going with me. I missed them.
Friday, May 9, 2014
I'll get to a bigger city also in Montana where I'll be bored till my flight takes off again. This time going to Seattle. Woohooo..... Very excited
My husband, the impossibly awesome Dave is sending me on a cruise with my BFF.
Ummm I've been a military wife and staying home with our babies while he toured the world.... and I got my Masters this year..... and it's a huge surprise and he freaking loves me.
He upgraded my flights to first class, so this girl will be happy happy happy and hopefully not as gassy as I am now. I'm anxious about traveling alone hence gas. Reality.
I'll come home with pics and updates and everything.
Otherwise we've been boring and blessed as usual. Hope you and yours are wonderful
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
It was a freaking ten hour drive there and a ten hour drive back. Holy crap that was rough. The kids were great considering everyone has movies, ipods, phones and books to entertain them. I slept. Literally almost the entire way. Dave and Princess traded off driving and I enjoyed shotgun. Feet up, napping and sometime singing along with radio, sometimes just yakking with them.
I took a million pictures of the mountains for my mom. She's missing the mountains and since we moved over to the Badlands, I miss them too. It was just gorgeous! There was still snow on the ground in the Glacier National Park. It literally started snowing on us as we drove through the passes. Just unspeakable glory in God's work. I so wished I could live up in the mountains again.
They so enjoyed their shoot and now Dave and Duchess are signed up to do it in another part of the state in June. :) Since I'm still recovering, I can't with my shoulder until after August.
So Duchess and I were so excited to see that our hotel was literally in the very middle of a wonderful shopping area. Wally marty - check. Tons of food - check. Nails & Pedis - check. Target - check. Ross - check. We had a blast! And we walked about four miles in our shopping trip. Was truly exhausted and needed a huge nap.
We managed to squeeze in a late night Sat showing of "Heaven is for Real" and seriously, you need to see this movie.
The best part though, instead of dressing up in cute dresses and hunting eggs and etc.... we spent a part of our drive home reading the Easter story out of the bible and praying and talking together as a family. It was a beautiful thing. Such a blessing.
Now the laundry we came home with? Not such a beautiful thing. Crap.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
In some ways, this little town reminds me of my hometown. Doesn't matter about your character, doesn't matter about your job or what you accomplish on your own, it's all about how you are, what family you are connected to and lastly, where in town you live. Seriously. We've been here two years now and we've found a niche. We are friendly with several families in town and our kids are friends and slowly both Princess and Duchess have carved out a place for themselves, even if they are super ready to move on. We still run up against the town wall though, the travel team here this past summer was put to the test with the high school team. They are outfielders or subbing bases for girls that are no where near their skill level. I seriously sat through the varisty game bitting my tongue. Myself and several other travel parents, it was terrible and almost laughable. They lost like 27-2. Ouch.
So there I am, keeping my mouth completely shut. Are you shocked because I am still am. These people don't make noise. They don't cheer unless it's their child. They don't interact with each other. They just chill. So there I was chilling. Until it was my kid, then I tried to be somewhat quiet, BULLSHIT, I was her cheering section.
She played third. She's never played third. She did great. She hit great. She then shifted to center field after people kept boggling the balls out there. So yesterday, she played all center field, chasing balls that the infield kept missing. She fouled every damn hit but walked bases. So it was a good two days.
It was fun. I'm getting the hang of how Montana does softball.
But the thing is, Prin is still doing her thing. She's just happy to be playing. She works hard and doesn't complain too loud when people who never practice, get more playing time. She's learning. She's trying to take the high road.
She's a better person that me.
That shit ain't right.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
I've hidden in bed most of the day. Except for the dentist appointment for the kiddo that just couldn't be rescheduled. So I sat in truck with my hat on and dark sunglasses. Fun stuff.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Our office phone rang so Prin grabbed it, thinking it was my mom. She rarely answers the office phone but she answered it with our store name and then proceeded to go downstairs. Not thinking, I kept putting lunch together. Then she comes upstairs and hands me the phone.
It was a family here in our town. They had picked several outfits on our website that they would like their 13 year old daughter to try on. We agreed and made arrangements to meet at their house. We packed up their choices and headed out.
This sweet family has a busty 13 year old who has spent 4 years in confirmation classes through her church and in two weeks she will have her confirmation ceremony. They wanted her to wear one of our dresses.
We advertise as a modest and fashionable boutique. There is absolutely nothing on our site that I wouldn't let my daughters wear to church. That is kinda of our benchmark. And it reached out to this family and they blessed us.
By choosing us, they blessed us.
I can't wait to see her in her dress she chose!
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
As we run full speed into March, I have a full plate. Dave is busy as hell at work. This week he has a company convention in Las Vegas to attend, yes by all means lets feel bad for the boy lol.... Being drug to Vegas with his boss for a few days! Sucks huh? But I'll get a treat, he never forgets to bring me something back. He's a keeper.
Princess is prepping for the high school softball team tryout. Since I can't throw a ball and Dave's swamped, she's working with a private coach to get her arm back in shape and keep her active with drills. A local university has a softball team and that is where we found our gem! I love watching her play. Honestly I thought we'd be done with softball after moving here and joining the travel team. They messed with everything constantly. Trying to change her throw, the way she hits, the way she catches. So when she came up with the plan for the high school team, I was surprised. Even more surprised to see her doing it HER way this time. She's pushing back on any advice that messes with her basics. Good for her. Good coaching fine tunes you, not changes you. Her grades are finally up to honor roll standards so next week, looks like the kid will be taking her driving test. Good lord, she's gonna be a freshman driver. I'm actually thrilled cause she can totally help me run errands and etc. She has been knee deep in our store as well... she's the model/co-owner and gopher as it is..... (can't wait till Duchess gets big enough to model too)
Duchess is almost done with volleyball camp. She's struggling with following directions and mainly just a little hormonal ball of emotions. 11 is such a great age. I get lots of hugs but she's starting to look at me like I'd better what my back lol. The kid is a thinker and kinda scares me. Her class got two guinea pigs as pets and it's all I've heard of for two weeks. That and being that Meri is allergic to pet dander, she pretty much comes home in hives EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Sigh. Obviously she just doesn't care. Although side note, the kid is growing!!!! I've taken to buying her jeans at Wally world (don't judge me) bc I seem to get new ones every two weeks, hem them and then the next week, they are high waters. She's starting to really encroach on Prin's height. Lol She's gonna be the tall one! Go girl. But her little fashion sense has blossomed and she's really starting to do a nice job dressing herself. Like these:
Dave just completed his Masters in Business. We now have six degrees between the two of us. Six years ago, we had none. God is good! Just blessed beyond measure peeps.
Oh and our little retail store? Opened this quarter in the black. Fully seated in the black. We are putting all profits right back into the store though, upgrading our merchandising stuff and promo materials! We are slowly getting there. Here's a sneak peek of some of our goodies we have in stock ready for the next trunk show which will be this Tuesday night here in town.... (shit, that means I have to put face and hair on that day.... the real irony here is that I of all people own a fashion store. shitballz, lol)
So all in all, busy beavers. Oh and my phone died. My poor Galaxy bit the dust and went to heaven. Sooooooo I buckled (had no choice cause he picked it out) and got an iphone 5s. Damnit I hate it, cause that phone is cooler than cat shit. Blah, hate when he's right.