Showing posts from June, 2015

Books that I read for fun in June

Last year, I spent the last half of the year documenting the books that I read for fun.  I have decided that I need to continue that as reading is important part of how I relax. Books that I read for fun are books that I have not been asked to review and that I have chosen to read, well because I like to read.

I am still reading primarily books in a series. In fact I am currently on book #10 of Sherryl Woods' Chesapeake Shores series.....However, I also took a break and read Debbie Macomber's new book Last One Home. I would highly recommend this book of sisterhood and family relationships. It was VERY GOOD! 

Here is what else I read for fun in June.... (Disclaimer: if you click on the book picture, it takes you to the page on Amazon.)

Here are the books I read for fun in:

May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
Books from 2014

Have you read any good books lately?

Menu for this week: starting to eat down the freezer

So there will be NO Grocery store follow up this week. I just don't have the energy to find the receipts, etc. I know I went over our budget. I found a bunch of markdowns at Kroger that I couldn't pass up...including $0.49 a box honey nut cheerios. I just know I went over and it is what it is.

The next 2 weeks my plan is to try to clean out our freezer so that I can defrost it. Hopefully that will work because I really need to get it cleaned out and defrosted. It has been about a year since I have and I try to do it at least once a year.

Softball is now done, so we should be home most evenings for dinner. So I think this week I am not going to assign meals for dinners, but rather list our options and eat down from there....

Cereal and fruit
Yogurt, fruit, granola bar
Scrambled eggs, toast, fruit

bagel bites
sandwiches, chips, fruit

Chicken enchiladas, spanish rice, grilled cheese (for kids), green beans
Taco crescent ring, corn, peaches
Pulled p…

Softball and rain this weekend

This weekend was the end of the season softball tournament for the league that Rebecca plays in. I will say that this has been a frustrating season. She had a coach that didn't really coach and was kind of laisez faire about things. She put her daughter and the other coaches' daughters in the prime positions (aka. pitcher, in the infield, etc). Several of the girls had bad attitudes, partly because they wanted to play other positions and the coach wouldn't let them. It was a long season. 

Well this weekend was the end of season tournament. They were supposed to start play, in the double elimination tournament, at 9 am on Saturday morning. rained Friday night so they had to postpone the games from Friday and they were supposed to play them starting at 9 which meant Rebecca's game got pushed back to 10:30. Ok.

Well, Saturday morning we get up and it is pouring down rain. It is supposed to rain all day pretty much. And it was cold...think perfect weather for Octo…

Father's Day 2015: the day the kids played in the mud puddles

Last Sunday was Father's Day. The day began with the kids giving Bill their surveys they filled out for him and Benjamin gave Bill the painting he made (with my help!). They also gave Bill a Marvel's Agent of SHIELD t-shirt and the blu-ray of "Jurassic Park." Bill loved his gifts.

Sunday morning, I had to go to church as I was scheduled to read. I took Rebecca and Jacob with me. When we left church, we had to make a run to Aldi's as I forgot jelly and mayo when I went shopping the week before. I also picked up 4 pints of blueberries, for $0.99 a pint! My kids will eat blueberries like candy! As we were driving to Aldi's I called Bill and told him to get dressed and be ready to go when we got back home because we were taking him to lunch. The kids and I surprised him with lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings. I had a very yummy Asian pulled pork sandwich with jalapenos and veggies on it. It was really yummy.

After lunch, we came home and hung out a couple hours. Then …

5 Things...

So many things to talk many things on my mind here goes....

1. Hubby and I FINALLY got smartphones. We had old phones that we have had for 3-4 years. There was no internet capability on them and more and more we were unable to open texts from people because they were sent from smartphones. We basically had DUMB phones. LOL. Well, Wednesday, we headed to Walmart and we each got a Samsung Galaxy Android phone and we signed up for a different service. We were with Straightalk, but now are with Total Wireless which is the the parent company of Trac phones, Straightalk and a couple other companies. They offer a family plan that is cheaper than doing 2 individual plans with Straightalk.  It took a while to get our numbers transferred because the salesperson we had to call, put wrong numbers in at one point in the process, but we finally got them activated. It has been 2 days and I like the new phone, even if I don't understand how to use most of the features. LOL.

From the Start by Melissa Tagg

Book Description:

Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily ever after. While her own love life may have left her brokenhearted, it hasn't kept her from churning out made-for-TV romance movie screenplays...until a major career slump and a longing to do something meaningful send her running back to her hometown of Maple Valley.

Permanently sidelined by an injury, former NFL quarterback Colton Greene is temporarily hiding out in a friend's hometown to avoid the media and the reminders of all he's lost. Maple Valley seems like the perfect place to learn how to adjust to normal life. The only trouble is he's never really done normal before.

While Kate plays things safe and Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures, they both get what it's like to desperately need direction in life. An unexpected project gives them both a chance to jump start their new lives, but old wounds and new dreams are hard to ignore. Starting over wasn't par…

Grocery shopping and menu plan for this week....

Last week wasn't so crazy. I had a full tutoring schedule, but with all the rain we have been getting we spent much of our time at home. We did go out to eat last Wed at McDonalds and then took the kids to the library just to get out of the house! My plan was to take them to the park, but with all the darn rain that wasn't happening. 

This week I was able to shop at 3 different stores: Kroger, Dollar Tree, and Aldi's.

At Kroger I bought: 
2- 12 packs caffiene free coke--$3.49 each
5 gallons skim milk--$3.29 each
3 Old Orchard apple juice--$0.99 each, plus I had coupons equal to $1.50 off, so they were $0.66 each
3 musketeers bag--$2.00 minus $1 e-coupon so $1
Milky way bag--$2.00
Peppermint Lifesavers --$3.29
Potato chips--$1.88
Brownie mix--$1
Augratin potato mix--$1
2 Chocolate instant pudding mix --$0.99 each
smoked sausage--$1.29
Ground chuck--$3.69
American cheese--$1
Boneless, skinless chicken breast--$3.52
2.07 lbs grapes--$2.03
7.88 lbs bananas--$4.65

Happy Father's Day

Today is Father's Day. I have been blessed with knowing 2 amazing fathers and having their influence in my life.

The first father who has had a huge impact on me is my own father. At 55 years old, he is still going strong and is still a source of guidance, counsel and strength in my corner. I truly believe that his love and support has meant a great deal to me and has gotten me through some trying times in my own life. Even at the age of 35, I still go to him for advice (most recently a 3 hour conversation that ended after 1AM in the morning about some decisions that I needed to make).  He is also a wonderful Grandfather to my own kiddos and for that I am truly grateful.

The other father that has had a significant impact on my life is the father of my children, who is also my husband. Bill does everything in his power to make sure that our children are happy and healthy and his decisions are based on is it good for Rachel and the kids. He is an amazing father and partner in this chi…

The Love Fight: How Achievers and Connectors Can Build A Marriage that Lasts


Divorce is epidemic among successful, "high-powered" people.  Doctors, lawyers, executives, politicians and entrepreneurs often attain career success only to fail at home in their family relationships.  What gives?  Has success changed them?  Or, have they been secretly waiting to exit when the time is right?  Did they ever love their spouses?  
In The Love Fight, Drs. Tony Ferretti and Peter Weiss explain how worldly successful individuals fail at home in their intimate relationships, often from a mismatch of priorities and styles between the success-oriented "Achievers" and their relationship-oriented "Connector" spouses.  This Achiever mindset is common in highly successful people of all social classes, perhaps especially so in America where such success is lionized and top CEOs are considered heroes.

As opposites attract and Achievers meet and marry Connectors, the very same personality traits that propell…

Vacation Bible School 2015

Last week Rebecca and Jacob participated in our church's Vacation Bible School. Our church calls it "Catholic Kidz Kamp." This year the theme was "Set Sail with the Holy Trinity featuring Saint Patrick."

The kids had a blast at camp each day. Rebecca did miss one day due to a softball game, but she went the other days. They had a lesson, craft, snack, and game each night.Jacob would say each night that he was so excited to go to Bible school. 

On Thursday, they did a small concert for the parents where they danced and sang the songs that they had learned throughout the week. It was so cute watching them dance and sing. Benjamin was even enthralled with the performance and he kept dancing along with them trying to do the moves! 

These are the types of memories that I want my kids to have. Fun summer memories that involve Vacation Bible School. We have attended our church's camp the last 3 years and each year the kids are super excited.  They are already talking…

What Jacob and Rebecca say about me.....

I saw this on facebook a couple of weeks ago and decided to have my kids answer the questions....Their responses crack me up. 

WITHOUT ANY prompting, ask your child these questions and write down EXACTLY what they say. It is a great way to find out what they really think. When you are done re-post and put your child's age.

Answered by Jacob age 5
1. What is something mom always says to you? Go to time out.
2. What makes mom happy? When I help her and when I don't go to time-out.
3. What makes mom sad? That I push her
4. How does your mom make you laugh? she tickles me
5. What was your mom like as a child? like Rebecca
6. How old is your mom? 25
7. How tall is your mom? 50 million pounds
8. What is her favorite thing to do? Eat so much
9. What does your mom do when you're not around? shop
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? she'd be in a concert
11. What is your mom really good at? shopping
12. What is your mom not very good at? running
13. What does your mom do fo…