Helloooooo....Very Busy & Off Schedule Day.

August 25, 2014

Hello friends.... I hope you are having a great evening. Its been kinda crazy around here and I am just getting able to settle down long enough to type out this blog post. The only reason I have time right now, is because dinner is cooking on its own in the oven. Thank God. 

I woke up pretty late today but that's understandable because I wide awake until after 5am. But once my feet hit the floor there has been no stopping. 

I was happy to find when I was dreaming away, 4 boxes were delivered right to my front door. :) I thought it was a great way to start my day. But it didn't work out that way. Before I could break out a knife to open my boxes, the air conditioning guy showed up to service and fix a few of the problems we have been experiencing showed up.

I shut the door on him for aprox 5-6 minutes while I got out of my pjs and put on some clothes. I also poured my first cup of coffee. 

He was here for almost 2 hours and very active. He was very busy and wanting me to be interactive so that took up a lot of time. 

Tossed laundry around....folded and put away one load and added the next bunch to toss/tumble clean and dry. 

Next cup of coffee.....still in need of some serious energy. 

More phone conversations that took place today including one with my ex husband. There were a few issues between him and Brittany that I had to address. He was actually convincing and I kinda felt bad for him. He said....

" I give her everything....I buy her everything .....what else can I do? All I want are good grades and her to help around the house some. " He's right too. But he acted wrong in a few ways and that conversation lasted a while. 

Talked to my sister in law for a brief moment....blogger stuff. 

All while I was hoping to start my day working on my normal WIR Monday blog post. Yea...it didn't happen and still hasn't happened. I have yet to even edit that video still. 

The nurse from Jackson's Dr. called....another long conversation. 

You guessed it.. another cup of coffee.....realized at this point, coffee was going to be breakfast today. 

Emails are piling in....and I have not one second to answer any....and I also have a ton to send out. 

Forgot Coopers breakfast and meds..SHIT! 

I finally get started doing my weekly cleaning on just the second floor. The entire time I was thinking about the blown out Monday schedule that totally went to hell. 

Best friend calls....only have a few seconds of conversation before we are interrupted by even more phone calls cutting into the line....on my end. 

Husband calls and says we are moving out of this house if the issues don't get fixed. Grrrrreat... after 2 years I just started decorating it. 

I vacuum the second set of stairs and landing...Jackson walks in from school. He's huffing and puffing about having to ride the bus home with a stack of papers I need to go through and sign. 

Finally sat down to send an email out about not getting an etsy item. She is reshipping it and we'll see if it really arrives this time. Not happy. 

I grab some left over breakfast sausage links, pop them in the microwave and call it lunch. ( at 4 pm ) 

After I gobbled them down I chopped up potatoes, carrots and an onion.. put a fresh chicken on top and toss right in the oven to do all the cooking tonight. 

Put Cooper on the treadmill. Gotta get him in better shape plus he is a ball of energy. 

Back upstairs to toss Laundry around...and switched into a comfortable pair of sweats. 

Husband calls and says he is helping out a friend and won't be home for a while. Grrrrrrrrr......but I am totally ok with it. Just wasn't expecting it. 

Chicken in the oven is smelling up the house making me even hungrier than I already am. 

Went ahead and posted a Mary K Haul on youtube. So much for staying on schedule. WIR will be up tomorrow. 

Watered all the outside plants. It sure would have been nice if it had rained so I didn't have to do it. 

Homework time with Jackson. Going over the 7 continents and oceans. Thank you Jesus that it wasn't math tonight.

On Break..→ Current Time Now ← writing this blog post. :)

Still to do tonight:
  • Have dinner with Jackson very very soon...he is in the shower right now. 
  • Stay away from the coffee pot. Only actual food from this point. 
  • Go through stack of papers he brought home
  • Edit Week in Review video & start working on blog post
  • Call and check on Brittany 
  • Empty Dishwasher and clean kitchen from dinner
  • Put away laundry
  • Feed Cooper
  • Get Jackson's stuff ready for school tomorrow. 
  • Work on emails 
  • Enjoy long bath....but in reality it will probably be a fast shower. 
  • Work in planner...lots to catch up on. 
  • Finish laundry
  • Fall into bed.

 Lets hope tomorrow goes more according to schedule! Hows your day going!? 

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☼ Myrtle Beach Travel Vlog | Part 5 | ☼

August 24, 2014

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday! I am back with Part 5 of our Myrtle Beach Travel Vlogs. This one is the last besides a little wrap up that I plan on filming today or tomorrow. I hope you guys have enjoyed seeing little parts of our trip. There was a lot I didn't share because after all, we were there to spend time with our family. But I do hope you enjoy this final vlog of our time there. 

As I mentioned....I plan on recording a video today or tomorrow with my final thoughts about our vacation, where we stayed, how I planned and budgeted for it....along with a bunch of other travel stuff! 

If you missed any of our previous travel vlogs from Myrtle Beach....here they are! 

We all had such a great time and the only thing I really wish is....we were all still there! :)

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Large Weekly Family Food Haul | Video |

August 23, 2014

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Saturday. I am back with this weeks food shopping haul. Its kinda early because the boys really thought it was way past time for me to go. After heading home Sunday from Myrtle Beach I didn't feel like going shopping so I used up a lot of the items we already had in the house. I tried making it till Sunday but I actually went on Friday. I am totally sure we would have been just fine with the food we do have in the house but the boys thought differently! I also included our menu plan so maybe you can get some ideas too! :) Hope you enjoy. 

Thanks for watching! I should be back in just a bit with another travel vlog! Stay tuned! 

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☼ Myrtle Beach Travel Vlog | Part 4 | ☼

August 22, 2014

Hello friends! I hope you having a great Friday. ;) I haven't been feeling very well today so I haven't done a lot except going to the grocery store but I still dream of being at the ocean. I am here with part 4 of part 6 of our Myrtle Beach Travel Vlogs. It was so much fun. If you want to see our Saturday there...enjoy the video! 

Thanks so much for watching...in case you missed any of the previous Myrtle Beach Travel Vlogs here they are! 

I am so thankful for the time with our family there. We made a ton of great memories that will last a life time. 

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Friday Letters

August 22, 2014

Dear God, 
I am so sorry for sounding demanding but I need you to help supply my soul with more patience than you made me with. I know I am perfect in your eyes however, my family would say I need more patience. Could you help please!? Thank you for getting us all through another week. You could take me right now...right second but I want my kids to have a full happy life. Please protect them through their journey. 

Dear Beach, 
Have I told you how much I miss you? I miss everything about you...the vast open water, the sounds of the waves crashing, the smell of the salt water flowing through the air, and the sunshine. I don't think we can move to you at least for another year because of Jackson being in school. He is starting to make a bunch of new friends and I know he is not going to want me to pack up and move again. Gosh the things we do for the kids...because I would be packing the house up right now to move if it wasn't for little Jackson. 

Dear Jordan, 
You can keep up with your antics on your blog all day long. Its your life.. and you can use it up by hating me or you can try to be happy. I am at a loss for words why you are so filled with hate. I love you and want you to be happy. I am not perfect... I never will be and I wish you would stop fighting so hard and start focusing on the love and the good in life...I guess I will just keep waiting like I have been. 

Dear Trina, 
I felt so sad when I read your most recent blog post. I can totally relate and the offer still stands if you want to run away. I think we could get part time jobs....and cover everything! :) I love you and I know you work hard and try your best to take care of your family but guess what? You deserve a real vacation too. Come on Philly! 

Dear Cooper, 
So far this week no seizures...yea!!! I am sorry that you are not getting all that yummy unhealthy food. I promise, we are just doing it for your own well being. Actually that might not be completely true. You are a member of our family and it might be selfish but we want you around for a while longer. 

Dear Laura, 
You are seriously one of my most favorite people on the planet. You have a heart of gold and I am very thankful you are in my life. You know your dad feels the same way. Your another reason I want to move but I can't and won't move to New Albany. Lets all move to Florida at the same time!!! I love you...kiss the girls for me and tell Jerred hi! 

Dear Stomach,
Please please stop hurting me. I have to go shopping in a bit and will never get through it unless you start feeling better. 

Dear Brittany, 
Do you have any idea how much I miss you. I can't wait until you move out of New Albany. I am scared you will turn out into a drug addict staying there. I keep trying to talk your daddy into moving and hopefully one day he figures out life on the beach is better than life in that little dirty city. Keep doing great in school and don't forget to call me today. 

Dear Michael Brown, 
Everyone is focusing on your death and I understand why. I don't think you should have been shot 6 times when you had no weapons. Period. But I do feel a little different. I believe before you ever came to this world, you knew how you would die and picked it. I think you died to make a change. I think your death and the many things will come from it was probably more important than your life. I don't mean that disrespectful in anyway. I just think your lifes work started really at your death. What the changes come from what happened to you. We lift your family in our prayers. 

Dear Scott, 
Sorry for hurting your feelings last night. As I explained, it came from a place of deep frustration. It doesn't mean I don't love you and don't want us to have a happy and healthy life together. Fresh day... fresh start. 

Dear Jaggers House Kitty Cat Gang, 
You little assholes are driving me crazy. I hope you are figuring out I am not opening a can of food for you. You are also on new diets and you better be happy I am still free feeding you. I could measure your food out like Coopers. Trying to trip me up on the stairs, stealing food off unattended plates, and being a mean little bunch is not going to switch your diet back. 

Dear Dr. Kent Brantly, 
Wow....I knew you were in good hands coming back for treatment and YOU WALKED OUT OF THE HOSPITAL YESTERDAY! Amazing. I don't care what anyone says...Dr's I trust. And they fixed you up....saved your life....and I bet you continue on Gods journey to help more people. I am so happy for you. 

Dear Jackson, 
I am so happy you had a great time at Myrtle Beach. It was so worth taking a friend for you to play with. You both did great. I'm very proud of you. Now...no more pranks or messing with peoples food at school.

Dear Laci, 
I miss you even though we were just together. To me it didn't feel like we got enough time together on vacation. I seriously need to move but one of the many problems with that is if I do move back to Florida it will be on the other side of the state than you! :( Call me. 

Dear James Foley,
I am sorry for what you went through. I truly am. I think your death is a statement death too. I think there will be so many things come from what happened to you. We never know how broad that scope is but I have to believe something good will come from it. I'm not sure why you read their statement on the eve of your death... personally if they were going to do that to me, I would have been screaming I love my family and telling to US to come blow the assholes up. Those would be my words...I promise you that. However, you seemed at peace and I hope we get them because you didn't deserve that. Rest in the peace of God now. 

Dear Shanna, 
Stay on his ass...stay on his ass...stay on his ass...Teenagers think they know it all and most of the time they don't know shit. I am so glad you stood your ground and expect the exact same advice when its Brittany & Jackson.

Dear Body,
I don't know what you had a reaction to last night but my tongue swelling up and stinging freaked me out. It didn't last long but something caused that.. I just wish I knew what. 

Dear Blog/Youtube Friends, 
Thank you guys for always being a place of inspiration. I truly value all the friendships formed through blogging and making videos. Thanks for sticking with us while we navigate through this very complex life. I hope you have a beautiful Friday! 

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August 21, 2014

Through 9/18 (or while supplies last), hurry on over to the St. Ives Facebook page and take the short survey to score a FREE St. Ives Scrub sample ($0.99 value) for the first 20,000! Be sure to click the blue “Register with Facebook” button in order to submit the form. Allow 5-7 weeks for delivery. You’ll also automatically be entered to win one of 100 prize packs containing five full-sized scrubs! I got the grilled aprocoit scrub coming! I got the orginal aprocot scrub. Hurry if yo want this one!

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GiVeAwAy WiNnErS & Kisha Check's In....VIDEO

August 21, 2014

Hello friends! I hope you are having a great evening! I am back with the winners from the Firmoo Glasses Giveaway. I was oh so happy to try out their sunglasses and also share the love with 5 of you guys! Below you will find the winners and also a little Kisha Check's in too. Hope you enjoy! 

Thank you to all who entered...

Stay tuned for more giveaways coming up very soon! 

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Thankful Thursday

August 21, 2014

Good Day Friends! I hope you are getting along well with this beautiful Thursday. I am back with my Thankful Thursday blog post that just helps remind me to not take things for granted and remember what's important...what I am truly thankful for.

We left for vacation a week ago today. Wow.. where does time go? Anyway, we headed to Myrtle Beach where we met up with Laura & Jerred and Laci and Brian. We also had Jackson of course, and one of his little friends. As we walked into our Villa I was a little upset wishing I had picked better. I guess it might have been my ego as much as anything else in that moment. But I just rolled with it. I could see, smell and hear the ocean from our room so no matter what the room looked like, I was ok. I was totally grateful for that alone. I love the ocean. Well, I love the ocean from shore! I will get in a little but its calming and refreshing to me. As the days went on when we were all together, it was such a lovely time. I am grateful for the hard work from Scott that paid for the entire thing. I am thankful that the little kids enjoyed every aspect of it and thought the room was actually awesome. My sister and her boyfriend were also there, enjoying the beach and just down time. There were no fights or arguments... no stress of any kind and time spent with our loved ones. How could I not be grateful for every minute? This was the first trip ever that Scott and I paid for 6 adults and 2 kids. He would have paid for more if I hadn't stopped him! But another thing I am very grateful that for the entire trip we managed to stay within budget. No one complained about that either. It was simply one of the best vacations I have ever had. The only person missing was Brittany Belle and she just started school so I couldn't take her out and I am not sure her dad would have went along with beach instead of school anyway. I am really thankful that my bad negative attitude about this trip before hand didn't ruin my vacation. I was worried about a lot of things before hand yet, half the shit I worried about didn't even happen. It was a great vacation and we all made a ton of great memories. 

I am also extremely thankful for my morning time right now. I use to hate them...and to be honest, I am still not a fan but I am working hard with starting each day with a new better attitude. I always start the morning with reading from my prayer book and prayer anyway but I am now starting to mediate for just a couple of minutes. What that simply means is, sitting there in silence, trying to get centered for the tasks ahead with the new day. I am thankful for how that is making me feel before all the obstacles, appointments, tasks and life starts up again. I feel like I have a little something extra powering me through it now. I just don't know how well this will work on a extremely busy morning when I am already running late....probably when I need it the most. Right now I will just take it one day at a time and be thankful for every second I am blessed with. 

Happy Thursday! 

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August 21, 2014

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Just Thinkin'

August 20, 2014

I just thought I would take a few minutes to sit down and actually write a blog post...not just post a video. :) Hope you enjoy being inside my head for a few minutes! Can you handle it!? 

It's been a long day of computer work and I didn't even get one comment or emailed answered. I could seriously spend a week from 8-8 for a week just doing desk and computer work and still not be caught up. It's insane. I'm not sure it will ever end. 

I think we should blow the shit out of Isis for what they did to James Foley along with all their other acts of terrorism. I also saw a post of them holding a sign up in front of the White House. Did you hear me? They were seriously showing us they are here. Maybe its time to totally close all our borders and start kicking people out. I know it sounds drastic but damn.. do you want them blowing your family up? 

My husband is seriously Mr. Social Coordinator. He's been arranging double dates for us and to be honest, it doesn't sound like a bunch of fun to me going out with people I don't know. But I need to give it a try to make him happy. 

Cooper is starting to feel better. We had him on 2 seizure meds which just kicked his butt and made it hard for him to even raise his head let alone walk up 2 flights of stairs. Tonight we just gave him one pill... so far so good. I am so nervous about him aging. I know he's a dog and I love cats, but he's a part of our family and I am worried about him. We all are. 

My daughter is light years ahead of the boys and she is only one year older. I know I am not suppose to compare them but its hard not to. Brittany and Jackson both are the best parts of me and I am so thankful they picked me to be their parents. But the boys need to catch up! 

Its kinda sad but we are serious tv people around here. We have every movie channel...buy on demand movies all the time....have Netflix and Hulu and we use redbox from time to time. We have got to get it under control a little better. Everyone likes something different. I like on demand. Scott likes Hulu and Jackson adores netflix. We are seriously a divided family. 

The Kabbalah Center is sending me a new package with more red string along with a few other items.  God knows I need it and maybe it only has power because I believe it does. Idk...I do plan on doing a video about it and will talk more about it in the near future but I truly feels like it helps in every aspect of my life. Thank you Kabbalah Center! 

Michael Brown's death has been all over the news. I am so tired of our kids dying. No weapons and six shots. Are you kidding me? I say lock his ass up and throw away the key. The key words are Not Armed. Its total bullshit. I don't care if he stole a million dollars...a non armed child citizen should not be shot in the streets of America by a cop. Its ridiculous. 

One of my friends sons wanted to blow out of going to college. She was super upset. What do you do when your teenager wants to take a year or two off? You threaten the shit out of them and that's exactly what she did. He has to enroll tomorrow or move out in 2 weeks. I have a feeling he will stay in college than leave moms house. Sometimes you have to take a stand. 

The new excitement of the new school year has wore off and we are only in day 3. Jackson is already tired of homework and tired of being there. Its going to be him next refusing college and guess what!? I will put his ass out too! :) I hope he has a great year regardless if he likes being there or not. 

I seriously need to go to the grocery store. I have put it off since coming home on vacation and just been trying to use up what we have around here instead of going. The boys hate it and I probably should go tomorrow. They think its abuse to not have all their favorite snacks! We'll see if I make it. 

I really wish my husband wasn't a Republican. Do you know that I registered him as a Independent last year? We could make such a difference if we were on the same side. I am not bipartisan and I am very political. It runs in my blood and I just wish I could get him to just come over to the other side. I will  never give up trying. Never. 

I miss The View. I normally eat breakfast watching while working on the computer. But its off till Sept 15. The new co hosts should be interesting. I personally would love to see CNN's Anchor Don Lemon would join up! I love watching him....maybe he guest co hosts sometime. See here I am making plans for The View like I am somebody! Ha! 

The cats are on a new diet and they hate it. I mean hate it. I like a little hungry cat gang running around the house and they are mean as hell. Walk away from a plate of food and they pounce on it like they are in the wild. The females are the worst. 

My phone has been acting kinda crazy since I dropped it on vacation. You have about a 50% chance of getting through right now so you might want to just email instead! I am hoping it will eventually dry out on its own. Its also cracked. Time to upgrade. 

My purse probably has a pound of sand in it from vacation....probably some shells too. Gotta get that mess cleaned up very soon. I hate it because I can't find anything yet I haven't cleaned it out. It needs to happen soon. 

My husband is upstairs beating on a tv right now. That's not a good sign. 

I ordered something off etsy and it hasn't arrived and its been weeks. I contacted the seller and she said wait a couple of days and if it doesn't come in, she will send another. Its the first time anything like this has happened from that site. I just hope she is telling me the truth and sent it. 

It feels like summer is over. It rained a lot today and felt like fall. School is back in session and the weather is changing. I kinda new inside that we would have a short summer and loner winter. I just knew it. I love fall though so I am just going to try to be positive about it!

I can't believe Jackson talked Scott into taking him to school everyday. It's almost 20 minutes one way. Yea.. I was just not happy about it and was going to put his butt on the bus. However, he managed to talk Scott into it! I still have to help on Wednesdays but I know Jackson is grateful he doesn't have to be up at 5:30 for a 6:15 bus. 

Guess what I found out today. Another set of Russians moved into the neighborhood. Young family...probably spies. No joke. I swear the Russians next door to me are spies. And you know they have a lot of women and just one man over there. What's up with that? Guess he's a happy man. 

I went to my nail salon on Monday when they were suppose to be open and they were closed. Sorry about their luck but I found another place where a very nice woman hooked me up....and its closer to the house. I have moved nail salons! 

Tomorrow I need to try to do more computer and desk work done. I also hope to get in a trip to the grocery store and record a haul. Plus I have a few loads of laundry that I got to get done. I hope you had a wonderful Wednesday. I will be back around tomorrow with another travel vlog and my Thankful Thursday Post! Stay tuned. 

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