Sunday, December 3, 2017

December Daily 2017 ~ Day 2

Brian shot a buck today! I am so proud of him. He was actually debating on going hunting or not because we had a lot to get done. We walked outside and this guy and a doe were a few hundred yards behind the house. He decided very quickly to go He grabbed his muzzle loader and orange and was gone. He shot him about 120 yards away and it was a perfect shot.

I love me some venison steak, roast and stew! We are letting it sit on ice until Monday and then we will package him up and fill my freezer! This will definitely help me lower my food budget for awhile!

December Daily 2017 ~ Day 1

It's been 9 months since I have blogged. 9 months where all my thoughts have kind of swirled in my head but were never actually written down. 9 months of silence. I actually feel that way. Like I have just held life in but at the same time I was kind of savoring the moments. It has not been an easy 9 months. In all honestly, I have changed a lot in that time. Life has changed a lot. I won't get it to that now. I remind  myself how important blogging is but life is so stinking busy! It helps me get things off my chest. It helps me remember moments that I don't want to forget. I'd love to say "I am back." I have actually done that quite a few times in the past but I'm not sure how long I'll be back. promises. I am however committed to doing December Daily this year. So for a least a month, I'll be here! ;) I love December Daily. I love looking back at such a busy but wonderful time of our year.

December Daily - Day 1

Our weather is weird right now. It is bitter cold at night but warm during the day. Pretty crazy for December 1st. I love the mornings. The fog on the hillside behind the house. The frost on the grass and everything in sight. 


Money. I wonder why it makes people feel so funny when you talk about it. It doesn't really bother me. Well...that was until I started typing this out and I realized I do feel kind of funny talking about it. Hmmm...I'll need to figure that out. Or maybe it doesn't even really matter.

So, have debt. Not a lot or maybe it is. Depends on who you ask! We don't own a house. Which makes me sad. We have been so close to buying and then something happens to set us back. I always wanted to have a house that my kids grew up in. Now half of my kids are adults. Life doesn't always go how we planned though, does it? We owe way more on a van than we should. Not even close to what it is worth. We kick ourselves in the butt for that one! We have a student loan, a credit card, medical bills and some other odds and ends. Debt.

For years we have kind of..sorta...not really followed Dave Ramsey's plan to get out of debt. We wanted to be all in but life happens and we found ourselves right back where we started...or worse. Well beginning today we are back at it. For real this time. Which is why I am typing it out! More accountability, right?

We have charts hanging on our refrigerator, apps downloaded on our phones and have even named our adventure...OBaR...or Operation Beans and Rice. Yep...we are that serious.

I am telling you all of that because...that is why I am making pizza for lunch today. I have not made it to the grocery store and we literally have no food. The dog ate 2 loaves of bread. All leftovers are gone. I was so tempted to order pizza. have no idea. But that would be silly since today is DAY 1! So I made pizza instead because we always have all the ingredients of pizza! :)

 And it was delicious and way better than bought pizza. So it was a win all the way around!

In other news, these two look like twins today! Sometimes I forget they are because the look nothing a like. They turned 15 over the summer. My babies are 15. I need babies but first get out of debt!

I love Christmas and I am excited for this coming year. I can just feel that its going to be good! If you want to follow our journey, stay awhile. Happy December!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Easy Homemade Granola Bars

4 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1 cup Flour
1 ts. Baking Soda
1 ts. Vanilla
3/4 cup Butter (softened)
1/2 cup Honey
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
3/4 cup Chocolate Chips (or Peanut Butter Chips, Raisins, Nuts, etc.)

~ Preheat over to 325 degrees. Lightly grease 8"x11" pan.
~ In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Let the kids use their hands to mix it all up real well. :)
~ Lightly press mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cool.

* I cut this into bars and wrap with plastic wrap. Quick and easy snack.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Random 5 on Friday ~ March 10th

The Pebble Pond

1. I am doing a 12 week workout challenge. It started almost 3 weeks ago. Guess how well I am doing? Ugh.....Sometimes I start working out and I become addicted. Making the family eat salads, smoothies and vegetables they have never heard of. Sometimes I would rather eat ho ho's and not talk about it. Well let's talk about it if I can complain that my jeans don't fit. Ha!

 2. I bought my seeds today!!! So excited to get my garden started!

3. At this moment, you can not sit on my couch or love seat. Wanna know why? It is covered in clean clothes that need to be put away.

4. Tried my hand at homemade bread this week. It actually turned out really good! My plan is to start making all our bread. We go through A LOT of bread though. Crossing my fingers that I can keep up.

5. Woke up to this today. So beautiful.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Random 5 on Friday ~ February 24th

The Pebble Pond
1. It is 6pm on February 24th in OHIO and it is 75 degrees! We took the day to get some things done and play outside. I would love for this weather be here for good. I was itching to start seeds but that would be silly since it is still February! So instead, I am just enjoying the warmth on my skin.

2.  We are thinking about investing in bees and I am seriously pumped about that! The homestead has been looking pretty non homesteadish lately and I don't like that. Bees will definitely get me over that quick!

3. My oldest daughter turns 19 in less than a month. 19! Is that possible? That would make me older than I care to admit. You know whats crazy? I still feel 21. Ha!

4. I just looked at my "about me" section and I think it needs an update. It is like 5 years old. I'll add that to my to-do list. I really want to get this blog up to date and looking good!

5. Carter has been very busy with some fun projects. I am hoping to blog about them soon! It involves things exploding which definitely makes my Momma heart a big nervous.  I try to let him experiment and we watch a lot of You Tube videos together and with his Dad. Sometimes I watch and sometimes I don't but I always listen when he talks to me about his ideas.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

No Fish but the Fam is a Catch

Sunday was warm and sunny. I think the temps got up to 60. In Ohio. In February. And I am not complaining. The last month has been gray skies every single day.

Alyssa told me about the weather and basically planned our first fishing trip of the year. I don't think she was going to take no for an answer. Which to be honest...I was NOT going to do anyway.

We packed the van with a weeks worth of stuff for our day trip and then we were off! Does that ever change? I mean, come on. I have 4 teenagers. I thought that that kind of packing only happened when kids were little. Cooler with food and drinks, cooler for fish (that we never seem to, chairs, fishing poles, tackle boxes, camera bag, get the picture.We did have our little monster too. So lets not forget extra clothes, diapers, sippy cup.

If you can imagine us all walking to our fishing spot you would laugh. For some reason it  never ends up being a spot right off the road. We walked down a hill, through a field and then across a muddy mess. Brian pushing Taylor, Hunter on Alyssa's shoulders and the rest of us carrying a weeks worth of stuff. It is a site but I wouldn't have it any other way. These are the days I look forward to. These are the memories I love making. These are the days I will miss someday. But not right now. Right now, I will enjoy every chaotic, beautiful second.

The day was perfect. Other than not a single bite. We talked. We laughed. We chased our monster. Played in the creek. Soaked up the sun.

Carters brought along some homemade lures.

Hunter thought the minnows were the neatest thing ever.

I think this weather is supposed to stay around for a few days. I am going to enjoy it. I'm not sure I am going to be ok with going back to cold and gray. How is the weather in your neck of the woods?

Saturday, February 4, 2017

January ~ Here and Gone

Can you believe it is February already? I read a meme the other day that said January was just a trial month for 2017. I have to agree! We were sick most of the month. By the time we all got healthy and back into routine, we were barely getting school done by the end of the day. I am hoping for a much better February.

We have managed to fit in hunting as much as we could. I went out early in the year and Brian and the kids have gone out a lot lately. Unfortunately, we haven't been all that successful. Brian got a buck, Carter got a doe and Morgan shot a rabbit. Brian and Carter are out tonight. Tomorrow is the end of the season. I am crossing my fingers. I was counting on at least 100lbs of deer for my freezer!

Don't they all just look darling in their hunting clothes?

I have quite a few goals this year. Some years I make goals and some years I don't. I feel like I am kind of in a rut and there are some things that I need to change asap and some I just want to change gradually in the next year. So goals are a must. I need to see them. Read them. Often!

Since I need A LOT of accountability I am going to blog about my goals. Why? Because that is what bloggers do! ;)

Personal ~ 
 * Read my Bible daily
 * Make a list of family read alouds and read them! At least 5 nights after dinner.
 * Pray with Brian before bed
 * Bullet journal daily
 * Lose 30 lbs. Yes, 30lbs.
 * Exercise 3xs a week
 * Blog weekly at least
 * Date night once a week with my love
 * Date night with one child, once a week

Financial ~ 
 * Make a budget
 * Give every dollar a name (Dave Ramsey would be proud!)
 * Drastically cut down on eating out
 * Save, save and save some more (We have some expenses coming up plus enough for an emergency fund.)

 Well there it is. I am hoping to stay accountable and post monthly updates. I already mentioned that January was a trial month so....we won't talk about that.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

New Years 2016

Well here we are, almost a month in to the year, and I am just now getting around to posting our New Years Eve pictures. It was an eventful weekend. We made homemade pizza, played games and had 3 extra kids. My husband is such a good sport. He never complains. No matter how many nieces and nephews are here.

The little kids all feel asleep by 11 and Brian and I rang in the new year playing cards with our crew. It was a good night.

After a fun start to our new year, the whole house got sick. Everyone except Taylor. The whole month of January feels like a blur. I didn't get it to bad but I have been feeling pretty lazy, sleepy, blah. The gray, cold skies are getting to me. I actually bought myself a sun lamp yesterday. I read about the benefits online and I am willing to give it a try. We shall see.

I am really hoping to post more often. The whole point of my blog was to document our life. Not to get readers. Not to have a blog with tons of followers but to record the memories that we are diligently making.


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