Sunday, May 7, 2017

Catching Up!

Hello friends! 
Welcome back...I'm glad you stopped by. I've been super busy lately and have not had the time to post. I'm catching up by sharing some happenings from my iPhone photo roll. 
Nothing too exciting happening around here. I am happy to report that I am feeling so much better. I was sick for over a month, even after taking an antibiotic. I still have a cough attack occasionally but for the most part, it is gone.

These photos are from the past couple weeks. The hubby and I decided to go for a 4-wheeler ride several days ago. It was fun...I hardly ever do anything like that.

I went with my sister to see her middle son and his date all dressed up for prom. Aren't they a sweet couple?

I've been enjoying the wildflowers growing alongside many of our highways. The phlox and Black-eyed Susan's are so pretty....such happy colors!

I made a new recipe one night...skinny burrito bowls. So yummy!

This past week was Teacher Appreciation week and I was gifted some sweet gifts. These are the only ones I photographed though. My principal also let us leave for lunch out one day and she paid for it. She does this every year for the entire faculty and staff. She also provided lunch at school on Friday...tacos to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

The hubby and I saw a beautiful double rainbow after we went out to supper Friday evening.

I'verecedntly  become an iced-coffee fan and am loving the caramel iced coffee from McDonald's. So yummy! The hubby and I sold our Volkswagen rail buggy yesterday and we both got an iced coffee to enjoy on our drive to meet the guy who bought it.

I went by the consignment shop where I sell some of the things I get rid of. I only picked up one thing while I was there. I love this beautiful wreath and it was just $3!

I hung it over the TV in the living room. I am pretty happy with this entire wall now. Sadie says she approves too. :)

I've of course done a little shopping...I found this adorable Creamery piece at Wal Mart of all places. It was super cheap...just under $5. It is perfect in my kitchen. I haven't hung it yet...still trying to decide exactly where I want it.

And speaking of Cream...I tried a new flavor of Halo Top and it is amazing! I love this stuff!

I also found this adorable little cow card holder at the Dollar General for just $1. It is too cute!

I baked a pineapple upside down cake for work lunch tomorrow. My kindergarten team and I along with several of the pre-k teachers take turns pairing up and cooking lunch on Mondays. Tomorrow is my day and this is the dessert I decided on. 

Rooster thinks if he sits pretty he will get a!

Over the past couple weeks, I have also been shopping with my sister for baby shower items for a shower I am helping her host next weekend. I scrapbooked all of my April photos from the Collect app on my phone. I've been cleaning and organizing at home and school. I was off this past Monday for my dad's surgery. He had another back surgery but is home now and doing well. I saw him yesterday for his birthday. Mama cooked a delicious lunch and we had a nice visit. I also started going back to my workouts last week after missing a month due to being sick. I have been so sore! I've been slowly starting to wrap things up at school. I can hardly believe this year is seems like it just began! It's always a bittersweet feeling. This week promises to be another busy one, but I'm ready for it. I hope you are ready to tackle a new week as well. As always, thank you so much for visiting. I hope you have a wonderful week.

Until next time.....


Monday, April 24, 2017

Weekend Recap and a Winner!

Hello friends and happy Monday to you!
I was hoping to get a chance to blog over the weekend but it just didn't happen. As most of you know, I have been battling sickness for nearly a month...Wednesday will make 4 weeks. I went to the doctor last week and was prescribed three different medications that seem to have helped somewhat but unfortunately have not totally taken care of things. This cough is stubborn! Anywho, when I went to pick up my scripts, I couldn't help but check out the beautiful flowers they had for sale. I wanted one of everything, but that didn't happen. 

Aren't the hanging baskets gorgeous?

That's what I chose...a double impatien.

It's so pretty and I love the color.

Friday evening, the hubby and I went to Lake City to buy groceries. We had supper at Panda Express, then ran to the mall so I could pick up some Bath & Body Works candles. They are my favorite! I had to go through TJ Maxx to go in the mall and of course I had to look around. I was checking out the home decor aisles when I rounded the corner and I spotted the sweetest cow print! I think I squealed because the hubby was wondering what was wrong with! My heart skipped a beat and I immediately ran over, grabbed it and put it in my cart. 

Isn't she the sweetest? I named her Blossom. My grandparents had a cow named Blossom when I was younger. She lived to be very old...I think she was around 20 or more when she died. She was not this color but considering this cow is surrounded by blooms, I thought Blossom was the perfect name for her.

I had been wanting to replace the floral print I had on this wall for a while and I had also been wanting the perfect cow picture for a while as well so I didn't even have to justify my purchase. I absolutely love how it looks on the dark wood walls. It is perfection in my eyes and I smile every time I look at it.

I took down all the Easter decor over the weekend which meant I needed to give the buffet a new look. This is what I came up with. The hubby was a sweetie and repainted my lamps for me with my white milk glass paint. They are so pretty!

I shopped the house to put together a look that I love. 

I am really loving my galvanized perpetual calendar I picked up at Dollar General for $5. 

Look at that sweet face...:)

And speaking of sweet faces...

Rooster & Sadie modeled their party hats my niece Taylor made for them. She had a Gotcha Day party to celebrate her dog June's adoption day. My dogs did not go to the party because they don't do well with a crowd of dogs but she sent them hats and treats. They loved the treats...the hats...not so much. This was as good as it was going to get. LOL!

Here's a funny picture from the party I got off Miranda's blog...My Restless Soul. From left to right....Taylor & June, Miranda & Bell, and Shelby & Violet. All the dogs are adopted rescue dogs. Taylor & Shelby are my nieces. You probably remember me sharing their weddings. Taylor got married in January and Shelby got married last year in March, I love this picture!

Here's one before they got too rowdy. Aren't they cute in their hats?

I had a wonderful weekend overall. I worked in my classroom for a few hours Saturday and managed to get caught up on lots of things I had gotten behind on during the last month while I've been sick. Saturday evening was pretty lazy...just piddling around for a bit. Sunday I worked on some projects for school which I will share soon and then went to the Gotcha party for a bit at my sister's house. I love a weekend spent mostly at home. 

I want to thank each of you who participated in the jellybean estimation fun. It was fun for me each time I read a comment and saw your guess. When Linda commented first and guessed 266, I was pretty sure she was going to be the winner. She was after all only 7 numbers off! But then, Carol guessed 278, which was one number less than my estimate when I played and won. The actual number was 273,  so that put Carol two numbers closer than Linda and made her the winner. Had she guessed 279 which was my estimate, both she and Linda wound have won. It was super fun and I hope you all enjoyed playing along! I will be contacting you soon Carol. Congratulations!

Thank you all for visiting today! I hope you have a wonderful week!

Until next time.....

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Rambling Recap and a Surprise!

I hope this finds you doing well. Did you have a nice Easter? I thoroughly enjoyed Easter...well, the whole weekend actually. It sure went by quickly though!
I had a 3-day weekend which was wonderful. I kicked off Easter weekend on Thursday by taking these treats to my co-workers. 

The librarian at school (who is a good friend and happens to be my friend Jeana's mom) loves to bake and she brought me a box of cupcakes she made. She made my whole kindergarten team a box full. She's the best!

I don't know where she gets her energy! Aren't these pretty? They ones I ate were delicious! I didn't eat them all mind you! I ate that morning and one the next. The hubby ate the other two. We finished up testing on Thursday and had a really great day. 

That evening I met my friends for dinner to celebrate Jeana's birthday. It was really nice.,,I always enjoy sitting and chatting with my girls! I made each of them an Easter/Spring goodie bag and included one of these pretty stemless wine glasses in them. Here is says believe and has a pair of gold rain boots filled with flowers. Theirs each had a different spring icon and flowers with a different word.  They are so pretty!

Friday, the hubby and I were both off work so we made our way over to Lake City to pick some things up from Lowe's and buy groceries. I also went to the new Five Below and Hobby Lobby stores that just recently opened. I picked up a few things at Five Below for my classroom and here's what I got at Hobby Lobby.

I love this line of products and they were all 50% off that day. I got this pretty box and am using it to house all my bill paying items.

I bought the pretty pencil pouch to keep in my purse or my teacher bag. I haven't decided yet. It was too pretty to pass up and only $3!

I bought a couple sheets of stickers. They were also 50% off. I only allow myself to buy these things if they are on sale. 

I picked up the bee stickers for a baby shower I am helping with in May. I'm going to be a great aunt! We are having a bee themed shower and it's going to BEE adorable! The honeycomb in the background is bulletin board border I found in the teacher section of the Dollar Tree. I thought it might come in handy too. 

I fell in love with this gorgeous washi tape and it too was 50% off! It matches the items above...the box and pencil pouch.

I used some of it in my planner this gorgeous!

Saturday, the hubby whipped out a simple project I requested last week. I wanted a little stand to sit the tv on so it didn't have to sit directly on the Dish Network box. I love how this simple project turned out. It makes such a difference and looks so much nicer. Rooster decided to plop down just as I started to take the picture. He makes me smile! My Sadie hates the camera. 

Now to decide what to sit on either side of it. I'm shopping the house for something. This was a no cost project since we have a multitude of scrap lumber from all our projects and remodeling. I already ahd the paint too. Miranda and Bell came Saturday to spend the weekend with us. I always love having her over. Bell was fascinated with all the new country smells. LOL! Saturday evening we went to dinner and met my sister and nephews and after, they came over to visit. 

Sunday found us preparing food for the Easter celebrations. We always celebrate with the hubby's family at lunch time and then come back home to celebrate with mine. The hubby's uncle lives on the Suwannee River so of course I had to get river pictures. Bell loved the water...she was so funny trying to catch the minnows.

And his aunt grows some beautiful flowers! We had a nice lunch and visited for a bit before we headed home to see my family.

My sister hosted this year and she had games for us to play. Easter trivia was fun and I won the items you see below....a pretty plaid spatula and some cookie stamps which I think I will use for play doh at school.

I also guessed the closest on the jelly bean estimation. I am pretty good at estimating small items since we do this in kindergarten nearly every day. I've decided that I want each of you to guess and whoever is closest will receive a surprise from me. Details will be at the end of the post.

I was so tired Sunday evening...but it was a wonderful weekend.

Monday after work, I decided to straighten up and reorganize my desk in the craft room. Little projects like this always make me happy. They also help me decompress. I have been sick with allergy/sinus issues for nearly 3 weeks and it is about to get me down. I have had such a bad cough and headaches that I haven't been able to go to my workouts. I'm praying it goes completely away soon. I am starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel, so hopefully!

Anywho, here's a couple more pictures of my desk area. 

I picked up this pretty bouquet at Hobby Lobby last Friday too. I used my 40% off coupon on it which made it $6. I love it!

And that my friends is what I have been up to. 

Be sure to leave your guess for the jellybeans in the comments below. If you are a no reply blogger, you will also need to leave your e-mail. If you are a regular reader and I respond to your comments by e-mail, then you don't need to. I will help you out a bit and tell you it is more than 150 and less than 350. I will also say that if someone happens to guess the same number I guessed, I will send that person a surprise too. You have until midnight Sunday, April 23rd to leave your guess. Be sure to do it because you have a good chance to win since I don't have a lot of readers. I will pick up something fun for the winner this weekend and send it out next week after I announce the winner. As always, thanks for reading, good luck and have a lovely week! 


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