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Bring on 2016!!!

This past year has been such a great year!  I am so thankful for my sweet husband, my beautiful kids, and the great friends and family that directly create this little piece of the world we live in.

In looking back I have seen victory and I’ve seen failing…but in those failings, I have found victory in the decision to become better.  Perfection is the goal, but it’s true perfection that I see in my Lord Jesus that I really strive for.  One day I pray that my kids look back and see not my failings, but my winnings and maybe it will be a stepping stone, for them, to reach greater things.

Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NLT)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”

This coming year I am believing for bigger and better!  I am believing that this year is the year of Debt Freedom and even Greater Blessings for my family and those who are around us.  I am praying this in Jesus name!!! Amen!!  Every bit of our blessings come directly through His hands.

Sure, I don’t know what this year is going to bring; but I sure can Hope in that God really does have great things.  And Hope Doesn’t Disappoint…cause it’s God who pours his love into our hearts.  Romans 5:5.

And with that….I am believing that Deuteronomy 28:3-6 is totally our anthem!!!

Deuteronomy 28:3-6 (NLT)

Your towns and your fields
    will be blessed.
Your children and your crops
    will be blessed.
The offspring of your herds and flocks
    will be blessed.
Your fruit baskets and breadboards
    will be blessed.
Wherever you go and whatever you do,
    you will be blessed.





A Big 6 year old boy!



Happy Birthday to my sweet, (still my baby boy), huggable, loving, kind, gentle, funny, Gavin.  He was born 12/07/09 in a snow storm that happened yesterday.  Ha!

Gavin 1 month old

Gavin at 1 month

Yes I am late.  But Christmas is So So Busy!  I LOVE Christmas!  I mean I seriously LOVE this time of year.  The lights, the baking, the magic, the movies, the thrill, the birth of my savior.  It’s all so amazing.  There seems to be something to do most everyday.  Family, friends, family…fun…shopping…movies…baking…church.  All which comes together to make such a beautiful season.

Front yard tree lights...so beautiful!

Front yard tree lights…so beautiful!

Ok, enough about the crazy fun…my sweet baby boy turned 6!  That doesn’t seem like it could be.  How quickly life goes by.  How quickly my baby boy is growing.  In thinking of how quickly the 6 years has gone…and I then realize that another 6 can be just as quick.  No!! I just blinked!  And now he’s 6.  I don’t want to blink again. Time, go slower.  My heart can’t take it.

Just in this writing, I have come to realize that I truly believe I made the right decision in myself to homeschool.

Gavin is kind, loving, thoughtful, hilarious, gentle, and loves the Lord.  I absolutely know that God has blessed me and I wish to never take him for granted and wish to help him grow up to be who he was meant to be.  I am praying for his future and his future wife along the way as well.  This life is amazing!

James 1:17

 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

3 John 1:2

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”


In-N-Out Burger Dream Job

We were invited to tour our local In-N-Out Burger in Sparks, Nv with a homeschool group.  We needed to be there at 8:55am, waiver in hand.  The manager met us with a warm welcome as he ushered us in.   He waited for any late comers while they passed out name tags and hats for the kids.

Gavin with his hat and name tag

Gavin with his hat and name tag

We were split into two groups where Gavin and I jumped into the first group to begin our tour.

I was amazed at how clean their facility was.   I will definitely continue to eat at this In-N-Out.  I’ve worked for fast food places as a teen…and this was so Nice!

The manager gave us the tour along with his assistant and he made mention that he, the manager, had worked for In-N-Out for 28 years where his assistant had worked there for 11 years.  What a testament to how great this company is!

We were shown their fridge where they stored their fresh patties that they were going to use in a day and a half.   Then their potato stack of approximately 45 bags of 50lb sacks which they will go through that day.   He said that in the weekend they go through a bunch more.  We came on a weekday,  Tuesday.

The potatoes are peeled then hand scraped for imperfections.  Each potato was checked!  What detail!

The tomatoes, lettuce, and buns are fresh too…whereas they receive enough of a shipment for about a day and a half.   Or every other day they receive a new shipment of foods they need.   Buns, potatoes,  patties, tomatoes, lettuce, and ice cream.  All things fresh.  I’m drooling here as I type.

They had set aside potatoes that were peeled and allowed each kid to cut up fries.  It was so fun for Gavin that he got in line two times.  These potatoes were the ones that were going to be served to us.  And yes, all hands were washed.  

The potato cutter was the only thing Gavin spoke to his dad about.   Ha!   He said that’s where he will be working.   Haha!

After the tour they fed us a complete meal which included the burger, fries, drink, and shake for the kids.   The adults were even fed.

I can’t say enough about how amazing this place was and it stemmed from how amazing the management was.

I don’t mind the long lines or the long drive thru wait.  The meal is so delicious and fresh that it’s worth it.


Painting Therapy for Mom’s Night.

Some time ago I got a hold of a discount code for a paint night, at a local painting shop.  Pinot’s Pallette.  This particular place held classes that were more of a hanging spot than a “learning” class.  I wasn’t sure if I could make it so I extended the code to a few friends, in case they had an opening in their schedules and they might be able to invite their own friend to go with.  As for me, I couldn’t convince my husband to come along and have a great night hanging and painting our masterpieces. Ha!

One of my friends, Kim, that I had extended the offer to, asked if we could go together and I ABSOLUTELY Accepted.  So right away we chose the painting we liked best and paid that night.  Our sweet husbands watched the kiddos which made the night a great friends night/mom’s night out.  Yay!!!!

Seriously this girl, kim, is beautifully talented.   In voice too...just saying

Seriously this girl, kim, is beautifully talented. In voice too…just saying

I have never personally been to anything like this so I had NO idea what to expect.  Step by step, the teaching artist for this particular painting showed us how to make each of our “masterpieces.”  There were folks that clearly had done this before and really just did their own things…I however, chose to try to do the steps given to us.  Ok, so I failed to listen to everything…like when she said to stop painting the background because it needed to be more dry before we began the next step.  Or when we were painting on the branches.  Ha!  Ok, I am ADD I get a little side tracked.

Here is the Finished Result!!!  I think We did Amazing!!!!  But for those scared to do this….DO IT!!!  You can do this too!!!

I really did love that our friends complimented our artistry.  Hehe

I really did love that our friends complimented our artistry. Hehe



Thanksgiving BOGO 2015 Doterra essential oils!!!

Thanksgiving-BOGO 2015

If you LOVE Essential oils and want GREAT Deals along with some “Almost Christmas” fun…then you will want to be a part of this.  Each day on the dates between November 16th to November 20th, DoTerra will be offering BOGO deals on the essential oil or oils of the day!  So if you have friends and they LOVE essential oils too and love the deal of the day then let them in on this.  What a Great way to spread Essential oil joy!  Ha!

Last year I participated in the deals for Digestzen, Deep Blue, On Guard, and Goodness….i can’t even remember. lol.  If I remember right, I participated in almost everyday.  Ha!  Watching their facebook page everyday during the BOGO was so fun.  As you can tell.  I am obsessed!

Here is the link to the Doterra blog that I got the information from:

DoTerra Blog

Enjoy!  I sure will be waiting in anticipation of the BOGO sale along with you.

Picture time!

Picture time!

During the Nevada Day Celebration the Train Museum was offering FREE Admission.  And I LOVE Free!

Beautiful door inside of the Railroad Museum

Beautiful door inside of the Railroad Museum

We walked in and were welcomed and told a little about the exhibits we would see.  The only thing that Gavin saw was the train table with Thomas the Train pieces.  This particular museum just received a new train that was re-finished…and it was really pretty.  Did Gavin care to pay attention to the amazing detail put into it?  No.  hehe.  He and his sister Arielle had better fun playing on the train table set aside for kids.  One specifically set right next to a bench for very tired adults to just set and watch their kids play trains while at the Train Museum.  Boy, was I glad this was free!

Train table where we spent a lot of time.  Ha!

Train table where we spent a lot of time. Ha!

I realized quickly why the train table was such a good idea…and it wasn’t really because it’s a “Train table” either.  The trains on exhibit all had signs to NOT climb on the trains.  Sad face.  I mean really,  To see something this big for a kid and to not be able to climb on it…that’s hard work!  Ha!

I somehow was able to pry the toy trains from both kids and we walked together through the museum.  There are such Beautiful trains inside and it’s worth a visit.  Was it interesting to a 5 year old.  A bit, sure.  He loved the initial look of the trains and how BIG they are.  Along with the 3D glasses that made the pictures “stick out” on the wall.   But for the most part…we spent a good majority of our time at the kids train table and I didn’t mind because of the nice bench seat that set close by.



Carson City Historic walking tour bust. Ha!

On Friday the 30th Nevada decided to observe Nevada day.   The real Nevada day is Oct 31st.  Nevada became a State in 1864.  In Carson City Halloween candy is passed out Friday the 30th and then the next morning, the 31st, the Nevada State Parade is taking place starting at 10am.

Gavin holding the booklet of the tour.

Gavin holding the booklet of the tour.

We participated in the free historic walking tour which took place at 10am starting on the capital steps.   We got there as they were heading out.   Ha!   There was quite a crowd of mostly golden age folks and homeschool families that we’ve previously met elsewhere.  Yay friends!  The woman leading the tour needed a megaphone but it seemed to be ok because we were given great booklets that stayed in the order of what she was talking about.

Sweet quiet woman leading the tour.

Sweet quiet woman leading the tour.

Sweet Arielle was towed in our handy dandy stroller along with big brother Gavin.   Even so, Arielle gave out quite a few Haunted Mansion screams, but being that it was Halloween time we felt it appropriate.  Hehe.

Tour ready. ..just waiting for folks to catch up.

Tour ready. ..just waiting for folks to catch up.

But really, she was over the walking and waiting and more walking waiting part.

We left the tour a bit early to get a bite to eat.

Mixing little ones, a tour guide that we couldn’t hear and a lot of walking and stopping doesn’t add up to fun for neither the kids nor parents.   Well,  hopefully next year!



Happy Halloween from Carson City!

Carson city night!

Carson city night!

Nevada Day is a big deal in our state.   This Battle Born state originated on 1864.  It’s so big that it’s celebrated both Friday and Saturday and where Halloween is pushed onto the 30th in Carson City.  So for us Reno/sparks and surrounding area folks you have Halloween twice.

The Governors Mansion held its own style of Halloween.  Governor Sandoval passed out candy outside starting at 5pm until 8pm.

Line to get candy from the Governor.   Sounded fun before we got here.   Eeek.

Line to get candy from the Governor. Sounded fun before we got here. Eeek.

The streets around were blocked off and On his lawn there was a band,  fire flame throwers,  creepy decor, candy, and LOTS of people!  With our Littles we decided not to get into the 2 block long line and trick or treat around the  governor’s historic neighborhood.

This is as close as we got to the Governor of Nevada.   And no we didn't wait in line.   Our kids would have died...well we would have.

This is as close as we got to the Governor of Nevada. And no we didn’t wait in line. Our kids would have died…well we would have.

We had so much fun.   The neighborhood was both beautiful and the people who lived there were kind.

Now to try to get these hyper kids to bed so we can get up early for the Nevada Day parade.

Gavin choosing all his candy.   Umm...all that chocolate is mommas!

Gavin choosing all his candy. Umm…all that chocolate is mommas!


The Reno Lantern Fest 2015 was Amazing! We will do that again!

Some time ago I got word through Facebook that a Lantern Festival would be coming to town and that I can sign up for their email list to see when tickets would be sold and where the venue would be.   Being a Disney lover, I instantly thought of the movie Tangled and said oh heck yes sign me up to be among the first to get ticket information.

Once I got the email that tickets would be sold on a particular day I found out the details and saw that it was a possibility and bought the tickets for Myself,  Jay, and Gavin.  Arielle was free Yay!

The Reno Lantern Fest 2015 was held for two nights at the Fernley speedway racetrack.   At first they only had tickets for Saturday which we bought and then they opened up another night which was Friday.

When the day came it rained all morning, eeek! They kept us registered folks updated via email and said that it was still on.  Yay!  I spoke to the ticket booth attendee and he said that the night before (Friday) was the mild night with only 1000 plus folks whereas tonight there are over 4000 paid registrants.  Wow!

Even with the crowds of folks it was so peaceful.   Around the speedway venue there was sporadically placed galvanized tubs for wood fires.  And then tiki torches nearby each tub.  The fire pit tubs and tiki torches were communal and basically were first one first serve but so many folks were so kind to share with those around them.

They handed us each a box with smores supplies, a marker for the lantern,  and a lighter for the lantern as well.  Oh and giant sticks for our smores too.  Loved that!

Smores kit box

Smores kit box

We brought sweaters,  blankets, chairs, and food because eating at the food trucks would just get expensive.   It really was so perfect and fun.   As we waited, we colored our lanterns with the markers that came in our boxes.

Arielle and Gavin working together to make our lanterns pretty.

Arielle and Gavin working together to make our lanterns pretty.

We got to meet some amazing folks and shared basically a camp fire which makes you just open up anyhow ha! (What is it about a campfire that makes you want to share things? Lol).

My sweet Family!

My sweet Family!

We listened to music and watched our new friends win a contest too.  Then after the sun went down and the winds died down it was time to light our lanterns and send them off!

Gavin sending off a Lantern with the help of our new friends.

Gavin sending off a Lantern with the help of our new friends.

It was so beautiful…and at times scary.  Ha!   We had to be sure to watch out for flyaway lanterns that went horizontal and not vertical.  Those were scary because they might light someone’s things on fire.

Here is a glimpse of the fun that Jay made video of while we were there!

Thankfully nothing caught on fire and we got a most spectacular view while they played, yes, the song from Tangled that is so perfect for this event.   Hehe.   It was so fun!  We will be back again next year!



I have been using the library for great sources of books and even movies.  The free part isn’t even the best part….it’s that I can look for items online and reserve them for the drive-through for pick up.  With errands and kids that need naps, the drive-through is a Godsend.  But a recent trip and my ignorance cost me the price of a book that I checked out.

So here is how it went….I checked out a lot of books and within the many books I reached for a certain book (Mom Blogging for dummies) Ha!) that looked bent up and ugly.  I showed it to my husband, that happened to be with me, and made mention of how awful it looked but we still drove off and took it home.  First mistake!!!  You see, once it was due, I returned it among other books I checked out and dropped it off with the attendant at the window.  A few hours later I checked my voicemail which said that I had damaged this particular book and I NEEDED TO PAY FOR IT!  To me that was FIGHTING WORDS!  I mean, Come on!  If I had really done something to someone else’s things I would have bought a new one to replace it on my own.

I called the library back and got put on hold to speak with the librarian that left me the message.  Well she came back on and let me know that the book that was in my care sustained significant water damage and it was so significant that it couldn’t be placed back onto the shelves for re-circulation.  I right away said that the very way that the book came through the window is the way I brought it back to them.

Whereas she said that “This Library facility would never check out a book in that condition, and you can come in and see the many books in this library, and I could leave the book you brought back and put it aside for you to look at to compare.”  Oh and that I can come and look at the damage done to the book.  (umm…I did look at it remember…I checked it out like that).  She continued to tell me about the damage that “I did.”  Which just got me HOT STEAMING MAD!!!!  Friends, I don’t get this mad….  My husband had just got home and had a shocked look on his face.  He had no idea I was being blamed for something I didn’t do.  And as he and I found out…I do not do well with that.  I totally turned into the HULK and got to the point where I just kept yelling.

I did end up calling back to a hostile librarian and apologizing for acting so awful.  I tried to explain that my husband and  I saw the book right away as it came out of the window and even made mention of it’s condition and that, had I known, I would have given it right back while I was there at the library checking out my books.

It wasn’t ever about the money….to me it was about being blamed for something that I was powerless to prove otherwise.  It was SO MESSED UP!  Oh and had I heard something like “I am so sorry but it seems that a book that was lent out to you came back damaged…can you tell me about this said book?” (then i say what happened)   “ok, so I apologize for giving this book to you like this, but this book in it’s current condition isn’t up to our standard and we will not be able to re-circulate it….would you be willing to donate a replacement?”

I would have said sure!  No question.

The librarian chose to take the fee off of my account after I apologized and I decided to find the book and replace it.

So what did I learn?






Looking back at all the books I have checked out and movies…that could really add up if I had to pay for all of those.  

So I am still thankful for the library…Yes.  It really had saved me money…

But That whole scenario completely sucked!  I hope I saved you from this sort of thing happening to you.

SO, if you are behind me at the drive up window, I am so sorry.  I will be there a while.  I do not want to have that happen again.  It really was too awful!