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Saturday, September 23, 2017

It's Finally Fall!

Happy Fall everyone!  I know, Fall started yesterday at 3:02 pm, but I already had a blog up for yesterday and the beginning of Fall fun needed its own day!  It’s time to say good bye to Summer.  It went by super-fast for my family.  It was so jammed packed full of goodness.

My Fall list of things to do isn’t super long.  If I make it too long, there is a chance of not succeeding and I want all the fall lovelies to happen.  Here is my list, in no particular order!

Apple Picking at Cider Hill Orchard.  They have apple donuts, apple cider slushies and kettle korn.  They have a hayride to the orchard!  So, that is a two for one because a Hayride is on my list also!

Corn Maze.   Venturing out to Gary’s Berries for this fun activity!  Gary’s Berries has a ton of other stuff to keep people entertained.  This will be a Friday night excursion because they have fireworks on Fridays!! Their show is awesome too!  There is a hayride here too. 

Pumpkin decorating!

Caramel Apples – I’ve seen some delicious ones at stores already! 

Yard Work!  We have so much of it to do!  I found those pumpkin leaf bags at the store and picked some up the other day.  Might as well decorate as we are working.

Have a mini bonfire after all the yard work is done.

Make a Thankful/Gratitude list for November.

Pumpkin and Apple Recipes!  Being all the basic is the best.

Watch WFTDA champs!  I would actually love to predict all the winners and win some stuff.
The Pumpkin Glow at Powell Gardens – October 21st.  My mother and I are going to take the kidlets on an adventure.

Scarecrow Fest baking contest! 

Turner Days – we have a 1 mile race for Peyton, the parade and Mud Volleyball.

Teachers STEM event at Union Station.

It’s almost fall back time, so check those fire alarms and CO2 detectors. 

Fall/Halloween movie night

Family Chili Contest

Pies, Pies and more Pies!

Start watching Game of Thrones.  I keep hearing that I will like it. 

Volunteer at Harvestors or another food pantry or distribution.

Watch the adorbs Charlie Brown holiday movies.

Bonus:  I would love to go to a football game!

What are your must dos for the Fall Season?!?  Give me your ideas!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Alli's Birthday!

Alli turned 14 last Friday!  She requested pizza and cookie cake.  Parties are easy when they get older.  Buy them pizza, soda and cake and not see them for the rest of the night.  Her friends did sing happy birthday to her, which was adorable.
The brother re-doing some school work. 
The Party!  (You know, like the early 90s band)  Her friends in her new larger room.  Don't worry, the boy left before the sleepover.
Cake distribution. 
Snake finding in the front yard.
Turning the teenage girls basic, one pumpkin spice item at a time.
Volleyball Tournament
I didn't get a lot of pictures, but they placed fourth out of nine.
Family Birthday Dinner
Discussions with the Great Grandpa.
The FAM.
Opening Presents.

I think her Birthday weekend was a success!  She went to the Haunted Houses at World of Fun with her friend. 

Happy Birthday, Mike.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

writer's workshop: bus

“Good luck at your game today!”

“Our bus broke down”


“They sent us a short bus; all the other buses were busy.”

“Have fun when you get there”

“If we ever do”
They made it.  They played.  They won one and they lost one.
They made it back to school on the short bus.

top ten thursday: quotes and memes

Do you want to participate in the Top Ten Thursday?
Head on over here and link up!

Who doesn't love Grumpy Cat!?! 
I have lots of plans.  Dreams are just dreams, plans happen! 
Always try harder! 

Don't be fearful!  Do the things! 
Falling is learning!!
This!  All this!
Challenge: Accepted
Dis me! 
I rather spend my money on adventures and doing things!
A souvenir is fun too!
Everyday!  Someone take me on some! 
This is important!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

writer's workshop: book reviews

This summer, I have come to enjoy books by Mary Kay Andrews.  They are easy reads and always have a happy ending.  Thank goodness.  With so much doom and gloom, it's nice to have a little nice.

The first book I picked up by Mary Kay Andrews was Ladies' Night. 
I randomly found this book at Half-Priced Books.  (That place is awesome, I buy books, I read them and then sell them back)
Ladies' Night is about a lifestyle blogger, a popular lifestyle blogger, that loses that glamorous lifestyle because her husband was screwing her assistant.  Somehow things got flipped, turned upside down, looking like everything was her fault due to the judges dislike of women.
Her liked women to go to a counseling sessions to complete and receive an anger management certificate.  With our blogger, her sessions have four women and one man.  It's unusual for a man to be assigned to this.  The sessions are a little cray and sometimes end early due to the therapist and her own probs.  When they end early, the blogger invites others to her moms dive bar for food and drinks thus creating Ladies' Night.
The blogger learns to create lemonade out of her lemon of a situation and comes out on top.
Of course, there is a little romance and helpfulness of others a long the way.
If you want a quick, cute read pick up this book!

Since I enjoyed that book so much, I found another book of hers.   Summer Rental.

Banker lady loses her job of oh so many years.  That's all she had and did.  Work.  She received a nice compensation plan and already had the summer rental planned and paid for.
She and her two other girlfriends go to the Outer Banks and have a summer full of fun and mystery.
One of them meets a lady at a dinner looking for a room, they had an extra, what a coincidence, and invite her to stay.  This lady is mysterious and suspicious.
Banker lady is particular about her things and how things should be.
Rental house is not up to her expectations and she is constantly bothering the owner via email.
The readers of the book know who the owner is, but she doesn't find out until later in the book.
Anyway, fun, sun, romance and happy ending.

The last one I've read of hers is Itty Bitty Lies

Perfect wife, mother and friends perfect husband left her.
He just upped and disappeared and took all the money.
She's a school teacher, she doesn't make much money.
Perfect husband did dirty things to get a lot of money.
She fakes his death.
It catches up with her.
But don't worry, she ends up on her feet in the end, with lots of money and
man falling for her left and right.
If only, that was the real world.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

IWSG #3 -- September

I use this time to put my goals in place and review my goals from last month.  I feel like September has been going on forever already.  J

Round up of my goals for August!


Goals for August:

  • Finish Chem II -- any tips or tricks or motivation is appreciated.  -- I still can't get the course mentor to approve the final for me.  Bleh.  Weekly meetings still under works.  Cross your fingers for me for approval. 
  • Actually start the Missouri National Parks Challenge.  -- Fail
  • Start cleaning out the extra bedroom and see what treasures I can find. -- I started on the extra bedroom, but I completely cleaned out the shed!  That was something that was almost four years in the making!
  • Solar Eclipse goal will be accomplished.  -- this was the most amazing thing!  I blogged about it.  It made my heart so happy after what a day it was.
  • Participate in blog link ups.  -- did this. 
  • Start rebuilding my teaching portfolio.  -- Working on this!
  • Participate in the August Baking Challenge-- Fail
  • I want my August to be a month to get things done.   -- I did get things done other than what was on my list.  I was made Head of Recruitment for my roller derby league and had to do a lot of things in a short amount of time.  But it's going well.  Getting people in to play the derbies.  Check out the recruitment blog I'm running. 

September Goals:

  • Keep running the recruitment blog and have people stop by to check it out.
  • Work on getting more people into training.
  • Up my own training for Derby.  I have slacked tremendously this summer and I feel it.  Need to make a plan and stick with it.
  • Keep participating in blog link ups.
  • Finish Science, Technology and Society Class
  • Study, study, study for the Biology Praxis.  (November or December test date)
  • Make more contacts for my Northland Encampment programs.  Even though I am not fond of the theme everyone but me voted for last night.  I wanted an Amazing Race – World type theme.  Everyone else wanted “There is no place like camp” So corny and I can’t do anything with programs around it.   The reasoning was that the girls wouldn’t know what the Amazing Race is.  Really?
  • Apple Picking. 
  • Visit the Sunflower Farm.
  • It's Birthday month for two of the children, so we will have fun with that.

September’s optional question - Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn't think you'd be comfortable in?

 I have not surprised myself with my writing.  I am boring.  I like to stick with the same old things.  Travel, Girl Scouts, Education, Sports, Books and children’s things. 

I’m not terribly creative and I don’t know how I would fair in the world of fiction.  I love reading fiction, and I know I will never be able to write like others. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

I guess I've always been goal driven

I cleaned out my shed over the long weekend.  I was long overdue and needed to be done.  I hadn't touch it in the almost four years since I moved here.
I found my "Me" book from my AP Psychology Class from my junior year in High School.
I thought I would do a recap of my "Hopes and Dreams"/goals page of the project.

First Goal: To Graduate High School -- pretty damn easy.  I graduated early.

Second Goal: To go to a Good College -- I didn't go to MU or a school in Washington state, but I did attend UMKC and I am currently attending WGU.  So good college goal was accomplished.

Third Goal:  To major in Pre Med or Secondary Education -- well, my bachelors is in Secondary Education-Social Sciences and my Master's will be in Secondary Education-Biological Sciences.  So goal accomplished.  What is funny though, is that I stated I wanted to teach Chemistry.  Bwahahahaha!  Chemistry is the debbil!

Fourth goal:  To get a good job -- I have that.  Hoping for a better job in the near future doing what I really want to do.

Fifth Goal:  To get married to someone that treats me "good" -- please excuse the horrible grammar.  I cringed when I read that.  I was married for quite a while.  It was not a good marriage.  
I don't know if I will ever get married again.  I am not even with anyone and I'm not looking.  My heart was crushed and maybe it's slowly putting the pieces back together.  I try not to focus on that and think of all the other awesome in my life, even though I do get lonely.  

Sixth goal:  To have two or three children.  Done!  I have three of them.  Two boy and one girl.
Goal accomplished.

All in all, looking at the big picture, I don't think I let my high school self down.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

August Photo Round Up

Voting happened.  It was just the primaries and only 17% of registered voters voted in it.  I know it's the primaries, but now we are stuck with the same two people that are always going for Mayor/CEO.
Fountain City Roller Derby had a street team event at Up-Down, which is pretty much the coolest bar ever.  They have pineapple beer and I collected lots of names for recruitment/training this year.
Later on that same night, I ended up in Westport.
That girl is my twin.  Not for real, but people frequently mix us up.  Her own
husband even took pictures of me one game, thinking it was her.
Maggie meows and keeps me company on rainy days.
The Walking Stick greeted me one day when I got home from work.
I won a cup.  Full of junk. :)
Royals game with Mimi and Rogue.
It was the first I-70 showdown that I had been to.
Sometimes, I am matchy.
Back to School Night.
Since Peyton wouldn't let me get a picture at his school, Alli found her face in the
picture they took when she was at the school.
Alli's Back to School night.  Same night as Peyton's.
We had to rush from one school to the other.
Green Day concert.  We originally were in the upper section.
The nice usher gave us floor passes.
It made the concert experience amazing.
I found my friend Kate!
Up in the front!  Alli made it all the way up there.
Tanner practicing his photography skills on my phone.
He didn't do too bad.
Alli obtained a drumstick.
Wine Tasting at Belvoir Winery.
First day of school  He didn't want a picture.
She didn't complain
He was making a fish trap for the creek.
Alli made the A team in Volleyball.
This is how far the delivery truck could get to my house to deliver my new washer.
Make Up for Pictures.
Lukey and Jukey
We went through a lot of wine bottles and glasses.
We all look pretty in black and white.
And our office was ransacked and broken into.
But the eclipse made it better.
Peyton naps a lot.
After the zombie game.
Recruitment Night for Fountain City
Another Royals game.  This time they won. 
The older girls helping out with a Daisy Troop.
The little ones loved my daughter a whole lot.
I have to end with this one.  The lady at Little Caesars kept telling me
I could upgrade for a penny.  She didn't make the mistake once, but
about five times.  I didn't upgrade and I also didn't tell it was a dollar, not a penny.
I was tempted though.