Sunday, February 22, 2015


This is just a caboodle of funny or interesting pics found in my iPhoto library.

This makes me laugh just as much as the first time I read it.

I love tulips! My husband surprised me with a trip to The Tulips Festival in Holland Michigan.
While in a field of millions of beautiful tulips, I found this one! Most unique tulip I have ever seen.

Hannah drew this. I still am amazed that this is just a flat piece of paper!

This may not be that interesting you anyone else, but my son, Jacob really found this chair to be neat and comfy and we want one to go next to our pool ...when we get one.

Gideon in a doll robe, looks like Yoda to me!

We were taking a picture of the cotton candy and didn't notice his face until after.
We have no idea what made him make that face. 

Interesting... Learning details about and how to make Mums. A Texas tradition for Homecoming.

Hannah loves to read and just HAD to have this book.
The cover alone makes me smile.

Did you know brussel spouts grew like this? I didn't until I saw this at a grocery store here in Texas.

This made me laugh, maybe because the truth is so uncomfortable sometimes, it makes you laugh.

My kissing Mickey and Minnie Birkies make me happy every time I wear them.

I need these! Pillow cases match my shoes and duvet is just perfect!!

Crazy cool!
My friend Brandi always has the best smelling house.
She has candle warmers around her house. 
One day she about to change the fragrance and found that a moth had landed perfectly spread out in the hot wax before it had cooled. I asked if I could keep it to show my kids.
(and apparently blog)

Sometimes when my kids are bored (mostly when electronics are unavailable or internet is out), they create some pretty interesting things.
My oldest son is pretty creative when he puts his mind to it.
I love this. 

My cousin Justine is extremely talented!
I love all of her bead work. 
You can see more here, the first blog I wrote about her talent.
She started making these spectacular spiders this year, aren't they just fabulous?


Hope you enjoyed my collection of funny and interesting pics.

Do you have funny or interesting things that you could share?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Things that are different in Texas

Since moving to Texas I have learned that many things are different here from Ohio.

They say everything is bigger in Texas, I agree with the exception one thing... ME.
I am still big, but I am smaller now that I am here vs when I lived in Ohio.

The schools are bigger, the parks are bigger, the parties, the expectations, the electric bills, the pools, the smiles, the companies, the buildings, the beaches, and yes the bugs are bigger! 

There are other things that are different.
I want to share just a few of things that I realized are different...

The level of happiness my kids express is my favorite difference!
When we were planning our move to Texas, this kid was so angry with us and couldn't believe we would move him away from everything and everyone he knew his entire life.
Now he says he wouldn't want to ever live in Ohio again.

This is my friend Pauline. She introduced me to something I had never heard of
Wildtree!! Organic spices and sauces. Check out her page here.

This is a fast food place here. One day a month they offer $.91 coney dogs!!
They even text me reminders to come get my deal.
That still adds up when buying a meal for my family!!

Funny face plates started at our house 4 years when we moved to Texas!

My kids love them! Best part... they eat better when their food is smiling at them!
Gives another meaning to- Happy plate.

We have the best photo shoots here!! Almost all are outside! I cannot remember doing any of our family photo shoots outside. we all really enjoy photo shoots now that we aren't cramming 11 of us in a studio.

The only way I could add this picture to my something different post, is by saying, we wear sun glasses here all year.  These cool shades belong to Hannah's Build-a-bear!

This awesome guy is a approximately 2 inches tall! This is as close to a snowman we have been able to get. He is an iceman. 

Faith is definitely different. I mean in Ohio I knew only a few people that attended church, and proudly spoke of their faith.
Here I only know a few people that do not attend church, and all proudly speak of their faith.

Grape Vine

Fig Tree
Fruit trees in the back yard!! I have a fig tree, and grape vine. We are lucky to have friends with lemon trees, oranges trees, and dewberry trees. We make homemade jam now, which is another difference.

It has been an eye opening experience moving here. 
I believe it was the best choice we ever made.

What differences are you inquisitive about?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Truth


My opinion, my ideas, my choices are not always right.
But they are honest.
I hunger for honesty in friends, family, and people in general.

People know they can trust you when your honesty shines.

Be honest not only with others but also yourself!

This next quote makes me smile.

I know plenty of people that do not like some of things I say.
As a matter fact I would agree that I have said inappropriate things and will most likely again.
However, I am not driven to impress other people with my ability to speak appropriately.
I give my honest opinion.
Just as I want others to give me.

For those of you that always try to make the people around you happy by saying what they want to hear, how do you connect with people?
So many people would rather lie then face the truth. 
What is the worst that can happen if you speak your mind?
So what if they are uncomfortable, you may help them grow in some way.

This applies to relationships also.

This is my favorite quote!
I know this sense of freedom and liberation and I too wish everyone could grasp it.
I believe the world would be a much better place if everyone spoke the truth.

People without integrity are spotted fairly quickly by those of integrity.
I have met multiple people that fake through, pretending to be honest, as they manipulate and deceive.
Those people will slowly lose friends and family members will slowly fade away and I pray they see the error of their ways, or they will be very lonely one day.

This is just in case someone is wondering the definition of integrity.


I have seen this happen many times.
People with honest, mouths and hearts, dismiss the liars eventually. 
As it is too much work to dance around and ignore their lies.

This above quote pretty much sums up what everyone should think before allowing a lie to slip by when speaking to someone they care about.

Lying by omission is still a lie.

I have been blessed so many wonderful honest friends in my life, this quote below is on point!!
No need to explain. they love you or they don't, PERIOD.

Don't be afraid of confrontation. 
Your opinion is just as important as everyone else's.
I believe confrontation helps all involved grow.

This is EXACTLY how I feel. 
just one lie can change EVERYTHING!!

All relationships built on honesty, and continued honesty will last a lifetime!
I always thought I was just lucky to have friendships that are close and real that have lasted over 20 years. Then someone I love dearly told me I have so many lifetime friendships because I always say what most people think but are afraid to say,

Have I always been this honest? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
I have had to face my lies and learn from them.
Each day, each lesson, I hope to grow into a better person then the day before!

How honest are you? Do you lie to avoid confrontation?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Amy Art

I wanted to highlight a dear friend of mine.
Amy L Deal

Before I go on, some history of our friendship....
We met in 7th grade and I claimed her and her twin sister as 'My Twins'.
As they were my best friends. 
Today I still consider them 'My Twins' and are 2 of my very best friends!

I was so surprised to learn that she has a pretty fantastic talent, Painting.
Her painting skills are AWESOME!

Amy told 3 of my girls to find a picture on the internet that they would like her to paint.
Eva loves Curious George, so she picked this picture and...

Below is the picture Amy painted freehand, Eva absolutely loves it.

Annelise loves Lalaloopsy dolls, so she picked this picture.
I personally love the curly hair.

Amy impresses me with every painting she does. But Annelise is over the moon about this picture.

I do not have a favorite, but  do have a great fondness for penguins, so when Grace chose this picture I was pretty excited to see her paint this one.


Amy told me that she watched Bob Ross as a kid, but never picked up a paintbrush until about a year and half ago.

I have heard that everyone has a gift/talent/craft, I am still looking for mine.
Thank goodness Amy has found hers!
I am excited that we have 3 framed pieces of Amy Art at my house!

What is your gift/talent/craft?

Thursday, October 16, 2014


 Throw Back Thursday

In Honor of social media celebrating Throw Back Thursday,
 I have looked for a few goodies of my own.

This was a fabulous year in our lives.... 
My kids were home schooled- we all loved it.
OHDELA was the best Virtual school for my family.
Below is a picture of us at OHDELA dressed as 
The 10 Little Indians, for Halloween.

We were also filmed for a commercial for OHDELA, 
click here to watch it.

After watching that video I wanted to throw back to this past July when I reached another goal on my weight loss journey.
Big difference from video (2008) to now 2014

Since it is so close to Halloween I thought I'd show a pic of last years Halloween costumes....
Jacob~ Fat personal Trainer
Hannah~ Smarty Pants
Michael~ Bum
Eva~ Pinapple
Grace~ Puppy
LilyKate~ Rainbow Bright
Annelise~ Gum ball Machine
Leo~ Dragon

My kids were all blessed to be able to dance at Love 2 Dance Studio.
Amazing owner Andrea Love is missed, especially by Isabelle.
 Andrea asked the kids to dress as Cindy Lou Who and Cat in the Hat for a Holiday Parade in
 Akron, Ohio.

Another holiday event from the past....
Adhere Creative Holiday Party.
These guys work so hard all year they need to 
goof off and have a blast at the Company's Holiday Party.

This was just last year.
 I was sad to hear the elementary school I attended was going to be demolished.
So I walked all my kids and a few other kids the same path I used to take 30+ years ago.
I have so many fond memories from Harris Elementary, and Jennings Middle Schools.

This concrete odd shaped climbing equipment was referred to as
"The Cheese"
Anyone that went to Harris would know and appreciate this picture and memory.
Feeling joyful inside just remembering the fun my kids had on 'the cheese' that day!!

This is a funny, but not so funny story...

Okay, so my son Michael (as well as a few other kids of mine), are a little over dramatic at times.
One day he was sitting on the couch and I was in the kitchen cooking (you can see over the counter into the living room).
I heard screams of anger from 2 sisters outside, so I asked Michael to go tell the girls to come inside.
He jumps up rounds the couch and falls...
He starts screaming like he's being eaten alive, I say "Seriously Michael you just fell on the floor"
Then he stands up and shows me his arm and I immediately forget everything I have ever learned about being calm and I start screaming like fool!!
"Where's my phone?' 
"Where is your dad?"
"What do I do?'
He never actually cried, just the initial scream, he was too entertained by his mom acting like a fool!
He is a tough cookie. 
He even smiled for his picture.

Since I am honoring Throw Back Thursday I thought it would be cool to add a link to one of my most loved blog posts...

Please check that one out!!
Let me know what you think.

I wanted to end this post with this picture, not because it's a cool throw back story.
Actually I remember nothing about why this pictures was taken, or who's glasses these belong to, but I love his face and outfit!

Do you celebrate Throw Back Thursday on Social media?