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Snowmageddon….more like Nomageddon

  • Posted on January 9, 2017 at 3:12 pm

So, we were supposed to get between 6 and 12 inches.  We got more like an inch or so. It was enough that our very enterprising kids could sled down the slight dip beside the house (on ice with a thin layer of snow on top) but not much more than that. The grass out front didn’t even get completely covered. BOO! I had a bad feeling about this one so I wasn’t as disappointed as I would have been if I’d believed all the hype. The kids are out of school today and tomorrow too due to ice on the roads, so they’re happy.  I am glad that they’ll be home with me.  I have a ton to do to get ready for Aspen and Reed’s birthday party this weekend and it will be nice to have some help.

Sage is a great party planning assistant so I will definitely be putting her to work. The boys are having a football watching party which would be a lot more fun if we actually rooted for one of the teams playing this Sunday. No such luck. None of their teams made it into this playoffs so we’ll be watching the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Green Bay Packers. We are making the best of it though. In a future post I’ll provide more party details in case you find yourself in need of inspiration.

We ventured out today for the first time since Friday afternoon. I am quick to get cabin fever and I don’t suffer in silence so I’m sure the whole family was glad the roads were clear enough for me drive. We just ran errands but even that seemed exciting after 48+ hours in the house. Target, Bojangles and the grocery store – whoo hoo!

I love a good snowstorm. This, unfortunately, was not one.  It was just the first snow of the season though, so maybe we’ll get a better dusting next time.

The kids have school this Saturday to make up today’s missed school so maybe I can score a breakfast date with DH. 🙂

Hope you are all warm wherever you are.

Let It Snow

  • Posted on January 5, 2017 at 7:49 pm

So, they are predicting snow for our area this weekend.  Don’t get me wrong, I love snow. Being a Florida girl, I still find it novel and fun. Plus, we live in an area where they aren’t really set up to handle snowfall so we get days off every there is any accumulation.  I’m just not in the mood for snow this weekend. I like snow when it means snow days and the kids get to stay home from school. I don’t like snow that cancels Saturday night dinner out. We did go out to dinner tonight in anticipation of…

Hi – Ho – Hi – Ho, It’s Back to School They Go….

  • Posted on January 3, 2017 at 12:38 pm

This is always a sad day for me.  After a month of having the kids home with me and celebrating the holidays they are back in school and we are back to trying to get into our normal routine.  UGH!

We are still on year round school so we get the whole month of December off. That means a trip to Florida (and Disney), visits from family and lots of baking, relaxing and fun times. I refuse to take down the Christmas decorations because I just can’t take everything screeching to a halt at once.  Baby steps, people, baby steps.

The kids weren’t excited about going back to school today but I’m sure they’re happy to see their friends and catch up after the long break. Hopefully they won’t come home with a ton of homework. The boys have basketball practice tonight for the first time in two weeks so we really are jumping right back into the fire. Sage has Girl Scouts tomorrow night and then Art Club on Thursday so her activities are in the mix as well.

I ran some errands today to start gathering supplies for the boys’ birthday bash.  They hit double digits this year and are celebrating with a football themed – playoff game watching – get together with four of their friends. It was a down to the wire last minute decision but they seem really excited about their party and all of their friends (with one exception) are able to make it so they are super happy about that.

I miss the days when Grandma and Grandpa came to visit for the boys’ birthday. It was a nice little pick me up in January to have their visit to look forward. Since the boys started school they come the week between Christmas and New Year’s so even that bit of fun has already come and gone.

Hope you and yours had a happy holiday season.  Check back soon for more details on the boys’ party. I’m already thinking up games, some special snacks and even a few surprises!

Hello 2017!

  • Posted on January 1, 2017 at 6:46 pm

I can’t believe that it has been so long since I’ve posted here.  GASP!

But it’s a new year and I have new resolve to post everyday.

So far, so good. 🙂 I’ve been posting frequently for work and I’ve gotten into a good routine with that so hopefully it will carry over here.  I have high hopes for 2017. Not that 2016 was a bad year, but I think that this year can be even better. There is lots going on in our world.  Sage is in her last semester of middle school. The boys are in fourth grade and playing basketball in a rec league.  I have a new hobby, stand up paddle boarding. It’s a little cold for me to do it now but I’m already looking ahead to spring and many days out on the lake.

I’m going to keep this short for now. Everyone is off tomorrow so we are going to enjoy some family time tonight.

Happy New Year Everyone!

End of Elementary School

  • Posted on July 16, 2014 at 7:24 pm

So, I am a little behind here but I still want to do a post on the end of elementary school for Sage.   It was a big deal (and a very busy time.)   The last week of elementary school was a whirlwind of fun.    One day Sage had field day, another day was game day, one day was graduation day, one day was a luau followed by a pool party.   I ended up being up at the school every day that week for one thing or another.

I was a little sad about Sage graduating.   This marked the last time she and her brothers will ever be at the same school at the same time.   Aspen and Reed were more than a little upset about this.   They really liked having their big sister at the same school.    They always got excited if they passed her in the hall during the day.   They liked talking about things that happened at school with her to see if she heard/saw it the same way they did.    They are really going to miss that.

Her actual graduation ceremony was kind of long, and somewhat disappointing.   There were three teachers in her grade.   One gave a great speech where she said something nice about each of her students.  One (Sage’s teacher) said a few words about teaching fifth grade and the challenges the class faced this year, and one just called out the names of the graduates.   I guess it was good for the ones who got the personal mentions but the rest of us were left feeling a little left out.   There was an award portion of the night as well.   Sage earned a Presidential recognition for her scores in Language Arts but she should also have been recognized for her Math scores.   Not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but still a little disappointing to her because she knew that she earned both and wasn’t recognized for it.

The luau was a lot of fun (for the kids and the parents.)   For those of us who volunteered to help out it was a chance to see our kids in their natural element, interacting with their peers in a somewhat relaxed setting.   It also gave us a chance to reminiscence since we’ve been together since kindergarten at this school and none of us could believe that our babies were leaving elementary school.    We spent a lot of time commiserating over impending middle school issues.   After a pizza lunch provided by the PTA the kids got signed out of school to head to the pool party.    That was very interesting as well.   It was great to watch the kids playing and swimming and having a great time as they said goodbye to elementary school.

Need to Make Time for Me

  • Posted on July 2, 2014 at 4:07 pm

So, I’ve been working and I’ve been taking care of the kids and the house and I haven’t been writing for lilypop and I miss it.   I need to make time for the things that are important to me and this is one of them.   I have so much to talk about.     Here’s what to look forward to in future posts:

  • End of elementary school for Sage
  • Awesome family trip to Northern California
  • Family visit
  • Middle school here she comes!

I may not get to them tonight, but I will get them written.



  • Posted on June 29, 2014 at 4:56 pm

I am experimenting because I need to be able to write blog posts with links for work and I want to be sure that I know what I am doing.    I’m supposed to have a call with my boss tomorrow to go over this process but if I can learn to do it on my way that will be a much shorter conversation and hopefully he will be very impressed.


Let’s see, can I link this to my post on missed deadlines?   I think I just did it.  Yay me!

Missed Deadline = Massively Productive Day After

  • Posted on April 1, 2014 at 3:42 pm

So, I missed my first deadline for work yesterday.   I am supposed to 12 blog posts per month and as of end of day yesterday I only had 8.   Start of day yesterday I only had 3.5 .   Obviously this wasn’t good.

Now writing these posts isn’t my primary job (at least as I think of it) but it is still an important task and one that I am responsible for each month.   I e-mailed my boss and he was very understanding.   (The kiddos were tracked out the last three weeks and I just wasn’t as motivated as I normally am and I let the end of the month sneak up on me.)    I, however, was horrified.   I pride myself on not missing deadlines.   If I say I am going to do something by golly I do it.   There are still plenty of hours left in today and I now have all 12 posts completed.   Clearly, I was capable of getting them done on time I just didn’t.   ACK!

For some reason this motivated me in all areas today.   Not only did  I write 4 more blog posts, I dusted, I vacuumed (well, I let Roomba run which is totally the same thing) and I cleared off my nightstand and our dresser.   DH is totally going to fall over when he sees that one.  🙂

I also found time to eat lunch and watch two shows.   Go me!!!

Feeling very happy right now.  I love it when I can leave home knowing that I have completed all my outstanding work tasks.   Heading out the door to go do fun stuff now.     I’m sure work will be calling my name again in a day or two.   😉

Water Heater Woes

  • Posted on March 20, 2014 at 7:06 pm

I’ve been on DH for months to check out tankless water heaters so this morning when he asked me how I felt about researching tankless water heaters I sleepily gave him a thumb’s up.   That was before I knew that the puddly demise of our current water heater precipitated his request.

Suddenly my day took a turn in an unpopular direction.    I visited two local home improvement stores with little to no success.    Then I came home and began a cycle of calling plumbers, getting quotes and texting DH all the info.

After a fruitless day we still have no water heater, my head is spinning with facts and figures and I am cranky because all I want is a hot shower!!

We have pretty much ruled out tankless but even just getting a new version of what we currently have is proving problematic.   Here’s hoping that the plumber coming out in the morning can solve our problems.

DH jokingly said that we might not get a new heater until sometime next week.    It’s a good thing he was just on the phone and not standing right in front of me.    If we still don’t have hot water by Monday I may be living in  a hotel.

Ice Day – AGAIN!!

  • Posted on March 3, 2014 at 7:05 pm

This is getting ridiculous.   Since the kids went back to school in January they have had holidays and now three separate weeks that involved some form of snow days.   We’ve had Saturday school twice in the month of February and are scheduled to have it again in April and May.   We’ve had delayed openings, we’ve had early releases.   What we haven’t had are two or three “normal” uninterrupted weeks of school.     I like the surprise time off for the most part.  I am always glad to have the kiddos home, but I know that they are struggling to get into a rhythm with school.   I know their teachers are struggling to cover all the material that they need to in the limited time they’re getting.   Plus, if you just whisper the word ‘snow’ half the class goes crazy and forgets how to behave.   ACK!

As I type this I can hear icy pellets hitting the windows.   I do not like ice on the sidewalks, streets, etc.   I am not the most coordinated person in the best of situations.   Make the very ground I walk on the least bit slippery and it’s just a matter of time before I kiss the pavement.   The kids don’t mind.   They glide on the ice like they have invisible skates attached to their feet.   Clearly they take after their dad.   Thank goodness!!!

This whole event is starting much later than predicted so the jury is still out as to how much accumulation we will actually get.   I can’t believe I was wearing flip flops yesterday and today I am shivering in my well heated house.

C’mon Spring!   We’re ready for ya!!!!!