Category Archives: Finally Friday

Because Friday is finally here and I need one day to talk about whatever comes to mind.

A Delicious Crossover and Flowers

Last Friday after the conference we went back to Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili because it was very good, it was easy, and because sweet potato waffle fries were haunting Tiffany. :D And again, I wish we’d have taken a picture but we were soooo hungry that we just dove right in.

Frequently at restaurants, there is not much of a difference between their regular and large portion sizes on fries and onion rings. So, since we were all very hungry, we each ordered a large size of the sweet potato fries–loaded! Well, these were huge plates! We brought home a whole large order.

They were also very accommodating for our low carb and preference desires. Okay, now I know you are probably wondering why we were even considering low carb with those sweet potato fries. So here’s our logic . . . we were ready to have a healthy crossover with those yummy sweet potatoes but did not want to go extreme by adding on a bun. These burgers were big, so the buns would have been big as well. We were good without them. :)

You see, we had to eat lunch out because we had to go grab groceries before heading home. Tiffany and I usually run errands mid-week and since we had morning and afternoon services all week long, did not get to do this. Consequently, we needed to get some things before heading back home for the weekend.

I have marveled at how pretty my brown mums are this week. We’ve had a bit of rain and so they are thriving, well because of that and the cooler temperatures. I went out to take some pictures to show you and was hit with how overgrown with weeds my poor garden is this year.

Brown Mum's ~ Lifeofjoy.me(Appropriate close-up so that you cannot see all the weeds. :D)

I started with two small pots of these and look how they’ve multiplied!

Patch of brown mums ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd this was after I pulled a bunch of weeds! Ugh! Let me explain why they were in this sorry state; you see, at the beginning of the summer I was outside and I was dutifully pulling weeds. I’d done a considerable amount of pulling. That evening I noticed that my wrist was a bit sore. And the next day, and the next . . . so much so that my family told me not to be doing that again. Fast forward to now, I have found that the soreness wasn’t from weeding at all and I have learned how to do many things that had been giving me pain, without said pain. So yesterday I decided I was going to see if this was another of those activities that I could do without issue. I was successful until I got a bit overzealous near the end and winded up getting burrs in my fingers and sores from pulling the weeds without gloves (remember, I wasn’t planning to do this weeding–just take pictures).

Tiffany got some really good pictures of them earlier this week when they were still wet from the rain.

Mums after rain ~ Lifeofjoy.meMore brown mums after the rain ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe also got some pictures of another tall daisy-like flowering plant that I think is white asters.

asters? buds and blooms ~ Lifeofjoy.medaisy-like flowers ~ Lifeofjoy.meHere you can see how tall they are. These planted themselves thus I don’t know what they are. ;)

Asters? ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, I’ve rambled enough for today. Have a great weekend; I know I will. Tiffany is giving me another day off today and I plan to do some crocheting/knitting and book reading.

Until next time God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Conference Week

Conference ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, I’ve been busy this week and as usual, forgot to take any pictures whatsoever. I know, shocking.

Of course the week didn’t go off without a hitch though. The first day I forgot to get the muffins out. Thankfully the dear one overseeing so many aspects of the conference happened to double check behind me and took them out. We also had a bit of an electrical trouble the first day so the coffee wasn’t done when it was supposed to be. But people were fed and they got coffee. ;)

I was blessed to have Sean join us all week. Tiffany is my right hand and we did well together as usual. The morning crew was awesome too. They get there before it is even bright, so I guess it’s just early. ;) I really appreciate it because I’d have to get up super early to get there when needed but this way they get there and set things out. I get there shortly after the doors are opened.

We have two services, about three hours apart from each other. So we break from the first service, go to lunch, and then return, then Tiffany and I finish cleaning up and prepping things for the next morning.

This week I was blessed to have lunch with some wonderful people. The first day we went to Chuy’s with about 10 people in our group. As you might imagine, we saw some other conference attendees there but they’d arrived before we did–we are usually a bit slow to leave the church for lunch.

The second day a very sweet lady invited Sean, Tiffany, and I to her home for lunch. She served us a lovely low carb tortilla with roast beef in it. Yum! (I forgot to mention that I got a salad at Chuy’s.)

On Wednesday we three went to Cracker Barrel with one other gentleman. Michael and I had lunch with him a couple of times last year, so it was nice to fellowship with him again.

On Thursday, we three went to Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili with another couple in the church and there were about 8 in our group that day.  Then we went over to the antique mall nearby and walked around for a bit.

Well, I really wish I had taken some pictures to post but alas, as usual I was just doing what I do and didn’t think about it. (I may take some today and add them later but my track record isn’t very good where that is concerned, so odds are against it actually happening. LOL)

I need to run. There’s only one service today and we have to tear it all down and wash it up to put away until next time. Then I have to pick up some groceries for my family for next week–would rather do it while in town after church than make a trip into town on a Saturday to do it. Saturday will be for relaxing and catching up on some laundry. :)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Walks, Fall, Bujo, and Washi Tape

Over the past several weeks Tiffany and I have begun challenging ourselves to walk several times a week. One of the hindrances we have had was that our property is not yet cleared in a way that makes it conducive to walks yet. There are three directions we can go when we leave our property, two of them have aggressive dogs that bark and run towards us as we walk, which is a bit intimidating and has made us not want to walk. The final choice has not been an option because we live at the top of this very big hill.

Big Walk ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe view is simply beautiful to me. I just love it. But seriously folks, this hill is tough! We have gone sledding down this hill, which is so fun but then you have to walk back up the hill and that is absolutely horrendous. See?

Back up THE hill ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is not angled, it is me looking straight on the hill as we paused to catch our breath as we climbed back towards home.

Once we get down the steep part of the road, it is quite lovely. Tiffany’s picture is so much better than mine. ;)

Walking in the country ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Walking in the country ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe part down there by those trees across the road is where it levels out a bit.

Walking in the country ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Country Living ~ Lifeofjoy.meBut as you can see, it still isn’t flat. But it is a nice walk. Shiloh likes to walk with us but she doesn’t really walk with us. She walks ahead of us, comes back and walks with us, and then walks back ahead of us again. So basically, she walks twice (or more) the distance that Tiffany and I walk.

It’s rained some this week, so that knocked us out of walking one day. Then we do not go on an extra walk on our errand day, so that knocks out another day. We have conference next week so there will be NO hill walking then. Maybe it will be nice again the following week. I love fall weather!

Sean brought in our fall decorations from the storage shed the other day. Tiffany put up my fall lights in the kitchen.

Orange lights ~ Lifeofjoy.meYes, there are some orange leaves wrapped around some of that strand of lights. It makes me so happy! :)

Then she put up this one too.

White fall lights ~ Lifeofjoy.me(Sorry the picture is a bit blurry. I took several shots and this is the best of them. :\ ) Again, it makes me happy.

Tiffany has informed me that I’m getting another day off today! Whoo hoo! This time I’m making better use of my time. I went about six weeks where I didn’t have time to pretty up my bullet journal, so I’m wanting to do some of that today. I did a little bit last Saturday.

Here’s my set up.

Bujo setup ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’ve got my stickers, pens (glitter, metallic, and neon), water, correction tape, and WASHI TAPE! I love washi tape. :) It made my birthday wonderful and is a high point on my Christmas wish list as well. :)

Washi tape ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, I don’t have enough solid colors and I need more 8mm rolls. :)

But glitter washi tape is gorgeous! You just cannot use only glitter ones though.

Glitter Washi tape ~ lifeofjoy.me

other washi tape ~ Lifeofjoy.meSuch fun!!! These make me sooo happy. And they make these boring pages in my bullet journal look so much better. Here is the before picture.

bujo before ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe left page is how I made my planning notes for the month of September. I leave lots of space to add lots of decoration. :) The right page isn’t my typical page, as I had a bit of journaling on it. (I’ll try to add the after shot here once I’ve finished it.)

I’m planning to get some reading done too. I haven’t read much lately and I’m looking forward to finishing up a book and maybe even starting a new one. ;) But I’ll just be content with reading some more chapters in the one I’m currently reading.

The last thing I’m planning to do is some lettering/typography. I also got some Tombow dual tip pens that I’m wanting to play with a bit more and wanting to use some of the lettering books I got for my birthday. I don’t take time throughout the days, normally to sit down and play with these, as I always seem to be behind in doing so many other things. So, I’m looking forward to playing with these a bit since Tiffany will be handling the things I usually need to handle. :) I’m so blessed!

Well this has gotten a bit wordy today, so I’ll run for now. I hope you have a blessed weekend and enjoy making memories with your family and friends.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Blessed and Great is His Love

I have been so blessed recently! I still have the lovely flowers Michael brought me about a week ago and they still look gorgeous.

Flower Bouquet ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen the other day I had a visit with a friend and she showed up with some lovely flowers for me. :)

Friend Bouquet ~ Lifeofjoy.meWe had a really nice visit and Tiffany was amazing, as she made lunch and served it. :) Yep, I’m blessed indeed!

Last Friday Tiffany announced that she was giving me the day off; she called it a self-care day. I was floored! I mean what mom gets a day where she doesn’t have to cook, clean, or do for others and can just veg if that’s what she feels like doing. So blessed!

The Guide ~ Lifeofjoy.meI actually spent quite a while playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I’m told that Michael enjoys watching me play, as does Tiffany and Sean. Later when I got off the game, I was asked what I wanted to watch on television that night. Now we don’t really watch much other than what we own. ;) And frequently Michael and Sean don’t want to watch what I do and that is fine, because I’m extremely flexible. But that night I picked a short series we own and they didn’t shoot me down. (We tease that Michael is the King of No in the Land of No and he struggles to say yes to anything. =))  Yes, we are joking but he does say no an awful lot.) We’ve continued watching the episodes in that series throughout the week on evenings that we watch something; we don’t watch television every night.

Then on top of that, Sean was home the same day and he asked what chore I had that I’d like him to do. He cleaned out the small chest freezer for me and I wrote down the contents as he refilled it. Once again, blessed!!!

Then Tiffany announced that she was giving me these self-care days twice a month! I cried. Literally cried. I really am sooo very blessed.

That was the same day that I wrote about on Monday where Michael had blessed me by going and getting the supplement I needed from town after having already been in town once that day and surprising me with those lovely flowers above.

God's Love ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’ve been having a really great week. God is showing me His love for me and that I am important to Him and yes, even my prayers have been answered, in spite of how things may look. So I guess God has been renewing my hope for the things He’s told me. You know, the Word says that where there is no vision the people perish and that hope deferred makes the heart sick but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs 29:18 and Proverbs 13:12 respectively.) Sometimes in that time when you are believing for something, it takes so long for it to come that the heart does get sick, but God is still there and ready and able to renew your strength to continue believing. So hold on, dig deep, and keep trusting in Him and His promises. Oh, and let the words of your mouth line up with what you know in your heart will come to pass.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Plans Awry

Broken plans ~ Lifeofjoy.meSo, a couple of weeks ago I decided that I was going to prep a week of posts so that I wouldn’t have to be concerned with daily content and could work on some, much needed website updating. You didn’t notice any updating, did you? Yeah, that’s because the best made plans don’t always come off without a hitch and this one was definitely not my “best made plan.”

So, when I hatched this plan, I did not realize that it would start with Labor Day weekend. Yep, didn’t even look at a calendar. :( But it was not big deal because my self-employed guys were planning to work on Labor Day anyway. Then in church on Sunday Michael got a text informing him that the customer would prefer it if they didn’t come until Tuesday. Now, don’t get me wrong, I like having my guys around, but I had some stuff I needed to do. Yeah, the stuff waited and instead we had a nice, relaxing extra day with the guys home. :)

Just being together ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen Tuesday, realizing that it was now the first work day of the new month, Tiffany and I had our monthly check-in/meeting. While Sean worked at Hostek, he would tell about various meetings he was a part of. I soon realized that since Tiffany is self-employed, she doesn’t have any of those kinds of meetings and neither do I. Thus it seemed that it would be a good thing for us to do with each other, to kind of keep us aware of another month passing and accountable, to ourselves.

accountability ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis meeting started immediately after breakfast and ran through lunch, as in, we kept talking as we made and ate lunch. So the day was pretty well shot after that. I did attempt to get something accomplished but it was a no-go. ;)

It’s been another month, so it was time to go back to the chiropractor to see how my body is responding to the supplements I’ve been taking for the month. Let’s just say, I’m a confusing case. It’s always been that way, at least I have been aware of it for the last twenty years or so–I’m a challenge. Seriously, I ask questions and have odd situations and it is usually a challenge for whomever is trying to help me. It’s okay, I’ve learned to be patient and allow the person grace and they attempt to get the right answers. At any rate, we try to work our chiro visit in on errand day, so that lengthens the time we are out and not much else gets accomplished afterwards.

Christmas List ~ lifeofjoy.meMy mother, sister, and I like to get our Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving so that we can enjoy the holiday without feeling rushed. In order to do that, we have to get our Christmas wish lists done rather early. Thus, I worked on my Christmas list a lot during the first week of the month.

Tiffany did lots of brain storming for her literary world. She keeps journals with the ideas in them. Well, she got a major idea the end of the week and needed somewhere to write it down. She was out of journals.

The night before I had seen a coupon in my email to Big Lots, where I’d earned a $5 of $15 purchase. Trouble was that it expired by the end of the weekend and thus would not be valid on our next errand day. I had considered asking Sean and Michael to stop by and pick up some coconut oil and a bag of snacks to use the coupon, which would have been a good use for it because we use a lot of coconut oil and they have the best price around (of course it is not premium quality but I’m more of a budgeting mama). All of a sudden, I felt like I should ask Tiffany if she wanted to run into town to Big Lots to get some journals.

Now, I have to point out here that it is a 30-minute drive, we are introverted homebodies, and don’t usually agree to this kind of extra trip. But we both thought it was a good idea. We’d just finished a light breakfast and decided to put it in high gear and get in and back as quickly as possible. We did it in record time!

At first we were a little confused because there didn’t seem to be very many journals and what they did have was $6 each! Yikes! Especially because she needed eight journals. I kept wandering the aisles. And about four rows back I stumbled upon the remains of the school supply aisle AND the school supplies were 25% off! Now, if we could just find some journals.

We kept looking and found all she needed plus two 3″ binders that she will need soon for the editing stage of her current work in progress, but also some adorable junior composition notebooks for 75¢! Score! We were home in time for lunch. :)

Big Lots for the score ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Journal Jackpot ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen we had the wonderful job of numbering the pages because she indexes everything in the back so she can find it more readily. I offered to help her because numbering over a dozen journals is daunting. I didn’t get nearly as many done as she did. She’s Speedy Gonzales and I’m more like Slowpoke Rodriguez.=)) But I did help and that was three that she didn’t have to do. (I was doing other things while she was numbering . . . I’m not THAT slow. :D)

pagenation of journals ~ Lifeofjoy.meWell, that was the week. What did I manage to do for the website? Well . . . I got the follow me on social media buttons up. Is it how I wanted it? Nope! But they are there, at the bottom of every individual page and post. I also got the copyright showing on every page now too. That is important to protect my work. I share it freely; I don’t want someone coming in and making a profit off of my generosity.

And that’s it! My big week of getting things done ended with very little to show for it. So I’m going to try a different approach and see if I can make some headway on stuff.

I hope you are having a productive week and enjoy your weekend making memories, big and small, as you go.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Fun Times, Good Food, Busyness, and Blunders

Last weekend we decided to go into town and watch a movie. My sister and her family gave Michael and I a gift certificate to the theater for our anniversary and we finally used it. :)

Michael and I at movie ~ Lifeofjoy.meThat wasn’t a very flattering picture but it’s all I have.

Movietime ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis was the first time we’d been since they remodeled the theater. It is really nice.

We did decide to have a crossover and eat the popcorn. Of course, I paid for it later with a headache but that could have been from eating TOO MUCH of it. Next time we will probably just get one bag of popcorn to share between the four of us, with the buttery topping. ;) We don’t go to the movies often enough for it to be a problem. If we went frequently, I’d just not eat the popcorn . . . I’ve done that before when I went on limited funds and it was either go to the movie without popcorn or I didn’t get to go to the movie. :D

It was a good food week. :) I’ve gotten some good deals on some fresh salmon lately, so Tiffany and I enjoy it for lunch in a salad.

Salmon: Good food ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis salad was delicious. I actually enjoyed this one. I’m not a fan of vegetables but I’m learning to eat them more often and it is helping me in my health and weight loss journey.

They are not pretty but they are delicious. Chocolate chip pancakes from the Trim Healthy Mama Table cookbook.

THM Chocolate chip pancakes ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe recipe is single serve, so I have sticky notes on it for multiple batches. We have four adults living here so I always need at least four batches but my guys like a little more, thus I have the measurements for five batches too. But then we have made these when we have company, so I have it for eight batches too. At least I don’t have to do the math every time. :D

Errand day was busy last week because I had a meeting at the church in preparation for our conference coming up the first week of October. It is always the first week of October. Has been for over twenty years. I’m always happy to help out in any way I can. I actually love working in the kitchen.

After the hour and a half meeting, Tiffany and I were ready for lunch. We decided on Chick-fil-A since there is one nearby. This particular one has a bit of a parking lot issue. We noticed a lady crossing from the nearby parking lot (not the one next to it but across the access road) to the restaurant. We decided that was a super idea and followed suit. As we were parking, we saw another young lady coming back across the way with her food. :D Evidently this is the way things are done at this location.

We ordered Cobb Salads minus the corn to keep in THM S meal mode. Unfortunately we did NOT remember to ask for GRILLED chicken instead of crispy chicken. :o Oh was I upset with myself! It was our mistake so we couldn’t very well go up and say anything. I tried to remove the breading but it was stuck like glue. Instead we decided to eat it as it was, with vitamin P for pleasure and know that it is just one more step in confusing our bodies which will enable us to release more weight in the end. :) It was tasty and I’ll have to bread and fry some chicken at home some time to put in salad.

Tiffany was battling a migraine headache and we needed to get some gas, so we went across the street to QT. I parked and went inside and purchased the generic ibuprophen for 75¢ and brought it out to her and off we went. As we had entered traffic, I realized I hadn’t gotten gas! Oh brother! I’d get it later.

We headed to Barnes and Noble because they were having a sale and that is one of  our happy places. :) We found some good books for Tiffany and even one I wanted. I purchased it and it will be available for someone to give me for Christmas (or maybe I’ll just start using it soon instead–we’ll see). :D Yes, if we find something that we really want and it is likely to be gone by the time anyone can purchase it for an occasion, be it Christmas or birthday, we buy it and then give others the option of getting it and giving it to us at said event. We also make gift lists to ensure that people get what they want and limit the number of returns that have to be made by anyone. It works for us.

After spending about an hour and a half in Barnes and Noble, we then did our grocery run which only included three stores this week and not four but we did have to stop by the library for items that needed to be returned.

Unfortunately I made a big blunder last week as well. :( My son Brian and his wife, Lauren, had asked us a couple months ago to watch Liam early in October. I did not check the calendar and we just said yes because they needed us to do it. Well, then I realized our conference is the same week of the couple of days they needed us to watch him. :o

I was trying to figure out a way to keep my word and still do all I need to do for the conference. Michael put his foot down and said there is no way we can keep him. My honey looks out for me and knows that I get tuckered out the week of conference without having a two year old to look after. Unfortunately this was not well received. I love Brian, Lauren, and Liam soooo much. It hurts when things are strained. I hope they know we love them and want to keep Liam another time. (I know Lauren reads my blog–Hi Sweetie!!) I know it will all work out because we are a family that loves deeply. Of course that means that at times we also hurt deeply but enough of that. Hopefully by the time this post is goes live, all is fixed and but a memory.

I hope you have a great weekend, building good memories.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

In Memory of Helena Norman

It is so sad when someone you know and see on a consistent basis passes on from this life. It isn’t as difficult when they are in their 80’s or 90’s but anything under that is hard and the younger the harder.

Picture from Moore Funeral Homes and Crematory.

Last week a very faithful lady in our church passed away. Helena Norman was committed to Christ and her family. She was an excellent example to many. She will be greatly missed.

Her memorial service was last week and Michael, Tiffany, Sean, and I volunteered to help out in any way needed. We served the light lunch following the service. The microphone was opened up for people to share thoughts and memories; it was so nice to hear how she impacted her co-workers and church members alike. I didn’t know her very well but she usually had a smile on her face. By the time we returned the The Family Prayer Center, where she attended for over twenty years, her son Isaac was already grown and off at college. Seeing him at the memorial service and his heart for those that had come, his appreciation and compassion for those who shared and then his smile, you couldn’t help but see Helena.

Helena Norman's Memorial service ~ Lifeofjoy.me
This picture was taken on a very special day, as I don’t think I ever saw her wearing eye shadow before. ;)

When I took the picture above, there was music playing. It was so good that I thought it was a recording and I glanced up and this is what I saw.

Live Music ~ Lifeofjoy.meBrenda, who plays in church frequently, was playing the keyboard. It was beautiful. I’m sure it was very difficult for her since they were good friends. Helena had been battling cancer for a while. I don’t know how long she fought; I do know they had time to prepare, while doing all she knew to do to be healed on this earth.

The service was a light, joyful time, as is common with fellow Christians, since we are assured they have gone on to a better place. Helena had served in the military and so there was a flag presentation. The two young men (they were probably in their late 20’s to early 30’s ;) ) that did the flag presentation and playing of Taps did an amazing job. I don’t believe there was a dry eye in the place when they were done. I commended them as the left, telling them that theirs was the hardest part of the service and that they’d done an amazing job. They were so soulful and had such respect. I can imagine the music being played for the funeral of someone lost while on active duty would be even more gut-wrenching. Wow!

Thankfully, we know that Helena knew Jesus was the Son of God, He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and was crucified for our sins. Helena accepted Him as her Savior and definitely lived her life for Him. Thus we know, she is now in heaven rejoicing with those who have gone on before her.

We stayed until there were just a couple people left. Two sweet ladies of the church joined us at the end and helped us do the final clean-up. It was nice to catch up with them, as we hadn’t talked in a while. It was a good day.

Michael had proposed the day before that we go see a movie we’d been wanting to see but I had a feeling that we’d be finished between showings and wouldn’t want to be hanging around town. I was right. ;) So we headed home and had a relaxing evening together.

Well, I didn’t intend to write the entire post on this subject but I think it is fitting. Helena was a dear lady and sister in Christ, whom I look forward to seeing again in eternity.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy those you have in your life.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Aunt-Niece Day

The weekend after we celebrated Brian and Liam’s birthday, I had an Aunt/Niece Day with my youngest sister’s girls while she took Tiffany out to lunch. They had a good time, as did we.

The girls and I started with making lunch. Tracie has told me that they enjoy cooking or would like to cook more, so I figured we’d make our lunch together. Ashlee likes chicken nuggets and she’s the oldest, so I let her do that with my help.

Making chicken nuggets ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe did a great job cutting cutting the breast into pieces. Then she followed the easy directions of adding beaten egg and then the add the breading ingredients. Then fried it, all with my supervision.

Macie likes vegetables and cheese, so I thought she’d like to do the broccoli tots.

Making broccoli tots ~ Lifeofjoy.meShe too did a great job. I helped her prep the ingredients and then she mixed and formed the tots, with supervision. I put them in the air fryer but let them cook a few minutes too long and some of them were overdone. But rest assured, none were tossed. ;) Some were leftover for the guys to eat upon their return from work that night.

Homemade lunch ~ Lifeofjoy.me

It was a tasty lunch and fun cooking together.

Lunch with nieces ~ Lifeofjoy.meAfter we ate and cleaned up our mess, it was artsy time. :) I pulled out my beloved washi tape, pens, pencils, markers, inks, stencils, and stickers. I gave them each a bookmark and they decorated any way they wanted.

Washi tape, paint, etc. ~ Lifeofjoy.meI think they had fun.

Niece Craft Time ~ Lifeofjoy.meThey are so used to pictures being taken. They’d pause and pose so quickly, all with a big smile. :)

Discovering the washi ~ Lifeofjoy.meMacie is a bit quicker with her crafting (well, with everything . . . she reminds me of Tiffany in that regard). If you look closely at the picture above you can see Ashlee’s just barely begun on her bookmark but that Macie’s has been painted and is sitting to dry. She as done several other pieces as well and even put a second coat of ink on the bookmark all in the same time Ashlee has spend on hers. I’m definitely more like Ashlee. ;)

Quite the crafter ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, they tolerated me taking some quick pictures and obliged me with some smiles. :)

When they were finished with their works of art, we moved on to a board game. But first, Macie and I whipped up some ice cream in the ice cream maker. I used a recipe from the booklet for regular ice cream for them . . .  because I’m a good aunt and won’t make them go sugar-free while they are here.

Ice Cream and board game ~ Lifeofjoy.meI had magic skinny chocolate nuts while they ate their ice cream. I enjoyed the Mario Monopoly game. I don’t usually care for Monopoly but this one is different and fun.

The girls spent the night, enjoying some cousin time (and some Uncle time too). They got to play games with the cousins. Tiffany was a trooper and played a lot, even though she felt miserable. She’d come down with some nasty sinus yuck and even got feverish before the weekend was over. She ended up sharing that nastiness with Sean and I, which wasn’t very fun. Thankfully Tracie said they took some E-merGenC and didn’t get anything. Whew! So glad.

Gaming with cousins ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt was a fun time! We’ll do it again next year. ;) (Yeah, I’m real . . . I’d love to say before the end of the year but I know better; it’ll be next year before we do another full one like this.) But I have made plans to be a cool aunt and have them spend the night more often. We’ll see how that goes.

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my life. It was a special time.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Birthday Weekend Continued

Prior to Brian, Lauren, and Liam coming for the weekend last time, we purchased a new high chair, very reasonably priced at Walmart for under $40. Yes, I could have gotten a better deal at thrift stores, garage sales, craigslist, and such but we were short on time and the nearest ones to us had none. Also, the old high chair we had was wood and hard and Liam did not like sitting in it. We decided it was time for a change.

High Chair ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt’s really cool because it folds down and can be hidden away until it is needed again.

folded high chair ~ lifeofjoy.meWell, little dude had been riding in the car for 2 hours, then not long after getting here it was time to sit at the table and eat. He was not happy about it and pitched quite the fit. Then the poor fellow had to get in the carseat once again to go 15 minutes to my sister’s home to celebrate with extended family. By the time we got home several hours later and it was dinner time, he had a melt down where the high chair was concerned. :o

When the kids come and spend a Saturday night with us, we tend to not go to church the next morning, so that we can enjoy time with them and a leisurely breakfast. Well, we decided that because he is such a social kid, maybe his problem with the high chair was that he wasn’t at the table with us. So, we tried this taking the tray off and pushing him up to the table. That didn’t work either. So at Sunday morning breakfast we tried this . . .

high chair at table ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe was happier but still not really thrilled. He’s been able to sit on people’s laps at our house for so long and that is what he likes to do here. He sits in a high chair at home perfectly fine but here. Oh my! :p Oh well, this too shall pass.

There were lots of good moments. :) He is used to having some daddy time on Saturdays, since Lauren used to work Friday nights and got some sleep then. He was quite the daddy’s boy while he was here too.

Daddy and son ~ Lifeofjoy.meSean was a good fill-in for his daddy; giving Brian a needed break.

guys play video game ~ Lifeofjoy.meAunt Tiffany got some cuddle time too. :)

aunt cuddle time ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe loved his horse that Sean got him for his birthday.

Liam on rocking horse ~ Lifeofjoy.meLiam on rocking horse ~ Lifeofjoy.meIt’s sooo fun to see him play. :)

He like cleaning tools. He got very busy in the utility room.

Grandson with mop  ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe was enamored with the dryer. I stood by making sure he didn’t end up doing anything crazy. ;) We played some ball . . . it’s our thing.

Playing ball with grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.me

I made some homemade sugar free ice cream before they left Sunday afternoon.

son and grandson love ice cream  ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, it was a hit.

When it was time to go, he was definitely ready. He decided to help Brian put his shoes on. :D

grandson helps dad with shoes  ~ Lifeofjoy.meThere was much cuteness which made the difficult times bearable. ;) He’s a sweetie and I miss him so much.

I think that is enough pictures for one week. So I’ll run for now. I hope you have a great weekend. I intend to.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Birthday Weekend

Here I was preparing to tell what a boring week it’d been when I remembered that Brian, Lauren, and Liam were here last weekend to celebrate birthdays!!! So I have grandson pictures to share. Although I took my nice camera for the family gathering, it died right after the first picture and I hadn’t taken the case, so no battery charger. Ugh! Thankfully my phone still had power. ;)

Family ~ Lifeofjoy.meYep, that’s most of us. Tiffany is on the corner there with Liam on the yellow scooter thing and Macie is over there too.

Niece and Grandson ~ Lifeofjoy.meThat dog is Hutch, my parents’ dog. He’s a big lovable fellow.

We didn’t have a chance to celebrate Brian’s birthday last month, so his celebration was up first. Mom made his usual request, Mud Pie.

Birthday ~ Lifeofjoy.meHis, like most of the other adults, is over quickly as it doesn’t take long to open a gift of money. ;)

I made a sugar free mud pie which was very muddy because something happened to the chocolate sauce and it didn’t thicken at all. I will get it right though. :) I’d gotten a new vanilla and it was way to strong and florally. Yuk! I will definitely be either reducing the amount of this vanilla next time or using a different one!

Grandson cake ~ Lifeofjoy.meI sprinkled the remaining crust crumbs in a Mickey Mouse silhouette on top. And like I said, it was messy.

THM Mud Pie ~ Lifeofjoy.meBut good! Liam approved. :)

grandson eating mud pie ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Grandson and gifts ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe liked his little minion I got him. I know he’ll enjoy the colorforms and stickers we got him too, as well as the ‘magna doodle.’

He knew how to rip off the paper this year. :)

Grandson opening gift ~ Lifeofjoy.meClapping ~ lifeofjoy.meUncle Sean made it easy for him!

opening tissue paper gifts ~ lifeofjoy.meThe paper was barely off before he was off and rocking! :)

riding rocking horse ~ Lifeofjoy.meYeah, I think it was a hit! ;)

Well, I have a busy day ahead of me. It is Aunt and Niece Day in our family today. So Tracie is picking up Tiffany and dropping of her girls. I have a lot of fun planned with them and they are spending the night so that they can have what they really want, cousin time. :)

So, I’ll run for now and share more pictures of our little guy next week.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº