Thankful Thursday

It’s been quite some time since I’ve created a Thankful Thursday post… but, wait no longer!

So often we take things for granted…things as basic as our freedom or as exhausting as our democratic government and the way we elect a leader…  But really, we have so much to be thankful for if we just take a second to breathe it all in.

This week I’m thankful for….

  1. My Bama Friend.  I got home last Wednesday from a vacation with an amazing friend, someone who gets me, who listens to me, who takes the time to think before responding to make our chats so wonderful and so worth it!  I can’t thank her enough for everything her and her husband did by hosting me.  Here at home I run constantly… but during the 5+ days I was at their house, I was able to relax and do nothing if that’s what I wanted to do.  She made dinner most nights and we were really able to reconnect and chat about things.  She shared some of her concerns in life at the moment and I shared some of mine.  I’m beyond thankful for her!
  2. My family.  Seems basic right?  First a friend, then family… but really, right now, this is what I’ve got!  While on vacation last week, my parents took our son.  Hubs was working most of the time I was gone so we needed someone to watch the boy.  My parents, who watch him during the week when he’s not at school, took him with them to see family in the south.  Thankfully he’s such a good boy so they don’t mind taking him… but my parents are the best, for sure!
  3. Sunny days like today!  While it was cold… like 15 degrees cold…it was still a beautiful blue sky and super sunny!  Even if it’s cold, it’s still nice to have the sun!
  4. Finally, this week I’m thankful for the ability to buy decorations for Easter!  I’ve never really decorated much for Easter, but this year I really have had a desire and I’ve been fortunate enough to have the funds to purchase the things I’ve wanted to add to our collection!

As we roll into Friday and then the weekend… I hope everyone has fun plans… we’ll be booking our flights this week for a trip next month to Mexico!  Go out and enjoy life!

Almost Two Years

Wow… it’s been almost two years since my last post.  It’s hard to believe it’s been that long since I’ve been on here.  So much has changed… I’ve been going to school for over a year; I’ve dedicated myself more to regular fitness; little man is only a few months away from finishing his first year of preschool.  Man, things feel so different to me, but probably look very much the same.

I’m going to do my best to spend more time in this space as we progress forward.  I’ve missed it a lot, but I just haven’t had the time with my full-time job, part-time school, and full-time motherhood/wife to keep up with it.

Stay tuned… there will be more to come for sure!!

I’ve Been Missing…

Can I just start by saying that I hate being sick??  I hate it.  Though, that being said, I feel like this particular round of sickness has gone well (or as well as any sickness can go).  I missed a day of work (which I don’t typically do for a “cold”), but other than that I have kept busy.  I’m sure part of it is because I have a little one running around and my husband hasn’t been around much has been busy… but also, I have just pushed myself a bit more. 

We have had some beautiful weather lately and living in this part of the country, you never really know when you’ll get another round like this!  So on Saturday, while hubs was busy reffing some basketball games, we went to Ace Hardware, Home Depot, had lunch, and then went to Lowe’s.  I was searching for material to make a 3-tiered herb garden.  After going to Ace for the good deal on the soil we went to Home Depot where we found more than we went looking for… but not everything on our list.  So, after making a pit-stop to refuel, we went to Lowe’s as well!  We were able to find the rest of what I was looking for, am more…of course!

We (I) had a really good day yesterday (Mother’s Day), but I’m going to do a separate post about that! 

I’m not really sure if I’m getting better….  at times I feel like I am, but other times I feel like I’m getting worse.  My ears are starting to pop though, so that’s a good sign!!

Camper Searching

Over the last… gosh, almost a year… we have been talking about getting a new camper.  The camper my husband had prior to us meeting, dating, getting married, and adding a 3rd child to the mix… is just too small at this point.  It’s a 25′ travel trailer.  It has a double bed… or is it a queen?  Hmm, I don’t know.  (I just know it’s not a king…like we have upstairs.)  It has a couch that converts to a bed (that even I hang off).  It has a table that you can break down and turn into a bed (which I could probably fit on… I just haven’t tried).  It has a bathroom with a shower, but little to no room to move around.  Outside of the door that you can close to make the bathroom seem extremely undesirable (especially if you are claustrophobic), everything is one big room.  That’s great right?  No, it’s not.  Especially when you are sharing it with two teenage boys.  Since having the 3rd boy, the older boys haven’t gone camping with us so I don’t have to worry about cramming myself in the bathroom to change and what-not… but I usually do anyway.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy having my stepsons there camping with us… but the layout of the camper just isn’t great… 

Last fall we went to one place here… about an hour and 45 minutes away and looked at campers but didn’t end up buying anything.  We just weren’t at a point where we could spend what we needed to, to get what we wanted.  At the very beginning of the discussion we stated we were going to get what we wanted if we were getting something new.  We weren’t going to get something now and trade it in in a couple of years… this is what we were going to keep!  After no success last fall, we decided we would look again this spring before camping season began.  Let me just tell you… we’ve been LOOKING… and LOOKING… and LOOKING.  Heck, I did more looking today after we looked yesterday!  We’ve even looked in another state!  We are pretty dedicated!

So this is where the overload of pictures begins…  Somewhere in this mix… there might be a camper we are going to buy!

Here are some pictures from the trip we made about a month ago…

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This is one that I really liked… but there wasn’t a ton of extra room in the bunk area… (you’ll see what I mean by extra room here when I show you some others that are open in the back – without bunks)

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This is the rest of the “kitchen” area for the camper with the bunks.

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This one here was nice… but I didn’t really like the unlevel counter space or the light sofa’s.

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This was another option… but… not one of our favorites (notice all the open space that not having bunks allows?).

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We even had the little guy… he loved looking at all the campers.  Oddly enough, he went to the bathroom in EVERY.SINGLE.ONE.  He didn’t want to come out!

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Here is one of the final ones we looked at that day…and didn’t like.

Hubs also went last week and tried to get pricing from a place not far from us (that some of these pictures up above are from).  That has been interesting… the guy didn’t want to give us pricing on all the ones we wanted pricing on.  It apparently was too much work for him.  He gave us pricing on one and that was it.  So… We decided to take a trip on my next day off (yesterday) to a place in NY… we have driven by this place multiple times and just decided to check them out.  Let me just tell you… I loved the place!

ImageGetting ready to head over the lake and into New York.

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We went past a TON of apple trees!

We looked at a bunch of campers in New York…  I didn’t take pictures of any of them but I went on the company’s website and pulled these following pictures…  We decided (and got pricing) on three favorites from this company.  I was able to find pictures of two of the three we liked…

For the first one…

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This one has bunks… but the room is REALLY small.  It’s basically two bunk beds… and a dresser.

The next one…

ImageImageImageSo, this is one of my favorites…  the only thing that is weird for me is where the TV is… I wish it was at the end of the camper and not on the wall there like it is… so… I dunno what to do…

Things I’m Loving Thursday

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Okay… so, I know I’ve been missing in action…  but really, I haven’t been missing anything.  I’ve been enjoying life.  Work takes a lot out of me sometimes and once I’m done with that, I just want to spend some time with the family… or cook… or….lay on the couch and pretend I’m a famous person who has a bank account that just keeps filling up with money.

I never followed up on my goals from last week – I know that!  I did awful!  You don’t need to hear about it.

I created goals this week – I didn’t publish them!  They are in my planner though and I’ve been doing surprisingly well so far!

Anyway… the whole reason for today’s post…  sharing the love, err, at least what I’m loving!  You could certainly be loving the same stuff though!!

  1. The trees are budding!!!
  2. I have a 3-day weekend coming up! (You are probably not loving that…unless you too have a 3-day weekend!)
  3. I did a little shopping last night at TJ Maxx!  I always forget how much I actually like that store! 
  4. I’m still in a happy mood from Easter!  I don’t think I could have asked for a better day!  It was nice and quiet!  Of course it would have been nice to have my brother and his family here, but at least we got to FaceTime with them!
  5. Sandwiches!  Oh, I just love them!!!  A friend reminded me today how she can’t have them (with deli meat at least) because she’s pregnant.  That was probably the worst part of my pregnancy a few years ago… (which means it was a REALLY good pregnancy I suppose!)
  6. We get to go meet Biscuit on Saturday.  For anyone who doesn’t know, Biscuit is a yellow puppy… in a book… in many books, technically….and my son LOVES him!!  A local store, Buttered Noodles (which clearly doesn’t update their website…ever!), is having a little event where “he” will be.  They do an “appearance” event pretty regularly, but we’ve never been to one.  This time, we’ll be there!
  7. Next week (Tuesday) hubs and I will celebrate our 3 wedding anniversary!

Alright… I’m outta here for tonight.  I hope you all have a great weekend!  Do something fun or… if not, do some cleaning!  If nothing else you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished something!

Weekly Goals

Alright, so last week I didn’t set any goals….that basically means I didn’t do much… I mean, that’s not true, of course I did stuff… I worked 4-9+ hour days, I did some shopping on Wednesday night, we took Friday and had a day together, my husband, myself, and lil man…. I did stuff… And let me tell you in the end, it was a great week. I had a discussion with my husband about things…. And that funk I was in most of the week, I was out of it by Thursday night (could be because I knew I didn’t have to work Friday) and was ready for an enjoyable Friday.

This week though, I’m going to set some goals and hope that I’m able to be successful with them. Thanks to Microsoft shutting down their Technical Support for Windows XP, I’ll be spending most of the week in the office getting a new Windows installed onto my computer!

Goals…
1. Get on the treadmill at least 4 days this week.
2. Drink 60 oz. of water every day (this will be a challenge in the office).
3. Remember to take something out for dinner each morning (Monday-Friday).
4. Bring lunch each day in the office.

I’m going to stop right there. It’s going to be a tough week and I don’t want to push my luck!!

I hope everyone has been having a great weekend and has an enjoyable week. Next weekend is Easter…hopefully the bunny hops your way!