Friday, July 13, 2018


We have been having such a good summer! The days are flying by and we are doing so many things and I feel like there are so many more we could do and I will be bummed about NOT doing in the fall but there is only so much time!

The high of my week was when swimming with Isla in the pool this week she showed off her improved skills! She has been apprehensive about keeping her face under water for longer periods of time and when using strokes.  She improved by about 4 seconds earlier in the week and by yesterday she was under water for almost a full 20 seconds!!! I am so proud of her and the bravery she is using to improve her swimming.  She is so not a risk taker!! Though she claims to be haha.  We have spent a LOT of time in the water the last few weeks and we started summer with a week of swimming lessons so I'm thinking of adding on another week next month!

the child's new door sign!!! hahaha

The low of my week was the scratchy throat I woke up with.  Allergies? Wtf? It's July.  I thought I had escaped this year.

The book I am reading is The 17th Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.  It's part of the Women's Murder Club series.  I've read some really good books recently including The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz part of the Millennium series started by Stieg Larrson, Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (AMAZING juvenile fiction about a young black boy who is shot in the back by a white police officer -- HIGHLY RECOMMEND), Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union and The Abosolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  

a little pool side reading...

A Recipe I made was garlic and onion zoodles! We have are first zucchinis of the summer from the garden.  I used Iowa Girl Eat's advice and used my Vegetti spiralizer on the thick side and then cut up the spirals.  I put salt on it and threw it the fridge for about 30 minutes and then absorbed water with paper towels.  Then in a pan I melted butter and sauted onions.  After that I threw the zoodles in and added some garlic powder.  I cooked it for a few minutes until warm.  So good! I had it with spaghetti sauce and meatballs once night and then the next night with beef and broccoli.  I won over the child and the husband admitted it was 'okay.'  yum!

The best money I spent was mmm.. I think the only money I spent was on groceries and then i threw in a dollar when my mom took us to lunch.. soo the good lunch shared with my mom and kiddo!

enjoying our free slurpees on 7-11!

My plans this weekend include going down state to a family wedding.  Besides that, who knows!

What are you reading? What was the high of your life?

Friday, July 6, 2018


Howdy! It's been awhile.  I've been a bit busy since school got out and on the go with my munchkin! Here is what is up currently with me!

Reading:  “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” by Agatha Christie.  I read one of her others earlier this year, “Murder on the Orient Express” and a book based off of that one for book club, and decided that she would be a good every now and then pick me up for an interesting mystery.  It does read a bit slower as I am able to pick it up and move on quickly, but I do adore her writing.

what I read in June!

Loving:  spending this summer with my kiddo! We have done a real good job so far of being busy and lazy.  So far we have had a week of swim lessons, a long weekend camping, 4th of July party with friends, boat rides, multiple nights at our town’s free concerts, trips to the local beer garden with friends, and many trips to the library!

  thankful we got central air!!! It has been super muggy and being able to stay cool at my own house has been so nice.  I roll my eyes at people who choose not to use their air since I’ve spent the last 12 years sleeping like shit.  Bring on the air.  Plus, cuddling a kid and hanging out all day at a house with no air IS NOT FUN.  Especially when you sometimes get the fresh smell of manure from down the road!

Anticipating: our busy month ahead! Our weekends are all full.  This weekend the husband and I are enjoying a kid free Saturday night to enjoy a dinner at a nice local restaurant that we got a gift card for our birthdays, then taking a morning kayak trip down a local river before we join the kiddo with my parents for afternoon boating on the lake they live on.  The weekend after that we go downstate for a family wedding, the following weekend we head up north to Interlochen with friends, and then down to Frankenmuth for a quick weekend trip.  Definitely a Pure Michigan summer in the works here!

caught a fish on a recent trip up north!

Watching: not a lot… we are trying to finish off the season of Blindspot and besides that I am usually reading or surfing the internet.  Or watching tv with the kiddo which seems to be The Loud House or Double Dare lately!

that we have so many fun family friendly things to do in our area.  In the summer alone we have free Thursday night concerts, farmers market twice a week,  a local gardens that does kids activities and a free lunch time concert once a week, a wonderful public library, beer gardens, festivals, and rivers to explore plus much more!

on decluttering this house.  One baby step at a time.  I’ve put dents in Isla’s closet, the office closet/that whole room, plus our winter clothes.  Each day I have Isla going through some of her stuff since she is such a packrat.  The art scraps everywhere! I’m also trying to decorate more around our house since we’ve basically done nothing to our house because we really haven’t cared in the 12 years we’ve lived here.

sadly to not a lot of podcasts right now because I always have little ears around me and some are just not little ear friendly! Ha.  But I am enjoying the new season of In the Dark and Order 9066, which is about Japanese American incarceration during WWII. 

I had crafty ways that would help decorate the house/improve it without having to pay other people.  Let’s just be real, no amount of youtubing can give you skill.

What are you reading? What are you anticipating? What are you listening to currently?