Grateful For Springtime Everywhere

Missed posting last week as we were out-of-town. Very thankful for a chance to travel (via tour bus) to Washington, D.C. and watch G and the rest of the high school band march in the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.  

Springtime in the Washington, D.C. area is truly beautiful! 

Gratitude From Our Trip:

  1. Safe travels there and back
  2. Great bus drivers and tour guides
  3. Great weather especially on the day of the parade (though I do wish I’d thought about sunscreen) 
  4. The chance to see so many amazing sites in our nation’s capitol.

    Library of Congress

  5. Including an up close view of the back of the White House during a garden tour event we just stumbled on….thankful for being in the right place at the right time. 
  6. The amazing high school band students and the level of good manners, kindness, and respect they showed. (Enough so that their guide reached out to our high school principal to compliment them, something she said she’d only done one other time in her 9 years working as a guide).

Gratitude From Days Back At Home:

  1. Arriving home to find my own tulips blooming!
  2. Getting to spend time with my preschool kids again. Nothing warms my heart more than hugs and a few “Where were you?” or my personal favorite, “I thought you were never going to come back!”
  3. Finally a good night’s sleep last night, thanks to a few thunderstorms rolling through our area. No better sleep music than some light spring storms.
  4. Kansas City traffic, I don’t think I’d last in the D.C. area (and I didn’t even have to do any driving!)
  5. My own personal bathroom and not having to wait in line for it.

So much more to share about our trip (I’ll do that in blog posts soon) but Easter is Sunday and brunch as always is here. Need to cut this short so I can start getting the house company ready. There’s that extra “we just got back from a trip” layer to address before I can even begin to clean.

What things are you grateful for this week?

Joining in with the I Like Thursdays hosted by LeeAnna over at Not Afraid of Color. Hop over and give her a visit!


Happy Homemaker Monday, Back From Our Trip

We arrived home from our trip to Washington, D.C. very early this AM. The high school marching band played in the Cherry Blossom Parade. And we were fortunate enough to go along on a friends and family bus to tour our nation’s capitol and of course, watch our high school senior march one last time.

So happy to have a day off today to rest and relax before moving on to yet another busy week. Time to catch our breath and then, we host Easter brunch on Sunday!

Linking up as usual with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom.


We had gorgeous weather (even with a little rain) while on our trip but heard it dipped back into the 30’s around here. However, it straightened up for us and is supposed to be 75 and sunny today. Chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday. Happy to see warm weather and no rain predicted for Easter weekend.


I started reading The Devil Colony by James Rollins on the way home yesterday. Read another James Rollins book on the way there/part of the way home called Altar of Eden.


The Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, D.C.

We watched The Greatest Showman, National Treasure, and The Avengers on the way to Washington, D.C. and most of Pitch Perfect on the trip home. I fell asleep during Pitch Perfect but doubt I missed very much. Watched The Green Zone with Matt Damon while doing laundry this morning. No time for regular TV while we were there!


Not sure. Probably going to look up and see if I can find the episodes I missed of SEAL Team and God Friended Me.


Not spaghetti as we had Italian food twice during the trip! It’s hard to plan dinners after so many days of eating out. All this is subject to change.

MONDAY: Fixing tacos for lunch right now but no idea on dinner

TUESDAY:  Might put some Country Style Ribs in the crock pot *I have Bunco*

WEDNESDAY:  Husband can be in charge *I work 3-6*

THURSDAY:  Maybe chicken legs?  *J has a baritone lesson*

FRIDAY: Possibly OUT (I’ll start prepping for Easter Brunch so it will have to be easy no matter what we do)


  1. Laundry
  2. Laundry
  3. Did I include laundry?
  4. Grocery Store
  5. Finalize Easter brunch menu/get stuff
  6. Clean house
  7. Pay bills
  8. Write blog posts
  9. Write a better to-do list


I have lots of trip photos to edit. Does that count? Of course, I’m also itching to get out and add to the flower garden areas in the yard.


Sleeping in my own bed tonight, not waiting in line for a bathroom, spending some time on the backyard, and of course, Easter!


It looks like we just returned from a trip.



A Duluth, MN tee-shirt and pajama pants. It’s a pajama pants kind of day but I’ll probably change once some more laundry finishes.


Looking out the window and watching the scenery change during long car/bus rides.



What’s your plan for the week ahead?

Happy Homemaker Monday, A Short and Exciting Week Ahead

Happy Monday! Do you ever mix up dates?  I did! I thought we left tonight for a trip. Apparently,not so fast. We have to hang around for a couple more days. Good thing as I have lots to do still.

I’ll share more about our trip (Can you tell I’m a little excited?) upon our return. Like to keep my outings a mystery from the paparazzi.

While I anxiously await our departure, I’m home today to plan our short week. Joining in with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for the fun.

The Weather  

Spring has sprung! It’s so pretty outside I can hardly bear to be inside. No wonder I’m so bad at spring cleaning. As soon as it warms up, I want to spend all my time outside with singing birds, sitting on the front porch with the little gray cat, and enjoying the warm breezes. Of course, I do hear whispers on the news of a cold front arriving this weekend.

On My Reading Pile

Finished (finally) Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin. You can read my review over on Goodreads if you’re interested. Not my favorite of her works but still a good reference guide. I also just finished up Flash: The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me About Life, Faith, And Second Chances by Rachel Anne Ridge.  A great read, spoke to my soul.

Movies or Shows I Watched This Weekend

Watched the series called Hanna (only 1 season so far) on Amazon Prime. Enjoyed it. Apparently, it’s a spin-off of a movie of the same name (not on Amazon Prime, sigh). Other than that, see the weather. And note the problem of having a favorite show on Sunday nights: preempted for everything.

On My TV

See the weather paragraph above. Not much…I’ll be outside! Maybe a rerun of Fringe while I’m doing some necessary inside chores.

On The Menu

Short week for planning the menu here!

MONDAY: Leaning toward spaghetti, meatballs, and garlic bread





On My To Do List

  1. Finish up the clothes laundry
  2. Wash all the bedding (tomorrow)
  3. Scrub shower
  4. Steam mop floors
  5. Clean whole house
  6. Pay a few bills
  7. Make a couple Quiche for Easter brunch (freezer)
  8. Clear out pantry
  9. Trip to Dollar Store for Easter Brunch plates/napkins/filler
  10. Pack for trip

What I Am Creating  

I moved quite a few of these from their random spots in our backyard to a new home yesterday.

Yet another garden area in the backyard! My husband moved some items and where there’s dirt, I see a flower garden!

We’re actually trying to make a fire pit from the inside of a broken washing machine. 

My vision for the backyard will take a few years.  That’s okay though. Gives me something to do.

Looking Forward To

Seeing the results of the new construction happening next door. (in the oak tree) Welcome Blue jay family! 


See the start of the nest near the bottom left? Still 20 feet up in the tree but in range of the camera zoom lens. 

Our trip! Easter Brunch! Hoping they’ll ask me to help with Earth Day at preschool. (They usually do). A wedding shower to attend later this month! 

Looking Around The House

Not awful but definitely in need of a good spring cleaning. And someone (ahem…) tracked mud through it yesterday and needs to clean it up.

From The Camera 

What I’m Wearing Today

Light blue 2014 KC Royals American League Champions tee-shirt, tan corduroy pants, and tennis shoes. The “throw something on so I can take a kid to school” look.

One Of My Simple Pleasures

Having the windows open and a breeze of fresh air blowing through the house.

Prayer Requests

Safe travels for our family. Hearts to soften in extended family members. Health for a coworker.  Allergy sufferers that they might find some relief to enjoy this beautiful season.  All of you to have healthy, happy weeks.


I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health. (Voltaire)


What are you looking forward to this week?


Gratitude From A Grouch

Sometimes, I think people perceive me as sort of happy go-lucky and not very bright. As rather shallow. Those people don’t know me very well.

While for the most part, I am a generally happy go-lucky person who tries to stay positive and upbeat, it doesn’t mean I don’t have my days where my mood is more storm clouds than sunshine and rainbows. Just because I prefer not to discuss politics or world issues with you, does not mean I don’t follow the news.

However, I’ve found that looking for gratitude does help the bad moods. Sometimes. In order to stay authentic, I’ll share I was in an awful mood on Saturday. And for no real good reason. Sometimes bad moods just happen.  I was not in the mood for gratitude.

However, I started a gratitude list any way. And my mood passed. Not right away but in time. Feelings come and go and are not right or wrong. Feelings are just feelings.

Whew! Let’s go back to being happy go-lucky and not so serious and check out the gratitude list for this busy week!

(Not many pictures to share as this has also been an exceedingly busy week!)

Gratitude List For The First Week of April

Don’t worry, Be Happy!

  1. Friendship
  2. Coffee  
  3. Friends, old and new
  4. Spring
  5. Grouchy moods to make us appreciate the good moods
  6. A good night’s sleep
  7. Teenagers arriving home safely
  8. A job where part of it is actually being outside
  9. Preschool wisdom
  10. Mint gum
  11. Husband willing to change his schedule so I can go to work on time
  12. Good books
  13. Cheerful employees in the fast food drive through
  14. The kindness of strangers
  15. The return of yet another bird to our yard. So happy to see the Brown Thrasher out there! A wily one who refuses to pose for my camera.
  16. April showers
  17. Wedding invitations

Going to stop at the really random number of 17 this week.

This song popped into my head while typing the caption on my first photo so I’ll leave you with it:

Time to hop off of here and start cleaning the house. I need to clean it just to get to the spring cleaning stage. Scary!

What’s on your gratitude list for this week?

*Linking up with LeeAnna over at Not Afraid of Color for I Like Thursdays.

Happy Homemaker Monday, No Fooling It’s April 1st!

Happy Monday! It’s April. When did that happen?

Worked this morning, so it’s an afternoon/evening edition of my planning post. This is a busy week and I’m glad to take some time to catch my breath and plan it out a bit.

Linking up with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom. Go check out her blog, it’s a great one and her link up is such a fun and encouraging way to plan the weeks.

The Weather  

Well, it snowed Saturday morning, then we had thunderstorms in the afternoon. However, yesterday the sun came back out and while chilly, it put us back on track to spring. Supposed to hit the 70’s for later this week. Maybe more rain on the weekend.  

On My Reading Pile

Need to finish Outer Order, Inner Calm but took a break from it to read a couple lighter fiction works. Read a Young Adult selection called Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. I enjoyed it though her Dorothy Must Die series was better. And I finally read The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

Movies Or Shows I Watched This Weekend

Broke down and watched the Triple Frontier movie on Netflix. Personally, didn’t think it was that great. Pretty bad. Also, watched the movie of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. Plain silly fun, I enjoyed it a lot more. And then, I decided to make it a 3 movie weekend and also watched 90 Minutes in Heaven, a wonderful testimony and great book (book is naturally better than the movie).

On My TV

Still just watching God Friended Me and SEAL team as my main two shows. Everything else is sort of hit or miss with me.

On The Menu  

April Fool’s a day early here. I roasted my chicken upside down on Sunday. Oops!

Busy week means pretty simple menu!

MONDAY: hot dogs and french fries (probably some fruit somewhere) *I worked 7:15-4*

TUESDAY: Spaghetti, salad *I work 8-4*

WEDNESDAY: Depending on mood, BLT’s or Sesame Ribs in slow cooker *G has early morning band practice* *I have a 4:00 hair appt* *We all have a band meeting at 7:00*

THURSDAY: Petite steaks (something in freezer), not sure what I’m going to do with them yet. *J has baritone lesson*

FRIDAY: Frozen pizza or fish *G has early morning band practice*

On My To Do List

  1. Pay a few straggler bills
  2. Prepare for upcoming trip
  3. Plan Easter brunch menu
  4. Clean the house!
  5. Target trip
  6. Find dress to wear to some upcoming spring occasions
  7. Get with friend regarding some graduation party planning
  8. Still need to go through the clothes/get out spring/summer things
  9. All the things I can’t currently remember


The plants are still in the window. Dreaming of my outdoor garden areas, trip to the garden store soon.

Looking Forward To

An upcoming trip.

From The Camera 

What I’m Wearing Today

Yellow school tee-shirt, jeans, tennis shoes. Plus a green cardigan sweater since it’s still a bit chilly.

Simple Pleasure

Conversations with preschool kids. Always a lot to learn from them.

Quote For The Week

March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers. (English proverb)


What’s on your agenda for this week?

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