Moving on up to the sky

So we had our realtor come out this past weekend to take a gander at the house and let us know what we need to work on before putting the house on the market. I was thinking she’d point out “projects” but she walked through the house and told me EVERYTHING that needs to be done – such as decluttering, staging, etc. talk about overwhelming! I spent the next several hours writing lists. I kept trying to find a method/type of list to help me not feel so overwhelmed…not sure I found one but writing everything down thirty different ways was its own type of therapy (because I’m a huge nerd who makes lists and excel spreadsheets for relaxation).

We’ve decided we need a storage unit sooner than later, we just want to make sure we get one big enough to hold our lives. Because one thing you don’t quite realize when you plan to put your house up for sale is that while it’s on the market they want you to live in your house…but look like you don’t. So even though I have my lists (which somehow keep growing) I’m looking around my house preparing for what can be packed away for a month or more and what’s really necessary for daily living. It’s like trying to pack for a month long vacation and hoping for the best case scenario so you can pack light. Yikes.

Anyway – at least that goal has gotten off to a start. Now I’ll be spending a lot of free time painting (and writing because I need to finish that book!), and packing up life!


This is why we can’t have nice things

I love peanut butter.

I just wanted to say that before I went off on it.

I always find it on my pants. Sometimes my shirts, but usually my pants. It’s become an accessory several times a week. I don’t own that many pairs of jeans, mostly because I’m losing weight so I don’t want to stock up on pants that won’t fit me for long.

Sometimes I know the peanut butter is there because toddler man mouths my leg after eating some. Sometimes I find it later, I look down and there it is, about the height of the kitchen table because someone decided peanut butter makes excellent paint (and it kind of does).

It’s kind of gotten to the point where I’m not so careful when I eat anymore. The food on the kitchen floor doesn’t always come from the toddler in the room, why should it? I have to clean it up no matter who makes the mess and there’s always going to be something to clean up…so why try so hard?

Toddlers may be messy – but they sure are fun. So for now I’ll deal with the peanut butter and all the other little messes and I’ll try to be more put together and clean when I’m older.

Ring in the New Year – 2018

I’ve been giving my goals some thought (some less than others) but here they are.  I’m also going to tape them to my mirror so I remember what goals I set.  Here we go:

2018 Resolutions

  1. Query 5 agents by August
    1. Finish the 1st draft with necessary edits
    2. Have 3 BETA readers (at least)
    3. Research agents
    4. Write and polish query letter
    5. Send
  2. Reach goal weight by August 31st by cutting back sugar and working out more.
  3. Make my marriage a priority by having at least 12 dates with my hubs and holding family counsels.
  4. Go to the temple at least twice (DC will be closing in March until 2020 – just thought I’d explain the low number).
  5. Service – do one service activity a month.
  6. MOVE!
  7. Read 25 books.  At least two need to be on writing and three be church books.
  8. Mommy/Son dates – Take time for just Nicky and me by going on at least 6 outings together.

As you can see – I’m making dating my family a big priority this year – someone’s desperate… I’m excited and nervous about my goals – mainly the writing one.  I realized a few weeks ago that I hold back because I get anxiety about the whole submission process.  I figure if I make it a goal then my pride and stubbornness will overpower the anxiety and I’ll finally take the next steps.  We’ll see.  An unwritten goal is to blog and journal more – so hopefully you’ll hear from me more (if that’s what you want).



As I posted yesterday – I thought I had a draft of my weekly new things. This is by a complete list, looks like I stopped adding after about three months or so but you get the idea.

So I’ve fallen behind reporting on my weekly “projects” which I have dubbed Pinterest projects because honestly 99% of them will be attempts to do things I saw on Pinterest.

So here’s what I’ve tried and how they turned out.

1) Homemade paint.  Recipe found HERE.  This….did not work for me.  I may try it again some time but it came out too thick to actually be used as paint.

2) Family Home Evening on Prayer – I just kind of made this one up.  I have pictures to go with all the answers to the questions.

3) Preschool Calendar Board – this one actually took two weeks because I had to order more ink and go back to the store to get more velcro and laminating paper.  I got the idea from HERE.4) Glazed Donut Muffins – HERE 

These were delicious! Enough said.

5) Pin the Tail on the Bunny (LINK – PS I love this website!) however – the project failed. Seemed simple enough but the Velcro was just too strong and the tails ripped off.

6) baptism FHE

7) Pound cake

I’ve made pound cake before but I wanted to try a new recipe. Recipe found here.

There may have been too much batter, or it was too fluffy, or the pan’s too small. So many options.

But it tasted delicious!

8) homemade guacamole

9) homemade Reese’s eggs

10) rice krispy Easter baskets

11) Wall signs


So long 2017

It’s that time of year again. Time for me to look over my goals and realize that if I don’t write them down and post them somewhere I forget all about them. My first goal for 2018 is to post my goals on the mirror!

This year has been pretty good. We added Izzy to our family and she’s not so bad (and by that I mean she is absolutely the cutest baby I’ve ever seen or birthed). Nicky started preschool in September and he seems to be doing well. His vocabulary has taken off. As of today his favorite things to say are, “oh my word”, “gosh”, “help you” and “scared”…not sure what’s scaring him but he says it a lot.

I got released from my calling with the Young Women in October but now I will be their basketball coach and I’m still teaching Relief Society twice a month (and developing an ulcer because teaching stresses me out).

In 2017 I learned how to let things go. I was getting too worked up on things (and people) being exactly how I thought they should be and that only led to constant disappointment and frustration. Once I let go of my expectations my life and relationships got much better. I still skip up from time to time (today after church for example) but failure isn’t the end, it’s just a learning opportunity for next time (aka tomorrow).

Ok on to the part where I let you know how I did with my goals.

  1. Finish Personal Progress – I’m happy to announce that I finished this back in the spring.
  2. Writing – I didn’t write everyday but when I did write I wrote more than 100 words. I took two months off after Izzy was born but in that two months I contemplated the backstory of my novel and where I wanted it to go. So I’m marking this as a success because I persevered and aside from my “maternity leave” I always had something to submit to my writing group.
  3. Journal/Blog Writing –  Nope. My blog is a pretty good indication of how this went. I probably wrote in my journal less than I blogged.
  4. Have Family Home Evening – medium success. I’ve gotten better – and I’ve made little FHE packets which has been great because then everything is ready to go. I need to make some more but for 2018 I’m set for about two months.
  5. Do something new each week. Success. Mostly I did Pinterest projects. I made a bunch of new food, tried new crafts, made new activities for Nicky and made him a new quiet book to for his age. I have a post around here somewhere where I was keeping track. I’ll look it over and may post what I had.
  6. Get the house ready to sell! Meh. I painted the bathroom and the living room ceiling. I don’t think it will hold us up too much but we will see when we have our realtor come out to look at the house.

Stayed tuned for my 2018 goals after the new year! Hope everyone had a great Christmas and be safe tonight!


General Update

Have I mentioned that we want to move? I’ve been wanting to move since Stormy was born but now Chewy is on board too. The house is just getting too small.

So we’ve been saving for a down payment and working on fixing this house up and we are hoping to move sometime between spring and fall 2018. In the meantime our house continues to wage war against our savings account. I’m not sure who is winning to be honest.

We have a huge list of projects and as time goes by we start wondering what we can just leave, if you’ve seen my neighborhood you know we aren’t going to get back much money on unnecessary upgrades.

A few weeks ago, when I was potty training Stormy actually, we had a lot of rain. At one point I thought I stepped in pee by the fireplace, then later i realized it wasn’t pee but that our fireplace was leaking. It was a bad week for me and I just sat down on the couch and cried because I wanted my toddler to stop peeing on the floor and I wanted to be done with this money pit. Then I bucked up and got to work. I found a company on Google that had great reviews and called them for an estimate. They said they’d have to inspect it first and that would be $199. Seemed steep but when rain water is coming into your house, threatening to mess up your floor, you do it. So they came out, took a picture of the top of my chimney (I guess that was the inspection) and said the repairs would cost $1350….so of course we got another estimate. The next company came to do the estimate (for free but even if they did an inspection it would have only cost $50). The guy sealed the hole for now (for free – thoughtful), and he was knowledgeable and honest with me, he didn’t think as much work as the first company said needed to be done actually needed to be done and he explained to me why. Then – their estimate came in at $600…I’ll let you guess which company we went with. He even explained to me why they came in cheaper. Most chimney companies work on commission, they do not.

Anyway, now that I’ve written my review. So there’s that.

Stormy starts “preschool” on the 15th. It’s a Mothers Morning Out program, it’s not full blown preschool. One day a week, no parties, pageants or field trips. I’m hoping it will be good for him to interact with other kids besides his cousins. Several times throughout the year I’ll be helping out in the classroom. Should be fun to see him in that setting.

We had a bunch of rain last week and Stormy discovered puddles. And I had fun taking slow-mo videos of it.

Gertie is now 3.5 months! Can you believe it? The craziest thing is, I wasn’t even dating anyone 5 years ago and now I’m approaching my fourth anniversary and have two crazy but adorable kids.

My church calling is going well. I’ve been serving in young women’s for about three and a half years. It’s coming to an end soon though and I find it all bittersweet. It will be nice to have my Thursday nights back but I find that going to youth night always makes me feel better and refreshed. It’s hard hanging out with two kids all day. I absolutely love the girls I work with and even though I’ll still see them at church, I know it will be different and I’ll miss them. I’m trying to mentally prepare myself for whatever calling is coming next, but it’s hard to imagine any other calling being as fulfilling as this one has been.

I bought a laminator…that’s right, I felt that was update worthy. I’ve been making little family home evening pouches (I’ll do a post on those later) and laminating everything I can think of. I love it.

I think that’s it for the update – I’ll try to be better about blogging more often so that the posts aren’t so long.


Potty Training: Day 1

Lildonbro here, reporting live from Potty Training Central. We're two hours into potty training and have gotten the little one to sit on the potty 3-4 times. He's currently walking around without any pants on and has peed on the floor once, which left him looking both surprised and pleased with himself. The offender has received one ball from the Potty Prizes box and has been informed several times that to get more prizes he'll have to use the potty and actually leave behind pee or poop. He is put on the potty every 15 minutes thanks to a timer.


I almost gave up as soon as I started. I've read and my sisters reminded me that the first day is the hardest. Day one is meeting that expectation so far. He fought me on sitting on the potty, he kept asking for a diaper. If it weren't for motivating texts from my sister he would be in a diaper right now.
My advice from my two hours of experience – have someone who's experienced this so they can help keep you motivated when you want to quit; explain (again) with visuals of the treats (or chart) that to earn those treats, they have to use the potty; if you've got a fighter, give him his first treat for being willing to sit on the potty (and then be prepared to hold your ground that he has to leave some kind of bio material to receive anymore).

We are doing the diaperless, training pantless, big boy underwearless approach. i.e. Little Man is naked from the waist down.

Stayed tuned for more updates about the Boy being put on kitty Prozac…just kidding…