Thursday, June 27, 2013

In transition...

Hey everyone. I've started a new blog over at Wordpress. I like the format much better and I'm hoping to go to new levels with this blog. Go check it out! I'm going to be leaving this blog up until I can figure out how to get these posts transferred.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

It's almost July already?!

I'm sorry I've been so lazy with posting. Last month I had five posts with ROW, a vacation to Louisiana, school work, house work, the kids, etc. When I had a spare moment, all I wanted to do was sleep or read a book. (Finally getting to read Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson! WOOT!) 

Anyway, I'm gearing up for JR to come home tomorrow! A new course started today, so I'm trying to get the initial bio posts and text readings out of the way. I'm about to start writing my next ROW post since I have finally found something to write about: DIY projects. This was inspired by my finding a YouTube video by Britneyandbaby on how to make baby wipes and a post from the Simply Domestic Me blog that shows you how to make your own Clorox anywhere spray. It was easy and I already had everything I needed for both projects in the house! (Sorry there isn't any pictures. My iPhone took a swim and the loaner phone I have has a crappy camera!)

I've also been on a faith-related journey. I'm an admin for Oilfield Family Ministry on Facebook and it has been such a helpful tool in my walk. For the first time, I really take the time to pray and to think about how God's influence is everywhere. I've also finally started giving the Lord my worries and problems. Let me tell ya, that took some time and I'm not done yet. 

There are some opportunities that might be coming open for me in the coming months and I must say, I'm pretty excited to see where the Lord takes me. 

Be looking out for my ROW post that goes live on the 20th. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Where did the time go?!

We leave in two days (AHH!) for our trip to Louisiana. I haven't packed a single thing and I still need to find someone to watch our second dog. (He's a bit of a grouch so no one wants to watch him.) JR comes home from PA tomorrow, which is also Ashley's 4th birthday.

Let me just say that I'm completely freaking out that my kid is going to be 4. Wasn't she just born? Where did those four years go? When did she turn into this sassy and brilliant little girl? I swear, I'm going to blink and she will be in high school. :(

Oh, and while I'm going down depression lane, Justin is trying to crawl and isn't napping much anymore. The days of getting stuff done while he slept are over. In just six days, he will be six months old. I just want to grab both of them and say, "Cut it out! You are not allowed to grow up!"

Anyway, most of you know about the horrible tragedy in Moore, OK yesterday. So many of our OF families have been impacted. I'm so touched by the amount of support that the OF community has shown already. I have personally seen people offering up farm land for displaced animals, starting relief funds, and offering their own homes to those that are affected. I'm an administrator for the Oilfield Family Ministry page and we are putting out as much information as we can, sharing a lot from other OF pages.

If you can, please donate or volunteer. You can text RED CROSS to 90999 or FOOD to 32333 (Regional Food Bank of OK) to donate $10.00 (Will be added to your phone bill). The Rig Wives Foundation is working with the Salvation Army to collect money as well as Oilfield Families of America.

This is quite possibly one of the most devastating natural disasters in the history of OK. One thing that will come of this is that we will come together to help those in need. Much like what I saw during JR's time in the military, the Oilfield takes care of it's own and then some. Pray for the missing, pray for the survivors, and most of all, pray for the families that have lost loved ones. They all have a long, hard road ahead.

Until next time, y'all.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New ROW post and update!

I know, I know, it's been forever since I've written a post. It's been one thing after another, I tell ya.

We have our trip to Louisiana coming up next week and I have to try to get as much homework and writing done as possible before we leave. I will have three ROW posts due right before, during, and right after the trip. I'm also going to be gone during part of week 3 and week 4 of my current course. Thank God for laptops and wireless internet!

I'm exhausted, y'all. I haven't had a full night of sleep in a while. Justin refuses to sleep through the night anymore. I really hope this phase ends soon.

I also signed on to be an admin on another Facebook group: Oilfield Family Ministry.

I have books that need to be read and cleaning that needs to be done. The front yard still needs to be mowed (did the back yesterday) and I haven't even found anyone to watch the dogs yet. Oh, and I should probably start thinking about packing.

Ashley's birthday is the day before we head South. I can't believe my baby is going to be 4! I'll take pics at her little party we have planned and post them.

Well, I'm going to try to get something done. Take a look at my latest ROW post!

Later y'all!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Best laid plans and all that...

It seems that the harder I try to plan out certain activities or plans, the more apt they are to fall apart at the last minute.

I haven't gotten any work done since JR has been home. We have either been busy or there wasn't any work to do. That's OK since I don't like being glued to my computer all the time.

We had family pictures scheduled for yesterday, but the extremely cloudy weather put the kibosh on that one. Now the baby and I are sick with some intense allergy/sinus issues. Even had to break out the nebulizer again. :(

Looks like we will have to put the family pictures on hold until we get to Louisiana, but at least I will get some pictures of the kiddos this week (weather permitting!).

Oh! I forgot to mention that Justin also has two teeth pushing through. Ashley never had a problem with teething. Let's just say that other than looking exactly alike, my kids have nothing in common.

Today will consist of medicating, finishing a paper, and trying to get in a little studying for my final that's due tomorrow. Oh, and trying to get as much time with JR as possible. He leaves out again on Tuesday. :( BUT, when he gets back, it's vacation time! I can't wait to get to Louisiana to see family!

I have a little over two weeks until we leave and I'm hoping to loose a few pounds. Hopefully this next course won't be a killer and I can finally get back on track with my workouts and eating. Now let's see if that actually happens. Hah!

How is everyone else doing today? Got anything fun planned for the week?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I'm a failure...and why that's OK.

Anyone else get super motivated and do a lot of stuff at once, only to burn out and then turn super lazy? Yeah, that's me in a nutshell. I will overdo it right off the bat and then think, "Hey, I deserve a break." That break then turns into completely abandoning what I had planned to do. This is the case for my cleaning challenge. Sorry, guys. After my crazy stress cleaning session, I just couldn't do it. I also piled work, kids, writing and homework onto my plate. (Speaking of writing, check out my new post on ROW that just went live!) I'm up to four posts a month, in my fifth week of this course, and trying to earn money to pay for gas and extras for our Louisiana trip.

Y'all, I'm learning that it is OK to not be all things to all people. I'm a good mother and wife and that's about all I need to be. I take on so much responsibility, some of which isn't even mine to take on. I constantly stress myself out about things that I have no control over. Hopefully I'll find something that will keep my interest and start another series soon.

Anyway, JR comes home today so I am tiding up the house and shaving those legs. You know it's official when the phrase "leg shaving" is thrown around. I've already washed dishes, watered the flowers, taken out the recycling, and now I'm folding laundry. Just have to sweep the floors and then get the kids and I baths. Then we will be headed to the airport!

Check out my ROW post and have a great day, y'all!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

It's Been Crazy...

The last few days have been absolutely crazy. My internet line was cut by my lawn mower happy neighbor and it took several rude calls to Century Link to get it fixed. My line is still above ground, but whatever...

I also had jury duty but I am happy to report that I was not selected! I won't have to worry about that for two years. Since JR is on a hitch, my mom helped me out with the kids. I tell ya, a lot of times I don't know where I'd be without her.

Anyway, I'm going to get some rest and recover and I'll be back at the challenge tomorrow. :)