Thursday, March 28, 2013

Spring Cleaning

Y'all, cleaning is not one of my favorite things to do. I'm not a slob by any means, I just grumble a lot when sweeping or washing dishes. Most hated chore? Folding clothes! I'm not sure why, but my mom has always loved doing the laundry. Then again, she used to vacuum the floors every morning at 6 am.

Anyway, being at home a lot means I see the dust and dirt that has built up over the years and it's driving me crazy. One of my favorite blogs, Money Saving Mom, has issued a 30-day house cleaning challenge. Every day, you clean the room/area that is specified on her blog. One of the things I love about Crystal is that she breaks down big tasks into "bite-sized" pieces. This challenge is no different.

I'm accepting the challenge and plan to blog about it. Might not be every day (between JR being home, getting a part-time WAH job, the kids and school, I'm lucky to even think about blogging.) but at least twice a week. Maybe even some instagramed pictures to go along with the posts? Lucky you.

Want to join me? Head on over to Money Saving Mom's site and check it out.

Later y'all!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New ROW Post

My newest ROW post is live! Go check it out! This post is actually great for any woman who takes care of the home alone or just wants to be able to make repairs.

My class from hell (which actually taught me A LOT) is over and a new class has begun. I just keep reminding myself that in a year, I will have my masters.

JR comes home tomorrow! WOOOOOT!

Justin is rolling over. :( I mean, I'm happy, but why is my baby growing so fast?! Stay small baby boy!

Have a great day, y'all!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Day Dream Believer

It seems that all I have been doing lately is thinking about all the things I want to accomplish. I don't want to call it a bucket list because I don't really want to think about my own death. Since I've been staying at home, I have a lot of time to think about things. A little too much time if you ask me. All this thinking has led me to see that I've been losing myself in the house and the kids. It's time to get my dreams down on paper and start making them happen! Anyway, here is some of my dream list. Take a look, but only if you promise not to laugh. 

  • Learn to speak Cajun French- The first time I set foot in Natchitoches, LA, I fell in love with the place. The history, the culture, the people. I haven't been in several years and I can't wait to go back. Cajun French is such an interesting language and I've been reading here and there to learn a few words. 
  • Complete a Fun Run- There are so many to chose from, but I think I'd like to do Disney Princess Run. Not the half marathon, but the Royal Family 5K. Dressing up in a crown and Tutu? Yep. Sign me up!
  • Learn to play the Mandolin- The only instrument I've ever played well was the Trumpet. Why I picked that instead of a more "girly" instrument is beyond me. Then again, I never did do anything the "normal" way. Anyway, I love blue grass and the sound of the Mandolin. I would love to pick up this skill.
  • Sing with Patty Lovelace (or another blue grass singer)- Again, I love blue grass. The folksy sound and the meaningful lyrics make for some amazing music. Have you ever heard Patty Lovelace sing "You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive"? No? What is wrong with you! Go to iTunes and download it now! My extreme stage fright might kill this one. Oh, and the fact that Patty Lovelace doesn't know that I'm even alive. Hah!
  • Meet a famous actor- Preferably Ryan Gosling, Gerard Butler, or Channing Tatum. *drool*
  • Meet Ree Drummond- I absolutely love Ree. She is my blogging idol. I've read her book, cook books, and watch her on Food Network. Her show is actually the only cooking show I watch. 
  • Actually make some money off of this blog- I think this is self-explanatory. I have always loved to write and now that this blog actually has readers from other states (and not just my mom), I'm hopeful that one day it might happen. 
  • Dance lessons- I actually have rhythm and love to dance. It would be so much fun to learn ballroom dance!
  • Get a Doctorate- This one is iffy. I'm almost a third of the way through with my Masters and I'm just not sure I can handle much more. 
  • Honeymoon- JR and I were married the weekend before I had finals and shortly before he left for training. He deployed shortly after so we decided to push our honeymoon back. Next month is our five year anniversary and we have yet to go on a honeymoon. One day, JR and I will go to some tropical locale and have a week of no kids, no work, no stress. 
So, there you have it. What is on your list? Leave me a comment or tweet me @Ofwjaimie. I can't wait to hear your responses!

Night, y'all!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

My Two Cents

I'll be the first to say that I don't like debating people, ESPECIALLY if I don't know them personally. Politics with my Dad over breakfast at the local diner? Yes. Fighting with someone who thinks they are knowledgeable because they can find Wikipedia on the Internet? No thanks. I do not intend to debate fracking here, so if this is your intention, GO AWAY. Just a warning: I will delete any and all comments that attempt to create a hostile environment. (Seriously. This isn't an open forum where you get the freedom to mindlessly mouth-off consequence free.)

I've seen FrackNation,  a pro-fracking documentary that was filmed to respond to the anti-fracking documentary Gasland. I'll be honest and say that until JR started in the industry, I didn't really pay attention to fracking. I haven't watched Gasland, partly because I don't think I'll be able to make it through the first twenty minutes without getting upset. This is why I refuse to say if any information in Gasland is valid or not.

Here is what I will say: Become educated and informed on the topic! If this is such an important issue to you, especially if this impacts your income (OFW's!), learn all you can about it. This goes for both sides! There is nothing I hate more than someone making claims that they can't back up with proof. (Thanks Dr. Mallory! You've made a true Grad student out of me!)

Here are links to websites for both documentaries as well as a few that I find interesting:

FrackNation

Gasland

Interesting list of things that are petroleum based

Report on Shale from the Government Accountability Office from 2012

While I do not want to debate the topic, feel free to share websites in the comments section, but ONLY if they have factual information to back them up. If there isn't a link to what ever report or study it is they are citing, then they didn't do a very good job. (This goes for both sides of the topic!) Let's work together to create the most educated community of Oilfield Wives out there!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Happy, Happy, Happy!!!!!

Y'all, I just have to share this:


Yep. Duck Dynasty replied to me on Twitter. I know, I'm geeking out right now. That's OK. I absolutely love this show!!

OK, back to the show y'all!

Let's try this again...

Alright y'all... the winner of the DecalThat giveaway never contacted me so the new winner is Laci Wyant!

I already have your info and will pass it on so that your decal can be sent! Congrats!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

And the winner is...

Ms. Eliza Kay! You are the winner of the DecalThat Proud Oilfield Wife decal! Please send an e-mail to jaimie.rachal@gmail.com with your full name and mailing address by midnight tonight Eastern Standard Time. I will pass the information on to DecalThat  for shipping.

Thank you to all who entered. I loved reading your submissions. Makes me so proud to be a part of this sisterhood! I hope to be able to have another giveaway soon!


Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday...ehh...

Even being a stay at home mom, Mondays are still frowned upon in my home. All of my classwork is due on this day (which usually means a really late night), and this week, Monday is JR's last day at home. :( One good thing about today? My latest ROW post is live! It's all about staying connected to your oilfield man. I want to know what you want to see a ROW post on. What would you like to see me discuss?? Leave me a comment or send me a tweet @Ofwjaimie.

I just have to say that I finally got my Kindle HD Fire. Kindle, where have you been all of my life? I can't read any of my nook books on it, but that's ok. I had pretty much read everything on it anyway. Ashley loves it, mostly because my sister has let her play on her kindle for the last few months. (I learned the hard way to make all purchases require a password.)  My nook won't go to waste as JR plans to take it back to work with him so that he can have a way to wind down during his free time.

Well, I guess I should get the day started. Have a great day, y'all!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Time is on my side, right?

I'm starting to think time is my enemy. There never seems to be enough of it. I always run out of time for cleaning, doing homework, spending time with JR before he leaves for his next hitch. Right now, it's 11:24 p.m. and I'm feeding my son after finally getting some homework done. My husband and daughter (and the dogs) are asleep and it's just Baby Boy and I. (Well, if you count Justin being barely coherent enough to drink his bottle, then he is awake.)

One of the things that has sent me down this philosophical road is my daughter. Ashley is growing up so fast and every single day she does something to amaze me. The last few weeks she has demanded to dress herself. Here is a sampling of her outfits:



She has the fashion sense and love for skinny jeans that her mommy will never have.

Last night Ashley decided she didn't need my help getting ready for bed. I must have had a sad look on my face because she said, "It's OK, Mommy. I'll always need your help." Talk about getting the vapors! Ugh.

And look at my little man with his big sister:

Can someone please tell Justin to stop growing?!

Time may be going by way too fast, but the times that I am able to slow down and enjoy what I have been blessed with make it all worth while. I won't always be struggling with homework until the wee hours of the morning. I won't always get the chance to dress my kids and tuck them in at night. I won't always get to enjoy the feeling of JR's first few nights home from a hitch. But while I can, you better believe I'm going to enjoy every minute of it.

Do you see blessings in the midst of a crazy life? Tell me how you cope with time running short in the comments section or send me a tweet @Ofwjaimie. (Don't forget to go enter the DecalThat giveaway on my last post!)

Don't forget to kiss your babies whether they be big, small, young, old(er), or of the four legged variety.

Night y'all.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

It's Giveaway Time!

My very first giveaway! This blog is growing up so fast. *sniff*

DecalThat is sponsoring a giveaway on my humble little blog and I couldn't be more excited!

Check out my own decal from DecalThat:


It's pretty awesome, even if my car is dirty.

Not only does DecalThat have oilfield related decals, there are decals for your entire home, even your toilet! (Seriously!)  If you don't see what you want, DecalThat is awesome about working with you to create your own decal! Personally, I have my eye on one of the oilfield wife tumblers.

All you have to do to enter is to click on this link and submit your answer to this question: What is your favorite part of being an Oilfield Wife? (Don't forget to include your name and email address!)

The winner will be selected randomly by a sequence generator at random.org on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013. Only entries submitted by 11:59 p.m. March 11th will count. I will post the winner on March 12th, and the winner will have 24 hours to send me an email with their address. If the winner fails to respond on time, the prize will go to the second place finisher.

I know what you're thinking: Get to the prize already!

It's this awesome Proud Oilfield Wife decal in white!

I can't say thank you enough to DecalThat for agreeing to sponsor this giveaway. Please make sure to check them out on Facebook and at their website! (I have it on good authority that once DecalThat's Facebook page hits 800 likes, there will be a vendor giveaway.)

Now get to entering and share with your friends! Good luck y'all!