Monday, October 31, 2011

Oh, How Pintersting Mondays…


If anyone knows me, I am the grammar/spelling police and can’t stand it when people use the wrong word. For instance, it isn’t YOUR welcome, it’s YOU’RE welcome. I instantly notice if someone uses the correct version of the word. If you don’t, and I know you well enough, I even go as far as to teach you.

I’d love this for the boy’s room.

toilet paper tube, peanut butter, roll it in birdseed and slip it over a branch..

Make your own face paint! Awesome! -one tsp cornstarch -1/2 tsp cold cream -1/2 tsp water in a baby food jar Mix well, add food coloring one drop at a time.

The boys would love this.

For down the road: Random ransom box: If you leave your stuff out after 1 warning, mom puts it inside this box and you can't get it back until you draw a job from the envelope and do it. (Her job list is hysterical.)

I want a secret door/room.

I believe I may start one of these.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

8/13–Hotel issues…big time

We left the morning of 8/13 to go back to Texas from Michigan. It’s a LONG drive and we agreed that our first day would be the longest and booked at hotel midway in Missouri. We decided to make it past Rolla, Missouri to St. Robert, Missouri.

We had a hotel booked at the Baymont Inn there. We arrived about 9pm that night and as we pull up to the hotel the lights are completely out. The driveway is blocked. The hotel is NOT open. How can this be? We drove this ENTIRE WAY and our hotel is CLOSED??

I called the hotel and there was no answer.

I called, whom we always book with. They also found that the hotel wasn’t responding to calls and told us they would remedy the issue.

I told them there was a hotel across the street. They looked it up and told me that the hotel wasn’t the same star rating as the Baymont Inn and they wanted to put us up at a hotel the same amount of stars or higher than what we were staying at.

They later booked us at the Holiday Inn Express down the street which was a high star hotel, cost more and they said they would go ahead and cover the cost of the more expensive stay AND they were sending us a $100 voucher to use on a future stay. HOLY COW – talk about great customer service!!

We’ve booked with before as well. We got stuck in a HUGE snow storm driving from Texas to Michigan. We called them and told them we didn’t think we’d make it to our hotel and what was the policy on bad weather. They said they would rebook us in whatever town we needed if we could not make it to our destination. I can’t remember if we rebooked that time or we finally made it to our hotel, but they have always been extremely accommodating!

We walk into the Holiday Inn Express and it was a very nice hotel. The lobby was gorgeous, the rooms were beautiful, I fell in love with the bathroom and the beds were comfortable. I told Joe we are staying here on the way back from Mi to Texas trips from now on.

I still couldn’t believe the original hotel were were staying at was closed. The woman at the front desk did some research and found that the hotel was hit by lightening earlier in the week, had a fire and the fire department shut it down until it was repaired. Just our luck I suppose! It worked out in our favor though!

Joe always says that I’m so nice to the customer service reps that we always end up ahead. I just think it’s always good to be nice!

2011-08-13_21-20-10Our room

2011-08-13_21-20-27_817I want the sink and the counter.

2011-08-13_21-30-42_94The pool. It was a bit too cold for me, but the boys liked it.

8-14 was my birthday. I spent about 8 hours of it in the car playing bakery story and restaurant story on my phone, relaxing, because we couldn’t do anything else.

I was extremely surprised at how DRY Oklahoma was. It looked like most every tree in the woods we passed was dead. It was so much worse than our area of Texas. I’ve never seen anything so water starved. It was sad.

I was happy when we finally pulled into our driveway!! Home sweet Home!

8/12 Last day at my parent’s house

2011-08-12_19-04-40_493Me and Woodchuck…

2011-08-12_19-09-04_824My mom’s chicken coop all dug out and ready to put up!

2011-08-12_21-58-16_76Joey was all cuddles with Grandma

IMG_7688Justin, Grandpa and Joey

IMG_7691Justin and his grandpa

IMG_7697Grandma and the boys.

IMG_7699Is it me, or does my mom look Native American? I asked her if there was any Indian in her and she said a very small amount possibly, but my brother and my mother look very Indian. I guess other people have asked her too. I’m a spitting image of my father. I didn’t get the Indian look my brother and mom have.

8/12 See you later Grandma and Grandpa Fisher

IMG_7654Grandpa now has buffalo.

IMG_7661Grandpa in the gator with Justin and Joey

IMG_7666Joey giving Grandma Elaine some hugs

IMG_7667Joey and Grandpa Fisher

IMG_7669Grandpa and Grandma and Joe

IMG_7674Grandpa and Grandma with Justin

IMG_7677Joey giving hugs to Grandpa

8/12– Saying see you later to Grandma Norma and Grandma Char

IMG_7579The boys and Grandma Norma

IMG_7582Justin gives good hugs

IMG_7585Joey playing his ds

IMG_7587Grandma Norma and Joe

IMG_7588Justin, Grandma Norma and Joe

IMG_7589Justin, Grandma Norma and I

IMG_7591Joey giving hugs

IMG_7599Justin giving MORE hugs!

IMG_7601Hazel B passed away in October, but we knew she was getting old and was sick, so we made sure to get photos done with her.

IMG_7606Hazel B and I.

IMG_7611Grandma Norma and Joe

IMG_7614We went to say see you later to Grandma Char and her horse. Boys got to feed the horse carrots.





IMG_7636What’cha looking at?!

IMG_7637Grandma Char with her boys

IMG_7643Joe with his mom

IMG_7646I love this pic

IMG_7648Char and I

Monday, October 24, 2011

Oh, How Pinteresting Mondays

So what exactly is Pinteresting Mondays?
First let me explain Pinterest.
From their website: Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.
Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests

My explanation: First of all it’s a website. If I had to sum up what it does – It allows people to have galleries of images, sometimes linking to websites or tutorials, and you can ‘pin’ an image into your own themed galleries called ‘boards’.

For example, you ‘follow’ a bunch of your friends who are on pinterest. You can see what they ‘pin’. For example, someone pins a really cool idea about organizing. You like that idea, so you go ahead and ‘repin’ the idea and categorize it into your OWN ‘board’ called ‘Organizing’.

Or someone pins a really cool house color scheme. You love the color, so you ‘repin’ the image to a board of your own called ‘House colors’.

Anyhow, I love pinterest. It’s super addicting and it is actually educating. I pin a lot of images under photography poses and photography tutorials. I’ve been learning a bit more about my camera thanks to pinterest.

So Pinteresting Monday’s is where you share some of the items you’ve pinned over the week. Here we go!


BEST playdough recipe, hands down. and you make it with JELLO!


Baby in box photo ideas. Isn’t it cute?! I pinned this under photography poses.


Isn’t this the truth? I pinned this under ‘Sayings’.
Corner Drawers. i like this so much more than a lazy susan. I pinned this under ‘Dream Home’
I pinned this under ‘Styles I love’. It’s such a cute outfit!
Cute layout!!! Pinned under ‘Scrapbooking!’
Looks – Pinterest has scrapbook sketches! Yahoo!
Ikea wooden spice racks – Isn’t this a great idea for books storage?? I pinned this under ‘organization’
Can you see how you get addicted to this website? So many great ideas and you can keep the ones you want!
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See you next Monday for more fun!