Busy Weeks

Phew. If we could just stop the roller coaster  for a bit. 😉 It has been busy around here.

Last, I left you hanging at Dallas birthday. Well, a few days later, on a Saturday, we took him out.  He got some birthday money and wanted to go spend it. So we took him to Boot Barn. His brother bought him a new cowboy hat. He loves it. These boys may not care if their cowboy shirts are wrinkled,  but boy, you let that hat get bent or dirty and you will never hear the end of it. 😂😂 . Then we went to an Habachi grill to eat. I love how they cook it right in front of you and pure entertainment.  When we got home we had a Manly 16th birthday cake for him. And of course the girls had to taste test.

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Dear hubby has been kind of depressed that he didn’t get to be here for his 16th bday, but when he comes home for a few weeks, he is going to celebrate with him. I’m so glad he has a big brother because Dakota really fills dads shoes when he is gone. Dakota has always been a second dad to his brother and he has always stepped up to the plate when I need him.

These girls love their Uncle Dallas.

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Dakota has got a small business started on the side and he has got Dallas to help him. This gets Dallas out of the house, learns work ethics, teaches him responsibility and how to provide, and most of all, spending money. We only have a few short years to finish preparing Dallas for the real world and we’ve got to make every moment count.

This is them out in the cold mending a fence for a customer.

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Our boys have always been good at working. For us, not so much, but for others, yes. We want our boys to be able to take care of themselves and provide for their families.  I don’t think they will disappoint.

Dallas is doing better at driving. He has got to drive a few times in drivers ed in town and that’s what I was waiting on. Now,  I feel more comfortable letting him drive in town with me. You know, we have to protect Ms.  Daisy when you are chauffeuring her around. 😁. He is really enjoying his welding class and FFA.

Dakota has taken on the job of getting one of our old tractors up and running. It belonged to one of David’s brothers and he has gotten down in health so he passed it down to David. Dear hubby has not had the time to do what is required to get it going and Dakota wanted to tackle it so dad said go for it. He has really done a good job. Dakota is just naturally good at things like this. And of course, he included little brother. They amaze me.

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I’ve been busy with the girls everyday and got use to a somewhat routine. I drop Dallas off at school to catch the bus to the high school, and I drop by and pick up the girls so Jossie can get to school at 8am. Her courses this semester is harder than she thought they were going to be. She hardly has time to get homework or assignments done. I know it’s hard when you have two babies demanding your attention and a husband wanting attention. 😂

We get home and I make us breakfast and then we play for a bit til its little sissies morning cat nap. Atleigh quietly plays while I get a little something done or she helps me. She loves to help do anything I’m doing. I don’t care if its cooking,  laundry,  mopping, sweeping, or dusting, she wants to “hep”. However,  she does not like the vacuum cleaner but little sissy does. She will run and hide partially because she doesn’t like sounds like that or any loud noises partly because of her ears which I will get to in a minute. When little sis wakes up from her morning cat nap, I get to get a few more things done while she plays. It’s getting a little easier now that she’s learning to sit up by herself. So I’m not having to hold her all the time. But somedays she can be cranky because both girls are cutting teeth. 😱😱.

Then it’s time for all of us to rest.  I am trying to help sleep train Caroline so their night time routine will be smoother on mommy and daddy at night. After a nap, we get up and just do our own thing. Play. These silly girls, one minute they are loving on each other, the next big sissy is picking on little sister. PhotoGrid_1549150513888PhotoGrid_1548300654665

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I have the best helpers and I want to teach them all I can so they can be independent and good wives someday. Not that we’re gonna let them……😂😂😂

They are learning and growing so fast.

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A few days we actually got to get outside and play. Yes, TN  can have all 4 seasons in one week. It got up to 70 one day. So I uncovered the sand box.

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Then a few days later it was raining and turned cold.

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Now that little sis is sitting, I let her use the high chair and let big sis use her booster seat at the table like a big girl. Of course, this is the face I got. She is getting use to it though.

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We have good days and bad days. We don’t always see eye to eye. But at the end of the day, you kiss and make up.

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This week was so busy because Jossie came down with strep throat and we had to separate her from the girls so they spent the night with me. She went to the dr and got shots and antibiotics which worked quickly which we needed them to because Atleigh had to have minor surgery to remove her adenoids taken out and tubes put in. So Caroline had to spend another night with me so they could get Atleigh to the clinic early the next morning. I was able to go because my momma came and stayed with me and the girls. I had had a dr appt the day before Atleighs surgery, so my momma, aka Granny, got to stay and play with both girls.  Then the next morning we all left for Atleighs surgery.

Before and after surgery:

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My momma had a ball with them and they were good as gold. Of course they are. They are always good for grandparents and great grandparents.  We all were as kids.

My daddy celebrated 75th birthday this week. He is doing really well in his retirement.

I’ve been able to get some things done in the house that has been needed to be done for a while. I was taking some things out to one of our buildings when all the sudden: well, this is what I put on Facebook:

So…I fall in the yard and twist my ankle and break some glass jars. Then I hear coyotes howling in the not so distant woods and makes this girl think, “Clumsy girl down for the count!” All I can say is, “Come at me bro, I will crawl back to the house!” Then is see 5 deer in the bottom and they didn’t even come to my rescue either. Like, come on, Snow Whites life matters too. Just when you think your life might be somewhat valuable to someone, it takes coyotes and deer to show you you’re not worth it. At least the cat checked on me. Oh wait, she was just hollering at me cause her bowl was empty. 🙄🙄

Needless to say, it’s been busy like I said around here.

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their Sunday. Cya and God Bless.

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Happy Sweet 16

You know that song, Bad To The Bone? Well, I think they wrote it just for this guy. His personality consists of, stubbornness, hard headed, truthful (even if it hurts your feelings), a good debater (he can argue with a brick wall), independent (wants to do his way), flies by the seat of his pants, logical, private, tough exterior. But at the same time, loyal, sensitive, soft interior (he wouldn’t want you to know that), determined, moody, witty, goofy, and has a protective instinct and an “I got this” mentality. These are all good qualities that gets him into a little trouble right now, but someday, out in the real world he will do great. I always prayed that God would use my boys and they would have a great testimony, but didn’t know how much my patience would be tested and that I’d hit my knees in prayer more. This one has made me pray the hardest, and longest soooooo….his testimony better be GREAT.
Son, always do the RIGHT thing, always trust God to lead and guide you. I want you to dream big, but at the same time play it smart and safe.
I hope you have a very Happy Sweet 16.
We love you very much and never forget that. We just want the best for you and for you to grow you into a respectable man full of honor, dignity and integrity. Always do your best even if you don’t know why you’re doing it.
We love you son. HAPPY SWEET 16.

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Playing With My Pressure Cooker

Well, I said I was going to play around with my pressure cooker and let ya’ll  know how it went. Here is one I did tonight:

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I cooked pizza stuffed chicken breasts on the bottom, put my trivet in next and put mac and cheese on top and cooked for 15 minutes. I can lessen  the minutes a little next time but it was yummy.

A few nights ago I tried spaghetti and it came out wonderful. Still gonna see what all I can put together and cook to save time.

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While I was cooking, Dakota and the girls were playing tractors in the floor. These were his tractors from about 18 to 19 yrs ago.

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Enjoying My New Year

I hope everyone is enjoying their new year. I know I am.

We took down all our Christmas decorations so we could get our living room back for our grandkids. 😁

January has brought about changes for us. First, new semester in school for Dallas which he is loving by the way. He has drivers Ed for which I’m excited and relieved. And he has Welding and FFA classes. He is enjoying these classes very much. He is going to check on the skills team in FFA where he will be in cattle and soil judging. I’m relieved he is taking drivers Ed. I’m relieved because it’s been a little harder to teach him to drive because he didn’t get to grow up driving things like Dakota did on the farm. He grew up driving things with handle bars. 😐 The concept of a round steering wheel was akward for him. Plus, he never showed an interest in learning so we waited until he was ready. Months ago I started out small then worked our way up to back roads. I felt uncomfortable getting him in town around heavy traffic. I did want to take him to get his permit so when he started drivers Ed he would have it. I made him take the practice tests 3 or 4 times online to understand some things. Then I took him to get his permit which he only missed 4 questions. Now that drivers Ed has started he’s got to drive once already in town to which I am relieved. The drivers Ed vehicle has more safety features on it than standard vehicles like, the extra brake on the passengers side. 🙂 He said he did good and obviously he did, they are still alive. Lol. I will let him drive a few more times in class for him to get comfortable and not stressed, then I will take him out. I am highly adamant about wanting my kids to be safe drivers. I see so many kids today being irresponsible and do not know the rules of the road. I sometimes wonder where they get their license. But that’s another story.

Jossie has started her new semester in college so I have the girls more. She has gotten depressed a few times because she is trying to work too and is away from the girls alot during the week. She is a good mom and doesn’t want to be away from them. She is determined to hang in there though. We will all make it.

We have fun everyday. We play, bake, and have tea parties and my favorite, naps. Lol. I have the best taste testers ever.

Some days are better than others. Some days we’re grumpy and don’t see eye to eye. Lol. But we’re making memories.

 

Caroline is 5mths old today. She is learning so much from sissy.  She loves bananas, carrots, and green beans. She loves to be sung to and played with.  However, she does not like chaos, loud noises or alot of heavy stimulation. She is growing like a weed.

 

The days that I don’t have them is the days I try to get stuff done on my bucket list. I cleaned out and organized one of our buildings yesterday. I froze my tooshie off though.

We have had some crazy weather here. TN can have all four seasons in one week. Go figure.

I’m holding down the fort here while dear hubby had to go to LA.  He really was trying to avoid this but God had other plans.

Before he left we were able to move and prune some of our rose bushes. It was time to.

He is hoping he will be here more this summer.

I haven’t had a chance to play around with my ravioli maker yet but I will. I have however been playing around with my pressure cooker to see how many things I can cook at onetime. I have had to tweek and play but when I figure some things out I will let you know.

Well, I’ve got some things to do while I don’t have the girls. Hope everyone enjoys their day.

 

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Enjoying Christmas Break

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas.  I know we did. It was a very busy time but we enjoyed time and fellowship with family.

Christmas at Nannies.

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After we left Nanny’s,  we went down to Dakota and Jossie’s house so we could read the girls the Christmas story for bed time.

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We had some very tired girls.

We finally got home and got in bed.

Dallas said he would let us sleep in Christmas morning. WOW!   One whole minute longer. He woke us up at 5:31 am. He started the coffee and turned on all the lights. He was so excited. Little did he know, I was already awake thanks to an excruciating calf cramp that shot me out of the bed trying to walk the floor.

Oh well, we got our Christmas on.

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Dakota text us to tell us the girls were waking up so we got ready and went to their house.

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We left there and came back home and I got a roast in one pressure cooker and a deer stew in the other. Then we layed back down and took a nap.

That night it was Christmas at my momma and daddy’s aka..Granny and Poppa

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It was late again getting home. Most guys had to go back to work the next day. I know dear hubby did. He had to drive back to AR.  I’m still adjusting to him being gone this time of year. Usually he doesn’t  work during the month of December.

I have been enjoying the girls company.  She played in her kitchen sink for an hour and a half. Boy, she could teach teenagers a thing or two

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Slobbery kisses are the best, if you’re a baby that is.

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First tea party

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Thought that was John Wayne there for a minute

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I’m going to have so much fun with this

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I also got Pioneer Womans book. I love this book. Her story is just like mine and my sweethearts. I can’t hardly put it down.

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We are beginning to wind down. I want to go ahead and take my decorations down so I can have my living room back. Lol.

I will take Dallas one day to take his permit test. When they go back to school he will be in Drivers Ed this next semester. 😱😱 I am not ready.

School goes back in session January 7 th. Jossie starts her spring semester January 10th. She has also been promoted to third manager where she works. She is going to be busy.

Well, we are going to enjoy the rest of our break.

I hope everyone enjoys theirs  too.

 

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Last Minute Things

This morning is all about last minute things to do before the festivities.

This past week I’ve still been busy making goodies and treats for the kids, while Dallas invited his girlfriend over for their Christmas together. I was decorating the cookies that the girls and I baked while he was teaching Leah how to cook and he prepared our meal.

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Dear hubby got to come home a day early because he had to shut the job down due to the company not sending the materials needed, which pushes them further behind for next week and they will have to work over which means he want be home next weekend. However, that’s ok because we have dated all weekend for our anniversary.

He had been planning our anniversary for two weeks. First, he bought me a new dress and all matching accessories.  Now, a little history,  every year he buys me a dress, shoes,  jewelry,  handbag, etc. for me for Easter, Mothers Day and our Anniversary.  BUT, this year he outdid himself. I have had so many compliments off this one. Complete with even the broach on my shawl. I was called Ms. Christmas by a lady at church. Even the men complimented me.

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I forgot to have my hand bag in my hand when I took the pic. It is red satin with rhinestone design and silver just like my broach. This man knows how to dress me. You see, women don’t dress anymore like they use to. I love to dress classy and have everything matching just like they use to do in  the old days. My grandmother and mother were the best at it. He knows this about me and goes all out. HE IS GOOD.

We went to a fancy restaurant in my hometown back home. Wonderful meal, wonderful atmosphere. Dallas didn’t want to go so he spent the night with his brother. We will have to get use to this being alone thing on our anniversary because we’ve always had kids with us. We did have the girls on the actual night of our anniversary because he started out driving home that morning and Jossie had to work. So he got to see his girls when he got home and play with them some. We ended our date last night. We always watch It’s A Wonderful Life together and have a fire going.

We celebrated Dakotas birthday yesterday because everyone was working on his actual birthday and dad was not here. So they came over after church and dad cooked lunch. This boy wasn’t kidding when he said he wanted chocolate cake for his birthday.

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Trying her on baby food. She is getting so much better and her appetite is coming back.

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This goofy girl though.  I guess goldfish tastes better upside down.

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I’ve just got last minute prep to do this morning for things that need to be fresh then will have the rest of the day to relax and enjoy ourselves before we go to Christmas dinner at Nannys.

If I don’t get to post again tomorrow, I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and remember the true meaning of Christmas.

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Sappy Post

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I’m a little sappy and emotional today. 27 years ago today I became a Princess in my own fairy tale of my dreams. This PRINCE CHARMING though. He said he knew he was going to marry me when he walked into that restaurant. I’m glad he did, cause I didn’t. We have never really had any bad times because for some reason God has always had his hand over our marriage. Yes, we have had a few struggles like sometimes not knowing where our next meal was going to come from or how we were gonna pay our bills but who hasn’t? We were young when we married and had to figure things out. And here we are rocking it. We didn’t quit when times got hard. We talked to each other, dreamed together, planned things and with Gods grace, made it happen. We never ran first sign of trouble. We manned up. Our eyes and hearts have always been for each other. You can ask anyone that knows us. I have enjoyed this journey of life with you David Dixon and I would gladly do it all over again. God knew what he was doing when he brought us together. We have a wonderful life and family. I am one truly blessed wife. I will always support you and thank you for your dedication and loyalty. I love you with all my heart. 💏💖💓❤💞👑👑💍👸🤴👰 HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

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