Memories of Granddad 

Malt-o-Meal, eggs, bacon, & biscuits every morning (my sister and I always had to choke down the Malt-o-Meal. It was edible if I kept a layer of sugar on it!)

Coffee in a saucer, slurped 

Cinnamon-swirl pound cake (every time we visited!)

Sody water (when I was little it was always Pepsi, then later on they switched to Dr. Pepper)

“Dad gum” – he said that a lot. 😊

He used to smoke a pipe. He’d go out on the front porch to smoke, but I always remember the smell of the tobacco. 

I don’t remember seeing him in jeans. Pants and button-up shirt every day. 

Bluegrass and old country music

Always piddling in the shed. I’m happy to own several of his creations, including a wooden photo frame. 
We said goodbye to Granddad this past week. We are so thankful for his long, full life! It’s hard to think about him not being here. All my grandparents are gone now, but I have faith they are all in paradise with Jesus and I know my Bama and Granddad are so happy to be reunited!


“So, hold ’em tender, hold ’em tight

Pray every mornin’, day, and night

That God will help you raise them right

And don’t you blink, don’t blink’Cause like bluebonnets in the spring

We’re only here for a little while

It’s beautiful and bittersweet

So make the most of every mile

So pack light and love heavy

Give it all your heart and soul

So in the end you won’t regret one thing

Life is like bluebonnets in the springLife can be filled full of sorrow

Time is something you can’t borrow

So love like there’s no tomorrow

Because today could the dayLike bluebonnets in the spring

We’re only here for a little while

It’s beautiful and bittersweet

So make the most of every mile

So pack light and love heavy

Give it all your heart and soul, so in the end

You won’t regret one thing

Life is like bluebonnets in the spring. ”

Song Lyrics: Aaron Watson 


Have a great week!

Southern Wisdom #5

Well, I apologize it’s been awhile since the last post.  I told y’all the busy season is here!  And boy am I busy.  Anyway, I am grabbing a half hour here before I leave work for the day to post up a new saying for you.  I know you all have heard this one!  Anytime I hear this phrase, I start looking around for what’s wrong.  Did I leave the door open?  Did I track mud in?  Is there a mess somewhere?

WERE YOU BORN IN A BARN?

Usually this question is immediately followed by some direct command.

Close that door!

Clean up this mess!

Etc, etc.  I put this one on a barn wood background because that just fits, don’t you agree?

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Click here for the high-res JPG.

Hope y’all are having a wonderful month!  I promise to try to get some more posts pumped out soon!

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Easiest Ever Banana Cream Pie

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I realize you don’t actually need a recipe for this, but I am a rule-followin’-give-me-a-list kind of gal.  Therefore, I am giving you a recipe for the Easiest Ever Banana Cream Pie!

What you need:

Store-bought graham cracker crust
Vanilla wafers
2 bananas, cut into slices
Banana cream pudding mix
Milk, as instructed on the pudding box
Cool Whip

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  1. Place banana slices into the bottom of the pie crust.
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  2. Mix pudding as directed on the box under PIE DIRECTIONS.
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  3. Pour into pie crust.  Refrigerate for two hours or more.
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  4. Take pie from fridge and carefully add vanilla wafers to the top of the pudding.
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  5. That’s it!  If you want, add the cool whip all over the top and then store in the fridge until time to eat!

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

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Southern Wisdom #4 Free Printable!

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Bless her heart, my mother-in-law says this all the time.  It’s like one of those things she puts on the end of every conversation, when the conversation is really over but she’s still talking.

Me: So, we’ll probably come over around 5pm on Saturday.
MIL: Yeah, that sounds like a plan.  I don’t know yet what we’ll have for dinner, but we’ll do something be it right, wrong, or indifferent.

She is the only person I’ve ever heard say this and it confused me for a long time. Y’all let me know if you’ve heard it before!

Click here for the full-size JPG!

Hope y’all have a great week!  It’s the last week of summer for Wyatt!

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“It’s the end of the world as we know it”

Well, maybe not quite that dramatic, but it is a great song by the Newsboys!  My work life has begun the craziness that is the fall semester.  Classes don’t start for another two and a half weeks, but all cylinders are running here at the SUB!  This is why I buy school supplies and clothes in July.  Wyatt is all ready for first grade, whether he himself is ready or not!  :)

Last weekend we went to the race track to watch my husband race.  It didn’t end like we would have liked (busted radiator!), but Alyssa WON a bicycle!  She (and I) was SO EXCITED!!!  Just look at that smile!

Alyssa couldn’t wait to get home and start riding it!  We got back super late that night, but don’t you know she had to give it a spin in the living room and down the hallway!

I haven’t done any baking lately, because we traveled three of the five weekends in July.  I’m hoping to get something baked this weekend!  As soon as I get a chance, I’ll be posting a new recipe on here, as well as #4 and #5 of the Southern Wisdom printables!

Have a great week!

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Southern Wisdom #3 & A Life Update 

Happy August! Wait, how did that happen??

Here’s my next piece of Southern wisdom for you! Have you heard this one?  I have, more times than I can count!

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch!

This is also very good wisdom, and may not be all that “southern”, but I’ve made this printable JPG to include a few slang word forms for extra measure. 😉

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Click here for the fun printable! 

I’ve been on vacation this past week and it’s been W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L! So needed! I did arts and crafts, cleaned the house, went grocery shopping with the kids, and went to visit my family for an extended weekend!

Showing off their new shoes!

Lego playtime with their cousin!

Mod Podged Jars

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It’s back to the old routine today! Work is already rolling and school starts in three weeks! Have a blessed week!

Change your way of thinking

 

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A few weeks ago, I became really dissatisfied with my job.  I’m not really sure what set it off, but it was probably another self-given guilt trip that I can’t be around every second for my children.  I started looking at available jobs on my campus, and then at jobs available in my town (a small city of 250,000).  While there are jobs available in my field both on and off campus, none of the positions available would be a move up, which I decided was really the core of this issue.

My job is a little unique in that there was no one before me in this position.  However, I think it happens a lot in my field.  Marketing has become one of those things that every business has to do.  They NEED to be on social media, they NEED to have an eye-catching website, they NEED good printed materials, etc.   Most business people do not have the desire to learn how to best do these things, so they hire someone to do it.  Unless you work for a large business or corporation, there is most likely only 1-2 marketing and graphic design positions available.  I am that person in my department on campus.  There is not a position above me in my department  that does marketing and design.  There is only the director who signs off on my designs and approves the purchase orders.  That director also manages the entire building and all it’s employees.  I don’t want that job.

It is a little depressing to realize that there’s no where to go up from here.

So, what better to do than pump some new energy into my Etsy shop and drum up some additional income!?!  I quickly listed 5 new listings, renewed some of my more popular custom designs and changed the name of my shop to reflect this new direction.  I went to my Teams list on Etsy and posted links to my new items and announced the new name and even announced my Relaunch Party special.  From that, I got several new item Favorites and a few Shop Favorites, which was a little exciting!  I posted on my personal Facebook page about the special sale, which rendered 3 likes and 1 share (from my mom).

And with all that publicity… nothing happened.

I realized I’d jumped into this shop revitalization idea without even consulting anyone, most notably God and my husband, on their thoughts about this.  Now I’ve had this shop for 5 years and I have always listed, unlisted and renewed items on the shop without consulting either of them… and maybe that’s the problem.  I think 2013-2014 was my best year for sales, and I was also in the middle of graduate school, had my 2nd child, and still working full-time.  It was too much to keep up the Etsy shop.

Maybe I don’t need to strive to make more money.  Maybe I need to count my blessings instead.  Again.  And again, as a reminder. In talking with my mom about how I felt, I started listing out all the great perks of my job.  Paid vacation and sick time, paid insurance, affordable health insurance for the kids, life insurance, retirement fund, good bosses, great coworkers, and on and on.

So… why was I feeling so unhappy?

Well… Three of my coworkers just got a promotion plus my boss just got a promotion as well (even though he’s still my boss) during a department reorganization. Although I am very happy for all four of them and truly believe these changes will head us in the right direction, Jealousy and Envy still found a way into my thoughts.

Hmm. 

Ahem.  That got uncomfortable.  And miserable.  My coworkers are my friends and I do very much like working with them.  Their promotions are in no way a poor reflection on me or my work.  The realization that there’s (still) no where to move up from here is also not a poor reflection on me or my work.

What if…

What if I only looked at me, and my position, and not at everyone else around me.  Isn’t this the job I always said I wanted?  Aren’t I already doing what I love?  Haven’t I loved this job since Day 1?

Yes, yes, and yes. YES! I get to do SO many awesome things at this job, like going on the football field during halftime and taking photographs on the field for the crowning of Homecoming King & Queen! I also have front row and backstage access at any concert put on by my department, most recently Metro Station! I get inside the ropes at the school bonfire every year! My boss’s boss’s boss is the CFO for the university! I got my Master’s degree for FREE from this Tier 1 university! I have the honor of designing the artwork and marketing for some of Tech’s most loved traditions, like RaiderGate, Homecoming, and Arbor Day! I get to mentor students on forming great marketing ideas for their events! 

I am useful.

I am talented. 

I am a professional. 

I am good right where I am! 

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”

‭‭I Timothy‬ ‭6:6-7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Click here for the printable JPG! 
Have a blessed week!


 

Southern Wisdom #2

Here’s the next bit of Southern Wisdom for you!  How many times have we heard this saying?  There’s nothing better than southern hospitality.  Just come on in and make yourself at home!  What usually comes next is, “I’m sorry the house isn’t cleaner…”  We’ll just leave that part out; for all I know I’m the only one who can’t keep a handle on the kids’ messes.🙂

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This is an 8×10 JPG (click image to download) or here’s a PDF if you prefer.

Note that this clip art is not my own, it was obtained free for personal use.

 

Have a  blessed week!
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Southern Saying Free Printable #1

Well, bless your heart, darlin’!  Isn’t the South great?  So many fun phrases and redneck wisdom!  Something about the summer just makes the southern accent just twang a little more.  I don’t know if it’s the warmer weather, mason jars of sweet tea and lemonade, all the outdoor BBQs, or the drawers hanging out on the line, but summertime just brings out the best bits of southern pride.  (On a side note, I’ve been told by my friends from the North that they have their own silly sayings, too, but since I’m from Texas, I’m going to focus on simple southern sayings.)

I thought I’d put these on my Etsy shop and then realized Etsy is inundated with these types of things as well.  BUT, good for you, readers, because you get them for FREE!

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Here’s the first one! Click the image for the PDF or click here.

Would you like a RED version?  Click here!

Check back in a few weeks for the next Southern saying!

Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

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Rest & Renew

July 4th weekend my parents and niece came for the weekend and it was WONDERFUL! I love spending time with my family. We spent all day at home Saturday, which is rare when they come! Coming from a small town to a small town with a big town nearby, usually the pull is too great to keep us home and we end up going to town to shop or eat or both. However this month we are buckling down the budget to pay off some debt, so “shopping” is not allowed!🙂

I spent most of the day in the kitchen, but that’s okay! I made blueberry muffins for breakfast and started the crock pot with beans for supper. Then Mom and I decorated the kids’ bikes with ribbon and banners and they held a “parade!” It was adorable, even though my 3-year-old decided to cry the entire time and refused to sit on her tricycle.


Then they all had juice bars while hubby cooked hot dogs on the grill for lunch. After lunch, a miracle happened and the girls took naps while Wyatt played quietly in his room for over an hour!

Mom got crafty and I put together some quick snacks for the kids to enjoy later (pudding pops and jello). Then we made banana bread! I LOVE my mom’s banana bread. I will post the recipe sometime!

After the kids’ rest time, we got them all interested in some art time. I love all the new artwork I have decorating my dining room!

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Later, the older kids went off to play and Alyssa spent an hour cutting up tiny pieces of paper with scissors.🙂  she even pretended some of the shapes were puppies or other animals! It was sweet.

So even though we stayed home all day, we all had a great day! I went to bed happy and content!

Monday, the 4th, was a great day too! We spent the day with my husband’s parents at their house and then at our house for supper and fireworks! The kids swam almost all afternoon and then loved the sparklers and pop-its!

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I could not have asked for a better weekend with my family!
We hope you had a great 4th too!