Sunday, February 27, 2011

Moving Day

This is what we are doing this weekend

Moving these three (my Grandbaby is in there too!) from Utah to Idaho. Lucky for us all their stuff fit into the horse trailer. We have moved enough times that we consider ourselves professionals so this was cake!

Nobody got one of these!

I am really trying to get to where I can get some crafty stuff done! Maybe this next weekend! Thanks for stoppin by

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I'm Back!

So sorry to leave ya'll hangin! In January I had a pesky gall bladder removed from my guts and just as I was feeling good - I got the flu. Luckily this last weekend we were able to get away on a small family vacation to a cabin in the mountains.
This was my view from my leather recliner with my electric blanket! I didn't move from this spot all that often!

Ahhhh. Coffee and a book.

We got a kick out of the slot machines. Little Miss B must have the magic touch because she cleaned the one machine out!

Kids did lots of playing in the snow! And Dutchess followed them everywhere they went, not letting the kids out of her sight!

We didn't leave the cabin until evening - getting us home late, it seems no one really wanted to leave! I am thankful for a long weekend to recharge and relax.

It's a good thing too, because these next couple of months are going to be an uphill battle!

Friday, February 11, 2011

an open letter to the flu

Please leave! Now! and don't even think about making my kids sick!


*going back to my couch now. hope to see you all soon!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


So I am working on what I NEED vs what I WANT and frankly I NEED the hardware above this door! I have a door, oh yeah!

I am gonna put Papa R (the dad) on this mission! He is all about finding "stuff" at auctions and such!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


This is the quote I have at the very beginning of my home management binder!

I think Marjorie Hinkley is a dang smart woman! I don't know her personal history, I don't know her at all actually, but I have a quote from her and I am going to read it everyday!

" We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are. As you create a home, don't get distracted with a lot of things that have no meaning for you or your family. Don't dwell on your failures, but think about your successes. Have joy in your home. Have joy in your children. Have joy in your husband. Be grateful for the journey."
                                           Marjorie P Hinkley

Monday, February 7, 2011

Home Management Binder

I am participating in A bowl full of lemons weekly organization challenge and Week #1 is the home management binder.

I worked on it over the weekend and this is what I came up with:

 I bought the binder at Office Max and I can't wait to dust off my vinyl cutter and fancy it up!

The inside pocket will hold the "right now" paperwork. The first page is a fabulous quote that I will share with you in another post.
My tabs are just post it notes stuck on because I wanted to be able to move things around if I didn't like the order and I am glad I did it that way because I want to move "Finances" up.
Currently I have the following tabs:
To Do
Menu Planning
RevvNRG (a business of ours)

I have a few open places just in case I need to add
Medical is a little different - Each member has a sheet protector with a copy of his/her birth certificate and social security card ( I actually made a few copies of the card and the certificate together and put 4 copies for each person) Then in each sheet protector goes their immunization card, health insurance card, dental insurance card and military ID card (for our kids)

A few of these sections will take me a little while to get used to. The cleaning list section I am thinking of laminating a few lists so the kids can take a list for a room and go to town cleaning!

The menu planning is empty right now, but I really like the system my friend Peggy uses. I tried it before and it really was easy and worked so I am going to try that again. I will share when I find something that works!

I am super excited that my important stuff is now all together! Now whatever doesn't go in the binder will need to be filed - THAT is a whole other post for sure! But I am pleased my desk piles are now cleared!

This is my 2011 resolutions and they go something like this:
#1 Purge and organize house & business so that there is more time to enjoy life
#2 Get Fit - excercise regularly, eat better, continue to drink more water (I just recently stopped drinking soda!!) My ideal weight is 125 - I am currently (I can't believe I am gonna post this!) 188 so my goal is to lose 63 pounds!
#3 Get financially fit.

I am going to go work on some spreadsheets for my binder now! Happy Monday!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Need organization now....

I feel like a thirsty person, trudging through the desert under the hot sun...."need organization." huff puff, dry mouth... "need organization now"

this is my desk at work: (one of them)
See that pile of paperwork on the right hand corner? My husbands military schedule is in there somewhere. Also in that pile: receipts - personal and business, coupons, these cute little lunchbox notes that I really want to cut out and put in my kids lunches, Bills, tax paperwork, registration stickers for our motorcycles, (I am facebooking my aunt for her mailing address that she has given me at least three times already!) and this cool 2011 Resolution packet that I printed off from : 

I actually filled it out last night COMPLETELY!  My number 1 goal : GET ORGANIZED!!

Here is my other desk:
I can't even begin to tell you what this stuff is, I'm too embarrased.

A little bit about WHY I want to be more organized. The paperwork is killing me! I look at my piles and just shut down!
These are the "hats that I wear":
Business owner (currently own & run 3 of them)
Sec. Chamber of Commerce
Director Library Board
Treasurer of local Youth Athletics
Director of Baseball Ages 4-15

I have 2 grade school aged kids that are both very active: Football, dance, baseball, boy scouts etc.

I have a 15 year old sister that is like my first child. She is very active and we love to go to movies, concerts, and shopping of course!

I have a Step-son who lives in Utah. He will be 18 this month and is making us Grandparents in August! (that is a whole other post blog!)

My husband and I run our 8-6 Monday through Friday Business together. So I work full time, but have the advantage of being the boss which allows me to make my own schedule. Down fall: I can sit and blog all day and not actually work because I am the BOSS!

My husband is also in the Military.

We LOVE to travel - so that makes me the Travel Agent

I plan all parties and events - Event Planner

I pay all the bills and do all of the budgeting.

I have a lot on my plate and right now it is all in one big heap! I like my paperwork just like the food on my plate - all seperated into neat little piles!

So I have decided to link up to a bowl full of lemons and commit to her weekly challenges. #1 is the Family/Home binder which I plan on putting together this weekend while the hubs is working for Uncle Sam.

Have a Wonderful weekend and Thanks for Stopping by!


Guest House before and afters

Here are some more guest house before and after pics.

and after we painted and did a little decorating:

We have big plans for this little cottage this summer! Can't wait to show you!

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Be Miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.
                                                Wayne Dyer

I'm still deciding which it's gonna be today!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Shed turned Guest House

We turned a shed in our backyard into a little guest room. We have intentions of adding on a bathroom  and a little kitchenette on this summer. I don't have any before photos but here is an outside photo from last summer.

And here is another photo from the summer of my "wine garden." We have some great friends that are wine makers, after going to a wine tasting they sent me home with a few bowes of EMPTY bottles to create my garden! I swear I did not drink them all! To give credit where credit is due: I got the idea from their winery. You can see all about their wines at: