Saturday, April 30, 2016

Holiday Fun With Our Bloggy Friends - Let's Do Brunch - Mother's Day Celebration

Messy Messy Fail - What do you do when your 4 & 1/2 year old has no clean pants to wear, and there is no time to run a load of laundry?  Dig for the cleanest pair of dirty pants in the hamper.  Good criteria - they don't stink.  You've gotta do what you've gotta do sometimes.
Tidy Victory - Up until this point, I have tried to keep all of my craft supplies in a large canvas bag my husband had bought for me a few years ago.  Of course I out grew the bag.  And of course I bought some plastic containers last fall to organize and move everything in to.  Did it tonight!  I even broke out the label maker!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Toasty Breakfast Casserole

Messy Messy Fail - It's spring concert season again, so that means many nights spent away from home.  It's part of the job as a music teacher, but these evenings away from your family can really become a drag when your kids keep asking if they can go to the concert with you.  "Sorry buddy, maybe next time".  Breaks my heart!

Tidy Victory - My high school spring concert was last night and I must say, I have never been more prepared ahead of time as I was for this concert..  I almost had free minutes to do things prior to the concert I never had time for before, such as make sure my lipstick was on correctly.  Quite a successful performance from my students, they made me so proud!  I cannot wait to hear the recording!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Crock Pot Hash Browns

Messy Messy Fail - So it's nearly the end of April, and it appears as though I have definitely acquired a solid case of poison ivy.  As I found out in high school, I am terribly allergic.  I was covered from nearly head to toe, doctor felt quite bad for me.  I thought April was too early for poison ivy?  

Tidy Victory - Gardens are all weeded and mulched.  Two yards of black mulch and one can of Preen later, we are ready for summer!  It has taken us a few years to fill these gardens in but our efforts had paid off.  It appears as if only one plant didn't make it through the winter (just a little silver mound I had planted underneath my ornamental crab apple tree), and I'll take that.  

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #118

Messy Messy Fail - Can you guess which decorations are still up at our house?  That's right folks, Easter bunnies and eggs are everywhere.  I figured since I only put them up a week before Easter I could leave them up for a few weeks after to get full use.

Tidy Victory - At the toddler's swim lessons this morning, he FINALLY swam by himself with only his backpack float and a noodle - and it only took 8 swim lessons to do it!  Victory is ours!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Beermosa Recipe

Messy Messy Fail - Somehow, the UPKer broke the forked plastic piece that holds his Minion Big Wheel bike together.  This bike is rated for up to 80 lbs., and somehow this little 35 lb. boy figured out how make it unrideable.  Replacement part arrived today - thank goodness!

Tidy Victory - I had a lovely 35th birthday with my family - I enjoyed some yummy pizza, cards and ice cream cake (my favorite!).  Such a wonderful time and it really means so much when they show how much you are appreciated with the little things that you enjoy so much.  Thank you my beautiful family!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Fluster Buster Creative Muster #172

Messy Messy Fail - Back to the missing Toms issue - I did end up finding them, however, we have shoes ALL OVER our house.  Boots, sneakers, Crocs, dress shoes, Toms, sandals - you name it, they are here.  Time to organize the footwear, but is there a container big enough?

Tidy Victory - The weather was so beautiful this weekend (almost 75 degrees F!) that we were able to go outside and work in the yard for a good chunk of time.  Most of the front yard and part of our backyard gardens were weeded - love my weed poking tool!  You wouldn't believe how deep some of those bad boys were - I pulled out a weed whose main root was nearly a foot long!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #117

Messy Messy Fail - My Toms have disappeared.  Vanished.  I wore them on an unseasonably warm day in February or March, and they have since gone completely missing.  

Tidy Victory - I had a lovely thought to watch one of my favorite movies from my single girl years - Marie Antoinette.  I almost forgot I had it, had to dig around in some boxes downstairs to find it.  I am so glad I did - fabulous movie!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #116

Messy Messy Fail - I literally just finished making a somewhat heinous looking Little Einstein's rocket cake.  I bit off more than I could chew on this one.  Cake cracking issues, frosting issues, you name it - it went wrong.  I'm really not even sure how this cake is going to taste.  I made sure to have lots of ice cream though, because everything tastes good with ice cream.

Tidy Victory - I have been trying to upload all of our old movie videos from the video recorder to my computer.  To my dismay, it seemed as though several were corrupt.  After many hours trying different ways to import the videos and researching online, I figured it out!  Somehow these older videos were .mpg files and they needed to be .mov files.  I have begun the slow process of converting them, but I am THRILLED that they are not gone for good!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #115

Messy Messy Fail - Our weather has seriously been at extremes these last few weeks - 72 degrees F one day, 31 degrees the next.  Quite literally, no exaggeration.  Therefore, hasn't our beautiful new weeping cherry tree that we planted in front of the house trying to bloom.  It actually started snowing today, so I frantically went outside with a king size fitted sheet to drape over the poor tree.  This baby better bloom after all of my efforts!

Tidy Victory - It's a miracle - The Land Before Time DVD just showed up in the boys hands this afternoon as I caught them playing with the DVD's in the entertainment center again.  No explanation, but that's okay - it has returned!

Friday, April 1, 2016

6 Ways to Reuse Your Leftover Hair

Messy Messy Fail - We purchased a new entertainment center to go underneath our TV that we mounted on the wall on a hinge.  All of the DVD's were reorganized on the shelves underneath.  Low and behold, aren't 4 of the most popular DVD's missing - The Land Before Time, a Thomas DVD, the Little Einsteins and the old school Disneyland Mickey Parade.  The boys will not confess nor show me where they went, so the search continues.  Until then, the Peppa Pig DVD is on our hot list.  I feel as though I have really begun to master that British accent.......

Tidy Victory - I attended the UPKer's field trip to a local farm this morning - what a treat!  We got to pet some horses, check out some pigs & cows, even saw some baby goats that had been born only 6 hours before we got there!  So cute - be careful if you ever see a baby goat, you'll want to take one home!