Monday, June 30, 2014

Got Eggs?

 We have lots of eggs!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

She's Crafty!

 Recently the girls and I went to The Scrap Exchange to look around. It was 50% off the craft isle and I wanted to check out their rubber stamps. My future "teacher" saw the film slides and remembered a project we saw awhile back. She bought about 50 slides and last night she completed her project.
 She purchased a cheap lamp that she liked and cut off the fabric from the shade (leaving only the wire structure) Next, she punched small holes on all four sides of the slides (measure if you try this!) She connected the slides with metal rings and attached them to the wire shade frame.
 Her final project looks like this! How cool it is when the light is on and the room is dark.
 If you try this project be sure to check out the pictures in the slides before you purchase them or use them!
Dont forget my other blog (for kids) as there is an update on our Lucky Bear the Rescue Dog!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Pit (Good 'Ol NC BBQ) a restaurant reveiw

We recently visited The Pit
as you may or may not know, North Carolina is known for its Barbecue.  Our state is split on the "type" of  BBQ. Towards the East they make a vinegar based chopped BBQ. The rest tends to make a sweeter based sauce. The Pit offers both! The best thing about this place is they offer
whole hog, pit cooked over charcoal and wood.
I rarely eat pork but this place was amazing. Not too much fat in the meat and just the right flavor! 

Its a new place and we were anxious to try it! Its very nice inside!  The tables and chair were a heavy and nice quality. It was clean and the service was top notch! You could see the Cook through the window chopping the meat. 

Our party ordered southern style deviled eggs and fried green tomatoes as an appetizer. We ordered various items such as baby back ribs, fried okra, macaroni and cheese, chopped barbecue and brisket among other things. Every bite was awesome, especially the southern sweet tea.
If you are in North Carolina (Raleigh/Durham) you MUST try this place! 

(c) 2014 The photos in the post belong to Annette Smith and no one has permission to use them
 in any way, shape or form.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

What is normal?

Just when you think that life is calming down and even on the "boring" side.....

Tonight I got a call that our newly graduated daughter had been taken by ambulance to the ER from her job!  Her SVT is acting up and her heart rate was a steady 198. 
Shes better now, with meds and rest until we can get in to see her Cardiologist. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Slowing down for summer

Our life has been so busy lately. In recent months we celebrated our baby's 14th birthday, our middle daughter's graduation from high school, our Marine returning from his second tour in Afghanistan, conquering our second 5k mud run, and meeting my step son for the first time.  The school year is finished for both the girls and for me (my work)

This has been the first week of summer for me. I haven't had a summer off in 20+ years! 
This week my nephew stayed with us. We played the Wii, swam in the pool, went to the summer kids movie festival at the local Theater , we went bowling and made a gift for my sister's birthday. It was a fun week but I can honestly say that I have been in "vacation mode"  I haven't worn a stitch of make up or fixed my hair all week! I don't even think my clothes have matched! Ive watched too many shows on Netflix (like Scooby Doo and Fairy movies)  and tonight (Friday) I'm bored! Its been a week and I'm bored! 

Being bored makes me think too much. I remember how much I miss teaching preschool. I think about vacation Id like to take and don't have the funds to or how much I miss hanging out with friends. 

I am a list person. I am a person who thrives on goals. Tomorrow I shall create a summer "goal" list and all of them will not be NEEDS but things Ive been wanting to do but just haven't had the time to do. Like work on Photo albums and paint the living room. 

I will also start exercising daily and working on a strict diet to lose weight! Its a battle I fight over and over and keep giving up but find myself starting over. Here I go again...................  

Monday, June 16, 2014

Our Busy Life

 In recent weeks we have been spending time at the softball field watching our baby girl play
and get hit by the ball (many many times)
 We surprised "The Husband" with a visit from his son (they had never met face to face) 
until now. It was emotional and amazing!
 We took him to The Pit, a NC BBQ restaurant in downtown Durham.
 Our six month old puppy is growing! Hes 50 lbs at 6 months.
 Its pretty amazing how much my step son looks like his Pops!
 I was sure that we were headed to the ER on Fathers Day weekend when my son and husband decided to put the skate board on the treadmill but amazingly they didnt fall~

Summer has begun! I am off work and spending time with my nephew and my girls. I will be my the pool, visiting with my friend who is coming to visit soon and doing things Ive been wanting to do but didnt have the time.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Busy as a Bee! (AKA Im a Dirty Girl x2)

 This is our team this year....  
"Save the Boo-Bees" in the Dirty Girl Mud Run.  My girls, my sister and her friend.
 I loved this years location, it was more organized, and
 much more muddy!
 Lots of people joined in the muddy fun to raise money
 for breast cancer.
 I did ALL the obstacles! I got very dirty! 
I laughed a lot, and was so very tired when it was over.
 Considering the fact that I just recovered from tendonitis in my knee, and am still on antibiotics from the worst sinus infection Ive ever had, I think I did pretty good!
And here's our after photo!

Our life has been filled with much family time and keeping us so busy but I wouldn't trade for anything. Our next two weekends are full as well!