Monday, December 11, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 12.11.2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 12.11.2017
Linking up with Sandra for HHM




Breakfast, What's on the plate this morning...
Coffee and Bagel with cream cheese


Right now I am...
Sitting in kitchen typing this out, finishing up my coffee, listening to the dogs softly snore.


The weather Outside...
Mostly Cloudy 43 Degrees high of 61 today. I do hope we get a bit of snow while Bella is home.


Looking around the house...
We had family over  for dinner and to welcome Isabella home
I'm so glad I cleaned up afterwards. I did finish putting up Christmas decorations, I Love Christmas time! We have a small home, I try not to cram too much in but I cant help put up my kids old books, toys, and artwork they made over the years. Our Piano is a hot mess but I don't care because its where my mommas ashes are kept and I wanted her to enjoy our memories-that horse is one of my favorite Christmas gifts from her. <3










On todays to do list... Other than Laundry and meals/dishes  I plan to just enjoy my family and do as less work as possible, think I better pick up some paper products; plates, cups, utensils.


Currently Reading...


I always start off my reading with these two books. They were given to me my a lovely co-worker, and my children's elementary school counselor. Cindy.  I loved to call her Cindy Lou-Who. She was such a beautiful Women inside and out. She always went above and beyond for not just the children but every staff member at our campus. She loved Christmas, She was so generous and would shower us with gifts. I always looked forward to her little Avon stocking filled with a  Christmas lotion, lip balm and candy, on top of a wrapped book. She always organized our Annual Christmas Party and then also opened her own home to a group of us lucky enough to be called her friends. She had the best Christmas parties!
Sadly She has passed but I think of her every Christmas especially when I open that first book, and every January when I put up Christmas but bring out my snowmen most of them given to me by her. I'm kind of obsessed with gingerbread men, but the fact that I have enough snowmen to decorate with tells you how sweet my friend was. She loved Snowmen and shared them with everyone.
My Comrade and her daughter our having a Christmas Party this year to celebrate her. If my budget allows I Really hope to attend.
If you have a friend like our Cindy-Give that woman a call or hug. Life goes by fast folks.  This is Cindy during our campus's annual Teachers BBQ Picnic. R.I.P. sweet friend.



On the T.V. today...

Christmas movies. We recently watched...
I Love this Movie! Just found it at target for $5 I don't know why but This was the first year our children watched and they loved it!
Do you like it? What's one of your favorite parts? here's one of mine... "My Name is Marcie!" Cracks me up every time.
and this...
and there's sweet little Cindy Lou Who

On the Menu this week...
Bella's Choice
I'll share what I made this weekend if you get a change try this out very yummy go to recipe's.
Bellas homecoming meal one of her favorites...
The Pioneer Women's Chicken Spaghetti
 aka "Mexican Spaghetti"
Love the story about how her hubby calls it that because of the Cayenne pepper.
and her second welcome home meal we had family over last night after mass
Laura Vitale's
Loaded Potato Soup
Perfect for this cold weather. it was a hit! so much so that my SIL and MIL want to start a soup fest tradition : )
I mentioned I will be making Caldo De Res so My SIL will make her Spicy Talapeno Soup
and Grandma, well anything G makes is yummy but maybe Pozole.
 What's your favorite soup to eat every winter?

If I have a few minutes to my self I will...
This is it upload this blog post while Bella sleeps Once the boys get home we will eat and be off to do some shopping, and look at Christmas lights. then back home and unwind with a Christmas movie.

New recipe to try...
 Something to bake and possibly a soup: Pasta Fagioli

Looking forward to this week...
Family Time!

Favorite photo from the Camera...
My Doll catching up on her beauty sleep
I bet you college students around the world are doing just that this Christmas break.



Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses...

Thanks for reading.
Love, Row.

















Monday, December 4, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 12.4.2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 12.4.2017


Hello Hope you all are having a great start to December....
linking up with Sandra over at Diary of a stay at home mom
for HHM Come join us every Monday : )



 
Breakfast - what is on the plate this morning...  Cereal, A Croissant & of course Coffee.
 
Right now I am... Just finished fellowship on periscope. I am now sitting at kitchen desk typing this out while  listening to my friend Jen's Christmas Playlist on spotify
 (Christmas favorites by Jen Wright)  Feliz Navidad!
I love Christmas music! I'm one of those people who listen to it all year...calm down...Not constantly just as the moment strikes.  lol
 
Weather... Mostly Sunny 73/47
 
Looking around the house... Boy I am so behind on my Christmas decorating but its happening little by little.
 
On todays to do list...
  •  Dishes
  • make beds
  • Laundry- started.
  • make -arroz con pollo & Chicken pasta Salad with defrosted chicken since were going to G's for dinner tonight.
  • Dust/Windex
  • Sweep/Vacuum
  • Restrooms-Swish & Swipe
  • fluff tree
  • Add Christmas lights to our tree - we have a pre lit tree but some lights have burnt out (bummer)
  • Menu Plan & Grocery shop - I've been so bad at my meal planning- happens every year at this time. We try to eat before we head out shopping but usually stay out to late and make pit stops... this past couple of weeks alone included:  chic fi la,  Panda Express which was free from T-Mobile Tuesdays so we Had to right? hee hee  Mc Donald's, and last night KFC and I really don't like eating out. ok maybe at chic fi la and Cracker Barrel oh and Mexican oh who am I kidding... I get cravings! to quote Kevin from Home Alone " WE ALL DO!"
Currently reading... I've got to make time to start my Christmas books. I haven't brought them in yet... We have a very small home with no storage other than our garage so I try to store everything in totes and I am a bit embarrassed to say I have more than one tote full of Christmas books, our favorite ones from when my kiddos were small, cook books, and magazines. and that's after condensing them down. What I wouldn't  give for an attic and basement.


On the T.V.


CANT WAIT FOR SEASON 2 of THE CROWN!!!!!!!!


  • National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
  • Home Alone
  • Christmas in the Smokies -Loved it.
  • Back to Christmas
 also re watching all the Office episodes with the boys.

and of course You Tube...I wanted to share a you tube channel with you all. If you like Home tours check this channel out I LOVE ALL her tours but her Christmas one especially because she shows such cute crafts. I plan on attempting to make the gingerbread homes in the video this year....
The  channel is Whitney Lee and if you just want to see the gingerbread houses it starts at 10:10 but trust me you will want to see her whole house. (your welcome)

On the menu...

M- Celebrating my BIL's birthday at Grandmas house
T- Tacos
W- Spaghetti
T- ?
F- Pizza


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will...

Play in my Planner or Read

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week...
Arroz Con pollo I love my MIL's but don't think I've ever made so...

Looking forward to...

My Children's Christmas breaks!  YIPPEE!!!!
this mommas jumping for joy! I don't feel complete without my whole family together and even then pieces are missing = My family in California and that piece that will never return My momma. But I will see her again!

Favorite photo from the camera...
I just realized I didn't take but one photo this weekend,
and this was it.
shared on my Instagram btw I'm rowiegrl come follow me and I will follow you back ; )
I was showing that how during a quick stop at the grocery store I was doing so good
UNTIL...
 I reached the bakery lol


Bible Verse or Devotional...

Ecclesiastes 4: 9-11
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, One will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up. Again, if two lie together, they are warm; but how can one be warm alone? 

please join me in sending a special prayer out for all those alone especially during the holiday seasons.

Thanks for reading.
Love, Row.




 
 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Goodbye Fall

Goodbye Fall, you will be missed.



I Love fall! My fall starts Aug first and lasts until the day after Thanksgiving. I don't care if the weather here in Texas is close to 100 degrees and sometimes over. Heck today is the 2nd day in December and it's 72 degrees outside, but inside my home it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

I am behind in my decorating due to a silly injury. This past Wednesday my hubby forgot his cell phone and came back home for it shortly after leaving. I didn't want him to be late so I ran it out to the car as fast as I could, now even though that speed might look like hurtle the turtle it's fast to me as I don't run much anymore.  I use to LOVE to run. any-who on my way back in I somehow pulled a muscle in my calf. I could tolerate the pain but couldn't walk, so I took some ibuprofen and called it a (lazy) day. Thankfully hubby was on Thanksgiving vacation the week before and we got a lot done around the house so I could take it easy. We even painted our Kitchen I have had it Red for years after I fell in love with Kim's kitchen over at The Blog Dear Daisy Cottage. But finally grew tired of it, I choose a color a bit darker than our living room which is sort of a burlap color. I forgot to take before and after photos  but I have one of décor on top of my hutch. What do you think of color.


Now I don't know if I wanted to laugh or cry but I was just feeling back to normal a few days later when the door bell rang and BAM I somehow pulled that same muscle rushing to door. So here I am walking like I'm an old lady- wait a minute?...yeah yeah I know lol

I hope you all had a Very Blessed Thanksgiving. We did. One of the highlights was  :::drumroll:::

Our College Girl was home!

Bella Flew in at Midnight the day before Thanksgiving.
She had a couple Happy coincidence's One was a friend from her Bible group was flying home on same flight And one of her friends since Elementary School ended up on same flight coming from West Point. I worked with his Momma at same elementary school and was also happy for us to get to catch up as well as our kiddos. Such A Happy Coincidence! : )

I've heard of College Kids coming home with loads of laundry, well not my girl.
She came home or rather gave me a list before hand.
 it went like this...
"I can't wait to eat real Mexican food!"
 Momma I want...
Tacos...Beef and Potato Ones
Enchiladas
Pozole
Menudo
Sopa
Rice & Beans.
That's my girl! and she got them all too.

Grandma even made her Pozole and brought it over for her Birthday Dinner. The time flew but we enjoyed every second of it.

I cant forget her chocolate chip cookies- My daughter has taken to calling me Momma Cookie lol
So I made sure to send her back with a couple dozen. I got up at 3am because she had a very early flight on her actual Birthday but was ok with it because she had celebrated with us the day before and a group of her friends from bible study were waiting to take her out and celebrate again. I am so Blessed she met an amazing group of friends.


We also Celebrated our baby boy's Birthday on the 10th of November He turned 15....15!
Bittersweet.
My Little Mouse, My Sunshine, My Adam.

 P.S. does anyone else like to decorate their kids doors for birthdays. I do it every year, it never gets old for me - I am such a dork these things make me happy and I'm always giggling to myself the whole time while trying not to wake them lol.

My son is NOT a fan of taking photos but I managed to beg one out of him at the Farmers Market, can't you tell how thrilled he is lol

 I wanted to share a photo of me and my sister in love. Do you remember the photo from my God Sons Mickey Birthday Party of my Mother In Love with Minnie? Well She's not the only Kid at Heart...
We giggled the whole time.

Thanks for reading.
Love, Row.













Monday, November 6, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 11.6.2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 11.6.2017


Good Morning. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We had a busy but fun one. Hubby was off on Friday so we had a morning coffee date at Mc Donald's : ) I guess were getting old but I Love people watching. I always see older people meeting up for breakfast or older lovebirds sitting close together chatting. Then we picked up my MIL, did some shopping and had lunch together. Saturday we had a cousins Birthday party-Michael went alone I had what I guess was my first ever sinus infection-Painful. and Sunday we had a parent meeting at our church while Adam was in his religious Formation class, then we celebrated mass and then headed over to Michaels Aunts birthday party (My MIL's sister) My hubby has a big family and its always so nice to see everyone. This was the first family party without Bella and every time someone asked about her college life I felt a tug on my heart. I'm sure it gets easier.
On to HHM
Linking up with Sandra from Diary Of a Stay At Home Mom
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Breakfast Time...What is on the plate this morning...
Scrambled Eggs, Toast and coffee of course : )


Right now I am...Trying to get this post up before I tackle my day.


The weather outside... It's a chilly 63 degrees our high today will be 81 - I am waiting for the cooler days I am ready for some soup weather.


Looking around the house... I managed to get all the Halloween décor put away but I am not quite ready for Christmas, I need to get the rest of my Thanksgiving items out. This year I wont be putting
(trying hard not to) up Christmas till after Thanksgiving because my Doll comes home for Thanksgiving break! Yay! plus Adams birthday is on the 10th and Isabella's is on the 26th. I don't like them to feel like its Dec. just yet.


On todays to do list...
Laundry-all bedding
Restrooms
Dust/Windex
Sweep/Vacuum
pay utilities
Bake! not quite cool enough but...
 If the Lord gives you ripe bananas you make banana bread! : )


Currently reading...
                                           


On the TV Today...
I will be watching Heartland During my lunch.


On the Menu this week...
M- Spaghetti
T- Beef tacos
W- Baked Chicken
T- Chicken Soup
F- Adams 15th Birthday so pizza of course : )


Looking Forward to this week...
Adams 15th Birthday. He just wants to have a small family get together here at our home- my favorite kind. He will go out for pizza and a movie with friends another time, He says nothing good out right now lol My son Loves to go to the movies on the first day it is out, He collects (small promo) movie posters and that is the only day they give them out.


Favorite Photo from the camera... My Mother in Love with Minnie Mouse. Aren't they cute.
Celebrating our God Son's second birthday with Mickey and Minnie. BTW I got out voted on wearing matching painted tees like last year...boy do I miss bella lol 
We were lucky enough to have been invited along for trick or treating on Halloween. I miss this so much with my children but now I get to do it all over again with our Godson.

Devotional, Scripture...
Prayers for all the victims of these crazy times. I never thought I'd see a day a person would shoot up a church or drive into crowds of innocent people for no reason absolute evil and chaos.


"God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble"
Psalms 46:1


Thanks for reading, I hope you all have a blessed week.











Monday, October 23, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 10.23.2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 10.23.2017


linking up with Sandra from Diary of a stay at home mom


Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning... Coffee & Egg Sandwich


Right now I am... Eating a late lunch- tea & a turkey sandwich


The weather outside... 81 degrees sunny


Looking around the house... clean I am so glad I did my nightly cleaning routine.


On today's to do list...
Devotionals - I spent to long on them today and I killed my cleaning mojo -does this ever happen to you?
Dishes
Laundry-all bedding
Dust/windex
Restrooms-swish & swipe




Currently reading... A Plain Leaving by Leslie Gould


On the TV today... nothing today but will probably watch the office with the guys tonight.


On the menu this week...
m- Enchiladas
t- Tacos
w- Steaks
t- Soup
f- Pizza


If I have a few minutes to myself, I will... Take a nap. I fought it off earlier but now feel tired and wish I had taken one earlier.


New recipe I tried, or want to try this week... not this week but maybe next month, enchilada casserole in the crock pot


Looking forward to this week... My God sons 2nd Birthday : )


Favorite photo from the camera... My Birthday card made for me by my daughter, We just got back from visiting her week before last. Its been hard on me not having her close, I cant wait till shes home for the holidays.




Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses....
Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.
- Psalms 119:105



Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 10.9.2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 10.9.2017




                              
linking up with Sandra  at Diary of A Stay At Home Mom for HHM

Hope you all have had a wonderful weekend.

Weather...
 it's 5:25 and still 84 degrees Come on cooler weather

Looking around House...
not bad at all, and it's a good thing because It's one of those days when I'm not "feeling it"
I am missing my daughter and trying to push though.

On to do list...
Normal Monday Morning stuff but I think I'll let some of  it go till tomorrow
Laundry
Dishes
Dust/Windex
Sweep
Rest Rooms
Dinner

Currently Reading...
Me and my son had started reading some of our old favorite
"folk-lorish"  (is that a word)
Books and I am still reading them.  They are special because We have read them over and over, and my son got to meet the author when he visited his elementary school library. Maybe you have heard of him...Joe Hayes



all these years reading these books and we just noticed the same photo er lady in both books. see her laughing. she's the wife in one book and a waitress in another.


Watching...
I have been binge Watching Heartland, I was up late last night balling like a baby, I have fallen in Love with the characters. Especially the Grandpa-He reminds me of my Dad. He's Not a Cowboy but like The Grandpa he is a no nonsense kind of man who knows what he likes, is a creature of habit, says what he thinks and doesn't want to impress anyone or care what anyone thinks. John Wayne is his hero and if you know John Wayne you get the idea.
This is a very old but one of my favorite photos of me and My Dad.

On the Menu...
M- Chicken
T- Ribs
W- Caldo de Res (soup) if weather cools off
Th- Spaghetti
F- not sure as we will be on the road-Going to see my doll!!!!

New Recipe I want to try...
I don't like these but I'm
Going to make (cheese) Chilies Rellenos for my hubby using a recipe from  one of my favorite you tube channels: Abuela's Kitchen <3


If I have some free time I will...
practice crochet, I've got the hang of it I am just still struggling with my tension.  and of course watch you tube videos or play in my planner...

Favorite photo from Camera...

One of my Simple pleasure...
Quiet time with my Bible but also online Bible devotionals

every year I Participate in the Women Living Well "Making your Home a Heaven" This year she changed it up and my regular Bible study group Plan Live Love are also joining in! these ladies have become my online buddies and I am so loving this study called Rest and Release.

Praying for...Vegas : (

Thanks for reading and feel free to join us for our Bible Study 
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 9.25.2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 9.25.2017


Linking up with Sandra at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom for HHM




Weather... its a cool 67 degrees and I'm loving it.


Right now I am... Just sent my son off to school, enjoying my second cup of coffee and the rest of my egg and bacon sandwich.
enjoying the scent from one of my favorite candles: Fall Leaves from Walmart.


Thinking... About what a nice weekend me and Adam had at home. We ordered pizza, watched movies, Netflix, played games -he beat me at battleship! little stinker! Read together, Laughed a lot! Our Sunday at church together. I smile thinking how he never forgets to pray at meal times or reminds us to bless ourselves whenever we pass a church. I love that! He is My Sunshine! and about my daughter in Arizona. My hubby and family are there visiting for the Cowboy game. Me and Adam stayed home so he would not miss school. its times like these I wish he was homeschooled. I love this photo my Hubby sent me of Bella and G at the mall Look at that smile she is one happy girl...Yes she is getting SO Spoiled by her Grandma, Auntie, Uncle and Daddy. plus her Godfather is on his way there today but he has one thing on his mind...Go Cowboys lol





On my reading pile... My Bible, Bible App devotions and plans-Do you have this app? I've had it for years now and I never tire of the daily devotions and plans, they always have something new.
My hubby and Children also have it on they're phones, it's nice to be able to discuss the days readings. I'm waiting for my next book to review and am trying not to pick up anything else to read. but find myself thinking about starting my Little House on the Prairie series. I re-read every year around this time.


On my T.V.... Trying to finish up Last Man Standing before the end of the month -when it leaves Netflix-boo. but excited to start our Halloween movies come Oct. 1


On the menu for this week...
M- Left over Pizza
T- Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Corn with a Green Salad
W- Enchiladas, Rice and Beans
T- Pork Roast with veggies
F- Pizza Night


On my to do list...
Morning routine
Finish Laundry
Dishes
Swish & Swipe Restrooms
Dust/Windex
Sweep/Vacuum
put up some fall décor if it stays cool today.


What I am sewing, crocheting, knitting or creating...
Big Surprise...Playing in my planner lol
me and Adam made our Annual Halloween Movies List last night (this is the closet he will ever come to "planning" with me lol)
This is the first year without Bella, but she will watch along in her dorm when she can. Also I am planning on picking up my crochet needles today. :::fingers crossed::: P.S. How cute are these stickers from Fabulously Planned? I'm addicted.

Looking Around the House... Peaceful The dogs are near me sleeping and I can hear a light breeze outside my kitchen door.






From the camera... Visited a new store to our area called At Home
Oh My! When I saw this display I knew Id be returning. I LOVE Gingerbread Men!

 

Bible Verse or Devotional...
When I was outside this morning, and every time I stop to enjoy the birds, watching them fly from tree to tree happily chirping along, I think of this..."Look at the birds in the sky. They don't sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly father feeds them. aren't you much more then they are?"
~Matthew 6:26


Thanks for reading and Have a great day!