Monday, January 22, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday 1.22.2018

Happy Homemaker Monday 1.22.2018

Good Morning and Happy New Year! Sorry I have been M.I.A. It is hard for me to get out of holiday mode. but I've got to get back into my groove. I cant wait to catch up on all my favorite blogs including the sweet ladies who participate in HHM. I hope those of you with new blogs thinking of joining in take the plunge...
come on in the water is fine.

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

I guess my PC didn't like that I've been away because for some reason I can not upload photos. so hopefully I can come back and add them later. I did post some on my IG if you follow me there, if not please do @rowiegrl let me know so I can follow you back : )

on to HHM...

The Weather... A sunny 35 degrees

Outside my window... Everything is so still and quiet.

Right now I am... sipping my second cup of Joe,  excited to catch up in blog land : )

Thinking and Pondering... How I have got to get back into my everyday routine. I love the holidays which makes it hard for me to get back into my groove. how I miss Our Christmas tree and the soft glow of twinkly lights.
Also about how much I enjoyed our church retreat this month - Our son Adam is in RCIA and he also enjoyed his. I love watching my family grow in Christ.  

On my Bedside...
Lamp, my Mommas Clock, Alarm clock, book. 

On my T.V... Not much other than I watched all three Godfathers when I saw them on Netflix. I don't watch much of these types of movies anymore but I couldn't resist this old fave.
 especially a very young Robert De Niro
this last pic is around the time he did The Deer Hunter, I love that movie and I love him with a beard.


 other than the fact that Andy Garcia is in it, I don't particularly care for the last one. 

Ok enough of the Great Actors even if they are Tall Dark and Handsome lol

What's on the Menu...
M - Enchiladas, Rice & Beans
T - Chicken Tacos
W - Bean Tostadas
Th - Crock Pot meal ???
F - Pizza

To Do List...
Swish & Swipe Restrooms
Check Grades
start cleaning cupboards
 (I'm so behind in my early spring cleaning routine)


Simple Pleasure...
Me time: Painting my nails.

Looking around the house... although to me our home always looks bare after all the Christmas decorations are down, I love how fresh and clean it looks. The dogs look so cozy they are sleeping, curled into balls and lightly snoring.

to be added.

Bible Verse or devotional...
Jeremiah 17:7

Thank you for stopping by
<3 Row.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Happy Homemaker Monday 12.18.2017

Happy Homemaker 12.18.2017

joining in with Sandra for HHM

Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning...
Scrambled Egg Burrito with coffee.

Right now I am... Sipping coffee, Listening to the birds outside my window.

The Weather... a cloudy 48 degrees. 

Looking around the house... Nice and cozy with the glow of Christmas lights, makes me want to sit and read. also makes me not want to start my chores.

On todays to do list... Do Not fight the urge to clean all the things.
Laundry- All bedding 
Wrap gifts
finish up more Christmas cards
Prepare Dinner for boys and chicken pasta salad for party.

Currently reading...
starting Unwrapping Christmas and The Ladies of Ivy Cottage.

On the TV Today...
Christmas movies of course : )

On the Menu...
M- Christmas Party Pot Luck for me and Bella.
Boys-Roasted chicken with veggies.
T- Beef Tacos
W- Caldo de Res. hubby loves this soup when it rains.T- Steak, Corn, and Pasta sides
F- Pizza Night.

If I have a few minutes to myself I will...
try to catch up on blogs, Read and play with my newest faux planner...
I had been looking for one with this fabric for awhile for my bible study notes...
This is the one I had made last month, I love black and white and anything checked.
I ordered them from my friend Lisa of Just Stitched on etsy.
She is so very talented! She also makes the cutest Vintage Aprons!
would you look at her adorable packaging;I Did not want to open it.

Looking forward to this week...

Tonight's Christmas Party honoring our friend Cindy.
Spending time with Family.
Attending Christmas Mass.
Visiting the sister Church that our daughter attends during school.
ALL the Christmas things, Music, Lights, Wrapping, Baking, Games, Laughter, making memories.
I had thought of joining up with my favorite Blog for 12 days of Christmas but I am so bad at remembering to take photos-I get caught up in the moment. but if you haven't please visit her blog for a wonderful treat-you wont be disappointed I Promise!
Caution-I am not responsible if you spend all day looking at her wonderful blog hee hee
it's like a good book that you cant put down.

Favorite photo from the camera...
Last Friday my Husband, Son and Brother in law went to watch the new Star Wars movie. It has become a tradition for them. 
So Me & Bella invited my Sister In Love over for girls night...
  We stayed in watched a Christmas movie, had pizza and lots of chocolate and Worked on Christmas crafts do you remember those adorable Christmas houses I told you about well that's what we chose to make... here's an in progress photo. from L-R
My SIL's, Isabella's, and Mine.
Melissa cant decide and is still thinking on what she wants.
(excuse for a girls shopping trip to craft stores lol)

Bella is going for a winter wonderland and is working on a hat for her snowman.

And I'm adding more lights, candy, a door,  windows, and of course little gingerbread people. I haven't added feet because I cant decide if I like them painted or not? I'd Love to see what you are working on.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses::::

Thanks for reading.
Love, Row.


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.


  • 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
 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
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!
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

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
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?
Laundry-all bedding
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