Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday five

TGIF peeps! And bonus -- it is now fall!! Here are my 5 randoms for the week: 

1: In case you didn't hear me, it's fall!! My favorite season ... this says it all:

2: It's Homecoming week! The week where I also dress like a dork. The week that I am full of school spirit, even though it's been 30 years since I was in high school. The week I wear all the blue & gold clothing I own. This year will be the one & only year my son will be going to the dance. He's always involved in everything else .... parade, float, pep rally, bonfire .... but dances aren't his thing. Too bad so sad, this year he has been coerced into going & I can't wait to take pictures! 

3: My first year owning this: 

This is a Blueberry Smoothie Althea, & actually I think I planted it late last year. I thought it was a summer flowering plant, but I guess mine is a late bloomer. Ha!! Late bloomer!! See what I did there?? hahaaaa

4: Avengers movies. I love them all.

My boys & I usually see these movies in the theater, together. With the latest movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, my older The latest movie however, my older son saw with his friends. Yes, I know ... he's a teenager & teenagers normally DO prefer going to movies with friends. Anyway, my husband just bought the dvd so the younger one & I are watching it this weekend. I can't wait! Did I mention I love these movies??? The fact that Robert Downey Jr is Iron Man does NOT hurt :)

5: I'm sorry, I know this is old news but I laughed out loud when I saw this one:

Hope you've all had a great week! We only have a few more days left with our German student & I am going to lose it when he leaves. I was so worried about him coming here, I wasn't sure how it was going to feel having a stranger in our house for two weeks. Now I can't imagine not having him here. Hopefully he had so much fun he'll want to come back for another visit :)

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Update ~ halfway through our visit

Well, I had really planned on posting DAILY while our exchange student was here, so I could tell you all about him & what all the kids are doing every day .... but there just hasn't been a single spare minute. We have been busy busy busy ... trying to cram as much activity as we can into these 2 weeks. And this week is Homecoming so the fun will just keep going :)

It has been an absolute blast having him here. I was so nervous about having someone ... a *foreign* someone, to boot .... stay here for 2 weeks, but I absolutely love him & I don't want to give him back. He is just so sweet & he & my son get along great. All the German students & hosts get along & there have been quite a few parties/ bonfires that they've attended. We even had one here on Saturday ... first one in our new fire pit that isn't even finished. I mean, it WORKS ... there was fire ... it just doesn't look very pretty yet. 

I'll just skip over the part where they decided {on their own} to also burn the entire pile to the left of the pit. It was huge. The pile AND the fire. Yeeks. 

Saturday was our Fall Fest here in town & my son played a song on his guitar in front of the music store where he takes lessons. They have a stage set up & live music all day. I tried to videotape it, but Matthew said I cut it off halfway. Which is weird, because I didn't even breathe the whole time he was playing, let along hit the stop button. I told him to record it here at home so I can post it :)

I laughed when I posted this picture on Facebook, I didn't realize the signs on the store window over their heads .... Dominik is "new" & Matthew is "used". 

We couldn't NOT treat our German to a night of Ponza Rottas. What? You've never heard of a Ponza Rotta?? Maybe because our town invented them, & I guess they never spread outside the county hahaa. It's basically a deep fried calzone as big as your head.

Yes, that is a regular size plate! 

So much other fun stuff ... the kids all went to Lazer Tag one night .... downtown to sit by the river & watch the sun set .... tennis games (yes, Dominik got MY ROCKER SON to try tennis. My son thought nothing of wearing his Led Zeppelin t-shirt, ponytail & aviators .... oh how I wish I could have watched. I think Matthew said he got lucky & hit one ball. Out of about 40. hahaa). We also had another German student here one night for dinner because his host had cross country practice & he was just as aweome, & so funny. Seriously, these kids are amazing. They tell great stories .... I don't know how they can be so stinkin FUNNY when English isn't even their first language! They are smart, well traveled ... they've both done many exchanges & speak many languages ... the only downside to all this is I'm going to cry for a looooong time when he leaves. Thank goodness for the internet so at least it will be easy to keep in touch.

And ..... this has nothing to do with the German, as he was already sound asleep when this happened .... but here are a few shots of the lunar eclipse from the other night. They don't compare to some of the photos I've seen online around the world, but I still had fun taking them. 

Enjoy your week!

Monday, September 21, 2015

We have a visitor!

I'm so excited, our German exchange student arrived today! 

I've been really stressing about this. We signed up for the program well over a year ago. We host now, & in 2 years my son will go stay with his family for a few weeks. I wasn't sure how I would feel having a stranger stay in our house. And HOW was I going to converse with him?? Well, I was worried for nothing. He is a super sweet kid who speaks English VERY well. Heck, he speaks English better than some people I know.

The boys are out right now, touring our oh-so-exciting town with some of the other exchange students & hosts. Kidding, I love where we live. It's small, homey, & we do quirky things like the Jack OLantern Jaunt for Hallowen & Midnight Magic for Christmas. These students first visited Chicago, & after 2 weeks here they are off to New York. They get both extremes! 

Here they are, ready to bail. I'm lucky I got a picture on their way to the car lol. And how scary is it that they are the same height, both wear glasses (well, my son just got contacts), same hair {if Matthew would cut his}, they both play guitar, they like the same music.... & they both LOVE to eat! They have so much in common that I think this will be fun for everyone. 

Stay tuned ... I will keep you updated on our daily doings :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

Shhhhhhh .... small human, you talk way too much.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL???!?!?

I am!!! If you didn't know, I am a H-U-G-E football fan, & the first regular season game starts in 35 minutes. Guess who my favorite team is ....

And as for today's game ....

Did you know the Bears tried to trade Jay Cutler? That's right .... they tried, but there were no takers.  #sorrynotsorry

I just wanted to check in since it's been at least a week. It was a busy one, at work AND here at home. This coming week we are preparing for our houseguest ..... it's an exciting time .... more to follow! 

Have a super Sunday! 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wordless Wednesday ~ hello goodbye

 I know it's not officially fall yet, but it seems once the kids go back to school .... well, summer is over. 

I struggled with my flowers this year. Seems we either got too much rain at once .... or we went days & days without ... & we were so busy I just didn't have time to tend to them as I had planned. So, soon I will have to say good bye to these .....

But thankfully, these are waiting in the wings .... 

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Friday, August 28, 2015

No Friday happiness today

Yes, it's Friday. No, I'm not celebrating with my usual happy Friday randoms.

Have you ever had those times when this happens, then that happens, then more of that happens .... & you could deal with each of these by themselves ... but when they all happen at once you just want to crawl into bed for the next few weeks?? That was my week this week. Don't worry, I won't go into specifics .... & I probably won't post again until things are better .... because this is supposed to be a HAPPY blog .... not a crabby patty blog. Let's just say it was a week of car repairs (x2), a sick kitty & some medical issues. A cruddy work week, too many bills, too much unfun stuff to do. 

So I am simply spending my weekend drinking coffee .... cuddling my very old kitty, who will probably not be around much longer .... finishing up Breaking Bad (does it count as binge watching if it's taken you 9 months to watch all 5 seasons?).... continuing to declutter & organize .... oh, & of course, laundry. Lots & lots of laundry. Always laundry.

I hope you've had a better week than I. Here's to a better one next week!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

I love where I live. This little scene happened right in our back yard a few weeks ago ....

My husband said there was a fawn in our yard having a snack & to grab my camera. When I zoomed in, I saw a few extra legs.

What's better than spying a fawn drinking from its mom?? Spying TWO of them. And then .... how cute are their behinds as they're walking away? 

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday randoms

Whoaaaa I'm slacking! But I couldn't let Friday get by without my weekly post (especially since most time it's the ONLY day I post LOL)

1: Just got home from a yummy fish fry with a good friend. My friends are the best therapy out there ....  the adult beverages that are consumed during our dinners help a little bit too.

2: When I am done posting this, I am GOING TO MY CRAFT TABLE TO FINISH THAT CARD THAT I STARTED 2 MONTHS AGO!!! Yes, I am yelling! It's the only way I'll listen!

3: Tuesday was registration for the boys. Can I just say I am really glad I have boys?? Adding an extra $50 to the back-to-school bill in order to pretty up a locker is not my idea of fun. But apparently all the girls do it. 

Yep. Wallpaper. Where the heck to they put their books? 

4: In exactly one month, our exchange student will be coming from Germany! He will stay with us for 2 weeks, then he goes to Chicago for a few days & New York for a few days. When my son is a senior, he will go to Germany & stay with this same student & his family. So excited for both kids to have this experience! 

5: This....

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Monday. Again. Already.

Wow, this weekend went by in a flash! And I didn't even do anything FUN! What was supposed to be a weekend of church festivals & lying by the pool, turned into a trip to Woodman's & a decluttering bonanza. It was just wayyyy to0 hot outside. I love summer & all that is has to offer, but I'm really not a fan of the heat. Give me anything between 50 & 70 degrees & I'm good. 

Now here's a smart puppy!! 

It was even too hot to swim! I think the pool water probably would have been boiling. Or at least simmering :)   I took a bunch of crap gently used items to Goodwill on Saturday, then decided to take a trip to Woodman's since it's right there. 3 hours later (truth!) I was home making dinner. After dinner I got to cleaning out my son's closet, & I know have 3 more bags of crap gently used .... ok, CRAP to get rid of.

And Sunday I asked the boys if they wanted to go to the pool. Nope, they were fine hanging out in our air conditioned house. I did go work out. Did you know they do NOT keep gyms very cool in the summer? They're gonna be sorry when they see me splayed out on the floor one of these days. Did I mention I don't like HOT? 

So I got a lot of cleaning & decluttering, food shopping & cooking done. Speaking of cooking .... about that photo from my post the other day.  Some of you guessed it was a fried Oreo & you were right!! 

I personally didn't try any, but everyone else said they were fabulous. Look, I even found a recipe for them HERE

In case deep fried Oreos don't float your boat, they also offer Twinkies, Snickers, Milky Way, beer and butter .... all in deep fried form. 

I didn't have my good camera, just my phone ... but here are a few more pix from our day:

Milk is just 25 cents a cup at this stand .... & available in all these yummy flavors. Last year they had Birthday Cake & Froot Loop! 

Every kind (& name) of hot sauce you could ever imagine. And yes, you get to taste test. There is a warning sign though, an adult must be present for a child to test the hot sauce. Hm. Wonder why.

For your next batch of ass kickin chili....

My cousin & his wife & daughter were with us. He's smirking because he KNOWS she's not eating this cream puff correctly. You don't eat it like a sandwich, silly ...

You twist it in half like an oreo & eat each half separately, like my hubby here. Sheesh. Amateurs! 

And for those of us who don't like cream puffs (I know, I get flack every year) there is this bad boy .... the napolean! First time I had one of these was at the Folk Fair in High School .. many MANY years ago. Love these so much, but you get a whole SLAB at the fair for just $5. Two people eating this & there was still half left. They don't exactly hand out doggy bags at the fair so we had to toss the rest * sob *

And on the way, after an entire day of eating, we saw the following: 

Peanut Butter Bacon Bison Burger
Deep Fried Maple Bacon Cookie Dough
Bacon Flavored Cheese Corn
Bacon Bottom Porker Pizza (my husband actually did have this, but I didn't get a picture)
& of course ... Bacon Covered Bacon

Seeing a common theme here?? They should really have cardiologists walking around with security! 

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   *****Have a super week!*****

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A little game

Happy Tuesday! Today we are playing "What the heck is THAT?"

See if you can guess what this is:

Hint: we were at the State Fair. (My son was eating it in the car on the way home). 

Sorry, no prizes for the correct answer. But you get bragging rights! 

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