And just like that, November was over & December scripture writing plan

Hey y’all!  I hope everyone had a wonderful & blessed Thanksgiving.  Ours was so good.  We had family over & ate & ate & ate.  But hey, it’s ok. We won’t have to do that again for another few weeks.  Since I have made myself pretty scarce here lately, I will try to catch you up a bit on what’s been a happening.

Miss Neenee had a birthday.  It has become more like a birthday week.  It takes over & it’s hard to get rid of it.

Miss Neenee & Daddy

Miss Neenee & Daddy

First we started out with Sunday lunch, for her birthday.  When we said, “Eat”, of course Daddy was there!

Miss Neenee & Mr. Sweetie Pants

Miss Neenee & Mr. Sweetie Pants

Mr. Sweetie Pants was so excited to give Miss Neenee her present.

abdaykade-hugHe can be so sweet!  No wonder I call him Mr. Sweetie Pants!

abdayThen, on Friday night, some of her friends came for a little Escape Room fun.

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abday-lillyMiss Neenee got one of those cute candy bar posters.  Thus, this ended her birthday week.  Along with Orange Danishes for breakfast on her birthday, cupcakes, presents, calls, texts, instagram messages, visits, & a sleepover.

My girls

My girls

Then, there was Thanksgiving.  I just don’t know what I would do without these 2 girls in my life.  As her custom, Livie spent the night with us on Thanksgiving Eve.  We all had breakfast together the next morning.  Which was a BLESSING.  Because I love all these people to pieces, y’all.

I sure do love these faces BIG!

I sure do love these faces BIG!

My nephew is in his 1st semester at Ole Miss.  He’s got straight A’s, is in a fraternity, is living in the dorm, is chasing girls, making new friends, & did I say has straight A’s??  He’s a smarty pants alright.  My sweet niece, Livie, is playing basketball, is sophomore class president, she’s active in her church, & is going to be 16 years old this month.  She’s precious as the day is long.  I was so glad they haven’t gotten too big to come hang out with their aunt.

thanksgiving-turkMy eldest daughter always makes something festive for occasions that arise throughout the year.  This Thanksgiving, she made a turkey cheeseball.  It was so good, too.  She also made some chocolate covered pumpkin & cream cheese candy.  I told her on Friday she needed to come get them, I was eating too many of them.

She said, “Eat them all, I don’t want to bring them home.” 

Well, I must have taken that for some sort of commandment or something because I just about did.  My middle daughter made chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter pies, & mashed potatoes.  Which was also really good.  Miss Neenee helped me cook everything else.  She’s quite handy that way.  We ate a lot & laughed a lot.

My people

My people- JW, Livie, Bud, & Miss Neenee

Oh, I do have to tell you one more thing.  You know we have these grandkids that are entertaining as the dickens.  Well, not to be shown up, Daddy was in rare form at dinner.  He went to a whole new level of hilarious.  I promised him I wouldn’t share any pictures.  But just think about this,

my 72 year old Daddy & Snapchat filters.

Could. Hardly. Contain. Myself.  We laughed until we couldn’t laugh anymore.  He looked like a deer in one, a panda bear in another, and I believe he had a rainbow spewing out of his mouth on the one we had to quit on.  When my E.A. & him get together, there’s always trouble.  And she was the one that provided the Snapchat filters for the entertainment.

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Lastly, I didn’t want to forget the December scripture writing plan.  Shannon at Sweet Blessings does such a wonderful job on these each month.  So blessed that she lets me share these with y’all.

I hope y’all have had a great couple of weeks.  We are looking forward to the next holiday, which is THIS MONTH.   Miss Neenee & me put up the Christmas tree.  I think it’s the earliest I have ever put it up.  These grandbabies just make it so exciting! treeYay Christmas!

While we were putting up the tree, Miss Neenee decided a cup of hot chocolate would be really nice.  hot-chocolateDoesn’t this look good?  She fixed it all up herself & gave it to me.  It was really rich & creamy & probably had no calories at all, since we were on a holiday & putting up the tree & having a good time.  I hear calories don’t count at times like that.

Until next time, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

photo credit: http://www.swtblessings.com

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Well, better late than never – November Scripture Writing Plan & guess what day it is?

Well, better late than never, y’all.  This is the November Scripture Writing Plan.  I am sorry it’s late.  I hope you are having a blessed month.  Thanksgiving is this month & Christmas is right around the corner.  Where has 2016 gone to?  That guy has been moving like lightning here lately.

november-scripture-writing-plan-englishShannon over at Sweet Blessings, lets me share this with y’all every month. I am so thankful for her sweet heart!

Also, today is Miss Neenee’s 13th birthday!  Just this morning, my brother said,

“She’s a teenager now, ain’t she?”

With that, I started gasping for air & curling up in the fetal position, because y’all.  This is my baby.  It seems just like yesterday she was wearing pigtails to kindergarten.  And now, BOOM! another teenager rallying through the ranks.  Peace be still.

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Until next time, I will be going, because I should be washing clothes.

 

 

Because you prayed & fall is in the air

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Y’all.  When we left church last night, it was dark outside.  I didn’t know what was going on.  Normally, it’s still daylight & hotter than a firecracker.  However, a sweet lady, that was walking out with me, knew exactly what it was.

She said, “The seasons are changing.  The days are getting shorter.”

AND THIS HEAT.  Surely, there’s an end in sight.  (Happy dance inserted here).  I know I have sweated more this year, than I have in a long time.  And I don’t even hardly ever go outside. Ever.

I came across a wonderful devotional in Our Daily Bread.  I wanted to share it with you.

What do you do with your worries? Do you turn them inward, or turn them upward?

When the brutal Assyrian King Sennacherib was preparing to destroy Jerusalem, he sent a message to King Hezekiah saying that Judah would be no different from all the other nations he had conquered. Hezekiah took this message to the temple in Jerusalem, and “spread it out before the Lord” (Isa. 37:14). He then prayed and asked for help from Almighty God.

Soon afterward Isaiah the prophet delivered this message to Hezekiah from the Lord: “Because you prayed about King Sennacherib of Assyria, the Lord has spoken” (Isa. 37:21-22 nlt). Scripture tells us that Hezekiah’s prayer was answered that very night. God intervened miraculously, conquering the enemy forces outside the city gates. The Assyrian army didn’t even “shoot an arrow” (v. 33). Sennacherib would leave Jerusalem, never to return.

Three words in God’s message to Hezekiah—“Because you prayed”—show us the best place to go with our worries. Because Hezekiah turned to God, He rescued him and his people. When we turn our worries into prayer, we discover that God is faithful in unexpected ways! —James Banks

Father, please help me to turn my worries into prayer. My problems are better in Your hands than in my own

Wow!  If that’s not incentive to be in prayer, I don’t know what is.  I have a prayer journal, that I write names in to pray for.  I am thinking of revamping it to be more in depth with it.  I am hoping it will make me more aware of people & situations.  Y’all, I am so guilty of getting caught up with my problems & not thinking about what others are facing.  Hopefully, this will be a good way to keep other’s needs fresh on my mind & heart.  I will share this with you, when I put it together.

I hope everyone has had a great week so far.  We had a nice Labor Day.  My husband out did himself, again.  He grilled ribs, fish, a pork butt, & bar-b-que bologna.  Everyone was definitely full, when they left the house!  Hope the rest of your week is just wonderful!  Until next time, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

If it looks like the younger is taller than the older, well, it's no optical illusion. Miss Neenee has finally passed her sisters in height!

If it looks like the younger is taller than the older, well, it’s no optical illusion. Miss Neenee has finally passed her sisters in height!

Got to see this lovely young lady. She is truly, truly one of us. She "gets" our sense of humor & loves us, even though we are a bunch of crazies.

Got to see this lovely young lady. She is truly, truly one of us. She “gets” our sense of humor & loves us, even though we are a bunch of crazies.

And on Labor Day this guy ate so much we about had to roll him out the door. Unless his heart doctor is reading this, then, we made sure he only ate salads and not pork to clog up the rest of his arteries. We are just caring people like that.

And on Labor Day this guy ate so much we about had to roll him out the door. Unless his heart doctor is reading this, then, we made sure he only ate salads and not pork to clog up the rest of his arteries. We are just caring people like that.

 

photo credits- tumblr

Hey- remember me? True love, grandkids, & what have you

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Y’all. If I said the past couple of weeks had not been a true test of my faith, I would be lying & my pants would be on fire.  With me, I may go awhile without anything earth shattering happening.  Then, BOOM!  Everything happens all at once.

It’s like nuts falling from the sky.

(Which is an expression, my then 4 year old Miss Neenee would say, when things were awful or terrible.  It’s the worst thing her little mind could image to explain something really crazy.)

 I told my hairstylist if anyone feels bad about what’s going on in their lives, just have them come talk to me.  I can make them feel a lot better about their own personal tragedies.

She said, “You do seem to have a lot of crazy things happen to you.” 

Umm, yeah.  So, not to go all negative Nancy on everyone.  I just wanted you to know, even though my blog life has been a little ho-hum & sporatic, here of late.  I am alive & as well as a person like me can be.

I did have an interesting conversation with a lady the other day. I was at the dentist office, waiting my turn in the chair of torture, when a nice older lady & I struck up a conversation.  She started telling me how she had just lost her husband in January.  I could tell it was still a fresh wound, because she had tears in her eyes as she talked about his passing.  She talked so fondly of him I had to ask her how they met.  She said they met at Fraley’s Drive In.  He was home from the service & she was 17 years old.  She said when she first laid eyes on him, she thought he was so handsome.  She said some of her friends & his friends commence to playing cupid & before long, y’all, they were married.  She said they were married almost 60 years.  They had raised a family together & went through some hard times.

 “But you know,” she said, “there’s not a single person in the world I would have wanted to have gone through hard times with.  He was so good to me.”

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Now. Don’t you guess those two did have some hard times?  60 years is a long time to go without an argument, any illnesses, heartaches, or anything of the like.  And to still be able to have such a love for a person through all of that.  That’s the remarkable love Paul talks about in

Ephesians 4:2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, (NKJV)

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,(NKJV)

Colossians 3:19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.(NKJV)

Peter writes about love we should have for one another in

I Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”(NKJV)

It goes without saying, this sweet couple took their marriage vows seriously & loved each other the way the Lord commanded. What a true blessing!  It is so heartwarming to hear the love, we are told to have, still exists.  Having that talk with that lady just made my day, y’all.  I guess I’m just a bit sappy over stuff like that. And since we are talking about love, let me talk about these grandkids!  a grands

We had such a good time this weekend.  Our new baby grandboy is growing & so sweet.  I could just eat him with a spoon.  My granddaughter is so cute & sassy.  She is so funny.  Here are some things the older kids did over the weekend:

a bubblesWe made bubble snakes.  It was pretty fun.

a kade bubbles

I gave a little tutorial on how to use the bubble makers before we started.  “Blow into the bottle.  Make sure you are blowing like you are blowing bubbles with a wand.  Don’t suck in, because you will get a mouth full of bubbles.”  And wouldn’t you know it, somebody got their mouth full of bubbles.  There was a fair amount of spitting & wiping their mouth on their shirt.  But thank the Lord, no permanent damage!

a blake bubbles Ia trumpet neely

Miss Neenee entertained with the trumpet.

a mikey trumpetAnd they could play pretty good.  Ever tried to play a trumpet? Not. Easy.

a trumpetEven though, the trumpet was fun, you know what the biggest hit was?

a boxa kade boxYou guessed it.  Something that wasn’t even a toy.  A plastic tote was a boat, a hide out, a car, & anything else they could think of.

 

 

 

a neely kade IAt the end of the day, all of them are still sweet & precious.

a kade sleep IAnd this is when they are most precious of all!

I am so glad you came by to visit me today.  For those of you keeping up with my Daddy, he came home from rehab & is being visited by home health.  He’s doing well & opinionated as ever.  With that, we know he’s doing alright.  Thank you for all your prayers for him.  They really have been working.  Keep’em coming!  Until next time, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

**On a side note- I can’t leave without showing my discontent for Daylight Savings Time.

daylight-savings

Thank you, Mr. Indian, for your wonderful interpretation of insanity.

sweet brownSeriously though.

photo credits: Pinterest

 

 

I knew 2 of the lottery winners!

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With all the hoopla about the lottery this past week, I wanted to let y’all know, I knew 2 of the people that won the lottery. I really didn’t think about it until I talked to my cousin.  We had a good friend, who was like family to us, pass away last week.  I was talking to my aunt’s granddaughter.

She said,

On Monday I told my grandmother we need to go buy a lottery ticket. Then, we found out about her friend.  I was over here worrying about winning the lottery, when he won the real lottery,  He got to go home to be with Jesus.” 

Tears flowed & we agreed that was the best lottery there was.

There was another sweet lady, that I had grown up knowing, that passed away, also. She was a school teacher, my school bus driver, an author, a mother, a grandmother, & wonderful Christian.  As long as she could go, she was always at church.  Another lottery winner.

It all made me think of this scripture:

Matthew 16:26

For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

I am so proud for these “lottery winners” this week. They finally gained their home in heaven.  I talked to my uncle & aunt, while at the funeral home.  My uncle pointed out that he hated to see our friend go, however it was an appointment all of us were going to make.  I pray all of us will be ready to make that appointment.  We never know when it will be.  However, as long as we hold that lottery ticket in our hand, we still have time to prepare.  Every day God gives us breath, we have the chance to live for Him.  So, let’s do all we can, daily, to be sure we are prepared to have that big win with the lottery one day.

I hope everyone has had a blessed weekend & are ready for a cold week ahead. It was a balmy 21 degrees in our neck of the woods this morning.  Miss Neenee has started basketball.  I will post some pictures on that soon.  She’s already had a couple of games.  I am so proud of her.  Until next time, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

weekend again

Yes, weekend again, please.

And these two.  I can’t even begin to describe the vast amounts of sweetness in this picture.

Neely & kade

Photo credits: http://www.10tv.com & lollywollydoodle instagram

Some things to think about for twenty sixteen & one of my favorite past times

As I get older, I begin to realize many truths in life.  I don’t claim to have all the answers.  However, I do have a few.  As my Mamaw used to say, “I know what I know.”  Here are a list of truths in life that you need to ponder on & accept.  Because, well, they are the truth.

hard truths

Just remember through everything, there is a God, our God, my God that wants to take care of you.  Let Him do that.

I Peter 5:7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (NKJV)

Matthew 11:28   Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden,

and I will give you rest. (NKJV)

On another totally related note,  My Miss Neenee did a hunting gig with her Daddy last week.  She looked too cute!

neely hunting

And while they were gone, I indulged myself in looking at a couple or 53 baby pictures on instagram.  They are so adorable.  I could look at them all. day. long.

babies glassesbabies hat

babies

babies twins

Ok, I am going to stop it with the precious baby pictures now.

babie christmasNo, really I will stop now.

babies smitSorry, I just had to get this last one in. 

I hope you all have a wonderful 1st week of 2016.  Love you like turnip greens, blackeyed peas & hog jowl on New Year’s Day! Until next time, I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

photo credit: country living on instagram, lifehack

 

Thanksgiving surprise & who I love

Well, apparently it’s 2 weeks until Thanksgiving & nobody bothered to tell me.  Even though I have been reminding everyone how it’s so many weeks until Christmas, Thanksgiving just left me this year.  And by the way, I have been getting some terrible deer in the head light looks when the mere mention of Christmas is made.  I suggested to my sweetie maybe this year we should start Christmas shopping & have all our gifts bought by Thanksgiving, (which obviously I thought was at another time).  He laughed & explained to me I would never be able to do that, since it is my custom to lose my hair & run around like a crazy woman the weeks & days leading up to Christmas.  Well, shut the front door, he was right. However, I have had some happy things going on here of late.  Mainly in the name of kids, of course.  Here are some highlights of my weekend.

This is what you look like when you have "Super Speed".

This is what you look like when you have “Super Speed”.

And on a very related note, as you can see, this was at a local cell phone store where I was attempting to do some business.  However, was having to constantly remind Mr. Sweetie Pants that the cell phone store was NOT specifically the place to be exhibiting this said “Super Speed”.  WHEW!  I was one tired Grand by the time I left.  Thankfully, I had a helpful Miss Neenee with me.

BDAY KADE

It was Miss Neenee’s birthday & we were going to see Disney on Ice.  Mr. Sweetie Pants was being sassy, so I asked him did he not want to go see Mickey Mouse?  He promptly, let me know, he did not want to see anything.  Please refer to the above photo.

BDAY KIDSSo, this is why we go to see Disney on Ice each year.  Mesmerized & happy faces.  That’s what we have here.

BDAY NICKNext,  you have this one who obviously loves Disney just as well.  I mean, crown him king Mickey, hello.  Or maybe EA’s Prince Charming?  Awww…..

BDAY MIKEYThen, you have these faces, squished up against my face.  Love.These.Faces.

BDAYI’m not sure if my son has some new leg warmers & back pack or if he was attacked by munchkins.  Either way, they are all cute as can be.

BDAY NEELYAnd it was all because of this girl.  Happy birthday Miss Neenee!  More to come this weekend!

I am so very thankful for all these sweet people in my life.  Since this month is Thanksgiving, (who would forget that?) I ran across this 30 day scripture reading plan.  I know I’m a little late, but it’s still a wonderful exercise to commit to spend your time in God’s word.

THANKSGIVING

 

I hope you all are having a good week.  Now that I’ve realized it’s time for Thanksgiving, I will be making my menu for Thanksgiving dinner.  What will you be making?  Until next time, I have to go, because I should be washing clothes.

photo credits: Facebook

Now that she’s in 6th grade & have mercy….

Neely & Kristina

It always amazes me how much I learn by having kids around me. Just this week me & my Miss Neenee have had some pretty good conversations. You know she is in 6th grade, this time around. The kids are stuck in the preteen years. They don’t know whether to play with dolls or be boy crazy. Some of them are both. They are also so very silly. There is a little girl, that’s just come to school this year. They have named her, “Bacon”. Miss Neenee talks about Bacon all the time. Everyday Bacon says something or does something new. It’s always something goofy or weird or obnoxious. You know YOUR PRETEEN YEARS in a nutshell. Any the whoo, one day Miss Neenee & I was talking about school this year. I asked her about some of the kids from school. Some that just so tee-totally got on her last nerve last year. (Which is funny, because she was probably getting on their nerves just as bad.) She said that they really didn’t bother her so much this year. She said it was all good with them. I told her perhaps they grew up some over the summer.

She replied, “No, I did.”

What a grown up thing to say! Sometimes we get so up in arms about how other people act, that we forget to look at ourselves. My Papa Clyde always said, to have friends, you had to first be a friend, yourself. I think that lesson has hit home for my Miss Neenee. She is becoming a mature little lady. I wish I could be as understanding & compassionate as she is.

Proverbs 18:24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.(NKJV)

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Maybe she is learning the world is not all about her needs, but the needs of others. Hopefully, she is growing to have the heart of a servant. To be kind & tenderhearted, like the apostle Paul talked about

Ephesians 4:32

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.(NKJV)

friends

Relationships are important. I am glad to learn from my 6th grader that love, forgiveness, & mercy can come through from any age. And speaking of mercy, we talked about the unmerciful servant in my Wednesday night class, this week. I asked the class what they thought unmerciful meant. One little girl said she knew exactly what it meant. She said when she played basketball with her brother & his friends they just kept trying to beat her down & not let her have the ball. She said that was very unmerciful. These kids tickle me to death. We had promotion Sunday a couple of weeks when the school year started back. This is when the kids move classes, since they are advancing in grades at school. I MAY or may not have a couple of kids that do NOT want to advance out of my 1st & 2nd grade class. We just have so much fun in there. If one of the elders is reading this, I sternly told the kids they had to move up next Wednesday night, no exceptions. Then, I gave them a bunch of candy.

Hope you are having a wonderful week. Summer is back. If you haven’t heard. It’s just weather in Mississippi. Hot, cold, air conditioner, heater, all in one day. You just never know. I hope you had a great long weekend. We did. Lots of food, family, friends, & fellowship. Until next time I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

My favorite quote of the week.  Don’t worry about saving your money.  You don’t need a penny to do this-

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Back to school- seriously summer has bit the dust

back to school

My Miss Neenee went back to school yesterday.  As in yesterday.  What about summer?  Where did that guy go?  I have to admit, it still has not really sunk in that summer 2015 has come to a screeching halt.  I mean, there were so many things we were going to do this summer.  For the past several years, we have done one of those summer bucket lists.  Of course with school deciding to slip up on us like this, we barely made a dent in that list.   Ya’ll time is not stopping for anybody.

I always like to look around & see what cute things other bloggers have come up with for back to school.  Here are my best finds:

free printable morning routine chartBecause who doesn’t need a morning routine??

free alphabet printableWhat an adorable printable to give to a teacher or to use for yourself.

backtoschoollunchboxjokes30daysMy Miss Neenee loves a lunchbox joke.  I’m sure your sweeties will, too.  Just print these off & slip them in their lunchbox.

Also, on thirtyhandmadedays.com there are a plethora of ideas for back to school organizing.  Just looky here-

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I also talked to my Miss Neenee & my sweet Wednesday night Bible class students about kindness.  I told them how important it was to be Christ like & show kindness to everybody.  Especially those that don’t deserve it.  They need it the most.  We also talked about bullying.  I asked them what should they do if they see somebody being mean to someone else?

One sweet girl said, “Go tell a teacher.” 

I also reminded them they could take up for the person getting bullied, too.  That sometimes will make a bully stop in their tracks.  No one admitted to ever being bullied, however, I wanted it to be fresh on their minds.  That way, they would be able to react the way Jesus wanted them to.be kindEphesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

I sure hope you are having a good week.  It has been a smidge busy around our house.  With school starting & whathaveyou.  I have also been shelling peas, making some pickles, & putting up green beans just like it’s my job.  I may make a good homemaker before long.  You just never can tell about those things.  green beans

My little green bean snapper

My little green bean snapper

Also, this year while Miss Neenee was selling Girl Scout cookies, I made the executive decision to buy some & put them in the freezer.  I have been partaking of some of those here of late.  After a stressful day at work, one does not realize the power a Samoa can have over you.  My pre-Girl Scout cookie weight was a little more easy on the eyes than what I have had going on as recently as this morning when I got on the scales & to my dismay decided maybe I should give up on the Girl Scout cookies.  I perhaps may need to give them to my daughter.  She’s eating all kinds of strange things lately because she’s having another BABY!  You heard me right.  Another sweet thing to cuddle & spoil & kiss & hug.  To say we are delighted is truly an understatement.  So, now you know what all is going on with me.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Until next time, I will be going, because I should be washing clothes.

credits: http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor. com, http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com, blog.eventbrite.com, pinterest

The end of 5th grade & how to deal with those angry birds in your life

Just so you know Miss Neenee has kicked 5th grade to the curb.  To the curb, I tell you.  She came, she saw, she conquered 5th grade.  Maybe you remember when she started 5th grade:Neely 1st day of school

And now the end of 5th grade:

NeelyAll I can say is time quit flying……

And she wanted ya’ll to see her in her new glasses, lookin’ all sassy.

Neely glassesSomebody make it stop.  This is just too much for me.  Grown. Up. Little. Lady.

Here is a reblog of a post I did back in April of 2013.  It’s about how to approach a mountain lion (angry people).  I hope you enjoy it.

Click here to see it.

 

I hope everyone has a beautiful week.  Someone asked me what I was doing with my family this weekend.  I told them I didn’t have any plans.  They said they were going on a get away, seeing we are off work Monday.  I asked them why in the world would we be off work Monday?  Memorial Day.  I thought that was the Monday after this one!  Have you came across anyone thinking the same thing???  I have.  But I will take that day off work.  Just like it’s my whole duty.  Until next time, I must be going, because I should be washing clothes.