So I’m kind of in denial that my husband will be deploying. The important dates are rapidly approaching and the preparations on his end are beginning, but still I’m feeling like it’s still forever away. (Even though I then remember that it is in fact closer than I want it to be…)

In no way am I ready, and I’m not wanting to get this time underway… but I’m also kind of ready for it to just be here. Because if it’s here then we’re one day closer to it being over. Does that make any sense??

What makes it tough is knowing that there are several weekends (which is typically when we see him the most) that he’s got drill. That means that our last remaining weekends are even fewer. It’s going to be tough. So if you’ve got a few spare moments say a prayer or send us some good thoughts as we prep for this upcoming year.


Strawberry Pie

Oddly enough, Jason is not a fan of a lot of cakes. But he loves pie. And his all time favorite would be my strawberry pie.

Crust: 1/2 cup butter (1 stick); 1 cup flour; 2 TBSP sugar

Filling: 2 cups sugar, 2 cups water, 6 TBSP cornstarch, 3 lbs sliced strawberries, 6 oz strawberry jello

Mix crust ingredients and press into a greased pie plate. Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes. (Lightly browned)

Bring water, sugar, and cornstarch to a boil until it thickens and clears. Remove from heat. Stir in jello. Let cool and then fold in strawberries.

Pour pie filling into crust. And refrigerate until set.


Let this be a warning to you though— it’s addictive. But just tell yourself it’s just fruit. Totally healthy…


For what seems like the millionth time we are watching Guardians of the Galaxy before bed. I’ll admit, I was extremely skeptical of the talking tree/raccoon, and that people are different colors… I had a hard time thinking this movie was going to be good. And then I watched it, and fell in love with the GotG. So here are some of my favorite quotes from the first movie:

  • Gamora: I know who you are, Peter Quill, and I am not some starry-eyed waif here to succumb to your… your pelvic sorcery!
  • Groot: I am Groot.
    Peter Quill: Well that’s just as fascinating as the first 89 times you told me that. What is wrong with Giving Tree here?
  • Rocket Raccoon: Well now I’m standing. Happy? We’re all standing now. Bunch of jack***es, standing in a circle…
  • Peter Quill: Really? Well, on my planet, we have a legend about people like you. It’s called Footloose. And in it, a great hero, named Kevin Bacon, teaches an entire city full of people with sticks up their butts that, dancing, well, is the greatest thing there is.
    Gamora: …Who put the sticks up their butts?
  • Rocket Raccoon: That’s for if things get really hardcore. Or if you wanna blow up moons.
    Gamora: No one’s blowing up moons.
    Rocket Raccoon: You just wanna suck the joy out of everything.
  • Rocket Raccoon: YOU’RE… MAKING… ME… BEAT… UP… GRASS!

And my all time favorite is baby Groot. Dancing at the end. Best thing ever!!

Favorite Shows

I’ve got a touch of a stomach bug this evening and have absolutely no will to live (let alone write something profound and life changing). So you’re getting a list of some of my favorite shows to watch on tv. Please enjoy and let me know if you too enjoy any of the listed shows. More than half Jason refuses to watch because they’re all drama so I would love to know who I can hit up when I need to blather on about an episode (when I finally catch up on the DVR…)

  • Psych
  • Criminal Minds
  • NCIS (orig, LA, N.O.)
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Mysteries at the Museum
  • Survivor
  • Monk
  • Amazing Race
  • The Gifted
  • The Walking Dead
  • Fresh Off the Boat
  • How to Get Away with Murder
  • This is Us
  • Blindspot
  • Blue Bloods
  • Designated Survivor
  • Impractical Jokers
  • Bull
  • SWAT
  • Scorpion
  • Speechless
  • The Alienist
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Zoo

Sadly this is still probably not all of the shows I watch, and I realize that I watch entirely too much television. Oh well..

Children’s Literature Festival

Every year the campus of the University of Central Missouri hosts the Children’s Literature Festival. There are several authors that come and speak. I remember going when I was in sixth grade and meeting Mary Downing Hahn, Vicki Grove and several other authors and illustrators.  This year I had the opportunity to attend with my mom’s school group and I was stoked! (Mostly because they were hosting Alan Gratz this year— one of my favorite middle grade/youth authors!! Aaaahhhh!!)


I took a couple of books with me on the off chance they might do some autographs, bought several pre-signed copies, and hoped that some (or all) might offer a chance for a picture!

Our first stop was Beth Vrabel. (Pack of Dorks, A Blind Girls Guide to Stinkville) she spoke of her rough childhood, and being picked on (by others and herself), her inspiration for her books, her path of writing,  and how she never gave up On being a novelist. She was wonderful!


While I had the chance for a picture with Vrabel, I booked it outta there with our group to get to Alan Gratz. (Prisoner B-3087, Projekt 1065, Refugee, Ban This Book) He was exceptionally awesome! His “talk” was a choose your own adventure (much like his favorite books growing up). I really loved hearing about him speak about Prisoner and meeting the man whose story it was, and speak about his inspiration for Refugee (a truly astounding piece of work). There were signs up that due to the volume of attendees many of the authors wouldn’t sign books or take pictures, however, Gratz stood down front and signed books and took a zillion selfies with people! I of course took advantage of this. 🙂

We lunches and then headed over to Mary Downing Hahn. We had a few minutes before she started so I walked over and introduced myself. I also pointed out that I had met her once before when I was a sixth grader. (She was impressed.. ) I then asked if I could take a picture with her to share with my students since we for sure read one of her books in my class every year. She agreed! (Score!!) And then I secretly cheered for myself because no one else was allowed to take pictures or get autographs. I felt like superwoman! She spoke of her rough start in the writing industry and what some of her favorite books that she had written were. She took a lot of questions which led to some great insights into her book inspirations and aspirations!


Our last author of the day was Roland Smith. We were the first group to get in the auditorium so I slipped up to the stage and asked Roland (“even though I know you have signs up…”) would he be willing to take a picture with me because my students really enjoy his books. He happily invited me up on the stage for a photo and visited with me for a minute (and then turned others away!!) Once again I was victorious when no one else was!!! He was hilarious and was very interesting to listen to. He had done so much before becoming an author! (Worked in a zoo, biologist, wolf reintegration, wildlife disaster cleanups..) I was impressed!

It was a wonderful day! I had so much fun spending the day with my momma, and meeting several of my favorite children’s authors!!

Nuts, Bolts, Screws, and Headaches.

Have you ever spent 6 hours wanting to “accidentally” drop a hammer on a loved one…? Because if that’s something you’ve thought of doing all you need to do is buy a massive swing set and then put it together.

It started out innocently enough and then it got hairy… I can read directions, and follow pictures. My husband has a lot of background knowledge in building. I’m pretty sure you can figure the rest of that story out. BUT! We got the darn thing put together (in less time than the instructions said..). Jase was pretty excited about it. We’re gonna have a lot of fun playing on it this summer for sure! I had just been planning on getting a little plastic house/slide combo, but that was not good enough for Jason’s vision for his child’s outside playground. Which is how we ended up with monstrosity… however, I am glad that Jase will be able to grow into this and use it for several years.

I would offer to come help put your future swing sets together… but sorry. My answer is a no. One is enough for me. 😛

Rock and Roll

Bet you thought this post was going to have something to do about music… Fooled ya! Last May we started rocking around our house. The project was delayed due to us not being able to get another load of rock until just recently. So Saturday was spent moving, shoveling, and raking rocks. My body still hurts!

We filled in the walkout where it floods and holds water in an attempt to ease some of that hassle. We also finished the section by our other back porch that becomes a small creek and mud pit when we get a good amount of rain. Dad even made himself a little ramp area so that he can pull up and park in his shade spot this summer without messing up the edging pavers. It was a lot of hard work and it took several hands working but we got it done! Woo woo!