the weekend kicked off with a visit from our boy!  he didn't come home with bags full of laundry like i (stereotypically) expected.  he didn't even bring a suitcase. or a bag.  in fact he didn't bring anything!  he walked out of his dorm room with his wallet and keys. and of course his phone. 

the biggest shock was seeing what was under that hat!  it was bad. haircuts on campus are $17. "$20 with a tip."  $17 was way too much of 'his' money to throw away on a nice even hair. (and you spent almost that much on lunch at chipotle!?!)  

SO. he let his friend use clippers with a guard to buzz his head. that above average sized head with hair less than an inch long.  it was bad. the hair was uneven, gaped and jagged. but hey!  he saved money. i never thought i would say, "i fixed a messed up haircut." 

 at least he was clean shaven. and getting a great big hug from a boy now bigger than his father, was nice! he is so happy. loves college life! 

 jeff and bennett set off on a dove hunt while the girls and i enjoyed the last regular swim meet. (gotta love a sport with a short season!) it was a home meet and a  lot of work. we invited almost 15 schools. the girls were at the pool at 9:30 am and  home after 7pm!
 mary claire has loved being able to participate in a school sport. there's something about competing for your school that just feels good!

 mary claire placed second in all of her events!
 my kids are so easy to tell apart. jeff and i joke that they each look like they have a different set of parents. but in swim goggles and a cap, i had a hard time telling my girls apart. thankfully  anna katherine has a black goggle strap and mary claire as gray. 

this looks just like anna katherine... 

 it was a beautiful day, thank goodness! because this was a long meet. all meets are long, so when we say it's "really long." pack a lunch and pack a dinner! maybe even your pajamas. 

i was a timer. i love having a poolside seat, minus the seat. i love meeting new people from other schools. i timed with some super nice ladies.
the five hours flew by. well not really flew. if i had not been standing four feet from a whistle blowing mad man, it would have.  we have loud speakers, microphones and buzzers. none of them compared to the volume of this whistle,

this official took whistle blowing to a whole new level.  half way through the meet, i was experiencing ringing in the ears accompanied  with major road pool rage. i asked my fellow timer if this was bothering her as much as me. "no i started my day with an ativan ."
 lovely, i stated my day with coffee

 anna katherine made a personal best! she has been trying all season to break her 50 free time. by .08 seconds. like can't they just round up? her daddy kept telling her, "you just need to swim faster."  ;)   those words meant a guaranteed eye roll. 

 our girls teamed placed second! 
next week is state! 

ordinary days

 these days have been filled with the ordinary. which i am learning to appreciate more and more these days. lately there has been so much going on around us. in the world, in our community, in our church, at our school, at my son's school. some good, some not so good, some life changing! this week i have been giving extra thanks for my ordinary days. we are happy, healthy, safe and sound. thank you GOD!
i am in the midst of senior picture season. 
my dear friend's daughter ella, is a senior this year. 
amy's listening ear was such a huge help to me when i had a senior!

swim. swim.swim. four weekdays and every saturday. 
my girls are doing great! anna katherine has shattered the school record in back stroke twice! 
the hilton head meet is always a highlight of the season.  since we were minus our man sized child, we took daddy's company car. it's small, but the gas is free, plus it has been known to jump trains! ;)

my morning prayer always involves safe travel for my husband and children. i am thankful every single day when everyone arrives home safe and sound!
when you live surrounded by trees, the fall means lots and lots of leaves. jeff has hard at work getting ready!
nothing makes my man feel like a man like heavy equipment. 
sometimes even when a rake will suffice, he opts for the tractor.
weekly papers. she is a pretty smart cookie!
her big states and capitals test is this week. what these fifth graders are required to do is amazing. more on this test later! 

my car has just reached the 200,000 mile mark! woo-hoo! this suburban is deserving of a metal and a heap of new parts!

 i am determined to get another 100,000 miles! my husband (after realized the tow truck driver knows me by name) is determined to say goodbye.  fingers crossed for the 300,000 mile mark! 

we have successfully found good homes for all of our kittens! 
except two. 
~baby betsy~
the momma cat is is scheduled for surgery tomorrow! 
she always has a sour look on her face :)
the kittens have been moved from my studio to the porch right outside my office. i sometimes leave the door open and work with them on my lap!
dexter was the pick of the liter spring 2014! he is already a mouser, spending his days hunting with kittyboy. he is going to be a big-big cat!
see? just the ordinary!
and i am so thankful!


happy saturday! i rarely share recipes,  so when i do... i promise it is amazing! :) or at least i think so.  last week i made two breakfast batches of these guys! they are oatmeal based and naturally gluten free... we gobbled up the first batch so fast, i wasn't able to snap a picture! the toppings i tried were blueberries, pecans, almonds and chocolate chips.  the chocolate chip muffins were the first ones gone!

To-Go Baked Oatmeal Recipe
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  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1½ cups skim milk (or whatever milk you like)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • Optional: your favorite toppings (fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray or line with muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, and brown sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add the applesauce, milk, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk until well combined. Stir in the oats and baking powder.
  3. Fill the muffin tin with ¼ cup of the oat mixture in each muffin cup. Add your favorite toppings. Push the toppings down into the oat mixture with a spoon.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. Let them cool for 5 minutes before eating. Store in an airtight container or freeze in a zip top storage bag.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 plain oat muffin Calories: 170 Fat: 5.3 Saturated fat: 0.7 Carbohydrates: 28.2 Fiber: 1.9Protein: 3.5

The Wholesome Dish
 complete recipe and pictures HERE

darn it!

before a few weeks ago, the telephone ringing after 11pm would cause my heart to skip a beat.  not so much anymore. now when the phone rings past bedtime, i smile! because the conversation usually goes something like this:

hi mom.
hi buddy!
how long is food good?
as in?
spaghetti. honey sent some the last time i was home.
8 days ago? no. it is not good.

darn it! i've already heated it up and it smells sooo good!
then taste it and see.
heck no! that's gross. i'm not going to risk it,
then throw it away.
darn it! it smells so good. guess it's popcorn again
did you brush and floss?
hello?! i am a grown up!

oops, slipped my mind. i love you, goodnight! brush and floss. 
and shave. please shave!
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