Friday Fun ~ Sept. 30th

Heaven on earth is a place we must choose,

Not a place to be found.

Where did September go????

Here we are at the last Friday in September, and Austin, Texas is still running over 90 degrees each day with no rain.  Supposedly this was the first week of fall.  I certainly didn’t see it around here.  Most of the trees with leaves are losing them due to the sustained heat.  So, I am not sure how many of them will be living next year.  That is something I am finding heartbreaking.

There was a huge pond {we call ‘em tanks here in the Promised Land} that had a family of turtle’s living in it.  I had almost hit a turtle several times on the road near the pasture their pond is in.  As the pond/tank dried up, you could see how many turtles lived there.  In the last week it has completely dried up.  Saw one turtle crossing the road several miles away from the tank. 

So I am hoping they found another pond.  Our pond/tank has been dried up since the middle of August.  Or else I probably would have tried to bring them home with me.  But… most of the ponds I know of are dried up…  This draught is devastating in so many ways.

On to uplifting news;

We have a new family member in Nebraska.  She was born a week before the doctors were hoping, but Ms. P is very healthy.  Mom, baby and three older sisters are adapting well.  I am hoping to wrap up quilting and binding the Sugar Pop HSTs quilt to send with Mr. SD’s mom when she goes to visit.

Yesterday a new baby girl was born to my 4-H buddy up in WA State.  She is so freakin’ precious.  For not going to ‘ever’ have babies {that went for both of us as teenagers} we seem to have made some adorable fresh squesies, LOL!

Ms. V is now 9~months old and crawling everywhere.  She tries to walk but isn’t quite there yet.  Last week she started saying; blah-blah-blah and ma-ma-ma-ma.  She has also started clapping her hands, or at least flapping them rapidly and sometimes clapping.  She had her first real banana this week.  I think we can certainly add fresh banana to Ms. V’s favorites list.

Ms. E will be having her 2nd birthday in two weeks!  Talking about where did September go… I remember like yesterday being preggers with Ms. E.  She survived her first skinned knee, and is now doing what I would consider ‘officially’ running.  More than just scrunching up her shoulders, swinging her arms, and walking faster, LOL!  She is a coloring fiend, and is creating many-many squiggly masterpieces.  She even colored in the lines of the carrot on the hand-out for Sunday School last week.  Yes, my baby has moved from the nursery to the 2-3s Sunday School class.  Ms. E is very good about saying ‘thank you’, ‘uh-oh’, and ‘ow’. 

She also is having full conversations about everything and nothing {complete gibberish if you ask me, LOL}.  I am very scarred of the time when she is talking in intelligible words.  This is one girl that is going to have a though and opinion on everything.  Won’t she fit in just fine with the rest of us?

On the mommy front:  My baby bro is coming to visit, and I am super excited.  Now that is something I never thought I would say growing up… that I would actually want to see and visit with him.  He is wrapping up his sixth deployment with the Corps, and we are still waiting to find out what his next ‘job’ will be.  He may be back in the Golden State or might be on the East Coast.  Only time will tell.  Hurry up and wait is the military’s way of handling everything.

The plan is to get the fall decorations out this weekend.  I have gotten some great ideas off of Pinterest that I can’t wait to see how ‘bad’ they look in my space.  Have you been on Pinterest yet?  If you need an invite I still have a couple to give out.  Just send me an e-mail and I will hook you up.

As for around the house on the cleaning front… I found a great {new-to-me} blog, The Perfect Pantry, and may actually be inspired enough to attack my mom-eating pantry.  I did qualify that statement with a ‘may’, so we will see how long it take for inspiration to become action.

I also scored a new release from a favorite sci-fi author of mine from Amazon using giftcards from Swagbucks {see other things I have scored using Swagbucks here}.  Still have read past the first couple chapters.  Maybe the kiddos will sleep in or go to bed early and I can get in some serious reading time.  I think that is what I miss most about pre-kiddo life.  The ability and the luxury to just read a book all night.  Sure I could do it now, but I would still be getting up between 6 am and 6:30 am with Ms. V, LOL!

Here is this week’s Five Questions from My Little Life;

 1. Do you apologize to your kids if you’re wrong?  Yes.  I want them to treat others fairly.  And you have to model ‘correct’ behavior to them, so… If I am wrong I apologize, just like I would expect them to. 

Of course, at this point in life I am pretty sure Ms. V has no idea I am apologizing.

2. Do you have a class ring, letterman’s jacket, or similar obscenely priced high school “must have”?  I would have loved a Letterman’s Jacket, but who had the money?  I was spending my money on horse shows and riding lessons. 

But I do have my State Fair 4-H jacket.  That is something that will always be in my closet.

3. If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would you choose?  I think I would like to be 26.  As long as I get to keep my kiddos.  I am not being very successful in getting my body back into pre-baby shape. 


So, 26 would be before the babies.  Plus, my metabolizim was awesome back then.  Need I say more?


4. What is your favorite (unused) baby name?  Not sure how to answer that one.  I really liked the idea of using our {Mr. SD’s and Mine} mom’s names, but that is his mom’s name already.  That didn’t work out, LOL!


I really liked the idea of Julius Donald in honor of my Grandpa and Mr. SD’s Dad.  JD for short.  But that one had two drawbacks… 1} JD could also be short for Jack Daniels, and 2} we didn’t have a boy.  But, it is still my favorite unused name.


5. If you could make your child like something what would it be?  We really haven’t gotten to that point.  Ms. E is incrediably easy going about new stuff.  I am sure this will change for both girls as they get older. 

My other thought on this, is that it is our likes and dislikes that make us unique.  I might wish they liked something, but I don’t know that I would want to change them.  Just like I may wish Mr. SD liked/disliked something, but would I really want him to change?  I don’t think so.


And there you have it, a recap of another month in my paradise.  Have a fabulous weekend!
Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Thanks for taking the time to read this post. I love comments, and will return the favor! ~ Kimberlee



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