Monday, April 24, 2017

It Starts With the Letter I

Last week Travis went out of town for work. It was only for a few days, but I'm not used to him being gone. He's the one that takes the boys to school, and picks them up.

I had a big doctor's appointment last week, so there were a lot of things swimming in my head. Between last Thursday to now I have: My pre-op scheduled, my deviated septum and polyps surgery scheduled, my first allergy shots scheduled, my 2-3 day IV drip to control my allergy to aspirin scheduled, and I think I need to schedule my post surgery appointment with my ENT doctor to take splints out of my nose. I don't even remember if I scheduled that last one to be honest. Yikes! I had to renew my driver's license, so I did that. They said, "Your right eye is a little weak. They gave me my license anyhow. That was another thing I had to tell my team of doctors. They want me to get my eyes tested, but wait a few weeks until after surgery. My mind was on all the things I needed, and need to do.

My Mom texted me on Friday: When does Travis get back?

Me: Tonight sometime. When he gets here.

Mom: Where did he go?

Me: Somewhere that starts with an i. Indiana maybe? I don't know. Text him to ask.

Maybe Indiana was on my mind because one of my favorite bloggers is from there.

Mom: He said, "Peoria, Illinois."

Me: See I told you it started with an i. LOL

Then she was all concerned if I was feeling ok. I just had a lot to do, and think about. As long as Travis was ok, I didn't care where he was at. Before Friday I didn't even know if he flew, or drove there. He left from work with his bosses. For the record his boss drove them there.

He said it was like a ghost town. It was super pretty, but no one lives there.

One of his pictures from Peoria, Illinois:

Sunday, April 23, 2017

SENQIAO Fidget Toy Review

I love all the fidget toys that are out. I think they are fun, and great for anyone that's creative!

SENQIAO Flippy Chain Fidget Toy is so fun! You can find it here: It comes in a pack of 2: Blue and Orange, or Yellow and Black. 

Stress Reducer:

This toy is a stress reducer. It helps with highly creative people. People that are creative in nature listen and concentrate more when they are actively doing something: Drawing, active, or fidgeting.

EDC Fidget Chain is also great for ADD, ADHD, and Anxiety.

This is a toy for both adults and children.


Orange and Blue
Yellow and Black

I get into toys like this, and so do my kids!

It fits perfecting in my hand, and makes very little noise! The focus chain is smooth rolling & twisting. The flippy chain is portable, and can put it in your pocket and take it to wherever you want. I'd actually like it if the boys could leave their fidget toys here, for when they do their homework. They could be taken to school, the library, to church and more.


$16.99 and on sale for $10.99. That's with Prime.

Do you have any fidget toys? I think my first fidget toy when I was little was Silly Putty. 

 Disclaimer: I received SENQIAO Fidget Toy for a discount to assist with this review. I wrote this post, and was not influenced at all with an opinion. I only review things that I find interesting, or that would benefit my readers or family.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Random Tid Bits

Since I'm having to start allergy shots on Monday I thought I'd make this post allergy funny.

  1. My Mom did all the right things to prevent me from getting allergies when I was little. I played outside, she breastfed me, we had 2 big dogs that we had to get rid of because I kept getting sick, she kept a clean house, and washed bedding regularly. 

  2. I started cracking up when I read this:

    And no I don't get my allergies from my Mom's side of the family. I get them from my Dad's. Well except for the ibuprofen one - my Aunt, Mother's sister has an allergy to that. The boys have allergies, but not nearly as bad as I do.

  3. This is funny:

  4. It's true I'm allergic to all things furry. I even broke out in red dots after holding a cute little hedgehog. It's tummy was furry. That doesn't mean I don't like them. So many people assume allergy sufferers hate them. I'd love to have a furry, cuddly pet for my kids. When I lived in Savannah it was the best because the neighbors had an outdoor cat that loved to visit me when I was outside.

    Before you say, "Why don't you have a short haired dog, or hairless cat?" I was advised not to even have one of those. It's just not in the cards for me.

  5. It seems like a lot of retired people I know love to watch Doctor Oz. I can't count how many times someone older I know says, "Well Doctor Oz says..." In reference to fixing all my nasal issues.

  6. If you've been a reader for awhile, you'll know that I've tried lots of home remedy things to get better. Some have worked to relieve the symptoms at the time. BUT there is just that time where one like myself needs to go to the doctor to get medical treatment.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

WW: Joslyn Castle {Linky}

This weekend we decided to take pictures at Joslyn Castle.

Father and Sons:

Mother and Sons:


While we were out there a tour guide came out and said, "Do you want to join our tour in 5 minutes?" I've always wanted to go on a tour there, so I answered, "Yes please."

All I've ever shot were outdoor pictures you can see here.

The door weighs a ton, but can be opened with just one finger.

It's filled with tile work:

And wallpaper:

The ceilings are lavish!

Isaak's favorite was the gold room:


I liked the stairs:

Steps in the maid quarter's:



A few original handles got stollen a few years ago. These are originals.

 The highest floor:

The outside of the castle once again:

The original owners were from England, and wanted a castle like house. The architect was from Scotland, so inside there is a Scottish look. Have you ever been inside a castle?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Grievances


Everyone was fairly happy throughout the big family function, except when the water squirters came out. The bigger kids were having a hay day! Kids were squirting other kids, so there were tears. Parents were blaming other parents for their kids getting squirted in the face. I was done with Easter at that point. I don't like to hear fighting. When my kids were little, we watched them. Watch your kids if you think they are too fragile for a water fight. Doesn't something like that happen every family get together? It does in ours.

My nephew Emerson went home, and had his biggest seizure to date. My sister Terra was about to start CPR, my brother-in-law was about to call 911, but then it stopped. We were trying to figure out if it was the heat, an allergy, or something else. He's cutting teeth, and his jaw is higher than a typical kid's jaw would be. Certain nerves could be hit. We're kind of clueless when it came to the cause. He has had seizures in the past, but nothing that big.

The other bad thing that happened actually happened on Easter. A past student of mine was shot. I'm pretty sad just thinking about it. He was only 29, and left behind a 2 year old. I just want to cry thinking about the little girl growing up without her Dad. His death makes the idea of fighting over a stupid water fight trivial. He was always a happy guy! It's a case that's being investigated. I'm not sure what the cops know. I can say that no one has been arrested.

Rest in Peace Trent

Easter Greats


We had our big family Easter on Saturday.

Everyone brings different things to eat. I made a veggie tray and green tea matcha sugar cookies. There were only 8 small cookies left, so the kids must have loved them. There was a whole buffet of desserts. Travis made a rice dish.

All the littles with my Grandpa. He's a Great Grandpa to all these kids - except one. Isaak's in the light purple shirt, and Mica's poking out behind him. He has 9 grandchild (including me), and 15 great grandchildren. The girl in the red pants in the back was put into this group, but she's a grandchild, not a great grandchild.

My Aunt Becky puts on a big Easter Egg Hunt. I added a few things to the hunt that I've gotten for review: Glow in the Dark Rings and yo-yos, and cat and dog dry erasers. 

Here's my parents with their grandchildren:

Do you have a big family get together?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Random Tid Bits

I'm going to make this post about my odd quirks.
  1. I dislike drinking milk, or in my case almond milk from my bowl of cereal. I put in very little almond milk. Just enough to barely see it. Travis puts in way too much in for my taste.

  2. I dislike when people refer to a potato and corn as only vegetables. According to many nutritionist they are starches. It acts as a starch inside the body. Schools that think that potatoes or corn as being the number 1 veggie on a plate is just plain silly. Especially French Fries. Come on! That's like saying real bacon is a full fledge protein when it's clearly a yummy fat. They should have something green on their plates besides corn or potatoes. 

  3. I can't stand when students fixate on the wrong thing. For example I have one student that did 10 logos that all looked the same, but had a slightly different font. The logo its self wasn't very good. The fonts were nearly the same. He was thinking about the font for 1/2 the day. He could have made a much better logo in the time he was fixating on the font. I told him that too. He just looked at me and shrugged his shoulders. 

  4. Being a Mom I know I have to repeat myself. As a teacher I can't stand it. Everything is on a handout - that's on a server, I write all the specifics on the board each day - and verbally read it out loud. Anymore when I'm asked questions I don't know if I should answer nicely, or just say, "You're in college. Go look it up on the handout, or on the board." It takes just as many words as repeating, but I want them to learn to be independent. They shouldn't rely on their boss to repeat things over and over again for them. 

  5. I can't stand it when people don't put their grocery cart in the return stall. Wind could push it around, and knock it into cars. When I get out of my car I take a random cart with me that was left when it shouldn't of been left. Mica's job is to collect ones he sees. He loves pushing the cart, so why not collect them? 
What are a few random quirks that you have?


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