Emma Rae…

This girl has avoided the camera for as long as I will let her!

I was looking for pictures of her on my Instagram account the other day and there are so few.

Here she is at her first track meet.  The fourth through sixth grade students could sign up to attend a few practices and the last day of school was a track meet.  Not exactly the same as the “Play Days” of days gone by, but still fun for the kids.


She tried the high jump.  Gotta love a girl with heart!  She tried her best and the winner of the boys’ high jump could have jumped over Emma if she were standing under the bar.


A little foot race for her.  It was the 50 meter dash.


Papa and Nana were there.  He was supposed to be farming, but whenever the kids have things going on, he does his level best (as does Nana) to be there.


And, while I know this post is about Emma Rae… here is Olivia in her usual position… UPSIDE DOWN… doing a cartwheel.  This time attached to a friend.


And they all did the long jump.  So one after another the kids ran and jumped into a pit of sand.


The kids each received a t-shirt, a popsicle, and ribbons in their events. You can see, Miss Emma is not the tallest in her class…


And, Mother of the Year goes to… ME!  I didn’t put sunscreen on her so she was FRIED to a crisp.  It was the first nice day of the year and she was in the sun from 12:30 to 3:30.

Needless to say, her shoulders were toast for the TKD testing that took place the following day.  That photo post will be next.


I want to make a couple of notes regarding life in general too… I decided that we would have a fire after school on the last day… so we did.  I am not waiting to live my life for a perfect time or another day.  We just did it!

And… I am working on printing pics.  Yep… hundreds and THOUSANDS… I am not kidding… images and guess who has zero pictures to show for it?  Me!



Together We Are… FCCLA

The theme of this year’s ND State Family, Career and Community Leaders of America was Together We Are…

For me the last three days renewed my spirit and hope for our future because I spent those days with our future.

I was asked by the Bowman County FCCLA Advisor, Sara Kordovsky, to help her chaperone a group of young ladies (our local chapter does not have male members at this time) at this year’s state convention in Bismarck.

Here they are… dressed in red… I LOVE RED (It’s the Pirate and former FHA state officer in me).




Sometimes… Girls just wanna have fun!


These two young ladies had an amazing couple of days.  They competed in STAR Events and…
QUALIFIED for the National Convention.  They were the best in the state in their category!

Here they are just moments after crossing the stage!


I need to insert a note here… A heartbreaking part of this story in my opinion.  These girls and any other students who earn their right to compete at the National Convention in FCCLA do not get to attend.  It is a school policy that was put in place a few years ago.  I could share some of the reasons why with you now, but will save the rant that I want to carry on for another day.  Today, I want to share the news that these kids did a great job and deserve high fives, congratulations and a victory party at the very least for their hard work!

Even I had some red to wear!


A STAR Event participant earning a Silver.  Great work!


As this young lady crossed the stage we heard the words yet again… And Qualifying for Nationals From Bowman County Public Schools…



And another Gold Star!


And yet another Gold Star!


A couple super great girls!

Side note… It was FREEZING cold so sweatshirts were allowed and it was DARK so my camera was very confused!


One of these two is super quiet… I won’t give it away by saying the one in the red shirt 🙂


And a few more crazy girls waiting to hear from one of the amazing speakers.  I forget how much I miss being inspired by motivational speakers.  Man, they can make a person laugh and they can bring me to tears.  Both happened to me during many of the sessions.


And… While we were away…  Mrs. K. and I had to do some childcare re-arranging since both of us have husbands on the local fire department.  Finding someone to take our kids seems like a small matter compared to what the Longland/Slagle family faced.  They lost their home to a fire that our guys could not defeat.  Sometimes it happens.  The guys did all they could but the fire was too much for them by the time they arrived.  So incredibly sad for their loss but grateful no one was injured in the blaze.



The family has a GoFundMe account set up.  If you happened to have a minute and a few extra dollars to spare, it would be super awesome if you could donate to their family.  They lost everything.  Imagine not having your toothbrush, phone charger, family photos from Christmas last year, baby photos of your grandchildren, and more underwear than the pair you have on.

Here is a link for the GoFundMe account. 

I want to thank each and every one of these young ladies for an incredible weekend.  I tried and tried to talk myself out of going, but am so glad I did.  I forget sometimes that I enjoy young people and sort of miss being around them.  They made being a chaperone super easy!

Thanks also to Mrs. K. for inviting me along and for the great shirt.  Can’t go wrong with red!




Look at Me Go… Three Posts in a Row… |June 12, 2014|

This one… will be very little jibberish and just focus on what’s up with my kids…

The Light of my World…


This boy turned 21…. FINALLY!!!  It was a long road but he finally hit the magic 21 years.  This was taken as he was departing for Las Vegas to be part of a celebration with his buddies.  Two for one weekend.  He turned 21 in Vegas and Dusty had his bachelor party.  Talk about a Hang Over movie sequel waiting to happen.  8 North Dakota boys in Vegas.


The girls during Homecoming week back in October.  I know it is an older one, but I just love it.


Zada and Sophia… another old one and HORRIBLE color… but I just love when they hang out together.  Zader-Beans is getting old on us.  We had to build her a ramp to get up the two (yes 2) steps on the deck.  She is quite the girl  We love her and I worry about her so very much.


This girl turned 9.  Here she is the last night at age 8.  Being a bit silly for the camera.


This lovely lady melts my heart.  Here she is at the spring concert.  We decided to cut her hair a few days after this.  Now I see how pretty it was that night and maybe regret it a bit… but her hair grows super fast so we should be okay.


My SOUL daughter is getting married.  Her she is (on the left) with her Aunty Tonya and her mom, Jodi.  She had a beautiful bridal shower and is finding out quickly how many people love her and how much… and it is making this special young lady a bit teary eyed.


And… it rained the other day (and many other days)… But it was super nice and warm out so the girls went out and played in the water.  This little peanut makes my family with “too many kids” complete.  Chad and I joke often about having “too many kids” because quite frankly… they make us tired sometimes.  And while I may have been a bit moody before she arrived… I wouldn’t trade her in for anything in the world.  Love this little girl.  She is my Snuggle Bear.


And here they are… playing in the rain.  Seriously, it was so warm, Emma could sit in the “Pooh Stick Stream” and not freeze.  Olivia quickly learned that there wasn’t enough water for the floater.


So… there you have it.  A bit of fun and no major ‘life lessons’ or reasons for the post.  Just me sharing my kids with you.

As I type, Little Miss Sophia has decided to wake up at 4:30AM and said she wants to come ‘snuggle’ with me.

Gotta go.  No way I am saying no to that request.

Take Care of You!


Reasons… |June 11, 2014|

Reasons vs. Excuses

This post is a collection of thoughts that have come to me lately and I wanted to share them to see what others think on the topic of

Reasons vs. Excuses

First of all, are they the same thing?  I am going to argue absolutely… NOT.

I have come up against a few people in my life who feel every answer you give them when  asked how or why something was completed in a certain way (generally in unsatisfactory ways)… that the answer is an excuse.

Truth be told there are sometimes reasons and sometimes excuses.  Reasons I can handle… Excuses (and sometimes blaming) makes me wonder or something.  I am not sure what it does… but I am learning that I use both and it is my intention to use excuses less and hopefully reasons less as well.

Let me give you some examples of MY ideas when it comes to reasons vs. excuses.

Why didn’t you work out this morning?
Reason: My daughter was throwing up and had a fever of 102 degrees.
Excuse: I only had two hours of sleep and couldn’t make myself get up to go.

Why is your homework not done?
Reason: I came home from school and threw up.
Excuse: I didn’t have time.

Why didn’t you call your Mom on her birthday?
Reason: I was in the middle of the Indian Ocean with no cell service.
Excuse: My cell phone was not charged.

As I make my way through many changes in my life over the coming year (or two) I am hoping to deal with fewer reasons and make fewer excuses because I just want to do and be the best I can.  I want to get it right as often as I can.  Will I falter?  Of course, but when asked, why didn’t you succeed at making your home a better place to live and take better care of your heart, mind, body and soul… the answer won’t be a reason or an excuse… but will rather be I’m still working on it.  Rome wasn’t built in a day and change takes time.

And because I try not to leave you without a visual stimulus of some sort…

A picture of me (age 40) and my soul daughter (age 25) at our joint birthday celebration last fall.