You Capture – Smiles

Most days I am busier than a racoon in a trash-pile. For someone not on a payroll, I stay super busy. Between my domestic duties, the school fund-raising responsibilities, and keeping up with my Facebook Yardsale side business, I am a stay-at-home mom who rarely stays at home.

And taking care of these two makes me smile.

After-school orthodontic appointments

Monday night scouts

Middle of the day pumpkin drop field trips


And of course, MORE baseball.

And nothing makes me happier.

But speaking of smiles….


puts one on my face every. single. time.

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Some Things I Love

When I read that this week’s You Capture challenge is ‘something you love’, I knew I wanted to participate, because doesn’t that sound fun?

My favorite Dr. Pepper is an ice-cold 20 ounce bottle straight out of the cooler. It doesn’t get much better than that.

I triple love this monster. It takes the best pictures, especially at the ball field.

I am forever running out on our back deck to snap a picture of the latest sunset. I love that we get to see such beautiful sunsets from our back yard.

Isn’t this chair fun? It’s one of my favorite pieces in our home.

It is fancy with a country feel.

This next one is probably a bit weird.

but I love a good plate a Mexican food, mostly because of the chips and salsa.

In fact, I’d like to have some right now.

This fella is more than just a thing. He’s my oldest child and I love him a big whole bunch.

This shot looks a tad blurry. Either my beloved iPhone camera failed me or my left eye is playing tricks on me after jabbing it with a mascara wand this morning. (My lands, that sure was painful!)

And this sweet little thing makes my heart happy. I love him!

And without a doubt he would want me to point out that his shoes match his Tiger shirt and hat.

Now this next guy – this next guy – is the love of my life.

Even though I don’t tell him often enough, I love him more everyday.

And y’all knew this was coming…

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this beautiful car.

The Saturn Sky.

Have a great Monday, y’all.

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others

Some weeks I participate in the photo challenge for You Capture. I am participating this week, but instead of telling you the challenge, I thought it might be fun to play a little game.

Based on this set of photos, what do you think the challenge is?


Obviously, this last photo has absolutely nothing to do with this week’s challenge. I only added it because y’all expect it.

This week’s challenge is…?

You Capture – One A Day

Last week, the McFamily took one last road-trip, travelling with McDaddy on business before the start of school, which by the way, started on Friday because apparently the box of rocks over at the Board of Education decided that was a good day to start.

Just crown me the queen of Run-On sentences!

We left Monday morning at O’Dark Thirty and headed west. The boys enjoyed swimming three times a day in the pool and I enjoyed not having to do laundry, clean house or COOK for the week. It was a win-win for everyone, except maybe McDaddy because instead of packing one bag and cranking the stereo up and having the TV and bed all to himself, he had to pack half the house, and barely ever got to control the remote.

We returned home on Thursday just in time to attend Open House at the school and then on Friday McDaddy and turned right back around and attended a military-sponsored Marriage Retreat called Strong Bonds at a beautiful resort a few hours from home.

Here’s a photographic review of our crazy fast on-the-road week.


Laredo Steak at Max & Erma’s


The boys after dinner at Chilis.


 The half-naked ninjas headed to the pool. Again.


A totally random picture of my wallet.


First day of school . (Stevie – 4th grade and Alex – 1st grade)


And before you get your panties in an uproar I realize the bottom row is all jacked up. Thankfully, we weren’t playing in the International Billiards Competition.


In our hotel room, just before leaving.

Phew! Told you we were busy.

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Things That Begin With B

It’s been a few weeks since I participated in You Capture.

This week’s challenge is Things that start with B, and that seems like fun to me, so off we go….


Brothers, Boys, or Bozos….. You Decide.

Meet Apollo, our beady eyed hamster.

And how’s this for a beautiful sunset?

Blue skies are my favorite.

Unless you are talking about this beauty,

The Saturn Sky.

Have a great Monday, y’all!

Something I Did

This week’s You Capture challenge is a fun one.

This weeks challenge: Something You Did.

Well, you asked for it.

For starters, I cleaned a hamster cage.

Apollo and Duke are fast and furious, so I have very little interaction with them. When I need to clean their cage, I wait until they are both situated on the top deck of the cage and I plug it off. I have not worked up the courage to pick them up just yet. The warning on their cage at Pet Smart said, “Very difficult to catch if they escape” and so I am not taking any chances.

Because a loose rodent = a dead rodent around here.

We said goodbye to baseball season this week,

Having two boys on two different baseball teams keeps us pretty busy. In fact, there are days that we have to divide and conquer. I wouldn’t have our life any other way. We have made lots of friends on the ball field. I know someday I will look back and consider these days the best of my life.

We sold our grocery getter van,

And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sad when I watched it drive away. I’ve hauled lots of kids a lot of places, and our family has travelled thousands of miles together in it. So yeah, it was sort of a BIG DEAL.

But then I got a big smile on my face when I dreamed about having one of these:

(Y’all knew I couldn’t share what I did this week, without including one of these, right? )

This one was sitting on the parking lot at a Mexican restaurant in Paris, Kentucky one day last week. When I pulled in the lot (that’s our truck in the background), I salivated over the sucker and sent McDaddy a picture reminding him that I’d like to have one.

And no, before you ask “M & M” does not stand for Me and McDaddy. You can rest assured he would never put a license plate on the front of a Saturn Sky. Not even one with a tiara on it.

Happy Monday, y’all! We’re off to Scout Camp this week so things might get a bit hectic around here.

You Capture – Sky

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.  – Tagore

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. ~Edward Abbey

We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have walked in the darkness. – Author Unknown

Red, Blue, White or Silver Sky, it really makes no difference to me which one we buy. – J Mac

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You Capture – Life

The secret to having it all, is believing that you do.

And yes, I believe that I do.

Life is sweet.

And so is this smile.

Life is serious.

And so is this kid.

Life is fun.

And so is driving this.

Life is rocky sometimes.

Just like this

Life is full of choices.

Not usually as simple as these, though.

Life is a beautiful journey.

And most of all, life is exciting.

You know that was coming, right?

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A Hot Mess With A Baseball Bat

We had a great weekend here at the McResidence.

For the first Saturday in who knows how long, the sun decided to shine. The boys and I enjoyed a full day, half of which was spent at the ball field. Alex had a successful day at first base and made quite a few outs. Now granted, he plays T-Ball, but still… impressive none-the-less.

Stevie’s team played beautifully and ended up winning their game 12-7. The bad news is there was another game after ours, which meant our team only got to play three frazzlin’ innings. After we got home, we enjoyed an evening with friends and a surprise early return from McDaddy who had been working out of town all week. I didn’t mention that little tidbit last week because, well, McDaddy fears that someone reading my blog might decide that would be a good time to rob the joint.

I don’t really get scared when McDaddy is gone. To be honest, I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. McDaddy travels a lot and I am a bit of a drama queen (ahem!), so thinking about being robbed would probably be enough to put me over the edge. Now that’s not to say I don’t have a backup plan, because not having a back-up plan would be irresponsible and downright stupid because this world we live in is full of straight-up crazy people. My back-up plan came in handy early Saturday morning.

I was awakened by a rustling noise at 4 AM. The noise was continuous and it was close to my bedroom. I was sleepy and disoriented and pumped up on adrenaline. I rolled over onto McDaddy’s side of the bed and retrieved the ball-bat from beside of his nightstand. I cocked that sucker back and crept through the hallway like I was about to go all Freddy Kruger on some unsuspecting soul.

Now this is the point in the story where I could give you the horrific details of a home invasion and subsequent attack. Instead, I can only blame the noise on a five-ounce hamster and a squeaky wheel. Just to make sure I wasn’t all the way crazy, I crept downstairs to check the basement doors to make sure they were locked. As I rounded the corner into what will soon be my mud-room I just about jumped out of my skin when I saw a reflection in the sliding glass doors.

My own.

Folks, I am a hot mess. A hot mess with a baseball bat.

I probably wouldn’t have been so dramatic, had it not been for the call I received last weekend. Thankfully, there weren’t any irate callers on my telephone line this weekend.

And speaking of lines…

This week’s You Capture challenge is lines.

I just love the lines on my sweet fancy rocking chair.

Even though my iPhone camera appears to have taken this picture in a smoke-filled room.

My next stop in my quest for lines was our dining room table.

I have no idea why the pears are the color of lemons in this picture. I am assuming the wires in the iPhone/Editing software got crossed and somewhere we lost the true identity of the pears.

I say it all the time people, “GET OUT THE CANON FOR PICTURE POSTS.”

Or at least I think it.

And speaking of lines, wouldn’t this be the sexiest little thing in the school pick-up line?

Yes, I think so too.

Never mind that I’d only be able to pick up one kid.

Details, details.

Keeping It Simple

Some decisions in life are tough.

Deciding which book to check out from the library is not.

If only every decision in life was as simple as this one.

This post is linked to You Capture, where this week’s challenge is Simplicity.