It was a Birthday!!

It seems like on everyone’s birthday, you know except for mine, we’re out riding horses. Tbug’s 14th birthday was no different, but she does have a thing for riding horses. I hope she always has that desire! Sadly, Abug might have confiscated her horse….

Never fear, Kansas stepped up to bat for Tbug to ride… only problem was, then Abug wanted to ride with Tbug. Aloha looked a little lost. At one point, I hopped on her back but Abug told me I was to get off her horse. Tbug said, I’ll share a lot of things with you, but Aloha is mine. Gosh I love both of those girls.


Happy Birthday

How on Earth did you turn 14? I swear… it has happened overnight! Here we are on your birthday and I absolutely love to ask you these questions every year to see how your answers change. Happy Birthday baby girl!!

1. Why do you like being a kid? Because you have less responsibilities

2. What is your happiest memory? Spending time with my family.


Birthday Partaey

Yes I know I misspelled Party and yes I know how to spell party. With all the memes going around Facebook right now with misspelling the word pregnant…. Just throwing out there I can spell Party.

Anyway last month (since we are in November now) we attended a birthday party for our friend JP. She turned 6 or am I crazy and she turned 7. Wow now I’m questioning myself…. let me consult… She is in fact 6.

Anyway… let’s say that again :)…. we went to JP’s birthday party. woohoooo! It was a Halloween theme. Abug didn’t dress up in anything other than a dress… she likes dresses these days….


My Birthday Present

Since it’s hubby’s birthday “week” I guess I’ll continue on with Birthday thoughts…. So the day before we went to the Corn Maze my mom and I went to Rogers, Arkansas to pick up hubby’s birthday present. While we were there I made it a point to go to the Williams Sonoma and pick up my own birthday present. I’ve had my eye on this for a while, but wanted to see in person before I just ordered it… so that’s what I did. I bought my birthday present.


Happy Birthday!

Today is hubby’s birthday! Yup, he’s the big 34. Holy crap. I remember when I thought 30 was old. Now we’re in our 30’s. I saw one day on Facebook… you know because all great information comes from Facebook… that we’re not basically older than the Friends characters. You know… like before the TV show went away. Anyway… back to hubby….

I laugh, but it’s true… every year hubby’s birthday seems to draw out for an entire week and this really isn’t any different. We gave him his present on Monday night (Oct. 31) because my dad was going out of town today. Today is his birthday. Then Saturday night we’re going out to dinner for hubby. My birthday sometimes I’m lucky if I get a day. This past year I really didn’t get any kind of day. It was awful but again, we’re not talking about me… we’re talking about hubby.

So what did he get you’re so anxiously wondering?

Why, he got a new smoker. Ours died earlier this fall or was it late summer… either way, it died. He likes to smoke meats so I went on the hunt to find him a new smoker. The original one we had was a Masterbuilt, but this time around I went with a Bradley. There’s no rhyme or reason, just what I chose for him. Mom and dad wanted in on the gift, so bam, the smoker was bought. Then they got him some smoker chips because how fun is it to not be able to use your new toy. Oh wait, we gave it to him at 9:30 at night with no meat to smoke. Ask him how he felt about that :).


Happy Birthday

Today is my 33rd birthday. 33, wow. I can remember when I thought someone in their 30’s was old. I guess now I’m old? Remind me of this statement when I’m 40, please. Once upon a time I did a 101 in 1001 list… 101 items to complete in 1001 days. I’m not really willing to try that again right now. I told my dad yesterday morning that I heard your 30’s were supposed to be better than your 20’s. He told me, “You are what you make it. It is all state of mind.”

I believe goals help you achieve things. So I decided to set 33 goals for my 33rd year. Help keep me on track, please!
Still to do     In Progress     Accomplished + the date

  1. Pay off my car.
  2. Break Abug’s mare, Little Pi, to ride
  3. Use my gift certificate to train with a local horse trainer.
  4. Lose 33 pounds. (roughly at 10-15 in this goal….)
  5. Ride Blonde Barbie more.
  6. Sell my house.
  7. Look into either building or buying another house. (more…)

Happy Birthday

Today is my 33rd birthday. I’m struggling with that number. While I’m happy that I am on this side of the ground, I’ve always heard that your 30’s are better than your 20’s. I mentioned that to my dad yesterday morning and he said it’s all in perspective. Perspective… Okay. Well if it is about perspective, I’m going to make 33 goals for this year. I did a 101 in 1001 project once upon a time. 1001 days is a little longer than a year (as in 2.75 years) and I wanted something a little more specific to my 33rd year

Item Started Completed

  1. Try a new restaurant, average 1 a month for the year (4/12 new restaurants)
  2. Find new local owned restaurants in Joplin.
  3. Explore Route 66 in this area.
  4. Travel to 8 states. (6/8) (KY, IL, KS, OK, TX, AR) 
  5. Get this blog up and running.
  6. Have 250 followers on my Blog Facebook Page. (60/250)
  7. Sell our Home.
  8. Build a New home (or at least start on one whether build from scratch or buy)
  9. Complete my branding and portfolio.
  10. Find a job.
  11. Become a travel blogger (sometimes if you can’t dream big).
  12. Pay off my car.
  13. Go strawberry picking.
  14. Enter a photo contest.
  15. Complete another 365 project.
  16. Try new food.
  17. Get published.
  18. Write a book.
  19. Stay the night in a new hotel.
  20. Visit the haunted hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
  21. Go SCUBA diving on a group trip that isn’t the lake.
  22. Help with the 2017 Trails for Kids.
  23. Pay off debt, become debt free if possible.
  24. Attend a horse race.
  25. Attend the BI in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  26. Attend the 2016 NCHA Futurity in Ft. Worth, Texas.
  27. Kayak the strip mines in Southeast Kansas.
  28. Work with companies to promote their product.
  29. Have this blog acknowledged on a higher level.
  30. Show at NCHA Day
  31. Use a gift certificate I won to ride with horse trainer Cara Brewer.
  32. Be willing to say “Yes.”
  33. Live life to the fullest.




*Pulled from my old blog Paved Dirt Roads


My upcoming 65th Birthday… what?

My birthday is coming up… did you know that? Normally I might not even mention it (yeah right… lol) but the reason I’m bringing this up 15 days beforehand is not because I’m giving you guys ample time to buy me a gift, but something to laugh about instead.

Last time I checked I’m going to be 33 (I think).  But the other day I got a letter from an insurance company telling me about the best packages I could purchase to supplement my insurance before my upcoming 65th birthday.

Wait, what…. I’m going to be 65? Dang I look good for my age! I started to think they mixed my birth year up from 1983 to 1938 but that would make me 78 so I’m not sure. Plus… I’ve been married for going on 6 years this fall and… have lived in my house that long yet they are sending it to my maiden name at my parents address. I’m so confused!

Do I not only not know my age but my name and my address too? Wow, maybe this old age thing is really getting to me…. I should go lie down and figure this out…..

Birthday Party Take 2, But 1

Is that title confusing to anyone else? Okay, I’ll explain. If there is one thing I can tell you about my baby girl it is that she is loved. She is loved by a lot of people. We got involved with our diving group in 2013 when we got certified and they are a second family! Or really, they are family. That’s the best way to describe it. And baby girl got herself one heck of a family! So her birthday was on Sunday, but that Saturday we were at the lake for the Safari Hunt. That evening, we had a small birthday party for her at the lake for those who couldn’t make her birthday party on Sunday. So this kid had 2 birthday parties, this was the first and her actual birthday date was the second. Therefore, Birthday party 1, but post 2. Did you follow all of that? If not, just know my baby girl has one heck of an awesome family both blood and personally added!

We’re a lively bunch, I tell ya! Watch out for us!

So during the Safari Hunt, she played hard. Eventually she took a nap. We got her back up to Deb and Grady’s camper without waking her up and I got her on their couch so she took about a 2 hour nap. When she woke up, I’m not sure she was ready, so she cried and cried. The only person who could console her was daddy!