A little faith and a lot of love go a long way…

Pinterest Update

Well, I figured it was about time that I updated about Pinterest.  Because that is one obsession passion that I still have.  I don’t have pictures of everything I’ve attempted, but here goes…

Awhile ago I made homemade applesauce in a crockpot.  It was deeeeeelicious!

I should be a chef.

I should be a chef.

Then one of my best friends had a birthday less than a month after she had her first baby.  What does every new mom need? LIQUOR.  So I made her a liquor bouquet.




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I also attempted some recipes that I found though I have no pics…those mini chicken pot “pies”…tasty! As well as a chicken cordon bleu casserole…also yummy except for the fact that it included rice. (Due to my gastric bypass I can’t eat rice.) But because I’m an idiot I made it with rice anyways and hoped for the best which ended in violent vomitting. Yes, you’re welcome for that image.

In addition to pretending to be a craft domesticated wifey, I crossed another item off my 2013 bucket list. I went to the PA Farm Show in Harrisburg, PA.  It definitely smelled like a farm…but after a couple minutes you don’t notice it anymore.  Other than that, it was awesome! The kids had a blast and espectially loved the animals!

My cowboy Gorilla!

My cowboy Gorilla!


Exhausted from the fun!

Exhausted from the fun!

Big Daddy Byron and I loved the food! The fried cheese and milkshakes were to die for. Seriously the best I’ve ever had. Besides the entertainment for the kiddos and the scrumptious treats…THEY HAD WINE! There were several different wineries set up in one area and you could taste test and buy right there. This mama doesn’t play so I rolled up (at 10:30 am no less) and told them to start pouring because I was tasting EVERYTHING they had to offer. By the time I was done the stroller was loaded down with 4 bottles of wine and I was much more relaxed. (In all fairness 2 of the 4 bottles were a birthday gift for my mom and I had to wait in line to taste at 10 am…so I was not alone in my morning wine-scapade.)  I’ll drink to that!

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2013 Bucket List

There’s a lot I’d like to accomplish this year, so I compiled a bucket list of sorts for 2013. I plan to add to it as the year goes on if things come up that I’d like to do, try, or accomplish. Here it is, in no particular order…

1.) Write a minimum of once a week on this blog for at least 52 blog posts this year (Whoo-hoo! I already have 2 in this week…what an overachiever I am!) – UPDATE:  FAILED

2.) Complete 52 intentional acts of kindness this year – one each week of the year. (This week I kicked it off by smiling and waving at a stranger in the urgent care place I visited today since I’m sick.) Update 6/21:  Still going strong!

3.) Lose 10 pounds – Update 6/21:  Um, no. Not even close.

4.) Take a family trip to the beach – Booked for August!

5.) Tour a winery/wine tasting   Wonderful friends of ours took us to a large local wine tasting event in May and it was awesome!

6.) Spa Day (BOOKED FOR MARCH BY BIG DADDY BYRON – Husband of the Year!)

7.) Pay off one of my student loans ($5,075) – As of March 2013 there’s only $1800 left! – As of June 2013 there’s only $300 left!!!

8.) Clean out my car (Big Daddy Byron did this for me for my birfday! WHOO-HOO!)

9.) Milk a cow

10.) Finish my Master’s program with a 4.0 (1 class to go!)  DONE IN MAY 2013! WHOO-HOO!!!

11.) Try authentic Indian food

12.) Write letters to my kids for when they are older

13.) Go to the PA Farm Show –> Went on Saturday 1/12/13…fried cheese & milkshakes were UNBELIEVABLE!!!

14.) Set up my craft/work space in the basementDone At the end of Jan!

15.) Partake in Zumba

16.) Join a for real book club that actually meets, reads, discusses, and has fun regularly – and stick to it

17.) Take kids apple picking in the fall

18.) Take the kids to our local library once a week during the summer while I’m off

19.) Attend Chocolate Covered February in Hershey

20.) Make more time for me and my Loooooovvvveeee…..BIG DADDY BYRON!

Looooovvvveee him!

Looooovvvveee him!

That’s all for now…I’m sure I’ll think of more to add as the year goes on…


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Flirty 30!

Today is the big day…I’m 30! I’m super excited to be 30. I am sorta like a real adult now, hahaha! It’s been a fun ride, this journey to 30.

Some other kind acts I completed…doing the dishes & cleaning the kitchen for Big Daddy Byron (he prefers to take care of the kitchen since he’s a chef…no complaining from me!), putting stray shopping carts where they belong while out and about shopping, praying for people who might need it…but the best part of of my 30 acts of kindness for my 30th birthday happened today with a a gift given to me…

Let me start at the beginning. I should preface this with the statement that my husband is without a doubt, THE BEST.

2013 Husband of the Year (& we're only 2 days in)

2013 Husband of the Year (& we’re only 2 days in)

This man has made my birthday so memorable. It started when he and my mom planned a small surprise party for me.



Awwww....I have friends!

Awwww….I have friends!

Gift presented to me from the reigning 2013 Husband of the Year and my babies - "Kari's Personal Wine Glass"

Gift presented to me from the reigning 2013 Husband of the Year and my babies – “Kari’s Personal Wine Glass”

YAY for good times with GREAT friends! Besides the party, then the hubby tells me that he’s been secretly saving (which is no easy task since I’m the financial boss in this household and account for every penny since we loosely follow Dave Ramsey’s philosophies) and has booked me a day at the spa….not just any spa, but THE HERSHEY SPA!  Unfortunately they are so popular and booked that he couldn’t get me in until March 9 but I will get a day of pampering for surviving 3 decades! 😉

That was more than enough to celebrate the beginning of my 30’s…but then Big Daddy Byron outdid himself even more! He had me take our van to work today…so that he could clean out the mobile dumpster I drive, a.k.a. my car! I am the hot mess of of our marriage and chaos and disorganization seem to find me everywhere…but especially in my car. I’ve wanted to clean it out (by wanted I mean I thought about it but it’s too overwhelming for me to actually do something about it…oh yeah, and I’m lazy) and it was on my 2013 bucket list (as was a day at the spa!) and Big Daddy Byron has already helped me accomplish those things. Whoo-hoo!

But Big Daddy Byron wasn’t finished…he surprised me yet again by having roses and a balloon delivered to the school I work at this morning and THEN chocolate covered strawberries were delivered this afternoon!!! I am beyond spoiled but not just because of all he did for my birthday but because of all he does for me everyday…*insert teary eyes and heart bursting with love image here.*

Those weren’t my only birthday surprises though…one of the most amazing came today while at work.  At student of mine turns 11 tomorrow.  She told me today that for her birthday this year, she’s decided to do 11 intentional acts of kindness to celebrate since I did 30 to celebrate my 30th.  She then excitedly told me that she and her mom have been planning the 11 acts of kindness and she’s starting soon. *MIND BLOWN* Holy crap.  I mean, I know as a teacher I have an impact on some of my kids sometimes. But wow. When she told me this, I had one of those moments…one of those, “Oh man, what I do REALLY matters” moments that we teachers have now and then…not because I taught her how to add fractions with different denominators but because I inspired her to spread kindness in the world.  It was one of the best gifts anyone could have given me.

Here’s to 30…a year full of kindness, love, health and happiness…

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