ZBB *Squee*


Last Saturday night I went to see him. I have loved him since I first heard him on the radio sometime last summer. He came in March and I wasn’t able to go and was pretty bummed. So when I heard he was going to be here again? I was online as soon as tickets were released to get seats. We were about 15 rows back and just a wee bit off to the side, with a video screen smack dab in front of us.

The opening act was HORRID but knew things could only get better.

And better they did. They sang for 2 hours, only stopping for a brief second when some idiot jumped the stage and everyone gasped as a body guard laid the guy flat before anyone could blink. (The guy deserved it and am pretty sure he was pretty sore for a few days after).

The only thing that would have made the night better? To have my bestie there with me.  One day, we will have our toes in the water and asses in the sand.


zac2 Yes, I know its backwards. My not so smart phone (or not so smart operator) takes everything upside down if I don’t remember to flip my phone.  I thought I could just flip it here… and well maybe not so much.

So It Begins.

Right now I am sitting downstairs while Noodle is upstairs in the loft watching a movie with.a.boy. A BOY!

She asked us early on in the week if she could go to the football game with the boy. I wasn’t against it but it wouldn’t work out with our schedules. Then she asked if they could go to the movies. In  a group? I am fine with. One on one? Not gonna happen. So the next idea was to go to the park. Hubs eyes about popped out of his head when she try to run that one by us. We know what we did kids do at the park. So I suggested she invite him over to watch a movie here.

I must say I was quite impressed when his mom called to talk to us and then brought him over tonight. He is as cute as a bug (I am sure Noodle would fall over dead if I even walked by the camera let alone asked to take a picture) and in all honors classes!  So far, my girl knows how to pick um.

I am sure there will be tears and the whole he likes someone else and all that good stuff with this boy and others to come.  I’m not sure we are ready for all of this, (There won’t be any “real” dating for quite some time  still) but it was bound to happen sooner or later. I was just hoping for later. Much later. Like when she is 30.



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These girls could not be more alike if they were identical twins. When they see each other you would never guess any time had passed. Every other weekend I either gain a daughter or loose one. If they aren’t here they are there.

This picture was taken yesterday. We were on a rhino ride. I was in a 5 point harness in the front seat and couldn’t turn around to get a picture no matter how hard I tried. I decided to try to take one, a la self portrait, this was my first and only attempt. Not too shabby for not being able to see at all and going down a bumpy forest road at 30 miles an hour. 


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As promised, pictures of the first day of high school. To say it was a bit rough (for the both of us) would be an understatement. I cried on and off all day just thinking about my baby being big. She is having a hard time adjusting to it all and it breaks my heart.

Noodle is just a small fish in a great big ocean and is learning to swim all over again. It will get better.

I must thank Mama B for talking me off my cliff several times yesterday. She reassured me that Noodle will be fine and we made decision that we thought would be best for Noodle.

And whoever you are Rose, thank you for asking my girl to sit with you at lunch.

Please cross your fingers that my girl comes out of her shell and makes friends soon, it would make her feel so much better and help her mama’s broken heart and puffy eyes.


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P.S. Vixen , I wanted to take pictures on the porch but she would only agree to the backyard. I took what I could get. 

A New Chapter

Tomorrow my sweet girl Noodle starts high school. HIGH SCHOOL! She is taking it all in stride (and much better than I am) about going to a new school and not knowing more than 2 people.


I cried everyday that I dropped her off for a freshman camp that they had. Friday they had an orientation day. The minute she walked out the door I ran up the stairs at lightening speed, to watch her walk all the way to the corner to catch the bus, from her bedroom window. I drove by the bus stop THREE  times on my way to work. Yes, I said 3 times. From our house to the corner is about 100 yards. This is going to be way harder on me than it is on her.


My heart is pounding out of my chest just thinking about it. 


Even if its not cool to stand on the porch and let your mom take your picture once you are in high school I am sure there will be some. Its either the porch or I ride the bus with her. 

Fun In The Sun

What could be more fun on a hot day than cooling off with friends?


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I’m not sure who had more fun….


The little ones………


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The middles……..


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Or the bigs………


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A friend has a side business that rents slides and jumpers out. No one was using the slide this weekend so it was all ours!

It was the most fun we have had in a long time and we will be doing it again soon!


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Utah In Pictures

We went to Utah for Great (or Great Great in Noodle’s case) Grandma’s funeral. It may have been the quickest longest trip of my life. MIL rode along. We left Tuesday night about 5:30, arrived in Utah at 6:00 Wednesday morning. We left Friday morning at 7:00 and were home Friday night by 6:00. MIL and I do not see eye to eye on ANYTHING so it was interesting to say the least and because its my blog and she isn’t worth the effort that is the last she will be mentioned. So there.


Although there are no pictures to prove it, we did all clean up and put on our Sunday best for the viewing and the funeral. (Except for the person we aren’t mentioning, but that is another post on its own. Maybe.).


utah10 002 This is Bridal Veil Falls.  I make Hubs take me every time we go to Utah. The pictures don’t do it justice.


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 utah10 012 Our alarm clocks. Hubs and I slept out in the camper and these lovely little bastards birds were up early and the roosters were sure to let us know.


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utah10 022I was trying to hide my drink behind my back and cousin next to me was trying to make me spill 🙂


utah10 028 The view from the back porch. If you look closely you can see snow still on the peaks.


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Red and I. The only thing I know we were doing for sure were shots of whiskey. These photos leading up to the shots? Its hard telling.