Southern girl plowing her way through life making the rules up as she goes. Warning: likes to bake, curse, quote movies/literature, is tattooed, married to The Man and mother of two girls. We bring new meaning to the "griswald way of life". Come along for the ride!

Life is My Highway

Montana and North Dakota have become home.... dang it lol.

These Girls

Lord help me but these babies wear me out.... they are just perfect!


Yes, it's from last winter but I adore this us....


This kid glows from the inside out... my almost 11 year old!

We are so smexy!

Favorite sport: embarrassing our kids in public


My mini-me is finding her own way in life

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Just a Tuesday at home ....

Saturday, September 19, 2015

My morning in pics ��

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Week in pics

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Hello Blessings

Oh blessings truly come in different sizes and shapes. I'm watching my girls grow and settle. It's such an amazing site. It's not easy but I will take my troubles over anyones'. The oldest is stretching her wings and doing well. She's learning to adult well. She's to the point where she's full on juggling homeschool full time in the mornings (five subjects) and in the afternoon she is down at the community college carrying an A plus in her pre-nursing class. If she stays on task, she'll be a state certified CNA in March and able to get on the wait list for the BSN program at the college. English has always been a trouble spot for her but doing the online class where she paces herself and turns things into for grading.... well she's doing well. American History is her best subject, shocking both her and I. Now if she could get over the hump in chemistry and make that association between logic and the lessons, she'll be golden.

The younger one is really finding out who she is. Turns out, she's determined not to quit. As one of nine in her entire grade, she gets alot of attention at school and she's working ahead. Robotics club has been a blessing for her. Her gym class is set up for only girls, they run. The rest of the girls are cross country and while my kid refuses to be seduced by the perks to the dark side... aka: cross country team..... she is stepping up in PE class. It's her last class of the day....and get done my kid makes me proud. The first week of school she'd casually get off the bus and climb up the driveway, come through the door then collapse on the floor and crawl. Bless her heart, they run. Every day. She refuses to let me write a note, so she's been working her way up and now can run a mile a day during class. She's Dave's kid. She hates running with a passion and talks a good game but man, she works hard to work her way up from last place. It's been five weeks since school started and we had to go buy new school clothes this weekend, she lost two sizes. I'm packing protein and carbs galore in her lunch but she's getting taller and thanks to her PE class, leaner and meaner. I really enjoy buying her shirts that call out her hate of running though lol.

Dave is really doing well. Since I drove up and brought Max home with me, Dave has been able to focus on work. He's getting closer and closer to being done with this project. He has worked out a deal with corporate where he works from our house here at the lake one week a month too so that makes him even more of a rockstar to me.

I'm juggle writing for all these papers, redoing my furniture pieces and  wrangling kids. Max keeps me so very busy. He's truly a velcro dog and needs to be with me constantly, I have no idea how Dave managed to keep sane and working with him. Now that we are finally settled in, I love our home here. Tomorrow I'll try to do a whole post on the updates Ive been working on the house....

For now, I'ma go finish bleaching my towels and get busy putting potato soup in the crockpot for after church lunch. It's in the 70's here so it's lovely. I've enjoying the hell outta my hammock.


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Homeschool and Paint Fumes

Homeschooling my high schooler is def interesting. Luckily for me, we are using a Christian curriculum that is internet broadcasted which allows me to just help her when she has a question but the teachers teach her and they grade her. Brilliant... takes the heat off of me and I just love it. I can just help my kid and supervise. Chemistry is touch and go but the other classes are just rocking along! Proud momma. I was initially worried that removing her from the traditional classroom would be a crazy experiment but so far, the opposite. She sets up her own schedule.... harder classes in the morning and the easiest at night. It's pretty fun watching her work her way through. She's really enjoying the nursing classes and tomorrow she will wear her first set of scrubs... oh lord but you know I'ma take a million pics of that lol.

So since I have plenty of free times, I'm working on more furniture. I freaking love love love it. A little local shop has carried my first two pieces so it'll be fun to see how they work. Whether they sell or not. I can't wait to see. But for now, I'ma keep working on my projects. The problem is that I'm tempted to keep it for myself. I redid a desk and I've kept a desk... made it my own lol. Then I did a bureau then I kept the bureau. Crap. So I went ahead and decided no more... I'ma keep going and I'm going to not keep anymore.  Or maybe I'll get rid of a piece if I keep a new piece, lol.

Just finished an amazing weekend of spoiling Dave.... hard to put him back on the plane but what a blessing this trip was. This morning when the rain took a break finally, we all got out in the yard... us girls attacking a huge overgrown funky bush that is eating half my yard and Dave was changing light bulbs in the security lights and helping me rake up the gravel .... living on a hill means every time it rains, our gravel runs down into the road and further across and down into the neighbors yard. I like them but frankly I don't want to share my gravel .... urgh. Does anyone know about pervious concrete? I need to get some of that to mix into my gravel driveway so I can fix that.... actually I'm going to start taking quotes on asphalt to get my driveway done next spring. Until then, I'm gonna keep raking my shit out of my neighbors yard. Urgh.

Saturday, August 15, 2015


I spent today shopping with my daughters and my sweet mother in law. We had hair cuts scheduled and then we needed a few things for school clothes. The idea that my mother in law would be coming along for the ride was amazing to me.... and oh my mercy.... this is really the first time we have lived close to family and I'm just humbled by the joy. I have my mother randomly dropping by after work this evening to look at a piece of furniture I picked up to work on.... just dropping in. Before, we scheduled for weeks and months to get time together and now we are 12 minutes from each other. If you can feel the emotion in the room? Then we are on the same page....

God has amazing amazing timing and I'm so blessed.

Friday, August 7, 2015


I broke down and cried. I don't cry alot. It's just not in my bucket of usual. I'm busy serving my family. My girls are busy as hell. My oldest is really digging in for four subjects right now. She's kicking ass but chemistry may make her pull her hair out. Little one is almost ready for seventh grade which starts next week but honestly puberty is making things a little oh so stressful right now. Lord have mercy. I just can't even. So I just share some chocolate with her and hug her. Last night we just cuddled up and read next to each other.

Max is settling in good. With daddy working crazy hours, he needs our attention and love. He's so precious. He's such a hot mess. We play and he loves our big family room. He literally runs a big lap around the couches with her toys and babies. I'm really happy watching Murphy and him play and enjoy sharing a space.

My art is another day. But I launched a tshirt line that frankly scares me. But we will see how the first shipment sells.

BUUUUUUT I cried.... because I received a call from a state paper that I had sent some of my columns to previously. The editor read some and they want to carry my column. This editor is over multiple papers in the state.

God has so blessed me. When I started writing my little column last year it was such a blessing and surreal to see my words in print. I cried then too. Then when I had to leave and they wanted to continue carrying me. Little teary there too. God is so good to me. I promise to keep using my column as a place to give him glory and write honestly about how I see things.

Very blessed.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Roadtrip 12,348.3

Went to bring Max home while Dave focuses on the first oil thru his pipeline! He's a stud! 

And now after four days on the road, I'm home and Max is in with Madz. Lol he's her dog. Well and Daves but u know. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

I'm kinda a mess

So here I sit and look over my work. I know that I have my hands full but as always I have managed to think of a great idea.... and I have to get it out of my head while I can. I've already launched a store so instead of doing the business side of things right now... I'm doing the creative side. I accepted a space in someone else's store and am putting together my own inventory. My way. I have always wanted to refinish furniture and have the room/space and creative lease to do so and so I have. Started that is...

I started with a desk I found that was falling apart. It's now my desk and I'm so freaking proud of the way it turned out! Then I picked up an old wash stand and a vanity. The vanity is done and ready for waxing and I started the first coat on the wash stand tonight. I can't tell you how good it feels to wash the paint and wax and saw dust off my hands at night before bed. We are making some crafts to go in there as well and I'm designing a line of shirts.... because I can. I pray that I'm not in over my head and if I am, well we will see how it goes. If I fail, I'll end up with some cool stuff out of it for myself. :) The sky is the limit.

So homeschool is going well. Chemistry is a rough start for her but she's getting there. English is going well. She's adjusted well to homeschooling again and I love that she's in complete control of her schedule. I don't have to remind her to do her work... she gets up and gets on the work at some point each day. She plans her day around what she has to do for each class. The drive is her, not me. Thankfully!

Both girls are currently awaiting results of a celiac test. Praying for God's will but it would be an answer to various ailments that don't go away.

Dave and Max are working hard as usual. Thank goodness for Facetime!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Intro to Homeschool - Griswald Style

So we have fully started our homeschool adventure. My oldest starts her pre-nursing program this fall and she'll be going from noon to 3:00 each day for that which means that she will be doing homeschool in the mornings. She has already begun her three hard classes and is doing well. She is definitely showing  me that she can handle the scheduling. The materials are laid out in a way that she has a certain amount of work that is required each day. I love this about using Alpha Omega. It's christian based but also it's completely compatible. The information that is in the curriculum is honestly information that the kids should be getting in classes.

The really hard part of this is that last year I taught. Until that, I really didn't understand. I was completely surprised at the amount of time that was lost in the classroom. Teachers are freaking rockstars! Seriously. I have listened to my children talk about the classroom disruptions and the discipline issues with students. Until you sit in that class, you don't get it. A school system that had no separation of special education and student grouping is very politically correct... everyone has the same advantages true. Yet your class gets bogged down by playing catch up and making sure that the people as a whole are grasping the materials. The kids that nail it in the first shot are sitting there bored out of their minds.... the discipline issues are ridiculous. So I'm taking her homeschool. I wasn't sure if I made it clear earlier or not why I was moving her into the homeschool until graduation. There you go, I'm determined that she will have a great basis to build off. So she is already working through Literature/English 3, Chemistry and Algebra 2. We will add American History and Civics to that later in the season. She is completing the amount of work and making good grades while being totally self directed. I'm super freaking proud. The best part is that AOP curriculum is that the materials are all graded. This means that it takes the burden off me to score her which is hard as a parent. She is being graded on a consistency with other students in the same curriculum.

As we are working, I'm also trying to challenge Duchess (also known in real life as Meri). Our move to the lake has put us firmly in the school district that I wanted. When we bought this house last year, we considered the school district when we bought it. It was hard honestly knowing that the nearest high school was so far from us, another reason we are homeschooling my high schooler, but up until 8th grade, it's a real jewel. A small class system and the reality is it will challenge her. Woohoo.... but since I'm already doing summer school through AOP with one, I put my youngest in Spanish. She got to pick any class and she wanted to learn SPanish so we started that. SO far so good.

Now I have to share something with you. My frugal self discovered a great deal when computer shopping. I wanted to get my kids a desktop computer that could easily handle everything they could throw at it. I'm freaking loving it. So digging around I ordered an HP that was labeled as opened. Meaning the packaging was damaged and it was repackaged and sold at a 45% discount. HELLO. I was able to get twice the computer for the amount I had budgeted. The only drawback, was waiting for it to be delivered. But I recommend doing your research!

If you think of anything in my area that would be a great field trip, let me know. So far, we have scheduled a big trip over Spring Break for the Washington DC tour and we are hoping to get to the WWII museum later this month when we hit up a concert. Again, we find ourselves making our own way but the Lord is good and has blessed us so!

Peace out girlscouts.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Civics for the win

Today we started teaching civics at home to my girls. While I'm only officially homeschooling Prin but since Duchess is always looking over my shoulder I'll just teach her too. I've outlined my goals for this class. We are covering a full semester worth of civics and government... I'm not gonna lie, I'mm excited. This is a favorite subject of mine.

So to start it off, we are reviewing what it means to be a citizen. Did you know there is an official citizen almanac? Yeah, google that. It exists and frankly most people have no clue what it means. I'm starting with a series from the 80's, that's right.... Schoolhouse Rocks.

After reading the entire constitution, we start tomorrow by breaking down the steps that brought the Constitution to life. Wish us luck. I'm most excited about a series I just bought.... a six hour mini series on America. Yes!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Almost unpack....

I have managed to almost unpack this house. The girls' are settling into their rooms here and I have a major list of things to do. My mom and dad are leaving tomorrow after spending a week with us. Every day spent starting it off by splashing in the lake or swimming in the pool. Life is different here, very slow and very relaxed. Dave took a week of vacation and has spent it here as well. We are loving our family week. He and Max will beheading back to work up north soon but fear not, he'll be back before long.... God is good.

Yesterday we signed our paperwork selling our Utah home for more than I ever thought possible. What a blessing that turned out to be.... considering the mess it was and the condition we found it in April, it is God's pure grace that we were able to make it beautiful and new again. Eight long years after we built it, we actually sold it and didn't lose money! Considering the ressession and every other crazy thing that has happened between then and now, never did we believe it would be able to sell when our renter left. But it did. God is so good. And if you have any real estate needs, my advice.... please go on the Dave Ramsey website and get one of his referred and preferred realtors... they really are amazing and worth it.

We combined both sides of the family tonight at my inlaws for a big ole Greek food feast.... having my mom and my inlaws and my babies all in the same room... everyone getting along and laughing and having a good time. We are blessed. Moving to our house here at the lake has been an amazing blessing already!

Because the world is a small place.... a long time ago, we were stationed in south Texas where I met someone who would become a very good friend... and years later, we have met up and visited each other a few times along the way but mainly we have just simply kept in touch... phone calls and emails.... texts.... effort. She was in North Carolina but a few months ago, they retired from the military and relocated to another city in Oklahoma. If we both drive one hour, we can meet in the middle.... in a nice town with good shopping and excellent spas. We met up last weekend for a few hours (who cares that I wasn't unpacked yet, priorities!) and already have plans for another! God is so amazing....

We haven't found us a church yet though so we are asking prayers there please. We need a good strong church to keep us grounded in the faith!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Doing it my way....

We have almost finished unpacking our home here in Oklahoma. I can't believe that we are living in our house here. The humidity will take some time to get used to but mercy it's beautiful outside. The gorgeous trees and the beauty of air conditioning. I'm within driving distance of a Sonic and a grocery store that carries a million products for GF. It's a good thing! I managed to get my internet and cable up.... including an old school phone so I can buzz people in the gate. I still need to get closets set up and frankly that scares me. We are so beyond the point of a single rod, I'ma need some tension rods and cubes for socks and etc. Lots of new and exciting changes coming.... Madz (Princess) homeschooling rest of high school and starting college early. Meri (Duchess) is learning drums to go along with her saxophone and starting her school in August. All in all, life is amazingly awesome.

Prays please as we close on our Utah house this week. Selling that gorgeous completely remodel led house after 8 long years.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Nacho Cheese

Dave cooked us dinner I was out getting my nails redone because you know everyone so I have to be girl turns out some shredded cheese we used all the nacho cheese on our taco salad from taco Tuesday not held on Tuesday but Wednesday this week and turns out the nacho cheese was not so good we are all sick as crap

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lord, She's Going to Prom

Sunday, February 15, 2015

I'm really back

Busy life, busy wife. Enjoying Montana life to the fullest. Just returned from celebrating Princess 16th bday in NYC. Teaching high school, chasing Duchess to every band competition in the state. Daves the man. Not much as changed. Blessed!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Good lord

I'm so ready for a freaking holiday. Teaching is hard, lol. Good grief. Today was National Llama Day and since I kinda love llamas, one of my students made llama cupcakes. That kid rocks her face off. It was a good day but as we roll into semester tests, I'm completely aggravated at the extras that everyone keeps trying to add to my job. People, my job is to teach kids. Somebody else can be on a committee..... I'm not that dude.

We are so looking forward to our holiday. We will be spending the Christmas break at our lake house in Oklahoma. I'm ready. I'm so ready to really enjoy our house for the first time. We have a full livingroom of furniture there but sadly there is a lot of house left to stock. I've ordered bed frames and had them delivered but now comes the fun part..... I'm seriously putting together the biggest order I can and shipping it to the new house. Toliet paper? Yep, it'll be in there. Soap, yep that too.... pillows? yep. plates. yep that too. I'll have to wait and get mattresses when I get there but everything else, I'm trying to ship it ahead of us. Best part of my day, the call that when my Father in Law went by to turn the heat on for us, the washer and dryer was left by the old owners. Yes! Now I don't have to buy one. Sweet, that was a purchase I was dreading in the short amount of time we will be there. I'm so ready to really enjoy the peace that comes with the lake. One day, we will be able to live there full time, until then.... we took the biggest step and we have our very own house there. That is def something we give all the glory to God for. Big blessing.

Otherwise Princess is cheering basketball and wrestling season. Duchess is busy with her organizations, all five of them. She's my volunteer queen. Dave is spoiling the new bird dog and good lord help me that dog is eating my house to pieces, lol. Murphy is tolerating him. This is why Murphy gets to sleep with momma. He's a trouper. Dave loves that damn dog so much lol.

More soon, enjoy your holidays and God Bless

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Life in Montana

Well it's been quite a while since I've written. Time is something I can't make enough of anymore. It's refreshing to be so busy. Frankly I've missed that. Working from home was great but man, teaching and writing my column has been such a challenge. Turns out, I do have some talents to offer that don't just include dropping a delicate f-bomb or firing somebody with flare.

What changes God has brought unto our lives. We finally got out of that little town that never felt like home. Taking Dave's job opportunity to North Dakota we spent the summer hiking and hanging out with the kids. But Montana called us back.... in a matter of days we found ourselves back with a townhouse, new jobs, kids well settled into an excellent school and a town that really welcomed us. It was kinda creeepy in a "Thank you Lord" while giving a side-eye look thing. You know those, you've had those before right? But walking on faith, we try not to question when the Lord sends us somewhere. Surely there is a reason....

The good news about teaching is that thanks to my swear jar, I hardly cuss anymore. I almost don't recognize myself.... No chain smoking, no chain swearing.... without realizing it, I've turned into the closest thing to a Lady I'll probably ever get. Dave should be so proud.

Dave is flourishing. He is kicking arse and taking names which frankly should be the case. My kids are doing well as well. Princess, the oldest is cheering and working her butt off in her sophomore year of school. So far she's maintained honor roll and stayed really busy. Friday saw her kill her first Mule Deer Buck. Big ass 10 point.... <------ not fully mouth reformed yet. Since she's starting to look at her life after high school, I'm totally bribing her to stay home and go to college. I want her to live at home and I've started quite the campaign. I'm a planner yo.

Duchess has decided that music is her thing. Even though she's in the sixth grade, she moved up to the seventh grade band. She's maintaining excellent grades. Let's discuss her mouth. That child has a wicked ass mouth on her. She's sassy and witty. And since we have the "can't get in trouble if we laugh, or it's funny" rule going on, she really never gets in trouble. Lord help her, but she's gonna spend some time in detention if she don't learn to bite that tongue at school. I'ma back it up too, can't have that disrespect. Otherwise, she's getting so tall and at almost 12, my baby is long gone. She's planning her 401K and choosing colleges.

So I'm teaching accounting and business which means I'm in my pocket. I'm enjoying the crap oout of it. I'm trying to pick up some Spanish which means also that the kids have enjoyed torturing me. I yelled out "El HOMO" the other day trying to get the boys to look at the board.... turns out that does not mean BOYS. Sigh. I have a long way to go. Little turds. And by little, I teach high school so I mean that 6'4 Junior.

My column is going well. It's an outlet I've never had besides this blog. A place to share stories and things God puts on my heart. Well and frankly I'm kinda of a know it all so that works for me lol.

Time to put the teacher to bed. Peace out homes. I'll be back here more.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Cooking. Thankful. Blessed

Monday, September 1, 2014


One day I'm chilling. I stay at home, I run my online store.... I nap. I cook. I clean. I text Connie or Mae all day. Murphy and I were hobbits that never left our little cave. Then we moved to North Dakota for the summer. Then I accidentally got a job writing for a paper. I started getting busy. Then it was our move back to Montana but a ways away from the original town we lived in. Funny but seriously though we're close enough to play them in sports but not live there. New town is freaking awesome. Holy shit it's awesome. They have fro-yo. I can live here forever.

Then the kids registered for school and the local high school offered me a job. So here I am. Teaching advanced accounting and business to high schoolers. Holy crap. Seriously blown away. I never see God coming but I go whereever he sends me. I'm open to his lead. And being that I have finally managed to drop the f bomb from my daily vocab, it works out.

So I'm teaching, juggling kids on the cheer squad and advancing grades. It's a rush. God is good. We closed on our house in Oklahoma so we officially have our lake house. That is our permanent home for when the crazy goes away and we're tired of the road. It's such a huge rush knowing that we have a fall back position. A place to go when we need a break.

So I got real today. A perk of teaching is that I have access to a state of art gym at the school. I love this school. Pimped out to the max. So while Dave and my girls were hunting doves, yeah.... badass huh.... I have cooked, done all the flipping stupid ass laundry. I also went to the gym and got my sweat on. Ewwwww. Yucky. But I'm trying to embrace the new schedule.

I can't believe it but I get no naps. I get up and ready leaving the house before Dave and the kids so I can open my classroom which is also one of the computer labs to students who don't have computers at home. Luckily it allows me to actually work on my lessons and projects too. I'm staying ontop of my grading so that works. Duchess rides the bus from the middle school to the high school and hangs out with me while I"m finishing up the day. Princess made cheer squad so she's practicing and working out after school. Frankly, we stay busy.

Dave is loving his new job. He's so damn boss. He set up a home office at the townhouse here and he's home or on the road working from his truck. Love his new free schedule. He's working hard but still managing to get time with us. He's not missing anything and yet helping me with the house and cooking. Shiz yes. That man can have what the hell ever his cute ass wants. I can say that since he bought me my damn dream purse for our anniversary. Whatever. He. Wants. But don't go and be texting him that shit. Mind your own business.

On that note, I'm totes heading off to finish wiping up the floor and then get packed for tomorrow. Sweet Jesus I'm trying to go to the gym in the morning. Before school. God.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Clear Blue Sky

God dropped yet another blessing into my lap. Flabber is a gast. So I've been job hunting. I don't want to stay at home and even though we are 30 minutes from a big city, I really didn't want to commute. I wanted the best of all worlds. Wanted to work, wanted to be here with my girls. I want to be my own boss.

So several days ago, I took a job hunting break and went to little grocery store to pick up some needed items for dinner. Bc frankly I never remember to get them all when I'm planning it out. The sweet girl at the register offers me a paper. The little local paper that I had yet to look through. Sure, grabbed one and headed home.

Later that evening I was laying in bed and Dave tossed me the paper, they were hiring.

Long story short.

I work for the paper.

I have a column.

Excuse me while I go praise God in the hallway!!!!!!!

Happy is me.

Plus I got a press pass to abuse.

Monday, June 30, 2014

I'm Alive....

Big ole post that needs proofing before I post tomorrow. But we're unpacked and settled finally. :)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pic update