Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

May Goals

It is a blog hop, so click on the Monthly Goal button and you will see those who play along post as well.
Monthly Goals

  • Read a book  Complete Game of Thrones first book.  FAILURE:  I was unable to even open the book.
  • Complete all four panels of my Season Paintings and hang it in the foyer.   FAILURE:  Oh epic failure.  I will have to do this in June.
  • Complete the foyer decorations. 
  • Paint the stairway.  SUCCESS
  • Decorate the stairway.  FAILURE Noah's latest episode took from getting things done once again.
  • Paint and remodel the small hallway downstairs.  FAILURE  Noah's latest episode took from getting things done once again.
  • Plan a wonderful Easter.  SUCCESS We had a wonderful Easter.  You can read about it here.
  • Take Ethan to rent a Tux for Prom. SUCCESS  I am excited to see him in it.  I think he is going to look sharp.
  • Take some outdoor pictures of Ethan in his cap and gown.  SUCCESS
  • Make Ethan's Open House Graduation Invitation & mail the invitations. SUCCESS His happy and that is what counts right?
  • Work out 6 times a week.  FAILURE 
  • Lose at least 10 pounds.  FAILURE  I gained 8 pounds
  • Pay of credit card for vacation.  SUCCESS I also started charging for vacation, therefore the save $300 I will say yes.
  • Save $300 for vacation.  SUCCESS   I saved $100 but charged $250 on my credit card for car rental and one hotel. 
Noah kept me from doing a lot of things needed.  I am so stressed at this time from him and now stressed because I have so much to do before Ethan graduates.  I am trying to see if his father will take him for the Summer.  This will help the boys by not being with one another, by the time Noah returns, Ethan will be moved out.  I have a nice hole in my wall from a door knob from their last fight.  Things are not getting better with Noah.  We are beginning to think we need individual counseling to deal with all the stress from Noah. 

  • Order deli meat for the Graduation Party
  • Pick up cheese for the Graduation Party
  • Order cake for the Graduation Party
  • Pick up ingredients to make the pasta salad and snicker bar salad.
  • Order potato salad and pulled pork from Fareway for the Graduation Party
  • Graduation Party
  • Ethan's Graduation (try to keep it together Mama)
  • Work out 6 times a week.
  • Lose at least 10 pounds
  • Start making reservations for vacation.
  • Work in the flower beds/gardens
  • Work in the vegetable gardens.
  • Update my Garden Blog
  • Read a book.
  • Resurface the deck.
  • Finish Joshua's Painting for his birthday.
  • Celebrate Matthew's birthday
  • Celebrate Joshua's birthday

What type of goals do you have this month?


Tuesday, May 5, 2015


I have had very little happiness in April to be honest.  I am so happy the first week in May started with happiness.  Ethan went to prom this year.  Last year he did not attend because his high school's Junior/Senior Prom was the same day as my Dad's Memorial and spreading his ashes.  Ethan chose to give up prom to be with family.  I am so proud of this young man.  It is so hard to believe in three weeks he will be graduating.  I am fighting tears now just thinking about it.  I love my children with all of my heart and this one, he has been easier on me for the most part his Senior year because of everything we all have to deal with regarding Noah.  I am so Happy to share my prom pictures of his Senior Prom.
Ethan and his girlfriend Madi.
They are such a cute couple and compliment one another.
I love the one above with their laughter.
I really did not think I was going to get my picture taken with Ethan as well.
I look as tired as I feel.
Above is Ethan with his good friend James.
James is my son from another mother and father.
James lived at our house just about every weekend beginning junior high
until mid freshman year.  Below: is a picture of all the guys in their group that night.
Below is Ethan's Friday night hang out group. Girlfriends/Boyfriends join them.
They get together after Ethan gets off work and hang out.
I love the friendship they all have with one another.

Friday, May 1, 2015

A Living Tribute Dedication

Last Friday, April 24th I went to Des Moines.  My sisters and I received a letter from Hamilton's Funeral regarding a Living Tribute Dedication to in honor and remembrance of those who they have served in partnership with the Des Moines Botanical and Environmental Center  Every spring on Arbor Day, Hamilton's, together with The Des Moines Botanical Garden, holds a Living Tribute Dedication ceremony.





The above photos are all courtesy of Hamilton's Funeral Website.

 This small dedication ceremony is a chance for everyone to pause and reflect at the Botanical Center by the river.  It is a time of remembrance of the past, who we are and what we are about.  It is important for us to commemorate.  The Living Tribute is a way they hope we will find some comfort, support and will represent a lasting memorial to us and our family's heritage.  Each loved one's name is entered into a Living Tribute Book which is also located at each Hamilton's funeral home.  Off to the left of the entrance closer to the exit are show beds which is where the Living Tribute Gardens are located.  There will be four different show beds through out the year:  Stumped, La Liuvia, The Ginkgo Sesquicentennial, and Holiday Exhibition

The first show bed is the Stumped Garden.

This type of garden is popular in the United Kingdom, it is where the gardener collects trees, branches, and sticks that my have fallen and works them into the garden.  In the late winter, the botanical center collected stumps and logs which are supporting the moss and ferns.  The bed has spring flowering mixed in and is a perfect blend of what a peaceful woodland scene may look with the rebirth of spring. 

What a perfect show bed to have in a Living Tribute garden, rebirth.  Although we may miss our loved one we have to remember he/she is always with us and after the ceremony I felt exactly that, rebirth.  I guess the ceremony helped me move on with my grieving, acceptance phase.  I will always miss my Dad but I know he is in a better place and I will hold on to my memories of him.  I am finally at peace with it all.

I have always felt peace among flowers and in a garden perhaps that is why I have a few at home. I guess it is no surprise as this is where I found peace with my Dad's passing.

I plan to plant a rose bush in honor of my father this year.  Last year was way to hectic with the loss of him and Noah's issues.  This spring is my time for rebirth and I am thankful for Hamilton's Funeral and the Des Moines Botanical Center for this special dedication. I am in hopes to see each show bed as they change.  Watch for new postings when I do.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wordless Wednesday~ BONUS

A LITTLE BONUS THIS WEEK and very few words.  I cannot believe this child will be graduating in less than one month.  Where does time go?

Jolene Evans's photo.

I am linking up to Talbert Zoo's Wordless Wednesday.  The linky button is not working.  You can see her little party by clicking here.

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