Thursday, January 19, 2017

Oh, whatta week...

Sunday...  what a laid back day at la casa Foresee.
I'm gonna be honest, I spent the majority of the day doing laundry.  Yeah, that is right, I had sooo much laundry that I could fill an entire morning, afternoon, and evening a washing and a drying... then a folding!  Please do not judge me.  I started at 8:15 and ended by 8:30 (ridic, I know).  I was so proud as I put away those last pair of socks, then I went to look at the laundry room and could see the floor!  I.  Have. A. Floor!  My dog will not have to sleep on dirty pajamas and clothes from the week!!  I felt very good about my job well done!  It was bedtime and I was going to tuck in those littles and snuggle into bed and continue binge watching my new show, The Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce (which I am kinda obsessing about... like I have watched almost 2 full seasons in 4 days (and by days I mean nights, after all of my people are asleep).  Anyways, we are putting the kids to bed and sometimes we lay down with the people and chit chat until they fall asleep, but that night something in my being told me NO!  Kiss um and leave um (I know it is harsh, but I really wanted to get back to my show).  As I was leaving Red's room I could hear water, splashing water, running fast water, almost sounding like water running out of a bathtub.  I kinda panicked and ran to the laundry room (yes, ran... and if you read here at all we all know what happens when I run) and as I run through the living room the water is getting louder and then it is visible... flowing into the kitchen.  It quickly covered one tile, then the next, then I look at the dog (my poor dog, just sitting there shivering, because he is sitting in my laundry room turned kiddie pool).  I quickly started yelling, yelling for Aron, yelling at the dog (like he had something to do with it), yelling for Aron again (because he had not rushed to the scene within 2 seconds).  I see the hose that is connected to the back of the washer and then it runs to the wall, but whaaaaaaaa it is hanging out of the wall and emptying yuck water from the washer all in the floor, I ain't talking drops y'all.  I shoulda reached to turn off the water (because that is what a calm person would do) but me, naw!  I try to open the washer (which has a lock button you have to hold down for 3 seconds) it would not work so then I try to pull the knob up to stop the cycle (but hello, you have to hold a button down for 3 seconds to get it to stop)... needless to say, I broke the knob.  Did I tell ya the water is still running into the floor.  Sweet geez!
Man friend rushes in (he is a hot mess express because he had really been asleep in Bray's room... must be nice), so he comes in a hootin and a hollerin (he will not like that I say he hoots and hollers, but whatev... this is how I remember it), and he picks up a dish towel (a fa-reekin dish towel... did he possibly not see the kiddie pool??) and when he uses said dish towel to try to sop up the kiddie pool he comes up and bashes his head on a cabinet door (hehehehe) then he may have started talking loudly about why I am unable to close cabinet doors (geeez, like I had time to listen to this mess, I had a kiddie pool to clean).  FYI, still water a draining!!
Finally, Aron reaches to turn off the water.  I had no idea you could flip these little knobs on the wall (note to self).
The next hour was really a lot of eye rolling, rude comments, and crazy laughs (like the laughs that a crazy person may do... well, before they do something not good).  We called my dad to bring over some fans to help us get some things dried out.  The water had flooded the laundry room, went into the kitchen, under a wall into our living room and entry. By this time it was close to 10:30.  We were so worn out, so worn out that I watched my new show until 1 in the morning (all 8 fans were so loud, I felt like I was listening to airplane propellers all night).
I obvi wake up feeling hung over (from lack of sleep), and just knew a warm shower would make the day better.  It did until I got out and had no towels, they were all used in the Foresee kiddie pool clean up 2017!  All I had to use was a roll of toilet paper (2 ply, we use the cheapo stuff) and a washrag (that may have been used to wipe off little mouths the night before after their teeth were brushed)!  I know, gross!  I dried my big ole girl body with that Colgate smelling washrag, and tried to use it to cover my lady bits as I ran out to get my clothes (FYI, washrags will NOT cover up my big ole girl body... so glad my children did not get up when I first turned on their bedroom lights, they would have been scarred for life).
I got them to school and cleaned up the mess, and went into work a bit late.  I walked out of the house feeling like... today WILL be a good day.  My house WILL NOT have water damage.  My house WILL NOT smell like mildew.  As I lifted my leg into the car (while I was holding a large BIG GULP type of drink) and dropped it into my front seat and down my leg.  (You have got to be fa-reaking kidding me!  #MustGoBackToBed #ButIHaveNoPersonalTime #OrVacationTime #AndNoCleanTowelsForCleanUp
The house was finally put back together.  So happy we did not have any damage from the washer debacle.  The man friend made the most amazing grilled chicken (sooooo good), and the night was spent with all of us on the couch watching Hook then reading books in bed.
We celebrated my sweet daddy!!  It was his 60th birthday!

He is the most fantastic man I know (besides my Aron).  Our night was spent being surrounded by family, feasting on gruell (sounds disgusting but really delish), and eating cake!  All in all, the night was a success, and made me forget about the flood of 2017-
Today has been a good day!  I got to be a lady who lunches with a girlfriend!  This never happens for me, and I so needed some girl time with my Suzie.  I did not take a picture because we spent the whole hour talking that I forgot to capture the moment (so I just had to capture it without the phone)!  It was such a good time!  There are not too many people I can have a conversation about salad dressings that make you poop, bubbies, and other mommy dramas (yes, all of that in an hour)!  I did not think that the day could get any more awesome, but it did!  New boss (we will call her Tina, remember I don't use real names here people, I have to protect their identity from the 10s of readers... (except for Suzie, nothing rhymes with Suzie except Boozie or Floozie, but then y'all might think I am hangin' out with a hook-a)), anyways, Tina bought our office Sonic drinks (yay for happy hour), I was then able to go visit my parents and brother, and I arrive home to a prepared dinner (I love you man friend).  After dinner and baths, the kids and I read some books, and Sophia and I finished our first chapter book (Junie B. Jones... My Big Fat Mouth)!  I would read a sentence and she would read about 15!  Sweet moments with my people!!
I am going to wrap it up here.  There is a piece of saved birthday cake for me on the counter (yes, I am aware it is past 11, but I have had a nutzo week)!
We will see how Friday goes, but I can already tell, it is gonna be a good day!  Happy Friday friends

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

He's not gonna like this...

and that is okay.  It is time all 10s of you know... tomorrow (which will be Thursday) is Aron's birthday!!
(Aron, please know it is not a big deal to share this kind of information, there are only 10s of people reading:  momma, possibly your sister, maybe Moss (if the link shows up on the FB), and well (okay, I was shooting for 10s, but maybe just 3s of people)!
Anyways, my man friend. it is your birthday!!
Right now, I am laying next to you in the bed (it is okay readers... this is a PG blog), and I have been staring at you (not in a creepy way where you should be worried or feel uncomfortable) but just looking at you while you rest (and snore), but you are so peaceful (and tired, very tired).  I am reminiscing over the past 12 years of knowing you, loving you, and celebrating you!  I am also praying that this year, year 37 will be your best one yet!
You are so very loved, and I am so glad I get to do life with you.
Happy happy birthday my precious husband... what would I ever do without you?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Needing a "Little" Bit of Prayer

It is time all tens of you know... I love me some FB.  I know it is probably not the most popular social media thingy, but it is my thingy, and I love that I can connect with family I do not see often, people I used to work with, people I went to school with, even friends I once knew when I lived in West Monroe (wayyyyy back in the day, like kindergarten)!  I love staying connected and seeing what is happening with people:  I can see their children, look at cute pictures of their pets, and even check out what they are eating for dinner (ha)!
One of the things that I love most about social media is if I am having a rough day, struggling in the trenches of mommyhood, or feeling sad,  I know that if I were to share my feelings in a simple post I would have at least 5 people respond in just a few minutes that they will be praying for me.  Now I know some people just say, "oh yea, I will pray for you" and they just go on about their day, but I have friends that will REALLY do it, like stop everything that they are doing and lift me up in prayer.  I sometimes do not even have to give them a reason of why I need it, but they will do it.  Some will even call me to pray, or even send a text to let me know that they thinking of me.  I immediately feel so much better about the situation.
It is an amazing cycle, because I can be that friend for someone else.  If they needed me to do the same... consider it done, and I will keep praying until well, whenever.
I pray over my friends that have lost family members, lift people up that are struggling with work or finances, friends that are having problems with family members, even car trouble, whatever.  It is the least I can do.
Tonight, I just thought I would ask for a "little" a lotta prayer for my friend Lora Little.
This is my friend...
Isn't she cute?  Back off people, she is taken!
This is Lora, and I have known her since we were in junior high, possibly longer.  I'm just gonna go ahead and say it... she was kind of a super genius and I was so not in her league!  She was in all things AP and I was in all things NOT AP!  I remember her to always be kind, quiet, smart, and beautiful.  Thankfully, because of social media, I have been able to connect with her and follow what has been happening in her life. 
(Just a random tid-bit, because I am an over-sharer (it is my thing) her husband has a brother and we dated for a red hot second (y'all don't read into that red hot thing... this is a PG blog friends), anyways, I always thought if the whole red hot second lasted a bit longer than we could have become sisters... crazy.  Totally coulda happened.  Except I met my man friend and love his face, and the brother met a lovely girl and they are happy too... so it all is how it should be!)  I digress... back to Lora
She and her husband Chris just celebrated 16 years of marriage (which is amazing) and they have 3 children.  Three!  They are beautiful children-
Last year, Lora was diagnosed with breast cancer (boo, I hate cancer)... stage 4.  She has had chemo and a mastectomy, and just found out (5 weeks post surgery) that she has a cancer recurrence on her chest wall.  Yesterday, she began a more aggressive treatment of 3 months of chemotherapy in addition to her 5 weeks of daily local radiation.
Y'all, when I saw her update yesterday with that news, I was just floored!  How can this be happening to my friend?  I mean, did y'all see her picture (no, literally, that is the picture she posted yesterday... she looks amazing!)  She has just gone through so much already, chemos, surgeries, traveling back and forth from home to her hospital in Chicago, and she does it with a smile on her face and is so very brave.
I immediately did all that I know to do for a friend that is in need, and that is to show them love by praying for them. 
I have been praying over her for months, and I am not going to stop.

I am sharing this, because I am asking that you too will pray for my friend, Lora.
Specifically, that the chemo and radiation will WIPE OUT the cancer cells that are floating around her bloodstream and lymph nodes.
Pray that with all of these aggressive treatments she will be going through that she will still have strength to keep up with her people!  They need her!
Pray for her family, I am sure they are weary, but I just pray for their physical and mental strength to help Lora.
Pray for the doctors and nurses that are working with Lora everyday.  Pray that the decisions they are making are wise and will help to defeat this cancer!
Please please pray for Lora.  I am sure that she is sooooo over all of this and ready to be healthy!  Pray for her continued strength and for her thoughts when she is feeling defeated.

I know that she will beat this!

FYI, I may have shared all of this without her knowing (guilty as charged, I am the worst)!  Hopefully, I will not be unfriended after this post.

Monday, January 2, 2017

May the force be with you...

Finally!  Today was the day for us to get to see Rogue One, and it did not disappoint!  I love that as soon as we got in the car (after the movie) the kids were quick to ask what we were going to see tomorrow?  I guess we have frequented the theater a bit over the break... but off to work Aron and I will go tomorrow, and then school starts back later this week.  (insert sad face)  Winter break has come to an end, and although I have enjoyed not having to pack lunches and take people to school, I know they are anxious to get back to see their friends.
Besides the movie, the day has been very low key.  I had BIG plans to pack up the Christmas décor, but somehow none of it got put away!  I guess another few day of glowing trees isn't so bad.  We spent the later part of the day playing our racing game, and I got sucked into this new Mariah Carey series.  I used to be all about MC back in the Vision of Love days, that was the best tape (yes, I had that on tape).  After 3 episodes, I made dinner.  We were so looking forward to bang bang shrimp pasta and there was nothing banging about it.  I should have known when I added 1/2 a cup of mayo that this would not be my best dish.
Well, it is 9 o'clock and the kids have been in bed for almost an hour.  Sophia has only come in 6 times to tell us she cannot sleep, and now the man friend has caved and she is now snuggled in between us (looks like I will be getting some awesome sleep tonight)!  I guess I am signing off here, the glow of the laptop will keep her awake and she is already asking what I am typing and trying to read it to me!
Day 2 of 2017... I consider it a success.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Day One of the New Year

I am ready to start the new year with a bang!!  Last night, I wrote out my resolutions and I knew I would be gung ho ready to start them when I woke up!...
The 2017 List
1.  get me and my people to church- I ended up watching it online
2.  be kind (patience, patience, patience)... Fail!  I was unkind when no one would listen to me and tell me what they wanted for breakfast!
3.  be present with my people (give them my time)... I want to be more intentional with my time.  Put the phone down, look away from the television, be with my people!
4.  get organized (begin with cleaning up and out the Christmas)... welp, I was able to help someone with this today
5.  end that snack-ation that I have been on since November (my pants are tight and my body is missing water)... I woke up looking for a piece of chocolate, found it and threw it away in the trash!  Out with the snackies!!  (FYI, it is 10:30 and I am thinking about digging out my beloved Hershey's kisses... don't judge, I'm starving!)
6.  stop my complaining and remember to be thankful
Does your list for the new year look similar?
Just being honest, but I woke up at 8:30 (yea, the man friend wrangled the kids and let me rest), so when I woke, I was a bit rushed to get moving, start breakfast, ect.  So, here we are, already failing on my new years list, but I ended up watching our church service online.  Glad I caught the sermon, because it reminded me that 2016 is done (I cannot change it, it has been recorded in history), so it is time to start new. This is a brand new opportunity for me to make good decisions. Whatever is happening in this world, in my life, I need to be reassured that God has got me and He has got this.
I know over the past year, we have had much joy.  Time with family, graduations, kids starting at a new school, lost a job but was able to have that time to spend with my family, then I was able to find a new job, my family has their health, we have a home, we have food to eat, we have been taken care of.  I do not have really anything to complain about, but I still do sometimes.  So many happy things, I just need to remember to be thankful.
In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in my life.  1 Thessalonians 5:18
Oh, let me cling to this.
When times are tough, give thanks.
That was just a little snippet from the sermon, but it was a good thing to be reminded of (maybe you needed to be reminded too).
Today was a good day.  We went to my parents house today, and had our new years day lunch (pork chops (because they are good), black eyed peas (for luck), spinach (for money), and cornbread (because we love our carbs)!  It was a fun visit, and I was even able to help her take down some of her Christmas décor.  (hello, this was number 4 on my list, but I am happy I was able to help her... I am sure it was on her list)!
After our late lunch, Aron set up the Wii on our big tv, and all 4 of us were able to play Mario Kart... this is our new obsession!  We have become very competitive, and by we I mean me!  I am the worst driver (on this game, the kids are way better than me).  I come in last place every time!!  At least we were together
This is where a great portion of our day was spent.  We probably should have been outside in the fresh air, but nope, we were sitting in front of a video game!  Oh, well, tomorrow is another day!!
I am so thankful for my people, and I am excited to see what 2017 holds for us...

Happy New Years from me and mine!!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year's Eve...

I know y'all are thinking I bet that Caryn has some amazing fabulous plans on New Year's Eve.  She probably gets all fancied up, glues on her fake eyelashes, wears her best push up bra, drinks the bubbly, and goes on a hot date with the man friend!  Then after the crazy night of clinking glasses and smooching at midnight I come home to a clean house and two sleeping little people (that even had a shower and brushed their teeth)!
Ha!  Nope!
None of that is happening tonight!
In fact, I am sitting in the bed (yes, already sitting in the bed), in my best yoga pants (that have never been used for yoga), no bra (sorry if that is too much info for the 10s, but it is true... and let's be honest I do not have a push up bra (what am I trying to do get a boyfriend??), my fancy hair is in braids (yes, plural, I am obvi channeling my inner 6 year old), and I am watching the latest Bridget Jones Diary movie (the one with McDreamy... I love him so, even when he was the lawn boy).  The man friend is making us dinner, and it smells delish (it might smell better because I am not having to make it... this makes it one of my most favorite meals!
The day has been good.
We took the kids to the movies (not Star Wars) but we did enjoy watching Sing!  Y'all, it was so good!  The music was too fun and the kids loved it!  So, it was an afternoon well spent!  After that, Sophia and I went on a quick visit to see our Honey (momma) and Kitty (my sister) and later to see our Moss (name for grandmother) and Ella (my Aunt Cathy).  Sorry for all of the translations, I am noticing that all of my people go by different names... no one can just be a MawMaw or Aunt So And So (what can I say, we like to do things a bit different).  Anyways, it was fun to get out with my Red, have some ice cream, and some girl talk.
I have kind of been sitting here in the bed for an hour (man friend might disagree and say it is closer to 2, but I did not ask him)!  Tonight will just be low key for us.  The days are long gone of us going out and staying up until midnight... that does not sound like fun to me at all!  I am quite happy sitting here with the kids, having a very late dinner, and watching a movie.  No place I would rather be!
Happy New Year's Eve to you!!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Slap yo' granny...

First things first, this post is not about assault.  I do not want anyone to read this and think that I am telling you to go and slap yo' granny!  This is just a silly saying that I just happened to pick up from my MamMaw (who was a granny).  Whenever she made something super delicious, she would tell me, "it is so good that it will make you go and slap yo' granny!"  Her other saying that would be used in this instance was... "jump back Loretta".  Y'all, I do not know who Loretta was, but my MamMaw was always telling her to jump back!  Anyways, I slaved over dinner tonight.
this is pretty much what I looked like while slavin' away at the stovetop
Okay really, man friend got it all started for me, and I just did the stirring and the serving.  My children were not interested in the meal, because they will not eat anything but catsup, chicken nuggets, and fruit, so this meal has notta one of those things in it.  Friends, they are missing out!  This meal was soooooo good!  It would make you wanna slap yo self and your granny, and then make you wanna change your name to Loretta and then jump on back!  Just thought I would share.  I would have taken a picture of the meal, but I was more into eating it.  You be the judge!!
Slow Cooker Cajun Chicken Alfredo...
Don't let the name fool ya, slow cooker??  Wha?  I saw it said slow cooker, but it was 5 p.m. when I was needing to start cooking...
so slow cooker (ain't nobody got time for that)!
Here is what you need...
recipe says 4-6 chicken breasts (but I had a rotisserie chicken, so that is what was used)
Cajun seasoning (we use Tony's)
butter (love me some butter, a lil less than 1/2 a stick, you can be the judge, I wanted to use more, but man friend was standing there next to me and I thought he would judge me if I used more)
green bell pepper
red bell pepper
heavy cream (2 cups)
lemon pepper (had no idea this stuff came in a lemon flavor)
basil (I used some from a lil jar)
salt (a lil shakey shakey)
garlic powder (a lil shakey shakey)
garlic (just because I like it, I gave it about 1/2 a spoon full)
black pepper
box of penne noodles

Shred up your chicken, throw it in a skillet with some Pam
add the Tony's Cajun seasoning... cause it is delicious.
This is where I added butter (because I did not believe that man friend sprayed the pan down)
add the chopped up peppers
cook it up for a bit
pour in the 2 cups of heavy cream and add a lil bit of shakey shakeys from the seasonings and some garlic.
Forgot to mention, you should be boiling those noodles.
Bring that yum stuff to a boil, then turn it down.  It will get a lil thick.
Add your cooked noodles to the yum stuff, coat 'em up, serve 'um up, enjoy!
If you try a bite and do not feel like you could serve this dish up at the Olive Garden, then you messed up at some point and should just start over!

This will for sure be made again in our house!  We loved it!!

Enough with my recipe, I am not trying to become a cooking blog!

Before all of the feasting, we had a good day.  I had to go to work (no bueno... that is Spanish for no good).  I was very lucky to only have to work until noon!  While I was working away, Aron was at home with the kids.  They had such a fun morning.
Breakfast at Cracker Barrel (so jealous)!

Then a trip to Cabela's.
After that he took them to High Rise, a place that is just one big American Ninja Warrior training ground for children (and adults)!
Later, I met them for lunch, and the rest of the day was spent at home.  It has been the most perfect start to the holiday weekend.  Tomorrow, we will hopefully go to the movies.  We had been planning for weeks to take the kids to the new Star Wars movie, but today they let us know they want to go and see Sing....
ummmm, that was our my face!
Seriously, Sing?
Who are these children?  It just hurt my heart.  I thought we shared the same love for movies, and now they throw it all away for musical animals.  So, we really are unsure of what we will get to watch... well, I told Aron he could take the kids to Sing, and they could come back for me later.  (he was not down for that idea)
I guess I am signing off, we are watching The Revenant... y'all, the bear scene is so terrifying!  Aron is not allowed to go hunting ever again!!