Saturday, August 27, 2011

Questions: Part two

As promised... here is round two of the questions!

But before that just a quick recap of our past 24 hours.
Last night was our first football game of the season!
Our boys played so hard and the coaches did awesome... AND..
I am so proud of them!!!
Go Tigers!

It was an away game in a town that was about 45 minutes away.
All of the coach's wives and kids made a little caravan and headed over together.
When we got there my car was saying it was 108.
And I daresay the temp went down below 100 even after the sun had set.

Poor Cade was one big, buttery, hot blob.
His Nana was kind enough to take him to the air-conditioned car for the last half of the game.
By the time we made it home it was 11:30pm.
I know most people don't have a problem putting their kids right to bed.
But I'm a stickler for baths every night before bed.
Especially when their hands and legs were BLACK from eating cotton candy, drinking pop and then crawling around the stadium. :)
Poor little people couldn't even open their eyes while I was bathing them!

I love Saturdays after football games!
The kids and I slept in until 9:30 this morning which is unheard of over here!
Colt requested pancakes for breakfast so that's exactly what we had.
Then they played the rest of the morning while I sewed a few custom orders.
And sweet Cade took his morning nap.
  I've had to start waking him up from his morning naps because he sleeps too long
and then won't take an afternoon nap.
Silly boy doesn't know that afternoon naptime is "mama free time" around here:)

I can not for the life of me find my notebook where I have all the questions written down.
So if your question is still not answered after this post then ask it again in the comments:)
What has been the hardest thing for you in your transition from suburbia to rural living?
 Did people think you guys were crazy?
I would have to say the hardest transition has been the shopping :)
And what I mean by that is, where we came from had every store imagineable.
Everything you could possibly need was within a five minute radius of our house.

Like I've said before where we live now it takes ten minutes to get to town.
And our town now has one small grocery store and a few dollar stores.
And that's about it.
Although I would say that has been the hardest transition I would also say it has been the BEST transition.
We have saved so much money living away from all the stores:)
And I have become alot more organized when it comes to my shopping.
When I go to town I always have a list made.
It also makes me think twice about what I need and has made me alot more thrifty in using what I already have.
There were of course a few people who were surprised we were moving our family away from such a great town/city and community to somewhere much smaller.
But just a few! :)

What kind of camera do you use?
My camera is a Nikon D5000.
I LOVE it!
What in the world did you hit to get that bruise?!
Did you ever find a method of planning/shopping/stocking up and not having to use the local expensive grocery store?!

Ahh yes..the bruise.
I hit it on the edge of the couch where the cushion had been pushed back :)

Grocery shopping!!!
I still do use the local grocery store on occasion.
But I have figured out a plan.

Every two weeks I do my big shopping in the town 20 minutes away.
I make a two week menu plan and make my grocery list off of that.
I also buy things like toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, etc. in the biggest packs that they offer.

When I get home I ususally throw all of my meats into the freezer so that I know they'll not go bad before I can use them.
One thing that I'd eventually like to start doing is something that my mom does.
She buys her hamburger in bulk and then comes home and browns it all up.
Then she divides it into baggies to use for meals through the next few weeks.
Such as for spaghetti and taco salad.
Pretty much the only things that I buy from the local grocery store now is my milk and a few fruits and veggies to use towards the end of my two weeks.

I know I've said it in the past but I think I might start posting my two week meal plan on the blog.
Kind of as an accountability for me to do it!
And also to give you guys some ideas!

Also, while I'm thinking of it I'm thinking about doing a recipe exchange on the blog once a week.
What are your thoughts on that?
Would you be interested?!

I was wondering how do you handle tantrums/whining?
Ha!  Oh my. :)
Typically when they're throwing a tantrum I just put them on their beds.
They can throw a fit on their bed with the door shut
 all they want just as long as
 I don't have to listen to it;)
~I can not for the life of me find this next question but I know it was asked somewhere"
~They asked if I workout and if so when I find the time to do it.~
Before football season started I had started running again. that football has started Travis doesn't get home until almost dark and then it's too late for a run.
So, I've been doing a whole lot of nothing! :)
I figure chasing two toddlers around and nursing an infant is workout enough at this point.
I'm just trying to conserve my energy ;)

I know I'm forgetting a few questions in there.
But of course can't think of them.
So if yours went unanswered let me know!
I'm off to search the internet for some cheap ballet shoes and leotard for Emma.
We just signed her up for a ballet and tap class!
To say she is excited is an understatement:)
I think I'm about as excited as she is!
Don't forget to enter the Weenie Dog giveaway!
It ends tomorrow evening!

Have a wonderful weekend friends!


  1. So, we went to a football game last night als and Mia was a hot blubbering mess too. It was rough. And I'm a stickler for them getting baths also. Can't let them sleep in their nice comfy, clean beds when they are dirty. Baths every night. AND, my workout routine is the same. Keeping up with this house, 3 kids and nursing one of them, is enough for me at this point! I'm going to start running again when it's not so stinken hot outside!

    Anyway, the similarities are starting to get a little crazy! ;)

  2. Glad you guys are enjoying rural life. We have been out of the big city for almost two years and it has been a great change. However Wal-Mart is only 10 minutes away so I don't have to plan as detailed as you do.

  3. What is Cades napping schedule? Vaughan went down at 830 this morning and I woke him at 1130! I went to feed him at 1:15ish and while he was in his high chair, he put his fingers in his mouth and his arm over his face (his sleep ready sign) and didn't want to eat. Back to bed he went. Here it is almost 330 and he is still down. Crazy! But he is up by 630 every morning and it doesnt matter how late my kids stay up, they will NOT sleep past 7am. 7 is totally sleeping in for us!
    Nursing definately keeps the weight off. Im afraid Vaughan will be weaning soon and usually by this time Iwould just be pregnant again. Not this time.:) Gonna have to actually work on the weight thing!!! If only tummy tucks were affordable...;)

  4. I am WITH YOU when it comes to bathing my kids. No matter where we are, what we were doing or how late it is. Zoe and Milo do not go without a nighttime bath. Its part of a routine and it is (selfishly) my favorite part of the day. There's not much better in the world than a clean baby, fresh jammies and snuggles!

  5. Love the pics so cute! I am happy that your son won his football game! The meal ideas sound great! I could always use some different ideas!

  6. so fun ... i always love when people do the question posts! and i laughed so hard at your lion answer on your hair ... you're just so stinkin' cute ... just lovin' your blog!

  7. If you make it back to R-town, kid to kid has all of the dance stuff, both kinds of shoes, and leotards...

  8. Grandpa Smith would be proud!! "Never go to bed dirty!" I just think the little people sleep so much better when they are clean and fresh. Yeah for Trav and the team!!!!! Can't wait to cheer for them in person!