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Magic Kingdom - this was your idea
Aug 20th, 2014 On The Homefront

Last week, Tyler had his first soccer practice for the season.  I’m glad we talked about his cleats, I had no idea there was a difference between baseball cleats and soccer cleats; so, we ran to Dick’s Sporting Goods where […]

1st Day of School_grinninglikeanidiot-0300
Aug 11th, 2014 On The Homefront

    Hey babe, This week school started.  We officially have a Kindergartner and a 2nd grader!  NO MORE DAYCARE!!!  And we are getting into a decent routine. Tyler didn’t want his picture taken and was not looking forward to […]

Aug 7th, 2014 On The Homefront

    Hey Babe, Just a typical morning on the back porch with Sophie trying to get the hummingbirds and me with coffee surfing the net. Check out these videos! They are hilarious! I’m now a subscriber to the Southern […]

Deployment by Grinning Like An Idiot-0038
Aug 4th, 2014 On The Homefront

Hey Babe, I must say, it’s week 3, I’ve been handling the homefront pretty darn well, but I know at some point I’ll break down and frankly I wasn’t sure how the kids are really dealing with your deployment so […]

Mowing the Yard_grinninglikeanidiot-0230
Jul 28th, 2014 On The Homefront

Hey babe, I did it!! I did it, I mowed the yard!!!!  I was so proud of myself for starting the lawn mower, I was grinning from ear to ear the whole time. Dad came over after I started it, […]

Jul 25th, 2014 On The Homefront

    Hey babe, I was having coffee on the backporch, like we normally do, and ran across this video that I knew you’d get a kick out of.  I’ve watched it 4 times and I laugh every-single-time! Love ya! […]

Jul 21st, 2014 On The Homefront

Some time ago, my husband came home from Reserves with the news that he’s 90% sure he’ll be deployed.  For the first week and a half I experienced all the stages of grief over and over again.  I grieved for the […]

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Nickelodeon Spongebob Family Pic
Aug 18th, 2014

Ben and I originally planned to go to Italy this year for his 40th birthday and the vacation of a life-time, but once we found out that he was going to be deployed we changed our plans to have a […]

Pizza Pool and Smores_grinninglikeanidiot-2519
Aug 14th, 2014

What better way to end the summer than spending some time with some great girls, having pizza and eating decadent S’mores beside a pool!  THERE IS STILL SOME SUMMER LEFT, take my advice HAVE SOME FRIENDS OVER AND S’MORE IT […]

Jul 31st, 2014

I’ve recently had the conversation with my kids about “Make vs. Buy” when we decided to make chocolate covered pretzels rather than buy them. The cost of make vs buy is two fold: Time is Money: which do you have […]

Back to School Grade Announcement
Jul 24th, 2014

    Who’s thinking about back to school?!  ME! For years I’ve seen other mom’s posting Facebook pictures of their kids with placards saying what grade the kids were entering and I’m the slacker mom who didn’t make a sign, who […]

Promise by Stephanie at Grinning Like An Idiot-0101
Jun 30th, 2014

This painting started out in my mom and dad’s back yard.  I literally sat outside for a bit and painted – it’s called a Plein Air technique.  Plein Air you use a quick drying medium like Liquin and Turpenoid so […]

Jun 22nd, 2014

I did it…I can’t believe I just did it…I have serious butterflies in my stomach, tears are in my eyes because I’m so nervous.  What if they don’t like it?  What if I’ve been kidding myself for 13 years?  What […]

Jun 16th, 2014

This post is the second part to Teaching my 5 year old how to refinish furniture.  We finished painting and decorating the trunk.  I also added a neat feature to the trunk, a false bottom! Again, surprisingly easy – this […]

How to Make a Window Box by Grinninglikeanidiot-0051
Jun 9th, 2014

If you saw Em’s surprise bedroom makeover, then you saw the pretty window box that I made.  Now here is the thing, it took me about 45 minutes of hands on time to make the window box.  Hands off time […]

Apr 21st, 2014

Hey guys, It’s been a while since I’ve been on my regular schedule of Monday posts, but I swear I’ve been busy with crafty stuff.  As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure I have issues.  So I’ve put together […]

Bedroom Makeover by Grinninglikeanidiot-0214
Apr 15th, 2014

It’s been a while since I posted, I didn’t mean to take a break, but it just happened.  Two vacations and disruptive news did it for me – I was completely distracted.  But I’ve been dying to share this with […]

Mar 31st, 2014

Your power tools will last for years, if taken care of correctly. To properly take care of your power tools, you need to clean them about every six months. You must follow a strict cleaning process to ensure your power […]

Bedroom Makeover by Grinninglikeanidiot-2
Mar 10th, 2014

After a month of planning and sewing we did it!  The whole family was in on Em’s surprise bedroom makeover: Grandma, Grandpa, Ben, LilMan and Mammaw.  Everyone had a hand. The Plan We had to get Em out of the […]

Mar 5th, 2014

Before you start your next DIY project, take a look at this handy infographic from UK Oak Doors, and answer the questions on the flow chart truthfully. Some DIY projects make a lot of sense, but not everyone has the […]

Developing My Daughter's Passion
Mar 3rd, 2014

So, I lied to to my daughter.  I felt bad about ‘tricking’ her, but I wanted her to be part of her surprise bedroom makeover.   It took me a while to figure out how we are going to make […]

What is your passion?
Feb 24th, 2014

Some people have a passion for creating, law, art, designing, decorating, medicine, teaching etc.  How do you know when you have passion?  Passion is when you you start something and suddenly the day is gone and you’ve forgotten to eat, […]

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