Arkansas, family

Mid-Life What???

I was talking over text with a friend, and I mentioned how I’ll be 40 next year. After we finished chatting I sat and thought about that. How is this possible? 40.

I literally feel like I just graduated High School. But that was 20 years ago. I don’t feel 40.

Then I was reading over notes from my doctor following a procedure I had done in October. He states in it, that per some tests I am entering menopause. This has me shook.

I remember when my husband and I started dating, it felt so good knowing that he was in his 30’s and I was in my 20’s. I was the cute young girlfriend. Now he’s about to be 50 and me 40. I’m no longer that cute super young girlfriend. Now I’m an old mom.

I know that age is just a number. And you are only as old as you feel. But still, hearing all of this is crazy. No wonder people have mid-life crisis.

Me and the husband when we first started dating. He was 32. I had just turned 22.

This is us now. He’s 49, I’m 39 with our two daughters who are 10 and 5.

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49 years young

On Sunday we celebrated my husbands 49th Birthday. I cannot believe he is almost 50. And I’m almost 40. Where has the time gone?

The day started with breakfast of pancakes and eggs. Then he opened his gifts. A record player and 3 records to get his collection going.

We then took him to lunch at The Crescent Hotel, which is the one of the most haunted hotels per the tv show, Ghost Hunters. We ate their award winning BBQ Chicken Pizza. It was amazing.

We explored Eureka Springs and ended the day at the Bavarian Inn, which is a German restaurant. We met his parents there for birthday dinner.

It was a great day. Probably one of the best birthdays in awhile. This has been a tough year for us. So I’m glad this birthday turned out great for him.

food, Recipes

Lemon Herb Chicken Sheet Pan

I made this the other night and it was so good. I got the recipe from


4 tablespoons butter, melted

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 lb small new potatoes, quartered

20 oz boneless skinless chicken thighs (5 to 6 thighs)

1 bunch fresh asparagus spears, trimmed and cut in 2-inch pieces (about 1 lb)

1 tablespoon honey

1 lemon, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


1 Heat oven to 425°F. Spray 18×13-inch rimmed sheet pan with cooking spray.

2 In large bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the butter, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Add potatoes; toss to coat. Place potatoes skin sides down in single layer on pan. Roast 23 to 25 minutes or until tender when pierced with a knife. Remove from oven; stir.

3 In same large bowl, mix remaining 2 tablespoons butter, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken and asparagus to mixture, and toss to coat; arrange in single layer in pan next to potatoes. Brush chicken with honey. Roast 17 to 20 minutes longer or until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (at least 165°F) and potatoes are browned and fork-tender. Squeeze 2 of the lemon slices over all.

4 Top with basil and parsley; serve with remaining lemon slices.

Here is the link if you want to check it out.

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School Starting Soon

School starts next week. Where has the time gone? I can’t believe summer vacation is over. And now my youngest is starting school. She is going to Kindergarten. While I’m happy and excited for her new journey, I’m also saddened by the fact that I really have no more babies.

My youngest said, “mom, what if no one likes me?” I reassured her that won’t happen because she is the sweetest little girl ever and everyone will love her. She then said she doesn’t want to go to school because daddy will be home alone and miss her too much. I reassured her that daddy will be fine. He has lots of work to keep him busy till it’s time to pick her and her sister up at the bus stop.

I know she’s scared. She’s been home with daddy for so long and now she has to leave him for 8 plus hours a day. But I know she will be fine. She’s going to love school.

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My oldest has been bugging me for a few weeks now to take her to H&M. I get a kick out of that because that has been one of my favorite stores for some time now. She keeps getting on her dad’s phone and sending me pictures of outfits from there that she likes.

So today, we all piled in the car and drove to Joplin, Missouri to go to H&M. She was so excited. We let her and her sister pick out two outfits and a pair of shoes. As long as they promised to not wear them right now because they are for the first day of school.

I’ll post a new post tomorrow with pics of what they got. It’s so awesome seeing them pick out their own outfits and getting a sense of their own style.

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Heading to the Square

Today after dinner, we decided to take our girls to the downtown square to walk around, enjoy the weather and eat some ice cream.

We made a stop in a new chocolate store here called KYYA Chocolate. The girls tried milk chocolate mixed with marshmallow and myself and dad tried champagne infused chocolate. It was different. Not sweet. Kind of bitter but not in a bad way. I know that’s a weird way to describe it.

Next we went to the Spark Cafe Soda Fountain. The girls each got a milk shake and dad and I shared a cone of mint chip. We enjoyed our treat while walking around the square. We even found an awesome record store called Block St. Records. And of course, they mainly sold only records. I was sad they were closed because looking in the window, they had some awesome ones like Type O Negative, Iron Maiden, and Motley Crüe. We will definitely have to go back when they are open.

So all in all it was a great evening. The girls kept saying what a fun evening this was.

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Toy Organization

My kids room is hard to keep organized. It was even hard just a month ago because they shared a queen sized bed in their room. That bed took up most of the space in their room. Thankfully we have switched them to a bunk bed. The funny thing is, they still want to sleep together so they sleep on the top bunk together.

So I have been trying to organize their room. They have their own little plastic 3 drawer dressers. Their stuffed animals are in a wooden toy box. However they have so many stuffed animals, they don’t all fit in it. Then they have smaller little baskets for their smaller toys and stuff.

So I remember something that I had as a kid in my room that really helped hold my stuffed animals and keep them off the floor when I wasn’t cuddling them. And that is a stuffed animal hammock. So i am placing my order to get two of those bad boys. I can’t take my kids room being overtaken by stuffed animals.

So if you want to organize your kids room and keep their toys off the floor, this is the item for you. Click the picture below.

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