A DIFFERENT KIND OF CHRISTMAS

Christmas was a little different around here this year.  One less stocking was hung, we had a new little puppy (grand dog) in the mix, and we went over the river and stopped at the ER on the way to grandma’s house. I’d say we’ve done pretty well with the whole “oldest daughter is married” adjustment period.  We love our new …

More Camping Adventures

As I type this from my tiny iPhone keyboard, I’m returning home from yet another beach trip. Don’t hate. Can I help it if Hubs had business down south and I own a camper in the same general vicinity? Admit it – you would come too. Someday I’m going to write a book of all our camping adventures. Trust me …

Survival of the Powerless

As far as I can remember, I’ve never had to deal with a week long power outage in the summer. Last Friday night what has now been termed a “Dericho” hit WV with a force like none other. We don’t normally get tornadoes, but this very much resembled one. Downed trees everywhere, power and cable lines split and broken. That …

7 days to the wedding and mom’s reflections

6/2/12 8:12 Saturday morning. It’s a beautiful day – sun is bright, color in full bloom, fresh from yesterday’s rain.  Jim just left for his mom’s to get a tractor to dig my Japenese Maple tree out of the back yard and relocate it before our deck addition next week. (Yes, I said next week.  We are building a back deck …

Gun shot eggs

     Remember that new microwave?  Yeah, it has way more power than the old one.  This morning I blew up an egg with my fancy dancy microwave egg poacher.  When I say “blew up”, I do not exaggerate.  We’re talking gun shot status – hubby’s standing in the living room checking his email via iphone and jumps in the air, ready to duck as …

MICROWAVE-LESS DAYS

Recently, my kids received a small glimpse of what it would be like to live back in the dark ages – more specifically, the ‘70’s: “Pre-microwave days“.  Three weeks ago our microwave blew up. My girls and I were cooking bacon when suddenly, light saber-like sounds emitted from said source. I glanced over and, to my horror, large sparks of …

Welcome to the party!!!!

     Hello and welcome to my blog where I home school, ride bikes, work out, laugh, walk by faith, and always parent!  I’m happy to be participating for my first time in http://www.5minutesformom.com/ Ultimate Block Party!!! Have a look around, enjoy the pics and bits of humor as I muddle my way through life with my ever faithful Father!

Snap Shot Saturday

                                       This morning I got up and made these.      These are a spin-off from my blog http://ruthieskozikitchen.blogspot.com/ (it’s all about cooking).  A couple weeks ago I made Paula Deen’s Orange Breakfast Rolls and my kids decided they preferred cinnamon.  Sooooo…I made them with cinnamon mixed in.  Because I’m mom, and I aim to please.  They were very good.  I still prefer …

My Survival of “The Hunger Games” Premier

     In my last post, I mentioned that my girls and I all read the “Hunger Games” trilogy at the beginning of the year.  I made a deal with my middle daughter (Hayley) that if I finished the first book before the movie tickets for the midnight premier became available, I would not only buy all three of their tickets, but I …

My QUICK summary of the “Hunger Games” Book (movie review to follow!)

     At the beginning of the year my three girls and I joined the masses of American readers in the “Hunger Games” series.  We were not dissapointed!       The book, based on the theory of a new government order where the capital controls (and opresses) the nation, which has been totally (and topically) reconstructed into 12 districts.  Each district has its own industry – agriculture, coal mining, etc., struggling to maintain …

Food Fight

     For as long as I can remember, Jim and I have been on opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to eating habits.  He comes from a long line of skinnys and I come from – well, we’ll just call it a well rounded family.  He can eat anything he wants and not ever get fat.  I can …

Valentine’s Day Reminiscing

     The first grade Valentine’s Day party was destined to be awesome.  Everyone had made a giant pink construction heart with a pocket in which to insert said Valentines.  Games were first, then food, then, the opening of the much awaited Valentines!  We had waited for weeks for this most auspicious occasion, and hopes were running high for lots of Valentines, and maybe …

How Do You Eat an Elephant?

     The last baby of the Gray household got her learner’s permit last week, the same day that the next to last baby got her driver’s license.  That evening, we toured homes for sale with the oldest Gray baby and her fiancee, and afterward returned home to 5 college-age young men, courtesy of my hospitable college-age son.      I’m trying …

Ping-Pong Day

     Yesterday after spending time schooling my girls, I went to the florist with my daughter and talked wedding flowers. It was a heavy duty talk, and we’re only halfway done. I had to leave after an hour and a half because I had a hair appointment. Gotta keep those greys from sticking out too far, ya know.My husband called …

Airport Adventures

     We’ve evolved into a traveling family, largely due to the fact that Jim travels extensively with his job. Most husbands leave for work in the morning and return in the evening. My husband flies to the office. In Florida. And doesn’t return for days. I can recall him having a local job once for about 6 minutes. Seriously, he …

Why it’s important to recognize the signs of a stroke

Do you know how to recognize the signs of a stroke?  On, January 14, 2010,  my mother experienced a stroke that resulted in temporary paralysis of her left side and a one hundred percent blockage in her right corroded artery.   A tumultuous time My heart was already in turmoil that morning, my husband having been rushed via ambulance to a hospital …

Snuggling in on a wintry day

I love, love, LOVE being snug in the house while the snow flies.  It takes me back to my childhood and the snow days from school.  Today we had our first significant snowfall of the season, and my family was all home with me, except for Jim, who was away on business. The kids slept in, we did a little school work, …

Stories from the “Great Room”

Needless to say, I’ve been short on writing time of late.  I’m still in that place, so here’s a story to (hopefully) give you a giggle.  This story has two parts. Part One We got new carpet and furniture for our TV room/dining/kitchen.  You could call it a great room, it’s long and we’ve had many years of great fun in it.  We’ve …

Today is my birthday.  My birthday always falls during the first week of gun season.  My husband is a hunter.  This presents a problem – for him. In “RuthieandJimGray, the Early Years”, he either stayed home for my birthday, or drove back home to celebrate with me.  Something happened somewhere along the way and he decided it would be ok if …