Week in Review October 20-27, 2014 w/ Day in the Life Vlog! - Happy Birthday Jackson! -

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Monday. As many of you know... I post a week in review recapping what happened over the week & weekend. Its something that I have been doing off and on for years. Its just a simple way to give you guys a glimpse into our weekend. I also vlogged a little each day which you can see in the video below. I have been trying to move all my video's to my main channel including the vlogs but for right now I am uploading them to both channels. I think that is the best way to do it right now but eventually they will probably all move to my housewife life main youtube channel. I hope you don't mind but I have been trying to figure out a way to make everyone happy. I don't expect you to watch them twice but now you will be able to find my vlogs on both channels. ↓Here it is↓ Hope you enjoy! More pictures and info below! 

This Past Week:

So this past week, was mostly about Jackson. He had his 12th Birthday and it pretty much took up a lot of our time. Its hard watching the kids grow up so fast but it is nice to see them mature and grow into their own little people. I started out the night before and got the breakfast table set up for the birthday to start his day off good. That also meant that I had to get up early and get the candles on his morning cupcake. Scott normally does the morning shift but this was a special day that I dragged myself out of bed, lit some candles and showed Jackson how much I love him. He didn't get to eat the cupcake for breakfast but we put in it his lunch. :) Once the boys left, the mess was much enjoyed by all the kitty cats. They loved it...but I had to watch out for them trying to eat the paper and strings.

I was happy that his day started off well and I went back to bed. Later that evening we had another birthday celebration with Jackson's personalized cookie cake. This year he wanted a cookie cake with " Jackson is the Best " with Hershey kisses around the outside! How descriptive he was really was kinda funny...But he got it! 

I can't believe how fast the time is passing. Jackson just turned 12....Brittany Belle is soon to be 13 in less than a week so the years are passing us by. They are not babies any longer and becoming so much more independent. But I have a feeling the teenage years are going to be hell! 

Over the weekend, I got a few projects done including cleaning many of my makeup brushes. They were totally overdue for a good cleaning which took close to an hour. When I was done I was totally happy to have fresh clean makeup brushes. I actually bought a few more... just stay tuned for a haul coming up soon! 

For some reason our garage door stopped working. Scott is not too handy at all but I was glad he was able to get it fixed pretty easily. I guess some screws just came out. I really think most of the houses in our neighborhood were cheaply built. But that's just me. And do you see those beautiful pumpkins!? Our new neighbor friends brought them over for us. How sweet was that!? Omg... I was shocked. They are huge!! We are going to have a lot of fun carving them this week! 

Also this weekend Jackson went out with those sweet neighbors and their son Hunter to the lake to enjoy the day. It was exactly what Jackson needed. He loved it. I am really grateful they got him out doing things I normally don't do such as fishing. I grew up horses but we don't have any now so it was nice that he was able to get out and enjoy the beautiful day in nature. It was nicer than the day I had! 

This weekend for me was kinda disappointing in few ways. Scott has been working a ton of hours at work. Seriously. Getting up at 6am, getting Jackson to school around 7:30 am and is working by 8am. He isn't getting home until 8-8:30pm at the earliest. He comes home tired. I get about 45 minutes to one hour of his time before he is in the shower and bed. Even on Saturdays. So when Sunday popped up, I really had hoped we would spend some time together. And while he was home...we still didn't spend any meaningful time together. He was out mowing grass that didn't need cut while I stayed inside frustrated I felt alone on a day he was home. Yea... it was kinda disappointing. However, he had a free day and thought he better get some of the things around the house done while he could. That's totally normal. I understand that too. I guess we both just had different ideas of how the day was going to go...and clearly they were not the same.  I am very thankful he is working. I really am. When he was here off for 2 weeks in between jobs it was hard to enjoy the time because I was worried. Now he is working his ass off and never home, I still don't like it. Where is the balance? His work leaves no time for his family. It's nuts. And he makes a good living so it's not like he can go off and sell scooters and make the same kind of money. So I guess I just have to deal with it until whenever. Which is why Sunday was so important to me. Jackson was even gone all day giving us the perfect time to spend with each other. I am sure there will be better weekends in the future but right now it's hard. It was just a difficult day and honestly, I still don't feel so good about it. But I am going to try to shake it off and move on. Really, I don't have any other choice. Time to fake it till I make it. I have lots to keep me busy anyway....here's my to do list. I do want to say this is my list for the week...not the day!
  • Clean up back deck. From my normal view in the living room, it looks like crap. Gotta change the view!
  • Update chalkboard walls with menu and life reminders for this week. 
  • Do my weekly cleaning on Tuesdays. I just think it will work out better. so guess what!? No cleaning today. :)
  • Get Brittany's Birthday gift ordered. This year we are going for Uggs of course. Thank goodness I found a great deal on them. 
  • Menu plan for the upcoming weeks. 
  • Order more firewood this week sometime. 
  • Clean up and organize our spare bedroom. It really needs it. 
  • Make Jackson a Dr. Appointment...its time for a check up and flu shot. 
  • While the weather is still kinda of warm during the days, give all the kitty cats a bath. Even when I blow dry them, they stay cold for days. 
  • Remember forgiveness when it comes to my family...and patience. 
  • Quick clean up of coat closet. The boys have destroyed any kind of organization it once had. 
  • Deal with Jackson's school system.....which SUCKS.  I am thinking of moving him to a Montessori school... but still not sure.  
  • Clean the railings on the stairs. Its amazing how fast they get dirty. 
  • Delete old shows off the DVR....you know, to make room for new weekly shows! 
  • Spend 15 minutes each day in the garage. I need to get it done before it gets cold. 
  • Laundry....laundry....laundry...I'm always washing, drying, and putting away laundry. 
  • Work on the overwhelming job of sorting mail, filing, and paying bills. 
  • Remember to meditate in the mornings...sadly it did not happen today. 
  • Finish updating Sony drivers. I really want to make this computer run as good as possible and run as long as possible. I love this laptop and haven't found another that I like yet. 
  • Scoop kitty boxes....yuck.
  • Try to stay ahead with the videos this week to make things easier. 
  • Pray more. I have a very close girlfriend who had me crying the other night when she told me they are pretty sure she has thyroid cancer. I grew up with her and she is seriously one of the best people and role models on the planet. I would be devastated if something happened to her. I am going to lift her so high in my prayers and I hope you will too. ♥ 
  • Pre order some Christmas gifts that I think a lot of family members will like. 
  • Call my sister. We haven't talked in days... hummmmmm. what is going on with you Laci Renee!? 
  • Be grateful for the little things. 
  • Dump photos on phone....its just running too slow. 
  • Brush Cooper out with shedding brush to get off a lot of that loose fur. And I need to continue to work his ass out on the treadmill. 
  • Carve Pumpkins on Wednesday! We love doing that as a family. 
  • Get Jackson enrolled in Karate. Yep.. he's going. 
  • I still need to cut the basil back. Another week has passed I haven't done it.
  • Dye hair... the grey is showing. 
  • Have more electronic free time. That's hard when you blog and make youtube videos. Social media is everything. But disconnected sometimes is nice. 
  • Write letter to my sons Grandmother...I am not wanting to but it's time. 
  • Make a fun Friday Halloween dinner! Stay tuned for a Halloween Vlog!

Here's some inspiration to take along with you through this week..

Thank you to everyone who helped changed that GFC # for me. You will have to watch the video around 44:05 to know what I am talking about but the number has changed...Thank you. You guys are seriously some of the best blog and youtube friends on the planet. People ask me all the time why I do this... I do it because I love it and I also love the friendships I have formed because of it. Have a great week.