Week in Review October 27 - November 3, 2014 Happy Halloween...Happy Birthday Brittany Belle

Monday, November 3, 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: 

I think many of us have been hit with a jolt of cold weather....which is the way the week started out for us. It turned from 77 degree days to 40 degree days overnight. I am not one who enjoys the cold so finding motivation to do anything than sit in front of a warm fireplace has been hard. I'm serious...I've been known to stay in the house for a week straight just due to cold weather. Yea....I am way too tropical for freezing temperatures. I know you guys are feeling it too. Leaves have been falling off the trees faster due to all the wind and the rain and gone are the days of open windows and doors. I really love fresh air....warm air that is, so I am none too excited for winter. I think its going to be worse than ever this year. We'll have to wait and see! Thankfully on Monday I stayed in and just worked on the computer all day long. And I still didn't get caught up. I switched my weekly cleaning to Tuesdays so I was happy at home for the first 2 days of the week. 

By time Wednesday rolled around, I finally got up and ran errands and went to the store. I was seriously dreading it. The wind was whipping my little bug all over the road but I slowly got there and slowly made my way around the store. 

Jackson was totally upset because somehow someway when his friend was here, his new little tablet got broken. Yea... I was none too happy and Jackson was so upset he was crying. He had just bought it a week before on his birthday with his own money. Even though I was mad as hell that yet another electronic was broken, I felt so sorry for him. I grabbed the tablet with the box and took off to Walmart. I planned on shopping at my local Ingles but Jackson's dilemma had me at Walmart.....so that's where I did all the shopping this week.  

And let me just say... It took a total of an extra 1 hour and 20 minutes to get the tablet exchanged. Not that I am not happy and grateful but it just made the day extra long. I stood in the looooong customer service line not 1....not 2 ....but 3 times. 

I was totally exhausted by time I got home. Jackson was thrilled but he has to learn to take better care of his stuff. And the kids wonder why I don't share my laptop and phone. No thanks. Hopefully he learned something this time and we won't have this problem again but I'm not holding my breath on it. Both Brittany and Jackson are extremely hard on electronics and when they broke an iphone and tablet over the summer we were all pretty over it. I just refuse to keep replacing expensive electronics because they can't take care of them. Accidents happen but wow...thank you Walmart for changing it out. 

 In the middle of the week, we finally got carving our pumpkins for Halloween. I have to admit, Scott's is better than mine because I messed up the bottom of the cat. But it was a lot of fun and we all had a great time together as a family carving pumpkins. Scott is 46 and totally enjoys it one time of year.

Its totally a tradition as it is in many homes and we are slowly getting better at it. Jackson didn't want his shown because it didn't turn out exactly right but I was happy he was there trying anyway. We didn't have a single tick or treater and we live in a neighborhood with kids. I totally don't get it... just like I don't get why NO ONE swims in the lake by our house. But we had a fun little dinner and enjoyed the night in. Really it was too cold and wet for anything else. 

Over the weekend, I finally got my roots touched up. I am in love with the root touch ups because I am happy with the color of my hair over all but every time the roots grew out, I was doing an entire dye job. Now with the little root touch up kits, it makes it so easy and so much faster. I was one in 10 minutes and totally happy with the results. 

Sunday rolled around and guess who turned 13 years old!? Yep, my Brittany Belle is growing up so fast and I really couldn't be prouder. She really is someone I adore and I am thankful for her fresh optimistic outlook even at her young age. Really she seems much older than 13 which is totally freaking scary. And its hard not being there with her day in and day out. I understand all her friends live where her dad lives and I choose to relocate due to Scott's work. She didn't want to leave and I didn't want to force her. But even though we are apart, I pretty much know everything going on with her and where she is all the time. We are constantly on the phone, email, texting, skyping... mailing packages and even though I feel like a failure with her most of the time, she thinks I am the best mom in the world. She makes straight A's, on the cheer team, compassionate, and full of drama like any young teenager would be! But we are so proud of her and I love watching her grow up. Happy Happy Birthday Brittany Belle. 

So if you watched the vlog, you know that I got really emotional over another Brittany. Brittany Maynard. This beautiful 29 year old woman with terminal brain cancer took her own life on Sunday. It hit me soooooo freaking hard. She said that she was going to wait and not go through it on November 1 so naturally I didn't think it would be the next day. Her story breaks my heart and I just can't imagine having to make that choice and your family having to live with it. Lets all lift her family and her soul in our prayers. It totally tore me apart when I saw it Sunday evening. Tears came rushing down my face and my poor husband had no idea how to make it better. It just hurts and I don't even personally know her. She totally touched my life and on my Brittany's birthday it was another Brittany's death day. Wow... crying again. On the right is her last message on facebook. Please keep her family in your prayers. 

May she forever rest in peace. ♥

Here's my to do list for the week...

  • Adapt to Scott's new Schedule. Now he is getting off at 6 instead of 8 on Mondays...off Tuesday...and doesn't go back in until 11am on Wednesdays. WOW. I thought Tuesday was a better cleaning day but maybe should try to stick to Monday. I am happy he might just get some time off. 
  • Wash winter jackets. I keep putting it off but I really need to do it. 
  • Give cats a bath on the warmest day of the week... Looks like it will be on Tuesday or Wednesday. 
  • Gather up rest of empties for Octobers Favorites video. 
  • Call and check on my mom. She was pretty messed up over some dental surgery but I think she is starting to feel better. 
  • Pray more. Always pray more. 
  • Call old friend and find out what her test results are. I am heartbroken that she may be battling thyroid cancer. I would be broken if something happened to her. Pray more. She is seriously one of the best people I know. And no... it's not Shanna.
  • Watch Fireproof your Marriage. It's on Netflix and I have been meaning to watch it for a while.
  • Quickly get the kitchen drawers organized....thanks Jackson for putting nothing where it belongs! 
  • Film videos in a timely manner. 
  • I know it might sound trashy but maybe get some of that tightening plastic wrap stuff for some of the windows to keep it warmer in this big house. Last year in the heart of winter our power bill was over $600 for just one month. Who knows... it couldn't hurt to insulate it a little better. 
  • Schedule a tour of the Montessori school for Jackson. Just incase we need to move him. 
  • Try to stop eating so many Goldfish Vanilla Cupcake Grahams. They are sooooo yummy! 
  • Get to bed before 1am every night. Wish me luck... I need lots to make that happen. 
  • Remember Coopers daily workouts. 
  • Check the PO Box....before the mean mail people call me up complaining. 
  • Figure out the Thanksgiving schedule today.....gotta call Trina
  • Dump old shows on the DVR. 
  • Reply to many many emails....today.
  • File away old paperwork... which will probably happen on desk day. 
  • Do the planner tag.... since I was tagged! Stay tuned for that video later in the week! 
  • Check Etsy for shipment updates. 
  • Start putting together Christmas list for friends and family. I want to buy a little at a time until it's done. I don't expect to go in debt for the Holidays. Instead I am planning early and sticking to a budget. 
Here's some inspiration to take you through the week.....really it's like a self reminder! 

I hope you have a beautiful and blessed week.