This is Me Then has ran out of steam! I am taking a much needed break from the online world to focus on my health, my family and my schooling. I hope to be back with some fun blogs at the end of October.
My daughter, a 5th grader, has been friends with a special little girl since they were in Kindergarten. They even have the same last name and would joke that they MUST be related somehow! Well, her friend turned 11 and is celebrating her birthday this week with her best girlfriends! The reason I feel like this relationship is so special is because the birthday girl, due to her religion, doesn't watch television. She finds GREAT pleasure in listening to "Old" radio shows from Dale Evans and Roy Rogers.
So, what did we do? We went to Etsy.com of course and found these awesome gifts! A purse, journal cover and original hardback book from the 1950's.
I have the sweetest friend ever named Sarah! She and I met I guess its been 3 years now, through playgroup! I have always loved Sarah and admired her commitment to her husband and her children, but, I always thought she seemed a bit quiet or shy! Boy, was I wrong! She has the same passion I have, all things Twilight! She actually took my daughter to the midnight DVD release of Twilight after a Taylor Swift concert. She called and asked if it was Ok and that Taylor wanted to buy a copy. I said sure, whatever!
Well, do I need to say more?
Sweet Sarah brought me these cake balls and I snagged these awesome pics of them from her blog! Go check it out!
I belong to a sisterhood called OME. Its a Sorority that has one common factor, we love all things Twilight! Yes, I said it, Twilight!
But, it's more than just Twilight. It's a group of women that get together and have true care in their hearts for one another and do community outreaches. If you can notice in some of the pics we are all wearing matching crests. A way to spot one another or to remind us that someone is always thinking about us.
These ladies are from all over the city and had never met me before that night and they were so warm and welcoming. Like one giant book club for women that have the Twilight bug.
We all exchanged gifts and stories and have plans to spend more time together as the holidays roll around.
You might ask how I could possibly have time to join in to something like this, but that's just it. I am making time. I am making a commitment to have a network around me that not just in my normal comfort zone. It's out of the box, or the volvo, so to speak!
It's a language I can only speak with these sisters.
I attended a birthday party for Bella this past Saturday night with a sorority group, OME, and my friend Sarah. I had a wonderful time. It was like a giant book club meeting with some "dazzling" ladies! I can't wait to spend more time with them.
Fun Salt and Pepper shakers I found at a nearby trade days! Love this Tea container! Found it at Home Goods!
"Oh, when oh when is Mr. This is Me, Then going to get my kitchen painted"?
How many of you are like me? "Out of Sight, Out of Mind"? Well, I FINALLY found vitamins my children will take, my son is on a "Cars" brand gummy, and my daughter is on a "teen" one a day. Well, I have to literally have them sitting in sight every morning or we forget and it drives me BATTY! I hate those bottles sitting there! So, I decided to "jazz" them up and give them a new home on my corner shelf in some fun mason jars! Love it!
Set your crockpot on High and place your roast of choice (it doesn't matter with this recipe, it will be tender no matter what) on the bottom, pour all your frozen veggies on top, and sprinkle one bag of Lipton Recipe Secrets Soup Mix over the entire thing. I always use Beefy Onion, but I have used mushroom and the plain onion one. Both work great as well. Now, the frozen veggies I use, I have always found at a local supermarket (Arlans). It says vegetables for stew, but you could buy individual bags of the veggies you want to use, or chop them fresh. We LOVE this bag.
The veggies are still frozen, I feel this adds juice and also you can use a FROZEN roast. Its OK! It actually adds more juice as well.
I did not add any water to this, you can add one cup if you want more gravy. 8 hours later I just pulled it all apart with my fork and we ate it over rice with some cornbread! OMG! It is amazing!
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Happily Married to Lance since 1997, SAHM to Taylor (18) and Cash (11). I have an Associates and Bachelors Degree. I taught 3rd grade for two years and I am now homeschooling my son and watching my daughter from afar while she is away at college. This is my life, then!