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What IS contentment??? ~Is it having everything you ever wished for to come true? ~Is it having the perfect husband, kids or house? ~Is it...

Monday, November 6, 2017

Baby Caden Learns a New Trick

Look what this little monster learned how to do today!!

The caption on FB read:  This is the look of “ hey Mom look what I can do....why do you look so upset?”
He is growing up too fast.
feeling heartbroken.

{Grand}MamaK is so proud of your new skill, little one!

My Blogging Posts are WAY Up!

I've officially blogged more this year than any other year ever, except for 2009. I'm pretty excited about it. I've got at least 2 series that I need to finish (and one of them still has 80 posts left to go) so I'll more than clear my 2009 record before the year is out.
I'm pleased for two reasons:

1. I've got TIME to share things again. Making some life changes so that I could retire my #PlateSpinner tag leaves me time to actually write a post more than once every month, aside from my No Pants April posts. Hooray for the #NoLongerAPlateSpinner life!

2. I've got something to share again. For a few years, between being beyond busy and dealing with depression/anxiety/personal issues, I haven't felt like I had much to share or anything that anyone wanted to hear. Thankfully, that season is passing and I'm feeling ready to share again. 


So, strap yourselves in, there is going to be plenty to read and laugh about again in the near future and I'm loving it. Thank you to all who read.
   ~K~

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Adventures in Learning with Mr. T and Slick: Week 4

Can you believe we've already completed 4 full weeks of school? As a teacher/mama who generally isn't even starting until now, it's hard to wrap my mind around the fact that we've got a solid month of school under our belts already.

Anyone want to guess what we are studying this week?
You guessed it, we've arrived in Egypt for a few weeks of in depth study. We are learning about the Nile River, the Pharaohs, the pyramids, and which of Noah's descendants migrated to this area after the incident at Tower of Babel.
A reenactment of the battle for the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt. Over all, we (including me) are learning a bunch and having a good time doing it

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Adventures in Learning with Mr. T and Slick: Week 3

During Week 3, Mr. T and Slick's main focus was learning about the Tower of Babel, the Fertile Crescent and starting to learn the books of the Old Testament. The learned how to draw a map of the Bible lands (where all our study of history this year will take place) and a silly sentence to remember the names of the places on the map. I was very proud of their diligence this week because learning to draw a map full of names that make no sense to you is difficult, and they were champs. Also, the books of the Old Testament are some serious tongue-twisters and both of the boys tried really hard to learn to say (and spell) them correctly. It is a work in progress, but that's ok. Our current read-aloud book is The Tanglewoods' Secret about a little boy and girl living with their aunt. It's delightful and the boys are enjoying read-aloud time quite a bit.

Mr. T is working hard on his Bible Lands drawing.
Say the silly sentence with me, "E.T. Purrs in the Red Nile Med."
Ask the boys what that means next time you see them.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

On Packing Lunches for The Man Crew

Healthy Lunch Choices
Hi Friends, now that the initial excitement of a new school year has begun to wane, does the thought of packing eleventy billion lunches this year have you feeling less than thrilled? Have you considered streamlining the process by doing something like this? Getting ahead is always always ALWAYS better than being behind, don't ya think?

https://www.facebook.com/tastyjunior/videos/471179346569491/

I use a modified version of this system (OK, OK, when I remember to plan ahead, I use this system) to keep mouths full of delicious and nutritious things. I don't make sandwiches ahead, but I keep supplies on hand to make them quick and easy. I did even splurge recently on getting the little packets of mustard and mayo so we don't eat soggy sandwiches all week. I spend a little time over the weekend to chop veggies, prep drinks (We aren't big into juice boxes or Capri Sun, so I fill our reusable water bottles with water, or iced tea) and make sure there is plenty of fruit, nut and cheese choices ready to grab on the way out the door.
In the mornings, we make a quick sandwich (or cracker, meat, cheese choices) and toss in some fruit, nut, veggie options, grab a water bottle and we're out the door.

In other news, DT and I are considering upgrading to Bento Boxes for our lunches at work. Anyone have a great one to recommend? I'd love glass, but with all the bumping and "oops"es we have in our life, I'm not convinced this is a good idea. Steel is the next best...who has a favorite brand?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Decade of Sharing?




Hi friends, it occurred to me a few days ago that it's now been a decade of our fun together in my little slice of cyberspace.



10 whole years of funny stories, adorable photos, deep heart sharing and random silliness. You've all watched my children grow up, my marriage grow and change, and walked with me through the valley of the past few years of struggle.




 Thank you all so much for journeying with me. Here's to the next decade together! In honor of 10 years together, a quick list of a few faves from over the years.
  1. http://themancrew.blogspot.com/2008/06/what-is-contentment.html
  2. http://themancrew.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-best-thing-ive-heard-all-week.html
  3. http://themancrew.blogspot.com/2007/08/were-moving.html
  4. http://themancrew.blogspot.com/2017/02/welcome-baby-caden-robert.html
  5. http://themancrew.blogspot.com/2017/06/its-little-things.html
  6. http://themancrew.blogspot.com/2014/11/catching-up-with-us-meyers.html
  7. http://themancrew.blogspot.com/2010/05/wordless-wednesday_27.html
  8. http://themancrew.blogspot.com/2009/12/simple-womans-daybook.html
  9. http://themancrew.blogspot.com/2017/04/no-pants-april-day-24.html
  10. http://themancrew.blogspot.com/2009/12/big-trip-days-11-and-12.html



Saturday, August 26, 2017

Adventures with Mr. T and Slick: Week 2

Week two started off really well with Mr. T and Slick digging into Adam and Eve's original sin. How often we are quick to blame others and try to cover up our own sin. :( And how quickly the whole world went to shambles once sin entered the world.
We started read aloud time this week, music studies (Hello, Vivaldi!) and added a few things to our timelines. The boys love coloring their timeline pieces and them laminating them. We worked on adding a few pages to our history notebooks, and the boys' sentence structure is improving already.
We learned about the four types of energy this week and it was a delight for me to see the understanding dawn in their eyes as we tried different activities and had much dialouge about the differing types.
Circle time continues to be a hit, and the boys are doing so well with their speech ideas and Scripture memorization. Mr. T in particular always has something to share.
Areas of focus this week at circle time are days of the week and months of the year. And remembering to sit still at circle time. LOL!

Follow along with us this year as we learn about His Story from the Creation to the Greeks!

Four types on Energy! I don't know about them, but I'M learning so much :)

Heloooooo, Antonio Vivaldi! It's been lovely listening to the Four Seasons all week long.



Saturday, August 19, 2017

Schooling with Mr. T and Slick: Week 1

     Mr. T and Slick have hit the ground running and are enjoying their first week of school. Jodi is doing some assessments with them this week to be sure of their reading and arithmetic levels before she starts assigning work. Together, the boys and I (Kristy) are slowly working our way up to a full afternoon, so we are starting off slowly with Circle Time, Bible and some history. We are going to be learning about public speaking this year, so it's something we are focusing on in Circle Time. Both of them are NOT shy and aren't afraid to ramble on and on, so making sure we don't overshoot our planned speech time may turn out to be more of a challenge than making sure we talk long enough.
     Week 1 of My Father's World has us studying the days of Creation, reciting 2 Timothy 3:16 and dabbling in art. Mr. T LOVES art, and Slick tolerates art, so it will be a bit of a trick this year to balance the projects out so that they are both pleased. These next few weeks, we will be covering some art basics, like drawing straight lines, working on ellipses and learning about not getting frustrated by not being a perfect artist from day one. First project was to draw with a pencil in their mouth, after learning about Joni Eareckson Tada, who is a very talented artist despite being a quadriplegic. They both loved this project and in fact, have recreated it several times on their own time. They've learned how to work together on something they can't do on their own, like take the cap off of a marker.
     We are also studying The Sabbath, which is a great reminder to the adults as well, since Jodi and I both work many hours, at work and at home. We baked Challah bread and made table coverings. Slick was especially interested in the resting part of Sabbath, although he seems convinced that resting means he can have unlimited time on his tablet for the 24 hours. LOL! I'm working on Slick's schedule to keep it reasonable as he currently practices gymnastics for 12 hours a week and attends youth group activities twice a week.
     We had our first synergy group meeting this week and while we were missing a student, we enjoyed ourselves quite a bit. We did a science experiment, we baked bread, and we had our first official speech opportunity.

     Follow along with us this year as we learn about His Story from the Creation to the Greeks!
SCIENCE!! Whenever I say we are going to do a science lesson, they both shout, "SCIENCE!!"

Slick hard at work coloring the days of creation.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Best Thing I've Heard All Week

     A brilliant friend of mine (Hi Amy!!) called her new boyfriend a 'gentleman savage' on Facebook this week, and it struck a chord in me. It's quite possibly the best description of what I want my boys to be when they are grown. I want them to be wild and free, but with a heart for Jesus, good manners (as needed), great work ethic, and a tender love for their spouses and children.
     I've often called my sons wild hooligans and this is often a good reflection of them, as they are loud, rowdy and sometimes (OK, often) obnoxious. I've even been known to call my children feral, and this is occasionally true of their behavior. However, both of these less-than-stellar nicknames are said with much affection and deep love and they don't appear to be offended by either one.
     This is my life as their mama in a nutshell. Dastroyah decided this weekend after church that he was going to turn his much beloved Pathfinder into a dune buggy of sorts, and there was MUCH laughter in the front yard as the best demolition crew in the lower 48 tore that poor thing to bits. Once they were satisfied that it looked the way they wanted, Dastroyah, PattyCakes, Alex and Nathan piled in for a test run. They were shirtless, filthy, and loud, and for a split second I considered hushing them and telling them to clean up and get shirts on before they headed out. But another split second later, listening to them laugh together and watching the camaraderie between all of them, I swallowed my desire to hush them and just enjoyed watching them drive away with their arms, mouths, and legs flying. I dared a peek at Hercules who was supervising the buggy project while working on his Beast of a Truck, and the joy in his eyes was unmistakable from the time spent with them. A few minutes later, they returned and all tried to shout over one another to tell us how the test drive went and how they were already making plans to change this or that. Then they went in the house, ate everything, cleaned up a little and tumbled out the door again like a rabid 4 headed Tasmanian devil to share their special brand of crazy with someone else. One of them even remembered to bellow thank you as they went out the door.

And so they are...wild and free, but with a heart for Jesus, good manners (as needed), great work ethic, and a tender love for their mama.
My work here is done.

#GentlemanSavage

Sunday, June 18, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 20

Day 20: Food with Friends
  Tonight, the entire (local) Man Crew went out to dinner with our community group. Our CG may never be the same, but I digress...anywho, we laughed and talked and ate and laughed and talked. Just what the doctor ordered, not just for us, but for everyone at the table. Now our CG knows why we enjoy our boys so much. They are pretty great. Pat and Alexandria seem to have a special bond, which touches my heart.
Yes, I know the picture is terrible, but with all the movement going on, it was the best shot I got all evening. Sorry guys.
#100HappyDays   Pat and Alex had everyone laughing like crazy
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Saturday, June 17, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 19

Day 19: Clean Cast Iron
All the daily service cast iron is clean and shiny again. P and DT had put it all to good use while Hercules and I were away. Hooray for them not eating out every meal!

Mama K worked hard on putting the house back together from the "trip aftermath" today. Dishes are clean, laundry is (temporarily) caught up, LR is tidy, I settled an argument between the PS3 and the Internet, and it's time to put the Littlest Meyer to bed and then put my feet up while I enjoy some Netflix time. 





#100HappyDays   Clean Cast Iron

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Friday, June 16, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 18

Day 18: Air Conditioning
June in New Mexico rivals the surface of the sun. We often have 10+ days in a row with triple digit heat. So for today, I'm grateful for Air Conditioning. (and deodorant, but that's a whole other post, am-I-right?) 
#100HappyDays  Blast the AC!
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 17


Day 17: Carlsbad Caverns
Dan and I stopped for a tour of Carlsbad Caverns on the way home from Eunice today. It's been about 15 years since we've been and it was a completely different experience for us without two small toddlers in tow while trying to keep up with our extended family years ago. We didn't have time to stay and watch the bats fly out in the evening, but it was a lovely trip nonetheless. Plus, time spent with this handsome devil is always an adventure.








#100HappyDays  Carlsbad Caverns
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

#100 HappyDays: Day 16


Day 16: Perspective
Perspective is a beautiful and necessary part of life, don't you think? Sometimes we all need to step away from the hamster wheel that is our life and look over it and say to ourselves, "Is this particular activity still meeting my needs? Is this level of activity sustainable long term? Is this where the Lord wants me to serve?" But often we are too busy being too busy to think about anything except finishing that all-important to do list. And so, perspective is needed. This little getaway with Dan has been a Godsend, while I'm learning to retire my often used hashtag #PlateSpinner. As I transition from 5 years as a nanny/chauffeur with the B-Bunch family to my new office job at Learn For A Lifetime, I'm looking forward to much more time to focus on our family, DT's schooling, and getting OFF of the hamster wheel.
#100HappyDays Perspective
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

#100 Happy Days: Day 15

Day 15: Hotel Life, yo.
     Dan spent the day hard at work while I spent it hardly working. I blogged, I napped, I read, I watched TV (Food Network, of course) and I wandered the hotel. When Dan came home we had dinner and then decided we needed ice cream, and upon our return, we were greeted by this picturesque sight and I was reminded anew of how blessed we are. A beautiful hotel, time together, time for me to enjoy some time to regroup, and enough fun money for an ice cream run. 
#100HappyDays     #HotelLife
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It's the Little Things


I've discovered as I make this journey through life, that it's not the HUGE things that make or break your day, week, month or LIFE....it's the little things. So in celebration of those little things, list a few things that made your day, week, month or LIFE sweeter or brighter.
  • It's an hour long chat with my sweet 'Shua while he drives home from work that gets me caught up on all the new things in their life.
  • It's a work week vacation! I vacation during the day while Dan works and then we get to spend the evenings together uninterrupted while we enjoy a hotel stay.
  • It's The BIGS being willing and able to care for the littlest MeYeR while Dan and I enjoy our work week vacation.
  • It's being completely caught up on laundry AND dishes at the same time, even it only lasts 5 minutes. LOL
  • It's being able to leave grocery money for the boys to use, and knowing they know how to buy and prepare decent meals.  
  • It's catching up on my reading goals for the year. 
  • It's working in my planner and realizing that I'm having success in nearly every area of my goal list, even if there is still plenty of room for improvement.
  • It's a new job that brings less stress and allows for more family time.
  • It's making fun summer plans with friends.
  • It's sleepovers for your child's friend that is moving away.
  • It's pizza and movies together on a Sunday evening. 
I like the idea of this type of post. If you do too, post a few of YOUR little things. I'm making it a goal to be more positive this year...join me!
~K~

A clean and beautiful hotel room, Food Network on the TV, and my bare feet up and relaxing.


PS. Looking over this list, several of them are actually BIG things. 
  • My grown son calls me every week or so to keep me updated about his life. That makes me so happy!
  • It's a small getaway that we need and can afford. 
  • Intentionally spending time as a couple so that when the children are grown and gone we will still have a relationship to take us into the golden years together.
  • It's having raised children that have become responsible, capable, amazing young men.
  • It's making wise job choices that bring more important things to our life than just money.
  • It's making memories with our children.

Monday, June 12, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 14

Day 14: Surprise! I packed a bag, pawned my responsibilities onto someone else, and ran away for the work week with Dan! Quiet, relaxing days in a hotel reading and blogging, followed by evenings spent with Hunky Dunky Hercules! YES please! 😍
Oh My Word, I love this man!
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 13


Day 13: A Sunday evening at home with this goofball. As I mentioned earlier, I've been traveling often in the past several months and DT has been passed back and forth between The BIGS quite a bit. He's ready to just be home with Mama and Daddy for a while. Daddy ended up being busy Sunday afternoon but DT and I enjoyed some time together playing video games on the PlayStation3 Move, folding clothes, going together to take care of Jude (Jodi's dog) and ending the evening with some RedBox movies and pizza. We watched Moana and saved Monster Truck for Monday.  Pretty much a perfect Sunday evening in my estimation. 
*Ahem* Perhaps someone takes more after his mama than we originally thought. LOL!
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 12

Day 12: I spent a few hours at the new job working on that master book list again. With Jodi away for a few weeks and the office officially closed, I can set my own hours for a while. I can live with that. The boys and Dan were all busy so no one was missing me right then, so I used the time to earn a few more dollars to tuck away for a later summer adventure. Sounds good to me!
In other news, any excuse to eat next door at Enrique's is a good excuse. LOL!
Starting the Master Book List: EVERY Thomas the Tank Engine book ever written.
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Friday, June 9, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 11

Day 11: A bountiful box of soap that not only keeps our bodies and clothes clean for the next few months, but enough to share as a beautiful parting gift to a friend who is moving away. Soap that not only smells good, but cleans well, has no unnecessary ingredients and is so beautiful that it needs no embellishments to give as a gift. Thank you Melissa over at www.CadronCreekSoapworks.com for the happy package in the mail! 
A soapdeck, and a bar of each coconut, ginger lime and honeysuckle. YES PLEASE!
I shared with the Game Night Crowd this evening as well, and we were all like kids at Christmas, digging through the box and unwrapping bars to smell them. Everyone went home with a pocket full of goodies...good times! Thanks again, Melissa.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 10


Day 10: My first day on the job with Learn For a Lifetime! Hello better hours, helping children, reading tons of books and getting paid to make lists! Today I started a master list of the books in our lending library, which I realized quickly was going to take me a kajillion times longer than I had anticipated, give or a take a millennia. But a job that allows/encourages you to take a break from the "work" to play a game with this sweet little face is the kind of job I want in my life.
SO, can you Guess Who?
Mr. T joined me for a game of Guess Who
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 9

Day 9: Derek has been passed back and forth and around between The BIGS like a hot potato for what seems like months between gymnastics meets, Mama K needing to travel with his auntie Karen, work demands, Mama K going to meet Baby Caden in IL and Daddy and Mama K stealing away for a few days together.
He said sadly to me the other day that he was tired of me being away, and he wished I could be home Like I used to be...OUCH. So, today we played video games together, went out to dinner, made silly videos and fun photos on SnapChat, and I sang his bedtime story in my silliest, loudest voice. ''Twas a good day for us. 💚



Derek loves the white freckles, but not the heart shaped nose


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 8

Day 8: Road Trip Fun! Have you seen The THING?!? Karen had never seen it so we stopped and enjoyed a few happy minutes traipsing through the "museum" that houses The THING. Worth every penny of the $1.00 of admission. LOL! Good stuff!
And yes, I know this is a terrible photo of both of us, but when you ask a stranger to take your photo, you get what you get and you don't pitch a fit. Amen.

In other news, Karen got a clean bill of health from the heart surgeon, who just told her to eat more and walk more. Hallelujah!
Sister-Girl Road Trip Adventures: Going to see The THING
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Monday, June 5, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 7

Day 7: I learned to use SnapChat today. I had downloaded it a while back, mostly so DT and I could play with the filters, but it's actually a pretty fun way to keep in touch. My friend, Dani walked me through some of the basics (I'm not very technologically advanced) and I'm having a ball with it.


A sweet friend told me I looked like a Disney Princess in this photo. I'll call that a win. 😉
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Sunday, June 4, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 6

Day 6: Road Trip! Karen and I are headed to Phoenix for her (hopefully) last post-op check up following her heart bypass earlier this year. We're hoping for a clean bill of health, some extra sleep and to enjoy a few days with less responsibilities. YES PLEASE!
Hello AZ, may this be the last time I visit for a while...
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 5

 Day 5: FREE BOOKS! Are there any happier words in the English language than "Free books"? Not in my world, that's for sure! I carried home probably 25 books. (shhh, don't tell Dan) I'm still at the homeschooling conference but this is what caught my eye today.
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Friday, June 2, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 4


Day 4: My first Homeschooling Conference, and I'm representing my favorite curriculum company, My Father's World. I had a blast meeting with all the parents and kids, from the we-haven't-started-yet parents, to the We-are-on-our-20th-year parents. Great curriculum, great parents, great experience!

I want to BUY IT ALL
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