Wednesday, October 22, 2014


We had another special birthday at our house last week. (That's how my whole life seems to be right now... about a week behind.)

This girl is officially almost a teenager.  (Although it may have felt that way for a few years now.)

You finally got the cowboy boots you have been wanting since 1st grade. (You finally decided that pink wasn't the most practical color. These are brown. With a pink flower on the side. =) You love them.)

You are loving middle school this year! Your alarm goes off at 6:00 am and you get up on your own without any fuss. (Pretty sure you are the only earlybird in this family.) You ride the bus from home and get dropped off near my school each afternoon. The bus wasn't your favorite thing for awhile, but you've adjusted. It makes me happy that you love school so much! 

And we finally got the one thing we've been waiting on for 2 years... a sweet school friend. (You've had school friends since we moved here, but not like this.) A friend (and her family!) with the same values, beliefs, morals... we've been missing that. 

You and Taylor are a perfect fit. And that makes me so happy.

But this makes me happy, too...

I love that you and Abi have stayed so close... despite the distance between you. (And since you still require your moms to drive you places, I don't mind meeting up at an Olive Garden halfway!)

Happy 12 years to YOU, Miss Sophie!
We love you with all that we are! =)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

41 things.

Someone in our house turned 41 yesterday.
And I kind of like that someone.
So... in no particular order... 41 things I love about this guy right here...

1. You make me laugh.
2. You make me smile.
3. Even when I don't want to. =)
4. You cook.
5. You clean.
6. You do laundry.
7. You vacuum.
8. You spend hours cleaning my van. Inside and out.
9. You only make me feel a little bad about how dirty it gets. (Scratch that. You just came inside and talked grouchy to me.) Your deep, Johnny Cash voice. (That's my new #9)
10. You snuggle with Sophie.
11. You wrestle with Lawson.
12. You give Gretchen baths.
13. You buy groceries.
14. You mow the grass. (Back when we used to have grass...) =)
15. You let me sleep with my leg draped over you at night.
16. You make coffee in the mornings.
17. You clean out the dogs ears.
18. You give flea medicine to the dog and cats.
19. You love on Simone and try to pet the other cats.
20. You drove like crazy to try to get Spouncer to the vets when he got ran over.
21. You work hard.
22. Crazy hard.
23. Harder than any guy I know. (Except my dad. You're tied with him.)
24. You surprise me with Sonic drinks sometimes.
25. You drove into town to buy me ice cream when my throat was sore.
26. You do helpful things all the time.
27. You only grumble about it sometimes.
28. You like my family.
29. You spend time with my family.
30. You only grumble about it sometimes. =)
31. You look sexy driving a tractor.
32. You take the kids on tractor rides.
33. You do all kinds of things with the kids.
34. You give the best hugs.
35. You make me feel safe.
36. You make me feel loved.
37. You make me feel cared about. (Yes... those are different things.)
38. You tell me I'm beautiful... even when I don't believe you.
39. You said yes to the Christmas dance 20 years ago. (20 years?!)
40. You said yes to forever...  in a church... 16 years ago... in front of our family and friends.
41. You meant it.

So many more things I could say about this guy of mine.
Yes, I could make a list of things that irritate me. Or annoy me. Or make me roll my eyes.
But that's not a good list to make.

I'm blessed. I'm grateful. I'm spoiled.
I'm so very happy that he's mine.
He may not be perfect, but he's perfect for me.
And I hope I get to spend another 41 years with him. (At least!)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

new business.

So the new business I started... actually started in April. But it really took off this summer. 
I mean REALLY took off. 
In July I did 9 parties in 16 days. And one of them was in Dallas. Each party averages about 4 hours, not including the time I spend at home. 
So, yeah... it was a bit busy. But a good busy. 

So... along with wife, mom to 3 kids, and 1st grade teacher, I've added Norwex Independent Sales Consultant to my list of job titles. It's been fun... definitely different than how I spend most of my days (surrounded by little people)... and it's easy to "sell" something that you believe in. 

"Improving quality of life by radically reducing 
chemicals in our home" 

About 90% of your house can be cleaned using these cloths. And water. For real. 
(Actually, you could just use two of them. But dusting is way more fun with the dusting mitt.) 

I sold a crate full of cleaners like this on a Buy/Sell/Trade site this summer. I just don't need them anymore.

Cleaning windows has never been faster or easier. Two cloths. No streaks. Even my kids can do it. (And they do!)

Everyone needs an Envirocloth. It's pretty amazing what this one little cloth can do.

Corey was pretty sure our glass top stove was never going to look the same after I let a pot boil over.

One hostess had spent hours trying to clean her stove burner... using all kinds of things. I had it clean in about 2 minutes. 

This hostess wanted me to get her brown grout back to it's original tan color. She was shocked to find out her grout was actually white!

Smore's a couple times this summer made our marshmallow roasters look not so pretty.

My wood floors are loving this mop. (Although I'm continually disgusted/embarrassed by how dirty my floors are!) Welcome to life in the country. With 3 kids. And a giant dog.

No harsh chemicals in any of these specialty cleaners! You and your kids can be around them worry free!

 3 different kinds of detergent. Which one would you rather use? 

I only used the Fruit & Veggie cloth on two of the apples. Can you tell which ones? 

The Fed Ex guys and I got to be good friends this summer... 

And our big kitchen island is proving to be useful for more than just cooking and eating.

I've slowed way down since school started. I said I was going to limit myself to only 3 or 4 parties each month. (So far I've done 4-5 parties each month and have been booking parties 2 months in advance.) So things have slowed down, but it's still been busy. I've had a handful of people join my team now, too, which has been fun, too.

You can check it out here: www.AmyJones.Norwex.Biz or you can email me or comment with any questions.

If making cleaning faster, easier, more fun and making it so you don't have to clean as often sounds good to you... we should talk! =)

{And... for those of you that were worried... no plans to quit teaching anytime soon.} =)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

farm girl.

 Possibly one of my favorite pictures from this year...

My little farm girl... in her fancy dress.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

gretchen {age 4.}

This little miss is going to be 5 in a little over a month. 
And there are some things I want to remember about her at age 4... 

You love to go to the library and ride on the "alligator." There's only like 5 steps to get to the children's level, but taking the alligator (elevator) is more fun. 

One of your favorite shows is "Curious the George." Not "Curious George," you always put a THE in there.

You are definitely my outdoor girl. You love to be outside.

You're pretty adorable when you're helping your daddy.

Especially when you're wearing your fancy dress...

You are a perfect mix of girly girl and outdoor girl.

You love to have your fingers and toenails painted. And no matter how many times you hear me call it nail polish, you always call it "pail nolish."

This bench is one of your favorite places to play. You've spent hours here since we moved in... playing, standing in the window and using it as your stage or drawing at the table.

Lawson is (usually) one of your favorite people.

I love to see the two of you play together. You were blessed with a really good big brother.

You've got a pretty great big sister, too. You love to play Barbies with her. She's so good to you. (Most of the time.)

Your pink cowboy boots are one of the best things we ever bought you. They are getting too small for you and you've already asked me to put brown cowboy boots on your birthday list. 

One of your favorite movies is "Spicle D'Me" (also know as Despicable Me).

Up until a few months ago you still called mermaids "mer-man-aids." See? That's why I don't correct things. Just like I knew Lawson wouldn't go to kindergarten still calling gorillas "bu-gillas." I just enjoy it while it lasts. =)

You fall down inside the house a lot. Probably because you are usually running or skipping or hopping. We can always tell if you are hurt right away, though. Usually you jump up and holler, "I'm okay!" If you are hurt, it's a long, drawn out, "Owieeeeeee!"

You became rather fond of toast with Nutella this summer...

One day this summer I was standing in front of the trash can in the kitchen. You walked over, swatted me on the hip and said, "Move out da' way." I laughed too hard to discipline you. (And now we all say that pretty often.) 

Daddy singing the "Bubble Guppies" song can still make you smile and laugh every time.

You don't like it when Daddy's face gets scratchy. Too many whit-skers.

You are my best little laundry folder. Seriously. Towels, especially.

You give me high-fives all the time. Usually just right in the middle of supper or randomly as I'm walking past you.

You love to draw. And your drawings are some of my absolute favorites.

Your writing is my favorite, too. I find random letters or your name written on pieces of paper everywhere. You love to stick them on the fridge, too.

You have kind of taken over the dining room table. We hardly ever eat out there, so it's perfect for you and your play-do and crayons and makers.

As a result, this is what our dining room table looks like 99.8% of the time. (And possibly the kitchen table, too. You like to spread your work out.)

You are still our easiest, most compliant little person. We have started to see a little bit of a stubborn streak in you on occasion, but it's rare. Usually just the threat of time out or an early bedtime is enough. 

You recently had a nail painting party after you went to bed one night. That wasn't my favorite. A couple nights later it was craft paint. You were banned from sleeping in the craft room after that. Good thing you're cute.

You are one of the sweetest and smartest little 4 year olds I know, Gretchen Jane. And I really can't believe that you are almost 5. We are so very blessed to call you ours.