Archer County Rodeo June 17, 2017


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Saturday we had a fun family day and started it out with the Archer County Rodeo Parade.  My son came home with more candy from this small parade than he did for Halloween!  He was super excited over the Rodeo Royalty on horses!!

We decided to try him out doing the Mutton Bustin’.  If you are unfamiliar with this it is where the kids ride sheep.  At first he said he didn’t want to do it, but I am not the good parent that accepts no.  So we went to the sheep and it took a lot of trying to get him to pet the sheep.  I believe they are twins, but a girl and boy really helped him get used to the sheep.  I am forever grateful to these two for the kindness they showed my son.

After watching several children ride the sheep first my son was ready to go.  His first ride was .66 seconds, so I was really proud of him!  He cried when he first fell off and at first I thought he was hurt, but it turned out it was more his pride than the physical pain.  You can see the video on You Tube, please click the link below.

Joey Michael Moore – Mutton Bustin’

While he was crying one of the Rodeo Queens walked over to talk to him.  After she finished talking to him, they high fived and he was smiling once again.  Then he asked me if he could do it again!! (This was a proud mommy moment)

They play music during the rodeo and my son couldn’t stand (or sit) still.  Here is just one of the many videos of him getting his dance on!  You can watch it on You Tube too, please click the link below.

Joey Michael Moore – Dancing

We bought tickets for the Bowie Rodeo and hoping we can make it this weekend!

Hope you had a great weekend!

Journal Update 6-16-2017


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I haven’t updated in awhile because it seems my life is in slow motion and nothing is coming together very fast.  I have lots of doors surrounding me, but not sure which one will unlock first.

Husband Update:

He is still having pain from his kidney stone and yesterday we went to see the doctor.  He said it is still to big to pass and he has to go back in to have it blasted again.  I hope it works this time!

Dad Update:

Dad found out his motorcycle is about to be totaled.  We had planned to get a house together, but he was not able to get a VA loan since he had to many bills.  So I suggested that after they finish totaling the bike he try again for a VA loan.  Yes, my real intention is to keep him off a bike for as long as possible.  This is his second accident and I don’t think he needs to be on another one!  I am completely tapped out so if he asked me to do it I would have to decline!

House Update:

We wanted to buy the house right next door to my aunt.  It would need a ton of work, but located by my aunt was a great location.  The woman selling sounded very interested in selling it, but when I talked to her this past week she decided she was in no hurry to sell.  It could be today she decides for 5 years from now.  This option is lowest on the list.

If dad chooses a house over a motorcycle than we will move back by him, but he is to much about have a bike that I don’t think he will pick a house, so I am putting this option low on the list too!

The other option is to rent up here and continue paying off bills and saving money and buy something up here.  I would need to pay off the place my dad is living before I could buy anything by myself.


I haven’t started anything new recently.  I just keep buying craft items with no real direction.  I am thinking maybe I have to much uncertainty in my life to be to crafty.  I am hoping the inspiration will come back, but till then I will surf other people’s craftiness until I find my own again!

6-1-2017 Journal Update


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I am a day late posting, but yesterday was a crazy start to the month!

Kidney Stones:

Last month, the day before my vacation started, my husband got deadly ill and I had to take him to the Emergency room.  His right kidney had swollen to twice it’s normal size due to a kidney stone that had caused a severe infection from being too big.  They put a stint in between the kidney and the bladder with the hopes it would help pass the kidney stone.

Unfortunately that did not work so we had to go back to the doctor yesterday to get the kidney stone in the right kidney blasted.  My husband said it made him feel so much better, but now he feels like he has been in a fight and lost.  Now we wait for all the little pieces to pass and hope the kidney stone that he has in the left kidney passes too.

I was told to have him use lemon and limes in his water to help dissolve them.  I do not know if it will work, but going to try it anyways.  I told him we needed to work on eating and drinking healthier to assist in preventing this from happening in the future.


Cotton Patch Restaurant in Wichita Falls, TX

After my husband was released for the hospital we were extremely hungry so decided to try out a new restaurant.  We went to the Cotton Patch Restaurant in Wichita Falls, TX.  The service was pretty good and the food was home-style cooking.  We enjoyed it and the price was right.  Was under $28 for both of us.  It will definitely be a place we go to again in the future.

Birthday Lottery Cakes


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I learned a major lesson last month, communication is key!  Make sure what you sell is clearly posted with very good description and to ask if someone has a photo of what they want!

I posted the graduation lottery cake I did on a few local Facebook selling groups and offered to make and sell for any occasion.  A lady contacted me and said she wanted more of a girly one.  So I went and got the supplies and made 3 different lottery ticket cakes.  She let me know that was not what she wanted so finally I asked for a photo.  She sent it to me and then it clicked she wanted a real cake.

Lesson learned but still had a great time making the lottery cakes.  What do you think?

Graduation Lottery Cake


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I wanted to make my daughter something special for graduation other than the blanket so I made her a graduation lottery cake.  She may not when anything but gives her a chance to win something big!  Who doesn’t like the anticipation of scratching off a lottery ticket.

Since she used to love being in band I used some music sheet paper and cut it to fit the top of each Styrofoam circle.  I then hot glued the paper onto the Styrofoam.  I also glued the small one to the center of the large one.  Then I used one of the graduation hats from party city and glued it to the top and filled it with quarter chocolate to match her school colors.  I put the ribbon around to hide the edges of the paper and to decorate the top edges of the Styrofoam circle.  I then pined the lottery tickets around the cake.  I added some charms and a necklace to it to add more of a personal touch.


5-20-2017 Journal Update


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The roller coaster ride is still continuing….


Wednesday my sister, son and I went to dinner since my husband wasn’t feeling good.  When I got home he was curled up on the couch and looked sick.  All the signs pointed to something serious so I forced him against his will to go to the Emergency Room.  He was running a temp of 103.1 and said his whole body hurt.  At this point he has been sick for about a week, but he kept claiming it was nothing serious and at first I believed him.  So then they did xrays and a cat scan on him and found he had two kidney stones, one in each kidney.  The one on the right was twice as big as the one on the left side.  It became extremely infected since the kidney stone is way to big.  So they admitted him to the hospital and sent him to a bigger hospital.  He got a stint to go from his kidney to his bladder and was sent home the next day.  He goes back at the end of the month so they can see if enough of the infection has gone away in order to do surgery to break up the kidney stone so he can pass it.  They said if he didn’t come in when he did that he could have died from the infection.  Extremely scary and it forced me to get ugly with my husband and tell him he needed to start doing regular doctor visits or else!

New Car:

I went to Patterson’s in Wichita Falls, TX and was approved for a 2015 Kia Forte.  I absolutely love it and was so happy to get approved on my own.  Since I was having issues getting to the car lots to look for a car I just called the dealership and told them I was looking for the newest, most dependable car for under $300 a month.  Gave them my application information and they picked it out and was able to locate the financing for me.  I have bad credit so I was extremely excited!


I am still living with my sister but we decided to not let the property in Winnie go, but I still refuse to move back to it.  My aunt is trying to help me get the house next to hers and if I can I will move into it.  Hopefully I find something soon because living with people is not something I enjoy doing.  I will keep you posted on the status as I learn more.


Right now we are focused on getting my husband better and finding a long term home.  I am hoping to get back to blogging on a more regular basis but I don’t want to commit to something I can’t do.


Happy Mother’s Day!!


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I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day!!! I don’t have any big plans today, just going to take it easy.  I have been working on my daughter’s graduation afghan and her family tree book.  I love the twisted shell border on the blanket.

Still on a Roller Coaster Ride



It has been a few days since I have given an update.  Still on a major roller coaster ride (can’t wait for it to level out some).

The CPS case was finally closed.  They agreed we were victims of retaliation.  I don’t ever plan on having any interaction with my husbands family again!

The 17 acres my dad was wanting to buy fell through (maybe a blessing in disguise).  My aunt decided not to move with us because of her friend and then she messaged me upset because she didn’t want us to move away from her.  The only reason I was wanting to move to south Texas was to be near my aunt and let her be closer to her kids.  So we are now looking at buying closer to my aunt.  Which means we have more options on property and dad can stay with his doctor (which he didn’t want to lose).

I just hope it will still be far enough away from my husbands family!

On to the good news, my daughter’s graduation blanket it coming together nicely.  I finished the green single crochet border and now working on this twisted shell border.  I really love how it is coming out.  I am hoping to be done with the border this weekend and get started on the applique pieces to go on the empty blocks.  I am thinking about taking the first flower my daughter drew me and make that a block.

My foot also seems to be getting closer to healing.  I actually starting to feel like it may stop hurting some day.

5-7-2017 Journal Update


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If your asking yourself what happened to her plan on doing a journal update every day, working on getting healthy, finishing craft projects….That went out the window fast!

My sister’s friend decided to move this weekend and needed some help.  So my husband and I offered to assist.  Assist being the key word.  It turned out that it was mostly just the 4 of us.  All her other friends help was no where to be seen.  We are not exactly A team material.  I am still getting over a foot injury (the pain meds just give me bad dreams) and my shoulder has been acting up.  My sister is having severe hip pain (keep telling her to go to the doctor!) My husband has really bad knees from his football days from high school and they are threating to give out on him.  My brother in law is having shoulder issues to.  Yesterday my husband moved heavy stuff for about 4 hours alone (beds, dressers, home gym) and then fell off the porch (thankfully he was not hurt!)

I feel like he got overly used especially with the fact we have to move the rest of our stuff at the end of the month and move my dad’s stuff (with no help).  I know it is unchristian like, but our days of helping people move is over.  It is too much to ask someone to do and not sure if we have it in us to do it again.

Thankfully they found someone else today to finish with the washer and dryer and the last couple of dressers!!

Other than moving, I had to pay my dads bills for him.  I use his money but pay every bill personally.  I never realized how old that gets.  It is easier though to pay his bills than to clean up after him.  Although if everything works out will be back to cleaning up after him in 3-6 months!

Dad has a meeting with the relator tomorrow to see if he can use his VA loan or has to do a traditional loan to get the 17 1/2 acres in South Texas.  It is a 4 bedroom home and if he gets it we will be moving back to South Texas to help him pay the mortgage on it.  Once it is paid off dad is going to make me co-owner of it.  That will then hopefully be our last move!

Today I am resting and tomorrow I will try again to start reaching for my goals.  Hopefully everyone has had a great weekend!!

5-2-2017 Journal Update


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Tonight I finished a few more rows on the snow queen blanket.  I am going to have to stop working on it long enough to get the graduation blanket done.  That is my goal tomorrow to make a big dent in the graduation blanket.

Teenage Drama:

My sister and the neighbor across the street have been having issues with their teenage daughters.  I am sitting back shaking my head and thanking God it isn’t my drama to deal with!

New Tomorrow:

Starting tomorrow I am going to start my journey on getting healthier!  I am going to do a daily blog post about it.  I am going to share with you my weight, food, and exercise.  For the first week I am mostly going to work on the food journal.  I still have the injured foot so will have to do research on exercises I can do to deal with it.  Hopefully find things I can include my 3 year old son in.

I hope everyone had an awesome day and looking forward to the new journey I am fixing to start on!