I feel bad, blogging our Valentine's Day activities from half a month ago!! I am THAT behind. Oops! BOGO week was such a blessing and a busy time, so I am giving myself some grace. So many of you joined our Oil Team and I am so excited about that! :)
So for Valentines Day this year, we had a date night earlier in the week at a restaurant called Sky Bistro. Oh my word, it was amazing!
Dale and I got fixed up to meet my brother Chad, sis in law Lauren and step momma, Drea for a FUN night out on the town!
My pixie grow out is going ok, but not great....so I had to quick think of a way to pin back the akwardly long short sides. (does that even make sense? different blog for a different day)
The menu was phenomenal! Upscale asian food, and because of a mix up on our fried rice, we got a FREE dessert platter of bread pudding and some kind of funnel cake fries with drizzle. Mmmm!
My funny little Valentines and the love of my life, hid love notes all over the RV for me to find. Precious! 😍🍓
4 Oaks Academy students attended their second ever, fancy lunch for their Valentine's Day party, and they loved every minute of it....I sent them out to work and play and got started with food prep.
The restaurant was the oh so fancy "La Cruiset a la Rv Désirer". (None of us actually knew what they meat except fancy cuisine in the desired RV, but it sounded ritzy.)
Dale and I carefully set the table, poured the bubbly, and went to see if there was a line at the door for lunch service....yup!
On the kids' assigned spots was a clue, as to where their valentines treat was hidden, around the RV.
The menu included: (you have to read it in a fancy french voice)
*Mini tea sandwiches in both egg salad & cream cheese cucumber dill
*Veggie a la raw (you had to take one of every color, chefs orders)
*Raspberry lemonade jigelette
*Le Puffs of de Cheese
There was a Strawberry Creme Tarte next to each plate, and a glass of Cranberry Bubbly.
Prayer and then CHEERS!! Time to eat!
They sure had some crazy wait staff! One of the waiters even got fired I hear! 🤣😂 (Several times.)
Riiiight, Dale Ferguson?!
After they went on their scavenger hunt for their chocolate hearts (no pics, sorry) it was arts and crafts time!
Last surprise was the Valentine's Olympics!!!! ☀️
First event: Relay Run
Race to rake leaves till the pile is as high as your ankle, run to tag your partner.
Partner has to find a silver torch (spoon), poked in the ground before proceeding.
Run "torch" to your awaiting team and together run with it and clang swing handle.
Second event: Water Relay
Using a spoon or lid, run relay style to fill up your measuring cup.
Fullest at the end of 2 minutes - wins!
Girls pulled the Gold at the last minute by 1/4 a cup.
Third event: Partner Color Guard
Link arms with partner and never let go.
Race from color to color as they are hollered out by the announcer.
You must both touch the color!
So hysterical to watch them, they loved it! :)
My thoughtful kiddos begged to get Grammy a Valentine gift so she would feel happy on Valentine's Day too......look what they picked out!
They displayed it on the table so she was sure to see it as SOON as she got home. :)
It was a happy Valentines Day, all the way around....
What are oils?
How do they work?
And how the heck do I use them?
How can I get a $100 SHOPPING SPREE?
Watch this Natural Solutions Class I recorded on FB Live the other day, and learn ALLL about it! :)
(Deals are valid through Feb 28)
Print or download paperwork to a second device and follow along:
((You can fast forward first part where I am waiting for everyone to hop on))
Watch and comment.
Hugs, T xoxo
My Ty Guy is 11?! How is that even possible?
We have always let the birthday kid be the king or queen of the day, lounging while everyone does their chores, getting to pick the meal of the day, the dessert...all of it.
Thank goodness, because that has been an easy thing to maintain in our RV life!
The kids decided King Tylan shouldn't have to do his own hair either......
We also like to focus on EXPERIENCES not STUFF! We did make an exception this year because Ty is super into legos, and doesn't have many. Easy to pack along in the RV and big time on sale at a closing Kmart.
Everyone wins!!! :)
Someone VERY ornery in our family, also decided to wrap up something extra special for him......
The Kindle he had misplaced a few days ago! Hahaha, his face!!!!
Since we are currently living in Florida, Ty wanted his Uncle Chad, Auntie Lauren and the cousins to come join us for dinner.....
He picked a GIANT 30 inch pizza from 5 Star Pizza, and mom insisted on a salad.
There is this amazing local bakery called Betty Cakes, oh my heavens!
I have never ever tasted a more moist cake! Double layer, white frosting in the middle and on top and then this luscious chocolate ganache poured over.
Birthday boy was happy! :)
But when he opened up his gift, Uncle Chad was not......
HEY! Lauren, I wanted that one!!!!!!!!!!!!
Avery's gift to Ty, was that she spent the last week learning how to play Happy Birthday on the keyboard so she could play while we sang to him. SO special!
Happy 11th Birthday to my Ty-guy! ☺
This miracle baby, all grown up, is such a joy to my heart. You are kind, gentle and loving. I love that you are SUCH a bookworm and we have go to the library 2 times for you to our every one.
I love how you love to be a gentlemen and pitch in. You've done that since you were old enough to run ahead and get the door. You are smart as a whip, and do so well in school. You infectious giggle reminds us of your Papa Clay.
You have the biggest grin and an even bigger heart.....♥️
Happy birthday buddy, today we celebrate YOU!
Love, Momma xoxo
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I am so sorry its been so quiet here before this week, I find myself at a loss for words, and participating in a time of quiet reflection, pulling inward quite a bit. I suppose that is healthy and good, right? I just have some guilt for not coming to hang out with you as often. I have had all kinds of blogs floating around, just didn't write, schedule or upload them.
We have been here in Florida a month now, and its not as hard as it first was. The first day we pulled in, I laid in the back bedroom for a long time before I could even step into the front of the RV with all its big windows looking out. My heart was longing for him out there, waving excitedly from the front door as we pulled in, just like years past.
In fact, I pretty much cleaned the whole house, dripping tears everywhere I went, before I could step foot ouside. We had a little whoopsie that dropped me to my knees:
Check out my 4 month old laptop. During travel it slid back, still in the case, and nestled perfectly between the slide out and the wall. Needless to say, we were all a little out of sorts, and no one checked like we usually do, before sliding it out.
Tear tears tears. So many tears that day! I told satan to LEAVE US ALONE.....
I finally decided to step outside, I was ready.....
It felt like a ghost town.
All his little touches were gone. He was such a tidy person by nature and took pride his little second home. Looking around at the closed up tight apartment, the empty RV that wouldn't be driven on a fun summer trip this year.....
There were leaves everywhere, and we realized for the first time, how much work he did on "our spot" to get it ready for us with its little porch and clean raked yard.
So here we are, living on my daddy's beloved "farm" in central Florida, and missing him everyday. (this is dad and Drea's second home, when they came up from their big house down south by the beach, to work the family furniture store with my brother Chad)
At first being here was salt in the wound, but just a few days in, it became comforting somehow, to be surrounded by a place so "HIM". And you can tell he left thinking he would be traveling back up again....
Shoes by the back door. A tool out on the work bench. An RV waiting for the next trip.
When we sit by the fire in this peaceful spot, in the beautiful cool Florida nights, we know he is happy we came and enjoyed this special space....
We can do it for him. He loved it so much, just like last years time hop showed me.
So here we sit, missing him terribly, thankful for the promise of seeing him again one day...
I know life moves on, and we all will too, but for now, I am embracing every layer, every tearful, hard day and every happy, laughter filled day, with my whole being. Trusting my Abba Father to guide my path, and take my broken heart and make it new.
And maybe someday soon, I will stop glancing up in the window when I walk by, to see if he is inside with his feet up in the afternoon....
So I smile through my tears, because I know my daddy is so happy and healthy up there in Paradise with Jesus.....and he wouldn't come back even if he could.
Our human mind cannot grasp the glory he now lives in everyday.
I just wish he could be here again.....I'd sure have a lot to say.
We were heading to Florida, but we had just a few last stops to make....
In lieu of flowers, we asked the community to donate to my dad's alma mater, Central Christian, instead of flowers. We were THRILLED to find out, that just over $3000 was raised. And it was just the right amount for a much needed new commercial dishwasher for the school kitchen. Theirs no longer worked! That is a big problem!
I am so thankful to all who donated, we'd MUCH rather have the gift that keeps on giving like that, as opposed to flowers that wilt and die. Dad would've been so proud!
I showed the kids his senior photo on the wall while we were there. :)
We needed to make one more VERY important stop on our way out of town....
We wanted to pay our respects and see Papa's resting place. The headstone is ordered and will be up when we get back this summer.
Still doesn't seem real that he isn't waiting for us anxiously in Florida....he was always so full of life and joy!
Our trip to Florida was fairly uneventful. We took it extra slow, and stopped more than usual.
A celery spill from a semi that wrecked, that held us up and extra hour......
Ranch dressing, anyone?
OH! And a gas station exercise session outside leads to a jackpot for Destiny - $100!
We make the kids do stretches, yoga and RUN RUN RUN when we stop for gas. This gas station had a HUGE hill down to a nasty drainage ditch. There was a concrete ramp run off, that was dry, and she was walking up and down it, while the little kids ran around.
She looked over, and down between the concrete blocks, she found this bill that had washed down, who knows when, just stuck there! She had just shared with me that she wished she had spending money, and that it was hard to earn anything while traveling. I told her to pray about it!
Guess what? The LORD answers! :)
We did school like normal while bouncing down the road, and the kids performed "Paul Revere's Ride" by Longfellow....
It was a good travel day!
We took 3 whole days to get down, I didn't want Dale pushing hard, he was too weary. We ALL were!
One morning, our hose froze at the spicket, and poor Sophie could NOT get close enough to the heater vent. Haha!
The closer to Florida, the warmer it got, but the more the butterflies flew in our tummies. ☀️🌴🦋 Staying at a place so full of memories of my dad, a place so HIM, is going to be really really tough. Big reality check for sure!
This next layer of healing is a big one, and I am grateful we never walk alone!
As we holed up in our Kansas apartment during snowy cold, NEGATIVE 20 degree days, we realized quickly our living room needed some additional seating. (And that we needed to go to Florida sooner than later!)
We, in particular, needed some spots that were in front of the fireplace. Its tiny in that living room, and we had to be super careful not to overfill the space, as you have to be able to walk from front door through the living and kitchen bar stool areas to access the staircase.
I ordered some petite blue chairs, site unseen, and hoped for the best. I also found a rainbow rug that made me SWOON! It was like happy rainbows and skittles!
Thank goodness, everything fit just as we hoped. I LOVE IT!
The kids hunkered down right away in front of the fireplace with their books on the soft new rug....
Here it is in the daytime:
It's not done yet, I still want to put a little table between the two chairs....and I can't remember if I showed you yet or not, but the banister is done! I love how light it is, I was scared it would close it in, but it didn't. :)
We also moved our travel window wall, and by "WE" I mean Dale. :)
He helped me move it up to the fireplace because it fit the space so nicely up there between the two high windows. I'll show you the dining room wall where it used to be in a sec.
The mantel got a little makeover too! I found this DARLING vintage fabric pennant banner on Etsy. The shop is called "Greenbug Marketplace" and you will LOVE to work with Heather!
My goal this summer, as we travel the east coast, is to go antiquing and fill the gaps and empty walls with AMAZING treasures. Road signs, old games, anything that would be cool in our space.
So the blue church window used to fit here in the dining room, but now that its on the mantel, I was on the hunt for something "FOOD" themed to go there.
Literally, the next week, I found a GEM at our local treasure store. Can you believe how perfect the colors are?
I even found a little menu to prop above my stove! Eeek, so cute. 45 cent burgers, anyone?
If you want to see more of the Retro Apartment, simply use the side catagories (they are at the bottom on a cell phone) to select "Home Sweet Shed" and have at it! :)
Happy Valentines Day! Hope its a great one... <3
We so enjoyed our time in Kansas over Christmas and through the first of the year. Our little apartment feels so safe and quiet, cozy and happy. The perfect place to mourn daddy before facing Florida again.....
This time without him.
Ugh. I can't even....
My heart just aches when I think about. I am taking this time to just be still, reflective and allow the Lord to bring healing.
As the kids and Dale started feeling ready to join in outings and family events again, sweet Dale whispered to me to just stay home, read a book, or take a soak in the tub and just BE STILL.
He knows what I need when I am hurting, and I love him for that.
I got the BEST stack of books read, while we were home! Guilty pleasure! :)
After living in an RV for 2 years with only a shower, the deep soaking tub we put in the apartment is SUCH a great! Even better, I tuck all my empty oil bottles into a cute jar of epsom salt and when I get a scoop, it makes the best smelling bath!
I may have even allowed myself an extra indulgence or 5.... ;) Have you ever put cocoa pebbles in your ice cream? MMmm Mmm amazing!
So is homemade cocoa with heavy whipping cream and high quality cocoa powder! Mmm
The Father knows my heart and He knows how much I have missed seeing snow, all cozied up in the house by the fire with a blanket and a good book. It hasn't snowed in our small Kansas town for several years now, and it DID, like THREE TIMES when we were there. Praise Jesus for my Winter Wonderland!
It was BITTER cold, like -20 with windchill some days, so we cuddled inside, stayed in our jammies, and played games and family wii. (kids Christmas gift for the apartment this year)
My photography friend texted and asked if she could get some shots of Destiny in the snow. She had been waiting 3 years for a nice snow to shoot in, and it finally came! We of course, said yes!
Here are the images. Heavinly Blessings Photography, by Heather Schlatter if you are in the area. I worked with Heather a ton before we moved, she does such a good job!
I just have to say, that I am so thankful that the Lord gave us the urgency to finish our apartment this summer, even when we didn't understand why we wanted to finish it so badly. After all, it had sat unfinished, and empty, except for our stored items, for 2 whole years! Just sitting there waiting for us to have the gumption and finances to finish it. Now it all makes sense.....
We needed a safe place to come home to, a place to host our Florida family that flew in for a Christmas funeral. A place to be still and heal. A place to call home in that community.
I am so in awe of my Heavenly Father, and how He cares for even the smallest (biggest) details of my life!
As we were in the apartment more, we realized quickly, that our living room needed some additional seating. Spots that were in front of the fireplace, not beside it, like the couch. Its tiny in there, and we had to be super careful not to overfill the space.
I found THE blue chairs to fit the bill....and a couch I wanted super bad, but alas, no room. And it'd be silly to have a backless couch to curl up on, we'd fall out! ;)
But that's another post for another day! :)
We made sure we saw all the family, as we prepared to leave again. Kids had friends over, made sushi with our new Sushi Bazooka and just had some fun before closing up shop to head out.
Mom came over one day and we went through a box of old photos.....memory lane!
We went up to Dale's moms restaurant a ton, she is so sweet to feed us lunch. Amazing amazing yummy lunch!!! :)
On our way home, we found my first car in a tiny used car lot downtown!!!! THE '88 Mustang I got from my daddy for Christmas when I was 13. Eeek! I wanted to buy it but its now super duper duper rough and would take like $10k to restore, so we walked away. Darn it!
Wouldn't that have been a cool first car for Destiny?
I got to enjoy a girls night with my BFF, before we loaded up the RV again.....I don't have any photos except the one I sent when she asked how casual I was going. Haha! We literally were talking a mile a minute and didn't take a single picture. OOPS!
We went to our favorite sushi place and had a long fun dinner and then, we saw the BEST movie! The Greatest Showman. Oh it was so good! We went to the new theater in town with cool reclining seats and ate popcorn and candy and all the bad things you shouldn't. ;)
As the days went on, we started feeling the PULL towards Florida. A dread, anticipation and a desire, all at once.
Dale watched the weather closely so we could move out and hit the road between cold fronts. Buses and ice DO NOT mix!
Now it was time to face the hardest part, the new reality awaiting us in Florida. It almost didn't seem real, from so far away, that daddy was actually gone. You *almost* could forget from 1500 miles away in snowy Kansas, because he wasn't part of THAT life if that makes sense?
But it was time, and we knew the Lord would provide the help we needed in this transition....
You are invited to our Oils in the Bedroom class!
Join us TONIGHT in an easy to read class format. It's all done on Facebook, so kick back and enjoy from the comforts of home......
Class is 2 parts, tonight and Tuesday night at 8 pm EST. (Feb 12 and 13)
The pre class FUN has already started!!! Come check it out:
Hugs, T xoxo
Hi blog friends, You are invited to a 2 part Oils in the Bedroom class, Feb 12 & 13th at 8pm EST, from the comfort of your home!!!
This essential oil class is an easy read along format....hope you can attend. I am giving away some awesome prizes and schmexy time recipes! ;)
Join our class page here: www.facebook.com/groups/1876272422702901
For now, watch this sneak peek!
It's an Oils in the Bedroom Mini class I recorded, when I was a guest on a large oil page. Enjoy! I promise I won't make you blush! ;)