Babies and Chaos

Goodbye Grandpa

Today we buried my grandpa. I was planning on writing this great article on his life and accomplishments but now as I sit here I am having trouble thinking of what to write. All I can tell you is that he was a great man who had faults like all of us. But I loved him.

My grandma and myself many, many years ago.

The yound men who performed the military funeral.
Words cannot express how grateful I am to these young men for treating my grandpa with such respect today.

I can tell you that he was 84 years old. He was a veteran of the Korean war. My grandpa had 6 children, 17 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. He was married to my grandma for 62 years, and now when you look her in the eyes you can see that the spark is gone. The spark of love that he kindled in her heart has been dampened. I can tell you that I didn’t cry until they played taps and handed his folded flag to my grandma. I was fortunate enough to see my grandpa a week before he passed away. He was cracking jokes and was in good spirits. I will never ever take that time for granted.

My grandpa Donald Samuel King and my daughter.
The last time I saw my grandpa, this is him with my daughter.

I wish I could tell you more about him but I cannot find the words. How do I describe the feelings in my heart? There is pain, and love, and there is something else but I do not know the words. I am sorry if you wanted to know more about him. I just don’t know what to say. If you want to know something you can ask me and I will do my best to answer. Thank you for reading my babbling.

His obituary:

Splash of Comfy Color

So I was recently over at my sister-in-law’s house and she had these gorgeous new pillows on her couch. I just had to know where she got them. Well of course she found them on Amazon. We all know pretty much anything you could ever want you can get on Amazon. Personally as a stay at home mom Amazon is the best place in the world to me. I can shop while Sky nurses and I don’t need to worry about a bra. I know you ladies know how good of a thing that is. And I mean look at these beauties! you want these for yourself just click on the picture and it will take you right to the purchase link!

I just had to share them with all of you.

They are the perfect pop of color and I’m thinking of ordering them for myself.  She recommended going with the 18×18 inserts to make them extra fluffy. Like these ones here: Mybecca 18 X 18 Pillow Insert Sham Square Form Polyester Premium Hypoallergenic Stuffer, Standard / White – MADE IN USA. The extra fluff is definitely worth it, they have been snuggle approved. And can I just say 4 pillows for around 30 bucks? Does it get any better than that?! If it does, I haven’t experienced it. Well hope you find these as adorable as I do and you decide to get them too!

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Apples and Oranges

So I am sure you have all seen the videos going around about the parents who pulled terrible “pranks” on their kids for YouTube views. I put pranks in quotation marks because these went way further than any prank ever should. This is like the difference between toiletpapering a house and spray painting it.

If you want to watch the abuse click on the link above, but I must tell you it is awful. I was only able to watch about a minute of it before I had to stop. I cannot take when people are treated poorly. The only good that came out of this situation is that the children were taken away from their father and put into emergency custody with their birth mother.

Now we don’t know if this will be permanent or what will happen but it is a start. Things like this make my heart ache, not just for these children but the children who are suffering in silence. I would like to just take a moment to tell you all that you are the voice for children who have no voice. If you ever feel that something is not right please, please, please follow your instincts and tell someone.

While this whole thing has been going on and you see everyone condemning these parents (which I totally agree with btw) I am also see all these women bullying other women. Most prominently this new picture of the Olsen twins where they are not looking their greatest. I know they are in the public eye and that invites this type of criticism but honestly as grown adults don’t you think we should be trying to make a kinder world? Just because they are celebrities does not give us a free pass to be nasty. Just because they might not see our individual comment does not mean it is ok.

I must admit I am not a saint when it comes to talking about other people but I am trying to make a conscience effort to not be a bucket dipper. If you don’t know what a bucket dipper is, it is a thing to teach to children about how everyone has a bucket and we should be aiming to make it overflow with compliments and positive words but every time we are mean or hurtful we are dipping from their bucket. How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids is a great book to teach children and ourselves about being a bucket filler rather than a bucket dipper.

Now I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea and think that I am comparing this child abuse to this bullying, it is like comparing apples and oranges but you see they are both fruits. If we want our children to be kind adults who would never laugh at this type of thing then we need to show them that no form of hate is ok.



Where did spring go?

What. The. Actual. F**k. Ok who pissed off mother nature because it is snowing, April 26th and it is snowing. Not just a little flurry, the ground is literally covered in snow. I mean look at this crap.


Last week it was in the 60’s and beautiful, now it is snowing for the second time this week. I had to turn the heat on in the house and my husband is using this to fuel his argument for moving somewhere warm. Don’t get me wrong, I love snow, just not in April. It is spring’s turn winter, you’re not wanted here! I need to clean and I like to have my windows open when I clean, it’s like the warm air gives me energy that I desperately need. Well I can’t really open the windows when its only 29 degrees outside. I need a solid 45 to open these windows (I am a North Dakota girl after all). Well I guess I better get cleaning anyway, lots to do and only a few days to do it. Anyone else struggle to get going when the weather is crappy?

I do have to say that even though the snow stinks there are still some beautiful parts, I guess it’s kind of like life in that way.

Taken today by Erin, used with her permission.

Cooking to Quiet the Mind

I mentioned in my last post about how cooking makes me feel happy, for me it is a huge de-stresser. So last night for our family dinner I decided to make homemade pizza. I even made the crust from scratch, mainly from necessity, but I did it! I found the recipe for the crust on, I got to say it was pretty good. Next time I am definitely going to add some spices to the dough though. It had a really good texture but the taste was just a little blah. I also had only half the olive oil the recipe called for this time so I used half vegetable oil. That may have affected the taste a little bit but hey a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. I swear we are always running out of something around here, be it olive oil or money lol. But anywho the dough turned out awesome, I mean look at that beauty!

Usually when I make dough (which may or may not come from a little box) it gets all over my dang hands when I try to roll it out. I don’t know about you but I hate when my hands get sticky, it drives me batty. This did not stick to my hands at all. I just slid it right off the dough hook and was so easy to roll out on the pizza stone (thank you little brother for the wedding present!). It was my first time using a pizza stone and I must say there is a bit of a learning curve. I am hoping to get a pizza peel soon so next time I can heat up the stone in the oven and then put the pizza on to get a crisper crust. This time I rolled out the pizza directly on the stone with some cornmeal to prevent it from sticking, it worked but it wasn’t ideal. Sure looked good though (at least in my opinion).

My years working at Pizza Hut are finally good for something!!

It was a hit with our family, my husband kept saying he wanted more. I will be making this again in the future and I think next time we will get a little more creative with the toppings (can you say veggies?!). It was also a hit with my soul to make this. Yeah that sounds a little hippy dippy but honestly when I am in the kitchen everything calms down. It is my favorite thing to do when I just can’t deal with life anymore. What is your thing that you do to calm your mind? Do you read? Draw? Scream? Sing? Exercise? Sexercise? Meditate? Pray? What is your thing? Everyone has one and if you are having trouble with an over excited mind I encourage you to find you mind niche. Let me know in the comments what you have found that helps. Buh bye for now!


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