“Siblings are the people we practice on, the people who teach us about fairness and cooperation and kindness and caring – quite often the hard way.”– Pamela Dugdale
In case the title confused you-no I don't have 16 personalities. I don't think so anyway! A few semesters ago I had a technology related class in which we had take different personality tests and then use that information to create a slideshow about ourselves. I think everyone in the class thought that the 16 personalities test were the most accurate and almost creepy because they were so spot on. I decided randomly to take the tests again and I was surprised that mine had changed a little bit. I think that I have changed as a person since then so my responses may have reflected that. I think everyone should take this test because it helps you learn more about yourself and kind of explains why you do the things you do. The results of the test can help you identify which careers might be suited to you, how your relationships work, how you parent, etc. And for no other reason than it's interesting! I'll try to get the link to work at the bottom. Happy Friday!!
These are my results:
Personality type: “The Mediator” (INFP-A)
Individual traits: Introverted – 52%, Intuitive – 63%, Feeling – 82%, Prospecting – 77%, Assertive – 60%.
Strategy: Confident Individualism
Link to your profile: https://www.16personalities.com/profiles/588c06d9716b6
A couple of weekends ago the girls had the pleasure of serving a meal at the Ronald McDonald House in Nashville with the Girl Scouts. We had planned to spend the weekend with their Aunt Vickie the weekend before but it had snowed so it worked out perfectly to stay the same weekend.
We left when the girls got out of school on Friday. I stopped and got a couple of Redbox movies and they each got a personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut. Hannah had earned one at school doing the AR program. She was very proud of herself and we were very proud of her too. There were hardly any stars/light visible the whole drive and it felt like we got there in the middle of the night even though it was only around 7:00 p.m. The girls had brought lots of their toys from home and played with Vicki's dogs and their toys until bedtime.
The girls got up at their regular time-waaay to early-so I went to the grocery store and got all the supplies we needed to make the desserts we were taking that night for the dinner. The girls had fun playing with their cousin Brayden.
The girls helped me make saltine toffee, lemon bars and peach cobbler.
Makayla went with her Nana and Vicki shopping while Hannah and Bella went to RMH. First, we donated all the items we had brought the house had requested. Then we made spaghetti and set up the dinner for guests of the house. I thought it was very neat that the parents of the twin girls in the picture had stayed at RMH when they were born premature. I know that this was special to their parents.
Afterward, we got a tour of the house. I feel so honored that the girls were able to participate and know that it is a first of many service projects that the girls will do this year with Girl Scouts and with our family.
When we left RMH we drove around in the dark because I somehow had forgotten to turn my lights on! It seemed driving in the dark was a reoccurring theme that weekend. My phone was also acting crazy so we couldn't find the restaurant the girls had wanted to eat at, but the three of us finally agreed on an alternative. It was nice to sit and talk with the girls at the restaurant. It can be hard at times to just be able to sit and talk and eat at a restaurant with all three girls because I try to be vigilant that they are behaving and not disrupting other diners. I think that it was different because it was only the two of them and also because they are getting older. I can't definitely tell they are maturing. I missed Makalaya though. I'm glad she was having fun as well. We went back to Vicki's and all went to bed because we were going home in the morning.
It was a great weekend spending time with family and friends and the girls are counting down the days until Vicki's pool is open!!
I technically started writing this on Friday so I'm just going to stick with "Friday Favorites" even though I'm posting it a day late. I've done this before a few times and it's neat to look back and see what the kids and I have had as "favorites"
First up for me: The Happy Planner
I changed planners for the first time in a couple of years and so far I really like it. I went with the Happy Planner after doing a lot of research and have had fun playing around with all of their accessories. It's a little pricier than what I've been using the last couple of years but still cheaper than the Erin Condren planner I used to buy.
Second: STOK Cold Brew Coffee Shot
I make iced coffee almost daily and recently noticed these at Wal-Mart. I bought some to try out and I think they give my coffee just the right kick of extra caffeine. I only use one a day but will definitely keep them on hand.
I've been attending PIYO once a week. I'm not going because I love the class (even though the teacher is a sweetheart) as much as I NEED the class. I'm so stiff most of the time and need the extra stretching. I also sweat more in this class than I do after my own workout sometimes. I would much prefer lifting weights but I'm going to make it a point to try some new things this year. There's also sled class at a newly opened gym and I want to try that too!
Last: Karin Slaughter books
I had never heard of Karin Slaughter until last year. I read Pretty Girls and although that book was a bit too much for me I liked her style of writing. Her books are fast paced and she gives you the answer to the question you are asking in your head and puts another one in it's place. I've read some of the Grant County Series but I think my favorite are the Will Trent books. I finished the one above and have already started a new one. I've promised myself to read another author after this one.
Now for the girls!
Their absolute favorite: RUBY!
The girls are crazy about their new dog Ruby. I'm saying their dog even though she is asleep in my lap as I type this because I told my dad NO to the dog. I do not want another dog but she is very sweet and the girls have been "helping". She is a Blue Heeler and they are my favorite breed. My parents had a Blue Heeler named Girl and she was the best dog ever..I hope Ruby follows in her footsteps!
Next up: Girl Scouts
The girls have really enjoyed Girl Scouts. Bella and Hannah recently got to participate in a service project with GS and have fun with their troop when we have meetings. I hope this is something that the girls continue for a long time.
All of the girls are so crazy about Barbies. They love Barbies, Barbie clothes, Barbie Dreamhouse, etc. Makayla likes nothing better than playing with her Barbies all by herself. Bella and Hannah prefer having someone else to play with them when they play Barbie. I have learned a lot (good and bad) about how I am as a mother by eavesdropping on them playing. There's always a mom, dad, sister, etc when they are playing.
Barbie has come a long way since I was a little girl. They have different body styles and there's basically a different Barbie for any interest your child can have. I found this article interesting about Barbie
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is treating you well so far. We rang in the New Year with some great friends and 4 out of the 6 kids above actually made to midnight. Makayla snuggled up with her Uncle Nephthali on the couch and was out in minutes and Grant decided the movie I put on at 10:00 wasn't that interesting. We had a really fun New Year's Eve and I can't think of a better way to spend it!
Pierre had an errand in Nashville on NYE so I let the girls pick a place to eat before the movie and they picked CiCi's Pizza. Maybe not my first pick but they were happy! My mom decided to go with us.
After pizza we picked up a few supplies for our party later on and met up with the Spears boys at the movies. All the kids were so excited to see Sing!
The movie was great and all the kids enjoyed it. Next up: Starbucks for me(to help me through the night..lol) and back to my house for some Minute to Win It Games.
The first game was probably the most fun. Bella and Makayla wore shower caps with shaving cream on top. I divided the kids into two teams and then each team had one minute to throw as many cheese curls that they could on their teammates head. The kids laughed the whole time so it was worth all the cheese curls on my floor:)
The second games had the kids using straws to move marshmallows from one bowl to another as quickly as they could. This games was fun too but we didn't have winners just fun!
The next game was glow in the dark ring toss. This was hard to get a picture of but it was just ring toss with glow rings! The ring toss was one at a time so my mom had the kids playing with balloons in the kitchen when it wasn't their turn. I'm very lucky she was here to help with the games!!
The last game we all played involved putting vaseline on your nose and moving cotton balls from one bowl to another. I wasn't sure that all the kids would want to play this game but all but one did!
After games the kids played while I got some snacks ready. Mom left and Pierre and Nephthali got back around this time.
I just made some cheese quesidillas and cut up some fruit and vegetables. I also had some marshmallows, cheez its and black olives. Oddly enough, the olives were a hot commodity and gone fairly quickly.
It was 10:00 by this time so I got a "cheers" ready for the kids. Their choice was Sprite or Shirley Temple.
We did a countdown to the New Year and they made a lot of noise!
After our countdown I put on a movie and the kids got ready for bed. It was such a fun night and I hope that the kids had as much fun as I did.
The next morning Owen was not taking no for an answer; Owen wanted ihop and nothing was going to stop him. So to Ihop we all went. We also met Michael and Amber there. They did a great job considering most of them had been up so late. They were all up before 8:00 a.m. by the way. :)
Happy New Year!
This is the first year that I did not cook a single thing for Thanksgiving. I taught Insanity that morning and then we went out to eat with my parents. Although, it was different than what we normally do there was 0% stress. Well, except for the fact my parents showed up at my house an hour early and I had to rush and finish getting dressed and getting the girls ready.
The day before Thanksgiving the girls were out of school so we went to the gym and a few stores and stopped in and visited Pierre at work. Hannah had been asking to get beads to put in her hair and we finally found some at the Dollar Tree! I still haven't put them in her hair but at least now we have them. These are called Squeezy beads and they are flexible so I assume they would be more comfortable to sleep in.
We also bought foam rollers to do the girls hair. I washed their hair and rolled their hair up the night before so they could sleep in the rollers. I remember doing this to my hair as a kid and always loved it!
In the rush to get ready I didn't get an after picture of their hair but it turned out great and we will definitely roll their hair again. It was something different and special for them.
Here are a few pictures after we got home from Thanksgiving dinner.
We also put up our tree on Thanksgiving.
We had a wonderful, laid back Thanksgiving and for that I'm thankful!!
When people really get on my nerves I try to picture them as a baby. As weird as that sounds it helps me to empathize with them and most of the time it will lessen my annoyance.
Just like every single person on earth starts out as a helpless infant we each have our own unique story. We all have different experiences, beliefs, personalities that shape the person we become.
Lately, I have been following the blog Rory Feek writes titled This Life I Live -Scenes from one man's extraordinary, ordinary life. He is one-half of the traditional country music duo Joey and Rory. They used to have a show on RFD tv that I watched with my dad. If you have seen the news lately you know that his wife Joey is nearing the end of her fight with cancer. The way they have handled it is truly touching and it has made me strive to live a better life. To make my story great. To make my story one that would make God proud. Putting the most important things first.
If you haven't heard this song then you should listen to it and you will know what I am talking about.
I hope that if you have some time you will read a little about Joey and Rory because I think that it will also inspire you to make YOUR story a great one. And to end this post I want to share a few things the Dachoutes have been up to lately.
"I'm enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world".
Today the girls were out of school for the weather.
I had a lot of plans to get "stuff" done today. My plans will have to wait until another day... along with my sanity.
Now some things we love...
Popeye! The girls watched Popeye while they were in the van today and they laughed and kept telling me about the funny things he was doing. It's probably not the most educational show but they love Popeye and I remember watching it as a child too. My mom bought them the DVD a while back and they laugh every time.
Kinetic sand!! All three of the girls have really enjoyed playing with this but I have to say it's better for kids a little older..I would say 4 and up. Makayla just turned 3 and she has ate it and mostly thrown it around the room. They got the sand shown in the picture and purple sand that came with a tray and molds...they have had a lot of fun with the molds. Bella used the molds to make a cat..and I think she did a great job.
Friends!! The girls had so much fun playing with the "boys". They really enjoyed playing Just Dance.
Cute cousins!!! Caiti is such a cutie and always has a big smile on her face!
Silly faces. Makayla does this all the time and I have no idea why...but I do laugh every.time.
Beautiful views! This is a picture taken on the way to my parent's house.
Selfies with Hannah. I think I need to make Hannah a book with all of them.
My girls are a lot of work but they are so much fun and I'm so grateful for all of the time I get to spend with them.