Why I don’t have a blog post on Monday morning…

Here is why I don’t have a blog post written for this dreary Monday morning:

I spent my entire day with Gannon at the University of Iowa Hospitals – here is more on that story here: http://www.thepinkshoelaces.com/2019/10/12/gannons-big-day/

Saturday morning we were up bright and early by 5:30 am. Craig and I had breakfast together before the boys got up. Craig was off to work, I took the boys and we were off! Little did we know we were in for an adventure!

On our way to my sister’s baby shower we stopped at a rescue habitat Fontana Park near Hazleton. Carver was so lucky he got to go to the zoo! It was SO COLD but they had fox, eagle, skunk, raccoon, coyote, and usually they have a black bear!

Mom has posted on the blog about this awesome habitat before! Here’s a link: https://www.joscountryjunction.com/grandma-day/

Carver is checking out the ducks. I’ve never actually seen a fox this close before! It’s such a neat little park.

Then it was on to the farmer’s market to find some fresh produce for mom to eat while she’s on her iodine free diet. Read more on that here: https://www.joscountryjunction.com/the-diet/

Check out this delicious pumpkin casserole! I LOVED IT and mom and I can’t wait to try it this weekend. Will update you guys with the recipe!

Then we kind of sort of ended up stopping at a random library and it happened to be a Halloween themed story hour so we sat and listened to a few books!

How cool was this little hideout in the library? They had such an awesome kid’s room and the staff was so so friendly!

Then it was a quick run to Walmart to buy mom new shoes because hers totally busted out at the library:

Then it was on to the BABY SHOWER for my sweet baby nephew coming in January!

Baby food game! I totally failed – Kayla and Kelli were much better at shower games – I always lose.

Then we flew back home for my friend Mariah’s wedding:

This is my best friend Regan:

Isn’t she lovely? Isn’t she wonderful?

We had such a blast catching up at the wedding while our boys talked farming.

Then this morning I woke up early because I know this next week is CRAZY BUSY and needs lots of prep work.

While I stayed busy there was plenty of snuggling:

Craig’s lunch got packed for the week

The toy room got tidied and organized

My new pillows came in the mail so I got those all set out

Craig our together my new computer desk

I penciled out the schedule for the week

I laid out the boy’s clothes for the week

I made a pan of brownies for Craig’s lunch

I ate most of the pan of brownies I made for Craig’s lunch.

Mountains of laundry got tackled

I did about 3 dishwasher loads of dishes

I did even more laundry

Clothes were sorted folded and put away

I made the worlds fastest meal prep meal: Tator tot casserole

I laid out my clothes for the week

I repacked the diaper bags

Made prime rib for supper

Made Mac and cheese with hotdogs for Carver when the sitter comes tomorrow night

I did even more laundry

Sorted through clinical paperwork

The boys both got baths

Took an inventory of things I need to pick up after work tomorrow night

Listened to just about every Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze podcast that exists

Realized it was 10 pm and that I needed to go to bed to be at work tomorrow

Went to bed and realized I never wrote a blog post

And those are all of the reasons why I don’t have a well thought out blog post for you all this morning!

Please forgive me, I hope this will do!



  1. Phyllis
    October 14, 2019 / 4:16 pm

    Holy cow I can’t imagine a day like that. Slow down!! Wow

  2. Janet R
    October 14, 2019 / 4:21 pm

    You are more than forgiven! I’m just sitting around with my foot in the air and I can’t seem to manage to get anything done, even the things I’m capable of. You were a very busy girl! Productive day, for sure.

  3. Debbie B
    October 14, 2019 / 5:50 pm

    Wow, you are making my head spin. So much energy. God Bless you and all you do. You and your family are very Blessed. Take care of YOU!

  4. Jean
    October 14, 2019 / 7:58 pm

    Wowza, Girl! I have to go take a nap after reading your post! You are amazing…and forgiven!?
    -Jean ❤

  5. Karen P
    October 14, 2019 / 8:15 pm

    Holey moley girl! You remind me of me many years ago. I wish I had half your energy now a days. Some day you will look back on this and remember “the good old days.”

  6. Sherri C
    October 14, 2019 / 9:39 pm

    You (and your Mom) amaze me as you get so much accomplished. Your blog post was just perfect!

  7. Tanya Page
    October 15, 2019 / 12:04 am

    Im tired just reading that lol, hats off to all working mums. I was a stay athome mum and that was tiring enough. You go girl ?

  8. Sue Logan
    October 15, 2019 / 1:03 am

    Your husband should pack his own damn lunch. It’s cute you want to do it, but seriously, he should realize you need him and step up to the plate and help around the house a little.

    • thepinkshoelaces_nobzq1
      October 15, 2019 / 11:44 am

      I love packing his lunch! He was at the farm most of the morning and afternoon getting the combine ready for field work! When he came home I had a list ready for him! I didn’t include all that he did yesterday but he is AWESOME at doing what I ask! When we both have crazy schedules working lots of hours the parenting/housework/cooking/cleaning is 50/50. Craig gets the kids up and dressed and to childcare every morning AND has them alone when I work overnights (which is often). I have my productive day to feel ready for the week and to make things go smoothly.

      • Sue Logan
        October 15, 2019 / 4:10 pm

        Well as long as you enjoy it then! 🙂

  9. Ellie
    October 15, 2019 / 1:46 pm

    You are a one woman tornado! I can’t believe all you got done. Makes me tired just reading about it all. Bless you, I hope your visit to the surgeon goes well and you get at least some answers!

  10. Lace Faerie
    October 16, 2019 / 5:01 am

    Color me impressed with your organization! I was home full time when my weans were little and could never have claimed to have gotten as much done in a day!

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