An Officer And A Gentleman


It is Monday and here I am.

Summer is almost over and things are in full swing here on the home front.

I have so much to catch my loyal blog fans (all eight of you!) up on, because it has been one CRAZY summer up in here (have you heard that I gave up Coke?) I’ll give that a minute to sink in.

Yes, it’s true.

Once school starts, I intend on getting back into the bloggy groove and keeping things current here on the blog. But today’s news is pretty cool.

See this guy here?

He happens to be my husband.

And the Daddy to these two.

He is a responsible, loving and patient leader of our household.

And, he is a smart, humble and dedicated military officer.

He is the kind of person who does the right thing, even when no one is watching.

With the permission of his parents, he joined the West Virginia Air National Guard in 1991 and left for boot camp less than a week after we graduated. In 1999, he attended Squadron Officer School and was commissioned as an Officer. He’s made several stops along the way, but today? Today, I had the distinct pleasure (along with his Dad) of removing the Major rank that he has worn for seven years, and replace it with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

And I prayed the entire time that I wouldn’t drop the rank or the pin backs because EMBARASS!

I couldn’t be more proud of this man.

He makes life fun and exciting.

I love you, Lieutenant Colonel McDaddy!

My Dad (By Alex)

In honor of Father’s Day, I interviewed Alex about McDaddy. His answers to the questions made me smile.

MY DAD – 2014

My Dad is funny because: he tickles me a lot!

My Dad thinks I am funny when: I say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

My Dad is 40 years old.

His favorite thing to do is: Uh, spend time with his family I guess, going camping.

His favorite color is: Last time I checked with him, it was blue.

My Dad’s job is: The Air National Guard

He loves to eat: healthy foods.

He is really good at: Being a mechanic on cars and helping people look online to find out what’s wrong with cars.

My Dad loves when I: hug him.

My Dad always says: He loves me very much and do the right thing, even when no one is watching.

My favorite thing about my Dad is: that he likes to spend time with us and loves us very much.

My sons are so blessed to have him for a Daddy. He has always been a “hands-on” dad – full of patience, integrity, wisdom and generosity. He would tell you he is far from perfect, but he is perfect for us!

The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. Proverbs 20:7

Indeed, they are.

Happy Father’s Day, McDaddy!!!!


A Sweet Weekend

We had a crazy, busy weekend.

For starters, we kicked off Baseball season with opening day. Between our two boys, we are geared up for 53 ball games over the next 10 weeks. On opening day it was approximately 40 degrees, butthank the good Lord there was NO FRIGGIN’ SNOW, so I’ll take the cold and not complain about it.

Later that day, Alex played in his first game of the season. He played first base the entire game and got eight or nine outs. I was a proud baseball momma.

Unfortunately, Stevie had to miss his first game because our Scout blue/gold banquet and father/son bakeoffwas the same time as his game. Stevie will be crossing over to Boy Scouts in a few weeks, so this was his last father/son bakeoff hoo-rah. With two sons in cub-scouts, the father/son bakeoff is a lot of work for McDaddy.

With McDaddy having Drill all weekend, it was a busy Friday evening trying to get two cakes with two kids baked and ready.

Alex chose to bake the same cake that Stevie won first place with at the father/son bakeoff two years ago.

And he had so much fun working in the kitchen with his Daddy.

HisBest Ever Banana Cakewas delightful!

Stevie decided to bake his Pawpaw K’s fresh apple cake.

I just loved watching them work together in the kitchen.

My dad has made this cake for many years. I was excited that Stevie wanted to bake it with McDaddy.



  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup grated peeled apples
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup confectionary sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease and flour Bundt pan
  3. Sift flour, soda, salt and spices into large measuring cup
  4. Cream sugar, oil and eggs together on medium speed in mixer.
  5. Add all dry ingredients, buttermilk and vanilla. Mix thoroughly until well blended.
  6. Remove from mixer, add apples and nuts and stir until well blended.
  7. Pour into greased and floured Bundt pan
  8. Bake in 350 oven for 1 hour

When cake comes out sift confectionary sugar in small bowl and add orange juice. Mix with wire whisk and drizzle over top of cake slowly while still hot and still in pan.

Cool completely before removing from pan.

Slice (heat in microwave for several seconds, if you so desire) and enjoy!

OH, and you might also enjoy afirst-place trophy, just like my fellas did in the father/son bakeoff!



Ode To The 1981 Buick Electra

Today we said goodbye,
To an old and dear friend.
McDaddy is so sad,
His ownership came to an end.

A tough decision he made,
To put her up for sale,
That car’s been through a lot,
It could sure share some tales.

A co-worker once remarked,
It’s the biggest car he’d ever seen,
At 225 inches long,
It took forever to clean.

His granddad purchased it new,
It was quite the sight to behold,
McDaddy loved that car,
And I still can’t believe it is sold.

We have lots of special memories
It’s been in my lifesince ourfirst date
He didn’t drive it much the past few years,
But instead of selling, decided to wait.

The boys loved riding in it,
McDaddy wished to drive it more,
And I will never, ever forget
It’s crazy heavy, long doors.

And so it’s the end of an era,
1BIGBUIK, we already miss you.
We will think andspeak ofyou often,
And remember the smiles you brought, too!

Another Water Crisis

I had a great weekend.

On Friday, we accompanied my friend, Linda and her son after school and saw the Lego movie. I am not a huge fan of kid’s movies, but in my opinion, this was a really good one. We saw it in 3D and the boys loved it!

Then, on Saturday, we loaded up and headed out into the woods for an afternoon of off-roading.

We hadn’t been in the woods since we attended the Jeep Jamboreein October, so when his friend, Brian asked if he’d want to go Jeepinon Saturday, of course McDaddywas ready. Now,if you’ve spentany time at all around here, you may recall thatit has snowed almost every day for the past month. If you’re like me, it might have dawned on you that perhaps Jeepin in the dead of winter on snow-covered roads might not be the best idea.

But, we went anyway.

It was so calm in the woods, on the snow, that I remarked to McDaddy that it was a snooze-fest.

We stopped for a photo-op and then for a shortlunch (in the snow) before continuing on the trail.

When we started up again, I had a horrible headache and felt sick to my stomach. It’s possible that my turkey sandwich hadn’t had adequate time to digest before we hopped right back in the Jeep.As I fought with my stomach to keep that sandwich down, I sat back in my seat, closed my eyes and might have dozed off for a few seconds.

Next thing I knew the Jeep came to an abrupt stop and I opened my eyes to discover that we were door deep in a huge mud pit.

And no, we were not able to get out of it.

After dealing with the West Virginia water crisis the past month, the absolute last place I want to beis stuck in a big pool of muddy water.

Here’s a close-up of my right arm through the passenger side window.

Have I mentioned I am sick of this weather? And our water situation? Just look at those hugechunks of ice.

According to McDaddy, herealized it was a mud hole buthe didn’t realizejust how deep it was.

Dear Lord, help me.

My heart palpitated. Tears ran down my eyes. And I prayed.

Within minutes, McDaddy and Brian hooked a winch on to the Jeep and we were pulled out of this nonsense.

I don’t remember much more about the day because I was busy trying to get my heart rate back to an acceptable level. But here are more pictures from that day.

We also got stuck in this, too.

The result of LOTS of snow and RIDICULOUSLY cold temps, over the past month.

Even with the drama surrounding our mud-diving incident, it was a fun day with my fellas and our friends.