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Mother's Day

Shelly Corken - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My Mother's Day started off with a big bouquet of roses from my husband and kids. I was also treated to breakfast with my mother, father in law, husband and kids. I got a shirt that I really wanted and later in the day my husband was going to get me a Tattoo!!! I was super excited for. Unfortunately, the tattoo was scheduled during the same time as my son's soccer game so I had to miss it. Everything in my gut told me that he was going to score his first goal while I was gone. Sure enough at the exact moment I called my step mother, Julian was kicking his first goal of the season. He played so well that he was able to score another goal within minutes. My heart ached because I really wanted to be there for him but I am so thankful that my wonderful step mom was there to cheer him on. 


Last year my sister in law Amy had suffered two strokes the day before mother's day. She nearly lost her life. For the next year she had to fight hard. Luckily, Amy fought hard and strong. She survived the unthinkable. Last year, right after mother's day, a small group of her friends and family got together and got a bird tattoo in support of Amy. This year Amy was able to join us and get the same tattoo along with her husband, who has been waiting to get it with her. She was super excited. She watched as the same guy that did our tattoo do hers. Amy was mesmerized the entire time. It was extremely meaningful for all of us. I even think the tattoo artist was happy that he was able to give Amy her tattoo.  


Another fun thing happening this month is the INDIANAPOLIS 500. A few of us from work were able to spend the day out at the track on Friday. It was so much fun. We were able to meet Tony Kaanan and Connor Daly. It was a lot of fun. The Indianapolis 500 is running this weekend for the 101 time. I am not a big track person on race day. I will hopefully be enjoying food, friends, and swimming. If you are going make sure to stay safe and drink plenty of water. 


Now that the weather is warmer and less rainy, we have been able to do some SPRING CLEANING to the outside of our house. Getting rid of old stuff that we don't need and cleaning out the garage. Now, I just need to get my back yard together and I will be ready for a party. I love grilling out on those cool spring nights. The kids are out of school after tomorrow and I will be able to put them to work on that. I can't wait!!

Helpful hints for an easier spring cleaning:
1) Load plastic toys, Dish Sponges, Toothbrush holder and soap dishes, pet toys, plastic brushes and toothbrushes, light fixtures, and removable cup holders in your dishwasher for an easier clean. 

2) Clean your windows on a cloudy day. This way the sun doesn't dry up your cleaner before you have a chance to actually clean it. Also, use old newspaper to get a really good clean. 

3) Purge your closet. All your old stained clothes that you don't wear anymore throw them out. Take all of your hangers and have them "hooked" in backwards. When you wear something, wash it and replace it normally in the closet. After 30 days any clothes with hangers in the backwards position means you don't wear them and you should probably get rid of them. Laundry is a big enough hassle so, why have extra clothes. 

4) Did you know that you can clean drains and help them from getting clogged by mixing 1/2 of baking soda with 1/4 cup of salt, pour down the drain. Heat 1 cup of vinegar and pour it down the drain. It will foam and bubble. Let it stand for 15-20 minutes while you are cleaning the rest of your bathroom. After you are done let the hot water run for 30 seconds. 


Hope that was helpful. 
Until Next Time........

Busy Weeks

Shelly Corken - Wednesday, May 03, 2017

I feel like, no matter how hard I try, I can't seem to find the time to catch up on everything. Between both kids being in sports, working full time, and all of our daughter's appointments, WHEW! It is hard to catch my breath. For the past several weeks I have been coming into work early and leaving late just so I can get caught up. Now that my work schedule is back to normal I can work on getting my home life back. One thing I can't seem to ever catch up on is LAUNDRY :( it is super frustrating. I get so close and then it is like both my children come to me with a month worth of laundry that they have been hiding in their bedrooms and I just want to fall to my knees and cry. 

I was hoping to get some SPRING Cleaning done but goooooooood grief that ran hasn't let up and the sun hasn't come out to play. I have so much winter yuckiness still in my house that I want to get rid of. I am needing to trash some old stuff and get some new stuff. I am really wanting to get new patio furniture so that I can enjoy my back porch when it isn't 100 degrees out side but I need to fix the screens first. It is always something ya know?


Mother's day is coming up and I am really looking forward to it. My mom and mother in law are all going to get tattoos for Mother's Day. We are all going to get the infinity symbol with the word "Family". It looks super cute. Hope it doesn't hurt.


The next few months are going to be heartbreaking for me. May 7, 2016 my sister in law suffered not one but two massive strokes. She survived but she is paralyzed on her right side and has global aphasia. That means she can think of what she wants to say but can't get the words to come out. It was a long battle for many months just to get her well enough to come home. In those dark days we unfortunately had to put our "baby" Marley down. He had a tumor in his spleen the size of a softball. It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Marley was our first family doggie and was like a 3rd child to me and my husband. Still to this day I miss his sweet face. 


Both of my kids are playing soccer right now which in a way is super cool because they both play at the same fields so I don't have to drive all over the place but the bad news is that Ali's is at 8:30am and Julian's is at 11:30am. So I am at the fields from 8am until 1:30pm. It wasn't bad the first week but the second week was super COLD. 


Tips: 

Make sure to clean out your gutters. 

Change your linens~Put away your heavy blankets, change your sheets, and renew your pillows.

Mow your lawn~Don't wait too long or it will be too long for you to cut it. 


Until Next Time.........



 


 

Catch up to Spring Break

Shelly Corken - Saturday, April 08, 2017

So much has happened since I last blogged. The holidays are always super busy for me. Christopher and I both have families that love the holidays plus, we have children ourselves so it is always crazy. I decided to coach Julian's basketball team and I absolutely loved it. We went undefeated all season and won the CHAMPIONSHIP game. I am so proud of the boys. 


After that my husband and I celebrated our 8th Anniversary together. We always go to dinner at Benihana. It was so yummy. After that, we celebrated Christopher's mother's birthday. Again, we all went to Benihana but, with the almost the entire family. Unfortunately, Matthew couldn't join us. Our family is a little shy on girls so we had to get together while we can. I must say, we are a beautiful group of ladies.


During all of this crazy wonderfulness of working, sports, school, and day to day activities, my daughter Ali decided it would be a good time to break her hand. Not that she did it on purpose. She was playing basketball in gym and Ali was going to pick up a basketball but another girl decided to kick the ball at the same time. The girl missed the ball and kicked Ali in the hand instead. She had a nice crack down the side of her middle finger bone. It had to be placed in a cast for 3 weeks to heal. Luckily for Al, it was a waterproof cast. 


Our son Julian turned 15 on March 30th. We allowed him to invite a few friends to stay in a hotel and swim. They had a lot of fun horse playing in the pool. The older kids get, the harder it is to shop for them. There was some kind of event so, the hotel was completely packed. After the hotel, I took a few of his friends to the Pacers game. It was a lot of fun. Ali and I made the jumbotron. Also, Julian got to get his picture taken with a hot PACEMATE. 

After Julian's birthday we got to go to Florida for Spring Break. My sister lives down there with her family. Christopher, the kids and I went camping. It was super beautiful. We had a spot right on the water. It was so peaceful. We really had no care in the world. The water had fish jumping out of it to catch the bugs. It was the neatest thing in the world to see.


Lucky for us, my sister and her husband own a restaurant in Tampa, Florida called Crusty's Pizza. It has the best food. If you are ever in the area make sure you check it out. You won't regret it. 

While in Florida we got to hit the beach. We took the kids kayaking in Clearwater Beach. We saw fish swimming so fast. We were even brave enough to try and snorkel. Well, that was until Christopher and Julian saw a stingray. We froze and didn't want to move. We braved our way back and decided we were too Indiana for snorkeling.
 
We have both returned back to work and the craziness of our days. The kids both start school on Monday, Julian starts soccer on Wednesday, and Ali starts soccer on Thursday. Also, because I love being apart of my children's lives, I decided to coach Julian's soccer team. I look forward to seeing how it goes.


Ali got her cast of and is ready to return to being active again. She is about a month shy of getting her braces off after 4 years. First thing she wants is POPCORN! 

Tomorrow is my birthday. I turn 33. The only thing that I can think to do is Spring Clean my house. It needs to be de-winterized. The weather is going to be perfect for it. However, I don't think I am going to waste my day on that. Maybe, a nice motorcycle ride and spending the day with my family is a better idea. 


Until Next Time......




Holiday Time

Shelly Corken - Monday, November 28, 2016

Hello,
I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving. I had 2 wonderful Thanksgivings. I had one with my husband's side of the family on Thursday. My daughter, niece, and mother in law make their homemade sweet potato soufflé. It is a family tradition near and dear to their hearts.


My second Thanksgiving was with my side of the family on Friday. Below is my 2 nephews (blue and Yellow)
my cousins (purple and no mask)
and my daughter (Red mask)

We ate lots of food and did the kids did the mannequin challenge. It was super cute.

Thanksgiving has ALWAYS been my favorite Holiday. When I was younger it was because I loved Mashed Potatoes. Don't ask me why that was the only thing that really stuck out but it was. Now, I love it because it is all about family. I love just spending time with Family. I am lucky that I have so many family members that live so close so I get to see them all the time but there are some that live far away and I don't get to see a lot. I love seeing my cousins and my kids playing together. I love hearing the laughter coming from everyone. For my son this year, I love football. My son is a Freshman in high school and he was able to practice with the Varsity team for a few extra weeks. It paid off because they ended up going to State for their division and they won State in OVERTIME! It was a nail bitter. Both teams played GREAT!!!!

Yesterday, our family decided to hang our outdoor Christmas lights. They ended up looking really good. We don't do anything super fancy. Just blue and white lights but they really do look beautiful together. I have barely started my Christmas shopping and really need to kick it in high gear. I am normally the one that waits til the VERY LAST MINUTE and it drives me crazy every year and I keep telling myself that I am going to start sooner but something always comes up. Maybe next time, right?

Until next time........

 

 

A New Season

Shelly Corken - Monday, November 14, 2016

So a lot has gone on since I last did a blog. It has now gotten a lot colder. My son was asked to stay on and practice with the varsity football team which is great and all but GOOOOOOOD LORD! They practice 4 days a week and until 6:30. I kind of wanted a break before basketball season started but it doesn't look like I am getting that. It is really good for him because they are working towards playing for State and that would be awesome for him to be apart of.

My daughter has me running around all the time. I am so thankful for my grandma because she has been a big help. Ali has a lot of allergies and those allergies cause her to have asthma. She is on so much medication. We have been to a few specialist and they have decided to fight the allergies by pumping her full of what she is allergic to and hopefully she will become immune to them. She goes twice a week to get 6 shots in the back of each arm. She is pretty brave. She was also recognized as a "Special Person" by one of her teachers. He said that Ali Consistent achievement to the best of Student's ability, having a positive attitude towards learning, and contributes good nature and spirit to classroom atmosphere in a positive way. She is keeping to the family tradition. Her brother got one last year and I got one when I attended there years and years ago. 

                                                                 
We also got to celebrate our Famaiversary. I know you are like "What is a famaiversary" so let me tell ya. It is the day we legally became a family. We celebrate each year by having a wonderful dinner and dessert. We normally do something fun as well. This year my husband made homemade chicken fried rice, steak and chicken. Kind of like Benihana.



Then we had Halloween. Our daughter was the Statue of Liberty. I love how she really takes time and effort into her costume. She doesn't like to be the "norm". She always looks so cute too. She got SOOOOO MUCH CANDY. The problem is because of her braces she couldn't eat half of it. Luckily, my husband and son are helping her out.

                        
To start of the Holiday season we got out kids new pjs. How cute are these. My husband and I got some too but we are going to safe those embarrassing pictures for another time haha!


Now that all the cute pictures and family update is out of the way lets start talking about Fall. Here are a few chores you need to do around your house to get ready for the cold weather.

1) Rake your leaves~ you can also just mow over them while you can and use them for mulch

2) Clean out your gutters~ make sure you get your downspouts as well

3) Change your furnace filter~ this is important to do. Using a dirty filter can ruin your heating

4) Remember when it gets below 32* you need to leave your water at a slow drip

5) Now is the time to plant for your Spring Blooms and remember to cut down your annuals.

Until next time..........

WOW! It has been awhile

Shelly Corken - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I can't believe how long it has been since I last blogged. So much has happened. So lets just get started.

My son started his freshman year of high school ;( and he is on the football team:)  He practices 5 days a week and has a game on Saturday.

 

Our daughter is playing soccer and is currently a 7th grader. She is involved in choir. Seems to me that time is flying by. My very active kids have me staying busy.

The past few months have been a super crazy ball of emotions. We had to put one of our dogs down. Bob Marley had a tumor in his spleen the size of a softball and the doctor said there was nothing we could do. It broke our hearts because he was our baby. We had him for 7 years and thought we would have him much longer. I can't tell you how much we loved that dog. If I write any more about him I will be sitting at my desk bawling my eyes out.

Shortly after we said our goodbyes to Marley (the white dog), we received Hunter (the black dog). He came to us through a friend of a friend and he has brought so much happiness into our lives. He is so cute. I love his floppy ears. His personality is coming in and he just makes you fall in love with him daily.

Right after we got Hunter I found out that I had a massive kidney stone that needed to be surgically removed. It was really fast. It couldn't have come at the worst/best time. Worst time because we had planned a family trip to Michigan and my husband was NOT going to let us go on because of it. Best time, well frankly, my family needed a break. We consulted with the DRs and they cleared me to go sit by the lake and do nothing but relax so, that is what I did.

I wasn't able to get into the lake but it was okay because I got to enjoy a relaxing and peaceful weekend with my family. It was great seeing my kids laughing.

We also took a short one day trip to Chicago because 1) the kids have never been 2) I haven't been in like 20 something years. We walked around and ate at some of the "HOT SPOTS". I was super excited because we got to see the Firehouse that they use in Chicago Fire. We saw the "Bean" and many other great things. 

 

We are currently ripping the carpets out of our house and installing laminate floors. In doing so, I am realizing that it would be a good idea for me to do some Fall Cleaning. So if you get the bug and want to join me here are some ideas.

~Wash your windows inside and out (with 3 dogs and their noses pressed against my windows this might seem like a pointless task but one that should be done)

~Dust and wash your blinds

~Dust and wipe down your walls and baseboards

~Dust off the refrigerator condenser coil. You can use your vacuum brush to assist you.

~Declutter and reorganize your closets

~Replace your furnace filter

~Check your some detector

~Check weather stripping and caulking around your windows and doors

~Clean out your gutters and down spouts

Do a little at a time. Don't overwhelm yourself. You can do one room a day or a weekend, depending how much time you have. Good Luck and Until Next Time........

 

 

Spring Time

Shelly Corken - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I love, love, love the spring season. I love feeling the sun on my cheeks. I love that the nights still get cool enough that you can still have a bonfire. I love that the kids are in soccer and baseball. I love that all the beautiful colors come out on the trees, flowers, and everything looks so fresh and new.

 

One of the things that I like to do in the spring time is to take pictures. I love pictures. My house is full of pictures. My phone is full of pictures. I have pictures every where. Here is a picture of my mother with my two kids (dark blue and green shirt) with my nephews (light blue and red shirts). They love their mamaw so much. They are always fighting over who is the first to give her a hug and kiss whether she is leaving or coming. They push their way to her.

This is Ali's favorite picture. She loves that just their shirts are in color.

Here are all of them giving her a kiss. So much love. It is really amazing what photography can do. We took pictures at this same spot a few years ago and those kids have grown like weeds. I love watching each of them grow into the wonderful kids they are. Hopefully, one day they can take their kids and grandkids to this same spot to take family photos. It is such a beautiful place.

I love looking at pictures. I like to see what the world was like before I was born. My husband and I went to dinner last night and met a man that shares the same birth day as I do. Both of us are April 9th however, he was born in 1942. I was fascinated by that. Could you imagine all the wonderful, scary, beautiful things he has seen in his life. Back when everything was black and white, before facebook, emails, and computers. I would love to time travel back to live a few days in each decade just to see how it was.

Now with all of that said, remember that with sunshine and spring comes RAIN! Make sure that you have cleaned your gutters and inspected your downspouts to make sure that there isn't any blockage. The last thing you want is a clogged downspout draining into your house. Make sure you have changed your filters so that you get nice cold air when you kick on that a/c. This Saturday would be a good day to get all of your yard work done because it is only going to be 70. Sunday is suppose to be HOTTTTTTT so be sure to mow your lawn on Saturday.

Until Next Time...........

Getting Ready to Rent?

Shelly Corken - Monday, April 11, 2016

Looking for a new place to rent can be an exciting but exhausting process. You may already know what you want in an home, and you probably have your heart set on a specific area or neighborhood. However, some aspects of finding a home and renting are not exactly enjoyable. Getting approved for a rental isn’t always easy. However, there are a number of things you must keep in mind, as well as steps you must take, to help make the process simpler.

1. Some Landlords Require Good Credit History~ When looking at credit history it might now always be about the score itself. We look to see if you have left owing money to another landlord or apartment complex. We also check to see if you owe any utility companies.

2. Rent Doesn’t Help Your Credit Score~ When trying to apply for a mortgage loan remember that rental payments are not apart of your FICO Score.

3. You Can’t Always Remove a Co-Signer or Joint Applicant~ Understandably, your situation can change within a year. Your roommate can move out of the apartment. If you choose to have a joint applicant, understand that you can’t easily remove this person from the agreement. Each person that signs the lease remains responsible for the unit and the rent payments until the lease ends. To renew the lease for another term without your co-applicant, you must provide information proving you can afford the rent on your own.

4. Get renter's insurance~ It is NOT the landlord or owner's responsibility to replace any stolen or damaged items from your property.

5. Read your lease~ I know that when you move into your new property you are excited and ready to go. However, once you are moved in and settled re-read your lease. When you first move in you might be in a hurry and didn't hear something that was told to you about late fees, plumbing issues, and/or lock outs. It is better to know what is what instead of being surprised about it later.

When you begin to look for a new home be sure to have everything that you need before applying. This helps the process when applying. Call the complex or property manager beforehand to see what items you may need. Many properties need your proof of income and driver's license. Some places request your social security card as well. Remember that application fees are NOT refundable. It cost money to run your credit report. If your application is processing or processed, you will not get the application fee refunded. Some properties also allow you to place a hold fee on the property as well. Before applying for a property make sure that their isn't already a hold fee on the property and if not, see if you can place the hold fee on the property if you are really interested.

Until next time...........

Day Light Savings

Shelly Corken - Thursday, March 10, 2016

There are many signs that Spring is coming. First, your plants start poking their heads out from the ground. Second, the trees and grass become greener. Three, the rain. All it seems to do is rain and rain and rain some more. Four, day light savings. The old saying Spring Forward, Fall Back. Each Spring we have to jump an hour ahead which means you lose and hour. This April is the 100th Anniversary of the Day Light Savings Time. Day Light Savings time was invented by Benjamin Franklin but wasn’t used until George Vernon Hudson.

Day light savings for this Spring starts on Sunday, March 13, 2016 and will end on Sunday, November 6, 2016. Most people will wake up tired or even “jet lagged”. It takes several days and some people months to get use to the time difference.

The first day of Spring doesn’t actually arrive until Sunday, March 20, 2016. Spring normally last 92 days, 18 Hours and 32 minutes.

I have a lot of cool things to write about this year. 1) 100th anniversary of the Indy 500 2) Election year 3) Indiana turns 100.

Few things you need to do to get ready for Spring

1)       Clean your gutters and down spouts.

2)       Clear the weeds from around your house

3)       Sweep around your front porch frame to remove all cobwebs

4)       Inspect your air conditioning unit

5)       Check your outdoor faucet

6)       Clean your filter

7)       Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

8)       Check your dryer vent line

9)       If you have a fireplace, have it inspected and clean

For me, spring just means BBQs, soccer and baseball games. I love spring. I love the colors. I am hoping to get my spring cleaning done early so that I can enjoy the rest of the season.

Until Next Time…….

Groundhog's Day

Shelly Corken - Thursday, February 04, 2016

Ever wonder how we founded upon looking forward to a groundhog to predict whether or not winter would end early or stay around a little longer? Me too.

Groundhogs day use to be called Candlemas Day. Candlemas day is a Catholic holiday which corresponds to the presentation of Jesus at the temple. It is celebrated on February 2, which is exactly 40 days after Christmas. This was mostly celebrated in Germany however, in Morgantown, Pennsylvania a storekeeper by the name of James Morris shared in his diary some of what was going on during this time. The diary was dated February 4, 1841.

Last Tuesday, the 2nd, was Candlemas day, the day on which, according to the Germans,[10] the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he pops back for another six weeks nap, but if the day be cloudy he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate

There is a poem from England that helps you remember whether or not the groundhog seeing his shadow is good or bad.

If Candlemas be fair and bright,

 Winter has another flight.

 If Candlemas brings clouds and rain,

 Winter will not come again

Did you know that there is more than one groundhog that is to predict whether or not spring will come early or stay late? I didn’t know that we had Woodstock Willie, Stormy Marmot, Buckeye Chuck, Chesapeake Chuck, and so many others.

The one we are all familiar with is Punxsutawney Phil. It might just be from the movie starring Andie MacDowell and Bill Murray or it could be from the actual groundhog.  Punxsutawney Phil and his family are taken care of by a group of Inner Circle people. They take care of Phil and his family year round. The Inner Circle provides a week worth of fun activities to do for the town. The inner circle are a group of 16 gentlemen that dress in Top Hats and Tuxedos.

February 2, 2016, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow which means we should have an early spring. If you live in Indiana, it doesn’t feel like we have had much of a winter anyways. Luckily for us, the groundhog has predicted more right than wrong. The paid meteorologist stated that with El Nino carrying warmer weather to much of the United States, they are most certain spring will arrive early.

Until Next Time........

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