My Creative Manner was nominated for The Liebster Award

Liebster Award
Liebster Award

  I’m so excited and couldn’t wait to share with you all My Creative Manner has been nominated for an award!! I can’t believe it someone pinch me!! I was shocked when Shannon from  http://healthishfoodie.com/ contacted me to tell me she nominated me for this award. You all need to go check out Shannon’s blog  http://healthishfoodie.com/ she has some amazing recipes that I will be making myself.  Thank you so much Shannon for thinking of My Creative Manner. 

The Liebster Award 2017 is an award that exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. Specifically newbies, in order to help create community, encouragement and gives readers a chance to learn a little more about the real people behind their favorite blogs. 

Liebster Award 2017 Rules:

  •  Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  • Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post, or by having it as the feature image.
  • Write a 150-300 word post about your favorite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  • Provide 10 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the questions from your nominator.
  • Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers.
  • Ask your nominees questions of your own.
  • List these rules in your post.
  • Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
    •  inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award
    • provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)
  • If you would like a more detailed list of the rules, click here.

About my nominee

I’m nominating Nicole at www.happywifeyuppylife.com First off her name is just so darn cute, that alone is reason to be nominated. I have been following Nicole on Instagram for some time now. Her story is one to follow, she shares about her family, life, DIY projects and my favorite cooking with her kids. 

Her blog post http://www.happywifeyuppylife.com/single-post/2016/12/09/DIY-Kitchen-Chalkboard   has inspire me with the chalkboard that I’m planning on making for my command wall. I love how she framed her chalk board and made sure there is a place to hold the chalk. While your over on her blog go check out her amazing kitchen. 

10 Random Facts About me

  1. I have lived all my life in Michigan
  2. I married my high school sweetheart (24 year together and almost 18 married)
  3.  I’m not a dog person, sorry to all you dog lovers. 
  4.  When I was 21 I almost lost my eye in a car accident
  5. I’m a stay at home mom to the happy three
  6. I was born on the same day as my dad and his brother. Yes that was three of us on one day.
  7.  10 years ago I became Catholic and now teach first grade religious education
  8. I don’t like my name
  9.  I love to spend time with my family
  10.  My grandmother is someone who I have always looked up to, this past January she passed away. 
Shannon’s Question’s for me
  1. Why did you start your blog? I wanted to share some of my idea’s with others. 
  2. How long have you been blogging? The blog has been up for 2 months now
  3. What is the most important thing you have learned about blogging since you started? Try not to take things that negative people say to heart. 
  4. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be? Steak
  5. What is a local dish from where you are from? fudge
  6. What is one food that you hate and will never eat? Liver Pate
  7. What food is your guilty pleasure? I love sweet’s. 
  8. What would you tell a new blogger on day one of starting their blog? If you write it the readers will come sooner or later. 
  9. What is your favorite part about blogging? Hearing from my followers
  10. What are your hopes and dreams for your blog? I hope that my blog grows and is successful. 
Questions for my nominee
 
  1. What social media site do you use the most?
  2. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  3. What is one thing you can not live with out?
  4. If you could travel any where would you go?
  5. Are you a list maker?
  6. What is your favorite food
  7. Do you like to cook or bake?
  8. If you could have one wish what would you wish for?
  9. What is your favorite part about blogging?
  10. What advice would you give to a new blogger?

Summer 2017

 Summer 2017

I’m so excited today starts the first day of summer. I love the fact that my kids are home and we don’t have a schedule we need to keep. Well until band camp starts that is. Today we plan to kick off our summer like we do every year, ice cream for lunch. That will be the first thing off our Summer Bucket List . 

Welcome gift

When the kids come home after school on the last day, I like to have a welcome to summer gift waiting for them. My plan is to have things that will keep them busy  along with some snacks.  I’m hoping to spark their creativeness with the Lego’s and the sidewalk paint. I also thought it would be neat to keep this wreak it journal in the car, this will be fun to do a page together on our outings. Then at the end of summer we can take a look back and remember all the fun we had together. 

 Summer
Welcome to Summer

 

  Road Trips

Our family loves to take spontaneous road trips, its a great way to explore our state and to make family memories. To help keep the kids from being hooked on their electronics while we are on a road trip, I came up with road trip binders.

I use binder dividers to make sections, the first section is to journal about their road trips. The next section is for mazes, I found some really good mazes at http://www.fun-stuff-to-do.com/medium-mazes.html, there is a variety of mazes for all ages. https://www.tripsavvy.com/travel-games-for-family-road-trips-3265630#step8 has many printable travel games that I used in our binders. I love using http://www.momsminivan.com/printables.html she has many great ideas over there. 

And of course you can always follow me on https://www.pinterest.com/jmiller75

My board https://www.pinterest.com/jmiller75/summer-fun/ has many great idea’s of things to help keep your kids busy this summer. 

Sharing our adventure

We plan to share with you all our summer adventures here on the blog and also on our Facebook page. We hope you have a wonderful summer and make wonderful memories with your families. 

                                                            God Bless~ Jenny and The Happy Three

 

 

Honoring my Grandfather

Honoring 

Memorial Day is a day about honoring those who died in all of America’s wars, as well as those who are Veterans and current members of the US military.  I wanted to take a moment and give honor to a great man in my life, my grandfather or as I called him Pop’s. 

 

His Story

Pop’s was born July 4, 1940 the youngest of 13 kids, he use to tell me that fireworks went off on the day he was born.  

Pop’s enlisted in the United States Army and was a part of the 82nd Airborne Special Forces during the Cuban Missal Crisis.  He didn’t talk about his service time much. In fact I didn’t know he was in the army until we were sitting at the funeral home making his final arrangements.

What he had said to other family members about it was, while standing  nose to nose on enemy line the Cuban Army was spitting in the American army men’s faces. While on a mission they were dropped low. His commanding officer landed in a tree and later died from his injuries.  Pop’s parachute pulled him across rocks causing both of his hips to break.  Because of the broken hips Pop’s was giving an Honorable Discharge. Most of his discharge paper’s are blacked out because of being classified information. 

 

Building a family

After returning home, Pop’s meet and married my grandmother. Grandma had a handful of kids and was 6 years older then him. He took on all 6 of grandma’s kids like they were his own. They  built a life together that lasted 43  wonderful years.  My grandparents suffered the lost of my uncle when he was under a year old. Then a few years later they lost another son. 

I was a teenager when I learned that Pop’s wasn’t my biological grandfather, that’s how much this wonderful man loved his family.

Being his grandchild

My  Pop’s had a way of bring out the silly  side of you. He would stick out his tongue at us just to get us to do it back, most of the time it was wrong timing. I have a family picture that shows me sticking my tongue out, I just know my Pop’s was on the other side of that camera. My Pop’s thought it was funny to teach  me some nursery rhymes, that had his own twist to them. Old King Cole was a merry old soul, with a buck skin belly and a rubber. Well its best not to finish that part. 

 He was a giving type of person and was always willing to talk with anyone. I can remember standing in the parts store with him once for what seemed like hours, because he was chatting with the guy behind the counter. I really don’t know if he needed a part for his car or if Pop’s knew the guy. He just found something to talk to him about. If Pop’s had a pop in his hand it was free game for us kids to drink it. He didn’t blink an eye if we would hand it back to him and it would be gone. I think that is where I got calling him Pop’s from. 

My family moved a couple hours away from my grandparents when I was 7. My grandparents made sure they were always a part of our lives. They would come for weekend visits and we would spend time during the summer with them. My grandparents would do some traveling so they bought an rv. On a trip down to visit with us once, Pop’s stopped at a rest stop. When he got back in the rv he asked if grandma was ready to go, not waiting for her response he took off down the road. I got a call from grandma asking if I could come pick her up from that rest stop. Yes Pop’s left my sweet grandmother at that rest stop and she just laughed. 

 

Thanks

Thank you to all who have served and to those who have fallen a special thank you to them and their families.  

Thank you Pop’s for being the silly grandpa that you were, thank you for loving us all the way you did. But mostly Thank you Pop’s for your service.  

                                                                 Happy Memorial Day~ Jenny