Monthly Archives: July 2015

Summer (In)Sanity

Posted On July 22, 2015| 3 Replies



the time of year when parents realize just how grossly underpaid teachers actually are!





Keeping it all together for 12 weeks is enough to break even the toughest of tough. Morning chats with the Big Guy upstairs help. I start my summer days praying for patience and the ability to keep my evil thoughts IN my head. My sweet babies do not need to hear that I would rather bale hay than stand in line for the Tahitian Twister water slide for the 20th time. So I smile my happy mama smile and say “yes” to the damn water slide. I pack lunches because I cannot stomach spending $9 on a burnt cheeseburger and yes, I pack bananas and yes, you will eat them! I will not, but you will. Hi, my name is Mandy and I have a fear of bananas (and carrots).

Check out this made-just-for-me notepad that I found in Idaho…..


I seriously cannot wait to use it! I love sending notes to school on notepads like this one! You can buy your own here. I am so in love with her stuff. The cards crack me up!

Ok, so this week marks the 9th week of summer for my team. We have about 3 weeks left. Which makes me kinda sick to my stomach. The bucket list is slowly (very slowly) getting completed. We are going to have to put things in high gear to get through the list! And to be perfectly honest, while I am sad about summer ending, I am a little giddy about getting my life back come August 12th! My Julie The Cruise Director uniform is wearing thin and I have run out of reasons why I am making them READ and complete a bridging workbook. My latest reason is simply because I don’t want them to be the dumbest kid in their new class. That usually silences the little cherubs for a few minutes. Here’s a look at the workbook I MAKE them complete:


It’s awesome. The pages are colorful and it cycles trough Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies and Fitness. There are also flashcards and stickers! The stickers don’t do much for Boy Wonder, but Sunshine is highly motivated by them. You would think that ‘Workbook Time’ would be a time for me to have some alone time. It’s not. I sit between my two budding scholars and respond “You know this” every time they proclaim in their whiniest voice, “I can’t do this one!” Ah, summertime! Bonus: they are on sale now! Buy here. Your kids will thank you 😉


Here’s Boy Wonder working hard….the deer antlers were sending him the answers! Yes, I made them do pages in Idaho!

I also make them read. I know, worst mom ever. Boy Wonder informed me that there were no books that interested him. Being the mother of superhero can be daunting. I graciously took the burden off of him and chose all of his required books for the summer. He is now enjoying Superfudge by Judy Blume. Sunshine on the other hand had to be reeled-in at the library! I think she wanted to test the 50 book limit rule! She’s a reading machine. I love this about her, but I am beginning to nod off as Mr. Putter’s adventures with his cat, Tabby have lost their pizazz! Another reason teachers are grossly underpaid!

My summer cocktails, tennis with the girls and commiserating with Doc have helped. The constant rain here in Central Ohio has made me lose my cool on more than one occasion, but the sun was out today, YAY! We trekked to the pool, even though, GASP, there might not be any friends there. Since when is your sibling not your friend? Try growing up on 10 acres, no neighbors, no cell phone, three TV channels and two brothers!

After I was subjected to the ‘Sunscreen Dance’ once again….I am sure you have seen me following my kids as they squirm and dance while I am spraying them. Yes, I use  the spray. I know it doesn’t work as well as the lotions, but I pick my battles people! After 2 minutes of telling them to stand still, the sunscreen application was complete. I got settled in my lounge chair and within mere minutes both kids were at my feet staring at me. The water was cold. Wah!

What else have I endured in these past 9 weeks of summertime????

Two lice scares. When my kids hear me say, “grab the comb and come here” they answer with, “do I have the bugs?” Thankfully they have just been scares. God bless the mamas who have dealt with the actual bugs! The silver lining is that all of our bedding, blankets, etc. have been washed and sanitized a couple of times! My washing machine is sure to crap out on me at any moment now.

Speaking of the washing machine. It had to be a man that deemed it appropriate for baseball pants to be WHITE! WTH? I have spent a small fortune on OxiClean but must admit I bask in the “Oohs” and “Ahhs” I hear from Boy Wonder when he notices I got ALL of the stains out! I cannot tell you how many times I have washed that uniform this summer. Add in Sunshine’s softball uniform, her leo’s for gymnastics and the swim team suits….did I mention that my washing machine must hate me?


I love that he always finds me behind my lens and gives me a little grin.


One of the gazillion leo’s I have washed this summer….

Let’s talk swim caps. Good Gawd! I will only put them on my children at the pool. In front of others. This way they can not scream out in pain as if I am intentionally pulling all of their hair out. If they continue this swimming gig, I see buzz-cuts in our future.


Might have been a little low and tight on this particular night! It will make her a better person, I’m sure.

My vocabulary has diminished as well. It seems I can only utter certain phrases each day:

Put your bike away.

Close the door.

Did you feed the dog?

Don’t forget to pack your snack.

What do you mean you left  your snack at home?

Close the door.

Ask your dad.

Get your face out of your phone.

Wet suits and towels belong in the laundry room.

Yes, you have to shower.

Close the door.

But let’s be honest. I will miss it all when they are back in school. My house is loud and crazy from the moment their little eyes open. We laugh. We argue. We dance. We play. The frozen treats are dwindling and we have started shopping for ‘school clothes’. These last three weeks will go too quickly. We have one last trip to enjoy, a 10th birthday to celebrate and a few more nights of staying up too late.

It’s 6pm. Boy Wonder is at baseball tryouts, Sunshine is giggling with some friends, Jagger is snoozing at my feet. I should probably start dinner. Perhaps I will close the door and pick up the wet towels on my way to the kitchen.

Live Creatively,



Holy Matrimony

Posted On July 14, 2015| 4 Replies


Ok, so it was 11 years ago, but I still consider myself a bride! Pretty sure I could not fit into my wedding gown, but I am not losing any sleep over it. I married my partner in crime 11 years ago…. 07/09/04. We planned the shindig in 7 months. My mom did most of the grunt work since Fiance’ and I were living in PA, but getting hitched in OH. Yes, we lived in sin before tying the knot. The good Lord has forgiven us so it’s alright for you to as well!

Doc can’t ever do anything the simple way. He made me solve a puzzle to get my ring. Here’s a picture of the puzzle…..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGet it? Yeah, I didn’t either. By this time (11/26/03) Doc had known me for like 18 years and he was certain I wouldn’t be able to solve his puzzle. After a few minutes of me racking my brain and him undoubtably sweating bullets he put us both out of our misery and handed me the card & pen. The card said: “Well Ewe Mare Me?” Check one: AMD or AMM.


Yes, this is a page from our wedding scrapbook….

Wishing Well=Well (Will). Lamb=Ewe (You). Horse=Mare (Marry). Hospital ID=Me (Jeremy). Riddle solved! I checked AMM! The option boxes were a throw-back to when we started seriously dating 5 years prior…..he romantically asked me to ‘go with him’ on a bar napkin:


When it comes to Doc, I always check yes!


Here’s a little glimpse of the road leading to our wedding and the big day itself! It’s been a sweet 11 years. Some days it feels like 11 months and others it feels like 11 lifetimes, but I couldn’t imagine being someone else’s Mrs. I love you Doc! Happy Versary!


My dress guru and friend, Willy.

Bachelorette Trip to VEGAS!

Bachelorette Trip to VEGAS!

When your dad is a photographer you get to play dress-up before your wedding and take LOTS of pictures. It was a fun day! Every bride should do this!


Me & Sophie….our first child. Sitting on the front porch of the home I grew up in. That cool window in the background now hangs in my house!


When a bee flies into your veil, it is good to have your Mom close by to save the day!


Smiling for my Daddy.


After several hours I have lost my cool….


Pretty sure my Mom told me to “Act like a lady”……


I LOVED my veil!

Rehearsal....don't we look thrilled?

Rehearsal….don’t we look thrilled?

Me and my beauties!

Me and my beauties!

Doc and his guys having a deep conversations....about what drinks will be served in the limo!

Doc looks scared to death….his buddies do not look very reassuring either!


You can dress me up in a fancy gown, but I will always add my own little bit of hillbilly!


The happy parents…..

My Daddy took these next three pictures from his front row seat!


Me cracking up & Doc rolling his eyes…..


Shoving that ring on!


Sealing the deal!


We are always laughing….always! Sometimes behind each other’s back, but oh well!


Jello shots in the bus!


Love my “trespassing is fine” bridesmaids!


The whole gang. I love them so much!


Despite weeks of lessons, I had no idea what I was doing….Doc pushed me around like a doll! Seriously, look at the grip I have on his arm!


Dancing with my baby bro!


And dancing with myself!


All the men singing “Oh Mandy” to me!


We don’t like cake….so we served chocolate chip cookies instead. And apparently my future was so bright I needed shades!


He’s so kind………

Can’t believe that was 11 years ago!

As the saying goes: “May they live:

Live Creatively,





Game Changer: Heel Genius

Posted On July 6, 2015| 2 Replies


Heel Yes!

I will spare y’all the gory details, but let’s just say that I am a bit of a ‘picker’……of the rough skin on my feet! It totally turns Doc on. Not! Because of this lovely habit and my aversion to shoes my heels rebel. Right at the back, you know the part that expands when you take a step?….they crack wide open. Not a tiny crack, a deep crevice. Deep enough to draw blood.

These cracks force me to walk on the balls of my feet, like Barbie. Glamorous, I know. Usually only one heel cracks open at a time, so I only have to Barbie walk on one foot. Picture it. It gives me the appearance of having one leg shorter than the other. Needless to say my teammates all fight over who gets has to walk next to me!

My good friend, TK gave me this:

Game Changer: Heel Genius

Total GAME CHANGER! At bedtime, I slather a bit on my abused heels, cover with a sexy sock and roll over to kiss Doc’s cringed-up face. Apparently he thinks I should sleep sock-less. And pajama-less, but that is a post for another day…..ah, marriage.

Don’t take my word for it. Follow the link: Soap & Glory’s Heel Genius. I am pretty sure you can buy it at Sephora for about $10, but I am not positive, because mine was Free!

Live Creatively,



Mathis Style Makeover

Posted On July 2, 2015| Leave a reply

Ok blog friends……it’s time to make a few changes to my blog. Thanks for your encouragement the last 10 months. I have enjoyed writing my blog and love your feedback…..keep it coming. Let the makeover begin!


My Team: No, I am not trading my team in for a new one. Just going to start using nicknames for them 😉 Noah will be Boy Wonder. He often leaves me wondering what I did to deserve him and he is beyond curious about everything! Natalie will be Sunshine. I greet her each morning with “Hello Sunshine” and well, let’s just say she makes the world a shiny place! Jeremy will be Doc. He’s my Mr and he’s a good mix of Doc Hollywood and Doc Holliday, but he is a REAL doctor too. Crazy that I married someone with special initials after their name! Yay me!

Under My Team you will now find a few new sections:

1) Nat’s Notes: I have been dying to blog about the notes Natalie Sunshine leaves around the house, in the car, on the driveway….everywhere. I promise these blog posts will make you smile.

2) Boy Wonder’s Adventures: Noah’s attack on life!

3) Little Miss Sunshine: The escapades of my baby girl.

4) Life With Doc: A glimpse into the life of Mrs. Dr. Jeremy R. Mathis, D.O.


And, announcing…..Mandy’s Morsels: A new menu bar item! It sounds like it should be a frozen treat, dipped in chocolate and served on a stick! Instead it will be a place for me to transcribe my random thoughts on random things. I know you are peeing yourself with excitement over this description. Stay tuned, trust me. Under this section you can find these new and exciting bloggable topics:

—-Lady Gaga Gossip: My team calls me Lady Gaga. I am certain it is because I am such a trendy dresser, always ladylike and can sing like the angels. It can’t be because they view me as odd, can it? Instead of fighting my nickname, I have embraced it. Here is where I will graciously share my most marvelous moments of motherhood. Some will be written through giggles, others through tears. It will be a peek at how I try not to take life too seriously but take my mama role totally seriously.

—-Game Changers: At my sweet age of 42 I am constantly in search of things to simplify/perfect/change my daily life. And why not? If someone has figured out a faster/easier/prettier way to do something then I feel it is my duty to copy that idea and of course share it with all of you.

—-Can’t Make It Up: No way! For real? Are you kidding me? Shut the front door! Here is where I will write about all of the things, people, places, situations that I encounter that are too good not to share!

—-Public Service Announcements: Keeping y’all informed! Topics will be random, of course!

And I thank you for your continued patience as I get my blogs about Flea Market Flips, Party Time and Get Organized out of my head and onto my site! If I had only taken typing in high school; that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!

Whew, I need a nap. I hope you enjoy the changes. As always, don’t get too attached to any of them as I will most likely change them again in 10 months. Hell, who am I kidding?….more like 10 days or 10 hours! Change it good! Oh, and if you aren’t subscribed to my blog via email, please do it; today would be great! It helps me manage my traffic (don’t I sound all techy) and will help grow my blog. Enter your email in that little white box to the right, under where it says “Subscribe to my posts”. THANKS!

Live Creatively,