I'd be a liar if I said that I didn't check the status of my delivery immediately when I got out of work today. It was actually the first thing the girls asked me when I picked them up, too! Everyone at our house knew that today was DELIVERY day!
We laughed and joked the entire way home that I was going to hug and kiss the UPS man when he arrived with the box of books. The girls told me that I would humiliate them if I did...
We turned the corner and started to head down our gravel road when Grace suddenly screamed! I nearly drove off of the road and then I realized why she was screaming. "Give me your phone, let me take a picture, this is monumental, MOM!" said Grace. We all got the giggles and raced towards home.
We pulled in the driveway like the place was on fire because we knew he was right on our "tail." When he finally got stopped I ran over to him and told him I had a really weird question for him. His response..."Is it weirder than driving in and seeing a pig running around in a snowstorm?" He may or may not have been witness to that Valentine's Day pig chase. We all got the giggles an then I sheepishly asked him if he would take a picture with me. I'm pretty sure he didn't know what to say, but he agreed. 😉 I did finally explain why I was so excited and why I wanted the picture, he congratulated me and went on his way.
Rob carried the 40 pound box in the house and Team Schmitt went in to full work mode! I truly don't know what I would do without my family.
I signed and wrote notes while they stuffed bookmarks and envelopes to mail out. I felt like it was really important that the girls saw all of the work that went into this project and that they got to be a part of prepping the books for shipment. (They even get to deliver a few to their school tomorrow.) I want them to know that if you put your mind to something, dream big and huge, work hard, and never give up that you can accomplish anything.
I added a new exciting adventure to the "Author Tour." I will be at the Iowa Horse Fair selling and signing books and promoting the idea of Dreaming Big and Huge!
Have you been to the Iowa Horse Fair? Hugged your local UPS man/woman or stalked the arrival of an important delivery?
From the Gravel Road-
P.S. If you know this UPS man, give him a shout out! I bet he deals with some crazy things out on the gravel roads. 😉
This is an old post, but one that people ask me about often! Hope you enjoy it!
I love this quote, it is so true the more organized I am on Sunday the better week I have. It is a great day to reflect, plan, and thank the good Lord for the beautiful life we have been blessed with. Remember how I mentioned the other day my new found love for Aromas Coffee Bar and their skinny vanilla chai tea? Since I only go to Charles City twice a week I had been experimenting with different kinds of chai tea bags and found nothing that worked. 🙁 So, I did what every 30's something woman would do...scoured Pinterest! I found quite a few recipes, but none that I loved. This weekend I concocted my own skinny vanilla chai tea!!! It comes nowhere near to Aaromas, but it is probably as close as I will get at home. It made a large Tupperware full and will probably last a few weeks, well maybe, all four of us have really been loving it! The recipe that I came up with is at the bottom of this post.
SCHMITT'S SKINNY VANILLA CHAI TEA
- 1 Cup Non Dairy Creamer
- 1 Cup Non Dairy Vanilla Creamer
-1 Cup Non Dairy Powdered Milk
- 1 1/2 Cups Instant Tea, unsweetened
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
-1 teaspoon all spice
- 1 teaspoon of cardamom
- 3/4 cup of sugar
Mix all powdered ingredients together in a Tupperware container. You will add 2 Tablespoons to 8 oz. of water or hot milk. To make this skinny you will need to use skim milk or almond milk. I like to heat the almond milk or milk to 145 degrees. That makes the perfect drink for our family! Next time I am going to experiment with less sugar and I am going to keep track of how many drinks this mixture makes. I am guessing it will last at least a couple of weeks in a tightly stored container. It would make a great gift to give someone in a pint jar with the directions to make a nice cup!