Halloween 2021

I love Halloween!

My girls are getting older and didn’t trick or treat this year, but they both had Halloween parties and fun throughout the weekend.

Me and Emily were able to dress up at school on Friday.

She was a space cowgirl and I was the queen of clubs. I LOVE my coworkers and that they love to dress up together every year.

Elizabeth and friends dressed up before going to a bonfire at another friend’s house, but decided to get back in comfy clothes because that’s just what teenagers do.

At least I got a cute picture of them before they changed. They were cute pirates if I do say so.

Me and Chris enjoyed an evening at home without the girls there on Saturday night and sat in the dark (so we wouldn’t have trick or treaters stop by) watching a movie. Call us fuddy duds, but it was glorious! 🙂

Hope y’all had a great Halloween. Now we get ready for Thanksgiving, Elizabeth’s birthday, and Christmas!

I love this time of year.

Thursday’s Three

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve shared a Thursday’s Three update with y’all.

Life has been busy, but FUN!

Here is what each of the Bolin Bunch has been up to:


  • Emily has been busy CHEERING. She’s the cutest little cheerleader to me! She has spunk and sass and can do all the fun tumbling and stunts. She is fun to watch. They just got done with football cheer and now are moving on to basketball cheer.
  • Emily is loving being an 8th grader and the “top dog” at the school this year. This is also the year that I have her in class and am her math teacher, so it’s been interesting being her teacher/mom. I gave her a tardy in class the other day and she thought that was the rudest thing ever!
  • Emily is obsessed right now with Dance Moms. Any free minute she watches Dance Moms on YouTube and loves all the episodes.


  • Our big high schooler. What a big jump from middle school to high school. She is rocking freshmen year and loving all the freedom that comes with being in high school.
  • She has her first boyfriend and me and Chris don’t know how to feel about it. She says it’s not a big deal and they both can’t drive yet, so it’s not like they are “dating”, but it’s fun to see them together at volleyball games.
  • Elizabeth’s first high school volleyball season is done. She has been fun to watch this year and I hope she continues to love the game.


  • Teaching and being a mom right now has been kicking my butt. With both girls in a different building this year and doing different activities, I feel like I’ve been running all over the place each day. But I enjoy watching my kids do what they love!
  • I am getting closer to 40, but my skin is acting like I’m in high school still. I have had many breakouts lately, so I am headed to the dermatologist soon to see what I need to do to help it. Ugh, hormones are a tricky thing!
  • I am trying to pursue an admin job soon. My goal is to be a principal, preferably an elementary school principal. I passed my principal’s test, so now it’s just a matter of applying at places and hoping for a chance!


  • Chris just got done coaching football for the season. I am so glad he’s done! He’s been so busy and hasn’t been able to watch hardly any of Elizabeth’s volleyball games. I have felt like a single mom lately, so I will be glad he is around and for his help.
  • It’s almost hunting season, so it’s been all things hunting in our house. We go straight from fishing to hunting around here. He had a giant buck on his game camera the other day and had trouble sleeping that night because he kept thinking about that deer!
  • Chris recently sold his boat. I know, right?!?! Such a shocker! But don’t worry, he is having a bigger and better one built and it should be done around Christmas time.

Hope you all are doing well! Can you believe it’s less than 2 months until Christmas. Time flies!

Have a great Thursday!

County Champs

Liz’s JV volleyball team played in the Stoddard County Tournament last week.

Friday night they played in the championship game and they WON!

It was the most intense game I have ever sat and watched!

They were losing the first set 21-24 and came back and won it 26-24! They made 5 straight points in a row. Elizabeth had an awesome block during this time that helped turn the game around in our favor.

Then, on the second set they were losing early on, but came back and won 25-21.

It was such a great night! Elizabeth has so much fun on the court, is a great teammate, and just fun to watch!

I am so proud of her and her team!

Happy #62

Dear Dad,

Today you would’ve turned 62. My heart hurts deeply knowing you aren’t here for us to celebrate anymore. But we still take this day and talk about all things Papa Tim and what he loved.

Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you. I am so proud I am your daughter. Just last weekend someone told me there was definitely no denying that I am a Helms and your kid. Made me smile.

So much has happened this past year. The most recent thing is that mom retired. Can you believe it?? I am so happy for her. We had a big retirement party for her and loved celebrating her. It was so fun! She is doing so great and is loving the retired life.

Nini Helms is doing good. She’s having a little trouble right now with her diverticulitis and is a skinny little thing, but other than that she is still plugging along. Grandad is doing good too. Stubborn as ever and almost 95! We wonder if he will live as long as great-grandma Ella did.

Julie and Matt are still living the farm life and doing so good. The girls love going to their house and helping on the farm. Julie took a new job with Missouri Highlands and works at Doniphan now. No more driving all the time! It’s so great for her.

Chris and I are still teaching in Dexter and loving life. I am finally certified to be a principal and hope to become one within the next few years.

The best thing we did this past year was bought a river lot.

We also bought a camper to keep on our river lot and basically lived there all summer long. It was the best thing. We are learning that the simple life on Current River makes us the happiest. We hope to live in our camper full time once Emily graduates.

I get sad thinking about how I wish we would’ve had this lot while you were still here. I know you would’ve loved to just sit down on the river bank with me and watch the boats go by.

Tyler is a junior and crushing it in school. He is SMART like his momma! He reminds me so much of you in his looks. He’s big and wears a size 13 shoe, but is the kindest hearted kid I know.

Lizzie is in her freshman year of high school and just got done playing volleyball. You would’ve loved being in the stands cheering her on. She wants to grow a few more inches, but I think she’ll turn into a decent little player! She also has her first boyfriend, so we aren’t sure how we feel about that.

Emily is well, just Emily. Full of life. Loving 8th grade and being the top dog of the school. She is cheering right now and fun to watch! She has so much spunk and sass and smiles all the time. Perfect gig for her.

Zach is all about hunting and fishing. He loved being with us a lot this summer on the river and turned into quite the fisherman like you and his dad and Uncle Chris.

Both Liz and Zach are taking great care of their diabetes and continue to not let it stop them.

There’s so much more I could say, but for now I’ll leave it as this.

Even though you should still be here, I know you wouldn’t trade your seat in Heaven for anything. I miss you more than words can say.

Love you so much. I’ll probably eat some cheddar cheese Pringles, drink a real Dr. Pepper, and eat an oatmeal creme pie in honor of your birthday.

Happy 62nd Birthday in Heaven, dad!

PS. Haley had her first baby yesterday! She missed having him on your birthday by one day. It’s a little boy named Nolan, and he’s the sweetest thing ever!

A Day in the Life

Happy Thursday, friends!

We’ve almost made it through another week. We have fall break next Thursday and Friday, so we are ready for that!

On Monday, I documented my day to share with y’all. I always plan these way before I know what the day might hold, but this was a pretty typical fall day for us.

I woke up at 6:30 a.m. and laid there for a while not wanting to get up. I slept awful for some reason the night before!

Finally got up and instantly made the bed. I always make my bed every day, no matter what!

Get ready for the day and am ready by 7:00 a.m., but kept my comfy robe on.

Go eat breakfast and hang out with the family. My girls are SO good at getting up and around by themselves. Perk of having strong, independent kids.

Braid Emily’s hair.

Finally go get clothes on and pick the house/kitchen up.

Take this cutie to school with me. Chris takes Elizabeth to HS and Emily rides with me.

I have morning duty this week, so my morning is super busy as soon as I get to school with making sure everything in my class is ready to go before I go outside.

Teach 1st and 2nd hours all about transformations. (I teach 8th grade math)

Then I have my high school Algebra 1 class the rest of the morning. (They are 8th graders, but are taking an advanced high school class). We are learning all about slope intercept form right now. I love teaching this stuff! #mathnerd

It’s finally my prep and lunch time. I run home really fast and talk with Chris for a little bit (we have the same lunch) and switch laundry out.

I go to our local Chinese place and pick up lunch for a few teachers.

It was my friend, Jess’s, birthday so we all planned to surprise her and eat lunch together. Even one of our old co-workers came and ate lunch with us. We had Chinese and cake, it was a wonderful time!

I teach 6th and 7th hours and then have my 8th hour advisory class. This is a time I can get all my stuff caught up. Our first quarter ends Friday, so things have been pretty busy lately with grading and planning.

These cuties come and see my after school for a snack before they head to cheer practice.

I tutor after school until 4:00. I love tutoring!

Picked Elizabeth up at 4:15 from volleyball and dropped her off at home. She hates pictures so I had to sneak this one.

Then it was time to pick Emily up from cheer at 4:30.

Come straight home and get supper going. Easy ravioli bake tonight!

Tried to lay on the couch with Chris while supper was cooking, but Emily was right there all up in our space.

Eat supper.

Clean the kitchen up and close it down for the night.

Go for a walk with Chris and Happy.

Next, I go and watch my friend’s little girl play volleyball. Her team won by 2 points in the 3rd set. It was an exciting game!

Come back home to make sure girls had all their homework done, showers taken, stuff like that done. Chris is getting ready for hunting season so he got a bunch of his stuff out that night to get ready. And he talks and talks about all. things. hunting.

We all watch an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond. I love this sitcom!

End the night with taking a bath.

And call it a night around 10:30 p.m.

Thanks for reading my blog! I’m so glad you are here. Is my daily routine similar to yours?

I love being mom, teacher, wife and am so thankful for my many blessings in this life!

Have a great Thursday!