Sunday, June 29, 2014

Meet the Grogman Family!


Meet the Grogman Family!

My name is Janet Grogman (Beasley).  I have never written a blog before, so I hope you find this adventure with me delightful and encouraging.   

My family and I currently live in Woodbridge, VA.  It is just 20 miles outside of Washington, DC.  Which I must say, the scenery is very beautiful out here and I am currently enjoying the east coast in this season of my life.

I am military wife to a wonderful husband, Daniel.  I love being a military spouse.  We have been married for 15 years this August and have 2 beautiful girls.  Alecia who is 14 years already ready to drive and take the world on with every step she takes.  Madison, she is 12 but will be 13 in August.  She is very informative and outgoing, always has to be doing something :).  I learn something new each and every day from raising these 2 teenagers.

I am prior military myself, and while in the military is where I met my amazing Husband (a story for another time it could take years to tell, lol).  But in the military is where I found my things I enjoy most: traveling, seeing new things, and meeting new people.  I am proud to be a military wife to be able to still do the things that I love.  The down side of being in the military though is that we are not close to family.  So seeing our nieces and nephews in person is sometimes challenging.  I still have a niece out there that one day I have yet to meet but rest assured, I will make it out to Montana to see your sweetness!  But thank goodness for our life saver Skype and Facetime that keeps our families able to see each other and see each other more often.



As a family we enjoy traveling and have always try and see new places each year.  Our family keeps that part easy for us since they are living all over.  Last year we went to Florida to spend Christmas with my brother.  This summer we are going to be able to spend a week in California.  One day I hope to go and visit my brother in Alaska.  Not sure I would stay a long period because I do like warmth.  And last time I looked on a map there was not a beach near by LOL.  

Thank you for taking time to read this, and I look forward to sharing our adventures together.


Sissy "SIL" Beaz


Monday, June 23, 2014

My Favorite Breakfast

Today I wanted to share with you my new favorite breakfast,
Greek yogurt with berries!
 
Please pardon the poor quality of my pics, they straight off my phone without editing! :O

So exciting, right? Okay, maybe not so much, but it is delicious & I find myself fixing it nearly every morning these days. I've been following a new eating & exercise plan called the 21 Day Fix. I seriously love it because it has totally changed the way I think about food.
Technically, you're supposed to be able to close the lid, but these are frozen. If they were fresh or defrosted the lid would close! ;)

The program comes with these adorable little containers that you originally think "That's it?", but end up saying, "Wow, that's a lot more than I thought!" LOL 
 
 
See? Way more than you thought, right?
I like mostly raspberries with 3 strawberries for sweetness. Then I sprinkle about 1/4tsp. coconut sugar on top & pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Haven't tried coconut sugar yet? You should! It looks and tastes almost like brown sugar & it doesn't affect your blood sugar levels the way that regular sugar does. That's important for diabetics like me.
 

 
While the berries are heating up, I fill up my little red protein cup with plain, non-fat greek yogurt. I don't want any artificial coloring or flavorings, chemicals, or any added sodium or sugars added to my food, so I always choose the plain, non-fat. I buy the big tub of it at Wal-Mart for around $4.
 
 

 
 
When the berries are finished, stir them up a bit as the juices will have come out & break up the strawberries into bite size pieces. Mix in all the yogurt until it's completely blended. It will be a little soupy, but that just means you could drink it if you needed to take it to go. Feel free to top it with a few of your berries to make it look prettier! Throw it in the fridge to let the flavors marry while you go workout, then treat your sweaty self to a delicious breakfast that will help your muscles repair after your workout & fuel your body for the rest of the day! ENJOY!
 
Jenny aka


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Meet Jenny!


Hey everybody! I'm Jenny & I started this blog several years ago as a place to share pictures and stories of the kids with the grandparents. You may already know all about me, but here's the rundown: I'm a Christian, a wife, & a homeschooling mom of 4. The hubs & I just celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary!

My kids are J (14), G (12), K (8), and E (6). Each child was born in a different state due to the ARMY and my husband's job. They drive me insane on a daily basis, but I love them to death! LOL Right now we are homeschooling, but this always seems to be in flux. Whatever works for us at different seasons is what we do. We should probably stick to one thing, but ADD seems to run in the family. :)


This is our cute & crazy family at our favorite place on earth! Since we currently reside in Florida, we have season passes to Walt Disney World and visit as often as we can. Doing things together is our favorite family hobby.
 
I never seem to stick to just one hobby, so I'm usually all over the place. However, I do enjoy cooking & baking, sewing, crafts, reading and playing on the computer. I do not enjoy housework of any type. LOL
Jenny   aka


The All-New-and-Totally-Improved Beaz Hive Blog!


Hey everybody, welcome to The Beaz Hive! This used to be my little corner to blog about my family and whatever else, but I admit that it has been sadly neglected in the past few years. If you've been one of my loyal readers (thank you to all 7 of you!), then you'll know that I struggled greatly with the identity of the blog. What should it really be about? What should I write about? How do I get more readers? Perhaps you can relate. I was really at a loss & pretty much just gave up.

A few months ago, I had an idea to revive this blog & give it new purpose. It took me a while to figure it all out and then convince the others to join me. Others, you say? What others? Yes, others! LOL It occurred to me that I didn't have to go it alone, and I just happened to have 4 other women who could bring their voices to the Beaz Hive. You may have already guessed that the Beaz Hive is so named because our last name is Beasley. :) These other 4 women are Beasley's too, either by birth or by marriage. We are all wives, mothers and either are or were in the ARMY or married to a soldier.

The way I see it, we all have something to contribute that might be of encouragement or help to someone else. We share some commonalities but are all very different women, from very different backgrounds. There is no set schedule or focus to what we will be posting, but rather a focus on sharing stories, recipes, praises, prayers, and words of encouragement. Hopefully you will get to know us & our families better. At the very least, this blog will serve as a record of the Beasley family.

We sincerely hope that you will be blessed, encouraged or entertained by our blog & enjoy stopping by often. Stay tuned as each one of us introduce ourselves & our families!

Jenny (Queenbeaz)



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

So, it's been awhile...

Just when I think I'm going to get back into the swing of blogging, life gets in the way. This is why I can't be a professional blogger. You have to be able to roll with the punches and work through the crazy times. That, and writing about more than just your fantastically adorable kiddos!

Since I last checked in:

My mother came to visit for Christmas.
My husband's sister, her husband & their two girls came for almost a week for Christmas.
We hosted a "Holiday Potluck" that involved good food, good friends, an ambulance and a police officer.
My baby turned 6.
My mom left after a 3 week visit.
One of my very best friends passed away suddenly.
My other "baby" turned 8.
We moved. Again. For the 5th time in 3 years.

I just haven't felt liking blogging. I hope you understand. Hopefully, I will get back into the blogging groove soon.



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Happy Birthday G!

My little G turned 12 on Sunday!
That's the Lil' Coconut on the right when she was just a few weeks old!
 *sigh*
Why must they do that?


It seems like just yesterday she was that adorable baby who screamed 23 hours a day.
No, really. She did.

The new big sister!


Life with G has never been dull.
She is disturbingly gifted in many areas of life.
Both the good and the bad.

Yup.   
Uh-huh.
Yes, I do.

She likes burning things. Marshmallows included.
A hugger.

Fan of good music. (Blues Brothers, for those of you who are NOT fans of good music)
Emotional. Crafty. Usually the ring leader.




The life of every party.
So here's to the girl who keeps my life interesting. May your creativity and your energy bring you many blessings, baby girl!




P.S. You really must try these Hot Cocoa Cupcakes with Peppermint Frosting 
from The Cake Blog! They are divine!







Monday, December 9, 2013

Christmas House Tour 2013


Hey there! 

Welcome to The Beazhive's 1st Christmas House Tour!

I am so excited to be joining Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday House Walk Linky Party this year! If you haven't already checked out all the amazing houses on the virtual holiday housewalk yet, you really must. They are simply gorgeous!

Jennifer Rizzo's holiday housewalk link party. Link up your home for a chance to be in next years house walk.

If you're visiting from Holiday House Linky Party, thank you! I can't wait to see all the gorgeous houses YOU have decorated for the season!

Now, there are a few things you must know 
before we get started:

1. I am NOT an interior decorator. In fact, I pretty much fail at decorating my home, but I am getting better. At Christmas time I feel as though I do a bit better. Maybe it's because it's not permanent? At any rate, please do not expect Macy's worth displays!

2. I am NOT a photographer. I really, really, really love taking photographs, and I really, really, really want a DSLR. That is probably not ever going to be in my budget, though, so for now I take pictures on my phone. Mediocre pictures. I probably should read all those posts about taking better pictures on your phone that I have pinned.

So, please be kind! :)

3. I went BIG this year! Why? Well, last year we moved the day after Christmas. The year before we moved right around Christmas. The year before that we were living in a hotel until December 23rd. I feel like we were cheated out of three beautiful, peaceful Christmases in a row! I know that Christmas is not about the decorations and the presents & we try very hard to keep our family's focus on Jesus during the season. I just really love all the other aspects of Christmas that make it so lovely and magical. So this year, I'm going BIG.

Without further ado:
 
 We moved to Florida last year & rented this beautiful house. Doesn't that entryway look beautiful with all the icicle lights? How about the 3 palm trees decked out in their holiday best?
My hubby did a great job!

Shall we go in?

We have named this the "Grand" tree because, well....it's grand. LOL
It's 7 1/2 feet tall with a base of 60 inches.
It sits in our foyer that for 11 months out of the year is basically 150 square feet of wasted space.
In my opinion.
I think the idea is the "wow" factor of opening that front door and being able to look across the entire house through the back WALL of sliding glass doors onto the patio & out onto the yard. It is very dramatic.
It may have suckered us in, too.
We didn't consider the cost of air conditioning that much square footage with up to twenty foot high ceilings in the main living areas. YIKES!

But now, the foyer is home to my beautiful blue & silver tree!


My husband and I are having a debate on where & when we bought this tree, which is weird because in the 10 or 11 years we've owned this tree, we've never even discussed it!
He thinks we bought it in Watertown, NY when Ames was going out of business.
However, our last Christmas at Ft. Drum we had a big beautiful live tree that really resembled this one. It was perfect, and the model for our "Grand" tree. We moved just over a month later.


I think we bought it the next year when we were in Hawaii and getting a real tree was bad option.
Not that it matters. It's still a gorgeous tree & we love it.


This simple yet stunning paper star was acquired at the swap meet in Hawaii.
I am smitten with it. 
The tree would not be complete without it.


This year, I used a couple of cans of spray snow to lighten the green of the tree and adorned it with varying shades of blue, silver & white.


The dining room is off the left of the foyer. All of the walls in living areas are an interesting of yellowish, orangish, peach that I'm not a fan of. It took awhile to decide on a color that complimented it, but we finally decided on purple. Purple is not exactly a Christmas color, so this took some creativity. Luckily, the Advent candles matched nicely.
Hanging those ornaments was harder than I imagined. I love how it turned out, though.


Normally, three mirrors live on this wall.
Two of them had an accident, so we finally replaced them & put a wreath in lieu of the center one.
The wreath was one that I got at a yard sale this year. It was horribly ugly with old fake flowers hot glued to it. It's my first attempt at styling a wreath from scratch. 
Not too shabby.


My china cabinet is still a work in progress, so check back next week for the update!

Did I mention there are no overhead lights in this room?

To the right of the foyer is our school room. It's the room we spend the most time in.
I have a yellow, grey & black theme in this room because of our "bee" theme at the Busy Beaz Academy.
However, this is where the "Family" tree is located.

I let the kids decorate this one!


This baby is loaded with decades of special ornaments that we've all received over the years.
I really felt like a momma when I received that first gold spray painted macaroni Christmas ornament!


Here is our favorite ornament. It's a peek-a-boo Tigger!


PEEK-A-BOO! I have a thing for Tigger & have had this ornament for a LONG time.


Here is the gigantic built-in entertainment center in our living room. The living room is right behind the foyer. When we moved in we had a 32 inch tv in the spot. It was teeny looking! We scored that giant flat screen for $200 bucks off Craigslist! Of course, it's not currently working, so...
There will be 5 other family members joining us for Christmas this year! We are so excited.
We put up stockings for everyone from our extensive stocking collection.
For some reason, we seem to buy more every year.
It's getting a bit out of control. Kind of like the trees. 
Maybe you should start keeping count of how many stockings and how many trees there are!


Our glitter silver nativity cut-out.
Sadly, this is the only nativity in our house. It's very had to find one that is both affordable and not breakable.
But that adorable baby in the manger is THE REASON FOR THE SEASON and we should never forget that!


MELE KALIKIMAKA!
(may-lay kuh-leaky-mah-kuh)

For those of you who don't speak Hawaiian, that means Merry Christmas!





This is the "Romantic" tree. So dubbed by J because it's in the master bedroom
Ahem. Moving on.

I'm not really a fan of skinny trees, but when I was working at Hobby Lobby last year, this tree was returned because the "lights didn't work". Mmm hmm. I rescued it from the trash chute for $5. Yes, five dollars.

This may be a good time to mention that most of the Christmas items you see here were all bought at after Christmas clearance sales. A great deal of them were 80% off (or more) plus my employee discount. I rarely pay full price for any Christmas item.

Back when we only had one tree, I used to rotate between my blue & silver ornaments and my maroon & gold ornaments and the family ornaments usually got mixed in too.
I always felt a little selfish wanting a "family" tree AND a "pretty" tree.
Now I don't have to feel guilty!

I did reserve that maroon ornament from some very dear friends of ours from our ARMY days in Hawaii for this tree, though. That Mrs. Bradley had a house straight from the pages of Southern Living & I loved it. Her tree had more lights and decorations on it than I thought possible!


Do you remember when I said we rent this house? Yeah, I didn't pick any of the paint colors. I'm very thankful that my master bathroom is not still the mauve color hiding underneath this color! However, I found some great ornaments in the Dollar Spot at Target (plus an extra 10% Cartwheel!) that compliment the lime green.


What? You don't have a tree in your bathroom?


A little more color for the bathroom.






My "Candy Land" tree! Love this one! It is so fun & whimsical.
This is the tree we bought last year when we celebrated Christmas in an empty house because the movers had already taken all our furniture. It was a bright, fun spot in that trying time.
I really need to take some daytime pictures because it's so cute!
 One of the neighbor kids said they wanted to eat it up!


My kids love the "snow" in the jars.


I was going to hang red and white pot holders from the cupboards but J came up with this free solution of putting wrapping paper on them after how well my china cabinet turned out. Smart, frugal kid!
Yes, I already owned all those different red wrapping papers.
I'm pretty sure only one of them cost more than .25 a roll.


This post is so long & I've only just begun! I will leave you with this fantastically adorable snowman that is hanging in the hallway between the kids rooms,
but I really hope you'll come back to view the rest of my decorations!


Mr. Snowy wants you to come back too!

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