Tuesday, December 07, 2010

::Dance::

Last Friday night Merci went to her first school dance. I know...5th grade seems so young. We deliberated for days on whether to let her go or not. We figured we'd get her dressed up and have Josh take her on a date or something, but Josh needed to go be with his moms and aunt because Grandma was going downhill again (she died on Sunday 12/5).




So we decided to let her go, because of a lot of reasons, #1 parents were encouraged to come, so I went with her. #2 most 8th graders would not be there and from talking to moms, this 8th grade class is not as mature as some. #3 I didn't want her to miss the social aspect of it.



And let me say I am so excited we let her go, but man did it bring back memories and make me what to dance! I didn't know this until we got there, but no slow dancing was allowed, and the kids would get a time out if they didn't anything unacceptable. There were about 50 or so adult to about 100 kids, so it was a great atmosphere for the kids to just have fun! They all danced all night long there was no awkward girls in one corner and boys in the other. I love our school!

While there I realized my brothers wedding is coming QUICK and soon Ill be a dancing queen myself=) Just last week Ethan and Josh went to get fitted for their tuxes...and boy is Ethan going to look so HANDSOME...Josh too;)
All the girls bridesmaid dresses are in, Merci has her dress, so things are getting pulled together quite well. After the new year it will be all about showers and bachelorette/bachelor parties!! Woo hoo!


Monday, December 06, 2010

Really? & New family photo!

You have definitely heard me whine about car insurance if you have been following this blog for any length of time. It is a sore subject for me. I HATE INSURANCE. All these what if's, and sue happy people in this world cost us thousands of dollars year. I know it is good, I definitely understand that. But just the politics behind it etc, is what really gets to me.

So last week when our homeowners renewal policy cam in the mail ad hundreds of dollars higher than last year, I was PEEVED. My insurance company has heard from me lots over the last few months, that is for sure. In this instance they got my rate lowered, so A+ on that. But F- in getting me cheap car insurance. My rates are $40 a month higher than last year, and last year was higher than previously...yet we have never used it or gotten anymore tickets (well I got one, but 1 in 10 years come on...).

Maybe I should become an insurance agent, make tons of money off other people and not care whether they can afford it or not, just know they legally HAVE to so why not make $ off them.

URGGGGGGG.

In other news, isn't this a great family picture??



Friday, December 03, 2010

Mounting

The pressure is mounting as the days get closer to Christmas.
Will I have enough $ to get everything I need?
Will I get everything done that I want to do?
Will I get a chance to be an example of how I want my kids to see Christmas?

I already feel the rush, rush and I want to slow down.
I try to get my running done when the kids are at school, but I also need to get stuff done around here.
Maybe it has just been a stressful week with 2 Christmas concerts, our regular obligations and Josh's grandma not doing well.

Hopefully I will get a chance to breathe sometime soon...like in 10 minutes when I pop in a movie for myself!

I wish things were easy and that I could just click here and it all be ok! But since that is not likely I will just take deep breaths and remember the reason (JESUS) for the season!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Not bad

Like I mentioned before, I was hoping to get back into things at the gym. I did!! Monday morning!
I'm still sore, Thursday=) Also yesterday a friend and I walked about 2.5 miles or so...even though it was in the 30s and we had a tiny bit of snow flurries. We are good like that=)
For those of you body builders, I found a site that compares different creatine powder. Just in case you were wondering;)

Besides getting a few workouts in, it has been a crazy week.
Monday we found out that Josh's grandma is going downhill quickly. 2 weeks ago she was walking around with her walker and now she is in bed not moving and barely responding to things. She is 93. We were very blessed to be able to spend Thanksgiving with her and even get a whole huge family picture with everyone in it!
Tuesday the kids go to Awana, so Josh and I got a hour to spend together, we hit a strip of store and got some Christmas gifts!
Wednesday I walked with my friend, shopped, had lunch and watched Biggest Loser at her house, the shopped some more and then Merci has a Christmas concert for band. She started playing trumpet (actually a coronet) at the beginning of the year. She did great!!

Tonight is Ethan Christmas concert, and we get to sit through K-4th singing songs all night...Merci will also play her trumpet again!

:SIGH::

I'm ready for an easy weekend!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A great stocking stuffer

I know that January sounds a bit far away...but really it will be here before we know it!

I've got a coupon code again for you, this time to save on Disney on Ice tickets!


Use this code: MOM2
FOR: flat $11 off all performances
Not valid on front row or VIP seats, no double discounts; limit 4 per order
Order here:
http://www.theqarena.com/events/disney_110107/

I think this is a great gift to ask family member to buy for your kids! Or just a little stocking stuffer from mom and dad!

This year it is all about Toy Story 3...Good old Buzz and Woody....who can resist!!
Maybe we will see you there=)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

FULL

I am sure feeling Thanksgiving. I feel so icky. My belly has been full since Thursday.

Besides that it was a fun weekend here! We hosted Thanksgiving for my family, then on Friday we went to the Rainforest with my cousins, then we went back to their hotel to swim! That evening we got together with extended family at the Winking Lizard, Saturday we had ice skating lessons and then we put up our Christmas tree and worked on Merci's science fair display board. Today we went to church and did some shopping and then came home to play our new Wii game.
I am determined to get back to the gym tomorrow...it has been weeks, sadly. But instead of giving up, I'm going to start again. Especially since the Christmas season has begun there will be many get togethers and parties on the horizon! So I definitely don't want to be disappointed by the scale, and I definitely want to be able to find something cute to wear!

I'm not looking for best muscle building supplements or anything. Just to loose a little bit of pounds or at least stay the same weight but see a different shape! You know how it goes.
Plus my brother is getting married in April so I gotta be looking good!!
Ethan and Josh got fitted for their tux's today and I cannot wait to see my handsome boy in April!

Hope your Thanksgiving was great!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

ThankFULL Week



Today I am thankful that I have a home. A beautiful home...not all the way we want it, and not perfect but wonderful! Almost 2 years we have been here. Today is the 2nd Thanksgiving we have hosted, and this time last year we were working overtime to get the basement done. 1 year since our wonderful TV room came together!! It is so very comfy down here, I love it. My place of relaxing, my place of cuddling with hubby, kids and pets.
We never thought we would see the day we owned a house and here I am being Thankful for it=)



Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!




Wednesday, November 24, 2010

ThankFULL Week

Today I am thankful that I have 2 lovely kids. They create almost all the challenges I face day to day, but without challenges, I wouldn't be who I am. The challenges grow me, stretch me, mold me. Without my kids who knows where I'd be?? Not here and that means I wouldn't be as happy as I am now=)

(This picture is from 3-4 years ago! They look so young!)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Disgusted

I am seriously disgusted to learn that so many stores are open on Thanksgiving=(
Lets take away one of the only days people still spend with their family. Lets force mom and dads to choose money over their kids and families. It has been a tough few years for so many. I really don't feel bad for the stores who haven't made what they have in years previous or whatever their excuse is. I will not shop on Thanksgiving. I will not shop on Black Friday. I just don't want to be a part. I am all for deals, but just am sick of the hype.
Another thing I will not do and pray I never have to is buy into the whole cash advances thing. ICK. Stop pretending that you are there for people...you are their to make a bad bad habit.

Do you plan to shop on Black Friday?? Let me know the great deals you got!
(I'm not against shopping on black Friday, I just don't do it...if I do I go int he afternoon when there are no crowds!)


ThankFULL week

It is Tuesday and the last day this week my kids have school. I am thankful for the option to put them in a charter school. We don't have the finances to pay for private schools, and don't feel led to home school, and definitely don't live in a good school district so cannot send our kids to public schools. So I am extremely grateful for this "other" option we have!

Our kids class size can only be 20, they must wear uniforms, they get character education (kindness, loyalty, trustworthy, etc...) they are greatly cared for and known by all the teachers and the list goes on. We love our kids school!!

And all in all I am thankful my kids get the opportunity to go to school at all, so many kids in other countries count it a privilege to get an education and here in the US it is taken for granted the opportunity to be educated.

Monday, November 22, 2010

ThankFULL Week

Today I want to express my Thanks for brooms and swiffers. Seriously. I have hardwood floors and 2 cats and a dog and 2 kids and a husband...whom I am ALWAYS cleaning up after and I just like clean floors. As a matter of fact if you are talking on the phone with me, I am sweeping! Not sure why, but if I get on the phone I automatically pick up the broom! Kinda funny=)

I am so glad that I get to clean up and not have to just deal with the dirt.

So today be thankful that you actually are able to clean, it is a privilege, believe it or not!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

ThankFULL Week

I wanted to start a little ThankFULL Week here on my blog!

I love thinking of all the little things we take for granted and be super thankful for them.

I'm going to start with sleep. It isn't such a little thing, but something I do take for granted. so many people have sleep horror stories, especially when they have little kids. We had some major issues with our youngest, for almost a year. But now I think I have some of the best sleepers around! Usually there is no arguing, and absolutely no problems. My kids sleep about 11-13 hours at a time. Only every once in a blue moon does one of them even wake up with a bad dream, or other issues. Josh and I are great sleepers as well. It seems like lately Ive heard quite a number of people who have to use a sleeping pill or other method of inviting sleep. I really don't understand, as I have never experienced sleep problems.

So this is why I wanted to express my thankfulness for SLEEP. I am ever grateful for my full nights of it!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Last minute...

We are such last minute people. My husband and I are both procrastinators...not good to have 2 of those in a marriage! But we figure it out somehow!

Last year we hosted Thanksgiving for the first time. We had grand plans to make a TV room in our basement, so of course it didn't get finished till hours before family got here...ugh...and there is STILL molding and stuff that needs to be done.

And just recently did we replace the light bulb in our bathroom fan above the shower...its only been 8 months or so.

Tonight was another get stuff done night, the middle rail on our bed frame was broke, and we felt like it was really making a difference in how we slept, so finally after a few month hubby fixed it for good...that was the easy project of the night...the other one included lots of water all over the place...not good, but it is all better now, so I wont get into it.

Now I am just waiting for Josh to get out of the shower so we can watch House!
I need it after the 2 hours of 5th grade math I had to teach to my daughter...UGH.

Friday, November 12, 2010

A lovely day!

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary. We weren't able to take a nice vacation like we hoped or even go away for the weekend, so we spent the day together!

We ventured to Amish country and had a blast! We wrote down some addresses to places that looked interesting and brought our handy iPad along and followed the directions around town. We stopped at a huge flea market, it was interesting but not very Amish, the we went to this farm that had a bunch of exotic animals, but decided not to do the tour (very pricey, and would be funner with the kids), then we went to a huge store that was like a kitchen gadget store and grocery store in one, then we stopped a few more random places and then had some home cooked Amish food, then with full bellies head home. Doesn't sound very exciting but it was great to just hang out in a different city together with our minds of of home. We also got some cool things to bring home! Like Amish peanut butter spread, that is a mix of peanut butter and marshmallow cream...YUMMY!! And of course some yummy cheese! I got green onion cheddar (OH SO GOOD) and he got some jalapeno cheddar.

My husband always has the iPad with him, so I never get to play! It was fun to get some play time yesterday! After some discussions I'm thinking some cool ipad accessories would make a great Christmas gift for him! We talked about a few things that he would like for it like a iPad screen protector so we wont have to constantly be wiping off the finger prints as well as a dash mount (or some kind of mount) for the iPad so we can see the gps better or let the kids watch a movie. He has also mentioned getting a wireless keyboard as well. Im excited to have some functional ideas for him!!

Looking forward to a lovely vacation sometime next year!!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

A surprise??

I know I mentioned in my last post that next Thursday my husband and I celebrate 10 years of marriage. I did say we weren't going on vacation, but I am thinking about surprising him with a one or two night stay at this great getaway area around here. We've been there once, but I should really check some places out to see if they are available...hmmmm....

The cabin we went to years ago was beautiful, overlooked the woods, which is perfect right about now with some beautiful colors left but some bare trees as well. We had a hot tub on the porch and got to relax in it while it was snowing, now that was cool! The cabin was big, had a great kitchen and we cooked meals together, snuggles on the beautiful cabin furniture while watching a movie in front of the fireplace. There were great paths to walk nearby with waterfalls and caves and also some great antique shops to browse.

I think I just talked myself into checking some availabilities=) Ssshhh don't tell.
Watch...he will check my blog today for the first time in years;)

Thinking about trying

Hey, I have been thinking about trying a colon cleanser...have you done one? Naturally? with pills? Help!

I may need a basic one to start off with, is there such a thing? A basic short one?? I need to start small, but think this might really help me
(I think I will get hubby to do it with me!)

Great way to enter our 1oth year of marriage together...lol (ONLY 1 more week until 10 years!!!)
Sadly we wont be going on vacation right now, probably at the beginning of the year, or maybe not, but looking like we have a big job coming then, so hopefully we can splurge (I will also be turning 30 in March so we can do a double celebration!)
Our passports are ready whenever God tells us we can spend the money!!

So really...What colon cleanse have you used? What were the results??

The cold is here...

It has been pretty cold here the last few days, and supposedly snow will be here this weekend ::gulp:: I hate to say it. Yesterday morning I even had to go start the car to get all the frost off the windows-our 2 car garage is filled with my husbands business equipment=(

The cold makes me want to hibernate, we have not been waking up in a timely fashion (it is extremely hard to get out of a warm bed when it is till dark out), I am unmotivated till later in the afternoon-which means I have not been making it to the gym (and when it was too hot out that was my excuses...excuses, excuses, know!)

I think I need to just get up and dressed and not take the kids to school in PJ's ::gulp:: and head straight for the gym, I don't want to do the lazy persons diet (www.fatburnersforwomen.org) and be all bummed when I am not seeing results since I am too lazy to go work out for 30 minutes or so...such a never ending cycle...but I will beat it...I WILL.

How do you get motivated to wake up in the morning? Is waking up at the last minute better or forcing yourself to get up a bit early at the same time daily?? What is your magic secret??

Monday, November 01, 2010

Halloween 2010

We have a few traditions for Halloween.

#1 We go to our friends house to trick or treat with them. I hope we always will!




#2 We bring Merci's friend who used to live a few houses down before we moved.


What can be more fun than trick or treating with your best friends??




Ethan as a Clone Trooper from Star Wars


Ethan's pumpkin, designed by him, carved by me

Merci as an Avatar

Merci's pumpkin

Thursday, October 28, 2010

UGH....

This middle school thing is killing me. Surprisingly it isn't even the attitude...much...a little bit, but not much. It is the shift in work load. Merci gets an hour study hall at the end of the day, so the amount of homework she brings home is super minimal, but I feel like the amount of knowledge and responsibility is what has changed. Merci is a lot of things, bright, beautiful, loving, dramatic, but responsible is not of the the things she IS. We really are trying to work with her on this. We talk through it with her, giver her examples, explain to her that she needs to work toward her freedom as a teenager NOW. She just IS NOT getting it...I want to like, SCREAM through a microphone and then, maybe THEN she will hear us and understand??? Maybe???

Funny (a little exasperating, but funny) story. Tonight we sat down to study her Social Studies from her study guide that she should have filled out straight from her book...there were some very sketchy answers...but my favorite was: dam-is a bad word....lol...oh boy, we have a long road ahead of us with this one.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

::getting paid::

There are so many programs out there for bloggers to make money!
There are sponsored positions where a company sponsors your blog and you do some promotions for them, there are jobs where you link to certain pages and get paid a set amount per post, there are opportunities for you the review products usually getting that product for free and then getting paid on top of that and there are sales opportunities where you showcase a product and if someone clicks the link on your page and orders you get commission, like weight loss affiliate program.
I have taken part in most of the above mentions opps. Some companies pay lots, some pay little, some require lots, some require little, some make you wait long periods of time for your money some pay quickly...do dome research and I'm sure you can find the right opp for you!

Per Ethan

As we stepped out of the car this morning at school Ethan enthusiastically commented "This is the perfect day." Meaning the weather! We are still seeing a bit of Indian Summer, it is windy but a comfortable 65 degrees, or so.

As soon as I finish up work in the office I will be heading out to enjoy the "Perfect Day" I think I'll take my pup for a walk! I love her.

Last week we weren't so lucky...It was COLD...we even saw some overnight frosts, and I was out one night in sleet...ick, way to close to snow for my liking.

Josh and I were walking into a coffee shop that happened to be right next to a tanning salon. Boy did it make me want to get my tanning bed lotion out and escape into fake sunshine for 15 minutes or so. I think I may go back to tanning this winter...just for some vitamin D. Ya know?? or maybe a financial miracle will happen and we can REALLY go on that honeymoon we have been waiting for for the past 10 years (Nov 11...we have our passports and are just waiting to find the perfect priced vacation, hopefully in Nov, but we might have to wait a bit longer).

Saturday, October 23, 2010

I won't tell you...

that Christmas is less than ?? days away!

Told ya I wouldn't, because I don't think you would believe me anyway...the number of days is down to double digits, that is how close it is...YIKES.

We are still deciding what we are going to do this year. I mentioned to Ethan that we were only going to get 1 present and give the rest to those in need...he freaked a little, and then I told him to think of one thing he would REALLY want...that calmed him down.
So I think we might just do it.

Then there is the husband whom I love an appreciate so very much and I can never surprise the guy...seriously. I figure out something and then he happens to go buy it for himself before Christmas...UGH. So this year I need to figure something out that HE won't. Any ideas on any new electronics items coming out?? Maybe I need to dig down deeper and find something sentimental or something that you can't just go pick up at the store....hmm any idea on that either??

Cold=Warm and Cozy

It has been getting pretty cold here in Ohio overnight...like in the 30's.
Daytime has been in the 50's.
And I have been sleeping like a baby, well actually baby's don't sleep really well, so Im not sure I like that comparison. In any case let me assure you I have been sleeping VERY WELL.
And actually I usually sleep pretty well, I am not one that has to take sleep aids ever.
I guess I am lucky, because I know a lot of people with insomnia issues.

Anyway...today we are off to so some errands, Josh had to work today for awhile to catch up on some projects. Me and the kids will do some shopping, and finally pick out some pumpkins...usually I get them too early and now I feel like I have waited too long. Merci has a party at 12:30, and then I will do some hanging out with my boy!
AND
tomorrow we are going to the CIRCUS...we always have so much fun!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

The circus is in Cleveland



The circus is here, and has been for a few days...but don't worry you have today through Monday to use this coupon code:

MOM2

to get these great deals...

4 for $44 on all weekday performances: Mon, Oct 25 at 7:30pm
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RESTRICTIONS: Not valid on Circus Celebrity, Front Row, or VIP seats; no double discounts; limit 6 per order

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Hope to see you there!!
Spread the word, this coupon code is good for all your family and friends.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

::heart:: blogging

I am not a fan of winter...love Fall and the pretty colors, smells, Indian Summer etc...but then winter is right around the corner. It is getting cold here in Ohio. Time to turn the furnace up and get out all the warm fuzzy clothes, socks and blankets.

The other night I took my laptop to the basement with me (I'm usually too lazy to get the laptop up...the desk top is always on on right there) and I remembered that I love snuggling on the couch with my hubby, blankets and the laptop-because it keeps me WARM=) So I just sat there the other night with the laptop open and running on my lap as I watched TV...how silly! But warm!

I guess I'm excited to get this blog back to speed and start adding pictures and milestones etc. I know if I don't I will miss looking back and seeing our family grow and change. I also like finidng new blogs like...glucomannan and other mom blogs, couponing blogs etc. But right now my focus is on health and nutrition, so I like to read what I can about that and implement little things here and there...

Any good blog suggestions for my reader for this winter??

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Wisdom Teeth

Because facebook is so easy to use, I tend to forget about you dear old blog.

Last Wednesday I got my 2 bottom wisdom teeth removed. They were impacted. I was asleep. Today was day 4 post surgery and I am mostly fine. Tiny bit of stiffness and soreness, but nothing ibuprofen couldn't help! I never even had to take the Vicodin, which I am glad cuz I took it with my kidney stone and it made me feel super sick.

I am super blessed to have recovered well without any complications...yet anyway, but I am sure I will be fine. Ready for a new week, back to almost normal. Looking forward to hearing from manager at Starbucks as well!

Talk soon dear blog.

Detox??

I recently heard about a rapid detox center. I am not quite sure how I feel about this...I do know people who are drug addicts and with all my heart would love to see them get away from that. But for the amount of money it costs, will it really solve their problems? I am pretty sure addiction to drugs, is hard to beat on many levels and not just the addiction one, I'm pretty sure people who rely on drugs have issues with their life and with themselves. Just getting away from the addiction doesn't stop the habit. But then again, if getting rid of the addiction to the chemicals will help that individual make better choices, and feel better about themselves, then I guess detox could help solve issues on different levels. A beginning I guess. A beginning of a long journey of many new choices and paths to fully get the individual back on path.

Have you known anyone to go through a detox for drugs? Did it help? Did it fail?

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Being a mommy has taught me much

I was 19 when I became a mom. I was 19 when I married the love of my life. Which means in 5 weeks we will have been married for 10 years. I'm sure ill be talking about that more, but right now I want to talk about what I've learned in being a mom...which obviously I cannot list everything...but I'll list some.

I've learned that things don't always go as planned, I list that first because it WAS probably really one of the first things I learned. I expected I'd have a boy...only 2 girls out of the 11 kids b/w our 2 families...I had a girl...the midwives and I expected she'd come before her due date, she came 4 days late! And from then on nothing went the way I expected...all us moms learn that pretty quickly.

I learned that my love of shoes (converse, wingtips, dress shoes, pf flyers shoes-you name it I had it) and shopping, needed to take a backseat to shopping for my sweet little girl who had no clothes and shoes and had a real need fro them, unlike me. I learned quickly to be unselfish, since our money situation was tight only necessities would do.

I've learned that the little moments count, more that the big!

I've learned that a sense of humor goes a long way.

I've learned that being a mother is a HUGER than huge responsibility, I'm realizing daily what a HUGE job this is and realizing daily more and more things I am responsible for.

I've learned that a mothers job is NEVER done.

I've learned that there are many things I need to grow in.

That's all for now, but not nearly all that I've learned

Friday, October 01, 2010

Hand in Hand

Working out and eating well go hand in hand, you really aren't going to see result in weight loss if you aren't doing some of both.

Ive been working out since last May, not consistently and not daily or even sometimes not weekly. Trying to get a bit more consistent. We will see how that goes. But eating good along with that is just as hard.

I had the opportunity to try new Healthy Choice Steaming Entres
I figured it be nice to have decent lunch/dinner to turn to if I just couldn't cook a healthy meal.
I am not generally a fan of frozen dinners, so having the opportunity to try this new variety, I was trying to be optimistic.

I got to try 2 meals...one had shrimp in it which I do not eat, so my husband got to enjoy that one!
Fora man who will not eat asparagus when I make it...tried the asparagus in this meal and ate it and semi liked it! He said it wasn't soggy and even complimented the texture of the shrimp. No limp shrimp here! But there was no way he was budging in trying the squash!
The Garlic Herb Shrimp gets a thumbs up from my husband!

I got to try the Portabella Parmesan Risotto.
Great flavor!
Definitely a lunch, as it didn't satisfy me for dinner...which they are supposed to be lunches anyway!

Overall Id say give em a try! Nice to keep in the freezer for those lazy non cooking days!

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Healthy Choice and received samples of their new steaming entrées to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central also sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.”



Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Another....



entire team with pantyhose over their heads...HAHAHA love it...2 pts

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hmmm...is it true??

Daily we hear about new ways to loose weight or new food that are good/bad for us. It is overwhelming to say the least. Today it is the Top 10 fat burning foods, tomorrow it is the No carbs diet that disses those Top 10 fat burning foods. There is so much pressure on us as a society to be healthy, to loose weight, to look good etc, but then every time we turn around there is a new fast food restaurant going up...I swear they will not stop until there is one on every other corner...

I'm just so sick of hearing about it you know? I need to loose weight...I look fat...does this make my butt look too big etc...

Do it for yourself, and not for others.

I love hearing the success stories, I don't like hearing the whining that goes along with it. And believe me, I do some of that whining. I have a blogger friend who is doing it! She has lost about 20 pounds, and it is just from better choices in her eating, not a strict diet, not a gym rat, just little by little and boy is it refreshing to hear her successes! She wants to feel comfortable in her skin, she doesn't want to deprive herself or complain when she eats a piece of cake etc...she is aiming for healthy not worldly acceptance!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Heartwarming

Some people out there don't understand blogging. I have been blogging for 5+ years with well over 1500 posts. I don't think I could have stayed sane as a stay at home mom if I wasn't turned on to blogging. I've met some great people, met some in real life and still home to meet some in the future. It is nice to know there are people out there struggling with the same issues as you, or even celebrating the same things as you. It has been a great out let for me in so many ways, I am thankful for the opportunity. I still wish to be a famous paid blogger someday, but if I don't achieve that it's OK.

Anyway...I wanted to share with yo something that is going on in the blogging world right now.
There is this tiny baby Matthew who was born to parents that had been trying to conceived for years. Finally after many miscarriages and a loss of a baby in the middle of her pregnancy, she gave birth to Matthew at the end of August...and then sadly and suddenly passed away in her sleep a week after he was born. How awful? How heart wrenching? I just am saddened beyond belief every time I think about this. Matthews father knew that his wife really, really wanted to breastfeed Matthew. And thanks to many bloggers being selfless and generous many mothers around the area and some far away are sponsoring baby Matthew with their breast milk...how is awesome is that??? I was so amazed at this! At first I thought it kinda weird with lots of issues to deal with, but you know what??? I think it is amazing, and if I could, I would. We drink randoms cows milk (and cows are animals...ick) so why cant this baby drink some random mothers milk??? He isn't sucking on some random breasts... that might be weird...he is getting nutrition in the way his mother dreamed of giving him, and some selfless women have agreed to give that mother her dream when she lost her ultimate dream of being a mother.

YEAH for awesome bloggers in this awesome community we share.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

No turning back

4...FOUR...yep 4 more days left of Summer. Oh my! I cannot believe it is over, I am not ready, yet I am. Fall is my favorite but that following it is the worst...I cannot even think about even calling it by name because I despise it, so long and dark and lonely, not to mention COLD. But I wont focus on that I will focus on that right in front of me...the closing, the END of Summer. Welcoming of warm and crisp and smells of apples and spice.

With that said, it is also time for the closing of the garden. I am not a pro and therefore am not going to attempt a Fall garden planting, (wouldn't this be cool though...gardening all year round...hydroponic systems?) we still are awaiting the endless supply of tomatoes forming, some that will not fully ripen or grow to be eaten, but there are still so many and so many buds as well. A few more peppers as well. I need to pull out the deeply rooted, once glorious sunflowers, that have been beheaded by my dog or my kids. I need to learn what to do to prepare my soil for next season, I have heard rumors about coffee grounds...anyone have any advice?

With that said, I still have 50 or so tomatoes in my freezer...I need to cook them down at some point and don't know how??? And advice on that too?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Something you haven't see here in awhile!

A picture!



The family who tries on lampshades in Walmart!

It was part of a photo scavenger hunt...be on the lookout for some more pretty funny pictures from that fun and crazy day!!

What if we were just grateful???

Are you a grateful person?? I think I am, but I am sure I can use some work!

Lately I have been just bogged down by people and their ungratefulness. I mean, Im sorry if you can't have the newest Prada handbags, you did just get the newest Gucci one last week. I mean seriously people. I don't want to hear you complain about your awesome vacation that your on while I stay at home a try to make ends meet for my family and hope and pray and hope some more that we can go away for our 10 year anniversary in November, because we've been away twice together in 10 year. Do people really think someone should feel sorry for them??? Because I don't.

My facebook status the other day was, What if we were all just grateful with what we had...someone responded, "Best Buy would be out of business" and he was so right...which is sad.

*steps off soapbox...hey I did say I could use some help in this area myself.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Again??

Is it really time to renew my car insurance again??And did it really go up $40 a month for 1 ticket in 12 years??? Honestly people. I AM SO SICK OF INSURANCE of all kinds...I so sick of paying for just in case, ya know?? Is there even affordable car insurance anymore??? I KNOW it is a good thing. Don't lecture me on that. How much moe money could I be giving to people in need, blessing people who can't afford to put food on the table for their family, instead of paying for just in case, and barley being able to make it ourselves. Just sick and tired of the politics of companies that are supposed to be there for you, you know, the ones you are paying to be there for you but when it comes down to it will they be??? Probably not without a fight.

So I'll be on the lookout AGAIN. Spending my precious time on the phone and internet trying to find someone not wanting to rip me off.

Other than that things are looking good around here. A bit of allergies running around our home, sore throats and stuffy noses, but all in all things are good.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Highs and Lows

How come the highs and lows of life cant just even out to OK days. I feel like I have SO MANY low days and not enough in between. It is probably me and my lack of a plan or purpose for my life right now. I mean, I cant even get my to do lists done, let alone figure out what I want to do with my life. I certainly cannot see myself in a career, or even liking a part time job, I'm so spoiled, how can I let go of that???

UGGGGGG, I see no end in sight.

We need to make some changes around here, and it is going to be painful, but the end result shall be sweet. Hopefully the lows will bottom out soon!

Thanks for letting me spill!

Friday, September 03, 2010

So many wow's

Kids in school...1st and 5th grade...marriage coming up on 10 years (less than 10 weeks)...still so young I am. My mind cannot comprehend these numbers, these statistics.

Everyday I remember my kids toddling around, how cute they were and how I wished for those years to be over, they were so hard. It really is true what people say, "enjoy every moment." It really does fly by in a blink of an eye.

I would never have looked into the future and saw me, here, now. So many regrets and so many victories. I only hope many more victories for the next 10 years.

I want to celebrate...I want something special to mark these 10 years, that only by God's grace we have gotten through. ::Happy Tears::

Oh my. So much to think about. No wonder I cant get anything done in the 7 free hours I have per day...Oh wait, that is just me being lazy=)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

They are back and so are my thoughts

The kids are back in school, and now I have time to think, to ponder, to get my priorities in order.
So many thoughts running through my head about so many things.

#1 What am I to do with my life...??? Work, school, stay at home, volunteer...WHAT??
#2 I want to be a better mom and wife...what does this look like??
#3 What schedule works for getting the housework, business work, finances, couponing etc all done?
#4 How do I get this dog to stop chewing, pottying etc??


The biggest thing I am pondering is what plans the Lord has for me. Am I supposed to work so I can contribute financially, and possibly even carry health insurance. What will I do if I decide to work -retail work (have lots of experience with that), random job, waitressing ( no experience), healthcare medical jobs (lots of demand, no experience or degree, and live right by a hospital)....UGH...I have no idea. Maybe the best choice is to go finish some kind of degree and possibly substitute teach next year or so. I really have no clue and no direction.

So many decisions, such hard decisions, BLAH.

I'm sure I will figure something out. You can say a prayer for me, I'm sure that would help.
I'm ok with all of this, just thinking out loud, getting some of these thought out there and out of my head and possible looking for some wisdom!

Goodnight.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Need to write...

One more full day and then the kids go back to school (E 1st grade, M 5th). For awhile I was feeling like I wasn't ready, but the reality is I AM READY, but THEY ARE TOO. They need some structure, they have had enough doing whatever, whenever, ya know?? And I know I am right because last Friday we went to the pool with some friends for the last time this Summer, and they sat there at our feet, whining that they were bored, or hungry....and we had just been out to eat 10 minutes before that....they didn't even recognize fun right in front of there faces.

Today was a stressful day, E is a hard child, whinny, always negative, never happy with what he has, and boy does that start wearing on you after awhile. Because we let the kids have a sleepover in E's room last night, they were up late and up super early...so of course he was super crabby today. I am mentally and emotionally exhausted.

Then there is Merci, the back talking, never shutting up pre-teen. OH MY.

Love them both so much, but goodness I need a break, and so do they. Not sure how they put up with me always getting them to do stuff and yelling, and loosing my temper...etc, etc....I KNOW I am not perfect as a mom.

Tonight I had the kids do some work, Merci has a work book we were working through this Summer and E had a packet he needed to finish over the Summer. With a little resistance, we did get some stuff done and Ethan was super interested in doing his, hmmmm...he must be ready to get his little brain working again!

So for so many reasons I am glad school starts on Wednesday! I will miss them but am determined to be MOM and only MOM when they get home...since I will have the whole day to myself.

Good night!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

That time...

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We leave for vacation soon, so that means I am scouring the house and dollar sections for little toys and fun stuff to keep in the car to keep the kids busy on the7-8 hour drive. We don't have portable dvd players, and even though they are affordable we just don't want the kids to rely on TV in the car. I usually pack a basket that sits in between them and they keep each other entertained for the most part. We have had really great traveling in the car in the past, and I am very grateful. BUT it just means I have to work hard every year to find interesting stuff for them to do!

I was pretty excited to learn about My Living Stories App for the iphone or itouch, I knew this would be one new thing to add to the keep the kids busy in the car list! Along with all their favorite games that I already have downloaded, like water slide, hangman, kitty jump, doodle buddy, paper toss...the list goes on! As you see the iphone isn't just my toy!

My Living Stories ($1.99) provides some classic stories as well as some new stories in an animated way, so your youngster can read along with the storyteller or if you have the capabilities you can record your voice to tell the story, or you can play music only and let your kids tell the story.
Because I want this to be new to them on the drive, I haven't got the thumbs up from the kids yet, but I am definite I will! If anything it is like a mini movie, the story is animated, has music in the background and you turn the page as your ready. And let me just say, the little girl narrator has the cutest voice! I also like that you can play the music only so your child can tell the story. It can't be practicing reading if it is on the iPhone can it??? (Ethan is really sick of us pushing him to practice reading, so maybe this will trick him!) Oh, and if your iPhone or iTouch has the capabilities you can record your own voice to tell the story as well! AND I am super excited to actually have my kids hear the Princess and the Pea, because honestly I think they've never heard it yet....we refer to it, but it will be cool to hear the story!

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Frugal

If you have been around this blog for any amount of time, you know I am a frugal girl, as much as I can be. I love to shop with coupons, I love to shop most only on clearance, I just love a great deal!

My brother is getting married in April of 2011. Only 9 more months!! We found a dress, and only 3 weeks later went back to order it to find it was no longer available. Good thing it wasn't the brides favorite one, so we went back to her 1st pick and found it was over $200, and I am so glad she agrees that is ridiculous to pay for a flower girl dress...! BUT we found it on an few online auction sites, and was able to order it for $85!! I am super thankful we got such a great deal, but know we have to cross our fingers that it looks pretty close to the original, since it is a knock off coming form China....and that the color we chose for the sash that goes around it is close to the color of our dresses...or close. You can very well match colors on the computer screen. But we are excited to get it and find out, we have time to fix it if need be.

Now I have to go order my dress, and then it is the guys tuxes...all 4 of us in the wedding...yikes.

Cant wait to post a picture of her in it!

Monday, July 19, 2010

A great Treat!! For me and for YOU

I was pretty excited to hear that Breyers had new tasty treats on the market.
I was even more excited to get to try some for FREE and even extend that same opportunity to YOU!!!

Breyers SMOOTH and DREAMY bars and sandwiches are INCREDIBLE...well, the Chocolate Covered Strawberry bars I chose, anyway!! There were 2 types of bars and 3 types of sandwiches to choose from, they all looked super yummy! And the great thing is that no matter what choice you make they will be under 160 calories (each, of course)! Less calories means less time I have to run on that elliptical at the gym, and that makes for a big thumbs up! They have no artificial flavors or color either. Yeah for a more naturla product! Another thumbs up.

I really enjoyed this ice cream bar, the ice cream WAS seriously Smooth and Dreamy...I won't lie, I had 2 today;) The ice cream was SUPER creamy and for once I understood the name of a product! I am never very inclined to try ice cream treats that are half the fat or supposedly "better for you" because I am an ice cream LOVER...so why skimp on taste? I was super to surprised to find these ice cream bars were not skimpy on the flavor at all...they were delicious and satisfied my sweet tooth. Another thing I am super picky about is, artificial sweeteners...DO NOT LIKE THEM or the taste of them, and do not believe they are good for you, and was happy to know these were all natural.

Way to go Breyers you are still my absolute favorite ice cream brand!!!

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

I was keeping up

I was finally actually keeping up on here...and then I slacked again. As most of you I have lots of posts floating around in my head and they just never make it on here...I really hope to this next week...lots of milestones to write about.

Sadly I have been slacking at the gym, making it only 1-2 days per week. I thought it be easy in the Summer, I thought taking the kids to the child watch room would be fun for them...well, not so much. More of the problem is me, I like to start my cleaning and chores and all that right in the morning and then get myself ready for the day, but since we have all been sleeping in getting to the gym before the room closes has been tricky. Also my joints are all out of whack, they are fine some days and some days they hurt so bad that going to the gym is out of the question. You would think with all the joint pain remedies out there, I could find something, but no such luck.

For the most part the kids haven't been a problem, there are good days and bad, just like always.
We are finding lots of stuff to keep us busy. I'm a little worried about the weeks to come since Tball and softball are officially over, and so are all the library programs=( Guess I need to get more creative. But vacation is only 2 weeks away so that will be a help as well. When we come back then only a few more weeks until school!!!

Be back soon with some pictures and a giveaway!!!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Looking forward to...

I am so excited to have something fun to look forward to. My lil' brothers wedding in April...so far away yet it will be here before we know it. Gotta order my dress by August, gotta order Merci's dress soon as well!! I am so excited for my brothers and to see my others brothers married as well (3 brothers in all!)

Now I am even more excited to start shopping for baby shower invitationsbut that will come in due time and I am not rushing them...just saying I am so excited to be an aunt, someday!

Until then I will concentrate on the wedding and enjoy the process of the first of my siblings getting married=)

Friday, June 25, 2010

7 years ago my husband was given another chance

Happy SEVEN years of life Josh!

Yes, my husband is more than 7 years old, but it has been seven wonderful years since God saved his life.

On June 26th, 2003 Josh and I went roller blading at a nearby park. The previous night we had been shopping at Dick's and found a great deal on some roller blades for him.

We were having fun and laughing about the tight butt I would have if I kept roller blading all Summer, LOL. We then came to this big hill that lead down to the lake. It was paved and people biked and walked it all of the time. Josh kinda looked at me like, should I?? I don't quite remember too much but I remember him looking back at me like, Here I go. And the not so funny thing is I was thinking about how fun it looked and almost followed. That's when I saw him collide with another person and fall. I kept looking down thinking get up already...that is when I heard someone yelling "call 911."

I panicked and starting freaking out, I whipped my roller blades off and threw them, I ran down he hill as fast as I could possibly run. When I got down there, I asked someone what he looked like, before going near him. She told me there was blood all over, coming from his head. I was balling and in hysterics, yelling about how that was my husband and who knows what else. I went to him and held his head and was talking to him in his ear, which is when I realized he was foaming at the mouth and unconscious, not answering me and probably not hearing me either. I was relaying info to the wonderful person who was on the phone with 911. I then realized that we had no health insurance and that I had a little girl at home, and started panicking even more and running around in hysterics. A bit of comic relief...I remember going over to a group of people and yelling and screaming "This is why you wear helmets, make sure you wear your helmest..." I was in hysterics and not thinking clearly because I never would have done this normally:)

All I know is that there was a group of people walking up the hill and supposedly didn't see Josh coming at them until it was too late. Josh ran into that person (as far as I know nothing happened to that person). It seemed like forever until the paramedics arrived. The driver was super nice, a christian as well, and let me use his cell phone after he said he didn't have one. I called my friend Ang and told her to meet me at the hospital now. What a friend to not ask questions but come anyway.

So anyway, we get to the hospital and they tell me to wait in a room, and a social worker will be there any minute...she never came and I was loosing it. I had no idea what was wrong with my husband, if he was living or what. I just started calling number that came to my head..one of which was a lady I babysat for..why I called her I had no idea, but she called the church for me, and that night so may church friends came to the hospital to be with me and pray. Ang and Ben stayed the night in the waiting room with me, as we still had no idea what was going on. He was in ICU and really late at night so they wouldn't let me in.

To make a long story kind of short, Josh ended up with 4 separate skull fractures and the only reason he lived is because his ear drum burst (the blood was coming out of his ear) to let the bleeding from his head drain. The skull fractures were pretty bad, and everyone kept telling us how amazing it was that he was alive and for the most part recovering perfectly.

Josh was in ICU intubated for about 4 days, when they took the intubation tube out is was still a few more days before he was coherent. Well, enough to insist that the TV was the telephone!!
My favorite memory is the day after they took the intubation out, a friend Patrick came by to see him, Josh had barely spoken 5 words since the removal (it is very painful, his trachea was very swollen), and Pat asked him what's my name Josh..it took him about 2 minutes but he muttered "num nuts" a name they called each other. From that point on I knew he would be ok!
I had taped pictures on his bed so he'd see Merci and I and remember us...I didn't know what kind of shape he'd be in when he woke up.

Josh had to spend another 3 week in brain rehab. They worked with him to get his brain functioning again and other functions, motor skill, physical therapy etc. He did great from the start, but there was a lot of memory gone and his brain wasn't functioning at the normal speed. It was still very hard for him to even think..it hurt..obviously. He hated every minute of being there. I only missed seeing him 1 day of his month long stay.

To this day I don't know how we paid our bills. I worked 1-2 days a week at Babies R Us, and that sure didn't cover it. God was so faithful in our time of need.

All of our hospital bill were paid by the County, we never saw one!

Josh was supposed to have been in occupational and physical therapy for 1 year following his accident, after his 1st appointment of each they said he didn't need to be there.

Today Josh has very minimal damage. He cannot smell... we aren't sure how this happened...and he lost sight in the bottom right quadrant of each eye (if you divide the eye in fourths).

I am so thankful to God and all who helped us in our time of need. I am ever grateful for the miracle of Josh's life (there we more accidents after this that could have easily taken him from me...but didn't), He will never know how much I love him and am grateful he is still here with me.

Originally posted June of 2007, rewritten June 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer

Summer is here today!! Officially the first day of Summer...how fun is that??
The kids are attending VBS all week from 9:30-12, so I get a few hours to get some stuff done=) And just like last year, I really just want to come home and clean in peace! Today I had lots of errands to do so I didn't even ge to come home, but tomorrow I WILL come home! Check out this green study to see how shopping online is actually a way to go GREEN...who would have thunk?? I wish I could find a place to do grocery shopping (cheap) on-line, that be GREAT especially in the Winter!

Today I got a cherry tree for $5...mostly for the beautiful white to pale pink blooms in the Spring! Hopefully it will produce some cherries someday as well! But $5!!! I was super excited, and thankful to Josh for driving all the way there just to pick up my tree, what a trooper!

Other news about lovely things growing: I have LOTS of lettuce, like too much, really. I see lots of green tomatoes and little yellow flowers that green tomatoes will follow-and then turn red...hopefully! My bean plants are growing super quick, Sunflowers are getting thicker and thicker lots of cauliflower leaves no fruit though (or vegetable actually), pepper plants look well and even my beautiful $10 Rhododendron, I got for super cheap that I sunburned and it lots every single leaf, is actually growing lovely green leaves again, will I see flowers this year?? Probably not.

I love growing stuff and feel so "GREEN" and accomplished.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

nowhere...

Yesterday I went nowhere...I didn't have to get into my car (although I do love my car) not once...I almost did and then I said to myself, WHY??? You don't have too!!! It felt nice.

We don't have busing at our school so I have to take and pickup my kids daily for school (only 1 mile, but just always having to get in my car is annoying).

Yep, you got me, since I didn't leave the house, I did not work out=( But we did pull lots of weeds and set up the pool and dig around in the garden, so I wasn't lazy either! I am looking ofrward to a lazy day sometime soon!

So today I was actually excited to go to the gym and workout on all that wonderful brand spanking new fitness equipment...I love weight machines they make things a bit easier=) And the main reason I went...so I could have a little bit of time without kids asking for something...I love childcare at workout facilities!!!!

Have a lovely weekend everyone...we have a full one here.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Trying so hard...

I am trying so hard to loose some weight...or just change shape...Yes I did loose 1.2% body fat...that was a start. But I haven't lost inches...=(

Kids are done with school so now I have to lug them with me...childcare is cheap, but will I do it or will I not? UGGGG If I could only find how to reduce belly fat Id be so happy.

I guess the real way is to stay in the gym and watch my eating...which is the hardest part...once I get to the gym I can workout all day, but then when I get home I am super hungry...oh the struggle. I know your sick of hearing about it...not obsessed with it, just want this so bad, and I can taste it and it makes it so much harder to wait for the results.


Tuesday, June 01, 2010

You're Not The Boss Of Me...

You're Not The Boss Of Me...is the title of the book I am reading. I had a chance to review this book, and who can say no when they have kids and want to find the best ways to relate, discipline and encourage them?? I definitely won't. Especially when the front cover reads..."Brat-Proofing your 4-12 year old children." And when my kids act like brats daily...I definitly know I need some help!

Although I have not had the chance to get through the whole book...because those "brats" don't leave me any time to myself;) I have found so much useful input and already put some to practice.

I really liked how Ms Braun brought up the fact that kids don't have to be looking at you to hear you...half the time I fight with my kids to look me in the eye and after that fight you know they are really trying to act like they are looking at you but not necessarily paying any attention to you...so why not just cut out that step...they can and will hear and pay attention even with their eys not on you...and I do understand sometimes they do need to look at you, but not in every instance!

Also I like how she brings ways to try to compromise with our kids in certain instances...to honor your children's independence yet keeping your his/her safety in mind and your family rules intact.

I can't wait to get more into this book and implement some strategies that might work with my family. I don't think following any book to a T is good for families but taking from a number of books advice, and strategies that will fit into your families way of life and keep with your values.

So if you are looking for a good book to get some strategies ( come on we all need some new strategies over the Summer!) I would suggest looking into the book:
You're Not the Boss of Me- Brat Proofing your 4-12 year old child by Betsy Brown Braun



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Friday, May 28, 2010

My last day

Today was probably the last day I have to gallivant around town with my hubby while the kids are in school. Unless is rains one day next week...cross your fingers for me!

He was all set to go finish up a project he was working on all by himself since our worker was off today. The he took me out to breakfast, I went to run some errands and when I got home he was here!

We decided we were going to go buy an iPad, but no such luck...all sold out in Ohio...except for the bottom of the line one which doesn't even have 3g...so we are now on a few waiting lists and will probably have to wait about a month. Oh well.

We came home and had some good conversation about the business and different things we needed to communicate about.

And I even snuck in a good cardio and ab workout at the gym, while he ran a few errands.

He even picked up the kids from school for me!

Dinner is in the oven and then it is off to Merci's softball game, then bedtime and then off to our friends house for the weekend in the morning!

Talk to you soon!

Have a great Memorial Day weekend, don't forget why we celebrate this day!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Results are great!!

Actually good results are great...not bad ones=)

Today is day 22 the gym has been open and that I've been working out...and I obviously have not been to the gym all those 22 days. I think my average is 3 days a week. With sore muscles, field trips with my kids and busy weekends I just can't make it everyday...

I have had 4 workouts with a trainer, and Ill be on my own for now. I will have to start bringing the kids with me so Ill have to pay for the babysitting room, so I don't want to spend the extra money on that AND for a trainer...he wasn't that hot..haha;)

But anyway...back to results...I have lost 1.2% body fat in those 22 days...That is really good!! I am super happy and excited to keep working out hopefully a bit more frequently as well! I can see me in that 2 piece already;) For that vacation in November, right honey??

So my advice to you all out there is to stop looking for
weight loss supplements and workout!!
I am a super lazy person and I have asthma, bad knees and a hurt shoulder and I can do it! You can too!!!!

GO ME!!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

6 more days

The count is down to 6 more days of school...yikes...I have no time left...it is here...Summer break. My break is over!

I feel so sad and happy at the same time that my baby boy is going to be done with Kindergarten.

Kids sound so young and little when you tell people "My son is in Kindergarten" But when you have to say 1st grade, that just doesn't sound so little and young anymore=( They sound so grown up.

Like I've mentioned, our school doesn't do a graduation or anything, but for his accomplishment, I want to treat him to something special. I am hoping to get his friend to be able to sleep over next Friday night and a treat and welcome to Summer vacation (Im going to do this for Merci too)...but I also have something else for my little Kindergartner!!

I have on of THESE to give to him after his last day of school!! I'm excited to give this to him, and hopefully he will share one of the surprises with his sister! Not only am I excited to give him this but I am also excited to be able to educated my kids on traditions of other countries! Can't wait to see what he thinks! Im sure he will want to keep the cool cone and fill it up with some of his toys or more likely since he is a boy, use it as a sword;)

This cool gift is a KinderCone, a big cone shaped box filled with little goodies for my boy! In Germany and Austria they call them Schultute's, They are given on the childrens first day of school in 1st grade!

I peeked!! Inside the Kindercone is a plush toy Karli, the main character in the journal that is also inside, to keep track of all the memories of 1st grade! There are also some pencils and temporary tattoos! I'm also going to add a few little things of my own!

What do you do to celebrate the end of the school year with your kids??




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Monday, May 24, 2010

what we need to do....

I told you about all we have done around the house, now I need to write down somehwere all the little things we NEED to do:

Basement
*finish molding on basement living room
*carpet on wall where cats climb
*touch up paint
*carpet clean
*finish ripping up tiles and paint the rest of the floor
*clean up mess in back room
*sell pool table and pool table light
*sell DJ equipment sitting in back room
*sand and paint steps
*close in back room
*white dresser to tree lawn

Kitchen:
*redo all cabinet and appliances...WISH!
*touch up paint
*repaint molding
*deicide to paint cabinets or wait....

Office:
*paint
*put office back together
*vacuum, sweep, mop floor

Lving Room:
*replace door hardware so the lock doesn fall out everytime you open the door!

Upstairs:
*paint hallway-decide color
*paint our room-gray/blue color scheme

E's room:
*NEEDS bigger bed toddler bed too small

And the list goes on.....

We've done a lot since we've moved in and I am super thankful for all the work my hubby does around here!



Much going on over here...

We have been busy with so much over here.

Baseball season has started, Merci is playing softball this year and Ethan is playing Tball again. We have at lest 2 games a week, last week 3 (thank God the 4th got canceled due to rain.)

On top of that Josh has been working on many projects around here. He built a fence for us to enclose the yard for the puppy and so we can put up a pool this year. He also started and almost finished the kids play house (with storage for outside toys underneath) we've been talking and dreaming about for years. The kids are super excited! On top of that he is working on the lighting in the basement, installed a shelf along one of Merci's walls and then I decided to rip out the carpet in the office as well...


And of course a bunch of stuff in between too!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

What?? Are you kidding me??

Ten..10...yep that's right....10 more days of school, that's it, no more, no less.

I cannot believe my baby boy will be graduating form Kindergarten, I just can't believe it. It seems like yesterday I was dying for him to go to school so I could get a little break, and now I'm sick of my little break and want my little boy back.

And on top of Ethan graduating kindergarten...which may I add they do NOTHING for, not cute little graduation, no party NOTHING, last day of school picnic and you all go home. How sad is that?? So back to on top of Ethan being done with Kindergarten, Merci will be going to the MIDDLE SCHOOL building, since when did 5th grade become middle school?? Yeah I'm going to have a meltdown when they go back to school in the Fall and I realize how quickly I will be needing to get me some high school photo graduation announcements...yikes.

But until then only 10 more days until, I have the kids for 2.5 months everyday...all day...

Friday, May 14, 2010

Clean teethers!

I still sing that darn Barney song "...Brush your teeth, chchchchch..." I bet you know exactly what song I mean! My kids are almost 6 and almost 10, and the song still plagues my thoughts nightly.

A week or so ago we got a Sonicare Kids toothbrush by Philips delivered to our home for the kids to try out.

I have never seen the kids so excited to brush their teeth.
Ethan immediately told me how he forgot to brush his teeth this morning...hoping to get a try right away! How could I say no??

I was extra excited because the toothbrush came with 2 different interchangeable heads, one for ages 4-6 and the other for ages 7-10, and I have 2 kids one in each age range! There is also a low and high setting, so both my kids can use it.



This morning I also noticed that the kids had changed the faceplate on the toothbrush (it come with 3!) I wonder how many times they have done this?? The plates are going to run out of stickiness pretty soon...hope we can replace these=)

They love the timer that beeps to let them know they have complete part of their time...the timer gradually increases the time to 2 minutes over a 3 month period...now that is smart!!

I am more confident that their teeth are a bit cleaner without my constant hovering and lecturing, and they feel more in control by listening for the timer! We have definitely noticed cleaner teeth in my daughters mouth, she has adult teeth and always had a hard time getting them really clean, my son has super clean baby teeth so we never had a problem with him.

Overall we have no problems with this toothbrush, we love it and will replace the heads as needed to ensure our kids a bit more excitement in caring for their teeth!

You can get yours at Walmart, Target or Amazon!



"I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Sonicare and received a free Sonicare For Kids toothbrush to facilitate my review.”

Monday, May 03, 2010

I can't believe we are just around the corner....

My daughter will be 10 in July. I can't believe I've been a mom for almost 10 years.

U.N.B.E.L.I.E.V.A.B.L.E.

But in being right around the corner, I'm actually referring to the not so wonderful thing us girls have to experience when we are teens or in some pre-teens.

Kotex is helping us parents turn this possibly embarrassing time in a young girls life to not such a big deal.

Check out this Kotex site sponsored by Walmart, there is a cool quiz (young girls love quizzes, you remember those teen magazine quizzes don't you?!), as well as an app for your iphone/itouch, free samples, fun graphics and more.

The U products are in bright fun colored packages, making it less embarrassing when it comes time to purchase them, and they made their products smaller and thinner making them more comfortable for all of us!

Remember to use open communication with your daughters about women's health to help them not feel so intimidated when it is time for them to experience this for the first time. Make it easier on both of you...and try U by Kotex!!


“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Kotex and received products necessary to facilitate my candid review. In addition, Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Jet Ski dreaming and complaining

Isn't nice when your auto insurance goes up....even when you haven't done anything bad?
Yeah, I REALLY dislike that. We just got our annual insurance for our jet ski's and it went up, even though we have been insured 2 years and nothing has happened. GREEDY insurance companies, I am so sick of them...time for getting some auto insurance quotes...or boat insurance quotes in our instance.

But I am super excited for Summer to be here so we can tak our jet ski's out!!!! I am not super excited we have to buy all ne wlife jackets...thanks hubby...I mean seriously what did you think, they were going to sink or something??? (When my husband got into the marina the last time we use the ski's last year he noticed the life jackets had come undone from the back where he tied them...and never went back to get them $100 worth of life jackets...floating in the lake somewhere!) Nope I don't hold grudges;)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Giant Eagle Coupon Match up until Wednesday 4/28

Ive been slacking on the GE deals. So much going on and no time to sit down and look through the ad myself. So I turn to Cherry Picker for the best deals!! And she found some GREAT ones!!

Here are 3 items you can get for

FREE

Heinz Worchester Sauce $1.50
Print a .75 coupon

Kraft Melt Down cheese slices $.99
There was a $1 coupon in the paper yesterday

Bandaids BOGO
There have been coupons almost weekly either for $1 or .50
Stock up, Summer is upon us!!

CHEAP

Apple and Eve Fruitable juice boxes $2.00
.75 printable (must sign up)

Check out Cherry Pickers site for a FULL list!!

(fruit and vegetable juice boxes...my kids drink them with not problem!!)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

ALMOST.....

In January I signed up to join a gym...that was not yet built...a promised date of April was given...I understand delays happen...and heard that between May 1 and May5 they will be opening their doors!!!! Yippeee....better get those fat burners ready because I have some fat to burn for SUMMER. I am super excited and SUPER ready to start. Ive made a rule...I must walk to the gym (as long as the weather is acceptable)...it is about 1.75 miles there, so that will help the workout as well. GOTTA, do this for me.

Wish me luck!!!


Saturday, April 24, 2010

What Kind of Mom I am NOT

I am NOT the kind of mom that has 4 kids.
I am NOT the kind of mom that drives a mini van.
I am NOT the kind of mom that likes dirty kids.
I am NOT the kind of mom that lets kids stay up late.


I am the kind of mom that is very content with 2 kids.
I am the kind of mom that is very content with a small car.
I am the kind of mom that likes clean kids.
I am the kind of mom that like when kids go to bed early.

Just some thoughts going through my mind as we have my brother and sister in law for the weekend (12 and 14). Although they are no problem and actually entertain my kids and keep them out of my hair for longer periods of time. They do raise the volume in my house, make me have to borrow a minivan to cart everyone around, make my kids play outside more making them dirtier, and make for special movies etc so the kids are tired and crabby for lack of sleep.

But I can handle it for the weekend!

Now who wants to take my kids off my hands for a weekend??? It has been like 2 year...geez.

Friday, April 23, 2010

An announcement!

On Wednesday April 14th we added a new member to our family.
Her name is Sasha and her breed is unknown (speculation include Lab/Boxer/English pointer).
The week before we brought her home we had the opportunity to foster 5 puppies (between my aunt and I). I didn't have intentions of keeping one, but you know how that goes! We decided that we would never get the chance to meet the whole litter of puppes and pick the one we thought would fit in our family the best.

She is doing very well. I am not sick of her yet! She is very well behaved and potty training is going pretty well. She did better last week, but I'm not complaining because for the most part she goes outside.

Here she is!
I love her soft pink freckle belly!


She loves to lay in the grass


Awe! I <3>

What do you appreciate?

As you know, we have a business. Our business is very limited in the people who can use our services. We work on Slate roofs, tile roof, copper, metal etc...NOT your normal shingle roof.
Anyway...we still need to get our name out there..what kind of
promotional products do you think are really good? I mean we can't give t-shirts or sweatshirts to everyone, but pens, pads of paper, magnets??
What have you get as a promotional product that stuck out to you??
There are some really great ones if you click that link! Cost effective as well!

Thanks!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A rough day

Today was a rough day for me. Emotional to say the least. I had class at the ceramics shop, it went well. Kinda a bum day, everything wasn't working out the way it was supposed to...not a big, deal you live and learn. I realized how spoiled I am. I don't have to be in the real world very often. I live in my little world, doing what I want and mingling usually only with whom I choose. Being in this class has taught me that people are just, um well, how can I be nice?? SCREWED UP. Not that I see myself as perfect but, rather the opposite most days. I realized how blessed I am to have a relationship with Jesus! And not that you are a bad person if you don't, because I know a lot of people who are beautiful people who don't have a relationship with the Lord.

I guess my biggest pet peeve is when people talk about others behind their back, and then you leave and can pretty much guarantee they are going to do the same to you. I just wish adults would act like adults. I guess I just needed a good cry today about everything and anything. Poor Josh got the brunt of it when I came home.

Blah, Blah, Blah. ::sigh:: I wish I could write out my feelings better. I start off good and then I loose track.

Goodnight.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Lovely Spring Break

I am so happy that the weather has been beautiful!! Spring Break for the kids has been so much fun. Neighborhood friends, far away friends, puppies, zoo, eggshelland, Easter egg hunts and so much more to come!

The kids are growing up right before my eyes. Going to friends houses, not needing mommies constant eye, it has been so hard to watch yet so welcome at the same time. But don't get me wrong, 3-5 puppies (my aunt and I are switching a lot due to different outings we have etc, and trying out all the puppies to see if any are a good fit for us) has got me beyond occupied. My house is so messy and I just can't seem to get anything done. Im exhausted in the eveings, I feel so silly, they are only puppies. But I have enjoyed being a momma to them so very much! Because like I said my kids just don't need me as much (oh there are still plenty they need me for though, don;t get me wrong!), but instead of worrying about my daughter being a pre-teen and needing to shop for the best acne treatment someday soon, I have enjoyed the babiness of the pups!

Ill be back soon to let you know if we keep a puppy for good!!


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Giant Eagle coupon match-up 3/25-3/41

My TOP 3 at Giant Eagle this week....

#1 StayFree pads $2ea-you may have a $2/1 coupon from this weeks RP insert (comes in the mail for Clevelanders)=FREE

#2 Campbells Cream of Mushroom or Chicken 3/$2-print this coupon (3rd down on left $1/2 cream soups) which will make them $1/3 or .33ea when you buy 3 (GREAT price!), but if you only buy 2 (which you will still get the sale price) they will be .17 ea when you buy 2 (EVEN BETTER PRICE), but see this sale doesn;t come too often so why not buy 3 and stock up!!

#3 Barilla pastas 10/$10-you may have $1/2 whole grain pasta or $1/2 piccollini=$1/2 or .50ea

I'm dealing with sinus/allergy issues and not feeling too hot, this is all I see that Id buy right now...


If you want a more in depth look at the coupon match-ups for this week check out Cherry Picker...she also lists all the Catalina deals!!