Thursday, January 31, 2008

I got my camera-

Check out some of the pictures I've taken! This is way too much fun! This is definitely my new best friend! Love,love,love, LOVE my new camera!!!

An award...for me!

Ya, ya, ya! I've been given an award from Brittany at Mommee and her Boys! Hop on over and check out Brittany's blog. She is a young, stylish Momma to two adorable little boys. Kind of like myself...well, minus the 'stylish' part and plus a boy. I have never been given an award before so this is a huge deal to me. I was actually beginning to think no one really liked my blog and they just commented to be nice. =) Okay, not really. It is nice to know though that I do have a handful of faithful readers that do actually enjoy my ramblings (that hold no real depth)! Even though I am actually a pretty deep thinker, but I have a hard time sharing my innermost thoughts. I'll save that for another post though. =)

Anyhoo- I have to pass this wonderful little award onto ten deserving blogs. Unfortunately, I don't think I have enough blogs (because half of them already have the award) to give it to ten people. So here goes my list of well deserving blogs-

1~ Courtnie - just 'cause she's my baby sister and she hardly ever blogs. Maybe this will be a motivational tool to get her going again. Plus, she has a stickin' cute baby boy!

2~ Kari - because she is a 'real life' friend. She was one of the first people at our new church that befriended me. She is a wonderful mother and wife and has a close walk with God. She inspires me in so many ways- plus, this woman has some major crafting skills! She has got to be the 'card making' queen! Plus she sews, knows how to cook yummy food and makes some awesome cinnamon rolls! She is most definitely deserving of an award!

3~ Angie - another 'real life' friend! This girl seriously cracks me up! She is one of the sweetest and funniest people you'll ever meet. She works hard at her 'beloved' job and she lives in a cottage! How cool is that?

4~ Vicki- because she is a wonderful mom to four beautiful children and she cloth diapers! Something I really, really, want to do again and stick with. She is super frugal and always has lots of tips for saving money....hence the cloth diapers. =)

5~ Donna- because she has four boys, homeschools, is voting for the same man as I, and we even had the same template for awhile. I just started reading this blog and I'm looking forward to reading more in the future.

6~ Kathryn- 'cause she also has three boys (and 'boy' are they cute), is cute, funny and is a cheesehead. Anyway, I'm assuming she is since she is a Green Bay Packers fan. =) Which I'm not (just 'cause I don't watch sports)...but I am (unfortunately) a cheesehead...right now...this year...anyhoo, I'm moving on.

7~ Amy -because she also has three beautiful boys, homeschools and they live somewhere beautiful. I've seen pictures- they obviously live in a very pretty state. I'm looking forward to reading more of her wonderful blog.

8~ Tancy - because I also know her in 'real life' and she is our wonderful homeschool group header-upper lady. She is a wonderful momma to her four lovely children and has a sense of humor. Plus, the lady gets out and runs several miles a day! Something I could never do and the interesting part about it is that she loves it!

9~ JesNicole - because she is a faithful reader, has a gorgeous little boy and shares her heart with her readers. She has recently had tragedy in her life and yet she still has an encouraging word to give others.

10~ Becky- she also has three beautiful boys- one of which is already planning on getting married and he's 5! She is also a supporter of the ALS Association - which means allot to me since my father died of ALS when I was only 14. She tells humorous stories of her oldest son's future marriage plans and she showed pictures of her laundry room! She most definitely deserves an award for that!

Phew- I did it! It wasn't quit as hard as I thought! Now it's your turn my wonderful blogging buddies to find ten people of your own to pass it on to. Of course, if you can't, don't worry about it. It's not a huge deal...

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Bloggy Giveaway by 'Yours Truly'!

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I have been wanting to do this for awhile so here gos! I am going to be giving away a handmade sewn-by-me diaper bag! You really don't even have to use it as a diaper bag- you can use it for whatever you would like. If you do use it for a diaper bag and you have a special little girl you'd like it for then I will gladly embroider her name right on the patch displayed on the front! That's actually what the patch is for- a name! I made this a couple of years ago and never gave it to anyone. Normally I embroider the names right on the bag but I had wanted to be able to display the bag first without the name and give people the option of name or no name. If you'd like the bag for something else I will be more than glad to take the patch off for you or I could just leave it one. It's not a big deal. It's attached by buttons so it's very easy to do either. This is a good sized bag. I made it out of quilted fabric- it is also lined with the quilted fabric so it's a pretty thick bag. It has a yellow polka dot ribbon closure on top. It also has two side pockets but no inner pockets. I also have a 'boy' bag made out of the same pattern as this that I will give away in another 'bloggy giveaway carnival'. So check back next time! ;) I'm cleaning out my sewing room! Leave a comment if you'd like to be entered into my giveaway- you don't even have to have a blog or be a blogger (wa-ho)! I will be drawing names next Tuesday evening. Good luck! (Sorry for the lousy picture quality) Oh yes, (in case you were wondering) we are a smoke and pet free home!

The front of the bag...notice the patch... =)

The side of the bag...

A closeup of the quilted fabric...

Because I don't have anything else to post about!

Can you see me?
(And no, this wasn't taken with my new camera...that's why it's such terrible picture quality)



Yep, it official, that's probably one of the most boring posts I've ever posted. =P Maybe I'll have something better tomorrow!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Wa-ho! TWO new things in ONE week...look what we just bought!

Just wanted to post that we just bought ourselves a new (well, to us) Nikon D70! It's used but seems to be in very good condition- we wouldn't have been able to afford a 'new' camera (we still paid a pretty penny though), especially a D70! I'm pretty excited...I was just talking to Tim on the way home about needing a more 'professional' camera so he started shopping. We found a really good deal online (Ebay...of course) and he told me to go ahead and get it- ya! So here's a picture of it...well, not the actual one but this is what it looks like. I'm so thrilled- I hope to be posting some AWESOME pictures soon! =)

Friday, January 25, 2008

I think I might need to be institutionalized...'cause I'm losing my MIND!

I have been in the house now since MONDAY! Yep, you read that right! Do the math- that's four WHOLE days, which is 96 hours, which is 5760 minutes, which is 345,600 seconds! Hubby and I (or more I) had planned to go out tonight, get dinner and new cell phones. Mine (cell phone) has been dying after oh...approximately 1 1/2 to 2 (if I'm lucky) minutes of 'talking' time. I can charge it all night and still only get 1 (short..very short) call in! It wouldn't be such a big deal if that wasn't the only phone I had. We don't even have a land line so, I'm pretty 'panicky' without it. Anyway, I called hubby (using my 1 minute up) and he won't be home until at least 8:00 p.m. so there goes that idea! =( So here I sit...blogging, because really, what else is there to do? Have I ever mentioned that we don't have television or cable coming into our house at all? :::Sigh::: That's really all I have to post about. So I guess I'll try to entertain myself with something else...maybe I'll order a pizza. Pizza always cheers me up! ;)

Yummy recipe and just random ramblings...

Well, this morning has flown by! I have been trying to make myself a banner for my listing at Hearts At Home- see my side bar and feel free to click and rate my blog. Try not to pay too much attention to my lousy banner...I'm still working on it! It's quit frustrating because I don't have the software to make anything better. I've got to talk to my hubby about possibly updating. Have I ever mentioned that I am pretty much computer illiterate? Anywho, lets move one. I thought I'd share with you guys (ladies I mean...you can tell I'm a northerner) a really yummy recipe I used to make a cake a couple nights ago. Here it is- complete with pictures (yes, we couldn't wait to dig in until 'after' I took pictures...)!
Lemon Pound Cake

2 Cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened (try not to substitute)
4 eggs
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 small package lemon instant pudding mix
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 tbs. lemon peel
4 tsp. lemon juice

I creamed the butter and sugar together and then added the eggs. They say to mix all your dry ingredients together and then add alternately with the buttermilk. Since I never follow directions (I guess I'm rebellious...or maybe it because I hate washing extra dishes) I just dumped all my dry ingredients into my bowl with my sugar/butter combination and then dumped in the buttermilk and lemon juice. I mixed it with my electric mixer and dumped it into a greased bundt pan. I then baked it in my preheated oven at 325 degrees for about 55 minutes- give or take a minute or two. I let it cool for ten minutes in the pan and then turned it over onto my cake platter.

Lemon Glaze:
1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
2 tsp. lemon juice (I used double that amount)
1 Tbs. Milk ( I had to use a little bit more to get it to the right consistency)

Mix and drizzle on cooled cake! Enjoy!

And since I am on the subject of food- here is my thought for the day! Why is it kids love ketchup so much? Check this picture out of Jonathan at lunch yesterday. All I have to say is this- have some chicken fingers with your ketchup! Yucko! He ate it all though and seemed to thoroughly enjoy it. What a kid...

This one is in case you needed a closer view...and yes, there really is chicken under all that. Honestly, I don't feed my kids ketchup for lunch...even though they probably wouldn't mind.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Woot-woot- a surprise for 'ME'?!

Tim took Jonathan to AWANA last night and I stayed home with the two remaining sick kiddos. Tim didn't have time to make himself presentable for church (he had to leave right after coming home from work) so he ended up doing some shopping while Jonathan was at church. I didn't think much of it, so I was pretty surprised when he walked in with this-

Yep, that's right! It's a new bread machine! I was thrilled- I have been wanting one since we were first married (six 1/2 years ago)! My hubby definitely deserves 'The Best and Most Thoughtful Husband' award...for this week anyway. ;)

I can't wait to start trying out new bread recipes in it! Anyone have any good recipes they'd like to share? I'd love to try them out- I'll even post my thoughts on them. =) Anyway, gotta' run- I have some bread making to do!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Feelin' the urge...

Don't ya hate when the 'urge' hits you at the worst times...sheesh! It's just so embarrassing...well, it would be for me but for a three year old, maybe not so much.
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Wordless Wednesday!


A Mother's View Point...


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

My 100th post!


Wow! What a time I had changing my template! I hope I don't need to do that again for a while! So, needless to say, this was definitely my 'Tackle it Tuesday'! Blah! I worked on it for three hours last night and have now worked on it for two hours today! I'm done now...well, for today anyway. =P I have so much other stuff (besides working on my blog)that really, really needs to get done! I hope you enjoy the new look! It was a pain, but I think the new 'do' is growing on me. Let me know what you think! Oh and by the way- "HAPPY 100th POST TO ME'"!!! Ya! I really am a 'blogger' aren't I?

Monday, January 21, 2008

I'm not happy!

Okay, I officially give up! This will have to do for now! AWWWWWWWWW!!!! That was me screaming!

Oops...

EXCUSE ME AS I FIX THIS MESS! I DECIDED TO CHANGE MY TEMPLATE AND THIS HAPPENED- NOW I CAN'T SEEM TO GET MINE BACK...SIGH...

Day six and counting...

Well, it has now been SIX days since we have had this nasty fever/cold thing at our house. I have already not done one of my 'To Do' things on my list from earlier today. That being doing school with Jonathan every day this week. How can you make a sick kid with a fever sit down for two to three hours and do schoolwork? If he was in school somewhere I guarantee he'd be having some sick days at home. You can't very well send a kid with a fever to school can you? By the way, I just took his temp and it is still well over 100 degrees. Noah's is also 101 degrees- enough to make him miserable...poor baby. He hasn't been eating and he has been sleeping allot! Sigh...I don't like having sick kiddos...I really hope they get better soon. I think Austin might be on the mend now- finally. Luckily my hubby is better now- one can only so much whining and groaning. I'm really, really, really ready for Spring! Just a few more months...winter just drags on and on and on and on and on and on and....well, you get the point?!

Just because...

You Belong in 1956

You're fun loving, romantic, and more than a little innocent. See you at the drive in!

Menu Plan Monday...


Well, this weeks menu is going to be very simple. We only have $50 to last us the rest of the week so we will be cleaning out our cupboards! I'm going to try to use what I have on hand- I'm going to have to be very creative! So here is a list of meals I'll make this week. I may change them around and even create something entirely different than what is listed, but it gives you a 'basic' idea of what we'll be eating.

Monday~ Homemade chicken and rice soup. I'm boiling the chicken carcass (doesn't that sound disgusting?) as I write this. I bought a roast chicken from Wally world yesterday and I'm re-using it for our soup today- the stuff we didn't eat...that sounded kind of nasty. Anywho...let's move on...before I write something really stupid...

Tuesday~ Either a bacon and cheese quiche or some other egg dish.

Wednesday~ Homemade beef stew and bread

Thursday~ Homemade potato soup and bread (we get 'free' bread from church...wa-ho!)

Friday~ Homemade pizza- we usually have 'pizza and movie night' on Fridays- the boys love it!

Saturday~ Hopefully Tim and I can go out this night...gotta' call the in-laws... =)

Sunday~ Unplanned- I will be going to Wal-Mart before Sunday...hubby gets paid Friday. ;)

Lunches- two of the following:
Peanut butter and honey sandwiches (my boys LOVE these...)
Hot dogs (Noah loves these...)
Sliced apples
Chips
bananas

Breakfast- one of the following:
Cereal
Baked oatmeal
Toast

My TO DO list this week is as follows:
Clean the house top to bottom- mop, clean bathrooms, dust, vacuum
Finish laundry and put away
Sew something...anything!
Do school with Jonathan every weekday and have fun doing it! We'll see about the fun part... =)
Do Quicken...ya...sigh...blah...but is does need to be done...yuck...
Do devotions every day and work on AWANA with the boys.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

America's obsession with food.

The Scale
Has anyone else noticed the 'extremes' of some of America's food obsessions? We have people addicted 'to' food (obesity), those addicted to 'not' eating food (anorexia), those who are addicted to binging and purging (bulimia), those addicted to dieting and some even addicted to exercise. What is America's literal obsession with food? Does every country have this same problem or is it mainly our country? Everything is food or diet related! I was noticing that last night as I was standing in the checkout line at Wally world. Almost every magazine had some 'get thin' quick diet plan hidden inside. It was boldly printed on the front of the magazine. There were phrases like- LOSE 40 LBS. IN 30 DAYS! and GET THE SCOOP ON HOW :::::INSERT NAME HERE::::: GOT HER BODY BACK IN JUST 1 MONTH! Honestly, it just makes me sick! It's all about advertising and we wonder why some people have problems with self-image?! Blah! I watched an HBO documentary about anorexia and bulimia. It was very interesting. They (HBO) went into an eating disorder treatment facility and followed four girls struggling with eating disorders. Two had bulimia and two had anorexia. Some of the girls were weighing in at around 80 lbs and still thought they were fat- ugh... that would drive me batty if I had to hear that coming from them! Crazy, crazy I tell ya! I felt for these girls because they had gotten themselves into a lifestyle that is very hard to leave. It becomes them. One even said she was scared because she didn't know what she would do if she didn't have her anorexia. They get to where they almost love their eating disorder because it has been a part of them for so long. They even know it is killing them but they don't care. They'll even tell you that if it takes dying to be thin then that's what they'll do because at least they got there. Okay, so 80 lbs isn't thin!? Maybe if you were 4! Anyway, my point is this- the dieting craze literally scares me! I have already known two people that have become bulimic for a short period of their lives. Luckily, I think they're better now. They both started out at maybe 140 to 145 lbs and both are about 5'8". It really is a good weight for their height. I know the one in particular used to get comments from her aunt that her butt was big. She used to also tell me that she was scared of becoming as big as her mom or some of her sisters. She said she knew she would because she was a ::insert last name her::. She started out by dieting when she would have a guy in her life. She had lost a bunch of weight when she was with a guy- the wrong guy. Once that ended she gained back some weight and looked great! Then she got together with another guy- who was and is a good guy. I just think she was very concerned about what he thought of her weight (even though she looked good...). She got into throwing up her meals. She confided into telling the other girl in my life that went through the same thing. She eventually got down to about 108 to 110 lbs. It was not pretty! If she were only 5'4" or 5'5" it probably would've looked okay, but at 5'8" she looked like a walking skeleton! Her face was hollow, her eyes looked huge, and she felt like bones when you hugged her. It was scary...luckily, I think she has recovered now. Even though she is still pretty thin. She has a child and is expecting another. Hopefully she is a success story in her recovery from an eating disorder. The other girl I know that had a problem with it for a while is very close to me. It was a little too close to home for me. I don't know all the details all I know is she just stopped eating. I remember also finding laxatives in her dresser drawer and confronting her with them. I was not happy! She also got very thin and ended up around 110 lbs also. It once again did not look healthy or nice. I remember trying (even begging) her to eat and she would refuse or make up some lame excuse for not eating...whatever! I could see right through the excuses! It scared me and I remember being so irate at her for not eating. Honestly, it disgusted me! Duh, you have to eat to stay alive and healthy! She also has recovered (hopefully...) and has since been married and has a child also. She did just tell me that she still struggled with it right before she got pregnant. Ugh! What does it take for some women to just be happy with the body God gave them?! I do admit that I too have problems with my self-image. I gain allot of weight with my pregnancies and it usually takes several months to lose it all. I hate my postpartum body! I'm heavier than usual and have absolutely no curves! I'm pretty self-conscious and my poor husband has to hear about it for months! I have never starved my body or thrown my food back up (ya right, I hate puking...) though. I also have a sister-in-law that is and has always been self-conscious about her body. Her husband is completely happy with her but she just can't seem to be satisfied with herself. She has been on a low carb diet for years (except for when she is pregnant). I have always told her she looks good. I remember her telling me, "Well, if you can get down to 125 lbs. why can't I?". My answer was always, "Because I'm a different person with a different body type.". I never wanted or want her to feel that just because I may weigh a certain amount that she has to too. I think she's comparing herself to little, tiny, teeny boppers. She has had four kids and is 32- she looks great! Sweet sis-in-law of mine if you're reading this, it's true you look good and I love ya! I've also had a cousin that had extreme anorexia and had to even be hospitalized for it- it had something to do with her heart. I just want to know why we, as Americans, are so overcomed with weight, dieting and food. Because there are allot who overeat and become obese. Not good...not good at all. Two extremes... The key, I believe isn't necessarily dieting. It's a lifestyle of eating healthy and getting enough physical exercise (which I need more of). If we did this we would have no need for extreme diets and we wouldn't have to be concerned about becoming obese. Because we wouldn't become heavy if we ate right and ate 'smaller', well-balanced meals- without starving ourselves. Well, I don't know if it seemed like this post was totally random and messy, but oh well, you don't have to read it if you don't want to. =) It's just been on my mind the last few days. If you'd like to check out HBO's movie THIN you can click this link. It's pretty interesting and thought provoking. I will warn you though that some of it can pretty pretty graphic and disturbing...Oh and by the way, I hate scales! I weigh myself maybe once every couple months. I've been tempted to get rid of it all together. I too can easily become obsessed, hence the reason why I almost never weigh myself. =)

I woke up today and I'm actually refreshed! Yay!

Because...I slept until 10:00 a.m.! How did that happen?! My first thought when I woke up and saw the time was, "What have my children been doing this whole time?". I pretty much literally jumped out of bed in a panic and quickly ran to the boys room to see if they had gotten Noah out of his crib or not. Luckily they hadn't- if they had there would've been some major destruction! I then grabbed him and ran downstairs. To my absolute shock the boys were sitting on the couch watching Ratatouille being very calm and very good! They hadn't gotten in to anything- including food! I wonder if their cold had wiped them out enough that they had no other choice but to be good. I was pretty impressed...they got homemade chocolate chip cookies for breakfast... =)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Sick kids...

Well, I've been sick, Tim's been sick and now my kids are sick- Austin especially. He is our child that gets the worst of everything. Obviously, his immunity isn't as high as the rest of ours. He was up half the night coughing. He didn't know what to do with himself. He'd get up, pee, then walk into our bedroom, cry for a little while saying his throat hurt, lay with us for a bit and then get up and go back to his bed. He did this maybe three or four times through out the night. Needless to say his momma didn't sleep very well either. I hope he starts getting better throughout the day and can sleep better tonight- he really needs it. The other two are getting it too. Noah woke up with the runny, snotty nose and Jonathan is starting to cough and complain about a soar throat also. Looks like we are going to have a few 'down' days ahead of us. Well, I gotta run- our sidewalk and the sidewalks in front of our house need to be shoveled. It snowed last night and we need to have our sidewalks shoveled or we could get fined by the city. Tim made a morning medicine run today so he wasn't able to get to it so that leaves it up to me- ya! I'm so excited...

The faces of sickness...they crack me up.


Noah was 'bugging' Jonathan while he was trying to 'relax'...


This picture up of hubby makes me laugh. He was cold so he wrapped the afghan around his head. Note the pitiful look on his face- he held that expression for almost two whole days...men! =P

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Just my thought for the day...

Has anyone else noticed that men don't handle sickness all that well? My hubby was sick the last two days and you'd think he was dying. He slept the whole night and the whole day through. Only getting up to get some water and use the restroom. I was sick a few weeks before (that's where he got it) and actually had a more severe case of it. I had a very sore throat and horrible cough on top of the fever, chills, and headache. I still got up every day (because I had too) and fed, bathed, dressed and cared for the kids. We woman still have to cook, clean, run errands and if your homeschooling (like I am), do school. When men are sick they cease to live in the 'land of the living' until they are better. I just find that interesting. I guess they do need to get better sooner than us because they have to bring home the 'bacon', and we 'only' have to take car of our wild, crazy, little monsters...ummm...I mean blessings. I'm not ranting about my husband- it was just a thought. I love my husband and when he is sick I don't discourage him from resting- I actually encourage him too. I don't like it when he is sick. I just sometimes wish there was someone to care for my kids and take care of them and our home while I'm sick so I can sleep all day too. That would be wonderful! Anyway, that's my thought for the day...I'm done now. =)

I've been tagged!

I've been tagged by a fellow blogger Amy to do a Seven Weird Things About Me challenge.

Here are the rules:
1~ Link to the person's blog who tagged you.
2~ Post these rules on your blog.
3~ List seven weird or random facts about yourself.
4~ Tag random people at the end of your post and link to them.
5~ Let every person know they have been tagged by posting a comment on their blog.

Now let's begin!

1~ My husband is pushing close to the big 40 (he will be 37 next month) and I'm still pretty young- 24 1/2. Yep, he robbed the cradle! I have never minded the age difference- in fact, I wouldn't have it any other way. We actually had people we knew that wouldn't attend our wedding because they didn't think we should get married because of the age difference. They didn't think it would last...well, it's been six and a half years and we are still going strong! And yes, if you did the math I was also very young when I got married. I pretty much graduated high school and got married a month later. It was fine for me (I have always been pretty mature for my age) but I wouldn't recommend it for everyone. Some are ready at 18 and some aren't ready till 30 or older!

2~ I am deathly, deathly, deathly afraid of parasitic worms. Weird, but so true! I have actually prayed before that my body always be free of worms. No, I have never firsthand experienced such a thing as having worms crawling in my digestive track, and I pray I never will experience such a thing. I think my phobia started when I was young and had to clean up dog poo and it had worms in it- this happened on more then one occasion. It totally grossed me out. Yuck...just the thought!

3~ I don't know if I want to have any more children. I'd probably be done (for sure) if I have horrible pregnancies, but I don't. I have wonderful pregnancies and I love
being pregnant so I think that is one of the things holding me back from saying- we're done. I just don't think we are though. I think we have one more left in us..maybe even two. Only the Lord knows for sure. It (hopefully) will be another year or two though before we even entertain the thought of getting pregnant again.

4~ My life's dream is to someday become a certified nurse midwife. I know there is several years of college involved, but I don't care. It would be worth it to bring babies into the world! I really, truly, fully intend on pursuing this once my children are older. My husband backs me up 100% and wants me to pursue my dream also. Did I ever mention that I have and awesome husband?!

5~ I love to sew and I'm getting fairly advanced in my sewing skills. I would sew all day long if I didn't have three children to care for, and one to school. I haven't sewn in months and it has been really bothering me. I just get stressed when I'm trying to sew and my littlest is getting into everything! I can't handle the stress so I opted out of sewing most the time- even as much as I want to. =( Sigh...

6~ I love horror and thriller movies! I really, really do! I have to watch them when my husband is gone though because he refuses to watch them with me. He hates them! I think I don't mind them (they don't scare me) because I am such a realist that I can easily separate fictional from real life. I can stop thinking about the movie the minute it ends.

7~ If we do have more children I really like the name Hayden Matthew or Hayden Levi for a boy. I also like Wyatt Matthew or Wyatt Levi too. I am always thinking up new baby names. We had the names of our boys picked out a few weeks after finding out we were expecting. Once we found out their gender we started calling them their names while they were still in the womb. We have had the name KaeLynn Marie picked out for a girl with the last couple of our pregnancies. I don't know if we'd stick with that name if we ever were to have a girl. It would have to 'feel' right.

Okay, there are my seven random and weird facts about me. I'm looking forward to reading yours. Here is who I'm tagging- Cassandra, Courtnie, Brittany, and Vicki. Have fun!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Wordless (almost) Wednesday...


"Hmmm...this looks like a nice, cool place to sit- just my size."


"Oh stink, I think she spotted me- time to leave."

(One more just because this picture shows how magnificently blue my baby's eyes are. Excuse the silly face expression.)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

What's in your fridge?

Can you really tell what kind of person you are by what you eat? Hmmm...I don't know if that is such a good thing since my favorite foods our spicy Mexican and cheesy, fattening pizza! Yeah, you'd think I 'd weigh 300 lbs! Luckily, I don't. ;) Anyway, I thought it would be fun to see what everyone's fridge looks like after grocery shopping. Here's a picture of the inside of our
fridge after I went grocery shopping and spent way too much money! Nothing overly exciting. The rice milk is for the baby. He has allergies and can't have either dairy or soy. Believe me, it can get pretty frustrating when choosing foods for him- especially when we go to restaurants! The tortellini is for hubby since he can't get enough of it. Then you have the usual juice, wheat bread,fruits, veggies, hot dogs (for the boys), milk (or 'cow' milk as the two older boys call it), eggs, and coffee (of course!) ect. We almost never buy soda and try to stay away from as many store bought 'sweets' as possible. My boys do not need any more sugar- thank you very much! Anywho, if you'd like to share some pictures of the inside of 'your' fridge please leave a comment to let me know! I'd love to snoop inside your fridge...he,he,he... =) For now though you can enjoy snooping around in our fridge!

A look at our freezer...

And a new 'guilty' pleasure...

Monday, January 14, 2008

Utility bills...


Just a thought...is it unusual to have a gas/electric bill cost $221? This amount does include both gas and electric. We just moved in to a house and knew the cost would go up, but this does seem a little high to me, but maybe not. We were living in a two room condo and the cost of our utilities were very low. We paid about $30 to $50 a month on gas and anywhere between $80 and $120 in electric- the higher being in the Summer while running the AC. Now, we live in a three bedroom, two story, older house. We keep the thermostat set at 62 to 66 during the day and 58 at night. This last week we have been using space heaters in our rooms at night, but I think we are going to stop even using those- except for the boys room. Noah doesn't like to use blankets and I'm afraid he'll get too cold without out one running. I can't believe we used to always have our thermostats set at 72 to 74 during the winter! Gone are those days! Anyway, I was just wondering if this amount seems about right. You have to take in consideration we had some pretty cold (below freezing...way below...), windy days last month. I just hope it doesn't go up and I guess we could get on a budget plan too. Any thoughts and also what would you suggest to keep our utility bill lower? Just a wonderin'...

Menu Plan Monday...



Boy, oh boy, has it been a LONG time since I have done my 'menu plan Monday'! Our life has been so crazy that unfortunately our meal menu has suffered greatly. This week seems a bit more normal so I have planned a pretty concrete menu. I'm looking forward to some good, home-cookin'!

Monday~ Fried or baked fish (homemade of course...), corn and bread or homemade biscuits- whatever strikes my fancy... =)

Tuesday~ This is the one day that might be lacking in home-cooked food. I'm taking my two oldest boys to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. It might be a long day and there is no telling when we are going to get back. So I have nothing planned for this day.

Wednesday~ Tortellini with meat sauce, green beans, buttered, toasted French bread.

Thursday~ Homemade chicken and dumplings.

Friday~ Homemade beef stew and bread or biscuits.

Saturday~ Skillet meal or homemade pizza.

Sunday~ (Usually our afternoon meal) BLT sandwiches, carrot sticks and potato chips- probably not the healthiest but oh, so yummy! ;)


So, there you have it! Probably not the most exciting, but it works for us!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

No use crying over spilt milk...errr...I mean hot chocolate?!

Okay, I know I just wrote a post about thirteen things that I am thankful for (which I truly am...) so I debated whether or not to even write this post. I (obviously) decided, what the hay, and I'm writing it anyway. 'Cause I'm human and I need to whine and vent every now and again. Even if I shouldn't. Anyway, get ready for some true transparency.

Well, today has just been one of those days! It's one of those days where I feel like just throwing in the towel and calling it quits. I feel like screaming, "I CAN'T DO THIS ANYMORE!!!". I feel like I could easily be nominated for the....uh... excuse me... the baby just fell for the up-teenth time today....okay, baby now happily playing with my camera. Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, it is one of those days when I feel I could be nominated for the 'Worst Mother of the Year Award'. Uh...excuse me again while I rescue my camera from baby drool...okay, I'm back again....I guess not for long. :::::Breaking up a fight::::: Yep, that's right I could surely win that award. Or, at least the 'Most Exhausted Mother Award' that is, if there was such an award. I get so overwhelmed on days like today. You know those days- the ones where the baby falls fifty times throughout the day, clings to you 24/7, and throws all his food on the floor, resulting in you vacuuming and mopping the floor at least 3-5 times throughout the day. Those days when you are left at home without a car and hubby doesn't get home till late...really late...too late. Those end of the week days...ugh....! Those days when the children fight incessantly. Those days when school takes hours and he's only in kindergarten! Those days when the eldest attempts to make hot chocolate when you're on the phone and then proceeds in spilling steaming hot liquid on his younger brother. Those days when you probably end up screaming more than you should. It's been one of those days when your middle child waits to long to go to the bathroom and pees all over himself and the freshly cleaned bathroom. Yep, today has definitely been one of those days. Yes, in case you wondered I almost did cry over spilled hot chocolate! Hey, do you think Ebay would let me put my kids up for auction, and do you think anyone would bid? No reserve!




Yes, that's the aftermath of of two boys gone wild...hey, at least it smelled nice and chocolaty...!

Thursday Thirteen...



Thirteen things I'm thankful for~

1~ My personal relationship with the Lord and the sacrifice He made for us by the death of His Son.

2~ My husband- after six 1/2 years he is still my best friend! He's a wonderful man and I'm truly blessed to have been given such a caring, loving, adoring, committed, trustworthy, hardworking, and awesomely HOT man! Thank you Lord!

3~ My children- three beautiful, active and healthy boys! The thought crosses my mind about once a day just how unworthy I am to have such beautiful children. Even though I feel I don't deserve them I sure am glad God chose to give them to me anyway.

4~ My extended family- in-laws included (yes, I get along with my in-laws...)! Our family means allot to us and I'm glad we have been blessed with an AWESOME family! I'm also glad that our children have such wonderful, godly grandparents.

5~ My country and the freedom we have here in America.

6~ Our church. God sent us to a wonderful church and I'm grateful for the relationships we have started to build with our church family.

7~ The ability to homeschool my children. It gets pretty frustrating at times, but I 'm glad for the time I get to spend with them and that I'm teaching my children how to read. It's kind of an empowering feeling!

8~ FOOD- especially Mexican and pizza! Need I say more?!

9~ Our house- even if temporary.

10~ My husband's business and the fact that he is doing what he loves. I also thank the Lord for the good changes that have been made in the year 2007 and that He seems to blessing the business lately. My husband needed the encouragement...

11~ Our suburban- for obvious reasons. Taking a bus or taxi everywhere with three small children would probably get old. I can only imagine...

12~ Netflix! Tim and I probably have saved allot of money by staying at home and watching movies instead of going out. It's an awesome setup! We totally love it!

13~ Last but definitely not least- the color pink! I don't know what I'd do without that color! ;)

Well, that finishes up my Thankful Thursday for today- hope you enjoyed!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Monday, January 7, 2008

Tim Hawkins - Cletus Take the Reel

This had me cracking up! You have to be familiar with Carrie Underwood's Jesus Take the Wheel to thoroughly appreciate it. Too funny...enjoy! =P

And so a new week begins...

Start your week out right and grab a cup of Joe- I like mine made extra strong! This is 'my' second cup this morning...


Ya! Jonathan gets to start his school week with new books! Wa-ho! He is starting his 3rd (out of 4) book in Phonics and his 2nd (out of 2) book in Math. He was not thrilled about taking this picture...

Because he was busy doing this-

(If you can't tell- he is playing Batman in his Leapster L-Max)

And of course, nothing starts the week out right if you don't have a few heaping basket's full of laundry!


Oh yes, and to make it even better- start your week out with a warm front that makes your yard a muddy, sloppy, yucky mess that you have to walk through to get to your car...with three littles. Yep, that pretty snow from last week isn't so pretty this week! Yuck! Hey, at least with it being warmer we are saving money on our heat bill! That's always good...


Looks like I'm in for a GREAT week, how about you?! I'll keep you all updated on my many exciting happenings throughout my week- that is, if there is anything exciting that happens...only time will tell! Oh yeah, by the way, I am feeling SO much better! It's good to feel normal again! For awhile there I thought my husband might have to rush me to the ER because I had 'accidentally' overdosed on cold medications. Okay, not really, but I had felt like I had replaced my daily food intake with meds. At least we haven't had the stomach flu...yet...::::Knock on wood::::!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Why I have been absent...

First off- I'm sick and have been sick for almost a week now. I've been battling a sore throat (that actually kept me up two nights in a row...ugh...), runny, snotty nose and a low grade fever. I'm frustrated because it doesn't seem to be going away. I may make a trip to the doctors. I also hosted a New Years party and almost 40 people attended! It was allot of fun but also allot of work. My sister and three of my cousins also spent the night New Years eve. I met my mother halfway (my cousins were visiting with her) to pick them up and on the way back to my house my cousin ended up losing her lunch in our suburban. Yeah, fun times. She cleaned it up as best as she could and I was able to get out the rest with our little, carpet cleaning Green Machine. She was fine after that- she threw up one more time that evening, but it wasn't anything major. I stayed up until after midnight with my cousins and sister. Tim went to bed at 11:30 p.m.- party pooper. Did I mention I was also watching my sister's four month old son for the night? He was fine- a little grouchy all evening but he did go to bed for me at around 12:30 a.m. and slept until 7:30 a.m. Not too bad...unfortunately I couldn't sleep! I tossed and turned until about 5:oo a.m. and then finally drifted off to sleep. My throat was KILLING me! I woke up very groggy and could've slept more but I had allot to do before people starting arriving. The day went well, but I was exhausted after everyone left (around 10:00 p.m. that night). Thankfully, I slept much better that night and have slept pretty well since. Unfortunately I still feel awful! My kids are crabby and being especially needy the last two days which doesn't help me feel any better. My hubby is back at work again and I miss him terribly! Sigh...anyway, I'll stop whining and end this post. Hopefully next week I'll feel more alive and get into the groove of things again. Our little school break ends next week so I need to be better by Monday. I'm a pretty mean teacher when I feel miserable...