Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tackle it Tuesday...and Wednesday...and Thursday...and Friday...


Okay, so I have allot to 'Tackle' this week. Here's a list of all I'd like to do and all I need to do:

~Clean carpets (want)
~Finish washing, drying and folding laundry (need)
~Do school with Jonathan (need)
~Buy mother's day gifts (need/want)
~Find a camper to buy...you may think it's silly but we've been wanting one for years! We love to camp! (want)
~Go Grocery shopping (need)
~ Go to the library (want)
~Finish making diaper bags for Luke and Noah (want)
~Take my Traffic Safety class Saturday- yes, I got a ticket a couple months ago. (need)
~Either clean the suburban or pay someone to do it for us. (need/want)
~ Bring secret pal gift to church (need...oh, my poor secret pal...I've had it for a week already)

Things I've done this week already:
~Took Noah to his 18 month checkup- here are his stats
Weight: 22 lbs 6 oz (25th percentile) Length: 33 1/2 inches (75th percentile)
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Scrubbed the bathtub
~ Deep cleaned both bathrooms
~Researched pop up campers and decided what kind we'd like to buy

Well, I think that about sums it all up. Sorry- it's not that interesting of a read...

Friday, April 25, 2008

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Pictures...and such...

Not much to post about. Nothing new and exciting has been going on. I thought I'd share some pictures though. Enjoy!

The diaper bag I made last week. I bought new fabric this week (I like it allot better) for another one. I hope to get it done this weekend- I'll be sure to post pictures. This one works for now though. It was so easy to whip together!

Noah- getting into trouble like always...and yes, that's drool...




Austin...such a sweetheart...when he wants to be...




Jonathan- hamming it up...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A couple awards...

Laura at, A Day in the Life of a Mom of Six, has bestowed upon me two awards. One just recently and one a few months ago that I never got around to posting about. I thought I should get around to doing it sometime this year... soooo...here they are!



So now to pass them on...hmmm...this is going to be tough...so many choices...who's it going to be...
Jessica at JesNicole
Brittany at Mommee and her Boys
Well...I could name more, but my brain is dead this morning so I guess that's all I'll name this time around. All the blogs I visit are deserving of these awards too...but like I said, my brain is dead today. Sorry... ;) Maybe I'll get back on here today...I was going to post a picture of the diaper bag I finished but the hubs took my camera to work (the NERVE!). So actually, I might not get back on here until tomorrow...I don't know my brain is dead...did I already say that? Have a great day! I'll just be glad to get through the day...ya know, with my brain being dead and all...

Monday, April 21, 2008

Monday Menu plan...


Monday~ Boys- mac n' cheese, me- ladies thing at church, Tim- gone on sales call

Tuesday~ Spaghetti squash with meat sauce and rolls

Wednesday~ Grilled pork chops, rice and corn

Thursday~ Grilled marinated chicken, fresh veggies

Friday~ Pizza and Movie Night!

Saturday~ Burgers on the grill, salad and chips

Sunday~ Grilled salmon, rice and steamed veggies

To do list:
Walk on the treadmill every weekday (I've been going strong for two whole weeks now!)
Do my devotions daily
Finish school with Jonathan before lunch every day
Buy fabric for diaper bags
Sew Luke and Noah new diaper bags (I finished one for Noah last week, but would still like to make another with different fabric)
Organize a few rooms in the house (sewing room, bathroom, and bedrooms)
Buy lawn mower
Work on Awana verses with the boys daily
List some things on Ebay
Get the suburban detalied- it's a mess!
Concentrate on an attitude of contentment! Count my blessings daily!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Life changes...

This week has been so wonderful! I love,love,love this weather! I tore off most of our lovely plastic window insulator stuff and have opened up the windows! The warm, spring breeze feels so lovely and the house smells so clean and fresh. Ummm....I love Spring so much! This kind of beautiful weather makes me want to clean and organize for some strange reason. I've been mopping, dusting, cleaning bathrooms and catching up on laundry today and I don't mind doing it. In fact- I rather enjoy it! I also have been wanting to sew. I got fabric out yesterday and a new diaper bag pattern to make Noah a new diaper bag. It is neon green and teal, frog fabric with coordinating neon green, striped fabric. It's so bright and summery! I'm looking forward to taking an afternoon and sewing it together- it should be fun. I'll try and post a picture of the finished project.

I have been implementing allot of changes into my life lately. I have been refreshed spiritually, emotionally and physically since doing so. Here are a few things I've been doing:

1.I've been walking on my treadmill. I started last week and have been faithful ever since. I walk once a day for 30 minutes (about 1 1/2 mile).

2.While I'm walking I do my devotion reading and pray. You probably think I'm crazy but I make it work. I'd actually like to get an I-pod/MP3 player and put some Bible reading on it. Kind of like Bible on tape but it'd be Bible on I-Pod. Lol!

3.I've also been eating allot healthier and have been trying to keep my blood sugars up by 'snacking' all day. Basically I've been eating small snacks off and on during the day. I eat things like- fruit, pretzels, yogurt, low fat kettle Corn, ect. I really only eat dinner as a 'real' meal. My lunch usually consists of a plate full of fresh,cut veggies and low-fat ranch dressing. I'm lovin' it!

4. I have been mentally thanking the Lord for all he does in our life daily. I thank him throughout the day for my kids, my husband, my home and the food and 'things' he has given us. It really is true that the more you count your blessings the less you have to complain about. I really don't have anything to complain about- my life is great!

So that about covers it! I just thought I'd share all that has been going on in my life. I'm happy, content and trying to remain that way no matter what may happen- good or bad. Oh sure, I'll have my bad days- I'm still human! I just pray that the more my relationship grows (with the Lord) - I'll have less of those days. Have a blessed and wonderful day my dear, faithful readers!

Home Tour- Dining Room

My dining room! Nothing fancy- just a basic dining room. This is where we do our school and Tim and I eat (being there isn't any room at the kitchen table). I'd love to do more to this but unfortunately, lack of money doesn't allow me to do so. Little by little I get a few things here and there. By the time I'm 60 I should have just about everything, lol! =)

My China cabinet- I had always wanted one of these! Tim and I were able to find this (along with the table) for really good price on Craigslist! Unfortunately, Tim says we'll have to get rid of it if we end up buying a house without a dining room. =( Oh well, maybe I'll be able to get a really nice kitchen table in exchange. =)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Home Tour- Living room.

I don't have much to post about so I decided to give a home tour of our humble abode. We are currently living in a rental house. It's decent but it's not something we'd buy- unless we planned on re-habing it. It has a small yard (no fence) and is on a busy street. I'm just grateful we have a yard at all. Tim and I are planning on buying a house within a year or so. I am very grateful for the house the Lord provided for us though. It's cute, cozy and it's our home for the time being. I love, love, love having a house. Tim and I had only lived in apartments prior to this house and I don't think I could go back to one since having a single-family home. I like not having to worry about the noise the boys are making. It wasn't cool getting phone calls from upset, elderly downstairs neighbors. Even though they'd keep my kids up during nap-time playing their drums (yep, that's right- their 'drums'!). No, I never called them- even though I sure felt like it sometimes. ;) Anyway, I thought I'd share a few pictures of our dwelling since I so enjoy seeing pictures of other peoples homes. I'll start you out with a few of our living room. We spend most of our time in this room. Well, that and the kitchen. What you can't see is our computer corner. I guess I forgot to take a picture of it. I'll post a picture sometime this week with pictures of another room of our house. As you can see- we don't have a 'fancy' house by the world's standards but we like it. It's home. Enjoy!

Living Room- view 1:



Living Room- view 2:
(By the way- my husband made the entertainment center. It just gives you a small picture of what he does for a living. He is a very talented man.)

Monday, April 14, 2008

WE ARE....

all home and feeling so much better! Thanks for the prayers! Noah hasn't puked or had a nasty diaper ( anything 'abnormal' anyway...)for the last three days. I think we might have this round of the flu behind us, yay! I'll post more tomorrow!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Please Pray...

Noah has started vomiting again. He has had diarrhea now for three days. Yesterday it was considerably better and now today it was back to being pretty runny. He just vomited again (all over me). He always worries me when he gets sick (because of past experiences). He only ate crackers yesterday (last night) and some crackers this morning. He turned everything else away. I really don't like it when he doesn't eat! He had kept all that down though until just now. Ugh! I feel so bad for my babies when they are sick. It makes me want to cry- literally! Also- I'm a little sad because this might jeopardize our chance at getting away. Which would be o.k. if I hadn't booked our room (and it's non-refundable!) already! I'm concerned Austin will get sick too. He was complaining also....(excuse me while I cry!)oh, sigh. If he does end up getting sick that probably determines if we get to go or not. I can take the baby, but I probably couldn't take two sickies. What makes matters worse is that Tim is spending the night (at work) again! I really like having him here to help me deal with this. I need the moral support! Please, please, please my faithful readers please keep my boys in your prayers- especially the baby. I don't want to have to take him to the hospital! Plus, I'm really down and could use some prayers. I wish I had a shoulder to cry on right now... =(

*Update*
Noah just threw up again. Another bath, change of sheets and snuggles with mommy. I'm actually crying right now.

*Update-take 2*
Austin did get sick too and let me tell you- mac n' cheese doesn't smell or look so hot the second time. I also have been battling something all night and this morning- racing heart, nausea, hot/cold flashes and headache. I'm starting to feel allot better- I hope my body fought it off. Austin is also doing great! He's been running around all morning like nothing ever happened, and he ate breakfast (and kept it down!). My mom is still willing to take the boys. I think I might still have the two older boys go with her. I'm planning on keeping Noah. He's still not 100% and he needs his momma to cuddle with. I would feel so guilty leaving him and I wouldn't enjoy myself at all! Anyway, thanks for the prayers! Just keep praying that we will keep getting better! I'd hate for one of the boys to get sick at my moms. I'd also hate to get sick while I'm gone too. We aren't leaving until tomorrow so I'm hoping that my body can recover completely by then.

Just a question...

Why do kids always get sick while in bed? Take for example:

Tuesday afternoon- Noah looses his lunch while taking a nap (in bed), and not only once, or twice, but three times! Every time he wanted to sleep he ended up throwing up.

Wednesday afternoon- Austin poops (diarrhea) his pants twice while (supposedly) taking his afternoon nap.

Thursday morning (3:30 a.m.)- Jonathan looses his breakfast, lunch and dinner while sleeping. I just love giving baths at 3:30 in the morning!

Oh, let's just hope I 'm not the next victim and end up seeing my Apple Jacks (from my breakfast) again while taking my nap....in my bed! That would just stink...no pun intended! =P

Yes, the stomach flu has hit our house! The first time in about a year...man, I was really hoping we'd get through the year without getting it! Needless to say my washing machine has been working overtime! Blah...anyway, hopefully everyone is better by tomorrow- because I'm leaving sick or not sick! Thanks mom, for watching our sick (or soon recovered) kids! ;)

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Wordless (almost) Wednesday


Treadmill (yes, I used it today! Wa-ho!) + a laundry basket = EXTREME FUN!



You don't even have to use a laundry basket to have fun...you can just slide down on your belly!




A little happy there Jonathan?

What happens to contents of shown basket... Who knew a treadmill was so versatile?!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

'Tackle it Tuesday' and other such things...


Well, yesterday did look up a little. Tim came home from work at 3:30 p.m.! That's pretty much unheard of! I was exhausted for some reason (no, I'm not preggie!) so he and I took a long nap. We didn't get up until 15 minutes till 6:00 p.m.! It felt so good to take a much needed snooze. I then threw some burgers on the broiler pan and I cut out coupons. We ate and then I was able to do my CVS and grocery shopping alone! It was wonderful! I took as much time as I needed and wanted. I came home to the kids in bed and the kitchen (mostly) cleaned. ;) Tim and I then sat down and figured out all we needed to buy in the near future and also planned our trip. So that brings me to my 'tackle'. Here is a 'tackled' list of things we need to buy and our trip (which isn't going to be as extravagant as we thought- too many other things we need to get).

Things we need to purchase:
Self-propelled lawn mower
Devotional book series for the kids
Vitamins for me
Jonathan's school material for 1st grade
New contacts and eye exam for me (hopefully this week)

Things we want to purchase:
Gas Grill (portable- so we can take it camping)
Used pop camper (so we don't have to keep borrowing my mom's)
Laptop for Tim (the business should cover this...)

Trip planner:
Friday afternoon~ Meet Mom with the boys
Friday evening~ Go out to dinner near us, grab a movie and have a relaxing night alone (at home)
Saturday morning~ Get up and get ready, start heading toward Chicago (about 2 hours away). Go to the 'Kitchen and Bath' show at McCormick Place. This stop is for Tim. =)
Saturday afternoon~ Walk through Chicago and possibly go out to lunch in the 'Windy City'. Also- maybe possibly go to the Sears tower. Can you believe I've never been?!
Saturday night~ Visit with Tim's brother and family (Still have to call my sister-in-law and talk to her about it). Get a hotel room near Tim's brother and family.
Sunday~ Wake up and attend church with Tim's brother and family. Go home and have yet another relaxing night at home alone.
Monday~ Pick my boys up- I'll probably be having some serious withdrawals by then...he,he!

Also- thank you all for the encouraging words yesterday! I really appreciated it! Unfortunately we can't afford to join a 'Y' yet, but hopefully once we move we can. Hubby is still 'iffy'....blah...I really need to start running on our treadmill. He said if I did that for at least 6 weeks then he'd think about it. I agree though. I need to prove to myself even that I can stick to something. I'll keep you updated on my progress!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Loneliness...

Does anyone else ever struggle with this? I do, and have been (lonely) the last few days. I don't know why. I've had my husband with me the last couple days and I always have the three boys with me, but I still struggle with this. Actually, I don't know if it is even just loneliness but also maybe even a little bit of discontentment rearing it's ugly head again. I don't know...maybe it's boredom? I know all three of these things- loneliness,discontentment and boredom are something I need to settle with the Lord. I'm working on it. I think several times a day I pray to the Lord asking him to help me be satisfied with job as wife and mother. Sometimes I just want more. I want to really do something. My husband reassures me everyday that I am doing something. Something very important. I'm raising three boys. I understand that- truly I do. I just think I get frustrated. Being a mom is the same day in and day out, and frankly, it is emotionally and physically draining- especially the discipline. I need an escape. Somewhere I can run to when I think I just.can't.handle.it anymore! I know,I know...run to the Lord. I do (I already said that) but sometimes I need something or somewhere in the flesh- does that make sense? I've mentioned an aerobics or martial arts class (call me crazy, but I think it would be awesome fun!) to my husband and he pretty much is against it. His reason- I (talking of himself) can't commit myself to being here to watch the kids for you. His solution- run on the treadmill. Uhmmm...yeah, I'm still in the house...alone...with the kids. Not quite the solution I was thinking of. I love my husband I just don't think most men understand the emotional toll being a mom takes on us. They leave for work everyday and only see the kids for approximately an hour before they go to bed. Actually, my boys are lucky if they see Tim even that much. Most nights they are already in bed when he gets home. Basically, Tim (and men in general) get to leave everyday- work is their escape. I mean c'mon we don't even get a break when we're sick! I just get sad...so very sad. I want to do something exciting- take a vacation, go sky diving (again...call me crazy if you must), learn martial arts and how do defend myself (honestly, just think it'd be fun to know how...he,he), enroll in school again and get my nursing degree or go on a TV reality show...okay, that last one is seriously a JOKE! Just wanted to see if you were paying attention! Mu-ha-ha! Most days and weeks I'm simply satisfied with just being a wife and a mommy, but some days I get impatient. So, I'll keep calling out to the Lord asking him to help me along, give me patience and help me to always be satisfied in whatever my season of life. So, I'll take it one day at a time and focus more on my family and being content with my current job of being a wife and mother. Maybe someday soon I can find my escape. I'd really, really,really love to do something physical. Be it aerobics, a health club, running in a marathon, or joining some kind of martial arts class - I don't care. I just want something plus, I really need to exercise more. It'd make me feel better and I'd actually get fit and in shape. Something I haven't been for years! Yeah, I may not need to lose weight but I do need to get physically fit. Just 'cause I'm at a good weight doesn't mean I'm in shape! So, anyway, I'll close this post for now. Sorry, if it felt like I was ranting, because honestly, I wasn't. I was just being transparent. Kind of letting you know why I haven't been on here the last several days. I've been too lazy (emotionally) to even blog. Kinda sad, but true. Things should start looking up soon- did I tell you my emotions tend to change with the times of the month? Ha,ha...I bet you never would've guessed! I know that's part of the reason why I've been feeling blue. An ever bigger reason not to act on my emotions! Anywho, my husband and I are getting away for the weekend this week! Yay! I'm so excited! We are going to Medieval Times, going to the Sears Tower and visiting Tim's brother and family. It should be a super fun weekend! A BIG thank you to my mom for watching the boys for us. These little trips always help my moral! Well, I hope I can get back on here again this week, but it might be a little sparse. We'll see....it all depends on if anything exciting happens here- HA! ;) So Happy Monday everyone!

"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
Philippians 4:11

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Wordless Wednesday...

(The thoughts of Noah...)
"Hi there Austin! You say you'd like to try some of my Lucky Charms? Okay, here, let me feed them to you...the marshmallows are especially delicious!"


"This is fun isn't it? Here, have some more...mmm...good stuff!"

"And another...oh, you say you're done now? That's too bad...I really like feeding you."

"Do you want one mom? They're really good! Oh, you don't? Okay...I was going to give you a marshmallow too...oh well..."
"I'll sit here and just be my cute self...let my crazy mother take yet another picture...sigh..."

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

TAG! I'm it!

Jennifer from Fruitful Vine tagged to me to do 'seven random facts' about me. Here are the rules:



1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

1~ I got married at the ripe old age of 18- two weeks after I turned 18 to be exact.

2~My Father died of ALS when I was 14. I was extremely close to my father. It was a very hard time in my life. I matured allot in that year.

3~My husband is 12 1/2 years older than I am. I don't mind it one bit! He doesn't either. ;) He was the most eligible bachelor around and I got him! Hooray for me! I love my man- he's the greatest!

4~I had a hard time getting close to other girls my age when I was growing up. I had a way of creating enemies very easily. Everyone thought I was a snob because I just happen to be a very quiet person. They assumed I was before getting to know me. I had a few close 'girl' friends that I was close to, but that's all- a few. Guys were always easier to get along with (no mind games or drama- I have a hard time dealing with drama). They didn't feel they had to compete with you and I think they are better listeners (in my humble opinion). I had a few close guy friends too. They usually ended up wanting to take it to a different level though- you know, more than friends. That was a problem. I truly only saw them as friends. That's the problem with guy/girl friendships. Guys usually want more- girls are usually happy to just keep the friendship at a 'friends only' status. Anyway, moving on.

5~ I have very conservative views, but I'm not legalistic. I have a hard time dealing with legalism. You know when people create standards but don't have any true Biblical scripture to back it up. Or sometimes they take the Scripture out of context to prove their point or back up their 'standards'. It reminds me of the Pharisees in the Bible- all about the outward appearances. I have had my fill of it! I'm going to live, wear,walk and talk the way I feel the Lord wants me to- not the way I feel others want me to. I'm done trying to please people! I am what I am so just deal-with-it! 'Kay? =)

6~I have an awesome extended family! Oh, don't get me wrong, we have our differences and have had our fair share of bumps in the road, but I couldn't imagine my life without them. Tim and I would love to move to a southern state but our family is what's holding us here in this frozen wasteland (okay- maybe a little bit of an over exaggeration). Life without our family would be pretty lonesome.

7~ I'm really,really bad about doing 'tags'. So sorry to anyone who has tagged me and I never did or even started doing the tag. Oops! Please don't take it personally. I honestly,truly forgot!

So here are the seven peeps I'm tagging:
My sissy Courtnie
Brittany- she's expecting twins- how exciting is that?
Oc Mama- 'cause I'd love to get to know her better!
Julie- at A Joyful Nusiance
Okay- so that's only four, but this is my blog and I think I can change some of the rules. Plus, I can't think of anyone else to tag that I haven't already tagged in the near past. So, that's that- I'm done. =)

Tagged again...

Okay, so I got tagged again! I'll be doing this one today- so I don't do like I've done before (three times!) and totally forget about them and never even do them! I'll be getting back on here once the kids are down for their naps. Oh yeah, by the way- someone gave me an award a few weeks ago and I haven't even claimed that yet! Isn't that terrible?! Yikes! I promise- I'll do this one though...! Look below for my 'Tackle it Tuesday'.

Tackle it Tuesday- Painting!

This week I tackled painting my small, little,intsy, teeny, tiny kitchen. It was drab and kind of made me sad just being in it. It really needed a face lift. I finally worked up the energy to do it. I got it done in about 4-5 hours. Boy, did it feel good to just get it behind me!

The before shot. It looked worse in person. There were grease splatters above the stove and it was just plain yucky, plus white? I mean c'mon? Who lives with white walls- especially in a kitchen?! Oh, yeah...my mom...that's right (love ya mom!). Anyway,this kitchen is pretty humble (definitely not my dream kitchen)- it needs all the help it can get. Also- this was taken after I moved the table, took down pictures, ect. My table is never that cluttered normally.

The after shot! Awww...that's so much better! You can actually see more of a difference in person, but you get the idea,right?

And another one...just because I want to! ;)