Saturday, January 29, 2011

There is...

...a woman.
A woman who is a mom.
A mom that birthed ten, beautiful children.
A mom that kissed those children when they were hurting, sick, healthy and happy.
A mom who loved to cook. A mom who cooked with love.
A mom who encouraged her children to make the right decisions and be all they could be.
A mom who sat on the sidelines cheering her children on during a sports game.
A mom who covered up her exhaustion and pain so she could still be a mom without her children worrying.
A mom who would rather care for others instead of being cared for.
A mom who inspired and uplifted her children.
A mom who created children who wanted to be just like her.
There is a woman...a woman who is a daughter.
A daughter that loved and adored her parents.
A daughter who took in her ailing father during his last days.
A daughter who thought first of her parents then herself.
A daughter who always put family first.
There is a woman....a woman who is a sister.
A sister that loved and adored her older siblings.
A sister to share clothes with.
A sister to confide in.
A sister to cry with.
A sister to laugh with.
A sister to fight with.
A sister who is also a friend.
There is a woman...this woman is an aunt.
This woman is my aunt.
There is a woman...this woman has cancer.
This woman has been given a short time to live.
This woman is leaving us with wonderful memories of her.
This woman is amazing.
This woman is strong.
This woman has lived a full life.
This woman has left her mark on this world.
This woman will always be loved and will never be forgotten.
My beautiful Aunt Pam (second from the left) with three of her daughters.
(Please keep her family in your prayers.)
I love you Aunt Pam!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Grant's favorite thing to do (hands down) is EAT!
This seat (pictured below) is his favorite seat in the house.
When he is put in this seat it means he is going to be eating in the near future.
So, he gets very excited when we tell him to climb up into his favorite seat.
Yep, my baby likes his food.
He loves bananas, pasta, peanut butter sandwiches, cereal....
...apples, oranges, carrots, tacos, fish, chicken, enchiladas....
...grapes, corn, mashed potatoes, meatloaf, rice, casseroles, cucumbers...
...well, and basically anything else put in front of him...
...because you see, my baby boy loves FOOD!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Boys Drink Tea Too

When you have a fever and sore throat hot tea is a must!
A perfect cup of tea (in my humble opinion) is first made with water heated in a kettle.
And then a 'Bedtime Stories' tea bag is added to the hot water.
Let it steep for a few minutes.
Add a generous amount of honey.
And let the steaming liquid sooth your sore, aching throat.
My boys like to sip theirs like little, old ladies. ;-)

New Therapy


Hi, my name is Sarah.

I am a young mother to four, high-energy boys.
My husband is a truck driver who just recently started a new job. He is now working third shift BUT he is now home everyday. Yay, for more husband time!
I am busy...but I am also slightly lazy. Mostly due to being a very low-stress, laid back kind of person.
I like my down time.
I get stressed since my boys are so high-energy. So, I need therapy.
I have decided I will try and write down more of my thoughts, daily struggles and/or victories!
I want to share more of my dreams, desires, goals or just write down something funny my kids told me that day.
I have some silly boys.
I am going to try to blog at least three times a week.
I am fore-warning you though.
I am random.
I am not a writer.
I may have grammatical errors more often than not.
I am just a mom.
A mom who needs therapy.
Cheap therapy.
So blogging is going to be this mom's outlet.
You can choose to read....or you can choose not too.
Doesn't really matter to me since this is just an outlet and I am doing this for my sanity. That's all.
Some days I may write a lot and some days it may only be a sentence...a word...or a picture. I don't know...depends on my mood, my thoughts or the circumstances in my life.
I need no outside reassurance...just a place to write down what's going on in my head.
So go ahead and read...if you want to...but just remember, I have warned you!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I am...

...wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, teacher, maid, cook, nurturer, believer and overall household executive.
I laugh, love, cry, care and hurt like anybody else but most of all I have been searching. Searching for answers to my searching- only wanting to do what God wants me to do.
Seeking His will for my life.
Praying that in His time all my searching will lead to me finding His will for my life.
He knows what I need...He knows what is best.
He knows my desires, dreams, goals and hopes.
He knows my innermost thoughts and silent prayers.
He knows me better than I know myself.
He is the source of my comfort and my peace.
He alone can fulfill my searching with answers only He can give.
I take rest in knowing He knows.
I want only what He wants for me and my family.
So I seek His face daily.
I trust that in His perfect timing my searching will be done and my questions will be answered.

"Delight Thyself also in the Lord;and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass." Psalm 37: 4-5





Friday, January 21, 2011

Measurements...

Everything has remained the same measurement-wise. My drop waist is an inch smaller (30") and my true waist (smallest part) is a comfortable 26.5". Unfortunately, my arms are the same (10.75") BUT there is no flab hanging down anymore. They have become more built and toned...which I am liking! I have been consistently exercising every day for about 45-60 minutes and my body may not be shrinking much but it is getting healthier and more toned. =) Now, if I could only lose those 5 extra pounds! By the way, is it true that it will take awhile to lose actual weight or do you think I will just be stuck around 128-130 because of the added muscle? I would love to lose it (my goal is 123-125) but I just don't know if it will be possible....I guess I will just have to wait and see. ;-)

Monday, January 17, 2011

20 months...

4 short months until my baby turns 2!
Please, baby boy, slow down. I love everything baby that remains in you. All too quickly though you are losing that little amount of baby that's left.
You are a very passionate little man that tries your very best to keep up with your brothers.
You are very interested in the toilet and you already tell me when your diaper needs to be changed. I foresee potty training in your near future.
Mealtime is your favorite time of day and you are not a picky eater. You'll eat almost anything I place in front of you!
You love your brothers,mommy and daddy very much!
Your favorite things to say are, "I wan mo(I want more)", "U welcome", "Uh-oh", "Got poo", "I wan out", "Let go", "I wuv u", "Where is?", "What that?" and "Wooooow".
You are quickly picking up on a lot of new phrases and words.
You LOVE your 'bankie' and your thumb. You cry if you are without your blanket.
You love movies and you can sit through a 2 hour movie totally engrossed the whole time (sucking your thumb, of course!).
You think dancing is great fun!
You are a great wall artist. ;-)
You are LOADED with personality!
I love seeing you grow into the amazing little person you are becoming but baby boy, please slow down!







Friday, January 14, 2011

Health Update

I am slightly disappointed because there isn't much change in my body from last week to this week even though I have been consistently keeping up on my exercise regime. My weight has not changed (129 this morning...boo!) and the only measurement that has changed is my thighs. They are now 20.5 instead of 21. My arms went down .25" also. So nothing earth shattering here. My caloric intake has remained about the same. I didn't find the need to lower it since I have added exercising. Since I do at least an hour of active exercising a day I am burning a good amount of calories and don't think it would be wise to lower my food intake. I usually eat anywhere from 1000 to 1800 calories a day (probably over 2000 on holidays/family gatherings). Most days I would say it falls around 1500 calories. Anyway, I may not have much weight to lose. I am 27 now and my muscles are a lot larger (especially my arms/biceps) than when I weighed 115-123. I'll keep trying but I am not holding my breath. I have several things going against me- 1. age 2. slower metabolism 3. constant upper body toning from being a mom (child lifting, laundry basket carrying, household work, grocery bag carrying,ect.). I know my mom was in optimum health and fitness when I was younger and she was usually around 130-135 (we are the exact same height). Not an ounce of fat on her. She was/is just a very toned person. She has always done toning exercises and walking. She has always loved her food though! I actually think I eat less than she used too. ;-) I will check back next week. I hope I can at least lose some inches. Tim told me last night that I looked smaller and he can tell I have been working out. Hmmm....well, the scale and the tape measure don't say that I am (smaller)! Ha,ha...oh well, better luck next week!

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Post Where I Share All

Yes, once again it has been awhile. Frankly, I haven't had a whole lot of motivation to do much of anything let alone, blog. I want to change that too. I need to come up with some sort of system for our life. I hate schedules (as I recently blogged about) but I know I need to have at least some sort of 'flexible' schedule or system for which we live. I have been battling depression and have had very little energy or desire to do anything. I have been doing the bare necessities just to get us by. Even that has been taking a tole on me.I don't know if it's due partly to being overwhelmed or just being lazy. Tim is gone a lot and almost all the parenting and ALL of the housework, schooling, grocery shopping, ect. is on my shoulders. It's not Tim's fault. It's what he has had to do in order to bring in an income. I knew it was going to be hard. I just have my days of feeling downright exhausted! It's hard being a mom to four but even harder being a mostly, single (except for Saturday and part of Sunday), homeschooling mother to four BOYS! Being cooped up in the house doesn't help matters either. Anyway, I said all that to say this- I need to start implementing a routine and start taking care of my self- physically and spiritually! I think my only way of doing that is to have some sort of flexible schedule or at least always fitting in my devotions and exercising. It's been a long time since I have done the later. 'Cause frankly, I hate walking on the treadmill! My Wii fit game was also broken by one of the boys so I didn't even have that to do. This week I was able to buy a pre-owned Wii fit game and Tim bought me 'Just Dance' for the Wii last night. I was able to do about an hour of that (Just Dance) today and it felt good to be moving again! I have decided that I will be putting up my progress here for all to see. I think this may help me remain committed to my exercising- especially if I see improvement! I need this in my life. I haven't been taking care of my body and honestly, it shows. Things need to change and they will! Tim told me I should write down my measurements somewhere. So I have decided I will post them here and see if anything changes by next week. I am usually not one for sharing my measurements or weight but I need to be accountable to something or someone so here is where they will be- for millions to see. (YIKES!) So here goes...

Weight- 01/07/11
5'6"
128-129 (I weighed myself with wet hair and clothes on)

Measurements- 01/07/11
Chest- 30.5" (slightly embarrassing)
Waist- 26.5" (at smallest part) 31" (at drop waist-largest part)
Hips- 38" (at widest part) 36.5" (at smallest part)
Thighs- 21"
Arms- 10.75" (my arms are fairly built just from doing mom duties)

This is where I would eventually like to see myself in a month or two:

Weight- 120-123 (this is not un-realistic since I weighed 115 after having my second baby and did not look un-healthy)
I really don't have a goal for measurements since I have never really charted them before. My main goal is to see the inches going down and to lose about 5-8 pounds. Nothing major just improvement. By the way, I am a healthy eater and have never been one for crazy diets! My only change here would be to not eat after 7-8ish in the evening and going to bed earlier and waking up earlier! Other than that I have already made changes to my diet (as in- only drinking water, taking vitamins and eating more raw food and less sweets) and don't need to change a whole lot more.

I know there are some who would disagree with posting such information but I need to do this for my own motivation. I may be wide in the hips and now everyone will know exactly how wide but who cares? I have had big,healthy babies (11.8, 10.4, 8.6 and 9.14- all born natural) and God probably made me that way for that very reason! It's the way I am built and I am beginning to accept it. May not be your typical body shape but it is what it is. I will try to track my progress every Friday. So, you can choose to read or skip over my Friday posts if they happen to bore you. ;-)