Tuesday, December 30, 2008
From the learning room…I am still working on that skirt. It has taken a back seat.
I am thankful for…the two weeks I have gotten to spend with my husband and kids.
From the kitchen…homemade cinammon rolls sit on the counter.
I am wearing…A burgundy shirt and courdoroy pants and shoes.
I am creating…nothing right now....
I am going…to leave in a little while. Darvi is spending the night with a friend so I am taking her over.
I am reading…just my Bible....seems all I have time for lately.
I am hoping…the rest of the week is just as enjoyable as last week.
I am hearing…the kids play and the Storm Chasers marathon.
Around the house…its a little out of place, but its to be expected with the kids playing with al of their new toys at the same time.
One of my favorite things…fresh bread out of the oven
.A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Watchnight Service tomorrow night and then I am taking care of 3 of 5 children for a friend so they can leave for the weekend.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The last few weeks has been a struggle to maintain composure and compassion.
Please just pray for us. I need guidance on how to handle this certain situation. Will it take care of itself? Will it just go away? What do I do?
I guess all I can do is rely on the Lord to guide me through it.
I'm just so digusted with people these days. The way they treat each other, the way they are so selfish, everyone has just been so nasty. It's disgusting!
So for now, I'm trying to bite my tongue. And I pray too, that no matter what situation overcomes my life, I be courteous and kind to everyone I meet.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Outside My Window…there is no sun peeking through, the wind is blowing, and mother nature has dumped her first 5 inches of snowfall on us. I love the snow....I was so excited to see the white blanket.
From the learning room…I am still working on that skirt.
I am thankful for…great friends and a great church.
From the kitchen…chicken and black bean soup sits in the crockpot, soup is perfect for this kind of day.
I am wearing…jogging pants and a T-shirt.
I am creating…nothing right now....
I am going…to leave in a little while. I have a chiropractors appointment and then back to the safety of home.
I am reading…just my Bible....seems all I have time for lately.
I am hoping…to be able to maintain a clean home during the craziness of the holidays.
I am hearing…Kayl playing in the background.
Around the house…the Christmas decorations are up. It looks pretty tidy, only breakfast dishes sit on the counter.
One of my favorite things…a good bargain.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Secret Pal Party on Tuesday night, Church on Wednesday, I have two hot lunch days this week, and a volleyball game on Friday.
1] Drizzle 2 Tbsp. of the caramel topping on the bottom of the crust and sprinkle with 3 Tbls. of the pecans. Set aside.
2] Whisk the milk and pudding mix in a bowl, beating constantly until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add the pumpkin and pie spice, beating with whisk until blended. With a rubber spatula, gently fold half of the whipped topping into the pumpkin mixture just until blended. Repeat with remaining half of whipped topping.
3] Spread the filling in the crust and refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours or overnight. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1 Tbsp. of pecans; then drizzle with the remaining 1 Tbsp. of caramel topping. Serve at once.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Outside My Window…it is cool and damp. The wind is blowing. It is overcast, and the smell of snow threatens.
I am thinking…of everything I have to do this week. I need to get it all written down, so I don't go crazy trying to remember everything.
From the learning room…I need to pick up some black thread so I can try to put a skirt back together. I took it apart to use it as a pattern for another one.
I am thankful for…my husband and my children.... I am truly blessed
From the kitchen…a sink full of dishes beckons to be washed.
I am wearing…jogging pants and a T-shirt.
I am creating…a new skirt
I am going…to leave in a little while. I am meeting a friend for a workout and then home to get ready for volleyball games tonight.
I am reading…just my Bible....seems all I have time for lately
I am hoping…Johns work schedule gets back to normal soon.
I am hearing…Kayl watching Enchanted. I can't believe he likes the movie.
Around the house…it looks like I’ll never catch up. I need to better prioritize.
One of my favorite things…having coffee with friends.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: volleyball games today and tomorrow, volunteering at Darvi's school on Wednesday, Thanksgiving with friends on Thursday, and hoping some Christmas shopping gets done this weekend.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I have a few friends that don't struggle with it and then I have friends who do, so I know I'm not the only one that can struggle with it.
I wish I could hate it....I wish I wouldn't let social settings run my attitude that it gives me a good excuse to eat.
I've been paying Weight Watchers to help me lose this weight, but here lately it seems I've been forking over the money for nothing.
When I was in high school, I didn't really have to worry about what I ate...I was active in sports, I had 3 horses to ride, and a very physical job, so it wasn't an issue.
Now my body has changed so much and it gets harder and harder the older I get. I'm turning into a new decade in a month, no I'm not looking forward to it, but its awakening a new sense of I'm getting older and weight loss isn't getting any easier.
You would think being a stay at home mom, I would have all the time in the world to work out and take care of myself. I don't. I guess maybe its just time for me to step up and say I need time for myself, but then that does seem selfish when there are other people needing me.
So for now...I just struggle. and then I don't. and then I do.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
I must share my blonde moment. Its quite comical to me....my mom and sister even got a good laugh out of it.
Yesterday morning before leaving for town, I uploaded some pictures to Walmart.com so that they could be ready at 1-Hour photo when I got done with dropping off my daughter at school, and other errands.
When I got to Walmart a few hours later, they had not yet arrived. So I came home.
This morning, I went back in to check on them hoping they had been delayed. Still, no pictures.
I came home to see what was up. Went back through setting it all up, and got to the last step.
Guess what......my account was still defaulted to the town Walmart I used to use 850 miles away!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I haven't invested in a pool yet this year, so we made do with the water hose. The kids and I spent about 45 minutes chasing each other around the yard, cooling each other off. Not to mention that Mom got a little "fun" exercise in too.
Then after playing in the water, we chased bubbles for a while. It amazes me how something as simple as bubbles can entertain a child.
Now the kids are watching a movie, and I'm off to bring my house back together from being gone this morning and playing outside this afternoon.
And you know what, its okay my house is cluttered. My children will remember the fun I made for them, not what my house looked like. Life isn't always about a spotless house...it's about a home full of memories.
So go make some memories!
Thursday, June 5, 2008
I had weigh in today....down 3.8.....That was a blessing considering the 15 lbs. I gained over the winter. Baby steps, Baby steps.
1/4 C. sliced almonds
1/2 C. Oatmeal
1 C. Fat Free Milk
2 Tbls. Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup
5 pieces of WW candy
Bacon Ranch Salad from Mc Donald's
w/ Grilled Chicken
2 Tbls. Ranch Dressing
WW Caramel Latte Smoothie
3 Slices Bacon
1 Tsp. Olive Oil
I didn't get all my 8 healthy guidelines in. It's the end of the two weeks and my cupboards are growing bare. Tomorrow is grocery shopping day. =)
All in all I had a pretty good day and used all but one of my daily points target.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Before, it was an easel, phone book, magnetic alphabet board. It served as a menu, grocery list, and announcement holder. It's held school papers, notes, and art work. It's been covered in letters and numbers.
This morning, I made my refrigerator match my stove. It's clean and wiped down. Only the neccesities hang there.
It's amazing what kind of clutter we can allow to build up. It doesn't take long. The overload of papers, notes, parent phone numbers, and calendars have remained in plain sight since August.
So, for now, til August rolls around again, I will enjoy the glistening new appliance in my kitchen.
Monday, June 2, 2008
God gives us horses and compels some of us to love
Yet why does the horse, an animal with such a big heart, live such
ashort life? Perhaps it's because if our horses lived any longer, we wouldn'tbe
able to bear losing them.
Or, perhaps it's because God wants to
jump. Perhaps God looks down on the fine horses we raise and decides when it's
His turn to ride. He gives us a few good years to care for and learn from them,
but when the time is right, it's up to us to see them off gracefully. OK,
perhaps not gracefully. Blowing into a Kleenex is rarely graceful. But we
can be grateful. To have a horse in your life is a gift. In the matter of a few
short years, a horse can teach a girl courage, if she chooses to grab mane and
hang on for dear life. Even the smallest of ponies is mightier than the tallest
of girls. To conquer the fear of falling off, having ones toes crushed, or being
publicly humiliated at a horse show is an admirable feat for any child.
that, we can be grateful.Horses teach us responsibility. Unlike a bicycle - or a
computer – a horse needs regular care and most of it requires that you get dirty
and smelly and up off the couch. Choosing to leave your cozy kitchen to break
the crust of ice off the water buckets is to choose responsibility. When our
horses dip their noses and drink heartily, we know we've made the right
choice.Learning to care for a horse is both an art and a science. Some are easy
keepers, requiring little more than regular turn-out, a flake of hay, and a
trough of clean water. Others will test you - you'll struggle to keep them from
being too fat or too thin. You'll have their feet shod regularly only to find
shoes gone missing. Some are so accident-prone you'll swear they're
intentionally finding new ways to injure themselves. If you weren't raised
with horses, you can't know that they have unique personalities. You'd expect
this from dogs, but horses? Indeed, there are clever horses, grumpy horses, and
even horses with a sense of humor. Those prone to humor will test you by finding
new ways to escape from the barn when you least expect it. I found one of ours
on the front porch one morning, eating the cornstalks I'd carefully arranged as
Halloween decorations.Horses can be timid or brave, lazy or athletic, obstinate
or willing. You will hit it off with some horses and others will elude you
altogether. There are as many 'types' of horses as there are people - which
makes the whole partnership thing all the more interesting. If you've never
ridden a horse, you probably assume it's a simple thing you can learn in a
weekend. You can, in fact, learn the basics on a Sunday – but to truly ride well
takes a lifetime. Working with a living being is far more complex than turning a
key in the ignition and putting the car in 'drive.'In addition to listening to
your instructor, your horse will have a few things to say to you as well. On a
good day, he'll be happy to go along with the program and tolerate your
mistakes; on a bad day, you'll swear he's trying to kill you. Perhaps he's
naughty or perhaps he's fed up with how slowly you're learning his language.
Regardless, the horse will have an opinion. He may choose to challenge you
(which can ultimately make you a better rider) or he may carefully carry you
over fences...if it suits him. It all depends on the partnership - and
partnership is what it's all about.If you face your fears, swallow your pride,
and are willing to work at it, you'll learn lessons in courage, commitment, and
compassion, in addition to basic survival skills. You'll discover just how hard
you're willing to work toward a goal, how little you know, and how much you have
And, while some people think the horse 'does all the work', you'll
be challengedphysically as well as mentally. Your horse may humble you
completely. Or, you mayfind that sitting on his back is the closest you'll
get to heaven.You can choose to intimidate your horse, but do you really want
to? The results may come more quickly, but will your work ever be as graceful as
that gained through trust? The best partners choose to listen, as well as to
When it works, we experience a sweet sense of accomplishment brought
about bysmarts, hard work, and mutual understanding between horse and rider.
These arethe days when you know with absolute certainty that your horse is
If we make it to adulthood with horses still in our lives,
most of us haveto squeeze riding into our over saturated schedules; balancing
our need for things equine with those of our households and employers. There is
never enough time to ride, or to ride as well as we'd like. Hours in the barn
are stolen pleasures. If it is in your blood to love horses, you share your
life with them. Our horses know our secrets; we braid our tears into their manes
and whisper our hopes into their ears. A barn is a sanctuary in an unsettled
world, a sheltered place where life's true priorities are clear: a warm place to
sleep, someone who loves us, and the luxury of regular meals...Some of us need
these reminders.When you step back, it's not just about horses - it's about
love, life, and learning. On any given day, a friend is celebrating the birth of
a foal, a blue ribbon, or recovery from an illness. That same day, there is also
loss: a broken limb, a case of colic, or a decision to sustain a life or end it
gently. As horse people, we share the accelerated life cycle of horses: the
hurried rush of life, love, loss, and death that caring for these animals bring
When our partners pass, it is more than a moment of sorrow. We mark our
loss with words of gratitude for the ways our lives have been blessed. Our
memories are of joy, awe, and wonder. Absolute union. We honor our horses for
their brave hearts, courage, and willingness to give. To those outside our
circle, it must seem strange. To see us in our muddy boots, who would guess such
poetry lives in our hearts? We celebrate our companions with praise worthy of
heroes. Indeed, horses have the hearts of warriors and often carry us into and
out of fields of battle.
Listen to stories of that once-in-a-lifetime horse;
of journeys made and challenges met. The best of horses rise to the challenges
we set before them, asking little in return.Those who know them understand how
fully a horse can hold a human heart. Together, we share the pain of sudden loss
and the lingering taste of long-term illness. We shoulder the burden of deciding
when or whether to end the life of a true companion.In the end, we're not
certain if God entrusts us to our horses or ourhorses to us. Does it matter?
We're grateful God loaned us the horse in the first place.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Seems like I get things on the mind, and then get busy and forget what I was going to say.
It's been over a month since my last blog, and things have been so crazy.
The middle of April found me in Colorado for a week. I finally got to see my beautiful new nephew who arrived April 7. It was a busy trip, catching up with family I hadn't seen since Christmas, and of course, helping the sis with the new baby.
Then after I got back from Colorado, the end-of-the-year activities started at school. I, after years of not being on roller skates, found myself volunteering to help the gym teacher conduct lessons for 1st-8th graders. I also managed to squeeze in helping as a lunch volunteer.
For 3 hours a day for 4 days, I was on roller skates, helping the youngsters learn how to use their second set of shoes..lol...I must say, I was in lots better shape at the end of the week than they were. I was proud of that.
Then my hubby was gone for a long weekend to Montana to watch his nephew graduate Valedictorian.
That left me that weekend shopping and decorating for the Kindergarten Program and Graduation. Oh my!!!! That Friday was the longest day I had had in a while. But so well worth it. That morning, I used up my time as a classroom volunteer, before heading out to the gym to setup for the reception. We decorated and set out cookies and snacks for about 200 people. The children had a ball. The program was Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and the gym for the reception copied the theme. It turned out MARVELOUS, thanks to other hard working moms and dads.
Pile on top of all this the daily routine of laundry and meals, I will have to forego the cleaning at this time, as my home did suffer during that week.
So we have finished out May with graduations and Memorial Day. The church had a big picnic hosted by one of the families, but the four of us in my family were finally together without interruption or anybody visiting, so we enjoyed the nice day together.
June looks to be much queiter, I hope! School is out and with gas prices pushing $4/gallon, I am trying to stay home as much as possible. Looks like we will have to use our imaginations to make some fun during the summer.
So life is crazy, and it's also beautiful. I am blessed for each person who is in my life.
Till Next Time.....
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
What!! That horrible massacre happened a year ago. I couldn't believe it.
Is it just me, or is time flying by. Two years ago, I was a mom to a 3 year old little girl and a 2 mo-old little boy. I was living in Colorado with my husband. My parents were still married, I was about to become an aunt. Life was okay.
A year ago...I was a mom to a 4 year old little girl, and a one-year old little boy. A year ago, while dealing with the divorce of my parents, my husband got a job oppurtunity. Thus moving us 850 miles from all the family we had always been around.
We are going on 2 years in Illinois now. And looking back over all that has happened in such a short time, I can do nothing but praise God.
The things I have learned about myself in the last year, have surprised me. And I thank God that He has given me grace to get through each situation.
Now, I've never been more content. We are settling in to a new home and making friends. This is finally starting to feel like home.
Hold on to the time you have, it goes by so fast.
Monday, April 14, 2008
I just really don't have much to say. For a Monday it's pretty busy. I usually take it easy on Mondays and don't do a whole lot.
But I leave for Colorado on Thursday, thus I have laundry and packing to do. I also have to make sure my house is in tip-top shape before I leave. Hubby and daughter are staying home, so I want them not to have to look at a mess or anything while I'm gone.
So with all this so called global warming, I have no idea how to pack. It's supposed to be warm, but it could get cold. I've seen it snow in Colorado in May. I'm ready for some warmer weather.
I'm ready for some hiking at Starved Rock with my little guy on my back.
I'm ready to be outside working in the garden....wait, I have to plant it first. But it hasn't been warm enough.
So...here's hoping this is the last cool week of the season.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
For the last few weeks, I have been searching and searching (just ask Blanca) for the perfect pair of sandals for the perfect price. I love my flip flops, but they just aren't nice enough for Sunday Morning services, and to go with other things I have.
I don't know if it's that I'm picky or for some reason I refuse to fork over $50 for a pair of shoes I will wear maybe 5 months out of the year.
So, today, I thought I would give Kohls one more try. I take a walk down the shoe aisle, and in the Juniors section (who'da thunk it) I find them. They are originally $44.99, marked down to $29.99...well, then frugal little me still had a little money left on a gift card from Christmas...yes...Christmas.
You got it.....I got my perfect shoes for $20!
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Two weeks in a row I have had a significant weightloss on the scale. Praise the Lord!
After doing really well, and getting down close to my goal weight, winter decided to set in hard and cold, thus bringing lack of ambition and sick children. So after missing 1 1/2 months of WW meetings, my weight slowly crept back up.
So here I start the beginning of my Spring working on the weight I've gained over the winter. But I'm driven to do it.
I just need to learn that my weight is something I'm always gonna have to watch. I wasn't blessed with a speedy metabolism or with a naturally thin body.
I learned alot about myself over the winter months, so hopefully when next winter hits....I'll be prepared.
-2 pounds this week.....Till Next Time.
So I wanted to continue the tradition for my little girl. I didnt' want her moping around the house all week with nothing to do, so I got brave.
I let her have a sleepover. And was it a blast!
She invited 3 girls over, which were sisters, but all very close in age. They were so well-behaved!
And I think they even had fun. =)
We made homemade pizza, ate cookies, painted fingernails and toenails, and watched movies. They giggled well into the night.
And the giggles, my friend, were well worth it. That's why I say everybody needs a little girl in their life. Everybody needs to hear that giggle. Boys laugh, but they don't giggle. And I loved the giggling in my house on Monday night.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
That was me today, along with 2 teachers, several moms, and even a dad or two, and about 35 K3, K4, &K5 aged children.
What a fun day! The kids had a ball. They all got a kids meal to enjoy, then they got to enjoy the farm animals. Most of the kids are from the city and don't get to enjoy the big animals. Their excitment was great. For the most part they all behaved and by the Grace of God, this is field trip #2 for the year, and we haven't lost one student yet. LOL.
Todays field trip also brought back memories for me. I was very involved in FFA in High School and I loved every minute of it.
I miss not having any farm animals around. But I loved the smell of the shop, with the smell of the animals and all the smells that come with them.
I hope the kids enjoyed it as much as I did.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Okay, so I haven't blogged in a while. The blogging kind of takes a back seat to "life". It's been a crazy week.
I've had some exciting things happen this week and some not so exciting things. Just trying to sort it all out has my head spinning.
My dad is here for the weekend, and that's exciting. Love it when he gets to stop by. Love it more when he gets to go to church with us. The kids love having him here.
Hopefully, next week will be a little less crazy. I have some new things I want to start on my blog, so hopefully those will start popping up.
I don't really care if anyone is reading this, it's just a place for me to sort out all the things in my head.
Till Next Time.....
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Anyways, hubby comes home from church Sunday Morning and informs me I'm no longer able to patronize Starbucks. Why, I ask? I guess Starbucks has been putting some Anti-God slogans on their cups. Why....I ask myself...do they have to do this? I quite frequently visited the drive-thru, and I myself had never read one of these "opinions". It must be serious, when my Pastor will even say something in front of the whole congregation. I wonder how many other church members felt violated and convicted by this. What an insult to us Christians.
So, I love coffee....so now what do I do....I'm gonna go buy an espresso machine and make my own coffee, and guess what.....I won't be buying it at Walmart either.
What's up Walmart?? Sam Walton would be rolling in his grave for how far gone your company is.
Why do I have to walk down the beer aisle...JUST TO GET POPCORN! And you know what else, I'm sick of your rude-non-caring-I don't care if you have help or not-associates.
What happened to CUSTOMER SERVICE? It is so far gone, it's non-exisistent in 95% of business frequented.
My goal is to limit Walmart, Walmart was built for my kind of people, but no longer, even Walmart is changing with the times.
I will be getting my groceries at Hyvee, who have seperated their alcohol from the main building, and they have great customer service, and are very helpful. My fabric will be coming from Hobby Lobby (oh, by the way, who still closes on Sundays so their employess may enjoy their day of worship and with their families), or Joann's. Everything else, I will pick up as needed where I can get it.
I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. I hope everyone else will see what these places are doing to families and Christians. We are being disposed of and mocked.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
It's been a long couple of weeks, riddled with pink eye, flu, ear infections, and other weird things.
So far hubby, son, and I have managed to stay away from it. My poor girl has taken the brunt of all the illness.
I have had that poor girl at the doctor more in the last 3 weeks, than I have in her whole life for being sick. She was such a healthy baby. She got her first dose of antibiotic last week when she had her ear infection.
But, by golly, I think she's feeling better. She's got that sparkle back in her eye, that silly little giggle she has, and she's managed to throw a snowball or two at Mom.
She's also finally getting her appetite back after hardly eating anything over the weekend. She's eating me out of house and home!!! And, of course, its time for me to go grocery shopping, so I hardly have ANYTHING to feed her. Tomorrow is Pizza at school, and she wants some, so I know she's feeling better. =)
I am so tired of being called for advice. Really....if you want advice, then take it. I'm really not as dumb as I look.
So next time, you call me for advice, please do me a favor, take it.....and then...Don't call me back asking for the same advice on the same subject, and expect me to be chipper about repeating myself. My opinion didn't change.
Then don't get mad when I'm in a bad mood. I'm tired of everyone expecting me to be the chipper one. I have bad days too.
Don't take this personal, it's not directed at anyone specifically. It's just been some things that have been building and building for a very long time now.
Instead of venting at the refrigerator....I'm venting on my blog. =)
I really do love you all!
Monday, February 25, 2008
I've been wanting to try Tilapia for a while now, just couldn't bring myself to do it. Well, last week, the grocery store had a really good sale on it, so I bought some.
Tonight, I cooked it. I didn't like, Hubby didn't like it, the kids didn't like it.
I'm doing pretty good, hubby can't complain....2 bad meals in 7 years. I just wanted to try something different, you know.
For some reason, I just cannot acquire a taste for fish. I've tried it all, and I like none.
Both of my kids are so special to me. Even though they have the same bloodlines, they are so different.
My daughter, has been so easy from day one. I'm blessed to have had her. I'm glad God granted me permession to raise her. Her personality is so sweet. She is such a big girl, and she loves to help. This year we put her in k4 at a Christian School nearby. She is learning so fast, and it just amazes me to watch her grow, watching her little brain just try to absorb everything life is throwing at her. I'm excited for her to get saved at an early age and watch what God will do in her life. She's been asking so many questions about salvation lately. I'm excited for the day it all sinks in.
My soon-to-be 2 year old keeps life entertaining. A different kind of blessing, but he does keep me on my toes. He's such a boy, and I'm so thankful for that. He' s a little more stubborn than his big sister, but that's not a bad thing right? We'll see. Underneath all that boy though, is a cuddly, lovey boy who loves to give hugs and smooches to Mom, Dad, and Sissy. Oh, and he loves his big trucks and basketball. He is so outgoing. It will be fun to watch him grow up too.
I'm so blessed to have these two in my life.
They say time really flies after you have kids, and that is no joke. It has continued to cruise, since school has started.
Before I know it, I'll be attending their graduations.
Does anybody else see that endless blanket of snow? It seems like there has been snow on the ground since October. I think this is the most snow I have ever seen in my life.
It's just been really hard being couped up in the house, not being able to get out either because of bad roads or because it's been so cold.
Yesterday, the weather warmed up so nicely. It was beautiful, the sun was shining, just enough of a glimpse of spring to reaffirm that it's coming.
But guess what? Another snow storm on the way, that's supposed to leave us with about 8 inches and the wind is gonna blow. So I need to bundle up my kids and get to the store.
I'm ready for Spring!