Where’d that wagon go?

January 3, 2013 at 7:51 pm (Family, Food) ()

I’ll admit it. We’ve fallen off the healthy eating wagon. I guess the road got a little bumpy between Junior’s birthday, the holidays, and wanting comfort food in this cold weather. I started out clinging to the wagon, but eventually, let go. It’s time to climb back on the wagon, but that means I have to find it first. Which way do I go?

I’ve decided that one thing for me is convenience. I don’t mean packed, boxed, crap food. I just don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen every day. I want to use my time more wisely. If I’m making marinara sauce, I’m going to make a bigger batch so I can freeze a couple more dinners worth. One way to make this easier, is meal planning a month at a time. If I plan ahead, I should be able to use my efforts more wisely. I’m also going to use index cards to write down our favorite meals and their ingredients. When I menu plan, I’ll have a quick easy reference to everyone’s favorites.

Wish me luck!


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Finding ways to give back

October 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm (Family) (, )

This year, I want to really start teaching Junior about giving. I want him to see us giving more than receiving and giving without expectation of receiving in return. I have three goals for the holiday season. I want to put together some care packages for some deployed service members. I’d really love to get some friends in on this too, so if you want to join me, let more know! My second goal is to provide Thanksgiving dinner for a needy family. Turkey, stuffing, beans, pumpkin pie, the works. Lastly, I want to adopt a family this Christmas. The whole family. Not just gifts for the kids, but for the parent(s) too. Heck, even the dog, if they have one.

Who’s with me?

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Someday I will…

January 3, 2012 at 9:52 pm (Family, Random rantings)

Someday I will…
– have a perfectly clean home (even the closets).
– have the yard the neighbors envy.
– start that exercise regimen I’ve been putting off for years.
– do the 3 Day Walk for Breast Cancer again.
– have a beautiful, bountiful vegetable garden.
– spend my winters making amazing soups from vegetables canned and dried straight from my garden.
– decorate my house tastefully and creatively for every season and holiday.
– throw my kids the best birthday parties on record (not necessarily biggest, just awesome and memorable).
– go on a honeymoon with my husband, even if it ends up being 20 years late!
– have the home where my kids and their friends want to spend time.
– be happy with my body, even if it still looks the same.


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3.5 months left!

November 15, 2010 at 8:23 pm (Deuce, Family, Junior)

Holy Cheese!  Where has the time gone!?  I think it’s just been hitting me in the last few days that about one season from now, I’ll be a mom of two.  TWO KIDS?!  And two boys at that.  Last night Hubs and I were laying with Junior on his bed, “eating” a snack of Junior’s play food, and wondering how we’ll manage to give Junior the love and attention he’s used to when his brother arrives.  Hubs looked at me and said, “How are we going to do this with two kids?”  Of course I know it’ possible.  Millions of families have done it and we’ll survive too, but it’s getting so hard to picture splitting my time between a toddler who thrives on our attention and a needy newborn.

Junior loves to help and I imagine that’s going to be a good way to keep him involved and engaged in all the work that comes with a new baby.  On the other hand, I fear making him feel like he’s working.  I don’t want to make him feel like his brother is a burden.  I know we’ll all adjust and it will all work out.  Who knows, maybe I’m making too big an issue with it.  Maybe Junior will adjust just fine, without a struggle.  Wouldn’t that be nice?

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General updates…

August 3, 2010 at 4:45 am (Deuce, Family, Junior)

Junior is stinkin’ amazing.  He just blows me away.  He can read all of his letters by name, upper and lower case, and knows the sounds of all of them too.  Although, occasionally, he’ll goof up a sound here and there, but hey, he’s two and a half.  That’s way more than I ever would have expected at this age, especially considering he was screened for autism a year ago.  We bought him a cute little bowling set last week and he LOVES it.

On Saturday, while I was at work, my brother and his family came over to the house.  When they were leaving, Junior was so upset, my sister-in-law asked if he wanted to spend the night.  Of course, he said yes.  They have two girls, one will be 7 in a couple of months, the other is just 6 weeks older then Junior, and he loves to spend time with them.  Then, last night, the girls came here to stay the night.  It was the first time they’ve stayed over here and it was great.  The kids were so tired, they went right to sleep.  This morning we all went to a park about 30 miles away to meet with my moms’ group.  We had a fabulous time.  I love the group and the kids did fantastic, but they were pretty over-tired by the time we left (let’s be honest, I was too!).  I’m really looking forward to having them stay over again.

Hubs’ job is still about the same.  Not enough pay, but a lot of overtime.  The thing that really stinks to me is the fact that there seems to really be no opportunity to move up.  I’d love for him to find something new, but I guess, we’ll just wait and see.

Deuce has been super rough on me.  I never had morning sickness with Junior, but this kid is making me feel like poo.  I’m so not digging this.  I really hope it passes soon.  And I’m exhausted.  Not tired, but seriously exhausted.  By the time Junior is in bed, I’m pooped, but of course, I’m usually hungry again by then.  Since I can only eat a little bit at a time, I’m hungry again in an hour.  Hubs has been quick to point out that I haven’t exactly been a joy this last month, but I swear, I’m trying to cut back the SuperWitch attitude.

I won’t get to see Deuce again for another week at my next ultrasound.  I’m still pretty sure that we’re just talking about Deuce, not Deuce and Tres, but we’ll see what happens!  Then again, at 9 weeks, I only have one pair of jeans that still fits.  I’m about to have to make the official move into maternity clothes.

Well, that’s about all the news for now!

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New and different…

July 6, 2010 at 4:13 pm (Deuce, Family, Junior)

With my last pregnancy, my mom was not all that supportive.  In fact, her first words when I told her I was pregnant were “what did you do?”; if that doesn’t scream support, I don’t know what does.  Needless to say, I was a little nervous to announce Deuce.  Last Wednesday, on the way to her house, I picked up a “big brother” shirt for Junior.  When we got there, I handed my mom the bag and told her I’d picked up a shirt for him that I thought she’s like.  I actually walked out of the room while she opened it.  I was afraid of the same reaction again.  She seemed pretty happy about it and really not surprised at all.  I think she pretty well expected that we wanted another baby.

She’s been pretty supportive since then, even just simple things like asking how I’m feeling really means a lot.  I invited her to come to my first appointment with me next Monday.  I think she’s planning to be there.  As close as my mom and I are, it means so much to me to actually have her support this time.

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The lowdown on babymaking…

June 2, 2010 at 7:42 pm (Baby making, Family, Junior)

No, I’m not pregnant.  Yes, we’re still trying.  I decided I was getting a little crazy about planning everything and not just enjoying it.  So, now we’re sort of NTNP, although I am paying attention to when I’m expecting to ovulate.  The last couple of months, I got really bummed seeing all those BFNs, and I don’t want to keep doing that to myself.

Hubs got pretty bummed over it too.  I think he felt bad that I was getting disappointed.  Not that he doesn’t want another baby, but he’s more of the “it will happen when it happens” type of guy.

Right now, we’re just enjoying Junior and lots of fun time with just the three of us.  We took Jr bowling for the first time last weekend.  That was interesting.  Jr did impressively well and had an awesome time, but reminding a 2.5 year old to wait his turn and watch out for other bowlers was difficult.  We’re definitely going to be going again!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 10, 2010 at 5:49 am (Family)

Toady is Mother’s Day.  I know it’s generally a Hallmark holiday, but it’s always nice to have a reminder that not only am I actually a mom, but I learned everything I know about being a mom from one of the best.  My mom is an amazing woman.  All through my childhood, she was there for everything, she knew all my teachers and friends, she kept up on every sport I participated in and was always by my side to cheer me up.  I can only hope to be half the mother she is; not only is she my mom, she’s my friend.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago.  Luckily, a routine mammogram caught it very early.  She had an outpatient procedure to remove the lump and went through a round of radiation.  Today, she’s healthy and we’re so lucky to still have her here with us.  I’m so glad that Junior gets to grow up with a close relationship with his grandma.

To celebrate Mother’s Day today, we met my parents at a local greasy spoon for breakfast and ate way too much.  After we came home, Junior and I passed out from food coma while Hubs and our friend did yard work.  Then, I went and did my own Mother’s Day shopping.  Hubs knew I wanted a new purse, so he sent me out to shop ALONE (gasp!) to pick it out.  He (the man who doesn’t cook) actually cooked me dinner too.  Maybe it wasn’t a glamorous Mother’s Day, but it was great.

To all my mommy friends out there, I hope you truly enjoyed your Mother’s Day.  To everybody, if you haven’t already, give your mom a hug (or at least a phone call) and tell her you love her!

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