Saturday, April 25, 2015

70's Flashback

In the last few weeks my teens heard some references to two 70's commercials and knowing what a knowledgeable mom I am, I looked them up on You Tube, so my children could appreciate that they were born 20 + years later...

So for your viewing enjoyment, I share with you these classics.

Again! But different...

My littles keep singing this. I have created monsters.

And finally this one.

And now I have made your Saturday complete. Your welcome.

Friday, April 24, 2015

7QT: My First Time That I Can Recall

So I've never done this before.  Call me a 7QT virgin.  Oh wait, have I?  I don't think so. 
 That is just sad.  

Today is Isabel's 18th birthday.  When is it possible that I became old enough to have TWO adult children?  Don't answer that question.  I know.... because I am OLD OLD OLD.

Isabel then

Sounds like I might be about to have a midlife crisis.  Don't worry, it won't involve a sports car and plastic surgery.  Maybe I'll get my tattoo removed.

Isabel now

Yesterday my four year old touched our tadpole.  I wasn't home.  I put Stuart (yes we named our tadpole) on the table with the butterflies so the kids could sketch them.  According to Sofia, Stuart is very soft.  I'll take her word for it.


Growing butterflies is gross.  Butterflies are ok, but seeing this all up close... I don't know if I will ever feel the same about them.

Pretty, but gross Butterfly

I went to the Farmer's Market yesterday for the first time in forever.  It was my friend Jennifer's birthday.  We bought tomatoes.  They were so good.  I love me a tomato.  And it isn't even August.  Isn't the future great?

I can't even take a selfie and not talk.  I look terrible, but Jen looks great.

Jennifer is almost done homeschooling.  Her last one is a senior right now.  I can't imagine it.  I have been homeschooling for over a decade, all the grades... but I am right in the thick of it.  I'm not even halfway done. It isn't even in site right now... weird.

Every post needs to start and end with a baby picture, right?

I'm mad at Ribbet.  They made my font a premium feature.  They get me hooked and then BANG take it all away.  Now I have to pay?  Is it worth it?  Stupid Ribbet.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hey Mama

Do you ever feel like God is calling you to do something, but you just don’t know what?  Boy have I been there a lot lately.  I keep coming to the blog and praying, “Lord, what do you want me to do with this thing?  This thing I love, yet seem to fight so much.”  Today, He told me to tell you something…

Last year I had a major, knock down, drag out, no holds barred melt down of epic proportions.  I am not over-exaggerating here.  Really, trust me on this one.

I felt like I wasn’t good enough for anything.  Have you seen that movie Moms' Night Out?  If not, you need to.  I ended up bawling my every-living eyes out.  I don’t want to ruin it for you if you haven’t seen it, but there is a scene where Allyson is sitting there with Bones and she was saying things that sounded like they were coming right from my inner most heart… about how she felt she wasn’t enough.

We moms are truly our own worst critics.  And this is the time of year for all those feelings to come to a head.  Spring is the time when trees bloom and little ones are dressed all in white to receive our Lord.  Our teens are getting anointed, dedicating their lives to be warriors for Christ.  Sports and other activities, testing, graduating… it goes on and on.  It is the climax of our year, when all the tension is at it’s highest.  It is so easy to give in and not feel enough.

You see, the mistake I made last year was instead of reaching out to friends and reaching up to God, I retreated inward and became afraid.  Trust me.  You are enough.  You are enough for God.  God sees you in your struggles.  He hears your cries for help.  He entrusted you with the souls of your dear children for a purpose… a great and beautiful purpose.  He never gives us more than we can handle, so long as we always reach up to him. 

Get as much sleep as you can.  Make your day a prayer, whether it is in thanksgiving or a tearful prayer for His mercy.  Ask our mother Mary to help you.  Make LOVE your goal.  Hug often, read good books, and get some quiet time… somehow.

When I came to the blog this morning, wondering what I should share with you, this is what the Holy Spirit whispered in my heart:

Joy is never found inside ourselves.  It is all around you in the miracles of God’s world.  It is found in the moments we give to others our love.

Remember, mama, you are enough… and ever so much more.

Friday, March 27, 2015

FF: Why Exercise Matters and Why I am Not

Forgot about these, huh?  Being Spring Break I seem to have more time to blog, when I actually should be doing that yard work I talked about on Monday.  Oh well.

I have lost 10 pounds in the last few months and that is great.  It feels like it is going so slow and I am feeling awfully discouraged.  But I know it is awesome, I just can't wrap my mind around it.  My first tend pound reward was a haircut, and my next is going to be a pedicure.  So I have about 8 pounds to go.

I have not been able to exercise in a long time, which has been so hard.  Exercise is really not all you need to do to loose weight.  Let's face it, it is a small percentage really.  Diet and mind set are the biggest tools you have.  I have found, and others that I have talked to about these same things, all agree that with exercise comes the mindset.

I was telling a friend the other day that when I exercise I feel strong.  I feel capable, like I could do anything.

Which brings me back to why I have not been exercising.  A few weeks ago my kids caught the stomach flu.  It was a weird one too, and I ended up living much like a zombie, sleeping with vomiting children.  Finally when the kids were better I got a chance to go to the gym and what do I do?  I fall off the treadmill.

I hurt my hip pretty bad and ended up trying to rest it a little.  That's when things started to feel a little better and than, I thought, "Hey, I'm going to drop a crib on my foot."

It was and still is not pretty.  Open toed shoes are my friend right now... ok, my old Birkenstocks, but you know what I mean.  They are the only ones that don't push down on that toenail which is a very interesting shade of black right now.

I started favoring that foot which made me tweak my ankle slightly and that was the same side that my hip was hurt so that pain is back now too.

Fun huh?

Did I tell you I was signed up to run the Pear Blossom Race in a little over two weeks?

It's not looking good.  I am thinking I will have to give my ticket to one of the kids.

I am feeling encouraged, though, after a wonderful visit with a friend going through the same thing I am.  I know I can do this.  I have done it before.  And As soon as I can slip on those tennis shoes I will be back at it.  I am determined!

In the mean time, it is important to keep my focus.  To watch what I eat and keep to the plan.  Exercise or no.  Loosing weight is so much easier with exercise, but it is only part of it.  The greatest thing anyone can do on a journey like mine is to keep believing in yourself.

Most inspiring post this week:

Video Funny of the Week:

I must be behind the times because I have never heard of Parkour... but I am thinking this is probably not the sport for klutz like me....

Thursday, March 26, 2015

{P,H,F,R} Haircuts

I am joining up with the gang over at Like Mother, Like Daughter for this week's {P,H,F,R}!

I had stopped cutting the boy's hair awhile back out of sheer laziness, but I was never really happy with the job the barber shop did... so I broke out my shears again the other day.  Hey, I figure, if I mess up there is a week and half till Easter for it to grow out a bit... right?


These boys were in need of haircuts PRETTY bad!



Well, not great, Theo's looks a little... pointy, but look at what it was like before!  It was somewhere between a wave and mohawk.  It was crazy y'all!  But I am happy about the money I saved!


Hey boys, can I get a picture with your eyes OPEN?


Well, fine... Theo wore his bear hat almost all day.  Remember that week and half?  I bet it will look perfect then.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dairy Free Blueberry Annunciation Smoothies

I thought I would share this with you super quick.  It is an easy way to whip together something special for the Feast of the Annunciation today.  I did a dairy free version, but you can replace the canned coconut milk with yogurt and the almond mil with regular cow's milk if you prefer.

You will need:
2-3 cups Frozen Blueberries
1-2 cups Frozen Peaches (or other fruit)
1 Can Coconut Milk
Almond Milk
approx. 1/4 cup Sweetener of your choice, I used Maple Syrup

Put the frozen fruit in blender.  I use peaches too because blueberries can be a really strong flavor and some people, especially kids, might not like it.  Next, add the canned coconut milk (this will make it thick and creamy) and sweetener.  At this point you want to pour in the almond milk.  I do this by eye.  Depending on how thick you want your smoothie, you will want to fill the blender halfway or up to covering the frozen fruit.

Blend it thoroughly!

If you need more almond milk, fruit, or sweetener feel free!  Make it to your taste.

They are super yummy, but....

They are cold, so don't eat it too fast!!

Feast of the Annunciation 2015

“The Church Fathers were fond of exploring the relationship between Eve, mother of all the living, and the new Eve, Mary the Mother of God. Where Eve grasped and lost, Mary surrendered and received; where Eve said no to the alluring mystery, Mary said yes. The angel of the Lord—an agent from a realm beyond what can be seen and known—appears to the maid of Nazareth and greets her in what Balthasar describes as the language of heaven: ‘Hail, full of grace.’” ~Fr. Robert Barron

Praying you and your family has a blessed Feast of the Annunciation.  Today God became man for you in the womb of our Mother Mary.

God bless!