Monday, March 28, 2011

Meal Plan Monday 3/28

Monday-Mac and Cheese, Hamburger Patties with Mushroom Sauce, Green Beans
Tuesday-Beef Stew and Rolls
Wednesday-Chicken, Stuffing and Corn
Thursday-Chicken Fettuccine and Garlic Bread
Friday-Chili and Corn Bread.


This past weekend my friend and her 3 kids came up from Oregon to visit us, we had so much fun the kids especially. Friday we kinda just hung out and let the kids play all day then we went out for some Mexican Food and watched Yogi Bear. If you haven't seen this movie you have too its so funny.

Saturday I had Easter Pictures scheduled for our family so I decided to get some with my friend and her kids as well. Not sure how they will turn out, it was nice and sunny outside but it was cold and the wind was blowing so it just made it that much more cold, my youngest cried the whole time so I know all the pictures of her in them aren't going to be perfect but oh well it will just add character to the pictures. The photographer also took pictures of me and my belly which was a huge thing for me to do because I hate pictures of ME anyways I love taking them of everyone else so I am really nervous about seeing them. After the pictures we of course did some more hanging out and played games and it was nice enough that the kids all got to play outside.

Sunday my two oldest had a day camp to go to out the high school called Junior Miss "Be your Best Self" they get to learn about community service, nutrition, public speaking and exercise. Its such an awesome thing for them to do. It was 4 hours long and during that time they picked up trash, learned a exercise routine, made a little speech and learned about healthy things to eat. Then after it was over the parents got to go and watch and listen to what happened. Both of my kids had the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
My oldest said " I want to be an artist because you get to be creative and no one can boss you around." and my 8 year old said "I want to be a gymnastics teacher because I enjoy doing gymnastics." Well I think both of these things are fantastic ideas but I'm sure they will change many times over the years to come. Now at the end of April they actually have to go in front of a gym full of people and perform the exercise routine and the question at the Junior Miss Program.

My husband had an exciting night last night too, our washing machine decided to quit working at like 8 last night right in the middle of washing some of my friends clothes, so luckily I had a backup washing machine and being the awesome husband that he is he switched them out last night. I think it must have taken him about an hour. Then to top his night off one of our smoke detectors batteries started going dead so he then had to bring in the big ladder because our ceiling are so tall it's not just a matter of jumping on a chair and dealing with it, so he brings in the ladder and you still have to stretch to reach it but he fixed that too.

Now today I get to clean the house or at least start cleaning the house because the girls and I are leaving on Saturday to head to Oregon to enjoy their Spring Break down there, so I like to have a clean house when I get back (Wes if you read this remember that)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Vacation-I want to go back.

This past weekend I went to Redmond, OR to enjoy "Girls Weekend" and boy was it relaxing.

Before we headed to the cabin we did some shopping at the outlet mall in Bend, I might have went a little overboard at Carter's on baby boy clothes but it was fun, then we headed to the cabin and played some games, read a little and had a great dinner.

Saturday we headed to Sisters, OR to do some more shopping and just enjoy ourselves. We again played games, enjoyed the hot tub and had so much fun. I must admit it was nice not having to change diapers, cook dinner, clean and hear kids arguing :) I can't wait to do again next year.

Now I am getting my house ready for my friend and her 3 kids to come and visit us on Thursday to Monday, my kids know we have company coming but they have no idea who and they are going to be so excited.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patricks Day!
Here are my little Lucky Charms.
So usually on St. Patrick's Day I make the kids green eggs, green mint flavored milk and a shamrock shaped piece of toast but this year they all wanted to eat breakfast at school for some reason (maybe they are getting too old for this kind of thing I don't know) and then we usually have an Irish Themed Dinner but this year that isn't going to happen either because I will be on my way to Girls Weekend as soon as their Dad gets off work today so I think he is making them corn dogs and french fries lol. I did get them some shamrock shaped cookies for snack today after school. 

I hope everyone has a great St. Patrick's Day. 


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Doctor Wrong

So I took my daughter to the doctors yesterday because she had a fever of over 101 for the 3rd day in a row and I could not figure out what was wrong with her: she didn't have a cough, runny nose and she wasn't acting like her ears were hurting her either so off to the doctors office we went.

We get to the doctors and she is just so cranky and all I could think about was how they were going to take her temp and it was going to be normal and then they would be looking at me like what are you talking about lady. But no she had a fever of 101.6 there and she pretty much cried and whined the whole time while in the room. The doctor checks her over and says he doesn't see anything wrong with her and asked if I had noticed anything and I said no just the fever and she seems to have a heat rash from the temperature. So then he is like well I think she has Roseola.  And I'm thinking ok what is that?

Roseola (also known as sixth disease, exanthem subitum, and roseola infantum) is a viral illness in young kids, most commonly affecting those between 6 months and 2 years old. It is usually marked by several days of high fever followed by a distinctive rash just as the fever breaks.

He explains everything to me and that was that. So at about 10:30 last night I took her temperature and it was normal thankfully and we got up this morning and her rash that she did have was GONE. So I am thinking that the rash was a heat rash like I had said. Thankfully my baby girl is pretty much back to normal today still a little cranky but I think that's from lack of sleep the last couple of days which would explain why I am cranky too.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


So every year just about since I have married my husband I have been able to get away for a weekend with his mom and grandma and sisters we call this Girls Weekend. I can not even explain in words how excited I am for this time of the year when I know I get to get away and just relax, but it wasn't always like this.

Years ago we would actually take the kids or at least one of them and it was fun but it just wasn't relaxing at all. They loved going to get in the hot tub but some where along the way someone came up with the rule of NO KIDS and it works perfect because then it is actually a nice relaxing weekend.

So we go to Eagle Crest and spend the weekend in a very nice cabin, which if bigger would be my dream house. It has log accents, knotty pine walls and the decor is lodge cabin stuff which I love, we are right on a golf course (I'm waiting for the day we see a golf ball come through the windows) there is a hot tub and miniature golf which I can play lol.

While there for the weekend we always go shopping in Sisters, OR which is so much fun. They have such unique stores and fun things to see.
So in exactly one week I will be on my way to this fantastic place. I leave Thursday night and drive for about 2.5 hours with my friend to her moms house (yes I am bringing a friend because she needs to get away and I don't want to drive by myself) and then we will get up the next morning and drive another 4.5 hours to Bend where we will shop for a while and then head to the cabin.

My husband will be keeping all 4 kids this year which I have a feeling he is going to find out what its like to be MOM for a weekend. He has to drop our 17 month old off at a babysitters and take the older three to school on Friday to go to Donut and a Book with our 8 year old and then he has to pick our 17 month old from the sitters and spend the day with her. Then Saturday he has to load them all up again and drive our 10 year old to a birthday party and then pick her up again on Sunday. I have a feeling he will be ready for me to get home on Sunday, he never really has had to take our 17 month old in the car by himself before (you have to have super arms to get her sippy cup when she throws it down while you are driving down the road) lol

I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What a day!

So yesterday I had such an exhausting day (ok for me it was exhausting)

I had an appointment at the hospital to take my glucose test for this pregnancy, so I had to drive my daughter out to my friends house which is a 45 minute drive before hand and while dropping her off try and stomach the nasty "orange soda" drink YUCK. Then drive back into town which is 20 minutes and be at the hospital by 10:10 get my blood drawn (which is not a big deal) and then head to my next appointment.

Next I had an eye appointment which I have never had one before although I keep my kids all checked up on a regular basis I have never been. What made me decide to go? Well when I went to go and get my Idaho drivers license I had to take the vision test and I thought that the images seemed a little blurry to me, so I made an appointment. Unfortunately I do need glasses but only for driving, I can see the road signs but with the glasses I will be able to see them further away and since I do A LOT of driving I figured it would be a good idea. Then I had to decide on a pair of glasses, which was very hard for me I think I must have tried on like 20 pairs and didn't like any of them the doctor was like you aren't going to like any of them because you don't like the idea of having to wear glasses I was like ya your right but I finally did decide on a pair.

After the eye appointment I had to run to Wal Mart to pick up a few things and then back out to my friends house to pick up my daughter. Then back home in time to get the kids off the bus.Then I decided I had to clean out my car because I noticed a few little presents from a little mouse in my car. Now for a little back story:
When we first moved into our house, no one had lived here for almost a year so mice had taken over everything, although we never seen any mouse droppings in the house when we looked after we moved in our trusty wiener dog sniffed them out and got rid of them for us. So we have struggled with them in our garage and around the yard. We have 2 cats now and the dog and usually between them they kill about 3 or 4 mice a day. So anyways when we moved in I was getting mice in my car too and I couldn't figure out how to keep them out so I went back to my trusty mouse trap (which is a iced coffee cup with the dome lid and a little bit of coffee inside) and I would get a mouse just about every night using this method, so it has been about 6 months or more since I have had a mouse in my car until the other day. So I got everything out of the car, vacuumed it out and left a coffee cup out there, actually let me check it right now......Yep just like I thought I caught the little pest, not one but two hahaha. So really if you have a mouse in your car you should try my trick.

So after cleaning the car out and everything I then had to cook dinner and get my daughter ready for gymnastics and drive her into town another 20 minute drive and sit there for an hour and then back home by 7:30 and by then I was literally dragging my feet. Got the kids in bed, read for a little bit and then off to bed for me as well.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Meal Plan Monday 3/7

Monday-Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread
Tuesday-Elk Steak, Baked Potatoes, Green Beans
Thursday-Beef Stew, Rolls
Friday-Sweet n Sour Meatballs, Rice
Saturday-Chef Salad
Sunday-Steak, Salad, Mac and Cheese

Friday, March 4, 2011

Funny Little Story

Ok let me start by saying that my oldest will probably kill me if she knows I am telling you this story, but it's just so funny I can't help myself.

So yesterday at school the 4th grade girls were taken into the nurses room to watch a movie about Growing Up, now I already knew what the movie was about because I called the school to make sure it was something I didn't mind her watching and was something I thought was age appropriate for my daughter.

She comes home yesterday and I ask her what the movie was about that she had to watch today and she looks at me and says, "MOM I can't talk about that in front of other people," so I said ok lets go to my room. So we get in my room and seriously it takes her about 10 minutes to finally tell me because she is just so embarrassed about the whole thing and this is what she says, "It was about........a punctuation mark...." It took me a minute and I was like it was about your period and she says, "yes the punctuation mark" she is just so embarrassed she doesn't even want to say the word lol. I think I must have laughed to myself for about 10 minutes.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Beginning Reader's Bible *Book Review*

The Beginning Reader's Bible

Book Description:
This exceptionally illustrated Bible storybook allows children to read the story, pray to God, and grow closer to Him.
Using actual Bible text from the International Children's Bible® as well as prayers, memory verses, and fun activities, children will love this large format and be engrossed in the intricate detail of the illustrations. Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments are included and stories are accompanied by a prayer for the child to pray, a verse to memorize, and a fun activity to help them grow. 

My Thoughts:
So I have been reading this to my kids every night before bed and they loved it. The pictures in this book are amazing, the stories are amazing and every other page or so there is either an activity to do with the kids or a verse for them to remember or even a prayer. I loved reading this book as well this is by far the best beginning reader's bible I have ever seen and we have a few. I guess what makes this one so much better is that it has those different things on every other page to do or learn. I would recommend this book to everyone with children.

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com all opinions are 100% MINE

Sun Stand Still *Book Review*

Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible

Book Description:
If you're not DARING TO BELIEVE GOD for the impossible,
some of the BEST PARTS of your Christian Life.

"This book is not a Snuggie. The words on these pages will not go down like Ambien. I’m not writing to calm or coddle you. With God’s help, I intend to incite a riot in your mind. Trip your breakers and turn out the lights in your favorite hiding places of insecurity and fear. Then flip the switch back on so that God’s truth can illuminate the divine destiny that may have been lying dormant inside you for years.
   In short, I’m out to activate your audacious faith. To inspire you to ask God for the impossible. And in the process, to reconnect you with your God-sized purpose and potential."
    —STEVEN FURTICK, from Sun Stand Still

“Steven Furtick challenges all of us—from the missionary in the third world to the family in the suburbs—to believe God for the impossible and begin living a life of faith beyond the ordinary.”
—ANDY STANLEY, senior pastor, North Point Community Church

“I don’t know anyone better positioned to challenge you to rise above mundane living and embrace faith-filled audacity than Steven Furtick.”
   —CRAIG GROESCHEL, senior pastor,

“For too long Christians have embraced a miniscule vision of faith.… Steven Furtick reminds us that the God who accomplished the impossible through the great heroes of faith still desires to do the same through us today.”
   —JENTEZEN FRANKLIN, senior pastor, Free Chapel

“This book will show you that your hopes and expectations are truly just the beginning of what God can do.”
   —ED YOUNG, senior pastor, Fellowship Church

About the Author

Steven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, named by Outreach magazine as one of the top 10 fastest growing churches in the nation. In four years, Elevation has grown to more than 6,000 people in regular attendance in three locations. Steven holds a degree in communication from North Greenville University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Holly, have two young sons—Elijah and Graham—and make their home in the Charlotte area. 

I'm really not quite sure how to explain this book. I don't know a lot about religious stuff so I thought this book would help me understand some things and I think it has but then again I also found some of it very confusing for me anyways. I guess if you understand then this book is a great choice, if you are new to this whole thing then I don't suggest this book.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Multnomah Books in exchange for an honest opinion, all opinions are 100% MINE.