Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Jacob is in preschool!

This morning, I had to take Rebecca to school, as Bill came home sick from work. Then I had to rush home so that I could get Jacob up and fed and dressed so that I could take him to school. Yes, I had to take Jacob to school! How did that happen? Where has time gone? 

Jacob is going to 5 day preschool at the same school as his sister. He is in school from 9-11:30 every day with today being the first day. He was so excited, although he would alternate between jumping up and down excited and then crying a little that he was going to miss me!

I think he will do great, as long as he listens and does what he is told. When we went in, he hung his book bag up on his hook and then went in the classroom, with no look back at me. I had to go over and give him a hug because he was ignoring me. LOL. When I left, he was sitting down playing with the teacher's aide and another little boy. I hope he has a great first day. We shall see when I pick him up. If it is like when he went to vacation bible school, I expect him to cry because he doesn't want to leave (which is a good thing!). 

As for me, it is really quiet here. I am typing this up as I am eating my breakfast--zucchini/carrot bread and a banana. Bill is upstairs in bed. He is sick with what quite possibly may be the flu. Benjamin is watching cartoons and playing with his cars. I just know that it is very quiet. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday (9/1/14)

Happy Monday! Happy Labor Day! 

I am finally getting to sit down and type this out. I had to go snack shopping for school this morning and I wanted to get up and do it early, but when my alarm went off, my bed just felt too good so I didn't. Then I have been working on laundry and processing food in the kitchen. I made 2 loaves of zucchini bread, 2 loaves of carrot/zucchini bread (a new to me recipe), and processed zucchini, bell peppers and carrots for the freezer. I still have 3 watermelons and 2 pumpkins to deal with....

The kids are eating dinner, so I thought I would join Sandra today over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for her Happy Homemaker Monday theme! 

Breakfast time, what is on the plate this morning:::: I had a banana and part of a bottle of Pepsi. 

On this week's to do list:::: I have decided to change this to a weekly to do list because it makes more sense to me... So this week we have: work for me, work for Bill, AHG meeting for Rebecca and I, softball for Rebecca, laundry, Jacob goes to school, school for Rebecca, do something with the watermelon and pumpkins that I have to process. 

Currently reading::::   The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts. This is the third book in a trilogy :) 

On the TV this week:::: 19 Kids and Counting, football, baseball

The weather outside is::: . One word...HUMID! It is supposed to be in the mid 80s all week..typical September weather around here.

On the menu this week:::: I actually have some ideas of what to fix this week, but am not assigning days as I find that too constrictive.....so our choices for this week are: 

Chili and grilled cheese
Fish sticks, broccoli, baked potatoes, carrots
Pizza and salad
Hamburgers and french fries
Hamburger helper and peas
Potatoes and sausage bake and macaroni and cheese
Baked bbq chicken, green beans, corn and carrots
Sandwiches and fruit
Bratwurst, mac and cheese and corn

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:::: read

Favorite photo from the camera::::

Hubby decided to see what it would be like if he took the oreo filling out of double stuff oreos and put them all together. Not sure how many this is from, but I laughed when I uploaded camera pictures today and saw this. 

Praying for:::: peace.

Bible Verse, Devotional that is resonating me with at the moment:::: 

Thanks Sandra for hosting! Hope everyone has a great week! 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Books that I read in August for fun

Not all the books that I have been reading have been for review. I have made several trips to our local library to check out some books to read just because.....

Here are a few that I read in August....(Disclaimer: if you click on the book pictures they will take you to the page on Amazon.com). Can you tell that when I find an author that I like, I tend to read LOTS of their books in a row? LOL 

Have you read any good books lately?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Things on my mind: head cold, softball, etc.

This week has been draining. I have gotten a head cold and man is it taking it's toll. The Kleenex box is my constant companion as my nose is like a faucet. Wednesday I felt like I was draining down my throat, and by this morning my nose is just dripping and my eyes are watery and I have a headache. Fun times....not really!

I wore heels to work yesterday. I am trying to make a more concentrated effort to look more professional in my role as team leader. The good news is that I got several compliments on my outfit. The bad news is that my shoes gave me blisters on the back of my heels and on the big toe of my left food. I don't know if it was because I hadn't worn heels in a while, or if it was because they weren't stretched out, or if it was because I also had to wear them to the softball field as I had to leave work and go straight to the field for Rebecca's game and I forgot to bring shoes to change into.

Speaking of Rebecca's softball game....her team won. They are now 3-0. She didn't get any base hits last night, although she did hit the ball each time. She just hit them right at the fielders and they were able to get her out. But she is having fun and that is what matters.

Today was dress down day at Rebecca's school and she wanted to wear a dress. She can be such a girly girl at times.

Well I have a ton to do and my head is not making my to do list look any more appealing but I must run and get stuff done. I hope everyone has a wonderful Friday!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Today I feel....

That is how I feel today...but I can't do that. Yesterday I felt like I was draining down my throat but my nose and ears and sinuses felt fine. I was hoping it was just allergies or stress. Well today I woke up feeling like my head was going to explode. I had a huge headache, and a stuffed up nose. Yep...I have a back to school cold. Unfortunately, I have too much to do to go back to bed, so I will have to deal. I have a busy day ahead, with work and then Rebecca has softball tonight and of course Bill has to work. It will be okay. I just have to deal.

Hope everyone else is feeling good and having a good day! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday #5

In an effort to lose 40 lbs over the course of the next year (by July 28, 2015) I have decided to have a weekly accountability forum here on my blog. Every Wednesday I will be posting a "Weigh In Wednesday" post where I will post my weight taken that morning and things that I did good on the previous week, and things (goals) to work on for the next week. I think that by doing this, I can break it down into smaller goals and hopefully make myself more accountable!

First let's recap:
 My official starting weight (on July 30) was:::  235.6 lbs.
My weight last week was::: 235.0 lbs
My weight this week is::: 232.6 lbs! DOWN 2.4 lbs!  :) 

My food goal for last week was:::  Plan out my meals and snacks daily. No eating at work! No eating after 8pm. 

So yeah, that really didn't happen. I did sort of plan out my meals each day, but there were still a little snacking at night. Also there were a few days that I had a snack at work with the kiddos...including an ice cream sundae on Friday.  But since I wasn't home during the afternoons and instead was at work, there was no mindless snacking, etc. that I think helped.

My fitness goal for last week was:::  Do 3 -25 minute workouts.

So yeah....um....I did 1 workout....I blame it on back to school/work and the fact that I was exhausted from this. I also blame it on the monthly appearance of Aunt Flo. I get exhausted the day before and the first couple days of my cycle, so I put the blame there. I will say that I went back to work last Wednesday and there is NO downtime at work. I am constantly on my feet with the kiddos and I think that helped me have the huge loss this past week. 

So, my food goal for this week is::: Focus on getting enough to drink. Drink more water! Drink 5 glasses of water each day. Take a water bottle to Rebecca's softball games so I am not tempted to buy pop. 

And my fitness goal for this week is::: Do 3 20 minute workouts. (Would like to make this a habit....)

So overall I am very pleased with my weight loss even if I didn't meet my goals. I learned from this past week that I just need to move more and eat less. Isn't that what people have said for thousands of years in order to lose weight? Just need to do it! 

Any words of wisdom? Thoughts? Advice? 
I would love to have all the support I can get!!
If you are trying to lose weight, feel free to tag along on these posts as well! Would love some company on this weight loss journey! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

$10 Great Dates: Connecting Love, Marriage and Fun on a Budget


Create Big Romance on a Small Budget
Tired of the usual dinner-and-a-movie dates? Looking for new ways to connect with your spouse? 

Energize your marriage by getting out of your normal routine with the help of these 52 creative date ideas. From outdoor dates to out-on-the-town dates, you and your spouse will have no trouble finding the perfect date that fits your mood--all on a $10 budget!

See for yourself how new experiences can help you bond together and nurture your relationship. Which of these will be the first of your Great Dates?

· Time Travel Great Date
· Moonlight/Sunrise Great Date
· Bucket List Great Date
· Surprise Me! Great Date

Each date includes easy preparation suggestions, tips for the date, talking points to enhance your conversations, and a Great Date takeaway. What are you waiting for?


$10 Great Dates: Connecting Love, Marriage and Fun on a Budget by Heather and Peter Larson and Claudia and David Arp is a great resource for getting ideas for cheap dates when you are tired of doing the same old, same old. The book is set up into sections that offer date ideas in the ideas of Adventure, Out of Town, At Home, The Great Outdoors, Marriage Pick-Me-Up, Romantic, Seasonal, and Unique and Unusual great date ideas. There is something for everyone. My husband and I had fun going through the book and talking about what dates would work for us and which ones we just didn't think we would enjoy. There are several that we are planning on doing in the coming months and should be a ton of fun. 

If anything this book reminded us that we need to take time to date each other and to make time to focus on our marriage and not just on the day to day life of raising our children. I like that the authors included the idea along with what needs to be done before to set up your date, what are some things to do on your date, what are some things you could talk about on your date and what you can take away from your date. It is very comprehensive and goes beyond the norm that many couples fall into. 

I also like that they include a section on achieving childcare for low cost, although we follow most of the suggestions that they have. 

I really liked this book and will be referencing it in the future, especially since my husband and I have decided that we will make it a point to have at least 2 date nights a month. I am looking forward to implementing a few of their ideas and using the book as a springboard for coming up with our own date ideas. 

I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.