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Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Favorites

Hey, Hey!  It's FRIDAY!  I hope you've had a great week and are looking forward to an even better weekend.  Today, I'm joining, Narci and Andrea for Friday Favorites.

One
We had temperatures in the high 60s earlier this week.  
A favorite was listening to the kids playing outside!

Two 
I made cookies for an after-school snack this week...so stay-at-home mom-ish!
I got these cookie sheet liners for Christmas and they are the absolute best!!!!!

Three 
These were my bargain of the week, maybe the year!
Bubba and I were poking around a local thrift store and found these Ugg boots for $12.99!
Perfect condition and in my sister-in-law's size...so fun to gift her with this find!

Four 
I've been leaving love notes for the kids this week...their sweet smiles are a favorite!

Five 
Snow day!
I loved these days as a teacher...now that I'm on the other side as a mom, I have mixed feelings!
But I am happy to snuggle in for the day!

Six 
I've been spending my evening knitting.
This cozy soon-to-be afghan is a favorite!

Seven 
One of my yearly goals was to work on bible journaling and illustrating.
I spent a few minutes last night and this pass time is quickly becoming a favorite!

And here is to surviving my first snow day as a mommy!  Wish me luck!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February Goals

This year I made year-long goals but decided to check in each month and see how I'm doing and add any specific goals that focused on specific months.  

Year Goals

Read the Bible daily...
Totally on track with this!  I've found that sitting at the bus stop in the mornings is a perfect time to read.  And double pleased to have noticed that the kids love hearing the stories too!

Illustrate the Bible 1X a week...
Well, I was create one day this month...hoping to be better in February!

Work out 5X a week...
Nope, nope, nope.  Just didn't happen.

Read 2 books a month...
Done!

I read Heaven at Home...loved it!  I actually took notes!
And for fun I read A Perfect Life by Danielle Steel.  Great quick and fun read!

January Goals

Make an art book for each child...
I've taken the pictures and started each child's book on Shutterfly.  My plan to is to record their crafts through 5th grade and then gift them with the completed book.  Tater is graduating 5th grade in June...ahhh!

Purge in basement...
Done!  Well, it's an on-going process but I cleaned out a ton!

Paint the girls' bedroom...
Done!  And just under the wire this weekend!  Posted about it yesterday!


And looking forward...

February Goals

Consign spring clothes...
I have an appointment tomorrow!

Plan Tater's 11th birthday party...
It's in the works!

Wash face nightly and use eye cream...
Let's admit, no one is getting any younger!  I've been going 3 nights strong...let's see how I do!

Start going to story time at the library with Bubba...
We need to get out and be a bit more routine...and he needs to learn at bit of structure!

It's amazing how time just slips away from me now that I am home all the time!  I'm hoping these goals will make me more accountable and productive!!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Show and Tell Tuesdays - Winning Your Heart


I'm joining Andrea at Momfessionals for another Show and Tell Tuesday!

Today we are talking about how we love to be loved :) - perfect choice for this month of love!

One of my mom's greatest lessons that she taught us before she got sick and left us was that family is everything...EVERYTHING!  We always knew this but we struggled, as all families, do with distance and differences in our lives.  Two years ago this week my mom fell and was hospitalized.  That eventually led to sepsis and a very long stay in the hospital and then rehab.  We almost lost her multiple times then...and we pulled together like she always tried to teach us.  It was a real-life life lesson and one that we will always remember. 

So here are the ones who win my heart...

My crew at Disney...best vacation ever!

And these 4...nothing means more to me!
And this place...the beach makes everything perfect!

And my whole crew the April before we lost Mom.  Love that we got this picture to hold in hearts as we travel this new life without a huge part of our family.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Weekend Wrap-Up!

This weekend was busy but low-key at the same time!

We spent the majority of our time repainting and finishing off the girls' bedroom.  This space used to be a garage that the previous owners finished off.  When we moved in it had bright yellow walls and multi-colored foam tiles on the floor.  I think they used it as a playroom.  The husband laid laminate wood flooring soon after we moved in and painted the walls in Penn State gray (the official color!).  It became a man room.  Then we added 3 more kids and needed more space.  So the girls were moved in and there was no time to paint...until this weekend!  We went with a very neutral tan that we have used throughout the house...in hopes we are moving soon and didn't want to repaint again!  We also added some trim where the wall meets the ceiling on the 2 side walls.  The girls love it and so does their mama!

Walking in the room from the office/mud room space
This is Sassy's bed and dresser.

Looking down the room towards Tater's end.

One wall...TV is left over from the man room days and is used for xbox and movies.

Baskets and sweetness

Tater's angel collection from Mimi.

The girly corner!
Sassy used to sleep at this end and asked if I was going to move the mirror to her new side because "you know, sometimes I like to play and look at me playing"...lol!

Tater's bed and FAO Schwartz animal collection.

Looking down the room towards Sassy's side.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the room :)

 My other bug accomplishment was finishing this! 
I've been knitting scarves for years and decided to take on the challenge of an entire blanket this winter.  It took me about 3 weeks of working on it in the evenings while we binge watched on Netflix and now it's a cozy addition to my office space!  And...I've already started another one!!!



As for the rest of the weekend, there were errands run, some thrift shopping, and lots of Lego playing.  When the bigger kids get home from school today they will be heading to the basement to clean up the Lego tornado that struck!

Hope you had a great weekend and had some time to enjoy the almost-spring weather that is with us for a few days!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday - January 2016

***I'll update later with pictures...technical difficulties!!!***

So...it is the last Wednesday of the month...which means it is time for another What's Up Wednesday Post! I am joining MelShay and Sheaffer for their super fun link up party!


What We're Eating This Week...


Dear Hubby got some disappointing bloodwork results this week so we are going low-carb!
Monday - Cheeseburger Pie (yum!)
Tuesday - CP chicken tacos (made into a salad)
Wednesday - honey mustard chicken tenders and veggies
Thursday - Asian sesame chicken and rice
Friday - steak sandwiches and veggies
Saturday - breakfast for dinner (eggs, waffles, bacon, fruit)

What I'm Reminiscing About...

All the snow we had last year in New England!  We have family in PA and they got hit hard by Jonas and are trying to telling we have no idea what it's like...ha!  Their 20+ inches have nothing on the 70+ we had last year!

What I'm Loving...

Cozy days at home
Not working :)
I officially have to decide about next year by the end of the month and I'm so excited that we can make this work and I get to stay home forever (or so I hope!)  I loved my time as a teacher but I love being a full-time mommy even more!

What We've Been Up To...


Lots if sickness...ugh!
There has been a nasty upper respiratory virus floating around and Bruiser got hit first.  Which then triggered his asthma...which is scary and almost landed us in the ER yet again.  But a great doctor was right right on top of treatment we avoided that nightmare!  Then he shared with Tater and Bubba.  So we've had round-the-clock breathing treatments every 4 hours...so think "newborn sleeplessness" and I'm there.  But as of today everyone is back at school and I'm praying we've beat this stupid virus! 

What I'm Dreading...

Painting the girls' bedroom!
I hate disorder but I know I'll be thrilled when it's all done and things are back to normal!

What I'm Working On...

Planning Tater's 11th birthday...yes, that's right...11th!
And this is in the works...

And I challenged myself to make an afghan this winter instead of just scarves (because we already have too many!!!)...and I'm already planning my next one as soon as this one's done!

What I'm Excited About...
Healthy children...lol!

What I'm Watching/Reading...

With the husband...

During the day... 

And reading... 


What I'm Listening To...

4 children who have been spending WAY too much time inside!!!!

What I'm Wearing...

All the comfy clothes...yoga pants, leggings, sweaters!!!


What I'm Doing This Weekend...

Painting the girls' bedroom...or entertaining the troops while Daddy paints :)  
Exciting stuff!!!!



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Day in the Life - January 25, 2016

Like most of you, some of my favorite posts are "Day in the Life" posts that we all love to do to record what real life is like :).

So here is a fairly typical day in my life...

Alarm goes off at 6:00 and all four trickle in to me bed.  This morning I cheated and put Curious George on the iPad to get a few more moments with my eyes shut...happy Monday!!!

7:05...coffee, coffee, coffee!
Then making sure all three big kids are dressed, have their lunches, hair is done, meds taken, and teeth brushed.  I remember to remote-start my car so our trek to the bus stop is a bit warmer.  Then kids bundled up and loaded in the car.


It's a chilly morning to stand out at the bus stop even if it's only a few houses away (around a corner so we can't just watch from our house!).


Probably has to do with the white stuff that we got on Saturday!


Here are my crazies while we are waiting!


I also use this time to complete my daily bible reading and share by reading aloud to the kids until the bus arrives.  They love to here the Word and it keeps them under control while we wait!

I started the new year reading the "As It Happened" plan on the YouVersion app.  Nice manageable selections and an interesting way to approach reading the entire bible in a year!


Bubba and I head home to snuggle on the couch with some more Curious George!


Once he's settled, I head to the basement and pull out the girls' summer clothing bins.  It may seem silly to do this with snow on the ground but I'll let you in on a little secret...I HATE changing my kids' clothes each season.  I may have mentioned moving to a deserted tropical island so that we could become nudists (true story!).  So I've developed a new method.  I pre-sort all their clothes in bins and then I can do an easy swap.  It saves me HOURS!!!  So I planned this week to get their clothes all set...and it also helps me to know what each child still needs.  Today I discovered that Tater needs more shorts (after wearing her previous shorts for 2 years!)...so now I can be on the look-out at thrift and consignment stores.


And while I was doing the clothes, I ventured into the basement playroom and noted what the children will be doing after school...CLEANING!


Bubba was still playing so I poured another cup of coffee and settled in my office to read some blogs!


I took a little break to chase Bubba up the stairs and carry him back down as soon as he got the train he wanted.  


Which led to this...putting the gate back up!
Bubba LOVES to climb the steps but refuses to come back down.  He stands at the top and screams for me to get him.  So gate = sanity!


I take a few minutes to a few titles to the list of books I want to read this year.  I love to read but having kids has taken me away from reading...so I'm making a conscious effort to read more.


Then laundry.
One load folded and put away and another put in the washer.  I added this table and am trying to be more prompt with folding to reduce the need to iron.  I've also changed my folding style and am loving the way our dressers are working (more on that in another post!).


10:00...settled on the couch to get caught up on my reading...I was a few (5!!!) behind the schedule I had laid out.


While I was reading, Bubba gave me a complete check-up and made sure to super-check my ears!


Bubba had lunch and a show...usually yogurt, popcorn (Pirate's Booty), and Jake and the Neverland Pirates.  Today he also got a bit of Doc McStuffins!


After I rocked him and settled him for a nap, I finally took a shower and fixed my hair.  I'm trying to grow it out so I can pull it up and I'm hitting that annoying in-between when I usually cave and cut it...but I'm trying to stay strong so summer becomes easy in the hair department!


Then I devoted an hour to sorting the girls' summer bins...all set and ready for warmer temps!
And then I settled down in my office to work on our elementary school's yearbook.  Last year while I was still teaching, my co-worker and friend roped me in to help her and I really enjoyed it.  In fact our yearbook was good enough to raise $15000 for our school (I'm a bit proud!!).  So I volunteered to keep this side volunteer job this year and I'm trying to stay way on top of it!


The mail came and I had quite a haul from www.paperbackswap.com ...check it out if you have books to trade!


Bus pick-up...still chilly and a few minutes to read while I wait!


Things get crazy when the kids get home so I forgot to get pictures of homework and snack!
But here is Bubba after nap...he's snacking on goldfish with his brother's spy gear glasses near by!
And, yes, he's still in his pjs (we had no where to go today!) and has his lovies stuffed inside his sleeper...we have no idea why but he does it every day!  Lol!


Dinner was prepped...cheeseburger pie to be served with salad.


Meanwhile, the big kids were having some time on the x-box and veggie out!
This lasts until the screaming starts...and it always does with 4 kids!


Yet another load of laundry!


Finishing dinner prep with a salad.


And this boy refused to eat and made such a fuss he got sent to the dining room to eat alone :(.  Food and eating is such a battle with him and his sensory issues...but trust me when I say we aren't asking him to eat anything wild and crazy!!!!


We got this devotional book from my in-laws for Christmas and have been using it after dinner.  The kids are responding well to readings!


We FaceTimed with Papa like we do every night.  Tonight was an extra treat as my brother and his family were there for dinner.  We had fun chatting with the cousins and teasing my brother (because he makes it so easy!)

We finished with pjs, teeth brushing and nightly meds.  Tater was coughing up a storm and wheezing away so we talked about the plan if she needed to stay home from school.  It's not usually an issue because I'm home but Bruiser has an appointment that can't be missed or they charge you, no exceptions...sigh.

Once all the kids were in bed I settled on the couch with Daddy and worked on the afghan I started a few weeks ago.  I progressed from scarves to a full-sized blanket.  I plan to use it in my office when I'm working on the computer.  A few episodes of The Following (sooooo good) and then we headed to bed.  I fell asleep watching an episode of Switched at Birth on the iPad.  We love our Netflix!!!