This blog will be written by a stay at home mom/student. I am trying to enjoy every minute of life I get and raise my children to be happy with what we have been given. Anything written here will be by me, for my well being and piece of mind. I want to open other peoples eyes, and let them see that we can make it on less.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thoughtful Thursday.

Well I am slowly getting of the tummy trouble and Lord I am so grateful. I would be so hungry and then eat a little bit and be soooo miserable. I just pray the rest of my family doesn't get this. I've spent alot of time thinking lately. Maybe to much time on thinking and not enough on doing, I am totally addicted to reading blogs. I love all of them on saving money, making do, or how to make things. I have to break this bad habit or else how will I ever have time to make my own things and get my house in order? Oh o.k. ya got me the last one was to make my hubby happy! I am not an organized person. I don't expect everything spotless I just want it picked up ya know. If you get it out put it back, if you pee on it clean it off,(and not with my robe use a rag and cleaner)if you eat off of it put it in the sink. Just simple things that I get tired of repeating so I end up doing and then it builds up until I freak. Anyway I am limiting myself to an hour a day on the computer so I can get more things done in the real world instead of daydreaming about what I want to do. I am also pulling the plug on the t.v. in the afternoons because it is also way out of control in the household. I'm not disappearing or anything just cutting back my online time before I gain another ten pounds from doing nothing. So anyway I am going to start doing a thoughtful Thursday. which will be random things I have thought about or read about so here goes the first of hopefully many.
Thoughtful Thursday!
1. When you're a mom you wear what you eat.
2. What goes in must come out even when the baby eats sand.
3. Pancakes can be a great dinner.
4. Never underestimate the power of a smile.
5. You are perfect in the eyes of your children now try to accept yourself.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wordless Wednessday.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

How to stay sane when sick.

Well as you all know I have three children. I have been sick the past couple of days. I have had a headache, severe nausea, diarrhea, bloating, aching, and don't forget the emotional grumpiness. I have realized that sometimes you can't do what you're used to doing. I washed one load of laundry yesterday and folded some towels. That was is. I found it hard just to make myself lift the tank to change her and then the thought of food was horrible so the kids ate cereal and Pb and j until their daddy got home from work. I managed to do a little more today, but not much more. I'm learning that sometimes you just have to do what it necessary and let the rest of it pile up. You won't be sick forever and eventually you'll get around to cleaning, washing, or putting it away. So don't feel guilty to lay on the couch cuddling with your kids and watching t.v. life is uncertain and when mommy is sick the house will have to wait.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Happy birthday Bugaboy!!!!

today is my baby boys birthday. He is growing so fast he hasn't an ounce of fat on him. I always tell him he's all knees and elbows. As you can tell he loves pirates and is having a small scale pirate birthday party. I never would have thought that being a mother would be so great or that I could love any so much. I pray that he has a good year and stays healthy. Hope every one is good and hope to see you at the party.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A meme by me me.

Well my friend April from Enchanted Dandelions has made a meme about herself and thinks I will be one of the few who will reply. I can't let her down now can I? I mean she has faith in me so lets do this!

Five names you go by: 1. momma 2. Angie 3.sis (by my daddy) 4. Ang (by my mother in law) 5. Angela (by people who don't know me but need to talk to me for some reason)

Three things you're wearing right now: 1.pajama pants with flowers all over them 2. a short gown with roses all over it (no one said comfort was pretty) 3. A fifteen month old beauty.

Two things you want very badly at the moment: 1. My vacation plans to be done and 2. My house to be organized.

Three people who will probably fill this out: I really have no idea but I would love to read every ones meme.

Two longest car rides: 1.Once way before babies and marriage we went with some friends to N.C. via the parkway and it took us 13 hours. I was miserable to say it nicely. 2.Once on the way to the beach when my son had thrown up and we got stuck in traffic.

Two of your favorite beverages: and 2.sweet tea

Two phrases you said today that you wish you could take back: 1.We're almost out of milk do you want a little bit of coffee(to my four year old) doesn't really seem to bother him I mix it with alot of milk but I still feel guilty giving it to him. 2.At one a.m. this morning I told four and five to shut up because they were going to wake up their sister and dad. I really need to get control of my mouth. I hate that phrase and still catch myself using it when I get angry.

I guess that's all I can share for now. I must get the dishwasher loaded and the floor picked up so I can vacuum before going to see my momma and my dear little bright eyes.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Old Navy deals!!

Little People Wealth Button You all have to check out this lady's blog so you can go get some great deals at Old Navy. I wanted to get this on here for my sister in law who is giving us another beautiful niece this summer since there is suppose to be some great deals on maternity. I also wanted my sis-n-law turkey head to see it because she loves Old Navy as much as me. Hope this helps someone get something they need at a better price. Happy shopping!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The plan.

I haven't been feeling well this week. I have spent alot of time wishing for a nap and I have even laid down with my four year old a couple of days while the tater bug was taking her nap. The house is wrecked as usual and I am tired of facing everyday with a huge mess and no organization. I havenow incorporated a chore chart for my boys and one for myself and am even thinking about adding one for my husband. I feel kind of bad about that one because he is the bread winner while I stay home. I don't have to have a spotless house just a more productive system to getting things done. I want my house to look straight. I am sick to death of toys being strung from one end of the house to the other. I'm tired of looking around and feeling totally bewildered and not knowing where to start first. It's hard to pick one particular thing to organize or get done when so many things need tending to. I get the urge to clean something and someone needs me, is hungry, wants to nurse, has an attitude, or just wants me to hold them. I have to somehow make it through the day and be able to sit down at night and read or watch t.v. and feel relaxed about it. I am now putting certain chores on my list and hope to follow through with them daily. I am also going to start reading the bible more and exercising at least fifteen minutes a day. I know what's fifteen minutes? It's a start that's what it is! If any of you have any helpful info on how to keep things a little more organized I would love to hear it. Thanks angie

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wordless Wednessday.

This is what I feel like today minus the warmth of the sun.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Good morning all you mommies.

I wanted to show a picture of my toy chest but somehow I have lost the pictures inside the computer. Of course now I have also deleted them from my camera. Some days I just want to go back to bed and snuggle down and read a book. today I am nauseated and have a weird period. I may possibly have a stomach bug, but I guess in the big scheme of things it is my turn. My poor 5 year old has had the worst of everything for awhile so I will be glad to take the heat for a couple of days. I am trying to plan our vacation and I have so many funny names of houses floating around in my head I'm probably talking in my sleep. I imagine it now "purple turtle do you see the bee's knees on the sea delight?" O.k. so most of those names were fictional. We go the Holden Beach N.C. every year for vacation and we rent a house and split the cost with our different family members. I remember how excited my mother in law got over Ludlums produce and I remember how excited I got when she cooked fresh green beans and potaters. Yum! They also have homemade jams and jellies. I don't believe that there is anywhere on this earth I would rather vacation. We spend the whole week just chilling and playing with our kids. We don't worry about what's on t.v. or returning anyones calls. We play alot, eat alot, and come home tan. Well if I can get my pictures to magically reappear I will post later.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Good morning Monday!!!

I believe everyone here is on the mend except my hubby. 5 year old has had no more break outs but I'm still giving him the singular 1 time per day so a couple more days of that and hopefully I won't be such a paranoid acorn. My husband took down the boys bed yesterday after too many accidents. It went to live at mamaws where it can look beautiful and hopefully be used without anyone pulling the mattress off of it to make a fort or a brother sandwich. I was ready to snap yesterday at all the destruction so I was giving demands left and right and trying to will myself to not feel guilt because I want my kids to take care of our things. I stayed up till eleven thirty doing the dishes so I could wake up this morning with a sense of accomplishment. I feel better about everything when things are a little more orderly when I get up. I also made the oldest two a new chore chart for the week because we sort of got away from it since the holidays. We've done a whole lot of whining, eating, and t.v. watching with everyone being sick and under the weather. All that's got me is less rest. Tonight I plan on having waffles, sausage, and eggs runny noses(yellows runny) My five year old calls them that and it sort of stuck. We also call pumpkins punkits. Anyway have a great Monday!!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Friday at last.

Well so far the five year old is doing much better, I talked to a friend earlier and she let me know the her and her daughter had something very similar. That alone freaks me out, when I was a kid we didn't get viruses that made us break out with big red welts that feel like they are on fire and itch so bad they could make you cry. It seems that viruses are getting horrible with every passing year. I really hate that. It seems that we have been sick on and off and on again since school started and it is really bringing me down. Today has been the worst day yet for me. I just feel like I need to crawl into bed and sleep. I haven't had much lately and to be quite honest I miss it terribly. I get all crazy when I've had no sleep. I get emotional and cry over nothing, I get crabby, and I devour large sums of carbs. I am getting ready to make a pot of coffee and sit in it and see if my skin will just soak up the caffeine, sorry I meant suck it down with a straw while rubbing hydro cortisone cream on m 5 year old, and scratching four year olds back while the tank fights me to get my shirt up to nurse. I guess I'm sounding a bit whiny but sometimes you just gotta. My hubby will come home with the same chest cold and go to bed. Not today though because I have planned an escape route which will let me slip out the door for a few hours to finally do my coupon shopping.(I hope)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Hives caused by a virus.

Well I have spent way too much time being sick and with sick people. My poor five year old has a rash all over his body that gets hives or welts on it, his skin gets really hot and itchy. It seems to lighten up while the benedryl is working but as soon as it starts to wear off it gets all inflamed again. The doctor thinks it is caused by a virus, which last week he had a lower stomach thing going on and has had a cough. I just want to know if any of you other mothers have seen anything like this? Any prayers would also be appreciated. Hope everyone has a great friday.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Help for growing families.

My helpfull tip is to always leave a soccer ball in the car. It has helped so many times when waiting somewhere, or visiting people who don't have small children. I also leave a small zippered bag in the car with coloring books and crayons. These tricks have come in handy so many times. You may use them while waiting in the car or at the doctors office. You can take in your own crayons at a resteraunt, church, dentist, ect.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Spicy rice!!

This is a picture of my husbands garden from this previous summer. I had added a picture because the salsa that I used in this recipe was grown in this garden.(and the garden picture looked better than the sloppy pict of the actual meal) So anyway my husband loves to eat unhealthy, he loves fast food, and greasy food, and meat. We always have meat.He prefers to only eat chicken when it's fried or sometimes in chicken and dumplings. He loves dirty rice from Bojangles so I have concocted my own which surprisingly to me he laps up like a cat eating ice cream. So I will tell you how to throw together some spicy rice pretty easily and in under thirty minutes.
You will need: 2-3 cups cooked rice
1 pint of salsa I used homemade
1 teaspoon chili powder or more if you like it hot hot hot!
1/2 lb browned sausage
1 to 2 tsp of hot sauce
Brown sausage, add all other ingredients and simmer till heated through. Serve with tortillas and a veggie. Yummy!!! This was great tonight considering we both have the crud, it opened my head right up.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

What a beautiful day.

So the above is a picture of last nights dinner. It was o.k. but not yummalicious. The tuna noodle casserole needed some sort of crunch so I don't know what I might add if I make it again. Tonight I had progresso chicken and corn chowder. It was good but I believe I prefer the campbells chunky kind. I guess maybe I'll try my own and see if it's any good. I had that one down pat for a couple of years but I've quit making it and now I'll have to get my groove going again. Lord knows I need me some groove. I just have no energy here lately and I need some get up and go. I hope everyone had a great Sunday and I'll blog at ya later.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Tuna Noodle casserole

I was searching the web the other day looking for recipes to get us out of the same ol same ol. My husband likes a good tuna casserole and guess what I found? You guessed it a new recipe for tuna casserole, and it goes something like this.
1. 1 can of tuna
2. 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
3. 1 can of chicken noodle soup
4. 4 cups of crispy rice cereal (I used store brand)
Drain tuna and add all ingredients in a baking dish. Bake on 350 degrees for around 30 minutes. It's in the oven all I have left to do is mix up a salad and hopefully eat a nice meal. If this is good it will be the easiest thing I've made in months. Well except for pb&j sandwiches!! I'll let you know later how the casserole turns out.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Ways to save.

I am sitting here trying to come up with a good blog and for the life of me nothing seems to be hitting me as the right thing to type. I am going to give you a list of simple things you can do to save a little cash.
1. make your baked goods from scratch. I make our biscuits and would love to start baking our sandwich bread. I also want to conquer making cinnamon rolls this year.
2. Buy milk when it's on sale and freeze it. Thaw in fridge a day or two before you need it and shake well, I can't even tell it's been frozen.
3. Use your local library. The kids have a blast picking out their own books and ours has a great variety on movies.
4. Make one trip do. If you are making a trip out to run errands try to do them all in the same day. It might be a little more hectic but it saves on gas and may make it possible to stay home on a really cold day.
5. Make a menu plan. This is something that I am trying really hard to do. So far so good for this New Year.
6. Make do without. Do you really have to have the chips now or can you wait till the next grocery visit.
7. Never, I repeat never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. It will blow your mind how much junk can end up in your cart while shopping hungry.
8. Whenever possible shop alone. My hubby is just as bad as my kids about throwing things in the cart. Can we say budget!!!
9. Use coupons with sales! Check out money saving mom she totally rocks and gives you all kinds of advice for free.
10. Stay home or visit family and friends. It seems every time I go somewhere with the kids we blow alot of money on fast food. Not only is it way unhealthy but I don't have an extra 20 bucks to blow on nuggets and fries. When we get fast food I always think about how many gallons of milk that would have bought, but now with the price of taters I might have to start re figuring.
I hope this helps at least one person. I always seem to think of great things to blog about when I should be sleeping or in the middle of cooking supper and then when I have the time to type I can't remember a thing. It's the mommy brain don't ya know. I hope everyone is having a great Friday and staying in out of the cold.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy 2009!!!!

Well I hope everyone had a more exciting New Years Eve than I did. I was laying in the bed reading home and garden. We seem to have a bit of a stomach bug going around and I had my touch of it last night. My husband could care less about holidays.(any of them.) My five year old stayed up but my husband forgot to turn the channel to let him see the ball drop. Sometimes I feel so much older than thirty. I guess I don't really feel age just boring. I'm not really into the party scene and noway would you catch me at a bar or club. In reality I rang in the new year doing what makes me happiest. Being a mom and wife. Sometimes I mistake what I do and how I live my life as uneventfall, but there is always something going on or something needing done. It may not be glamorous but niether am I. I hope everyone has a wonderful new year and just enjoy what you've got and who you are.