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.

Monday, March 30, 2009

The mechanic turns five today!

My baby boy is five, I can hardly believe it. The time has flown since he was born. We had a hot dog dinner for him yesterday and again I feel blessed with the family God has given me. My family is very lucky to have people that love us and live close enough to visit. We really enjoyed it, and the boys really enjoyed the super soakers. I am just kind of winging the weight watchers thing, I can't count points. I can count them, but I hate it. My husband is tired of me dieting all ready and doesn't want to hear another word about it. I have been sticking close to my thirty points a day but have gone over once. I probably get extra points for breastfeeding but some days it doesn't happen often so I didn't count it. I want to change my lifestyle not just live on a diet the rest of my life. So I have taken a small town city girls advice and cut my servings in half. I have also started using a small plate so I can trick myself into thinking I've had a lot of food. I have gotten in my exercise and will walk the track this afternoon while the boys have tball practice. I want to change the way I view food not just have columns of healthy and not healthy. I have been praying and drinking so much water that I spend half the day in the I hope everyone has a great Monday!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

The weight.

I stepped on the scales at my mom's yesterday, I wish that I didn't. I weigh 220.9 I knew I had gained some weight because here lately I've just been eating like a starved dog. I haven't been sleeping lately so I feel crappy and then every time I turn around I find myself eating something. I also finish what the mechanic leaves behind, I just can't seem to throw food out. I really want to be healthy and tackle this problem while eating good food. I hate the thought of a diet, however I am going to give weight watchers a try. I won't be going to their meetings or paying for it but I will try to go by their points system and try to add in more healthy eating for my whole family. The problem is I don't want my kids to think they have to diet or be a certain size to be happy. I've accepted myself better since being overweight than I did when I weighed 113lbs and wore a size 3. Now I am highly overweight and wearing a size 20. The question is how am I going to do that on a budget? I feel like this will be interesting to see what I can eat that is truly healthy and not breaking the bank. Wish me luck. Angie

Friday, March 27, 2009

Homemade Cleaning disinfecting wipes

I love the convenience of have these at my fingertips. I keep these in the kitchen, and then a baby wipe container in the bathroom. I just cut up old cloth that was either to stained to use or not needed and then I added 1/4 cup of Lysol cleaner to about 1/2 gallon of warm water. All you need is a container with a lid and you're set. I have also used Mr Clean in place of the Lysol, and next time I'm going to try vinegar and a touch of dish washing liquid. You can grab one to wipe down the stove or sink. When my kids are in the tub I grab one to wipe down the toilet, floor, sink,and even the door knobs. The beauty is you just throw your rags in the wash and keep reusing so it's great for going green too.(not to mention sooo cheap) I hope this was helpful. Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wordless Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Tuesdays are so great!!!

O.K. so maybe I am a little over optimistic but why not? I expect to have a good day at home with my two little ones, I expect to wash some dishes and make waffles to freeze, and I hope to see my little bright eyed niece. I want you all to check out she answered a question about having more children I had for her. I love her answer. I try to enjoy my children every day. I try to do right by them and not lose my temper. I am human and I am not in a high tax bracket, but does that mean that I am an unfit mother? I know that it does not. I am always telling my kids that it takes all kinds of different people to make the world go round. If God made us all the same with the same wants and attitudes this old world would be a pretty boring place. I think that it's hard to turn the other cheek when you've been offended. I am human and I strive daily to not worry about what everyone else is doing and just do my best at doing the right thing.
Proverbs 12:16 A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult. This it what I need to remember, sometimes people say things that they don't even realize have offended someone. I have on numerous occasions I am sure. I also know that when someone does the same to me I am bad about getting offended and riled up and want to cuss.(that's what I do when I get angry) So I have been trying to hold my tongue. Sometimes I have to hold it really tight between my teeth but it's working. I take deep breaths and tell myself that only the Lord knows what is going to happen and no ones ideas or opinions amount to much. It is not worth it to let other people offend you or put you in a foul mood. So yay for me! Sorry try this link. I hope everyone takes a deep breath and lets it go when you get offended this week. Just try to think about what I blabbed about and keep your peace. Have a great one. Angie

Monday, March 23, 2009

Beautiful Monday!

The weather is great and no one is sick! Yippee! The only thing I'm missing is a great big hammock in my yard. I hope to have some pictures of tilled ground after this weekend, we'll see my brother has my sister's tractor which is what we all use to do our ground breaking. I am also going to start volunteering at my son's school on Wednesdays to get out of the house a little and be more involved with the school. I hope to enjoy it! I will be making chicken and dumplings for dinner.(it's one of my comfort foods) Hope you all got out and got to walk around a little in this wonderful weather. Sherry, thanks for checking on me. I don't seem to have it yet so please send up a little prayer, because you know when mama is down the ship kinda goes

Friday, March 20, 2009

Have a great weekend.

Well we now have a pretty healthy negotiator, but(at my house their always seems to be a but) the hubby has a bad sore throat and headache. I plan on getting out today and hitting Kroger's for some of the great deals they have going on this week with my coupons of course. I have to admit that I have slacked off on the exercise which I plan on trying to get back on track today. I missed a couple of days when everyone had the flu and then I've missed some sleep because the tank has been teething. I have also been running and doing errands and things like a crazy woman so we have all been on the go alot lately. When I don't get enough sleep I have no extra energy, None, zip, zero, nada. On the plus side today is the first day of spring! The sun is coming up earlier and going down later and I love it. I can feel the cool breeze and the warm sun and just wish I had a book and a comfy chair to sit and read all day.(wishful thinking)I want to try to add some new recipes this week and hopefully they'll be good enough to blog about. I have been making waffles for freezing and I'll take a picture and post a recipe later so look for it. Thanks for the award Stamper couponing couple, as soon as I figure more of this bloggy stuff out I plan on putting up a button for you. I hope everyong is healthy and remember it's strep season so wash those hands!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wordless Wednessdays!

Strep Throat.

The negotiator has strep. The good thing about strep is that the Doctor says with a couple days of amoxicillin he will feel good again, the bad news is my poor kindergartner is missing even more days from school and the number is getting large. I keep getting told that this is normal for kindergarten. It sounds kind of crazy if you ask me. The kids have been sick since school started, and not a lot of time between virus' Anyway hope no one else is sick and I hope everyone stays healthy.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Being thirty one.

Well as most of you know I just turned 31. Not a very exciting birthday, I don't get all crazy about gettinig older. My hubby got me a very thoughtful gift of 2 bottles of softsoap bodywash, and a photo album. The photo album because we have a plastic tote full of b/k (before kids) photos that need so badly to get out of the box and be put away. The softsoap is another story. I very seldom buy myself anything, let alone any kind of girly smelling soap. It is a splurge that I have learned I just don't have to have to survive. I usually just use soap and whatever kind of shampoo is on sale. I found softsoap on sale last week at kroger's and with a coupon I got a large bottle for $1.50. In my own little world I was stoked! What a great deal, and I would smell like a coconut! That very night my two little boys took a bath in my tub. They decided they really needed to pour the whole bottle of bodywash in the tub. I walk in and two youngins that know better, are sitting in the middle of a bubble bath from hadies. I almost cried. Sad, is it not? It's times like these when I think I need a job. I never worried about the cost of soap when I worked. I never did without anything when I worked. When the all the crazy emotions pass I also realize that I missed out on my kids when I worked, I missed out on alot of booboos, hugs, kisses, jokes, and cuddles. If I have to use plain old soap until they are all grown it is something I will gladly do. So it was a great gift to get two girly smelling softsoap bodywashes from my husband. I believe it took alot of thought on what would make Angie happy, and he thought right. My sister took me to see a movie and out to dinner, it's the one day per year that we spend any alone time together so it totally rocks. We always get the giggles until we literally cry. I decided that for my birthday this year I would cut myself some slack. I would do what I could at home and try my best not to freak or nit pick, I decided I would try to love my body the way it is. I can try to eat healthy and get in some exercise daily but the truth is unless I actually starve myself I will most likely never be skinny again. I decided to accept myself the way the good Lord designed me. I am a mother and wife and my kids and my husband don't expect me to look like a toothpick with cantelopes. As always though as soon as you start to feel allright with yourself someone or sometimes more that one person start to knock you down. I have heard everyone's opionion on my wieght, house cleaning, child bearing, ect. I have heard more information on what I should and should not do, and how to go about it that I came home and felt sick. I wish people stood together more, I wish family was more understanding, I wish people didn't try to force their beliefs on everyone else and just realized that God made us all different for a reason. I know it's hard sometimes but I try my best to accept people for who they are, and lately I try to just stay focused on the good things they do even if I don't agree with some of the things they do. It's hard to not judge, but we aren't here to judge.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Happy Birthday to Faye, Emma, and oh yeah Me!

I want to wish Faye a wonderful birthday and I hope you enjoy looking out your window and watching the snow. I hope you have a blessed and healthy year ahead of you. I want to wish Emma a great big Happy Birthday for her number six. I hope you get everything you need to make you happy and may you be the best big sister in the whole wide world. I want to let everyone know that I am at home in my robe trying to down my third cup of coffee. I turned 31 while rocking the tank and trying to get her to see how yummy a binky could be instead of a boob. She didn't fall for it. I had a really rough night.(no sleep, period, coughing) I would like to crawl back into the bed and pull the covers up with a good book and a babysitter ofcourse to play with the It's amazing how unmaterialistic I am. I think you really change after having kids and I think it's for the better. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Have a happy period. My foot.

So I keep seeing these Always pad commercials that are ending with "Have a happy period". As if that's not bad enough it is also written on their little paper that holds the wings together. What kind of person came up with that slogan? I mean seriously. I have had a period for over 16 years, except for when I was pregnant or breastfeeding. I have had my period on my birthday,(like I will this year) I have had my period on my anniversary, vacations, camping trips, my kids special days, and even on days that were beautiful and full of life. However I have never had a happy period. For one thing you have to wear some form of protection, for me that means pads so I have to wear underwear to bed which I hate. I bloat and my belly hates having anything on it during that time of the month which includes my stretchy pants and my granny panties. I have horrible cramps, and stay irritated the first couple of days. I lose my appetite and live off of water, ibuprofen, cereal, and usually chocolate. I was laying in bed last night around midnight when this slogan popped into my head and I just got so irritated that it makes me want to quit buying their product. Do they really need a slogan to sell sanitary napkins? I mean come on everyone is using them. So I guess I'm over my whole hormonal rage thing, but I'm telling you whoever came up with that one has probably never had a period a day in his life.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wordless Wednessdays!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award

So I was reading one of my favorite blogs, I have many but I love the ideas this lady has on supper. Right up my alley!(or maybe I should say on my gravel road) Anyway she has awarded me with the Kreativ Blogger Award and that means I am suppose to list seven things I love. I am also suppose to list seven blogs I love but I just can't do it, I love too many so I ask that you take the time to check out my list of favorites or blogs I read, so informative and very helpful. So here goes on my list.

1. God although I always feel that I should be a better person, I know I have nothing without God.

2. My husband after half my life with him he still does it for me.

3. My lovely messy very funny children, because they always crack me up.

4. My Momma because she loves my children as much as I do, and my Daddy because he's the best one in the whole world ofcourse.

5. My brothers because they crack me up and they're grown men. lol My sister in law the teacher because she brought my bright eyed niece into this world, and my sister in law turkey head cause she enjoys my kids so much. 6.My sister cause we're so close we're almost twins. No kidding!

7. My mother in law because she listens to me whine, she doesn't judge me, and she loves my babies.

So now I'll tell you seven more things that are just things that I love not as important as people though.

1. Coffee with two scoops of sugar and whole white milk. Daily lot's of it.

2. My heating pad from April over at enchated dandelions (also a favorite blog)

3. My mama's pancakes with sausage and eggs with the noses runny.

4. My mother in laws chicken salad.

5. My Longanberger coffee cups expensive buy before we had kids and are great.

6. My Granpa's coffee cups I have two of them both very different one actually says #1 Dad. It helps me remember him and childhood in general.

7. My kitchen aid mixer. Knead I say more.

Thank God it's Tuesday!

I just got home from another day of errand and visiting today, this make the fourth day in a row. My house looks like a tornado has flown through and left other peoples junk.(because I know my children wouldn't leave so much stuff all over the place) I went today and took a volunteer class at the negotiators school so that I may be able to go on field trips, help the teacher in class, or donate my time cleaning outside and planting flowers. Then I went to visit my Grandma for a bit before heading home with a sleeping tank and grumpy mechanic. Upon entering my messy home my first thought was have I over done it? Do I really have time to donate at the school when my house is always running away while I chase it with the broom? Then I start to get a little anxiety flowing, I feel the guilt of being gone doing other things the past four days when I should have been here cleaning and getting furniture moved about. All of a sudden I had an epiphany! Duh, I'm living my life. I am doing exactly what God intended. I let the guilt go.(goodbye and good riddance) I will do what is in my power to do, but I will not miss time with my family to clean. I do like things in order but most of the time I go around freaking out that as soon as one mess is cleaned up another waits. It can totally ruin a good day if I let it and so I will be trying my hardest not to let it. So I will think a little like my dear Grandma and be thankful for what I've got. So thank you God for this beautiful Tuesday and letting me spend a little of it with my mom, niece, woody, grandma, uncle olbern, and of course my youngins.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Bamboo flooring!

This is my dear hubby putting down our new flooring, actually this is about two weeks old but you all know how it is with kids.(sick kids) He worked hard and that hard work has definetly paid off with a beautiful floor. we live in a modular home which is prefabbed and then joined together in the center of the house, the floor was raised where it was put together and it was like a hump. That means that you can't lay wood floor over it without issues, or it busting, leaving cracks where it should lock together ect. He had to take up the floor boards and use a chisel to level out the floor joists, then he had to replace floor boards and lay the flooring. The results are wonderful. I gotta tell ya I've spent more time cleaning the new floor that I've spent cleaning the whole house probably within the past six months. Also you have to use a special tool to nail the the special nails in it is called a pneumatic stapler. My husband was going to rent one which would have cost $130.00 for a week. I checked prices at home depot and lowe's and a new one would cost around $560.00(way out of our budget even though we still have three bedrooms and a hall to do) So he went by the Harbour Freight store on his way home and found and bought one for $139.00. That's right folks we have our very own pneumatic stapler for nine bucks over the rental price. Just because he chose to take a chance on a different company, so I recommend that you check with other stores like Harbour Freight or Norther tools if you ever need a special tool.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A good read.

If you know me personally then you are aware that I read everything I get my hands on. I read novels, books, magazines, and the paper when I get it. I really like to read when I'm on the gazelle trying to get in my exercise time. It really helps to pass the time. I picked a book at random from the library because that's what I like to do, the title is A blue moon in Poorwater by Cathryn Hankla This is a great book about a kid growing up in a mining community and I want my dear Aunt Alice to read it. It reminds me kind of To kill a mockingbird, I had to force myself to stop reading last night so I would have something to read today during my thirty five minutes. I have also decided to take a picture of myself in some jeans so at the end of the month I will put on the same jeans and we can all see if just exercise is beneficial to looking good. Remember I will not be dieting so if I don't look any different in the jeans we'll all have to get over it. I have been feeling great though and so ready for spring. Hope everyone has a great week, Angie

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Thirty days 30 minutes update!

I am sick, the kiddos have finally contaminated me with their ick. I have a headache, sore throat, neck hurting, coughing, chest feels like it'll crack open, and NO SLEEP! The tank has been protesting sleep lately, I;m not sure if her ears are hurting when she is laying down or if she knows I'm a huge sucker and will not let her cry it out. Anyway the update, I have missed a total of four days this month from working out. I feel guilty but sometimes life gets in the way of plans and you just have to hop on for the ride or you'll get left behind. I am just going to try and walk around today and hopefully it won't bring on a coughing fit like it did yesterday. However starting tomorrow, (maybe today) I will be raising the time to thirty five minutes and go for the month of March. I don't really see a big difference in my body. I think my double chin is less noticeable and I know for a fact that I have more stamina than usual. I have not weighed myself or measured anything and I decided I'm not going to. If I lose weight it won't be because I've stressed myself into it. I am not dieting in anyway, I like to eat. I like to eat real food, and will continue to do so, I don't want my kids to grow up thinking that they're too fat or not good enough. It's hard to preach that God made us the way he wanted us if we freak about the way we really look. I just keep telling myself that my husband is happy with me and my kids love me just the way I am, I will exercise and try within reason not to over eat but I want them to see me enjoying life.