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, April 30, 2009

Blessed again!

We now have another beautiful niece, courtesy of my sister in law Jen and her hubby. She is so adorable I just want to squash her up and hold her close and never let her go. I have competition though because my other sister in law wants to sneak her home with her. That's the way it goes with babies around our family. I just saw bright eyes today and she is going full steam ahead in her walker and pulling herself up into a standing position. She is growing so fast, almost as fast as my own. I am truly happy and thankful for the four nieces and one nephew I have. There is nothing on this earth like the smile from a child.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Starting your own compost bin.

I got a wild hair last year about this time and decided to start my own compost bin.
I took a rubber tote that had a lid, I used my husbands drill to drill holes in the bottom and up the sides of the tore.(a lot of holes) I keep it at my kitchen porch and throw all my scraps in there and this year we will be putting it around the tomatoes. My husband also brought home a big metal barrel that he had drilled some holes in the sides and cut a square out of the bottom so I have started filling that one up.
Things to put in your compost.
coffee, filters and all
tea bags, just take the staple out
newspaper, after you use it to clean the windows
paper scraps as long as they aren't all shiny
Hay, straw, or grass clippings
Old bread, baked goods, pasta
egg shells
veggie peels, scraps, leftover soup, or beans
lint from the dryer
And worms leftover from any fishing trip, the boys find them in the yard and put them it the happy worm home.(all you can eat buffet)

That's all folks, hope it was helpful, you should also stir it up periodically but if you dont that's fine too it just takes longer. Keep a lid on it and don't freak because there will be bugs galore!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Weekly Weigh In.

So I forgot to weigh on Friday, so I weighed on Sunday instead and I am down to 216.9 so I've lost four pounds total. I really gotta increase the water and I'm doing all right on smaller portions as long as I eat more than three times per day. I am working hard a trying to wean the tank which I think I will start calling miss priss, but she kind of wants it on tap. She just likes to know it's still Worked in the garden some this morning and hope to have pictures real soon. Have a great Monday!

Friday, April 24, 2009


Provers 29:17 Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.
So does anyone else have trouble with discipline? I do the ten minute time out, and an occasional spanking. I am having trouble with my 6 year old and his mouth. I really don't know if it is just public school, his fathers tone towards me sometimes, or the kids in his class. I am getting it under control, however I have seen parents not care to get their children under control. The kid next door is always telling my boys that they don't have to listen to me. He tells them to just do what they want not to worry about what I'm telling them to do. He gets off the bus here every afternoon, and even though I am trying to teach my boys to always do the right thing I wonder about all the other kids that they are associated with. I wonder if parents correct their language, teach them to blow their nose, teach them not to spit, teach them not to hit, kick, bite, lick or kiss other kids. I am by no means a perfect mother. I lose my temper and on occassion cuss. I am not a tidy house keeper, I don't always have dinner ready when it should be. I am trying to teach my kids that life is not fair. You have to work for what you get and be thankful for it. A persons feelings are more important than yelling and screaming. Never brag on yourself. And always treat people the way you want them to treat you. This Proverbs rings true when my son helps his little sister, tells someone good luck, or says his prayers and is thankful for his family.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread!
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of melted butter
3 eggs
2 cups cooked pumpkin ( I just use a 15 oz can)
2 cups self rising flour
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Melt butter, then blend in sugar and eggs. Blend in Pumpkin. Sift in all dry
ingredients. Mix well and bake for about an hour on 325 degrees.

I took pictures but they were kinda shiny on the top.(maybe due to the butter) Anyway I meant to take more but it was gone. My husband and the mechanic really liked it and after I shared one of the mini loaves with my mother it was just plain gone.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Keeping it real

I am keeping it real. I have overeaten alot lately due to the wonderful cooking of my mother in law, the large amount of pizza we had on hand, and the fact that my kids don't eat marshmallow bunnies. I have slacked on drinking water, or enough of anything really because I've been doing alot of running. My current weight is 218.5 I really thought it would be worse and have chose not to beat myself up. I plan on increasing my water intake and my fresh fruits and veggies. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Using your windows.

As you can see my husband has planted dill, and basil. The seeds were maybe a dollar a pack and the pots were given to us. He bought the soil at Dollar General for three bucks. So for a few bucks we will have fresh herbs and enough to dry for winter. It's not hard just water and make sure not to overwater.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Thank the good Lord!

Woodrow came home to my parents house today. He has been diagnosed with cancer and he is blessed enough to come home for my mother to take care of. Please pray for him, we are just so thankfull he's home.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Life in general.

Life is good for me and my family. I have a roof over my head and food in my cabinets. My house is warm or cool depending on the outside temp. I have a husband who goes to work and children that bring me great joy. I think most people forget to be thankful for just the little things. It's the little things that can be taken away in the blink of an eye. It's the little things that we take for granted. I just hope everyone thanks the good Lord for what you have, and please tell the people in your life how important they are to you. I pray that everyone has a great weekend and wonderful Easter.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Things I've learned being a mom.

1. A cantaloupe rind on the floor is the real life equivalent of a banana peel on cartoons.
2. There will be a day when poop no longer grosses you out.
3. Hairy legs are not the turn off I assumed they were.
4. I will never leave the house in clean cloths again.
5. My bathing routine would be squashed into 5 minute segments throughout the day.
I will have more later, right now I have to get youngins off the bus and start dinner. I'll try to post the roll recipe I'm using later on.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Quick update.

The weather is wonderful here in Va. today. I weighed on Friday and was down to 218.7 so that's 2 pounds less than last Friday and no dieting! Just alot of water, increasing fiber, and cutting portions. I hope everyone has a great Sunday full of sunshine.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Works for me Wednesday

While on vacation last year with a baby who was too little to walk and too big to sleep peacefully I had a dilemma. Do I let the baby crawl and eat sand, or stay in the house with her? Neither. I bought a cheap kiddy pool and added water and toys and it kept her busy all week. I just sat on the sand beside her and we had a great time.