Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
This isn't going to be exactly "Wordless", but mine never are. At the grocery store last night, I found this, the Easter Candy Aisle. And yes, people stared as I stood there and took a picture of it with my phone. You may remember from this post, that I have a deep, faithful love for peeps. Please, for your viewing pleasure, go to the peeps website....I laughed quite a bit. Apparently there is a big following, and let me tell you, they mean business. You can play games, join the fan club, and even order online. Peeps are a big deal people.
Anyway, you might also remember from this post, that I am dedicated to getting totally back in shape, completely toned, and in the best shape of my life...never going to happen, but it's fun to think about. So...that means I am staying out of the holiday candy aisles...a girl can try can't she? I had to be strong, I had to resist the temptation, and I couldn't let myself be lured into their goodness by the new colors that they come in this season. I have a rigid "get in shape plan", and peeps just don't fit in at the gym. (ok, it's not that rigid, but it's working.)
And then it happened, happiness took form in the shape of a yellow marshmallow chick when I saw this:
Is it true? Peeps with no sugar, and half the calories?? After I pulled myself together, I cleared the shelves into my cart and checked out. Well, not the entire shelf, but I thought about it. So there it is, wishes do come true, the candy companies are listening, and now I can enjoy my peeps this season guilt free. It's a wonderful thing.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I have to be honest. Every time we pass the elementary building in each neighborhood, I get a knot in my stomach. My sweet Ella is almost 5, and will be heading into one of these big buildings this Fall.....unless I homeschool. I know that this may be a "letting go" thing, and that I will most likely have trouble when I watch her walk in that 1st day with her backpack and cute little ponytail. Seriously, I'm tearing up.
If you would've asked me a year ago if I would consider homeschooling, I would of said something like, "No way! Definitely not for me...not a chance." I guess time has changed my mind...or has God changed my heart?
So, what are your thoughts? What is your view on Homeschool vs. Private/Public Schools?
How do you manage many small children while homeschooling?
Am I really "wired" to homeschool? Can I do it?
Would she benefit more in a classroom?
Don't kids need the social part of being at school? Don't they need that interaction with other kids?
Does every mom go through this when their 1st child starts school?
I would love to hear your advice, experiences, and thoughts. Hope everyone had an amazing weekend!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I found this recipe for Simple Low-Fat Chili w/ Corn in one of my new Crock Pot Cookbooks I got for Christmas...it is sooo good! Thought I'd share in case you were looking for a new chili recipe to warm up your meal! Here are the details:
- 3 pounds of lean ground beef (I use ground turkey)
- 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomato's, undrained
- 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) chili beans, undrained
- 2 cups sliced onions
- 1 can (12 ounces) yellow corn, drained
- 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Cook meat, drain, and put in 5 quart (or more) crock pot. Add additional ingredients and cook on low 4 hours.
I actually add extra corn and bell peppers just for more flavor, and a can more of tomato's and beans. You can alter a little in a lot of ways which is great. Add sour cream, cheese, crackers, or whatever sounds good! It makes a good amount, so you can have left overs or freeze it for another day. Enjoy!!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
While feeding my sweet, new, smiley, compliant babies today, I noticed the older girls were real quiet. I went into the Bathroom and found our small, humble bathroom had been completely "toilet papered." I thought Eric had made the Varsity Team, and the Cheerleaders had been by to celebrate.
Early this morning in the drive-thru. Prepare to be confused.
Tim Hortons: Can I help you?
Me: Umm, yea, I want one of those new low calorie breakfast things you have out...the one with eggs in it.
Tim Hortons: Complete silence
Me: Uhhh...I saw it on TV, like a pita or something?
Tim Hortons: We don't know how many calories are in any of our breakfast items.
Me: Ok, that's crazy, it's on the commercial. And every fast food place has a nutritional packet...so even if you don't have the low cal pita, you would still have a packet to tell the nutritional value of your other menu items.
Tim Hortons: We have a sausage, egg & cheese biscuit.
Me: Hahaha, what? Ok, but nothing that is low cal?
Tim Hortons: Umm, ma'am...we have low-fat yogurt.
Me: Ok, but no pita right? I'm real focused on this pita thing you all are promoting. I know I saw it on a commercial.
Tim Hortons: We have yogurt.
Me: Can I just get an egg w/ cheese, but no biscuit?
Tim Hortons: Dannon yogurt.
Me: Great, I'll have a yogurt.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Kinley is quite the little ham. If you're talking to her, shes smiling. Well, unless of course shes hungry, or sleeping. Other than that though, she is happy all the time.
Oh our little Raya. And when I say little I mean the one that weighs 3 pounds more, and the baby that is in the 95th percentile. She has the most amazing, most scrumptious chubby cheeks, which makes for one seriously cute chubby smile.
Ah the joy that these 4 little feet have brought us. Before we know it, they will be running around the house with their older sisters. God has taught me so much since I delivered these girls.....about love, patience, character, and so much more. Today, I am one thankful mama.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
I am super excited to announce that I have been asked to join the writing team over at Blissfully Domestic! I will be joining the Multiple Bliss writers where we try to help, encourage, offer advice, and laugh together about raising multiples. I know many of you have already been over to Blissfully Domestic, but if you haven't yet, head on over! This magazine has a section for everyone. From cooking, weddings, and finances, to raising kids and homeschooling. You can also check out articles on the latest fashion trends, photography, healthy living, and home decor. There is a sold out conference called Blissdom'09 going on this coming weekend in Nashville, TN. If you have a ticket, you are one lucky lady! I am really excited about this opportunity and will be writing my first article early next week. Happy reading!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
- 6 years ago today, life was a little different. (By the way, that's me in the white...hee hee...) I was walking down the aisle to the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. We had big dreams, big plans, careers to chase after, and a ton of ambition. We were going to travel, go out on the weekends, and be Eric & Kate to the fullest. I was a mere 21.
Little did we know, God was about to start us on a radical journey that we could have never dreamed of.
"Wondering" is something I have been really struggling with over the past few months. Letting my thoughts get the best of me, and failing to focus on what is truly important.
Many thoughts run through my head as I look back over these 6 short years. I wonder.....
Were would we be if we had ignored God's Calling and not married so young?
Where would we be if I hadn't ended up pregnant 6 months later?
Would I have a big, important career to brag about?
Would I be like that girl I see at starbucks every week that is obviously always on her way to her very important job? The one who always looks put together, who almost looks at me with pity while I try to tame my children. The one with her hair done, makeup on, with those amazing stilettos that I've been eyeing at Macy's for months.
She has a meeting to get to, I have to be at Preschool in 15 min.
She has important deadlines to meet, I have diapers to change.
She drives a little sporty looking thing, I'm in that huge 8 passenger SUV...you know the one that sounds like a school bus?
She travels every month for business, I haven't been on a plane since '03.
She's meeting clients for dinner, it's kids night at Chick-Fil-a.
She goes home to her amazing studio apartment in the middle of town with that fantastic balcony...the one that overlooks all the stores and restaurants. I am the privileged one that gets to go home to a dedicated husband, and 5 little girls that yell, "mommy's home!!" (well, actually only 3 are yelling so far...the other 2 are cooing... )
That life may be filled with money, luxury, and time alone. Mine is filled with giggles, smiles, chaos, hugs, unconditional love, and some serious chubby cheeks.
I start to remember how green God has made the grass on our side. I started to think how I have never had more peace about where we are in our life. How for the first time in a long time, I feel like I'm right where I should be.
There is nothing that could replace the journey that we've traveled these past 6 years. Hearing the heartbeat for the 1st time, 5 times. Hearing "it's a girl!" and "it's another girl!" 5 times. Not only being married, but becoming almost like a team of 2 trying to raise all these girls in a way that is honoring to Him, and navigate our way together through this amazing hand that God has dealt us. We have been blessed beyond measure, and I feel truly unworthy for what we have been given.
In the past 6 years, we have had many good times, and some really hard times. I look forward to spending many more years together, and can't imagine what God has planned next! Love you, Eric!!