Saturday, August 20, 2016

Baby is here!!!!

I had my baby a few days ago amidst a giant rainstorm! We were flooded in at the hospital and my family was flooded in at home. We couldn't see each other for days! It was not too good, but I know that I was in the best place for me.

I ended up having him 2 weeks early. My blood pressure was high and so my doctor sent me to the hospital for monitoring. It didn't want to come down so I got admitted and they had to take him out 2 days later so that my bp would get better. It worked out good though because of the storm and everything. God knows what he is doing!

We had a beautiful healthy baby boy! He weighed 6lb 12oz. He seems so tiny to me cuz my other babies were both over 8lbs. We love him so much! I will be able to post some pictures of him later on...

Right now, the only thing I am focusing on is recovering from the birth and spending time with my new family. We are all so in love! :)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Banana bread baking day!!

I had so many bananas in my freezer that I had to finally use them. Banana bread was the easiest way for me to do that. I used Jill McKeever's recipe from Simple Daily Recipes. She also has a Youtube channel called Simple Daily Recipes where she shares a ton of delicious recipes that she makes. I hope you check her out!


Here are my peeled, mashed bananas...

I got all my bowls and loaf pans prepped....

This is a quadruple batch of the recipe I used. It was a ton of ingredients to stir, but I got it done!


Ready to bake...


It was so good! I did another quadruple batch after this one. I ended up with 9 loaves of banana bread. They are all sitting in my freezer right now just waiting for me to eat them. Mmmmmmm....

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Our day...

Today we had a great day so far! The kids had a playdate this morning that went really well. It was with a couple of old friends and some new friends that they had never met before. A3 dove right in and started playing, but J5 took a little convincing to go play with them (he is my shy one). They did really well though, they got along with each other and played nicely. We even got a chance to all go to the park and run around. My kids love the park, but they rarely get to play at one. They had the best time! I was nervous about them getting along with all the kids, but they surprised me with how good they all were. Woohoo! I love when things like that work out.

Anyway...now that we are home, the kids are chilling out with a movie and I am doing a little bit of housework. I have clothes to wash and I have to figure out supper, but that shouldn't take long. Other then that I am probably just gonna work on getting some more steps on my Fitbit and then doing some resting. The baby takes a lot out of me nowadays...haha!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Prep time!

I was on my feet all this morning just getting things done. I guess I have been nesting since I am 27 weeks pregnant now!! It's going by so very fast!!! 

Anyway...I have been trying to get more organized and stay on top of things. Eapecially things like food prep. I hate when it's the end of the day and we have nothing to eat because I was too tired (or some days just too lazy) to actually get up and cook. Also, I have children who seem to need to eat all day long and I have to constantly get up and try to fix them snacks.

Well, I recently got smart and started up a "snack drawer" for them so that they can just help themselves. It's full of only healthy things that I am more then happy to let them have what they want. I have one in the fridge and one in the pantry. Here is what the fridge one consists of...

I get all my produce home and wash it in vinegar water to get it all ready to go for them.  We got lots of grapes cuz they love them!

Also, grape tomatoes and strawberries! They almost ate all the strawberries before I could package them up. Haha

And I got apples and pears. I'm glad they eat them just like this so I don't have to cut them up and worry about browning. 

This should make our days go so much smoother. And make them just a little more independent and excited about getting their own snacks. :)

What do you do to prep your kids snacks?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

normal days around here....

We have just been having normal days over here...

breakfast time
load of laundry
play time
snack time
home school time
lunch time
load of laundry
nap time
snack time
play time
supper time
fold clothes
more play time
movie time
reading time
bed time


The days are long but the years are short....

Sunday, January 3, 2016

This will be a great year!!!!

I'm pregnant with baby #3!!!! My hubby and I had decided a few months ago that we definitely wanted more kids. And it sure didn't take long for God to send us one. :)
 

We are so very excited for this new blessing in our lives! J5yr and A3yr are super excited too! J says he wants a little brother and of course A says she wants a little sister...isn't that how it always goes...haha!

This is how I told my parents the news on Christmas Eve...They were shocked but very happy for us!

It is very early in the pregnancy and we have a long time to wait for this little one to be born, but I am going to enjoy every minute of it. I love being pregnant and knowing that I am helping another little baby to grow is wonderful!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

I am loving the idea of the New Year being a new chapter in your book of life. What do I want this chapter to be? What do I want this chapter of my life to look like? What do I want this chapter to feel like to me? I am not sure yet and I actually haven't given much thought to my resolutions this year. It's weird because I normally have them set really early. I like the idea of having resolutions, but I never finish them. So, I decided not to make any this year. No resolutions! It's kinda freeing. I just want this year to FEEL better then last year...

What I mean is....
I don't want to feel as angry inside all the time. I want to learn to be calmer and I want to learn how to let things go. I want to generally be a happier person. My hubby deserves a happy wife. My kids deserve a happy mother.

I want to feel better about myself. I don't want to feel ugly or fat anymore. No matter what the scale says I just want to be nice to myself. I want to be able to move my body easier and not sit so often. I want to feed myself healthier foods (without having to be on a "diet"). I can't diet anymore...I just can't...it completely sucks and I become obsessed with my weight and it just makes me depressed. So no more.

I want this year to feel more positive. I am very negative with myself all the time. I am always degrading myself and I don't ever feel good enough for anyone. I am tired of thinking bad thoughts about myself. I am not as horrible as my thoughts make me out to be. I am not. I am going to change my thinking...a little at a time.

These are just a few things that I am going to change in this chapter of my life. This chapter just needs to feel better. It needs to feel happy and good and right.

Did you make any resolutions this year? What are they?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Baking for my family...

I took some time today to bake a few things that we haven't had in awhile.


Gluten free crackers. 

Gluten free vegan cookies. They are pumpkin chocolate chip and I added raisins to them...so good!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Back to art journaling...

I haven't done any kind of art journaling in months! I would sit down at my desk and no ideas would come to me. I hate when I feel like that. I just want to be able to open up my journal and paint, write, and draw anything I feel like. But that just hasn't been happening. I would sit down and just stare at my book until I would give up. That was not fun.

This morning though I finally got a little time to myself and so I tried again. I opened my book and slowly looked through the pages until ideas just started popping in my head. I added little touches here and there until I was satisfied with what I had and it was great! I love just getting paint down on paper. It is very relaxing for me. :)





Thursday, November 12, 2015

Homemade oatmeal packs!

It is that time of year again where I feel like eating oatmeal. I don't usually like it very much but in the winter I am drawn toward the warmth of it. I enjoy the texture of steel cuts much more then quick oats but they just take too long for me to cook. 
You basically just mix up about 5 cups of the oats (or any amount...depending on the container you will be putting it in) and any spices/sugar you would like.

It will look like this when its done. So good (when I'm in the mood for oatmeal). Haha
I filled up my container for home and then filled up some packets for my hubby to take to work. You generally use 1/3 cup of mix per serving.
I hope that you enjoy the ease of this oatmeal mix. If you are the kind of person who needs an exact recipe then you can easily find one online. That's where I got the idea from. :)