Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I think it's time for me to do something.

Actually, I know it is. And I feel absolutely terrible that I haven't done it sooner.

See, I let my "social life", which is entirely online, completely consume me. I'm always checking my phone seeing if anything new has happened on BabyCenter, Instagram, games, and the many Facebook groups I'm in. It needs to slow way down, and it needs to happen now. My kids are starting to ask to play games on my old phone and the tablet I scored from my brother-in-law for super cheap. They're always asking to watch TV or movies. To me, it's unacceptable for them to get too much screen time, so why should it be any different for me? They learn from me. They mimic me. They look up to me for  guidance, so why not act myself, the way that I want them to act. Learn by example. Do as I DO. Not do as I SAY.

It's time to change. I have to do this. For me. For my kids. For my marriage.

It won't be easy for me, believe me. I find myself obsessing over things, and it really needs to stop. For now, I'm aiming for an hour a day consecutively of no screen time with myself. Maybe more! Once I get past that first hour, it's generally pretty easy to ignore the pull, but sometimes it gets the best of me. I don't need to walk around with my phone in my hand again. They don't need to learn that habit. Not now. Not at 2, 4, and 5 years old. They need to be running, playing, learning...I need that, too. So from here on out, I'm giving myself to them as much as I can. I'm going to work on my bravery (or lack thereof) with taking all three of them outside to play. We all need sun, fresh air, and play. I need them, and they need me. Not a distracted me. Just. ME. I'll try to blog about my successes, my failures, and I encourage you to do the same! I'll still be doing things I want to do because none of us deserve to lose ourselves in any way, but I'll definitely be focusing more on my children. After all...I was blessed with them, why not truly cherish that, and be thankful?

It starts today. Why don't you join me?

God bless,

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ya know....

Instead of worrying about a piece of fabric, a little bit of metal, or some about we worry about our homeless and hungry???


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Strange Happenings

Ever since we moved into this house, a few random little weird things have happened periodically. It doesn't really happen that often, but when it it hits like a brick wall!

One of the first things that I remember happening was within the first month of moving in. Alaina woke up really early (3:30 or 4 am), and I wasn't ready to get out of bed yet. I decided I would bring her to bed with me and snuggle for a while. Well, as soon as I was beside my bed, I got this huge whiff of cigarette smoke. It smelled so strong that I would have sworn there was someone standing right behind me with a lit cigarette. I turned around and there wasn't anyone there, so I crawled into bed until Alaina went to sleep. I definitely did not go back to sleep though!

A "recurring" thing we have actually relates to a puzzle that the kids have had for quite some time. It's one of those farm animal sound puzzles. Each piece makes a specific sound - cat, horse, cow, duck, etc. If the pieces don't get put back in for an extended period of time, it will make noise. Not a big deal now that we understand what's going on. However...within the first few months of being here, one of the pieces got left out, and at about 9 pm, when all the kids were in bed, but we were still up, it just started meowing. Michael and I looked at each other thinking "What. the. heck". Now it's an ongoing joke, and we've started yelling "Bob!!!" whenever it makes noise. Turning off the dining room light makes it react, too. It's kind of funny now, but that first time...holy cow!

A few weeks ago, I was sitting at the bus stop with all the kids waiting for Julia's bus to come. I could tell that Julia wasn't feeling well, and kept asking if she wanted to stay home. She kept saying 'no', but I knew better. We sat there waiting for about 5 minutes, and something just felt off. I made a comment that maybe we should just go back home, and Justin said "We can't, mommy." So I asked him why and he said "Because there's something behind us.". That combined with my "off" feeling, and what I'm guessing was a perfectly timed gust of wind that actually rocked my car forward, I was a bit freaked out. Right when the bus was due to arrive (thank goodness she was late), Julia said "Mommy, I don't feel good. I want to stay home." I didn't argue, and got the car parked before the bus came down the hill.

Yesterday morning (March 2) was quite possibly one of thee strangest things to have happened. Once again, Alaina had woken up way too early (about 4:30 am), and I went into the girls' bedroom to get her calmed down and back to sleep. I crawled back into bed around 4:40, and laid there thinking 'should I just get up? My alarm is going to go off soon...". I decided to just stay in bed, and closed my eyes. About 2 minutes later, I am about 98% sure that I was not asleep yet, I heard what sounded like a man's voice, inside my house, yell "NO!!!". Needless to say I did not go back to sleep...

What kind of strange things have happened in your house? If any.

God bless!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

My "50 Shades of Grey" Post

You know, I really wanted to stay out of all of the drama (I'm using that word loosely), because I believe everyone is allowed to make their own decisions, and everyone can form their own opinions. I want to share mine because frankly, I'm tired of both sides right now.

50 Shades of Gray. Anastasia Steele. Christian Grey. A book. Now a movie. FICTION. It's not real. It's a story. Yes, it has an extremely sexual story line. Yes, it's written about BDSM. But it's just a story. And personally, I enjoyed the books! Does that make me any less of a Christian woman? No. Does it make me a bad person? No. Does it mean I agree with what was written and portrayed in the book? Gosh no. But you know what? I'm not judging anyone if they do agree with what's in the book. Know why? It's their choice. Heck, if someone is into actually doing that kind of stuff, it's their choice. I'm not going to judge them or shun them because of how they live their lives. More power to them, really!

I love reading. I've read some really great books in the past. Some are about violent crimes, murders, rapes, prostitution, you name it. I enjoyed reading all of them! It doesn't make me any less of a person. My life. My choice.

I'm really tired of seeing people rip each other down because "Oh my GOSH!!! Suzie doesn't agree with my view point and she read those books!" Or "Oh my GOSH!!! Did you see that Jane doesn't raise her kids the way I do?!?!" Shame on them, right? No, more like shame on you for pushing your agenda on others. There's a difference between believing what you believe, sharing what you believe, and shaming others for not believing or doing what you do. My one hang up, the one thing I will tell people that they're doing wrong is when they're putting their babies in their car seats the wrong way. It breaks my heart to see them unsafe, but that's not what this point is about.

Anyways. Whether or not you read the books (I did!), or if you're going to see the movie (I probably won't), I hope you enjoy your freedom of choice, and if you liked the books, good for you! If you enjoy the movie, good for you!

God bless!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Been contemplating...

If you have done a Joy Jar in the past, would you consider sharing the snippits on a blog post? Is that something you (my readers) would be interested in reading? I think maybe it would help some to see what positive/happy things others remember, but I'm not sure.

What do you think?

God bless,

Monday, January 19, 2015

It happened again...

I caught myself smiling while driving the other day! An entire 25 minute drive each direction.

That's all. :-)


Sunday, January 4, 2015

2014 Year In Review

Well, another year is winding down, and since I've already shared my goals for 2015, I guess it's time to share my 2014 year in review! Past years can be found here: 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009,

I'm not sure if I'll have anything really note-worthy for every single month, but I'm going to try!

It was decided that Justin was officially day time potty trained.
Julia and I tackled the "kangaroo" puzzle that Jennie bought me while on her World Youth Day trip in Australia.

The generator that we bought (thanks to the week long power outage due to this storm) came in! Yay!
I signed up as a Wildtree sales rep. The stuff is delicious!

Julia went to her first daddy daughter dance with Michael.

I turned 33. Whoop!

Julia turned FOUR!!! (I'm still trying to figure out how time goes so fast...)

Alaina turned ONE!!! (Again, with the time thing...)

I managed to get back on the treadmill - for a little while at least.

Julia received the "Star Student" and "Star of the Month" award in gymnastics.

My step-mom wound up in the ICU on life support. Thanks be to God that she recovered!
Alaina started walking...yikes!
I hosted a "Stop 'N Shop" vendor type event in my home. It was fun, but the turn out was pretty dismal.

I donated my hair to Wigz4Kids!

Michael and I took a much needed vacation for our 5 year wedding anniversary. It was amazing.

We found out that we qualified for the GSRP program for Julia!

Michael turned 34.
We found a new pediatrician and family doctor. After many multiple-hours-long waits with the old doctor, it was time.
Alaina finally got her third and fourth tooth - at 14 1/2 months old.
Turtle watch began.

I was introduced - and blew through - the Hunger Games books. They were so good!
We had a baby deer!

Justin turned THREE!!! (Hello, time?!?!!)

I was introduced to - and blew through - The Twilight Saga.
I decided to walk away from the Wildtree biz. It made me sad, but the support just wasn't there.
Michael accepted a job with a new company. It was a much better opportunity for our family, but he wound up taking a pretty significant pay cut.
The bench that we had sitting down by the pond when we moved into this house was "the bench" from the dream I had when Adam paid me a visit.

We all went to "Protect and Serve Day" in town. There were lots of cool things to do and check out there!
Michael started his new job.
The great Robin Williams committed suicide. RIP.
We discovered that the poison ivy at the bottom of the hill had made it's way to the top of the hill.
We met Julia's preschool teacher, and saw the room that she would be in.

The epic spider battle ensued. Well. It was one very large spider between the screen and glass of the living room window. But I beat it!
I was introduced to - and blew through - the Divergent series.
Polka fest!

Julia started preschool!

Justin had his first dentist appointment.

We got to go to another Tigers game thanks to Michael's brother! Said game just so happened to end with the Tigers being the ALC champs!

I did a road rally through my old church with some awesome ladies. It was so fun!

We finally got the trim taken out of the third bathroom.
I started crocheting again :-)

Julia had her first field trip, and I took all three kids to it.


I was thrown into the abyss of nail stamping, and I haven't looked back!

I was gifted a speedlight for my camera. Holy moly.
I attempted to do the "30 days of thanks" again and failed. Miserably.
PHONE PROBLEMS!!! It was semi-amusing hearing someone else's conversation, but totally annoying at the same time.

I hosted my first ever cookie exchange. It was so fun! Hoping it becomes an annual thing. :-)
I won the Bucket Fillers, Inc. giveaway that was hosted by Mrs. Weber's Neighborhood! Exciting!!!

I decided to co-administrate the P52 group that I've been a part of for the last few years for the 2015 year. Here's hoping I can stick with it this time!
Julia read a STOP sign on our way to her second field trip (Elf on Ice). *tear*

Julia started riding the bus!!! My little big girl is growing up...

I saw a movie - The Mocking Jay Part 1 - in a theater! For the first time in seven years.

So, there you have it! My year in review. How was your year? Was it what you hoped it would be?
God bless,

Monday, December 29, 2014

Goals for 2015

Wow. I can't even wrap my head around the fact that it is almost 2015. This year has gone by incredibly fast for us. So many ups and downs...

I've decided not to make "resolutions" again, but rather set some goals for myself for the new year. I've set these goals for myself in the past, but I've not been up to snuff on posting them here like I should be. Here's hoping this is the start of something good, though! :-)

So, without further ado, my goals for 2015:

First - strikingly similar to goals from the past - I want to be a better wife and mother. I have let a lot of things slip around the house just because I've been so tired, and worn out. We don't get out often, and we don't get much company, so it's really draining. I am going to work towards not letting excuses take over my life. I can do these things, and I will do these things this year.

Second - I want to get back on the treadmill. I haven't run in what seems like forever. I may not do another C25K, but I want to start getting up, at the very least, to walk on the treadmill for 20-30 minutes in the morning.

Third - This one goes hand in hand with the second one. I will get my water intake back up, and I want to get all of us eating more raw and less processed foods. I felt amazing when I was eating chicken, fruits and veggies mainly...and my coffee of course! I did "cheat" every once in a while to have my beloved tortilla chips (haha) or some ground beef, but I never ate boxed anything really. I really feel like I looked my best at that point, which made me actually feel good about myself. I want that back!

Fourth  - This goes out to all things photography! I am doing a P52 again. I failed miserably at the P5214, and will be co-admin with another amazing friend of mine for the 2015 year. I am determined to actually complete it this year. I also want to learn everything I can about photography. I would love to get out and start portfolio building, too, but the fear of being labelled as a fauxtographer is really holding me back.

Fifth - Crochet. Crochet, crochet, crochet. I've reopened my shop, and I really want to make it work. I'm going to focus on keeping up on my orders, and possibly getting ahead on orders. I also want to keep up on my crochet blog which has been unpublished for more than a year now. I want to learn new stitches and techniques this year. I would also like to pick up the knitting needles that I 'inherited' to teach myself some of that again as well.

Last but not least - This poor little (not) forgotten blog of mine. I love blogging. I love sharing with people. I love writing in general. I really want to get back into it a little more.

Now, I just need to find all that time that's hanging out there waiting to be used! :-)

What are your goals for 2015? Don't be shy! I don't bite, I promise.

God bless,

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Oh boy...

I am struggling to keep on top of this little blog of mine!!! I think one of my resolutions...well, one of my goals this year is going to be to post at least once every week. Hopefully more. I've already got a few goals for the year rolling around in my head, and I am going to make them happen.

How has your year been? Ours has been pretty crazy, but fun! Julia is excelling with and loving school still, Justin is getting too big for his own good - getting close to outgrowing his car seat, and Alaina is finally starting to say words...with meaning! We haven't started potty training her yet, but that's one thing that will be in the works very soon.

Anyways...tell me about your year! Can you believe it's almost 2015!?!?!?!

God bless,

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I Am Blessed

Today I am reminded once again just how blessed I am. I know I complain a lot, ok, I complain all the time, but that doesn't mean I don't realize just how lucky I am. I love my children and every little annoying, button pushing, non-listening, argumentative, whiny little personality trait. They are a part of me and always will be. They are my pride and joy. I love their snuggles, their kisses, their hugs, the way they run up to me with their arms stretched out wide shrieking "MOMMY!!!" when they see me after I've been out for a while. I love seeing them run towards their daddy in the same way. Their eyes, their smiles, little fingers and toes...belly buttons, ticklish spots, and their ever-growing sense of themselves.

Today is Pregnancy And Infant Loss remembrance day. My heart breaks for all of the families that have suffered losses before, during, or after birth. I simply can't imagine my life without our three little blessings... Please take a moment to remember those that have suffered, and those that were lost.

God bless,

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

How Do you DO It???

To be honest...most days I don't even know! Three kids in itself is no joke. Three kids so close in age is just insanity.

I hear this phrase so often, that I'm almost able to complete the person's thought for them before they even get the "How" out of their mouth. Same with the whole "You must have your hands full!". Yes. Yes I know...but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Now that Julia is in preschool, it's becoming more of a "Wow! It must be nice to get a break, huh?" Break? What's that? Is it a little easier just having the two at home? Absolutely. Because one of them actually naps. However, the new insanity just kind of overpowers the "easier" aspect. Every morning, we all have to be up, fed, dressed, teeth brushed, and out the door in a little under an hour. I refuse to get the kids up earlier than I already do, so we rush in the mornings to get out on time. Load all 3 in the car, drop Julia at school with the two littler ones in the stroller (THAT's fun. Let me tell you), then head home. Sometimes I make other stops the library. Somehow I still manage to squeeze in painting my nails and a little (ok, a LOT) of reading. Unfortunately, it's usually at Michael's expense since the only time I can really read is when the kids are in bed, and that's really the only time I have to spend with him.

Then there are the day care days. Day care days are even more crazy. We have to all be up and out the door in about an hour flat. Plus, those days, I have to pack diaper bags, lunches for the two littler ones, plus I have to remember the blankets and loveys/sleeping pals for the littler ones that morning as well. Let me tell you...forgetting the blankets/loveys/sleeping pals would prove catastrophic! Those days...those days are special. Drop the 2 little ones off first, drop Julia off at preschool - without the ginormous stroller - and go home for *hopefully* six glorious hours of alone time. Most of which will probably be spent folding laundry and cleaning the house from floor to ceiling since I can't do that with the kids home. When all I really want to do is read or paint my nails! Do you have any idea how fast those six hours go by? FAST. The first day that all three kids were not getting under my skin (I say that with all the love in the world), I spent the day at my sister's house watching The Hunger Games. We had originally planned on watching The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, but we ran out of time and I didn't want to cut it too close picking Julia up. So, we just watched the one move, packed up her 4,000 piece puzzle, and painted our nails! It was fun!

There are days that I don't eat breakfast until lunch time.

There have been countless times that I don't even remember how the day went in regards to what got done.

There are days that I just want to sleep...

There are many, many, many days that I wish Justin would just.take.a.nap so that I could get some peace and quiet.

There are times that I am 110% fed up with my kids by Tuesday.

There are weeks that all I want to do is dump the kids on Michael the second he walks in the door on Friday and just run away for the weekend.

But one of these days, it will all be over and I'll look back wishing I still had these crazy times.

And now for some pictures just wouldn't be as fun without them!

Julia's first day of preschool...

 And her second. I think she likes it. :-)

All three kids in their little hiding spot. July 14, 2014.

 Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand some nail pics. Because, you know. Pretty!

Full nail image stamping.

Polka Fest nails! Yes. I did my nails for Polka Fest weekend.

Glow in the dark dots! This is what I did at my sister's house. brother-in-law invited us to go to the Tigers game on September 23rd.
Well, I couldn't pass up an opportunity for themed nails again! :-)
(P.S. Tigers won, clinching the AL Championship spot four years in a row. :-D )

And that's all. I don't want to bog you all down with an abundance of pics. Maybe I'll add more at a later date!

What do you think?

God bless!

(P.S. This post in itself took me nearly four hours to type. That should give you an idea of how "easy" it is. ;-) )

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Mixed Emotions...

Don't worry, this isn't going to be one of those sappy, deep blog posts. It's really not that bad. "Mixed Emotions" was just the best way to put it! Here's why...

1) I'm hosting a cookie exchange this year!!! Yay!!! If any of my local Michigan bloggy pals or followers wish to attend, and we're not friends on Facebook, just email me! peanutpublications [at] yahoo [dot] com, or leave a comment here with a way for me to get a hold of you!

2) I'm sad that some of my favorite bloggers seem to have disappeared from the blog-o-sphere. There are a few that I absolutely love following, and they haven't posted in a really long time. *sigh* My selfishness is coming out!

Ok. That's it. Told you it wasn't that deep. ;-)

God bless!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Oh The Things I'd Like To Do!

A little while ago, a friend and I were comparing a couple of articles on Facebook. One was "Things You Shouldn't Say To Parents With More Than Two Children" (or something similar...), and the other was "Things You Shouldn't Say To Someone With No Kids" (again, not the exact title, but you get the idea).

Anyways, I made a comment saying that there were some things I would love to do but "can't". You'll see why that is in quotes as you read this post...Well, that got me thinking! That's always a dangerous thing if you know me. :-) I have compiled a small list of things I would like to be able to do - easily. This is far from all inclusive.

Run/exercise when I want.

Ride my bike again. Man I miss that single track...

See a movie or go to dinner with my husband. You a date...without having to jump through 500 hoops.

Weekend trips without 500 bags.

Go to the bathroom with the door closed without worrying about someone hitting someone else, or falling and hitting their head on the corner of something.

Drop everything to help people that need it. Without having to wait for Michael to get home or trying to find a babysitter.

For my container cabinet to stay organized longer than 1 hour...which only happens over night.

That's about all I'll include for now. I could go on!!!

Now, having said that, I would not trade being a mommy for the world. I love my children with all of my being. Sometimes, though, that being just gets a little frazzled and needs a little break...or some wine. ;-)

God bless,

Monday, June 9, 2014

Looks like it's update time! (And more nail pics. ha!)

It seems as though I have a bad habit of posting and running! My last post was a month ago, and so much has happened since then! I'll start right around the time of my last post...

Alaina finally started walking a little bit back in late April/early May. She had taken a couple of steps here and there before then, but never anything that could be considered "walking". Michael and I were scrambling trying to get everything ready before we went on vacation, but Julia and Justin really didn't realize exactly what it meant when we told them mommy and daddy were leaving on vacation for a week. They were excited about spending time with Busha and Grandpa, though!

Anyways... Since the last post, we've gone on vacation, Alaina has become a walking MACHINE - borderline running already, she now has three teeth ( 14 1/2 months old), one stump (out of about 10) has finally come out, we've gotten a TON of asparagus out of the garden, the raspberries are starting to come in, I've come to the conclusion that I need to throw away about 90% of the daffodils that I have, I discovered two smaller sections in the big flower bed by the kitchen, I gave away some of my dead nettle, periwinkle, and the (yellow flowers that I can never remember the name for...). Let's see...what else...OH! Justin is now night time potty trained...mostly, Julia is almost done with gymnastics and is doing fantastic with that, there is still way too much wallpaper in the house, and we still have a lot of unpacked boxes/bins. The garage is getting more and more organized, we had a turtle lay eggs in our back yard, but something dug most...if not all...of the eggs up already, we've had orioles officially added to our laundry list of birds, Julia and Justin went fishing for the first time the other day and they're officially obsessed!

Here is a plethora of pictures for your viewing pleasure :-)

First, vacation:

Turtle eggs, birds, and miscellaneous pictures. :-)

Caught in the act!

Holes where the turtle had been digging :-( We're holding out hope that there are still a couple of eggs in there!

This (these?) little thing(s) didn't fly away when I came out of the house. I was able to get quite a few pictures before it (they) left!

This was taken through the window in the family room it's not totally clear :-)


I did a "mani-swap" with a fellow BabyCenter mom. Hers is on the left, mine is on the right!

Pink and blue for infant loss awareness

Neon! And my first successful water marble! (These neons were not that easy to work with...)

That's all for now.
God bless!