Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving and a family picture

Yesterday was a good day! We stuffed ourselves full of turkey and stuffing, and all the goodies that go along with thanksgiving. First we went to my mom's, then we headed over to my dad's house. It was so nice to see my dad. I hadn't been to his house in way to long, Emma got to play with her papal, it was great!

Today my mom and sister went out at 4am to head for the black friday sales!! I was told I could go but all that crazy madness just isn't for me anymore. I cant deal with the crowds. I did tell them what the kids would like out of the Walmart ad though, and had them pick me up a new coat for 8 dollars! I havent seen it yet so I dont know how it will fit/look, so we will have to see. My husband and I are going out tonight to do a little shopping without the kids. Hopefully the big part of the crowds have mostly went home by then.

I had my sister snap a picture of all of us yesterday. Its not the greatest pic in the world, Emma's not smiling, but out of the 6 she took this was the best one.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here. So I wanted to wish all a happy thanksgiving. I really do have so much to be thankful for. So everyone have a happy and safe holiday!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving meal quiz

Here is what my thanksgiving meal says about me,,,,(another quiz,, so fun!!)

What Your Thanksgiving Meal Says About You

When it comes to the holidays, you follow and love the big traditions. You look forward to them every year.

You see the holidays as a time to be close to loved ones. It's a good time to reconnect and make memories.

You like the aspects of the holiday that remind you of your childhood - opening presents, treats, and old favorite foods.

During the holidays, you are likely to feel comforted. At your worst, you feel a bit over-indulgent.

You consider yourself to be a bit of a purist, and you're proud of it.

You tend to spend your holidays doing everything and anything. You really get into the holiday spirit.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Christmas Ornament

You Are a Tree

You love every part of the holidays, down to the candy canes and stockings. And you're goofy enough to put a Christmas tree ornament on your tree!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Our weekend and this weeks menu:

Over all we had a good weekend. yesterday was my niece's first birthday party. It was fun,. they reall went all out. They had lots of food, people, corn hole games, and a big bouncy blow-up thing, my kids enjoyed the bouncy thing., Emma really wanted to go in so we let Jess take her in.

I cant believe she will be one in less than 2 short months. And it will go fast with all the holidays approching.
Hubby is still on the hunt for his deer. NO luck yet, he goes out and sits in the woods for hours and never sees anything, he is getting very discouraged.
My menu is fairly simple this week due to the thanksgiving holiday.
*bean taco bake
*hamburgers, french fries, mixed veggies
*ham steak, potatoes, corn
*turkey day
*L-hot dogs/macorni D-pizza
*pancakes, sausage, eggs

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Results from a challange

Yesterday I took the challenge from a friend to do something nice for someone that I love and expect nothing in return. My husband is out on Wednesday night so I decided to take on my 2 oldest children. I love those guys so much, but I'm afraid that sometimes since they are older and can take more care of themselves they get pushed on the back burner occasionally. I do not want them to feel like that. So my littlest one isn't feeling the greatest again, so she went to bed early and Jess and Gary and I had a hot cocoa date. ( That's what I decided to call it). I fixed up 3 glasses of hot cocoa and called them into the kitchen for our date. They looked at each other quite funny when I said it was date time,,, they had no idea what I was talking about. So they came in and sat down and had the biggest smiles on their faces, ( it was so cute), then I explained what a hot cocoa date was, (a special time for just them and me to sit and talk about whatever they want without interruption), they loved the idea. Then I went on to tell them how much I loved them and how important they were in my life. Then they went on and told me about their days at school and other little things, no major deep conversations, but it was so enjoyable, and I know they loved it. We sat and talked until we finished out cocoa, then went and got ready for bed. i asked them if they liked our "date" and they said yes, so we decided that this will be our new tradition. We vowed that at least once a week we will have our cocoa date and if it is needed more often all they have to do is let me know and I will always take a time out for them.
Thank you Andy for helping me start a new tradition!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


I have a question. My dishwasher doesn't work very well, I keep having nasty film and icky stuff on my dishes when they are supposed to be clean. I have heard of people using white vinegar in the rinse agent dispenser. I was wondering if anyone has tried this and how were your results? Did your dishes come out cleaner? Did your house/dishes end up smelling like vinegar, cause I don't know if I could stand that. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Mad Mondays

Today was a good day, but I was quiet lazy... well you cant be too lazy when your taking care of a 10 month old, a 11 month old, and a 3 year old all day long, but I dont feel like a got very much accomplished. Oh well,,, I got my everyday chores done and a lot of laundry. I was hoping to cross off a few things on my TO DO list but the only thing that got done on that was I cleaned the microwave. ITs just to hard to get the big things accomplished when your day is spent chasing around to crawling babies trying to keep them out of trouble. Oh well my list awaits me. Maybe this weekend will bring some big accomplishments!
Menu plan for the week of Nov, 16, 2008.

*tater tot casserole

*white chili

*pork chops, garlic potatoes, green beans

* Burritos, Spanish rice

*spaghetti., garlic bread

*homemade pizza

*leftovers, Amira's birthday party

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A little break

Just wanted to write a quick post and let everyone know that I havent given up on blogging. I am just taking a little break., once again I 've had a lot on my mind, and been very busy. I am trying to get some things accomplished around the house so I might not be posting as much for the moment, but dont give up on me. I am still reading other blogs. Maybe I can post some before and after pics of a few things for everyone.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Menu plan

Last weeks menu was awesome, I followed it to the tee, and everything tasted so good! We loved the Mexican lasagna!! This week I am trying something new. I will be making some dried beans in the crock pot, then separating them into individual meal sized bags to have ready when I need them. Dried beans are so much cheaper than canned, and beans are so much cheaper than meat. So even though beans arnt really my families favorite food I am trying to find new ways to use them. Times seem to be getting tougher for everyone and the more frugal ideas the better!! With my beans this week we are going to try bean taco bake. So here is the whole menu:

dinner at moms

bean taco bake

chili, cornbread

meat loaf, fried potatoes, corn (Bennie b-day choice)

pork roast, potatoes, veggies

tater tot casserole

un-stuffed pepper soup

For more great menu ideas visit menu plan Monday on..

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Great weekend spent with family

We had a pretty nice weekend. Friday night was spent at home just relaxing. Saturday morning the kids and I stayed home while Ben was at school, he had to give 2 speeches and did well on both, so that was a relief for him to get out of the way!! Then once he came home we had lunch, the potato and sausage soup recipe that was a new one and it was wonderful!! Then I made some chocolate zuchinni bread to take over to my cousins house. We went to my grandmas while Bennie went hunting, he didn't get anything but at least he saw a couple this time. It was nice to visit with grandma and grandpa, then once Ben came in it was off to my cousins house for game night. We had a great time visiting and playing games. We have all known each other since we were babies. Its so weird that we are all grown with our own families and different lifestyles now. Its also funny how you don't realize how much you miss your friends/family, til you see them. Then for me anyways it makes me wish that we got together more often. Good times.... the kids also had a fun time playing with the other kids, Emma did wonderfully, I was a little worried about how she would react to all the new faces but she smiled and laughed for everyone!!

Now today, we are going to celebrate Bennie's birthday with my moms side of the family. He is napping now, then I will wake him up and we will go over there for dinner and cake and ice cream. He is turning 33 on Wednesday!! It's weird, we are all really growing up. Time just keeps passing by, faster and faster, whether we want it to or not. We all need to cherish every moment that we can and just remember what matters most to us! Hope everyone else had a great weekend also!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A little braging on myself :)

It's been a long day today. I dont see much of hubby on Wednesday because he sleeps through the day, gets up to eat, goes bowling, then straight to work without coming home.:( No fun!

I just deal with it though. I've decided there isn no point in whining about all the little things, they arnt likely to change anyways. I have really been focusing on my job as a mother and wife. Not to brag on myself, but I really have come far in the homemaking aspect of my life. And I love it. I never go to bed without my kitchen being cleaned anymore. And years ago I would do that quiet a bit, now I just do it. I would rather be a little tired and spend 15 minutes in the kitchen cleaning after dinner than wake up to all that dried disgustingness in the morning first thing. I am not a morning person and looking at a mess is defiantly not the first thing I want to see!! I like my nice clean sink:) (That might be the flylady coming out in me though).

I do laundry every day, with the acception of maybe sometimes not doing it on the weekends. Its pretty much always caught up, if I dont do it, it just piles up to fast, then people are saying,,, mom I dont have any jeans, or Jill wheres my work pants???? I hate to hear that!!! You know your doing well in the laundry department when you have to tell your hubby and kids not to wear that because they just wore it yesterday, then they say but it was clean and in my drawer..:) Now thats keeping up with the laundry.....

God knows I am defiantly not perfect but i have came quiet a long way......:)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A quick money tip.....

I have found the answer to my money problems.....

Or more like dont go into stores unless absolutely necessary. Seriously, the only stores we went to over the weekend was Aldi's. And that was for groceries. And guess what, the only money spent over the weekend was at aldis, besides the bills that I had to pay online!! it may seem obvious to some, but to me until recently I guess it never hit me that if I stay home I wont be spending any unnecessary money!! Dahhh.

Now when I do go out I am going to have a list and stick to it. Christmas is around the corner, so every extra dime I have is going to go to that. Christmas is one thing that we always splurge on for the kids, and I think that is okay. My mom always did for us and so I guess I have just followed suit.

I realized that my husband is making almost twice as much a year than he was making when we first got married. That is pretty good, I dont know how we even survived back then. Really we didnt. My parents bailed us our more times than I would like to admit. But now we are self sufficient and I am sooo proud of that! I feel like we have come such a long way! Dont get me wrong, money is still extremely tight, but I make it work, and I pay all of our bills. I have learned so much over the years. I am still learning. Now I am really trying to get smart about things, I want a savings!!! I want no debt, besides my home. Thats a long way off, but I am really trying, and as for now, its not going to happen until I get all these doctor bills payed off that I have payment plans set up on. So I'm really trying to pinch my pennies.

What are some of your money tips?

Monday, November 3, 2008

Menu plan November 2

That's my yogurt. I turned out well, and made a lot!! I'm excited about my menu plan this week, we've got some yummy things that we are having and 3 new recipes!
Sunday-hamburgers, curly fries, cottage cheese and applesauce
Monday- Mexican lasagna, salad (this is a new one)
Tuesday-easy chicken fingers, mashed potatoes, corn(new recipe)
Wednesday-spaghetti, garlic bread
Thursday-easy potato sausage soup, cornbread(new recipe)
Friday-pancakes and sausage
Saturday-homemade pizza

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween costumes and home made goodies

Here are all 3 little ones in their Halloween costumes. Jess was a fairy princess, Gary a boxer, and
Emma a ducky! Isn't Jess just beautiful,,, I think so, but maybe I'm biast:) Gary didn't want to smile for this picture.
And here is some of the after affects of trick or treating. Don't worry, we didn't let Emma eat the candy, she just played with it a little bit.

When we got home tonight I made my new granola recipe.

And here is my yogurt all nestled up and ready for bed. I'm up for anything you can cook in the crockpot and this recipe you let it sit over night. So only morning will tell how it turns out...


I am going to make home made yogurt tonight for the first time. I am very excited to see how it turns out. Everyone accept my husband likes to eat yogurt, and its fairly healthy for us. I don't get nearly enough dairy. I am also going to make home made granola to go with the yougurt. I have done that before, its sooo yummy. I am trying a new recipe though. I'll post about it and let everyone knows how it turns out. Also I need to post our Halloween costume pictures, the kids were so cute. It was fun. Later though... I need to get some things done right now...
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