Sunday, December 29, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Your hard may look like paradise to me, but truth is...
Life is hard.
Our "hard" looks different from each other. But hard is relative.
This Christmas season, usually my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE time of the year, I've not been "myself".
I've been dragged town physically with this stupid hand.
I've put on 15 pounds this year that has completely depressed me.
I took on one of the BIGGEST roles to date with homeschooling my 3 children.
Chris's schedule has been more intense, keeping him away more than either of us would like.
My mom has been sick with this heart condition that we are still just WAITING around before we can move forward with surgery and on to the Pulmonary issues.
Our household has lost 3 streaming income sources and our expenses have gone up.
Did I mention Homeschooling?
It all just seems so hard.
My mood is gloomy. My energy levels are down. I'm overwhelmed. I'm human.
Life is hard.
I was reminded this weekend while volunteering at our local Orange Santa Food/Toy drive, that it's hard for EVERYONE! Well, at some level or another, it's hard. My main duty on Saturday for the 2 hours I was there was to smile, greet the families and give them a little bit of hope with my positive energy. This is WAY different from the role I had in the past with Orange Santa. (it was wonderful!!!) But this year, I was called to look the moms in the eye and hope they felt my heart when I wished them Merry Christmas.
My friends, new and old have given me hope this past weekend.
My sisters (Beni and Ruth) have listened and loved on me during one of the hardest seasons in my life.
I am always the "leader", the "fearless", "can do anything" girl.
But I've been knocked to my knees and what better time than during this season???
The season of Hope!
I'm putting this out there to remind me as I move forward TODAY, that each day is a gift. Life is supposed to be hard, it's finding the beauty along the way that makes it all worth it!
So, I said to the kids, "Pack up the school books".....we are on VACATION for the month!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This mama needs it!
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Tonight we start our Advent Calendar and Jesse Tree! While I LOVE having fun with the *magic* of Christmas, it's also important to focus on the reason for the season!!!
Have fun this month my friends!!! Lower your expectations just a tad so you can kick back and enjoy it all!!!! I know I am!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Sorry this is a day late and no graphics, lol.....I'm blogging while at swim with Christopher!! Hoping I get this cast off tomorrow morning so my life can get back to normal!!!
Mon: Meatloaf, baked potatoes, asparagus
Tues: Hot dogs, fries and carrot sticks
Wed: Greek salad with chicken
Thur: Thanksgiving at my in-laws.
Fri: Homemade pizza night
Saturday: White chicken chili
Sunday: Linguine and clam sauce
Monday, November 18, 2013
- Monday: Pan fried Pork Chops, rice and veggies
- Tuesday: Meatball Subs with leftover Sunday Sauce and pasta ~ Sofia's pick
- Wednesday: Taquito Enchiladas (double batch-freeze one!)
- Thursday: Quinoa, veggie platter, Cheese,crackers and fruit salad
- Friday: Burgers and nachos ~ Christopher's pick
- Saturday: Homemade Chicken Tenders and steak fries ~ Anna's pick
- Sunday: Fettuccini Alfredo
Lunches.....kids choice all week! Mama's off again, LMAO!
Monday, November 11, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Chris made a couple trays of ziti for the freezer and I still have a couple of crockpot meals in there too, THANK GOD!! My friend Heidi dropped off dinner last night so between Halloween (Mummy Dogs for dinner) and Selena Gomez concert Friday night (staying in San Antonio for the night, YIPPEE!!!) I have NO PLANNING to do...YAY!!!
I'm trying VERY hard to keep a good attitude but I really feel like this on the inside!!!!
|Only I could trip over my own two feet right at the END of my run and am STUCK like this for SIX weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!|
Carry on little warrior, carry on....
Monday, October 14, 2013
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
|My DREAM come true!|
We celebrated thanks to my sister in law and brother in law watching the kids on Saturday, and Chris's Marriott points!!!! We went to what was THE most GORGEOUS resort we've been to so far (well, besides our honeymoon!) J.W. Marriott in San Antonio! Dinner, coffee, snacks, a relaxing go around the lazy river over and over WITHOUT kids!!!! I even snuck in a nap by the pool!!! The gorgeous weather held out for us, cold front came in that evening while we were having coffee! It was PERFECT!!!!!!!!
Monday, October 7, 2013
Yep, this was me yesterday.....NO CLUE what to put on the menu this week!! I am *trying* to cut back on those carbs, increase my veggies and just say NO to the extra sugars! LOL We are also studying Mexico this week so I wanted to tie that in with lunches and/or dinners too. Those that know me know I do NOT really like Mexican food. I know, pick your jaw up from the ground, everyone in Texas seems like they love Mexican. NO, I'm NOT a Chuy's fan either....gasp....I could take it or leave it! HA!
I am trying to build up my freezer meals over the next couple of weeks and am bringing a meal to a family on Friday so I'm going to be making a triple batch of that one for sure! It's late, I'm tired so here you go....
Monday: Turkey Meatloaf, pasta & beans, green bean salad (cold with garlic, O&V, my fave!)
Tuesday: Pizza at Sam's Club since we are going right after swim and will be there during dinner time!
Wednesday: Tacos (taco salad for me!)
Thursday: Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken from freezer
Friday: Chicken Alfredo Bake (x3, eat one, give one, freeze one!)
Saturday: Split Pea Soup, homemade bread
I let the kids pick the lunch each day...here is what they have to choose from, always with carrots, cucumbers, celery sticks or salad w/ranch:
Muffin Tins, their choice (usually has a hard boiled egg, veggies, salty and sweet treat
Homemade Mac n Cheese
Have a GREAT week!!!
Friday, October 4, 2013
The last three weeks of school have been great! Well, let me rephrase that, with the meltdowns and "real life" stuff, we've had an AWESOME few weeks! This is not an easy journey but fulfilling in ways words cannot describe! We explored all the continents and oceans in Geography, moving right on to memorizing all 50 states! The kids learned about different types of maps, all about the globe, animals all over the world and just SOAKED UP everything we learned about the US! I am AMAZED at my little Geography nerds....LOVE it!
I'm really enjoying teaching My Father's World ECC and they are having a blast learning! I supplement alot with FUN activities and skip over some of the stuff that I know won't interest them. The JOY of homeschooling!
We've hit some bumps in math with Christopher but we are trying out something different for the next couple of weeks....we'll see how it works! Seeing him super frustrated to the point of wanting to cry is NOT cool! I am researching, seeking advice from fellow HS moms and teacher friends too! THIS is my job!! I fall more and more in love with it as time goes on!!
Here are some pics of the past few weeks...
|After finishing our first week of studying the continents and oceans, we baked a world cake!|
|This was a surprise I came downstairs to one morning!|
|First Day of Fall.....crafts, pumpkin muffins and FALL books!|
|Nature Journals ready for some exploring!|
|Celebrating the First Day of October! Pumpkin English muffins for breakfast!|
|Candy Corn Math Drills|
|First Day of October fun!|
|Scarecrow Multiplication Drills|
|She still LOVES to work with flour!|
|Yay for October!|
|FUN U.S. Puzzle!|
|Finished our United States Study with cooking from our US Cookbook for Kids!|
|Adrianna made the pumpkin cake for us! LOVE my little baker!|
Does it get ANY better than this????!!!! Moving on to studying MEXICO next week! So excited!!!
Monday, September 30, 2013
Yay for Mondays! My goal is to spend under $150 for groceries this week so I'm doing the best to economize the menu! Here goes nothing....
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
With all the stuff we've been going through with my mom, it's been a whirlwind month and I'm SO thankful for the dinners and freezer meals we received! It is now time to get back on track and try to do some freezer cooking too! I know it's a day late, but here we go....