Thursday, January 22, 2015

Arendelle Royalty visit Elgin

Every Wednesday afternoon at our local library we have Arts & Crafts night. Well, last night was a little bit different. We didn't do any arts or crafts. We sat in a bunch of blue chairs and waited. And waited. And waited. For what? For Royalty...Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, and Kristoff were coming to our library to read the kiddos a story and sing some songs. Since our house has been hit with the flu, sinus infections, and ear infections the boys were really looking forward to attending.

Waiting so patiently
They arrived
There were so many little girls all dressed up like Elsa
The boys both said that they weren't a prince,
they were ice harvestors like Kristoff
"Do you wanna build a snowman?"
And of course..."Let It Go"

It was super fun and in only an hour the boys had an amazingly fun time and talked about it the rest of the evening while I made dinner, bathed them, got them dressed for bed. Pretty sure they dreamed about it too.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

New Recipe Book

I'm a hoarder. I hoard recipes like it's nobody's business. I clip them from magazines, newspapers, websites, etc. Before I had a scanner I kept them all in a photo album. Once I got a scanner I started scanning them into the computer. Well, recently I have had to open up the computer, go to my recipe folder, and hunt for the recipe I was looking for. Especially when it came to our all time favorites. I'm slowly building up this recipe book with our favorites new and old. Some are recipes that my mom grew up on, that she gave to us kids, and now my boys are growing up on them...Banana Bread, Gingersnaps, etc.

So, while running around Pinterest I found a recipe book made from a 5 x 7 binder (which I had on hand along with page protectors).  This recipe book was a wonderful idea, because I had a ton of scrapbook paper on hand to use up. I also knew that this book would only hold our tried and true recipes that were our absolute favorites or recipes handed down.
The cover
 The title page I just put a 1" circle of the scrapbook
paper so that it would be easy to find.
 Then a strip of the paper would be cut and pasted to the edge
of the recipe so you know which section you are looking at
 I will add pictures of the boys helping to make the recipe
or just pictures of the process or after product.

I'm really liking the book and I'm sure it will be around for a long while that the boys will get used to seeing and enjoy looking at for years or even their wives and children when they get older as they want a certain family recipe.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Organizing Bug

I am not sure what happened other than maybe I've been bite by the organizing bug. I've been working on each room in the house and right now I am tackling the kitchen. It is a large, space wise, kitchen, but counter space is practically non existent, so I need to make sure things are very organized. That and it just makes life so much easier to deal with. I can grab things easier instead of them all being stacked on top of each other.

At the back of the kitchen is a wall of cupboards and a small bar. Inside the cupboards was a total it's all cleaned up. Goodwill is going to have so much fun because I've had some glasses stashed away for probably our entire marriage and finally just figured to let them go...we've never even used them. I can't wait to do some cooking and baking in my newly organized kitchen. I'd love to have Raul build me a new bookcase for my cookbooks and tupperware stuff. Right now it's in a really flimsy, blah looking cubby type of shelves.

Then the cupboard by the stove holds my pots and mixing bowls. This is my hard part because the bowls get all jumbled so I need to be more attentive to putting them away correctly.
The other side of the stove has another cupboard that holds the pans and baking dishes. This side wasn't too bad, but I like the change.

Above the stove is cake pans, pie pans, and the weight (which I use to measure out meat that we buy in bulk into one pound bunches).

Everything is coming together. I hope to get to paint some time this winter...maybe while it's winter break and we have nothing else going on. I would love to do something awesome in the boys room or their playroom, but those will have to wait until Auntie Sissy can come to visit since she is the artist...not me.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sunburn Remedy

A few weeks back I went to a splash park with the boys. I sat under the sun canopy the entire time except for a couple excursions to see what they were doing in the sand or to splash my feet in the water. I wore shorts and a tank top. I didn't think anything of it. When I got back home that night I was horrible sunburned. Lobster red and whoa did it hurt.

I had been raised on the usual Aloe Vera and White Vinegar to help with the sunburn. They never really worked much so I needed to find a new remedy. I started searching around for Essential Oil recipes that would help. Let me tell you something...I found one. Not only did I find worked so amazingly that it will be all that I use on myself or my family from here on out.

1/2 cup Coconut Oil
10 drops of Lavendar Oil
5 drops of Peppermint Oil
Store in a glass container (I used a 4oz canning jar)

Apply to sunburned skin once a day (I applied mine at night before bed).

Within three days I had perfect brown tanned skin and I never peeled. AMAZING!!!

(Picture is from Pinterest...there was not a website to link back to)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

For Me (and my babies)

A month ago I quit my job. I tried very hard to stay upbeat, but it felt as if I were being crushed on all fronts. My boys weren't used to being home with me. I'd lost my desire to plan meals like I did before. When I wanted to leave the house my husband wanted to stay home. I lost contact with a very dear friend, maybe for the best, I haven't wrapped my head around that one yet. But I found myself crying more than I ever should have. I had no desire to do anything. The house was a mess, the yard work non-existent.
All of the sudden the main question I was asked every single day was, "Mommy...Are you happy?" I am still asked that, but not nearly as often. I was on the brink of pretty horrible depression. I tried to find my way out, I tried getting together with other moms, I tried keeping the boys busy, I tried to just give myself one more day. Nothing helped. I didn't even want to talk to my family. I tried to get off the phone as fast as I could and still be polite. In all aspects I wasn't really prepared to be home with my children again. What was I to do?
I laced up my shoes and said "Let's Go!!!" I walked three miles every single day to and from the closest park to our home. The boys would walk or ride the stroller along side. Once I hit the park the boys would take off like little crazy boys and play at the playground. This particular park has a crushed gravel trail surrounding it. I picked up one foot and put it in front of the other and kept going until I was running. I am now on average running nearly an 11 minute mile in only four weeks. My outlook is amazing. I feel happier. I don't cry anymore. My family is happier. My husband even suggested the Austin 1/2 Marathon next Spring as a goal to put in front of me.
I realized I have to do this for me so that I can be the best wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend that I can be. I am currently running three days a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Tuesday and Thursday I still walk three miles and play at the park with my youngest son. I am also doing four 30 day challenges consecutively. I know it sounds like too much, but I am doing those at the park after my run or walk. The best part. Someone I hadn't seen in three weeks told me I look like I have lost weight. No not really, but everything is starting to fit looser, which says something.
I refuse to go back to where I was a couple weeks ago. I refuse to cry my eyes out and feel sick to my stomach over things I can't control or change. I am going to focus on me so that I can focus on them. 

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