Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
This weekend was a very sad weekend. We attended a funeral out of state for my husband's step-grandpa. I didn't know him very well, but from the ceremony he seemed like a very loved husband/dad/grandpa/boss/man. He lost a battle from prostate cancer that he battled for four years. Cancer is just a horrible thing... which I am sure that everyone can agree on. Yet people take their life for granted everyday, I know I find myself in a rut sometimes thinking how unlucky I am or how tired I am or how I just want to sit down. This is the time I should set down and think about how short life is... and how much your mood/viewpoint affects the people around you.
Sadly I seem to have a problem remembering this... I am going to make a point to better myself on this every day.
The funeral also made me think of the missing people in my life... It makes you realize that with life being so short the people that are in your life are so important. But it also makes you think of the people that should be there for you that choose not to be. Sad really... I am sure there are a lot of people in the same boat as me. But my dad chooses to not be around... he choose to not be in our life years ago... and he sadly probably has no idea he has two beautiful grandchildren. My dad is the type of dad that wanted me there when it was convenient for him, not because he wanted to be a good dad or cared.
This funeral made me think, not only is my dad missing out on watching his child and his grandchildren grow, his funeral will be void of the most important people in his life (his only child and his grandchildren)... the ones that carry on his legacy as a person the most.
So I re-learned some important facts this weekend... enjoy the things you have... celebrate your family...enjoy your family... and make sure that your life is a great one.. because they are short.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
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Sunday, October 27, 2013
So this recipe is SUPER YUMMY!! Totally loaded with many calories and yummy ingredients. If your eating clean or healthy or just trying to watch your calories ignore this!!! :) We were given this yummy recipe from a friend of ours many years ago... I even ate this the night I went into labor with my now three year old. He must not have liked the hotness of it :) Labor started at three AM following this for dinner. Yes...we eat this for dinner. It's that good and bad for you... That we don't eat anything else.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Making learning fun for a toddler who has a short attention span is not easy. Then of course they learn all the time... Even if they are not doing a "learning activity." I have found many things online and things on Pinterest that are awesome ideas.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
Forneris Farms - Mission Hills
Anderson Farms - Erie
Flat Acres Farm - Parker
Fritzler Maze - La Salle
Sunflower Farm - Longmont
Mile High Farms - Bennett
Wishing Star Farm - Calhan
Harvest Farm - Wellington
Devine Acres Farm - Devine
Fiesta Farm - San Antonio
Yesterland Farm - Canton
South Texas Maize - Hondo
Dewberry Farm - Brookshire
Brazos Valley Maize- Brenham
CM Farms - Dry Creek
Lane Southern Orchards - Fort Valley
Poppell Farms - Odum
FloridaHarvestmoon Farm- Masaryktown FL
Farmer Charley's Corn Maze Adventure - Monroe
Amazing Fall Fun - Waterloo
Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch - Lowell
Hobson's Fun Farm - Rockville
Guffey Acres- Kokomo
All Seasons Orchard - Woodstock
Kuipers Family Farm - Maple Park
Odyssey Fun Farm - Tinley Park
Siegel's Cottonwood Farm - Lockport
Summers Farm - Fredrick County
Sauchuk Farm - Plympton
KC Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze - Gardner
Shuck's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch - Pleasant Hill
Seward Farms Maze - Lucedale
Afton Apple Orchard - Hastings
The Maize at Grandpa's Farm - Billings
Camp Fontanelle - Nickerson
VonThun Farms - Monmouth Junction
Sahl's Father Son Farm - Egg Harbor City
Wright Family Farm - Warwick
Harbes Family Farm - Mattituck
Patterson Farm Market and Tours - Mount Ulla
The Corn Maze at the Sharp Run Market - Millersburg
Meadow View Growers - New Carlisle
The Maize at The Pumpkin Patch- Portland
Confreda Greenhouses & Farms - Hope (Western Cranston)
Cows-N-Corn - Midland
Wayside Farm Fun - Berryville
Belvedere Plantation - Fredericksburg
Cornbelly's Corn Maze & Pumpkin Fest - Spanish Fork
Monday, September 23, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
But I feel that new mommies should know about these things...as I was not prepared, and had I been prepared I would have been better equipped for it (at least I think).
With my second baby the darkness fear did not seem as bad, I didn't cry every time the sun went down, but the first night I had anxiety because of having my little bitty newborn and my three year old to take care of. I did get over that pretty quickly when I had to wake up my little newborn to eat. Aaaawww the life.
Here are some things that you should be prepared for (beware these are gruesome and gross):
1) After birth contractions during breastfeeding -- yes you will feel like you are still having contractions after having your baby while you breast feed. That's the good thing about breast feeding, it will help your uterus go back to normal quickly... but the bad part is it will hurt. I made sure to take my Ibuprofen as much as I could so that it would help with the contractions. After a week or so it decreases but sometimes still hurts.
2) Post baby body -- when you leave the hospital you will feel so skinny... because you don't have a big baby in your belly. Alas, when you try to put on your pre-baby clothes you will not fit them. It will take awhile for you to be able to fit back into your clothes. If your anything like me... it will take FOREVER!!! Some skinny girls can fit back into their clothes in no time... but let's be honest. How many of us are skinny girls? HA!
3) Bleeding -- will go away and come back for six weeks or more... seriously it's horrible. But you must know these things... that way your not surprised. So be prepared by having the proper supplies on hand. Also another thing that will be helpful while you are recovering... I don't know about most people but I worried about bleeding all over my nice pretty mattress while I was passed out asleep (the little time I do get to pass out) so I used my three year old's GoodNites Disposable Bed Mats so that way if I did have an 'accident' it wouldn't ruin my mattress. I love products that serve double duty!!
4) Hormone changes -- you are going to feel like a crazy person. Reading the story "Love You Forever" to my three year old makes me tear up... (seriously WTF?) Hormones people... hormones. They are freaking crazy!!! Just prepare yourself that you will feel like a crazy person for a while (if not until they grow up).
Monday, September 16, 2013
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Doritos Casserole is my favorite.... oh me... oh my... it is so YUMMY!! And so easy to make it's insane! You MUST try this, because you will love it like I do! Now granted it's probably not healthy and loaded in calories, but it is so delicious you will not care!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
- Writing - Practice writing letters, child's name,
- Letter Recognition - Help your child recognize letters
- Beginning Sounds - Help your child recognize sounds that each letter makes.
- Number Recognition and Counting - Show your child numbers and discuss, and count things during the day (crackers, trucks, toys, or in our case stairs in our house).
- Shapes and colors - Help your child recognize different colors and shapes.
- Fine Motor Skills - Let your child practice writing or coloring to strengthen their fine motor skills, let them play with small objects so they can practice their hand/eye coordination.
- Cutting - Get a good pair of child safe scissors and let them practice cutting.
- Attention and Following Directions - (HAHA) Read stories, give your child 2 or 3 step directions, play Simon Says.
- Social Skills - Let your child interact with other children during a play group or during a social group setting.
Today we went over matching cards.... these are just some cheap matching cards form the Dollar Store. He enjoys playing with these even though he may not actually know what they say, at least it is something educational he is playing with.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Not to mention the questions that come from a three year old about breast feeding... "What's that mommy?" "That's milk for baby sister???" Knowing that at some point that is going to come out embarrassingly at a store or somewhere where you cannot control the situation.
Here are a few things though that I think every mom should either have on the ready before baby (to make it easier when baby comes) or just to know about....
1) Newborn diapers - Okay like duh... who doesn't have these already?? But... seriously... I had some that were given to me at baby showers but I nowhere had enough for the time that I needed them. So off to the store the hubby goes when baby is two weeks old because she has pooped SO MUCH that we have went through the few packages we had. Let me tell you newborn diapers are not cheap either!! But babies poop or pee all the time... I think she poops after every feeding... so that's at least 10 diapers a day. Was NOT prepared for that.
2) Poop - if you already have children you may remember what their poop looks like as a newborn, if you haven't you need to research it!! Do it before baby is born!! If you already have children and have forgotten what it looks like then google it... NOW! There is so little time to be researching things when you have a newborn, a toddler, and bottles/laundry to do. So do it before baby comes! Trust me! Of course there is the meconium... but what about the yellow seedy poop that comes with breastfeeding? Or the green poop that comes with formula? Are you prepared to change that first breastfeeding diaper and not freak out by the contents?? Prepared makes for an easier minded momma, and that way you can tell dad that what the contents of that diaper are... are completely normal.