Saturday, April 16, 2011

LENS Photo Challenge

For a few weeks now I have been checking out the photos over on Home Is Where You Start From. Jenny holds a weekly photo challenge giving us a specific idea to work with, this weeks challenge idea is "this moment".

Since the great computer crash of 2011 a while back I have been eager to get some more photos so I can participate, and this one just happened to be captured during Children's Moment last Sunday at church. I adore this picture, not to mention the two little angels in it.

That's Matthew, he's one of Baby Big Girl's best buddies. Now, usually these two are wild, and crazy, running around like mad, and generally creating mischief, here's a side that his mommy and I know is there, but the rest of the world rarely gets to see...

Such a sweetie, he was showing her how to hold her hands and pray.

A to Z Blogging Challenge - N

N is for...
Not enough time!
I know I'm not the only mommy out there that thinks that there is simply not enough time in the day, but seriously give me a break! I need some sleep, there is a mountain of laundry to do, the house is filthy, the yard needs cleaned up and I would LOVE to get some crafting time in. Oh, and I have a bazillion papers to grade. UGH! Alright, so I could just sit and whine about what I have to do, or I could try to come up with some sort of list (I like those!) that would totally make it better. So I suppppose I should start off with getting the heck off here, but hey whatever. {{wink}}

Thursday, April 14, 2011

A to Z Blogging Challenge - R

R is for...

remembering that I have come a long way since the first one....and learned a lot the hard way! :)

A to Z Blogging Challenge - S

S is for...


Sweet hearts.



Smiling little girls.

Simple pleasures.

A to Z Blogging Challenge - Q

Q is for...

QUIET Q-T pies resting peacefully. Quietly reading books without interuption. Quickly cleaning the house so I can blog.

A to Z Blogging Challenge - P

P is for...

Priceless memories made by the littlest princess.

A to Z Blogging Challenge - O

O is for...

oooooing and ahhhinnnng toys and prizes.....

A to Z Blogging Challenge - T

T is for...

Thanking all of the men and women and their families for their great sacrifices. They are the reason that my children can run free, without worry in the park. They are the reason that I sleep soundly at night, without care from waking to a violent life. They are the ones that have selflessly offered to defend our country through thick and thin. To give up their comforts and place themselves on the line. For all of that and so much more, we


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A to Z Blogging Challenge - M

M is for...

So today I thought I would share one of my very favorite blogs. Charlene, of My Frugal Adventures, is one of the nicest people I've "met". Every week she spends hours scouring the ads to make sure that her couponing buddies (that's us!) get the best deals possible. Top that off with the fact that she's got two adorable little girls, and a husband - AND she actually makes dinner every night! Now the fact that she makes a delicious dinner nightly is enough to make me wanna have her adopt me! ::wink:: If you ever wanted to know what all the fuss was about in couponing, Charlene can surely explain it to ya! :) For the record, I just thought it would be nice to share one of my favorite sites with some people outside of the grocery store line. I don't personally know Charlene, nor did she ask me to do this, I just think she rocks!

A to Z Blogging Challenge - L

L is for...

List Making

Those that know me best, know that I'm a compulsive list maker. Seriously I have to make them or I'll go a little insane. I don't know what it is about that little slip of paper, but it offers such a sense of control in our otherwise chaotic life of raising five girls.

Wordless Wednesday

Baby Big Girl singing Zacchaeus during the Talent Show at Our Little White Church.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A - Z blogging challenge - I

I is for...

I have a sort of unnatural obession with ice. It doesn't matter how cold it is you will find ice in our house. I got to our corner AmPm gas station to get a fountain drink there just because they have great ice.
CRUNCH........CRUNCH...........CRUNCH! I've always been obsessed with ice, and it's not looking like that's going to change anytime soon. Good thing The Boy doesn't mind, because I've got the girls hooked too.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Five Question Friday

Linking up for Five Question Friday over at My Little Life

1. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? Losing the need to sleep would be nice, but since I don't see that in the near future I suppose I would like to be able to maintain a sense of order and cleanliness in this house of mine without having to scream like I'm an escaped patient from the local nut house. Ehhhh, that's not likely either. Blah! 2. Write about a time when you got lost. LOL! Just one? I'm constantly getting lost. The Boy is commonly known as MapQuest since he has a near perfect sense of direction. Me, not so much. I get lost everywhere all the freaking time! 3. Camping or 5 star hotel? Both! I love camping, I would love it more if someone else did the cooking, setting up and cleaning up. I love hotels because they are so nice and quiet, The Boy and I can actually sit and have a conversation in quiet sans interruptions. We have been known to sneak off to a hotel for the weekend before just because we need some time alone. 4. Have you donated blood? Nope, they don't want it. Something about always being pregnant, nursing and iron low. Hmmm, at least I've eliminated the first two now. Perhaps I can in the future. 5. Do you have a budget or do you 'fly by' most months? We have a budget, we even have a account. It emails us to let us know when we are getting close to going over budget in any area, and I promptly delete those emails and continue on. I coupon, I bargain shop and I try but dang it gas here has gone up 20 cents in 2 weeks!

A - Z blogging challenge - C

C is for...

Church families

Our little white church is full of wonderful people that make us feel like we all belong together. At our annual town hall meeting last month we discussed why we thought that people came to Cottage Way and how we could continue to grow as a Christ based community. Every single person there said that they felt like family when they entered through the doors. People went out of their way to make them feel welcomed and more importantly wanted. They learned each others names greeting every new person with caring, and compassion. They want to know about your lives, your families, your needs. They want to pray for you and with you for both the joyful and concerning moments in your life.

A - Z blogging challenge - B

B is for...


As in we have only one! The Boy aka Daddy is the only male, aside from the cats, that we have and he's treated as such. He's on a constant guard from glittery, feathery, girly stuff that sticks to anything it touches like glue.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A - Z blogging challenge - K

K is for...


We are a house full of kids, and at times it's crazy, insane, absolutely wild here. Seriously this morning alone I had to remind Spunky Girl that it's not okay to walk outside naked. That most people don't wear pajamas all day and please don't stand on the counter.

Nanners is learning to cook. Pancakes seemed to be quite easy to start with and she has just about mastered it. This morning she melted a whole in the only measuring cup that we have left. I suppose it's not really a learning experience unless something starts on fire, lol.

Baby Big Girl thought that cupcakes would be the perfect breakfast. 8 of them to be exact. While I personally agree with her (and secretly stuffed 2 in my mouth when she wasn't looking) the Mommy in me had to tell those big hazel eyes that she couldn't have them. Don't worry though she was quickly distracted by the pretty new shirt Mommy bought her.

Did I mention that all this happened before 9am? No freaking wonder I'm exhausted by bed time!

A - Z blogging challenge - J

J is for...
Just mind your own business!
Sometimes in life you might come across some good hearted, even annoying soul that insist to you that they know just exactly how to raise your children. Yep, you read that right, your children. Now when these types of things happened five or ten years ago, I promptly went into hyper-defensive mode loudly declaring that I knew what was best for my child and I wouldn't take other people's advice into consideration, especially that of someone who clearly was just trying to make my life hard. Fast forward a few kids, and many days, I'm now more likely to respectfully remind you that they are my children, and after a discussion with their Dad I may or may not take what you are advising into consideration. Here's when things get ugly though. DON'T EVER assume that it's okay to snatch a toy from my child. DON'T EVER assume that I don't see what your doing. DON'T EVER assume that your opinion will even be tolerated, let alone respectfully so after I witness you snatching the toy from my child's tiny little hand, and then topping it off with a heaping spoonful of "SHHHHHHHHH, BE Quiet!". Now I understand that you're older. I understand that you obviously have the opinion that children should be seen and not heard. Here are a few things I need you to understand: I am their mother. You are not their mother, grandmother, friend or anything of that matter. It's not okay to correct my child when their Dad and I are clearly sitting within arms reach. It's not okay to EVER snatch something from the tiny hand of my child. And for the record I would like you to

A - Z blogging challenge - H

H is for...

Harvesting plants

Hopefully we will be doing that in a few short months. This weekend we will be planting tomatoes, jalapenos, strawberries, zucchinis, cucumbers and maybe some watermelon. Last year we grew pumpkins, jalapenos, and tomatoes with decent success. We're hoping that this year we are able to have even more success, especially if we can keep the little ones from picking the plants before they're ready.

A - Z blogging challenge - G

G is for...
Godly Girls
As parents of girls we are in a constant fight to not only keep our girls safe from general harm, but safe from the constant barrage of things that are telling them they need to be sexy, or they need to wear make up to make themselves pretty. They have to dress a certain way in order to have friends or for that matter that they have to have a boyfriend period. I for one get sick and tired of seeing the ridiculous media images that people seem to have found alright floating around the world. The scantily clad models, many of whom I'm old enough to be their mother, in push up bras and pants that say "sexy" across the backside. Have you ever had the experience of taking a tall 11 year old shopping for a swimming suit. It's awful! We end up having to buy her a racing suit for a swim team, which while they are fine looking, when she just wants one in her favorite color and she deals with wearing black every. single. year. it's tough to keep your chin up about it. We have rules at our house regarding clothes for our girls, some of which include no spaghetti strap tank tops or dresses (unless they have a shirt under), no halter tops, if you lift your arms and I can see your belly then it's too short. Of course there are more, but off the top of my head these come to mind. We always check our girls clothes before they are allowed to leave. Spunky Girl is well known for wearing mismatched clothing and her own crazy style shining through brightly, but at least I know she's all covered up. Perfect example that you can be beautiful and stylish without succumbing to the latest "sexy" clothing craze.

A - Z blogging challenge - F

F is for...
There are all sorts of great free family friendly activities around us and the girls happily participate in many of them. Some of our favorites are below. Here in Sacramento we have a awesome woman that runs a blog called Sacramento Sidetracks. She posts tons of great resources for families. Many of those are free. It's amazing what's out there to do, you just gotta look! Nanner's building a butterfly hut at a Home Depot Kids Build It Workshop. In our area they have them the first Saturday morning of the month from 9am till noon. The kids love it! Baby Big Girl showing off her fabulous orange Home Depot apron. Here the girls are learning how they used to scrub clothes in the old West. We went to Gold Rush Days in Old Sacramento. They panned for gold, talked to old cowboys, and even took a trip through the old dentist and doctor "office". Let's just say that I'm happy medicine has come this far!

A - Z blogging challenge - E

E is for...

Extra Eager Egghunters!

Baby Big Girl in 2009

The Boy and Baby Big Girl

The View from the end of the hunting area! I had to run right after this picture was snapped. Those kids are SERIOUS about hunting their eggs!

A - Z blogging challenge - D

D is for...

demanding daily duties

Okay I know that I'm not the only parent out there that thinks that this whole daily list of things to do is getting out of control. I am seriously looking to simplify my life.

Winning the lottery sounds like it would simplify things. I mean think about it I would hire help to cook and clean the house. On top of that we would purchase a home that is a smidgen larger than then current 955 square feet that we are holed up in, which would give everyone more space. Sounds like a plan to me!

Now I just have to get over that whole throwing away money thing that I think the lottery is. Oh well, I guess for now I'm stuck with my demanding daily duties of cooking, cleaning, schooling, chauffeuring and attempting to shower in between.

A - Z Challenge for April - A

A is for:


For the most part I try to keep a pretty optimistic, upbeat attitude, but man o' man Beanie has developed a special skill of sending me through the roof with one little smart mouth quip from her. Whoa there missy! I don't know who exactly replaced my sweet little girl with this awful teenaged mutant but BRING MY GOOD KID BACK!

No, seriously she's pretty good most of the time. She definitely has her days though. The worst part I realized is that I'm just now starting the beginning of my way too long journey through the teen years. We kick off in 2011 with Beanie and we wrap up in 2027 with Baby Big Girl turning 19. Oh man, that's scary to even write. Wish me luck!

31 Day Photo and Post Challenge - Day 28

Day 28 if someone gave you $1000.00 to spend on YOURSELF what would you buy?

Ohhhh, first off I would probably have to be reminded several times that I wasn't supposed to be shopping for other people since I tend to start off looking for myself but end up buying for other people.

Once that was over I'm off to buy some fabulous goodies like these:

Canon Lenses - is it bad that I really just kinda want to start collecting them? A wall of fun colored Converse. I love them. Truly. Madly. Deeply. My kids all hate them. It really makes me a little sad. Running shoes - yes I want to take up running, in addition to all the running I do after the girls. I figure it's easy, and since I already own a jogging stroller why not? Besides I hear it's great exercise ::wink:: Last but not least I would promptly order myself a Silhouette cutting machine. I neeeeed one of these, bad. Seriously I have all kinds of fabulous plans for this little lady. I will have one, soon! Oh and since I'm such a crazy bargain shopper I'm going to snag a couple cute outfits and some kind of summer footwear that isn't a flip flop.

31 Day Photo and Post Challenge - Day 27

image from Day 27 - my favorite meals & recipes Well since I really don't enjoy cooking all that much, I'd have to say that something I can quickly pull together is my favorite. My family loves tortilla soup, and I scored a quick and crazy easy receipe off I jazzed it up to my families liking and of course like most things I had to double the size so it fed all of us. The best part is that I pre cook my chicken and freeze it so I can whip this together in 5 minutes, which is great for those last minute dinners. 2 cans pinquito beans 2 cans black beans 2 cans small red beans 1 can pinto beans 1 24 oz container of chicken broth 1 can of cream of chicken soup 2 cans of diced tomatoes with chiles 2 cans of whole cut corn 4 chicken breast, shredded and cooked 1 bag of tortilla chips shredded cheese sour cream 1. drain and rinse all your beans 2. pour in chicken broth and cream of chicken soup and mix well 3. start dumping in your beans, tomatoes, corn and whatever other veggies you like (the kids don't eat bell peppers, but when it's just The Boy and I we add them) 4. add chicken and mix together 5. heat until warm 6. put tortilla chips in bowl, and laddle soup over the top 7. garnish with cheese, sour cream and whatever else you like (The Boy and I add salsa and jalepenos to ours) Easy peasy!

31 Day Photo and Post Challenge - Day 26

Day 26 - the best gift you’ve ever received

Aside from my family, of course, I would say the best gift I ever received would have to have been my Canon 50D. I cried, my brother made fun of me and I didn't even care. I wanted it for so long and I finally got it. Of course now I want some of the fun "toys" that go with it. It's awesome being able to grab my camera anytime I want to capture the kids latest cute face or their most recent sidewalk chalk masterpiece.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

31 Day Photo and Post Challenge - Day 25

Day 25 - Something you're looking forward to

Right now the thing I'm looking forward to the most is summer. For a homeschool family it means time to plan and relax. Camping trips, dripping ice cream cones and lazy days at the splash park are coming and I can hardly wait! The girls love the change of pace they get and I love that I don't have to worry about everything quite as much at least. :)

Friday, April 1, 2011

31 Day Photo and Post Challenge - Day 24

Day 24 - Your favorite book or author

While I read a ton of books, I don't have a favorite author. I read a variety of different styles and for me there are just too many great authors out there to single out one person.