Friday, September 22, 2017

Learning To Crawl

Ok I think I've got this whole crawling thing figured out. 

I just get up on my hands and knees.

And then I kind of rock back and forth.

And I keep rocking.....

I feel like I've crawled really far!

Wait a second, I'm not going anywhere.

Mommy why aren't you helping me?!

 I give up.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Turn Back To Praise

I received this book in the mail today, written by our very own pastor! (I read his first book and wrote about my own experience with panic disorder here:

This new book is all about how our thoughts control us and determine who we are. "The Master's Mind shows just how much God wants to strengthen our minds and enable us to rise above the noise that seeks to overwhelm us." Obviously I haven't read the book yet, but I have a feeling it will be great!

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I know how easy it is to let negative thoughts overwhelm us. How we interpret our circumstances can have a huge effect on our mood. Taking care of my family every day can be very rewarding but also very demanding. If I let myself, I could easily begin to see everything as a negative. By tweaking my thoughts just a little bit I can turn anything back into a praise for God. It's like that song "Every blessing you pour out I'll turn back to praise". I've had that song stuck in my head all week!

Jenna spilled peanut butter pretzel crumbs all over the floor that I just cleaned.

Thank you Lord that my children do not have life-threatening peanut allergies.

3 loads of laundry done and the hamper is already full again!

Thank you Lord that we have the means to fill our closets with clothes.

I hate cleaning behind the toilet!

Thank you Lord that I am physically able to get on my hands and knees to clean for my family.

This summer was TOO hot!

Thank you Lord for the comfort of air conditioning inside, and the benefits of Vitamin D outside.

Our house is so loud I'm going to go deaf.

Thank you Lord that my children are healthy and full of energy.

These are just very small examples. But I bet if we practice this way of thinking with the small things, it will eventually become a habit and spill over into the big things.

I'll let you know how the book is!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Day In The Life 9/13/17

6am: My alarm goes off and wakes up Andrew. I nurse him back to sleep while I think about what a rough night it was. Jenna woke up scared and spent a couple hours tossing and turning in our bed. Lucas was coughing a lot and I was worried about him. And Andrew was up about every 30 minutes. I need Adam to build the crib ASAP!

6:15: Andrew is back asleep so I creep out of bed and throw on some workout clothes. Adam has already left for work in the Bay Area and the kids are asleep, so I start my workout.
After about 15 minutes I have to stop and wake up the boys. Then I finish packing Lucas' lunch. Today he gets an applesauce pouch, yogurt tube, triscuits, and 3 mini homemade carrot applesauce muffins.

7:05 - The boys still haven't come downstairs. I go up to investigate and find them playing in their pajamas.
7:15 - I finally drag the boys downstairs. I found some organic Annie's poptarts at Grocery Outlet and bought them for fun. My kids have never had poptarts but at this point, I'm happy whenever they try something new, even if it isn't super healthy. The boys both took a bite. Lucas liked it and Ryan gave it a sideways thumb. Neither boy ate more than 1 bite.
 Luckily Jenna is a little garbage disposal and she will often eat their leftovers!
Andrew woke up just before my Dad arrived to take the boys to school. Now that my parents live up here he helps out with school drop off and pick up, and it is such a big help,
8:00 - I eat a quick breakfast of cottage cheese and fresh pineapple. Then I do the last 10 minutes of my leg workout. Next I let Jenna watch Paw Patrol while I head upstairs with Andrew. I nurse him, change him, and then start on cleaning the bedrooms. I start on the master bedroom, then pick up Jenna's room, the boys' room, and the playroom. I'm not doing a super deep cleaning, but just making beds and picking stuff up off the floors. Between the rooms I discover 6 dirty sippy cups and 2 bowls. Andrew sits and watches.
9:00 - My legs are SO sore from Monday's workout, and today's only made it worse. I decide a little walk might help, so I put Jenna and Andrew in the double stroller. I discover a pair of baby shoes that Jenna picked up at Marshall's last week. I didn't realize she put them in the stroller and caused us to steal them. Oops! Guess we'll be making a trip back to Marshall's. They're pretty cute but I'm not paying $30 for baby shoes!
Our walk is nice and leisurely today. I chat with out neighbors and they offer me a free push tricycle! We see Lucas out on his playground at recess. I love being close enough to spy on my boys like this. Looks like his friend is doing all the hard work while Lucas sits in the back wagon!
10:00 - Back at home I put Andrew is his swing for a nap. I get to work on the dishes and picking up toys downstairs. I made cheezit dough the night before, so I roll it out and put it in the oven. I use this recipe but use whole wheat flour.

10:30 - Andrew is awake and mad! I distract him with some cheerios while I finish up a few things.
11:00 - My sister stops by with her two youngest girls. I take a quick shower while she holds Andrew. The girls do lots of little girl things.
After my shower I apply my new primal pit paste. I've been reading a lot of bad things about normal deodorant so I decided to try this out. So far it works great!
 We pack up lunches for the little girls....
And meet my nephew Josh and niece Samantha for lunch! I am treating Samantha to a birthday lunch and we ended up making it a whole family affair. We go to Zest, a vegan restaurant in Rocklin. I order the Chipotle Tacos and Mint Limeade and it is great!
 A couple hours later the boys come home from school and get a little playtime with the cousins.
3:00 - Everyone leaves and I take Andrew upstairs to nurse him. I let Jenna watch TV while the boys play school games on the computer. A box arrives on my doorstep and I open it up after feeding the baby.
I know, I know...another clothing subscription service! I heard about Trendsend recently from a friend and decided to give it a try. Why? Because there is no styling fee! You are literally charged $1 to have 2-3 complete outfits sent to you. The company is geared towards Moms and there are all sorts of cute Mom quotes on the packaging.
You have 5 days to decide what you are keeping. Like Stitch Fix, you have a prepaid bag to ship everything else back in. Easy peasy!
Here are my 3 outfits. Everything was very much my style, so I'll have to consider the fit and prices to decide if I'm keeping anything.
I throw on one outfit really quickly. Have you ever tried Trendsend?
4:00 - Back downstairs it is time to start homework while Andrew takes a 30-minute nap.
We manage to get through homework with only one thrown object and one broken pencil. Jenna wants ALL my attention at this point but I need to help the boys. She gets really upset.
Next it is time to read the boys' library books. We read this book called Knuffle Bunny and the boys literally make me read this page 10 times. They are cracking up at the weird words!
 5:00 - We spend a little time playing in the backyard. It is nice and breezy!
 Andrew gets his first turn in the swing! He doesn't really like it.
6:00 - Dinnertime! We all have an assortment of leftovers. Jenna and I eat leftover spaghetti and broccoli. Ryan eats a leftover hamburger and kale chips. Lucas eats kale chips. Andrew eats mushy green beans mixed with brown rice.
After dinner Jenna needs a serious bath. This girl does NOT know how to eat spaghetti without making an enormous mess. I get brave (dumb) and let the boys join her. It does not end well. Lucas flips out and drenches our bathroom. I ended up having to lock myself and the other kids in Jenna's room until he calms down.
While all this was happening, Andrew pretty much does this. If I'm not holding him, he is crying. After everyone has on their jammies we read books in Jenna's room. She is really tired and falls asleep easily.
Unfortunately I cannot say the same for the boys. They are nuts. Especially Lucas. I put them in their beds at around 7:45pm but they are way too riled up to sleep. Let's just say there is a lot of yelling and taking away of privileges. I apologize if you walked by our windows last night! Poor Andrew just wants to nurse and go to sleep, but it is impossible with the way the boys are behaving.

8:45 - Hallelujah, Adam is home! I get Andrew to sleep and then head downstairs to clean up dinner, pack lunches, blog, and watch part of Big Brother, in between Andrew's wake-ups. Good Night!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Weighty Wednesday: Middle Ground

Ok. So today's weight loss check-in is kind of going to be a ramble. I'm finding myself in this weird cycle of gaining and losing. This has never been an issue for me before, so I'm kind of frustrated. Does this happen to you?

I do really well for about a week. I eat less and exercise more and overall restrict myself from treats. I lose weight. But then I start feeling a bit deprived. So I let myself have a cheat meal or a cheat day. And I'm hungry so I eat a lot. And then somehow it slips into the next day and I justify in my head that I will begin again tomorrow. Or the next day, or whenever. And in the meantime, I'm eating a lot and gaining back all the weight I just lost. So then the last couple weeks end up being a wash. I'm right back where I was.

I'm trying to settle in to a good middle ground. To me, a middle ground would still be focused on healthy eating, but I wouldn't get too hung up on every single bite. A middle ground would include some chocolate at the end of the day, but it would stop there, rather than leading to a bowl of cereal, some chips, and then more chocolate. A middle ground would be celebrating at parties and going out to eat on occasion, but not letting it become a regular thing. A middle ground would include lots of walks and some good sweaty workouts. But it wouldn't be about waking up at 5am every day, dreading a workout ahead of me.

I'm sure lack of sleep and stress and age all play a factor, but losing the weight this time is just so much harder! Can any of you relate?

Monday, September 11, 2017


I feel the need to brag about my kids a little bit this morning. There are many things that frustrate me about them and many bad behaviors we are working on changing. BUT I have noticed some great things lately that I want to focus on and document. Otherwise I will forget these positive behaviors and only focus on what they're doing wrong!

First up, these boys. They have had some really amazing interactions lately. The other day they were bored and super whiny and wanting to play video games. I didn't give in, and eventually they left me alone and went and played a board game together. Then last week they decided to start a rock collection together. They spent well over an hour searching for rocks in the backyard, without a single fight. I don't know about other kids, but this isn't normal for my boys. For them to do something together without fighting or destructiveness is simply amazing. I let them know how proud I was of them!

This girl just oozes happiness. She is just so easy, and this Mommy sure appreciates her easy girl. She wakes up in the morning and she's happy. I tell her what we're doing for the day and she's always excited about whatever it is. I tell her it's lunchtime and she claps her hands and smiles. I tell her it's time to do laundry or dishes and she asks to help. I just love her happy little disposition!

This little guy is getting to that age where he is literally learning something new every day. It's so fun for me to watch! One day he can't sit up well, and the next he's doing it like a pro. This week he started to imitate waving, and it's as if I can see his brain turning as he's watching us and then doing it himself.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Labor Day 2017

Labor Day began with a game of Life! My big boys recently discovered our board game stash and they actually sat down and played an entire game together. Without fighting. It was wonderful. I can't wait until all our kids are old enough to play together. I'm looking forward to family game nights!
 Andrew hung out and watched his brothers.
We went over to my parents' house to celebrate Labor Day with a BBQ. It's so nice having them close again! Josh and Andrew weren't too sure about each other.
But then this happened 20 minutes later.
 And Jenna wasn't too sure about her cousin Jacob.
 But she adores playing with cousin Lyla!
The kids swam. The weather has been so weird lately. HOT, smokey, humid.....and yesterday it was really overcast. Still plenty hot to swim though.

 The kids wrestled inside.
 While the menfolk sat outside watching the BBQ.
Labor Day ended with Ryan eating one too many burgers and almost throwing up. Just a typical day with my kids!