Friday, April 11, 2014

Seven. #7. Happy 7th Birthday, K1

SEVEN? SEVEN? OMG- my baby girl is SEVEN!? (sob)
Say it isn't so!
Yep. Yesterday was K1's 7th birthday.
She is so excited to be 7!!
*sniff*
Of course, we made it to Teresa's for our annual birthday dinner and they sang to her. She makes sure the waitstaff KNOWS it's a birthday!!!

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Look at how beautiful she is! (*sigh*)
Every year, I make sure I get a picture of me and my baby, as CLOSE to the 5:03PM delivery time as possible. Ugg, she is so pretty!! (Mama looks so tired! LOL)


My TGIF Laugh for the Day:

Who can tell me WHERE this movie clip came from?

It's my giggle provider on this crazy, hectic AM!



Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: She loves her "Womb" Bear

Remember those? Do they still make them? She discovered this in a bin somewhere and we've been hearing the swishing of a heartbeat all week long!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy HEART day! Is Your Heart Healthy?


Read Brooke Thomas's latest blog entry today, to further learn how to keep YOUR heart healthy! It is so VERY important that YOU stay healthy, as well as your family and children!  Don't let  something bad happening be your wake up call: take the preventative steps TODAY to become a healthier (and happier!) you!




Thursday, February 13, 2014

Post Christmas -but STILL a part of OUR Christmas - up North : 2013

Christmas just wouldn't be the same, without a trip up north to Duluth!  Of course, I went up with my girls the Friday after Christmas, and what a whirlwind visit we had! We cram a lot of activity into a few days with family!
First, getting out of town is near impossible sometimes. It took me half the day just to get myself and the girls packed up (lots of war on behalf of myself and my K1), and then we had a few stops to make, which turned into more time..........


But we finally made it up there. My mom had made my favorite meal: her homemade spaghetti sauce! Kyla had her gluten-free noodles, and we all devoured the food. We set up the two card tables in the basement, and had family dinner down there with my brother, his GF, and Wy-guy. Their dogs, Dio and Layla, were also a part of our fun night. 



Then, the girls could FINALLY rip into the gifts that were staring them in the face. They were overwhelmed and excited to get all their new goods.  Here was a picture I took of them "thanking" their Great-Auntie Jeanne for the craft kits she got them.
And here, Keifer was a wee bit excited to get a new MN Wild Hockey Fleece Pull over! Hee, I love it. 
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My mom, Steph, and myself were enjoying a glass of wine, when my dad broke out the Rum Chata that he had bought to try. Um, YUM. We are fans to that particular yummy treat. By then, I was relaxed! LOL  And yes, K1 and I had on matching Tshirts. (from when she was in utero)
Saturday, it was cold but not TOO cold, so we took the girl to watch their Wy-Guy play in a hockey tourney outside. Ahh, the memories. The neighborhood the outside rink was located in was one I spent A LOT of time in during my college years *cue the songs about memories*
The girls love hockey, but somehow, the HUGE snow banks that were surrounding the rinks were more appealing to them then the actual game itself.  And it was fun for ME, as I ran into an old friend I haven't seen in literally over 10+ years, as he has a son on the same team (and how the heck 10+ years went by, I'll never know....)
We went home for a bit, and then it was my baby brother's birthday (sniff). They had another hockey game after the one we attended, so they were cold and ready for rest. I dressed the girls matching (again!) and we met them and Steph's parents at Sammy's Pizza, for a birthday pizza dinner!
So much fun.
What was NOT so much fun, was walking around the back of my van to let K2 out of her seat, and slipping so fast on the ice, I never even KNEW I was going to fall. I landed on my left thigh, and arm, and all seemed OK, even though my mom was screeching, and I hopped up quickly, as cars were coming in the slippery lot. Ugg. I wasn't hurt. Until the next few days, when my thigh developed a HUGE nasty, black and blue bruise, and my arm felt like someone had taken a hammer and pounded on it (but it didn't bruise outwardly).

Anyhoo, we had a fun dinner, and here are the girls and Wy loving on their Uncle Darren on his birthday. Ahhh, they love him!
But wait! The festivities continued! And yes, the girls got new matching adorable hats from their Nana (which we've had more compliments on and she apparently found at Walgreens! You just never know!)
December is a month that ends in birthdays for us....we we headed on down Sunday afternoon for a later lunch at the Red Slobster.  It was my cousin's birthday that day, and so we went out for MORE food (weight? what weight?).
The kids were enthralled with the live lobster, that we got to learn all about (which was actually very interesting)
Here are the girl cousins lined up for lunch: K2 (with her new Elsa doll), K1 and cousin Aubrie.  
Lunch was fun. But we weren't done (hey, a rhyme). Oh, no. We had movie plans. Off we went...the girls to the movie......Walking With Dinosaurs movie, which really wasn't the greatest, but it did have some good visuals.  Silly goofs. And it was FREEZING cold out, I will tell you. The walk from the van to the movie theater was enough to freeze you!
K2 was very excited to sit next to Wyatt. She later told me, "he's so handsome, Mom". Oh boy!
And K1 gets to sit with cousin Aubrie. And then later, IN my lap, of course! 
We ended the night with a movie and ice cream at home at Nana and Papa's and then we loaded up the next morning for home. To say we load on the adventure is quite an understatement. No wonder the girls love to visit up North!

And that will conclude my holiday wrap-up. I hope and pray you all had a wonderful holiday season; it's hard to believe it's over and soon, Spring will be here (hopefully!)

December in review - 2013

A quick and dirty update of our December, as it's already 2 months gone, and I cannot fathom sitting down and remembering much more than I've already put in here!
It went quick. I always plan on being ahead of myself and ready for shop, make cookies, wrap gifts, etc., and the next thing you know, the month has passed and I wonder what I did the whole time?
Well, we were busy!
Here, Keifer decides to write a note to Santa, asking for an Easy Bake oven (and mentioning she is Santa's best friend!)
She got the oven, and it was used exactly 2 times thus far. 
The letter reads:
"Dear Santa, I want my own Ipod for Christmas, and an easy bake - you're the best -I had a bad day Dec. 21 - you're fan, love you, from your best friend Keifer C - I'm one of your elves"
(hey, at least she's honest!)
One day, the girls dressed alike, even if they are at different schools. It is fun for all involved! SO FAR, they let me do this! *cackle*
We had a fun day in the snow one Saturday afternoon. Mama tries to get out and play with the girls, as I don't want to be the boring, unmemorable mom down the road. I hope my girls enjoy the time I spend with them outside. I may not be the craziest, but I do enjoy sledding with them! Here is a neighbor friend with us, and K1 lying down in the snow. 
Here, K1 took it upon herself to also write a note about Baby Jesus (of course, I got a little choked up reading it)
It reads:
"That's right.  I know why Christmas is called Christmas. Because of Jesus Christ"
For Girl Scouts (Daisy!), we sang carols and walked around a retirement/assisted living home.  The girls and moms did GREAT singing, and Keifer really took her job seriously. You can see her in the above picture, on the front left, half hidden by the sheet music. She has her nose buried in the music, making sure she sang the correct words.
I had some tears. We met an older lady, who uses a walker, and she had the SAME perm my late Grandma had, and the same look to her, and being that Grandma just died last July, and the fact that I haven't been in an older folks' home since then, I got all choked up. I tried to hide it, but the tears fell. I tried to hide it from the other GS people, and K1.  Whew. Who knew!?
Of course, I posted a recap of our Christmas Eve experience already, so there you go for THAT.......

What's in YOUR Pantry (worth swapping out?)





Powerful pantry swap outs. Something we could all benefit from!
These days, our food isn't giving us the same nutrition it did about 40 or more years ago, when we didn't GET SICK as often as our families might, or the food we ate wasn't processed and fast, and nutritionally lacking in value.

I'd added the video of Brooke Thomas, whom I've started following a bit, because it IS important to examine the food we give our families and because OUR family is so highly aware now of anything that is NOT gluten-free, it's second nature to me.  

I can't NOT share good tips, right? I hope to help some of you, if you happen to be looking for some easy ideas of how to slowly incorporate new staples into your pantry.


Watch and then also READ THIS ARTICLE that accompanies the video. It also has a great "staple replacement conversion chart", which people like ME really need to rely on!  Let me know if you think this was helpful!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Why Choose? Why Now?

A quick WHY I do what I do. I started using Shaklee's products 3 years ago. I started with one product, which gradually turned into 2 -3 products, which then made me realize I knew SO many people WHO COULD benefit from the healthy effects ALL their products have to offer. They are unlike any ohter company in the market; they were the "first" multivitamin, the only company that NASA went to for "Astro Ade"; the only company that will send you back research backed by science of HOW their products work. Their stringent testing policies are so tough, I'm assured that nothing toxic will enter any of the products I use. Our "junk" pile is used by other companies.  I could go on and on. But I will share this video of a mom who uses Shaklee, and decided to also Share it with others, like I do.
This month alone, you could make $1255 in bonus money, just by signing up with our $599 pack and then signing up 3 more people at the same level. That is a HUGE profit right off the bat, and I have a team that will hold your hand and help you at every step.  Plus, you get almost a $1000 in Shaklee products, your own personal website for 6 months, and your own discount and training.  It's an amazing feeling to hear someone tell you: "you know what, your products really DO make a difference!"
Check out the special that was extended into March!!!!! You can't go wrong- any purchase that comes to 50PV or more, and you get automatic free membership + a free canister of our 180 Cafe Latte!! That's a heck of a value right off the bat!

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And WHAT does 50PV look like??



Friday, February 07, 2014

Seven years ago TODAY.......

Oh my goodness- I was popping around on this blog on some of my really old posts and came across February 7, 2007.  And HERE IT IS:

holy CATS what a belly I had- I got SO BIG with Keifer!
This was 7 years ago- and it partly feels like it was just yesterday, but it also seems like a lifetime ago, at how unexperienced, nervous, and large I felt!

CLICK on the link to see just HOW big my belly got with my first born!
So yeah, it isn't a huge deal of a post, but I'm always gaping at my tummy, from back in the day! LOL



Wednesday, February 05, 2014

BB and our sing along adventure!

Once again, life continues (does it ever stop?) to be a continuous blur for our family. Of course, the time to take the pictures I've taken, upload them and blog about them is nil, so I'm quickly posting these.
Sunday, we had a fantastic day!
We found a zulily voucher for 1/2 off the Build-A-Bear experience, so both CJ and I purchased them for the girls' "Valentine's Gift"from mom and dad.
They were stoked, to say the least! LOTS of squeals and giggles and talk about "if you don't, you won't get to go to Build-a-Bear!"

So Sunday morning, we packed them up and hit the MOA.
We got to the shop and both girls wasted no time in picking out what they wanted to "stuff".
Then, they picked out a heart for the inside of their animal, and here they are, listening to the girl put them through the motions of "waking up" their hearts.
They had to rub them on their hearts, their eyes, their ears, jump up and down 3 times (to give them heart a heart beat, you know), etc. It was so fun to listen to them giggle.
They then stuffed their bears (and Keifer got a "cotton candy" smelly thing inside hers).
And we had 2 very happy girls, who haven't let go of their bear/rabbits YET!
Here, Kyla greets her stuffed bear, and names her Rosalina!
Keifer with Chelsey! She even picked out the spelling of her name!
 Afterwards, we met some friends of ours for the Frozen movie Sing A Long! OMG! Who was more excited, mom or the girls? Probably me. Yep. Here is S. and my girls, prior to the movie. Lots of debates at the theater about WHO was going to sit by who, with S.'s little brother not being happy he couldn't sit by Keifer! LOL. It was so much better for me the 2nd time around, and I sang along with all the songs, too! So magical and the true love between sisters? Well, I had tears when the entire theater (and the girls on either side of me) broke out in diva behavior with the singing, as it was so SWEET! And of course, tears at the end, when the sisters are embracing. HERE is a hilarious recap that I liken myself to!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tacos that are incredible (and Gluten-Free!)

More to come in the details, but we had to recently (October, 2013) go Gluten-Free with K2, for digestive reasons.  It all had been brewing, but once we went Gluten-free, the issues we were dealing with pretty-much (almost!) disappeared. Unbelievable - it only took 3 days for things to improve. For that reason, I'm constantly scouring the internet for Gluten-Free recipes and asking my GF friends just WHERE to find things, or WHAT they themselves are eating, etc.

Of course, kids being kids, all Kyla wants to ever eat is: toast, spaghetti, strawberries, toast, and more toast. Ugh.  This kid! LOL.  I bribe her to take bites of meals I make, to at least try them, but she has a limited palate.  Ugh again. Thank God she takes her vitamins and she hasn't  been sick all year (knock on wood) except for a day of fever at one point. Her limited diet is a sure case for illness, otherwise! 
 At some point, I stumbled across a blog called As Good As Gluten.   It's a blog I check back on, occasionally, to see if anything peaks my interest  When I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it! I'm no chef, let alone even a good cook, but since I had yesterday off, I decided to get to it, and get this recipe in the books. 
Chipotle Pork Tenderloin and Butternut Squash Tacos
Yep, copied the pictures of this finished product, because mine are sloppy and dripping juice!
Because I'm slow at cooking and prepping, it took me awhile to make and of course, the pictures of this delish recipe don't look anything like the tacos I put out. LOL. However, the taste is truly incredible!  Even Keifer gobbled 2 of them up (hard shells!).  
So if you are looking for a good, new, alternative to tacos and need gluten-free, give this a whirl! You won't be sorry!

Again:

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Christmas Eve - 2013 (yep, belated!)

Catching up on the belated posts here!
We had a great Christmas- again, a BLUR (well, wasn't the whole month!?)
Christmas Eve, we continued out tradition of going to church at the 5PM service, while CJ's brother stayed back at our house, cooking the prime rib dinner...
Family!

 Cousins

 Cousins with their Nana Margie

 Sweet Potato prep!
 This year, we had CJ's parents,  as well as his Aunt and Uncle join us

 Uncle skimming some pictures
 Mason was very excited for the gift opening!
 Abby did a selfie!
After dinner, the kids were READY for some gifts! And yes, they were spoiled. New Barbies, Frozen dolls, cute pink boots,  new clothes, and new games.
Don't forget the dishes helper - Sager!
 Kyla loved her new game of Hungry Hungry Hippos -and was teaching her Great Uncle Carl (Carlo!) how to play!
 K1 was a bit tired!
 


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