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When I Grow Up Kidfest, library, making slime and a movie

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Last Saturday morning the kids and I headed out on a little adventure. The school associated with our church was hosting a free community event for kids called "When I Grow Up Kids Fest." This was a gathering of a lot of businesses representing a lot of different career options for the kids to explore.
The kids got to talk to a baker (and decorate a cupcake!),



a scientist from Battelle,



a NASA scientist from the John Glenn Center in Cleveland,


representatives from our local theater company (and Rebecca got to be part of an improv skit),



veterinary techs,

a local dentist,

and a local farmer.


They also got to explore a police car,



Mother's Day 2017 recap

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Mother's Day 2017 was a lovely day, where I didn't have to do a thing.
The kids and Bill made me breakfast in bed.


I received some lovely gifts, including a homemade bookmark, new pajamas and some candy.



We went on a nice walk as a family to the part of the Kokosing Gap Trail, where we explored a new to us path.







My hubby got us yummy Chinese for dinner so I didn't have to cook!


I am so blessed!

Happy birthday Bill!

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Just wanted to take a moment in my little piece of the blogging world to wish my hubby a very happy 45th birthday today! He reads this blog and often helps me get back to writing after I have taken a break by suggesting I get back to writing and journaling our life. He works so hard for our family and is the best daddy that our kids could ask for. God definitely knew what he was doing when he brought us together!
I love you Bill! Hope your day is fabulous!

Weigh In Wednesday 20 and 21!

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So one of my 2017 goals is to lose 40 pounds by the end of the year. This is a necessity for me, as in the last few months I have gained 15 pounds. That is not good. I want to be healthier and feel better about myself. 

In order to keep me accountable,I am hoping to come back each Wednesday to share my weigh in and my successes and failures from the previous week. So let's hop to it and see how I did this past week, shall we?


SO HOW DID THIS WEEK GO???  My official starting weight(on 1/1/2017)was: 242.0 pounds! My weight last week was: 231.6 pounds. My weight this week is: 229.0 pounds.  So a loss of 2.6 pounds! :-) :-) 
Total loss from 1/1/17: 13.0 pounds


So I am down 2.6 pounds! HAPPY DANCE!!! 

I am so sorry I didn't update this last week! If you are wondering, last week and the week before I stayed the same weight. That is crazy considering that life has been crazy with the end of the school year craziness. Also to keep things honest, there were days that I just didn't feel like…

Monkey Salad (new recipe #9 of 2017)

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One of the things that I would like to get done in 2017 is to try to expand our menu items. I have decided to share the recipes that I try so that maybe I can help a few of you out with some new menu ideas. I know that I get inspiration from other bloggers so maybe I can help.


I was doing really well with this in January and the beginning of February. In April, I made a yummy tuna avocado salad.

Because I am trying to eat more natural and healthier, I decided to try a recipe for monkey salad that I read about it on the good cheap eats blog. It is super simple with only 3 ingredients (banana, coconut and cashews) and super yummy!




I made it a couple of times last week and enjoyed it as a breakfast and as an afternoon pick me up.


If you make it, let me know what you think!
OTHER NEW RECIPES TRIED IN 2017:
Pork Chop and Scalloped Potato Bake
Tex-Mex Tilapia
Baked Chicken Parmesan
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Pizza Grilled Cheese
Southwestern Style Egg Scramble
Tuna Avocado Salad

The Ebb Tide by Bevely Lewis

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:::

When a well-to-do family asks Sallie Riehl to be their daughter's nanny for the summer at their Cape May, New Jersey, vacation home, she jumps at the chance to broaden her horizons beyond the Lancaster County Amish community where she grew up. Sallie has long dreamed of seeing more of the world, but her parents are reluctant for her to put off baptism yet another summer, and the timing is unfortunate for Perry Zook, who has renewed interest in courting her.

Though she loves nannying, Sallie has free time on the weekends to enjoy the shore. It is there that she meets Kevin Kreider, a marine biology student who talks freely about all he's learning and asks about her interests, unlike most of the guys she grew up with. Time with Kevin is invigorating, and Sallie realizes she's never felt quite this alive around Perry. Then again, Kevin is Mennonite, not Amish.

Sallie tries to brush aside her growing feelings for Kevin, but she fears what her parents would …

Weigh In Wednesday #19 of 2017

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So one of my 2017 goals is to lose 40 pounds by the end of the year. This is a necessity for me, as in the last few months I have gained 15 pounds. That is not good. I want to be healthier and feel better about myself. 

In order to keep me accountable,I am hoping to come back each Wednesday to share my weigh in and my successes and failures from the previous week. So let's hop to it and see how I did this past week, shall we?


SO HOW DID THIS WEEK GO???  My official starting weight(on 1/1/2017)was: 242.0 pounds! My weight last week was: 233.2 pounds. My weight this week is: 231.6 pounds.  So a loss of 1.6 pounds! :-) :-) 
Total loss from 1/1/17: 10.4 pounds


So I am down 1.6 pounds! HAPPY DANCE!!! 

Finally. Finally I lost more than .3 or .4 pounds in a week and I didn't gain. I will take it, as I know that a healthy way to lose weight is to lose between 1 and 2 pounds a week. So I will take it!

I started out last week really well, eating really well and not really snacking. I truly belie…

Happy Homemaker Monday (5/8/2017)

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Happy Monday! The sun is out today after having a whole week of grey and rain! It is amazing how much my mood feels better with the sun.

We had a good weekend here. Saturday the kids and I cleaned house and Bill did the laundry (now that I won't go in the basement). He was able to get it all done. Yesterday, we went to my parents' house for a bit and then out to dinner. AND I got good news from the scale in regards to my weight that I will share on Wednesday! :-)

Thanks for the comments on my last post. We have been in contact with our landlord about a month or 2 ago. He suggested we get the pellets that mice eat that kill them. He also said that he is even getting mice in his house this year, and they are bad all over our county. We have gotten numerous traps to put in the basement and of course we have the cats for our main living floor and the upstairs. (Well we have one cat that is our known mouser as he has caught 2. Gronk just seems to be more interested in catching spide…