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Benjamin turned over and my to-do's

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Over the past couple days, whenever I have had Benjamin laying in the floor on his play mat, he has been trying to turn over onto his belly from his back. He will roll on his side and then get mad that he can't make it all the way over. Well he was doing this again last night. I had to do something real quick on the computer, so I focused on that for a second and then turned back to watch him and this is what I saw....


He was so proud of himself. When I got down next to him and asked him what he did, he just started smiling! I am one proud Mommy! He turned over again later when Bill was home. He fell asleep on his side and when he woke up he turned over onto his belly and then went right back to sleep :)

In other news, I have some accomplishments I would like to get done this week as well. They are:
cut up peppers from the farmer's market (2 weekends ago) for the freezerfigure out what is needed for Rebecca for school and start looking for the best pricesdate night with BillRea…

Sunday Night Chit Chat

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Time once again for Sunday Night Chit-Chat...hosted by our friend Carla!
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Rebecca rode the carousel at the fair for the first time by herself! She was scared at first, but then she was smiling by the end of the ride.
What are you.....
Reading?



Watching?
I am watching the Olympics. I am a HUGE sports fan so I am in Heaven right now. Today I have watched women's gymnastics, water polo, swimming, men's beach volleyball and rowing. And Rebecca is really getting into them too, so that is pretty cool! :)

Listening to?
The kids playing and the T.V.. 
Cooking/Baking?
I experimented in the kitchen today and made some zucchini brownies. They are pretty good although I think I put too much cinnamon in them.

Happy you accomplished this week?
We took the kids to the fair. We celebrated my birthday. I got th…

Happy birthday to me!

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Today is my 33rd birthday.

I am a mom, a wife, a daughter, a friend, a woman. I am a lot of things, but 1 thing I am not is happy with myself. I am not where I want to be, or where I thought I would be at the age of 33.

Don't get me wrong. I have 3 beautiful, wonderful children that are God's blessing. I have a supportive, amazing husband who puts up with me and my moods. I know that there are things in my life that are great.

But there are also areas of my life that I want need to change.

So my birthday gift to me is a list of things I want to accomplish in this my 33rd year here on Earth.

So here goes:

- Lose 45 pounds.
I believe that I can do this this year. I currently weigh roughly 242. I would love to weigh less than 200 when I turn 34. The last time I weighed less than 200 was when Bill and I got married. I weighed 199 then. I want to do this to become healthier, have more energy and just be happy with how I look.
You should not lose more than .5-2 pounds a week…

Sunday Night Chit Chat

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Time once again for Sunday Night Chit-Chat...hosted by our friend Carla!
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 My kiddos--- Man they are all growing up way too fast!
What are you.....
Reading?



Watching?
I have the Texas Rangers vs Anaheim Angels baseball game on.

Listening to?
The T.V. and to Benjamin kicking in his seat trying to get his frog stuffed toy. 
Cooking/Baking?
I made chicken enchiladas for dinner tonight. They were yummy! Can't bake anything because I have let myself run out of flour and sugar... :(

Happy you accomplished this week?
We took a short family trip to Newport Kentucky (hope to get that blog post and pics up Monday or Tuesday) and had a blast. Made it to the farmer's market on Saturday and got lots of yummy produce.    
Looking forward to next week?
Trying to get some things set up for a new lifestyle--weig…

MOMumental Book Winner!

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I am a day late...but here is the winner of the MOMumental book! mommy2luke2008! CONGRATULATIONS! I have emailed you!

My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade (Review)

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Some people have what seems to be incredible faith in God’s plans for them and they are unwavering on their path as if they are being led by God himself, even if there are areas of discontent in their life or they don’t understand. They follow because of their faith.

In My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade, this describes Kate Donovan. Kate is a 31-year old, never married, youth social worker from Dallas, Texas who has accompanied her grandmother to Redbud, Pennsylvania to help oversee renovation of the family’s ancestral home. While in Redbud, Kate meets Matt Jarreau, a former NHL player who has suffered a heartbreaking loss in his life which has made him shut out everyone from his life and leave his NHL career behind. Hired as a contractor to renovate the ancestral home of Kate, Matt becomes entwined in the lives of Kate and her Grandmother, as if it were all in God’s plan. The question is will the stubborn hearts of both Kate and Matt follow the direction that God has paved for them?

7th Anniversary

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Happy 7th Wedding Anniversary to My Dear Hubby and I.

7 years ago, I married my best friend. It has been a wild and crazy ride so far and I am so blessed that I get to spend this ride we call life with him.


Bill, I love you so much! Here is looking forward to another 7 years together and more!

Weekly Goals

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Taking a clue from Money Saving Mom, I have decided to make up a list of 10 weekly goals that I would like to accomplish this week. Not only will this give me some guidance as to what I find important to do, it will also make me accountable to getting them done. I have found since Benjamin was born that if I set weekly goals instead of daily goals then I am more apt to get them done.

So for this week my goals are:


Personal:

-Exercise 20-30 minutes daily (I am giving myself a range depending on what I feel like doing that day)

-Drink 64 oz. of water each day (This is in an effort to give up drinking so much diet coke)

-Read at least 3 chapters of The Help

-Enjoy spending time with Dear Hubby who is taking a few days off this week

-Research new healthier breakfast recipes

Other:

-Do at least 1 load of laundry a day from start to finish (meaning put them away!)

-Sweep all the stairs in the house

-Sweep and dust front porch

-Find and order Benjamin a baptism outfit

-Take the 3 boxes of …

Sunday Night Chit Chat

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Time once again for Sunday Night Chit-Chat...hosted by our friend Carla!
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What are you.....
Reading?

Nothing right now. I just got a big pile of books lent to me from my Mom to start reading. First on my list is The Help by Kathryn Stockett



Watching?
Nothing right now.

Listening to?
Benjamin sleeping in his glider. He is a loud sleeper. Bill just turned the tv on.
Cooking/Baking?
I actually did not make anything for dinner tonight. Bill made the kids dinner and he had leftover. I had a lean cuisine. I tried a new zucchini bread recipe this week. It was from Weight Watchers and it was AWFUL. I will stick to my tried and true recipe.

Happy you accomplished this week?
I FINALLY got caught up on my book reviews on this here blog! :)   
Looking forward to next week?
Spending time with dear Hubby. He is tak…

Skip Rock Shallows by Jan Watson (Review)

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Skip Rock Shallowsby Jan Watson, shares the story of Lilly Corbett- a newly graduated medical doctor, who has accepted an internship at a mining camp in Skip Rock, Kentucky in 1908. Upon arriving Lilly learns that she has many obstacles to overcome in her practice- she is a woman doctor, she will be the only doctor as the doctor she was supposed to help had passed away, and she is seen as a city outsider who doesn’t belong in the same circle as the miners.

Using her medical knowledge, compassion and the learned knowledge that there is a familial relationship with on of the miner families, Lilly is finally (mostly) accepted by the community, much to the chagrin of her fiancĂ©e. Interlaced in the story is a romance between Lilly and a miner, Joe Repp, who has his own share of secrets some of which involve Lilly’s past.

I believe that the story of Joe and Lilly is supposed to be the main plot in the story, however I felt that was actually the weak link in the story. I enjoyed and actually…

Shutterfly Long Live Summer Photo Contest

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I tend to order photos from one place and one place only...and that place is Shutterfly! Their quality is second to none and their customer service is GREAT!!!

Being a loyal Shutterfly customer, I was excited to see that in honor of Summer, Shutterfly is offering a Long Live Summer Photo Contest on their Facebook page.

Interested?

Here are the details:



Win a trip for four to The Bahamas and a professional photo shoot so you’ll remember your vacation forever. All you need to do is upload your favorite photo and caption based on the theme of the week. Get a gift from Shutterfly just for entering! You can enter at any point during the 5-week sweepstakes period.
PHOTO THEMES • Week 1(7/9): Americana • Week 2 (7/16): Great Outdoors • Week 3 (7/23): Water Fun • Week 4 (7/30): Sports & Activities • Week 5 (8/6): Parties & Celebrations
PRIZES • Instant win prizes just for submitting a photo! • Weekly prizes (contestants can enter one time/week) …

Giveaway reminder

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Just a quick reminder that I have the following book up for a giveaway! Giveaway ends July 18, 2012!



Find the original post here: MOMumental Giveaway

Hope everyone has a great week! :)

Sunday Night Chit-Chat

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Time once again for Sunday Night Chit-Chat...hosted by our friend Carla!
To play along simply start your post with a photo or quote... Copy & paste the starters & link up to Carla so she and others can visit you & see what you've been up to!

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What are you.....
Reading?

Nothing right now. I finally started and finished ALL the books in my reading pile that I needed to do reviews on. That is what not having power for 3.5 days does for you! :)


Watching?
Nothing right now.

Listening to?
Jacob is pounding on a toy, Benjamin is cooing and yelling a little, Dora is on in the background...normal sounds of our household. :) 
Cooking/Baking?
Tonight I made cheeseburgers and corn on the cob for dinner. I hope to get to make some zucchini bread this week.

Happy you accomplished this week?
I finally rearranged the pictures on the wall and hung up Benjamin's newborn picture with the others. I cut a piece of carpet to lay underneath 2 chairs that seem to want to leave scrat…

Change Your Life, Not Your Wife (Book Review)

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About a week ago, the world was stunned with the announcement that Katie Holmes had filed for divorce from her husband Tom Cruise. This seems to be in direct contrast to how they should be. Many people are wondering what went wrong? Both Ms. Holmes and Mr. Cruise seem to be success driven people who thrive in their professional careers. So why does it seem like success driven people, such as Ms. Holmes and Mr. Cruise often fail at personal things like marriage? Are all success driven couples doomed to be like Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise and have their marriages fail?




In Change Your Life, Not Your Wife: Marriage Saving Advice for Success Driven People by Tony Ferretti, PH.D. and Peter J. Weiss, M. D., the authors argue that there is hope for power driven people who may think that their relationships are not going to survive. The authors argue that the character traits that help you succeed in the business world are not the same traits that make your marriage and/or relationships work. …

Prize of My Heart by Lisa Norato--- Review

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From the back cover:

Three years ago, Captain Brogan Talvis’s later wife abandoned their son, leaving no clue as to the boy’s whereabouts. After searching relentlessly, Brogan discovers his son was adopted by a New England shipbuilder. And the man’s daughter, Lorena Huntley, acts a loving guardian to the child.

Lorena, who hides a dark truth, finds herself falling for the handsome captain and ex-privateer who’s come to secure ownership of one of her father’s ships. She’s unaware of the Brogan’s own secret when another ‘s deceit has her sailing toward Europe against her will.

Haunted by thoughts of Lorena in peril, Brogan is compelled to choose between the boy he longs for and the woman who has captured his heart.

Will His Love Endure Once He Learns Her Secret?




My thoughts:

I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this story. I thought it was full of adventure, humor, love, thoughtfulness, and anguish of conscience. There are lessons in love and forgiveness both of self and other others. I enjoyed re…

Anyone up for a Weight Loss Challenge??

So I posed this question on facebook and am posting it here as well....

I am thinking about starting a weight loss challenge....I need some motivation. If I were to start a competition would anyone be interested in participating. I was thinking maybe doing something like have a 12 week competition with a small entry fee. At the end of the 12 weeks whoever lost the most percentage wise would get 75% of the money, and second place would get the rest.....Anyone interested? Or know anyone interested?

Anyone could participate...that is why we have paypal and the internet! :)

Let me know if you are and I will iron out the details.....

Cleaning House by Kay Wills Wyma---A Review

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I am starting to see a disturbing trend in Rebecca---it is a trend defined by the I wants. I want this. I want that. She wants this for her birthday. She wants that for Christmas. Did I fail to mention that her birthday is in 5 MONTHS from now? She gives me the evil eye if I ask her to pick up books and toys at the end of the day. The look that says why do I have to do that? She is only 5 years old and yet I can see the beginning of the sense of entitlement that I dread her getting. The sense that Mon and Dad does everything for her and that is just how life is. Because of this I was intrigued to read and review Cleaning House: A Mom’s 12-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma.

Wyma argues that she sees a sense of entitlement in each of her five children and that it bothers her because it is a problem in most of society and is kept going by parents including herself. Wyma decided to spend a year working on teaching and allowing her children to explore…

MOMumental by Jennifer Grant-- Review AND a GIVEAWAY!!

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Author Jennifer Grant grew up as a latchkey kid from a divorced home. As she grew up, she envisioned herself in the future as a perfect mom with perfect kids who make no mistakes. When she became a mother, reality hit and Grant embraced a “Velveteen Parenting” style that she expands upon in her book, Momumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family.Grant’s parenting style includes guidelines such as picking her battles, understanding that her children are not little adults but children who are learning and growing and are to be molded, asking questions about family, and making priorities as a family. Grant offers personal stories of her own family life as a mother so that maybe other moms can gain assurance that they are not alone in their struggles of motherhood.

In each chapter, Grant offers stories and wisdom she has gleamed in the adventures of being a mom. In the first chapter, which involves the “Adventures in Saying Yes,“ Grant argues that we must say yes to childr…

Happy 4th of July

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I hope that you and your family are keeping cool and safe on this 4th of July. I am off to work on catching up on laundry and making out a blog schedule. I will be back later with a book review and giveaway! Have a great day everyone!

Bad storms = No power

Just a quick update----

 On Friday we had some nasty storms blow through, with wind gusts upwards of 80-85 mph. It knocked out power to almost everyone I know. These are the same storms that have caused power outages to over 2 million people in the USA. There was over 500,000 out of power in Central Ohio. Power lines were knocked down, etc.

We finally got power back on last night around midnight. We were out since Friday afternoon.  Am working today on cleaning out our fridge and freezer and throwing out the food. It is one heck of a way to defrost and clean.

Hope everyone out there is safe and staying cool! And that if you don't have power, your power will be back on soon.