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Happy Halloween!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

Today is Halloween day, but we actually celebrated it yesterday as there is no school for Rebecca and Jacob today, and our town had their trick or treat night last night. This year for Halloween, we had a Queen Elsa, Green Lantern and a Batman to take to the festivities!
First up, Jacob got to wear his costume to school on Wednesday and Thursday, as he has different teachers those two days and so 2 Halloween parties. I was a bad mom and did not get a single picture of him before school. Oops. 
Yesterday, Rebecca had to take her costume to school for an afternoon Halloween parade and class party. She had a blast, and I was able to be Mom and help out at her class party. I made jack-o-lantern mandarin orange cups to take (thanks Pinterest for the idea!). They had some crafts to do, a Halloween Bingo game to play and then some yummy snacks! She had a blast. 



Last night our community held their annual trick or treat night. We took all 3 kids. There is one main street that …

Weigh in Wednesday # 14

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In an effort to lose 40 lbs over the course of the next year (by July 28, 2015) I have decided to have a weekly accountability forum here on my blog. Every Wednesday I will be posting a "Weigh In Wednesday" post where I will post my weight taken that morning and things that I did good on the previous week, and things (goals) to work on for the next week. I think that by doing this, I can break it down into smaller goals and hopefully make myself more accountable!


First let's recap:
 My official starting weight (on July 30) was:::  235.6 lbs. My weight last week was::: 225.0 lbs My weight this week is::: 224.6 lbs. I am down 0.4 lbs this week.
AND....
I have lost 11 lbs since I started!!!! 
***DOING  A HAPPY DANCE*** :) 

I wasn't sure what the weigh in would be this morning as this week has been one big ball of stress. (I promise I will explain at a later time, still trying to process everything). I have eaten way to much chocolate, way too much eating out....However, I stil…

Noah: A Wordless Picture Book by Mark Ludy

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

A hundred years before the Great Flood, a man named Noah came home talking crazy.

God wanted him to build the biggest ship the world had ever seen. The future of humanity depended on it. How would his wife respond? What would the neighbors think? Was it even feasible?

This lavish reimagining of one of the greatest stories of all time will fascinate children and adults alike. Nuances and playful, yet meticulous in following the biblical narrative, Mark Ludy's world-class art digs deeper than the Sunday-school tale of cuddly animals, exploring Noah's relationship with his family, the natural world, God- and a formidable engineering challenge. Immerse yourself in this stunning wordless epic. Whatever your age, you'll never read this story in the same way again.

MY THOUGHTS:

I was skeptical yet excited to receive Noah: A Wordless Picture Book to review, as my 2.5 year old loves to look at pictures in books and I thought I could share this not only with him b…

Carving Jack-O-Lanterns

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Sunday night, we let the kids carve their pumpkins and make them into jack-o-lanterns. We try to do this the weekend before Halloween so that the pumpkins don't go bad. I have had the pumpkins in our mud room for a couple of weeks as I bought them when I first saw them at Aldi's for $1.99 each!

Well Sunday night was the big night. We readied the table with lots of newspapers and set to work.



Bill and I cut the tops off, and helped the kids de-seed and de-yuckify the insides of their pumpkins. Jacob HATED putting his hand in, while Rebecca did a much better job this year than last year.




After they were de-yuckyfied, then I gave Ben a marker to draw on his and then I cut out his design. Rebecca and Jacob designed both of theirs and Bill helped Jacob cut his out, while Rebecca cut a lot of hers out by herself.




I think they turned out really cute. Rebecca wanted a movie star pumpkin and Jacob wanted a sick pumpkin. Ben's is well....his own design.



We put the jack-o-lanterns on…

Overwhelmed...

Completely overwhelmed right now. It is on days like today that you realize on one hand how completely and totally you love your child and want to protect them and on the other hand, how difficult it is to be a parent who wants what is best for your child knowing that you possibly face a long road ahead.

God Gave Us Angels by Lisa Tawn Bergren (Kids book review)

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FROM THE BACK COVER: 
“What do angels do all day, Papa?”

When Papa finds Little Cub looking for angels, it gives him a chance to tell his beloved child about those that may be in their midst, even when they can’t be seen.  Exploring their exhilarating Arctic world as they talk, Papa lovingly answers all of Little Cub’s questions about angels—and as usual, she has a lot. She wants to know what they do, how they look, how they guard God’s loved ones, and best of all, how they serve the Creator of the world.  

“God really created angels to serve him more than us, Little Cub.
They love him and would do anything for him.”

This uplifting tale will encourage young hearts by exploring the glory and design of God’s messengers, while turning toward him with praise. 
MY THOUGHTS: 
I have enjoyed other books in this series by Lisa Tawn Bergren. I love that the author can explain things in a Biblical Christian perspective so I had high hopes for this book. I wasn't disappointed. The illustrations in…

Weigh In Wednesday #13

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In an effort to lose 40 lbs over the course of the next year (by July 28, 2015) I have decided to have a weekly accountability forum here on my blog. Every Wednesday I will be posting a "Weigh In Wednesday" post where I will post my weight taken that morning and things that I did good on the previous week, and things (goals) to work on for the next week. I think that by doing this, I can break it down into smaller goals and hopefully make myself more accountable!


First let's recap:
 My official starting weight (on July 30) was:::  235.6 lbs. My weight last week was::: 226.2 lbs My weight this week is::: 225.0 lbs. I am down 1.2 lbs this week.
AND....
I have lost 10.6 lbs since I started!!!! 
***DOING  A HAPPY DANCE*** :) 

I felt pretty good going into my weigh in this morning. I noticed yesterday that my jeans that I had just washed and dried, seemed looser on me than normal! So that is a good thing. I wasn't sure what my weight was going to be as I didn't pay that clos…

Stepped out of my comfort zone....

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The past weekend, I stepped way out of my comfort zone!

If you know me, you would soon learn that I am NOT an outdoor person. I don't like sweating. I don't like outdoor stuff---camping, hiking, bugs, etc. Growing up, we never went camping or anything like that as my parents were not outdoorsmen and we lived in Columbus, Ohio, right in the middle of the city, so there wasn't a lot of opportunities to escape to nature.

Well.....

This weekend, Rebecca had an American Heritage Girls camp out! And since I am the Troop Shepherd and the leader for Rebecca's group, the Tenderhearts, then that kind of meant that I HAD to attend. (I also had to attend as all the Kindergarten through 3rd grade parents had to be there with their daughters per rules.) I will admit I was NOT looking forward to it! Not only am I not an outdoors person, but the weather called for showers off and on and COLD weather!

Saturday, bright and early we were off. It was being held at the house of the Troop P…

Stepping....

Today I am stepping WAY out of my comfort zone.....details soon!

31 Days to a Clutter Free Life-- Days 5-12 in pictures!

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October 1st, I announced that I was taking part in the 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life challenge over at Living Well Spending Less. While I haven't been able to blog about it everyday, I have been trying to keep up with it.


Some of the days, I decided to skip as I don't have an issue in those areas. Other days I skipped because I didn't have the time to really put forward the effort needed in that area. Don't worry though, even on those days I straightened up the areas. Here is a recap of how I have done in the past week:
Day 5: Books and Magazines


I listed a ton of adult books on facebook selling wall and I have already sold several. (Those not sold by the end of the month will be donated to Goodwill) I took a huge bag of books to school for a donation to the after school care program I work at. Our shelves look so much better! 
Day 6: DVDs and Video Games-- I had Dear Hubby go through the dvds and video games. He came up with a lot to get rid of. I listed over 20 on face…

Weigh In Wednesday #12

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In an effort to lose 40 lbs over the course of the next year (by July 28, 2015) I have decided to have a weekly accountability forum here on my blog. Every Wednesday I will be posting a "Weigh In Wednesday" post where I will post my weight taken that morning and things that I did good on the previous week, and things (goals) to work on for the next week. I think that by doing this, I can break it down into smaller goals and hopefully make myself more accountable!


First let's recap:
 My official starting weight (on July 30) was:::  235.6 lbs. My weight last week was::: 226.6 lbs My weight this week is::: 226.2 lbs. I am down 0.4 lbs!!!! ***DOING  A HAPPY DANCE*** :) 

I wasn't sure what my weight was going to be this week. First of all, we did end up eating out twice--once we took Jacob to McDonald's for his choice of birthday dinner and then Sunday night we got pizza as my dad bought it after Jacob's birthday party. And I had cake at Jacob's birthday party, an…

Mr. Shaba-daba-ding-dong

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Rebecca's 2nd grade class has a class pet. His name is "Mr. Shaba-daba-ding-dong." (We call him Mr. S for short). Mr. S is a Tyrannosaurus Rex who walks and roars and has red glowing eyes. This is not surprising as Rebecca's 2nd grade teacher loves dinosaurs and in fact, each year the 2nd grade class spends most of the year doing a dinosaur project which includes researching and writing a report on a certain type of dinosaur.

Back to Mr. Shaba-daba-ding-dong. Mr. S goes home with a student every weekend to experience life with that student. Then he goes back to school on Monday with 3 pictures to show what he was up to.



This past weekend, Rebecca got to bring Mr. S. home. She was SUPER excited to bring him home. One of first things Mr. S. got to do with Rebecca was to make pizzas with her for dinner. After dinner, he watched Frozen with Rebecca and the boys for movie night.



On Saturday, Mr. S just hung around the house while I cleaned and Rebecca did some arts and cr…

Jacob's birthday party

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Jacob turned 5 years old on Saturday. On Sunday, we invited the grandparents and aunts and uncles over to our house for a late lunch and cake and ice cream to celebrate Jacob's birthday. The weather turned out to be great and I think a fun time was had by all. My parents, my brother and his girlfriend, my sister (who was home from college), my other brother and his wife and 2 kids, and my in-laws came.


I served sloppy joes, chips, a veggie tray and homemade applesauce. Trying to keep it simple for me. We also had cake and Neapolitan ice cream (chocolate, strawberry and vanilla) per the birthday boy's request. Jacob decided last week that he wanted "Green Lantern" on his birthday cake. Not the symbol, but the person. So I tried my best...I don't think it is my best cake ever, but the birthday boy loved it so that is what mattered!



Jacob was very blessed with presents! He got several winter outfits, a couple of pairs of pajamas, some toys, legos, playdough, etc. I…