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Strange Thanksgiving

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This is the year of the strange Thanksgiving. It started out normal then went strange.

Thursday morning we woke up and just kind of relaxed and didn't do much of anything. I did decorate 2 birthday cakes for our Thanksgiving dinner celebration, but other than that not much.

Then around 2 o'clock, I noticed that Benjamin was looking too good and he felt really hot. So I took his temperature and of course he had a fever. Decided that Bill and Benjamin would stay home and that I would take Rebecca and Jacob to Thanksgiving dinner at my parent's house at 4.



Thanksgiving dinner was nice, although strange since Bill and Ben weren't there. But, my sister was home from college and my nephew was there. For reasons that I will not go into here, my nephew is in foster care and his parents (my brother and sister-in-law) were granted a visitation day where they could bring him to my parents house. He was looking really good.


After dinner, we celebrated my niece and Rebecca's bir…

Books that I read for fun in November...

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Not all the books that I have been reading have been for review. I have made several trips to our local library to check out some books to read just because.....

Here are a few that I read in October....(Disclaimer: if you click on the book pictures they will take you to the page on Amazon.com). 

I will say that I didn't have that much time to read for fun in November, but that is the way life goes sometimes....



Other books that I have read for fun can be found here....
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014 Part 2
July 2014 Part 1

Have you read any good books lately?

8 years ago today....

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.....this little girl made Bill and I parents for the first time....

In the past 8 years, she has grown up before our eyes in a wonderful, smart, talented daughter. She is a great big sister to her little brothers. She is a compassionate friend to all. She is artistic and silly. She is a joy to be around. Bill and I had no idea how much our lives would change on that day 8 years ago, but we wouldn't change a thing! 
Happy 8th birthday Rebecca! We love you! 

Happy Thanksgiving

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING from my family to yours! I hope everyone has a wonderful day full of family, friends, good food, laughs and love. May everyone have a happy, healthy and holy Thanksgiving day!

31 days to a clutter free life....how I ended....

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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 wasn't able to blog about it everyday, I did try to keep up with it. I did really well on the first couple weeks...then life happened (had doctor's appointments for Benjamin and had some issues with Jacob) and while I didn't get to do as much decluttering as I would have liked I did manage to get rid of quite a bit of stuff. 

We took 2 full van loads to goodwill and got stuff out of the house. The house feels much lighter. I am sorry that I didn't update before now...but that is just how life is sometimes.....I am glad that I took on the challenge because I definitely have less stuff to deal with now than when I started. 

I, James by Mike Hartner (book review)

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I, James (The Eternity Series) (Volume 2)
BOOK DESCRIPTION: 

James Crofter was ripped from his family at age 11. Within a year the prince was a pauper in a foreign land. Is nature stronger than nurture? And even if it is, can James find the happiness he so richly desires?

I, James is the second book in the Eternity series. The saga will continue to span continents and time to arrive in present day North America. You can find more at: www.theeternityseries.com


MY THOUGHTS: After reading I, Walter last year,  which was book 1 in the Eternity series,  I was looking forward to reading book 2 titled I, James by Mike Hartner. And I am pleased to say that Mr. Hartner did NOT disappoint. 
I, James follows the life of James Crofter, the son of Walter and Maria. Born a prince in the 1600s, he spent his early childhood living a life of luxury and love. Then due to a family feud, he was kidnapped and sold into slavery where he lived in his teenage years a horrible life enduring many hardships along t…

Happy Homemaker Monday

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Happy Monday! 

We are still in the getting Jacob better mode. Bill took him back to the ER yesterday as his fever was down but was still there. They took an x-ray and ruled out pneumonia, and said that he just has a nasty case of bronchitis that is sticking around. They gave him an inhaler to help loosen things up. This morning, he woke up with no fever so hopefully, fingers crossed, we have turned a corner. It has been a long week because of that.This week I have a TON of things to do so I thought  I would join Sandra today over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for her Happy Homemaker Monday theme in order to get my thoughts in order! :)





The weather outside is:::: After experiencing a snow day last week and very, very cold temperatures...today it is cloudy out and warm. It is supposed to be up in the 60s today, but we also have a high wind warning with winds from 40-70 mph. I hope we don't lose power.

On the breakfast plate this morning:::: I haven't had anything yet. Not really h…

Bronchitis and a get well card

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Tuesday night, while at work, I got a text from Bill saying he wasn't going to be coming to meet me at a Reconciliation meeting that we were supposed to attend for Rebecca because Jacob had just thrown up all over himself. And he had a fever....just lovely.

Well Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, Jacob threw up a few more times and had a fever. I decided to treat the fever with Motrin/ Tylenol piggy back....That night, Jacob stayed downstairs on the love seat and I was on the couch to keep an eye on him and help him.

Wednesday, I was able to keep his fever down to around 100.0 degrees, and he did not throw up at all. He had absolutely no energy and laid around all day long.



Wednesday night, we again slept downstairs and I noticed the Jacob was developing a very deep sounding cough....

This morning, Jacob woke up at 6:30 am and starting crying for his dada. I took his temperature and it was 103.7. Bill left to run to work to tell them that he had to help take Jacob to the ER, an…

Weigh in Wednesday # 16 AND #17

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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::: 222.2 lbs My weight this week is::: 223.4 lbs. 
I am up 1.2 lbs. :( 

November has been a very stressful month. I did weigh myself last week on Wednesday but did not get to post that day. Surprisingly today when I weighed myself I weighed the same as last week. So we will do a 2 for 1 Weigh in Wednesday. Things have been stressful around here. Bill has been extremely busy with work. Worry about Benjamin. Busyness…

Snow Day Fun!

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Today, the kids and I had the day off from school and work due to the snow that we got overnight. So this afternoon, after Bill took Benjamin to his speech therapy session, we decided to get everyone snow suited up and head out to play.



The kids had a ton of fun. The sun came out and it was nice being outside. Benjamin loved walking in the snow and picking it up and throwing it. He didn't like when he fell and couldn't get up. Rebecca and Jacob enjoyed throwing snowballs at Bill and I.



After we came in, I made hot chocolate for everyone, including Benjamin who doesn't seem to like it!



Overall, it was a good, snowy play day!

Snow day today

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Last night when I went to bed, I saw that the forecast was for 3-6 inches of snow overnight for our first snowfall of the winter season...

Except it isn't winter yet. It is only November 17....

Well, I woke up at 2 am and there was barely anything on the ground....

Then I got woken up at 5:41 from our school, saying that we were on a 2 hour delay today. I looked out our window and the streets and ground were covered with snow. So I reset my alarm for 8:00 instead of 6:30 and went back to sleep.

Bill got up and left for work. I woke up again with a phone call at 7:54 am from our school that we were now closed for the day.



I decided to get up and shower, but when I looked in Rebecca's room she was awake. I told her there was no school and she started crying. But her mood got better once I showed her outside.

Then Jacob got up and I told him there was no school. And he started crying and said "But it is Monday and I go to school on Mondays." I am so thankful that I hav…

Weigh In Wednesday #15

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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::: 224.6 lbs My weight this week is::: 222.2 lbs. 
I am down 2.4 lbs this week!
***DOING  A HAPPY DANCE*** :) 

I have been very stressed and have gotten to the point where when I do eat, I don't eat very much. I have cut back on my chocolate snacking though so I guess that is a good thing! I am trying to make sure that I at least eat 3 meals a day, even if they are small. For example last night, I only had a chi…

Worry about Benjamin

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It has been a stressful couple of months, especially with concern about our little Batman Benjamin.



We have been taking Benjamin to speech therapy since May. Over the summer, his therapist mentioned that she would like to refer him to Children's Hospital for an autism evaluation as he was doing some things that children diagnosed with autism do---spinning chairs and looking at them out of the corner of his eye for an extended period of time, not being very sociable, having a very hard time with transition. I agreed and we had that evaluation done. The doctor that did that evaluation said that it was her opinion that Benjamin was not on the spectrum but that there was definitely something else that was causing some delays. She referred us to the main hospital to have a 2 hour developmental evaluation done. We had that done at the end of September.

On Friday, October 24 we took Benjamin back to the doctor to see what the results of that 2 hour evaluation showed.



Her official diagnos…

I made a sign for Thanksgiving!

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Yesterday, I took down all of our Halloween decorations on our fireplace mantel, and I wanted to replace it with something that was for Thanksgiving. I had a turkey gravy bowl and salt and pepper shakers to put on it, but it needed something else.

Earlier last week I stopped at the Dollar Tree, and I was disappointed that they had NO Thanksgiving decorations;  not even paper turkeys. They skipped right over Thanksgiving and headed to Christmas.

I then went to Pat Catan's, which is the craft store that we have in our town. They only had one little shelf of Thanksgiving things, but I was able to get a cute pilgrim set and a matching turkey to go with it.

When I put them on the mantel, it was still missing something :(

So I decided to browse on Pinterest to see if I could have any inspiration. I found a lot of ideas, but I kept coming back to this idea....

So I decided to take that as my inspiration and headed back out to Pat Catan's to get some supplies. Mainly I needed the wood…

Books that I read for fun in October

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Not all the books that I have been reading have been for review. I have made several trips to our local library to check out some books to read just because.....

Here are a few that I read in October....(Disclaimer: if you click on the book pictures they will take you to the page on Amazon.com). 

I will say that I didn't have that much time to read for fun in October, but that is the way life goes sometimes....



Other books that I have read for fun can be found here....
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014 Part 2
July 2014 Part 1

Have you read any good books lately?