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Books that I read for fun in April

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Last year, I spent the last half of the year documenting the books that I read for fun.  I have decided that I need to continue that as reading is important part of how I relax. Books that I read for fun are books that I have not been asked to review and that I have chosen to read, well because I like to read.

I did get some things read this past month, maybe as an escape to all that is going on. I don't know. I have found that I am getting into trilogies and series....and so here is what I read for fun in April.... (Disclaimer: if you click on the book picture, it takes you to the page on Amazon.)





Here are the books I read for fun in:

March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
Books from 2014

Have you read any good books lately?

Wednesday odds and ends

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I know, I know I have been a bad blogger....I get inspired, then I write....then I have no inspiration and life gets in the way and I don't know how to put my thoughts onto this here blog. Therefore today, I just have tidbits of this and that to share and that is okay....



First up....this has been a hard, emotional week for me. There are things going on involving decisions that need to be made and it is frustrating to me because it all comes down to finances and I am just ready to throw my arms up and say forget it. 


Secondly....speaking of blogging, I have joined together with a bunch of other bloggers who have formed "Bloggers United" which is a group that is meant to help form a community of bloggers who support and comment on each other's blog to hopefully help each blogger make a little more money on their blog and just to be a supportive group. This group was founded by the lovely Sonya Ann over at "A Mom, Money and More." (You should go read her blog, …

I decluttered all my clothes today...

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Today started off good, then went bad, then went good again. 

My dear hubby let me sleep in for a bit. I had to get up around 10 as he had to leave at 10:30 to go to work. I felt off when I got up, but I think that is just because I am not used to sleeping in.... 

Then, I told Rebecca to go get her glasses on. She came to me and the screw in the side was almost out and the side was really loose. I got out my eyeglass kit and went to screw the screw back in and instead the screw fell out and I could not for the life of me get it to go back in or for the holes to even line up. I worked on that thing for over an hour to no avail. I was so frustrated.....

When Bill got back home he suggested we get the kids out of the house for a while. I think he really wanted to get me out of the house.... We went to Walmart to see if their vision center could fix Rebecca's glasses. Thankfully they were able to! YAY! While we were there, I picked up a tote to put camping supplies in and some new socks …

Thank you and feeling a little better today.....

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First of all, I want to say Thank you to all of you who left such sweet comments and words of encouragement on my last post. It has been an emotional roller coaster of a week for me and I think everything just came to a head. Your words of encouragement and prayer really lifted my spirits and helped me to see that I am not alone and that it is okay to be discouraged and overwhelmed. That just makes me human. 

I know that I am overwhelmed because we are in the midst of figuring out what is best for the boys. As Mysti pointed out in her comment on my last post, it does seem like we are doing a lot for Benjamin. That is because he qualifies for these services through our local public school system when he turned 3 years old. He turned 3, April 2. It was recommended that Benjamin not start going to preschool in April for 2 months before summer vacation began. Instead we could have him receive the therapies for those 2 months if we were willing to meet up and take him to the different place…

I can see why some people become alcoholics....

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I can now see why some people can become alcoholic when dealing with a ton of stress and seeing no other way to deal. 

I have been dealing with a lot lately. 



Benjamin was diagnosed formaly with autism in October of 2014. We have been managing appointments, evaluations and theraphies since then. This has been upped since he turned 3 on April 2. Now we have added in therapies that are being done through our local school district. His schedule (which means my schedule) has become....Speech through our insurance on Mondays, occupational therapy on Tuesday, Board of DD visitation on Wednesday, physical therapy on Thursday, and Intervention OT and speech on Fridays. Our lives have been turned upside down and inside out in order for us to give Benjamin the best possible foundation that we can give him. It is a struggle sometimes and I am overwhelmed but we are taking this day to day. 

As if that was not enough, we, as well as school officials, think that Jacob may also be on the spectrum, but …

Locked In!!

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I was locked-in at school with 25 girls ranging in age from 1st grade to 7th grade!! 

This weekend (Saturday-Sunday) I helped to chaperone a lock-in at my daughter's school. Her American Heritage Girl troop was sponsoring a "Friendship Lock-In." We had 25 girls that attended and I will admit it was a lot of fun. Being one of the troop leaders and the troop shepherd I really needed an effort to be there. 



Our Troop President had lots of fun activities planned, including a friendship obstacle course...



spin the bottle (to paint their nails)...



crafts (they made a Mother's Day gift for their moms and a friendship bracelet for their friends)...


pizza and salad picnic for dinner, and to cap off the evening they watched "Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast" on the big screen while munching on popcorn. 




We turned lights out at 11:30 with an anticipated wake up call at 7:30. The girls took forever to go to sleep. I haven't heard so much giggling since I was …

Take me out to the spring musical!

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For the past several weeks, I have been hearing renditions of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" being sung at home by Rebecca in anticipation of her school's spring mini-musical show.

Every year, in the Spring, the Kindergarten through 3rd graders learn songs that they sing along with a "story." The Fourth graders learn to play recorders and the Fifth graders learn to play drums. They then put on a performance in the afternoon for parents, grandparents, etc. Today was the day for this year's mini-musical performances. 




This year's theme was "Baseball." Rebecca's class recited the poem "Casey at the Bat" and did a great job. 




 I was not able to see all of the performance as Benjamin was being too loud to stay in the gym and I had to take him out, but the part that I did see I enjoyed and Rebecca did a great job. 

After the mini-musicals, they had a mini art show set up that displayed the K-5th grade art works from this year and Rebecca h…

Restarting that weight loss thing....

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I have been really bad. I haven't weighed in here since January 28!! I have been so bad! On January 28 I weighed in at 224.6lbs. I would like to say that I  am still at the weight, but that is not the case. The previous 2.5 months have been bad with my eating and with Easter candy and stress eating, etc. I know that and it is really hard to have chocolate in the house and not eat it. 

After not feeling well this past Sunday, I decided that something needed to change. I NEED to make a change, not only for me but also for my family. My mother is having heart issues again. I don't want that to be me and I don't want to put my husband and kids through what is going on with my mother. I NEED to make a change. My pants don't want to fit very well right now and it is coming up on capri and shorts weather and I want to be able to fit into some of my clothes.

So that things that I have decided to do are: 

I have decided to do a food diary. That way I will write down everything t…

Benjamin got a big boy bed!

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Benjamin is our last child. We are done having children and our family is  complete with the 3 children that we have. That being said, when he goes through a milestone it is bittersweet for our family. This weekend, another milestone has occurred. 

We decided that it was time for Benjamin to transition from his crib to a big boy bed. Most people were still amazed he was still in his crib. But, he has only tried to climb out once and that was a year ago and he fell out of it and has never tried since. But at 3 years old, it was time. 

A few weeks ago, I ordered Benjamin a matching bed to the one that Jacob has. We got it in less than a week. Then we had to get a mattress. I did not want to spend a small fortune on a twin mattress, however I also didn't want to just order any mattress online that was less than $100 and with no good reviews. When we bought Jacob's bed, we lucked out and got a Serta mattress at Big Lots for $99. It is a good high quality mattress. I decided to chec…

So how did I do on my weekend to do list?

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Yesterday, I posted my HUGE weekend to do list that I hoped to accomplish..... so now the question is how did I do???

Well here is the original list with those items completed marked off....
Pay bills (AEP, Directv, Mastercard, Geico, Time Warner, etc.)Figure out where to get Ben a mattress for his new bedResearch Straightalk phones (Bill and I both need  new phones)-- DECIDED NOT TO DO THIS UNTIL BILL CAN COME WITH ME TO LOOK AT PHONESBalance checkbookClean out the closet upstairs off the bathroom (this huge walk in closet is a mess!)Figure out spring/summer clothes situation for the kids, especially for the boysHave Rebecca make a design for her First Communion banner and go buy the supplies neededComplete 3 chapters in Rebecca's First Communion workbook-- WE COMPLETED 2Clean both bathroomsLaundry---do about a million loads to catch up ;) (I ended up doing 10 loads)Straighten up bedroomClean out underneath couches and loveseat to find missing toysDate night dinner with BillRebecca…