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2011 Goals and Aspirations

Lose 20 lbs. --- Right now I am at 218lbs :( and I would love to be below 200. I was at 199 on the day of our wedding (2005) and I would LOVE to be there again. I had so much more energy then. To do this I plan on: exercising 20+ minutes a day Monday- Friday. During the winter, I will do this after the kids are in bed (9pm) and then shower before bed. When warmer weather comes, I will reevaluate this and see about doing more outside. I will begin by doing 20+ minutes on the Wii Fit. I will work on drinking more water. I drink way too much soda and need to focus on getting healthier.Read 26+ books this year.--- One of the passions that I used to have was reading. I LOVE to read. Unfortunately with having 2 young kids and dealing with issues in life, this hobby has been put on the back burner. This year I want to reignite that passion by reading at least 2 books a month. I would love to do 1 a week, but I want to be realistic as well. To try out at least 1 new recipe a mo…

Taking a short break...

I have so many things going on right now. The kids have been sick. Bill has been sick. I am trying to get the Christmas stuff put away. I have to have a tooth removed tomorrow. I just am a bit overwhelmed, so I am going to take a break from blogging this week. I plan on being back this weekend with a list of goals for 2011 and some new posts! Hope everyone is having a great week so far!

Menu Plan ...December 27-January 2, 2011

I have been really busy dealing with issues in life...including an emergency dentist appt the day before Christmas Eve, waiting for 2 hours to get a prescription filled at Walmart since I have an abscess in my tooth, scheduling to have the tooth removed, the Christmas activities, Rebecca getting sick all night long last night and then our washer died this morning as I was trying to wash pukey clothes and blankets....ugh....that being said, this week is going to be filled with EASY meals. I am working on my menu plan for January. We are going to attempt to do a eat from the pantry month and a low-limited spending month. (More on that later)...Now on to this weeks menu:

Monday: Chili (from freezer) and grilled cheese and carrots

Tuesday: Chicken patties, green beans, pears

Wednesday: (my tooth surgery so hubby will be in charge of dinner): lasagna (from freezer), peas

Thursday: hot dogs and macaroni and cheese

Friday: Manwich, tator tots, applesauce, corn

Saturday (New Years Day): bbq r…

The true reason for the season

Let us remember on this Christmas Eve the TRUE meaning of Christmas!

Book Review: Hot Rocks

Question: What happens when you mix together con-men, an antique store owner, a sexy private investigator, 28 million dollars of missing diamonds and small town USA?
Answer: You get a great, suspense filled, romantic read in the book Hot Rocks by Nora Roberts.

Hot Rocks is the story of Laine Tavish, owner of the antique store Remember When, who also happens to be the daughter of one of the most sought after con-men of the time. Laine would prefer to hide from her past, and seems to be doing a fairly good job of it, until a ghost from her past (an old family friend) gets killed right in front of her antique store. What was he doing there in the first place? Seems that her dad has gotten Laine involved in a multi-million dollar diamond heist without her knowledge. What follows is a hot affair with the private investigator who is tracking her dad and the missing diamonds-- Max Gannon; as well as a run-in with the master villain behind the con,  Alex Crew. During it all, Laine is forced …

Things I think....

Over the past several days there have been several things on my mind....

My tooth hurts. A piece of my tooth broke off early last week and I was hoping to wait until after the new year to get it looked at. We don't have health insurance or dental insurance so I know it is going to be expensive and we just don't have the money right now. Today it started throbbing though, so I will have to find a dentist tomorrow I suppose. Sigh....I worry about Jacob. He is 14 months old and is just now crawling. He still has not starting pulling himself up. He has just started feeding himself as well. He worries me that he is behind in a lot of these things. But he is such a sweet boy. I love him so much. I feel like I am not being a good enough wife to Bill. I feel like I am being inadequate and that part of that has to do with my depression, which I am on medication for. However I am wondering if I need to up my dosage because there are days that I just can't seem to get out of a funk. A…

Cellphone Postcards Review

As a Bzzagent I have had the opportunity to try out and review various products, ranging from candles to toothpaste. The latest bzzagent campaign that I am a part of is for the use of Cellphone Postcards. This product is SOOOO COOL!!!!! Basically this website allows you to send a picture from your cellphone with a message as a postcard to the recipient of your choice. Or if you don't want to use your cell phone pictures, you can upload a photo on your computer, type in your message and they will print, stamp and mail your postcard to the recipient of your choice. As a bzzagent I was given the first 10 postcards to send for free. According to their website, the cost is $.99 per address in the continental USA and $1.98 for international.

I have sent 3 of these postcards. I used pictures of the kids' baptism to mail thank you postcards to my kids' Godparents. I also surprised dear Hubby by mailing him a postcard of the kids. The picture quality is wonderful! They turn out gr…

Weekend wrap up and Menu plan

So this weekend was busy. Saturday I took Rebecca to see my little brother Josh play basketball. Then I had to rush home so Bill could go to work (the bad part of only having one car). Then I watched Josh while my parents went Christmas shopping. Then once Bill got home we had to hurry to Columbus to his parent's Christmas party. Yes the dreaded Christmas party that I was dreading....

I felt that it was important for us to go. It is the season of being generous, goodwill and being with family. Even if you do not agree with them all the time and they do not agree with you. So we went to my in-laws house for their Christmas party. They seemed shocked when we came in, like they were not expecting us to show up. But overall it was okay. It was nice to see Bill's cousin and her family and some old family friends. I did not spend much time talking to my mother-in-law and I think that was appropriate. We stayed longer than we were going to; we didn't get home until 11pm or so.


Letters of Intent

Foursons has a great weekly feature that she runs, called Letters of Intent. In it, she invites readers to write their own letters of intent and to link them up to her post. This week I have decided to join in....


Dear Mother-in-Law,

We are going to go to your Christmas party. Not because you want us to or you are demanding us to, but rather because it is Christmas and I feel like we should make the effort. However, we are NOT changing our plans for Christmas Eve and Christmas. That is not an option. Sorry if you don't like it.

Your daughter in law.


Dear Bill,

You are a terrific husband and a wonderful father. I wish you would not be so hard on yourself.



Book Review: Christmas in Cedar Cove

I have been all about reading Christmas stories lately. It is the time of year and truth be told they tend to be easy reads that don't take forever to read. Such was the case in this week's book review. I read Debbie Macomber's "Christmas in Cedar Cove"in 2 nights.

This book is actually 2 shorter stories in one book. The first is "5-B Poppy Lane." In this story you'll visit with Helen, her granddaughter Ruth, and Ruth's husband Paul. Ruth and Paul will recount how they met, interspersed with the heart-breaking story of Helen and her experiences during World War II. Ruth and Paul met while he was stationed in Afghanistan, and Ruth wrote him a Christmas card to spread some cheer to a soldier. While Ruth HATES the fact that Paul is a Marine, she does not show ill will toward him because she knows she should support the soldiers. What follows is their story of learning that love takes all forms of sacrifice and when you find the one that is your so…

Wordless Wednesday: The Kids' Baptism

This past Sunday, we had the opportunity to have the children baptized into the Catholic Church. This was something that I had wanted to get done for a while and felt guilty about as well. Well on Sunday, we finally held their baptism. It was a beautiful ceremony and a wonderful day. (The only downside was my Mother-in-Law, scowled the whole ceremony. I could hear her saying snide remarks throughout mass and she just wanted to make the whole thing miserable for everyone else. Thankfully her and my Father-in-law left right after mass to beat the snow home and so the party that we had at our house after was very relaxed and fun.)

Here are some highlights of their beautiful day:
Their baptism cake (made by me)
My Little Man
My darling daughter
Jacob getting baptized
Rebecca getting baptized
Father Hammond taking Jacob and Rebecca through church
Fr. Hammond, Bill and I, the kids, and their Godparents
Jacob and Aunt Mary and Uncle Josh (his Godparents)
Rebecca with Bill and Dana (her godparents)

2010 Goals revisited...

January 1...I set the following goals for myself. Now that 2010 is almost to a close it is time for me to take a look and see how I did. (and to get an idea of what my goals for 2011 should be!)


1. Lose 30 pounds/ get down to 199.--didn't happen. I did lose some weight, but I am only down to 215.

2. Financial goals:

- Pay off ambulance bill--DONE!

- Pay off anethisiologist bill---DONE!!!

- Pay off Sears card--DONE!!!!

- add $500 or more to savings--didn't happen since we paid off the above. But we still have close to our $1000 emergency fund.

3. Declutter as much as possible--my stuff and basement---by selling, donating, or throwing away.--we threw out a TON of stuff when we moved over the summer. We also donated a TON of stuff after we moved. It felt so liberating.

-sell $500 worth of stuff by Dec. 31, 2010---we sold a few things but definitely not $500 worth.

4. Write on blog at least once a week---didn't happen, but am finally getting into…

Menu Plan...Week before Christmas

Wow this weekend flew by! It was busy, busy, busy. I baked a ton on Saturday, went shopping on Saturday, had the kids' baptism on Sunday and held a party for them. The weather has been weird. Saturday it was 50 degrees and party cloudy. Yesterday we had rain, then ice, then snow and falling temperatures. And today it is SOOOOO COLLLDDDDD!!!!!!!! And windy too. Schools around here are cancelled and that means I get the day off! I have a ton of things to do though so it won't really be a complete day off. One of the things I need to do today is catch up on housework and hopefully get started wrapping Christmas gifts and get our Christmas cards addressed and mailed. I also hope to watch last week's episode of the "Biggest Loser" so I can watch the finale tomorrow night. Also on my list of things to do today was write a blog post (which is this one :) ) and make a menu plan for the week.

So without further ado here is our menu plan this week:

Monday: spaghetti and g…

Baking goals for this weekend.

I think the Christmas spirit has hit in the form of I WANT to bake. I don't really need to but I WANT to. So this weekend I am planning on doing some baking. We are having the kids baptized on Sunday so this offers the perfect opportunity to bake. On my list of things to make are:





I am making most of these for a baptism brunch on Sunday. The buckeyes I am making just because I have been wanting them!
Are there any baked goods you have been wanting? 

Christmas stress.....

I am really trying to have a less stressful Christmas. I really am, for my sake and for the sake of my family. Christmas presents are bought. Plans were made last month for what we were doing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Things seemed to be moving forward

I went to the grocery store this afternoon and my husband calls me. He only calls if a) there is a problem with the kids or b) because he HAS to tell me something. He had just gotten off the phone with his mother.

The day after Thanksgiving, Bill and his mom were talking about our plans for Christmas. She wanted us to come for Christmas dinner and to be at their house on Christmas Day. Well we had already committed to going to Bill's aunt and uncles house for Christmas Eve and we had told his mom that we would like to spend Christmas Eve day with them, so that we would not have to have two 3 hour round trip car rides in 2 days. We didn't think that putting the kids through the car rides was …


One of the things I am trying to do more to live better one day at a time is to make time to read more books. The latest I have read is The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank. Following is my review of her book. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Christmas Pearl  stars 93 year old Theodora, who lives in her ancestor's home in Charleston, South Carolina. She is not looking forward to the upcoming Christmas holiday as she will have her selfish, modernized, spoiled brats of a family all under one roof. She will have her children, their spouses, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with her. She realizes that through some fault of her own, the family has grown to be selfish, self-centered, littered with problems (including infidelity, drug abuse, shopping problems, and kids being disrespectful of others).

Theodora misses the classic Christmases of the past, especially from her own childhood around the 1920's. She reminisces over the homemade gifts and garlands, the…

Wordless Wednesday: Christmas activities

Some of the Christmas Activities going on in the Davis household:

Decorated the Christmas tree and put all the stuffed animals at the bottom to distract Jacob from playing with the tree.
Decorated inside the house. Hung the stocking on the steps.
Playing games at Dinner with St. Nick
Rebecca, Jacob and St. Nick (Jacob kept trying to de-beard St. Nick)
Rebecca loved her face paint.
Doing Christmas craft
Seeing Santa Claus on the square. (Jacob was asleep)

My FAVORITE Christmas show....

One of the Christmas activities that I want to do with my kids and husband is to watch classic Christmas cartoons as a family---including, Rudolph, Frosty, Charlie Brown, etc. Well we have watched "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" twice! (Rebecca has decided that that is her favorite!) We have watched "Frosty the Snowman," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (the cartoon version), and various cartoons of the day that have Christmas shows...for example "Dora's Christmas Carol." (Please note we did not watch these all on the same day! We have spread them out and watched about 1 a day or so.) Tonight, airing on tv is one of my all time favorite Christmas shows..

                                                 .."A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS

I love this show and look forward to watching it every year. We don't have it on DVD yet, but I think I may consider getting it to add to our collection. I love that it helps to strike a perfect bal…

Menu Plan Week of 12/6

Things have been crazy around here--aka money has been flying out of the house left and right....AGHHHH>>>> One thing that has worked in the past to keep some money in control is through menu planning. I admit that I have gotten out of the habit. Dinners are usually decided at the last minute and therefore things are just randomly bought at the store and/or we end up getting pizza or fast food. I REALLY need to get back into menu planning and there is no time like the present!  So the menu plan for this week is:

Breakfasts: waffles or cereal and fruit and milk

Lunches: sandwiches, leftovers and juice


Monday: Shredded bbq chicken sandwiches (made in crockpot), broccoli, fruit cocktail

Tuesday: Chicken nuggets, chicken wings, leftover sides from fridge

Wednesday: Hamburger helper (cheeseburger macaroni), corn

Thursday: grilled cheese sandwiches, carrots, pears

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: homemade pizza, peaches

Sunday: food from baptism party, whatever we can find.

Christmas Treats

Every year I look forward to Christmas time, not only because of the spiritual meaning of the holiday, but because it is the only time of year where I indulge in my favorite Christmas treats....These treats remind me of Christmas and the holidays. I admit that I eat way too  many of them during November and December, but I try to work them off in January and February in my resolutions for the New Year. So the must have treats for Christmas in my opinion are::

Candy buckeyes, candy cane hershey kisses and Queen Anne chocolate covered cherries!!! YUMMY!!!YUMMY!!!YUMMY!!!!!
What are your must have treats for the Christmas season?

Christmas activities

One of my goals this Christmas season is to have a less stressful holiday than I have had in the past. I want to enjoy time with my family and enjoy experiences. I want to spend less on "things" and enjoy quality time together. That being said, I have come up with a list of things I want to do with my hubby and kids this Christmas season.... (this is in no particular order)....

Follow an advent calender (begin Dec.1)Make an advent cross craft that we got from churchDinner with St. NickDecorate outside of our homeRead St. Nicholas story and leave shoe outside of bedroom on his feast daymake Christmas suncatchers with Rebecca for Christmas giftsmake garden stone with Rebecca for Christmas gifts for grandparentsmake cookieswatch classic Christmas cartoons as a family---including, Rudolph, Frosty, Charlie Brown, etc. watch the Nutcrackergo to in-laws Christmas partydrive around neighborhood to look at Christmas lightsWildlights at the zooThis is just the beginning of my list. I h…

BOOK REVIEW:: Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

I have read many of Jodi Picoult's books and have enjoyed them for not only the stories that she told, but for the questions both about morality and ethics, that she makes me think about. I was excited that during my last library trip, they had one of her books that I had not read, "Handle with Care."

"Handle with Care" is the story of the O'Keefe's a family who has 2 daughters. One is a teenager going through all the angst that that time of life brings. The other is Willow, who was born with a bone disease that results in her getting many, many breaks and fractures throughout her young life. The story focuses on the emotional, financial toll that Willow's disease has taken on the family and on the mom, Charlotte's, decision to file a wrongful birth suit in order to make sure that her daughter's financial future would be secure. This books tackles the questions of whether or not the parents would have ended the pregnancy had they known earl…

Lots going on...and recap of Rebecca's birthday party

The past few days have been pretty hectic around here. The recap:

On Wednesday we had Thanksgiving dinner/ birthday celebration with my in-laws and for my sister in law's birthday. Thursday we had Thanksgiving dinner/ birthday celebration with my side of the family and we celebrated my niece's 6th birthday. Friday my sister came to visit and her friend came over for the day. Saturday was spent taking my sister to a 6am basketball practice, cleaning house, doing laundry, baking and decorating Rebecca's b-day cake. Sunday, I got Rebecca up early so we could go to church early. Then I had to get the food together for the party, etc. Then there was Rebecca's party....

She had a blast! She woke up and saw her cake first thing and said "Mommy my cake is beautiful!" After we went to church, she wanted to hurry back home to make sure her cake was still ok. LOL. At her party, she wanted to wear her party dress (pink dress with cupcakes all over it!).

She loved her bal…