Showing posts from August, 2017

Weigh In Wednesday: on a crappy day.

Before I get started on WIW, can I just say that today pretty much sucked. Started out last night with Ben hitting his brother and then lying to me about it. Then this morning Jacob forgot his bookbag and as I was coming back home with him to get it, I go to stop and my brakes make an awful grinding noise....needless to say $800 later (of money that we don't have) I have new front brakes (Oh did I mention that we just spent $450 to get Bill's van fixed last Friday!). I spilled a glass of pop all over papers on the counter. I dropped several items during dinner. Then tonight  Ben got put to bed early because he was kicking his brother. I am so stressed out it is not even funny....I am hoping that the next 24 hours will be better. But who knows?? Anyhow...let's get on with this week's Weigh In Wednesday. 

My official starting weight(on 1/1/2017)was: 242.0 pounds!
My weight last week was 236.. My weight today is: 235.8.

So a loss of 0.2 pounds.  Total loss from 1/1/17: 6.2 pou…

Happy Homemaker Monday: August 28th edition

Happy Monday! Once again I am joining in with the lovely Sandra over at "Diary of a Stay at Home Mom" in her Happy Homemaker Monday meme.

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Mine was busy. Saturday, Rebecca and I headed out to a baby shower for my cousin. I haven't seem some of the family members in years so it was good to go (even though I really didn't want to at first.). Then came home to get Rebecca's stuff and pick the boys up and head out to Rebecca's bff's house so Rebecca could have a sleep over there. Then we went out to dinner. Yesterday, we went to pick Rebecca up. Then it was home to work on laundry and watch the Indians. I was so tired yesterday. Then before I realized it, it is Monday morning once again. So time to get this week started.

It has been absolutely beautiful here. Temperatures in the middle 70s with low humidity. I will definitely take it. I think we are supposed to get some storms this afternoon through tomorrow nig…

20 Questions.....

Anne in the Kitchen over at "new happenings at the table and whatever" had these fun questions on her blog the other day and invited everyone to play along at answering them. I decided to go ahead and join in the fun. So here are 20 questions and my answers: 

1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth? 
Straw from my cup of Diet Dr. Pepper
2. Where was your profile pic taken? 
My picture on here was taken on the beach of Indian Beach, North Carolina in the Summer of 2016
3. Worst pain you've ever experienced?  
Toss up between my kidney stone pain or my hysterectomy pain. Both were worse than when I gave birth. 
4. Favorite place you've traveled? 
Indian Beach, North Carolina
5. How late did you stay up last night? 
11:00 PM
6. If you could move somewhere else, where would it be?
North Carolina
8. Which of your Blogger friends lives closest to you? 
Not sure...Maybe Sluggy in Pennsylvania. Any one read this who lives in Ohio?
10. When was the last time you cried? 
Earlier this…

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Ranch Tater Tot Casserole (new recipe #10 of 2017)

One of the things that I would like to get done in 2017 is to try to expand our menu items. I have decided to share the recipes that I try so that maybe I can help a few of you out with some new menu ideas. I know that I get inspiration from other bloggers so maybe I can help.

I was doing really well with this in January and the beginning of February. In April, I made a yummy tuna avocado salad. In May I made a yummy monkey salad. In June I made mini mozzarella stuffed Italian meatloaves. 

Tonight, I made my 10th new recipe of 2017 and my whole family loved it!

I made Crock-Pot Cheesy Chicken Ranch Tater Tot Casserole found on Crockpot Ladies blog.

It was fairly easy to make and I served it with corn on the cob and salad. (Originally I was going to serve it with green beans, but my mom gave me a dozen ears of corn yesterday so decided to serve that instead.) I tutor late on Thursday night so am trying to use the crockpot those nights. Tonight, I didn't even make it into the house an…

Weigh In Wednesday: Walking with Hubby Now

So this is the first full week back to school for the kiddos. And with that starts a new season of routine for me. I have decided to start my walking routine again, and to make it even better Bill is working a new schedule so he has been joining me. Let's see If we can keep this up.

My official starting weight(on 1/1/2017)was: 242.0 pounds! My weight last week was 236.6. My weight today is: 236.0.

So a loss of 0.6 pounds.  Total loss from 1/1/17: 6 pounds
Exercise wise this is what happened this week:
Monday: I recommitted to walking. I walked the kids to school, then walked to Kroger for bananas, tissues and castlebury sauce, then home. I also walked to school and home again in the afternoon for a total of 3.7 miles. 

Tuesday: Bill and I went hiking at Wolf Run Park for a total of 2.44 miles. 

Wednesday (Today): Bill and I headed out to Ariel-Foundation Park for a long walk. We walked 3.55 miles. 

From "Mom Bun" to "Short and Sassy" (new haircut)

So for my birthday my mom told me that she was going to make me a hair appointment, after I mentioned that I was thinking about getting it cut. Well between life and the craziness that is getting ready for back to school, I finally had my appointment this past Friday.

Now here is the deal... as a busy mom, I tend to resort to throwing my hair up into a bun or what my dear hubby lovingly (or not) calls "the mom bun." I hate having to "do" my hair when it grows out. I have LOTS of hair-- it is very thick and even more thick. And unless I dry it and straighten it, then it is frizzy and just not nice looking. 

So I was looking for something different. Something that would give me a spark and remind me that I am not just mom, but that I am also Rachel. 
So at my appointment, the stylist, Abby was great. She recommended highlights and a shorter layered cut. I said sure, let's go for it. She cut off several inches before she did the highlights. 

After she got the hightlig…

Happy Homemaker Monday: August 21st Edition

Happy Monday! It has been a few weeks since I have joined in with the lovely Sandra over at "Diary of a Stay at Home Mom" in her Happy Homemaker Monday meme so I decided to get back into the routine and join in again. This is my kids' first full week back to school so I am trying to start new routines and figuring out what our new normal looks like for now. I know that it will change but it is nice to have some semblance of a plan in place. 

I decided to start posting in this meme again, as while I am not your traditional homemaker since I do work part-time out of the home, I still am a homemaker in that I try to keep my home a place of blessing for my hubby and kids and friends and family. I found that this ties in everything that I need to plan my week-- to do list, menu plans, etc. that I can come back to in one place. So I have decided to keep up with this on Mondays! 

So without further ado, let's get started: 

HOT and HUMID describes the weather toda…

1st day of Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, and 5th Grade

***Meant to post this yesterday but we have been having off and on internet outages and it was too annoying to try to deal with yesterday. 

Thursday morning was back to school for our area schools. My kids' school was no exception. This year all 3 kiddos will be in the same school with the same schedule. 

So Thursday morning found us taking Rebecca in early for Safety Patrol. Rebecca is starting 5th Grade.

It also saw us taking Jacob in for his first day of 2nd grade.

Benjamin in for his first day of Kindergarten. 

The kids were so excited to start school. Ben said he was excited, then he was nervous. 

When it was time to leave Benjamin in line with the other Kindergartners, Ben began to cry and gave us extra hugs. His teacher though was great and asked him to be her helper and calmed him down. I heard from his former OT that she saw him during the day in the hallway and he was all smiles. 
After we left the kiddos, I will admit that I broke down in tears in the van. It is emotional whe…