Monday, November 23, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday

Wooohooo!  Look who is on top of her game this morning!  I'm here for Happy Homemaker Monday, and it's been ages!

The weather:::
So cold this morning.  I woke up and it was a freezing 28 degrees.  Thank goodness for remote start on my car. It made the drive to school this morning, much warmer.

As I look outside my window:::
The sun is shining so bright and the sky is blue.

Right now I am::: 
Sitting in my bed with Rylie and Scotland, and watching Peppa Pig.

Thinking and pondering:::
Thanksgiving! I'm getting excited and the stress hasn't hit me yet.  I also need to work on my grocery list and put an order in so that it's all delivered tomorrow.

On my bedside table:::
A knocked over pile of books, 7 to be exact, and a little toy disney princess that belongs to Scottie.

On my tv this week:::
I have a few shows on my DVR to watch this week as well as the scheduled ones.
I need to catch up on Doctor Who as I'm a couple of weeks behind.  I also need to watch Sister Wives, last weeks Grey's Anatomy, Bones, American Horror Story, Law and Order: SVU, and Mysteries of Laura.

Jane the Virgin

American Experience - The Pilgrims
Chicago Fire
Secrets of the Dead PBS 

Star Wars Rebels



The Real Housewives of Cheshire
Doctor Who
Ash vs. Evil Dead

Blood and Oil

Listening to:::
Peppa Pig.  I've seen every episode so many times that I can recite it along with the show, but the kids love Peppa Pig, and I don't find it as annoying as many of the other kid shows.

On the menu for this week:::
I haven't figured out the meal plan yet, although I do plan to do that in the next hour or so.  It will probably be lots of fast food and easy cooking until Thanksgiving dinner.

Monday -
Tuesday - 
Wednesday - 
Thursday - Thanksgiving dinner!
Friday - 
Saturday - 
Sunday -  
On my to do list:::

Laundry - After doing so much of it yesterday, I still have plenty to fold and put away
Dishes - I have a load of dirties waiting to go into the dishwasher but the dishwasher needs to be unloaded still.
Meal planning and shopping online

Happening this week:::
Monday - Getting the house clean, Ben's clay art class, Sydney's ballet class, Ben and Sydney school
Tuesday - Pickup the house, Ben, Sydney and Rylie school, Sydney's PJ party at school and must take a fruit for friendship fruit salad, Shawn go to big kids lunches at school
Wednesday - No school Hair appointment and lots of cooking
Thursday -  Thanksgiving Day
Friday - Decorating for Christmas!  Putting up the tree.

What I am creating:::

I've been working on a corner to corner blanket.  It's coming on nicely but I'm afraid I won't have time to work on it this week.

My simple pleasure:::
Laughing and relaxing with family and friends.

Looking around the house:::
Ugh... The house is a mess, and there is much to be done. I don't feel motivated especially since my legs feel like rubber after yesterday's workout.

From the camera:::
Sydney is a serious nail biter.  She has little tiny nubs of nails and her finger tips are always bleeding because she just bites them so short.  Shawn made a deal with her that if she quit biting them for one week we'd paint her nails, and if she didn't bite them for two weeks, she could paint his nails. While she was talking about it and getting so excited about it, Rylie started to get excited. Being the wonderful sister that Sydney is, she offered to Rylie, to let her paint one of Shawn's hands.

Prayer List:::
All my friends and family

Bible verse, Devotional:::

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Getting In To The Holiday Spirit

Yesterday really began the holiday season for us.  If you know me at all, you know that I truly get wrapped up in the holidays, Christmas especially.

A friend of ours invited us to his house for a pre-Thanksgiving party.  He made a Turducken and we all made sides.  Friday evening, Shawn and I made corn casserole, cranberries, Nutella cheesecake, and what was supposed to be homemade bread but ended up being Wheatfields bread after my bread machine crapped out.  No worries, this was a dry run for us.  We have a new bread machine on the way and due to be delivered tomorrow. We let the kids help make the corn casserole and they really enjoyed getting involved.  Sydney and Rylie jumped at the opportunity while Ben took a little coaxing.  He enjoyed it but had other things he wanted to do instead.

Friday night, we ran Shawn's car to his Aunt Susie so that she could borrow it for the weekend for Uncle Mike's food visit, and really until Thanksgiving as Shawn doesn't have any travel this week.  She doesn't have a car, but really because she doesn't need one most of the time as she lives very close walking or biking distance to her work and honestly, if Shawn doesn't need his car we don't mind letting her borrow it when she does.  The kids were just so thrilled to see her.  She's so sweet and great with the kids.

Saturday was Turducken day.  We packed the car full with Tiemanns, Torren, and yummy food, and headed to Buck's house. We ate as soon as we got there and then spent the rest of the afternoon socializing, and playing with Buck's many pets.

After we left Buck's house, we went to the Legends for the Christmas tree lighting.  I missed the actual tree lighting as I was trying to talk Rylie out of going to T-Rex's for dinner.  She saw dinosaurs and ever since we watched Jurassic World, she's been obsessed.  All of the kids have been really.

I promised we'll eat there very soon and we went running towards the tree only to be about 30 seconds too late.  Oh well, it's not the only Christmas celebration we're going to this season, it looked really beautiful anyway, and Shawn assured me that we didn't miss much.

We also did get to take the big kids' and Torren's picture with the Dinosaur from T-Rex's.

Torren just kept saying "It's not even Thanksgiving yet!" through the entire Christmas tree lighting, but I don't care.  I love it!!!  We decided to not take the kids pictures with Santa yet, as the line was incredibly long, we hope to watch Santa get rescued from Weavers here in town, and then he'll be at Weavers until Christmas.

After we were done at the Christmas tree lighting we came back home.  Torren, Kelly and Adam came with us.  We opened the Loot Crate after we got home, and these awesome Shredder sunglasses came in it.

After the kids went to bed, we all watched Terminator Genisys and had a super late night.

We have a fun week coming up.  The kids only have school Monday and Tuesday.  Ben still has in clay class and Sydney still has dance class on Monday night, but for the rest of the week, there are no extra-curriculars. Woohoo! Wednesday is for lots of cooking. Thursday is Thanksgiving which will be full of family and yummy food. Friday may be for shopping, and definitely for decorating and watching Santa get rescued from Weavers and the downtown Christmas lighting.  I'm so excited!

Also, this year I think I'm going to attempt Blogmas and Vlogmas.  I have some topics written down so I can get started queing them up, but if anyone has any ideas or something you'd like to see, let me know.  I'll see what I can do.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


We have had some truly gloomy and rainy weather here lately.  I don't know about you, but that makes me want to go into hibernation mode.  I just want to curl up in my home, watch movies, read, crochet, edit videos, blog, and of course cuddle my babies.

Sometimes they let me cuddle them and sometimes they cuddle each other.

I find that we spend so much time out and about during the week, and even the weekend, that on days the kids don't have school, I just want to chill at home.  I'm such a homebody anyway.

That's where I am today... sitting at home, feet up on the ottoman, watching a movie while the girls play with ponies and watch Yo Gabba Gabba.

Today is early release day, or Wacky Wednesday as they call it at school, so I pick the kids up at 1:30 and Ben has an art class tonight from 4-5:30.  Other than those times, I plan to be at home, nice and cozy.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

So, I'm here today, much happier than I have been in my past few posts.  We've had our rough moments and hiccups, but the days truly seem better with the kids and I.  I'm so thankful that I have a place like my blog and my vlog to just vent.  Let it all out and move forward with my life instead of continued wallowing.  Hey, maybe I helped someone else feel not so alone in this world of social media, where everything looks perfect, all of the time.

I don't know about you.  I honestly have a really wonderful and blessed life, but it's not always great and happy. That's what I'm here for, to mostly share good times and memories, but from time to time, to break down, cry, and pour my heart out.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Turning Things Around

So, while the broccoli cooks for dinner, I thought I'd sit down and escape my life for a moment or two.  Tune out the constant tantrum Rylie has been in all day and have a moment of mommy time.  I read a recent blog post by my friend Sandra.  She's always got words of wisdom, and sometimes, I feel like she's looking in my windows and the posts are really about me and my life.  I know that's weird, but today, it really spoke to me.

Sandra's post was talking about how she was going to get on here to post about how life is so unfair and how bad things are but instead realized that maybe her negative thinking is bringing the negativity to her.  Maybe, I'm doing the same.  Most of my posts lately have been about the tantrums, the not listening, and the disrespect at home.

I should be happy with what I have.  I have a roof over my head, a wonderful loving husband, and four beautiful children that ::gasp:: occasionally act like children. I think my posts were intended really to show that life isn't all rainbows and butterflies all the time, like social media often portrays, and also to maybe get some advice on how to handle these situations.  My kids surely aren't the first to invite over friends without my permission, fight with each other, or throw a tantrum after trying to steal beverages from a random event because I wouldn't let her have a drink.

Here's what I'm going to do.  I'm going to try and step back from the woe is me attitude.  No more tears for me.  I'm the boss apple sauce.  I will consult my mommy self help books, the internet, and maybe even ask for advice in mommy groups on Facebook.  I'm going to pray for help getting through the awful threes and try to remember all of these struggles when it's Scotland's turn.

In good news, Ben's doing better in school, or so his daily reports say.  I'm glad that, at least for now, we've got a system in place that seems to help him.  Sydney also did marathon club for the entire time today instead of getting bored and deciding to quit early.

Ben and Sydney are also quite helpful most of the time around the house.  I can't let a few issues make them out to be brats because honestly they are really good kids.  Rylie is a good kid, she just is going through a really hard phase right now. Scotland, well she's sweet Scotland. She's full of hugs and cuddles, and can be ornery but really is just a sweet girl. We'll see what I have to say when the Terrible Twos roll around.

Alright, dinner is done.  I must get these kids fed so they can shower and go to sleep.  This mommy is exhausted and could use a little me time.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Another Rough Day

Today was and still is a struggle.  Last night, we were up later than the kids should have been.  I know, I'm to blame.  I knew last night that today would be rough.  I didn't realize it would be this bad. I'm on the verge of shutting myself in my room with a giant glass of wine and crying my eyes out while the children fend for themselves downstairs.  I'm not going to, but boy do I want to.

The days have to get better right?  This is just a rough patch, please tell me this is just a rough patch!

Rylie refuses to eat anything I cook.  I know what you mom's are thinking.  She'll eat when she's hungry.  Nope, really she won't.  She cries for something else, something specific.  I love my kids but I'm not making everybody a separate meal. I know, the easy thing would be to just clear the table and then, come time for the next meal, she'll eat.  Can I really send a kid to school without eating, if I know she's hungry?

Today, my five year old invited a friend over without my permission.  It put me on the spot and I should have said no, but I didn't.  That's something I have to live with.  I had plans to lounge around and do a craft and watch a movie or two.  I told them that this morning, but it was no good. Her friend is a sweet girl who was very well behaved, but Sydney felt the need to act out in front of her friend which I wasn't thrilled with. I don't mind the kids having friends over either, I just wanted one day with nothing to do, and today was perfect since it was rainy and cold. Well, we didn't get a craft in or a movie.

The fighting between the kids is beyond what I can handle right now.  Today, Ben had toys on the couch that he wasn't playing with at all.  In fact he was playing in another part of the house, came out to find Rylie playing with the toys he abandoned, so he took them from her and pushed her, not once but twice to the floor. I jumped in and corrected him, or so I thought, but then he started yelling that he'd hurt her if she touched it again. This kind of stuff happens nonstop here and I don't know what to do.  I've tried times outs and grounding them, taking away iPads, video games, tv, and legos. I am so tired of yelling and after yesterday and today, my voice is mostly gone.  No, I'm not sick, just yelling at my kids.

I don't want to be the mom that yells at her kids.  I really don't and to be honest, it doesn't do any good when I do it. Why is it that when I get to yelling and then can't stop, if it doesn't help and doesn't make me feel any better either?

Alright, bed time is here and Ben is finishing up homework.  Wish me luck for a better day tomorrow.  I can't handle too many more of these days.  I already threaten them with me getting a job and the kids going to a daycare that will keep them separate from each other.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Should I Be Doing Something?

This is the question I keep asking myself today... Should I be doing something?

The summer and even the last few months have been so busy.  I spent many days feeling like I was drowning, but seeing the joy and excitement on my kids faces kept me going.  The life of a stay at home mom is more insane than I ever imagined it to be.  I spend my days driving kids to and from school, soccer, dance, art classes, and anywhere else they need to be.  Then, there is the housework. My house has been a pig sty for the last several months.  Thank goodness my husband is so understanding and helpful.  He's jumped in, helping with more loads of laundry and dishes than I'd care to admit.

This last week though, I've been up on the housework.  I've had time in my day to get things done and I don't really know where it came from.  All week my house has looked quite clean, lived in, but clean. This morning, after dropping the kids off at school, I came home, folded a load of laundry swept, vacuumed, fed the little girls, and did the dishes.  I've been ordering my groceries online and they were delivered at about 9:30 this morning.  I had all of my housework done and the groceries put away by 9:45 today.  I've been watching Ben and Holly with the girls, playing with barbies with Rylie, editing my video from last week, and getting lots of snuggles.

It all feels so weird, like I should be doing something.  During Scotland's rest time and Rylie's rest time, I sat down and watched last night Grey's Anatomy.  Through the entire episode I kept checking the time.  I was sure I needed to be at the school picking up Ben and Sydney.  It's bizarre that I even have enough time to sit and watch a whole show.

In about 10 minutes I have to go pick up Ben and Sydney from school.  Provided the playground isn't too wet, I'll let the kids play for a little bit, at least until Boys and Girls Club comes out. Then we'll come home, and once again, we have nothing to do, but cook dinner and watch a movie as a family tonight.

I'm hoping for more wonderful days like today in my near future. Now, I'm off to change Scotland and then pick up Ben and Syd.  Tonight, Hocus Pocus and Chicken Enchilada Casserole.