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Day 7 of 30

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 by by

Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you


This little guy has had the biggest impact on my life.

Who is he? The one and only Zach-Zoo, aka Zachary Evan, my oldest baby.

I could list the multitudes of ways that I was ruining my life as a teen. I could list the ways I purposely held myself back in school so that I was close to failing. I could list the unneeded stress and heartache I added to my mother and step-father’s life. But I won’t. I cherish keeping just a touch of my past from my blog. Trust me, you don’t need to know it all, and even if you did I would just have to disappoint you. (Though I do hate to disappoint you my readers) That sweet boy changed my life. Even if I didn’t love him more than life itself for being my boy and one of the best sons on the planet, I’d love him for all he has done for me.

He made me grow up and take a good hard long look at my life. And after I took that look I had to admit, I was doing a hell of a job destroying it. He gave me the motivation to turn it around and to make me someone he can be proud to say is his mom.


FlyLady — Taking it Baby Steps at a Time

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I found a blog the other day , H20 at Home with Kerri, and I love this blog. It has a lot of great insight and a lot of useful information. So, go check it out, follow her and tell her I sent you over there, because you really don’t want to miss out on her useful information she has to offer!

Well, before I get into about my venture here…I feel that I have to say whats up…and why I am going the route of the venture…

Do you every feel like you are in a Slump? Seriously, do you?  Well, I do! But the problem is, it is not just one day, it is everyday all the time. I don’t know why, but I do, just…I don’t even know what just means…But still. I come home from work and do the necessities to keep the kids going and just trying to keep up with 3 kids. But honestly I’m exhausted after working all day, coming home and doing all the necessities, playing with the kids, dinner time, bath time and everything else, I don’t really feel like doing anything else. When the kids are finally down to sleep most times I fall asleep with them (and my intentions are not to do that), which means…

• The house is a mess
• I didn’t put in that load of laundry that I (more…)


Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 by by

“So, Mom?”

“Yes, Sir.”

“Can I touch your chest place private parts?”

“What’s up?”

“Why do ladies have (more…)

bumGenius! 4.0 One Size Pocket Review

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 by by

If you have been reading my blog for a while you probably know that I am a “fan” of bumGenius! products.  I have been using their 3.0′s since my son fit into them (around 12-14 pounds, leak free) and their Elementals (Organic AIO’s) since I bought a few when he was a couple of months old.  I have reviewed the 3.0 (BG 3.0 Review) and Elemental (Elemental- FMA BG Organic AIO- review) already.  I won’t say I was disappointed when they announced that the 3.0 was being discontinued since I knew the next diaper (I correctly predicted would be called 4.0) would be very similar with a few improvements.  The most obvious improvement they needed to make, improving the hook and loop closure and adding snaps, were both realized.  Bonus improvements: the ability to easily replace elastic and a higher rise.  They also added new colors, which I am not a huge fan of.  I will specifically say I am not a fan of their names.  Why must color names be so confusing?  Case in point:  I ordered 2 bumGenius! 4.0′s to review, one with hook and loop and one in snaps.  I ordered 2 of the new colors: Noodle and Bubble.  I didn’t double check what the colors were.  Bubble= lavender.  Let me ask you, when you think of a bubble, do you think of purple or blue?  Water=blue.  Bubbles=blue.  Also, the color Sweet reminds me of lavender or pink.  That is pale blue.  Noodle is the (more…)


The sisterly bond!

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 by by

Emersyn has started interacting with Gaby a lot lately – and it is so cute, never fails to bring a little tear to my eye.  When I’m changing her in the morning, Gaby sits beside her, and Emersyn won’t stop smiling – and ‘talks’ away to her – VERY cute!!  It’s really lovely seeing that sisterly bond starting to strengthen – I know that Gaby adores Emersyn & loves her to bits, but it is really cool seeing those same feelings starting to show, in Emersyn, with regard to Gaby.

I can’t wait until they can start playing together, and start having fun together – although I’m sure once that begins, so will the arguments & tears.  But I’m even looking forward to those – although I’m sure I’ll soon get sick of them!

Hard to think that this time last year, Emersyn didn’t exist – the idea of a sibling for Gaby, was merely a thought, but now she’s here with us, and our lives have changed so much – it’s hard to even remember back to what was going on this time last year, because it seems like another life.

No matter how hard things are, between Gaby’s tantrums, and Emersyn’s ‘tough’ days, I always count my blessings – because I’m so lucky to have two wonderful, happy, healthy, beautiful little girls.  I find it hard to believe that *I* have been so lucky.. that someone felt that I deserved these two little blessings.

Watching the morning news together

The Mommy Belly Diaries: Start Week Two

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 by by

This week I have a couple things on my agenda:

1. Balance out my nutrition a little more.
2. Find ways to make gym cardio bearable.
3. Knock out the strength stuff earlier in the day.

The weather is back up into the upper nineties again so I’m really loathing the idea of doing anything outside.
Here is my list of exercises this week.

At Home:

Life, love and preggo hormones!

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 by by

In the last few days, a few friends have asked about how Hubs and I met, so then I got a little sappy.  Now, I’m going to share with the virtual world!  Once upon a time, in a land far far away… wait, wrong story…

When I was 18, my best friend starting dating this guy.  Bestie starting telling me about his roommate and saying we’d be so “perfect”.  Since her previous dating suggestions were a little far off, and this guy was 10 years older than me, I declined.  For about a year, I blew her off every time she encouraged me to meet him.  Then came December 31st, 2003.  Bestie fought me tooth and nail to go with her to a New Year’s party at her boyfriend’s house.  I wasn’t a partier, I didn’t drink, and I hated being “Party Mom” all the time, but I went anyway.  Around 10 or so, this guy walks in the door in grubby work clothes; work boots, faded black carpenter jeans (that just happened to be from the same retail store I worked in), a hooded sweatshirt and a beanie.  But, he was still cute.

We started talking and it turned out he was the old roommate.  Even though he didn’t live there anymore, he would bring his dog over to that house while he worked.  He’d just gotten off work and was swinging by to pick up the dog before going to another friend’s party.  We chatted for a while and I thought I was hot stuff in my heeled boots, tight jeans, black shirt, corduroy jacket and cute belt.  Bestie, who was very drunk by this time, decided to (more…)



Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 by by

Tomorrow my little boy starts Kindergarden.  When did he get so big?  I know tomorrow morning will be filled with picture taking and tears (mine!).

Neuroblastoma can be hereditary.  It’s rare, but happens.  Ava has some symptoms of mature NB and will have some work-ups done later this week while she’s in-patient for surgery.  Catacholamines will be tested.  Her CT scan was reassuring, as it only showed some lung issues.   Do I think she has NB?  No, I do not.  It’s better to be safe, though.

Ryan vs. The Playground

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 by by

Ryan – 0, Playground 1


Whilst running on the playground Ryan fell, then bumped his chin on a step on the slide. The slide steps are plastic and rounded – yet he managed to bust open his chin. Nice. It’s a bit over an inch long and before it was glued together the widest part (in the middle) was over a 1/4 an inch wide. He really did a number on himself. Our choices were six stitches or trying the glue stuff – we went the glue route.

God won’t give you more than you can handle.

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 by by

This is another one of those platitudes that I hate.  What makes it worse is that this one is based in scripture, so everyone takes it as true. (I’m not going to get into a scriptural discussion here.  I’ll just leave it as I think it’s been constantly misinterpreted)

It doesn’t make sense, though, that God wouldn’t allow us more trials than we can handle.  What are the purpose of trials?  As anyone religious and they’d tell you that we have trials to make our faith stronger.  Okay, that I can accept, it’s held true in my life.  But think of it, when someone is trying to build muscle strength, do they stop at what they can handle?  No.  They push until they go past what they can handle.  During training, they tear their muscles.  And when those muscles heal and build themselves back, they are stronger than they were before.  So then, why would God not allow us anything we can’t handle if we are to become stronger?

I can’t handle this.  I said it my entire life, especially after the death of Kade.  I held that scripture that I spoke of earlier as (more…)