"I'm a mother, I'm a lover, a chef, a referee. I'm a doctor, and a chauffeur seven days a week. I ain't asking for a medal, yeah I know you work too. I'd just like a little credit where credit is due. It's the hardest gig I've ever known. I work my fingers to the bone. Yeah the dishes and the diapers never stop. Lousy pay, there ain't no 401K. I know this may come as a shock, but this here's a full time job!"--Full Time Job sung by Gretchen Wilson

Monday, November 7, 2011

Long Time No Write!

Hi all!  Yes, it has been an incredibly long time since I last posted.  I have just really not been in a "blogging" mood for the last couple of months.  But, I decided that it was time to get back on the horse so to speak.  I miss writing so here I am.

It is November and on Facebook, I like to post at least one thing that I am thankful for every day.  I usually end up posting more than that, but I think it is a great way to remind myself of the awesome blessings I have in my life.  I think what I am going to do is expound on those blessings here for all of my (couple) of readers to enjoy!

November 1st-This day I was thankful for my family.  I am so blessed by my wonderful husband, 3 beautiful children, my parents, my in-laws, my wonderful cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.  I am so blessed.

November 2nd-This day I was so thankful for the amazing women on my MOPS steering team (leadership team).  They are incredible.  They are strong, awesome, faithful women and I learn so much from them every day!  I was also thankful for amazing time with my mom that day.  We really enjoyed time together just the two of us, which we don't get a lot of now with the kiddos.

November 3rd-That morning I was thankful for 15 minutes that I got to spend with my kids while we were all hanging out in my bed.  It is so much fun when they play together and all leap on mommy!  I was also thankful for sweet moms that help out other moms.  A friend picked up L and brought her home for me and it was a great help.  I was also thankful that my sweet friend Carli taught me how to knit.  Knitting is my escape and I would be lost without it.

November 4th-I was thankful for childcare at a local church so that E and I could have a little time to ourselves.  We went grocery shopping together by ourselves.  It was fantastic!!

November 5th-My children took sweet pictures on this Saturday so that we could have a nice picture for our church directory.  They didn't even throw ANY fits!  It was fantastic!  I was also so thankful for sweet little kid voices praising God at church.  I am really enjoying being the children's choir director!

November 6th-I am thankful that I am able to sing.  I love that I can use my voice to praise God, to sing my sweet children to sleep, or to just enjoy myself. 

And today, today I am so thankful for my sweet babies (who aren't really babies any more!).  They are my angels and I am blessed to be their Mommy!

So, that is my catch up on thankfullness!  What are YOU thankful for?!!?

Have a great day!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Super Quick 5QF

This is a super quick Five Question Friday as I am tired and need a shower before heading to bed.  Feel free to join in!!

1. What is your favorite summer time activity?

Eating grilled food!!  I also just like sitting outside and looking at the fireflies.

2. Do you have one laundry soap you stick to, or do you buy whatever's on sale?
We use Purex (I think that is what it is called!).

3. What is your favorite dinner to make in the summer?
Grilled steak, baked potatoes, and corn on the cob with some light summery dessert.

4. Do you have any talents?
Yes, I sing, I knit, I sew, I am pretty creative, I write, and I can make lots of different voices while reading stories to the kids.  Oh, and I can usually remember the majority of lyrics to songs after hearing them only once.  My dad once told me if I applied that to studying, I would probably graduate from Harvard.  I didn't, so I didn't. :)

5. If you could instantly be an expert in something, what would it be? Why?
Physical training.  Then I would hopefully be better at keeping myself motivated in the gym and out of the kitchen!

Have a great weekend!!
With Love!

Friday, June 10, 2011


Happy Friday!!  Ready for a little Five Question Friday over at My Little Life?  Want to join in?  Go over and grab the questions and make sure you link up!!

1. How close to your childhood dreams is your life now?  No where near!  I wanted to be either a meteorologist or a genetic engineer.  Now I am a wife and mom.  Kind of different I'd say.

2. What is one must have item for the summer?  Cute Sandals and SUNSCREEN!!  The cute sandals should be obvious if you've read the blog at all...I love me some cute shoes!  Sunscreen is a must.  I have already had some malignant spot scares (luckily none have been!), so I try not to forget it.  My kids almost always have it on.  They don't really like it, but I wish I knew then what I know now!

3. Do you have your kids stay up on school stuff during summer vacation? (Or, if you don't have kiddos, did your parents make you keep up on school stuff during summer?)  My kiddos are still pretty young.  L will be going to Kindergarten in the fall, so we really haven't figured out what kind of things she needs to "stay up on".  However, we are working on reading some more and trying to make sure she knows things that she should when she goes to school, like making sure she knows how to write her letters and tie her shoes.

4. Do you can or freeze fresh produce?  Nope.  This isn't my kind of thing.  I wish it was though.

5. Do you get ready for the day first thing in the morning?  It totally depends on what we have going on that day.  If I have to be some place, then yes, I get ready first thing.  If not, then I will usually hang out in my PJ's.

Have a great one!!
With Love!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I Saw God Today

Last night on my way home from Knittervention, I was listening to the radio.  George Strait's song "I Saw God Today" came on and just about made me cry.  I decided that as part of my big life makeover, I am going to make sure I see God everyday.  Whether it is something big or small, I will see those things that prove God is in our lives and sometimes whispering and sometimes SHOUTING at us to see him.  I will make sure I acknowledge what I see and give thanks to HIM for those moments.

Today, I was at the gym with J and M (L has been at Vacation Bible School this week).  It is very warm here right now and I didn't relish the thought of taking the little ones out to the park in the heat.  So, I took some soccer balls and we played in the gymnasium at my gym.  I watched J and M play with each other and run around chasing the soccer balls and these bean bags that have been left (I threw them and they would go get them and bring them back).  It was nothing exciting, but the way J laughed and giggled, you would have thought we were at Disney World.  She kept saying "I've got it." or "I'll get it Mommy!" or "M keeps kicking my ball!" (well, not all moments are perfect!).  I just reveled in her speaking so well.  Last January (2010), her vocabulary consisted of the word "mommy" and of screams.  Now, she is speaking SO incredibly well.  Then we went and picked up L from VBS.  On the way home, I had the CD of the music for L's VBS playing.  Both girls were sitting in the back singing to each other.  Very clearly, I could hear J singing "Big Apple Adventure; where faith and love connect, Jesus directs my future."  Hearing my sweet J giggle and laugh and sing words that most 3 year olds might not be able to say, let alone ones that have been through speech therapy; Yeah, I Saw God Today.

With Love!

Monday, June 6, 2011

A New Thing Here: Make Over Monday

I have been trying to make some changes in my life.  I have talked about most of them on here several times.  When it comes to how I look, I have struggled for a very long time with accepting myself.  I wrote this post back in March about really trying to accept who I am.  I have been doing a lot better.  I really have.  Then there is my faith and I am SO happy to be back on the path I know I need to be on: God's path.  I know he's always been there waiting for me, but it has taken me some time to find my way back to him.  But, I know I am where I need to be now.

Over the weekend though, I gave some thought to what I was doing in my life.  I am happy, but I think there are ways I could make my wonderful life better.  So, for that reason, I have come up with a new thing here on Full Time Job.  As of today, Mondays will be known as "Make Over Monday".  Mondays are going to be the day in which I post about the work I am doing to make over my heart, my soul, my body, and improving on my faith.  I am hoping that by doing this, it will help make me a better woman, a better wife, a better mother, a better friend, and a better child of God. 

I am participating in a Bible and book study on Facebook about the book Do You Think I Am Beautiful? by Angela Thomas.  I am hoping that this study will help me with the heart, soul, and faith make over.

I'm still working on ways to make myself a better mother.  Any advice there is appreciated!!

In order to work on the body makeover, I have recommitted myself to the gym and to eating right.  I worked so hard last year and this year I have really not kept up with it and gained some weight back (yes, I know I have mentioned this before and I need to get over it.).  But now, I am truly motivated to get the weight off once and for all and to be a good example of healthy for my children. 

So, I will be posting here about what I have been up to and how I am progressing on my make over.  And yes, for the record, when I have hit a certain point (and I'm not really positive at what point that will be) I plan on getting an actual make over.  I'm thinking a new hair color and some knew shoes.  We'll see though.

Right now I am going to finish reading my chapter for Do You Think I Am Beautiful?.  I hope you all have a wonderful day!!
With Love!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!

Today is Memorial Day, but in our house, it has been FAMILY day.  We have had an absolutely wonderful day playing together as a family.  First, we all slept in a little bit.  Then, after doing some things around the house, we all got around and got dressed and headed out the door.  We surprised the kids with a trip to our local zoo, the Columbian Park Zoo.  It was VERY busy, but so fun.  We saw lots of animals, like wallabies, monkeys, tortoises, bald eagles (only appropriate on this Memorial Day).  We also saw a very pretty llama that made my heart hurt for it.  Someone really needed to clean the shavings out of the poor animal.  He (she?) was so soft though and had such kind eyes.  I have a soft spot for llamas since people make yarn out of their fleeces.  I actually asked the zoo employee what they do with the fleece when they shear the llama (yes, I am a nerd, but come on you knew that already!).  For the record, the shearer takes it.  The kids really liked the butterflies and the goats the best I think.  The girls enjoyed looking for prairie dogs in their tunnels, but we didn't see any today.  Maybe next time.  Here are some pics of the kiddos at the zoo:

After the zoo, we watched the Memorial Day Parade.  L asked why they were having a parade.  We explained to her the reason we celebrate Memorial Day.  We told her it is to thank those that have served in any of our armed forces, our police, and the fire department, or anyone who works and serves to keep us and our country safe.  She has been asking questions about death (I think this has something to do with the funerals I have been singing at), so we had to explain to her that we particularly want to give thanks for those that have died while serving our country.  She said she understood and we watched the parade.  Afterwards, we were driving past a cemetery and there were a lot of American flags posted at the graves.  She asked, "Is that why we celebrate Memorial Day?".  Yes L, yes it is.  She is so smart.

Then we went to McDonald's for lunch.  We even went inside.  This is an exciting thing for my kids because we RARELY go inside when we get McD's.  If I am by myself, it is just too difficult for me to handle all three of them.  I would rather go through the drive-through and bring it home.  Anyway, we had lunch and then treated the kids to ice cream cones.  The evidence is below!

We decided to make a list of things we want to do as a family this summer.  Then we will see how many of them we can get done before Labor Day.  Our list is already pretty long.  But, we are open for any ideas you have!

Everyone but mom is napping now, but after the Diet Coke from McD's, I'm a little wired.  I am going to knit a little while watching the Cubbies play Houston.  Trying to come up with more things to do with the kids when they wake up.  What a great day it has been!  I hope that your day has been wonderful too.

Before I go though, I want to post a big, huge, gigantic THANK YOU to all of our service men and women; past, present, and future.  I know that our freedom isn't free, and I appreciate so much the price you are willing to pay to keep us all safe.  May the Lord be with all of you.  Thank you.

With Love!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Getting To Know You Sunday

I am joining in on MannLand5's Getting To Know You again.  I'd love for you to check out my answers and then do some of your own.  Make sure you link up and let me know so I can check your answers out too!

The Questions:

1. What's your favorite rainy day activity?  It should come as no surprise what the answer to this question is.  But, for the uninformed (just kidding!), my favorite rainy day activity is knitting.  I also love to read and take a nap if I am able!

2. What time do you go to bed?  I think I answered a similar question on Friday.  My bedtime completely depends on how I feel and what is going on the next morning.  Sometimes I got to bed at 9pm when E does, and sometimes I stay up until midnight or so.  It also depends on what is on TV and what I am doing.  If I am knitting something really fun (and let's face it, all knitting is fun!), then I tend to get sucked in and stay up to finish "just one more row".

3. How many magazines do you subscribe to?  Let's see, I have a subscription for "Family Circle" and "Taste Of Home".  My wonderful hubby bought me a subscription for "Interweave Knits".  So, three subscriptions. I think that is it.  I might be missing one.

4. Did you sell all your belongings because you thought the world was ending yesterday?  Uh, no.  I did not at all believe that the world was ending yesterday.  I know that when that time comes, I can't take anything with me, except for the love I have for my family and friends and the faith and love I have for God. 

5. What's your beauty obsession?  I don't know that I really have a beauty "obsession", but we will go with shoes.  I LOVE my shoes. 

6. If you could only wear one designer/brand for the rest of your life...what would it be?  I seriously have absolutely NO idea.  I am not a designer shopper and have never really stressed about what the labels on my clothes read.  I remember once my grandparents very kindly bought me a pair of GUESS? jeans (am I totally dating myself there?).  They weren't very comfortable to me, so I returned them for 3 pairs of jeans that were really comfortable.  Comfort is much more important in my eyes.

7. What's your summer must have?  Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!!  I have had a couple of skin cancer scares and I am a big believer in sunscreen.  I make sure the kids wear it too!!

8. Do you make weekly dinner menus?   I don't really make an actual menu, but I do try and think ahead of what I'm going to make for the week. 

I also have a little favor to ask of you.  My sweet friend Natalie over at Mommy On Fire is in the running for the Circle of Moms Top 25 Faith Bloggers.  Check out her blog and if you like what you read (which I KNOW you will), click on this link: HERE and vote for her.  You can vote once a day!  Thank you so much!!!

Have a great day and a wonderful upcoming week!!
With Love!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Grandma Visits & A Little 5QF!

Today has been a wonderful day in the life of me.  My mom is up visiting and we spent a wonderful day together yesterday and today.  She came up yesterday and went to the park with me and all three kids for L's very last day of pre-school.  Then we went to L's last soccer game of the season and my aunt, and my cousin, and her husband, and son (my godson) came and watched and then after running over to L's Kindergarten for a couple of things, we went to dinner.  We had a large group at Pizza Hut, but it was a lot of fun.  Once home and after the kids were in bed, my mom and I went for a 3.5 mile walk and stayed up chatting until late.  Then today we went shopping some and had lunch with my aunt and cousin.  She has decided to stay another night and will leave in the morning, but it has really been a great day.  I have really missed her a lot and have truly enjoyed this visit.

Now, how about a little 5 Question Friday?  If you want to participate, head on over to My Little Life and get the questions.  Answer them on your blog and make sure you link up!!

1. Do you and your spouse go to bed at the same time?  We sometimes go to bed at the same time.  It depends on how tired I am.  My hubby gets up pretty early, so he usually goes to bed early.  If I am sleepy, I will go to bed when he does.  If not, well, then I tend to stay up too late!

2. A question for the ladies...What kind of facial hair do you like on your man?  My hubby has no facial hair and I like that.  But, I LOVE it when he grows out his goatee.  He rarely does this, but I absolutely love the look on him.  I know it is a lot of maintenance though, so I understand that he doesn't want to wear it that way usually.

3. What's the worst vacation you've ever taken?  I don't know that I've ever taken a "bad" vacation. E and I have only been on one real vacation and that was our honeymoon.  We might have gone on a bad one when I was growing up, but I don't really remember.  Is there even such a thing as a bad vacation?  I could use a vacation so bad right now, I think I might gladly take a bad one!!

4. What's the first-ever blog you followed?  I am pretty sure that I first started following The Yarn Harlot.  I didn't really get into blogs too much until I read hers.  Then I really got into it.  She is HILARIOUS!!  As a knitter, it makes me feel better that I am not the only one that may let the dishes slide just so I can finish "one more row"!

5. Do you enjoy amusement parks?  I do enjoy amusement parks.  But, that is mainly because I LOVE and I do mean LOVE roller coasters!!  I am a coaster fanatic.  I haven't been on one in a while, and I am really jonesing for that rush.  I might have to figure out to save up some money so E and I could take a trip to Cedar Point or Kings Island and ride some good ones.  Yes, we are closer to Indiana Beach, but I said I want GOOD coasters.

I hope you all have had a great week!  Happy Friday!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pre-school Graduation

I can not believe the time has come that my beautiful L has graduated from Pre-School.  The past 5.5 years have gone SO fast.  She was very cute today as they sang songs and received their "diplomas".  L received an achievement award for being a "Terrific Helper".  I am very proud of her!!

I also wanted to let you know about a contest my sweet friend Natalie is doing over at her AWESOME blog Mommy On Fire.  Natalie is an uber-talented writer and is incredibly inspiring.  She has been a wonderful support to me as I have found my way back to my faith.  I really just can not say enough wonderful things about this kind, sweet, beautiful woman.  She cares so much for the people around her, she is a wonderful mother, and she is an incredibly strong believer.  I adore Natalie.  So, I really really think you should go check out her blog!!!  Besides, she is giving away a $20 gift certificate for Dayspring.  There are some seriously cool and inspiring things for the home there!!  Again, it is Mommy On Fire!

Have a great Wednesday!
With Love!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

When Kids Are Sick...

I had some amazing women over last night to knit and have some girl time.  It was so much fun and I had some great conversations.  I didn't get much knitting done, but that was all right.  I just really enjoyed the time with friends.  Three of us hung out until about 11:30 discussing our Faith and what it means to be Catholic.  We talked about seeing God everywhere and how God gives us what we need when we need it.  I really enjoyed the time.

I ended up getting to bed pretty late and then couldn't fall asleep so I read for a while.  Once I finally got to sleep, I heard L crying about 2 o'clock this morning.  I went in to check on her and she said her head hurt.  I gave her some Tylenol and sent her back to bed.  Then, I stayed up for about another two hours worrying about her.  She has been coughing for a couple of days, so I was worried that something more was wrong.  I still don't know what was the matter with her, but she woke up feeling much better this morning.  But, as I laid in bed last night, I couldn't help thinking, "What if it isn't just a head ache?" and "I hope it isn't strep or something."  And, I won't even go into the worst case scenario thoughts that float through my head. I know that as moms we are hard-wired to worry about our children (well, most of us, I'm not going to get into the moms that don't take care of their children, that whole situation just makes me super sad), but is there anyway to turn off that little voice in my head at 4am?  I really couldn't go back to sleep until about 4, when I went in and checked on her and she was snoring.  I finally was able to fall asleep, but as soon as I heard her cough this morning about 6am, I was wide awake scared that something was wrong.  Once I calmed down and thought I'd go back to sleep, M woke up and I was up for good.  But, that is what being a parent is, isn't it?  We put their needs first and that is the way it should be.  That said.  I am exhausted today!!

I hope you all have a wonderful day.  And, for me, well, for me I hope I get a nap later!!
With Love!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Getting To Know You

Happy Sunday!!  I am getting in on MannLand5's "Getting To Know You" BlogHop.  Want to join me?  Well, read my answers, then head on over to MannLand5, get the questions, post and answer them on your blog and make sure you link up!!!

The Questions:

1. Have you ever gone to see a movie by yourself?  No, but I would have no problem doing it.  I would actually LOVE to go to the movies by myself.  It would be awesome to sit and watch a movie and knit.  Yes, I knit during movies.  It is not difficult, promise!

2. Would you rather go through a tornado or a hurricane?  I've actually been through 3 tornados in my life.  Once my mom and I couldn't get to the basement fast enough and we watched one go across the back yard.  Then the next summer I was visiting my aunt and uncle and we were in the basement watching out of the little windows and we watched one come up and go right over the house and then a few minutes later, another one came and went right over the house.  But then again, come to think of it, I was in Florida when Hurricane Erin went through Florida.  To be honest, I really would rather avoid any and all weather related fiascos.  I hate and I mean hate and am severely scared of bad weather!!

3. Have you made summer vacation plans?  We probably won't do anything special this weekend as we are trying to save our pennies.  But, hopefully we can get in some fun mini trips and some trips to grandma and grandpa's house!

4. What's your favorite accessory?  My shoes, most definitely my shoes.  Hands down, no questions. Well, wait.  I forgot about my hats.  My shoes and my hats.  Yes, my shoes and my hats.

5. Have you ever been thrown a surprise party?  My mom through me a little one on my 16th birthday, but it was just family.  It was fun though. 

6. Are you friends with your neighbors?  I am friends with my direct neighbors, the ones on either side of our house.  But that is it.  I know no one else on our street!  That is sad, yes I know, but some of the people in our cul-da-sac seem to be a little sketchy so we tend to avoid them!

7. What's the last movie you saw in the theater?  We went and saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.  A sweet friend watched the kids for us.  E and I have seen all of the HP movies together in the theater.  I even had to get special permission from my OBGYN to go see The Half-Blood Prince since I was on bed rest.  I can not WAIT for Part 2 of The Deathly Hallows to come out!  There are a TON of movies I want to see this year though.  I'm sure I will wait until some of them come out on DVD, but we will see!

8 What's your favorite food network show?  I guess Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.  My favorite food type show though is Man Vs. Food, even thought it is on the Travel Channel.  It makes me super hungry every time!!

Well, I hope you all had a great weekend!

With Love

Friday, May 13, 2011

Five Question Friday

It is Friday, so here are the answers to "Five Question Friday"!  If you want to join, click on the link below, go get the questions and put them on your blog.  Make sure you leave me a note and let me know so I can check you out too!!

1. Tube socks, calf socks, crew, ankle, none? It depends on what I am doing.  I prefer "no-show" socks while I am working out.  But, my favorite socks are Knee-high ones!  I LOVE them!!

2. Was your child's (children's) name a mutual decision or was it a debate? If you don't have children, do you plan on giving your spouse a say, or do you have a name you MUST have, regardless if your other half likes it or not?! There really wasn't any debate about our names.  I had knows L's name for a long time.  I think the only debate was about M's middle name.  I originally wanted Jesse and E wasn't thrilled about it with the name M's name.  Then, we both decided on George kind of at the same time. 

3. What is your favorite type of weather? Fall, hands down.  I love it when the weather gets cool enough to wear jeans, sweaters and knee high socks (see question #2) and most importantly, boots!!

4. If left to your own devices, what time would you wake up every day? If I didn't have to wake up with the kids, I would totally sleep until I absolutely had to wake up!!

5. Have you bought your cemetery plots yet? No, I have no intention on being buried in the ground.  I have a serious fear of spiders and worms and even though I know people are buried in "insect-proof" caskets and all, I shiver at the thought.  It's weird though, because I'm completely piro-phobic as well, but for some reason that doesn't bother me.  I plan on being cremated and having my ashes spread at my parents' farm.

With Love

My Man

I sang at a funeral this morning and I got a lot more emotional than I thought I would get.  The funeral was for a gentleman from our church whose wife used to sing in the choir.  I had only met him once so I figured I would be OK singing and wouldn't get too teary-eyed.  I was wrong.  I watched this man's wife walk up to the pew, being supported by her children.  She had tears flowing throughout the entire mass.  As I watched her from the the front of church, I felt tears spring to my own eyes.  I thought about what she must be thinking.  She and her husband had been married for 54 years.  That's fifty-four years of love, laughter, and I'm sure even some tears.  As I watched her I thought about my wonderful husband.  I thought about how our life would be in 47 years when we celebrate 54 years of marriage.  I thought about our marriage and our life right now. Our marriage is by no means perfect, but I love that man with all of my heart.  And, really, what is the fun in perfection?  I mean, how can you get to the fun of making up if you don't fight occasionally.  I love that E knows when I really need a hug.  I love that he flirts with me even though we've been together for almost 10 years.  I love to watch him read to the kids and play games with them.  I love that he works so hard so that I can stay at home with our children.  I love watching him help at L's soccer games as he helps "corral" a bunch of 5 and 6 year olds.  I love when he wraps his arms around me squeezes me tight.  I love him.  I love that man with all of my heart.  I thank God every day for having him walk into that bar almost 10 years ago.  By watching a woman grieve for the loss of HER husband, I think I fell in love with MY husband all over again

With Love

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

When Did I Become My Mother?

I love my mom dearly.  She is one of my best friends and it is rare that we go more than a day without talking.  Sometimes I really struggle when she goes on trail rides down in Kentucky or Tennessee because there is no phone service in most of those places.  I enjoy talking to my mom. 

That said, when I was growing up, sometimes things between my mom and I were a little tense.  My mom was a teacher, so she dealt with obnoxious teenagers all day and then had to come home and deal with one.  I can not imagine that was fun.  There were times that we would get really frustrated with each other, especially when it came to sports and school.  I always remembered thinking, "If I'm ever a mom, I'm never going to say that to my kids." or thinking that I would never get so upset with my kids if they don't perform perfectly.  I know I'm not the only one here.  As parents, don't we all think that?  We say that we are never going to be our parents.

If my mom reads this, she is going to shake her head and laugh.  Because, I have totally become my mother.  I watch my children, and I just completely hear myself saying things that she used to say to me.  Whether it is with L playing soccer or telling me about her day at school.  Or J not listening and me having to repeat myself 18 times.  Or M getting into everything.  The things that come out of my mouth are things that my mom totally yelled at me as a kid.  At L's game on Sunday, I yelled something out to her and just started cracking up.  I completely sounded just like my wonderful mother. 

As I think about it, I realize that it is a good thing I have become my mother.  My mom was and is a wonderful mother.  She has taught me what it means to be a good mom, to have my children respect me, to have them respect others, and to respect themselves.  I can teach my kids to do this because she taught me to do these things.  She taught be to have a good relationship with God and even though I struggled for some years, she was right there beside me to help make sure I could find my way back.  I know that I can be there for my children as the learn about their faith.  She taught me to love myself (and we know that is a never ending battle) and how to be a positive woman.  I know that I will be able to teach my girls to be positive and have respect for themselves and I will be able to teach M to be a positive young man and for him to respect any young women he encounters in life.

Please do not think that I think I am a perfect Mom.  I know I am not, I struggle daily!  And as much as I love her, I know my mom isn't perfect either.  But, she is strong and has taught ME how to be strong.  I think having a strength in faith, a strength in oneself, and a strength of the heart are some of the most important things, especially when it comes to parenting.  After all, if you don't have the strength to believe in yourself, how on earth are you going to teach your children to have strength in themselves?

I know that this post about my mother is a little past Mother's Day, but I have been trying to phrase it in my head about how I wanted it to go.  I just want my mom to know how much I love her and how much I appreciate all that she does for me and all that she has taught me.  She has taught me how to be a parent.  I pray that one day, my children will be saying the same thing about me.  And, since she taught me so well, I know that they will. 

Thank you Lord for the wonderful mother you gave me.  You couldn't have done better.  Thank you mom for everything.  I love you.  You inspire me daily.

Before I started this post, I had a little writer's block and my wonderful friends on Facebook gave some suggestions and I said I would discuss them.  Here you go!  Enjoy!

1.)  "Does Man have Free Will or is he merely a series of learned responses to environmental stimuli?"  I have no idea, but in my mind, it is like this: God has a plan, but he also gave us Free Will.  He knows our hearts and knows what will happen, but He allows us to make our own mistakes.

2).  "A peanut is neither a pea nor a nut."  A peanut is in the legume or bean family.

3). The Spring that disappeared into 86 degree weather.  I live in Indiana.  One of the great things about Indiana is the beautiful change of seasons.  Apparently this year though, someone missed the message.  We have completely skipped Spring.  It went from cold and wet and frosty to hot and humid.  It is crazy.  I like spring, I don't know what happened to it, but I know that in a couple of months, Indiana better not forget Fall!!

4.)  Did chicken or egg come first???  I heard this joke not too long ago.  Be warned, it is a little racy!!  The chicken and egg were laying in bed.  The egg is relaxed and almost asleep.  The chicken is irritated and upset.  The chicken says, "Well, I guess that answers THAT question!".  I hope I didn't offend anyone there!  It is just a joke!

5.)  Did the taco or taco salad come first?  I am going with the taco.  I do not think that you can really have a taco salad without first having a taco.  Great.  Now I want a taco.

6.)  Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?  I have absolutely NO idea.  Oh, the things we ponder!

Thanks to my Facebook friends for the questions.  Pretty humorous!!  I hope you have had a fantastic day!!
With Love!

Friday, May 6, 2011

5 Question Friday

Happy Friday!  This week has been a pretty busy one for our household.  It isn't over yet though, we still have a lot to do.  So, I'm going to take a moment and do My Little Life's "5 Question Friday".  If you want to participate, read through my questions, then go check out Mama M's site, get the questions and link up.  Let me know if you do so I can check out your blog too!!

1. Have you ever had roommates?  Yes.  I have been very lucky.  I have only ever had one bad room mate (my freshmen year in college).  The girls I was lucky to share a dorm room or an apartment with have been fabulous.  Stacey, Jen, Tracy, Jen, and Lisa, I love you all!

2. How many names do you/your children have? (i.e. Prince Charming William Phillip Arthur Louis John Jacob Jingleheimer-Schmidt)  All three of our kids have a first, middle, and last name.  That's it.  What I think is neat is that all three of them have 2 "L"s in their first name and 2 "E"s in their middle name.  All their first names have pop culture origins, although that wasn't really our plan, it just sort of happened that way.  L is after a song, J is after a popular physical trainer, and M is after a character on a TV show we love to watch.  All three of their middle names are after their grandfathers or great-grandfathers.

3. Did you watch the Royal Wedding?  No, I really had no interest in watching it.  Also, it was on at 4 am here and there was no way I was waking up that early!

4. What is the messiest room in your house?  Currently?  Either the toy room or the girls' bedroom.  I try and keep those clean, but it is a losing battle.

5. What is your ideal mothers day?  For me, it would be not having to cook and getting a lot of time to knit and read, but also lots of time to just play with my kiddos.  This Mother's Day, I will be singing in 2 masses and watching my oldest "play" soccer.

With Love

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Random Wednesday

1.  I sprained my knee Friday night by stepping into what was probably the ONLY hole in a parking lot.  I'm guessing wearing heels did not help.  It still hurts.

2.  My children are chasing a jump rope around the house.

3.  I have a very busy day and the rest of the week ahead. 

4.  I have been in a major reading mood lately, I just can't get enough books.  It has gotten so bad it has taken over knitting time.  Wondering if something is wrong with me.

5.  Today is "Star Wars" Day...May the Fourth Be With You!

6.  I'm hoping my voice will survive the next couple of days.  I have rehearsal tonight, a funeral tomorrow, mass on Friday, and 2 masses on Sunday.  Oof.

7.  Catching up on "Castle" and Nathan Fillion is such a cutie.

8.  There are "baby" blankets strewn throughout my house.  Each of my kids have pulled them out of the blanket chest and have left them throughout the house.  Just more things for mommy to clean up I guess.

9.  My laundry has over flown.  Anyone want to come do it for me?

10.  I want a lemon shake up.  I think I'm going to go make one. :)

Exciting blog post today huh?!

With Love

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Getting To Know You

Happy May Day!  I hope you have all had a great weekend.  We have had a really nice one.  E did a great job in his marathon.  He was a little over this goal time, coming in at around 4 hours and 38 minutes.  His words about the experience: "That was the hardest thing I have ever done.  What the f*** was I thinking?".  I am so very proud of him.  I do not think that he will ever do another full, but I think he is glad that he did it.

We are having a movie night as a family here and getting ready to watch "Despicable Me" so I am going to make this short.

Really quickly, here is my contribution to MannLand5's "Getting To Know You" page.  Want to participate?  Go on over and get the questions and link up.  Let me know if you do so I can be sure to check your answers out!

1. Did you watch the royal wedding?  No I didn't.  First off, it was on at 4am here and I was alseep at that time.  Secondly, to be honest, I wasn't all that interested.  I remember thinking when they got engaged that the wedding was all we were going to hear about.  I am really just glad for it to be over. 

2. Tea and crumpets or coffee and a scone?  I prefer tea and scones. :)

3. Who's cuter..prince William or prince Harry?  Prince William

4. Can you speak in a English accent?  No.  I CAN pull off a southern accent and a valley girl one, but that is about it.

5. Do you own a fancy hat?  I own lots of hats.  I love them.  My favorite is my new fedora that is black and has hot pink netting on it with pink sparkles.  However, I do not own any "fancy" hats like what you might see at the royal wedding or at the Kentucky Derby.  Believe me though, if I ever go to the Derby again, I am SO buying one of those hats!!

6. Would you rather live in a castle or an English cottage?  Can it be the cottage from the movie "The Holiday" with Cameron Diaz?  That cottage is adorable!!  But to be honest, as long as I have someone else to clean it, I would LOVE to live in a castle.

7. How old were you when prince Charles and princess Diana got married? were you even born?  I was 1 1/2.  I don't remember it at all obviously and maybe that is why I didn't care much about William's wedding. 

8. Have you found your prince? Absolutely.  Although, sometimes he may seem more like the court jester!  Just kidding baby!  Love you!!

With Love!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Run Eric, Run!

I am so very proud of my wonderful hubby. Right now he is participating (and hopefully finishing) his very first FULL marathon! For those that don’t know, a full marathon is 26.2 miles. Yep, you read that right: Twenty-six point two miles. I think he might be a little crazy! He has already completed 5 half-marathons, but that is only 13.1 miles (Only! Yeah right!). He is hoping for a finish time of 4 hours. That is about 9 minutes per mile. Like I said, crazy! But, I am immensely proud of him and can’t wait to be there when he crosses that finish line. I will repeat again, just in case you missed it the first time. He is RUNNING 26.2 miles right now. You might think about saying a prayer for him. I know I am! Oh, and L is very excited that daddy will be bringing home another medal for her. She doesn’t quite get that the 5 medals he has are NOT exactly hers. Crazy girl.

You might be wondering what I am doing while he is running.  Well, right now, I am in a Starbucks on the campus of the University of Illinois.  I had to walk about 2 miles to find ONE coffee shop!  That is crazy!  At Purdue, there is a coffee shop on just about every corner it seems.  But, I have my knitting, I have WiFi, and I have movies.  I am set for the next couple of hours! Yeah Me Time!!

So, we are trying to potty-train J. You would think that this would not be a difficult thing as we have done it before with L. Right? Uh, no. She is the most STUBBORN little girl. She says she “wants to be a baby like M.” I asked her if we needed to get her a bottle and if she needed to go back to sleeping in a crib. She said yes. How do you use reverse psychology on a kid like that? We are slowly getting there I guess. She has been using the little potty one or two times per day for the past week. She just doesn’t understand how to hold it until she can get to the potty. I’ve even tried the bribe that she can go to Vacation Bible School with sissy if she learns to use the potty. No luck. Any advice here would be much appreciated.

L did MUCH better at soccer practice Thursday night. As long as she figures out to take her hands out of her pockets while she is running, she’s going to be just fine. She still isn’t really aggressive, but for the most part she isn’t really an aggressive person. In fact, we are working with her on standing up for herself. There is a little girl in her pre-school class that has been pulling her hair and spitting at her. L says she has told the girl she doesn’t like her doing it, but the girl continues to do it. I think I am giving it the week and if she can’t get it to stop, I may say something to the teachers or the girl’s mom. I’m torn though. I don’t want to fight L’s battles for her, but she doesn’t understand how to fight them herself. We told her if she tells the girl she doesn’t like what she is doing and would she please stop and the girl WON’T stop, THEN she needs to go talk to her teachers. What do you think? Should I just let L handle it or should I step in? This little girl isn’t this way with JUST L. She has this aggressive behavior towards a lot of the other children in L’s class, but L seems to catch a lot of it.

I don’t know how it is where you live, but here in the fabulous state of Indiana, we are considering building Arks. I’m not even kidding the littlest bit. We have had so much rain. I am pretty sure it is the wettest April ever on record. As a farmer’s daughter, I learned a long time ago, you NEVER ask the rain to stop. However, a pause would be fantastic. I guess we did get that yesterday and today as it was absolutely gorgeous outside yesterday. It was about 62 degrees and sunny. It is a little cooler today and the sun isn’t out, but at least it isn’t raining…yet. But, there is water standing everywhere. It is times like these that I am really glad my hubby works at a lumber company. Anyone have any blue prints for an Ark? How about a canoe? Any type of water craft?
Have a great weekend!
With Love.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Missing Grandma

Five years ago today, we said good-bye to a very special member of our family.  My grandmother (my mom's mom) passed away and went to join my grandfather in God's loving arms.  My grandfather has been gone since December 12, 1990 and my grandmother had been alone for 15 years.  They had been married for 45 years.  Can you imagine being without your other half for that long?  I can not even fathom it, nor do I ever want to. 

Grandma Helen and Grandpa Phil were blessed with 5 children on their farm in Winamac, IN.  They sadly had to learn what it was to lose a son in 1976 to a semi-truck accident.  They loved their children and their 9 grand-children so much and taught us what it meant to work hard.  Grandpa had been in the ARMY and Grandma had been a nurse, both during WWII.  Grandma continued her nursing working as a labor and delivery nurse and then later as a hospice nurse.  She cared greatly for others.

Man, my grandma could COOK too!  Most of my greatest memories of grandma take place in her kitchen.  She made awesome cinnamon rolls, incredible potato soup, amazing Reuben sandwiches (especially at midnight!) and my favorite was her Polish Perogies.  NO ONE makes perogies like grandma did.  Luckily she did teach me how she made them.  Hopefully one day they will be as good as grandma's were.  They were so good and I haven't made any in a while.  I might have to change that very soon!  I remember many visits waking up at midnight and having grandma in the kitchen making rolls for the next morning or frying up a Reuben sandwich for us.

Now, I know grandma wasn't perfect.  Like anyone, she had her good points and not so good points.  But, the woman knew how to love and she loved us all with all over her heart.  She kept us busy (you didn't DARE comment that you were bored in her presence), but was always quick with a smile. 

When she died, we had been waiting for the moment.  I remember my mom calling me and I knew before I even picked up the phone.  I had just left the hospital and came home to make sure L took a nap (she was only about 6 months old).  I picked up the phone and just started crying.  I remember putting L back in the car and heading back to the hospital.  I remember E meeting me at the hospital and hugging me tight.  I remember L having a complete blow-out at the hospital and trying to change her through my tears.  I remember going into her room and holding her hand and just telling her I loved her and would miss her, but that I was so happy she was with Grandpa now.

I have NO DOUBT that Grandma and Grandpa are in God's Kingdom.  They were both strong Catholics and loved God with all of their hearts.  I can easily picture Grandpa meeting her at Peter's Gate with open arms. 

I miss Grandma very much.  And as much as I know how much I miss her, I know my mom misses her even more.  I wish I knew what to say to her.  She seemed so sad when I talked to her yesterday.  She was a little better today, but I know she misses her mama.  I can only imagine how she feels knowing how much I would miss her if she were gone. We both know that grandma is in a wonderful place and is healthy now.  We know she is with her true love again and will be there to welcome us to heaven when our time comes.  We miss you grandma.  God Bless.  We will see you again!

With Love,

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The (Wo)Man In The Mirror

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about making changes in my perspective of the way I see myself.  You can read the post here.  I really had been trying to look at myself differently, but not sure I really was.  Then, two weeks ago, I really gave myself a good shake.  I don't remember what I was wearing, but my wonderful husband told me I looked beautiful.  Then my sweet little J told me, "Mommy, you look so pretty".  How could I ignore those compliments?  So, the next morning before I got dressed, I looked at myself in the mirror.  And I mean REALLY looked at myself.  I looked at my body from the front, side, and back.  I looked at the lovely zit on my chin.  I looked at my eyebrows that are in desperate need of some wax.  I looked at the belly that is covered with stretch marks (aka battle wounds).  Then I started to notice other things.  I looked at my muscled quads.  I looked at my bright eyes.  I saw the definition that my arms have.  I looked at my self from the side and realized there is a lot less there.  I saw that my hips are not as "cushy" as they used to be.  I REALLY looked at myself.

And, in that moment, I realized something.  I really do not look bad.  I don't.  For almost 20 years, I have looked down on myself.  I have thought badly about myself.  I have compared myself to other women and always found myself coming up short.  No longer.  As I looked at myself, I came to the realization that all the stress about how I looked was just continually making me stress even more about it.  My husband thinks I'm beautiful.  My daughter thinks I am pretty.  What else do I need?  I have come to the decision that I am simply going to rock what I've got.  Sure, I would still like to lose a little more weight and tone up some areas, but I am no longer going to let this action of putting myself down rule my thoughts anymore.  I have to tell you.  For the past two weeks, I have felt like I have had a one hundred pound weight lifted off of my shoulders and my heart.  I am seeing myself differently.  I am seeing myself clearly.

I'd like to think that part of my new thinking is my re-found relationship with God.  I know that he loves me and cares about me, no matter what I look like.  I would like to think I am FINALLY seeing myself through His eyes.  Now, I know I am not perfect and that I will surely have days where I will get down on myself and start to feel negative again.  But, I vow that I will NOT let that way of thinking rule me.  I will OWN who I am.  Again, I will "ROCK WHAT I'VE GOT"!!  How about you?  Can you look at yourself honestly and see yourself for who you REALLY are and not who your negative thinking THINKS you are?

Have a great day!
With Love!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Five Question Friday

I just did a post and then realized I forgot to do 5 Question Friday from My Little Life.  I really like doing these so I am going to really quick.  If you want to participate, click on over, copy the questions and link up.  Don't forget to let me know so I can check you out!

1. What is your favorite Easter tradition?  I have hosted Easter Sunday lunch here at our house since E and I were married.  I LOVE it!  IT is really fun to have everyone here.  A couple of years ago we started doing Easter Egg Hunts with the kiddos and it has been SO cute.  This year all 5 of the little ones will be participating which should make for an interesting hunt!  We are also having some friends come this year because they are living here in our town, but there family are all back in Pennsylvania where they are from.  Our kids love Matt and Julie so it should be a great day!!

2. Are you a "shower" or a "long, hot bath" kind of person?  Although occasionally I do like to take a long, hot bath, I am WAY more of a shower person.  I do like to take long, hot showers though!  Not much feels better than having incredibly hot water pounding on sore muscles!

3. Can you parallel park and if so when is the last time you did it?  Sort of?!?!  I haven't parallel parked in so long, I'm not sure if I could do it any more.  I wasn't great at it when I first learned and haven't had to do it much, so I doubt I have gotten better.  I would LOVE it if my van had the "park itself" feature!  I get very nervous trying to find parking places downtown and will walk further if I can find a spot that I don't have to parallel park in!

4. What is your favorite Easter candy?  All of them? :)  No really, it is a 4 way tie.  I can not decide between the 4 and I doubt I ever will be able to.  I LOVE (in no particular order): Reeses Peanut Butter Eggs, Cadbury Creme Eggs, Cadbury Chocolate Eggs with the hard shell, and black jelly beans.  Mmmm...now I really want some!!

5. Easter: do you go all out with the Easter Bunny or focus on the religious part of the holiday?  We do both.  L has learned the reason for the Easter season and why we celebrate.  The Easter Bunny is like Santa in our house.  The kids get Easter Baskets and will have an Egg hunt (see question 1), but I also talk about Jesus with them and make sure they understand it isn't all about the candy!

Have a great one!
With Love


Today is Good Friday and although I have been through 31 Lenten seasons in my life, I don't think that I have ever felt quite so moved as I did today during Mass.  This entire Lenten season has really gotten to me like no other has, but today was even more so.  It really started with the opening song.  We sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and I really listened to the words as I sang it and really felt it.  Then the Gospel reading of the Passion of Christ was just absolutely haunting and beautiful at the same time.  It was "The Passion Of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to John".  Towards the end of the reading, John tells of how Jesus looked at his mother Mary as he hung on the cross and said, "Woman, behold, your son".  Father's Homily then went on to discuss how he really likes this version of the Passion because it shows Jesus as a real person with a real Mother who had to watch him be scourged and beaten and abused and then hung on the cross to die.  I don't know why, but I have never really thought of it that way before.  As a parent, it made me really understand what Mary may have been thinking as she saw her son dying there.  I pray to the Lord that I never have to know that pain of watching my child suffer in any way.  Needless to say, I was in tears, which may not have been a big deal, but remember I sing in the choir, so I sit at the very front of the church.  Oh well, hopefully I was not alone.  It got worse during the Veneration of the Cross when I went up and kissed Jesus's feet on the cross.  But, I found they were tears of sadness and pain, but also of comfort.  I've known that Jesus died for my sins and I have believed that.  But this year, I truly FEEL that.  I am so grateful for the gift of grace that Jesus bestowed upon me when he died.  I thank you Lord and pray that I can live in your word and teach my children with the grace that you have given me.

With Love

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Getting To Know This Soccer Mama!

Well, it is absolutely official.  I AM A SOCCER MOM!!!  I NEVER thought that would be the case!  But, L had her first 2 soccer games this weekend.  Yesterday's game was rough.  She has inherited my fear of failure and cried a LOT yesterday.  She cried because she was cold.  She cried because a boy took the ball from her (never mind that this little 5 year old boy was EXCELLENT, I mean like AWESOME!!).  She cried because she was hungry.  Did I mention that she cried?  I think she only played for about 15 seconds total (her choice, not the coach's).  We had a discussion about it after the game and told her that we didn't care if she made mistakes.  We just wanted her to try.  Today was MUCH better.  She discovered that she really likes playing defense.  E says she just doesn't understand yet how to be aggressive and the pack of 5 year olds running around chasing the ball is a little overwhelming for her.  But she really did well on defense.  She stopped 3 people from kicking the ball towards the goal and then stopped 2 kids from scoring when she played goalie.  I am really proud of her regardless, no matter how she does.  But it is a lot easier to be proud of her when she tried hard!  Good job L!  Go Flames!

Now, for a little Getting To Know You from MannLand5.  Feel free to join in, just head on over and link up.  Let me know if you do though so I can check your answers out too!


1. what's something you've eaten and liked, but didn't think you would?  I am not really a picky eater.  The only things that I really do not like are mushrooms, it isn't so much the taste as the texture...yuck.  The only thing I can really think of is asparagus.  I didn't love it, but liked it better than I thought I would.

2. plastic surgery..yay or nay? Of course I would love to say no, but come on.  I have carried 3 children in this belly and nursed them all too.  You can be sure that if I ever win the lottery I am going straight to the plastic surgeon's office and signing up for the tummy tuck and the boob lift.  I don't want them bigger, just back to where they used to be!!

3. 2 things you love about spring are.....?  Well, I already said I love being able to wear less clothes.  So 2 other things are the sandals that I get to pull out and the pretty pink toenail polish to go with!!

4. when's the last time you went on a picnic?  It has been a while.  The kids and I would have picnics a lot last summer for lunch.  We would take all the food outside.  I never really thought much about it, but L loved it and asked for a picnic every day!

5. what's your favorite app? Pandora radio.  Hands down!!

6. who does the grocery shopping in your house? E and I have grocery shopped together since we started dating.  Now, we just do it with 2 carts and 3 kids.  That is Friday night family activity.  We are an exciting group, aren't we!?!?

7. would you rather take a spin class or zumba?  I would LOVE to take a zumba class!  My gym is supposed to be getting it this summer and I can NOT wait!! I thought I would like to take a spin class, but my butt gets sore sitting on the bike seats when I am just biking.  I don't even want to imagine how sore it would be after sitting on the spin class bikes that have absolutely NO padding!!

8. how often do you go out to dinner? We don't go out to dinner very often, the budget doesn't really allow it too much.  Before children we went out a lot.  Man, I wish I would have cooked more often then and saved the money.  I didn't realize how good I had it only cooking for 2 people!

I hope that you have all had a wonderful weekend!!!
With Love,

Friday, April 15, 2011

5 Question Friday

Happy Friday all!  It has really been a nice day.  We had a wonderful visit this morning with J's original speech therapist.  She came over to visit and brought her baby girl with her.  It was fantastic to see her.  She couldn't get over how much J was talking and how well she was doing!!  Then L had a little friend come over and they have been playing.  Right now they are watching "Despicable Me" and eating their second bag of popcorn!  It is very cute!!  This movie is so fabulous!!  Love it!

Well, it is 5 Question Friday.  If you are interested in participating, head over to My Little Life and link up!!

1. What is your favorite sign of spring?
My favorite sign of spring is when the winter coats get put away and we can just wear jeans and either a T-shirt or a long sleeved shirt or a sweater.  I can still wear hats and wristers, but don't have to be completely bundled up.  Of course I find all the flowers pretty, but that is second in my book to the no winter coats!

2. What was your best birthday ever?
I have had some great birthdays.  I always had great ones growing up so it is difficult to choose the best one.  My 21st was fabulous (what I remember of it!) with my wonderful friends.  My 31st (most recent) was really great too.  My parents came up and took us all out to eat at Red Lobster and I know E took me out to dinner, but I can not remember where we went (that's bad, huh?).  Then a couple days later, my dear sweet friend Casey took me out to a karaoke bar and we had a BLAST!!  I am really looking forward to my 33rd birthday (2012) as my bestie Carli will be home from Ireland and I will be able to go out with her and Casey, my 2 closest friends.

3. What is your favorite dessert?
I LOVE anything with chocolate in it.  But, my most favorite dessert doesn't actually have chocolate in it.  My favorite dessert is the Bread Pudding from Nine Irish Brothers.  Oh My Goodness!!  It is so absolutely fabulous, it makes me drool just thinking about it!

4. What is the best excuse you've ever used to get out of a ticket?
I was pulled over once while attending Purdue University and I was driving WAY too fast down one of the main roads (Northwestern for the knowledgeable) on my way to Purduettes.  I was going to be late and I would have been in TROUBLE big time!!  I was about in tears when the officer pulled me over, but didn't want to cry my way out of a ticket.  So, I was just honest with him.  I told him I was a Purduette and would be in massive amounts of trouble if I was late.  I promised I would NOT speed down Northwestern again if he just let me go.  His niece happened to have been a Purduette and he understood.  Thankfully, he let me go.  I still never speed down that road!!

5. Do you wake up before your alarm, with your alarm, or after hitting snooze several times?
I do not set an alarm unless I have too.  I have 3 little alarms that usually get me up when I need to.  If I DO need to get up early, I usually hit snooze a couple of times.

Well, that's it for today!  I hope you all have a fabulous day and weekend!!
With love!

Thursday, April 14, 2011


I feel very blessed today!  There were several good things that happened today and I want to tell you about them.

1.  I got to do 30 Day Shred without a 30 pound resistance (that means M wasn't "helping" me workout!)
2.  I had L's Parent/Teacher conference and her teachers gave her glowing evaluations.  They said she was absolutely ready for Kindergarten that and she does SO well in school.  She is a leader and a good friend.  She watches out for the others in her class and is always one of the first ones to want to jump up and help.  They said they will really miss her when school is over.
3.  I was able to run/walk outside today!  It was absolutely beautiful!  I did 3.6 miles and it really felt great!
4.  The kids and I went out to play and it was a blast!  We ran and ran outside and the kids rode their bikes and we just had a lot of fun.
5.  I got to sit here on the computer for a bit while watching M play (since he refused to take a nap).
6.  My very kind neighbor brought me some chocolate!
7.  The original show "V" is on TV right now (why yes, I am a huge nerd...have we not already established that!).
8.  I felt happier today then I have felt in a while.  While I was running, I felt a lot of peace.  Thank you Lord, I know it was from you.

I hope that your day has been blessed as well!!
With Love,

Monday, April 11, 2011

Why Is There No...

Chocolate in this house?
Beer under this roof?
Ice cream in the fridge?
Macaroni and Cheese in the cupboard?
Cashmere in the yarn closet (yes, I have a yarn closet...don't seem so shocked!)

And while I'm at it...

Why isn't/aren't there more...
Money in the bank?
Sleeping at naptime?
Yarn in the yarn closet? (There is NEVER enough of that!) :)
Quality comedies on TV?
Self-cleaning houses?
People who care about other people?
Love and kindness in the world?

Mostly right now, I'd settle for the chocolate!!

With Love!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Getting To Know You Sunday!

Happy Sunday!!  It has been a very busy day here in the our household.  I got up early and did Day 2 of 30 Day Shred (read about my challenge to myself here) and then got the kiddos around with breakfast and everything.  Then got ready and went to church.  L had Sunday school and I had to rehearse what I was singing for mass.  Mass was excellent.  Our priest really is inspiring.  This morning, the gospel was about Lazarus and Father talked about death and funerals.  I know his words were much better, but to sum up a point that he made that really spoke to me was this:  To live a happy life, look at your life backwards starting with your funeral. Who do you want there? What do you want to happen? How do you want to be remembered? Live your life accordingly!  It really made me think.  Am I living life how I want to end it?  I have an amazing husband and three beautiful children.  I have a wonderful family and incredible friends.  I like to think that when it is my time, people will remember me fondly.  They will remember that I am kind, I love to laugh and will start singing spontaneously.  I hope that they will know that I am always there to lend a helping hand when I can.  I know they will remember that I will and do knit just about everywhere and I'm sure some will find that funny.  I pray that they will know and remember that I tried to be the best Christian I could be.  I am not always perfect in that endeavor and it has taken me some time to find my way back to church, but I have always known that God was there waiting for me.  I hope no one has to find out any of this anytime soon and that I have a long time left on this earth, but I like to think I am happy and that when my time comes, that will be evident.

Today we went to the Purdue University Spring Fest/Bug Bowl.  What an experience!!  I never got to go when I was in college because I seemed to always have a different commitment that weekend.  We went with some friends and really had a fun time.  L "learned" how to rope a cow and rode a peddle tractor, we watched a cricket spitting contest (Our friend Matt spit one over 40 feet!!), M LOVED his balloon and kept trying to catch it, and we even got to see a rocket launched!  For me one of the biggest things though was J.  She has in the past been TERRIFIED of animals.  She would see a dog or cat and absolutely start shaking and crying.  At my parent's house with the horses, she was scared to go out to the barn.  She did better last time we were there and actually sat in the saddle atop one of the horses.  Well at the Spring Fest, she pet 2 dogs, 3 bunnies, and a piglet!!  She wanted to pet the sheep too (as did mommy), but couldn't get to them.  Every animal she saw she wanted to pet. She really loved the bunnies and REALLY wanted to pet the 2 week old lamb. It made me SO happy to see her starting to get over this fear.  The only thing that bummed me out was the garbage can full of wool that they had thrown away after they did a shearing of a sheep.  I almost cried at all that wool in the trash.  What a waste!!

OK, so now onto Getting To Know You Sunday!  If you would like to participate, go over to MannLand5 and get the questions and link up!  Leave me a link below in the comments too so I make sure I check you out!


1. Do you watch/read the news?  Sometimes.  I try and catch the 12 o'clock and the 5 o'clock news if I can.  It isn't always possible, but I try.  If something comes up on my MSN homepage that looks readworthy, I will read it.  I usually have E keep me informed about the world news that I need to keep up on.  No, not the most socially responsible way to get my news, but at least I am getting it!

2. How would you describe your "look"?  Ha!  This makes me laugh a little.  I don't know that I really have a "look" really.  I really don't care what is "in style" right now.  I wear what is comfy to me.  I see some styles and I like them so I will go with them.  If I don't like them, I don't wear them.  Skinny jeans took me a while to come around to, and I don't wear them that often, but I do like them.  A lot of it depends on what I am doing as well.  Most often you can find me in workout gear with a bandanna in my hair and sneakers on my feet.  If it is something that I get to dress up a little more, I do like to be a little funky, maybe pairing things that other people wouldn't think of.  My friend Casey says I have style, so maybe I do.  But, it is my style, not what Cosmo says I should wear!

3. Did you play sports in high school or college?  I did play sports in High School.  I played volleyball, basketball, and I threw shotput and discus in track.  I LOVED playing sports and am so excited that L is starting soccer!!  I am super competitive about it though and struggle already to remember that she is only 5.  I would have loved to play volleyball in college (and actually had some interest from some schools), but I wanted to sing at Purdue, so I became a Purduette instead!

4. Would you rather give up lipstick/gloss or high heels?  I'd give up lipstick/gloss in an instant over my heels.  I will never get rid of them.  I will be the stooped over 80 year old tottering around in heels, I guarantee it!  I love my heels.  I may be 6 feet tall, but I married a 6 foot 5 man for a reason!!  Love them, love them, love them!!  Besides, I have zero arch in my feet and wearing heels pulls my arch up and makes wearing shoes much more comfortable than just a pair of flats.

5. What's your favorite show to watch on TV?  I don't even know where to begin with this list!!  I don't think I can narrow it down to just one, so how about my top 5?  I love LEVERAGE, True Blood, Sons Of Anarchy, Army Wives, and Modern Family.  Seriously this list could go on a lot longer!!  I do not do reality shows except The Biggest Loser though.

6. Would you rather bake or cook?  I absolutely LOVE to bake.  I really like to cook too.  I don't bake a whole lot though because then I have the baked goods here at the house and I just want to eat them which doesn't really aid in the weight loss progress.  I just wish I could have someone else clean up the mess.

7. Shorts or skirts?  Skirts.  I do not like to wear shorts and it is a rare occasion for me to be found in them.  I'll wear skirts over them every time.  In fact, I actually only own 3 pairs of shorts and they are all gym shorts, one for occasionally working out in and 2 for wearing around the house. 

8. What's your favorite scary movie?  Scary movie or horror movie?  I think they are two different things.  I do not like horror movies.  You know the kind I mean, where someone is always chopping up someone else.  There is always that madman (or woman) like in Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or Halloween.  I just don't dig those, well with the exception of the Scream series, those I like.  Now scary movies are different to me.  Scary movies can be thrilling without being terrifying or vomit inducing!  I LOVE vampire and werewolf movies (and I'm not just talking Twilight here people!).  I like murder mystery type movies too. But my favorite scary movie?  Hmm...Silence Of The Lambs!! 

Well, that is it for me today.  I hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend!!
With Love!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

My New Challenge

It has been no secret that I am on an adventure to get fit, lose weight, and look HOT.  But, unfortunately, I have really hit a wall.  So, I knew I needed to make a change.  I love my Body Pump class, but I have decided to skip it for the next 2 months.  Instead, I have decided that I am going to complete Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred in 30 consecutive days and then follow it up with her Ripped In 30 in 30 consecutive days.  This is something I have never done.  I have completed the Shred before, but I was never able to do it in 30 days straight.  I was trying to do it while doing Body Pump too and I have come to the conclusion that my knees just won't take doing both of them.  I am really excited about this challenge and have even recruited a couple of other people to try it with me.  I started it this morning and was so glad when it was over!!!

Add to it the fact that I am still trying to complete the Couch To 5K program and to continue to train for the Bumble Run 10K in September, and I am one tired mama already today.  But, I know that this is a good thing for me.  I am making very positive changes in my life and am excited about it all.  I know it isn't all about the number on the scale and I think that after my Biggest Loser contest is over, I may only step on the scale about once a month.  I get to stressing about it and it would be nice not to do that anymore.  Bottom line is I want to be healthy and be a good example for my children.  Oh, and I want to look HOT! ;)

I hope that you are having a great Saturday.  The sun is finally out and the kids are cleaning toys.  Not a bad day!
With Love,

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Stress just comes at the wrong time doesn't it?  Not that there is ever a good time for stress, but it seems like when it rains it pours.  There is a lot of stress going on in this house.  I don't know about you, but stress just makes me want to eat and have a drink, I mean LOTS of drinks.  Or, it makes me want to shop, which I can't do because that costs money and we are really trying to save our pennies.  So, how to deal with it?  Honestly, I don't think I handle it well.  I am ashamed to say that I fear the kids catch the brunt end of the stress.  I try really hard not to yell and get upset with them, but it is difficult.  Then, on top of it all I think I have some hormone imbalance going on and I don't think that is helping my case.  Without getting to graphic, some female things are kind of crazy and then my weight is up and down, up and down.  Sucks. 

Oh well, here is a pretty picture to remember why I do the things I do.

With Love

Friday, April 1, 2011

5 Question and A Little Fill In The Blank!

It is Friday!!  We just had a great week at my parents' house.  I completely cleaned out my grandparents' kitchen on Wednesday.  Talk about a lot of work.  It was worth it though.  I hope that it really helped them!!

So, here is a little

1. Have you ever had surgery?  Yes, 3 times.  The first was an ACL reconstruction on my right knee in '94.  The second was another knee surgery to remove a screw from my knee in '01.  Then the third was my emergency appendectomy in '09.

2. Ever ride in an ambulance?  Yep.  When I worked at a summer camp, one of the kids hit her head on the bottom of the pool and she was really dizzy and going in and out of conscience.  So, she had to go to the hospital in an ambulance and since I was in charge, I went too.  She was OK.

3. How are you in a medical emergency? Panicked? Calm?  I think I am pretty calm.  L busted her head open a couple of years ago and for the most part I was pretty calm.  I think as a mom, you don't have the luxury of being panicked in an emergency.

4. Do you have a garden? Flowers or veggies?  I attempt some plants every year.  But, I do NOT have a green thumb.  I get some flowers and some green tomatoes to fulfill my cravings.  That is about it!

5. When did you move out of your parents house?  I moved out when I went to college.  I lived at home the summer between my freshman and sophomore year and then again for a couple of weeks after I graduated, but that is about it.

No, a little Fill In The Blank...

1. The best prank I ever pulled was none.  I haven't ever really pulled much of a prank.  I'm not really a prankster.

2. The best prank ever pulled on me was apparently unmemorable.  For some reason, I just don't remember any pranks that have been played on me personally.  I do remember the best prank I have ever seen though.  My junior year in HS, the senior class put a porno on the morning announcements.  My speech class was in charge of doing the announcements.  So, it was quite a surprise when there were naked people there instead!

3. A day without the beautiful music my children make is a day wasted.

4. The most important things in life are the tiny little moments that make you smile and let you know God is there.  The toothy baby grins, the sweet giggles, the hugs, the smiles, the laughs, the songs, watching the kids pick up a bug and be so excited about it, the kiss my husband gives me when he comes home at the end of the day; THOSE are the important things!

5. I dream of what my little ones will be like when they get older, what E and I will be like when we are my parents' age, and about my own little craft room when we build our house. :)

6. I dread the day I have to say good-bye to my parents. 

7. A discovery I made this week was that my children are very brave.  J has been terrified of my mom's horses, but she sat on the biggest one twice yesterday!  L sat on him too and learned how to get in and out of the saddle.  M even pet him and laughed and giggled the whole time.  It was awesome to see!

Well, that's it for today.  I hope you have all had a great week and have an even better weekend!!
With love!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Fill In The Blank Friday

TGIF huh!??!  I sure mean that this week.  It has been pretty rough, but I am feeling a whole lot better and am so happy.  My wonderful Mom came up and hung out with me last night and today so that has been really nice.  It was a lot of fun.  Thanks mom!!

I usually do 5 Question Friday over at My Little Life, but she has a super sick kiddo so I don't think putting together some questions was top on her priority list, as it shouldn't be.  So, instead I found Fill In The Blank Friday at The Little Things We Do.  I hope you enjoy it as much.  Feel free do to your own and then go link up!  Have a great weekend!!

1. My most prized possession is a glass vase that my cousin Greg gave to us for our wedding.  He had it custom blown just for us.  It is beautiful and means so much to me.  I have many things in my house that I treasure and other than my family and pictures and stuff, this would be one of the first things I would grab in a fire.
2. If I could be one age for the rest of my life, I think I would pick right now.  I really like my early 30's.  I am comfortable for the most part.  I don't have the craziness of college or the newborn babies I had in my late 20's.  I like the 30's. I'll stay here.  Thank you!

3. The best way to spend a weekend is with my family, football, pretty weather, and then some knitting time built in.

4. My outlook on life is that it doesn't hurt to smile at someone.  You never know who's day you just might make a million times better if you just smile at them.  This world would be SO much better if we were just kinder to each other.

5. If you want to annoy me, tell me I do not have a job and that I don't work.  I might not talk to you again.
6. I am completely defenseless when it comes to pretty yarn and chocolate.  I have to be very disciplined around either!  That said, I did buy some yarn today.  But, I had a gift certificate for Hobby Lobby from my beautiful cousin Ashley.  That's like free money, right?  Right?!?

7. When dressing for the day be comfortable.  Even if you are dressing up, at least be comfortable.  And if you aren't really sure if an outfit works, throw on some hot shoes.  No one will care about the outfit!!

With Love!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss...

But one stuck in the bladder causes a lot of pain!  The first question I always get when I mention I have a kidney stone and that I have a history of them is "Is it worse than childbirth?".  I always want to laugh.  I have pretty much lost count of the number of stones I have passed in the past couple of years.  When pregnant, I apparently am very subject to them and now I have the experience of getting one while not pregnant.  It is not fun.  This is the longest I have ever had to deal with one and I have had it.  I am tired of feeling bad and not being able to do the things I am used to doing.  After 2 1/2 weeks of travel, the stupid thing has settled in my bladder and is now stuck.  I am trying awfully hard to pass it here at home as I have NO desire to go to the doctor's office or the hospital.  But, if it hasn't passed by tomorrow, I might be left with little choice.  The pain is awful and I'm not sure how much more I can take of it.

So, to answer the question, "Is It worse than childbirth?"  Yes, yes it is.  And coming from someone who has had them DURING childbirth, I feel that I am experienced enough to answer that question.  At least with childbirth, you can have an epidural and at the end you get a cute little baby to take home. On the other hand, with a stone, no one spits up on you and there are no diapers to change.  Hmmm....Nope, stone's still worse.

With Love.

Monday, March 21, 2011

When kids get sick, we all suffer!  Yesterday M got took a 3 hour nap.  E went in to wake him up at 5pm and he was just lying there.  He asked him, "You OK bubby?"  M shook his head no.  E picked him up and M promptly barfed all over him.  I don't know which to be more thankful for, the fact that he threw up on E and not me or that E kept the vomit from getting all over the floor!  If M had thrown up on me, there would have been a whole lot more to clean up, I can tell you that for sure.  I do NOT do well with throw up.  Grandma always wanted me to be a nurse, but between the sympathetic puking and the passing out at the sight of blood, I don't think I would make a good one.  Well, anyway, the poor little man had a fever and slept through the night pretty well last night, although I was scared to death to leave him alone in his room.  He still had a fever this morning, but has finally been able to keep some tylenol down so the fever is almost gone and he is eating and drinking again.  He must be feeling better as he and J are wrestling each other all over the place!

Where am I going with this?  I am SO tired.  I don't even think I can comprehend how tired I am at this point.  I just don't sleep well when my kiddos are sick.  Does anyone?  Why is that?  I mean, our bedroom is right next to the kids.  I can hear just about every noise they make.  Yet, I lie there scared to death that I am not going to hear the one noise I need to hear.  It is just so scary being a parent.  I hope that all I am doing is what the kids need done.  Are any of us ever doing this right?  Am I the only one that feels this way?  Please tell me I'm not alone here!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Getting To Know You...Is Back!!

After taking a bit of a hiatus, MannLand5's Sunday's "Getting To Know You" is back and I am very happy to take part!! :) Feel free to join in. Read my answers and then go see her to get your own. Make sure you link up!!


1. if you won the title of Miss America, what would your platform be? I think it would depend on the point in my life. If it was when I was younger and actually eligible for Miss America, it probably would be something like World Peace. But, if it was now and they changed it to Mrs. America or something (seriously, where is THAT title?), I would say my platform would be implementing a tax break for families with a stay at home parent. I'm not much for politics really, but this is something that I can see myself getting involved in one day.

2. outdoorsy or indoorsy? It really depends on the weather. I don't like to be too cold or too hot. Considering what the weather is like in Indiana, it completely depends on the day. I do love spring and fall and really enjoy being outdoorsy then! Especially if we can add a football game in there!

3. pajama's out in public..classy or tres tacky? I wouldn't exactly call it "classy", but I don't think it is necessarily "tres tacky" either. I think that if you are wearing stretchy pants and a T-shirt or something that is OK. However, thread-bare pajama pants, a T-shirt that you can see through, and slippers...not my idea of a good look!

4. what's your favorite room in your house? I'm sure someone will laugh at this, but usually the bathroom. If I get the chance to go by myself, it is the only place that is quiet. If E is home, I have no guilt about spending more time in the bathroom than I really need, just for the peace of mind!

5. nook, kindle, or book? Book, all the way. I love the way a book feels and smells. It is something that I can relate to people a hundred years ago. As much as the idea of carrying several books around in one convenient spot (on a nook or kindle), I just can't get into it. Now, if someone wants to buy me one to prove me wrong, I am very willing to put it to the test! :)

6. would you rather wear the same outfit for a week or not brush your teeth for a week? Wear the same outfit for a week. I'm a mom, there are plenty of days I have worn the same outfit in a row, making it a week wouldn't be too much of a stretch! :) I think my teeth would feel like they have grown fur if I were to go that long without brushing them! Eww!

7. what's your favorite blog at the moment? I love the Yarn Harlot. She cracks me up so much. The only things we really have in common is a love of knitting and 3 children, but she is hilarious. I check her site every day for a new post. Her books are awesome too and have read them each a couple of times. Her talent for writing is only outdone by her talent for knitting.

8. lately I've been daydreaming about.........? Our eventual new house. How I want things to look, the colors I want, what kind of style I have/will have, what kinds of knitted things I can have there, what kinds of sewn things. I have a lot of ideas on this matter! :)

I hope you all have a great weekend and a wonderful Sunday with your family. We had a WONDERFUL birthday party yesterday for J's 3rd birthday. It was a super fun day and I think all three kiddos had a blast!!

With love!