Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful Thankgiving Thursday...

Happy Thanksgiving my Friends! I am in quite a rush but wanted to stop and wish you all the very best and also stop to think about being thankful during this time.

10 Things I am Thankful For-
~Family & Friends
~All of you out there that care about what I have to say
~Food to eat, a roof to sleep under and a car to get us to see our friends & family
~My husband who was so amazing when I passed out at the blood bank last night
~ My children who warm my heart every single time I look at them
~That my mother-in-law is a great person and not one of those psychos you hear about
~That I still have 2 fantastic grandparents that my children have gotten to know so well
~My Faith that has gotten me through so much
~My parents that have been so supportive with every aspect of my life
~That I wake up every morning with a purpose
Our Elf on the Shelf is back for 2014! He arrived with a BANG and brought lots of gifts! I will share more details on Monday, my family is seriously in the car as I sit on the couch finishing this up!
Enjoy every minute my friends! Let the stressful moments roll of your back and live in the happy moments. Life goes by too quick to not enjoy it all!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday - A moment to let your photos do the talking.
Link to your wordless posts in the comments please!

Enjoy every minute my friends!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Let Them Craft, Cook, Make a Mess and Love Them!

As the years go on and the children get older, I sit and think about how much time I have left with them. I cannot believe that I don't have any babies around the house anymore. 9,8,7...that's how old they are and with them all skipping grades, that ages them even more. This means they may leave my home eaarlier. This is one reason why I adopt the Enjoy Every Minute motto. I want to be able to hav plenty of great memories in my bank when they finally move on to have families of their own. I don't want to have any regrets or be that person that can't function without her kids and has no identity once they are gone.
 I want to enjoy every minute with the babies I had then, the big kids i have now and the teens I will have tomorrow and then when it's just my husband and I, we can go on adventures of our own, knowing that we equipped the kids to function without us. We may be around for big family holiday gatherings or we may be on the other side of the world, but the one thing we will always have? Memories and so much Love! We will visit our children often, not wait for them to visit us, we will let them know with frequen calls and letters how missed and loved they are but understand that their lives are busy too. We will have had our time with out kids and I don't want to miss a minute of it, knowing that as each day passes, that is one day less I will have with them.
This is why I say LET THEM LIVE!! Our house is in perpetual chaos. Is it a tornado where I fear they may be taken away? Nope, it's just got clutter. There are too many pictures on the wall, too much junk piling up on the coffee table and their rooms have probably hidden a secret or two somewhere in the mounds of blanket forts and sleeping bags. Time is running out and I don't want to miss opportunities. What? You want to use a hot glue gun AND a saw to build a birdhouse? Sure, just let me be in the same room. You don't feel good? Let's take a day off from school and read those library books about bridges and then show me that you can build one of your own with proper structure and tell me all about it, what kind of bridge it is and what it resembles...ohh yeah, it's a play day, no learning or fun at all!
Let them create their own lives so that they don't become to dependent on you. Oh dear, are you wearing stripes with plaids and adding a Santa hat when it's 92 degrees out? Okay, you look 
awesome. The last thing we want to do is kill their creativity and curiousity. It may make us look like careless parents when we get the stink eye from someone at the grocery store because our kids have mismatched socks on and pillowcases hanging around their necks but well you see...they are superheroes saving the laundry people of today from the dryer that eats socks...
As long as they are not harming themselves or anyone else, let them try it. There will be bigger battles ahead and they need to learn the results of their consequences today. Every day is a new one to make new choices, let them do it. Oh, you want to climb to the top of that rock wall without me standing behind you...okay I will watch from afar and realize that you did it all on your own...without me. Yes, everyday they get a little bit stronger and a heck of a lot smarter and you know why? Because you let them grow.
Knives and stoves and ovens oh my! Why don't you bang on a pot while mommy cooks. No? What? Oh yeah you are 9. Okay, you wash the stuff and I will wait. Here. Be careful, tuck your fingers away and have at it. Here is a stool, lean in close and I will share a secret. Okay, you chop, you over there, you stir and you...hey little one, stop sampling! I think sometimes we think they can't do it because we don't want to admit that our children are growing. Too fast if you ask me, but we can't stop it. The time will come that that they want to walk, then run and then fly and it's up to us to make sure that they can dust their knees off when they fall and then keep on going. It's up to us to let them know that we will always be here for a hug or a phone call or even advice but we need to let them go first.
Thanks for listening to my ramblings and remember to enjoy every minute...
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday's Moments and Menu Plan...

I think every Monday morning I begin this blog wondering where the weekend went! Well this weekend we stayed home and it still seemed to fly by. We began our Winter projects this weekend and though the list is short right now, I am adding to it as I go through our home binder to see what we put on the backburner to this year. You can see some of the projects HERE.

This morning as I sit here drinking my peppermint tea, looking over our week and wanting to back to bed, I am caught up in moments from the weekend.
~seeing my 8  year old working his own power drill next to dad in the attic.
~holding hands with my oldest in a parking lot and realizing how big she is getting.
~watching my youngest freak out over medicine just as I do to this day...shhh
~having my husband work all day on the attic & still doing dishes so I can get school work done.
~cuddling up in front of the fireplace as we all chat about life
~the crock pot doing all the work this weekend, from breakfast to dinners.
~holding my title as the reigning Monopoly champion
~falling in love with my family all over again 
Menu Plan Monday is here! Most of what I make can be found HERE!
B-Breakfast Casserole
L-Raw veggies & hummus with pita bread
D-Kielbasa & Green Beans with Spinach & Tomato salad

B-Cereal & Grapefruit halves
L-Chicken Soup and Garden Salad
D-Twice Baked Spinach Mac & Cheese with Southwestern Roasted Corn Salad

B-Sausage, Egg & Cheese biscuits with Kiwi slices
L-Lettuce Wraps and Carrot Sticks with Laughing Cow
D-Parmesan & Herb crusted Chicken Strips with Ceasar Salad

Thursday, happy Thanksgiving!
B-Keeping it light with fruit salad
D-Ham, Turkey, Enchiladas, Mole, Rice, Beans, Stuffing, Scalloped Potatoes, Cactus Salad, Garden Salad, Green Beans, Broccoli, Tamales.....yes it's a veritable feast!

B-Ham & Eggs with fruit
L-Anything Goes
D-Out with friends and family
Don't be afraid to try something new! Remember to enjoy every minute my friends!!
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Happy Saturday!

Today was our Sams Club stock up day, you know the type...load up the top and bottom of the cart so high that you can't see and then have a minor coronary when the total rings up? The ones where you start out so great with boxes and organized packing but then eventually you run out of boxes and are just shoving stuff wherever it fits! This is our one weekend a month that we spend at home deep cleaning, working on another remodel on our list and shopping. 
Today was the start of winter project #1. We finished half of the attic when we bought the house for our daughter to use as a room, the other half remained unfinished. Today the old subflooring was torn up and a new one was put down along with running new electrical. This will be a project that will most likely last all winter but I am glad to get it started. This half of the attic will become a hang out room for the kids and their friends. It will house comfy chairs, bookshelves, a table, tv and game consoles along with board games, a minifridge and other odds and ends. 
Enjoy every single minute my friends!!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Elf on the Shelf 2014!

Freedom Friday is HERE! Hahaha, I love Friday's they get me all excited about family time and hanging out and sleeping in...ahhhh wonderful! Anyway, it's almost Thanksgiving and in our house, that means it's almost time for our Elf on the Shelf Charlie to come back!! The kids are super excited and have not stopped talking about it. Of course we have been eager to prepare for his visit!
Check out our previous Ideas HERE and HERE!
First, we adopted an Elf on the Shelf pet from Barnes & Noble. He is home and waiting for Charlie to make him come alive. The kids have loved snuggling with him every night since we bought him. They have named him Hot Coffee! I have silly kids that love to come up with funny names. 
We know Charlie will arrive with his old clothes that we have bought him in the past all packed up in his suitcases, so we have a closet ready for him to hang them up on! The boys made this simple closet rod from LEGOS and a dowel rod from the hardware store. He will now have a closet to select his daily outfits from!
What fun is Christmas without an ugly Christmas sweater or 2?! Yup, we are ready for Charlie to be outfitted to the nines for the Holidays!!
I can't help it, we love these sweaters! It makes me want to get some ugly Christmas sweaters for the our whole family and wear them to Christmas as though serious! Hahaha!!
WHAT?!?! Elf on the Shelf Sweaters?!? Yup, they are Christmas ornaments we found at Michaels and they fit the elf PERFECTLY! We are all excited for Charlie to meet Hot Coffee and see his new clothes. Hope he is just as excited to see us again!
Enjoy every minute of your weekend my friends!!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pretend Play Doctor Printables

Is it just me or has this week been dragging? I feel like today should have been Friday! Today, our homeschool group volunteered as bell ringers for the Salvation Army and it was a lot of fun. The kids met lots of new friends and met up with old ones. Parents got to hang out and chat as our kids worked and chatted too. We are trying to find different ways to give back to our community and we really enjoyed doing this.

As I mentioned TUESDAY in my blog post, my kids LOVE imaginative play, so I figured today I would share some printables from our Doctor play. With Google and my editing program, I just tweaked and created. You can get your own copies HERE!  I laminated the eye chart and then clipped it to a clipboard, this way the kids can hang it up when they play.

Spice bottles, empy prescription bottles, small jars, wood blocks...anything medicine sized I just spray painted white and then taped, using packing tape, these 'labels' over the top. I left parts blank so that the kids can use a dry erase marker to fill in bits for that days play and then it just wipes right off.
Laminated and cut out, these are now dry-erase cards that can be used over and over again!

Print out multiples, slip them into a page protector and then have them on clipboards! Perfect for the 'waiting room'.

Print out multiples and then laminate so that they can also be used over and over again. I punched a hole on the corner of each one and then put them on a binder ring. I will have to get a picture of their actual set up the next time they play and you can see it all in action!
Enjoy every minute my friends!!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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