Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a woman who honors the Lord should be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Thursday, November 29, 2012

It's a girl!

We are proud to announce that our precious little GIRL has arrived! I never guessed she was a girl. I was thinking she was a boy! We are so blessed.

Her birth was not easy, but not complicated...if that makes sense. She was a scheduled c section so recovery has been a bit rough but were making due, and she's totally worth it! We have had some more 'hiccups' along the way though. She's currently in the nicu...has been for almost a week now, actually  I am sitting in the nicu as I blog. This is NEVER a place I thought I would be. Its hard, emotional, and exhausting. #1 and #2 don't understand why she isn't home. I cry at least once a day, usually when I leave for the night and I don't get to take my baby home with me.

What's harder is they don't know what's wrong. Her little right leg is swollen and they think its a reaction to the vitamin k shot, but NO one has ever seen this before. Leave it to my kid to be a mystery! We will hopefully take her home on Sunday morning...when she's 9 days old. Were praying answers and wisdom from the doctors and hopefully this isn't going to affect her later in life. More updates to come.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Book Review: Money Smart Family System

The MoneySmart Family System: Teaching Financial Independence to Children of Every Age

I was given the opportunity to review Steve & Annette Economides book The Money Smart Family System. They are also the authors of America's Cheapest Family.

 It's taken me a while to read this book just because I've been so busy, but once I finally sat down and read it, it was a great read. This book teaches you how to raise financially responsible kids, which in our day and age is ESSENTIAL I think.

Did you know that the USDA says the cost of raising a child from birth to 17 years old is about $261,000! In this book The Economides teach you ways to reduce this cost, they got their cost down almost $150,000 per child.

In one of the chapters it lists appropriate chores for kids (by age groups) and what would be the acceptable allowance amount. I like that with their chores for the kids they had a "no complaining" rule. The children should do what their asked with a good attitude, much like daily work and when they get older in a real job!

I also really enjoyed the Giving and Sharing chapter. Blessing others is something we're striving to teach both our kids. It reminded me that since our kiddos are so young, to keep it simple and how to increase the giving as they get older.

I like that the main idea of the book is about teaching your children that its not about how big your house is, how fancy your car is, what clothes you wear or where you go on vacation, but rather the relationship you develop with your family and others.

If you care to find out how other families are using the MoneySmart ideas you can go here.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Bec's Fiber Fetish

I'm SO excited to share with you my best friend from Ironic Adventures business. She's SO talented in what she makes. I have 3 hats from her already, and now baby #3 has this AWESOME Christmas Cocoon set. I wanted to do something with a stocking picture and hat but didn't want to make one myself, so I asked Becca if she'd make me one, and she did. It's just AMAZING! She does various hats, but also does custom orders. She's totally reasonable (way cheaper than people on Etsy, in my opinion) and she crochet's everything with love. Go and check out her webpage with many pictures of hats she's made and here to like her page on facebook! She can ship to anywhere, so no matter where you're located you can always order from her!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday

While Black Friday is normally a HUGE shopping day for me...this year I'll be doing something else. Baby #3 comes TODAY. Stay tuned to see if its a boy or girl!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pinterest Love: Baby Doll Diapers

 Here's a Pinterest project that was a success! Only thing is I used fleece instead of felt (because I couldn't remember what fabric to use, it still worked). I got the template from Happy Together. I'm so excited for #2 to use these with her dollies while I'm changing #3s diapers. I did mine a bit differently, and put the Velcro as two tabs. Either way you do it, it should work! It was a quick project, and something I could easily do while I'm on "bed rest" this week. Next project is Super Hero Capes!

Monday, November 19, 2012

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Monday, November 12, 2012

The Israelites Cross the Jordan River

I've been teaching the preschool class for our Children's Ministry time on Sunday mornings (I'll be taking a break soon when the baby comes for a while). This past week we talked about Joshua 3:1-4:24. The point we were trying to get across to the children was that the Israelites needed to cross the Jordan River. Joshua told the priests to stand in the river. As their feet touched the water, it parted, and the people walked across on dry land. I found this fun craft for the kids to make. It really helped the preschoolers understand the lesson!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Letter D

This week we talked about the letter D. I used COAH Letter of the week as well as some things from 2 Teaching Mommies. #1 really "got it" this week. He now, 85% of the time, can correctly identify the numbers 1-10. I'm so proud. I'm finally seeing progress! Hooray! We did have MOPS this week as well as TWO playdates, so again, not everything got done...but social skills are very essential as well, thus my justification for playdates for the kids (as well for me).

Here's a look into our week:
 The famous paint bag, don't mind #1, he's just writing the Dd backwards...ugh.
 Working in our Calendar Notebook
 This week #2 focused on SHAPES.
 Finding the letter Dd on our letter mat.
 Putting the dinosaurs in numerical order
 Which ones is different, he struggled with this.
 Letter writing
A fun time had by both

We had MOPS this week, got a nice little snow storm (thus we HAD to play in the snow), and Pastor did school with the kids on Friday while I was at the doctor, so this is all the documentation I have. We're enjoying school and I can really tell #1 is learning! It makes me so proud! 

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Friday, November 9, 2012

I heart Doublers

Lately I've been exhausted from couponing, but today's shopping trip made me realize its all still worth it. We have Albertsons in our area, which DOUBLERS Manufacturer coupons up to a $1.00, making a $1.00 coupon $2.00. Long as it doesn't go over the cost of the item, our store doesn't "pay you" like Walmart does. Anyway. So doublers were last week....AND then we get them this week too...usually we have a week or two inbetween. I just wasn't "feeling" it. HOWEVER I did see some matchups and decided I "had" to go. I also got a lot of "catalinas" (coupons that print out when you purchase a specific item) from last week that I had to here's what my shopping entailed.

Rootbeer $1.89 - FREE with Catalina Coupon
Extra Large Eggs $2.19 - Free with Catalina Coupon
Bananas $1.53- used $1.50 off produce Catalina, paid .03
Apples - 1.96 - used $2.00 off produce Catalina (surprised she let me use it since it was the full $2) FREE
International Delight Coffee Creamer - 3.89 - FREE with FREE coupon from FB offer, no longer available
5 Green Giant Season Steamers -  2.00/ea doubled .75/1 from 10/7 GM insert 3.05

Total spent, $3.08 
Average savings 94%
Total saved:  $21.62

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Send a Card for Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day is coming up. While no one in my immediate family is in the military, Veteran's Day is still a very special day. I have some dear friends who are serving and I'm so every grateful for their service (and their families).

Shutterfly is doing this amazing thing. They have a mission to send a thank you card to EVERY American Hero. There are over 1.5 million troops serving our country right now. I encourage you to create a card through the Shutterfly link on Facebook. Let's all do this prior to Veteran's Day this Sunday November 11.  This is all done at no cost to you! I What a great idea! Go check it out! Thank the military people and the veteran's for our freedom!

I've sent one. Have you?

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Another delicious Pumpkin Recipe today for you. This one comes from Pinterest! My kids just LOVED this, #1 has 3 cups! It's pretty simple, and with all my pumpkin in the freezer, it was a good use of it! We'll be making these again I think! Here's the recipe.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie 
1/2 banana (peeled, frozen, diced)
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
3/4-1cup vanilla soy milk (or milk of choice)
Few shakes of pumpkin spice (which I made myself with Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice)
Few shakes of cinnamon (optional)
Pinch of cloves
1tsp vanilla
4-5 ice cubes

It was so yummy! You should try it! 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Baking Pumpkins

I will be eating pumpkin something for the next 6 months I think! I have over 20 cups of pumpkin in my freezer. Last week I showed you my "old" way of cooking pumpkin...which is still super easy and a way I'll probably do the MASSIVE pumpkins. But I tried something new this week! I cooked the pumpkin in the oven. Here's how I did it. SUPER easy!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put your pumpkin in a baking dish or on a pan, on the lowest rack. Make sure you cut slits in your pumpkin with a knife, so it doesn't blow up in your oven. (I forgot and about 1hr in I rushed to the oven, thankfully nothing blew up!).

 Let your pumpkin cook for 1-2 hours. Mine took about 1.5 hours. You know its done when you can poke your fork in it and its really soft.
 Let it cool, but not too much, then peel off the outer skin...SUPER easy. Way easier than when in the crock pot!
 Then let cool a little more, then you can slice it open.
 Take out the yucky parts. You can save the seeds, I opted not to, since we tried some already and they burnt and it stunk up my I wasn't about to try again. Not this pregnant mama!
 Let cool more before blending/pureeing.
 I used my blender to puree it, because I don't have a food processor.....YET....
Store in 2 cup bags (most recipes call for 2 cups of pumpkin). I lay mine flat on a cookie sheet, then they freeze better and store better in the freezer!

Wham! It was that easy....are you going to try it?

Saturday, November 3, 2012

P is for Pumpkin

We talked about the letter P this week, being the week of Halloween, so we talked and did a LOT with pumpkins. We used COAH Letter of the Week for P as well as some theme things from 2 Teaching Mommies. This week ended up being a "short" school week, AGAIN...for various reasons you'll read. I've just gotten over the fact that I OVER plan and its OK if we don't get through everything, because #1s ONLY 3.

So a look into our week. We talked about the letter P, and I made this neat paint bag for #1 to write letters on...but I think I"ll be doing more of these NO mess and it keeps them entertained for a long time. This may go in their "big brother" "big sister" presents. Not sure yet though.

 We sorted the big and small letters, he's getting really good at this, but he is having trouble retaining the knowledge of what the actual letter is...any advice for help with that?
 A pumpkin puzzle. He noticed the numbers on the side, which I was super excited about. He used them to help him. It was great!
 This was a hard puzzle I cut out for him. It took a while, but he finally got it. He loves puzzles.
 Small, Medium, and Large. A mastered skill I'd say.
 Our pumpkin gluing project.
 THIS is one reason we did not have time for ALL of our school work. One day the kids and some friends of ours took a little "field trip" to another friends house. They have horses, a goat, kitties, and a dog. We call it their own little petting zoo. The kids got to ride horse, jump on their trampoline, and enjoy the company of the older kids. It was so much fun. Learning doesn't just happen in our "school room" its EVERYWHERE!

That's a peak into our week.

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